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Saturday, November 28, 2015, 9:43PM. 

 

Hello, I have just recently registered for this website and what appears to be a peer support place. I am now around early adulthood and have been on and off, albeit more on than off, medications for the past 10 years. I have also been a drug consumer. Actually my first psychotic break from reality happened after a drug experience. Since then, I was in and out of psychiatric institutions with diagnosis's ranging from manic depression but more popularly schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, and the latest schizoaffective. Whether drug consumption came first of mental health problems propagated first is a question I may never know. Regardless, though, there is a very strong possibility I had damaged my brain through my liberal hard drug use. Think buying off the street from people you don't know. Anyway, I had become very depressed. The depression was self-medicated through alcohol and drugs until I continued to get belligerently psychotic and once again landed in a psychiatric facility. Looking back I think I was dealing with a lot of internal pain which I probably was unable or unwilling to process myself. 10 years of therapy later, I now know a lot more about myself. The past several years (2 or 3) I have been really looking for answers. I started certain routines into my life to feel better about myself. I found out I have a passion for writing. I am also willingly trying to pursue my dreams. With this new found strength, I had decided to start going off the psych-meds. I went off the Seroquel after being on a relatively low dose of antipsychotics for years first. I was really nervous about it, especially from what other people said. I just couldn't believe that after all the progress I made on myself, I would become delusional by getting off them. What I have found was interesting. I still get "magical thinking" sometimes, but I am learning to just deal with it myself. Also sometimes I get outlandish thoughts which I am more easily able to reject mostly I think from growing up and probably some therapy. The antidepressants however were at a high dose for a long time, and i greatly underestimated them. I was at 50 mg of Zoloft because I was in a desperation to get off as  soon as possible, but am now at 75 and may even go up a little more as I may have gotten off them too fast. Anyhow, I am getting tired of writing and need to do something else!

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Hi Capt Jack

 

Welcome to SA.  All new members are asked to put their withdrawal history in their signature to better enable members and staff to offer suggestions.  How to do this:  Withdrawal History in Signature

 

Someone with more knowledge and experience should be along soon.  I suggest you don't take anything more/less until they have responded to your situation.

 

I'm listing some links which you can be reading.  Understanding what is happening may help you to decide what course of action/suggestion to follow.  You have come to the right place.  This is very supportive community.  Use your Intro thread to ask questions and keep a journal of your progress.

 

Video: Healing from Antidepressants: Patterns of Recovery

 

Brain Remodelling

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

Why taper?

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Tips for Tapering Zoloft

 

Keep it Simple, Slow and Stable

 

All the best.

 

CC

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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I won't. I have a psychiatrist I see and even have her number to call. I think she is going to reach over her desk and strangle me when I tell her how low of a dose I am on. I may call her for some advice soon, may probably have to bump it up a little despite my ego telling me to stay the course. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Hi again,

 

Not knowing what your psychiatrist is like regarding withdrawal and tapering I'd like to suggest that you post your their suggestion here and get others opinions on what you should do/take.

 

Re the ego this might help:  six-mistakes-ive-made-in-withdrawal/

 

CC

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Hi CaptianJack-- Welcome to the group.  This site is dedicated to helping people get off of psych drugs in a safe and controlled manner.  We have a protocol that has been developed oven many years and many thousands of people experiences, which we know works.  If you are interested in our advice we are quite willing to be of help.  But if you wish to follow the directions of your doctor there isn't much we can do for you.

 

So how can we help you?

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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I think both. I take advice from my doctor and respect her opinion but at this point am doing what I feel is best which is slowly going down. I also don't know how much help I need I am pretty self-motivated but would like to stay a part of a community of peers who are also in the same boat. I hope that helps, I don't know if this is the right place for me. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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I definitely want help just am unsure about a lot. So. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Hello CaptainJC.

 

A very good idea about anything in life is to get ourselves educated and informed about things.

 

I'm always shockingly surprised how I had been taking these drugs for so many years without having a slightest clue of how they actually work. Just relying on doctors and popular myths without exploring them myself. Even choosing to trust doctors over myself.

 

Start by reading through the links Chessie provided for you. The information here explained so many things for me.

Current: Xanax 0.26 (down from 2 mg in 2013), Lexapro 2.85 mg (down from 5 mg 2013)

Amitriptyline (tricyclic AD) and clonazepam for 3 months to treat headache in 1996 
1999. - present Xanax prn up to 3 mg.
2000-2005 Prozac CT twice, 2005-2010 Zoloft CT 3 times, 2010-2013 Escitalopram 10 mg
went from 2.5 to zero on 7 Aug 2013, bad crash 40 days after
reinstated to 5 mg Escitalopram 4Oct 2013 and holding liquid Xanax every 5 hours
28 Jan 2014 Xanax 1.9, 18 Apr  2015 1 mg,  25 June 2015 Lex 4.8, 6 Aug Lexapro 4.6, 1 Jan 2016 0.64  Xanax     9 month hold

24 Sept 2016 4.5 Lex, 17 Oct 4.4 Lex (Nov 0.63 Xanax, Dec 0.625 Xanax), 1 Jan 2017 4.3 Lex, 24 Jan 4.2, 5 Feb 4.1, 24 Mar 4 mg, 10 Apr 3.9 mg, May 3.85, June 3.8, July 3.75, 22 July 3.7, 15 Aug 3.65, 17 Sept 3.6, 1 Jan 2018 3.55, 19 Jan 3.5, 16 Mar 3.4, 14 Apr 3.3, 23 May 3.2, 16 June 3.15, 15 Jul 3.1, 31 Jul 3, 21 Aug 2.9 26 Sept 2.85, 14 Nov Xan 0.61, 1 Dec 0.59, 19 Dec 0.58, 4 Jan 0.565, 6 Feb 0.55, 20 Feb 0.535, 1 Mar 0.505, 10 Mar 0.475, 14 Mar 0.45, 4 Apr 0.415, 13 Apr 0.37, 21 Apr 0.33, 29 Apr 0.29, 10 May 0.27, 17 May 0.25, 28 May 0.22, 19 June 0.22, 21 Jun updose to 0.24, 24 Jun updose to 0.26

Supplements: Omega 3 + Vit E, Vit C, D, magnesium, Taurine, probiotic 

I'm not a medical professional. Any advice I give is based on my own experience and reading. 

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Hi again Captain,

 

When first coming to this site, it can be overwhelming.  For years we have believed certain things/people and then suddenly we are bombarded with all of this information which makes us question these beliefs/people.  I found the best thing was to start reading the threads/topics that were offered, and sometimes re-reading them and the start of my own intro topic.

 

bubble's post has just popped up with similar thoughts to mine so I'll leave it at that.

 

CC

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Welcome Captain Jack Sparrow to Beyond Meds

 

It sounds like you have a good game plan for yourself, to follow your passions and try to get off the 'medications'.  I was curious what routines you added to your life that made you feel better.  I took up nightly 5 mile walks and daily bike treks and, strange as this may sound, hunting for golf balls at local courses.  I was also on Zoloft and Zyprexa (for 15 yrs.) and had terrible times trying to get off of them, usually a week or two of flu-like symptoms (projectile vomiting for a week straight) and insomnia, which still haunts me to this day.

I too have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar and schizo-affective.  They are basically all pseudo- labels that the psychiatric industry come up with to make themselves seem current and intelligent and high-sounding.   If I were you, I would never tell your shrink how low of dose you are taking.  I never did.  I would just nod my head to all their questions at our bi-annual appointments, and then throw out half the pills they prescribed for me,  since I was only taking half doses.  I would say to my shrinks "Yep, yep, I am still taking those good pills, doc."  I mean just lie to them.  Even when I had issues with the side effects of their pills, it didn't matter to them, because they're just pill-pushers, so why be honest with them. No need to raise their concern levels and have them ruin you with their overbearing good intentions. 

 

I am a writer, too. I mostly write poetry and short pieces of memoir and would be interested in reading some of your work if you felt like sharing any of it. I found that getting off of the meds really freed my creative spirit from years of pill -induced lethargy. I thought I might leave with you with a little of my poetry and if you wanted to send me some of your writing just send me a message on this website.  Best of Luck to you however you choose to get off those pills and on with your life.    PoetJester

 

The Sayings of Forrest Dumped               from the movie "Forrest Gump"

Life is like a jug of rotten leche          (leche- Spanish for 'milk')

It leaves a bad taste in your mouth

And makes you wanna retche.          (ie. to retch, to throw up)

 

On the first order of business

Rip van Winkle

Woke up

And had to tinkle.

 

The Way of the World

Mankind follows a rather disingenuous path

It talks about love and practices wrath.

 

My Youth

What can I say about myself as a youth?

I was as quiet as a mouse

I was as tight-lipped as a clam

I was as high-strung as a lute

But, boy did I sure fall for girls that I thought were cute.

Court committed to take Prozac, Paxci, and Respiradol from 8/95 to 3/96.   developed severe akithisia and brain damage.  Was unable to speak and walking in circles 15 hours a day.  Went in for 5 sessions of ECT during a 10 day period in March of '96 and my forced medication was discontinued at that time.  My akithisia and brain damage cleared up within a few days of stopping the meds.

 

On Zoloft (200 mg) and Zyprexa (17.5 mg) March 1998- Feb 2014

In between was placed on Effexor 200 mg and Abilify for six months in 2004.  Developed mild akithisia which went away once I stopped the Abilify.  Developed severe GI issues in Dec 2001 and from that time on suffered from fatigue and hypersomnia where I would sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day and rarely ever left my apartment. 

 

Had tapered to 100 mg of Zoloft and 7.5 mg of Zyprexa at the time of going cold turkey Feb. 2014

Went 5 days without sleep at the beginning while vomiting all over my apt.  Had brain zaps for a number of weeks and also lightheadedness which both eventually went away.  However 2 1/2 yrs later I still struggle with insomnia, depression, and fatigue.

 

 

 

 

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Hi CaptianJack-- I think you'll fit in fine.  Going on and then getting off of theses drugs is a huge deal, quite possibly one of the hardest things someone will ever do in their life.  Not only have people had problems that they turned to someone they have learned all their life to trust only to have it backfire and those people turn their backs, they find their condition much worse and no one will believe them.  Each persons journey is different and we all learn from each other as we sort through what has happened to us.

 

There is a lot of information, feelings and sensations to sort through and a lot of seeming huge decisions to make.  Especially in the beginning.  Read through the links, get confused and ask a lot of questions, that's how the rest of us started out, and at some point your path will become more clear.

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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I am back. I have gone through taking heavy duty antipsychotic medications being told i needed it for life, and have been been off them just fine the last 6 months. The next to go is my sertraline zoloft 100mg

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Welcome back CJS,

 

I've merged your post with your original intro thread - it's one per member so we can see your complete history in one place. 

 

Karen

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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hi everyone, it's nice to see people who have been on antidepressants for 10, 20 years, gives me a lot of hope that there is still hope out there. pretty frustrated myself with everything, including all the deception and lies. I read something about holds, I believe that is when you stay on a dose until you feel better? I have been on a hold for a bit now, totally want to get off them as fast as possible but I am going a slower route. i hope my drug history is on the bottom. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Hi CJS,

 

I've merged your recent new topic into your Intro/Update topic.  It is one Intro topic per member.  This is where you ask questions related to your own situation.

 

It is a good idea to click Follow This Topic (top right).  Also, to find your topic you can click on the drop down arrow beside your name and then click My Content.  You can then choose Only Topics on the left and find your Intro.  Or save it in Favourites.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Thanks ChessieCat, you have saved me possibly months of frustration. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Welcome Captain Jack Sparrow to Beyond Meds

 

It sounds like you have a good game plan for yourself, to follow your passions and try to get off the 'medications'.  I was curious what routines you added to your life that made you feel better.  I took up nightly 5 mile walks and daily bike treks and, strange as this may sound, hunting for golf balls at local courses.  I was also on Zoloft and Zyprexa (for 15 yrs.) and had terrible times trying to get off of them, usually a week or two of flu-like symptoms (projectile vomiting for a week straight) and insomnia, which still haunts me to this day.

I too have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar and schizo-affective.  They are basically all pseudo- labels that the psychiatric industry come up with to make themselves seem current and intelligent and high-sounding.   If I were you, I would never tell your shrink how low of dose you are taking.  I never did.  I would just nod my head to all their questions at our bi-annual appointments, and then throw out half the pills they prescribed for me,  since I was only taking half doses.  I would say to my shrinks "Yep, yep, I am still taking those good pills, doc."  I mean just lie to them.  Even when I had issues with the side effects of their pills, it didn't matter to them, because they're just pill-pushers, so why be honest with them. No need to raise their concern levels and have them ruin you with their overbearing good intentions. 

 

I am a writer, too. I mostly write poetry and short pieces of memoir and would be interested in reading some of your work if you felt like sharing any of it. I found that getting off of the meds really freed my creative spirit from years of pill -induced lethargy. I thought I might leave with you with a little of my poetry and if you wanted to send me some of your writing just send me a message on this website.  Best of Luck to you however you choose to get off those pills and on with your life.    PoetJester

 

The Sayings of Forrest Dumped               from the movie "Forrest Gump"

Life is like a jug of rotten leche          (leche- Spanish for 'milk')

It leaves a bad taste in your mouth

And makes you wanna retche.          (ie. to retch, to throw up)

 

On the first order of business

Rip van Winkle

Woke up

And had to tinkle.

 

The Way of the World

Mankind follows a rather disingenuous path

It talks about love and practices wrath.

 

My Youth

What can I say about myself as a youth?

I was as quiet as a mouse

I was as tight-lipped as a clam

I was as high-strung as a lute

But, boy did I sure fall for girls that I thought were cute.

 

PoetJester, Thank you so much for your honest advice!!! lol. It seems the only way to get by is to lie to these shrinks. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Was curious if anyone has any tips from tapering off 50mg of Zoloft? 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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Hi CJS

 

I've moved you question re Zoloft into your intro topic because there is already a topic Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline).  You may find that this topic answers any questions you have regarding tapering Zoloft.  If not, you are welcome to ask them either here (if it is about your own individual situation your Intro topic is the best one to use) or if it is more general in nature you could post in the Tips for tapering off Zoloft.

 

Many subjects already have existing topics.  The best way to search this site is by using Google and typing in survivingantidepressants.org + topic.  If you can't find what you are looking for then please don't hesitate to ask.

 

I am assuming that you are planning on starting your taper soon.  Good luck, I hope it goes well.  Please don't forget to update your signature with date and dose each time you change so that your drug history remains current and it can be seen at a glance and means that people don't have to read back through your posts.

 

Also, remember to keep notes on paper, both improvements and symptoms, so that if issues arise you will be able to give details which will help the staff to offer suggestions.  And Keep it Simple, Slow and Stable.  It can be tempting to try and rush the process, but your brain needs to adapt each time you drop your dose before dropping some more.

 

I'm looking forward to hearing how you go.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Hi Jack,

 

Just found this post by you:  Posted 25 April 2016 - 12:14 PM

Dizzy,

 

I'm right there with you, man. I just made the leap from 75mg of zoloft to 50mg of zoloft the past 2-3 weeks. It actually wasn't as bad as I expected, however... I also went down to 50mg before but it was way too fast and it left me feeling very agitated for too long. I am happy to finally feel myself adjusting to the "50mg" of Zoloft dose. I think i will try to hold off as long as possible so I could really get my brain attuned to it. 

 

I actually did something very similar to you which is I went down from 100 to 75 and then quickly to 50 after a couple of weeks and carrying this energy of determined motivation started alternating also to 25/50.. After much struggling I had to swallow my PRIDE and go back up to 75mg, spent some time on 75mg then went down to 50 where I am now comfortably. For me it is about finding an intuitive sense of how my body is adjusting and the factual memory sort of, but mostly intuition. I have no idea how I will tackle going from 50 to 0 yet. 

 

Firstly could you please update your signature to show this change in dosage.

 

It would probably be a good idea to hold for at least 2 (or maybe even 3) months from when you last dropped your dose to allow your brain and CNS to catch up.  SA recommends a 10% taper of the previous dose with a 4-6 week holding period to let your brain adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  Dropping by large amounts (and in this instance you dropped by 33%) can end up taking longer than going down 10%.

 

What sort of withdrawal symptoms have you been experiencing since dropping to 50 mg (from 75 mg)?

 

Please also be aware that many members here find that the lower the dose gets the slower they have to go.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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UPDATE: I really had no idea this journey would be so difficult. I thought everyone was wacky to recommend this slow taper thing, but I'm realizing how ADDICTIVE this stuff really is. I had to go up from 50mg and pushed it to 62.5 and i already feel a lot better.. wow. 

2005/6-2013 - A wild rollercoaster of meds I can't remmeber, i was on 40mg of zyprexa at one point daily
2014 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 April 200mg Zoloft /5mg Saphris
2015 May 200mg Zoloft / 400mg Seroquel
2015 June 200mg Zoloft / 300mg Seroquel
2015 July 150mg Zoloft / 200mg Seroquel
2015 August 125mg Zoloft / 100mg Seroquel
2015 September 100mg Zoloft / 50mg Seroquel
2015 October 50mg Zoloft
2015 November 75mg Zoloft

2016 November 100mg Zoloft; 112.5mg Clozaril 

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This is a real learning curve and many of us have thought we could go faster than the 10% which sounds so ridiculously SLOOOOOOW! 

Unfortunately we have also had to admit that we didn't know best and had to updose or reinstate then start to do it properly.  :blush:

 

Hold the dose you are on now for at least a month then follow the guidelines in the topic for tapering zoloft. CC posted the link for you.

 

Try to be patient and you will get there in the end with your sanity intact. Rush it and risk being back you where started and on other drugs!

 

Let us know how it's going  :)

**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

 

Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 

 

My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

 

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