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Sunday September 27, 2020

 

10am: alarm went off, still tired pressed snooze

11am: wake up 11 hrs sleep, well rested, bloating 2, irritability 3
11:30am: breakfast 1 C. Coffee, 1 brain zap 3, irritability 3

12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg., ok
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg, body shiver sensations 2
1pm: brain zaps, 2, agitation 2

1:30pm: probiotic ARG 1 capsule 
2pm-3pm: lunch, brain zaps 2

3pm: fatigue 3, irritability 3
6pm: dinner with family

6pm-8pm: brain zaps 3
9pm; heartburn 2, bloating 3

10:30pm: Heartburn 4, bloating 5
11pm: 6 tums

12am: shower with Epsom salt 1 cup
12:30am: bloating 5, 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s, buzzers, vitamin d lotion 

1am: Bed, slept well


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Monday September 28, 2020

 

Period starting 
 

11am: wake up, 10 hrs sleep, breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, brain zaps 2
11:30am: depression 1, Armour Thyroid 120mg

12pm: Effexor xr 75 mg
12:30pm: lunch, Depression 1

1pm: probiotic ARG 1 capsule 
1:30pm-3pm: anxiety 2

3pm-7:30pm: bloating, gas 2
7:30pm: brain zaps 2

9pm: bloating, gas 2, 4 peppermint beads 
12:30am: C. Poppy 4 droppers, EO’s, buzzers 

1am: bed


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Tuesday September 29, 2020

On period 
 

11am: wake up 10 hrs sleep, still tired, brain zaps 3

11:30am: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, brain zaps 3
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75mg
1pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg, depression 1

1:30pm: probiotic ARG 1 capsule, lunch, depression 1
2pm: driving to work, feeling better

3pm-7:30pm: bloating, gas 2
4pm-6pm: trouble concentrating 4

6pm: anxiety 3 at work meeting 
7pm-9pm dinner, anxiety 4

9pm: anxiety 5
12:30am: buzzers, EO’s

Bed, trouble sleeping 8

 

Notes Tuesday:  I was stressed about a work performance review meeting and had a lot of trouble sleeping.  I transferred to a different area at work and I have been training at a new job.  The jobs are much more physically and mentally demanding and I am having trouble focusing on them.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Wednesday September 30, 2020

On period 

 

8:30am: Wake up

10am: acupuncturist 

11:30am: Armour Thyroid 120mg. 

12pm: nap 1 hr., heartburn 4

1pm: Effexor xr 75 mg

1:30pm: Probiotic 1 capsule ARG

3pm-7pm: at work, anxiety 6, memory problems 5, trouble focusing 5, bloating 2

3:30pm: Brain zaps here and there 3
7pm: dinner, fatigue 5

8pm: anxiety 2
9pm-10pm: anxiety a lot better.  Not sure why.   Maybe medicine wearing off?

10pm-11pm: very tired 7
11:30pm: left eye twitches 1

12:30am: C. poppy 4 droppers, EO’s, buzzers, vitamin d lotion 5,000 IU
1am: bed, fell asleep easy stayed asleep 


Notes Wednesday: brain zaps here and there all day.  Had 2nd acupuncture treatment today.  He focused on only mood, sleep and sexual dysfunction this time so there will be more impact on each thing.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Thursday October 1, 2020

On period
 

11am; alarm went off, tired still, pressed snooze
11:30am: wake up 10.5 hrs sleep with brain zaps 3

12pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, brain zaps 3, still tired 
12:30pm: 1 C. Coffee, less tired

1:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg., depression 2
2pm: driving to work, anxiety 2, brain zaps better

3pm: anxiety 5 triggered by work stress

3:30pm: anxiety 3, work stress
4pm: anxiety 3, lavender essential oil topical 

4:30pm-6:30pm: anxiety 4, work stress
6:30pm: on break at work anxiety lessened 2, shortness of breath 2
7:30pm-9pm: anxiety 5

9pm-11pm: feeling better 
12:30am: EO’s, buzzers

1am: bed, little trouble falling asleep 1
 

Notes Thursday: lots of anxiety today again.  Couple of bouts of heartburn 2, Trouble focusing at work again.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Friday October 2, 2020

 

On Period 

 

11am: alarm goes off, still tired, pressed snoozed 
11:30am: wake up 10.5 hrs sleep, brain zaps 2

12pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, jaw pain 3, headache2
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg, feeling better 

1pm: still feeling better 
1:30pm- 6:30pm: ok

6:30pm: dinner, headache 2, jaw tension 2, fatigue 3
7pm: same
11pm: driving home from work headaches 2

1:30am: bed, fell asleep easy
 

Friday notes: pretty good day today.   Less anxiety than usual, still some bouts of mild anxiety related to work stress 2.  Possible withdrawal from Effexor wearing off?  I had brain zaps when I woke that went away after taking Effexor.


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Saturday October 3, 2020

 

2pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, Effexor xr 75 mg, headache, brain zaps 2

2:30pm: 1 C. Coffee 
3pm: still tired, no headaches or brain zaps

3:30pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg
4pm-6pm: fatigue 4, otherwise ok

6pm: achey hands 3 

7pm: fatigue and malaise throughout evening 
10:30pm: feeling better 

2:30pm: C. Poppy 4 droppers, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000 IU, buzzers
3am: bed, insomnia 4

 

Notes Saturday: Brain zaps went away after taking Effexor.   I had been very tired lately, so I slept in to catch up on sleep.  No anxiety today!   


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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On 9/14/2020 at 6:00 PM, Superwoman said:

I am wondering are my symptoms more from WD or side effects to the Effexor?  I feel a lot better since I reduced the dose.   This makes me wonder if the symptoms are from side effects?   I continue to stabilize and improve while holding at this dose.    

 

On 9/15/2020 at 4:02 AM, ChessieCat said:

https://www.drugs.com/sfx/effexor-side-effects.html#for-professionals

 

Scroll down the page to see the breakdown of side effects.

 

Thanks ChessieCat.   What is confusing to me is that I seem to have some symptoms  as both a side effect and a withdrawal effect.   Cold extremities is an example.   I had freezing cold hands and nose for years.   I never suspected that this was a side effect from the Effexor until recently.  After reducing the Effexor and stabilizing on a lower dose, my hands were no longer cold.  So, I concluded that this must have been a side effect.  I see on the link that you sent me that cold hands is listed as a side effect of this drug.   Then while reducing the medicine, I had the freezing cold hands again, but this time as a withdrawal effect not a side effect.   Then after stabilizing on this lower dose I no longer  had the cold hands.   I have been holding at 75 mg Effexor and have not had cold hands for months now (with the exception of yesterday, when I had a flair up of it.)


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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I forgot to take the probiotic for a couple of days and noticed that I did not feel as anxious.  I am not sure if the lowered anxiety was from not taking the probiotic or if the acupuncture is starting to help with the anxiety or both.   I am going to ask my doctor if I will be okay if I don’t take the probiotic or if the need to take to keep from getting Candida again.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Sunday October 4, 2020

 

1pm; depression 2 grey sky, breakfast, 2 C. Coffee 

1:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg
2:30pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg

3pm: heartburn 2
3:30pm-4:30pm: ok

4:30pm: lunch, fatigue 2, depression 2
5:30pm: cold hands 4, depression 3

6:30pm: dinner, movie, mood a little better 

8:30pm: heartburn 4, cold nose 3, 2 peppermint beads
9pm: 6 tums

10:30pm: brain zaps 2 while eating snack, carrot cake
11pm; flat mood 2

12am: bloating 4, 2 tablets Gas X
12:30am: Epsom salt bath 2 C, 
1am: C. poppy 6 droppers, buzzers

1:30am: EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000 IU
2am: bed, trouble falling asleep 3


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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On 10/5/2020 at 2:11 PM, Superwoman said:

I forgot to take the probiotic for a couple of days and noticed that I did not feel as anxious.  I am not sure if the lowered anxiety was from not taking the probiotic or if the acupuncture is starting to help with the anxiety or both.   I am going to ask my doctor if I will be okay if I don’t take the probiotic or if the need to take to keep from getting Candida again.  

 

Your problem is most likely not candida. It's a fad diagnosis that has little basis in evidence. Are you seeing a naturopath?


1980s: First diagnosed with depression. Treated with a tricyclic. 1988: Switched to Prozac 20 mg after triclyclic stopped working. 1990s to 2010: On and off Prozac. Increased dose led to side effects. 

2010: Work stress led to increased depression/anxiety. Tried several SSRIs but tolerated none of them. Put on Zyprexa. 

2011: Work burnout and breakdown. Hospitalized for suicidal depression. Switched to Seroquel. Prozac increased to 80 mg.

2017: Started psychotherapy. Helped a lot. Switched to Celexa 40 mg and lithium 300 mg. 

2019: Stopped Seroquel. Lost weight.

2020 June: Added Wellbutrin to try and correct sexual dysfunction. Could not tolerate Wellbutrin.

2020 July: Decreased Celexa to 30 mg in attempt to alleviate sexual dysfunction. Worked somewhat.

2020 August: Decreased Celexa to 20 mg. Sexual function improved but w/d effects started. 

2020 September: Maintaining Celexa at 20 mg. Experiencing w/d effects - fatigue, dysphoria, mood instability

2020 September 13: Increased Celexa to 30 mg due to w/d effects. Still on lithium 300 mg/day.

2020 October 3: Reduced Celexa to 27 mg. Started taper. 10% per month as recommended.

 

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Monday October 5, 2020

 

 11am: wake up, still tired, anxiety, worry about new job 2, 1 C. Coffee 

11:30am: bloating 2

12pm: 1C. Coffee, lunch, Armour Thyroid 120mg, still tired
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75mg, 

1pm: driving to work, nervous about new job 2
1:30-4pm: anxiety 2, trouble concentrating 3

4:30pm-5:30pm: anxiety 4, training at new job, headache 2, brain zaps 3, Trouble focusing 3

6pm-8pm: anxiety 4, training at new job, fatigue 6, flat mood 3, jaw tension 1
Trouble focusing 3

8pm-10:30pm: anxiety 3, fatigue 4, trouble focusing 3
12:30am: C. Poppy 4 droppers, EO’s, vitamin d lotion

1am: bed, insomnia 3, talking in sleep
 

Notes Monday: I Started training at a new job today.  I had some anxiety, but not as much as expected.  Very tired today and some trouble concentrating.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Tuesday October 6, 2020

 

11am: alarm went off still tired pressed snooze

11:30am: wake up brain zaps, headaches 1, 10.5 hrs sleep 

12pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, Armour Thyroid 120mg
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg

1pm: driving to work, anxiety 3
2pm-4pm: anxiety 2, training at new job 

6:30pm-10:40pm: anxiety 2, bloating 2
11:30pm: headache 2, light headed spells 1

12am: C. Poppy 4 droppers, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000IU
1am: bed, didn’t sleep well 4, talking in sleep, chest tightness short of breath 1


Notes Tuesday: no noticeable trouble focusing at work.  Urinary frequency at night.   


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Wednesday October 7, 2020

 

11am: alarm went off, tired pressed snooze

11:30am: wake up 10 hrs restless sleep, still tired 
12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg

12:30am: Effexor xr 75mg, 1 C. Coffee, palpitations 1
1pm: driving to work, anxiety 

1:30pm: anxiety 2

2pm: brain zaps 3
2:30pm-4pm: no anxiety, urinary urgency 7, bloating 3

4pm: 6 tums
4:30pm-6pm: fatigue 4

6pm; dinner
6:30pm-10:40pm: anxiety 2 training at new job, bloating 2

8:30pm-10:30pm: fatigue 4, headache 3
12;30am: 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000IU, buzzers

1am: Bed, little bit of trouble falling asleep 2, but Sleep felt more restful.


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Thursday October 8, 2020

 

11am: alarm goes off, pressed snooze

11:30am: wake up, more rested feeling.  
12am: 1 C. Coffee, breakfast, upset stomach 5

12:30am: Armour Thyroid 120mg, brain zap 1 immediately after taking, anxiety 1
1pm: Effexor xr 75 mg

1:30pm: anxiety 1
2pm-4pm: anxiety 4, bloating 3, 4 peppermint beads, trouble focusing 2

4pm-6pm: anxiety 3, headache 3
6pm-8pm: anxiety 3

8pm-10:30pm: anxiety 2, feeling a little bit more relaxed
8pm-10:30pm: anxiety 2, feeling more relaxed
11pm: headache 3

11:30pm: headache 3, lightheaded spells 1
12am: 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s, vitamin d 5000 IU
12:30am: bed, trouble falling asleep 2


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Friday October 9, 2020

 

11am: wake up 10.5hrs sleep, breakfast, 1 C coffee 

11:30am: still tired, otherwise ok
12pm: 1 C. Coffee, Armour Thyroid 120mg

12:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg. 
2pm: anxiety 1

3pm-6pm: anxiety 4, chest tightness 2, shortness of breath 2, excessive yawning 5
6pm-7pm: anxiety 1

7pm: dinner, ok
7:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety 1

11:30pm-12:30pm: watching TV, good mood
1am: 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s, buzzers, vitamin d lotion 5,000 IU

1:30am: bed, trouble falling asleep 3
 

Notes Friday: Notes Friday: no trouble focusing today.  Anxiety peaked 3pm-6pm, then lessened   


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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On 10/8/2020 at 2:36 PM, Bruci said:

 

Your problem is most likely not candida. It's a fad diagnosis that has little basis in evidence. Are you seeing a naturopath?

I do think that I had Candida.  I still have digestive issues, but it is nowhere’s near as severe as it was when I had the Candida.   I also had a hormonal imbalance condition called PCOS.   Getting  rid of the Candida, cured this condition.  PCOS, supposedly is a lifelong condition with no cure.   My doctor said that Candida   causes hormonal imbalances.   I have a naturopath.  But it was my family doctor who treated the Candida.  The reason that Candida has little basis in evidence is because the medical community is closed minded and refuses to study it.  It is the same attitude they take with antidepressant withdrawal.   I want to avoid getting Candida again because both the treatment and condition itself is stressful on the body and I don’t want that on top of WD.  I am not sure, but I think that the probiotic may be causing side effects.   So I want to ask my doctor if I can do with out it, or if I need it to prevent Candida.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Saturday October 10, 2020

 

11am: wake up, ok

11:30am: 1 C. Coffee, breakfast, Armour Thyroid 120mg, heart palpitations 1

12pm: 1C. Coffee
12:30pm: Effexor XR 75 mg, heart palpitations 1 lasting few minutes immediately after taking pill
2pm-3pm: hike, depression 1, flat mood 1

3:30pm: fatigue 5
4:30pm: nap 30 minutes 

6pm: agitation 4, jaw tension 4, irritability 4, anxiety 3
6:30pm: same

8:30-10pm: watching tv and filling out symptoms chart, anxiety 3, irritability 5, trouble concentrating 3
1:30am: 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s

2am: bed, insomnia 0
 

Notes Saturday: WD normal 


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Sunday October 11, 2020

 

12pm: wake up well rested, 1 C. Coffee, breakfast 

12:30am:Armour Thyroid 120mg
1pm: Effexor xr 75 mg

2:30pm: chest tightness 1, shortness of breath 1
3:30pm: depression 1

4pm-6pm: chalk painting with mom, doing well
6pm-7pm: ok

7:30pm: dinner, movie 
10:30pm: heart palpitations 1

11pm: irritability 2
12am: Epsom salt bath 2 cups with calming Essential oil

12:30am: 4 droppers California Poppy, EO’s, buzzers, vitamin d 5000IU
1am: bed, little bit of trouble falling asleep 2


Notes Sunday: fairly good day


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Monday October 12, 2020

 

11am: wake up 10 hrs sleep, ok, 1 C. Coffee 

11:30am: breakfast, ok
12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg

12:30pm: Effexor xr. 75 mg
1-2pm: ok

2pm-6pm: training at new job, anxiety 3, brain zaps and headaches occasionally 2, irritability 3, Bloating 3
6pm: dinner

6:30pm-8:30pm: increasing headache, brain zaps 3, anxiety 4, malaise 3
8:30pm-10:30pm: feeling a little better, anxiety 2, irritability 2

12am: 4 droppers C. poppy, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000IU
 

 Notes Monday; training at new job causing some anxiety.  No trouble focusing today.  Peak of symptoms 6:30pm-8pm.


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Tuesday October 13, 2020

 

11am: alarm went off, pressed snooze 

11:30am: alarm goes off still tired but have to get up for work, 11hrs sleep
12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg

12:30pm: Effexor xr 75mg
2pm-4pm: anxiety 3, training at new job

4pm-8:30pm; anxiety 2, training at new job
8:30pm: headache 1

9pm-10:30pm: anxiety 2, flat mood 1
12:30am: 4 droppers C. poppy, vitamin d lotion 5000 IU, EO’s, buzzers 

1am: bed

 


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Wednesday Oct. 14,  2020

 

11am: alarm went off, pressed snooze 

11:30am: woke up still tired, breakfast, 1 C coffee, Armour Thyroid 120mg
12pm: Effexor xr 75mg, heart palpitation 1,anxiety 1, jittery 1

2pm:arrive at work, anxiety 1, jittery 1
2:30pm-6pm: anxiety 5

6pm: dinner
6:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety 3, flat mood 1, headaches occasionally 2

11pm: left ear feels hot 1

11:30pm: ear hot 1, very subtle light headed spells 1
12am: 4 droppers C. Poppy, EO’s, buzzers, vitamin d lotion 5000 IU

12:30am: bed, insomnia 3, shortness of breath 1, anxiety 2, palpitations 1
 

Notes Wednesday: More symptoms today.  
My left ear felt a little warm and looked slightly red.   I have not had this symptom in many months.  


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Thursday October 15, 2020

 

8am: wake up 7.5 hrs sleep, tired 

8:30am: breakfast, 1 C coffee 
10am: acupuncture 

12pm: Shortness of breath, chest tightness 2
12:30pm: lunch, Effexor xr 75mg

1:30pm: driving to work, anxiety 3
2pm-4pm: anxiety 4

4pm-8pm: anxiety 3
8:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety 2, chest tightness, shortness of breath 3, excessive yawning 4

12:30am: C. Poppy, 4 droppers, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5,000IU
1am: bed, insomnia?

 

Notes Thursday: pretty good day today.   I have been feeling better lately.   Still training on new job, which is triggering some anxiety.  No headaches or brain zaps today.


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Friday October 16, 2020

 

11am: alarm went off, pressed snooze

11:30am: get up, 10.5 hrs sleep l, still a little tired
12pm: Breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, palpitations 1, Armour thyroid 120mg, 1 C coffee 

12:30am: headache 1, Effexor xr 75 mg. 
2pm: at work, 2 Aleve

2pm-4pm: anxiety 1, irritability 5
4pm-6pm: anxiety 2, irritability 3, shortness of breath 1, depression 1
6:30pm-8:30pm: anxiety 5

8:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety 7 training at job 
12:30am: bath 2 cups Epsom salt

C. Poppy 4 droppers, EO’s 
2:30am: bed, fell asleep easily 


Notes Friday: Very irritable today.  Not sure    why.  Depression 1.  Training at new job triggering some anxiety.   


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Saturday Oct. 17, 2020

 

12:30am: wake up with headache 1, breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, light headed spell 1, palpitations 1

1pm: Effexor xr 75 mg
1:30pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg, bloating 2, urinary incontinence 2, palpitations 1

3pm: lunch
4pm-5pm: grocery shopping; anxiety 3

5:30pm; home, chest tightness, shortness of breath 1, fatigue 1, depression 1
6pm: walk dog, depression 1

6:30pm-7:30pm: depression 2
8:30pm: dinner, chest tightness, shortness of breath 1, anxiety 2

9:30pm-12:00am: acid reflux 5, palpitations 1, bloating 3, headaches 1, brain zaps 1
12am: left ear hot, flushing 1, headache 2, jaw tension 1

12:30am: Epsom salt bath, 2 cups, 6 tums
1am: 2 Gas X tabs, feeling better, buzzers

1:30am: bed, trouble falling asleep 2
 

Notes Saturday: Left ear was slightly flushed and hot feeling again today 1, around same time, midnight.   Insomnia 2, headaches2, brain zaps 2, light headed spells 1, palpitations 1, bloating 3, urinary incontinence 2, anxiety 3, chest tightness and shortness of breath 1, fatigue 1, depression 2, acid reflux 5, jaw tension 1.


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Sunday October 18, 2020

 

11:30am; wake up depressed 2

12pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, headaches, brain zaps 2, palpitations 1
12:30pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg., feeling better

1pm; Effexor xr 75 mg
2:30: air hunger/shortness of breath 2, lunch

3pm-7pm: depression 4
7:30pm: dinner

8pm-9:30pm: fatigue 7, malaise 7, anxiety at times 3
9:30pm: cold nose 3, amplified HB 1

10:30pm-12:30am: ok
12:30am: C.Poppy 4 droppers, vitamin d lotion 5,000 IU, EO’s
1am: bed, insomnia 4


Notes Sunday: brain zaps 2, palpitations 1, headaches 2, air hunger/ shortness of breath 2, depression 4, fatigue 7, malaise 7, anxiety 3, cold nose 3, insomnia 4


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Monday October 19, 2020

 

11am; alarm went off, pressed snooze 

11:30am: wake up, depression 2
12pm: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, Armour Thyroid 120mg, brain zap 3 right after swallowing pill
12:30pm: Effexor xr 75 mg

1pm-2pm: ok
2pm-4pm: training at job, anxiety not too bad 2, Shortness of breath 1

4pm-6pm: anxiety 4, irritability 4
6pm: dinner

6:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety and irritability 2
12am: headache 2

12:30am: 4 droppers C. Poppy, EO’s, vitamin d, buzzers
1am; bed, insomnia 4


Notes Monday: depression 2, brain zaps 3, anxiety 4, shortness of breath 1, irritability 4, headache 2, insomnia 4


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Tuesday October 20, 2020

 

11am: wake up 10 hrs sleep. Depression 1

11:30am: breakfast, 1 C. Coffee, still tired, anxiety 2
12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg, 1 C. Coffee, headache 2

12:30pm: anxiety 3
1pm: loose stools 2, anxiety 2

1:30pm: anxiety 3
2pm-4pm: anxiety 3, irritability 5

4pm-6pm: anxiety 5, irritability 7, frustrated training at new job
6pm-10:30pm; anxiety 3, irritability 3

12am: shower, Epsom salt 2 cups
12:30am: 4 droppers C. Poppy, vitamin d lotion, EO

1am: bed, insomnia 2
 

Notes Tuesday: training at new job contributing to anxiety and irritability.  Depression 1, anxiety 5, headache 2, loose stools 2, irritability 7, insomnia 2


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Wednesday October 21, 2020


11am: alarm went off, pressed snooze

11:30am: wake up, 10.5hrs sleep, depression 1, 1C coffee, breakfast 
12pm: Armour Thyroid 120mg, anxiety 2, immediately after taking pill

12:30pm: Effexor xr 75mg, depression 2

2pm-4pm: more calm training than usual, anxiety 2, irritability 3
4pm-6pm: anxiety 2, irritability 3

6pm: dinner, ok
6:30pm-8;30pm: anxiety 3, irritability 2, flat mood 1, fatigue 5

8:30pm-10:30pm; anxiety 1
10:30pm: headache 1

12am: C. Poppy4 droppers, EO’s, vitamin d lotion 5000 IU
12:30am: bed, insomnia 2

 

Notes:  Anxiety was not as bad today.  I am getting more comfortable with the jobs at work, which is helping some with the anxiety.   Also, I took a shower the night before and soaked my feet in Epsom salt. I wonder if this helped?  Depression 2, anxiety 3, irritability 3, flat mood 1, fatigue 5, headache 1 


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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Thursday October 22, 2020

 

9am: alarm went off, pressed snooze 

9:30am: wake up, tired, 1 C. Coffee, breakfast, headaches 2, brain zaps 2
10am-11am: counselor

11am-12pm: nap
12pm: lunch, 1 C. Coffee, Armour Thyroid 120mg

12:30pm: Effexor xr 75mg
1pm-4pm: anxiety 2
4pm-6pm: anxiety 4

6pm: dinner
6:30pm-8:30pm: anxiety 1, brain zaps 3

8:30pm-10:30pm: anxiety 8 in response to work problem.  
11:30pm: snack 
12am: Epsom salt 4 cups, heartburn 4, hiccups, 2 drops peppermint EO, 2 Gas X

12:30am: bed, buzzers, EO’s, 4 droppers C. Poppy 
 

Notes Thursday: I started work on my own in my new job today.  I was fairly calm until  there was a problem and I get behind and had an anxiety attack.  Overall it went well though.  Headaches 2, brain zaps 3, anxiety 8, heartburn 4, bloating 2, insomnia?   


1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

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