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Flomingo: new to tapering, would like support and suggestions


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I've been on Pamelor (35mg/day) and Xanax (1.5 mg/day) for 18 months now.  My psychiatrist released me to my PCP for care 6 months ago when he stopped accepting my insurance.  I would like to start coming off both, but not at the same time.  M y PCP and I decided to start with the Pamelor.  It's difficult to reduce by just 10% each month since it comes in capsule form of 10 mg and 25 mg doses.  I have just reduced the 30 mg/day and will stay on that for at least 2 months  per PCP advice.  

I'd really like to hear how others were able to come off Pamelor considering the dosage restrictions.


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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Flomingo: new to tapering, would like support and suggestions
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Hi Flomingo and welcome to SA,


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Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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