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Has anyone seen Brett D Shurman, MD or UCLA Mood Disorder Clinic ?

 

https://www.drshurman.com/services

 

 

- 31 years old: Started taking Zoloft 12.5mg and increased to 62.5mg.  

- 33 years old:  I noticed stiffness in my hands and started to sweat a lot. I  reduced the Zoloft from 62.5mg to 37.5mg in 2 weeks.

-36 years old: I reduced Zoloft from 37.5mg to18.75mg. 

-39 years old: I took 6 months to taper off the medication this time. When the medication became close to 0, my symptoms got worse. I wasn’t able to function anymore, so I had to increase the dose to 12.5mg. 

41 years old: Started taking lithium 100MG.  I felt slightly working on my depression, but it didn’t improve the rapid cycling and severe mood swings and agitation.

42 years old: I increased lithium to 200MG. 

43 years old: Started taking Carbamazepine 100mg to suppress the symptoms. The medication worked and my mood swing got reduced, but depression and anxiety became bigger.

years old: Added Lamotrigine 25mg to improve my depression and anxiety, but I started to wake up at night and had only 3 to 4 hours of sleep for a month and a half, so I had to stop taking Lamotrigine.   I'm still suffering from a very sever depression, anxiety, agitation (mix state) and suicidal ideation.

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Antidepressant Tapering Physicians Tulsa, OK

 

Hello, I'd like to come on here real quick and ask the community if they know of any physicians here in Tulsa, OK that understand and acknowledge withdrawal syndrome and assist with tapering off of antidepressants. Having trouble finding ones that don't have the western medicine mind set. Any help is greatly appreciated. 🙂

 

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2010–2022 paroxetine dosage has fluctuated between 40mg highest to 20mg lowest. Currently on 20mg once daily.

I stopped taking drug in Sep, 2020 to beginning of April 2021 & had to get back on within the same month.

No other drugs/medications being taken at this time.   

Prior drugs were Prozac for about a month while trying to come off of Paroxetine which didn't work. I don't remember exact date maybe 2019. 

"Stay hopeful, better days are coming".

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On 6/17/2014 at 7:52 PM, Hexal said:

Danish psychiatrist Lisbeth Kortegaard is opening a clinic September 1st, aimed at helping children and youths taper off psychoactive medicine. She confirmed this via email.

 

ADMIN NOTE: Dr. Kortegaard is currently practicing in Hoejbjerg, Denmark.

 

On 8/1/2011 at 3:04 AM, Ucfgemini said:

ADMIN NOTE If you have any recommendations for doctors, therapists, or clinics knowledgeable about tapering or withdrawal syndrome, please add a post to this topic.

 

DENMARK

 

 

To be added to providers in DENMARK:

 

psychologist and therapist Olga Runciman

 

Olga Runciman is available for in-person sessions as well as Skype/online consultations.

Languages: Danish, English, Spanish

 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Has anyone from the UK checked out CriticalPsychiatry.co.uk? These Drs seem quite aware of WD

 

Specifically does anyone have experience with Dr Tom Stockmann?

Jan 2020 - June 2021 Citalopram                                     (1.5 years)

June 2021 - Sep 2021 Citalopram gradual withdrawal    (3 months withdrawal)

Oct 2021 - Dec 2021   Sertraline                                       (2 months)

Dec 2021                      Sertraline gradual withdrawal      (1 month withdrawal)

Dec 2021 - Feb 2022  Mirtazapine                                    (6 weeks)

Feb 2022 - May 2022   Attempted to come off Mirt 3 separate times (by skipping doses). Simultaneously started citalopram 10mg

May 2022                     Came off Mirtazapine (7.5mg 1 week, 3.75 1 week, stopped) 

                                      Came off Citalopram (10mg 1 week, 5mg 1 week, 2.5mg 1 week, stopped). After stopping citalopram, experienced                                          hypomania-like symptoms including: no urge to eat, no sleep, high mood, constant extreme anxiety

June 2022                    Citalopram re-instated (5mg). Hypomania-like symptoms mostly went away

                                      Experiencing "sensitivity" to citalopram - memory loss, brain fog, SI, headaches, pains in neck, blur vision

Current                         Severe, ongoing Mirtazapine WD, kindling from Citalopram. Holding at 5mg Citalopram, failed attempts at reducing it

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11 hours ago, liverstone1951 said:

Specifically does anyone have experience with Dr Tom Stockmann?

 

Joanna Moncrieff is also a co-chair with Tom Stockmann.  See her research paper below:

 

 

And a search in the Research Papers forum for Stockmann:

 

Stockmann , 2019 What it was like to stop an antidepressant

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ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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His research looks positive, he recognises withdrawal as separate from the original symptoms. He even quotes this website and knows the common symptoms. However there's not much more research than that. I don't know if this is enough? Or if I should search for someone with more expertse

 

I desperately want to see a withdrawal doctor though.

Jan 2020 - June 2021 Citalopram                                     (1.5 years)

June 2021 - Sep 2021 Citalopram gradual withdrawal    (3 months withdrawal)

Oct 2021 - Dec 2021   Sertraline                                       (2 months)

Dec 2021                      Sertraline gradual withdrawal      (1 month withdrawal)

Dec 2021 - Feb 2022  Mirtazapine                                    (6 weeks)

Feb 2022 - May 2022   Attempted to come off Mirt 3 separate times (by skipping doses). Simultaneously started citalopram 10mg

May 2022                     Came off Mirtazapine (7.5mg 1 week, 3.75 1 week, stopped) 

                                      Came off Citalopram (10mg 1 week, 5mg 1 week, 2.5mg 1 week, stopped). After stopping citalopram, experienced                                          hypomania-like symptoms including: no urge to eat, no sleep, high mood, constant extreme anxiety

June 2022                    Citalopram re-instated (5mg). Hypomania-like symptoms mostly went away

                                      Experiencing "sensitivity" to citalopram - memory loss, brain fog, SI, headaches, pains in neck, blur vision

Current                         Severe, ongoing Mirtazapine WD, kindling from Citalopram. Holding at 5mg Citalopram, failed attempts at reducing it

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Are there any US doctors who are willing to see patients remotely who are based in the UK? Some of the Drs here I have contacted said they're not allowed to see patients outside the US.

 

Or just any doctors in general who are happy seeing foreign patients? Because the UK doctors here never respond to their emails and are retired

Jan 2020 - June 2021 Citalopram                                     (1.5 years)

June 2021 - Sep 2021 Citalopram gradual withdrawal    (3 months withdrawal)

Oct 2021 - Dec 2021   Sertraline                                       (2 months)

Dec 2021                      Sertraline gradual withdrawal      (1 month withdrawal)

Dec 2021 - Feb 2022  Mirtazapine                                    (6 weeks)

Feb 2022 - May 2022   Attempted to come off Mirt 3 separate times (by skipping doses). Simultaneously started citalopram 10mg

May 2022                     Came off Mirtazapine (7.5mg 1 week, 3.75 1 week, stopped) 

                                      Came off Citalopram (10mg 1 week, 5mg 1 week, 2.5mg 1 week, stopped). After stopping citalopram, experienced                                          hypomania-like symptoms including: no urge to eat, no sleep, high mood, constant extreme anxiety

June 2022                    Citalopram re-instated (5mg). Hypomania-like symptoms mostly went away

                                      Experiencing "sensitivity" to citalopram - memory loss, brain fog, SI, headaches, pains in neck, blur vision

Current                         Severe, ongoing Mirtazapine WD, kindling from Citalopram. Holding at 5mg Citalopram, failed attempts at reducing it

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Doctors in Sydney Australia

 

Hi everyone. I'm starting to plan my taper from 30mg Mirtzapine in a few weeks now that I am feeling better after dealing with depression/anxiety for 6 months. 

 

I asked my GP for taper advice and she said split the tablet and take 15mg. Alarm bells went off for me straight away after hearing she wants me to do a 50% cut. I then went to my pharmacist asking for advice and he recommended the same as my GP.

 

I want to minimise withdrawal issues and need a supportive GP to assist me in the process. 

 

Are there any Aussies in here that know of a GP in Sydney that isnt brainwashed by the Big Pharma recommended tapering? 

 

Although I want off the medication I dont want insomnia, anxiety and CNS issues that may get me back on benzos for sleep. I want to do taper safely and still function day to day.

 

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Started Valdroxan (Agomelatine) December 2021 to April 2022 for anxiety and depression. Was not affective enough. No need to taper, no withdrawals.

 

Started Mirtazapine April 2022 15mg first 10 days then up to 30mg. 

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Hi @SimonRectangle

I’m also in Sydney and looking for a knowledgeable doctor to help with tapering too. Any Aussies here know of anyone?

 

Thanks 

- Jan 2020 - Oct 2022: Prozac 20mg - Cold turkey

- Jan 2022: Prozac 10mg (bad reaction, emotional blunting and stomach issues but didn’t realise and continued to take for 2 weeks)

- 2020 to 2022: Seroquel 25 mg PRN

- Feb to Mar 2022: Domperidone 

- Feb 2022: Cymbalta 30 mg for 5 days

- Mar 2022: Parnate 10mg for 4 days

- Feb to Mar 2022 - Mirtazapine 15mg (cold turkeyed in March and took a few doses intermittently - bad rebound insomnia)

 

Hospitalised in April 2022 and put on 5mg Olanzapine and Mirtazapine 15mg reinstated, which was upped to 30 mg for a week. 

Hospitalised in June 2022 - doctor wanted me to quickly come off these, by trusting the doctor I agreed and suffered big headaches and even worse emotional numbing. 

Current: 12.5 Mirtazapine and 0.75mg Olanzapine (compounded liquid) 

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Please review this topic from the beginning. 

There's a list of practitioners in Australia. 

You might start by contacting those names and possibly asking for further referrals as needed. 

Please come back to share your findings here. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Anyone know of any doctors in Hawaii?

- Late 2011/Early 2012? - Started celexa 10mg.

- Sometime in 2012? - Due to doctors advice, jumped to 20mg. Not sure when but doctor suggested 40mg. Tried it for a bit, did not like it, felt flat and had low libido so doctor told me to go down to 30mg.

- Started skipping 1 day or 2 days sometimes due to forgetting and hated being on drugs, felt it was a hassle. It became routine to skip one day and only take it when I felt withdrawal symptoms kick in like dizziness. Always took one 20mg pill and broke the second pill in half.

- May 17 2022, finally talked to my doctor about tapering. Suggested I take 10 mg everyday. Tried taking only 10mg, started getting dizzy, took another half tablet, got horrible anxiety that night. Got scared, had to stop and reinstate back to 30mg that night.

- May 18 2022 discovered and joined survivingantidepressants.org (woozy head and impaired balance lasted 1 week)

- May 19 2022, began trying a reduction, (still skipping a day). Though had no scale so was inaccurately cutting my pills. No idea what dose I was taking, 25-27mg?

- May 25 2022, bought a mg scale and started to better measure my dose. Tried 10% reduction, 27mg. (still skipping a day)

- Ending of May was when I started having horrible anxiety

- June 1 2022, finally started 13.5mg dose 8:15am, and began taking my dose everyday now

- went to 13.7mg after a few weeks and still on it currently. Still taking my dose everyday. went up to 14 on 11/6

 

 

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Does anyone know a good doctor in the Atlanta GA area?

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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Unfortunately, Dr. Whitfield Charles L MD passed away last year.

 

Does anyone know a good doctor in the Atlanta GA area?

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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This guy is not a prescriber.  But it appears he is also an attorney (which might be useful for those under Community Treatment Orders)

 

Therapist Dr. Bob Jacobs:   https://theparentingcentre.com.au/philosophy-values/

 

I was reading his book, loaned to me by a neighbour, called "The Human Spectrum," and in the first chapter he quotes Thomas Szasz (!!!!) and proclaims, "There is no such thing as mental illness."  (my neighbour was doubtful, but I will show her my bookshelves which back up everything he claims in his little 50 page book)

 

His specialty is children / families in dealing with "spectrum disorders" (He doesn't really believe in "autism," either, only "variations") but also sees adults.  I have a feeling that if one of our lot contacted him, he'd be most helpful.  I am thankful to have his name, in the event that I need to start up therapy again.

 

I don't know if he does tele-consults.  He is American, transferred to Australia. (I find that the best medical practitioners are not trained here!)

A good therapist can be helpful in making your pleas to prescribers - and that this guy is a lawyer as well tells me he might right a good letter.  My own psychiatrist was dubious of my protocols, but when my psychologist wrote glowing letters of how improved I was - the psychiatrist had to go along with the program.  (my psychologist is now retired - so I'm  keeping Bob Jacobs on file.)

 

Maleny, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.  

"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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On 1/14/2021 at 6:22 PM, senseless said:

Just thought id give some feedback in regards to: Rob Purssey, MD, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (will Skype in Brisbane)
 

I'm not sure he should be on this list. Although he is aware of withdrawals and promotes non drug coping skills.

 

He still seems very ignorant in regards to safe tapering. As he wanted me to cold turkey my 13.5mg of Seroquel and use temazepam to deal with withdrawals. 

 

I've run into this before with him.  I'm in Brisbane.  He seems to operate under the delusion that if you do ACT, you don't need to worry about the neurotransmitters.  ACT should cover all the distress that happens when you withdraw the drugs.  (uh, NO!  therapy is great, therapy is good, but neurotransmitters are hard wiring, and ACT - or DBT - or mindfulness - or any other therapy, while they may help you survive the distress - are not the answer to the distress.)

 

I seem to remember a suicide from his too-fast protocols.  I no longer recommend him.  He can prescribe - but he will not prescribe to our protocols.

"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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On 7/2/2022 at 7:36 PM, liverstone1951 said:

Because the UK doctors here never respond to their emails and are retired

That’s so true, they never respond their emails. They must be so busy and have hundreds of patients I guess?

 

I hope that you find the right one for you. I’m trying my 5th unlucky now, after a year and a half of withdrawal… losing hope.

Would you share details if you find him/her? I most definitely will if I do.

 

All the best x

At 15 years old: unknown antidepressant.
2005-2007: Venlafaxine. Overdosed on benzos.
2011- 2012: Fluoxetine.

2013: started Duloxetine. Overdosed on Zolpidem.
2015: started Venlafaxine 225mg prolonged release after crashing from stopping Duloxetine.
2021, 5th March: Venlafaxine crash from withdrawal begins (from 225mg to 37.5mg in 6 weeks then cold turkey by doctor’s advice).

2021 July: started taking 5HTP, GABA, LTheanine, LTaurine, multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, holy basil and lithium Orotate, following Julia Ross’.
2021 August: doctor put me on beta blockers 40mg twice a day as I refuse to touch any psych medication. Currently tapering from 10mg.

September: hospitalised.

2021, 8th October: Mirtrazapine 15mg

2021, 18th October: Mirtrazapine to 30mg

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DENMARK 

 

Suggestions submitted by a member :

 

 

-> Olga Runciman

psychologist and psychotherapist who is herself a psychiatric survivor and has been through WD 

also does activist work, active in MIA and Hearing Voices network, runs training/educational initiatives

website: https://psycovery.com/index.php/da/

Please note that the website is in Danish but Olga Runciman is a native English speaker and is available for Skype/online consultations 

 

-> Anders Sørensen

psychologist

did his PhD on WD and tapering 

runs WD support groups and contributes to scientific papers, also writes critically about psychiatry in the media

native Danish speaker but also fluent in English 

website: https://psykologanders.dk

2006 : 20mg Paxil+Bromazepam. 2008 : cold turkey of both. 2010 : Reinstatement 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam.

2014-June2017 : Switch from Bromazepam to Prazepam, slow taper to 0mg.

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days). 22 Aug 2019 updose to 10mg (was at 8.4mg).

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paxil. 

April 2020 : Paxil 10mg to Prozac 7mg bridge. Details topic/21457

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate + fish oil

Current medication :

* 7pm Diazepam  : 0.85mg (15 Aug 2022) / 0.95 mg (24 April 2022) / 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* 8am Prozac : 6.16mg (25 oct 2022, feel awful, slight updose) / 6.08 mg (9 oct 2022) / 6.24mg (11 July 22) / 6.44mg (22 May 22) / 6.64mg (4 Nov 21) / 6.72mg (8 oct 21) / 6.8 mg (15 Sept 21)6.88mg (14 Aug 21)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 21)

 

I am not a professional, I don't give medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Hi. I’m poly drugged and need help from a taper sensitive doctor. I can’t seem to find any in the NY USA area. My current doctor is conservative with psych drugs and wants me off many off the meds but is employing a fast taper and aggressive personality I’m having difficulty dealing with. I’m feeling very horrible and need assistance. Please let me know how you can help.

 

Thanks

 

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Latest med schedule and withdrawal (05/17/17):

Seroquel On 125mg 10/28/16 (now, 125 mg), (9/2017, 200mg)

Cymbalta On 27mg 10/28/16 (now, 27 mg), (9/2017, 90mg)

Viibryd On 10mg 10/28/16 (now, 10 mg), (9/2017, 20mg)

Klonopin On 2.5 Start 10/28/16 (now 1.5 night, 1 Morning), (9/2017 1.5 night, 1 morning, .5 midday, total 3mg)

Diovan 160mg On 10/28/16 (now 160mg)

Norvasc On 10mg 10/28/16 (now 0), (1/2017 10mg)

Cytomel (T3 for thyroid) on 11/2017 25mcg

 

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2 hours ago, ccb73 said:

Hi. I’m poly drugged and need help from a taper sensitive doctor. I can’t seem to find any in the NY USA area. My current doctor is conservative with psych drugs and wants me off many off the meds but is employing a fast taper and aggressive personality I’m having difficulty dealing with. I’m feeling very horrible and need assistance. Please let me know how you can help.

 

Thanks

 

 

Q:  Did you read Post #1 of the current topic?

 

You can also ask in the relevant topic:

 

check-in-topics-survivingantidepressantorg-members-near-you

 

And check out this topic too:

 

how-to-talk-to-a-doctor-about-tapering-and-withdrawal-what-to-expect

 

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PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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I don't have enough money for private medical care, is there one that would take Medical insurance?

<2014 - antidepressant, unknown, CT

2014 - cocktail of medication, unknown

2014> - Psychiatrist tapered everything and prescribed Seroquel 600mg, Latuda 80mg, Clonazepam 5mg

2020 - Seroquel 600mg

2022 - October: got prescribed Lexapro 5mg due to worsening symptoms, I only took it 2 to three times. I stopped due to severe side effects. Got prescribed Seroquel 700mg to help crisis. Took Fish Oil thrice the recommended amount and symptoms improved after suffering for 8 to 9 years. Reduced back to Seroquel 600mg. Now taking the recommended supplements of SA, Fish Oil and Magnesium.

2023 - Not taking Magnesium for now for side effects. Taking a lot of Vitamin D around 3000IU. Mental health significantly improved like night and day after a month. Not very hyper and mentally in chaos and finally able to feel peace. Taking 2000mg of Fish Oil a night.

Seroquel - 15% Removed around 5% per 2 months. Slowing down to make sure.

 

Proof of current medication: https://imgur.com/a/JTi423y

 

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Will say Cara Hoepner in SF is WONDERFUL. She is EXPENSIVE, but incredibly knowledgeable, and has gone through SSRI withdrawal herself! She turned me on to many good and healthy supplements, and taught me a lot about the inflammation that goes into the physical feelings of withdrawal. 

June 1 - June 8 2020: 10 MG of Prozac for Panic Attacks
June 9 - July 25 2020: 20 MG of Prozac
July 26 2020 - April 7 2021: 30 MG of Prozac
April 8 2021 - May 8 2021: 20 MG Prozac
May 9 2021 - May 31 2021: 10 MG Prozac
June 1 2021 - July 30 2021: 0 MG, withdrawal symptoms of brain zaps, fatigue, bodyache, headache, and fresh anxiety attacks near the end of July.
July 31 2021 - August 7 2021: 3 mg liquid Prozac.
August 8 2021 - 5 mg liquid prozac. Stabilized in November, had panic attacks and anxiety in December but tapered anyway. 

January 1 2022 - March 1 2022: 4.5 mg

March 2 - Nov 5 2022: 4.05 mg

Nov 6 2022 - Present: 4 mg in two syringes. 

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Hi all!

 

Has anyone had any luck finding a doctor who has effectively treated protracted withdrawal symptoms (Ohio/midwest preferred, but anywhere in the US really - willing to travel if needed)? I was reading the (really wonderful) list of doctors in the introductory post for this thread, but it sounds like a lot of these docs might have experience treating withdrawal in the short term, but not necessarily in a case like mine, where I've been off of my meds for ~8 months. 

 

I'm in a bit of an odd situation where some of my symptoms have gotten better over time, but the hypersensitivity to medications that I developed after stopping my antidepressant has prevented me from taking meds I actually need for other, non antidepressant related health issues. It's becoming a real challenge as I try to address those other problems, and I would love someone knowledgeable who might be able to help me figure out how to get to a point where I can tolerate some of these other medicines. Thanks!

SleepPls009

Currently - Nothing

November 22 – Metoprolol 25 mg, Ranolazine (100 mg?)

October 22 – Quviviq 25 mg, Lunesta 3mg, mirtazipine 30mg

September22 – Melatonin 1mg, Ambien 5 mg, Ramelteon 8mg, Seroquel 50-125mg

August 22 – Dayvigo 5 mg, Ambien 5mg

July 22 – Zaleplon 10 mg (as needed), Ambien 10mg (taken once), Melatonin 1mg – July 26- August 30

June 22 (Pt2) – Ambien 10mg – June 14-24, Amitryptiline 25 mg, June 24- July 1, Zaleplon – As needed

June 22 – Sertraline 100mg – June 1-june 7, seroquel 25-50 mg – June 1-June 14

May 22: Prozac 20mg – May 12-June 1, Klonazepam, as needed, Trazedone (once)

~2002-2022: Luvox 100mg daily until April 12, 2022

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@SleepPls009have you thought about a neurologist? The neuro I saw is in an HMO so that wouldn't work for you but I was impressed by his understanding about hypersensitivities and the brain.

Now: 100 mg Zoloft am, 50 mg Trazodone.  Daily drug burden decreased from 2050 in 2018 mg to 150 mg 🐢🐢

Zoloft: 1/24/23 increased to 100 mg after suicide attempt 9/17/22 cut 6 mg, 8/14/22 cut 6.5 mg, 5/7/22 cut 12.5 mg 3/20/22 cut 12.5 mg 10/26/21 cut 6 mg 10/17/21 cut 5 mg, 9/17/21 Cut 3 mg,  9/13/21 cut 4 mg, 8/29/21 Cut 2 mg 8/8/21 Cut 3 mg  7/30/21 Zoloft: Converted 25 mg to liquid. Also take 100 mg pill & 25 mg pill=150 mg total
🌞 Feb 28, 2021 0 mg Gapapentin 2021 Gaba each dose 4x/day: Feb 27 7 mg (one dose only), Feb 10, 7 mg, Jan 14 10 mg 2020 Current taper schedule from Aug 30-present: drop 8 mg every 2-3 weeks. Aug 20 31 mg, Aug 18, 33 mg, July 29, 35 mg, July 23 38 mg, July 22 40 mg Jun 24 42 mg, Jun 15 44 mg, Jun 9 48 mg, May 22 50 mg, May 14 54 mg, May 7 56 mg, Apr 16 58 mg, Mar 28 60 mg, Mar 18 62 mg. Feb 26 64 mg. Feb 19, 66 mg. Jan 23, 70 mg. 2019 Dec 19, 72 mg. Nov 14 ,76 mg. Aug 8, 80 mg. Aug 6, 85 mg. Jul 26, 90 mg. Jul 11, 95 mg.

Jul 16 trazodone from 100 to 50 mg.

Jun 17-July 10 Slowly changed gab fr pill to liquid at same dose 100 mg 4x/d.

Apr 24 Stopped klon!!! 🌞 Apr 4  Decreased gaba to 400 mg (100 mg 4x/day)-Apr 4, 2019   0.25 klon March 11  Klonopin .5 mg twice daily, varied dose til Apr 15. Started Klon fast taper 25%, short use

Mar 16, 450 mg gaba 3x/day cut 600 mg--not exact!--updose after learning w/d

Feb 20, 2019 1800 mg gabapentin; MD taper; off 3 days=mvt disorder & autonomic instability. July 2018 temazepam 15 mg 1-2; prn several x/wk til Jan/Feb 2019 when cold turkey, flu illness for months

July 2018 started gabapentin 100 3x/day; titrated up to 1800 mg (600 3x/day)

Buspar, I forget how much, 2 pills a day Jan 2017-July 2018 cold turkey. On Zoloft since maybe 2004? After trying many.

*I speak from my experience. Nothing I say is medical advice. I'm not a doctor.

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On 12/14/2022 at 11:13 PM, ShiningLight said:

@SleepPls009have you thought about a neurologist? The neuro I saw is in an HMO so that wouldn't work for you but I was impressed by his understanding about hypersensitivities and the brain.

@ShiningLightI've tried a couple neurologists so far, but neither seemed to really understand where the medicine hypsersensitivity was coming from, or how to treat it. What did your neurologist recommend? Did he manage to help you with those symptoms at all? 

SleepPls009

Currently - Nothing

November 22 – Metoprolol 25 mg, Ranolazine (100 mg?)

October 22 – Quviviq 25 mg, Lunesta 3mg, mirtazipine 30mg

September22 – Melatonin 1mg, Ambien 5 mg, Ramelteon 8mg, Seroquel 50-125mg

August 22 – Dayvigo 5 mg, Ambien 5mg

July 22 – Zaleplon 10 mg (as needed), Ambien 10mg (taken once), Melatonin 1mg – July 26- August 30

June 22 (Pt2) – Ambien 10mg – June 14-24, Amitryptiline 25 mg, June 24- July 1, Zaleplon – As needed

June 22 – Sertraline 100mg – June 1-june 7, seroquel 25-50 mg – June 1-June 14

May 22: Prozac 20mg – May 12-June 1, Klonazepam, as needed, Trazedone (once)

~2002-2022: Luvox 100mg daily until April 12, 2022

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Would anyone know of a psychiatrist(or any other doctor) based in India who supports tapering of drugs? I have been looking online for a while now, but no luck 😞

The one I found based on a blogpost published online(which made me think he was more aware of withdrawal and side-effects of anti-depressants) turned out to be a highly conventional psychiatrist who missed all the things going wrong with me during Prozac.

 

Do any of these above doctors accept patients based outside US? Thanks much, trying so hard to get my life back in order.

 

2014-2019: Clomipramine 12.5mg to 50mg and Tramadol 100mg twice a week, 2019-2020: Clomipramine 50mg and Tramadol 150mg alternate day
2021-2022: Clomipramine 50mg and Tramadol 150mg-200mg daily, 2022 mid-April: Stopped Clomipramine and Tramadol cold turkey
2022 mid-May: Started Amytriptaline 50mg and tapered over 2 weeks, 2022 mid-June: Took 40mg Cymbalta for 2 days and stopped
2022 mid-June: Taking Clonazepam .25mg to .5mg for sleep and anxiety for about a week., 2022 early July - present: Taking Clonazepam .25mg.
2022 Aug: Escitalopram 2.5mg titrated to 10mg (over 3 weeks), 2022 Aug: Escitalopram 5mg for 10 days, 4.5mg for 10 days, 4.25mg for 5 days

2022 Sep: Escitalopram 4.25mg for 5 days, 4mg for 5 days and then CT, 2022 Sep: Fluoxetine 10mg for 5 days

27 sep 2022: Fluoxetine 20mg for 9 days... 6 oct 2022:  Fluoxetine 30mg for 20 days....28 Oct 2022: Fluoxetine 40mg for 46 days

Nov to Dec 2022: Clonazepam(0.25mg, 0.5mg and 0.5mg, TOTAL of 1.25mg) for 36 days

12 Dec 2022: Etizolam(0.5mg) for some days and then Etizolam(1.5mg CR and 0.5mg)

12 Dec 2022: Quetiapine(12.5mg) and Mirtazapine(7.5mg) till now

12 Dec 2022: Vortioxetine(10mg) for 6 days, Vortioxetine(20mg) for 22 days till now

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