Procrastination can be such a problem. I have a bad habit of not calling my doctor in a time when I need to refill my prescription.
On Thursday I took my last antidepressant pill from my prescription. I couldn't renew my prescription because I had to meet with my doctor first to make sure everything has been working properly for me.
I knew I had to make a doctor appointment but I kept putting it off because I hate calling places.
So I took my last pill and immediately called my doctors office so I wouldn't forget.
As I tried to make an appointment for at least Friday, I found out my doctor is out of the office and the next available appointment isn't until Monday.. 4 days of no prescription!
You probably know that anytime you abruptly stop your antidepressants for more than a day, you start having major withdrawal symptoms.
I figured since I'm a slacker, I'd do a little experiment on myself to see what advice I can give those people who have to deal with withdrawal from antidepressants.
Friday: I knew I was out of my meds so I think that made me feel the effects a lot more than I normally would day one of withdrawal. I was irritable and had a headache most of the day. I tried working out after a couple days of a break, but it didn't seem to help.
Saturday: I woke up feeling fine. Did my morning exercise and still felt normal. I was able to have a full day with no side effects until about 5:30 that evening. A headache returned along with head zaps.
Sunday: worst day! I woke up feeling dizzy and sick. Flu symptoms had me doing nothing but watch TV all day while forcing my husband to take over some of the parental duties.
(If you have read any of my previous posts, you know it's almost impossible for my husband to handle the kids on his own. )
Monday: I couldn't get my prescription until around 11 so I felt a little sick most of the day. I was still very irritable and had a headache that evening.
Tuesday: although I was finally on my pills, I still had a headache on and off throughout the day.
In conclusion, do all you can NOT to go off your meds cold turkey.. I hate being sick and it totally ruined my weekend to be off those pills. And a whole week later in silk farming the affects.
Hopefully, this will have taught me a lesson to stop procrastinating when it comes to my mental health.
If you end up in a situation similar to mine, try your best to get your prescription refilled asap. It can be dangerous to go off your pills cold turkey. Make sure to always be in touch with your doctor if you decide to take yourself off your medication.