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sunnysideup69
5 hours ago, Cocopuffz17 said:

Well, this is interesting... I feel awful, but relieved at the same time. Because the feeling is not from withdrawals. I caught a cold and it is whooping my ass! But yay it is not WDs! 
 

Ha! Yes, I empathise, it's good to feel something, ANYTHING, that's not WD related.

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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sunnysideup69
On 12/7/2019 at 3:07 PM, Cocopuffz17 said:

I notice you take fish oil at 1200 mg is that the pill total amount or the DHA amount ? I have been taking 8000 mg with 1000 mg of that being DHA, I am fairly confident that is why I didn’t get brain zaps like so many people say as they mention fish oil helping. I had been taking that supplement before my tapering started. 

Hey @Cocopuffz17, apologies, missed this question. 

1200mg is the total pill amount, will checkout the ratios and bare in mind for future tapering!

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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Cold is still here, feeling slightly better though. 
 

Headache, muscle spasms and tinnitus today. 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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sunnysideup69

Merry Christmas @Cocopuffz17 :)

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, sunnysideup69 said:

Merry Christmas @Cocopuffz17 :)

Merry Christmas to you as well!!! Have a great holidays! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Well my cold is almost gone! That was a week long of getting my butt kicked, o well. I did eat traditional holiday food and bang... headaches and tinnitus return almost instantly. I have been having muscle spasms as well. The metallic taste in my mouth has subsided. Brain fog is also lifting. Almost at 11 months paroxetine free!! Letssss do itt! Wishing the best for everyone in the new year! 

 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! :) 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Ooooh Coco, 

Very nice to read this, I know you are like me, looking forward to this day you shout and say : iam antidepressants' free😍😍

Iam glad you feel you are knocking the door of total recover❤️.

Good night to you dear.

i wasn't on a certain drug all the period. i took many drugs many times and for no very long period but to simplify.

--fluvoxamine maleate100 mg + amisulpride 200mg------started july 2012 and total taper in february 2015 ( 9 months without drugs then)

--sertraline 100mg -------started november 2015 and total taper (withoud reduction slowly) in november 2016( 4 months withoud drugs then).

--sertraline 100mg + quetiabine 25mg ( started in mars 2016 and for 7 months) then fluvoxamine maleate 100mg again for another 7months and after that a something like to use every drug for 14 days and for about 1.5 years.

--my last drug was trintellix 10 mg ( used it in 12/2018and total taper in 4/2019).

symptomts i have now ( bad concentration and problems in short and long memory+ bad depersonalization).

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@Cocopuffz17 So excited for you to be almost a year off paroxitene! That's amazing to contemplate. Wonderful too that the brain fog is lifting. Hope the cold follows suit.

 

Wishing you a happy new year! I appreciate your support. 💜

Now: 150 mg Zoloft am since 2004, 50 mg Trazodone bedtime.  Daily drug burden decreased from 2050 mg to 200 mg 🐢🐢

🌞 Feb 28, 2021 0 mg Gapapentin 🌞 yaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssss!!!

2021 Gaba each dose 4x/day: Feb 27 7 mg (one dose only), Feb 10, 7 mg, Jan 14 10 mg 2020 Current taper schedule from Aug 30-present: drop 8 mg every 2-3 weeks. Aug 20 31 mg, Aug 18, 33 mg, July 29, 35 mg, July 23 38 mg, July 22 40 mg Jun 24 42 mg, Jun 15 44 mg, Jun 9 48 mg, May 22 50 mg, May 14 54 mg, May 7 56 mg, Apr 16 58 mg, Mar 28 60 mg, Mar 18 62 mg. Feb 26 64 mg. Feb 19, 66 mg. Jan 23, 70 mg.

2019 Dec 19, 72 mg. Nov 14 ,76 mg. Aug 8, 80 mg. Aug 6, 85 mg. Jul 26, 90 mg. Jul 11, 95 mg.

Jul 16 trazodone from 100 to 50 mg.

Jun 17-July 10 Slowly changed gab fr pill to liquid at same dose 100 mg 4x/d.

Apr 24 Stopped klon!!! 🌞 Apr 4  Decreased gaba to 400 mg (100 mg 4x/day)-Apr 4, 2019   0.25 klon March 11  Klonopin .5 mg twice daily, varied dose til Apr 15. Started Klon fast taper 25%, short use

Mar 16, 450 mg gaba 3x/day cut 600 mg--not exact!--updose after learning w/d

Feb 20, 2019 1800 mg gabapentin; MD taper; off 3 days=mvt disorder & autonomic instability. July 2018 temazepam 15 mg 1-2; prn several x/wk til Jan/Feb 2019 when cold turkey, flu illness for months

July 2018 started gabapentin 100 3x/day; titrated up to 1800 mg (600 3x/day)

Buspar, I forget how much, 2 pills a day Jan 2017-July 2018 cold turkey

*I speak from my experience. Nothing I say is medical advice. I'm not a doctor.

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7 hours ago, mustafa said:

Ooooh Coco, 

Very nice to read this, I know you are like me, looking forward to this day you shout and say : iam antidepressants' free😍😍

Iam glad you feel you are knocking the door of total recover❤️.

Good night to you dear.

 

I cannot wait for the day that I am fully healed!! It is coming ! 

 

1 hour ago, ShiningLight said:

@Cocopuffz17 So excited for you to be almost a year off paroxitene! That's amazing to contemplate. Wonderful too that the brain fog is lifting. Hope the cold follows suit.

 

Wishing you a happy new year! I appreciate your support. 💜

 

Thanks! It has been getting better and better! I would of not dreamt of being in this situation after how I felt a short 4-5 months ago! Thank you for all your support! Yes, it is nice to be able to process information now, my short term memory is still struggling abit, but it is definitely improving! 

 

You as well! All the best in the new year! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Hello Cocopuffz17

 

Happy New Year and thanks for your ongoing support - particularly your mentioning the heart pounding issues.  ;)

 

Congratulations on the milestone - 1 year off paxil. I am so happy that you can say this - and that your side effects have dwindled (although some still hanging around).

On 12/27/2019 at 4:08 PM, Cocopuffz17 said:

I did eat traditional holiday food and bang... headaches and tinnitus return almost instantly. I have been having muscle spasms as well

 

Sorry about this - I also  committed this 'sin' and have had the same headaches and tinnitus return. Same with muscle spasms. Ironic it is the 'giving' time of the year. 😎

 

Good that you are able to think clearly - another major win - and I wish you the very best for continued healing in 2020.

 

Hugs,

Giulietta

 

 

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Wish you a happy and healthy year dear you ❤️

2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) (2008 : cold turkey of both)

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (longer half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication :  7mg Fluoxetine + toothpick Paroxetine (since 20 Aug 2020) + 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

 

Website : https://selibererdelapsychiatrie.wordpress.com/

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sunnysideup69

Happy New Year! Xxx

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, sunnysideup69 said:

Happy New Year! Xxx

You as well, Happy New Year!! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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happy new year 😘

Deroxat (paxil) 20 mg pour 10 ml

12/14 18 mg réduction de 5% tous les mois 13/01/15 14.4mg 15/08 9,6 mg 16.01 reduction3% 8 mg par mois 16/02 7,8 mg 18.02 3 mg

18.03 2,92 à 3% 5 mai 2018 2,74 mg 3% 5 mai 2018 2,74 mg 3% 5 mai 2018 2,74 mg 3% 5 mai 2018 2,74 mg

 18/06 2,66 mg

26/06/18 2,58 mg en 26 jours

19/03 1,78 mg 15 jours

19/04 1, 64 mg 21 jours

19/05 1,58 mg

24/07/19 1,44 mg

14/08/19 1,4 mg

27/09/19 1,48 mg

10/09/19 retour à 1,58 mg  27/12/19 retour à 1,65mg direct transition to fluoxetine the 11/01/2020 1,65mg

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8 hours ago, rola said:

happy new year 😘

You as well! Happy new year! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Little anxiety today.

 

On the weekend I was able to improve my leg press to a personal best of 720 lbs.  :)

It is almost unbelievable to me that I am now setting personal bests in the gym....especially after I was unable to do 1 push up at a time when fatigue was crushing me a short 5 months ago. 

It does get better, keep pushing! I strongly believe I would not of been able to do this without nutrition changes.

Remember everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed !!!!! All the best to everyone in the new year ! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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On 1/7/2020 at 3:56 AM, Cocopuffz17 said:

Little anxiety today.

 

On the weekend I was able to improve my leg press to a personal best of 720 lbs.  :)

It is almost unbelievable to me that I am now setting personal bests in the gym....especially after I was unable to do 1 push up at a time when fatigue was crushing me a short 5 months ago. 

It does get better, keep pushing! I strongly believe I would not of been able to do this without nutrition changes.

Remember everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed !!!!! All the best to everyone in the new year ! 

Hi Coco, very well to hear that , keep going, you will be there too soon.❤️

i wasn't on a certain drug all the period. i took many drugs many times and for no very long period but to simplify.

--fluvoxamine maleate100 mg + amisulpride 200mg------started july 2012 and total taper in february 2015 ( 9 months without drugs then)

--sertraline 100mg -------started november 2015 and total taper (withoud reduction slowly) in november 2016( 4 months withoud drugs then).

--sertraline 100mg + quetiabine 25mg ( started in mars 2016 and for 7 months) then fluvoxamine maleate 100mg again for another 7months and after that a something like to use every drug for 14 days and for about 1.5 years.

--my last drug was trintellix 10 mg ( used it in 12/2018and total taper in 4/2019).

symptomts i have now ( bad concentration and problems in short and long memory+ bad depersonalization).

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9 hours ago, mustafa said:

Hi Coco, very well to hear that , keep going, you will be there too soon.❤️

Hello, Thank you. I am well on my way. I would of not been able to do it without the help of everyone on this forum. This is by far the hardest thing I've ever gone through and I wanted to go back on medication numerous times when the WDs got so bad. Thanks everyone! 

 

Remember everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! :) 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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53 minutes ago, Cocopuffz17 said:

This is by far the hardest thing I've ever gone through and I wanted to go back on medication numerous times when the WDs got so bad.

This is what we have to, for infinite times, thank the founders of SA for, @Altostrata, I know you may not like all these thanks but you don't know how SA helped us❤️❤️❤️.

i wasn't on a certain drug all the period. i took many drugs many times and for no very long period but to simplify.

--fluvoxamine maleate100 mg + amisulpride 200mg------started july 2012 and total taper in february 2015 ( 9 months without drugs then)

--sertraline 100mg -------started november 2015 and total taper (withoud reduction slowly) in november 2016( 4 months withoud drugs then).

--sertraline 100mg + quetiabine 25mg ( started in mars 2016 and for 7 months) then fluvoxamine maleate 100mg again for another 7months and after that a something like to use every drug for 14 days and for about 1.5 years.

--my last drug was trintellix 10 mg ( used it in 12/2018and total taper in 4/2019).

symptomts i have now ( bad concentration and problems in short and long memory+ bad depersonalization).

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Well fatigue came back today. I could not make it into work. I slept 14 ish hrs and anxiety spiked. Just a little blip. 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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I’m feeling way better! Today is 1 day away from 11 months Paroxetine free! I cannot believe the improvement from the beginning of this journey! 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed. Keep pushing ! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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sunnysideup69
On 1/12/2020 at 3:04 AM, Cocopuffz17 said:

I’m feeling way better! Today is 1 day away from 11 months Paroxetine free! I cannot believe the improvement from the beginning of this journey! 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed. Keep pushing ! 

This is so great to read, @Cocopuffz17 :) You've hung in there and I love your mindset. It's inspiring.

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, sunnysideup69 said:

This is so great to read, @Cocopuffz17 :) You've hung in there and I love your mindset. It's inspiring.

Thanks! I really appreciate that! I’m glad it inspires you! Have a great day! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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Well that last 3 days have been a wave. Headaches/tinnitus returned and are smashing me pretty good. Fatigue spiked today and I had to sleep way longer today. I also woke up at 2 am puking.... not sure if this is WD related or not. I have never done this in my life and the only time I puked during WD was immediately after going to 0 mg. 
 

Keeping the grind on. 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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On 1/24/2020 at 3:31 AM, Cocopuffz17 said:

Well that last 3 days have been a wave. Headaches/tinnitus returned and are smashing me pretty good. Fatigue spiked today and I had to sleep way longer today. I also woke up at 2 am puking.... not sure if this is WD related or not. I have never done this in my life and the only time I puked during WD was immediately after going to 0 mg. 
 

Keeping the grind on. 
 

Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed! 

 

Hey Cocopuffz, thanks for your encouragement on my thread. Sorry you have to put up with a wave, but as you know, it's further healing happening.

 

You're doing great! Sending good wishes your way for better days to come again very soon :) 

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 200mg Magnesium Glycinate

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, sunnysideup69 said:

 

Hey Cocopuffz, thanks for your encouragement on my thread. Sorry you have to put up with a wave, but as you know, it's further healing happening.

 

You're doing great! Sending good wishes your way for better days to come again very soon :) 


You are welcome! Yes, yes we do know that. It’s our body taking us back to normal. It’s a war zone in there as it is reversing all the damage ADs have done. But the body is a wonderful machine and will return us to normal! 
 

Thanks, they will come! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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The wave has lifted. I feel great right now 😊😊. It’s amazing how it can change on a dime with withdrawal! 
 

Each day that passes is one day closer to being healed!!! 🤗

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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On 1/31/2020 at 9:18 AM, Cocopuffz17 said:

The wave has lifted. I feel great right now 😊😊. It’s amazing how it can change on a dime with withdrawal! 
 

Each day that passes is one day closer to being healed!!! 🤗

Keep going with your good attitude and positive thinking. You will be continues healing and back to your baseline. Keep it up.

Mid December 16 lorezapam 1mg and lexapro 5mg

Early April17 updosed lorezapam 2mg, mid Apr17 taper 1.5mg, mid May17-1.25mg, early Jun17- 1mg, mid Jun17-0.75mg, mid July17-0.5mg, End July 17 reduce from 0.4mg, 0.3mg,0.2mg until 0.1mg.lorezapam free on 9 August 2017.

Early Mar17 updosed to Lexapro 10mg , end Mar17 reduced 7.5mg, mid May17 reduced 0.5mg, End Aug17 reduced 2.5mg, early Sep17 -1.5mg, Mid Sept-1mg, End Sept - 0.5mg .lexapro free on 26 September 2017

 

Supplement- omega fish oil and magnesium citrate only.

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10 minutes ago, Miracle123 said:

Keep going with your good attitude and positive thinking. You will be continues healing and back to your baseline. Keep it up.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it! 
Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed!! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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4 hours ago, Cocopuffz17 said:

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it! 
Everyday that passes is one day closer to being healed!! 

That's is exactly im faced during early withdrawal by waiting day by day passes hope for healing and recovery. Be strong and you will reach your fully recovery. Take good care.

Mid December 16 lorezapam 1mg and lexapro 5mg

Early April17 updosed lorezapam 2mg, mid Apr17 taper 1.5mg, mid May17-1.25mg, early Jun17- 1mg, mid Jun17-0.75mg, mid July17-0.5mg, End July 17 reduce from 0.4mg, 0.3mg,0.2mg until 0.1mg.lorezapam free on 9 August 2017.

Early Mar17 updosed to Lexapro 10mg , end Mar17 reduced 7.5mg, mid May17 reduced 0.5mg, End Aug17 reduced 2.5mg, early Sep17 -1.5mg, Mid Sept-1mg, End Sept - 0.5mg .lexapro free on 26 September 2017

 

Supplement- omega fish oil and magnesium citrate only.

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Hi Cocopuffz. Just thought I'd mention how your thread has inspired me. I love your daily mantra "Everyday that passes etc." I too have wondered about digestive issues being central to withdrawal from ADs. I'm tapering from lansoprazole at the moment and it's a long haul. I'm 8 months off venlafaxine (effexor) now and still getting symptoms but have seen lots of improvement. Keep smiling. xx

citalopram 20mg 2008-2011

venlafaxine 37 1/2 mg rising to 225 mg 2011- June 2019

gabapentin 900mg, started around 2005, came off quickly Nov 2019.

valium 2mg when required for panic Sep-Nov 2019.

Ativan  1mg when required for anxiety 1st-30th Nov 2019.

Was addicted to valium in 1970s but came off it then, v.bad withdrawals.

Now

Lansoprazole 2/3 of 15mg.

Magnesium Citrate, 1/5 oz or 5 gms in water.

Fish oil 1000mg. upped to 2000mg Feb 2020.

 

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6 hours ago, Dragon said:

Hi Cocopuffz. Just thought I'd mention how your thread has inspired me. I love your daily mantra "Everyday that passes etc." I too have wondered about digestive issues being central to withdrawal from ADs. I'm tapering from lansoprazole at the moment and it's a long haul. I'm 8 months off venlafaxine (effexor) now and still getting symptoms but have seen lots of improvement. Keep smiling. xx


Thanks! We have two choices going through this.... be negative and make everyday worse or be positive and a good chunk of the days are bearable and before you know it you are out the other side. 
 

I know these drugs cause massive distress on the GI tract. Did you develop any autoimmune conditions while on your medication? 
 

I will! Today is 1 year off paroxetine! So it’s a mild milestone as I am not fully recovered yet. But soooo much better than where I was! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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I don't know if it was auto-immune. It wasn't diagnosed as such, but I did have extreme stomach acid problems, causing burning, reflux and pain. As I have suffered from a stomach ulcer in the past, it was assumed to be linked to that. Of course stomach ulcers don't arise for no reason so........who knows.

 I also had extreme muscle weakness which caused them to look for myasthenia gravis, but it wasn't there. Possibly subclinical. I don't know. That's getting better now I've been off for 8 months.

I totally agree that the way we think has a great deal of influence on how recovery goes. I've been able to help my extreme anxiety by looking for the positive, and especially the humour, in my situation. That saves me from descending into horror. When I'm able to poke fun at myself it also seems to make my other half much more sympathetic !! That helps us both.

Sorry you are having to suffer a wave just now, but I'm sure you'll get past it.

citalopram 20mg 2008-2011

venlafaxine 37 1/2 mg rising to 225 mg 2011- June 2019

gabapentin 900mg, started around 2005, came off quickly Nov 2019.

valium 2mg when required for panic Sep-Nov 2019.

Ativan  1mg when required for anxiety 1st-30th Nov 2019.

Was addicted to valium in 1970s but came off it then, v.bad withdrawals.

Now

Lansoprazole 2/3 of 15mg.

Magnesium Citrate, 1/5 oz or 5 gms in water.

Fish oil 1000mg. upped to 2000mg Feb 2020.

 

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15 hours ago, Cocopuffz17 said:

Did you develop any autoimmune conditions while on your medication? 

Hi @Cocopuffz17

I just have to say that I definitely developed an autoimmune condition after being on the sertraline for 8 or so years, and when diagnosed with this (Hashimoto’s) a couple years ago, I immediately suspected the medication.  I wonder if the ssri has caused it.  I spent tons of time & money trying to heal my gut with this functional medicine doctor, and now, after beginning to taper, I’m having worse gut issues than I’ve ever had.  Did you develop an autoimmune condition as well while on the Paxil?  
 

1999-2006 Luvox, xanax

2007-2009 Prozac, xanax, klonopin

2009-2018 Zoloft, xanax, klonopin

 

2019 January zoloft 150mg, February 100mg, April 75mg, mid-May 50mg, July 25mg, (xanax .5mg or .25mg as needed)

 

August zoloft 25mg HOLD, CT xanax, reinstate 50mg zoloft, September reinstate 100mg zoloft w/.375 klonopin, mid-September lower to 75mg zoloft

November 1st:  67.5mgai zoloft

November 15th:  .25mg klonopin

January 1st:  .125mg klonopin 

February 1st: .112mg klonopin

February 24th:  60.3mgai zoloft

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11 hours ago, Dragon said:

I don't know if it was auto-immune. It wasn't diagnosed as such, but I did have extreme stomach acid problems, causing burning, reflux and pain. As I have suffered from a stomach ulcer in the past, it was assumed to be linked to that. Of course stomach ulcers don't arise for no reason so........who knows.

 I also had extreme muscle weakness which caused them to look for myasthenia gravis, but it wasn't there. Possibly subclinical. I don't know. That's getting better now I've been off for 8 months.

I totally agree that the way we think has a great deal of influence on how recovery goes. I've been able to help my extreme anxiety by looking for the positive, and especially the humour, in my situation. That saves me from descending into horror. When I'm able to poke fun at myself it also seems to make my other half much more sympathetic !! That helps us both.

Sorry you are having to suffer a wave just now, but I'm sure you'll get past it.

These drugs act like PPIs on the stomach. I wish I would of known this long ago and I would of been getting PH tests done on my stomach acid to confirm this. 
 

I hope things get better for you! Great mindset to have! Thanks, I know they will just a little blip on the radar! 

1 hour ago, Cathy4 said:

Hi @Cocopuffz17

I just have to say that I definitely developed an autoimmune condition after being on the sertraline for 8 or so years, and when diagnosed with this (Hashimoto’s) a couple years ago, I immediately suspected the medication.  I wonder if the ssri has caused it.  I spent tons of time & money trying to heal my gut with this functional medicine doctor, and now, after beginning to taper, I’m having worse gut issues than I’ve ever had.  Did you develop an autoimmune condition as well while on the Paxil?  
 

I would as well. I came down with erythema multiforme about 7 years ago and doctors said they don’t know what causes it. Looking back that was my first sign that the medication was causing distress in my body. Sounds very similar to me. I spent $1000 with naturopaths and such. I also developed alopecia that I have had for the past 4 years..... and looky looky now that I’m off the medication my hair is growing back. 
 

I have followed The Plant Paradox by Dr.Gundry and the inflammation in my body has decreased dramatically. My keloid scar has disappeared after having to get steroid shots in it x2 a year. My tooth pain has disappeared( I had this tooth refilled 4 times with little improvement). The mixture of changing my nutrition and coming off this medication have reversed all my health conditions. Also the anxiety I went on the drug in the first place..... is no where to be seen! 

I follow The Plant Paradox lifestyle by Dr.Gundry. This lifestyle has given me my life back and I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. It has enabled me to finally get off of this medication and truly live my life. Nutrition is the key to health!!!!! 

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

Attempted 2 CT's around the 5-6 year mark. Were absolutely terrible and reinstated. Was never explained by the doctor the seriousness of the short half life of this drug. 

2017 - Attempted a tapered discontinuation of this drug and reinstated after being unsuccessful.

2019 - Feb. 12 - After a three month taper I am off of paroxetine. The 3 months were terrible, awful withdrawal feelings. I followed the doctors guidelines for the reduction of this drug and now know it was way too fast. 
2019 - Oct. 12 - 8 months off paroxetine. 75% improvement since coming off the drug. Definitely have had tons of challenges along the way. Let’s go!!!! 

2021 - Feb. 12 - 24 months off paroxetine. I have minor challenges now. Tinnitus/Headaches are still around but are reduced by a massive amount. 

 

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10 hours ago, Cocopuffz17 said:

The mixture of changing my nutrition and coming off this medication have reversed all my health conditions. Also the anxiety I went on the drug in the first place..... is no where to be seen! 

@Cocopuffz17

I’m so glad to hear this.  This is my second day doing the Gundry protocol.  I had NO idea how harmful these medications are, and the sad thing is, my therapist heavily persuaded me to go on them 20 years ago.  I trusted him so much that I went against my gut.  
I’m so glad your hair is growing back, too.  As we end another day of healing, I’m grateful to have this forum and the strength & support its members.  🤗
 

1999-2006 Luvox, xanax

2007-2009 Prozac, xanax, klonopin

2009-2018 Zoloft, xanax, klonopin

 

2019 January zoloft 150mg, February 100mg, April 75mg, mid-May 50mg, July 25mg, (xanax .5mg or .25mg as needed)

 

August zoloft 25mg HOLD, CT xanax, reinstate 50mg zoloft, September reinstate 100mg zoloft w/.375 klonopin, mid-September lower to 75mg zoloft

November 1st:  67.5mgai zoloft

November 15th:  .25mg klonopin

January 1st:  .125mg klonopin 

February 1st: .112mg klonopin

February 24th:  60.3mgai zoloft

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