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And another thing that I've thought of.  I have been keeping my homemade liquid made from the contents of a compounded capsule for several weeks.  It might be deteriorating.  So I will make a new batch and only keep for a few days from now on to eliminate that possibility.

 

Even though it is not recommended to keep it for more than 4 days, I've been doing this because I didn't want to have to get more capsules made.  But I now have plenty so can make a fresh batch more often.

 

So close to the end!!!

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Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Hello everyone.   Went down to 0.05mg today.  What a stupidly tiny amount of dose compared to 100mg Pristiq.  But as can be testified to here on SA these drugs are strong and our brains need

I'm now down to 0.02mg.  The end is nigh.   Here is my complete taper with my first day of 0mg being 23rd October 2021.    

@mdwstrx I've responded in your intro.   Thanks for the support everyone.  It is now so close to the end.  I'm down to 0.07mg and only have 2 months (literally) before I'm off.  Last dose wi

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Update:

 

I'm feeling a bit foggy headed this morning but not as bad as yesterday morning.  However it is not as good as it was late yesterday.

 

So close to the end!!!

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Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Hi ChessieCat, 

 

I was amazed to hear that you keep your mixture so long before getting rid of it. You’ve done okay with tapering in the past, I wonder how it kept that long?🧡

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things.Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because of akathisia from WDs. Can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released still had severe akathisia n was suicidal again. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been many years of tapering. .

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Sep 8=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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So I did make a new batch which I started using today.  And I will only use for 4 days.

 

I have not been as foggy headed today but I am still experiencing dizziness which seems to be happening more often.  To start with it was only when I went to lie down or get up.

 

I am continuing to take 0.00625mg Pristiq instead of the planned 0.005mg.

 

My plan, if the dizziness continues, is to see the doctor early next week and request a blood test for low platelets.  The reason I'm leaving it until then, unless it gets really bad, is because it will be 2 weeks after my 2nd vaccination.  I'm trying to make sure that I have good immunity before going out and about amongst people.

So close to the end!!!

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Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Feeling about the same today as yesterday.

 

Also remembered that about 2 weeks ago I stopped taking Omega 3 fish oil capsules.  The reason I stopped them was because I know that they were thinning my blood, which was proven when I upped the dose from 2 capsules to 3, and I was having the bleeding in my nose.

 

The nose bleeding seems to have stopped over the 3-5 days.

So close to the end!!!

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Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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just wanted to add that I expected to have a setback with the v@ccine b/c I am so sensitive..I did great at first, but would not doubt if my current state just might have been propelled by it. No matter, I was going to get it no matter what...but just a thought!

 

zoloft 50 mg 1998  , 1999 switched to Celexa 20mg
2000 switched to Neurontin, Xanax 2 mg, Depakote  .May 2001, cold turkeyed all 3 drugs
reinstated Celexa in the middle of pregnancy, august 2001
after birth of child switched to Prozac weekly september 2002
2008 ..added  Lamictal..dropped after 1 month , switched from Prozac weekly to Effexor 75mg
2010,  upped dose to 150 of Effexor
.tapered down to 20mg over 8 months January to December 2012, started Lexapro 2012 10mg
upped it to 20 mg eventually...Spot treated randomly with .25 of Klonopin once or twice a month
2017  Did not want to switch meds again, tried Lamictal again...c/t after 4 weeks.

added 3.75 mg of Remeron...started researching...found the groups...started taper Sept. 2018.

current doses 4.5 Lexapro, 1.6 Remeron ...updosed Remeron to 2.2 October 2021

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I've made an appointment for tomorrow morning and will be able to get a blood test at the same place.  Hopefully the doctor will take my concern seriously.

So close to the end!!!

🏁

Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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3 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I've made an appointment for tomorrow morning and will be able to get a blood test at the same place.  Hopefully the doctor will take my concern seriously.

All the best at the doctors 🧡

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things.Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because of akathisia from WDs. Can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released still had severe akathisia n was suicidal again. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been many years of tapering. .

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Sep 8=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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Thanks Carmie.

 

My doctor visit did go very well.  I explained my timeline of onset of the nose bleeding and the dizziness related to the AZ vaccines x 2.  I also stated that I realised that it may not be that but I wanted to eliminate it as a cause.  And she took me seriously.  She was also very thorough and checked a few things.  She said that it may be postural blood pressure (from Mayo Clinic:  Orthostatic hypotension — also called postural hypotension — is a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down.) 

 

When I saw the pathologist for the blood test, she told me that the doctor had stated that it was urgent.  So, yes, she is taking it seriously.  And the results should be available tomorrow.

 

I did not mention anything about ADWD.

 

Note to self:

 

Just noting here that my BP med has been different recently, perindopril arginine, whereas before it was usually perindopril erbumine, and the dose has been double.  The difference is the salt not the drug.  But it is something that I need to keep in mind.

So close to the end!!!

🏁

Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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I’m so glad to hear that the doctor took you seriously ChessieCat🧡

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things.Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because of akathisia from WDs. Can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released still had severe akathisia n was suicidal again. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been many years of tapering. .

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Sep 8=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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I hope the results come back positive. 👍

 Starting ds 2 (12.5 CR'S) = 25 MG PAXIL CR 1/21/15: 1 Pill + 10mg liquid (2 weeks) 2/4: 1 Pill + 9mg Lq (3 weeks) 2/25: 1 Pill + 8 mg lq (1 week) 3/4: 1 Pill + 6 mg lq (2 weeks) 3/18/15 1 Pill + 4 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/1/15 1 Pill + 3 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/14/15 1 Pill + 2 mg lq (2 weeks) 4/29/15 1Pill + 1 mg lq (16 days) 5/15/15 1 12.5 mg Pill ONLY (9 days) 5/24/15 12 mgs liquid (8 days) 6/1/15 11mg lq (12 days) 6/13/15 10 mg.  12/3/15 Drop from 8mg to 7.6 (24 days to) 12/27/15 7.2mgs  8/4/16 6.8mgs,  11/1/16 6.4mgs, 2/5/17 6 mgs  4/3/17 5.6mgs, 4/24/17 5.2mg, 6/13/17 4.8mgs, 9/20/17 4.4mgS, 11/23/17 4 mgs, 1/1/18 3.6 mgs, 2/15/18 3.2 mgs. 4/13/18 2.8mgs, 5/11/18 2.4mgs, 6/10/18 2.0 mgs, 8/4/18 1.6mgs,  9/27/18 1.2mgs, 12/24/18 0.8mg, 3/24/19 0.64 mg,(syringe change issue date?) 4/22/19 0.60 mg, 5/24/19 0.60 mg, 7/7/19 0.52 mgs, 8/4/19 0.44mgs, 11/4/19 0.36mgs, 2/1/20 0.28mgs, 3/1/20 0.24mgs (crash April 6) Compound started 6/28/21: 0.24mgs, 8/29/21: 0.22mgs, 10/29/21: 0.20mgs

 

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Thanks guys.

 

I ended up doing the full week of 0.00625mg.

 

Today I have reduced to 0.005mg.

 

Spoke to the doctor and my blood platelets are okay, haemoglobin normal and blood clotting is okay.

 

D-dimer (which can indicate presence of a clot) is not bad but she spoke to the head doctor and he said to have another blood test on Monday.

 

So I’m going to have a full fasting blood test done, including B12, for which my sister and mother both require/d B12 injections.  So that includes blood sugar and cholesterol.  I figured I might as well have all of them done at the same time instead of  going back and forth trying to solve the mystery.

 

One thing that I realised yesterday is that my dizziness doesn't just happen when getting up from lying down, it happens when I lie down, which to me seems to indicate that it is not postural hypertension.  The dizziness from postural hypertension happens because there is a bit of a delay in blood flow because the heart has to pump harder.  I wouldn't think that this would cause dizziness the other way around.

 

I’ve also realised that dizziness can be caused by diabetes.  And yes, I am overweight.

 

Anyway, over the last couple of days I have noticed that I seem to be getting tired during the day and I have had a nap on both days.

And if anyone is wondering I'm about to turn 64.

So close to the end!!!

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Current from 16 October 2021:  Pristiq 0.005mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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