I stopped taking fetzima because it wasn't helping with my depression and the side effects were too debilitating. I had taken the fetzima for 3+ weeks. My doctor told me to stop taking it and since stoping it last Saturday I have had horrible withdrawal symptoms. Severe nausea, some vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness and confusion. It is now Wednesday and I am still feeling ill. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so how long did it last?
You can't just stop this type of medication, you have to taper the dose. Your dr should have given you smaller dose capsules to cut back gradually. 3 weeks probably wasn't long enough for it to help you. Since this is a fairly new drug, I'm interested in knowing what side effects you had from you if you don't mind.
OMG, you're preaching to the choir! I started in Fetzima about three weeks ago also. Was doing okay until the dosage stepped up. The sweating was awful, the mania, and then the itching started. They told me to stop. Like you, even though I'd only been on it a few weeks, the withdrawals are HORRIBLE. Are you still going through withdrawals? Please say NO. THIS IS AWFUL. Just stopped it on Friday. It is Sunday. How long?
I was on Fetzima for 2 weeks and felt really good, but then at that 2 week mark began with the tachycardia. My doctor told me to stop it, stay off a week, and then start fluoxetine. I was okay for 2 days and then started feeling ill. The nausea started, hot sweats, shaking, anxiety. It is now 10 days later and I feel absolutely awful. My dad ended up in the hospital and I cannot even go in to see him. My appetite is totally gone now. I started the fluoxetine 2 days ago and am taking 12.5 mg of alprazolam, but feel really bad. I don't know how I am going to go to work today. Anyone else felt like this?
Yes, I am going through withdrawal now. It is worst than a klonopin with drawal. Doc told me to just stop it when I developed a huge purple rash on my face. But, then went to get second opinion. Other doc said I must taper off. I am on 2omgs every other day. Still cannot function after over a week. Just lie here in bed waiting for the pain and anguish to go away. Feel very angry that doc 1 told me to just stop the med. This would have been even more painful and harmful.
The withdrawal is giving me intense anxiety - kind of a feeling one gets when hearing the scratching the black board with a sharp object or fingernails. Sweating, body is hot, been to ER once and urgent care twice. Will go again tomorrow. My psychiatrist does not give a damn.
Ten days of withdrawal and no end in sight.
My doctor recently tapered me off lexapro & put me on fetzema. My insurance is not covering it & on Monday I was on my way to the doctor to get evaluated. It was a month long process which was shaky, but I got in a bad accident on the way to the appointment & placed an REcall to his office & never got a response. Been without fetzema fir 2 days & in feeling suicidal, Anyone else experiencing that?
I've been taking fetzima for about 3 months. I missed a doctor appointment and tried to go without for a week. On about day 4-5 I had severe nausea and vomiting with a headache and mild dizziness. I was lucky to get into my doctor for a refill on day 6 because it continuously got worse. I am told that these can be normal side effects or withdrawal from not taking the medication on time. Hope this helps someone.Don't miss your refill appointments!!
I just googled Fetzima withdrawal as I've been on this drug for 3 weeks, and missed one dose today and had horrible sweating and chills. I'm appreciative of all of your feedback as I know now this is not something I want to be on. NMPETIT- I know you posted a while ago, but I want to say I hope you are feeling better and that the suicidal feelings have subsided. I'm sure you know this, but as an anonymous reminder from someone who has also suffered, please call 911 if you're feeling suicidal.
All the best to everyone.
I've been on Fetzima almost 3 years, have been tapering off for 2 months. 80 mg dose cut to 40, then 20, now off for just a couple days. Has been an emotional roller coaster but in general I feel fantastic. My body is so relieved to be off it, it's so agitating. Cut down slowly and you may not have such a rough time.
My doctor switched me from Pristiq, which did not help me at all, to Fetzima. I've been on it for about 2 weeks. I was fine at first but then last week the heart palpitations started. I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and I can't breath. I went to my doc, she did an EKC, ran labs and did chest exray. All came back normal. I feel like it's the Fetzima making me feel this way. I feel horrible. I can't do anything because my chest hurts so damn bad. Did anyone else have this problem and if I stay on it will it get any better? After reading all the reviews about withdrawal I'm scared to stay on it or to come off of it. I've been on numerous other meds over the years. Some work for a while then just stop. I'm at my wits end about what to do to feel better, feel like ME again. Thanks in advance for you help.
My experience was EXACTLY the same as what Ksny1234 describes. My Dr took me from 20 to 40 to 60. With every increase, the symptoms get worse. The sweating is insane. The depression is the same (if not worse) the headaches are literally so bad I cannot function.
I am about to wean myself off of this as I cannot live with these side effects either.
- Fetzima Information for Consumers
- Fetzima Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fetzima (detailed)
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