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JaneMiller

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I am in my 60s and recently retired.  I am determined to free myself of my dependence on 150mg/day.  I've been taking it almost ten years.  My doctor is of no help with this.  Two years ago, we cut the dose by half and I was crying and moody.  He told me to go back on the old dose.  This not not an acceptable approach to me.  I want to taper on my own, and deal with what may come.  I joined this group to find info and encouragement!  PS - I am aware that this drug is difficult to detox from, but I am prepared

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Hello, JaneMiller, and welcome to SA.  Please tell me if Jane Miller is your real name.  If so, to protect anonymity, please choose another name with at least four letters, not all caps, and we will make the change.

 

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.  Please include whether you are on the regular or extended release Effexor, when you cut your dose in half,  your current dose, and whether you are currently tapering.
 
 
We recommend tapering at a rate of no more that 10% every four weeks.  Some have to go more slowly.
 
 

 

These links explain why it's important to taper slowly.
 
 
 
This link is specifically about tapering Effexor, including how to obtain the small, non-standard doses you will need for a slow taper.
 
 
Here is some information on withdrawal.  
 
 
 
When we take medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.  It's not so much a process of detoxing as it is allowing the brain to repair itself over time.
 
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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Edited by Gridley

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.  Current Valium dose as of Feb 22, 2022: 4.8mg 

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8 and shift to Imipramine taper

Taper is 74% 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.  Current dose as of May 17: 10.5mg 

Taper is 86% 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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