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Hi, I am currently on 200 mg of Zoloft and 120 mg (60 mg x 2) of Geodon per day.  I would like to taper off the Geodon.  I really don't like the way it makes me feel and if I don't take it on time or heaven forbid, miss one dose I am in full blown withdrawal, shakes, headaches, dizziness, etc. by the next morning.  My doctor will not support this taper so I can't get a script for liquid Geodon so I will need to taper using the capsules.  Can I do this using the weight method or do I need to count beads?  Any help would be much appreciated.  I need to go as slowly as possible.  TIA!

Zoloft, 200 mg, since 2005 - 2014, then 2016-2018, May 2019 - present

Lithium, 1200 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor

Tegretol, 1000 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor, caused temporary tardive dyskinesia

Cymbalta, 60 mg, December 2018 - May 2019, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg, 2016 - present 

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Hi clugo and welcome to SA,

 

I am pleased that you have found SA before trying to get of your drugs.  That is a high dose of Zoloft that you are taking.

 

It's good that you recognised that you got withdrawal symptoms when you miss a dose.

 

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SA's recommended tapering protocol is to reduce by no more than 10% of the current dose followed by a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug. 

 

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Tips for tapering off ziprasidone (Geodon, Zeldox)

 

and for later:

 

Tips for tapering off sertraline (Zoloft)

 

1 hour ago, clugo1976 said:

My doctor will not support this taper

 

We have many members who are tapering without the support of a doctor.  All you need is to be able to get a prescription.  Some members are tapering without their doctor's knowledge.

 

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1 hour ago, clugo1976 said:

I am currently on 200 mg of Zoloft and 120 mg (60 mg x 2) of Geodon per day.  I would like to taper off the Geodon.

 

Something to keep in mind is that the Zoloft is generally activating.  I do not know about the Geodon but the Post #1 of the Tips for tapering it topic says:  "It has a host of side effects. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziprasidone for background."  So it definitely makes sense to at least start tapering the Geodon first, especially if you know that you are experiencing side effects from it.  But if you find that your sleep starts to get affected as your Geodon dose gets lower and you are not tapering too quickly, you might consider stopping the Geodon taper and taper the Zoloft for a while.

 

It is important to listen to your body / symptoms and not follow a calendar.

 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

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Thanks for the information.  I am still wondering how to taper the Geodon, do I open the capsules and count or weigh what is inside and then repack them?

 

Zoloft, 200 mg daily, for the last 15 years with a short break 2 years ago for 6 months

Cymbalta, 60 mg daily, for 6 months while on a break from Zoloft, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg daily, for the last 7 years 

Zoloft, 200 mg, since 2005 - 2014, then 2016-2018, May 2019 - present

Lithium, 1200 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor

Tegretol, 1000 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor, caused temporary tardive dyskinesia

Cymbalta, 60 mg, December 2018 - May 2019, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg, 2016 - present 

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Thanks for the information.  I will open my capsules and weigh and repack.  Please disregard the message above 

 

Zoloft, 200 mg daily, for the last 15 years with a short break 2 years ago for 6 months

Cymbalta, 60 mg daily, for 6 months while on a break from Zoloft, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg daily, for the last 7 years 

Zoloft, 200 mg, since 2005 - 2014, then 2016-2018, May 2019 - present

Lithium, 1200 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor

Tegretol, 1000 mg, 2014 - 2016, rapid taper per doctor, caused temporary tardive dyskinesia

Cymbalta, 60 mg, December 2018 - May 2019, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg, 2016 - present 

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Zoloft, 200 mg daily, for the last 15 years with a short break 2 years ago for 6 months

Cymbalta, 60 mg daily, for 6 months while on a break from Zoloft, rapid taper per my doctor, still suffering from PAWS

Geodon, 120 mg daily, for the last 7 years 

 

We need you to add dates to the above and remove the number of years.  (No of yrs becomes obsolete in the future)

 

For the Zoloft please state the years and the months.  The more accurate the information is the better.

 

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 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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@clugo1976Hi clugo:

Was wondering how the Geodon taper was going and how you were. I am getting off Gedon myself. 

2016-2019 Lithium

2016-2020 Lorazepam

2016- October 2021 Hydroxizine 

2016-now Seroquel 50 mg September 2021 down to 37.5 every other day for two weeks, back up to 50mg/day after 2 weeks

2017-now Geodon 20mg. Sept 16 2021 10 mg every 5th day and 20mg the other days until Oct 8 2021.

2021 Geodon all in mg Oct 9 17.5 Nov 7 16 Dec 5 15.6 Dec 12 15.2 Dec 19 14.67 Dec 26 14.14  

2022 Geodon in mg Jan 2 13.6 Jan 10 13.26 Jan 16 12.8 Jan 22 12.16 Jan 29 11.86 Feb 6 11.56 Feb 13 11.56 Feb 19 11.21 Feb 26 10.93 Mar 5 10.66 Mar 13 10.39 Mar 20 10.13 Mar 27 10 April 2 9.75 April 9 9.51 April 19 9.26 April 23 9 April 30 8.78 May 7 8.5 May 14 8.24

2021 Nov 15 50mg Magnesium Citrate Melatonin 1mg

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