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Hello,

I am so glad I found this site. I’m currently withdrawing from 50mg of Pristq and 15mg of Mirtazapine. My doctor took me off them without a taper after I took them for about 3 months. After this I would like to come off of 200mg of Seroquel which I have taken for many years for insomnia. Seroquel has been the one medication I have failed to come off of due to not being to sleep at all without it. 
I have been taking psych meds on and off since 1991. In the past I have successfully come of many drugs. Clonazepam was the toughest. Again I’m really glad to be here! 

Clonazepam 1 MG to 4 MG Oral
End: April 2017

Quetiapine 200 MG Current 

Mirtazapine 15 MG End: 7/27/2021

Pristq 50 MG End: 7/27/2021

Aripiprazole 5 MG End: 04/22/2021 bupropion 150 MG End:03/04/2021

Duloxetine HCl 60 MG End: 06/16/2021 lamotrigine 100 MG End: 04/22/2021 lamotrigine 25 MG End: 01/05/2021 trazodone 50 MG End: 04/22/2021 Ziprasidone HCl 40 MG End: 03/04/2021 Zolpidem 10 MG End: 03/25/2021

**Have also taken Lithium Prozac Escotalopram Vyvanse Strattera Carbamazepine Prazosin Saphris Topamax Hydroyzine Glucophage Chloral Hydrate and phenobarbital **

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Welcome to SA Verrah.

 

Please can you put all your drugs with times when you took them in your signature? That gives us an overview at a glance and can help us give you better advice about tapering if you need it.

 

The instructions are at the beginning of the Introductions Forum. (I don't have the link easily on my phone)

 

How are you feeling? Are you managing the withdrawal ok? Withdrawal can get worse the more times you do it but you may be lucky and don't suffer much. 

 

Have a look around if you haven't already - the Tapering and Symptoms and Self care Forums are the most useful with practical advice but you can explore others as well. 

 

 

OMW

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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41 minutes ago, Onmyway said:

Welcome to SA Verrah.

 

Please can you put all your drugs with times when you took them in your signature? That gives us an overview at a glance and can help us give you better advice about tapering if you need it.

 

The instructions are at the beginning of the Introductions Forum. (I don't have the link easily on my phone)

 

How are you feeling? Are you managing the withdrawal ok? Withdrawal can get worse the more times you do it but you may be lucky and don't suffer much. 

 

Have a look around if you haven't already - the Tapering and Symptoms and Self care Forums are the most useful with practical advice but you can explore others as well. 

 

 

OMW

Hi,

I did the best I could with my signature. These are from the last few years. It’s hard thinking straight right now coming of of Pristq and Mirtazapine. I’m very tired, brain fog, tinnitus, and have extremely bad vivid nightmares. I’ll clean up the signature part when I’m thinking a bit clearer. Thank you for the welcome! 

Clonazepam 1 MG to 4 MG Oral
End: April 2017

Quetiapine 200 MG Current 

Mirtazapine 15 MG End: 7/27/2021

Pristq 50 MG End: 7/27/2021

Aripiprazole 5 MG End: 04/22/2021 bupropion 150 MG End:03/04/2021

Duloxetine HCl 60 MG End: 06/16/2021 lamotrigine 100 MG End: 04/22/2021 lamotrigine 25 MG End: 01/05/2021 trazodone 50 MG End: 04/22/2021 Ziprasidone HCl 40 MG End: 03/04/2021 Zolpidem 10 MG End: 03/25/2021

**Have also taken Lithium Prozac Escotalopram Vyvanse Strattera Carbamazepine Prazosin Saphris Topamax Hydroyzine Glucophage Chloral Hydrate and phenobarbital **

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Hi Verrah, 

thank you for doing your best with the signature. Don't worry about it being perfect, this is good enough for now. I totally understand how hard withdrawal is on our brains and thinking. You can complete it when you can. It is not very important immediately but if you'd ask for tapering/reinstatement advice, it would help the mods to have a quick glance. Intro threads can become long and it's not always feasible to read through all of them. It is also helpful if you put the chemical name rather than the brand name. You have done a good job with aripiprazole=Abilify for example. I can help with that if it's too hard. From the brief description it seems like you have been on the drug-switching and trial merry-go-round. No wonder you are having a hard time now. 

 

The good news is that it will get better and with enough persistence and the right knowledge and support you can get off of quietiapine as well. We are here to help you with that. 

 

In the meantime, please check out the Symptoms and Self Care section Important topics about symptoms, including sleep problems - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants  and the Tapering section Important topics in the Tapering forum and FAQ - Tapering - Surviving Antidepressants for when you want to come off of Seroquel, however, I would not advise changes now when you are have serious withdrawal symptoms. You need to stabilize before attempting to make changes so you set yourself up for success. 

 

And my favorite section - that with the success stories. 

Success stories: Recovery from psychiatric drug withdrawal - Surviving Antidepressants

 

Of course the easiest way to make friends here is check out other intro topics and engage with other members both to provide and receive support. 


This will get better but will be challenging. Luckily, we have a great community to support each other which makes the road a tad easier to walk. 

Edited by Onmyway

I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 

 

If you would like to get a response from me directly please type @Onmyway some place in your message so I get notified of your post. I am not able to follow all of the threads all the time.

 

Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week, 

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785

 

Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

 

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