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What a wonderful post, @Dwell.


Thank you so much for coming back and writing your story.


Wishing you much happiness with your expanding family 😊

Please don't send me PMs. I am not a doctor. My comments are based on my personal experience with ADs and tapering. Consult your doctor about your own medical decisions.

Start of taper: Jan ’22 Vortioxetine 15mg, 

End year 1: 4.5mg, 

End year 2: 2.38mg, 

Year 3: 19 Jan 2.33mg, 26 Jan 2.28mg, 2 Feb 2.24mg, 8 Feb 2.19mg, 29 Feb 2.15mg, 7 Mar 2.10mg, 14 Mar 2.06mg, 21 Mar 1.99mg, 10 Apr 1.95mg, 17 Apr 1.91mg, 24 Apr 1.87mg, 1 May 1.83mg, 23 May 1.80mg,

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2 hours ago, Dwell said:

There is hope, you will get through it. It does take way too long but healing does happen! Life is good, it’s worth waiting. YOU WILL NOT BE STUCK IN THIS FOREVER! I wish all of you nothing but healing! ❤️‍🩹 

This is exactly what I needed to read tonight! Thank you for coming back and writing your success story- and congratulations on making it to the other side ♥️♥️

Akathisia from 5-50/25mg doses of Zoloft 3/2022

10mg of Lexapro since 4/2022

Taper began 6/2022: 5.0mg

End of 2022: 3.2mg

End of 2023: 1.8mg

2024 taper:

2/3/24: 1.76mg

3/2/24: 1.7mg

4/24/24: updose 1.72mg - WD hit on 4/15/24

Propranolol 30mg 3x day, trying to taper down as I believe it’s causing depression, on 25mg as of 5/13/24


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Wonderfully inspiring.  Thanks so much for coming back to share and good luck with the twins.

1994-2006 Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, lexapro, klonopin.   
2002 ct klonopin,  hospitalized two weeks later, put back on klonopin, Seroquel & lexapro added

2002 weaned klonopin 2006 Ct lexapro, in the hospital again, put on  imipramine 250mg, 

2009-2010 weaned off seroquel, 

2016-17tapered imipramine to 150, 2017-19 100 mg, 2020 jumped to 50 mg a week later went back up to 60. 11/22 56 mg

12-22 50mg 4/5/23 - 47mg 4/16 - 40 mg 6/27/23-35mg, 4/15/24 33mg, 5/15/24 32mg

Ropinirole 1/2020  3/21 ropinirol 2 mg 

Ozempic 4/2023 .25, 6/26/23 .37mg 12/1/23 .39mg, 4/24 40mg, 5/16/24 .25mg

clonidine .1mg 1/2024

Supplements: boron, diatomaceous earth, cream of tartar  and Celtic sea salt, transdermal magnesium oil



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Hi @Dwell

Congratulations on healing and living life!

Thank you so much for coming back to share your story. It means the world. 

Wishing you all the best -- health, happiness, peace, safety, ease of well-being to you and your family,


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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Hello @Dwell


Thank you for coming back to give us all hope, I have lived on success stories and I think I can say they have literally saved me many many times.  I do not understand why people do not return to give the rest of us hope as this is the anecdotal evidence that will help raise the profile and evidence to the medical professionals the truth from these insidious drugs.  Good luck and I wish you all the very best for the future with your growing family x



Started venlafaxine December 2016. Started to wean off Effexor over 16 months period and I had no issues at all. Stopped June 2020.  Unfortunately, I was under chronic stress from 4 deaths (1 was my mother) in the family amongst other things  and sunk back down in October 2020.  Rather than accepting this was chronic stress and grief, I panicked and went to the GP.


October 2020 prescribed Vortioxetine 10mg for 1 month and then increased to 15 mg ups advice from GP on for 7 weeks in total.  Had suicidal thoughts and off the wall anxiety.  Changed to Lexapro in mid December 2020, slow titration from 2.5mg up to 10mg.  After 7 weeks again off the wall anxiety. I was advised to take 5mg for one week and stop as I want to go 'au natural'.  Last SSRI was 30 January 2021.  


I was also prescribed diazepam and Zopiclone through the 4 months of taking SSRis to 'manage' the side effects and also for the withdrawal.   I am probably withdrawing from all drugs.


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On 5/11/2024 at 2:12 AM, Dwell said:

The list of symptoms was a mile long, and to be honest I’m so happy that I cannot remember or feel half of them. I hope to never remember that misery.


It's so interesting you say that. I've read a few times recently that when people recover, the feelings and emotions that accompanied all the pain of withdrawal all but disappear.


It's almost as if when the brain heals, those negative neural pathways are shut down forever.

Oct 2018 - Jun 2020: 10 mg per day generic Escitalopram in pill form.

Jul 2020 - Aug 2020: Switched to 9 mg per day of Cipralex drops to aid tapering.

Sep 2020 - Oct 2020: Taper to 8 mg.

Nov 2020 - Dec 2020: Taper to 7 mg.

Jan 2021 - Feb 2021: Taper to 6 mg.

Mar 2021 - Apr 2021: Taper to 5 mg.

May 2021 - Jun 2021: Taper to 4 mg.

Jul 2021 - Sep 2021: Taper to 3 mg.

Sep 2021 - Jan 2022: Taper to 2 mg.

Jan 2022: Stopped taking altogether.

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thank you for coming back and giving everyone here something to get by with  , as you know it means so much ❤️ and congrats on your babies 😊

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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I am so happy that I could write this and give a tiny bit of hope to anyone! I’ve tried to like everyone’s replies but it’s not showing so I don’t know if it worked. If you have any questions feel free to post or message me! I’m not on here a lot anymore but I’ll try to reply! YOUR SUCCESS IS COMING! 

Paxil 20mg started around 2013 dropped to 10 mg at some point dropped to 5mg for 1 week then C/T August 2016.


Buspar 10 mg 2x daily started 2013 fluctuating amounts.


Tried cylexa 1 week at beginning of August 2016.

Tried wellbutrin 1 week after cylexa stopped both.


I have been off all meds for around 4- 5 years.

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