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I'm 47, currently coming down on Prozac.  Not sure if I should ask about lowering my 50mg dosage of Lamictal now that my Prozac is down to 20 from 40mg.  Also on Klonopin 2mg per day, but "saving" that for last.  Taper has taken about 6 months so far.

Kim  :)

Past: Started on meds in 1989 for anxiety, not certain what all the years were for each med:  Effexor, Abilify, Trazadone, Zyprexa, Serax, Tegretol, Lithium, Paxil, Depakote, Xanax, Wellbutrin, Zoloft....  Almost 30 years on and off.

 

Current/February 15, 2018:  Currently on 20mg Prozac, 50mg Lamictal, and 2mg Klonopin daily. Have been on these meds (Prozac 40, others the same dosage) for about 5 years.

Down from 40mg Prozac with help from my ND (Started tapering in August 2017) and on Methylfolate, Fish Oil, Vit D, Probiotics)

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Hello, johnksso2007, and welcome to SA,

 

Congratulations on getting down from 40 to 20mg Prozac.
 
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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.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.  Please be sure you are not tapering the Prozac by more than 10% every four weeks.
  
To get you started, and familiarized with the protocols followed by SA, I am linking a few topics so that you have a better understanding of what is recommended here. 

 

 
Unless you are having a problem with the Lamictal, we would suggest you continue your Prozac taper and leave the Lamictal taper for afterward.  Prozac, like most antidepressants, is an activating drug--an accelerator to the nervous system--while Lamictal is a brake, which has a calming effect and can help you with your withdrawal from the more activating Prozac.  Benzos like Klonopin are also brakes.
How is the Prozac taper going?  
 
This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community. I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.
 

 

 

 

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 Sept. 22, 2022: 3.5mg

Taper is 81% 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. :)

 

The taper is going pretty well.  I go back to see my ND (I also have a regular PCP) in a couple weeks, and I figured she was going to ask me about dropping the Prozac some more.  I wasn't sure if I should try to lower the Lamictal now to "balance" out the Prozac decrease, but I will go with what you and her say, and stick with continuing to taper the Prozac.  

 

I've had a couple of bad days (depressed/felt sick), but I really think the supplements are helping.  Drinking lots of water, getting out in the sunshine with no sunglasses, stopped gluten, reduced milk, etc. I did have a day or two of floaty/dizzy feelings after each drop, but nothing serious.

 

Kim

Past: Started on meds in 1989 for anxiety, not certain what all the years were for each med:  Effexor, Abilify, Trazadone, Zyprexa, Serax, Tegretol, Lithium, Paxil, Depakote, Xanax, Wellbutrin, Zoloft....  Almost 30 years on and off.

 

Current/February 15, 2018:  Currently on 20mg Prozac, 50mg Lamictal, and 2mg Klonopin daily. Have been on these meds (Prozac 40, others the same dosage) for about 5 years.

Down from 40mg Prozac with help from my ND (Started tapering in August 2017) and on Methylfolate, Fish Oil, Vit D, Probiotics)

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Good report, J.

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 Sept. 22, 2022: 3.5mg

Taper is 81% 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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