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bubbles

Hi everyone Alto suggested that I start a topic here, so here it is! These are the kinds of things I'm doing in preparation for my taper, as I'm expecting to have some rough days along the way. Also, I want to have time free to do self-nurturing things like exercise etc during my taper, so getting organized ahead of time will help with that.

* filling up my freezer with home made meals for bad days.

* getting really organized at home.

* taking vitamins (selected for my situation).

* lining up some distractions, like audio books and a (hobby) evening course.

* getting enough sleep.

* cutting out caffeine.

* exercise.

* getting some sunshine and fresh air every day.

* introducing mindfulness meditations as a daily thing.

* might start that tapping EFT thing I've seen at Dr Mercola's website - just can't hurt! I should have included getting enough water.

 

What do you think I could add to my list?

 

Bubbles

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Altostrata

Thanks, Bubbles. This is a great topic.

 

What is the link to the EFT thing?

 

I also want to suggest starting to supplement with folate and sublingual vitamin B12 while your nervous system is still stable, especially if you're over 40 or don't eat a lot of animal products.

 

As we get older, B12 absorption in the gut declines. This won't show up in routine blood tests. Sublingual B12 is absorbed in the mouth, bypassing this problem. If you're a vegetarian or don't eat a lot of animal products, you may be low in B12 because it's found only in animal products (evidence that humans evolved as omnivores).

 

Folate and vitamin B12 are important to nerve health. Low levels contribute to nervous system fragility.

 

If you experience withdrawal symptoms, your nervous system may become too sensitive for B vitamin supplementation.

 

Also, omega-3 (fish oil) supplementation is good for the nervous system and brain. Start early with that, too.

 

Withdrawal is going to put a lot of stress on the ol' nervous system, so it makes sense to get it prepared.

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bubbles

This is the link to the Dr Mercola EFT thing. To my way of thinking, it looks like a kind of guided meditation, but I don't know a whole lot about it. I'd love to hear feedback from anyone who kinows about it, or who has done it.

 

Bye

Bubbles

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lauren

Try to find supportive people outside of the medical system also. Sometimes just a connection, call on the phone cup of tea helps a rough time.

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JanCarol

Bump - I have found a good video on PsychCentral that talks about preparing for taper:

 

Psych Central 6 Ways to Prepare for Antidepressant Withdrawal

 

and I also like what Will Hall has to say about it:

 

Will Hall - Coming of Psychiatric Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach

 

Both of these address getting support, preparing your environment, and emphasize that a taper from psych drugs is not to be taken lightly - that it is something you want to prepare for.

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ShiningLight
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Topic title:  How did you prepare your life to taper?

 

I was forced into (an initially fast, now slow) gabapentin taper due to side effects, which woke up me and made me realize that when I'm done with this I need to get off the zoloft and trazodone...

 

Due to the length of time it's going to take me to get off the gabapentin, and then waiting period after, I have some time to think and strategize how to organize my life for the zoloft taper.

 

So I'm wondering what social and financial preparations people out there have made? I'm concerned about the possibility of becoming disabled from the zoloft, even if I microtaper, due to autonomic/immune issues and having been on zoloft so long. I will not start the taper until I see improvement in that, but I believe the zoloft is causing it. My hope is to be stable throughout the gabapentin taper and maybe save some money in case I need to not work for awhile during the zoloft, but it's rough because I live alone and would also have to pay for my health insurance at great monthly cost.

 

Just wondering if anyone has faced similar challenges and how you approached them. I have little family support and few local close friends. I am going to be working on building social support during this time too.

 

Another issue is finding a doctor who will support me if I hit a rough patch and can't work. Seems like most MDs would just want to put you back on the meds, but the meds are causing me some real problems so I want to get off.

 

Edited by ChessieCat
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