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@Altostrata  and mods.  Thank you so much, Alto....so wishing you the same.  Heartfelt thanks and gratitude for starting this incredible sight, for all you have done and continue to do for so so many in so many ways.  You give hope where it has evaporated, light to brains that cannot understand, and you construct a path forward brick by brick through a thick,  dark, tangled, seemingly endless web woven by doctors and others who you are also reaching out to in hopes of educating.  It is truly incredible.  I dont think there is a charity or service of any kind that has touched and continues to touch so many.  I am in constant awe of your dedication and the dedication of the moderators who assist you.   

May you and they continue to find strength for the journey you have undertaken.  Blessings and peace to you all!!💜

-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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That was lovely, thank you, Rabe.

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SurvivingAntidepressants.org wishes to all strength and patience for healing in the new year.

 

Many thanks to our fine moderators and members, who so kindly offer comfort to others, creating this little virtual haven.

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

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the incredible amount of time and effort and care that you, Alto and all the mods put into this site, helping strangers on the internet is just amazing

 

words aren't adequate to thank you all for what you've done and what you are doing for so many people in need

 

I never could have made it thru withdrawal without the help of this forum, the wealth of information here and the kindness and patience and caring of the moderators and fellow travellers

 

I'm eternally grateful.

 

  • pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  •  Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 
  •  2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs
  •  June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by  Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content 
  • Aug 2021, loving life ❤️ 
 
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12 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Many thanks to our fine moderators and members, who so kindly offer comfort to others,.

And to the person who started it all.

12 hours ago, Altostrata said:

creating this little virtual haven.

Dyslexthingy todat thought it said heaven, seems I made it 2020 after all.

Happy new year everyone.

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Escitalopram 10mgs from mid 2007 ( can't remember exact date) to 11th Dec 2018

Fentanyl patches ( don't remember dose ) from Nov 2014 to 11 Dec 2018

Quit both cold turkey Dec 2018

Reinstated 3rd March 2019 2.5 mgs.

Updosed  8March to 5mgs and holding

25/11/19 Started taper 4.5mgs and holding

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Yes, an amazingly grateful thank you To you Altostrata for creating this place,and to all the patient team who help us.

 

Happy new year To you ❤

2006 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

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

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22 Aug 2019 updosed 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/ evening primrose oil 

 

Current medication :

* 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* Prozac : 6.88mg (14 Aug 2021)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 2021)

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14 hours ago, Altostrata said:

SurvivingAntidepressants.org wishes to all strength and patience for healing in the new year.

 

Many thanks to our fine moderators and members, who so kindly offer comfort to others, creating this little virtual haven.

Words don't express adequately how grateful I am for this site. Thank you all. And all who come for advice, too. This place is incredible ❤️

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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SurvivingAntidepressants.org wishes you the very best for the new year.

 

I hope your healing is progressing. This last year has been a tumultuous year for us all. Good news: Progress has been made in educating doctors about antidepressant withdrawal.

 

Following peer activist campaigns and journal articles by Drs. Jame Davies, John Read, and Mark Horowitz, among others, throughout 2019, in September 2020, the UK's Royal College of Psychiatrist's published a leaflet Stopping Antidepressants in September that for the first time described tapering processes in any detail for prescribers. (I was invited to consult on this leaflet.)

 

Anyone may download this leaflet to show it to a prescriber.

 

Dr. David Taylor's journal Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology added a special section Discontinuing Psychotropic Medication, edited by Mark Horowitz, who with Dr. Taylor had co-authored the highly influential Horowitz, M. A., & Taylor, D. (2019). Tapering of SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. The Lancet Psychiatry, 6(6), 538–546. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30032-X

 

The concept for this paper came from a 2014 discussion on SurvivingAntidepressants.org.

 

This was followed in 2020 by Horowitz, M. A., Murray, R. M., & Taylor, D. Tapering Antipsychotic Treatment JAMA Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.2166

 

On December 24, 2020, Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology published Protracted withdrawal syndrome after stopping antidepressants: a descriptive quantitative analysis of consumer narratives from a large internet forum (full free text). Dr. Michael Hengartner was the lead author; I was a co-author. Data from 69 cases of protracted withdrawal syndrome was taken from SurvivingAntidepressants.org, a substantial study that should affect the discussion of protracted withdrawal from all psychiatric drugs.

 

Additional papers about psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes and tapering are in press for 2021.

 

In August 2020, SurvivingAntidepressants.org presented an excellent film about drug overprescription and withdrawal, Medicating Normal, followed by a group discussion you can see on YouTube here. MadinAmerica.com interviewed me in November; transcript and podcast can be found here. There have been many articles on blogs about these papers and events.

 

So the public health issue of psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes is gaining prominence. The approximately 6,000 member-authored narratives on SurvivingAntidepressants.org have been invaluable as a basis for research. If you haven't stopped by for a while, the community would very much like to hear from you. Please update your Introductions and Updates topic (or start one!) and let us know how you're doing.

 

If you have fully recovered from withdrawal syndrome -- as we most sincerely hope -- please give back to the community by adding yours to our Success Stories. Although retrospective of that difficult time may be painful, you know how much it means to people wondering if they will ever recover. Every success story lifts spirits.

 

If you care to donate to SurvivingAntidepressants.org, click here. The staff is entirely volunteer, all donations go to paying site expenses and funding research. Volunteers are also working hard to distribute the film Medicating Normal, please consider donating here to cover their expenses as well (donations go to a certified non-profit).

 

Stay safe and take care of yourself in the new year,

Altostrata

SurvivingAntidepressants.org

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Thanks Alto,

 

Happy new year.

 

This site has been invaluable to me and its still early days. Hopefully this year is a better one.

 

 

 

Started Lexapro 5mg Mid March 2020

 

Increased to 10mg April 2020

Increased to 15mg June 2020

Decreased back down to 10mg July 2020

Decreased down to 5mg August 2020

Came off Completely September 2020

 

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Alto,

 

This is great.  I did download it. I will give it to my doctor.  Can't guarantee he will read it but I know he will be polite enough to take it and I will of course try to be my persuasive self when asking him to at least look it over.

 

While I think their tapering schedule might be a little fast (my very humble opinion) I do appreciate the fact that they say a person might have to slow it down beyond what they give as an example of a tapering schedule.  I am so glad that the idea to go even slower if needed is in there. Actually it is beyond excellent that it is in there.

 

Thank you for posting it.

HISTORY

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 150mg Zoloft. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

STARTING SENSIBLE  ZOLOFT TAPERING USING GUIDELINES FROM THIS SITE

Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg. May 9, 2020 1.375 mg. June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%). July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.  May 1, 2021 .375mg.  May 29, 2021 .25mg. June 26, 2021 .0125mg. July 25, 2021 .065mg. August 22, 2021 .048mg.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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