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Persisting tingling and numbness in head, tiredness. Had taken an overdose of anti-depressants. Help?

i recently had several several antidepressant changes and went into some wierd things,i couldnt quit pacing,i couldnt speak only a little when spoken to,i couldnt see right to drive,i could not sleep nomatter what sleep med they perscribed,i now am off of meds as of two days ago and i was having all this tingling going on in my head,now my head has gone numb,very seriously numb on the inside inwhich i cant think right and im very very tired but i am scared,do you know why i am numb as of today
Asked On : Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Dec 2014
Hello Da*******
Antidepressants medication are mainly used to replenish the decreased amount of Monoamine Neurotransmitters in brain. A lot of research found that depressive disorders are due to decreased monoamines specifically Serotonin and Norepinephrin in specific brain areas. Psychiatrists commonly prescribe the antidepressant drugs to fill the deficient areas of neurotransmitters.
So if you were taking medication for long time and stopped suddenly it probably resulted in withdrawal syndrome (serotonin withdrawal) in which on may manifest as dizziness, headache, vertigo, parenthetic sensation over head and extremities, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flu like syndrome, insomnia, tiredness.
so best way to avoid such symptoms is to taper antidepressant medication gradually over 1-4 weeks, for anxiety and insomnia you can use Clonazepam in small doses

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