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Hi

 

i weaned myself off Zoloft after 12 years and started getting symptoms so tried to get back on with terrible consequences - panic attacks, burning skin, burning brain and depression. My doctor kept upping the dose and things got worse and worse. She then changed me to Lexapro and that was as bad and she increased me again. She then introduced Mirtazapine. I went up to 30mg Mirtazapine and lowered Lexapro from 15mg to 7.5mg. 
 

my symptoms are still terrible. I know it’s not good to substitute for another medicine but I heard lamotrigine can help with withdrawal. Do you have experience with this and would it help me? Thanks

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100mg Sertraline for 12 years since 2011. Reduced to 75mg, 50mg, 25mg and then 0mg over four months in 2023. And then reinstated in September 2023 but couldn’t handle the symptoms. 

started Lexapro in January 2024 - 10mg for 4 weeks then 12.5mg for 1 week then 15mg for 8 weeks.  Then reduced to 12.5mg, 10mg and 8mg until April 2024. Currently on 8mg. 
 

Introduced 30mg Mirtazapine in March 2024. 

 

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Hello, and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. We are a peer support forum to assist in tapering off psychiatric drugs safely, or recovering from psychiatric drug withdrawal.

 

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MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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9 hours ago, MPatron said:

Hi

 

i weaned myself off Zoloft after 12 years and started getting symptoms so tried to get back on with terrible consequences - panic attacks, burning skin, burning brain and depression. My doctor kept upping the dose and things got worse and worse. She then changed me to Lexapro and that was as bad and she increased me again. She then introduced Mirtazapine. I went up to 30mg Mirtazapine and lowered Lexapro from 15mg to 7.5mg. 
 

my symptoms are still terrible. I know it’s not good to substitute for another medicine but I heard lamotrigine can help with withdrawal. Do you have experience with this and would it help me? Thanks

Fill in your drug signature and I will get back to you. We don't suggest introducing new drugs, particularly if you are already taking two. Unfortunately you reach a point where no drug will stabilise your nervous system. It is best to stick with the ones you are currently taking, and taper off them slowly.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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Ok I’ve updated my signature hope this is correct. 

100mg Sertraline for 12 years since 2011. Reduced to 75mg, 50mg, 25mg and then 0mg over four months in 2023. And then reinstated in September 2023 but couldn’t handle the symptoms. 

started Lexapro in January 2024 - 10mg for 4 weeks then 12.5mg for 1 week then 15mg for 8 weeks.  Then reduced to 12.5mg, 10mg and 8mg until April 2024. Currently on 8mg. 
 

Introduced 30mg Mirtazapine in March 2024. 

 

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On 4/26/2024 at 9:14 PM, MPatron said:

Ok I’ve updated my signature hope this is correct. 

Could you add the dates in when you started the current drugs and doses, and whenever you changed dose. Thanks.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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Done!

100mg Sertraline for 12 years since 2011. Reduced to 75mg, 50mg, 25mg and then 0mg over four months in 2023. And then reinstated in September 2023 but couldn’t handle the symptoms. 

started Lexapro in January 2024 - 10mg for 4 weeks then 12.5mg for 1 week then 15mg for 8 weeks.  Then reduced to 12.5mg, 10mg and 8mg until April 2024. Currently on 8mg. 
 

Introduced 30mg Mirtazapine in March 2024. 

 

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3 hours ago, MPatron said:

Done!

I would highly recommend a period of stability, taking the same doses of each drug for a number of weeks and months. This will allow your brain and nervous system to stabilise somewhat from the catalogue of changes you have made over the last 6-12 months.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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On 4/27/2024 at 1:35 AM, Erimus said:

Fill in your drug signature and I will get back to you. We don't suggest introducing new drugs, particularly if you are already taking two. Unfortunately you reach a point where no drug will stabilise your nervous system. It is best to stick with the ones you are currently taking, and taper off them slowly.

Thank you Erimus. The symptoms are terrible at the moment. I guess just sticking with my current meds and dosages would be the way to go

100mg Sertraline for 12 years since 2011. Reduced to 75mg, 50mg, 25mg and then 0mg over four months in 2023. And then reinstated in September 2023 but couldn’t handle the symptoms. 

started Lexapro in January 2024 - 10mg for 4 weeks then 12.5mg for 1 week then 15mg for 8 weeks.  Then reduced to 12.5mg, 10mg and 8mg until April 2024. Currently on 8mg. 
 

Introduced 30mg Mirtazapine in March 2024. 

 

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