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Hi I am new here, what is neuro emotions?  I know I have been prescribed anti-depressants Effexor 225 MG of The XR 75 mg of Trazodone for sleep plus currently I am tapering an Benzo (Valium) Horrible the worst I have had to go through cannot function I want the others gone as well But only one taper at a time!! I know the Effexor will be a tough one as well, But I do not believe I have reason to have been prescribed all this crap for years now!


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Hi, Hopeful59 and welcome to SurvivingAntidepressants (SA).


Please read the SA link below.  Basically, what it says is that if you are on a sedating drug (such as a benzo like Valium) or Trazodone, it is better to taper the "activating" drug first, which would include Effexor.  The idea is that the sedating drug (i.e., Valium)  will make the taper from the AD easier.  SA never suggests adding a new benzo to the mix, but since you are already on Valium, it may serve to make your Effexor taper easier.


In my case, in tapering my activating AD (Lexapro), holding with my benzo has been helpful in reducing WD symptoms.

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first? - Tapering ...


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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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Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

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Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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Topic title:  Why antidepressants first?


I am interested to know why it's advisable to taper let's say Effexor and Trazadone first?

I am currently tapering Benzos trust me its unbelievable it's horrible it's hellish.

Now I am scared I did it all backwards!!

I am scared to taper off the Antidepressants now.

Will I be able to


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Hi Hopeful


I've moved you post to your Introduction topic, which is the place to ask questions and journal your progress.  This keeps your history in one place.


Please read all of Post #1 of this topic which explains about "accelerators" and "brakes":  taking-multiple-psych-drugs-which-drug-to-taper-first





MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:  (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq  on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

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