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8 minutes ago, tntd said:

Thanks so much powerback,


I don't drink anymore, not with the tapering of a benzo. They don't go together very well! I've heard hydrating is great to help you stay healthy when on a flight with all that recycled air. 


I really like your ideas. I was planning on taking a couple of books. I like your idea of people watching. Fortunately I'll have my husband with me. Hopefully we can sit together. I've never had problems flying but I've never flown while in w/d either sooooo and especially not when dealing with agoraphobia. 


I'm crocheting a couple of octupus's for my daughter to attach to her luggage. She is going on a trip to NASA. It's been planned for quite awhile. So I'll be focusing on getting those finished quickly. I'll put on the tv and have two things going at once! 


Thanks again, I really appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.



Your welcome T ,ive flown more in the last 2 years of withdrawl than I ever have ,I know the irony of it .

My mam crochets ,maybe ile get her to teach me ,note to self ,a new distraction lol.

just thought of another one ,don't watch the news until after your back ,there's bound to be something that will trigger you .loads of water after flight maybe ,youl be peeing a lot during flight . 

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Lol, spending lots of time in the little bathroom actually sounds like a respite from all the people I'll be on the flight with so that's not necessarily a drawback!! :)


Do you have issues with agoraphobia powerback? I have been experiencing quite a bit of anticipatory anxiety about the trip. Not the flying so much as actually being at the funeral and the get together afterwards. Also being able to sleep and dealing with my liquid meds during all of this. I'm trying not to think about the future and just stay in the moment so I've been doing a lot of distracting. I have been really surprised at the level of anticipatory anxiety. Before w/d I loved to travel. I'm hoping this trip will help to calm my fears in regard to traveling as I would love to go with my husband when he goes on business trips. 


Thanks again,


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Is it ok to resurrect this thread? Is no one else suffering from agoraphobia atm?

2000: Paxil, low dose. 2001: Paxil, quickly tapered off. 2006: Zoloft, 25mg. 2007: Wellbutrin, low dose, discontinued after a week or a month. 2007-2009: Zoloft, increasing dose (up to 75mg). 2009-2011: Zoloft, failed withdrawal attempts (cold-turkey; fast tapering). 2009-2011: Trying out Cymbalta, Celexa, Prozac, Lexapro, Ambien, Ativan, and Xanax. 2012-2015: Zoloft, 100mg to 200mg. 2013: Trazadone for Zoloft-induced insomnia, 25mg to 50mg.  2015: Trileptal, dose?, withdrew; Bupropion, up to 200mg. 2016: Zoloft, 137mg, Bupropion, 150mg, Trazodone, 25mg.

05/21/16: Began Zoloft taper - 10% from 150mg - 137ish mg

06/23/16: Zoloft taper - 125mg

08/03/16: Bupropion XL taper - cut 150mg pill in crude half (mistake)

10/31: Zoloft successfully down to 100mg. Staying on 100mg for 2-3 months to let my brain rest.

11/09: Wellbutrin SR prescribed, 150mg once a day, for withdrawal.

12/11: Wellbutrin SR, twice daily - minus 18ishmg = 112.50mg

09/30/17: Off Wellbutrin SR successfully. Zoloft taper: 90ish mg (shaving it off). Trazodone: still at 50mg.

June 2018: Zoloft: 80ish (shaving off). Trazodone: 6mg. End of 2018: Off Trazodone.

01/20: Zoloft: 70ish?

08/20: Still around 80 or 70. Tapering by only 15 shaves each month.

04/2021: 50mg! 11/2022: 40ish mg

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5 hours ago, LostInMarshes said:

Is it ok to resurrect this thread? Is no one else suffering from agoraphobia atm?


Yes, sometimes topics don't get found/visited for a while.


I did a site search for the word agoraphobia:



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On 8/5/2022 at 9:42 PM, LostInMarshes said:

Is it ok to resurrect this thread? Is no one else suffering from agoraphobia atm?

Hey @LostInMarshes I am minorly. Its more like when I go out in the car the traffic, lights, sounds, smells are too intense, too overpowering. I live in a big city. So it’s very overwhelming and then I want to go home. 

how are you doing now?

Prozac 20mg 2012-2014
off for two years
Prozac 20mg 2016
Switched to Lexapro 10mg 2017 as prozac wasn't available in the country I moved to
Oct 2021 started tapering Lexapro – 10 mg to 5 mg
Dec 2021 – 5 mg to 2.5 mg
Jan 2022 – reinstated to 5 mg as I was feeling very uncomfortable
Feb 2022 – 4 mg liquid lexapro
March 2022 – 3.5 mg liquid lexapro
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