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18 hours ago, ShiningLight said:

Congratulations!!! So excited for you! ūüíú

 

 

Thank you! 

 9/2018- lexapro for 5 days - was low- dose rigid muscles

11/3/2018- zoloft 2 days, starting dose is.intrusive thoughts

11/7/18  - 11/15/18 - Prozac 9 days, from 10 mg for week, to 20 mg 

11/16  inpatient put on Lexapro for a few days,  Cymbalta, 2 days

11/24-12/8 - gabapentin 100 mg 3xs per day - a very fast taper

1/7 - t buspar for  three days- blurry vision, jerky eye

1/17/19 - 2/15/19- mirtazapine 15 mg - started taper on 1/30 fast

2/15/19 - inpatient .2/17-abilify, topamax given.  next day changed

2/20/19 gabapentin 600 mg, 6/5 -545 mg ,8/21  494 mg , 9/30 444mg, 11/14 399 mg, 12/10- 360 mg, 1/21-342 mg, 2/11- 324 mg -  12/20-  taper finished 

2/20/19 - seroquel 25 mg 

2/20- luvox (generic) 25 mg, 4/6- 18.75 mg (current)-now tapering this again . as of 3/7/21 most recent drop  at 10 mg (.052).  

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Thank you!  I'm doing okay.  Settled in after the move.   My relationship of 8 years is over and I'm trying to deal with that.  And also a change in my job situation.  The job is a good thing though. 

@brassmonkey @manymoretodays   So I have not been here in a long time.   But I think its a good thing.  Cause I'm doing ok.   Good news!   I've finished my gabapentin taper!    Yay!!!. 

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Hi BfromNJ,

 

You sound good.  So that's good.  What made you choose 85 mg as the dose to jump from?

And then what day did you quit the Gabapentin.  Today is the 14th of December.  Could you add it to your signature, your quit date, and jumping off dose?

 

On 12/12/2020 at 8:03 PM, BfromNJ said:

I actually got down to 85 mg and jumped off from there.  A bit of anxiety and ocd tendency kicked up some but its manageable. 

 

That was a dose that was split into 2 or 3 parts, wasn't it? 

Do you have some around still, just in case.

 

I wouldn't be touching the other two, as far as tapering goes for a bit now, if I were you. 

It often, does take time, for things to settle post zero.

 

Happy to hear you are doing okay.

 

No other WD symptoms then, just a bit of¬† manageable anxiety and OCD?¬† That must be nice B.¬† You were fairly struggling, and a lot before, so I am quadruple glad then.¬†‚̧ԳŹ

 

Happy Holidays.

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16,  medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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On 12/14/2020 at 6:49 PM, manymoretodays said:

Hi BfromNJ,

 

You sound good.  So that's good.  What made you choose 85 mg as the dose to jump from?

And then what day did you quit the Gabapentin.  Today is the 14th of December.  Could you add it to your signature, your quit date, and jumping off dose?

 

 

That was a dose that was split into 2 or 3 parts, wasn't it? 

Do you have some around still, just in case.

 

I wouldn't be touching the other two, as far as tapering goes for a bit now, if I were you. 

It often, does take time, for things to settle post zero.

 

Happy to hear you are doing okay.

 

No other WD symptoms then, just a bit of¬† manageable anxiety and OCD?¬† That must be nice B.¬† You were fairly struggling, and a lot before, so I am quadruple glad then.¬†‚̧ԳŹ

 

Happy Holidays.

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

Yes I need to update my signature. I have to look back at what date it was exactly.  I chose to jump off because it just seemed right and I had heard that the lower doses is hard with gabapentin.   And yes it was split into 3 doses so about 28 mg three times a day.  I do have alot of powder left over just in case.  

 

I think alot also has to do with being in a good place with my personal situation as well.  I moved, started a new job which I absolutely love.  Still issues in the relationship department so Im leaving that be for now.  Just stick with my pets.  lol.   :)  

 

Happy Holidays to you as well!  

 9/2018- lexapro for 5 days - was low- dose rigid muscles

11/3/2018- zoloft 2 days, starting dose is.intrusive thoughts

11/7/18  - 11/15/18 - Prozac 9 days, from 10 mg for week, to 20 mg 

11/16  inpatient put on Lexapro for a few days,  Cymbalta, 2 days

11/24-12/8 - gabapentin 100 mg 3xs per day - a very fast taper

1/7 - t buspar for  three days- blurry vision, jerky eye

1/17/19 - 2/15/19- mirtazapine 15 mg - started taper on 1/30 fast

2/15/19 - inpatient .2/17-abilify, topamax given.  next day changed

2/20/19 gabapentin 600 mg, 6/5 -545 mg ,8/21  494 mg , 9/30 444mg, 11/14 399 mg, 12/10- 360 mg, 1/21-342 mg, 2/11- 324 mg -  12/20-  taper finished 

2/20/19 - seroquel 25 mg 

2/20- luvox (generic) 25 mg, 4/6- 18.75 mg (current)-now tapering this again . as of 3/7/21 most recent drop  at 10 mg (.052).  

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So good to hear that B.

A lot of changes.  Which sound to be good ones, after that adaptation period.

And I hear you on the relationship issues.¬† I think I'm in that same boat. B)‚̧ԳŹ

And sadly, minus pets for the time being.  Lost a dear one late October.  A cat, of course. 

 

Best, L, P, H, and G,

mmt

 

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16,  medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Did your buzzing in head/ears resolve - Ive had in now for two months after stopping amitriptyline. It feels like very load electrical buzzing in my ears and head with intermittent tinnitus sounds in both ears. Im still taking mirtazapine and have horrible sleep problems. Could you please let me please know your experience. Thank you very much!

August 2020 - Mirtazapine 30, Clonazepam 0.5

September 2020 - Changed to Amitriptyline 100, Olanzapine 10, Clonazepam 0.5

Tapered to 0 by December 2020

February 2021 - Mirtazapine 15 - rapid taper after 14 days of use. 

 

Supplements: fish oil and magnesium 

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So I am now tapering my fluvoximine.   8n hindsight, I think I shoukd have waiting longer after finishing my gabapentin, but here I am.   Lol.   And I was bad about recording my first and second drops.   But basically as of 3/7 I was at 10 mg (.052).  This was a 20% drop.   I made another drop of 10% on 4/1 at 9 mg (.046) .   I'm gonna stay a while here as I feel off.  

 

But, I think I messed up in how I was cutting my med.  Instead of crushing and weighing and recapsuling,  I have been cutting them with a razor until I get to the right weight.  But im not doing it evenly I guess.  Just kinda cutting until I reach the weight off of whatever angle.  If that makes sense?   Is this wrong?   Am I better off crushing for more evennesss at this low dose?  I know many on here have used the razor cutting technique but is it done a more precise way than im doing?   I appreciate anyone's input!   Brassmonkey I think you did your whole taper with razor so I really wonder what you have to say on this?  

 

I hope you all are well and healthy during these crazy times.  

 9/2018- lexapro for 5 days - was low- dose rigid muscles

11/3/2018- zoloft 2 days, starting dose is.intrusive thoughts

11/7/18  - 11/15/18 - Prozac 9 days, from 10 mg for week, to 20 mg 

11/16  inpatient put on Lexapro for a few days,  Cymbalta, 2 days

11/24-12/8 - gabapentin 100 mg 3xs per day - a very fast taper

1/7 - t buspar for  three days- blurry vision, jerky eye

1/17/19 - 2/15/19- mirtazapine 15 mg - started taper on 1/30 fast

2/15/19 - inpatient .2/17-abilify, topamax given.  next day changed

2/20/19 gabapentin 600 mg, 6/5 -545 mg ,8/21  494 mg , 9/30 444mg, 11/14 399 mg, 12/10- 360 mg, 1/21-342 mg, 2/11- 324 mg -  12/20-  taper finished 

2/20/19 - seroquel 25 mg 

2/20- luvox (generic) 25 mg, 4/6- 18.75 mg (current)-now tapering this again . as of 3/7/21 most recent drop  at 10 mg (.052).  

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I started out cutting with a razor blade but switched to using the crushed pills because, for me it was easier. Either method is good, as long as you hit the desired weight for the dose.  You definitely need to do a longer hold ATM to let that combined 30% drop settle out.

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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On 4/6/2021 at 2:20 PM, brassmonkey said:

I started out cutting with a razor blade but switched to using the crushed pills because, for me it was easier. Either method is good, as long as you hit the desired weight for the dose.  You definitely need to do a longer hold ATM to let that combined 30% drop settle out.

Thanks brassmonkey i am gonna hold now.  And I switched to crushing.  Easier to measure out I think.  

 9/2018- lexapro for 5 days - was low- dose rigid muscles

11/3/2018- zoloft 2 days, starting dose is.intrusive thoughts

11/7/18  - 11/15/18 - Prozac 9 days, from 10 mg for week, to 20 mg 

11/16  inpatient put on Lexapro for a few days,  Cymbalta, 2 days

11/24-12/8 - gabapentin 100 mg 3xs per day - a very fast taper

1/7 - t buspar for  three days- blurry vision, jerky eye

1/17/19 - 2/15/19- mirtazapine 15 mg - started taper on 1/30 fast

2/15/19 - inpatient .2/17-abilify, topamax given.  next day changed

2/20/19 gabapentin 600 mg, 6/5 -545 mg ,8/21  494 mg , 9/30 444mg, 11/14 399 mg, 12/10- 360 mg, 1/21-342 mg, 2/11- 324 mg -  12/20-  taper finished 

2/20/19 - seroquel 25 mg 

2/20- luvox (generic) 25 mg, 4/6- 18.75 mg (current)-now tapering this again . as of 3/7/21 most recent drop  at 10 mg (.052).  

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