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Some ideas.  Set a reminder on your phone.  Carry a dose with you if convenient.  Use a day pill box or count out a week's worth of doses into a container so you can see if you have missed a dose.


The last suggestion actually worked for me the other day because I couldn't remember taking my capsule.  I was able to count the remainder and knew that I had taken it.


Another suggestion.  Have a "tick off" chart or calendar so that you actually have to do something to indicate you have taken your dose.


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I starting doing all of the above and have not missed a dose since.


I noticed I never missed a dose of the drug I am tapering because the ritual of diluting it is so lengthy it is impossible to forget, so I developed a drawn-out ritual to take the doses of the drug I am not tapering:


1. Set a phone alarm, the same tone each time of day I need to take a dose so there is no confusion.  In fact I don't set alarms for anything else on this phone so there is no confusion at all.  I hear an alarm, and I think, "dose."

2. When the alarm goes off, do not turn if off until AFTER I have completed the rest of this list.  That way I can't get distracted.

3. Take the dose (which I keep in my purse).  I have a pill box with a removeable piece for each day of the week:  https://www.amazon.com/AUVON-iMedassist-Moisture-Proof-Compartments-Supplements/dp/B074MC6HJR/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=pill+box&qid=1554511148&s=gateway&sr=8-9

4. Put a smiley sticker on a mini-calendar.  I keep the stickers and mini-calendar in my purse.

5. If it is the last dose of the day, I put the removable piece from the pill box for the next day in my purse.

6. Finally I turn off the cell phone alarm--task complete!


Tapering symptoms have been less since I stopped missing doses.  



My psychiatric drug history goes back, on and off, to 1999.  This is my taper chronology:

Jan. 2018:                        900 mg  Lithium                      1 mg Risperidone               250 mg Lamotrigine 

Jan. 2018:                        0 mg  Lithium*                        1 mg Risperidone               250 mg Lamotrigine 

Jan. 2019:                        0 mg Lithium                           0.625 mg Risperidone       175 mg Lamotrigine

Jan. 2020:                       0 mg Lithium                           0.260 mg Risperidone       175 mg Lamotrigine

Feb. 2021:                        0 mg Lithium                           0 mg Risperidone              175 mg Lamotrigine

August 2021                    0 mg Lithium                           0 mg Risperidone              0 mg Lamotrigine

*I had to cold turkey lithium because of life-threatening side effects.

Measuring doses: The Withdrawal Project at the Inner Compass Initiative website, which explains how to do the microtaper to make it as smooth as possible   Nutrition: The Clean Gut Diet by Alejandro Junger, MD, and Viva Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements.  Psychological: "Dr. Bruce H. Lipton Explains How To Reprogram The Subconscious Mind" (on YouTube) and PSYCH-K (an alternative healing modality).  

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One thing I did to remember was every I took my dose I would open up the calendar in my phone and write Took Medication and indicate the time. That way if I couldn't remember later I would go look.  In order to remember to put it in the phone I would lay the phone next to my medication as I was taking it.  One could also do this with a paper calendar as well. But the marking in the calendar has to be at the same time as taking the medication. Oh yes, I made sure to take the medication the same time every day.


I am not a health professional in any way.  I do not give medical advice.   Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a professional medical practitioner.



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Medications and supplements: Gabapentin, Prednisone 4mg a day, Cortisol Inhaler daily,  Fish oil, vitamin D, Calcium


Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 150mg Zoloft.  Put on Gabapentin at 900mg a day in 2016 due to antidepressant withdrawal. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.


Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg.  May 9, 2020 1.375 mg.  June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%).  July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.  May 1, 2021 .375mg.  May 29, 2021 .25mg. June 26, 2021 .0125mg. July 25, 2021 .065mg. August 22, 2021 .048mg.  October 2, 2021 .043mg.  October 10, 2021 .038mg.  October 23, 2021 .035mg.  October 30, 2021 .032mg.  Nov. 13, 2021 .030 mg.  Dec 4, 2021 .0285 mg.  Dec 11, 2021 .0265 mg. Dec 18, 2021 .0246 mg. Dec 25, 2021 .023mg. Jan 1, 2022. 0 mg. OFF COMPLETELY

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The real best way is to ask pharmacy to do blister packs. Comes in separate compartments for each dose, just like the old-fashioned gum that you see each individual piece through a plastic window and push out through foil on opposite side. I just date them in pen on the foil side (some pharmacies print the date along with am, pm). This way I can clearly see if that dose was taken without having to do things like pillboxes or anything at all!

The best invention for brain challenged people!!

I also have a Med reminder clock from Amazon that has 4 day settings. I need to turn the ringer off after I take my meds.... otherwise it buzzes in my head. Phone ringers did not work for me as it was to familiar. This is a very distinct sound

1- October 2011- Wellbutrin. Few months later-Zyprexa. Quite some months later-DepakoteClonapen throughout. November 2014- med free successfully! (Quick doc taper)

 2- November 2015- zyprexa (almost sure) May 2015- Lithium 900 mg throughout, carried over to pregnancy and next baby. Currently still on same lithium.     

3- June 20, 2017- zyprexa refused. June 21, 2017- forced hospitalization. June 2017- risperdal, lithium raised to 1200.

no memory when-zoloft. Got off risperdal with dr- no clue how fast or when.  June 2018- got off zoloft extremely fast resulting in complete dissociation (total disconnect of body), depression & severe fatigue

Around august 2019- lithium 1050. Lithium 975. Lithium 900. January 11, 2021Lithium 825.

February 5, 2021- Found SA 🌞! February 23, 2021- Compounding natural pharmacy 🙂. May 9, 2021- Lithium 750. August 30, 2021- Lithium 675

(will add in more dates when I figure them out)

June 23, 2022- Started brassmonkey slide 💟 June 23, 2022- Lithium 658

>ALL meds were coerced ILLEGALLY< 

CURRENT MEDS- 610 LITHIUM  MG (after 4 week hold. Brass monkey succesful)       CURRENT SUPPLEMENTS- magnesium 350 MG

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On 8/21/2022 at 3:15 AM, HardWork said:

The real best way is to ask pharmacy to do blister packs. 

I had no idea this was even possible.   Just looked up on Amazon and there are some that are really affordable for DIYers.    Great solution!


I take doses 3 times a day, and the second dose while I'm at work.   Historically I've been inconsistent with times of dosages and constantly having anxiety of wondering if I took a pill or not before I left for work.   I'm pretty happy with my current regimen.  It sounds a little over the top even to me, but I've found it worthwhile so far.  


Alarms:  I have 2 phone alarms, and one alarm in an app for each dose.  Often I'm at work and get distracted after the first alarm, so if the second one goes off I know it means business and I have to drop everything and take a pill heh!  I also have a pill tracking app with an alarm that is the last failsafe.   Before I take a pill I photograph it, take it, then press the button on the app so it knows I took the meds and disables the alarm.  Later at night or during the day I reset the previous phone alarms I've turned off.  I don't have that so regimented yet, maybe I should do that at 9PM every day or something.   


Containers:  At home I use weekly pillboxes that I put my morning and night dose in.  At work, I have another weekly pillbox, plus a bottle with extra meds in my briefcase, just in case I forget and run out, which sure is handy in a pinch.  I also keep meds in my center console of my car in case I forget and need to take something while I'm out and about.   I have some pocket pill cases as well that come in handy to bring more pills to my car or grab some to go.   


Recordkeeping:  One of the best changes that I've made is to simply take a photo of the dose every time I take it.   I'm reducing, so I don't take equal doses, so it's really nice to be able to refer to a photo to verify I did it right.   I've been taking meds for ages, sometimes I space out and can't remember if I took 2 pills or a pill and a half.   Also when I get to work and panic that I forgot(I'm half asleep in the morning) I have a photo to know it was done.   So my phone gallery is full of pictures of the palm of my hand with pills in it, but so be it LOL  I find it really helpful.    I also have a large 4" 3 ring binder that I keep all my data sheets of the daily withdrawal checklist.  I actually hardly use the symptoms, because mine really aren't too varied, but I write down at the top what MG dose I took and at what times, so I can track to see if the time between doses has any effect.   I also write down if I took any other meds that day for headaches or something, so I know how many days I have to use those.   Then in the margins I write down whenever I think of it how I feel from 1-10 and jot a little note of the time and what effects I'm primarily having.   I use those numbers to roughly take the day's average to mark the rating at the bottom of the page , and of course I'm tracking the dosage reductions and what day it is, etc.  I've found this indispensible.  Being able to see trends, lessening of symptoms and their severity, all of that has made the whole process more clear and easier to wrap my head around.  Really pleased I started doing this.  


Come think of it I should throw some pills into my hiking pack so I have them just in case.   


I've been using this system 6 weeks or so and all the failsafes have saved my bacon more than once.   It's so worth it not to have to make an excuse to drive home from work and check my pill box, or heaven forbid miss a dose or mess up my dosage schedule.  I can assess my W/D symptoms or just A/D side effects with at least some variables removed.   I only wish I'd taken more time to study this website sooner.

I am not a doctor and do not offer any medical advice. 

2011-2015 tapered off 300MG of Effexor.  Back in the Paxil Progress days.  No rebound.   2005-2021:  450 mg Bupropion XL Daily

2021 Buporopion May 450mg/June 400mg/July 375mg/Aug 10th 360mg/

2021 Dec - 150mg IR, 3x day = 450mg Bup, Heritage manufacturer-yellow color pill. 

2022 May 3 - 3 x 150mg IR Bup, Avet brand(pharmacist said they merged with Heritage-orange color) -migraines


2022 June 5 - switched back to 3 x 150mg XL one time per day= 450 mg total Bup-Apotex brand

CURRENT TAPER 2022 Aug 31 - 450MG to 412MG IR Bup//Sep. 28, 2022: 412mg to 375mg//Oct 26, 2022: 375mg to 365 mg//Nov 21, 2022: 365mg to 327mg//Dec 27, 2022: 327 mg to 290 mg//Dec 31, 2022:  290mg to 262mg//Jan 28, 2023:  262mg to 190mg//Feb. 19, 2023:  190mg to 140mg//Mar. 18, '23:  140mg to 100mg

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