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For the next couple of months, I will be changing this site all the time. You will see changes in layout, colors, maybe even functionality, hopefully for the better. Please bear with me. (Post suggestions for changes in this topic http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/163-suggestions-for-this-site/page__gopid__1078#entry1078.)

 

Eventually, as it grows, this site probably will move to a new host server, one that can handle more traffic faster at less cost. The more posts there are on this site, the higher it will show up on Google and the more new people will visit.

 

Please feel welcome, stretch out, and express yourself.

 

Your friendly administrator,

 

Surviving

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This topic will contain general community announcements, such as system downtime or introduction of moderators.


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Healing

To "Sur" with love -- Congratulations on the birth of a beautiful, bouncing baby discussion board. Thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put into setting up the site. And thank you for providing a place for further mutual aid on the subject of psych med neuro damage recovery. I hope this site brings you unexpected good fortune, and that it will help your healing take a quantum leap forward.


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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Baxter

This is so exciting! Thanks for all that you do, surviving.


 

1989 - 1992 Parnate* 

1992-1998 Paxil - pooped out*, oxazapam, inderal

1998 - 2005 Celexa - pooped out* klonopin, oxazapam, inderal

*don't remember doses

2005 -2007   Cymbalta 60 mg oxazapam, inderal, klonopin

Started taper in 2007:

CT klonopin, oxazapam, inderal (beta blocker) - 2007

Cymbalta 60mg to 30mg 2007 -2010

July 2010 - March 2018 on hiatus due to worsening w/d symptoms, which abated and finally disappeared. Then I stalled for about 5 years because I didn't want to deal with W/D.

March 2018 - May 2018 switch from 30mg Cymbalta to 20mg Celexa 

19 mg Celexa October 7, 2018

18 mg Celexa November 5, 2018

17 mg Celexa  December 2, 2019

16 mg Celexa January 6, 2018 

15 mg Celexa March 7, 2019

14 mg Celexa April 24, 2019

13 mg Celexa June 28, 2019

12.8 mg Celexa November 10, 2019

12.4 Celexa August 31, 2020

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Altostrata

Aw, shucks, you guys. :rolleyes:


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Punarbhava

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know that this is going to be one Blessed and Much Needed forum for so many people.

 

I thank you for ALL of your efforts, knowledge and hard work in constructing a safe haven for those who must endure the multiple and prolonged storms of WD.

 

I can already feel the positive energy of this place and I believe this forum will be of superior quality since, I know your spirit and intentions are pure, honourable and compassionate.

 

I'm also so pleased to see some of the finest people within the current membership. I have a high regard and respect for many of you and it truly is a pleasure to be in your company!!

 

BTW, I really like the "domaine title" (if that's the correct terminology (lol))you have chosen for this site" re: SURVIVING ADs".

 

Many Blessings to the Admin and to ALL!!

 

Thank You!

 

Most Sincerely,

 

Punarbhava


To Face My Trials with "The Grace of a Woman Rather Than the Grief of a Child". (quote section by Veronica A. Shoffstall)

 

Be Not Afraid of Growing Slowly. Be Afraid of Only Standing Still.

(Chinese Proverb)

 

I Create and Build Empowerment Within Each Time I Choose to Face A Fear, Sit with it and Ask Myself, "What Do I Need to Learn?"

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Altostrata

Thank you, Pun!

 

I also feel the positive energy is coming together, radiated by the very fine people who are here.

 

The domain name I registered is survivingantidepressants.org. SurvivingADs is our nickname.

 

Because of our temporary hosting arrangements, our URL is

http://survivingantidepressants.invisionzone.com

 

You can see why I send it out as http://tinyurl.com/4h88ofx

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Introducing our first moderator: Healing, in Finding Meaning, a forum for all faiths, spiritual explorations, and in general "what's it all about."

 

Welcome, Healing, and thanks for putting your energy into this.


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Looking forward to learning and healing and growing with all of you! "Keep those cards and letters coming!"


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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Neuroplastic

Introducing our first moderator: Healing, in Finding Meaning, a forum for all faiths, spiritual explorations, and in general "what's it all about."

Yeah! May the Force Be With You, Dear Healing!


2000-2008 Paxil for a situational depression

2008 - Paxil c/t

Severe protracted WD syndrome ever since; improving

 

 

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”

Albert Einstein

 

"Add signature to your profile. This way we can help you even better!"

Surviving Antidepressants ;)

 

And, above all, ... keep walking. Just keep walking.

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Hopeful

Congratulations Healing!!! :D


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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Our second moderator: Neuroplastic

 

Neuro is going to moderate the Introductions and Updates forum, welcoming new members, and the Taking Action forum, for those passionate about making change in the world.

 

This suits his kind but fiery nature.

 

Thank you, Neuro, for your most appreciated assistance.


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Thank YOU, Sur, for this incredible place. We can do it, guys! Remember, reaching the Critical Mass of Change is only a matter of time.


2000-2008 Paxil for a situational depression

2008 - Paxil c/t

Severe protracted WD syndrome ever since; improving

 

 

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”

Albert Einstein

 

"Add signature to your profile. This way we can help you even better!"

Surviving Antidepressants ;)

 

And, above all, ... keep walking. Just keep walking.

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Hopeful

Contratulations Neuro!!! :D


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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Healing

Congrats, NP!

 

Thank you, Hopeful!


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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summer

Two thumbs up to both of you! :)


 

 

Charter Member 2011

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Altostrata

Hopeful is our third moderator. She will co-moderate the Symptoms and What Helps forum with me.

 

Hopeful has been through it all and is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Thanks for much for your help and your story, Hopeful.


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Yeah! We're growing! Congratulation, Hopeful!


2000-2008 Paxil for a situational depression

2008 - Paxil c/t

Severe protracted WD syndrome ever since; improving

 

 

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once”

Albert Einstein

 

"Add signature to your profile. This way we can help you even better!"

Surviving Antidepressants ;)

 

And, above all, ... keep walking. Just keep walking.

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Yeah! We're growing! Congratulation, Hopeful!

 

i miss this thread, already 3 mods, they grow faster than members

 

congratulations all 3

 

here, each day a news,


for anxiety 

12 years paxil - cold turkey 1,5 month - switch celexa 1 year taper; total 13 years on brain meds 

67 years old - 9 years  med free

 

in protracted withdrawal

rigidity standing and walking, dryness gougerot-szoegren, sleep deteriorate,

function as have a lack of nerves, improving have been very little 

 

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Thanks Neuro and Stan! :D


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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Healing

i miss this thread, already 3 mods, they grow faster than members

 

congratulations all 3

 

here, each day a news,

 

Ha ha! It is difficult to keep up with this fast-moving site. That is certain!

 

Congrats Hopeful! Right on!


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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Thanks, Healing!! :D


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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summer

i miss this thread, already 3 mods, they grow faster than members

 

congratulations all 3

 

here, each day a news,

 

What Stan said.


 

 

Charter Member 2011

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Baxter

Ditto. congratulations to you Healing, Neuro, and Hopeful. And thank you for taking on the responsibility!l; (the last two characters are from Lizzie the amazing cat - she is happy for us all)


 

1989 - 1992 Parnate* 

1992-1998 Paxil - pooped out*, oxazapam, inderal

1998 - 2005 Celexa - pooped out* klonopin, oxazapam, inderal

*don't remember doses

2005 -2007   Cymbalta 60 mg oxazapam, inderal, klonopin

Started taper in 2007:

CT klonopin, oxazapam, inderal (beta blocker) - 2007

Cymbalta 60mg to 30mg 2007 -2010

July 2010 - March 2018 on hiatus due to worsening w/d symptoms, which abated and finally disappeared. Then I stalled for about 5 years because I didn't want to deal with W/D.

March 2018 - May 2018 switch from 30mg Cymbalta to 20mg Celexa 

19 mg Celexa October 7, 2018

18 mg Celexa November 5, 2018

17 mg Celexa  December 2, 2019

16 mg Celexa January 6, 2018 

15 mg Celexa March 7, 2019

14 mg Celexa April 24, 2019

13 mg Celexa June 28, 2019

12.8 mg Celexa November 10, 2019

12.4 Celexa August 31, 2020

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Hopeful

Thanks, Summer and Baxter! :D


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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angie007

Congratulations, healing, hopeful and neuro,

and i look forward to keeping you all very busy lol

on my horrible taper from the claws of this poison.

 

And of course massive thanks goes to SUR

for giving us this site, where we can vent,

get help and most of all reassurance,

something we cant get enough of in wd

and these crazy awful scary symptoms.


Began taking 30mg Seroxat on 15th Jan 1997 for grief issues. Remained at that dosage until Dec 05, did doctor ct, akathesia set in along with being non functional and overly emotional, brain fog. Doctor prescribed prozac, propranelol and diazeapam to counteract side effects, and told me to ct those 3 after 2.5/3 months use, induced wd seizure on 2nd day after ct. Was reinstated on seroxat 20mg in april 06, remained at that dose until Nov 07 and began a very slow taper lasting 56 months, finally DRUG FREE on 11th may 2011.

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Thanks, Angie!!


Began Paxil 10/97*

Paxil free 10/16/04 (tapered over 2.5 months)

Severe withdrawal

12/04 started Lexapro due to Paxil w/d symptoms (tapered over 4 months)

Lexapro free 8/2/05

 

2 1/2 year severe protracted withdrawal

Doing well now with a few residual symptoms

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Healing

and i look forward to keeping you all very busy lol

on my horrible taper from the claws of this poison.

 

That's cute, Angie. Do your darndest! We're ready for ya!

 

Thanks, all, for the support!


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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sammyjo

Thank you so much for being here, just what I needed an online support group.

Weaning off Effexor XR and down to 37.5mg per day and just had a horrible experience when I tried it every other day.

When will all this end.....????

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Altostrata

Welcome, sammyjo.

 

I've started an Introductions topic for you here

 

Please tell us your story. We've all been there.

 

And -- please do NOT take Effexor every other day. Too much rocking for your nervous system! Slow but steady tapering will work better.


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Neuroplastic, moderator of the Introductions forum, is moving on to a new chapter in real life. We all wish him the very best.

 

Baxter is the new moderator of the Tapering forum. Baxter has been there and back -- on a very slow taper from Cymbalta. Thank you for taking this on, Baxter!


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angie007

Neuro ,

 

So sorry to hear you are leaving us, but i wish you all the best on your journey to health and wellness.

 

 

Baxter,

 

Congrats on becoming a new moderator on this great site, all the best to you too,

and well done, no doubt we will all keep you very busy in the forthcoming times,

especially little ole me, sa's pain in the rear lol.


Began taking 30mg Seroxat on 15th Jan 1997 for grief issues. Remained at that dosage until Dec 05, did doctor ct, akathesia set in along with being non functional and overly emotional, brain fog. Doctor prescribed prozac, propranelol and diazeapam to counteract side effects, and told me to ct those 3 after 2.5/3 months use, induced wd seizure on 2nd day after ct. Was reinstated on seroxat 20mg in april 06, remained at that dose until Nov 07 and began a very slow taper lasting 56 months, finally DRUG FREE on 11th may 2011.

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Healing

Congratulations, Baxter! :D


1996-97 - Paxil x 9 months, tapered, suffered 8 months withdrawal but didn't know it was withdrawal, so...

1998-2001 - Zoloft, tapered, again unwittingly went into withdrawal, so...

2002-03 - Paxil x 20 months, developed severe headaches, so...

Sep 03 - May 05 - Paxil taper took 20 months, severe physical, moderate psychological symptoms

Sep 03 - Jun 05 - took Prozac to help with Paxil taper - not recommended

Jul 05 to date - post-taper, severe psychological, moderate physical symptoms, improving very slowly

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buxy2222

Neuro, sorry you are leaving but wishing you the very best for the future....just wish I had figured out who you were :) lol

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Punarbhava

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Baxter is the new moderator of the Tapering forum. Baxter has been there and back -- on a very slow taper from Cymbalta. Thank you for taking this on, Baxter!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Baxter!

 

 

Punar


To Face My Trials with "The Grace of a Woman Rather Than the Grief of a Child". (quote section by Veronica A. Shoffstall)

 

Be Not Afraid of Growing Slowly. Be Afraid of Only Standing Still.

(Chinese Proverb)

 

I Create and Build Empowerment Within Each Time I Choose to Face A Fear, Sit with it and Ask Myself, "What Do I Need to Learn?"

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For personal reasons, Healing is stepping down as a moderator.

 

Thank you, Healing, for all your help. You've done a brilliant job making the Finding Meaning forum a vibrant center of the community. We all look forward to your continued contributions.

 

Our level-headed and dedicated Patience is the site's new assistant administrator, to help with administrator tasks.


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