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I can't thank you enough, @Shep¬†for your sharing of your heart and journey.ūüôŹ

Zoloft: 1995 - 2015

Prozac: 2015 - 2018 (tapered from 40mg x day on July 31 to 30mg on August 31 to 20mg on September 31 to 10mg October 31 to 0mg on  December 15, 2018

Gabapentin: 2016 to 2019  (tapered from 300mg x day to 150mg on August 31, 2019 to 75mg on September 15 to 50mg on September 31 to 25ishmg on October 15 to 0mg on December 1, 2019

Enalapril: 2010 - 2019

Lipitor: 2017 -2017

Metformin: 2000 - 2020

Liothyronine: 2007 - 2019

Levothyroxine: 2000 - 

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21 hours ago, Hanna72 said:

I have learned so much from you shep, your enthusiasm and determination is contagious.

What an inspiration you are. 

 

Thanks, Hanna. In this case, it's good to be contagious! Please spread the good vibes around. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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16 hours ago, arbor said:

I can't thank you enough, @Shep¬†for your sharing of your heart and journey.ūüôŹ

 

Thanks, Arbor. I'm paying it forward, as they say. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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I just read your entire story, thank you for sharing it. ūüíó

Been on medication since 1999. Previous medications include Remeron, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, Xanax, Ativan, Valium.

 

Since 3/20 CT’ed MMJ, fast tapered 10mg Lexapro and 2mg Abilify (was on each for about a month) and tapered off 50 mg Amitriptyline. 

 

Klonopin: doses varied since 2001; currently on .5 mg

 

Supplements: Magnesium citrate: 250 mg; Fish oil: 1200 mg

 

‚ÄúWe can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.‚ÄĚ ¬†- Albert Einstein¬†

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Mia1 said:

I just read your entire story, thank you for sharing it. ūüíó

 

You're welcome, Mia. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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You are incredible Shep.  A testimony to so many qualities most of all courage and perseverence.  Your help and experience is priceless and you have given hope to those of us still traveling the road to recovery.  Thank you for sharing and caring.

.025 Xanax 3 x daily  Start date 10-13-2013 through 8-13-2014.  Started tapering 6-2014 to 8-2014.  Some small discomfort. 25 mg Zoloft - Start date 5-1-2014.  50mg. 6-2014.  through 7-14-2014 .  Started tapering  7-14-2014, stopped tapering 10-2014.  I did 1/4 of the dose a month.  small discomfort.  These next 3 were prescribed when I made some seriously bad choices with my thyroid medication.  Was in ER twice for possible heart attack.  INTENSE anxiety, panic, fear.   Lost 30 pounds in 2 weeks.  Thyroid levels bounced to extremes for 8 months. Dr. prescribed Zoloft 50mg  9-2105.  After 2 doses had a bad reaction passed out in my bedroom. Also prescribed Xanax .025  at the same time. 3 times daily, 4 if needed.  Was only on it about 2 weeks.  Was not working.  Trip ER they gave me an Ativan IV and it worked and lasted.  switched to Ativan. 9-24-2016. 1.5 mg Ativan - .5 mg  three x daily -start date 9/24/16.  Attempted taper start 12-16-2016. Was shaving Pills and alternating tapering AM, PM and midday dose weekly.  Buspar .5mg  -2.5mg. am and 2. 5mg. pm start date 9-26-2016 .  Lexapro .10mg  start date  - 10-26-2016. Found SA and began 10/14/2017 tapering .001 gm every 4 days Held longer if there were was WD.    Was very sensitive to Ativan. 3-15-2018 Off midday dose - 7-16-2018 Off PM dose - OFF ATIVAN! 11-17-2018 10 mg. Lexapro. PM - 5 mg start date 10/11/2016 increased to 10 mg 2/2/17. 1-1-2019 Began tapering Lexapro.  .001 gm every 4 days.  Held longer if there was WD.  Last doses some I held a month.  OFF LEXAPRO! 2-21 2021 5 mg. Buspar  divided into two, 2.5 mg doses AM and PM- Start date 9/26/2016 Cold turkey on Dr. direction, PM does.  Reinstated PM dose 9-22 N.P. Desiccated Thyroid.  12-22-17 reduced  from  75 mg. to 67.5 daily,  dose now 60 mg a day. Bioidentical hormones. Bi-est/Prog cream, 1/4 tsp.  1 time daily

My intro: Moonpie:. Need help and supporting tapering off of Ativan

My benzo thread: Moonpie: Need help Ativan weight tapering

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9 hours ago, Moonpie said:

You are incredible Shep.  A testimony to so many qualities most of all courage and perseverence.  Your help and experience is priceless and you have given hope to those of us still traveling the road to recovery.  Thank you for sharing and caring.

 

Thanks, Moonpie. Glad you're finding hope on your own way to a success story. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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On 5/24/2021 at 11:03 AM, Shep said:

For what it's worth, for anyone who came off these drugs and suffered the collateral damage (loss of your employment, apartment, friends, reputation, savings, etc.), I'm finding that once the re-build goes into full swing, as quickly as you lost everything, the pieces reassemble. You'll be surprised how little this experience holds you back. If anything, it makes you able to handle anything that comes your way. 

 

Very positive Shep, which alot i can relate. I am glad you are taking the positives out of your past experiences and keeping busy.

 

Thanks for continually giving back to the community and providing encouragement.

 

Ryder

 Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Seroquil, Rispiridone, Valium, Zoloft, Clonazepam,. + 1 other Benzo. Total 11 yrs.

·           April 9th 2018 Hospital. 50mg Zoloft > 0 discontinued. 6mg Clonazepam > 2.5mg over 8 weeks stay.

           October 25th 2019: Hospital:  Clonazepam Bridged 1mg > to 20mg Diazepam.

           

           Anafranil: 90mg. 85mg 01/04/21 80mg 5/10/21 , 21 October 2021 75mg. 17 November 2021: 80mg (Updose. Current dose)

      
  Diazepam (V): 25th October 2019, 20mg. 22/12 2019 19mg. 04 April 2020: 18mg,  30 September 2020: 17.5mg , 13 November 2020: 17mg 01 January 2021: 16mg, 13/08: 15mg. 1/11 2021 14.5mg 

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21 hours ago, Ryder said:

Very positive Shep, which alot i can relate. I am glad you are taking the positives out of your past experiences and keeping busy.

 

Thanks for continually giving back to the community and providing encouragement.

 

Ryder

 

Thanks for your kind words, Ryder. The positives are what get us through and lead us to the better experiences that replace the bad memories of withdrawal, leaving it all in the rearview mirror. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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On 5/25/2020 at 9:48 AM, Shep said:

After 30 years, success from such an experience is a process, not a singular event. There may still be some unexpected waves, but that will allow the experience of re-emerging from periods of darkness with even more skill and resilience. For me, this part of the journey is very similar to the final phase of the grieving process. As Francis Weller reminds us in the book The Wild Edge of Sorrow, grief is sacred work. It’s an important teacher and should be honored, not feared. 

@Shepthis is to encouraging, it is bringing tears of relief to my eyes.  You are a bright source of inspiration.  

***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.

Lexapro   Started Apr 15 '02 - 10 mg;  Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone nightly, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at breakfast, 3 PM 

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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On 10/1/2021 at 8:59 AM, getofflex said:

@Shepthis is to encouraging, it is bringing tears of relief to my eyes.  You are a bright source of inspiration.  

 

Thank you. Very glad you feel encouraged. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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On 5/24/2021 at 2:03 AM, Shep said:

A calendar reminder notified me it's my six-year anniversary off psychiatric drugs. I've been away from the forum for a couple of months due to a heavy workload and also, to do some of the trauma process work. For me, that definitely doesn't mean working with some clueless therapist or any type of head shrinker. 

 

It just means living life and creating new memories - better memories - to replace the trauma memories that haunt survivors years after escaping Plato's Cave. That cave is a dark place full of psychiatry's nightmares. But it's time to move onto other things and simply let the healing unfold as it may. So here is my update: 

 

Six Year Update - A Success Story in Progress . . . . 

 

Life is moving on. I don't think about symptoms as much anymore. I had a rather difficult experience with the Covid vaccine (I posted about that here in the Covid thread), but I'm looking forward to things getting back to normal, however that manifests, as Covid cases drop and the city opens back up. 

 

What has improved? 

  • Sleep is more restorative and deeper. I still get a lot of 5 - 6 hour¬†nights and not as many 7 - 8 hour nights as I'd like, but overall, sleep quality is improving.¬†
  • DP/DR is lighter at times, sometimes going for hours with very little and at times, glimpses of being free, but only momentarily, and usually followed by much worse DP/DR. It's very disorienting and non-linear. Still, these glimpses for moments and lightness for hours is new.¬†¬†It's an improvement.¬†
  • I'm still going through the grieving process, having spent¬†30 years in a drug-induced haze, the early years in and out of¬†psychiatric lockups . . .developing¬†a major drug dependency problem that psychiatry itself caused during those forced lockups . . . years of gaslighting . . . and "treatments" that were¬†nothing more than a chemical lobotomy. Grieving¬†is a process that takes time, energy, and non-drug coping skills. . . . But mostly, it takes creating new memories, better memories, to replace the old memories.¬†
  • Anterograde amnesia (i.e. cog fog) is a lot better, although I still have my moments. Spatial skills and remembering how to navigate the city are¬†getting better and better. I rarely need Google Maps to get around anymore.¬†
  • I'm working a lot more, which means the ability to save up an emergency fund, which helps with the financial anxiety. My main problem is not going overboard with work! It's good, though, it's good.¬†
  • I'm in a good place mentally and physically.¬†

What is helping?

  • For sleep, avoiding stressful news or internet programs in the evenings. Light comedies, music, and reading short stories and poetry works best. Playing guitar or keyboard is also good for transitioning from "work mind" to "sleep mind."¬†
  • Sticking to a routine for bedtime and eating a healthy Paleo diet.¬†
  • Getting out in nature as much as possible. Running 4 days a week. Biking out of the city to local hiking trails. Approaching nature with curiosity and wonder. Remembering to breathe, when stressed, to come back to the breath. It's a constant in a world of variables.¬†

For what it's worth, for anyone who came off these drugs and suffered the collateral damage (loss of your employment, apartment, friends, reputation, savings, etc.), I'm finding that once the re-build goes into full swing, as quickly as you lost everything, the pieces reassemble. You'll be surprised how little this experience holds you back. If anything, it makes you able to handle anything that comes your way. 

****, this is great news. I'm in another wave not sure how long this ones been and I think I'm in year 5 of withdrawal now. Still get all kinds of symptoms and spend almost everyday in a DR/depression/anxiety haze losing all concept of time. Genuinley can't remember what life used to be like before all this now, but I'm determined to get it back once Ive made it past this crap. I was one of the collateral damage guys lol. Lost my girlfriend, my flat, 2 jobs, most of my friends my physical and mental health of course and dropped out of my studies. Sometimes I I think about the past few years and burst out laughing, and I'm 100% sure I've lost my mind on a few occasions. Anyways I ramble, great to hear you're doing so well. Good luck!

Fluanxol dosage n/a - 6 months cold turkey Start/ may 2015 end/august 2015

Sertraline 100mg - 10 months cold turkey start/ may 2015 End/Feb 2016

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@trenaceI'm sorry to hear of all of the collateral damage, but I detect a wonderful sense of humor underneath all the pain. There's nowhere to go put up, so know that better things are definitely heading your way.

 

One thing I've noticed as I've gone through this journey is the losses I went through back in 2013 and 2014 are no longer like PTSD horror flashbacks. I just view it all as an adventure. I even joke about some of this when I'm around close friends. The friends I have now are all people who at some point in their lives, went to hell and back. And they're the most interesting people! 

 

Keep moving forward. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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So sorry to hear you're in a wave, not a good feeling. We all longing for better days, I do understand.

JOINED THIS BOARD AUGUST 27, 2017

 

 

250mg trazodone

250mg   Aug 21, 2017  tapering before I found SA

200mg -  Aug 21, 2017 to Aug 25, 2017 tapering before found SA

225mg -  Aug 26, 2017  updose holding

November 26, 2017. I reinstated my original dose of 250mg  trazodone..planning on holding for a very long time. No more withdrawal

June 14, 2020  at 10% 507  My first start of my trazodone 250mg  taper

6/16/20  90 mgai    7/26/20   81 mgai    9/6/20  72 mg ai 10/17/20- updose to 77 mgai  11/11/20- updose to 81 mgai  

 

 

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On 10/27/2021 at 5:54 PM, street129 said:

@trenace

So sorry to hear you're in a wave, not a good feeling. We all longing for better days, I do understand.

Thanks man, I hope you improve too. Actually tbh I know we'll both improve eventually but it just takes a long time for some. 

Fluanxol dosage n/a - 6 months cold turkey Start/ may 2015 end/august 2015

Sertraline 100mg - 10 months cold turkey start/ may 2015 End/Feb 2016

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Hi Shep, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your story.

I was wondering, did you cold turkey all the drugs at once or in a short period of time? Did you have any problems with kindling? Did you have anhedonia? Looking for hope where I can. Thank you.

Current: Bupropion 450mg, Neurontin 800mg, Klonopin 0.5mg

History:

July 2020: started Cogentin 1mg, Lamictal 50mg, Zoloft 150mg, Zyprexa 5mg (+5mg as needed), Klonopin 0.5mg

November 2020: stopped all meds cold-turkey

February 2021: started Latuda 60mg, Lithium 300mg, Melatonin 5mg, Protonix 40mg, Topamax 25mg

2 weeks later: stopped Topamax, increased Lithium 900mg, started Klonopin 1mg, Lexapro 20mg, Neurontin 400mg

April 2021: started Bupropion 150mg, Revia ?mg

May 2021: stopped Revia, Protonix, Lexapro, increased Neurontin 800mg, started Celexa 10mg

August 2021: decreased Celexa 5mg (stopped Celexa 2 weeks later), increased Bupropion 300mg

September 2021: increased Latuda 80mg

October 2021: decreased Lithium 600mg for 4 days, Lithium 300mg for 4 days, stopped Lithium, Latuda, 

     increased Bupropion 450mg, started Remeron 15mg, decreased Remeron 7.5mg, stopped Remeron

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23 hours ago, ThatOneGirlStitch said:

Hi Shep, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your story.

I was wondering, did you cold turkey all the drugs at once or in a short period of time? Did you have any problems with kindling? Did you have anhedonia? Looking for hope where I can. Thank you.

 

Thanks, ThatOneGirl, very glad you find this story helpful. I'm sure I had anhedonia and kindling after 30 years of polydrugging, along with a dozen other symptoms! I cold turkeyed some drugs and rapid tapered others, but it's been so many years ago, I couldn't tell you when I came off what.  I do know I was off everything in May 2015. 

 

Healing is possible after 30 years of polydrugging and a very messy withdrawal. That's the takeaway and the good news I share. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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Hey Shep-  thank you so much for continuing to share your experiences with those of us still working our way through this recovery process.   I know you exercise regularly now and have done so for awhile.  I’m trying to start back up with exercise where I currently walk fast and then do very light exercises like push-up and sit-ups, etc in a circuit.  Anyway my question is did you find exercise initially made symptoms harder but over time they subsided?  I believe firmly that exercise is critical for our healing and when possible we should do it.  I think I’m seeing an uptick in symptoms whenever I increase my exercise intensity.   My gut tells me push through it and your body will adjust. I’m not saying go crazy but if I’m comfortable walking a 15 minute mile maybe I’ll do 14:30.  Could you share your experience with exercise?  Was it problematic before you settled in with it?  Thanks Shep!

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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17 hours ago, Fightinghard said:

Anyway my question is did you find exercise initially made symptoms harder but over time they subsided?  I believe firmly that exercise is critical for our healing and when possible we should do it.  I think I’m seeing an uptick in symptoms whenever I increase my exercise intensity.   My gut tells me push through it and your body will adjust. I’m not saying go crazy but if I’m comfortable walking a 15 minute mile maybe I’ll do 14:30.  Could you share your experience with exercise?  Was it problematic before you settled in with it?

 

These are excellent questions, Fightinghard. I agree that exercise is crucial and that it's tricky to work it in without increasing symptoms. Withdrawal itself is an exhausting obstacle course, so dealing with the windows and waves can be quite difficult - doing too much during a window can bring on a wave and being too sedentary during a wave might set you back when you return to exercising because you've lost the endurance and muscle that was built up. 

 

I found it helpful to "taper in" exercise (which sounds like what you're doing by increasing intensity by 30 seconds). I started out very, very slowly and worked my way up. I posted about this here:

 

Shep's post on exercising

 

Just my take, but I don't believe in the concept of "no pain, no gain" when it comes to exercise. I built up my exercise - both aerobic and weight training - without any sore muscles. It took months to work up to a full workout, but it was worth it to not get setbacks from pushing too hard, too fast. 

 

Also, stretching is important, so make sure you warm up and cool down. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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Thanks Shep! ¬†I‚Äôm taking it slow for sure to mitigate any increase in symptoms. ¬†That said, I do believe some uptick should be expected and the more I read I think it‚Äôs not a ‚Äėset back‚Äô in terms of delayed ¬†healing. ¬† I‚Äôve been specifically researching brain injuries/concussions and exercise and all the literature emphasizes the importance for healing. ¬†Below is a link to an article on concussion recovery and exercise. I know WD is not the same but I have to believe the mechanism of recovery has to be similar in repairing the brain. The section on dysautonomia really resonated. ¬† I thought I‚Äôd share. ¬†Thanks again! ¬†I‚Äôll keep going and slowly increase over time! ¬†Appreciate all that you do! ¬†

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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On 11/23/2021 at 9:43 AM, Fightinghard said:

 

Thanks for the link, Fightinghard. The section on Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction (or Dysautonomia) is relevant for withdrawal. It's good they touched on that. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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I have found when I skip out on exercising I usually will feel worse and vice versa when I exercise i feel better afterwards!!

2010-2011 - Tramadol - Can't remember dosage

2011 - CT Quit Tramadol

2011-2019 - St Johns Wart - Started out at 3 Pills a day (300 MG) and increased to 6 per day over the years

August 2019 - CT Quit St Johns (Told by Hospital Dr to Stop Taking due to increased BP)

September 2019 - Citalopram 10mg - Approx 2 weeks - CT Quit

September 2019 - October 2019 - Clonazepam .5mg - Approx 3 weeks - CT Quit

Drug Free Since October 5th 2019

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There are so many studies on the benefit of exercises and brain recovery.  Whether disease or trauma the benefits are proven.  It has to apply to this if we can just get past the symptoms that may arise.  I’m trying To move forward with it each day!

 

@KenA that makes sense to me!  Hopefully I’ll get there soon!  

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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@Fightinghard I have always found even after just a mild 1 mile walk I feel better, just the endorphins released alone always helps me! Even now after 2 years I still look forward to my daily walk :)

2010-2011 - Tramadol - Can't remember dosage

2011 - CT Quit Tramadol

2011-2019 - St Johns Wart - Started out at 3 Pills a day (300 MG) and increased to 6 per day over the years

August 2019 - CT Quit St Johns (Told by Hospital Dr to Stop Taking due to increased BP)

September 2019 - Citalopram 10mg - Approx 2 weeks - CT Quit

September 2019 - October 2019 - Clonazepam .5mg - Approx 3 weeks - CT Quit

Drug Free Since October 5th 2019

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Thanks for your recovery story. 

I am 3,5 years after zero, at the moment I am in a big wave. 

It is so important to read about people who is recoverd. 

All the best for your future

0 - 0 - 0 since 08.07.2018, 1 - 0 - 0 = 0,11 mg  since 21.05.2018, 2 - 0 - 0 = 0,22 mg since 01.05.2018, 3 - 0 - 0 = 0,33 mg since 09.04.2018, 3 - 1 - 0 = 0,45 mg since  04.03.2018, 3 - 2 - 0 = 0,56mg since 30.01.2018, 3 - 3 - 0 = 0,6666mg since 29.12.2017,  4 - 3 - 0 = 0,777mg since 18.09.2017, 4 - 4 - 0 = 0,8888 mg since 02.09.2017 

Cymbalta 120 mg 2011 - 2013. July 2013 I started to weaning off Cymbalta. 5 - 10 % from the last dose every 4 weeks, sometimes I must wait longer for the next reducting step. 

(Summer 2011  burn out with a severe depressive episode)

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Thanks, Pina. I'm sure you'll be joining me over in the success story area with your own story in the future. 

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 ‚ÄĒ 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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