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  2. All goes relatively well with the remeron taper. I am at half the original dose. The taper has not been painless. It has been a roller coaster ride. I wonder if the deceases of remeron are what destabilize my system or if I never fully recovered from my crash in December. Starting a taper post crash is not ideal. I have kept data and it seems that after 12 days or so I reach WD normal and am able to taper after about 20-25 days. I have been following the ‘listening to my body’ method instead of keeping a strict schedule. I hope this taper continues to go well. T
  3. getofflex

    Jake22: Looking for support groups.

    Hello, and welcome to SA. We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs. There are other organizations that have zoom meetings related to getting off of psych meds. The first one that comes to mind is "Mad in America". They have zoom meetings and town halls. Their link is https://www.madinamerica.com Another one is called "Medicating Normal". Here is a link to their website and YouTube channel: https://medicatingnormal.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh-enG_cv0MbGoU4XdT9mxA
  4. @BadMedicinethank you for your input! I also have to consider that my family if I have psychotic symptoms wants me to go up to 5mg, that's what happened last time. I wanted to go up to 2,5mg from the 2 I was taking and they were afraid I would not get better and kind of forced it. They don't really agree with me tapering and I have to do as they say because my crisis were so awful in the past I made an agreement to stick to taking drugs. But things are different now, I made a lot of lifestyle changes and worked on many aspects of myself, so I believe you are right, I could probably be well jus
  5. Hello, and welcome to SA. We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs. I'm very sorry to hear that you are going through these withdrawal effects of going off the Pristiq. Tinnitus, anxiety, and depression are typical WD symptoms. How long ago did you jump off? Unfortunately, these drugs make significant changes to our nervous systems in only 4 weeks. First of all, can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months? It would
  6. According to Mayo Clinic, yes, it can cause fatigue. Go to this link and scroll to the bottom: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/lamotrigine-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20067449?p=1 I believe you will probably feel better once you get off the drug, at least as far as fatigue goes. As far as your taper goes, I would suggest you check out this micro taper method: Brassmonkey Micro Tapering It gives you a week or two of holding on a dose, so that your system can rest and heal from the tapering.
  7. Previous post was moved to your intro to keep all your history in one place. Please keep all questions and discussion about your situation here so we can get the whole story when advising you.
  8. Rhodiola plays with your serotonin levels. Through out and after hitting "0" stabilizing our serotonin levels is what we are trying to do. Adding a substance that alters them destabilizes the whole system and can throw a person back into acute WD.
  9. getofflex

    AndyParox: Paroxetine

    Hello, and welcome to SA. We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs. Sometimes these drugs stop working. We call this tachyphylaxis or "poop out". Tachyphylaxis or Poop Out This can definitely cause problems. When we skip or miss doses, the level of the drug in the bloodstream changes, and this throws our nervous system off and confuses it. Could you possibly set a reminder on your cell phone everyday to make sure you take it consistently? Yes, most of us on here feel these drugs are poi
  10. Last night I had a hard time falling asleep for no reason in particular. But soon enough I was super focused on my heartbeat, "listening" too much to it (which makes it quicken, vicious circle). I was exhausted... but nervous. I fell asleep after a few hours but woke up feeling unwell this morning. Today was bad, I have been anxious almost non-stop. I have however been able to work a bit and then went out for a 30 mins walk, I also did some yoga, called a friend, it helped but only temporarily. Today is just one of those bad days, after a few days of feeling lighter it definitely hits hard, bu
  11. Hello, and welcome to SA. We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs. I'm sorry to hear that you are having to deal with this. Overall, are you feeling better now than you were last summer after you got off? Were or are you on any other drugs? If so, please add them to your drug signature. Tinnitus is a common withdrawal symptom. Many people here have had it. Yes, I believe it will gradually go away. Tinnitus Here is some information about how these drugs actually work. How Psych
  12. I'm seroquel free for 7 weeks now. However without clonazepam it would be impossible to sleep, it's because of it that I was able to go to 0mg. And even with it, I had to up it after a month, I'm now at 0.5mg and I started since a week to wake up at 5am and not be able to sleep at all again until 8am when I start to work. Almost all effects from the seroquel exposure are still active, mental and physical. Some are disapearring and restarting, up and down. I was not expecting it to be over so fast anyway... After 9 years at 400mg, I'm not surprised. Insomnia is of course still the most problema
  13. Hi @Rrsfc. I think it is a very difficult question that you pose. There is certainly risk with coming off an anti-psychotic but I believe if you take it really slowly, as you are planning, you give yourself the chance to see how you cope with the ups and downs of life at ever decreasing dosages. If things start feeling hairy you can probably catch it by going back up in dose a bit and averting a full blown crisis. Hopefully, though, your improved lifestyle may mean that you are able to wean off the drug without another crisis. I personally think it is worth one more shot with a very cautious t
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  15. Can you please add more detail to your drug signature about each time you changed your dose over the past 12 months? It would really help to see it in this format - this is just an example: venlafaxine: March 15, 100 m, March 30 99 m, April 15 98 m. Please list each time you made an increase or decrease in your dose. I'm assuming you take this each day and don't skip doses. When you say "at this point" above, I don't know how long ago this was. I think it would be the latter. Here are some links you can read that can help you make this decision:
  16. getofflex

    John9988 Celexa WD

    What I meant was that by hanging in there, and staying the course, you will eventually feel better. Then, you may look back on this time, and be glad that you stuck it out, that is, didn't go back on the meds.
  17. Nugget, I'm proud of your strength and resolve. You are doing a great job of hanging in there. This will pay off well in the future. It's good to hear from you as always.
  18. Gridley

    NancyPo5110: Horrible feelings

    "Watching life from a window" is derealization/depersonalization, a very common withdrawal symptom caused by the tapering schedule your doctor recommended. The fear (anxiety) you describe is also a common withdrawal symptom. Derealization or Depersonalization (DR and DP) - Symptoms ... I suggest you reinstate the 25mg every day and hold for several months, from 4 to 6 months, in order to stabilize. I know that sounds like a long time but likely that's how long it's going to take to stabilize, though you very likely should get some relief within a week more or less from the reinstate
  19. ryan1982

    ryan1982: my journey

    Thanks for the info, @brassmonkey. I have to say that I'm freaking out a bit that this anxiety and general feeling of being unwell is permanent. Really in a bad place.
  20. Have you had the chance to read the links I gave you in my initial response above? What are you symptoms? Also, in that post, I suggested a possible reinstatement. What do you think of that idea? The purpose would be to lessen your withdrawal symptoms. Then when you stabilize, you would taper very slowly off the rest of the drug. You could try going back on 1 mg. We start at a very low amount and see how you do, then take it from there. Let me know what you think. Here is a link that can help you with dosing the small amount: Tapering and Dosing M
  21. I'm glad that reading the stories of others has been helpful. Thank you for your compassion. This will slowly get better with time. One day, you may look back on how you felt 6 months, or a year ago, and say to yourself "wow, I feel so much better now then I did then".
  22. Yes, the recovery from psych meds is nonlinear. I know how frustrating it can be from my own experience. Go back to my post on April 28, and check out the link "How long will withdrawal take?". Our nervous systems are highly complex, and it takes a long time to heal.
  23. I took mirtazapine for two weeks only in February but decided to do a rapid taper after discussing here because it didn't make me feel well (very hyper and stimulated) during the days, the sleep was very scattered and I didn't want to get addicted to another drug. The doctor told me to take lorazepam for sleep which I rejected bc of the fear of benzo addiction. The thing is that I don't know how to distinguish between withdrawal insomnia and insomnia that I had before I was prescribed the drugs. Are my insomnia symptoms manageable by non drug techniques or there is no
  24. RelentlessWifeAMD

    New here and need advice/resources/support

    I haven't. I try to stay off social media as much as possible right now but I'll check that out. Thank you. He's only been off for about a month and is still very numbed out to any kind of guilt or remorse. He has moved in with his mother. I don't know how much longer I can do this limbo. Bless you for hanging in there with your wife.
  25. NeedSomeHope

    New here and need advice/resources/support

    Have you joined this group on Facebook - Marriages destroyed by Antidepressants, SSRIs/SNRIs? You should be able to get some answers there. It really is an impossible situation if he stays on the meds. My wife is six months off and still hasn't recovered her feelings for me but at least our home life isn't as contentious.
  26. I don't understand what's going on here. It appears your withdrawal symptoms, particularly the tinnitus, started when you went off clonazepam in December. Mirtazapine helped you sleep, yet you went off it in February. Why did you do this, and why haven't you tried a little mirtazapine, maybe 5mg, for sleep, since that's causing you such distress?
  27. Hello, @Carolina, how are you doing?
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