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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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2005 St John's Wort / 2006-2012 Lexapro 20mg, 2 failed attempts to stop, tapered over 4.5 months in early 2012

January 2013 started Sertraline, over time worked up to 100mg

July 2014 Sertraline dropped from 100mg to 75mg, held for six months, slower tapering until 2019 22 Dec 3.2mg

2020 Sertraline 19 Jan 3.1mg, 26 Jan 3.0mg; 1 Mar 2.9, 7 Mar 2.8, May (some drops here) 24 May 2.5, May 29 2.4, June 21 2.3, June 28 2.2mg,  July 4 2.1mg, July 24 (or maybe a bit before) 2mg, early Nov switched to home made suspension; 29 Nov 1.8mg; approx 25 Dec 1.6mg)

 

My thread here at SA: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1775-bubbles/page/17/

CurrentSertraline: 24 Dec 2020 1.6 mg / Armour Thyroid / endless allergy meds, erg

 

 

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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.

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

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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

2005 St John's Wort / 2006-2012 Lexapro 20mg, 2 failed attempts to stop, tapered over 4.5 months in early 2012

January 2013 started Sertraline, over time worked up to 100mg

July 2014 Sertraline dropped from 100mg to 75mg, held for six months, slower tapering until 2019 22 Dec 3.2mg

2020 Sertraline 19 Jan 3.1mg, 26 Jan 3.0mg; 1 Mar 2.9, 7 Mar 2.8, May (some drops here) 24 May 2.5, May 29 2.4, June 21 2.3, June 28 2.2mg,  July 4 2.1mg, July 24 (or maybe a bit before) 2mg, early Nov switched to home made suspension; 29 Nov 1.8mg; approx 25 Dec 1.6mg)

 

My thread here at SA: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1775-bubbles/page/17/

CurrentSertraline: 24 Dec 2020 1.6 mg / Armour Thyroid / endless allergy meds, erg

 

 

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Also see

 

Rate symptoms daily to catch withdrawal early

Keeping a record of your withdrawal symptom pattern so you can manage it.

 

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen's withdrawal symptom checklist

Use this to track symptoms.

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

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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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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.

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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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.

 

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Now: Gabapentin 12 mg 4x/day =48 mg, 150 mg Zoloft am since 2004, 50 mg Trazodone bedtime.  Daily drug burden decreased from 2050 mg to 248 mg 🐢🐢

2020, Gabapentin each dose 4x/day: Current taper schedule from Aug 30-present: drop 8 mg every 2-3 weeks. Aug 20 31 mg, Aug 18, 33 mg, July 29, 35 mg, July 23 38 mg, July 22 40 mg Jun 24 42 mg, Jun 15 44 mg, Jun 9 48 mg, May 22 50 mg, May 14 54 mg, May 7 56 mg, Apr 16 58 mg, Mar 28 60 mg, Mar 18 62 mg. Feb 26 64 mg. Feb 19, 66 mg. Jan 23, 70 mg.

2019 Dec 19, 72 mg. Nov 14 ,76 mg. Aug 8, 80 mg. Aug 6, 85 mg. Jul 26, 90 mg. Jul 11, 95 mg.

Jul 16 trazodone from 100 to 50 mg.

Jun 17-July 10 Slowly changed gab fr pill to liquid at same dose 100 mg 4x/d.

Apr 24 Stopped klon!!! 🌞 Apr 4  Decreased gaba to 400 mg (100 mg 4x/day)-Apr 4, 2019   0.25 klon

March 11  Klonopin .5 mg twice daily, varied dose til Apr 15. Started Klon fast taper 25%, short use

Mar 16, 450 mg gaba 3x/day cut 600 mg--not exact!--updose after learning w/d

Feb 20, 2019 1800 mg gabapentin; MD taper; off 3 days=mvt disorder & autonomic instability. July 2018 temazepam 15 mg 1-2; prn several x/wk til Jan/Feb 2019 when cold turkey, flu illness for months

July 2018 started gabapentin 100 3x/day; titrated up to 1800 mg (600 3x/day)

Buspar, I forget how much, 2 pills a day Jan 2017-July 2018 cold turkey

*I speak from my experience. Nothing I say is medical advice. I'm not a doctor.

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