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Have anxiety, depression. 

1996 I started Prozac.

1998 I switched to Paxil.

2000 I switched to Celexa Had severe reaction with Nexium/Celexa where I became zombie like with no feelings or caring about anything in 2013. Dr took me off Nexium. 

July 2014 I switched to Trintellex.

Been researching the toxicity of antidepressants and now I want to get off of them completely because I have memory fog, difficulty enjoying life, low libido, joint problems and other things. 

I already take Magnesium and Omega 3s.

1996 Prozac

1998 switched to Paxil

2000 switched to Celexa 20 mg daily 

2013 had reaction/interaction with Celexa/Nexium-stopped Nexium

July 2014 switched to Trintellix 5mg daily.

June 2015 increased Trintellix 10mg daily. 

Probiotic 51 billion 1 cap daily 

Mega Red 800mg 1 daily

Magnesium 400 mg 1 daily

Hair, skin and nails 1 daily

B12 1000 mg weekly

D3 2000iu every other day.

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to Loreli
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Hi Loreli and welcome to SA,

 

I'm pleased that you found and joined SA before you commenced tapering.  There is a wealth of information on this site and it is good to be able to give support to and get support from other members during the journey of getting off your drug/s.

 

We ask all members to create a drug signature.  Please update it whenever you make a change.  Please keep it nice and simple.  We only need details for the last 2 years.  Date, drug and dose only, no symptoms or diagnoses.  The other years can just be an overview.  

 

This is the preferred format which is helpful for the mods.  Thank you.

 

A request: Would you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 2 years particularly?

  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses.
  • list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. 

 

I'm going to give you lots of links to check out.  Please don't feel overwhelmed, just work your way through them one at a time as you feel able.

 

SA recommends tapering by no more than 10% of the previous dose followed by a hold at that dose for about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  This is because psychiatric drugs create a physiological dependence, not physical like caffeine or nicotine.

 

Patience is needed to get off these drugs.  We suggest throwing out the calendar and listening to your body and your symptoms.  If after 4 weeks you don't feel stable, are unwell or life circumstances are a bit more stressful than usual (for example the Christmas period, winter time, or job change) it is better to stay at that dose for a bit longer until things settle down.

 

Before you begin tapering what you need to know

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

tips-for-tapering-vortioxetine-trintellix-brintellix

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?


What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Keep it Simple, Slow and Stable


Keep Notes on Paper

 

Rate Symptoms Daily to Check Patterns and Progress

Tapering Calculator - Online

 

The only supplements which SA recommends are Magnesium and Omega-3 Fish Oil.  Try a small amount one at a time to see how you react.  It is best to make only 1 change at a time.  It is also better not to start taking a complex vitamin because if you experience issues you will not know what exactly is causing it.  B vitamins can be stimulating especially B6.  hypersensitive-to-b-vitamin-or-b-vitamin-complex  If trying anything new, start with a small amount to see how you react and build up to the recommended amount.  

 

Even with a careful and slow taper you will most likely experience times of discomfort.  It is best to learn and use Non-drug techniques to cope

 

There are many existing topics and discussions on this site.  You can use the site search function on the main page of the site at the top right, or use a search engine and include survivingantidepressants.org in your search string.

 

As I said, lots of information, but I really want you to have what you need so you can have a successful taper.

 

This is your own Intro topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.  We suggest that members visit each others Intro topics so that can support and encourage each other.

 

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 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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I'm new here so forgive me if I ask questions that are previously answered. I have a compounding pharmacy in my neighborhood.  So all that is necessary is for me to get a new prescription from the doctor? This can cause a problem for me because I have to get my meds from mail order due to my insurance. I wonder if the local pharmacy would take my meds from mail order and compund them for me. Or I wonder if I could just call the mail order and see if they offer a liquid form. 

1996 Prozac

1998 switched to Paxil

2000 switched to Celexa 20 mg daily 

2013 had reaction/interaction with Celexa/Nexium-stopped Nexium

July 2014 switched to Trintellix 5mg daily.

June 2015 increased Trintellix 10mg daily. 

Probiotic 51 billion 1 cap daily 

Mega Red 800mg 1 daily

Magnesium 400 mg 1 daily

Hair, skin and nails 1 daily

B12 1000 mg weekly

D3 2000iu every other day.

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You need to check with your insurance to see if they will cover a compounded prescription. You may be able to find a mail-order compounding pharmacy.

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

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I suggest that you contact your compounding pharmacy and ask them.

 

And contact the mail order place and ask them.  If they do have liquid, ask them how they need the prescription made out.

 

If liquid is available, you will probably need to contact your insurance to find out if they will cover it.

 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

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

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  I do not provide tapering advice via PM.  Please post questions in your Introduction topic.  Please do not tag me for any reason.  I am an unpaid volunteer and assist members if I am able to and when I have the time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Loreli,

  How has the tapering going? Where are you at now? How are the symptoms?

May 2013 - Jun 2016: Lexapro 

Jul 2016 - May 2017: Zoloft

Dec 2017 - Jan 2018: Wellbutrin

Jan 2018 - Present: Trintellix 

April 2018 - Jul 2018: Ativan

July 1st: Stopped Ativan (1 mg)

Aug 2018 - Present: Adderall XR

February 10th: Stopped Trintellix (5mg)

Current Medications:

Adderall IR 10mg (January 1, 2019)

Current Supplements:

Ultra EPA/DHA Fish Oil -  30 min of Light Box Therapy daily

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