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2012-2017- Lexapro 10mg, 2017-2020 - Lexapro 5mg
11/1/20 - Stopped Lexapro 5mg abruptly

1/13/21 - present - Lexapro 7.5mg (Reinstated at 2.5, to 5, to 10, to 7.5)

2/7/21 - present - Hydroxyzine 2 mg (from 50mg, to 25mg, to 10mg to 5mg to 2.5mg to 2mg)

No longer take:

1/16/21 - 2/4/21 - Ativan .5:  Took 13.5 pills over the course of 22 days and stopped

2/5/21 - Mirtazipine 7.5 (only took once)

2/24/21 - 3/8/31 - Propranolol 5mg

Supplements:  Daytime - 2000mg fish oil and 2 tablespoons flax oil

Nighttime - L-theanine 200mg, 1mg melatonin, magnesium glycinate 400mg.  Sometimes an additional 200mg L-theanine for early morning wake ups.

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There's a text version https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fluvoxamine-antidepressant-drug-covid-treatment-60-minutes-2021-03-07/ if you don't want to watch the video.


Quick summary: fluvoxamine can stop sepsis, the runaway immune response that causes severe covid. When doctors in California found a cluster of 200 cases they conducted a trial: 65 patients took fluvoxamine, none required hospitalisation. Of the rest, 12.5% here hospitalised, one died. There's a national  trial (US) going on with results expected in about a month.


Hopefully they'll also start looking for other common drugs that can stop sepsis.

1999 - 2001: Paroxetine 20mg

1999 - December 2017: Lansoprazole 15mg

2003: Venlafaxine 75mg

2003 - 2014: Escitalopram 20mg

2014 - December 2017: Citalopram 20mg

December 2017: Mirtazapine 30mg, stopped after 4 days due to immediate bad reaction

December 2017: Zopiclone 3.75mg, stopped after 2 days due to immediate bad reaction

January 2018 - April 2018: Citalopram liquid, tapering, final dose 0.1mg

December 2018 onwards: Vitamin C 1000mg

Long term (for asthma): Salbutamol and Salmeterol inhalers

Occasional use for headaches: Paracetamol 40mg or Ibuprofen 40mg

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Two thoughts.


1 - It would be interested to see how many people on that drug (there must be a lot, given what we know about difficulty in stopping these drugs) caught Covid and their outcomes.


2 - They took the drug for 15 days; is that a short enough time to not become dependent on it?

2005 St John's Wort / 2006-2012 Lexapro 20mg, 2 failed attempts to stop, tapered over 4.5 months in early 2012

January 2013 started Sertraline, over time worked up to 100mg

July 2014 Sertraline dropped from 100mg to 75mg, held for six months, slower tapering until 2019 22 Dec 3.2mg

2020 Sertraline 19 Jan 3.1mg, 26 Jan 3.0mg; 1 Mar 2.9, 7 Mar 2.8, May (some drops here) 24 May 2.5, May 29 2.4, June 21 2.3, June 28 2.2mg,  July 4 2.1mg, July 24 (or maybe a bit before) 2mg, early Nov switched to home made suspension; 29 Nov 1.8mg; approx 25 Dec 1.6mg)

2021 Some time in about Jan/Feb realised my dosing was off and as probably on more like 1.8mg and possible mixing error in making suspension; doses after 10 Feb accurate; 10 Feb 1.6mg; 7 Mar 1.4


My thread here at SA: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1775-bubbles/page/17/

CurrentSertraline: 7 Mar 1.4mg / Armour Thyroid / endless allergy meds, erg



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This is an article about clinics opened for Covid "long-haulers." A lot of similar/same symptoms as PAWS.  Unlike PAWS where most doctors deny that PAWS is a "real" event because of the length, CNN reports, "At least doctors now know that long Covid is a real thing." I did not want to start a new topic but felt that this reporting of clinics to treat long-haulers is relevant to this topic. As in, I wonder if the treatment will involve psychiatric drugs.



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  • 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


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