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UK National Newspaper (And the Lancet) Today - only 15% of people suffer withdrawal!!!


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Rather contradictory piece in today's Guardian...




I doubt many of us agree with this reports findings (though we are not a random sample of course). 

1998 - 2009 Citalopram 10mg increased to 20mg (stable) per day.

2009 - 2010 Citalopram increased slowly to 60mg per day but less effective/not working for me

Feb 2010 Venlafaxine 75mg increasing to 225mg per day (also tried on with other meds like Risperidone/Busparone/Lithium)

Oct 2010 - Venlafaxine 225mg and Abilify and Risperidone 

Nov 2010 Venlafaxine 225mg and Seroquel for a few months then tapered off Seroquel

Oct 2016 to Mar 2017 slow taper/reduction off Venlafaxine (too many side effects) 

May 2017 relapse so started on Escitalopram (took while work work) and Lyrica (Pregabalin - just for a few months then tapered off this).

2017 to 2022 Escitalopram 20mg reducing to 10mg with no negative impact

2023 Escitalopram reduced to 5mg - no problems at this dose 

2023 Jan started slow (not slow enough) taper reducing to nothing over about 9 months. 

2023 Oct - No medication for a month then sudden withdrawal symptoms so back on it @ 5mg  since then. Now found this site to work out how to do it properly I hope!

10 April 2024 - reduced from 5mg to 4.5mg Escitalopram. May 2024 - 4.5mg to 4mg, June 2024 - 4 to 3.5mg 

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I saw this all over the newspapers and websites today.


It's very flawed.


First and foremost, this is a meta study. In other words, it's an overview of all the other studies that have taken place over the years, many funded by drug companies. It's only ever going to be as accurate as the data it's using.


So it's a study of flawed studies.


Secondly, the vast majority of studies don't take into account the huge number of people who go back on to their medication because they think their issues are returning (or are told by their doctor it's their issue returning), unaware that they are actually suffering from withdrawal.


So I'm almost certain the cohort of people suffering from withdrawal is actually much higher if you take into consideration the people who start taking their antidepressants again.


As they also say, withdrawal can last for 'up to six months.' I suspect this is because the majority of AD studies are very small and very short. Certainly not lasting long enough to monitor people with protracted withdrawal.




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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