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Dr. Jack E. Rosenblatt

25 N Caroline St
Baltimore, MD 21231
(301) 873-7904

 

7000 Carmichael Ave
Bethesda, MD 20817

 

Dr. Rosenblatt, a psychiatrist, is very knowledgeable about tapering psychiatric drugs slowly at the rate of individual tolerance. I just had an extensive conversation with him.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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This is an online doctor site that might be an option for refills (probably not tapering advice, etc):

 

https://www.doctorondemand.com has an initial online visit w/psychiatry for $229 which is (sadly) not a bad deal. 

 

I do not have experience with it. Please let us know if you try it and whether you would recommend. I'm thinking it could be an option for refills if someone has exhausted other options/providers. 

Current: 2019: 0.04 mg Paxil!! This is real. Soon, after taking Paxil my entire adult life, I will be free.

Long story short: After 18 years on Paxil, "tapered" almost completely off over a month, at doctor's advice in July 2015.

Self-care includes magnesium, reasonable exercise, mindfulness, this forum and nutrition/eating enough food.

Also on 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!! (which I now will have the knowledge to taper properly)

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Longer version: On Paxil since 1996--anxiety & depression caused by (undiagnosed) under-eating / eating disorder.

Doctor kept increasing dose, up to 60 mg; it never really helped but said it really was the best "med" for me.

Rapid doctor-led "taper" July 2015, down to 5 mg, with Zoloft as a "cross-taper" = Essentially a cold turkey. 

Severe withdrawal but didn't know it; believed it was my "underlying condition," and kept tapering, 5mg to 4 to 3  to 2 to 1.  

Feb 2016: Found SA! As of June 2016, tapering from 1mg at rate of 5-10% per month, Brassmonkey Slide! 

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40 minutes ago, SkyBlue said:

This is an online doctor site that might be an option for refills (probably not tapering advice, etc):

 

https://www.doctorondemand.com has an initial online visit w/psychiatry for $229 which is (sadly) not a bad deal. 

 

I do not have experience with it. Please let us know if you try it and whether you would recommend. I'm thinking it could be an option for refills if someone has exhausted other options/providers. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t help with benzo taper.   They don’t rx conttolled substances.  

Dabhob33

- Pristiq  25mg July 20, 2017 / 100mg November 29, 2017.  Last dose 25mg  December 20, 2017  - 28 yrs on antidepressants. Only other drug currently on is Lithium - 675mg.

- 1st stint on benzos (100mg Librium) November 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017 (rapid taper)

- 2nd stint on benzos (20mg Valium)  started May 1 2017.  Reinstated due to Librium rapid taper.  Tapered 100mg pristiq in 4 weeks (Jan 2018).  Currently tapered down to 10.5mg Valium where I began holding on February 12, 2018 due to rough patch. Using Ashton Method pill taper.  

Updose valium to 12mg on Feb 28, 2018 / Prozac .5mg March 3 - March 5, 2018 / March 13, 2018 - valium drop of .5 to 11.5mg

Valium now 10mg as of May 23, 2018

Lithium 150mg August 8, 2017; 900mg August 23, 2017  Tested on July 13, 2018  .60 mmol/L result.  Normal range is .60-1.00 mmol/L

 

Took doxylamine sporadically (between 12mg and 25mg).  Last taken on July 5, 2018.  Don’t plan on continuing to take.  

 

I was given a 500mg dose of Levaquin for a UTI (ended up not having a UTI).   Only one dose, but wreaked havoc on me.   Is it still affecting me?

 

 
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31 minutes ago, Dabhob33 said:

Unfortunately it doesn’t help with benzo taper.   They don’t rx conttolled substances.  

No. Nowhere online is likely to prescribe benzos.

Current: 2019: 0.04 mg Paxil!! This is real. Soon, after taking Paxil my entire adult life, I will be free.

Long story short: After 18 years on Paxil, "tapered" almost completely off over a month, at doctor's advice in July 2015.

Self-care includes magnesium, reasonable exercise, mindfulness, this forum and nutrition/eating enough food.

Also on 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!! (which I now will have the knowledge to taper properly)

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Longer version: On Paxil since 1996--anxiety & depression caused by (undiagnosed) under-eating / eating disorder.

Doctor kept increasing dose, up to 60 mg; it never really helped but said it really was the best "med" for me.

Rapid doctor-led "taper" July 2015, down to 5 mg, with Zoloft as a "cross-taper" = Essentially a cold turkey. 

Severe withdrawal but didn't know it; believed it was my "underlying condition," and kept tapering, 5mg to 4 to 3  to 2 to 1.  

Feb 2016: Found SA! As of June 2016, tapering from 1mg at rate of 5-10% per month, Brassmonkey Slide! 

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and theres a kicker too..when you have a doctor who is prescribing things for you there is a fear of losing that if you dare deviate from advice because some just say no....then where are you?  Its all so messed up and sad...

-Nardil 1976 < year, stopped. React to AD's. Klonopin .5BID 1990, 2.5mg til 2016

-Klonopin doubled Jan '16. Taper to 2.25mg May to Nov '16. Bad react to Lexapro, stop. React to Prevacid too, taper off. 

-November '16 Tapered .25mg Klonopin in hospital. Jan '17 started Viibryd, 20mg from Feb to June '17,     

-20mg to 10mg Viibryd from 3/25 to 6/10 2017, 12/15 10% Viibryd taper...back up next day

-Clonazepam 2mg to 1.85mg 4/14 '17 to end November; taper to 1mg Clonazepam in hospital 9/1 tp 9/14 '17

-Feb '18 Amiloride .25mg  5/18 off Amiloride d/t react. Clonaz compounded  

-4/27 '18 Viibryd 9.5mg, 6/11 9.0 mg, 1/27 '19 Viibryd 8.75mg, ; Clonazepam .2mg 530pm and .7mg 1130pm, Premarin .3mg 830PM CARAFATE QID 2/27/19 to 3/5/19

-July 6'19 1/2 10mg Claritin 230pm, stopped it about July 18, started Oct 11 '19, 

-7/27 Viibryd 8.5, 8/29 8.25, 10/24 8.0, 12/19 7.75, Feb '20 7.50, 3/20 7.25, 5/20 7.0, 6/20 6.75, 7/20 6.5, 8/20 6.25, 10/2 20 6.0, 11/25'20 5.75, 1/9/21 5.5, 2/23 5.25

-1015 AM Viibryd, vit D 4,000IU 130, 415 Clonazepam .2mg, 815 Premarin .3mg, 1015 Clonaz .7mg,

  1115 3t fish oil+D 1145 Castor Oil 650mg(4) 1230 Carafate 1/2GM,Methylated B Vit  1/week,Reacted Mag prn

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Harold R. Jordan, M.D.
53 Center St
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-5555 (Office)

1233 Main St
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 536-5111 (Office)


Dr Jordan is a believer in long term withdrawal from SSRI's. He's a nice guy who is easy to talk to.

 

NOTE 10/18/13 : A member reports Dr. Jordan is no longer at either of these locations. If anyone knows his new office, please let us know.

Here is his current information. I have not spoken with him at this point in time, but am considering giving him a call

 

http://doctorjordan.org

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

 

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Any psy doc from Germany? 

Abilify from 20 mg to 10 mg-Nov.29,2017 to March.24,2019; Abilify 10 mg March.24,2019 to Sep.26,2020; 9,4ml Sep.27,2020;9,8ml Sep.29,2020;9,6ml Oct.17,2020;9,4ml Oct.30, 2020;9,2ml Nov.15,2020;9ml November 25th,2020;8,8ml December 16th,2020;8,6ml December 30th,2020;8,4ml January 13th,2021;8,2ml February 2nd,2021;8ml February 25th,2021;7,8ml March 17th,2021;7,6ml April 6th,2021;7,4ml April 18th,2021;7,2ml May 4th,2021  

Cymbalta 120 mg Jun.28,2011; 90mg Feb.19,2013 to Jun 5,2014;60 mg Jun.5,2014 to present

Klonopin 1,25 mg Jan.3,2016; 0,25mg Nov.28,2017 to present

biperiden extended release 4mg April.25,2008 to Feb.6,2009;Jun 24.2011 to present

Risperidone 2mg May.4,2017 to Dec 6.2019

Risperdal 1,5mg 12/06/19; 1,75mg 12/08/19; 1,5mg 12/20/19; 1,75mg (0,018g) 12/26/19

Risperidone 1,75ml 1/8/20; 1,70ml 1/18/20; 1,62ml 1/30/20; 1,54ml 2/29/20; 1,44ml 5/6/20; 1,42ml 5/7/20; 1,40ml 5/18/20; 1,30ml 6/1/20; 1,25ml 6/11/20; 1,12ml 7/5/20; 1ml 7/21/20; 0,96ml 8/16/20; 0,875ml 8/18/20; 0,86ml 8/28/20; 0,80ml 3/24/21;0,84ml 3/27/21; 0,86ml 4/4/21

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Hello everyone-any updates on providers who assist in tapering duloxetine in the Central United States, specifically western Missouri or eastern Kansas? St. Louis is do-able but a 5 hour drive. Thanks!

  • Lamictal 100mg AM, 200mg HS March 2000 to present.
  • Duloxetine 90 mg (3-30mg) AM  June 2009-July 2017.
  • Duloxetine 90mg (1-30mg plus 1-60mg) AM July 2017 to April 2018.
  • Begin Duloxetine taper from 90mg to 80mg (1-60mg plus 1-20mg) April 2018 and holding.
  • Duloxetine taper from 80mg to 70mg (1-30mg plus 1-40mg) June 1, 2019.
  • Duloxetine taper from 70mg to 60mg starting June 27, 2019
  • Stopped taking this poison-June 2019! Xanax 0.5 mg May 1991 to May 2015 PRN,  0.125mg PRN April 2018 (have take 1/2 dose 3 separate times). No withdrawal effects because I barely used it?
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Hello. Anyone know any psychiatrist in Asia? 

Clonazapam:  01/2015 - 03/2015 2mg; 03/2015 Cold Turkey

Lexapro:  07/2007 - 08/2018 10-20mg; 08/2018 - 10/2018 Tapered to 0mg; 10/11/2018 Reinstated 7 days taper up to 20mg (took 3mg xanax/day first 3 days of reinstatement); 17/11/2018 20mg; 2/12/2018: 15mg; 3/12/2018 10mg; 5/12/2018 Developed violent spasms, back to 15mg;

6/1/2019 13.5mg; 27/3/2019 13mg; 2/4/2019 12.5mg; 11/4/2019 10mg; 25/5/2019 9mg; 8/7/2019; 8.75mg; 15/7/2019 8.5mg; 22/7/2019 8.25mg; 5month taper of 10%/month to 5mg on 12/2019;

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Very unlikely, planifolia.

 

This psychiatrist in London, Ontario, Canada, has written a sympathetic article about tapering and withdrawal:

 

Psychiatrists don't know all. Sometimes, they need to defer to patients' lived experiences

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/antidepressant-weaning-1.5069789

 

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Dr. Javeed Sukhera is an assistant professor of psychiatry and paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. He also has a PhD in education and researches stigma, equity and implicit bias within health professions education.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Hi all,

 

I have what may be some very positive and exciting news for U.K. members. Today I went to London and met a new psychiatrist who I found online. I could tell from her biography that she did not see medication as the key to solving emotional symptoms. 

 

She was like a breath of fresh air compared to my GP and recent psychiatrist. She really listened to my medical history and lifestyle. She asked deep and important questions about my values, my relationships, what stresses me out etc. Lastly, she agreed I appear to have an adverse reaction to Escitalopram and despite not having done it before, she wrote me a private script for compounded liquid. She said she regularly prescribes the NHS available SSRI liquids to patients.

 

Although she wasn’t totally in line with everything we encourage here (10% drops per month for example), she definitely valued the importance of tapering as slowly as required by a patient and she was totally non-pressuring in regards to how quickly I should taper. She was very flexible and valued the importance of working as a doctor-patient team, rather playing a dictator role.

 

The only downside is that without medical insurance she is very expensive to see as she works privately on Harley Street. My first consultation set met me back a smooth £500, but she respected I’m self funded and noted that I do not have to see her on fixed intervals and can email her briefly outside of appointments, without worrying about payment. She also noted I can see her in future using Skype and follow-ups are cheaper.

 

Her name is Dr Nagore Benito. I told her about this site and she said it was ok to put her details here. 

 

http://drbenito.co.uk

pa at symbol drbenito dot co dot uk

07714 203320

 

I am in no way affiliated with Dr Benito and will of course update this if I have any issues with treatment in the future. In the meantime I’m very happy to finally have somebody who listens. 

 

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

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Hello, everyone, thanks for your suggestions and posts about your experiences with listed clinicians and tapering off psychiatric drugs.

 

I have to chase down every mention of a doctor here, which is very time-consuming and why I haven't updated this topic for a while.

 

Let's work together on this: If you're posting a recommendation here, please also post contact information for the practitioner and, if possible, a link to information about the person.

 

I personally appreciate you're doing the extra work on this. Thank you.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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I called the office of Paul Abramsom MD today seeking help with slow taper of gabapentin (since my current psychiatrist refuses to call in rxs to compounding pharmacy and also isn't very available).

 

The receptionist took my info and will ask the MD, but warned me up front the MD is "aggressive with his tapers." 😡

 

I'm waiting for a call back to see if another provider at the same location will accept me, however, he is the medical director of this practice, so I feel unsafe going there hearing those words. Maybe he's different with antidepressants? I did tell the receptionist that I'm med sensitive and developed problems going off too quickly, but I bet that gets translated into "addict."

Now: 150 mg Zoloft am since 2004, 50 mg Trazodone bedtime.  Daily drug burden decreased from 2050 mg to 200 mg 🐢🐢

🌞 Feb 28, 2021 0 mg Gapapentin 🌞 yaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssss!!!

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

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

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I have tried to contact Dr Yolanda Lucire, but she is currently unable to take patients as her practice has been suspended by authorities. This is due to a suicide incidence last year. 

Clonazapam:  01/2015 - 03/2015 2mg; 03/2015 Cold Turkey

Lexapro:  07/2007 - 08/2018 10-20mg; 08/2018 - 10/2018 Tapered to 0mg; 10/11/2018 Reinstated 7 days taper up to 20mg (took 3mg xanax/day first 3 days of reinstatement); 17/11/2018 20mg; 2/12/2018: 15mg; 3/12/2018 10mg; 5/12/2018 Developed violent spasms, back to 15mg;

6/1/2019 13.5mg; 27/3/2019 13mg; 2/4/2019 12.5mg; 11/4/2019 10mg; 25/5/2019 9mg; 8/7/2019; 8.75mg; 15/7/2019 8.5mg; 22/7/2019 8.25mg; 5month taper of 10%/month to 5mg on 12/2019;

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Hello. 

Seeking the name of a good therapist/counselor and doctor to help with health anxiety and other issues for a friend living in St. Louis metro east area in IL.  Unfortunately, the friend just started Sertraline at the direction of her Dr.

Thanks!

1989-2002 Prozac/Zoloft

2002 Escitalopram 20 mg.

2018 2.5 mg - stopped by Dr./Reinstated, up-dosed to 7.5 mg

04/19 Began BM slide

CURRENT 1.05 mg 🌼

 

"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

Mark 9:23

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Doctors will support if they can see you making process. At some point, you gotta take the decision into your own hands to taper down.

 Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Seroquil, Rispiridone, Valium, Zoloft, Clonazepam,. + 1 other Benzo. Total 11 yrs.

·           April 9th 2018 Hospital. 50mg Zoloft > 0 discontinued. 6mg Clonazepam > 2.5mg over 8 weeks stay.

           October 25th 2019: Hospital:  Clonazepam Bridged 1mg > to 20mg Diazepam.

           

           Anafranil: 90mg

      
  Diazepam (V): 25th October 2019, 20mg. 22 Dec 2019 19mg. 4 April 20: 18mg,  30 September: 17.5mg , 13 November 20: 17mg 01 January 2021: 16mg,

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Thanks Ryder.  This person needs counseling and could use a good therapist which is very hard to find.  I threw in the doctor since the one they are seeing started Sertraline. :(  

1989-2002 Prozac/Zoloft

2002 Escitalopram 20 mg.

2018 2.5 mg - stopped by Dr./Reinstated, up-dosed to 7.5 mg

04/19 Began BM slide

CURRENT 1.05 mg 🌼

 

"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

Mark 9:23

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DavidfromTexas

Hi, everybody. I’m wondering if anybody has had success finding a psychiatrist in the greater Houston area who recognizes the possibility of withdrawal syndrome and treats struggling patients like us with this in mind. In searching though these threads I didn’t find anybody that was recommended here in Houston. 

 

I would very greatly appreciate any recommendations. Thank you!

ANTI-DEPRESSANTS (approximates):

2000--2009/10. Zoloft, mid-high dosage. Alprazolam, as needed, rarely. 

2009/10--2016/17. Cymbalta, 90 mg

Early 2017--Mid-2017. Cymbalta, 60 mg

Mid-2017--Jan 2018. Cymbalta, 30--60 mg, reduced in 30 mg increments w/o physical w/d symptoms, possibly some emotional w/d symptoms. Mar 2018--Early 2019. Back on Cymbalta, fluctuating dosages from 30 to 90mg. Reduced from 60 to 30, then from 30 to 0 again, this time WITH very light physical w/d symptoms. Back to 30mg. Early 2019--April 2019. Cymbalta, 30mg. Down from 30 to 0. Physical w/d symptoms again. Back to 30mg. May 2019. Cymbalta 30 mg. Down to 20 mid-month. Started taking every other day in final week of the month. 

Jun 2019. Cymbalta 10-ish mg. Started “eyeballing” about half of the beads in the capsule. Taking every other day, then at mid-month every 4 days. 

July 2, 2019. Took last dose of “eyeballed” 5-ish mg. July 24, 2019. Took first reinstatement dose of 2mg. Dropped down to 1mg (6 beads) the very next day.

Aug 6, 2019. Up-dose to 1.33 mg. Aug 30, 2019. Up-dose to 1.5 mg. 

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin D3 4,000 IU/day

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blackhawks89

Looking for a doctor in northwest suburbs of Illinois who is familiar with withdrawl and tapering. Anyone got any recommendations?? Thank you!

I have been on Lexapro for 10 years

I have tried to get off many many times. 

Right now I am at the max dose of 20mg.

I also take Trazodone 50mg to help me sleep. 

 

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On 11/26/2011 at 3:20 PM, Altostrata said:

Our esteemed member cinephile has had good experiences with these psychiatrists, both near Boston, Massachusetts:

 

Mark D. Green, M.D.

c/o Westbridge Inc.

275 Mystic Ave, Suite C

Medford, MA 02155

 

Phone: 617-913-2971

Email: markdgreenmd at mac.com

 

Bill (Wm D) Slaughter MD, MA

49 Hancock Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617.233.8957

 

Website: http://www.wds-md.net/

 

Is there any more recent feedback since 2011 on Dr. Green and Dr. Slaughter?

 

Thanks,

 

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Is there any knowledge about doctors helping via skype and tele-video in the united states , maybe as even a liaison to a local doctor?

 2019  Current:  Right now on Gabapentin 100-300 mg as need for anxiety during day , Lorazepam .5 mg at night , .5 mg if needed during the day, bio – identical hormones Estradiol Patch and Progesterone , LAMICTAL  200mg. , Rexaulti 1 mg at .night.  Below has been my last 7 months (Summer of Hell).  I was attempting to get my depression under control with a new doctor. So i am currently not trying to taper although that was my aim about 2 years ago before brain tumor.

 

  • August 26-28th - Lithium: 300 mg. Added at night. Could not take due to symptoms(***)
  • July 27thAugust 26 th Pristiq : 50 mg. 1 x day morning –(***)
  • July 31 – Started Gabapentin: 100 mg. per cap take 1 in am, 1 at noon, and 1 to 2 at night for anxiety and insomnia.
  • July 19th– Wanted to increase Rexulti: raised to 2 mg. Did not comply with this(***)
  • July 9 th - Ordered GeneSight Testing
  • July 9th - Prescribed Lexapro but didn't start because of waiting for Emsam out of system and waiting for GeneSight Testing to come back.(***)
  • July 3rd - Back on Rexulti at night
  • July 2 – July 7 :Emsam Patch(***)
  • June 28 -off Rexulti  (Continued at night :LAMICTAL increased to 200 mg, Lorazepam at night .5 mg, Progesterone 100 mg and Estridol Patch .1 weekly)
  • June 15 - Ordered Depakote 250mg 1 at night but did not get filled by pharmacy and did not take
  • June 21 – July 2 - Discontinued Cymbalta for almost 2 weeks to get out of system in order to be able to take MAOI drug EMSAM  (***)
  • June 3rd -up LAMICTAL :  to 200 mg at night (***)  
  • June 21 -stopped Cymbalta -
  • May 29th -increased Rexulti :to 1mg.
  • May 19th - Started Cymbalta :20 mg Rexulti at night .5 - (-**)
  • May 14th -Start Rexulti: .5 mg –up to 1 mg. 1 a day in week take during day . Suppose to Start gabapentin 100 mg take 1 in am, 1 at noon, and 1 to 2 at night for anxiety and insomnia.did not comply (*)
  • April 17 -approximately on Latuda :20 mg. -May 12th went off Latuda(*)
  • February 28t-h (approximatel) decreased Cymbalta: up 30 mg. Resume Abilify of 2 mg a day March 14th discontinue Abilify and Cymbalta (*)
  • February 12- (approximately ) started Abilify 2 mg. Discontinued Prozac
  • January 14- (approximate) started on Cymbalta 30mg increase to 60 mg in a

         approx. 4 days continued on Prozac. Decreased Zoloft to 25 mg. then stopped Zoloft after 1 week (*)

2019

*{Continued at night :LAMICTAL 100 mg and Lorazepam at night .5 mg. Progesterone 100 mg and Estridol Patch .1 weekly}

**{Continued at night :LAMICTAL 100 mg and Lorazepam at night .5 mg, Rexulti .5 mg, . Progesterone 100 mg and Estridol Patch .1 weekly}

***{Continued at night :LAMICTAL increased to 200 mg and Lorazepam at night .5 mg.Rexulti 1 mg Progesterone 100 mg and Estridol Patch .1 weekly

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On 5/13/2015 at 9:49 PM, Wondering said:

I have been trouble having finding Dr Kelly'S phone number, she isn't at the numbers I tried. Do you know if her middle initial is a? I would appreciate her phone number and address. I thank you. I have her faculty number, (if she is the right Dr Kelly)- but can't find her office number.

 

 

Dr Kelly has been extremely supportive. She is respectful and compassionate. I've been seeing her for about a year and a half now. From the beginning she stated that I should probably not have been medicated at 15 and that Cymbalta was a. not doing anything for me and b. probable that it was causing adverse side effects. This was before I was diagnosed with an untreated neck injury that was complicating symptoms. After finding out about my neck, she agreed to hold off on coming off until the issues with my neck improved and started stabilizing. She recommended the initial taper that was too fast. She was prompt in responding to my phone calls addressing the severe withdrawals I was having (even on weekends). She advised me to stop tapering immediately and hold tight while she made some phone calls. Within a few days she had spoken to colleagues and also called Eli Lilly to figure out what was going on and a plan for what to do next. Even though she said she had never been aware of a patient with such severe withdrawals on the taper we were doing, she stated repeatedly that she absolutely believed me. This was the first time any professional has ever properly diagnosed this for me (hence me being on for 17 years even after several attempts to come off).

She repeatedly informed me that no, these were not returning symptoms but were indeed withdrawal. She also stated that no, these symtpoms were not justification for why I needed to be on Cymbalta. She also has told me that these withdrawals mean that it's going to be harder for me to think clearly, and offers support and reminders when I've been feeling at the end of my rope. She has stated multiple times that she thinks it very possible that I do not need to be on medication and is fully supportive of coming off and in fact is recommending that.

After doing more research than I've ever been aware of any psych doing for me as a patient, she recommended the 10% of current dose decrease. She even spoke with a mathematician about how to devise a system using graph paper for all the beads.

I will say that she has prescribed and suggested benzodiazepines while tapering but at this point I have told her no.

I am still in close contact with her, and she tells me that it is possible to be off, but to hang in there as it will take time. She asks for updates and info on what methods I'm finding work. She also recommends and is supportive of holding on the dose until my system has stabilized before decreasing again.

I have to say that I am uncomfortable with having her name and location connected with my account, but I hope that someone will be able to find the information useful. I'm still so aware of stigmas and misinformation of the general public when it comes to antidepressants. Even though so many of us are on them!

Dr Kelly sounds like a wonderful doctor.

 

Medication history:

2002-2004 olanzapine, 2.5

2003-2004- 10 olanzapine,

~2005-2007 quetiapine, 300mg

2006- zopiclone, 2 weeks, 2007 - 2013= abilify,

2013-2016- tapering abilify :blink:  

 

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Has anyone had any experience with or knowledge of doctors either at Mayo Clinic/Rochester or at University of Iowa Hospital/Iowa City?  

1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg; Oct 1 20mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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I would like to ask someone how many times they have meetings with their psychiatrists in a year?

Medication history:

2002-2004 olanzapine, 2.5

2003-2004- 10 olanzapine,

~2005-2007 quetiapine, 300mg

2006- zopiclone, 2 weeks, 2007 - 2013= abilify,

2013-2016- tapering abilify :blink:  

 

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I am not sure if this is the right place to post this but i thought someone might benefit from it. I have been looking at alternative ways of dealing with depression and anxiety and i have started to believe it has some credibility so here is a link to traditional chinese medicine. 

https://europepmc.org/article/PMC/4790408#id243190

 

 

Feb 2018 - April 2019 - On 25mg Paxil (12.5 mg in the morning and 12.5 mg at night) and clonezepam (0.25 mg at night as and when needed)

In April had a break from both for 15 days due to surgery 

End of April - Sept 2019 - Was able to gradually stop both Paxil and Clonezepam 

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 - Had the best days and was not taking any of the above two (started to take supplements as listed in the post)

End of Jan 2020 - Severe anxiety kicked in and a really bad insomnia ( for the last two months have only been able to sleep for 2 hours continous, wake up night and start to walk around and vocalizations seem to be getting worse)

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Feb 2018 - April 2019 - On 25mg Paxil (12.5 mg in the morning and 12.5 mg at night) and clonezepam (0.25 mg at night as and when needed)

In April had a break from both for 15 days due to surgery 

End of April - Sept 2019 - Was able to gradually stop both Paxil and Clonezepam 

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 - Had the best days and was not taking any of the above two (started to take supplements as listed in the post)

End of Jan 2020 - Severe anxiety kicked in and a really bad insomnia ( for the last two months have only been able to sleep for 2 hours continous, wake up night and start to walk around and vocalizations seem to be getting worse)

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On 9/25/2019 at 1:47 AM, kiki2015 said:

Dr Kelly sounds like a wonderful doctor.

 

Is this Kelly Brogan you are talking about ?

Feb 2018 - April 2019 - On 25mg Paxil (12.5 mg in the morning and 12.5 mg at night) and clonezepam (0.25 mg at night as and when needed)

In April had a break from both for 15 days due to surgery 

End of April - Sept 2019 - Was able to gradually stop both Paxil and Clonezepam 

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 - Had the best days and was not taking any of the above two (started to take supplements as listed in the post)

End of Jan 2020 - Severe anxiety kicked in and a really bad insomnia ( for the last two months have only been able to sleep for 2 hours continous, wake up night and start to walk around and vocalizations seem to be getting worse)

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We would never recommend any treatment that has balancing brain chemistry as a premise.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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2 hours ago, Lzieb said:

Is anyone familiar with 

Peter Smith

Some of the things he says does make sense and some is even proven to help by mainstream science but some of it is just wrong or reflects a poor understanding of the topic and some of it is just ridiculous by any standard. The supplements recommended on SA (e.g. fish oil, magnesium, D3 but watch out for hypersensitivity) are pretty much all anyone needs as far as supplementation goes. Many of the "natural treatments" on the website should be held to the same standard as drugs and make no mistake about it just because they are natural and often found in the same list as actual supplements like magnesium and omega-3s. You would not believe how many compounds pharmaceutical companies come up that don't go far into trials because it turns out they cause cancer or something.

Dx: complex PTSD

Discontinuation/taper history: sertraline, trazodone, prazosin, mirtazapine, diazepam

Took 200mg quetiapine for 0.5 years and 150mg for 1.5 years until 01/2020. Now microtapering daily at an overall rate of 12.5mg/month.

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I'm very sorry and don't seem to be rude. However it doesn't seem very scientific as the above have pointed out and to me he's more like he's mixing concoctions. Very weary of the view that he provides brain balancing chemicals. Hmmm. More of the same imbalance theory.

Medication history:

2002-2004 olanzapine, 2.5

2003-2004- 10 olanzapine,

~2005-2007 quetiapine, 300mg

2006- zopiclone, 2 weeks, 2007 - 2013= abilify,

2013-2016- tapering abilify :blink:  

 

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There are many naturopaths and alternative practitioners selling all kinds of cures on the Internet, often cloaked in sciencey language.

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Good news.....

After years of research and money spent, I have found the natural cure for most of the diseases including chronic depression, anxiety, chronic stress, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric disorders, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, some forms of cancer, auto-immune diseases, just to name a few. And this treatment will aid in our  drug tapering process with minimum or no withdrawal symptoms. 

But this treatment requires significant diet and lifestyle changes which can be difficult. Two of my friends are already cured from severe anxiety drugs with no withdrawal symptoms. I am also not having any withdrawal symptoms. I can post here his email if anyone needs it.

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Jan 2001, was prescribed split personality medications and psychotic meds for severe anxiety, change of behavior and stress and overthinking.( Was 16 years old). I was very very quiet, shy, serious person. Do not remember name of meds. 

2005 to 2008 - on and off on same medications. Didn't use any meds for 2 years and had severe panic and psychosis.almost hospitalized. Went to new psychiatrist and gave Zoloft and Xanax for a month. Didn't work much. 

2011 - was prescribed cymbalta (don't remember dose) .it changed my life. Felt like I was born again. Did good for about 4 years. 

Became less effective slowly. Tried to withdraw myself through amino acids. Worked for some months but then had serious psychosis and panic. Felt like dying and loss of complete control of mind and body.2016 - prescribed 20mg Lexapro and 1mg rexulti. I stopped rexulti after like 2 years 6 months on my own. It was successful.Currently on Lexapro 20mg and this dose is going to go lower soon.....this time I am confident about it. March 9 2020 - reduced dose to 17.5 mg. After 2 days, had severe withdrawal symptoms of headache, dry mouth, brain zaps, fever, body and muscle pain, lack of control and coordination, improper sleep.

March 13 - went back to 20 mg.

March 22 2020 - reduced dose to 10 mg

Made significant diet and lifestyle changes. Became vegan, gluten free ( no processed or junk food). April 11, 2020 - dose reduced to 5 mg.having no withdrawal symptoms. 

May 4, 2020 - dose reduced to 2.5 mg. Started meditation daily. Having no withdrawal symptoms. Just a little disturbed sleep. May 11 - Having improved sleep, increased libido, feeling inner joy, happiness and calmness, increased energy levels, lost 10 lbs in 2 months, increased sense of humor. May 17 - having 2.5 mg dose on alternate days only. COVID-19 has turned out to be a boon for me indeed, since I have more free time for myself for meditation and relaxation and exploring alternative ways of better lifestyle. May 26 - having 1.25mg dose everyday. For the first time in my life, I am experiencing that how it feels to be normal and in peace because I have never felt calmness in my life. The best is still yet to come. June 1, 2020 final dose of 1 mg Lexapro. End of POISON. Please note that this success is due to the incredible help from experienced people on this forum, knowing real truth behind this harmful drugs, significant diet and lifestyle changes, meditation, strong positive belief system, support from family, having faith in God, making use of lockdown during COVID-19 to spend more time with self realization and nature. I have also finally realized that only nature has a cure for all the sufferings and diseases, but most of us do not know how to use it's secret power of balance and healing.

God bless us all.🙏

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@Victor3 please do share his email 

Feb 2018 - April 2019 - On 25mg Paxil (12.5 mg in the morning and 12.5 mg at night) and clonezepam (0.25 mg at night as and when needed)

In April had a break from both for 15 days due to surgery 

End of April - Sept 2019 - Was able to gradually stop both Paxil and Clonezepam 

Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 - Had the best days and was not taking any of the above two (started to take supplements as listed in the post)

End of Jan 2020 - Severe anxiety kicked in and a really bad insomnia ( for the last two months have only been able to sleep for 2 hours continous, wake up night and start to walk around and vocalizations seem to be getting worse)

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I suggest that you DO NOT post the email address publicly.  Please PM the member.

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