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https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/nausea-panic-tears-why-wasn-t-i-warned-about-antidepressant-comedown-20190207-p50w97.html

This pIece was published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald last Saturday - right next to the editorial, not shoved away into the health and wellness section. The author’s own withdrawal only lasted 3 weeks, but she acknowledges the truth of protracted withdrawal. To my knowledge this is the first article about antidepressant withdrawal to appear in a major Australian newspaper, so that was progress. I’m hoping it may initiate further awareness and discussion in our mainstream media....notably lacking till now.

2002 - April - prescribed Zoloft 100mg. 2007 - began very slow taper. 2009 - down to 50mg. Dose raised back to 100mg due to anxiety provoked by stressful events. Continued on this dose until approx. 2016 then began another very slow taper. By approx January 2017 down to 25mg. 5 October 2017 - GP increased dose to 50mg. Suffered immediate and severe adverse reaction. Diagnosed with seretonin syndrome. Dose cut back to 25mg. Stayed on this until February 2018 - reduced to 20mg. 3 March - reduced to 15 mg. 10 March - increased to 17.5 mg to ease symptoms. 12 March - returned to 15 mg. Continued to taper down in approx 2 - 3 mg. increments. 1 June 2018 - ceased taking Zoloft altogether.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I think we will start seeing more attention focused on this in the near future. Industry can't continue to deny the severity & prevalence of withdrawal when at-least 10% of the population is taking these drugs. Notably ive opened up about my experience to family & friends and the similar stories i am hearing from them are the same as what i have been going through. I don't think ive had a single person describe their (or someone they knew) withdrawal experience as mild.

Paroxatine - 2004-2006

Effexor XR 75mg 2006 - 2016 (Discontinued Feb 2016) - Withdrawal for 6 months.

Effexor XR 75mg Re-instated June 2017 (Discontinued Dec 2017)

Effexor XR 2-3 mg Re-instated March 10 2018 - 1 day (Didn't work)

Effexor XR 2mg Reinstated (Again) May 11 2018. 6 Beads

July 2018 - 0.0mg of Effexor. Zilch

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Thanks for your response Lloyd...I certainly hope you’re right. History shows that popular consensus about drugs can eventually be changed...for example barbiturates...and benzos which used to be prescribed freely for unrestricted periods. It’s a long struggle though, which is why articles like this are so important. As well as the industry pressure,  the psychiatric norm is to deny withdrawal and often to belittle sufferers. How I would love to find one psychiatrist in this country who acknowledged and understood withdrawal....I’d travel interstate for that! Best of luck with your recovery - I’m 9 months off and still suffering quite a few disabling symptoms, mostly anxiety related. Cheers , Scotty.

2002 - April - prescribed Zoloft 100mg. 2007 - began very slow taper. 2009 - down to 50mg. Dose raised back to 100mg due to anxiety provoked by stressful events. Continued on this dose until approx. 2016 then began another very slow taper. By approx January 2017 down to 25mg. 5 October 2017 - GP increased dose to 50mg. Suffered immediate and severe adverse reaction. Diagnosed with seretonin syndrome. Dose cut back to 25mg. Stayed on this until February 2018 - reduced to 20mg. 3 March - reduced to 15 mg. 10 March - increased to 17.5 mg to ease symptoms. 12 March - returned to 15 mg. Continued to taper down in approx 2 - 3 mg. increments. 1 June 2018 - ceased taking Zoloft altogether.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 2/15/2019 at 1:46 PM, Lloyd said:

at-least 10% of the population is taking these drugs.

 

I thought it was atleast half the population. Maybe that's after the 1/2 people in this country will experience Mental ilness. Im not trying to belittle mentall illnesses here, but I feel as soon as someone is prescribed a mental illness, then they will be prescribed a pill to go with that.

 Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Seroquil, Rispiridone, Valium, Zoloft, Clonazepam,. + 1 other Benzo. Total 11 yrs.

·           April 9th 2018 Hospital. 50mg Zoloft > 0 discontinued. 6mg Clonazepam > 2.5mg over 8 weeks stay.

           October 25th 2019: Hospital:  Clonazepam Bridged 1mg > to 20mg Diazepam.

           

           Anafranil: 90mg. 85mg 01/04/21 80mg 5/10/21 , 21 October 2021 75mg. 17 November 2021: 80mg (Updose. Current dose)

      
  Diazepam (V): 25th October 2019, 20mg. 22/12 2019 19mg. 04 April 2020: 18mg,  30 September 2020: 17.5mg , 13 November 2020: 17mg 01 January 2021: 16mg, 13/08: 15mg. 1/11 2021 14.5mg 

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11 hours ago, Ryder said:

 

I thought it was atleast half the population. Maybe that's after the 1/2 people in this country will experience Mental ilness. Im not trying to belittle mentall illnesses here, but I feel as soon as someone is prescribed a mental illness, then they will be prescribed a pill to go with that.

Seems that drugs are handed out like candy by GP's. I've been offered plenty of them after seeking help.

Paroxatine - 2004-2006

Effexor XR 75mg 2006 - 2016 (Discontinued Feb 2016) - Withdrawal for 6 months.

Effexor XR 75mg Re-instated June 2017 (Discontinued Dec 2017)

Effexor XR 2-3 mg Re-instated March 10 2018 - 1 day (Didn't work)

Effexor XR 2mg Reinstated (Again) May 11 2018. 6 Beads

July 2018 - 0.0mg of Effexor. Zilch

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