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I have had a pretty breezy life. No real financial problems. Meet my wonderful hubby when I was 19. Owned horses that I loved.

All that fell in a big heap when with no warning my hubby of 44 years died. I became suicidally depressed and was put on Valdoxan. I have found it very helpful but don't want to be on it for ever. So how do you know when to even think about coming for an AD? I know the answer is talk to your doctor but how do they know when you should think about coming off your AD? How do you learn to live without and AD? 

Valdoxan 25mg Feb 2018, up to 50 mg Valdoxan March 2018, haven't tried to come off yet

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Hi Ruwoldt, welcome to SA.  So sorry about your husband, I can't imagine how hard that must have been.

I don't think doctors really know when their patients are ready to come off ADs.  Most of them also have no clue about how to taper off them gently, which is why this site is needed.  Some doctors tell patients they will need ADs for life, or that they need them like a diabetic needs insulin, which is just not true.  There is one school of thought that about six months is effective (which certainly sounds better than life!).


What I have found is that ADs suppress symptoms, or basically sweep your problems under the rug.  They don't cure problems or really help you deal with anything.  It's hard to work on your issues with therapy, for example, when your negative thoughts and emotions are being suppressed by the drug and you feel fine.  On the other hand if you do nothing to work on the issues that brought you to ADs, then when you come off the AD they may still be there ready to cause problems again.


I think the answer may be to do a very slow taper, and as your dose gradually gets lower, feelings may come back and you can learn the skills necessary to deal with them as they arise.  This is how it has worked for me, anyway.


If/when you feel ready to try tapering off, we can help you with lots of information about the options for tapering successfully (not the way doctors recommend which is almost always way too fast), and support throughout the process.


How long have you been taking the Valdoxan now?  What dose are you taking?  It would be helpful if you could put your med info (including start/stop dates and doses) in your signature so that it appears at the bottom of your posts.  You can edit your signature under your Account Settings. 


See this topic for more info: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature


You can post any further questions or updates here in your introduction topic.

2001–2002 paroxetine

2003  citalopram

2004-2008  paroxetine (various failed tapers) 
2008  paroxetine slow taper down to

2016  Aug off paroxetine
2016  citalopram May 20mg  Oct 15mg … slow taper down
2018  citalopram 13 Feb 4.6mg 15 Mar 4.4mg 29 Apr 4.2mg 6 Jul 4.1mg 17 Aug 4.0mg  18 Nov 3.8mg
2019  15 Mar 3.6mg  21 May 3.4mg  26 Dec 3.2mg 

2020  19 Feb 3.0mg 19 Jul 2.9mg 16 Sep 2.8mg 25 Oct 2.7mg 23 Oct 2.6mg 24 Dec 2.5mg

2021   29 Aug 2.4mg   15 Nov 2.3mg

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I think I have added my history but not very good with computers so can't be sure

Valdoxan 25mg Feb 2018, up to 50 mg Valdoxan March 2018, haven't tried to come off yet

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Hello, Ruwoldt, how are you doing?

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Good days bad days


Tried coming off and it was a disaster

Probably too fast cut dose from 2 25mg tablets to 1 3/4 tablets did that for a month and then went to 1 1/2 that was when things fell in a big heap. How do you do smaller reductions? I had a pill cutter

Valdoxan 25mg Feb 2018, up to 50 mg Valdoxan March 2018, haven't tried to come off yet

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Been reading your "how to taper by dissolving pills in water" so my question is will Valdoxan dissolve in water?

Valdoxan 25mg Feb 2018, up to 50 mg Valdoxan March 2018, haven't tried to come off yet

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  Tips for tapering off Valdoxan (agomelatine)


You need to use some drinking alcohol.  See this post.


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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