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First, I must say that I have never used any communication sites before. I'm not on Facebook or ... so please forgive me if I'm not using this correctly.

I have been taking 300 MG of Bupropion HCL XL for 5+ years. I really can't even remember why it was prescribed,  but I pretty much haven't ever questioned it until recently.  I don't have any health issues or side effects... that I'm aware of. But, that being said, I decided to stop taking this prescription and thankfully googled stopping it and am now not sure how to proceed.  I've noticed references to SSRIs but am wondering how NDRIs compare? BEFORE I talk to my Dr. I want to be informed. After being the Advocate and voice for both of my parents until recently, I don't have very much faith in the medical system. Thank you for any guidance you can give me.

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Hi DonnaAnn and welcome to SA,

 

To get you started, we ask all members to create a drug signature which will show below every post you make.  Please use the following format:

 

A request: Would you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly?

  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses.
  • A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. 
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PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions. 

  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

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 from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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Hello, DonnaAnnK and welcome from me too.  I'm glad you found your way here before beginning your taper.

 

Buproprion (also marketed as Wellbutrin) would be tapered at the same rate as an SSRI.  At Surviving Antidepressants, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs designed to minimize withdrawal symptoms.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.  
 

Your doctor will very likely want to taper you at a much faster rate.  Please be aware that the vast majority of doctors, including psychiatrists, know little, if anything, about tapering antidepressants.  These links provide tips on talking to your doctor.
 
 
Best,
Gridley

 
  
 
 

 

 

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 Jan. 6, 2023: 2.5mg

Taper is 86% 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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