Discontinuation syndrome, also known as protracted withdrawal is a relatively newly coined phrase to describe what happens when a person comes off their antidepressant, benzodiazepine, or antipsychotic medication too abruptly.
A person who tries to come off their lexapro, prozac, venlafaxine, wellbutrin, celexa, pristiq, cipralex or any of the thousands and thousands of addictive prescription drugs will, in from 22 – 80% of all cases, according to the Massachusetts General Hospital studies done, have trouble with and be unable to discontinue taking these drugs. The discomforts associated with this situation can include electrical zaps, prickly or tingly skin, muscle freeze or discoordination, headache, vertigo, nausea and others.
Unfortunately, these discontinuation syndrome symptoms can be very long lasting, very uncomfortable, and in some cases of abrupt cessation, seizures or even death can occur. It is for these reasons that medical help should be sought in attempting to withdraw from these powerful medications, even when taken for a relatively short time span.
Our discontinuation syndrome treatments can relieve the symptoms that would typically be endured during an at-home withdrawal.
If a person has been prescribed an antidepressant, benzodiazepine, SSRI, opiate or antipsychotic and later wants to come off the drug, it should always be done under medical supervision as there are likely additional steps to the process that experts can provide to make the process as comfortable and safe as possible. More than simply titrating bit by bit over a long period of time, other effective means of ensuring wellness can be employed.
Beneficial methods typically include assessing existing nutritional and other deficiencies, and proper correction of these through various means such as oral supplements, IV nutrients and other means. In this way, the balance of the body can be restored during the titration process, allowing the process to be faster and more comfortable. Not only can nutritional deficiencies be found, but also the toxic load that has accumulated over years can be assessed and isolated and once eliminated, the discontinuation syndrome symptoms can be considerably lessened. Discontinuation syndrome or protracted withdrawal is a debilitating condition to be suffering from and is in many cases easily mitigated by preparation and proper titration methodologies.
With proper treatment and medical care, discontinuation syndrome can be addressed with comfort and safety.
At the Alternative to Meds Center in we strive to offer the absolutely most healthful and restorative protocols which can ease the symptoms of discontinuation syndrome. The sooner one begins to address the situation, the sooner one can regain their health and full capacity. If after taking drugs like cipralex, lexapro, wellbutrin, oxycontin, and so on, there is any concern about discontinuation syndrome occurring, call the number listed on this page for more information on how Alternative to Meds Center can assist someone with discontinuation syndrome, or be successful in avoiding it altogether, using proper titration support methods.
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