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Hi!

 

I kicked Cymbalta after 9 years of use. I am 2 months free and seeing to be doing a bit better with lots of self care such as daily exercise, forcing to eat in mornings to balance blood sugar. Eating clean and I now have started meditation thru headspace. I am looking for help and support and ideas and most of knowing I am not alone in this struggle. 

 

Was on Cymbalta for 9 years tapped from 120mg to 60mg for 4 months then from 60 to 30mg then 30mg to 15mg all in 30 days then jumped. Been drug free for 60 days. I have been using a supplement called l theanine serene daily. I do have a perscription for diazepam that I have used very sparingly during bad anxiety or to relax at night for sleep.

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hello, marsman, and welcome to SA.  I'm glad you're feeling a bit better and are doing self-care techniques.  

 

To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Also include your rate of taper or if you quite cold turkey.
 
 
We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
 
While it is often a first response to stress to take a B-Complex, in withdrawal it can be overstimulating.
 
 
Many members have found the non-drug techniques in the following links helpful in dealing with withdrawal.
 
 

This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  I hope you’ll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation.  I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.
 
 
 

 
 
 


 

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.  Current Valium dose as of Feb 22, 2022: 4.8mg 

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8 and shift to Imipramine taper

Taper is 74% 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 May 17: 10.5mg 

Taper is 86% 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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  • ChessieCat changed the title to marsman: found this place in search of help seems like a good home for me

Thank you. It is still a battle sometimes very very tough (i assume you are all well aware) but what really hit me was the windows and waves video as that seems to nail it for me. I had some windows a week or so ago that were as if I could conquer the world but alas they did not last. Today was tough up until a couple hours ago and right now I feel fine. I think really diving into my work and staying focused on that seems to help quite a bit. 

Was on Cymbalta for 9 years tapped from 120mg to 60mg for 4 months then from 60 to 30mg then 30mg to 15mg all in 30 days then jumped. Been drug free for 60 days. I have been using a supplement called l theanine serene daily. I do have a perscription for diazepam that I have used very sparingly during bad anxiety or to relax at night for sleep.

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