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4 hours ago, MindDrift said:

@CalmseekerThanks! How did it work with the capsule in terms of tapering? did you keep getting the chemist to keep reducing the doses every time you came down?

 

 

 

For each dose reduction I get the chemist to make a new batch. I'm currently on 2.5 and I'll get them to make 2.3 next and then 2.1. They can make 30 or 50 or 100 capsules. It's a lot more expensive but I find it is worth the cost. 

Temazepan (for sleeep)- as required (no more than one per week) June/July 2020

Valdoxan (for sleep) - 2 weeks in July 2020 - no taper as not required for this drug so stopped straight away 

Temazepan again - July/August - as required, noticed interdose withdrawals - fast taper - last dose 4th October 2020

Citalopram (for panic/anxiety which I suspect was due to the other drugs) - 26th August 2020 - have been tapering since 8th October (20mg>15mg (one week)>10mg(one week)>5mg(one week)>2.5mg (one week). Jumped 1st November - 2 days later had anxiety, insomnia, meloncolic jerks. Reinstated 2.5mg and currently tapering from here. 

 

Supplements - Fish Oil, Probiotic, Vitamin C

 

 

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13 hours ago, MindDrift said:

Hi everyone.

 

I'm tapering off of Citalopram.

 

Down to 5mg daily & have been preparing the dose like this:  Dissolve 20mg tablet in 20ml lukewarm water then use oral syringe to administer 4x5ml doses over 4 days. Well, that's the idea anyway. I'm keeping the prepared liquid in the fridge, in a small glass jar with screw lid. I'm noticing that when I come to the 3rd or 4th dose that there's not enough liquid to make up the last 1 or 2 5ml doses. Not sure what's going on. I thought it was evaporating but can't imagine that's going to happen in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks!

 

x

MindDrift, this is exactly what I do, I have noticed it happening sometimes. It's either evaporating or it has something to do with the syringe. I'm at a lower dose so I always have leftover by the 4th day.

1996 Aurorix, Zoloft, Serzone, Lithium and Aropax

1997 Luvox. 1998 Prozac. 2000 Zyprexa with Prozac

June 2000 Cipramil  October 2000 Prozac again

2001 Sinequan with Risperdal

2002 Cipramil. 2009 Stillnox. 2010 Imovane

2016 February 24th 50mg Luvox and 25mg Largactil. Stopped Largactil 2 days later, back on Imovane

August 2016 125mg Luvox. November 100mg Luvox, December 75mg Luvox.

 

March 2017 50mg Luvox, August 25mg Luvox. September 10mg Lexapro, then 20mg ,October back down to 10mg Lexapro

December 20th 20mg Cipramil

 

2018 January 9th 15mg Cipramil, January 12th 10mg Cipramil. January 20th 5mg Cipramil, February 4th 2.5mg. June 25th 2.4mg, September 17th 2.3mg

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MindDrift
1 minute ago, mariella said:

MindDrift, this is exactly what I do, I have noticed it happening sometimes. It's either evaporating or it has something to do with the syringe. I'm at a lower dose so I always have leftover by the 4th day.

@mariellaThanks Mariella! Yeah, I'm not sure why it's happening either. My concern with this, is that if the water is evaporating, is the water & dissolved Citalopram evaporating together in the same measure. If it is, then the dose would be the same, but if not then the dose is not going to be accurate. Think, till I get a more reliable way of doing things,  I'm going to dissolve a 20mg daily, administer the 5mg then do the same each day. It would mean throwing away the additional 15mg of dissolved solution but at least the dose will be correct. x

Citalopram 20mg 2007 - present

Olanzapine 2.5mg 2007 - 8.5.2020. 1.25mg held for 4 weeks then stopped.

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MindDrift

Thinking of getting a scale to measure the dose out in powdered form. Anybody got any recommendations of something that could accurately do the job?

 

Thanks! x

Citalopram 20mg 2007 - present

Olanzapine 2.5mg 2007 - 8.5.2020. 1.25mg held for 4 weeks then stopped.

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55 minutes ago, MindDrift said:

@mariellaThanks Mariella! Yeah, I'm not sure why it's happening either. My concern with this, is that if the water is evaporating, is the water & dissolved Citalopram evaporating together in the same measure. If it is, then the dose would be the same, but if not then the dose is not going to be accurate. Think, till I get a more reliable way of doing things,  I'm going to dissolve a 20mg daily, administer the 5mg then do the same each day. It would mean throwing away the additional 15mg of dissolved solution but at least the dose will be correct. x

🤦 I did not think of this. I've been doing it this way for 2yrs. 🙆🙆

1996 Aurorix, Zoloft, Serzone, Lithium and Aropax

1997 Luvox. 1998 Prozac. 2000 Zyprexa with Prozac

June 2000 Cipramil  October 2000 Prozac again

2001 Sinequan with Risperdal

2002 Cipramil. 2009 Stillnox. 2010 Imovane

2016 February 24th 50mg Luvox and 25mg Largactil. Stopped Largactil 2 days later, back on Imovane

August 2016 125mg Luvox. November 100mg Luvox, December 75mg Luvox.

 

March 2017 50mg Luvox, August 25mg Luvox. September 10mg Lexapro, then 20mg ,October back down to 10mg Lexapro

December 20th 20mg Cipramil

 

2018 January 9th 15mg Cipramil, January 12th 10mg Cipramil. January 20th 5mg Cipramil, February 4th 2.5mg. June 25th 2.4mg, September 17th 2.3mg

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Nomansland

Hello everyone,

 

this information can be found in the "Stopping Antidepressants" document by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (see: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/treatments-and-wellbeing/stopping-antidepressants).

 

"* Note: 8mg of citalopram (as hydrochloride) from oral drops is equivalent to 10mg of citalopram (as hydrobromide) in tablet form, so care should be taken when converting dose."

 

Greetings

 

Nomansland

IMPORTANT WITHDRAWAL PRINT-OUT: "Stopping Antidepressants" by Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

non-native speaker of english

3-March 2020 started Mirtazapine 15mg
3-March to 6-april aprx cutting to 0 mg
6-April to 20-April -> ~ 7,5 mg,

21-April to 31-April -> 15 mg,

1-May to 13-May -> ~ 10 mg (approx),

15-May to 19-July -> 15 mg (psychosomatic clinic)
started taper with scale and file: 19-July 2020 -> 14 mg (-6,6%), 08-August -> 12 mg (-14,3 %), 27-August -> 10 mg (-16,6 %), 15-September -> 8 mg (-20 %, bad idea, heavy WD) 23-September -> 10.2 mg (+20 %, 102 mgpw) from here windows and waves...holding

 

Supplements: 2 x 250 mg magnesiumbiglycinate daily, low histamin diet

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MindDrift

Hi all.

 

Hoping this message finds you all well today.

 

I have a question about Citalopram withdrawal & reinstatement:

 

When I finally jump off, if the withdrawal gets too much & I need to reinstate, how long will it take for the drug to start working again & the withdrawal to subside?

 

Thanks! x

 

 

Citalopram 20mg 2007 - present

Olanzapine 2.5mg 2007 - 8.5.2020. 1.25mg held for 4 weeks then stopped.

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