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I want off of everything. Let me start with that. Let me also assure you I don't care how many YEARS it takes. 

Now, this is what I'm on

 

Latuda-60mg

Effexor-75mg

Ativan-.5mg

Xanax-.5mg 2x

Ambien-10mg

Topamax-100mg

 

As of Friday. 1/29/16, I am off of Adderall 40mg. I'm feeling decent about that. I'm a bit unfocused and agitated. Heart is racing off and on. I'm drinking white tea with lavander and feeling confident that it'll pass.

The thing is, I have been on meds for over 10 year and I've tracked my progress. I am worse now then when I started. New symptoms, new issues. New  meds. I have never been this angry, psychotic, apathetic, depressed, anxious, or lacking in creativity. I want my life back. My doc is not on board with me stopping. My family isn't either. So, it's all internet support I need.

 

My question is-how do I taper off? One med at a time? Or all of them reduced together?

Which one do I start with?

 

Thank you!

 

10 Years on -Ativan .5, Xanax 1mg, Effexor 75, Topamax 100

3 years on Latuda 60, to replace Geodon 60

 

Diagnosed all kinds of stuff, but no one ever looked into the trauma in my past as a cause. Everyone just medicated me. My goal is to get off everything. On 1/29/16, I was cold turkey taken off 40mg of Adderall. (Not a good time). 

 

 

 

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Welcome XDJ

Your doctor hasnt really been doing you any favours.

So glad you found sa.

Are you able to advise when you started each of those drugs or have you been on all of them for the full 10 years. Maybe they accumulated over time.

 

First things first how did you stop the adderall. Did you taper it ?

 

Whether you are taking any dosage of Adderall under the guidance of a doctor or not, abrupt discontinuation can result in withdrawal symptoms, some of them very serious see http://www.healthlin...crash#Overview1Do not suddenly stop taking Adderall.

 

Please read this link on adderall

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/8987-tips-for-tapering-off-adderall/

 

 

I have run your drugs through the interaction checker (i included the adderall) and come up with this:

http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=190-1645,2333-1544,1488-899,2296-1524,3278-14870,2216-1469

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Interactions between your selected drugs

Major topiramate lurasidone

Applies to: Topamax (topiramate), Latuda (lurasidone)

Topiramate can cause increased body temperature and decreased sweating, and these effects may be worsened when combined with medications like lurasidone. Heat stroke and hospitalization may occur in some people, especially in warm weather and during vigorous exercise. Children are particularly susceptible. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications. You should drink plenty of fluids during warm weather and when exercising, and seek medical attention if you have decreased sweating or a fever. You may also experience drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness when taking these medications together. Therefore, avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Major amphetamine venlafaxine

Applies to: Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine), Effexor (venlafaxine)

Talk to your doctor before using venlafaxine together with amphetamine. Venlafaxine may increase the effects of amphetamine, and side effects such as jitteriness, nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, and racing thoughts have been reported. Combining these medications can also increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called the serotonin syndrome, which may include symptoms such as confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, excessive sweating, shivering or shaking, blurred vision, muscle spasm or stiffness, tremor, incoordination, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases may result in coma and even death. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking the medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Major dextroamphetamine venlafaxine

Applies to: Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine), Effexor (venlafaxine)

Talk to your doctor before using venlafaxine together with dextroamphetamine. Venlafaxine may increase the effects of dextroamphetamine, and side effects such as jitteriness, nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, and racing thoughts have been reported. Combining these medications can also increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called the serotonin syndrome, which may include symptoms such as confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, excessive sweating, shivering or shaking, blurred vision, muscle spasm or stiffness, tremor, incoordination, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases may result in coma and even death. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking the medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate venlafaxine lurasidone

Applies to: Effexor (venlafaxine), Latuda (lurasidone)

Using venlafaxine together with lurasidone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate venlafaxine topiramate

Applies to: Effexor (venlafaxine), Topamax (topiramate)

Using venlafaxine together with topiramate may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate zolpidem lurasidone

Applies to: Ambien (zolpidem), Latuda (lurasidone)

Using zolpidem together with lurasidone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate zolpidem topiramate

Applies to: Ambien (zolpidem), Topamax (topiramate)

Using zolpidem together with topiramate may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate zolpidem venlafaxine

Applies to: Ambien (zolpidem), Effexor (venlafaxine)

Using zolpidem together with venlafaxine may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate lorazepam lurasidone

Applies to: Ativan (lorazepam), Latuda (lurasidone)

Using LORazepam together with lurasidone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate lorazepam venlafaxine

Applies to: Ativan (lorazepam), Effexor (venlafaxine)

Using LORazepam together with venlafaxine may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate lorazepam zolpidem

Applies to: Ativan (lorazepam), Ambien (zolpidem)

Using LORazepam together with zolpidem may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

No other interactions were found between your selected drugs.
Note: this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other drugs that your selected drugs interact with

Interactions between your selected drugs and food

Moderate lorazepam food

Applies to: Ativan (lorazepam)

Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of LORazepam such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with LORazepam. Do not use more than the recommended dose of LORazepam, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Moderate amphetamine food

Applies to: Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine)

Using amphetamine together with alcohol can increase the risk of cardiovascular side effects such as increased heart rate, chest pain, or blood pressure changes. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with amphetamine. Let your doctor know if you experience severe or frequent headaches, chest pain, and/or a fast or pounding heartbeat. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate dextroamphetamine food

Applies to: Adderall (amphetamine / dextroamphetamine)

Using dextroamphetamine together with alcohol can increase the risk of cardiovascular side effects such as increased heart rate, chest pain, or blood pressure changes. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with dextroamphetamine. Let your doctor know if you experience severe or frequent headaches, chest pain, and/or a fast or pounding heartbeat. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

 

Moderate zolpidem food

Applies to: Ambien (zolpidem)

You should avoid the use of alcohol while being treated with zolpidem. Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of zolpidem such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. Taking zolpidem with food may delay the onset of sleep. For faster sleep onset, zolpidem should not be taken with or immediately after a meal. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Moderate venlafaxine food

Applies to: Effexor (venlafaxine)

Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of venlafaxine such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with venlafaxine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of venlafaxine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Moderate lurasidone food

Applies to: Latuda (lurasidone)

Avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice during treatment with lurasidone, as it may increase blood levels of the medication. This can increase the risk of side effects such as Parkinson-like symptoms, abnormal muscle movements, seizures, high blood sugar, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, sex hormone irregularities, and heat-related disorders such as heat intolerance or heat stroke. You should avoid the use of alcohol while being treated with lurasidone. Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of lurasidone such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication Cerebral stimulants

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'cerebral stimulants' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'cerebral stimulants' category:

  • amphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)
  • dextroamphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Duplication Stimulants

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'stimulants' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'stimulants' category:

  • amphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)
  • dextroamphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Duplication Psychotherapeutic agents

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'psychotherapeutic agents' category to be taken concurrently is usually three. Your list includes four medicines belonging to the 'psychotherapeutic agents' category:

  • zolpidem (active ingredient in Ambien)
  • lorazepam (active ingredient in Ativan)
  • venlafaxine (active ingredient in Effexor)
  • lurasidone (active ingredient in Latuda)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Duplication CNS drugs

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'CNS drugs' category to be taken concurrently is usually three. Your list includes seven medicines belonging to the 'CNS drugs' category:

  • amphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)
  • dextroamphetamine (active ingredient in Adderall)
  • zolpidem (active ingredient in Ambien)
  • lorazepam (active ingredient in Ativan)
  • venlafaxine (active ingredient in Effexor)
  • lurasidone (active ingredient in Latuda)
  • topiramate (active ingredient in Topamax)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

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IT is generally reccommended in the absence of health reasons to taper one drug at a time.

 

You will need to spend some time reading this link on multiple drugs which to taper first:

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2207-taking-multiple-psych-drugs-which-drug-to-taper-first/

 

Wow what was the reason for drugs in the first place.?

 

Lets have a look - all of these need tapering.

 

1x off label unapproved mood stabiliser - topamax

1x antipsychotic- Latuda

2x benzos -Ativan and Xanax

1x sleep aid Ambien

1x antidepressant -effexor.

 

and just off adderall - 1x ADHD drug

 

So how did you taper? adderall , cold turkey ? You may have to reinstate in the absence of a taper.

 

 

Good for you on deciding to step up and take control of the situation and taper off these drugs which only cause more problems in the long run, and short run in my opinion.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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If someone else doesn't have a more profound idea. I'd do part of Effexor next BUT you really do have to get the Adderall resolved first. I would read all the pinned sections at the top of each forum. It may be awhile before you have the focus to do that, which means you're not ready yet. Welcome aboard from another "poly drugger",

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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That's a lot of Adderal.

 

Try and do a signature and stay put for now.  Hoping the Effexor helps with the worst of the Adderal withdrawal.

 

Someone may be along to help you with that soon.

 

See how to use this site if not too cognitively impaired right now.

 

Welcome aboard from me too.

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Hi Dollie-- welcome to the group.  I sorry to hear that you've been so drugged up for so long, but it is great that you are seeking information before you get too far in trying to get off of them.  Like the others have mentioned how you can off the Adderal is our first concern.  If it was done too quickly it can sensitize the body and make it a lot harder to get off of the others, not to mention the WD symptoms it can cause by itself.  If you would please write short history of your use and put it in a signature block it will really help us to sort things out and give better information:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/forum/3-introductions-and-updates/   

 

We have a ton of good information here on how to handle getting off of different drugs, here are a couple of threads to get you started:

 

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Tips for tapering off amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 

 

That's enough for a start.  Give those a read and then ask us a ton of questions.     

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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Dollie

Are you able to respond.

What are your thoughts.

Are you ok.

How did you quit the adderral ?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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Wow! So much information. Thank you all! 

As far as the Adderall-it was cold turkey. The doctor refused to fill my script after the 30 days was up. I have no pills left and I know 2 weeks off it. All in all, today, I feel pretty good. I feel like someone plugged a battery up a butt, LOL. I am zoom zoom zoom. I'm having a slight trouble with sleep, but for 4 hours max. But my anxiety levels are decent. No nausea or stomach problems anymore. Minimal brain zaps. Actually, I don't recall having of those today. I do have major muscle aches. But I don't know if that's related or just me. 

 

The latuda is the newest med. I've been on that for 2 years in place of Geodon. Everything else I've been on 10 years. 

I just want off all of it. 

I'm confused about the Effexor. I can't crush it. I can't weight it. They're little beads. 

I wish cold turkey for all of it were an option but quite frankly, I don't want to die 

10 Years on -Ativan .5, Xanax 1mg, Effexor 75, Topamax 100

3 years on Latuda 60, to replace Geodon 60

 

Diagnosed all kinds of stuff, but no one ever looked into the trauma in my past as a cause. Everyone just medicated me. My goal is to get off everything. On 1/29/16, I was cold turkey taken off 40mg of Adderall. (Not a good time). 

 

 

 

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Effexor beads are weighed by pouring the amount you need to take into the scales, and discarding or saving the rest in a labelled jar.  Then you put the amount you've weighed back into the capsule for easy swallowing.  Effexor and I are very intimate these days ;)

 

Here's where I got my starting-out info:  http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1596-using-a-digital-scale-to-measure-doses/

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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As far as the Adderall-it was cold turkey. The doctor refused to fill my script after the 30 days was up. I have no pills left and I know 2 weeks off it.

Your doctor is wrong to CT you. He has made a mistake. This refusal is not good practice.

 

All in all, today, I feel pretty good. I feel like someone plugged a battery up a butt, LOL. I am zoom zoom zoom.

This feeling in and of itself may well be a wdl symptom before a crash.

 

"Whether you are taking any dosage of Adderall under the guidance of a doctor or not, abrupt discontinuation can result in withdrawal symptoms, some of them very serious see http://www.healthlin...crash#Overview1Do not suddenly stop taking Adderall."

 

Why not print out the info from this link and then get a second opinion. 

 

"Adderall is a powerful drug that can cause severe effects if you take too much or come off of it too quickly. Talk to your doctor about effective ways to stop taking the drug."

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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