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I joined this forum some time back and I see there are lot of wonderful people here.


Few years ago I had strong addiction to benzodiazepine where doctor described me small amount of it per day and whit out telling him I increased my dosage. I lived like this for 2 months until  I started to feel really bad both physically and mentally. I came clean to my doctor and started to lower my dosage.


I had many withdrawal syndromes and the worst was burning skin. I felt depressed again but realized I all this time I didn't eat well and had never exercised.


So even whit withdrawal syndromes my buddy and I started to pick up cycling and healthiest diet that Health world organization suggests and for first time of my life I stopped feeling depressed. After 2 months on this lifestyle I was feeling better then ever. Even better then on benzo. 


I know it could be hard to see the light out there but what I have come realized life is pritty simple and all that is necessarily to have a happy life is just locking down the fundamentals. Sleep/ eat/ fitness in the most healthiest way possible.

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Lindux -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA) and thank you for taking time to post about yourself.


Would you tell us more about which benzodiazepine medication you were taking and how you lowered your dosage?

  • What was your dose before you started lowering?
  • What were the lowered doses you took along the way to zero?
  • How long did you stay at each step?
  • What method did you use to create the lower doses -- cut the pills or weigh them or make a liquid?

Your answer will likely help many people.  Thanks in advance.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
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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Lindux must be time for an update?

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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