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Neverliedown: Need Some Hope & Information


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Hello, Thank you for this community.
I have said goodbye to Cipralex and Wellbutrin. I know it was too fast and I choose to do it without medical supervision. I knew it was time.
Now I am dealing with withdrawl symptoms that I pray don't get any worse.
I have so many questions and I am thankful that I made my way here.

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NLD i am  so glad you found sa too.

If you fill out your drug sig and advise dosages and length of time on the drugs and taper method then people will better be able to answer questions.

Quitting these drugs CT or too fast can be very dangerous.



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.


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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Hello Neverliedown.   I'm sure we can offer you lots of information, hope and encouragement. It would be great if you could offer a brief synopsis of your history with the drugs and perhaps how you came to taper ( albeit rapidly ) and for what reasons.  It would be extremely helpful for us to know some of your background story.


Also,  if you could please fill out your drug history signature. It gives us access to a version of your history whenever you post as NZ said. It just helps us to see your situation easily. It appears below each of your posts.

Please put your withdrawal history in your signature


We recommend a slow taper of no more than 10% of current dose per month.

Why taper by 10% of my dosage? 


Depending on when you took your last dose, sometimes a small reinstatement  of your last drug can soften the withdrawal symptoms and allow you to carry on with minimal disruption to your life.

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms



Here are a few more links that will help to explain the withdrawal process :

What is withdrawal syndrome?


The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


Healing from antidepressants. Patterns of recovery/



The importance of slow tapering particularly as you get lower in dosage :

Why taper? Paper demonstrates importance of gradual change in plasma concentration



Many of us find magnesium and fish oil to be helpful in withdrawal , as well.

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker

King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)


This is your thread to journal progress, ask questions and keep in touch with the community. Make yourself at home and have a read and then come back with any questions you may have for us.


Welcome to S.A.


Many SSRI's and SSNRI's over 20 years. Zoloft for 7 years followed by Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, Celexa, Pristiq, Valdoxan, Mianserin and more - on and off. No tapering. Cold turkey off Valdoxan - end of May 2014


                                                  Psych Drug - free since May 2014

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Hi Neverliedown,


   I just wanted to say welcome and most importantly, you have found the right place to be as you go through this. I am so grateful for the help and the vast amount of information on this site. You will learn a lot here that will help you get through this.


   Sending healing vibes your way.



Last 6 years as follows:
*2010-2012 10mg Lexapro. Withdrew. Off for 4 months./hard W/d but did ok.
*2012-2013 Wellbutrin XL 150mg.Off and on a couple times by itself and later to offset Zoloft side effects. No issues withdrawing, but it increases my anxiety when on it. Otherwise, it was the "nicest" AD ive been on.

*2013-2014 Zoloft 50mg.On it a year and a half. Went off due to 30# weight gain and sexual issues. Difficult W/d but somehow got thru. Stayed off A/D for about 4 months again.

*Tried Buspar. 2 weeks before I had to stop due to the intense anger it caused.

*2015-recently Back to Lexapro 10mg for 10 months. Worked ok but I wanted off meds. Tried to taper from 10mg to 5mg in Late Jan/Feb 2016. Also went off of Prilosec. Was great for first 4 weeks or so before it hit me. Went thru 3 weeks of bad, cant get off the couch situation before reinstating at 10mg. Helped for about a week or so. Then way back down in depression. Psych put up to 15mg. Same thing. Then 20mg. Which I did NOT handle well at all. Developed RLS type symptoms etc. Went back down to 15. Then 10. RLS type stuff went away.Did a "prozac bridge" to taper the rest of the way off from 10 to 5 to 0 of Lexapro.Been off Lexapro since 5/7/2016

*2016- Prozac 10mg to help get off the lexapro. Started it on 4/30/2016. Seemed to tolerate the 10mg Prozac then bumped it up to 20mg at Psychs suggestion. Did not tolerate well at all. RLS type stuff came back. Heart palpatations, weepiness, excessive tiredness. Went back to 10mg. Then 10mg every other day then 0mg as of  5/31//2016 Still have RLS.
*2010-2016 Xanax (anywhere from 3mg a day back in 2010 when I first started Lexapro down to .25 in the am .25 in the early pm and .5 at bedtime currently. )

Reinstated Prozac 1mg 7/30/2016




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Hey Neverlie - I have nothing to add to Ali's excellent suggestions, so I'll just say - welcome to SA!


If you've come off your drugs recently, this is a good time to reinstate small doses - just enough to take the edge off the symptoms, but not enough to cause the problems you may have had on the drugs.


You say you have lots of questions, please read the links Ali gave you - then fire away!


Sorry you had to come here, but I'm glad you found us.


I hope you see the sun today.

"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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