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Hello, 

I have been taking psychotropic meds for 30 years, primarily antidepressants initially...desipramine, Prozac, Wellbrutrin and then adding ability.  I then had 3 manic episodes and started lithium with a number of different antipsychotic meds including zyprexa, seroquill,abiify , and respirdone.  I gained a great deal of weight and felt terrible. I worked with a mental Heath naturopath for two years to try to get off my medication.  I got down to 45mg of Lomictal and then did very poorly and had to see a new psychiatrist who prescribed 600mg of lithium, 200mg of Lomictal, 300mg of Wellbrutrin,  and 100mg of Seroquill , which is now down to 50mg.  I know I have to go slow with tapering and only do one medication at a time.  I may have to stay on lithium.

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i was taking Lithium carbonate 300mg twice a day and got a hand tremor, switched to Depacote, rash then Lomictal 200mg and zyprexa then Seroquill.  I cut off all my medications except Lomictal and worked with a naturopath and took homeopathic pills for 2 years, j

June 2014 through October 2016.  I got down to 45 mg of Lomictal.  Started on lithium 300mg twice a day, Lomictal 200mg once a day, and repirdone which I took once and then refused to take.  January 2017  began  Wellbrutrin 150mg once a day, and Seroquill 25 mg at bedtime, Seroquill was reduced 25 mg at a time over several months.

 

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Hello, Eaglesoar, and welcome to survivingantidepressants.org.  I'm glad you found your way here. It's good you already know to go very slowly with any taper you do and to only do one medication at a time.

 

May I ask you to fill out your signature so that we have access to a brief version of your drug history whenever you post?   Here's how to do a signature:

 

Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

 

Here are some links to get you started.

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
 
Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?
If you're not having an adverse reaction from the other medications, taper the most activating drug first. This is usually an antidepressant or stimulant (ADHD drug).


Preparing to taper
Taking care of yourself so you are prepared.


Tips for tapering off Wellbutrin, SR, XR, XL (buproprion)

 

These inks may also be helpful to you. 

 

What is withdrawal syndrome?

The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

Brain Remodelling
 

Please feel free to write whenever you want. This is your thread to journal progress and ask questions.

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.   

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8mg and shift to Imipramine taper

Aug. 5, 2022: shift back to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Oct. 20, 2022: 3.2mg

Taper is 83% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Aug. 5: 9.5mg 

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


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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Thank you Gridley.  I wrote a signature with my medication information.

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Eaglesoar

i was taking Lithium carbonate 300mg twice a day and got a hand tremor, switched to Depacote, rash then Lomictal 200mg and zyprexa then Seroquill.  I cut off all my medications except Lomictal and worked with a naturopath and took homeopathic pills for 2 years, j

June 2014 through October 2016.  I got down to 45 mg of Lomictal.  Started on lithium 300mg twice a day, Lomictal 200mg once a day, and repirdone which I took once and then refused to take.  January 2017  began  Wellbrutrin 150mg once a day, and Seroquill 25 mg at bedtime, Seroquill was reduced 25 mg at a time over several months.

 

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Eaglesoar,

 

Thanks for posting your signature.  Could you add the date when stopped all the medications while working with a naturopath and the date you started the lithium, etc.?

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.   

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8mg and shift to Imipramine taper

Aug. 5, 2022: shift back to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Oct. 20, 2022: 3.2mg

Taper is 83% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Aug. 5: 9.5mg 

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


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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