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16 hours ago, Rhiannon said:

 

All those tiny steps add up over time!

 

Thanks Rhiannon!  You've been an inspiration for me.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Started nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) 100 mg b.i.d. yesterday morning.  UTI specific symptoms are starting to ease but struggling with stomach upset, muscle pain ~7-8, malaise, etc.  Part side effects of the antibiotic, part effects of my immune system fighting the infection?  I took yesterday "off" from my routine, I think I'll take a second "sick" day today.  Maybe just a wee bit of yoga and some meditation.  

 

Interestingly, I didn't use any Mg/MSM butter yesterday since I wasn't doing much and I noticed my muscles felt tighter and a bit more achy.  Could be infection/antibiotic or could it be less Mg?  I'll have to experiment on myself after I'm done with the Macrobid.  It's kind of nice being able to decide for myself if I want to be a guinea pig as opposed to being an involuntary one for pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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In December 2019 I finally got my diazepam prescription settled so I didn't have to worry about doing a rapid taper off of that so that one is covered.  Now, as of the first of the new year my insurance will only pay for one week of tramadol at a time.  I filled it the first week and was able to get a refill for the second week but I don't know if I can keep doing that indefinitely.  This is crazy.  I've been on the same dose of tramadol for seven years.  I've had times when I could take much less than prescribed and I've never needed to increase the dose to get the same level of pain relief.  This is chronic pain, it's not going away in a few days or weeks.  I do hope that it fades away once I'm off the AD(s) but that's a long time into the future.  Pregabalin didn't help with the pain and gave me intolerable side effects.  My body won't tolerate TCAs or SSRIs.  Acetaminophen doesn't relieve the muscle pain and I can't take NSAIDs.  Aaaaaaaarrgh!  I hate this uncertainty.


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Floxed?

 

I suffer from recurrent UTIs.  The first UTI I was just a year old.  Since my teens they've averaged between one to four every year.  Starting in the 2000's the go-to antibiotic was cipro, so for at least 10 - 15 years I took courses of cipro at least once a year.  I began to have problems with recurrent foot pain and then I developed chronic tendinitis in both elbows that wasn't due to any activity I was engaged in.  Now I have chronic pain and weakness in my upper body coupled with recurrent dysesthesias.  Seven years ago I was told I had fibromyalgia.  I suspect I've been floxed in addition to being polymedicated.  

 

I'm currently taking nitrofurantion for a bladder infection and I'm not tolerating it very well.  Muscle pain and malaise have been significantly worse.  I don't tolerate cephalosporins or sulfonamides, fluoroquinolones are out, now it looks like nitrofurantoin is also no go.  Amoxicillin apparently can cause many of the same problems as FQs.  I'm really at a loss as too what is (relatively) safe in term of antibiotics and I don't see any reduction of bladder infections in my future.  I also no longer trust doctors to know what pharmaceuticals are safe for me.  

 

 


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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I'm looking for trustworthy sources of information about long term damage from fluoquinolones.  Are there any tests designed to identify mitochondrial damage or actual damage to tendons and other connective tissues?  

 

I probably need to be checked for an aortic aneurysm.  They run in my family (my mother died from an aortic aneurysm and a first cousin had a massive aneurysm repaired) and taking cipro is also a risk factor.  

 

I would appreciate being pointed toward reliable sources of information whether it websites or books.

Thanks


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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2 hours ago, drugged said:

I'm looking for trustworthy sources of information about long term damage from fluoquinolones.  Are there any tests designed to identify mitochondrial damage or actual damage to tendons and other connective tissues?  

 

Here are some articles you may find helpful (and there are a lot more out there):

 

Hidden Dangers of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics in the Benzodiazepine-Dependent Population

 

Floxie Hope.com - Fluoroquinolones links and resources

 

When antibiotics turn toxic

 

That last link has a discussion on mitochondrial damage, including: "One problem is that there is still no reliable biomarker that researchers can use to test for mitochondrial damage in people, tying cell-line research to clinical experience. Nor is it known precisely how the fluoroquinolones are damaging human cells."


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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It's no replacement for an antibiotic when you need one,  but a friend who gets frequent UTIs turned me on to D-mannose (as a dietary supplement, over the counter) and it's helped me get rid of a couple of UTIs before they got to the point where I needed antibiotics. You might already know about it, I just thought I'd mention it since I only learned about it a year or two ago.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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13 hours ago, Rhiannon said:

It's no replacement for an antibiotic when you need one,  but a friend who gets frequent UTIs turned me on to D-mannose (as a dietary supplement, over the counter) and it's helped me get rid of a couple of UTIs before they got to the point where I needed antibiotics. You might already know about it, I just thought I'd mention it since I only learned about it a year or two ago.

I think I've seen it mentioned but I don't know anything about it in terms of UTIs.  I'll read up about it though.  Thanks.

Actually, I was wondering which antibiotics would be safer for me to take should I have to go that route again.  Aside from probably being floxed, there is the issue of taking antibiotics while in AD withdrawal.  At this point, the only antibiotic I can think of that I haven't had an adverse reaction to is amoxicillin.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Thanks @Shep.  I'd read the Nature article but will check out the others.

 


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Slowly returning to WD normal after the UTI/antibiotic episode.  Not 100% but slowly, very slowly, moving in that direction.  Today I'm trying my mini-workout/walk routine that I was doing prior to the infection.  

 

Researching fluoroquinolone damage and what I might try to maybe ease the damage, I'm seeing that antioxidants and mineral supplements might be helpful especially coenzyme Q.  I'm debating between a cucurmin-piperine supplement and a CoQ10 supplement or both.  Working on improving my diet, too.  Also getting at a pre/probiotic supplement and going to start D-mannose for prophylaxis.  Any thoughts or advice will be appreciated.

 

Back when I was doing a lot of running and working out, I often wondered if I had defective or inefficient mitochondria in my muscle cells.  I can't remember now what exactly I was experiencing that made me think that.  After the pain bomb exploded I went to physical therapy and the PT asked me if I had been diagnosed with any connective tissue disorders.  I hadn't been so I didn't think much about it.  Being in constant physical pain I tend not to think about things as much as maybe I should.  If i was/am floxed and it seems likely then those things suddenly make sense.  How that fits in with tapering and withdrawal now I guess I'll find out.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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January 23, 2020:  added D-mannose 500mg/day and and a probiotic.  Planning to add a tendon support supplement in a few days to see if that helps with the upper body pain and the elbow tendonosis.  I suspect some of the upper body pain and weakness is actual connective tissue damage from all the dozens of times I took cipro for infections. 

 

I used to make vegetable beef soup using a big knuckle bone with lots of cartilage and marrow and bean soup using smoked pork hocks.  Always use chicken leg quarters to make the broth for chicken soups.  The cartilage and marrow make for excellent tasting broth and, my theory at least, provide us with elements essential for connective tissue health.  I can't find the beef knuckle bones any longer - the trend unfortunately seems to be toward completely boneless supermarket meats, I may have to look elsewhere in the future.  

 

I'm gradually making other dietary changes, additions mostly; cherries (frozen), broccoli and brussel sprouts, more carrots, eggs, etc.  Having spent periods of time living with local families in southern Mexico I acquired a taste for Mexican papaya and discovered my GI tract is much happier when it's a regular part of my diet.  Finding it in Arizona was easy, not sure about here in Iowa but I'm going to look ...  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Really struggling to get my mind around the idea that there may well be permanent damage to my connective tissues, mitochondria, and CNS due to repeated exposures to fluoroquinolone antibiotics in addition to all the problems linked to my drug cocktail.  Talk about donating your body to science.  I should get a golden parachute from the pharmaceutical industry.  

 

Aside from that I've been experiencing an increased need for sleep, sleeping 9 or more hours, falling asleep reading in the evening or when I meditate.  I haven't changed anything drug-wise except as noted above ( D-mannose and probiotic).  This extra fatigue has come on since having the UTI.  

 

After a few days off because of the infection, I'm getting back to light exercise.  I alternate days when I do a 30 minute strength and flexibility routine and walking.  Right now trying to do both on the same day is a stretch as I'm spending a bit more time cooking also.  The strength and flexibility days definitely generate more pain than the walking but not so much that I can't function.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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20 hours ago, drugged said:

Really struggling to get my mind around the idea that there may well be permanent damage to my connective tissues, mitochondria, and CNS due to repeated exposures to fluoroquinolone antibiotics in addition to all the problems linked to my drug cocktail. 

 

We really don't know the full extent of the damage, but from what you're writing, especially about exercise, you're increasing the power of neuroplasticity to do as much healing as possible. 

 

The increased need for sleep may just be the body's way of forcing you to rest and let even more healing happen. 

 

The brain/body really is remarkable in the way it heals as much as possible, as long as we listen to our symptoms and learn from them. 


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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23 hours ago, drugged said:

Aside from that I've been experiencing an increased need for sleep, sleeping 9 or more hours, falling asleep reading in the evening or when I meditate.  I haven't changed anything drug-wise except as noted above ( D-mannose and probiotic).  This extra fatigue has come on since having the UTI. 

Of course, as soon as I mention sleeping more I have a night of waking up several times and getting up at 2 am.  🙄

 

I think you're probably right Shep, about needing the extra sleep.  I have a bad habit of comparing the exercise I'm able to do now with what I could do before my body quit working so it doesn't seem like I've done enough to need extra sleep.  I suppose it's taking my body longer to recover from the infection and the GI upset the antibiotic caused also.  

 

Been going through the literature on possible mechanisms of damage from fluoroquinolones and, aside from the obvious damage to connective tissue, it sounds like they damage the mitochondria.  One paper mentioned using a supplement to support the mitochondria (essentially coenzyme Q) while patients were taking the antibiotics seemed to help (sorry don't remember the details) so that's one possible experiment.  Collagen supplements, might help, it's hard to say without trying them for several months.  Last but not least by any means, continuing to taper off the pysch drugs.  Healing is bound to be slow as long as I continue to ingest poisons.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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22 hours ago, drugged said:

Last but not least by any means, continuing to taper off the pysch drugs.  Healing is bound to be slow as long as I continue to ingest poisons.  

 

I'm glad you're doing the research on this, but you may want to see how well you feel after a slow and careful taper, and then perhaps look into supplements such as coenzyme Q (and anything else you find of value). Unfortunately, withdrawal makes any experiment risky and unpredictable and you may find that you come out the other side of withdrawal feeling so much better, you aren't in the category of those who are harmed long term. 

 

Do you drink bone broth? That may be something that's gentle enough during withdrawal that could help. 


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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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25 minutes ago, Shep said:

Do you drink bone broth? That may be something that's gentle enough during withdrawal that could help.

Not exactly.  We eat a lot of homemade soups and I always use bone-in meats to make the broth for the soup, knuckle bones if I can find them.  The cartilage and marrow make the broth very rich and nourishing.  

 

I can see where the CoQ might be too activating but would a plain collagen peptide supplement be over-the-top?  Among other things I've noticed my skin and nails seem not as healthy, as if I'm lacking something in my diet.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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On 1/25/2020 at 6:46 AM, drugged said:

I used to make vegetable beef soup using a big knuckle bone with lots of cartilage and marrow and bean soup using smoked pork hocks.  Always use chicken leg quarters to make the broth for chicken soups.  The cartilage and marrow make for excellent tasting broth and, my theory at least, provide us with elements essential for connective tissue health.  I can't find the beef knuckle bones any longer - the trend unfortunately seems to be toward completely boneless supermarket meats, I may have to look elsewhere in the future.  

 

I'm gradually making other dietary changes, additions mostly; cherries (frozen), broccoli and brussel sprouts, more carrots, eggs, etc.  Having spent periods of time living with local families in southern Mexico I acquired a taste for Mexican papaya and discovered my GI tract is much happier when it's a regular part of my diet.  Finding it in Arizona was easy, not sure about here in Iowa but I'm going to look ...  

 

There may be a Mexican mercado somewhere in your area. We have several of them here, in an agricultural area that has historically depended heavily on migrant labor.  I'm not familiar with Iowa though. They might be more likely to have the bones and the papaya both. They're fun to visit anyway just to see all the new and different products and they generally have other produce that the mainstream-American stores don't have, too.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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18 hours ago, Rhiannon said:
On 1/25/2020 at 8:46 AM, drugged said:

 

 

There may be a Mexican mercado somewhere in your area. We have several of them here, in an agricultural area that has historically depended heavily on migrant labor.  I'm not familiar with Iowa though. They might be more likely to have the bones and the papaya both. They're fun to visit anyway just to see all the new and different products and they generally have other produce that the mainstream-American stores don't have, too

I haven't been able to find any mercados near where I'm living now but there were two supermercados near where we lived in Arizona and various carnicerías (butcher shops).  The regular supermarkets carried lots of Mexican products, too. Here in Iowa we have meat lockers that cater to folks who raise their own livestock and to hunters.  Most of them sell retail also.  They start with the whole animal so you can usually get any part you want.  

 

I'm looking forward to getting back to AZ and shopping at my favorite mercado.  Amazing variety of vegetables and fruits, spices, interesting medicinal herbs, and always inexpensive.  Tucson, just up the road, has every kind of ethnic market you can think of, every kind of ethnic restaurant, too.  We're heading back this summer so not too long to wait.  

 

 


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Just checking in.  I cut the venlafaxine by 7.5 mg a few days early because I'd just come to the end of the loose beads I had rather than open another capsule.  So far not noticing any major increase in WD symptoms, maybe a bit more irritability.  

 

After adding the D-mannose and the probiotic (which has prebiotics in it also) I had a week or so of GI bloating, fullness, and irregularity but that seems to be resolving now.

 

Added a collagen peptide supplement a week ago but only taking one-third of the recommended dose to be cautious - no fallout from that.  

 

I have a powdered Mg++ supplement that I can mix with the water I drink during the day - I take a Mg++ 250 mg supplement in the evening.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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On 1/31/2020 at 5:21 AM, drugged said:

I haven't been able to find any mercados near where I'm living now but there were two supermercados near where we lived in Arizona and various carnicerías (butcher shops).  The regular supermarkets carried lots of Mexican products, too. Here in Iowa we have meat lockers that cater to folks who raise their own livestock and to hunters.  Most of them sell retail also.  They start with the whole animal so you can usually get any part you want.  

 

I'm looking forward to getting back to AZ and shopping at my favorite mercado.  Amazing variety of vegetables and fruits, spices, interesting medicinal herbs, and always inexpensive.  Tucson, just up the road, has every kind of ethnic market you can think of, every kind of ethnic restaurant, too.  We're heading back this summer so not too long to wait.  

 

 

 

I've never been to Tucson but I've heard great things about it! The closest I got was when I lived in Silver City for a year before moving up here to the PNW.  Lots of people did their big-city shopping in Tucson, it was a couple of hours away.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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@Rhiannon - Silver City is gorgeous.  We considered living there.


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Yes, it's a little jewel of a town. And the weather is great--four seasons, all of them pretty comfortable. Although I guess the summers are probably getting hotter now.

 

 


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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The entire desert southwest is staying hot more of the year and getting drier.  Silver City is at a higher elevation though so it should still be pleasant.  

 

We lived about 20 miles south of Tucson at a slightly higher elevation, not enough to make a huge difference but it was nice being that close to a large metro area while not having to put up with the traffic and the noise from the air force base.  We were also close enough to Mexico that we could cross the border to get dental work done, too.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Just dropping in to say everything is pretty much the same.  I gave myself a birthday "gift" on the 12th of experimenting with cutting the trazodone.  I get 100mg tabs that I have to split so I had some smaller pieces.  Just guessing that they're 40mg.  So far no new or increased symptoms.  I'm thinking of holding the AD at 75mg and tapering completely off the trazodone then going back and finishing the AD taper.  We'll see how it goes.

 

Still working at getting some semi-regular exercise and eating healthier.  Some weeks are better than others.  I've been kind of down lately - that always makes it harder to be good to myself.  I'm expecting a bump in the road when we change to daylight "savings" time.  The 'spring ahead' always hits me hard.  Another thing to look forward to on returning to Arizona, no time changes.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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6 hours ago, drugged said:

Just dropping in to say everything is pretty much the same.  I gave myself a birthday "gift" on the 12th of experimenting with cutting the trazodone.  I get 100mg tabs that I have to split so I had some smaller pieces.  Just guessing that they're 40mg.  So far no new or increased symptoms.  I'm thinking of holding the AD at 75mg and tapering completely off the trazodone then going back and finishing the AD taper.  We'll see how it goes.

 

Still working at getting some semi-regular exercise and eating healthier.  Some weeks are better than others.  I've been kind of down lately - that always makes it harder to be good to myself.  I'm expecting a bump in the road when we change to daylight "savings" time.  The 'spring ahead' always hits me hard.  Another thing to look forward to on returning to Arizona, no time changes.  

 

I sure wish we would just get rid of the whole Daylight Savings thing in the whole country. I don't know one person who thinks it's anything but a hassle. Seems like something we could get bipartisan agreement on even in this  dysfunctional family of a country.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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4 hours ago, Rhiannon said:

I sure wish we would just get rid of the whole Daylight Savings thing in the whole country. I don't know one person who thinks it's anything but a hassle. Seems like something we could get bipartisan agreement on even in this  dysfunctional family of a country.

wow, is this true. NOBODY likes it, why do we still have it?! 


Currently taking Ramapril (blood pressure) 5 mg twice a day

Omeprazole 10 mg AM and 20 mg PM  (the taper has gone nowhere after the first cut)

Famotidine   once a day (and I still needs tums sometimes)

magnesium 200 mg at night

as of yesterday 2 fish oil capsules "EPA-DHA 1000"

 

off Lexapro as of 5/2018  - last dose had been 5 mg every other day for a couple years

 

highest dose had been 20 mg at which point I was diagnosed with Bipolar II, which went away when I cut the lexapro down to 15 mg. 

 

I spent years on Paxil before Lexapro (can't remember dose), briefly on Effexor and Abilify and others I have forgotten. in fact, when I was diagnoses with BPII I was put on all kinds of things which made me feel so bad I stopped them cold turkey within maybe 3 or 4 weeks, thank goodness. since then I've known these pills were terrible and I weaned down the Lexapro with zero help or support over I'm not sure how many years. 

 

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11 hours ago, JackieDecides said:

wow, is this true. NOBODY likes it, why do we still have it?! 

Nobody likes changing back and forth but I think there's some disagreement on whether to go to DST all year or to do away with it.  Being a morning person I wish we would do away with it.  After living almost 20 years in a state that doesn't have it I had forgotten how incredibly disruptive it is to the body's biorhythms.   


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Just realized this morning that when I pick up a book I was reading before bed the night before I'm able to remember what was happening when I put the book down.  It's been a long time since I could say that.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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A little over a week from now I'll be ready to do another reduction, I need to decide whether or not I want to continue to taper the venlafaxine or commit myself to tapering completely off the trazodone first and then going back and tapering the rest of the venlafaxine.  My understanding is that trazodone has a particularly nasty metabolite which is why I'm considering tapering it at this point.  I did an experimental cut three weeks ago, it was too large a cut but I had some pieces of tablet that hadn't split cleanly so I took one of the larger pieces that looked like about 4/5 of the normal 50 mg.  Anyway, there hasn't been any new or worsened symptoms so far.  Overall I've been stable at WD normal for quite awhile.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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My most recent round of trying to split 100mg trazodone tablets decided for me that I'd taper the trazodone.  They usually split fairly cleanly but the current batch all shattered.  Since the beginning of this year I've gone from 50mg trazodone to 25mg and I'm holding the venlafaxine at one 75mg capsule in the morning.  

 

I think that overall the intensity of the muscle pain which has been nemesis for 7 years now is lessening since I dropped the dose of trazodone.  The same seems to be happening with that general feeling of malaise that went with the muscle pain.  I don't think I can attribute this to getting more exercise or eating better because the last two weeks I've really fallen off the wagon with those things though I'm trying to get back into the routine.  My husband's work hours shifted from days to late afternoons/evenings which disrupted our mealtime together and had him hanging around the house all morning when I'm trying to get my strength training and yoga done.  I know from experience that, if I don't exercise early, I won't get it done.  

 

Still planning to move back to southern AZ.  I'll probably go down in May or June and look for a house while my spouse sells the house we're living in.  My vision is blurry so the plan is he'll drive me and our cat down where I'll stay at a friend's house, then he'll fly back. I'm okay to drive in town but highway speeds are frightening with impaired vision and brain fog.  

 

I've been feeling extremely stressed out by the elections and the political BS on top of stressing over the move and everything else.  I do meditate everyday.  One habit I have reestablished.     


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Struggling with fatigue and stress.  Haven't been getting exercise or eating very well.  I'm sleeping enough but my sleep pattern keeps changing and sleep seems to be more broken up with unpleasant dreams that leave me feeling sad and hopeless.  My social life is online but I'm trying to avoid a lot of the current news.  Life feels very much on hold with us wanting to get moved back to AZ but having to wait until the world calms down some.  I've essentially been living out of boxes for two years now and it's wearing.  It's my own fault I know, I think one of the adverse effects of all these drugs is making crap decisions.  

 

On top of my own stuff, neither my spouse or my cat are happy here either.  My cat will be 20 on April 1st (she's showing her age now) and my husband and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Seeing that my husband and I are going to be staying put for the foreseeable future, I guess I'll continue tapering. 

 

Sure glad I switched to an online pharmacy for all my prescriptions.

 

We're both in the high-risk category for covid-19 due to our ages.  I've been completely self-isolated for years but my husband works in retail.  We've gotten sick maybe once in the past five years, not counting mild colds.  Given the amount of exposure my husband has I'm guessing we have fairly intact immune systems especially for our ages.  However, whether it's colds or otherwise, when my husband gets sick so do I.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Stay safe, drugged! Don't forget to wash hands if you go out.


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18 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Stay safe, drugged! Don't forget to wash hands if you go out.

You, too, Altostrata.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough; increased muscle pain, virtually constant headache, fatigue, broken sleep, and depression.  I don't think these increased WD symptoms relate to the tapering but to increased stress with all the uncertainties that go with the pandemic and also my falling off the wagon of exercising and eating better. 

 

The weather has been consistently cloudy with periods of rain.  Two decades of almost constant sunny days left my system ill-prepared for the lack of regular sunshine.  Before Iowa started closing everything I was seriously considering booking time at a local tanning salon (no sprays or other chemicals just the tanning beds) which was how I coped with this weather when I lived here before.  I found that even 10 minute sessions helped a lot.  Gyms and massage therapy offices are also closed.


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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Having a lot of unpleasant dreams that leave me waking up feeling hopeless and emotionally drained but I can't remember the dreams themselves, not in any detail.  I've had a persistent headache that at one point was a 10 on the pain scale but now varies between about a 4 and a 7.  Sore throat, some fever, the usual muscle pain, painful eyes, lack of appetite - I can't taste anything and my usually acute sense of smell is diminished.  No cough or other respiratory symptoms.  Those would indicate to me something possibly viral.  All the rest of the symptoms have been, at one time or another, part of the whole polypharmacy/WD experience.  

 

My spouse and I had planned to drive to Arizona in May to celebrate our 25th anniversary revisiting some of our favorite places.  Our plan was that I would stay there with our cat at a friend's home and he would fly back to Iowa and put our house on the market while I looked at properties in AZ.  We were both looking forward to it even though road trips for me are difficult now, doubly so with an elderly cat.  Having something to look forward to really helps me cope with the day-to-day pain and malaise.  Now, of course, there's no way to know when or if we'll be able to do this.  


1994  Venlafaxine XR 300mg, 2003 tapered, 2004 off briefly back to 37.5 then 75mg, held, June 2019 up to  150mg, Aug.12 tapered down to 112.5mgs, Oct. 21, 2019 96mg;  Dec. 8, 2019  90mg, Jan. 8 2020 81mg, Feb. 4, 75mg;

2003/2004? Diazepam 10mg/bedtime

2013 Lyrica 300mg to 25mg; April 6, 2020 17mg; April 28, <5mg; May 7, 2020 Lyrica 0 mg!

2013 Tramadol 50mg tablets, 200mg/day divided

2005? Trazodone 50mg bedtime, Feb. 12, 2020 40mg, March 7, 25mg

2009? Zolpidem 5mg at bedtime. Nov. 9, 2019 Zolpidem 0 mg! 

1990? Omeprazole 20mg in morning.

2010? Levothyroxine 75mcg morning

2011? Liothyronine 5mcg morning

1999? Buspirone 30mg twice a day  August 2019 15mg once a day,  Oct.21, 2019 2.5mg evening  Oct. 25, 2019 Buspirone 0 mg!

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