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Wow, this is great to read.....thanks so much ❤️ 

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

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

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

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

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

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.




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Amazing! Great work! I am super pumped that you are doing well! Congrats! 

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

2008 to 2019  - 20 mg Paroxetine

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

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

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

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


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Thank you boomshakalaka for taking the time to share your Success Story !

You're right, these stories are very helpful !


And Congratulations, I'm happy for you and this new free life ! ❤

2006 : 20mg Paxil+Bromazepam. 2008 : cold turkey of both. 2010 : Reinstatement 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam.

2014-June2017 : Switch from Bromazepam to Prazepam, slow taper to 0mg.

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days). 22 Aug 2019 updose to 10mg (was at 8.4mg).

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

April 2020 : Paxil 10mg to Prozac 7mg bridge. Details topic/21457


Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil

Current medication :

* Diazepam  : 0.85mg (15 Aug 2022) / 0.95 mg (24 April 2022) / 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* Prozac : 6.24mg (18 July 22) / 6.44mg (22 May 22) / 6.64mg (4 Nov 21) / 6.72mg (8 oct 21) / 6.8 mg (15 Sept 21)6.88mg (14 Aug 21)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 21)


I am not a professional, I don't give medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Great to hear this good news, Boomshakalaka (love that name!).    Thanks for coming back to share your success and to give others hope.    All the best to you!

2010:  Escitalopram (Lexapro) 10 mg.   Mirtazapine (Remeron) 15 mg. 

2011:    Tapered Mirtazapine: 5 month successful taper.  Then tapered Lexapro:  4 month successful taper

May 2011 to August 2017:   No medications, full recovery

September 6, 2017:  started Mirtazapine (Remeron) 15 mg  - due to severe sudden insomnia (I believe caused by statin use)

November 16, 2017:   started Escitalopram (Lexapro) 10 mg

January 1, 2018 to October 30. 2020 -- 34 month taper off of Mirtazapine 15 mg to 0.00 mg

June 16, 2018:  Started slow taper of 10 mg Escitalopram (Lexapro)

Current (mgai):    0.23 mg  Escitalopram

Supplements:  Fish Oil, Curcumin, bio active B vitamins, zinc, magnesium glycinate, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, saffron, citrus bergamot, ashwagandha


"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34

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Thanks for coming back to share your success story!! Congratulations!

2016 - Oct -Daughter started Risperdal (for steroid induced psychosis that never went away after stopping prednisone)

Nov - dose increases stopped at 1.5mg in Dec

2017 - Jan- weaned from 1.5 to 1.0 in 2 weeks then 1.0 to .5 in two weeks and then off. Feb. 3 weeks of increased psychosis, pacing, insomnia, other awful symptoms so late Feb  - Back on 1.5 mg Risperdal. May  - decrease to 1.25mg, two weeks later 1.0mg - symptoms started again. June - held steady at 1.25mg for 6 weeks and switched to liquid (3 ml syringe). July - started 10% taper every 3 weeks, October -  .8 mg, December - .7 mg .

2018 -Jan- 0.65 mg,  Feb- 0.59,  Mar-0.50, late April - .40mg, July- .36 mg, Aug - switched from 3 mL syringe to 1 mL syringe for more accuracy (her dad and i were not sure we were giving her the same dose when in between the 'dashes' on the 3 mL syringe.) Aug -.30 mg (3mL syr)/.44 mg (1 mL syr) difference due to med in the tip of both syringes). Sept- .28 mg (3mL syr)/.42 mg (1 mL syr). Oct - .16 mg (3 mL syr)/.30 mg (1 mL syr). Nov.- .06mg (3mL syr)/.20 mg (1mLsyr). Dec. - tip only/unmeasurable (3mL syr)/.10 mg (1mLsyr)

2019- Jan -.06 mg (1 mL syr), Feb- .025 mg (1 mL syr), Feb 27, 2019 - jumped to zero!!

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Thank you for coming back to share your story. Congratulations!

Cymbalta 30 mg- 60 mg 

06/2016-  10/2018 ( Cold Turkey) 

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Congratulations, success stories are the always needed hope here

2007-2018 25mg-50mg Amitriptyline, 4mg Perphenazine, 500mg Valproic Acid

Nov 2018-February 2019 quetiapine, mirtazapine, pregabaline, estazolam, agomelatine, levomepromazine, trazodone, sulpiride

March 2019 - 37.5mg Amitriptyline, 4mg Perphenazine, waiting to tapper off slowly

September 2019 - Started tapering. 0.99 mg Amitriptyline, 4mg Perphenazine (as of June 25 2022)

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Thanks for coming back. These posts give us hope. I’m coming up to 2 years off Sertraline. I lost my job (but kept my family and friends) due to WD (took redundancy before I was pushed) but just got a new job and feel this is the beginning of the end. My symptoms now are down to insomnia once a week or so, daily tinnitus and morning cortisol rush and the occasional low mood that I know will pass in a short time. These are all manageable but not debilitating. I hope like you at 2 years my worst is over and by 3 years (or less)  it’s insignificant. My WD time is coming up to the time I took Sertraline. 

50 mg Sertraline Nov 2016 to Dec 2016

100 mg Sertraline Jan - March 2017

50 mg Sertraline April - June 2017

25 mg Sertraline July 2017 - Sept 2018

12.5 mg Sertraline Oct 2018

0 mg Nov 1 2018

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Hey @DaBro.. Great to see your getting better and back on the horse in working terms. Like you, I had to pack my job as a door to door salesman in after 1 year of withdrawal primarily due my complete loss of social competence which is obviously a vital skill to perform well in the job. As of the beginning of the month I passed the 18 months mark off sertraline and have started to improve somewhat albeit in a completely non linear fashion which, as I’m sure you know, makes it bloody difficult to keep tabs on the positives. You stated previously you hope your nearing the last straight. Quick question. Have the symptoms  impaired brain function and social capability been ones you’ve been challenged with and if so did you  experience any notable progression between months 18-24?


Any feed back would be great.


kind Regards,





OCT 2016 -  I quit Sertraline 50 mg CT after a family bereavement  had turned my life upside down ..  as a result it felt the drug was totally ineffective. 

MAY 2017-  After what had been an appalling 6 months (which i thought was horrific grief but now realise it is likely withdrawal is the more likely culprit)  I reinstated Sertraline at 50 mg before raising the dose to 100 mg due to not feeling any effect (again this is something that makes sense now). In time i had started to feel normal again and presumed it was because I had worked my way through my prolonged grief.  

FEB 2019 -  Life was now back on track and decided it was time to try and rid myself of the shameful daily pill pop that is AD's. I quit Sertraline Via a fast taper... but may aswell have been a CT.

JUN 2019 -  I found SA . .. realised i was withdrawing .. and had inadvertently made multiple mistakes along the way.

NOV 2019 - I'm roughly 8-9 months into withdrawal & STRUGGLING

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Hi @Kimboslice, 


So first let me talk a little about quitting my job. I came off Sertraline because I didn't like the fact it muted how I felt, never really down, but never really up either. I also felt tired a lot, I'd get home from work and lie on the sofa in a Comatose state (not sleeping though). I also had tinnitus which I thought was due to the Sertraline. So I saw my Doctor, who said that because I was down to 12.5mg Sertraline, It probably wasn't doing anything anyway, so I decided to stop and go through the alleged 3 weeks of pain coming off SSRI's (ha ha).


When I quit on Nov 1 2016, I didn't really notice any change for 3 weeks, then the zaps started and Insomnia returned. I had a few 'black dog' moments too. I knew nothing about SSRI WD and so saw a specialist. I should point out that I went on SSRI's due to Chronic Fatigue caused by my work (company was taken over and I was sidelined) and heart surgery all within 2 months. My new manager was not sympathetic to my condition, my performance wasn't good (I had no mental stamina) and a number of (medical) people were telling me that until I left work I wouldn't feel better, so I left. It was only then I found out about SSRI WD.


So I left work 10 months after quitting SSRI's and it was in month 12 that things really went bad. I was bedbound with Nausea, sweating, zaps, etc....to this day I don't know if the trigger was stopping work so my body took the opportunity to properly heal, or whether it's just a thing that symptoms get worse after 12 months off SSRI's. I would say I had 3 big waves, each 6-8 weeks long with 1 week (amazing) windows in between. The first wave was very nauseous with low mood and fog, the second was more gastric with sickness, dizzyness and pressure behind my left eye. The 3rd wave has been more muscular with shakes and spasms in my legs and right arm. I get lip twitching and lose my voice 50% of days for 30 mins or so, but the good news is that though this my mental stamina and sharpness has improved. The symptoms I get now are sufficiently mild that I can do stuff and kind of ignore them, but they are there. The Insomnia is the worst, I hate going into a day with 3-4 hours sleep in me.


So to answer your question, a year ago I was lying in a chair on a daily basis to recharge plus I was typically 'hiding' somewhere in work once a day for 30 mins, also to recharge. I'm not doing that now, but I wouldn't say I'm back to how I was before my Chronic Fatigue, but I'm optimistic I will get there. And yes, months 12-18 were worse than 0-12. I take Fish oil and eat lots of greens and oily fish. I do mental exercises daily on apps. It's like my RAM is a bit broken still but my Hard Drive is OK. I think working again will help my cognitive skills improve, but I do need to pace myself carefully as if I do too much I pay for it the next day(s) still. Social Capability and Brain function are probably 80-90% back. I've gut Pulsate TInnitus and tingling hands as I write this, but I've done it. I remember thinking at 18 months I'd never work again, but at 21 months I'm ready to try going back. 


As Winston Churchill said, "If you find yourself in hell, keep going"


Hope this helps.

50 mg Sertraline Nov 2016 to Dec 2016

100 mg Sertraline Jan - March 2017

50 mg Sertraline April - June 2017

25 mg Sertraline July 2017 - Sept 2018

12.5 mg Sertraline Oct 2018

0 mg Nov 1 2018

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On 8/5/2020 at 8:47 AM, boomshakalaka said:

I remember at my worst constantly checking these forums and constantly thinking about starting to take antidepressants again.

Your sentence above relates to me.  Thank you for your success story.

I know of one other person on this forum who gave into going back onto his antidepressant.  I'm not judging, but it seems sad to me.

As you say, only time will heal.  I'm 2 years and 2 months into my taper.  Keeping on, slow and steady.


See LarryS Health History, Introduction's page 6, 4th post from top.

Aug 2014 start Venlafaxine 225 mg.

Other Pharmaceuticals per day:  Amlodipine Besylate 5 mg, As need Melatonin 5 mg

Vitamins per day:  C 2,000 mg; D3 1.25 mg; Probiotic 218 mg; Fish Oil 1,600 mg; Magnesium Glycinate 240 mg; CoQ10 100 mg; Saw Palmetto 320 mg.

Start Taper: 225 mg to 55 mg; June 5, 2018, to June 15, 2019

49 mg July 16, 2019; 44 mg August  13, 2019; 49 mg (up 11%) Aug. 26, 2019: 44 mg Sept. 10, 2019; 40 mg Oct. 8, 2019;  37.5 mg (6%) Nov. 6, 2019; 49.5 mg (up 32%) Nov 18, 2019; 44.5 mg Dec. 30, 2019; 40 mg Jan. 27, 2020; 36 mg Feb. 24, 2020; 32.5 mg March 23, 2020; 29.2 mg April 20, 2020; 26.3 mg May 18, 2020; 23.7 mg June 15, 2020; 21.3 mg July 6, 2020; 19.2 mg Aug. 4, 2020; 17.3 mg Sept. 1, 2020; 15.5 mg Sept. 29, 2020; 14.0 mg Oct. 27, 2020; 12.6 mg Nov. 24, 2020; 11.3 mg Dec. 15, 2020; 10.2 mg Jan. 5, 2021; 9.2 mg Feb. 2, 2021; 8.3 mg March 9, 2021; 7.4 mg April 6, 2021; 6.7 mg 5/4/2021; 6.0 mg 6/01/2021; 5.4 mg 7/13/2021; 4.9 mg 8/10/2021; 4.4 mg 9/9/2021; 4.0 mg 10/14/2021; 3.5 mg 11/11/2021; 7.5 mg (up 200%) 12/6/2021; 6.75 mg 1/17/2022; 6.00 mg 2/21/2022; 5.62 mg 3/21/2022; 4.87 mg 4/25/2022; 4.50 mg 5/30/2022; 4.13 mg 7/5/2022; 3.75 mg 8/1/2022; 

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On 8/5/2020 at 8:47 AM, boomshakalaka said:

I also hope that more people that have gotten trough these withdrawals would come back to write their stories. I remember these stories being really helpful while I was withdrawing and I probably read all of them. That is the biggest reason I decided to come back and post.


Congratulations so much @boomshakalaka (great name, btw). I read the Success Stories a jillion times to remind the little spark that was hidden deep inside the body that was healing from the carnage wreaked by psychiatric drugs that *recovery happens.* Good on you for coming back and adding to the Success Stories.

  • Prozac | late 2004-mid-2005 | CT WD in a couple months, mostly emotional
  • Sertraline 50-100mg | 11/2011-3/2014, 10/2014-3/2017
  • Sertraline fast taper March 2017, 4 weeks, OFF sertraline April 1, 2017
  • Quit alcohol May 20, 2017
  • Lifestyle changes: AA, kundalini yoga


"If you've seen a monster, even if it's horrible, that's evidence of divinity." – Damien Echols


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On 8/5/2020 at 5:47 PM, boomshakalaka said:

My heart truly goes out to anyone suffering from these withdrawals. My years withdrawing destroyed many  of my relationships and made my whole life a constant struggle. I remember at my worst constantly checking these forums and constantly thinking about starting to take antidepressants again. It truly felt like I was trapped. I wish everyone that is suffering from these withdrawals to know that it truly gets better with time!


3/2012 - sertralin 50 mg, no major side effects

1/2014 - ct sertralin 50 mg (tappered 3 weeks as doctor ordered)

7/2014 - back to sertalin 50 mg, no issues

4/2016 - ct sertralin 50 mg (tappered 3 weeks, my decision)

12/2016 - back to sertalin, major side effects from the first pill and the begginning of hell

2/2017 - mirtazepine 15 mg added for insomnia

6/2017 - stopped sertralin (2 months tapper)

9/2017 - stopped mirtazepine (3 weeks taper)

waves and windows

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Thank you, boomshakalaka, for your kind encouragement.  It's so good of you to come back to give someone like me (still very much in the thick of it) hope.

All my best to you,



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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@boomshakalaka did you have pssd? what sexuall symptoms did u have? Did they resolve?

01.12.2018 - 01.03.2019 - Took sertraline and than fluvosamine for major depression. 


Got SEVERE PSSD (no libido, no erections, pleasureless orgasma, total genital anesthesia, emotional numbness, lost of personality)


No wave and windows, no improvement so far. Just lije 1-2% in numbness in first two months post quitting. 


Im suicidal because of pssd. I dont believe in recovery since my state didnt improve in any significant way.

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@Naczoz Sorry for taking so long to respond. Yes I did have quite a lot of sexual symptoms. First of all I had a lower sex drive for quite some time during my withdrawal. I would say my libido was back to normal after around 2 years of withdrawals. My somewhat young age could be a reason for my somewhat quick recovery. I recommend supplementing with maca powder, doing nofap and living a healthy lifestyle. Those 3 things helped me a lot. Another quite bad sexual symptom I had was premature ejaculation. I really have no idea why that was the case, however this side effect disappeared when my withdrawals got better.

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Hello @boomshakalaka, I have the same concerns as you premature ejaculation since stopping my antidepressant, did it come back overnight or gradually?

Hello everyone, I was on seroplex 10mg in October 2019 for over a year and then on brintellix from March to September for maybe 8 months. I made several attempts to stop abruptly then I resumed the treatment of brintellix recently for a few weeks because it was too difficult to stop.
Symptom when stopped: premature ejaculation, ejaculation with less orgasm. Severe insomnia, transient headaches, sensitivity to noise and light.
Last intake of brintellix 5mg: Saturday, September 11, 2021

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Hi Boom!

just wondered how your doing? I’m 3 months off and for the last 3 weeks felt better and better but now this morning was woke at 4am with racing thoughts and thumping heart felt crap all day nauseated and can’t eat! Did you feel anything like this at this stage? Really thought I was getting so much better!! 

Sertraline 100mg (1 day) then 50mg for 8 weeks March 2020 - May 2020 bad reaction, no medications until October 2020 mirtazapine October 2020 until 7th July 2021 didn’t realise I was in sertraline WD during this time also started natural progesterone January 2021 and started supplements to reduce cortisol and oestrogen April 2021 also Metformin as has insulation resistance not sure if to still take this currently on no medications  



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