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Hi ,  

*14 yrs old imipramine 1978 for a year or two (DEPRESSION)( EATING DISORDER)

*Ritalin at 25 yrs old for 20 yrs 20 to 40mgs per day (ADHD)

*Zoloft150 to 200 mg  ,Effexor 100 ? and Lexapro 10 to 20 mg * ( each separately ) over the years ,per day, for 25 years ,average dosage (DEPRESSION)

*Seroquel 1200mg .05 Ativan, 10 mg ,ambien  9 years for (INSOMNIA)

*100mgs Zyprexa 50 Lamictal AND 4 mg of  Clonopin for 18 months for (INSOMNIA)

*SEPTEMBER 29 , 2017 , Cold turkeyed off Lexapro 10 mgs , short crossover to 50 mg Zoloft , a month taper off 1200 mg   Seroquel  .05 Ativan , 4 mg Clonopin ,100 Zyprexa ,50 mg Lamictal ,10 mg Ambien 





ZOLOFT,  150mg , 1985-1990, switched to EFFEXOR to 1992, then

LEXAPRO until  Sept. 29, 2016

SEROQUEL, 1200mg, 2008-2016

ATIVAN, .5mg, 2008- Sept. 29, 2016

LAMICTIL, 50mg, Sept. 2015-Aug. 2016

ZYPREXA, Dec. 2015- April 2016

CLONOPIN, 4mg, Sept. 2015, fast taper and crossover to liquid VALIUM equalling 1mg Clonopin by Sept. 29, 2016

Cold turkey from VALUIM & LEXAPRO with the NAD IV PROTOCOL Sept. 29, 2016

As I write this, that was one year ago, I'm still here and healing! 


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Hi, Oceana, and welcome to SurvivingAntidepressants.  I'm glad you found your way here.


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To get you started, and familiarized with the protocols followed by SA, I am linking a few topics so that you have a better understanding of what is recommended here and the steps that you can take to minimize your withdrawal.  


What is Withdrawal Syndrome?

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Edited by Gridley

Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium 

End 2021  year 1 of Valium taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of Valium taper at 2.75mg 

End 2023 year 3 of Valium taper at 1mg

Jan. 24, 2024: Hold at 1mg and shift to Imipramine taper.

Taper is 95% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan.-Sept. 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Jan. 24, 2024: Resume Imipramine taper.  Current dose as of April 1: 6.8mg

Taper is 91% complete.  


Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, iron, serrapeptase, nattokinase

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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