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Hi 2 months ago i came off long term psychiatric medication Abilify and Sertraline...(i dont actually need them anymore now) i was taking them for two years, prior to that chlorpromazine and a variety of antidepressants since 1995. So yes its been a long time on medication.
Well i cam eoff them all and withdrawal symptoms kicked in about 6 weeks ago...hot, itchy,prickly skin and severe insomnia!! The insominia was like 5am every night before i slept. So a friend gave me some zopiclone 7.5mg...knocked me out for two hours exactly! So i took one and a half tablets the next night i took and slept all night and morning as well i hasten to add. Since then ive not been able to sleep without it...not that i was sleeping before i took it anyway!
So ive been taking it about three weeks on and off really...trying NOT to take it but getting SO exhausted ive had no choice really! I finally saw my GP yesterday morning who congratulated me for coming off the psyche medication but scolded me for taking zopiclone...(insert swear word woman!!!) And gave me Double Base cream for the hot itchy skin...and i slept 5am this morning without zopiclone and i feel like absolute crap!!! Im so irritable and bad tempered and cannot function at all!!!
I cant do my voluntary work...
And on top of all this a close friend who had end stage dementia died last week...
I tried to tell my GP everything but she is so ignorant to anything to do with mental health...and told me "you shouldnt take zopiclone just because your itching and cant sleep" I mean what planet is she living on for godsake!! I tried to tell her i couldnt sleep because of insomnia AND itchy hot skin..but she wasnt listening!!
She really didnt get it that these symptoms were withdrawal symptoms from my long term meds at all!! She checked me for rashes and said pehaps its the menopause...how do these people actually pass their exams to become doctors for godsakes!!
So the message is i just have to tolerate the exhaustion and just hope it "goes away" basically she didnt give a damn really! Help...
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