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It started with simple memory problems... Then for insurance reasons i had to follow steps.. I went to a mental evaluation and all the sudden i was bipolor mood disorder sleep deprived and couple other things and gave me 20 different meds to take


... Mind you im 43 and never had a mental issue before so after dr convinced me these meds would help my memory issues i took them they switch them here n there then high doses of lithium vyvanse and lamectol and ambian


... I felt wosre is a understatement... They werent listening just changing. Meds so not knowing i cold turkey stopped them all


... Its been 3 weeks and im spooking out cant think havent ate in 2 weeks lost 10 lbs all i do is ball up and cry uncontrollably negative bad thoughts at all times... I have a great life no reason to feel this way.. And the dr just wants to put me on more meds that i dont need


..... Please someone tell me im gonna be ok im scared to death and i have kids and a husband thet need me.. I dont know wut to do... But i dont want no meds

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I am able to answer this first, as the sun is well up here in Europe.


Please, don't worry, mum.  I think you are more than likely to recover.  You have made the biggest mistake possible in withdrawing cold turkey.

The extremely experienced mods on here will point you in the right direction very soon and you will be able to start your mission to recover.


Best wishes.

Born 1945. 

1999 - First Effexor/Venlafaxine

2016 Withdrawal research. Effexor.  13Jul - 212.5mg;  6Aug - 200.0mg;  24Aug - 187.5mg;  13Sep - 175.0mg;  3Oct - 162.5mg;  26Oct - 150mg 

2017  9Jan - 150.00mg;  23Mar - 137.50mg;  24Apr - 125.00mg;  31May - 112.50mg holding;  3Sep - 100.00mg;  20Sep - 93.75mg;  20Oct - 87.5mg;  12Nov - 81.25mg;  13 Dec - 75.00mg

2018  18Jan - 69.1mg; 16Feb - 62.5mg; 16March - 57.5mg (-8%); 22Apr - 56.3mg(-2%); CRASHED - Updose 29May - 62.5mg; Updose - 1Jul - 75.0mg. Updose - 2Aug - 87.5mg. Updose - 27Aug - 100.0mg. Updose - 11Oct 112.5mg. Updose - 6Nov 125.00mg

2019 Updoses 19 Jan - 150.0mg. 1April - 162.5mg. 24 April - Feeling better - doing tasks, getting outside.  7 May - usual depression questionnaire gives "probably no depression" result.

Supps/Vits  Omega 3;  Chelated Magnesium;  Prebiotics/Probiotics, Vit D3. 

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babygurl: -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

Would you please post your current medications, the doses you are prescribed and when you take the medications?

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Have you told your doctor about the difficult and distressing symptoms ("side" effects)?

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1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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