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Hi there.im on brintellix 10 mg.

I started at 5mg, then 10, then 20 mg.after feeling lost and broken my psychiatrist told me to "break the tablet in half " so now im on 10mg.this is a period of around 2 years.i believe its taken me since August to recover from that 10 mg drop.when things settle down, i plan to do a liquid taper @ 10% per month .

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hi my names patrick,in the past ive been on 250 mg of pristiq for some 4 years.then down to 40 mg prozac, now at the moment, im on 10 mg brintellex. Ive read about the water taper and im wondering if brintellix is soluble? It does dissolve in water, but ive been doing it for a week, and seem to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. I haven't changed my dose. Would these symptoms be still from the 10 mg drop (from 20mg to 10 mg) back 5 months ago? (Doctors orders ) any help would be greatly appreciated.

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hi Pattycat

 

Welcome to SA. Were you having withdrawal symptoms before you started on the liquid? Or have new ones arisen since you started dissolving your dose in water?

 

Dalsaan

Please note - I am not a medical practitioner and I do not give medical advice. I offer an opinion based on my own experiences, reading and discussion with others.On Effexor for 2 months at the start of 2005. Had extreme insomnia as an adverse reaction. Changed to mirtazapine. Have been trying to get off since mid 2008 with numerous failures including CTs and slow (but not slow enough tapers)Have slow tapered at 10 per cent or less for years. I have liquid mirtazapine made at a compounding chemist.

Was on 1.6 ml as at 19 March 2014.

Dropped to 1.5 ml 7 June 2014. Dropped to 1.4 in about September.

Dropped to 1.3 on 20 December 2014. Dropped to 1.2 in mid Jan 2015.

Dropped to 1 ml in late Feb 2015. I think my old medication had run out of puff so I tried 1ml when I got the new stuff and it seems to be going ok. Sleep has been good over the last week (as of 13/3/15).

Dropped to 1/2 ml 14/11/15 Fatigue still there as are memory and cognition problems. Sleep is patchy but liveable compared to what it has been in the past.

 

DRUG FREE - as at 1st May 2017

 

>My intro post is here - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2250-dalsaan

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Before i started the liquid.

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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They feel like they worsend once i started dissolving the the tablet. I have been dissolving for 5-6 days.i was hoping to "ride"the withdrawal from 20 mg to 10 mg.its been 5 months.

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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If you were already experiencing symptoms it means you had a destabilised nervous system. Any changes can exacerbate that. We do see symptoms linger, particularly after a big cut.

 

What symptoms do you have and how much have they changed since the switch to liquid?

 

D

Please note - I am not a medical practitioner and I do not give medical advice. I offer an opinion based on my own experiences, reading and discussion with others.On Effexor for 2 months at the start of 2005. Had extreme insomnia as an adverse reaction. Changed to mirtazapine. Have been trying to get off since mid 2008 with numerous failures including CTs and slow (but not slow enough tapers)Have slow tapered at 10 per cent or less for years. I have liquid mirtazapine made at a compounding chemist.

Was on 1.6 ml as at 19 March 2014.

Dropped to 1.5 ml 7 June 2014. Dropped to 1.4 in about September.

Dropped to 1.3 on 20 December 2014. Dropped to 1.2 in mid Jan 2015.

Dropped to 1 ml in late Feb 2015. I think my old medication had run out of puff so I tried 1ml when I got the new stuff and it seems to be going ok. Sleep has been good over the last week (as of 13/3/15).

Dropped to 1/2 ml 14/11/15 Fatigue still there as are memory and cognition problems. Sleep is patchy but liveable compared to what it has been in the past.

 

DRUG FREE - as at 1st May 2017

 

>My intro post is here - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2250-dalsaan

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I feel sleepy, angry and kind of out of it. I cant seem to think clearly. And i feel quite nervous. When i started to dissolve my dose 5 days ago, these symptoms worsend .should i go back up to 15 /20 mg?

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hi Pattycat , welcome.

 

Your symptoms could be from the 50% drop you did 5 months ago.   

However , if they've worsened since starting liquid , I'd be inclined to go back to the tablet and stabilize there.

 

Many people have similar problems changing from tabs to liquid (see simack) , so it's not just you.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Many thanks fresh, i will start back on the tablet tonight. Just one more question, do you think i should keep taking the 20 mg (cut in half to 10 mg) nightly? Or ask my doc to write up a new script for 10 mg, so i just take the 10 mg tablet whole, instead of cutting the tear shaped tablet in half? Im just curious if im cutting the 20 mg tablet, and getting say 13 mg one night, and 7 mg the next may cause some discomfort. I really appreciate your help.

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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If there are 10mg tablets , that's a better choice , for 2 reasons:

 

1.  As you say , unless you're weighing on a digital jewellers' scale , you may not be accurate.  That's a big

     swing to potentially be going from 7 to 13mg daily.  It would keep things a bit unstable for sure.

2.  Once the pills are broken , they absorb at a different rate to a whole tablet.  That caused problems for me

     splitting pristiq . . . I got "dose-dumping" within an hour after taking it at night , and then w/d achy-jaw a few

     hours before it was due ,  because it hadn't lasted the distance.   

 

Until you get 10mg tablets , see how to use your own liquid precisely.

If you mix a 20mg tab in 20 mg water , you can draw 10mg into an oral syringe.

See How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

 

This is your thread , and you can ask as many questions as you want.

It would be helpful if you fill in your signature , so we can see your history at a glance.

 

:)

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Hi PattyCat,

 

Welcome to SA.  You'll find plenty of felines around this forum :) .

 

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 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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Also, dose any one here find that when they stop taking these drugs, they immediately feel better? I mean that is before i found the safe way to taper, in the past, when i stop cold turkey, for the 3-4 weeks untill withdrawal kicks in, i feel like "normal" and like i found a childhood friend,but its me? Can anyone relate?

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Like i haven't felt in years..

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hi Pat-- Delayed WD is one of the big problems we see here.   People stop CT and feel great for a few weeks to a few months and then get blindsided by the symptoms.  The problem is that by that time their CNS has become sensitive which makes it very trick to reinstate.  The risk of an adverse reaction increases the longer a person is off.  Also it takes such a long time for a small dose to have any affect people start to panic that they won't get better and start changing up doses which just compounds the problem.

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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Hi brassmonkey..is this indicative of how we may feel after withdrawal?

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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As in feel better?

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Thank you chessiecat

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hey Patty - yes, there is often a honeymoon period.

 

It's what makes it difficult to convince someone that reinstatement may reduce their symptoms, because folks remember how great and clear they felt after getting the drug out of their bloodstream

 

Problem is, the architecture of the brain has been changed, and even though there may be fresh breezes, the structure is collapsing and needs to be propped up.  Stabilized.

 

Another way to think of it is jumping off the cliff - the flight through the air (which can take 6-12 months from an AD) - is exhilarating, but the landing isn't.

 

It is why we prefer to abseil down the cliff, slowly, gently, and carefully, to prevent that messy crash at the bottom (which makes healing so much slower).  Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Additionally, if you think of the brain as a basketball, every time you make a change - sometimes that's a change as simple as brand name to generic, or a course of antibiotics, or tablet-to-liquid, or an extra cup of coffee - it gives the brain an extra bounce.  The goal in withdrawal is to keep that brain/basketball still, so that it can heal.

 

It sounds to me like getting 10mg tabs until you stabilize is the best option.  Until you can get that arranged, please continue cutting your tablets, as it seems the liquid is going to be a big adjustment.  Did you make a decrease in dose when you went to liquid?  Or were you just trying to make the liquid at the same dose? 

 

Because if you decreased dose AND switched form (to liquid) at the same time, that could cause destabilization, too.  You might check your maths, as Fresh suggested, to make sure you were actually taking a 10mg dose with the liquid you made.  See:  How to Make a Liquid from Tablets or Capsule

 

Many people find Magnesium and Omega-3 fish oil helpful, too.

 

Welcome to SA!

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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Thank you so much for your reply.you have confirmed in writing what i have suspected for a long time..

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Also, when i made up the liquid, i was still taking the 10 mg.so now i have a new script from the doctor, made up as 10 mg tablets.i will continue with the 10 mg until things really settle down..then taper 10 percent. Has anyone here seen the tread with the lady who used sandpaper to grind her tablet, then putting it in a vice/clamp like devise, turning the handle once every withdrawal.? I will do more investigation

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Yup , I used to enjoy the touch of euphoria that came with destabization.

 

LOL @ using a vice to grind down tablets.  Please share the link if you find it.

 

I haven't read this thread , but it may be here Using an oral syringe and other tapering techniques

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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 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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Great work CC  :) .

 

"I've tried to explain this several times before, but it's difficult. I went looking through a junk drawer at the beginning of my taper in 2010 and found a sort of device-I still have no idea what it's real purpose is- that I used for measuring. Looks a little like the top of a small monkey wrench (but it's not a wrench). It's got screw and a locking nut for the screw (wish I could just download a picture, but I have no idea how), anyway, what I'd do is take a white, round, generic Effexor pill and take a tiny section off of the pill's edge by rubbing it on a piece of sandpaper, then put the pill in the adjustable gap of my measuring mechanism-lock the screw-and that way know exactly how much to take off of the pill each time (that is, by reducing the pill on the sandpaper until it fit neatly into the previously set gap of the device). When I was ready to make another reduction-I would prepare the pill to fit the gap and then take a tiny bit more off, readjust the screw on the device and lock it in place again for the new smaller dose. When I got to the center dividing line in the pill I just cut the pill in half for a half dose."

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thanks chessie,thats the one..????

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Does anything help with brain fog?

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Fish oil tends to have some good effects.

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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This is a good article that suggests Omega-3's , b-vitamins and adaptogens (herbs).

http://draxe.com/brain-fog/

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thanks, it seems to hang around from 8am till about 11 or 12 pm.i cant even think, or perform basic math, and seem to get offended easily. Hope its just a phase, and will wear off until the 10mg tablet kicks in..????????

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hey Pattycat, have you checked in with other Australian members here?

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6284-australia-members-please-check-in-here/

 

Seems our doctors like to prescribe these drugs a lot.  There are, as in many arenas, a high percentage of Aussies in the room!

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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Hi jan carol, thanks for the tip, today was a great day, no brain fog, i felt switched on, and in control ????

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hello, any more folks on brintellix? Is anyone attempting to taper? After stabilising on ten mg, im starting a 10% taper tonight.

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hey folkes. After switching back to the 10 mg tablet, i stabilized, and felt fairly well .so i stayed there for a month, before using the vice (g clamp and sandpaper) method to taper.its now been 3 weeks since i started that, and i am experiencing some withdrawal symptoms. Mind you i am shaving the tiniest peice of a 10 mg tablet . tonight i plan to halve that again, and try that..it is quite frustrating, but i am learning about myself and these drugs at the same time.this is not a race..i plan to find a open minded doctor and at the very least let him know what im doing..at the moment i dont really have one, and at the very least i may be able to regulate things a bit, and have someone to lean on..will keep you posted. .thank god for this page..

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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Hi @Altostrata !

Many thanks for checking in😊

I forgot my login details🐱.

I am down to 2.5 mg brintellix daily, i cut a tablet in half.its been a year or two since i last posted here,i guess after repeated attempts to taper/cut back, i put it in the too hard basket. The negative effects my family had to endure made it easier just to take the damm tablets.

Just today it was time to renew my script and i spoke with my dr about safely cutting back.he basically said that there is no safe way.

There has been a simmering resentment over the last few years with this, and now im back,ready to have another go.😊

2005-2012 250 mg pristiq.3 month taper meltdown(dr knows best)

2012-2013 40 mg prozac stopped due to extreme anxiety.

2014-present 20 mg brintellix viortioxetine. Dropped down to 10 mg 5-6 months ago. Overnight (dr knows best) now on 10 mg with bearable withdrawal hoping to ride it out, then taper.

 

Last 2 years 2.5mg brintellix. Hoping to taper off.

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Pattycat: is vortioxetine / Trintellix / Brintellix soluble?
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Hi Pattycat and welcome back,

 

This topic has been updated since you were last here: tips-for-tapering-vortioxetine-trintellix-brintellix

 

Edited July 28, 2017 by scallywag 
added solubility details re: DMSO

 

We have also had other members join who are taking the same drug so you could check out their Intros and see how they are tapering.  This is the link to the Introduction forum site search I did:  vortioxetine Trintellix Brintellix

 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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 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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