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Excellent documentary, full length now available for viewing free of charge on YouTube:

 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

August 2021 - 2mg melatonin   August 1, 2022 - 1mg melatonin   March 31, 2023 - 0mg melatonin

2024 supplements update: electrolyte blend in water sipped throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil blend w/ morning meal (incl. vit. A+D+E); calcium; vitamin C+zinc

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Okay. Yes I heard of this documentary.  

1991- Put on Prozac for menstrual problems 1991-2000: On Zoloft most of this time , 100mg . Max .2002 - Miscarriage . Proceeded to go off medication due to this. Got pregnant 2nd and was off medication for first trimester. Servere withdrawl problems went back on after first trimester. .2003-2010 Continued on Zoloft, Strattera 2010-2014 Lamictal Added. 2016 - Frontal Lobe Brain Tumor Discovered 2017 - Brain Surgery - stopped any attempts to taper. 2019 - 6 month polydrugged episode that included Lorazapeam,Rexulti,Pristiq,Gabapentin,Cymbalta,Ensam (after off antidepressants), Latuda, Abilify and Prozac. End of 2019 in October ended up in hospital with Akathesia and a slew of other symptoms. 2020-2021 Successfully tapered off: Lamictal, and all other meds except Lorazapam . Did a taper for 18 months off Lorazapam - Milk taper. 2021-current :Been tapering off Zoloft since February 2021 with good success at 29.9mg. Other Meds and Supplement .01 mg of biodentical Estridol and 100 mg progesterone (bioidentical) Vita C, Vita D, Omegas, Probitoics, Multiple Vitamin, Melatonin 2.5 mg. (at night), Apple Pectin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for the link. I have just watched the full video, and it seemed like an excellent summary of this terrible situation.  All the more so, because the personal stories are so relatable. 

 

In my case, I was in a very unhappy marriage, certainly not helped by the various antidepressants that my husband said I should take. My short stay in a psychiaric unit was my only option when my husband tried to get me to leave our house. That's when I was prescribed quetiapine.  If only I had had somewhere to go, away from my husband, I think I would have been OK, because I knew I needed to leave anyway. The best thing about my hospital stay was that I started to take care of myself.  I started to read again, and do things for me. 

 

My husband was a very troubled individual, possibly with an underlying neurological disease, who died of a massive brain tumour, at the age of fifty. The medical intervention, and the drugs were a disaster for him, and our adult children. Call me cynical, but I have lost all faith in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. 

 

As an aside, my battle with insomnia has led to my listening to hours and hours of speech radio during the long nights. They cover all sorts of current topics, yet nothing about psychiatric drugs, that I am aware of. There really seems to be a conspiacy of silence. And yet, in my small circle of acquaintances, I know of six people enmeshed in this awful situation. 

 

It really makes you wonder.

Early 2000's to 2018, tried fluoxetine, duloxetine, amitryptiline, setraline, with little effect.

2018 fluoxetine 20mgs and quetiapine 50mgs.

November 2023,  CT  fluoxetine, then quetiapine.

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Hi @Libby123

Glad you watched the film, it's an important one! I hope you'll share the youtube link with those you know who are affected by WD (and with everyone else as well). 

 

Are you in the UK? 

You might be interested in this BBC One Panorama documentary, The Antidepressant Story

I believe you can watch it for free from the UK.

 

I'm sorry for what you've been through and glad you've found your way to SA.

Healing is happening and good things await. 

In solidarity and support,

A. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

August 2021 - 2mg melatonin   August 1, 2022 - 1mg melatonin   March 31, 2023 - 0mg melatonin

2024 supplements update: electrolyte blend in water sipped throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil blend w/ morning meal (incl. vit. A+D+E); calcium; vitamin C+zinc

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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If you're not in the UK, you can watch it for free here. I also have a copy downloaded and archived.

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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