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Do you believe chronic damage can end? There is a way out.


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On 3/21/2019 at 12:10 PM, papaloapan said:

 

The title of this thread: "Do you believe chronic damage can end? There is a way out." would be credible if someone in SA was in a long tapering of psychiatric drugs, that he/she went through severe and prolonged anguish and now he/she feels good, either now he/she already got off all his/her psych drugs or now he/she is in a very small dose, close to getting off them completely.

 

Read Brassmonkey's thread.  He tapered off 40mg of Paxil over a 5 1/2 year period, has been completely off for over a year, and is enjoying life and traveling the world.  As his thread indicates, it wasn't easy but it is do-able.

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Sept 13: 9mg 

Taper is 52% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.  

Taper is 80% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


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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53 minutes ago, Gridley said:

As his thread indicates, it wasn't easy but it is do-able.

Is his thread "Tao of the Brassmonkey" which is at the Success stories? 

Nov/30/17 started Q-MIND (quetiapine) IR tablets 100mg 0-0-1. Dec/1/17 started pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50mg tablets 1-0-0. Jan/4/18 started tapering pristiq by alternating dosages

Jan/5 & 6/18 changed to quetiapine XR 300mg. Jan/7&8/18 changed to quetiapine XR 150mg. Jan/9/18 went back to IR quetiapine 100mg 0-0-1.

Jan/14/18 started with 1.5mg melatonin 0-0-1

Jan/20/18 went back to one daily pristiq 50mg 1-0-0.   Tramadol: 2 year taper: from Mar/12/18 to Feb/11/20 I'm 100% sure I could have tapered it much faster, like in 5 or 6 months.

Pristiq taper: Jun/15/20 Converted from pristiq 50mg to efexor xr 75mg for 57 days.  Aug/11/20 weaned to efexor 37.5mg for 2 months with 26 days. Nov 6 '20  0mg of efexor xr.

Total time in tapering pristiq 50mg by converting to efexor xr 75mg: 4 months with 22 days: Jun/15/20 to Nov/6/20.

35 days  in efexor 0mg (Nov/6/20 to Dic/11/20) to start tapering quetiapine

Dic/11/20 weaned quetiapine from 100mg to 75mg, so 75mg from Dic/11/20 to Jan/4/21  25 days

Jan/5/21 weaned from 75mg to 50mg.   Jan/6/21 Cold turkeyed from 50mg to 0mg (Failed attempt of tapering quetiapine in 26 days)

Between Jan/6/21 to Mar/24/21 tried 3 different herbs and stopped taking melatonin 1.5mg (I've been taking melatonin since Jan/14/18) and felt hellish, went back to taking melatonin. 3 weeks before Mar/24/21 felt some days hellish AE's and Mar/24/21 felt hellish and intolerable anxiety so Mar/25/21 went back to 50mg of quetiapine. 

 

 

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1 minute ago, papaloapan said:

Is his thread "Tao of the Brassmonkey" which is at the Success stories? 

 

Yes.

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Sept 13: 9mg 

Taper is 52% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.  

Taper is 80% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


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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I started my taper in February 2013. It has not been an easy journey. I has been quite difficult. However, I now feel much better and am at a very small dose of my last remaining drug. My faith in God and my hope for a bright future has remained intact. I especially find helpful songs based on Bible scripture many of which I sing and read and listen to daily. It's what I have found that continues to sustain me. Isaiah 41:10 is one of  my favorite scriptures. Each of us decides for ourselves what helps us. My personal experience has been what is stated at philippians 4:6,7. "Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mental powers by means of Christ Jesus." 

90 mg armour thyroid

15 mcg liothyronine

B12 ez melts, active B complex, vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Fluconazole, Nystatin, SloFe, Magnesium.

Nearly 30 years of benzos, antidepressants, antipsychotics etc...took a lot of them. 

Better to feel and enjoy life again even the ups and downs. 

Drug free September 9, 2019

 

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Does God have empathy? Empathy is defined as "the ability to share someone else's feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person's situation." 

 

The scriptures assure us:

"You will call, and Jehovah will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say. 'Here I am!' (Isaiah 58:9)

"Do collect my tears in your skin bottle. Are they not recorded in your book?" (Psalm 56:8) "He heals the brokenhearted," wrote the psalmist. "He binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)

God promises: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10) 

 

90 mg armour thyroid

15 mcg liothyronine

B12 ez melts, active B complex, vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Fluconazole, Nystatin, SloFe, Magnesium.

Nearly 30 years of benzos, antidepressants, antipsychotics etc...took a lot of them. 

Better to feel and enjoy life again even the ups and downs. 

Drug free September 9, 2019

 

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Soon rhe long-awaited Kingdom of God--will bring peace and harmony to the earth. 

When Jesus was on earth, he gave us a preview of what he will do as King of God's Kingdom. He healed the sick and the disabled. Matthew 4:23. He fed many thousands. Mark 6:35-44. He even controlled the natural elements. Mark 4:37-41.

Above all, Jesus taught people how to live together in peace and harmony. Fine examples of Jesus teachings can be found in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapters 5-7. The words are simple but the message is profound and truly touches the heart. 

90 mg armour thyroid

15 mcg liothyronine

B12 ez melts, active B complex, vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Fluconazole, Nystatin, SloFe, Magnesium.

Nearly 30 years of benzos, antidepressants, antipsychotics etc...took a lot of them. 

Better to feel and enjoy life again even the ups and downs. 

Drug free September 9, 2019

 

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God will stop all suffering.

"Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; you will look at where they were, and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:10, 11

 

"'I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,' declares Jehovah, 'thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope. And you will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. '"--Jeremiah 29:11,12

90 mg armour thyroid

15 mcg liothyronine

B12 ez melts, active B complex, vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Fluconazole, Nystatin, SloFe, Magnesium.

Nearly 30 years of benzos, antidepressants, antipsychotics etc...took a lot of them. 

Better to feel and enjoy life again even the ups and downs. 

Drug free September 9, 2019

 

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