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I'm new here.  Started tapering doxepin about a week ago and felt so good I went off too fast and now feel like I could die due to rapid and hard heartbeat.  I was on about 20 mgs/day for over 20 years.  A week and a half ago I cut my dosage to about 10 mgs and felt so much better that I went off completely and a few days later was woken up at night by heart palpitations or whatever.  I'm also light headed.  The last 5 days I've been taking about 5 mg and still have heart palpitations and obviously too low a dose.  I have liquid doxepin so the mgs are not exact. 

 

So I hope I don't die from heart palps tonight, trying to get a friend to stay with me.  I plan to go to about 17 mg tonight and hopefully restart my taper.

 

I've never had heart palps or any heart problems.

 

Advice?

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Hi hollie and welcome to SA,

 

You have done the right thing going back on your drug.  What you are experiencing are withdrawal symptoms from reducing the drug too quickly.  Even going from 20mg to 10mg was too quick.  SA recommends tapering by no more than 10% of the current dose with a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

When we take the drug away too quickly we can experience withdrawal symptoms.  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 

You might find that increasing to 10mg is enough.  It is better to increase slowly than to risk taking too much.  Once we experience withdrawal symptoms are nervous system can become sensitised and the amount of drug we took before might make things worse.

 

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

 

You will need to keep daily symptom notes on paper so you can see how the updose is affecting your symptoms.   You will also need to remain as calm and as patient as possible and not panic.  When we panic we can make bad decisions.  I have seen members panic and increase their dose too much and/or too soon.  Also, when we worry we can add "symptoms" which are stress related, not withdrawal related.

 

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Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Here's some additional information which might help you to understand what is happening:

 

Recovery isn't linear it happens in a Windows and Waves Pattern

 

Withdrawal Normal Description


When we take a psychiatric drug, we are adding chemical/s to the brain.  The brain then has to change to adapt to getting the chemical/s.  It might have to change something to do with A and then once that change has been made it affects B so another change has to be made and so on down the line.  It is a chain reaction, a domino effect.

 

The same thing happens when we take the drug away.  That's why it's possible to experience such a vast array of withdrawal symptoms, and they can change, and be of different intensity.

 

are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take

 

These explain it really well:

 

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

On 8/31/2011 at 5:28 AM, Rhiannon said:

When we stop taking the drug, we have a brain that has designed itself so that it works in the presence of the drug; now it can't work properly without the drug because it's designed itself so that the drug is part of its chemistry and structure. It's like a plant that has grown on a trellis; you can't just yank out the trellis and expect the plant to be okay. When the drug is removed, the remodeling process has to take place in reverse. SO--it's not a matter of just getting the drug out of your system and moving on. If it were that simple, none of us would be here. It's a matter of, as I describe it, having to grow a new brain. I believe this growing-a-new-brain happens throughout the taper process if the taper is slow enough. (If it's too fast, then there's not a lot of time for actually rebalancing things, and basically the brain is just pedaling fast trying to keep us alive.) It also continues to happen, probably for longer than the symptoms actually last, throughout the time of recovery after we are completely off the drug, which is why recovery takes so long.

 

AND

 

On 12/4/2015 at 2:41 AM, apace41 said:

Basically- you have a building where the MAJOR steel structures are trying to be rebuilt at different times - ALL while people are coming and going in the building and attempting to work.

It would be like if the World Trade Center Towers hadn't completely fallen - but had crumbled inside in different places.. Imagine if you were trying to rebuild the tower - WHILE people were coming and going and trying to work in the building!  You'd have to set up a temporary elevator - but when you needed to fix part of that area, you'd have to tear down that elevator and set up a temporary elevator somewhere else. And so on. You'd have to build, work around, then tear down, then build again, then work around, then build... ALL while people are coming and going, ALL while the furniture is being replaced, ALL while the walls are getting repainted... ALL while life is going on INSIDE the building. No doubt it would be chaotic. That is EXACTLY what is happening with windows and waves.  The windows are where the body has "got it right" for a day or so - but then the building shifts and the brain works on something else - and it's chaos again while another temporary pathway is set up to reroute function until repairs are made.  

 

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Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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During any taper, there will be times of discomfort.  We strongly encourage members to learn and use non drug coping techniques to help get through tough times.

 

Understanding what is happening helps us to not get caught up with the second fear, or fear of the fear.  This happens when we experience sensations in our body and because we don't understand them we are scared of them and then start to panic.

 

This document has a diagram of the body explaining what happens in the body when we become anxious:

 

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/AnxietySelfHelp.pdf

 

 

Audio FEMALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Audio MALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Non-drug techniques to cope

 

dealing-with-emotional-spirals

 

Dr Claire Weekes suffered from anxiety and learned and taught ways of coping.  There are videos available on YouTube.

 

Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System

 

Audio:  How to Recover from Anxiety - Dr Claire Weekes

 

 
Resources:  Centre for Clinical Interventions (PDF modules that you can work through, eg:  Depression, Distress Intolerance, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Social Anxiety, Worrying)
 
On 4/28/2017 at 4:03 AM, brassmonkey said:

 

AAF: Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  It's what you have to do when nothing else works, and can be a very powerful tool in coping with anxiety.  The neuroemotional anxiety many of us feel during WD is directly caused by the drugs and their chemical reactions in the brain.  Making it so there is nothing we can do about them.  They won't respond to other drugs, relaxation techniques and the like.  They do, however, react very well to being ignored.  That's the concept behind AAF.  Acknowledge, get to know the feeling involved, explore them.  Accept, These feelings are a part of you and they aren't going anywhere fast. Float, let the feeling float off as you get on with your life as best as you can.  It's a well documented fact that the more you feed in to anxiety the worse it gets.  What starts as generalized neuroemotinal anxiety can be easily blown into a full fledged panic attack just by thinking about it.

 

I often liken it to an unwanted house guest.  At first you talk to them, have conversations, communicate with them.  After a while you figure out that they aren't leaving and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them.  So you go on about your day, working around them until they get bored and leave.

 

It can take some practice, but AAF really does work.  I hope you give it a try.

 

 

 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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Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Thank you Chessie Cat so much, knowledge is power!

 

I feel a bit better now heart palp wise, it ebbs and flows I guess. 

 

I will take your advice to try 10 mg tonight, I sure do wish it didn't take 4 whole days to kick in!

 

My heart palps are not from anxiety.  I know anxiety well and have been a successful Claire Weeks student for over 35 years.  Since I just tapered from 4 mg to 1 mg klonopin, I know those anxiety/depression side effects but they did not include heart palps, ,so I was unprepared and fearful for my health.

 

Again, I appreciate so much your responding to me so quickly, I'm not alone after all!

 

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Hi Hollie, 

 

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

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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Carmie, thanks for asking....

Haven't made much progress due to the difficulty of using the dropper in liquid doxepin to measure my dose so it has been hit or miss on the amount I'm taking.  Some early mornings I'm awakened by pounding heart and other nights not so much.  My primary doctor just gave me a proper syringe so now I can start again.

 

The pounding heart is the worst thing.  I have noticed I'm not as constipated and have less gastro problems since lowering the dosage.  After reading here it seems most people just live with the heart palps.

How about you, I see you're tapering Seroquel which is similar to doxepin?  Do you have CFS?

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Carmie, I sure had a lot more mental/emotional problems from my Klonopin taper than the doxepin, massive suicidal ideation, etc. from the Benzo.  The doxepin taper gives me more physical symptoms like heart and being light headed, off balance.

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Hi Hollie, 

 

I’m glad you’ve got a proper syringe now. What was the problem with the dropper in the doxepin, are the markings not very good? 

 

I’m sorry about your heart palpitations, that must be scary. It’s quite common in withdrawals, I don’t have it myself. Occasionally my heart flutters a bit, but it’s nothing major. 

 

Yes, I also have CFS, I wasn’t prescribed medication for it though. My downward medication spiral happened due to unrelated chronic pain. I don’t have the pain now. I’ve been through the wars as you can see from my signature. 

 

If you check out @intothewoods thread, she was put on meds for CFS and is going through severe withdrawals at the moment. 

 

Now, with your new syringe it won’t be so hit and miss. Yay! Whatever amount you’re on stay on there for a while until your body has stabilised from the inaccuracies of the dropper. Then you can start tapering by no more than 10% a month. I’m tapering by about 3% now. 

 

Wishing you all the best in your recovery.💚

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Typo. Brain fog 😄

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

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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I posted on one of your threads Carmie

 

Yeah, the heart palps are REALLY scary!

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Hi Hollie, 

 

Just popping around to see how you’re doing. How are your heart palpitations?

 

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

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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I've slightly increased my dosage to about 9.5 mg so I'm hoping the heart palps will go away at least over this weekend.  I'm having company tomorrow and don't want to be too out of it.  I'm bummed it takes a few days for any increase to kick in, hoping for the best. 

 

Today I was very dizzy, not vertigo just off, still dizzy.  Last night I slept so deeply I blacked out till morning so I don't know if I had heart palps or not.  It's not just at night, I feel racing heart during the days too.  Hate them.  It sure helps sleep to not oversleep in the mornings.

 

Thanks for asking Carmie. 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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Hi Hollie, 

 

How did your updose go?  Could you please update your signature as it still says you’re on 10mg. Put in your tapering and your updose. Thank you.

 

I hope you had a nice time with your visitors💚

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

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

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I'm down to 9 mg Doxepin now.  Thanks to the syringe my doc gave me I can taper by just slight amounts each time and it makes things so much easier.

 

I get heart palps every time I go down even a little but they are not as bad as when I dropped by a larger amount.  I get light headed and off balance at first too.

 

My sleep is weird.  I can either sleep extremely deeply and long or have insomnia.  I don't know what is happening with my sleep stages but it is weird.  I just dropped down by about 1/8 mg and I am sleeping so deeply for about 10 hours a night.  We had a very loud thunderstorm which I heard but then immediately went back to deep sleep.  Normally I would have checked on my dog. 

 

I fully expected nothing but bad sleeping, anyone have deep, long sleep as a result of tapering Doxepin?

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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1 hour ago, hollie said:

anyone have deep, long sleep as a result of tapering Doxepin?

 

I don't think you need to be asking this question.  The fact is that you are getting good sleep.

 

If you are sleeping well one night followed by insomnia, ie alternating, then you might want to consider setting an alarm to wake you up a little bit earlier.  So instead of getting 10 hours, set the alarm for 9.5 hours for a week or two, and then reduce it to 9 hours, and then 8.5, then 8.

 

Do it nice and gradually and you might be able to level out your sleep pattern.

 

I imagine that the sooner you start doing this the easier it will be to stop the bad pattern from continuing, ie nipping it in the bud.

 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

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Mid Nov 2021 changed to low carb diet due to diabetes & cholesterol.  Lost 1/16 body weight, BP has reduced a lot. 

Links to my exercises and weights.  I also do 3 x 5.5 min with HIIT on exercise bike with 20 secs/min as fast as I can cycle.

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Thanks Chessie Cat.

 

I am just hoping the deep sleep is my body healing or perhaps it was deprived of a cycle of sleep during my years on Doxepin and is now kicking in.  Was wondering if anyone else had this experience.

 

40 mg Doxepin 20 plus years, uneventfully decreased dose to 20 mg or less in last 6 months, decreased dosage to 10 mg then cold turkey 2 weeks ago...heart palpitations waking me up at night, light headed, heart palps when exercising....updosed to 5 mg, still have heart palps so now updosing to 10 mg

Now at 8 mg of Doxepin

 

4 mg Klonopin 20 plus year, decreased 1/8 mg approx monthly for last year +, now on 1 mg per night until Doxepin taper complete

 

Cannabis tincture at night 20:1 CBD THC half dropper

 

10 mg Ambien

 

Was prescribed these meds for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

 

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