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Hudgens

Laughing, I had the same problem when I first came to the site.

If you can find my Intro thread-

I was asking everyone, but couldn't find any unqualified successes.

There were many who had regained a normal life compared to how bad things can become,

But no absolute return to things prior to antidepressants.

I still don't know of any.

Most people get better and leave the whole thing behind.

I wanted to make sure I wrote it all down, but have to admit

My natural inclinations are to forget about it all.

That's actually why it took a few days to reply.

Still complete recovery is possible, I have noticed no permanent damage,

I don't think it exists. It's all withdrawal and it all passes.

You have to really take your time, though.

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Hudgens

Oh, just reread your post and should say I didn't get through with minimal symptoms.

There's no such thing as going through this without a lot of suffering

I think I had less than others because I went slowly for the most part

But make no mistake I went through hell-especially for a couple of months in 2012!

It's all doable though. And very worth it.

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reachingforthestars

Hudgens, did you take Celexa as long as eight or nine years before Effexor? If so did you have any withdrawal symptoms from Celexa after you switched to Effexor?

 

Your journey has given a lot of hope!

 

 Thank you! :)

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Hudgens

I took Celexa for 1-2 months before beginning Effexor, and it was a smooth transition.

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Hopeinahpwr

Hudgens,

Thank you, thank you for posting! I have been so concerned about how I'm going to get my Dr to agree to give me enough pills each month so that I can split them down in an effort to really slow taper the correct way! Then I started thinking about doing exactly what you have done, but thought to myself...that would never work as I could never assure that the dose is the same!...but you did it! You have given me and I'm sure many others hope! God bless you and please stay in touch, you are an inspiration and your story is truly needed!

Ben

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Hudgens

You don't need any more pills-you just reduce each one you take each day using whatever method works best for you. If you using solid pills (generic) you just take off a little bit from the place where the pill divides and then break it in half and take an AM and a PM dose-the trick is to take off the same amount each day.

I didn't have to resort to the eyeball measuring method until I was down to 1 or 2 mgs-the doses just became too brittle to measure with the gizmo I used up until then. small amounts of powder aren't that hard to judge-I used a single edge razor blade to move the piles around and did it on colored printer paper. I may just be good at judging symmetry.

 

I think the scales you can buy are accurate until you get down to below a mg-so you can go pretty far that way.

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elbee

Thank you so much for posting. I'm on the SSRI originally for panic attacks too starting in 1990 (so about 25 years). I was able to get off the ssri and benzo the summer of 2014, but then the panic attacks came back full force. I'm guessing that was in large part to cutting things down much too quickly. Amazingly, as I was going through the process I had some extra anxiety (to the degree that I quit drinking coffee) but not really any other symptoms. It was just that the damn panic attacks came back and were relentless. I'm going to do this again, but go much more slowly. I already dropped some too quickly (I now know) but I'll just give myself some extra time before I start dropping again, and go slow from here on out. Your story is inspirational :)

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Hopeinahpwr

Elbee,

We can do this. I see you've been on ADs yourself for some time. I'M praying for you man.

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Hudgens

It's interesting to me that you're not experiencing any of the 100 other withdrawal symptoms.

-just a return of your original panic attacks-

If the panic attacks are just that, then you would've gottin off the antidepressant with no

withdrawal and therefore maybe should just go into therapy to learn to deal with the attacks-it Can be done without drugs. I was started on an antidepressant around the same time as you and for the same reason. I do get attacks still-once in a great while-but I've learn in therapy what to do about them and so it just doesn't bother me much anymore.

 

Of course the other possibility is that you just hadn't gottin to the withdrawal yet-sometimes it takes months. Still, some people can stop antidepressants fairly quickly with no withdrawal-at least that's what I've heard.

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cymbaltawithdrawal5600

I am so glad to see you continuing to visit the site and offer your experience, strength and hope to people here. Many recovered members get caught up in rebuilding their lives and really don't have time to come back and help out and we really need that. People need to see and hear from someone who punched through to the other side, even if just to say: "I had that, it was terrible, but it went away".

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Hopeinahpwr

Thank you Hudgens, your journey gives great hope!

Ben

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Hudgens

Welcome!

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elbee

Hmm, I'm following this thread but never got an email that there were replies. Strange.

 

Ya the first time I got off the meds in 2014 I had very few WD symptoms in the 4 month process, mostly increased anxiety. Then 2 months later the panic attacks hit again full force. But why I've been recognizing since my last post is that things were going downhill for some time before 2014 (which now I recall is why I got off the meds) and since the "reinstatement" I have been experiencing more difficulties that I guess I was just in denial about or not wanting to see? Regardless, again, thank you for documenting your courageous story!

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cakesgimmecakes

This story gives me so much hope regarding insomnia. And just an overall sense of well being I'm looking for. THANK YOU for coming back and sharing. Please continue to update us.

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geoff22000

Hi Hudgens - I am inspired by your recovery story!  how are you doing these days?? I would like to know if you are still med free and enjoying life? I am struggling with Effexor withdrawal following a change of dose from 187.5mg per day down to 150mg per day several months ago now. Maybe it takes a bit longer to level out again after a 20% reduction of Venlafaxine (or should I just call it hell!) 

 

be great to hear from you

 

Geoff

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Ryder

Just went through your story Hudgens and wanted to say you are a shining light. One of a very few who would  taking the time to give back. Not sure if i'll use your little wrench you used to WD but I might buy some sandpaper right away. Hopefully it won't get too sandy when I give it a try.

 

Dave.

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rupa

Dear Hudgens how are you?A little update will be appreciated.Thank you.

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EnglishSteve
On 9/16/2015 at 5:08 AM, LexAnger said:

Thanks so very much Hudgens for sharing your successful tapering! Each of us who is still on the way needs it so much to continue this most terrifying, painful and long battle! It's just beyond unbelievable even for the micro tapers.

 

Can you share more insights about how did it feel during the slow taper, what you were able and unable to do etc. did all symptoms go away without other complications to your general health?

 

Again, your great success can save many lives. One of members I befriended here on the forum just took her life last week losing hope no being terrified by the non- out of the hell thinking.

 

Please update us when you can as you heal further.

 

Best wishes to you. So happy for you!

LexA

 

On 9/16/2015 at 5:08 AM, LexAnger said:

Thanks so very much Hudgens for sharing your successful tapering! Each of us who is still on the way needs it so much to continue this most terrifying, painful and long battle! It's just beyond unbelievable even for the micro tapers.

 

Can you share more insights about how did it feel during the slow taper, what you were able and unable to do etc. did all symptoms go away without other complications to your general health?

 

Again, your great success can save many lives. One of members I befriended here on the forum just took her life last week losing hope no being terrified by the non- out of the hell thinking.

 

Please update us when you can as you heal further.

 

Best wishes to you. So happy for you!

LexA

 

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EnglishSteve
On 9/16/2015 at 5:08 AM, LexAnger said:

Thanks so very much Hudgens for sharing your successful tapering! Each of us who is still on the way needs it so much to continue this most terrifying, painful and long battle! It's just beyond unbelievable even for the micro tapers.

 

Can you share more insights about how did it feel during the slow taper, what you were able and unable to do etc. did all symptoms go away without other complications to your general health?

 

Again, your great success can save many lives. One of members I befriended here on the forum just took her life last week losing hope no being terrified by the non- out of the hell thinking.

 

Please update us when you can as you heal further.

 

Best wishes to you. So happy for you!

LexA

 

On 9/16/2015 at 5:08 AM, LexAnger said:

Thanks so very much Hudgens for sharing your successful tapering! Each of us who is still on the way needs it so much to continue this most terrifying, painful and long battle! It's just beyond unbelievable even for the micro tapers.

 

Can you share more insights about how did it feel during the slow taper, what you were able and unable to do etc. did all symptoms go away without other complications to your general health?

 

Again, your great success can save many lives. One of members I befriended here on the forum just took her life last week losing hope no being terrified by the non- out of the hell thinking.

 

Please update us when you can as you heal further.

 

Best wishes to you. So happy for you!

LexA

It’s unbelievable.  Someone writes a story about success and healing which lifts the spirits, And then immediately under it,  someone makes a very triggering comment about someone else taking their life. 

 A quick reminder you have to be so careful on perusing this site, the carpet can be pulled out from under your feet in an instant. 

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