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This is the second time I have tried to reduce my reliance on citalopram and I have sought more help this time. I am also a recovering alcoholic with 23 years sobriety and drugs and withdtawls are the bane of my life. Over the last 2months I have tapered from 30mg down to 10 mg a day. Doing 20 one day and 10 the next seemed to be ok, but been on 10mg for 5 days and the symptoms have got worse, headaches and light heads seem the norm now and i would appreciate any feedback on reducing further or taking a slightly higher dose. I also take BP controlling tablets.

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2014 was prescribed citalopram 30mg for stress related depression as Iwas attacked on the way to work twice and chased once. I became frightened of my own shadow.

In 2015 I stopped taking the medication and after a week could not function at all so started on 30mg again.

In 2016 and 2017 I tried again, failing both times.

In 2018 around  August my GP changed me on to sertraline, after 1 week I changed back as i couldn't cope.

Mid Jan 2019 went to 20mg and then to 20mg 1 day and 10mg the next.

21st March 2019 dropped to 10 mg and I can cope so far

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Carmie

Hi Trucker, 

 

Welcome to SA. Tapering from 30mg to 10mg in two months was way too quick. Also changing from 20mg to10mg every second day has caused some destabilisation too, our brains can’t handle that, we need to stay on the same dosage every day. 

 

Stay at the 10mg for now. Before we can give you any further recommendations we need you to fill out a drug signature with the medication amounts and dates you were on them. Just the last two years. Someone will send you a signature link. Thank you. 

 

Wishing you all the best in your healing journey 💚

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Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

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

 

 

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1 hour ago, Carmie said:

Someone will send you a signature link. Thank you. 

 

 

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.
 

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Began taper using Brassmonkey slide 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  

Current from Oct. 21, 2020 at 0.025mg

Taper is 99.875% complete.

 

Lorazepam 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, resumed a few months later. CT 2000.  1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept, 2016 increased to 0.5 X 3 in split dose. Sept. 2019 increased to 0.625 X 3 after crossover to new brand

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 15mg.  Aug 2016, discovered SA, updosed to 25mg and holding.  Taper is 66% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, vitamins E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Gracee

Welcome Trucker to SA from a fellow recovering alcoholic and AD taperer.  You will get lots of help here from experienced moderators who really know what they are talking about.   You will recover if you are willing to taper slowly, in small increments at a steady pace.

Wishing you the best.

G.

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Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg, Multi vit., Calcium, D3,  Magnesium, Fish Oil, Melatonin,  Ambien 3.3 mg 1 or 2X/mo.  Benadryl-seldom, .......2002 - eliminated alcohol

2002- Paxil - 20 mg (3 WD attempts: 2005, 2008, 2010)

2011 - 30 mg 

2018 - 40 mg- Sept to Nov} {Dec - 37.5}

Jan 2, 2019 - 35 mg

Jan 11 -  33.75 mg

Jan 28 - 32.5 mg

Feb 4 -  33.75 mg 

Mar 4 - 32 mg

Mar 30 - 30 mg

 

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Welcome, Trucker.

 

If your symptoms do not start to abate in the next few days, you may wish to take 12mg citalopram to help your nervous system to settle down. Citalopram comes in liquid form to allow taking small amounts. For information, see Tips for tapering off Celexa (citalopram)

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

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trucker47

Thank you, at the moment worst time is when I get up, and I find doing anything takes my mind off the bad heads and the blurry vision but will give it a couple of days and will try 12 mg if I get not better

thanks again.

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2014 was prescribed citalopram 30mg for stress related depression as Iwas attacked on the way to work twice and chased once. I became frightened of my own shadow.

In 2015 I stopped taking the medication and after a week could not function at all so started on 30mg again.

In 2016 and 2017 I tried again, failing both times.

In 2018 around  August my GP changed me on to sertraline, after 1 week I changed back as i couldn't cope.

Mid Jan 2019 went to 20mg and then to 20mg 1 day and 10mg the next.

21st March 2019 dropped to 10 mg and I can cope so far

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trucker47

Thank you all for your posts so far, I just feel better that I am not on my own. I was a bit cocky at first, having kicked the booze, thinking nothing could be harder but I was wrong!!!!


2014 was prescribed citalopram 30mg for stress related depression as Iwas attacked on the way to work twice and chased once. I became frightened of my own shadow.

In 2015 I stopped taking the medication and after a week could not function at all so started on 30mg again.

In 2016 and 2017 I tried again, failing both times.

In 2018 around  August my GP changed me on to sertraline, after 1 week I changed back as i couldn't cope.

Mid Jan 2019 went to 20mg and then to 20mg 1 day and 10mg the next.

21st March 2019 dropped to 10 mg and I can cope so far

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13 hours ago, trucker47 said:

Thank you all for your posts so far, I just feel better that I am not on my own. I was a bit cocky at first, having kicked the booze, thinking nothing could be harder but I was wrong!!!!

 

Definitely not on your own! 

 

The good news is, really and truly, people who heal from psych meds say it is absolutely the hardest thing imaginable, even worse than illegal drugs. So when you beat this, nothing will be harder!!!


Current: 2019: 0.04 mg Paxil!! This is real. Soon, after taking Paxil my entire adult life, I will be free.

Long story short: After 18 years on Paxil, "tapered" almost completely off over a month, at doctor's advice in July 2015.

Self-care includes magnesium, reasonable exercise, mindfulness, this forum and nutrition/eating enough food.

Also on 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!! (which I now will have the knowledge to taper properly)

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Longer version: On Paxil since 1996--anxiety & depression caused by (undiagnosed) under-eating / eating disorder.

Doctor kept increasing dose, up to 60 mg; it never really helped but said it really was the best "med" for me.

Rapid doctor-led "taper" July 2015, down to 5 mg, with Zoloft as a "cross-taper" = Essentially a cold turkey. 

Severe withdrawal but didn't know it; believed it was my "underlying condition," and kept tapering, 5mg to 4 to 3  to 2 to 1.  

Feb 2016: Found SA! As of June 2016, tapering from 1mg at rate of 5-10% per month, Brassmonkey Slide! 

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Carmie

Hi Trucker, 

 

How are you doing?💚


Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

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

 

 

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trucker47

Topic title:  Sadness

 

Doing ok on my 10mg citalopram but am now prone to bouts of sadness/ stress. Keeping myself occupied helps but it is ongoing and gets me down, any Ideas anybody?

 

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2014 was prescribed citalopram 30mg for stress related depression as Iwas attacked on the way to work twice and chased once. I became frightened of my own shadow.

In 2015 I stopped taking the medication and after a week could not function at all so started on 30mg again.

In 2016 and 2017 I tried again, failing both times.

In 2018 around  August my GP changed me on to sertraline, after 1 week I changed back as i couldn't cope.

Mid Jan 2019 went to 20mg and then to 20mg 1 day and 10mg the next.

21st March 2019 dropped to 10 mg and I can cope so far

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Gracee

Hang in there.   You have only been on 10 mg for a month.   Let your body and brain adjust for at least two or three more weeks, then evaluate.   Please, do not up-dose nor down dose at this point.   Stay put. A mod will be here soon to advise.

G.


  

Hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg, Multi vit., Calcium, D3,  Magnesium, Fish Oil, Melatonin,  Ambien 3.3 mg 1 or 2X/mo.  Benadryl-seldom, .......2002 - eliminated alcohol

2002- Paxil - 20 mg (3 WD attempts: 2005, 2008, 2010)

2011 - 30 mg 

2018 - 40 mg- Sept to Nov} {Dec - 37.5}

Jan 2, 2019 - 35 mg

Jan 11 -  33.75 mg

Jan 28 - 32.5 mg

Feb 4 -  33.75 mg 

Mar 4 - 32 mg

Mar 30 - 30 mg

 

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Carmie

Hi Trucker, 

 

I’m sorry you’re feeling down. You did say you’re doing okay on the 10mg though. A month isn’t a long time, it can take quite a while to stabilise when we make changes. I changed formulations last year and went through three months of waves. You will eventually stabilise, it’s just a really slow process as our brain tries to find equilibrium again. 

 

Keeping yourself distracted while going through waves really is the way to go. Distract! Distract! Distract! It’s always been my motto. I do arts and crafts, listen to music, read, do DVD and Netflix marathons, go out in nature, take photographs etc etc. It doesn’t take away the symptoms, but it helps to not put all our focus on the symptoms. The more we stress, the more we can ramp up our symptoms.

 

Take care, sending hugs🤗


Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

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

 

 

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Thank you every bit of distraction does help


2014 was prescribed citalopram 30mg for stress related depression as Iwas attacked on the way to work twice and chased once. I became frightened of my own shadow.

In 2015 I stopped taking the medication and after a week could not function at all so started on 30mg again.

In 2016 and 2017 I tried again, failing both times.

In 2018 around  August my GP changed me on to sertraline, after 1 week I changed back as i couldn't cope.

Mid Jan 2019 went to 20mg and then to 20mg 1 day and 10mg the next.

21st March 2019 dropped to 10 mg and I can cope so far

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