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Hello everyone! I am 37 years old. I was always a very sensitive person. When I was 15 I tried marijuana and had a severe panic attack. I then developed GAD, OCD, Agoraphobia, and of course depression. Long story short I ended up on meds I did not need for too long. Now I am a shell of myself and numb emotionally. “They” just want to ad more drugs. I now have the power of research and I want OFF! I think Depakote should be the first to go. Is anybody tapering Depakote? Any suggestions and support one way or another would be wonderful thanks! 

Depakote Er 1000 mg, Zoloft 100mg, Valium 10mgs. On “cocktail” 20 years. Started off with panic attacks after marijuana use as a teen, developed OCD. I started all of my meds in March of 1999. 

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Hello and welcome to SA.

 

I'm glad you made the decision to come off and are doing so in an informed way.

Many of us here were on meds for a very long time and are able to come off and heal, even from multiple drugs and/or many years of taking meds.

 

Thanks for creating a signature stating what you're currently taking.

Could you please add the dates (month/year if possible) for when you began the Depakote, Zoloft and Valium?

 

A few topics that could be useful are: 

 

First things first: Deciding which to taper first when taking multiple meds:

http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/2207-taking-multiple-psych-drugs-which-drug-to-taper-first/

 

 

Please enter *all* the drugs you are taking into this drug interactions checker https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html

and paste the results into this topic. 

Knowing if there are any severe interactions between the drugs you're taking can help determine which to taper first. 

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1008-before-you-begin-tapering-what-you-need-to-know/

This thread talks about the importance of self-managing symptoms for which we began taking the meds in the first place, which is often important.

 

Those few will get you started, and we can take it from there. 

Again, welcome!

 

 

2020: After 18+ years (entire adult life) on Paxil, a dangerous doctor-led "taper" in 2015, and four years tapering off the last 1 mg thanks to SA and the Brassmonkey slide, 

I AM COMPLETELY FREE OF PAXIL! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Forever.

 

2021: Began conservative, proper, CNS-respecting taper of Zoloft, led by the only expert on me -- me. Making own liquid. 5-10% plus holds.

2022: Holding on Zoloft for now. Current dose 47 mg. Hanging in, hanging on. Severe protracted PAWS, windows and waves. While I may not be doing "a lot" by outside standards, things are graaaaadually getting better

 

Yoga (gentle to medium); walks; daily breath practice; nutrition, fruits/veg; nature; water; EastEnders (lol); practicing self-compassion, self-care; boundaries; connection; allowing feelings; t r u s t ing that I, too, will heal. (--> may need to be reminded of this.)

"You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story." - Baylissa

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Hello thank you for having me. How do put the dates of when I started the meds?

Depakote Er 1000 mg, Zoloft 100mg, Valium 10mgs. On “cocktail” 20 years. Started off with panic attacks after marijuana use as a teen, developed OCD. I started all of my meds in March of 1999. 

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Look at my signature.  That'll give you an idea how to put the dates in.  Here's the link to your signature:

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

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 to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Aug. 5, 2022: 4.3mg

Taper is 77% 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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Depakote Er 1000 mg, Zoloft 100mg, Valium 10mgs. On “cocktail” 20 years. Started off with panic attacks after marijuana use as a teen, developed OCD. I started all of my meds in March of 1999. 

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