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For brand and generic drug names see:

 

wiki

drugs.com

rxlist

 

or use a search engine, eg google

 

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Abbreviations and terminology list in alphabetical order:

 

AAF Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  

A strategy for handling a myriad of psychological symptoms.  Acknowledge that the symptoms are real, Accept that they can't harm you and that there is nothing you can do about them, let them Float off as you go on about your business

 

AD antidepressant

 

ADD attention deficit disorder

 

ADHD attention deficit hyperactive disorder

 

ADR adverse drug reaction

 

AP antipsychotic

 

benzo is a contraction of benzodiazepine, the class of Valium-type sedative drugs.

 

CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,

a strategy for changing the way you view your thoughts to help control anxiety and panic among other thing.

 

CFS chronic fatigue syndrome


CNS central nervous system

 

CT Cold Turkey or the abrupt quitting of the drug in question.  

 

BP bipolar

 

DC decrease/d

 

DH Dear Husband

 

DP depersonalization

 

DR derealization

 

DW Dear Wife (not dish washer)

 

Dx diagnosis

 

ECT electroconvulsive shock therapy (sometimes also called EST I think)

 

EPS extrapyramidal symptoms

 

FIL Father in Law

 

GAD generalized anxiety disorder

 

GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome

 

HI homicidal ideation

 

ID WD interdose withdrawal

 

MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitor (older class of antidepressants)

 

MDD major depressive disorder

 

mgai milligrams of active ingredient (acronym used in weighing doses with a digital scale)

 

mgpw milligrams pill weight (acronym used in weighing doses with a digital scale)

 

MIL Mother in Law

 

OP other person

 

OTC over the counter

 

PGAD persistent genital arousal disorder

 

PRN latin "pro re nata" = as required

 

PSSD post-SSRI sexual dysfunction

 

PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

RI reinstatement

 

RLS Restless Leg Syndrome

 

Rx prescription

 

SI suicidal ideation

 

SNRI serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (certain antidepressants, such as Effexor)

 

SO Significant Other

 

SRI serotonin reuptake inhibitor

 

SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressants like Prozac for example)

 

SS serotonin syndrome

 

ST serotonin toxicity (same as SS, more appropriate name for such)

 

Sx symptom

 

TCA tricyclic antidepressants

 

TD tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement, movement disorder, often involving the tongue or lips )

 

Tx treatment

 

WD is a contraction for Withdrawal

and is referring to the various symptoms that are associated with tapering off of one of these drugs. There is a big controversy over the use of the term "withdrawal" because the medical community has a very specific definition for the word which they think doesn't fit what we are experiencing.  To counter this they came up with the phrase "Discontinuation Syndrome".

 

WDnormal is withdrawal normal

short hand for "all the symptoms I have been feeling lately but am to lazy to list them over and over again".  It is a variable term that changes with the set of symptoms a person is feeling.

 

YMMV is your mileage may vary

 

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I just wanted to start a new topi, as I am feeling poorly.

Anyhow, so many acronyms on this site, what do they all mean?

 

WD is Withdrawal syndrome

 

CT  is that convulsive therapy?  

 

 

Sorry  I think we need a list somewhere, what all these mean.

 

Sorry a newbie, the site is fantastic.

 

I no longer feel all alone in this world.

 

Edited by ChessieCat
Updated

1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.

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compsports

Hi ang,

 

I think CT refers to cold turkey.

 

I feel your frustration with acronyms.   There are posters on sleep apnea board I hang out at who do this constantly.  I always have to do a google search for the translation:)

 

Glad you don't feel alone and hope you feel better.

 

CS

 

Edited by ChessieCat

Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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nirubhai

Interesting, guys! Hang on with your research.


Valium 30, 40 to 50 mg from 1970 to 2014. Decreasing valium and mirtaz 25 in 2014 to 2015 March. Shifted to etizolam 1 mg and 2 other tranquilizers (names out of memory) in April 2015. Following change of place and psychiatrist, shifted to etizolam 2 mg. Tapering began Sept 2018. Light depression and acute insomnia continue.

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Altostrata
20 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I'd also like to suggest that the full list of acronyms be added to the very first post of this topic.

 

Good idea. This will take some editing and updating, do you want to take it on?

 

The drug name topic hadn't been updated for years, so I combined it with this one. We cannot hope to keep up with them. Dr. Google is the best source for drug names and alternatives.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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ChessieCat

Okay.  What I've done.

 

I've added all the abbreviations to the first post

 

I've retitled the topic to include drug names

 

I've hidden all the unnecessary posts (for later deletion?)

 

Added this to the top of the first post:

 

For brand and generic drug names see:

 

wiki

drugs.com

rxlist

 

Are there any other links which might be helpful?  For example drug interaction checker links?  medscape and drugs.com

 

Edited by ChessieCat

Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 12 Sept 2020:  Pristiq 0.625 mg (compounded)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

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Altostrata
On 1/27/2019 at 1:52 PM, ChessieCat said:

For example drug interaction checker links?  medscape and drugs.com

 

Drugs.com Interactions Checker  https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php

 

Medscape requires a free registration.

 

Pubmed -- US government's international database of medical journal articles https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

 


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Shep
On 1/27/2019 at 4:52 PM, ChessieCat said:

Are there any other links which might be helpful?  For example drug interaction checker links?  medscape and drugs.com

 

I recently came across an easy way to calculate the half life - Drug Half-Life Calculator 


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Armorall

I thought that (from Baylissa's website) that "protracted withdrawal" meant beyond 18 months, but I feel like I've seen people identify themselves as such only 4 months in.

What would be the definition of PW? I also thought acute withdrawal meant the first 3 months of withdrawal. Is it more a descriptor of the symptoms rather than the timeframe?


3/21/19 started Bupropion XL 150 mg

3/21/19 started Risperidone 2mg

7/7/19 start Abilify half dose 5 mg. discontinue Risperidone

7/9/19 full dose Abilify 10 mg

7/29/19 discontinued Abilify due to panicky side effects

8/2/19 Began Latuda 20 mg

8/5/19 discontinued Latuda due to similar side effects 

8/10/19 discontinued Bupropion after realizing it was causing the insomnia

From 8/10/19 no drugs whatsoever

Currently taking Magnesium 150mgs daily

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Shep
On 11/14/2019 at 4:55 PM, Armorall said:

I thought that (from Baylissa's website) that "protracted withdrawal" meant beyond 18 months, but I feel like I've seen people identify themselves as such only 4 months in.

 

The concept of PAWS originated from the research of long-term damage from addictive substances, such as alcohol and methamphetamines. Keep in mind Dr. Ashton, who first pioneered a slow withdrawal protocol from benzos, originally worked with opioid addiction, so she came from that perspective and background. I'm not exactly sure where the 18-month criteria originally came from, but it's been floating around the benzo forums for years (Baylissa is a benzo survivor who may have gotten it from the benzo forums). The Protracted Section of Benzo Buddies is open only to those who've been off benzos for at least 18 months (at least it was when I was active there a few years ago). A large part of the reason for this is because the posts in that section scare new members who are just starting their taper. So using the 18-month time frame is more of a way of separating the battle weary survivors who still haven't healed from the impressionable newbies. 

 

The benzo forums focus solely on benzos. However, the majority of people coming into SA are dealing with polypharmacy issues, so it's much harder to pin a timeframe on any of this. You may want to check out the discussion on what PAWS means here: 

 

Protracted Withdrawal or PAWS (post-acute withdrawal syndrome) how long does it last?

 

And a discussion of the time frame for withdrawal is here: 

 

Are We There Yet? How Long is Withdrawal Going to Take?


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Armorall

Wow, that was not a thread I should have read. But, I asked for it. 


3/21/19 started Bupropion XL 150 mg

3/21/19 started Risperidone 2mg

7/7/19 start Abilify half dose 5 mg. discontinue Risperidone

7/9/19 full dose Abilify 10 mg

7/29/19 discontinued Abilify due to panicky side effects

8/2/19 Began Latuda 20 mg

8/5/19 discontinued Latuda due to similar side effects 

8/10/19 discontinued Bupropion after realizing it was causing the insomnia

From 8/10/19 no drugs whatsoever

Currently taking Magnesium 150mgs daily

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Gertie

What does HA stand for?  I've seen people ask "how's your HA?"  Or one person said she got wd symptoms but attributed it to her HA.

 


(my daughter: 19yrs old)  

Sertraline: prescribed by pediatric psychiatrist

2010 Aug 6:  START 50mg (may have started at 25? cannot find records) / 2010 Aug 17:  75mg / 2010 Sept 3: 100mg  / 2010 Sept 10: 150mg / 2010 Oct 8: 75mg (new Dr.) / 2010 Nov 17: 100mg / 2012 Mar 15: 125mg (that Dr. retired and was replaced by new Dr. who started up dosing) / 2012 May 14: 150mg / 2016 Sept 1: 100mg /  2017 July 27: 50mg / 2019: July 1 - Aug 10 6-week taper from 50 to 0mg / 2019 Nov 6: begin severe withdrawal symptoms / 2019 Nov 10: Reinstate 1mg*

 

Other meds: (for genetic neurological movement disorder HSP diagnosed Sept 2016, prescribed by neurologist)

2017 May: begin:  Amitriptyline 25mg*  / Baclofen 20mg*  

2018 Oct:  begin  Noscapine Base 200mg / 2020 Apr 20: reduce to 150mg

                                                                                                                                                                           

*Currently taking:     Sertraline 1mg / Amitriptyline 25mg / Baclofen 20mg / Noscapine Base 150mg

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Altostrata

I have not seen HA before. Could it refer to health anxiety?


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Shep

Yes, I've seen health anxiety abbreviated as HA by folks who are experiencing this withdrawal symptom. 


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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