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Hi I take 2 x 20 mcg fluoxatine daily approx 2 years desperate to stop although I know Bullimia will be 100 times worse, I was trying to have just 20 mcg on one day for a month ,then next month drop another 20mcg

Any advice please

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Dear M,


Hello and welcome to SA.


It sounds like you are interested in coming off fluoxetine, but concerned that your symptoms of bulimia will be worse. 

Can I ask why you feel that way? 


Can you talk about why you are desperate to stop the fluoxetine? People who have a strong reason for coming off their meds, and who do so in a careful way, are "ahead of the game" in terms of coming off safely and successfully. 


It sounds like you have strong reasons for wanting to stop the fluoxetine. 

Are you able to seek therapy for your eating disorder?


Also, are you on mcg or mg? 


This thread talks about the tapering approach that most people find gentlest, tapering at a maximum of 10% of their current dosage per month, in order to minimize withdrawal symptoms: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1024-why-taper-by-10-of-my-dosage/



Please help us out by completing a drug signature here, https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/18343-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/



Again, welcome. I'm glad you found us.

Current: 2019: 0.04 mg Paxil!! This is real. Soon, after taking Paxil my entire adult life, I will be free.

Long story short: After 18 years on Paxil, "tapered" almost completely off over a month, at doctor's advice in July 2015.

Self-care includes magnesium, reasonable exercise, mindfulness, this forum and nutrition/eating enough food.

Also on 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!! (which I now will have the knowledge to taper properly)


Longer version: On Paxil since 1996--anxiety & depression caused by (undiagnosed) under-eating / eating disorder.

Doctor kept increasing dose, up to 60 mg; it never really helped but said it really was the best "med" for me.

Rapid doctor-led "taper" July 2015, down to 5 mg, with Zoloft as a "cross-taper" = Essentially a cold turkey. 

Severe withdrawal but didn't know it; believed it was my "underlying condition," and kept tapering, 5mg to 4 to 3  to 2 to 1.  

Feb 2016: Found SA! As of June 2016, tapering from 1mg at rate of 5-10% per month, Brassmonkey Slide! 

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