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I'm in Australia and midnight is waaaaayyyyy past my bedtime.

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Link to other discussion of this documentary:  medicating-normal-documentary

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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

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19 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I'm in Australia and midnight is waaaaayyyyy past my bedtime.

Yea that time would be way past mine as well!

Thanks for the link there CC

First AD when i was 19.Binge drinker/drugs 15 years weekend use.I was always pulled on and off.2005-2007-Mirtapine 45mg CT. 2010-2016 Paxil 40mg + Zopiclone.Jan-2016 i was CT off Paxil.Stopped alcohol Jan 2016.Given 2-4mg of Diazepam April 2016 CT them after 3 month.They reinstated 8mg of Diazepam July 2016 and the Doctor CT me off Zopiclone the same day.They then tried adding all different drugs Mirt one of them at 15mg (i took 7.5mg).I was tapered August 2016 7.5mg.Sep 2016 7mg.Oct 2016 6mg.Tried 1mg of Paxil-stopped after 2 days.Nov 2016 5.5mg.Tried olanzapine @2.5mg (stopped after a week)Dec 2016-5mg.Tried switching to liquid Jan-March 2017 (no good)back to pills.April 2017-4.75mg of Diazepam June 2017 -4.5mg.July 2018 went inpatient for 10 days.Awakening 4 days later.HELD.Sep 2017 4.3mg Dec 2017-4mg (Held)April 2019- started tapering the Mirtazapine.Sep 2019 at 6mg of Mirtazapine (HELD)Stopped smoking CT after 26 years.10.16.19..Restarted the Diazepam taper Jan 2020 micro tapering (game changer) now 18/7/23 @0.052mg Diazepam + Mirtazapine @6mg.

 

 

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I have just purchased a ticket for Saturday afternoon! 
cannot wait to see this.

 

Massive congratulations to every body involved 

First AD when i was 19.Binge drinker/drugs 15 years weekend use.I was always pulled on and off.2005-2007-Mirtapine 45mg CT. 2010-2016 Paxil 40mg + Zopiclone.Jan-2016 i was CT off Paxil.Stopped alcohol Jan 2016.Given 2-4mg of Diazepam April 2016 CT them after 3 month.They reinstated 8mg of Diazepam July 2016 and the Doctor CT me off Zopiclone the same day.They then tried adding all different drugs Mirt one of them at 15mg (i took 7.5mg).I was tapered August 2016 7.5mg.Sep 2016 7mg.Oct 2016 6mg.Tried 1mg of Paxil-stopped after 2 days.Nov 2016 5.5mg.Tried olanzapine @2.5mg (stopped after a week)Dec 2016-5mg.Tried switching to liquid Jan-March 2017 (no good)back to pills.April 2017-4.75mg of Diazepam June 2017 -4.5mg.July 2018 went inpatient for 10 days.Awakening 4 days later.HELD.Sep 2017 4.3mg Dec 2017-4mg (Held)April 2019- started tapering the Mirtazapine.Sep 2019 at 6mg of Mirtazapine (HELD)Stopped smoking CT after 26 years.10.16.19..Restarted the Diazepam taper Jan 2020 micro tapering (game changer) now 18/7/23 @0.052mg Diazepam + Mirtazapine @6mg.

 

 

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Don't forget, Zoom showing of Medicating Normal tomorrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m. EST. (Be sure to translate the time for your time zone.)

 

Tickets are US$10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated for psychiatric drug withdrawal research by Dr. Mark Horowitz, the rest to organize future showings of the film.

 

Tickets here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/113380586386

 

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I'm about to watch: hope zoom works for me! 

Currently taking Ramapril (blood pressure) 5 mg twice a day

Omeprazole 10 mg AM and 20 mg PM  (the taper has gone nowhere after the first cut)

Famotidine   once a day (and I still needs tums sometimes)

magnesium 200 mg at night

as of yesterday 2 fish oil capsules "EPA-DHA 1000"

 

off Lexapro as of 5/2018  - last dose had been 5 mg every other day for a couple years

 

highest dose had been 20 mg at which point I was diagnosed with Bipolar II, which went away when I cut the lexapro down to 15 mg. 

 

I spent years on Paxil before Lexapro (can't remember dose), briefly on Effexor and Abilify and others I have forgotten. in fact, when I was diagnoses with BPII I was put on all kinds of things which made me feel so bad I stopped them cold turkey within maybe 3 or 4 weeks, thank goodness. since then I've known these pills were terrible and I weaned down the Lexapro with zero help or support over I'm not sure how many years. 

 

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I attended the panel discussion today and shout out to @Altostrata for moderating. Totally agree with the panelist (Angela?) who said that these viewings of Medicating Normal are history in the making, in the (hopefully near) future there will be awareness of the danger of these drugs and healing from the carnage they wreak.

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  • Sertraline 50-100mg | 11/2011-3/2014, 10/2014-3/2017
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It was worth the 3 a.m start. Gee i hope it gets out everywhere. The panel was great too. Wished it could.ve gone for 2 hrs.

Gussy

On effexor for at least 11 years. Last few years going through ivf treatment dose has ranged from 150-200mg. Mainly 150 though. Tapered from about 175mg mid jan 2017 to zero mid april 2017. 2&1/2 months of straight hell. Getting there now though.

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Merged all the Medicating Normal topics.

 

See this page for the schedule of showings.

 

The Medicating Normal team is working hard to arrange more showings of the film. They are planning to put on more showings for those "down under" and in Asia. If you know of any school or organization that would want to "present" the film, please contact the team.

 

And, of course, they are always happy to get donations. The team promoting Medicating Normal are all volunteers working tirelessly without pay. The film was expensive to make; donations go to recouping the costs, paying for more showings, and honoraria for the organizations acting as presenters. SurvivingAntidepressants's honorarium is going entirely towards tapering and withdrawal research to be conducted in London by Dr. Mark Horowitz.

 

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3 hours ago, Altostrata said:

They are planning to put on more showings for those "down under" and in Asia.

 

Cool!

 

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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

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I watched this powerful film this past Saturday and I wanted to thank you @Altostrata for sharing your wisdom and experience. I absolutely recommend watching the film if you can and sharing it with loved ones who may get a better understanding of the context of your experience. The q&a after with the panel was excellent as well. It was touching to see how many people are working really selflessly to help others along this painful and frightening path. I am in a much better place as a direct result of all of these people's actions.

2005 - 2016 on & off methylphenidate and bupropion; short terms trials of other medications; tried many supplements

2016 Nov - 2017 Mar citalopram ramp up 0-->30mg (4 months)

2017 Mar - 2018 Jan held at 30mg (11months); taking 1.5x 20mg tablets, cutting 20mg tablets in half. inconsistency in split tablet led to extreme side effects.

2018 Feb - 2018 May taper 30mg-->20mg (3months), ~2.5mg/month, cutting tablets; at 20mg side effects (vertigo, headache, etc) disappeared

2018 May - 2019 Apr held at 20mg (11months); attempted taper from 20mg; tried ~17.5mg cutting tablets but symptoms too strong

2019 Apr - 2021 Jun tapered 20mg-->10mg (26months); ~5%/month dissolving tablets in water and pipetting with syringe; min lorazepam 2-3x/mo to mitigate symptoms

2021 Jun - 2023 Nov held at 10mg (29months)

2023 Nov - Nov 7 10mg solid to liquid; Dec 7 liquid 10mg; Dec 14 9.9mg; Dec 21 9.8mg; Dec 28 9.75mg; Jan 27 9.65mg; Feb 3 9.53mg; Feb 18 9.45mg

 

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Thank you, bunches.

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@Altostrata

 

Do you know if they are going to show this again?

 

 I was unable to watch it as it was my granddaughters birthday.

 

Thanks!

Frogie

 

 

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day. April 1, 2021 went back on 1mg a day. Started tapering May 19, 2023. July 28, 2023-approximately .87mg. Dr. fast tapered me at the end and realized he messed up. Prescribe it again and I am doing "slower than a turtle" taper. Last dose June 24, 2024

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

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On 8/23/2020 at 3:49 PM, Altostrata said:

 

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7 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

 

Thanks!

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day. April 1, 2021 went back on 1mg a day. Started tapering May 19, 2023. July 28, 2023-approximately .87mg. Dr. fast tapered me at the end and realized he messed up. Prescribe it again and I am doing "slower than a turtle" taper. Last dose June 24, 2024

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

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If you wish to make a donation to the Medicating Normal organization, please go through this link: https://medicatingnormal.com/donate/

 

For tax purposes, donations will go to the Medicating Normal non-profit.

 

Thank you.

 

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Hi @Altostrata, Is there a link to the discussion you had after the screening on the 22nd of August, I’ve been trying to find it to send to a friend. Again thank you for all the work you are doing with this. Kind Regards. 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

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This is the Medicating Normal YouTube channel. The panel discussions are lower down in the page. The one from the August 22 showing has not yet been uploaded.

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9 hours ago, Shep said:

The panelist discussion from the Surviving Antidepressants Presents showing of "Medicating Normal" has been uploaded and can be viewed here on YouTube: 

 

Medicating Normal - SurvivingAntidepressants.org Community Discussion video (1 hour and 26 minutes)

 

 

AND

 

Click on the below link for information about renting the documentary during an upcoming virtual film festival:

  

2 minutes ago, ChessieCat said:

 

Great news for anyone who wants to view the documentary at a time that suits them from 9th September for 5 days 7 hours. 

 

 

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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

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Wow.  Paxil Progress started way back in 1995.

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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

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This is worth listening to.

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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

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Great news for anyone who wants to view the documentary at a time that suits them from 9th September for 5 days 7 hours.  Just found out that there is going to be a screening of the documentary "Medicating Normal" which you rent like a movie USD $12.  I've chatted with someone online to confirm it.

 

They have a test that you can do to check to make sure that you can access the movie.

 

https://watch.eventive.org/riff/play/5f3950a5d3c93f004cba619a

 

2020 Richmond International Film Festival

VIRTUAL SCREENING | MEDICATING NORMAL

After this content becomes available September 9th at 6:00 am GMT+10, you'll have 5 days 7 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching.

 

 

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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)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Great news for anyone who wants to view the documentary at a time that suits them from 9th September for 5 days 7 hours.  Just found out that there is going to be a screening of the documentary "Medicating Normal" which you rent like a movie USD $12.  I've chatted with someone online to confirm it.

 

They have a test that you can do to check to make sure that you can access the movie.

 

https://watch.eventive.org/riff/play/5f3950a5d3c93f004cba619a

 

2020 Richmond International Film Festival

VIRTUAL SCREENING | MEDICATING NORMAL

After this content becomes available September 9th at 6:00 am GMT+10, you'll have 5 days 7 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching.

* NO LONGER ACTIVE on SA *

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)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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20 hours ago, Shep said:

The panelist discussion from the Surviving Antidepressants Presents showing of "Medicating Normal" has been uploaded and can be viewed here on YouTube: 

 

Medicating Normal - SurvivingAntidepressants.org Community Discussion video (1 hour and 26 minutes)

 

Great discussion! So many strong individuals that have gone through the hell of these medications and are doing great things by helping as many people as they can. I shed many tears listening to this. Thank you all for what you do :)

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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This discussion is fantastic too with 

Ed White and Mark Horowitz . 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

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Free showing of Medicating Normal Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm British Standard Time.

 

"Let this post serve as your formal invitation to the upcoming virtual Scottish premiere of Medicating Normal-The Film on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm BST. This FREE event is being presented by PLUS Perth, Angus Voices and Dundee Healthy Minds Network. Medicating Normal is a new, unreleased documentary that examines the current paradigm of mental health treatment including overdiagnosis, overprescribing and polypharmacy. 

 

Details & Register for a Ticket: bit.ly/TaysideScreening

 

Schedule: 

3:00 pm BST: Short Welcome and Virtual Screening of the film, Medicating Normal, 76-minute run time

4:15 pm BST: Post-Screening Community Discussion 

The post-screening community discussion panelists include Beverley Thomson, writer, speaker and researcher, key area antidepressants; Dr. Dan Fisher, psychiatrist and person with lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia; Dr. Danius Puras, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Public Mental Health at Vilnius University; and Angela Peacock, MSW, film subject."

 

http://plusperth.co.uk/scottish-premiere-of-medicating-normal/

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On 9/20/2020 at 6:18 AM, Altostrata said:

Free showing of Medicating Normal Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm British Standard Time.

 

"Let this post serve as your formal invitation to the upcoming virtual Scottish premiere of Medicating Normal-The Film on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm BST. This FREE event is being presented by PLUS Perth, Angus Voices and Dundee Healthy Minds Network. Medicating Normal is a new, unreleased documentary that examines the current paradigm of mental health treatment including overdiagnosis, overprescribing and polypharmacy. 

 

Details & Register for a Ticket: bit.ly/TaysideScreening

 

Schedule: 

3:00 pm BST: Short Welcome and Virtual Screening of the film, Medicating Normal, 76-minute run time

4:15 pm BST: Post-Screening Community Discussion 

The post-screening community discussion panelists include Beverley Thomson, writer, speaker and researcher, key area antidepressants; Dr. Dan Fisher, psychiatrist and person with lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia; Dr. Danius Puras, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Public Mental Health at Vilnius University; and Angela Peacock, MSW, film subject."

 

http://plusperth.co.uk/scottish-premiere-of-medicating-normal/

 

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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

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Also FREE:

 

The panelist discussion (which included Altostrata) from the Surviving Antidepressants Presents showing of "Medicating Normal" has been uploaded and can be viewed here on YouTube: 

 

Medicating Normal - SurvivingAntidepressants.org Community Discussion video (1 hour and 26 minutes)

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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

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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

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 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Convert the time here:

 

http://timebie.com/index.php

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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

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 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Thank you! I recently came across the discussion on Youtube and look forward to seeing the whole documentary.

1/3/2022 medication free 

I'm a different me than I used to be and that's ok, my eyes are open and so is my heart.

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This is incredible. I wish I would’ve found this site in July when my doctor did this to me. Thank you for spreading awareness. I pray that I heal from this and can do the same. 

Paxil 20mg - 2013-2015 (tapered to Lexapro)

Lexapro 20mg 2015 - May 19th, 2020

Celexa 10mg - May 19-May 26; Celexa 20mg - May 26-June 25; June 25-July 22; Celexa 30mg - 2 weeks leading up to July 22 - Caused adverse reactions/impending doom,panic,akathisia CT’d Celexa July 22.

Developed PGAD August 13th - brutal; Buspar added 5mg twice a day for withdrawal anxiety - August 14th-15th but didn’t help PGAD (HELPED ANXIETY)

Nortriptyline 1mL liquid - August 19th-Sep 3 - HELPED PGAD but stopped because I thought I was having bad side effects (learned it was prob withdrawal from Celexa)

Sep 4 -Lexapro 1.25mg Sep 5 -Lexapro 2.5mg helped withdrawal symptoms but caused muscle pain so I knew I messed up

Sep 6-Sep 9 - Lexapro 1.25mg (helped flu like symptoms - severe “cortisol anxiety” at all hours of the night and day. No relief unless I take ativan which I tried so hard to avoid - severe nausea (too much med)

Sep 11-Now - Celexa .5mg (liquid .25ml)
May 2020 - Ativan .25mg as needed for anxiety - schedule at .125mg 3 x’s a day (September 13-15th 2020 or so - September 21st, 2020) September 22, 2020 - skipped midday dose of Ativan -  withdrawal symptoms insomnia, leg pain (September 23,2020 - now back to .125mg 3 x’s day)

(Vaginal Valium as needed for PGAD) - Used twice since August 13th - STOPPED

09/23/20; Pink Stork Probiotic - 08/2019-Current (started for pregnancy nausea)

2010-Now - Dexilant 30mg for acid reflux

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Is there a place to purchase this and stream privately? I have not been able to have my days workout with the showing times. Thanks. 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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This link takes you to the page listing upcoming showings of the documentary:

 

https://medicatingnormal.com/watch/

 

This one might be a good one for you to sign up for.  I watched the Richmond Festival showing of it and it was like renting a film and I was to choose when I watched in during the time the Festival was running.  Once you start watching the docu you have complete it within 48 hours (?)

 

November 6, 2020 – November 12, 2020

Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival

1pm - 10pm Pacific. Tickets coming soon.

 

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* NO LONGER ACTIVE on SA *

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)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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