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I’m on 2mg of Aripiprazole every other day.  I tried to stop, after 24 days I was a mess.  Went back on.  My doctor has suggested doing 5 weeks of TMS to help get off of this drug.  Anyone have experience with TMS?

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I am on 30mg of Mirtazapine Daily and 2mg of Aripiprazole every other day.  I’ve tried to stop Aripiprazole.  After 25 days I was a mess, very depressed.  Went back on.  My doctor wants me to try TMS while reducing Aripiprazole.

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I’ve gone from 5mg of Aripiprazole to 2mg every other day.  I have tried to stop but became very depressed.  My doctor has suggested TMS to help quit the drug

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Welcome to SA, Barjar.


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.
We recommend tapering no more than 10% of current dose every four weeks.  Some have to taper more slowly.


These links explain the importance of slow tapering.

Skipping doses (every other day dosing)  is equivalent to reducing your dose by 50% and is NOT recommended  by SA.  Skipping doses causes the amount of the medication in your bloodstream to go up and down, battering the nervous system and making withdrawal worse.
Here is specific information about tapering Aripiprazole:
We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 




Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  I hope you’ll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation.  I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.
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Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper 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  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg   

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, 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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How are you doing Barjar?


As Gridley said taking your medication every second day is not a good idea as it will make your withdrawals worse. 


How long have you been on your medication? How long have you taken it every other day?


You should never cold turkey off your medication, or taper too quickly. 


Please let us know how youre doing, sending hugs🤗

Been on APs, benzos, ADs and opiates, all for chronic pain. Had severe Akathisia in the past that made me suicidal. Still on Seroquel. 2019:➡️ March10=7.25mg ✔️April17=7.0✔️June5=6.75✔️ July14=6.50✔️Aug28=6.25✔️Oct10=6.20 ✔️ Oct21=6.0✔️Dec16=5.80 ✔️  2020➡️Jan 21=5.60✔️April2=5.40✔️May29=5.20✔️Aug14= 5.0 ✔️Sep29=4.80✔️2021➡️ Jan31=4.60 mg✔️April24=4.40mg✔️Jul17=4.30mg ✔️Aug 28=4.20✔️ Oct 11=4.15✔️Nov1=4.10✔️ Nov21= 4.05✔️ Dec13= 4mg✔️  2022➡️Jan8= 3.95 Jan 31=3.90✔️March2=3.85✔️ April4=3.80✔️June16=3.75✔️July26=3.70✔️Sep2=3.65✔️ Oct21=3.60✔️Dec8=3.55✔️ Jan 26=3.50✔️THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, consult a doctor.

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Thank you for responding and for the advice about not taking the Abilify every other day.  I’m presently on 30mg of Mirtzapine and I’m now taking 1mg of Aripiprazole every day per your advice.  I have been on the Aripiprazole for 6 years   I was on 5mg daily. I’ve tried to stop with horrible results, serious depression.  Fortunately, I am now on a low dose.  But even stopping the low dose caused serious anxiety and depression.  So I’m back on it.  The doctor increased the Mirtzapine to compensate for the Aripiprazole reduction. I’m dividing the 2mg Aripiprazole pill in half.  I will ask the doctor for liquid, but how can I reduce the pill as it’s very small. I’m very grateful for your help.

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