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Hi guys

 

I'm having a really rough couple of days so started googling out of desperation for some resources. 

 

I started taking Lexamil (escitalopram) shortly after my second child was born, due to anxiety and rage among other things. I was feeling really good at the beginning of 2017 and decided to come off it. I tapered over the course of about 4 months and ended up having a bit of a mental breakdown towards the end of the year with panic attacks etc. I was completely dysfunctional.

 

After about 6 months of taking nothing, GP prescribed 20mg Cilift (citalopram) (November 2017) which has worked really well except for weight gain and loss of libido. If it wasnt for these things i would continue taking it. 

 

I went down from 20 to 15mg for about three months and then down to 10mg for the last two months. This is the first real wobble I have experienced and it's making me want to go back up to full dose. My husband also wants this, he says he can see the difference.

 

I have read the guidance on tapering 10% and the info on withdrawal etc. I guess my biggest fears are the following:

 

- That all of this will be really hard work and I'll just have to go back on to meds at some point anyway

 

- That I am destined to be a depressed anxious person for the rest of my life

 

- That the longer you take the meds for the more it screws with your brain and the harder it is to ever be normal again

 

- I'm scared it's just not going to work for me. 

 

I would love to hear from people in similar situations who have managed to do this and keep their **** together and not kill anyone or lose their job etc etc.

 

Or just any advise or encouragement would be good too:)

 

Thanks

 

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Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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Welcome to SA, SimSim.

 

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.
 

 

You've been tapering faster than we recommend, which might account for your "wobble."  Also withdrawal symptoms can be delayed.

 

Updosing all the way back to 20mg Cilift (Celexa, Citalopram) would run the danger of being too much for your brain to handle and could be quite destabilizing.  In the time that you tapered from 20 to 15 to 10mg, your brain has made adjustments to the lower doses.

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic
 
Reinstatement isn’t a guarantee of diminished symptoms for everyone, but it’s the best tactic available.  You’re still in the time period where reinstatement predictably works, up to three months after last dose or dose reduction.  We usually suggest a much smaller reinstatement dose than your last dose.  These drugs are strong, and when updosing/reinstating it is better to start with a small amount and increase of symptoms remain unbearable.  If you take too much it may be too much for your brain and can cause you become unstable.  Sometimes it can be hard to regain stability after this happens.
 
I would recommend an updose of only 1mg to start.  You can always increase if you need to.  Remember it takes about 4 days for a dose change to get to full state in the blood and a bit longer for it to register in the brain.
 
The following link gives specific information on how to make nonstandard doses of Cilift.
 
 
Tips for tapering off Celexa (citalopram)
 
To answer your questions as best I can--
 
1.  It can be hard work but it is eminently doable.  Please Google "SurvivingAntidepressants Citalopram Celexa success stories"
2.  We take the approach here at SA that no one is "destined" to be anxious or depressed for the rest of their lives.  We recommend non-drug coping skills.

3. The brain has remarkable capacities to heal itself regardless of how long you've been on the drug.  It will take time to heal but the damage is not irreversible.  Google "SurvivingAntidepressants neuroplasticity"

4.  Assume it can work for you and you will have a much better chance of it working.

 

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.
 
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.
 
 
 
 

 

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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


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Thanks Gridley for your comprehensive response. I am working through the links.

 

So I should add 1mg for now, go from 10mg to 11? I assume I will just stay at this until I feel a bit less wobbly and then go from there? 

 

 

Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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18 hours ago, Gridley said:

 

Remember it takes about 4 days for a dose change to get to full state in the blood and a bit longer for it to register in the brain.

 

 

Hi simsim and welcome from me too,

 

If you have decided that you do want to updose you can start taking more from you next dose.  So yes, 11mg.  Please keep notes on paper about your symptoms.  This can help guide you about how updosing is affecting you.  You will need to be patient and not panic.

 

The idea of reinstating/updosing isn't to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms completely but to bring them to a bearable level.

 

Please let us know how you are going.

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Hi simsim,

 

Welcome and I'm sorry for everything you have to go through.

 

I think Gridleys advise is the best you can do. You "played" with your dose a few times and you made quite big steps. Just as I did. I went from 15 mg to 20 to 25 and back a few times (citalopram) and it made me feel very unstable. I'm afraid that if you would updose again to 15 or 20 mg you would get the same shock effect to your brain and you may have nasty symptoms. 

 

I think it would be wise to stay around your dose of 10 mg (and maybe updose what Gridley said). It is tough right now but you have made great steps already!

 

I made an Excel sheet for myself with daily symptoms. Sometimes I feel like I've always been bad but my spreadsheet tells otherwise. This is quite motivating and makes the whole journey a bit more visible.

 

 

Good luck with your 11 mg and let us know how you are doing!

 

 

Cheers

 

Jozeff

- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

2019 apr 27 : START taper citalopram @ 18 mg: 29Jun 16.4 mg / 19aug 15.4 mg / 25aug 15.2 mg / 30sep 14.0 mg / 4dec 13.1 mg

2020  03Jan 12.75 mg / 28Jan 12.29 mg / 18Feb 11.83 mg, 25Feb 11.68 mg hold.. / 7May 11.33 mg hold...., 4Aug 10.98 mg / 5Dec 10.0 mg 4 month hold...

2021 30mar 9.8 mg / 06apr 9.5 mg /  13apr 9.4 mg / 14may 8,5 mg / 04jun 8,0 mg / 11jun 7.75 mg, 02jul 7.35 mg /  09jul 7.2 mg hold 3 weeks during holiday /31jul 7 mg/ 8aug 6.8 mg / 15aug 6.63mg / 22aug 6.5mg / 1sep 6.3 mg / 8sep 6.15 mg / 15sep 6.0 mg / 22sep 5.9 mg / 29sep 5.8 mg / 04 oct 5.65 mg / 10oct 5.55 mg / 17oct 5.45 mg / 24oct 5.35mg / 30oct 5.25 mg hold 3 wks / 22nov 5.15 mg / 01dec 5.1mg / 12dec 5.0mg / 20dec 4.85mg / 30dec 4.70mg / 

2022   08jan 4.5 mg / 16jan 4.4 mg / 23jan 4.3 mg / 27jan 4.2 mg / 18feb 4.1 mg / 25feb 4.0 mg / 04mar 3.9 mg / 11mar 3.75 mg / 18Mar 3.65 mg / 09apr 3.55 mg.

 

 

 

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There are several different types (computer, printable) daily symptoms lists here:  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 

Rate Symptoms Daily to Check Patterns and Progress

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Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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Hi simsim,

 

How are you doing?

 

Jozeff

- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

2019 apr 27 : START taper citalopram @ 18 mg: 29Jun 16.4 mg / 19aug 15.4 mg / 25aug 15.2 mg / 30sep 14.0 mg / 4dec 13.1 mg

2020  03Jan 12.75 mg / 28Jan 12.29 mg / 18Feb 11.83 mg, 25Feb 11.68 mg hold.. / 7May 11.33 mg hold...., 4Aug 10.98 mg / 5Dec 10.0 mg 4 month hold...

2021 30mar 9.8 mg / 06apr 9.5 mg /  13apr 9.4 mg / 14may 8,5 mg / 04jun 8,0 mg / 11jun 7.75 mg, 02jul 7.35 mg /  09jul 7.2 mg hold 3 weeks during holiday /31jul 7 mg/ 8aug 6.8 mg / 15aug 6.63mg / 22aug 6.5mg / 1sep 6.3 mg / 8sep 6.15 mg / 15sep 6.0 mg / 22sep 5.9 mg / 29sep 5.8 mg / 04 oct 5.65 mg / 10oct 5.55 mg / 17oct 5.45 mg / 24oct 5.35mg / 30oct 5.25 mg hold 3 wks / 22nov 5.15 mg / 01dec 5.1mg / 12dec 5.0mg / 20dec 4.85mg / 30dec 4.70mg / 

2022   08jan 4.5 mg / 16jan 4.4 mg / 23jan 4.3 mg / 27jan 4.2 mg / 18feb 4.1 mg / 25feb 4.0 mg / 04mar 3.9 mg / 11mar 3.75 mg / 18Mar 3.65 mg / 09apr 3.55 mg.

 

 

 

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On 1/6/2019 at 8:49 AM, jozeff said:

Hi simsim,

 

How are you doing?

 

Jozeff

Hi Jozeff

 

Thank you for checking in on me. I do really appreciate it.

 

I did a month at 10mg, then 9 then 8.1. Reinstated at 10 about a month ago because I was feeling overwhelmed.

 

I am still on 10. I am struggling (today is particularly bad so thank you for checking in:)

 

Symptoms:

There is a very low key depression which I keep at bay by trying to keep myself busy every second of the day. It just hangs around in the background and makes me want to sleep a lot.

My anxiety is back in the last few weeks. I'm back at work today after an amazing three week holiday and work stress is pushing me over the edge today. My heart is beating out of my chest and I feel like I want to vomit. I'm trying to make it through the day until I can get home to keep myself busy again (dinner, kids etc).

I don't know that it's the dosage that's an issue. I maybe just need to work on managing the anxiety better (maybe see someone but not sure who?).

 

Most days are not this bad (I also skipped a dose two days ago because I ran out). But one does feel very hopeless on days like this. It doesnt help that it makes me super unproductive and so the work stress is just piling up.

 

Thanks for listening.

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Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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9 hours ago, simsim said:

I did a month at 10mg, then 9 then 8.1. Reinstated at 10 about a month ago

 

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 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

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Hi simsim, 

 

I’m sorry to hear you had to skip a dose because you didn’t have the medication. I’m glad you had a nice holiday though. The work stress sounds tough. Are you able to chill out when you get home?

 

Please update your signature as ChessieCat mentioned. Thank you.

 

Sending hugs🤗

 

 

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward due to akathisia from WDs. When released I still had severe akathisia n was suicidal. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. Many years of tapering. 

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov 1=4.10✔️ Nov 21= 4.05✔️ Dec 13= 4mg✔️

  2022➡️Jan 8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March 2=3.85✔️ April 4= 3.80✔️I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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i normally have a glass of wine when I get home from work but there are two little ones and dinner and sometimes work to do. So yes and no to chilling out! I do try.

I am ADHD so struggle to let myself do nothing, always end up doing housework or something until I pass out.

 

I am truly blessed with a great hubby and kids, a beautiful home and not many other real problems. But, as we all know, that doesnt mean **** when it comes to anxiety right!?

 

 My work situation is the main stressor. I am highly intelligent ADHD and currently doing a mind numbing but very important financial role with lots of deadlines etc. I struggle with my performance (especially when I'm bored and disengaged) and that causes most of my anxiety.

Bored=unproductive=underperforming=pressure=anxiety=unproductive

 

(@ChessieCat I have updated my siggy thanks)

 

 

 

 

Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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Hi simsim, 

 

Hope you’re doing okay. I just wanted to make you aware that any amount of alcohol might affect the withdrawals.Some people have had one glass of something and it has affected them for a long time. Off course, this doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Alcohol can actually slow down withdrawals.

 

I’m so happy that your circumstances outside of withdrawals are wonderful. It’s good to have that support. Make sure you have a good rest in your breaks at work seeing it’s stressful. Anything stressful can ramp up withdrawals. Take care, sending hugs🤗

 

 

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward due to akathisia from WDs. When released I still had severe akathisia n was suicidal. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. Many years of tapering. 

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov 1=4.10✔️ Nov 21= 4.05✔️ Dec 13= 4mg✔️

  2022➡️Jan 8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March 2=3.85✔️ April 4= 3.80✔️I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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Hi simsim,

 

Work as a stressor,.... sounds very familiar. There are a lot of different people with a lot of different emotions at work and I find it hard sometimes to get on the same level with some of them. That costs a lot of energy.

 

About the alcohol. I'm a recovered alcoholic and all I can say is that ad/WD and alcohol do not go together well. I've been absolutely clean for almost 5 years. I miss the sedative effect however, especially when I'm stressed out but in the long term it is way better to not be dependent on stimulants/sedatives.

 

You have a great family and that is so important. Cherish them and keep the faith!!

 

Happy healing!

 

Jozeff

- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

2019 apr 27 : START taper citalopram @ 18 mg: 29Jun 16.4 mg / 19aug 15.4 mg / 25aug 15.2 mg / 30sep 14.0 mg / 4dec 13.1 mg

2020  03Jan 12.75 mg / 28Jan 12.29 mg / 18Feb 11.83 mg, 25Feb 11.68 mg hold.. / 7May 11.33 mg hold...., 4Aug 10.98 mg / 5Dec 10.0 mg 4 month hold...

2021 30mar 9.8 mg / 06apr 9.5 mg /  13apr 9.4 mg / 14may 8,5 mg / 04jun 8,0 mg / 11jun 7.75 mg, 02jul 7.35 mg /  09jul 7.2 mg hold 3 weeks during holiday /31jul 7 mg/ 8aug 6.8 mg / 15aug 6.63mg / 22aug 6.5mg / 1sep 6.3 mg / 8sep 6.15 mg / 15sep 6.0 mg / 22sep 5.9 mg / 29sep 5.8 mg / 04 oct 5.65 mg / 10oct 5.55 mg / 17oct 5.45 mg / 24oct 5.35mg / 30oct 5.25 mg hold 3 wks / 22nov 5.15 mg / 01dec 5.1mg / 12dec 5.0mg / 20dec 4.85mg / 30dec 4.70mg / 

2022   08jan 4.5 mg / 16jan 4.4 mg / 23jan 4.3 mg / 27jan 4.2 mg / 18feb 4.1 mg / 25feb 4.0 mg / 04mar 3.9 mg / 11mar 3.75 mg / 18Mar 3.65 mg / 09apr 3.55 mg.

 

 

 

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Ah ok that is good to know, thank you. It didnt even cross my mind that alcohol consumption may affect my withdrawal. I have a pretty healthy relationship with alcohol so I'm not drinking a lot but I will consider cutting it out for a while and see how it affects me. It's going to be tough because that's my me-time, a quick glass of wine and watching a show after the kids go to bed. 

 

Last weeks wobble was definitely due to the missed dose because I was much more stable after that one day. It messes me up badly to miss a dose so I wont be doing that again!

 

Thank you all for all your support! It was great timing when I really needed it last week so thank you:)

Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    13 November 2021 -  0mg Pristiq      

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq   

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me -thank you.

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Hi simsim, How are you doing?💚

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward due to akathisia from WDs. When released I still had severe akathisia n was suicidal. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. Many years of tapering. 

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov 1=4.10✔️ Nov 21= 4.05✔️ Dec 13= 4mg✔️

  2022➡️Jan 8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March 2=3.85✔️ April 4= 3.80✔️I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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On 4/3/2019 at 9:31 AM, Carmie said:

Hi simsim, How are you doing?💚

Hi Carmie

 

I am doing good actually. Mentally and emotionally I have done a lot of work on myself this year and have picked up a great mentor at work who has helped me build my confidence at work. Lack of confidence is normally one of my biggest anxiety triggers so that has been awesome.

 

BUT...

 

I have just stayed at 10mg. Im too scared to screw up the current recipe and also too lazy/anxious about doing my own measuring/mixing etc to get custom doses. 

 

My libido has come back since dropping from 20 to 10 so that's not an issue anymore. But I keep gaining weight so I guess that is one motivator to try get off it. I do hope it's the meds that are causing the weight gain and not just my age!

 

I know I need to drop at some point. Anyone have thoughts about a water solution vs weighing it out? 

Lexamil 10mg 2015-April 2017

 

Cilift 20mg November 2017-June 2018

Cilift 15mg June 2018-August 2018

Cilift 10mg August 2018

Cilift 9mg September-October 2018

Cilift 8.1mg November 2018

Reinstated at 10mg December 2018 - present

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Hi simsim, 

 

Glad to hear you’re doing well and have stabilised on 10mg.

 

I’ve never used scales myself, I’ve been water titrating. I just crush my tablet with a mortar and pestle, and add water.

 

It would be wise to do a crossover if you decide to do that. The formula is: 

 

3/4 of the old formula.             1/4 of the liquid.

 

1/2 of the old formula.             1/2 of the liquid.

 

1/4 of the old formula.              3/4 of the liquid. 

 

Then all liquid. 

 

You do each phase for 3 to 7 days, or longer if you wish. 

 

You might need scales to weigh the dry part of the crossover to be accurate. Many people like the Gemini 20 scale. 

 

Once you’re on all liquid you won’t need to weigh anything anymore. I find water titrating really easy. 

 

Sending hugs🤗

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, ADs and opiates for chronic pain. 

Was cold turkeyed and put on and off lots of things. Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward due to akathisia from WDs. When released I still had severe akathisia n was suicidal. Back to the ward and more meds. Tapered off one and have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. Many years of tapering. 

Tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./2019:➡️ March 10=7.25mg ✔️  
April 17=7.0✔️ June 5th=6.75✔️ July 14th=6.50✔️Aug 28=6.25✔️

Oct 10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️                                
 2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April 2=5.40✔️May 29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep 29=4.80✔️
 2021➡️ Jan 31=4.60 mg✔️April 24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov 1=4.10✔️ Nov 21= 4.05✔️ Dec 13= 4mg✔️

  2022➡️Jan 8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March 2=3.85✔️ April 4= 3.80✔️I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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