By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2015 18 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Led to Disaster

    Certain medications have the potential to cause a very disorienting withdrawal syndrome if they are discontinued abruptly. People should be warned about this possibility before they begin taking the d…

    By: Joe Graedon October 6, 2014 6 Comments
    Stopping Pristiq Cold Turkey

    Q. What are the side effects if I stop taking Pristiq cold turkey? A. This is a very bad idea. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly. These include: dizzi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2014 5 Comments
    Celexa Withdrawal Triggered Sound of Eyes Moving

    Q. I was concerned about a swooshing sound when my eyes move. Thank goodness I found your website. I thought I was losing my mind. I had been taking Celexa for generalized anxiety for the last eight y…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2014 14 Comments
    Stopping Cymbalta Suddenly Triggered Emotional R…

    Q. Due to a change in my insurance, I wasn't able to refill my prescription for the depression drug Cymbalta. Saturday was my last dose and by Monday I felt like I was losing my mind. Today was the wo…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2014 20 Comments
    Sertraline Withdrawal Symptoms Make Stopping the…

    Antidepressant medications can be very helpful in getting a person through a really difficult time. But are patients warned before they start such medicines, especially SSRI drugs, that they might hav…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2014 98 Comments
    Intense Itching From Stopping Zyrtec (Cetirizine…

    Q. "I took Allegra for years, and then switched to Zyrtec (cetirizine) about seven years ago. Over the years, when I tried to stop Zyrtec, I experienced intense itching EVERYWHERE -- feet, palms of ha…

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2014 20 Comments
    Painless Ways to Stop Heartburn Drugs Despite Re…

    Q. I know PPIs have tons of side effects, but the trouble is I've taken them for years. Now I am stuck with them. I've tried to get off of them several times, and each time it ended in failure. Please…

    By: Terry Graedon February 10, 2014 37 Comments
    Multiple Strategies May Be Needed to Get Off Nex…

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have gone from doctors' darlings when they were first introduced to having a much darker side acknowledged. These medications were originally intended to treat serious d…

    By: Terry Graedon January 13, 2014 38 Comments
    Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome Was Terrifying

    Whenever a doctor writes a prescription, a savvy patient will ask about stopping it: when should you stop taking it? What is the best approach for discontinuing? The physician should warn that Cymb…

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2013 9 Comments
    How to Use Herbs and Diet to Get Off Prevacid De…

    Q. I came off lansoprazole (Prevacid) over a year ago after taking it for four years for stomachaches. (I'd never had heartburn.) I stopped because I was suffering with muscle pains and couldn't sleep…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2013 7 Comments
    Difficulties Getting Off Cymbalta Have Her Looki…

    Q. Over the last 10 years I have been on various antidepressants, including Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Effexor (venlafaxine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Cymbalta (duloxetine). I have ex…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2013 6 Comments
    Multiple Strategies Are Needed for Stopping Hear…

    When your doctor hands you a prescription, do you ask about the exit strategy? Most people don't, but perhaps you should. Some drugs are very difficult to quit once you have been taking them for a whi…

    By: Joe Graedon October 3, 2013 187 Comments
    Stopping Nexium (Esomeprazole) Suddenly Can Caus…

    When the acid-suppressing medications known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first introduced, doctors were extremely enthusiastic. The drugs were extremely effective at treating ulcers and sever…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2013 18 Comments
    Tenacious Nasal Spray Addiction Can Be Overcome …

    Q. I was addicted to nasal sprays for five years. The ear, nose and throat specialist told me that there was nothing he could do. He said I had to go "cold turkey." A year later, my family doctor pres…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2013 67 Comments
    Omeprazole Side Effects Motivate Difficult Disco…

    Q. I have been on omeprazole for heartburn but it has led to high blood pressure and headaches. I have also developed osteoporosis. I am desperate to get off this drug, but every time I stop the heart…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2013 17 Comments
    Prelief Helps in Quitting PPIs

    Q. I spent years swallowing PPIs like omeprazole for reflux and Barrett's esophagus. My gastroenterologist says the abnormal cells in my esophagus have now healed, so I decided to wean myself off the …

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2013 551 Comments
    Lyrica Side Effects & Withdrawal are Worris…

    Have you seen the ad blitz for Lyrica (pregabalin)? A LOT of money is being spent trying to convince the American public that Lyrica is the answer to diabetic nerve pain. One of the most compelling co…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2013 266 Comments
    Abilify Side Effects Can Be Scary!

    Abilify (aripiprazole) has been one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. The last time we checked, this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000. That turned it into one of the best selli…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2013 21 Comments
    Unbearable Itch after Stopping Antihistamine

    Q. I took cetirizine (Zyrtec) for about four months, and when I stopped I started to itch horribly. First my feet, and then my hands and scalp acted up. I didn't know what was wrong until I read on yo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2013 23 Comments
    Generic Switch Triggers Diazepam Side Effects &#…

    Q. I had horrific side effects from 5mg diazepam when I was switched to a different generic diazepam. The first time I took the new pills, I woke up feeling like I was being shocked or as if I were ha…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2013 2 Comments
    Low Blood Sugar Batters Brain

    Q. My mother-in-law was hospitalized twice this winter for a weak heart. The hospital was very aggressive in treating her diabetes, although we repeatedly told them that she is better off with blood s…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2013 135 Comments
    Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Withdrawal & Unbearable…

    "So glad to come across all these posts online and realize what is happening. I have been on Zyrtec (cetirizine) for 10+ years. I originally was put on this antihistamine because I was experiencing hi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2013 37 Comments
    Antidepressant Withdrawal Feels Like Circles of …

    When a doctor prescribes an antidepressant, does he or she envision the patient taking it forever? Some antidepressant medications are hellishly difficult to discontinue. One reader reported on the ex…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2013 8 Comments
    Overcoming Nose Spray Addiction

    Q. I have a suggestion for the person who wrote about being addicted to nasal spray. I was hooked on Neo-Synephrine for more than 30 years. Then I read that a prescription for Flonase could help. I wa…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2013 12 Comments
    Doctors Overlooked Scary Drug Interaction

    Q. I have been diagnosed with serotonin syndrome brought on by a drug interaction between Cymbalta, gabapentin, tramadol and a low dose of Prozac. It caused me a lot of problems, including agitation, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2013 24 Comments
    Getting Off Pristiq

    In the 21st century, more people than ever are taking antidepressants. Depression is a serious, even debilitating, disorder, but not everyone who is taking an antidepressant medication actually has …

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2013 175 Comments
    Zyrtec Withdrawal Is a Nightmare

    Q. After reading some of the stories on your site about Zyrtec, my summer started to make sense in retrospect. I started Zyrtec at my doctor's recommendation for itchy skin on my hands. But every time…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2013 179 Comments
    Clonidine (Catapres) Side Effects & Complic…

    Q. I took clonidine for several years to help with both blood pressure and hot flashes. I took the pill only at night. The nightmares didn't start right away, but after they did, they became progressi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2013 84 Comments
    Clonazepam (Klonopin) Side Effects & Compli…

    Q. I've been taking Clonazepam 0.5 mg for about 3 months, and I do not recommend it. I was having dizzy feelings (work-related stress), insomnia, and was prescribed this medication by a neurologist. T…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2012 367 Comments
    Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Side Effects & Wit…

    An antidepressant could be a lifesaver when a person is desperate and hopeless. In less dire circumstances, however, we urge patients to ask questions about the prescription before they accept it. How…

    By: Joe Graedon October 22, 2012 42 Comments
    Reader Pooh-Poohs PPI Problems

    The acid-suppressing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have become immensely popular. Medicines like dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), (esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2012 1884 Comments
    Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Side Effects & Withdr…

    We have received so many complaints about duloxetine side effects that we have lost count. Far more disturbing are the number of people who tell us how hard it is to discontinue this drug. Decades ago…

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2012 51 Comments
    Stopping Paroxetine or Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Is …

    Q. I have attempted to stop taking Paxil. The sickness and body reactions experienced after 3 days were horrible, however. I cannot afford to take that much time off work and I had no idea how long th…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2012 2 Comments
    Special Gummies Can Help Ease Withdrawal

    Q. I know many people have had a terrible time coming off sertraline. I wish you would tell people about my experience quitting another medicine, Xanax. It is addictive and very hard to stop. My docto…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2012 19 Comments
    Quitting Zoloft (Sertraline) Is a Challenge

    Q. I quit Zoloft after nine years and suffered horrendous withdrawal symptoms: nausea, brain zaps, vertigo, headaches, digestive problems and numbness and tingling in my hands, feet and face. I'm writ…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2012 38 Comments
    Stopping Omeprazole Provoked Unbearable Pain

    Q. For years my doctor prescribed Prilosec and then Nexium for my reflux. He never mentioned anything about side effects and made it sound like a super-safe drug that I could take indefinitely. I lost…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 12 Comments
    Unbearable Itching from Cetirizine Withdrawal

    Q. I took the antihistamine cetirizine for allergies for three years. I stopped abruptly last summer and promptly began itching all over. I have been going to a dermatologist ever since. I was treated…

    By: Joe Graedon March 18, 2012 804 Comments
    Tramadol Side Effects and Withdrawal are Dauntin…

    Doctors love tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet) because it is perceived as safer than narcotics like hydrocodone (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc.) or oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc). In case you had not no…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2012 6 Comments
    Generic Alprazolam Causes Withdrawal Side Effect…

    Q. I made it clear to my doctor a few years back that the generic brand for Xanax does not work effectively. It is at best 50% effective. I first realized how poorly it worked about 3 years ago when I…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2012 15 Comments
    Anxiety & Stopping Alprazolam & Atenol…

    Q. I have a long history of anxiety and panic attacks. I am also a performing musician, which can often cause performance anxiety. I have been prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) off and on over the years a…