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I’m starting my lithium withdrawal journey after 21 years. On 21 January I reduced from 800mg to 700mg. It’s been a bumpy month with chest pains, back issues, distraction, foggy brain and a lot of sadness and grief. I am well supported by friends, family and therapist. Doctor does not object, and has proposed a taper schedule (4x monthly 200mg reductions). I plan to taper logarithmically and much more slowly than that. It’s a great relief to find a community, and I look forward to getting to know you on the journey. Jim 

2000 - started taking lithium 800mg

2011 - increase to 1000mg

2015 - resume 800mg 

End Jan 2021 - decrease to 700mg

End feb 2021 - decrease to 675mg

End March 2021 - micro tapering. 660mg 

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Hi, Jimgm. Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. 

 

I'm glad you have so much support and a doctor to prescribe as you taper. 

 

It sounds like you've already decided to taper slower than your doctor recommends, which is a very smart move. At this point, if you're having a lot of symptoms, you may want to updose a small amount. Going from 800 mg to 700 mg is a 12.5% reduction, which is faster than the recommended 10% per month rate, based on the prior month's dose (not the original dose).

 

For more, please see:

 

Tips for tapering off lithium

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

What is withdrawal syndrome?

 

Are you taking any other drugs or any supplements? 

 

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As you provide more information, we can help you set up a game plan for coming off lithium. 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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I’ve got a few questions about the mechanism that I’m using to taper lithium. Does anyone have any experience they can share? 
 

1. I’m using 300mg capsules of IR. Is it ok to take the odd amounts of lithium in a solution of water or do I need to put it back in the capsules? 
 

2. How do people accurately measure the lithium amounts for micro-tapering purposes? I am in Barbados and have not been able to find digital scales for dry or pipettes / measuring jugs for wet. 
 

3. How do people store lithium once tapering quantities have been measured? Is it ok to store in water in the fridge? 
 

4. Has anyone used silver foil to store lithium? I did and the powder started to go green after about a week. 

 

2000 - started taking lithium 800mg

2011 - increase to 1000mg

2015 - resume 800mg 

End Jan 2021 - decrease to 700mg

End feb 2021 - decrease to 675mg

currently micro tapering from 660mg 

2000 - started taking lithium 800mg

2011 - increase to 1000mg

2015 - resume 800mg 

End Jan 2021 - decrease to 700mg

End feb 2021 - decrease to 675mg

End March 2021 - micro tapering. 660mg 

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Previous post moved to your intro to keep your history in one place.  

Please do not tag me, unless it is an urgent question about tapering or reinstatement. 

 

***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, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

Ibuprofen 800 mg, Tylenol 1000 mg, Benadryl 50 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl noon: calcium

suppl supper: calcium

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2 mg

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