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Hi,  I am hope to get some help here.  I tapered off Amitriptyline 5 weeks ago.  ( Was on 7 years 25 mg.)  I did a fairly slow taper, I just wanted off the POISON.  I have extreme insomnia....I am taking supplements, but nothing seems to be working.  There is no way I am going back on any Poison again.    Will the brain heal? Thank You.

Runnergirl

 

Was on Klonopin for 7 years (for sleep and anxiety).....Then I was put on Amitriptyline ( 7 years,same issues plus my doctor thought this would help Hormone issues,,,,yeah...right)  I do not trust my doctor anymore.  He had me on Poison ...he should have known not to keep me on this for so long.

 

Tapered off Klonopin, been off 8 months.

Tapered off Amitriptyline , been off 8 weeks.

Have horrible insomnia.....Not taking any supplements....just vitamins..  I want the brain to heal naturally.

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Hi Runnergirl and welcome to SA,

 

The only known way to reduce withdrawal symptoms is to reinstate the drug which your brain has adapted to.  Depending on your taper regimen and the last dose you took, a very small amount may be all that is needed (sometimes as little as 0.5mg or 1mg).  We can suggest a dose for you to reinstate if you decide to do this.  Please do not take the last dose your took as your brain will already have made some adaptations since you have been off.

 

Psychiatric drugs change our brain.  It is a physiological dependence, not a physical dependence like caffeine or nicotine.  My own experience of trying to reduce my Pristiq:  I was taking 100mg and reduced to 50mg.  After 3 weeks of extreme cog fog I was unable to type.  I have been a typist for 40+ years so I knew that something was wrong.  I had joined SA a few days before this happened and they had suggested increasing my dose of Pristiq.  When I couldn't type I took extra Pristiq and about 4 hours later I was able to type again.  I knew it was because of the drug.  I have since been tapering following SA's recommendations and I am now down to 12mg and have only experienced mild withdrawal symptoms during the last 2.5 years.

 

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Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

Tips for tapering off amitriptyline

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

I can understand that you do not want to take the drug again, but so that you can make an informed decision I will tell you that if you do not reinstate your symptoms might worsen and could possibly last for several years or longer.  We have members here who have had to leave their job, some have become bed bound, some have had to move in with relatives and some have had their relationship break down.

 

This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.  We encourage members to visit members' Intro topics and connect with other members of the community.

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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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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I do not want to put that POISON back into my body........I have been off about 8 weeks now......I have had some some sleep.....I want my brain to heal naturally.   I am a healthy , 57 year old female.  I have been a runner for 37 years.....I still run/jog and do workouts.  I will never put something horrible in my body again.  My doctor should have known better.  I am on the benzo. buddies site....and they have been wonderful too!.    Do people recover?

 

Thank you for your help.

Runnergirl

 

Was on Klonopin for 7 years (for sleep and anxiety).....Then I was put on Amitriptyline ( 7 years,same issues plus my doctor thought this would help Hormone issues,,,,yeah...right)  I do not trust my doctor anymore.  He had me on Poison ...he should have known not to keep me on this for so long.

 

Tapered off Klonopin, been off 8 months.

Tapered off Amitriptyline , been off 8 weeks.

Have horrible insomnia.....Not taking any supplements....just vitamins..  I want the brain to heal naturally.

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Hello, I am new to this site, so I will try my best at this.  My doctor put me on Klonopin (7 years ago) and also Amitriptyline (7 years ago).  I have been off the Klonopin ( did a taper) for 9 months.  I tapered off the Amitriptyline and have been off for about 2 months.  I have horrible insomnia, cannot fall asleep or stay asleep and also feel nausea.   Are these symptoms of withdrawal?  I do not trust doctors anymore....he should not have had me on these for 7 years!!!  I was on for anxiety and sleep issues, but I believe these were menopause issues, buy my doctor never checked me for this. 

 

Will our brains heal from these POISONS?     I appreciate any help.  Thank you.

Runnergirl

 

Was on Klonopin for 7 years (for sleep and anxiety).....Then I was put on Amitriptyline ( 7 years,same issues plus my doctor thought this would help Hormone issues,,,,yeah...right)  I do not trust my doctor anymore.  He had me on Poison ...he should have known not to keep me on this for so long.

 

Tapered off Klonopin, been off 8 months.

Tapered off Amitriptyline , been off 8 weeks.

Have horrible insomnia.....Not taking any supplements....just vitamins..  I want the brain to heal naturally.

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I have merged the new Intro topic you created with your original Intro topic.  Each member has only 1 Intro topic where they can ask questions and journal their progress.  This keeps your history in one place and can help other members.  Please do not create any more Intro topics.  Thank you.

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you

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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Runnergirl,

 

Regarding the nausea, you might consider eliminating all your vitamins and see if that helps.  Also, B-vitamins can be overstimulating to those in withdrawal and can contribute to sleep problems.  And consider a small dose of melatonin (1/2mg to start) if you haven't already tried it.

 

Melatonin for sleep

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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Hello, runnergirl.

 

Sleeplessness is a very, very common withdrawal symptom. Going on and off drugs can make your nervous system hypersensitive, that's probably what happened when you went off Klonopin, it made your system more sensitive to going off amitriptyline. This can also make you hypersensitive to vitamins.

 

As ChessieCat said, a tiny amount of amitriptyline, such as 1mg, may help. You'd stabilize on that for some months, then taper off by minuscule amounts.

 

If you have been very gradually feeling better over the last 8 weeks, it's possible that in some months your sleep will be back to normal without reinstating amitriptyline.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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