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I’ve been on antidepressants for 25 years.  Recently started Latuda and weaned off Trintellix over a month while starting Latuda.  
(Trintellix 20mg daily decreased by 15mg for 7 days, 10mg for 7 days, then 5mg for 7 days)

After being on Latuda for almost a month (Latuda 20 mg for 7days, 40mg for 7 days, 60mg for 3 days.  A lot of restlessness on 60mg so dose decreased to 40mg.  Felt great for about 6 days then suddenly got extreme restlessness and felt like I was going crazy.  My doctor had me stop
Latuda immediately.  Now after 2 days I’m on no antidepressants or antipsychotic medication.  I am feeling foggy but okay.  Is it possible I could get off antidepressants?  Is it possible after all these years?  I wouldn’t know.  I’ve never been off them.  I’ve taken almost every SSRI OR SNRI on the market.  I really don’t know what’s happening in this interim.  I have an appointment tomorrow and really don’t know if going back on meds is the right thing or the dire thing to do.  I hope this makes sense.  


*want to add that PMS is the time I feel my

moods are completely unstable. 


First time posting on a forum.  Thank you. 

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Welcome to SAHeather2080.


To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  A list format is best.  Yours can look something like this:


On antidepressants since 1995, including (list as many as you can remember)

DATE? Weaned off over Trintillex over a month while starting Latuda (Trintillex 20mg decreased by 15mg for 7 days, 10mg for 7 days, 5mg for 7 days)

(Latuda 20mg for 7 days, 40mg for 7 days, 60mg for 3 days)

DATE? Decreased Latuda to 40mg

DATE  Cold turkey Latuda after extreme restlessness and feeling crazy


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There is no way to tell whether you'll have withdrawal after going off the drugs. Some people (the percentage is unknown) seem to be able to get off these drugs with minimal withdrawal symptoms while others (again, the percentage is unknown) suffer for sometimes a lengthy period.  We can hope for the best.


What is withdrawal syndrome.


Regarding going on another drug, we're a site for going off psychiatric drugs and so don't recommend going on a new drug.  If you decide to go on a new drug, that would need to be a decision between you and your doctor.  Instead of drugs, we recommend using non-drug methods to cope.  Take a look at the links in the following link and see which you think may be helpful to you.


Non-drug techniques to cope


We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 


Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 


Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.


This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.






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 May 2: 6.1mg

Taper is 92% complete.  


Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, 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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