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Congratulations for getting off of psychiatric drugs!  Thank you for writing your story about this.  It will help many others in here who need hope and inspiration. 

 

On 2/11/2024 at 4:54 AM, Ej334 said:

I’ve gotten 2 Masters degrees and a top professional certification in my industry.

That's incredible!  My hat's off to you for doing all of this.   

Please do not private message me.  Only tag me for urgent questions about tapering and reinstating - thank you.  

 

***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.

 

Lexapro   Started Apr 15 2010 - 10 mg;  started taper August 2017, recent taper info: Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, extended release vitamin C, melatonin 2 mg

 

Paxil 2002 - 2010, switched to Lexapro 2010 

Trazodone 50 mg. 2002 - 2019, fast tapered in 2019 

Xanax 0.5 mg as needed 2002 - 2019, up to 3x weekly 

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Thank you for sharing your story. I'm glad you are well.

  • 15mg Remeron/Mirtazapine November starting 2022 (severe physical side effects)
  • Attempted to taper off January 2023, ended up having a major breakdown and going up to 30mg, took weeks to stabilise
  • Therapy and self-care helped a lot mentally while stable on the drug (but with bad physical side effects)
  • Tapered off over 4-5 weeks, felt physically better all through taper & sexual side effects & palpitations went away
  • Last dose 20-24th April 2023
  • Severely physically unwell from 2nd May 2023. Had many bad symptoms eg. Palpitations, adrenaline rushes at night etc in the weeks following and couldn't eat. 
  • Many symptoms eventually resolved, but left with severe and debilitating fatigue, poor sleep and sexual side effects.

 

Summary: 5 months using Mirtazapine, including 1 month taper ending late April 2023. Severe withdrawal since.

 

 

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@Ej334What about your total drug history?

2009-2010: Asentra (50 mg)

2011: Cipralex (10 mg)

2009-2011: tried Zyprexa (5/2.5mg), Kventiax  (50/25mg) and Abilify (low dosage) (started refusing it - being zombie)

2012-2016: Prozac (60 mg)

2016-2017: Alventa (75 mg)

2016: just tried Cymbalta and Ludiomil

2017-2019: Mirtazapine (30/45mg)

2012-2018: Wellbutrine (300 mg)

2014-2018: Lamotrigine (50/100/150 mg)

Supplements: B12, D, Mg

 

I know I wrote a lot of nonsense here. I'm sorry, I feel shamed!

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It means so much to hear the success stories, and I know that everyone on the other side of this must be ready to just get on with their lives. 🙂Thank you for coming back to share your story!

2008-2014 paroxetine 20mg

2014 March to May paroxetine fast taper to 0, bad crash in November, reinstated 20mg

2014-2019 paroxetine 20mg

2019 paroxetine Sep 20mg Oct 15mg Nov 10mg; acute withdrawal - found this site and decided to hold at 10mg

2020 July 10mg Aug 9.5mg Sep 8.5mg Nov 7.6mg Dec 7mg; .25mg xanax and .25mg hydroxizine as needed

2021 paroxetine Jan 6.6mg Feb 6mg; .25mg xanax and .25mg hydroxyzine as needed, switched to a liquid suspension

2022-present continued to taper about 10% every 6 weeks, holding when needed, currently at 0.72mg; .25 Xanax maybe a few times a year, no alcohol since October 2023

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Hi @Ej334,

 

Did you taper at all of your drug or was it a mixed bag ?

 

Ryder.

2008-2012: Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Valium (5 days supply),

2012 - Seroquel x 4 weeks C/T. 

2014 - Seroquel x 2 Weeks C/T. Crossed to Risperidone 3mg for 6months until December.

2014 - Stopped Risperidone. Xfer > Anti-Depressant 200mg Zoloft and 6mg Clonazepam. 

2018 - 150mg Clomipromine changed Anti-depressant. Tapered Benzo to 1mg Clonazepam. 2019 - xfer to 20mg Diazepam. 

 

Currently:

Anafranil: 75mg. 17th Dec 2022 70mg. 27th Dec 22: 75mg, 14 January 23': 70mg. 16-26th January: 50mg (too fast drop no sleep). Jan 28th 2023: 70mg. 20 Feb 2023: 65mg. 11/06: 60mg 9/08: 55mg 15/08: 50mg.

        Diazepam (V): 25th Oct 2019' 20mg. 22 Dec 19' 19mg. 04 Apr 2020' 18mg,  30 September 20' 17.5mg , 13 Nov 2020' 17mg. 01 January 2021: 16mg, 13th Aug 21' 15mg. 1st Nov' 2021 14.5mg. 1st Dec' 2021 14mg. 13 January 2022: 13.5mg, 11 Feb: 13mg.  11 April 22' 12.5mg, 12 May 22': 12mg, 6th September 2022: 11mg Valium. 9th October: 10.5mg, 25th Oct 10mg. 12 March 23: 9.5mg 2 April: 9.25mg 23 April: 9mg 12/05: 8.75 26/05: 8.5 12/09: 8.25 21/09: 8.5. 3/10: 8.25 17/10: 8mg.

        20th Nov Brassmonkey: (7.9.,7.8, 7.75) 5 Feb: 7.25mg. 23 Feb: 7mg 

*.      Have tried to go at faster rate than 0.5mg but is currently too fast. 

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Congratulations @Ej334!

 

Well done on getting off and glad you are feeling better. 

 

Hibari 

9/2013-4/2014:  After moms death, was prescribed a series of meds for short periods of time that didn't work. Zoloft, Lexapro,  Nortriptyline, Liquid Prozac, Cymbalta. 

1/2014-9/2014. Clonzapam: Given Lamictal, stopped Clonzapam at .125mgs  

1/2015-4 2017 Remeron: 41.25 -0.025mgs

7/2015-11/2018 Lamictal: 200mgs-0.05 mgs Had paradoxical reaction to Lamictal wd, broke my heart to take a benzo but wasn't sleeping. 

3/28/2019 -2/5/ 2021  Clonazapam: 0.625mgs-.00115 Med Free 

July 27th, 2022**Severe Setback due to surgery/ anesthesia. 

9/7/22-10/4/22 Trazadone 50-100mgs for sleep, 10/13/22-11/13/22 Trazadone 1 mg to stabilize

10/4/22-11/20/22 Remeron 7.5mgs (for sleep doesn't work) 11/20/22 7.3 - 12/31/22 6.3 

2023: 1/18/23 6.1 - 6/6/23 3.6  6/16 3.4  6/28 3.0 7/12 2.7  7/28 2.5 8/11 2.2 8/23 2.0  9/5 1.8  9/16 1.6  9/30 1.4  10/13 1.2  10/26 1.0  11/9 0.8  11/22 0.6  12/6 0.4  12/23 0.2.

2024 1/4/24  Remeron/Mirtazapine free 

Additional Support:  Armour Thyroid 75mgs, Magnesium Glycinate 300-500mgs,  L-theanine 

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Thank you for coming back.... 🌞

2021:  started celexa 10mg feb 2nd 

feb 25th took my last 10g; feb 26th 5mg; feb 27th 5mg; feb 28th 2021 cold turkey 

currently taking mag

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Thank you. I needed this today.

Sertraline (Zoloft) 2004: 50mg (Nov); 2005: 100mg (Feb), 200mg (Jul); 2006: 100mg (Feb); 2007-2010: 150mg; 2011: 100mg (Jun); 2012: 75mg, 100mg; 2013: 125mg; 2014: 100mg, 75mg, 50mg; 2015: 75mg, 100mg, 125mg, 150mg; 2016-2017: 150mg; 2018: 149mg (4 Jan), 148mg (9 Jan), 147mg (14 Jan), 146mg (19 Jan), 145mg (24 Jan), 144mg (9 Mar), 143mg (17 Mar), 142mg (29 Mar), 141mg (9 Apr), 140mg (14 Apr), 139mg (3 Jun), 138mg (13 Jun), 137mg (1 Jul), 136mg (13 Jul), 135mg (28 Jul), 134mg (11 Aug), 133mg (23 Aug), 132mg (9 Sep), 131mg (20 Sep), 130mg (9 Oct), 129mg (24 Oct), 128mg (3 Dec); 2019: 125mg (20 Jun); 2022: 123mg (9 Feb), ↘︎ 122mg (23 Jul), ↘︎ 121mg (13 Aug), ↘︎ 120mg (27 Aug), ↘︎ 119mg (10 Sep), ↘︎ 118mg (24 Sep), ↘︎ 117mg (8 Oct), ↘︎ 116mg (20 Oct), ↘︎ 115mg (14 Nov), ↘︎ 114mg (26 Nov), ↘︎ 113mg (8 Dec), ↘︎ 112mg (18 Dec), ↘︎ 111mg (28 Dec); 2023: ↘︎ 110mg (4 Jan), ↘︎ 109mg (20 Jan), ↘︎ 108mg (29 Jan), ↘︎ 107mg (6 Feb), ↘︎ 106mg (14 Feb), ↘︎ 105mg (21 Feb), ↘︎ 104mg (6 Mar), ↘︎ 103mg (13 Mar), ↘︎ 102mg (19 Mar), ↘︎ 101mg (25 Mar), ↘︎ 100mg (31 Mar), ↘︎ 99mg (11 Apr), ↘︎ 98mg (17 Apr), ↘︎ 97mg (23 Apr), ↘︎ 96mg (29 Apr), ↘︎ 95mg (5 May), ↘︎ 94mg (16 May), ↘︎ 93mg (22 May), ↘︎ 92mg (28 May), ↘︎ 91mg (3 Jun), ↘︎ 90mg (9 Jun), ↘︎ 89mg (20 Jun), ↘︎ 88mg (25 Jun), ↘︎ 87mg (30 Jun), ↘︎ 86mg (5 Jul), ↘︎ 85mg (10 Jul), ↘︎ 84mg (4 Aug), ↘︎ 83mg (9 Aug), ↘︎ 82mg (14 Aug), ↘︎ 81mg (19 Aug), ↘︎ 80mg (24 Aug), ↘︎ 79mg (2 Sep), ↘︎ 78mg (7 Sep), ↘︎ 77mg (12 Sep), ↘︎ 76mg (17 Sep), ↘︎ 75mg (22 Sep), ↘︎ 74mg (1 Oct), ↘︎ 73mg (6 Oct), ↘︎ 72mg (11 Oct), ↘︎ 71mg (16 Oct), ↘︎ 70mg (21 Oct), ↘︎ 69mg (30 Oct), ↘︎ 68mg (4 Nov), ↘︎ 67mg (9 Nov), ↘︎ 66mg (14 Nov), ↘︎ 65mg (19 Nov), ↘︎ 64mg (28 Nov), ↘︎ 63mg (3 Dec), ↘︎ 62mg (8 Dec), ↘︎ 61mg (13 Dec), ↘︎ 60mg (18 Dec), ↘︎ 59mg (27 Dec); 2024: ↘︎ 58mg (1 Jan), ↘︎ 57mg (6 Jan), ↘︎ 56mg (11 Jan), ↘︎ 55mg (16 Jan), ↘︎ 54mg (25 Jan), ↘︎ 53mg (30 Jan), ↘︎ 52mg (4 Feb), ↘︎ 51mg (9 Feb), ↘︎ 50mg (14 Feb), ↘︎ 49mg (23 Feb), ↘︎ 48mg (28 Feb); ↘︎ = Daily micro-taper (i.e. fractions of a mg).

Temazepam 2004: ?mg.

Alprazolam (Xanax) 2007: 0.5mg - 4mg.

Quetiapine (Seroquel) 2008: 25mg - 75mg.

Dexamphetamine 2013: 5mg.

Modafinil 2017: 100mg.

 

Quit: Coffee (09 Mar '22), Alcohol (11 Mar '22), Vitamin supplements (14 Mar '22), OTC medications (14 Mar '22), Herbal and mushroom supplements (14 Dec, '22).

 

"Discipline will set you free"

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