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I thought i would share my new prescription with you all - feel free to add yours :)


We live near a great bush walk - it's quite steep and takes 30mins to complete one circuit. So each morning i walk it once, sometimes twice. I ALWAYS feel better afterwards - no matter how crappy to start with - i am not saying I feel fantastic, just better than before i started.


Meditation - I do 15mins meditating - usually on a psalm or to soft music.


Yoga - twice a week - wish I could do more, but the times offered don't always work for me - i do Bikram yoga.

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg

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Sounds like a good regime Peggy. When I was pretty bad, i couldn't walk much. But ANYTHING will help, as long as you don't overdo it. Therefore, I'll share what I do too. I can't do a full yoga workout but there are a few poses that I do that help me. I do them every other day. It helps mostly with the pain. I walk 1 block. I can probably move that up to 2 now. And, meditation as well. I do this a lot during the day. It's a major part of my spiritual practice and I think that is the most important part of my healing from these meds.

Taper from Cymbalta, Paxil, Prozac & Antipsychotics finished June 2012.

Xanax 5% Taper - (8/12 - .5 mg) - (9/12 - .45) - (10/12 - .43) - (11/12 - .41) - (12/12 - .38)

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Hey Peggy,


I do yoga twice a week - unless I'm really zonked from not sleeping.


And I do meditation - I like to do loving kindness meditations (I have a few guided ones I use. Jack Kornfield is my fav) to remind me that there are other people in the world who are suffering and we're all in the same boat.

July 2001 prescribed 20mg citalopram for depression;
On and off meds from 2003-2006.
February 2006 back on 20mg citalopram and stayed on it until my last attempt at tapering in September 2011.
By far the worst withdrawal symptoms ever. Reinstated to 20mg citalopram
October 2012 - found this forum!
Nov 2012 to Feb 2013 did 10% taper, got doen to 11mg - was going great until stressful situation. Cortisol levels hit the roof, hideous insomnia forced me to updose to 20mg.
March 2016 - close to 100% back to normal!

****** I am not a medical practitioner, any advice I give comes from my own experience or reading and is only my perspective ******

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