Taking antidepressants during codeine withdrawal...

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I've been recreationally using Solpadol 30/500 for 2 years, usually 2-4 pills. It used to be every now and then but became regularly. I've realised that it's time to quit as it seems to be getting out of hand. I have also been dealing with anxiety and depression for a year now and I believe the pills might be contributing to this issue. The doctor prescribed me 10mg of Citalopram, I took one this evening but I regret it already as I'm worried about depending on antidepressants and the side effects.

Since the anxiety and depression could be because of the pills should I wait till I start the citalopram or should I just continue with the antidepressant whilst I recover from the Solpadol withdrawal?

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    I am not a doctor. This is only my opinion.

    If the anxiety/depression is new (and not the reason for getting hooked on the Solpadol in the first place) then, personally, I would wait. Ease yourself off of the painkillers first. I hope you are cutting down slowly and not going cold turkey. If you have just stopped the solpadol straight, then you may just have to ride out the withdrawl symptoms, as bad as they may be.

    Then, once your body is free of that drug, if you still feel like you need the citalopram then go-ahead and take it. 10mg is a tiny dose. I was on cit for 18 months, a year of which was at the highest dose of 40mg. It did not help me. I seem to not agree with anti-depressants, but they do appear to work for some people. And I think citalopram is probably one of the easier ones to wean off of. 

    Like I said though, I am not a doctor. Do what feels right to you. You know your own body and mind better than anybody else. If you feel like you are not coping, then try taking the 10mg for a while. Like I said, that is a tiny dose, so it probably won't have much effect and should be a doddle to wean off if you decide not to stay on it!

    Best of luck

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      I am weaning off another anti dep after like tou trying several. They just dont do for me. Always make me feel worse.  Trying to think how im going to manage without.  Any hints on managing without them.
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      Hi Ann, no sorry I don't know. Not yet anyway. I'm currently having a hellish time on cymbalta. Wishing I hadn't started it. Been on it for 10 weeks now and haven't left my flat since June. I hadn't even realised I had missed a whole month till I checked on the calendar when I last went out. If you haven't tried this one I would warn you not to...especially as you have the same reaction to them as I do! I am giving the cymbalta another week at the most (to please the doctor) then that's it. I have had enough of popping pills for now. What one are you currently on?

       

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       Am on mirtazapine.  Tailing it off but the hallucinatory nightmares are awful.  I wake still depressed and anxious and this pill is doing nothing for me.  I tried to get dose up as asked by psych but felt worse.  Cymbalta i tried, last year, was like a zombie on it so i understand why you need rid of it.  I dont understand why some people can take these meds and some cannot tolerate them.  Nothing ive tried has made me feel better.  Feels like psych doesnt know what to do, meanwhile i am relying on diazepam to see me through, thats not a good idea but he gave them to me.  Are you in uk, our psych services are awful.
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      Hi Ann, yes I'm in UK. I have my first psychology appointment this month. But it's health psych for my fibromyalgia, which is the reason the mental health team, where I had an an appointment with a lovely CPN, couldn't refer me to see one of their doctors! I felt so upset when she phoned to tell me that. It's the mental health team I need to see, not the health. The fibro is fairly new compared to the problems I've had with my head over the years. I think it's actually just a by-product of all that has gone on.

      That's a shame the Mirtazapine hasn't helped you. It was great for helping me sleep! I felt very odd on it though. I thought I was better but I really wasn't! Thinking back, I was both up and down at the same time. I just know that people (including the gp) thought I was doing really well, but they had no idea just how 'weird' my thinking was! And oh yeah, the withdrawl was horrendous. Like you I had horrible vivid dreams, woke up with a start every night covered in sweat, anxiety went sky high, racing thoughts that went round in an interminable loop! And I was only on 15mg. Go slow...the gp tailed me off too fast I think.

      How did you find coming off the cymbalta? I am terrified. I feel like a zombie too. But it's also increasing my anxiety. And I can't eat. I'm living off chocolate and crisps. And I'm sick of them. I should be losing weight but I'm probably just giving myself diabetes. And that isn't a joke. My mum has type 2. I'm so angry the gp has kept me on it. It's like they just don't listen. He should have taken me off, not bumped me up to 120mg!!

      PM me if you like.

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    Hi , I had a Solpadol addiction for many years, 8 a day, always had to have the soluble ones as I felt they worked quicker. Was originally on them for pain but got hooked on the codeine in them. Any time I tried to stop I would get panicky and anxious. My doctor sent me to an addiction counsellor and it took about 4 months of tapering off before I was off them, reducing by half a tablet every third day so the withdrawl was not going to be a problem. I still felt a bit anxious and was offered 5mg Diazepam to help. I tried them for a few days but did not like the zombie like feeling they gave me so I stopped them. Basically the depression and anxiety was part of the codeine addiction and as my system go used to less and less codeine I began to feel a lot better, I think a lot of it was me mentally knowing that what I had come to rely on was being taken away ( if that makes sense to you ) so I was causing my own panic and anxiety by thinking about it. I don`t know what form of tablet you take but taper off slowly and every taper is a step closer to winning the battle. I wish you all the best .
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      Hi. Yes the side effects have gone now. As I was taking the soluble ones it was easier to taper as I could just break them in half and went from 8 tablets to 71/2 for 3 days then if I felt ok I would reduce by 1/2 tablet every 3 to 4 days. If I did not feel great I would stay at the same dosage for a week and then go down by 1/2 tablet again. It was really a case of trial and error as the dosage was being reduced. It took about 4 months in all but I was probably taking more than you seem to be. It was worth it as now I know if I need a painkiller a Panadol will work as before nothing worked as my system was so used to the codeine. The tablet form is easier to taper with as you can see the amount you are reducing by but I do not know how that will work with the capsule form. I hope this helps .
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    You should ask your Dr this question. Tell your Dr the truth and follow instructions. Stopping an anti depressant can be very trick and dangerous. Good luck and stop abusing medication.
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