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Hello, I am on paroxetine (8 mg) 5 weeks, but want to cut off it as fast as possible because of its difficult withdrawal process. Which way of tapering could be the best in my case? I have a big issue with my sleep,  so ocassionally I use Zopiclone, Zolpidem, Olanzapine to combat insomnia.

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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Hi IvetaK,

 

Welcome to this support site. Before we can answer your questions, please give us more information first. Good that you came here. There is a lot of knowledge to be found and shared here. Also the members can support each other here.

 

Can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months?  It would be especially helpful to have the details of your drugs in a concise list (no symptoms), only drug names, specific dates (as best you can say for example early March if you don't recall the day) and dosages of each medication decrease or increase.  Please read the link below for instructions.  This will allow us to give you the best guidance.  

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/18343-please-summarize-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

I understand that you would like to taper fast. As you say stopping Paxil can be a difficult process. To be clear and honest, it is one of the most difficult antidepressants to stop for most people. We all react different on tapering and stopping. You could be lucky that it is not too difficult. But lots of the members here need longer time.

 

Most often fast tapering means more and heavier withdrawal symptoms of even withdrawal syndrome. Therefore we advice not to taper more than 10% per month. Some can go faster, some must go much slower. Best start with 10% and see what that does.

 

Here is information which is very useful

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1024-why-taper-by-10-of-my-dosage/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/22958-never-skip-doses-to-taper/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/82-the-windows-and-waves-pattern-of-stabilization/

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23081-are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take/?tab=comments#comment-492493

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/6632-the-rule-of-3kis-keep-it-simple-keep-it-slow-keep-it-stable/?tab=comments#comment-525233

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/405-tips-for-tapering-off-paxil-paroxetine/

 

You should also be aware that (heavy) insomnia is one of the most common withdrawal symptoms when tapering antidepressants. So an extra reason to taper very carefully and slow in your case.

 

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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  • Go2zero changed the title to IvetaK: Tapering 8 mg paroxetine

Thank you for the answer. As I see your signature you also was on Paxil only for a few months. How about stopping it?I am only more than a month on Paroxetine and the dose is especially tiny (8mg), so maybe I can taper more than 10% in a month?It sounds quite strange that I have been using medicine (less than  a recommended therapheutic dose) only for one month, and now I have to taper it down during the next eight months of my life.

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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Since you are only 5 weeks on Paxil you might try to stop it faster. I agree that this is worthwhile trying. Often we are used to such a drug after 1 month. So 5 weeks is a bit critical period to see what may happen.

 

You write in your signature that you have used hypnotics and antidepressants during March and April 2021. Please specify which meds (all of them) and in what dosages and for how long (per med). This is important to know, since the more meds we have been taking and stopping the more sensitized the nervous system may have become.

 

If I were you I would try to taper faster but be careful as well. Paxil is a very heavy SSRI and is known for its problems to stop it. It will be a matter of try and (hopefully not) error. We all react different. Some can stop easily whereas others suffer for a long time...

 

Better not stop it in one time (cold turkey). But I can imagine you want to stop fast since there still is a chance you are in time... 

 

Do not think that 8 mg is a light non therapeutical dosage! The blockage of the serotonin receptors (SERT) at 8 mg is around 70%, whereas a standard dose does around 78%. These drugs are extremely potent!

 

To give you an idea about the SERT of Paxil see this table:

 

 

% of 1 pill(20 mg)

Dosage in mg

Paxil / Paroxetine/

Seroxat

% blockage serotonin receptor

(SERT)

100

20

78

50

10

72

25

5

62

12,5

2,5

48

10

2 

44

7,5

1,5

37

5

1

29

4

0,8

25

3

0,6

20

2

0,4

14,5

1,5

0,3

11

1

0,2

8

0,5

0,1

4

0,25

0,05

2

0,1

0,02

0,9

0,05

0,01

0,5

 

 

In my case I used Paxil (almost 30 years ago) for a few months. It was the first SSRI I ever took.  I stopped without tapering. I had quite heavy withdrawal for several weeks/months (not sure anymore). My psychiatrist said that this was not possible. It was all illusion he said.... Yeh, sure.....

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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Thank you Go2zero for the answer and actual information you have sent to me. It so nice  to have such a genuine support! I think I will try to cut off this antidepressant from the hell in faster way than a tapering protocol recommends. 

And one more question: I see you are using Lavender oil when feeling anxiety. Is it something special about brand, amount of drops when speaking about this oil?

 

 

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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20 minutes ago, IvetaK said:

And one more question: I see you are using Lavender oil when feeling anxiety. Is it something special about brand, amount of drops when speaking about this oil?

I use it when I am suffering from anxiety, cortisol spikes and/or stress. All related to withdrawal. I have very good result with it. Take only ORGANIC and 100% pure essential lavender oil. I put 2 drops in a glass of water and drink it. It gives relief within 30 minutes in my case. When I do not get (enough) relief after half an hour, I take 1 or 2 drops extra in a glass of water. I do not buy a specific brand. I used several. Only important thing is that it is ORGANIC and 100% pure (so without chemical ingredients).

 

Good luck with faster tapering the Paxil!

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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Thank you Go2zero for your time. I wish you the best as well!

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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H,

 

paroxetne needs to taper slowly,  over months 10% reduction slowly,

 

The blockage of the serotonin receptors (SERT) at 8 mg is around 40% acording to table

Good luck with tapering the paroxetine

2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013-2015  risperidone consta 50 mg, started tapering from March 2015 to 1,66mg/day and from 02/2015 started seroxat 10mg/day

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,olanzapine 5mg,risperidone consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,olanzapine 5mg,risp.consta 25mg/every 15days

06/17 Seroxat 2drops,olanzapine 5mg,liquid risperidone2mg

07/17 Seroxat 1 drop,olanzapine 5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 10/17 Seroxat 0mg,olanzapine,5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 12/17 Seroxat 1/2 drop, olanzapine 5mg,  04/18 Olanzapine 1,25mg, 04/18 xanax 0,5mg

24/06/2019 doc said to take 10mg olanzapine for 13days and down to 5mg
 been taking 10mg for 14 days, 5mg for 8 days  and  tapered to  3/4quart. 5mg  for 14 days, 1/2 for 14 days,

01/08/19 2,5mg

08/2021 5mg olanzapine

Supplements Omega 3, Turmeric, Bacopa monneri, Mucuna Pruriens

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Hi, Miko789, as I see the blockage of the serotonin receptors (SERT) at 8 mg is around 70%, not 40%!

 

 

% of 1 pill(20 mg)

Dosage in mg

Paxil / Paroxetine/

Seroxat

% blockage serotonin receptor

(SERT)

100

20

78

50

10

72

25

5

62

12,5

2,5

48

10

2 

44

7,5

1,5

37

5

1

29

4

0,8

25

3

0,6

20

2

0,4

14,5

1,5

0,3

11

1

0,2

8

0,5

0,1

4

0,25

0,05

2

0,1

0,02

0,9

0,05

0,01

0,5

 

 

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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Olanzapine taking every 5-7 days

 

Hello everyone,

 

I need an advice. I was taking 5 mg Olanzapine every 5-7 days for three months to help my insomnia. 15 tablets overall. Now I would like to stop it. Should I tapper it?Or it is ok just stop it?

 

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March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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I moved you new topic to your Introduction topic.  Here is the best place to ask questions about your own situation and journal your progress.  It keeps your history in one place and means you do not have to repeat yourself.

 

Q:  So you have been taking it on "as needed" / PRN basis?

 

Due to the way you have only been taking the olanzapine intermittently I think it would be okay to just stop it.  However, there is no guarantee that there will be no issues.  Because of the way you have been taking it there really isn't a method that would allow you to taper it, unless you find that you stop taking it and then feel that you need it then you might try taking a small dose.

 

tips-for-tapering-off-zyprexa-olanzapine

 

And it would be a good idea to learn and use non drug coping techniques.

 

Sleep problems - that awful withdrawal insomnia

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Hello, I am free from paroxetine since 8th of October, 2021. Sometimes, especially during more stressed circumstances, I am starting to feel like my head is hot, not something painful though. Is this could be still an issue of withdrawal or post withdrawal or something different? 

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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Heat in head

 

Hello, I am free from paroxetine since 8th of October, 2021. Sometimes, especially during more stressed circumstances or lack of sleep, I am starting to feel like my head is hot, not something painful though. Is this could be still an issue of withdrawal or post withdrawal or something different? 

 

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March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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8 hours ago, IvetaK said:

I am starting to feel like my head is hot

 

I found this topic:

 

symptoms-burning-brain

 

And this topic:

 

body-temperature-dysregulation-heat-cold-temperature-change-intolerance

 

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Q:  Are you taking Olanzapine every day OR every third day?

 

This taper refers to tapering, but it is also relevant to regular dosing:

 

NEVER SKIP DOSES TO TAPER

 

From the above topic:

 

On 6/5/2020 at 9:36 AM, Altostrata said:

 

Skipping doses causes the level of the drug in your bloodstream to go up and down, even with long-acting drugs such as fluoxetine. This puts stress on your nervous system, potentially causing withdrawal symptoms. It's like playing ping-pong with your brain.

 

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Thank you very much.

March 1, 2021 - April 29, 2021 various meds for insomnia (mostly hypnotics, antidepressants)

April 29, 2021 - July 22, 2021  50 mg Quetepine for insomnia.

July 22, 2021 - August 4, 2021 hospitalized for insomnia and Quetepine side effects

July 22,2021-August 4, 2021 Diazepam in tiny dozes. Stopped right away. Withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, sweating, grief, insomnia.

CURRENT:

July 22, 2021 - Paroxetine 8 mg, trying to taper in slow way since August 22

 

Since August 4, 2021 Every third day Zopiclone 3.75, Olanzapine 5 mg, Zolpidem 3.75 mg for insomnia in a row.

 

Twice, once a week Diazepam 1.75 mg or Phenibut for anxiety and/or withdrawal symptoms.

 

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