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On 3/25/2019 at 10:37 PM, planifolia said:

Hello. Anyone know any psychiatrist in Asia? 

Where in Asia 

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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10 hours ago, Victor3 said:

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.

 

Victor, there are many people hawking all kinds of "cures" for psychiatric drug withdrawal and if they are speaking in the language of psychiatry's "chemical imbalance" and trying to fix neurotransmitters, they should be approached with caution. The concept of "depression, anxiety" etc. as a "psychiatric disorder" is code for psychiatry's chemical imbalance lie. 

 

From what we know after years of people posting their tapering experiences, the best outcomes happen because of a slow taper. 

 

Many of us do have to make significant dietary changes including not eating processed foods and giving up sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and for some sensitive members, restricting gluten and dairy. But there are no magical fixes to withdrawal that can replace a slow taper. Many people are on very careful diets but still suffering from withdrawal. 

 

You mention having spent a lot of money, so I just want to caution members against contacting anyone who might take advantage of their situation. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Hi Shep. This treatment is not just about dietary changes and it's not based on fixing any chemical imbalance. There is much more to it. And what I meant regarding money spent is that I spent a lot of money before on other kinds of treatment including prescription drugs, supplements, doctor visits and many more. But the current treatment I did cost me around 100 dollars only. And I am not suggesting anyone to stop the taper. Tapering is the perfect process. I am talking about the horrible withdrawal symptoms which can be avoided.

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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Just now, Victor3 said:

Hi Shep. This treatment is not just about dietary changes and it's not based on fixing any chemical imbalance. There is much more to it. And what I meant regarding money spent is that I spent a lot of money before on other kinds of treatment including prescription drugs, supplements, doctor visits and many more. But the current treatment I did cost me around 100 dollars only. And I am not suggesting anyone to stop the taper. Tapering is the perfect process. I am talking about the horrible withdrawal symptoms which can be avoided.

 

Thank you for your explanation, Victor. But sending people to someone charging even just  $100 is marketing, which is something not allowed here. Again, we are very leery of these kinds of claims and feel the need to protect our vulnerable members from any kind of exploitation, no matter how well meaning. And $100 is a lot to people already struggling financially even prior to the current economic situation due to the pandemic. 

 

Since you're posting in the Recommended Doctor section, it does come across as marketing. 

 

However, please feel free to post about what you're doing that you feel is helpful, either in your own Intro section or over in the Symptoms and self-care area in the various threads dealing with dietary changes and lifestyle improvements. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Ok. No problem Shep. Thank you for letting me know. I didn't know about this. I will put in my intro section. I wrote this because I have never felt so happy and stable that I am feeling now for the past 20 years. So wanted to help others too....

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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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.

 

Please note we do not recommend any naturopathic treatments for withdrawal, particularly ones that claim to cure multiple illnesses.

 

Strongly advise each person to carefully evaluate their own situation and decide if, for example. a special diet might be helpful. You often can try this without paying for any kind of advisor.

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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Im in desperate need of doctor who can do skype consultation and is knowledgeable about akathisia and adverse reaction. Im located in Estonia, Europe. Can anybody recommend anybody? Tried to contact yolande lucire but she is not answering emails or calls.

in 2002- 0,5 tablet cipramil for half a year, ended it uneventfully. in 2006 - citalopram for half a year, ended in horrific state, ditched the drugs CT. 2007-2008 not feeling well but drug free. in 2008 prozac 20mg + quetiapine 25mg. 2009 tried to stop, ended up in hole after couple of months, started zoloft. 2009-2011 zoloft 50mg. went to 25mg in 2011 summer, it resulted in half a year horrible suffering. reinstated, changed drugs, nothing happened. by 2012 beginning suddenly felt great and CT meds. after 4 months came suddenly most horrible human suffering that's possible. was started on prozac and questiapine. started tapering slowly, GFCF diet and Hardy Nutritionals vitamins in 2013 summer. 

current medications: 1) fluoxetine and quetiapine since Aug 2012; 2) Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals 7 capsules / since May 2013 + omega3; 3) Gluten-free-casein-free diet since june 2013

 

Started withdrawing slowly since april 2013. Mostly around 10% cuts. 

April'13 - March'14: fluoxetine 40mg -> 19,5mg; quetiapine 50mg -> 40mg
April'14-March'15: fluoxetine 19,5mg -> 14,4mg; quetiapine 40mg -> 22mg

April'15-March'16: fluoxetine 14,4mg -> 7,4mg; quetiapine 22mg -> 15mg

April'16-March'17: fluoxetine 7,4mg -> 5,0mg; quetiapine 15mg -> 7,25mg

April'17-March'18: fluoxetine 5,0mg -> 4,0mg; quetiapine 7,25mg -> 0 (as of 1st Feb 2018)!!!!

April´18-March´19: fluoxetine 4,0mg - > 2,3mg. Jumped off fluoxetine 1,4mg due to pregnancy in July 2019. Oct 2019 severe withdrawal syndrome started.

Took mistakenly a complex for hormonal support that included pregnenolone dec2019-april2020. Stopped it april 2020 and immediately severe akathisia started. Have had life threatening akathisia since, 100% disabled, suicidal, very hard to hold on. 

 

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Any doctor recommendation in chennai, India who knows about withdrwal and provide guidance? 

Jan 2017 to Sept 2017 -Daxid.  100mg + Sizodon 1mg 

October 2017 to Dec 2017  -T.Serilift.   100 mg

January 2018 to March2018- Trinicalm plus 5mg + Zisper plus

April 2018 to May 2018- Trinicalm plus 5mg 

Aug 2018 to Nov 2018- Daxid 50mg + Sizodon 1mg

Stopped CT in Nov 2018

May 2019 to December 2019 -300 mg gabapentin and 2.5 mg Trinicalm plus tablet-ContainsTrifluoperazine (2.5 mg) + Trihexyphenidyl (1mg)

 

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Please let us know if you find any knowledgeable doctors in Chennai, India.

 

For those in Ireland, Dr. John Lalor, GP in South Kildare, claims to know how to taper.

 

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

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Hi folks, 

Victoria in Australia has a fantastic Government  service.

Medication Support and Recovery Service (MSRS)

email.     msrs.org.au

Tel Central intake on 1800 931 101 or 9810 3080

You can self refer.  and they offer counselling for prescription drug  withdrawal. Most of their patients are dealing with Opioids and Benzodezapines withdrawal but antidepressant withdrawal fits the funding criteria as well. It's completely free and with Telehealth and telephone conferences anyone can access it.  Please if you need counselling support, make use of this service,  the more people who access it, the more likely government funding will continue. 

Best wishes everyone 

 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

 

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Dr. Mary Kuhlman, M.D.  https://www.sharecare.com/doctor/dr-m-l-kuhlman

                                            Vallejo, California, United States.  

 

Dr. Mary Kuhlman became my new psychiatrist this past August who is on board and knowledgeable with tapering. She is a doctor through Kaiser Permanente, so I am not sure if she does private practice. I am medically insured through my employer, and Kaiser is what I use. Of all the Psychiatrists in the past I have dealt and switched to, I am grateful to have her onboard with my goal of tapering off this horrible drug.  

Various SSRIs since 2012.   

Jan 2012 started 50mg Zoloft for mild depression.

2014 increased Zoloft to 100mg 

2015 poop out of Zoloft. Started  Lexapro. Bad start effects, only a month on it. Then onto Effexor a month, bad start up effects. Then Prozac, had bad start up effects (serotonin syndrome).  Added anti-psychotic Risperadal, too strong, drooling from the mouth. 

2016 on different SSRIs, do not remember, on Effexor for about 1 month, quit cold turkey 2017. Lasted 2 months.

April 2017 back on Zoloft 200mg.   

May 2019 switched to Lexapro 30mg.   

Oct 2019 switched to Paxil 40mg

September 2020 on Lexapro 20mg and Paxil 9mg. 

December 2020 Lexapro 20mg  Paxil 8.82 (Tapering Paxil first by 2% drops every 4-6 weeks or until I feel stable to decrease)

Jan 2021 Lexapro 20mg Paxil 8.6mg

Mar 2021 Lexapro 18mg Paxil 8.8mg

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tapering

I am wondering if most of you used a dr?psychiatrist to help you with tapering? and if so does anyone know of a good one in Canada that I could call?

 

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1963 Sept - Nov 1963 drug?

1980-Sept/2020 - Ativan 2 -3mg.

1981 -1990 drug ?

2002-2019 April/2019 - effexor 150mg

April/2019-June/2019 - cymbalta 60mg

june/2019 -july/2019 - zoloft 75mg

july/2019-aug/2019 - effexor 125mg

aug/2019-sept/2019 - cypralex 15mg

sept/2019-may/2020 - cymbalta 30mg/abilify 4mg

june/2020-july/2020 - wellbutrin 150mg

may/2020 -aug/2020 - zoloft 75mg

dec/2019 lamotragine 200mg -115 mg still taking sept/2020

 

Current drugs:  50 mg lamotrigine and 1 mg of Ativan in the morning, 1 mg of Ativan at noon, and 60 mg. lamotrigine and 1 mg Ativan at night.

 

 

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I'd like to recommend psychiatrist Dr. Kendra Campbell, site is freerangepsych.org and I believe there are other doctors to work with as well. I watched the Medicating Normal documentary and she was on the panel discussion at the end. She seems to have a lot of experience in de-prescribing medications.

October 2017 - zoloft/sertraline 25mg, switched to lexapro/escitalopram 10mg

April 2018 - tapered off escitalopram over ~1mo

October 2018 - a few days of super new antidepressant (trintellix)

November 2018 - back on escitalopram, fast increase from 10mg to 20mg

January 2020 - tapered off escitalopram over ~2-3 mo

8/27/2020 - back on escitalopram 10mg 😩

9/18/2020 - escitalopram 5mg for 3 days

9/22/2020 - holding on escitalopram 10mg

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@purplecould you tell how she is helping patients to get off these drugs? I am looking for someone to help me and this info would greatly help me..

Jan 2017 to Sept 2017 -Daxid.  100mg + Sizodon 1mg 

October 2017 to Dec 2017  -T.Serilift.   100 mg

January 2018 to March2018- Trinicalm plus 5mg + Zisper plus

April 2018 to May 2018- Trinicalm plus 5mg 

Aug 2018 to Nov 2018- Daxid 50mg + Sizodon 1mg

Stopped CT in Nov 2018

May 2019 to December 2019 -300 mg gabapentin and 2.5 mg Trinicalm plus tablet-ContainsTrifluoperazine (2.5 mg) + Trihexyphenidyl (1mg)

 

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@Myrah, I believe she uses a multifaceted approach that includes diet, exercise, mindfulness, yoga, etc. I believe her website has a ton of information. I have not worked with her as a patient but have been following her on social media and have confidence in her work.

October 2017 - zoloft/sertraline 25mg, switched to lexapro/escitalopram 10mg

April 2018 - tapered off escitalopram over ~1mo

October 2018 - a few days of super new antidepressant (trintellix)

November 2018 - back on escitalopram, fast increase from 10mg to 20mg

January 2020 - tapered off escitalopram over ~2-3 mo

8/27/2020 - back on escitalopram 10mg 😩

9/18/2020 - escitalopram 5mg for 3 days

9/22/2020 - holding on escitalopram 10mg

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Dr. Sam Lieblich, psychiatrist in Melbourne, Australia

Remeron - 2004-2005 (bad withdrawal)

Clonazepam - 2005-2018 (jumped around March)

Olanzapine - 2014- late 2017

Domperidone - 2008-2018

Many drugs in between including Lexapro, other benzos and z-drugs.

Still suffering post-withdrawal from Clonazepam (Klonopin), Olanzapine and Domperidone. 

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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. 

6.01.20 - 6.02.20: Seroquel/Quetiapine 25mg

7.02.20 - 13.02.20: Attempted CT ran into extreme rebound insomnia

13.02.20 - 04.07.20Reinstated and holding Seroquel/Quetiapine 13.5mg, 1mg Circadin 

Began Tapering of Seroquel

04.07.20 - Quetiapine 13mg 12.07.20 - Quetiapine 12.5mg 20.07.20 - Quetiapine 12mg 28.07.20 - Quetiapine 11.5mg

02.08.20 - Quetiapine 11.mg 06.08.20 - Quetiapine 10.5mg 10.08.20 - Quetiapine 10mg 15.08.20 Quetiapine 9.5mg

18.08.20 Quetiapine 9mg 23.08.20 Quetiapine 8.5 27.08.20 Quetiapine 8mg 31.08.20 Quetiapine 7.75mg 02.09.20 Quetiapine 7.5mg 06.09.20 Quetiapine 7.25mg 08.09.20 Quetiapine 7mg 12.09.20 Quetiapine 6.75mg 14.09.20 Quetiapine 6.5mg 19.09.20 Quetiapine 6.25mg 21.09.20 Quetiapine 6mg 24.09.20 Quetiapine 5.75mg 01.10.20 Quetiapine 5.5mg 03.10.20 Quetiapine 5.25mg 05.10.2020 Quetiapine 5mg 09.10.2020 Quetiapine 4.75mg 12.10.2020 Quetiapine 4.5mg 14.10.2020 Quetiapine 4.25mg 17.10.2020 Quetiapine 4mg 21.10.2020 Quetiapine 3.75mg 24.10.2020 Quetiapine 3.5mg 1.11.2020 Quetiapine 3 mg 7.11.2020 Quetiapine 2.5 mgs 13.11.2020 Quetiapine 2 mg 16.11.2020 Quetiapine 1.5 mg 20.11.2020 Quetiapine 1.25mg 23.11.2020 Quetiapine 1mg 26.12.2020 Quetiapine 0.75mg 16.01.2020 Quetiapine 0.5mg 17.02.2020 Quetiapine 0.25mg 17.03.2021 Quetiapine 0.125mg 9.04.2021 Quetiapine 0!!!

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4 hours ago, 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. 

 

Thanks for providing your experience, senseless. This is very important. I've added a note with a link to your post in that list on page 1 of this thread. 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Sorry to hear that, @senseless. Maybe you could try Dr. Sam Lieblich? Not sure what the situation is in Australia, but hopefully he would be available for Skype appointments too. 

Remeron - 2004-2005 (bad withdrawal)

Clonazepam - 2005-2018 (jumped around March)

Olanzapine - 2014- late 2017

Domperidone - 2008-2018

Many drugs in between including Lexapro, other benzos and z-drugs.

Still suffering post-withdrawal from Clonazepam (Klonopin), Olanzapine and Domperidone. 

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Does anyone have any recommendations for therapists that can work with someone going through a taper.  I am looking for someone that can do it online.  If you know of someone, I would greatly appreciate the information.  Thank you.

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Hi dsydney, and moved your post here to the topic we have.

Welcome, and hope you can find what you are looking for.

 

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Is anyone familiar with 

Peter Smith

Hi Lzieb

Did you eventually go with Peter Smith?

I’ve heard about him as well.

2019 Nov-2020 January 5mg Olanzapine 

2020 January-2020 March 2,5 mg Olanzapine 

2020 March- 2020 August 5mg Olanzapine

2020 August-2020 Sept 2,5 mg Olanzapine 

2020 September-2020 November 5mg Olanzapine 

started 10% reduction 

2021 March 3,5 mg Olanzapine 

2021 April 2,5 mg Olanzapine 

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Dr. Simon Breidert, PFS Research (PSSD is also an area of research interest), Berlin, Germany. 

Remeron - 2004-2005 (bad withdrawal)

Clonazepam - 2005-2018 (jumped around March)

Olanzapine - 2014- late 2017

Domperidone - 2008-2018

Many drugs in between including Lexapro, other benzos and z-drugs.

Still suffering post-withdrawal from Clonazepam (Klonopin), Olanzapine and Domperidone. 

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Prescriber in Australia who at least has read about gradual hyperbolic tapering: Dr. Sanil Rege https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/diagnosis-and-management-of-antidepressant-withdrawal-the-hyperbolic-curve-and-ssri-withdrawal-2/

 

Sanil Rege

Vita Healthcare

135 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza, VIC 3930 (New South Wales) 

(03) 5972 2444

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

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On 1/20/2021 at 11:30 AM, dsydney said:

Does anyone have any recommendations for therapists that can work with someone going through a taper.  I am looking for someone that can do it online.  If you know of someone, I would greatly appreciate the information.  Thank you.

 

I don't recall how I came across this guy, but here is a FL therapist who speaks withdrawal. I don't know anything about him other than what is on his web site.

 

https://www.chrispaigelcsw.com/services

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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2 hours ago, ShiningLight said:

I don't recall how I came across this guy, but here is a FL therapist who speaks withdrawal. I don't know anything about him other than what is on his web site.

 

https://www.chrispaigelcsw.com/services

 

Here's some more info - He's with the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition and has lived experience with withdrawal and akathisia: 

 

Benzo Info - Chris Paige

 

Up in the Air: Surviving 24 Hours with Akathisia

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Crochet
On 11/27/2020 at 4:45 PM, purple said:

I'd like to recommend psychiatrist Dr. Kendra Campbell, site is freerangepsych.org and I believe there are other doctors to work with as well. I watched the Medicating Normal documentary and she was on the panel discussion at the end. She seems to have a lot of experience in de-prescribing medications.

I went to freerangepsych.org and didn't see Kendra Campbell, but I booked a free consultation with Dr. Jennifer Giordano for next week.  I'll let you know how it goes and will post complete contact info at that time if it feels like a good fit.

 

 

2012 - Lexapro 10mg
2017 - Lexapro 5mg (fast taper but stabilized)
11/1/20 - Stopped Lexapro 5mg cold turkey

1/13/21 - present - Reinstated Lexapro 2.5, then 5, then 10, currently 7.5

2/7/21 - present - Hydroxyzine 50mg, at first every night, now every 2-3 nights

No longer take:

2011 - Zoloft (3 months?  Dosage unknown.  CT/fast taper?)

2011 - Wellbutrin (1 week, Dosage unknown. CT)

1/16/21 - 2/4/21 - Ativan .5:  Took 13.5 pills over the course of 22 days and stopped

2/5/21 - Mirtazipine 7.5 (only took once)

2/24/21 - 3/8/31 - Propranolol 5mg

Supplements:  L-theanine 200mg three times per day, 1mg melatonin, magnesium glycinate 400mg, 2000mg fish oil

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 I cannot find any mention of the Dutch tapering clinic in this topic but thought it a good idea to put this information here:

 

9 hours ago, DutchMaddy said:

@Altostrata  @ChessieCat @SebasI regret to inform you about the Dutch tapering clinic. It seems better than it is. They are going to do trials. So one half gets a placebo and the other half of the patients gets tapering strips. Our Dutch organisation for tapering in Holland is mad about it because we already know that tapering is necessary!  They rejected strongly to stop what they are planning to do and asked them  to “just” start helping them to taper. Because now one half of the people will do a CT with their AD with all the consequences from that 😪

 

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Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

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 Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

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Jennifer Giordano, DO

Dr. Giordano is a holistic psychiatrist who sees patients age 12 and older in Virginia, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, George, Florida, Arizona, Oregon and other states on a case by case basis.

 

https://freerangepsych.org/

phone 786.453.4572

 

I had a free 15 minute phone call consult with this doctor today.  She believes that clients can get off psych drugs with very slow and careful tapering and will assist with tapering schedules.  She referenced Medicating Normal.  

2012 - Lexapro 10mg
2017 - Lexapro 5mg (fast taper but stabilized)
11/1/20 - Stopped Lexapro 5mg cold turkey

1/13/21 - present - Reinstated Lexapro 2.5, then 5, then 10, currently 7.5

2/7/21 - present - Hydroxyzine 50mg, at first every night, now every 2-3 nights

No longer take:

2011 - Zoloft (3 months?  Dosage unknown.  CT/fast taper?)

2011 - Wellbutrin (1 week, Dosage unknown. CT)

1/16/21 - 2/4/21 - Ativan .5:  Took 13.5 pills over the course of 22 days and stopped

2/5/21 - Mirtazipine 7.5 (only took once)

2/24/21 - 3/8/31 - Propranolol 5mg

Supplements:  L-theanine 200mg three times per day, 1mg melatonin, magnesium glycinate 400mg, 2000mg fish oil

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On 3/19/2021 at 9:54 PM, Crochet said:

I went to freerangepsych.org and didn't see Kendra Campbell, but I booked a free consultation with Dr. Jennifer Giordano for next week.  I'll let you know how it goes and will post complete contact info at that time if it feels like a good fit.

 

 

Great!! Please let me know. I feel like they are doing amazing things but haven't met anyone who has personally worked with them as patients so it'll be great to hear what it's like. Thank you!

October 2017 - zoloft/sertraline 25mg, switched to lexapro/escitalopram 10mg

April 2018 - tapered off escitalopram over ~1mo

October 2018 - a few days of super new antidepressant (trintellix)

November 2018 - back on escitalopram, fast increase from 10mg to 20mg

January 2020 - tapered off escitalopram over ~2-3 mo

8/27/2020 - back on escitalopram 10mg 😩

9/18/2020 - escitalopram 5mg for 3 days

9/22/2020 - holding on escitalopram 10mg

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