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Hi ChessieCat,

Thanks, but I am OK going the way I am at present. I am bead counting so can adjust reductions as I need to via a spreadsheet. This week has been horrendous as a friend took his own life, plus extreme pressure at work, so I am OK to hold for a while I think.

Thanks

Capsur

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

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11 hours ago, Caspur said:

This week has been horrendous as a friend took his own life, plus extreme pressure at work, so I am OK to hold for a while I think.

 

Sorry about the loss of your friend.  That, plus the work stress, may cause an uptick in your symptoms.  Time for lots of TLC.

 

And yes, holding for a while is an excellent idea.  Take care.

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

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  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

 

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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  • 1 month later...

1/9/2019 - first 10% reduction to 67.5mg. I've held for 28 days (the number of capsules in the box of meds). Apart from a mild headache for the first two days of this period, I've had no discernible withdrawal symptoms.

10/10/2019 - reduced dose by a further 10% to 60.75 - during this period I had 3 or 4 days of lowered mood and irritability, plus a definite cortisol bump on one morning only; all symptoms resolved.

8/11/2019 - reduced by a further 10% to 54mg - had some fatigue and gastro symptoms, but quite mild and have resolved. Sleep seems to be improving i.e. not waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, which has been an issue since stopping quetiapine in June/July.

16/12/2019 - reduced by 10% to 49.5mg. Symptoms very mild and hardly noticeable. Annoyingly hungry all the time and tinnitus is bothering me, but I don't think its got any worse. Sleep is relatively good. using Niacin and Mag glycinate before bed. I take more niacin if I wake in the night and cannot get back to sleep. it works really well. Had a bad chest and sinus infection so held a few longer from the previous drop.

6/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 44mg. Had no symptoms for 2 weeks so decided to go for it early on this one (22 day hold).

27/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 39.8mg. Very mild symptoms and not sure if they are symptoms at all - mild headache, tiredness. I do have an insatiable appetite which is really annoying as I find my self eating too much junk. Have gained some weight because of this. Going to get back into my running to get it under control. Up to now its been so wet and muddy where I run, I'd been giving it a miss.

28/2/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 35.8mg. Corona virus starting to have a real impact in the UK now. Its completely surreal. Withdrawal symptoms minor, headaches etc, all mild. Some broken sleep and waking up early in the morning. No noticeable cortisol spike though.

25/3/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 32.3mg some minor symptoms in the first few days, but otherwise all good

22/4/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 29 mg. Have 3 or 4 days with brain fog and inability to concentrate. Felt like a low blood sugar episode. Cleared up quite quickly. Still wake up in night, usually prompted by bladder, but cannot get back to sleep for 1-2 hours. Magnesium glycinate definitely helps

21/5/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 26.1 mg

14/6/2020 - reduced by 10% to 23.5mg - had about 4 days of feeling tense and low mood. This passed though (suspect vitamin D3 supplement intolerance - issue went away when I stopped the sup). Should be reducing again now (18/7) but work is super stressful atm so I am waiting a bit. Thinking I might try a 5% reduction as I really need to be up together.

25/07/2020 - reduced by 10% to 21.2mg - very few symptoms. Decided against 5% reduction as life/work has leveled out a bit.

25/08/2020 - reduced by 10% to 19.1 mg - again very few symptoms, apart from some minor gastrointestinal upset, and some low intensity headaches (used paracetamol).

 

NOTE: all reductions are 10% of previous dose.

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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Thank you for the update.  It's good that the life/work stress has leveled out a bit and you were able to resume tapering.

 

Please remember to update your drug signature with  you current dose.  Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature

 

It would also be helpful to have a link to the above post in your signature.  Just copy and paste the following.  It is already linked.

 

Venlafaxine taper details

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

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  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

 

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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  • 4 weeks later...

1/9/2019 - first 10% reduction to 67.5mg. I've held for 28 days (the number of capsules in the box of meds). Apart from a mild headache for the first two days of this period, I've had no discernible withdrawal symptoms.

10/10/2019 - reduced dose by a further 10% to 60.75 - during this period I had 3 or 4 days of lowered mood and irritability, plus a definite cortisol bump on one morning only; all symptoms resolved.

8/11/2019 - reduced by a further 10% to 54mg - had some fatigue and gastro symptoms, but quite mild and have resolved. Sleep seems to be improving i.e. not waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, which has been an issue since stopping quetiapine in June/July.

16/12/2019 - reduced by 10% to 49.5mg. Symptoms very mild and hardly noticeable. Annoyingly hungry all the time and tinnitus is bothering me, but I don't think its got any worse. Sleep is relatively good. using Niacin and Mag glycinate before bed. I take more niacin if I wake in the night and cannot get back to sleep. it works really well. Had a bad chest and sinus infection so held a few longer from the previous drop.

6/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 44mg. Had no symptoms for 2 weeks so decided to go for it early on this one (22 day hold).

27/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 39.8mg. Very mild symptoms and not sure if they are symptoms at all - mild headache, tiredness. I do have an insatiable appetite which is really annoying as I find my self eating too much junk. Have gained some weight because of this. Going to get back into my running to get it under control. Up to now its been so wet and muddy where I run, I'd been giving it a miss.

28/2/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 35.8mg. Corona virus starting to have a real impact in the UK now. Its completely surreal. Withdrawal symptoms minor, headaches etc, all mild. Some broken sleep and waking up early in the morning. No noticeable cortisol spike though.

25/3/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 32.3mg some minor symptoms in the first few days, but otherwise all good

22/4/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 29 mg. Have 3 or 4 days with brain fog and inability to concentrate. Felt like a low blood sugar episode. Cleared up quite quickly. Still wake up in night, usually prompted by bladder, but cannot get back to sleep for 1-2 hours. Magnesium glycinate definitely helps

21/5/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 26.1 mg

14/6/2020 - reduced by 10% to 23.5mg - had about 4 days of feeling tense and low mood. This passed though (suspect vitamin D3 supplement intolerance - issue went away when I stopped the sup). Should be reducing again now (18/7) but work is super stressful atm so I am waiting a bit. Thinking I might try a 5% reduction as I really need to be up together.

25/07/2020 - reduced by 10% to 21.2mg - very few symptoms. Decided against 5% reduction as life/work has leveled out a bit.

25/08/2020 - reduced by 10% to 19.1 mg - again very few symptoms, apart from some minor gastrointestinal upset, and some low intensity headaches (used paracetamol).

25/9/2020 - reduced by 10% to 17.1 mg. Very few symptoms over the past month.

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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Hi Chessie Cat

How do I update the hyperlink you created for my signature, linking to my taper history? As I cannot update previous posts, I am copying and pasting all the history each time so others can follow.

Cheers

Capsur

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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ChessieCat

Just copy and paste the following:

 

Taper history details

 

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

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  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

 

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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  • 1 month later...

1/9/2019 - first 10% reduction to 67.5mg. I've held for 28 days (the number of capsules in the box of meds). Apart from a mild headache for the first two days of this period, I've had no discernible withdrawal symptoms.

10/10/2019 - reduced dose by a further 10% to 60.75 - during this period I had 3 or 4 days of lowered mood and irritability, plus a definite cortisol bump on one morning only; all symptoms resolved.

8/11/2019 - reduced by a further 10% to 54mg - had some fatigue and gastro symptoms, but quite mild and have resolved. Sleep seems to be improving i.e. not waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, which has been an issue since stopping quetiapine in June/July.

16/12/2019 - reduced by 10% to 49.5mg. Symptoms very mild and hardly noticeable. Annoyingly hungry all the time and tinnitus is bothering me, but I don't think its got any worse. Sleep is relatively good. using Niacin and Mag glycinate before bed. I take more niacin if I wake in the night and cannot get back to sleep. it works really well. Had a bad chest and sinus infection so held a few longer from the previous drop.

6/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 44mg. Had no symptoms for 2 weeks so decided to go for it early on this one (22 day hold).

27/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 39.8mg. Very mild symptoms and not sure if they are symptoms at all - mild headache, tiredness. I do have an insatiable appetite which is really annoying as I find my self eating too much junk. Have gained some weight because of this. Going to get back into my running to get it under control. Up to now its been so wet and muddy where I run, I'd been giving it a miss.

28/2/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 35.8mg. Corona virus starting to have a real impact in the UK now. Its completely surreal. Withdrawal symptoms minor, headaches etc, all mild. Some broken sleep and waking up early in the morning. No noticeable cortisol spike though.

25/3/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 32.3mg some minor symptoms in the first few days, but otherwise all good

22/4/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 29 mg. Have 3 or 4 days with brain fog and inability to concentrate. Felt like a low blood sugar episode. Cleared up quite quickly. Still wake up in night, usually prompted by bladder, but cannot get back to sleep for 1-2 hours. Magnesium glycinate definitely helps

21/5/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 26.1 mg

14/6/2020 - reduced by 10% to 23.5mg - had about 4 days of feeling tense and low mood. This passed though (suspect vitamin D3 supplement intolerance - issue went away when I stopped the sup). Should be reducing again now (18/7) but work is super stressful atm so I am waiting a bit. Thinking I might try a 5% reduction as I really need to be up together.

25/07/2020 - reduced by 10% to 21.2mg - very few symptoms. Decided against 5% reduction as life/work has leveled out a bit.

25/08/2020 - reduced by 10% to 19.1 mg - again very few symptoms, apart from some minor gastrointestinal upset, and some low intensity headaches (used paracetamol).

25/9/2020 - reduced by 10% to 17.1 mg. Very few symptoms over the past month.

29/10/2020 - reduced by 10% to 15.4 mg delayed reduction for a few days due to infection and needing antibiotics.

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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Taper history details

 

Here's the new link for your signature.

 

Instructions on how to do it:

 

Make the post.  Right click on the share icon (top right of post) and copy.  Go to your drug signature.  Select the Taper History Details and click on the Link icon to the left of the " at the top of box.  Delete the old link, paste (ctrl+V) the new link.  Insert into post.  Save drug signature.  Then check that link goes to the correct post.

 

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

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  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

 

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Thanks @ChessieCat

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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  • 4 weeks later...

1/9/2019 - first 10% reduction to 67.5mg. I've held for 28 days (the number of capsules in the box of meds). Apart from a mild headache for the first two days of this period, I've had no discernible withdrawal symptoms.

10/10/2019 - reduced dose by a further 10% to 60.75 - during this period I had 3 or 4 days of lowered mood and irritability, plus a definite cortisol bump on one morning only; all symptoms resolved.

8/11/2019 - reduced by a further 10% to 54mg - had some fatigue and gastro symptoms, but quite mild and have resolved. Sleep seems to be improving i.e. not waking up and not being able to get back to sleep, which has been an issue since stopping quetiapine in June/July.

16/12/2019 - reduced by 10% to 49.5mg. Symptoms very mild and hardly noticeable. Annoyingly hungry all the time and tinnitus is bothering me, but I don't think its got any worse. Sleep is relatively good. using Niacin and Mag glycinate before bed. I take more niacin if I wake in the night and cannot get back to sleep. it works really well. Had a bad chest and sinus infection so held a few longer from the previous drop.

6/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 44mg. Had no symptoms for 2 weeks so decided to go for it early on this one (22 day hold).

27/1/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 39.8mg. Very mild symptoms and not sure if they are symptoms at all - mild headache, tiredness. I do have an insatiable appetite which is really annoying as I find my self eating too much junk. Have gained some weight because of this. Going to get back into my running to get it under control. Up to now its been so wet and muddy where I run, I'd been giving it a miss.

28/2/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 35.8mg. Corona virus starting to have a real impact in the UK now. Its completely surreal. Withdrawal symptoms minor, headaches etc, all mild. Some broken sleep and waking up early in the morning. No noticeable cortisol spike though.

25/3/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 32.3mg some minor symptoms in the first few days, but otherwise all good

22/4/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 29 mg. Have 3 or 4 days with brain fog and inability to concentrate. Felt like a low blood sugar episode. Cleared up quite quickly. Still wake up in night, usually prompted by bladder, but cannot get back to sleep for 1-2 hours. Magnesium glycinate definitely helps

21/5/2020 - reduced by 10% to about 26.1 mg

14/6/2020 - reduced by 10% to 23.5mg - had about 4 days of feeling tense and low mood. This passed though (suspect vitamin D3 supplement intolerance - issue went away when I stopped the sup). Should be reducing again now (18/7) but work is super stressful atm so I am waiting a bit. Thinking I might try a 5% reduction as I really need to be up together.

25/07/2020 - reduced by 10% to 21.2mg - very few symptoms. Decided against 5% reduction as life/work has leveled out a bit.

25/08/2020 - reduced by 10% to 19.1 mg - again very few symptoms, apart from some minor gastrointestinal upset, and some low intensity headaches (used paracetamol).

25/9/2020 - reduced by 10% to 17.1 mg. Very few symptoms over the past month.

29/10/2020 - reduced by 10% to 15.4 mg delayed reduction for a few days due to infection and needing antibiotics.

22/11/2020- reduced by 10% to 13.9 mg last reduction was almost symptomless. I am doing well despite some minor work related stress (business reorganisation; people being made redundant; thankfully I am not impacted, but I realy feel for those who are).

2011 - started Venlafaxine (again) at 75mg Raised to 150 mg at some point - unsure of dates. Reduced back down to 75 mg. Doctor advised this would be a lifetime, maintenance dose

2017 - Side effects now intolerable. started taper from June 15th - 5% dose reduction steps (two 12 hourly doses).

2017 - October 20th - took last does of Venlafaxine - 4 mg. Debilitating symptoms followed.

2017/18 - diazepam - 8mg/day for 1 month - 7 week taper Feb 2018

2017/18 - duloxetine - max 90mg - now stopped

2018 - Feb 25mg quetiapine, increased to 50mg.

2018 - March/April - increased venlafaxine slowly (10mg steps) to 75 mg/day. Recovery from withdrawal followed.

2018 - July 13 - stopped quetiapine after 2 month taper. Late July - had to reinstate quetiapine due to intolerable withdrawal. Now tapering from 25mg

2019 - June - stopped quetiapine after 10 month taper. Mild insomnia only symptom.

2020 - Oct  - venlafaxine 15.4 mg.

 

Taper history details

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