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Over the last 10 years I’ve been on antidepressants. At different stages I was on Pristiq, Celexa, Cymbalta, Viibryd and Prozac. I was also on Lamictal and Klonopin.

I am proud to say that I am currently free of all prescription medications.

I took my last dose of Prozac 27 days ago. I’m surviving but I look forward to thriving. I could say so much and really want to share more but currently I just don’t have the energy or clarity. I will write again when able.

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to angielynn78ii: Surviving the withdrawal ...
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Welcome to SA, angielynn78ii.


That's great that you're drug-free.


When you're able to write, could you let us know how fast you tapered the Prozac?


Are you having withdrawal symptoms?


What is withdrawal syndrome.


We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 


Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 


Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.


This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.


Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020 Begin 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover and change from 3 daily doses to one 18.75mgai dose (0.311mgpw). Jan. 11, 2021 begin hold at current bedtime 18.75mgai dose.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (0.44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  


Supplements: omega, vitamins E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Hi. Just sharing that I'm also coming off of Prozac recently. Discontinued in November 2019, took for one week in mid-feb 2020 out of desperation, been off since then. It's been hell but gets better. Hope you're doing okay. 

Diagnosed bipolar in 2000 at 18, following manic episode precipitated by high prescribed doses of Sertaline. Took lithium and/or other mood stabilizers and antidepressants through 2010. Stable on lithium monotherapy from 2011 to 2018. Started prozac @ 20 mg in spring



Lithium - tapered from 900 mg to 0 mg, reducing by 300 mg every few months, last dose in November 2018.


Prozac - 20 mg to 10 mg in May 2019, 10 mg to 0 mg in November 2019. Reinstated for one week due to intense anxiety and insomnia in Feb 2020. 


Current symptoms: windows of feeling alive again, like dusting off the cobwebs of my soul, but insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, poor concentration continue. Desperate to sleep. 

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hi there! I was on lithiu 900mg, paroxetine 60-40g and reboxetine 8g for 17 years. I felt we had a similar history and thought id share y experiences with you.

I decided to reduce my paroxetine as i now have a stable life. I went from 40mg to 20 mg on advice of psychiatrist. Suffered severley for 15months. I wasnt the same happy person anymore and struggled to not drink alcohol everyday!


After struggling for 15 months with no help from psych i increased my paroxetine by 10 mg to 30mg and i was able to make i contact again and i could smile again! Life was so much easier.


After 4 months i decided i still wanted to reduce my meds, so i started reducing my lithium over 2 months. It was so much easier than the paroxetine but i only had mood swings. I didnt want to die and i could still talk to peoole. Its now been 4 months and im feeling rather good.


I know im still on paroxetine but i have still reduced 2 medications.  And im happy and dont want to drink or hurt myself.


You still need to be kind to yourself.  Any reduction is good.  SSR'I's are suppose to be one of the worst withdrawals. 


Please contact me if you need support. I probably dont have the answers but i understand.



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Hi Angie,


How are you doing?

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 


REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

Current from 9 Jan 2021:  Pristiq 0.405 mg

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015 

My tapering program   My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)  My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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