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TownCryer: too many drugs, DK where to start. Anyone here lose IQ points on Seroquel, Effexor, mirtazapine, benzos?


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Hi. Although this is an antidepressant withdrawal site, seems many of us have danced with antipsychotics, benzos and other devils as well. So I'm wondering if anyone has experienced significant cognitive impairment while taking

- quetiapine/Seroquel (or similar anti-psychotic), or

- mirtazapine/Remeron, or

- venlafaxine/Effexor, or 

- clonazepam or other benzos, but taken only occasionally (less often than once a week).


My short-term memory, executive function, and word-finding ability have gone to **** since I started or upped the dose of these drugs. Academic sources suggest any them might be a culprit. I'm more interested in hearing from people who've actually been on them for months or years at a time.

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to TownCryer: too many drugs, DK where to start. Anyone here lose IQ points on Seroquel, Effexor, mirtazapine, benzos?
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Hi TownCryer and welcome to SA,


Taking a psychiatric drug can numb the emotions; that is what they are designed to do.  They can have other unwanted side effects too, including "dumbness".  If the "dumbness" didn't exist before tapering, and starts once you taper, then it is most likely a withdrawal symptom.


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


SA's recommended taper rate is 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. 


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


It is generally recommended to only taper one drug at a time.


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?
If you're not having an adverse reaction from the other medications, taper the most activating drug first. This is usually an antidepressant or stimulant (ADHD drug).


Please follow these instructions and create your drug signature.  We need to see details (drug name, dose and the date you started that dose) for the last 2 years and a summary for anything older.  This is different from the drug history you provided when you joined SA.  The drug signature will appear below every post you make and will allow staff and other members to see your drug history at a glance.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


Q:  What drugs are you currently taking?  Please post a list and the dose and the times that you take them.


Please also put all the drugs you are currently taking into a drug interaction checker and copy and paste the results here in your Introduction topic.    Both of these are helpful, but personally I prefer the Medscape checker.


Drug.com Interactions Checker
Medscape Drug Interaction Checker


This topic includes links to various drugs and how to get non standard doses for tapering.


You might be interested in these two members who have successfully managed to get free of psychiatric poly-drugging:






This is your own Introduction topic which is where you should ask questions specific to your own situation and where you can journal your progress.  This keeps your history in one place and means you do not have to repeat your story.


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Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management


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

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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. 

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