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Hi, I am tapering off Nortriptyline currently and have recently began having feelings like my legs are not working or like I am unable to move them.  I am able to physically move them, but it's a weird feeling like they are delayed or something.  Has anyone else encountered symptoms like this?  My mind wants to tell me that I have MS or ALS, but I am not having physical issues of moving them.  I think maybe it's related to tapering off of the medication.


Thanks for any insight!  

1994-1997 Zoloft

1997-2014 Prozac 10-20mg

2014 (few months)  Prozac 100mg.  Bad side effects of jitters and jerking

204-2017 Effexor 37.5-75mg

2017-2019 Pristiq 50mg.  Taken off in 3 week time period due to memory problems and coordination

Began having major symptoms 2-3 months after removal

2019-Present: Put on Nortiptylene 20mg.  Have tapered down to 3mg currently

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How long have you tapered the Nortriptyline from 20 mg to 3 mg? We don't suggest anymore than 10% a month.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


The slowness of slow tapers


Tips for tapering off nortriptyline 


OCD Obsessive Thoughts, Compulsive Behaviours


According to the Mayo Clinic, muscle weakness is a symptom of Nortriptyline, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.




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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.

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.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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