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Ashwagandha herb for anxiety, stress and toxic overload


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I think this plant can be is quite dangerous in some cases, especially for those who have taken SSRIs. One guy has a blog where he says he developed persistent Anhedonia and PSSD only from Ashwagandha, without ever touching an SSRI's.

2001, Amisulpride (deniban) - 3 months, I taper in some weeks

2001, Seroquel, 4 weeks - quit cold turkey, 2001. Efexxor,  one pill adverse reaction

2002. Amitryptaline (mutabon mite) - 4 months, I taper really faster in some weeks

around more 10 years drug free

4 December 2013, 7 drops of citalopram , adverse reaction

December    2013, Italian supplement called serenplus with tryptophan, 9 pills adverse reaction, quit cold turkey.

After December 2013, Im drug free.

 

 

 

 

 

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I ingested Klaire brands 150mg Ashwaganda on Sunday at 1030 am at the behest of my holistic psychiatrist.  I felt off almost immediately after taking it.  2 hours later I had a bout of bone crushing depression that lasted a few hours, the kind that physically hurts. Ive never felt tru depression until comimg Off ssri’s as an aside so it’s not an “underlying condition” of mine.  I will NEVER take this again.  In fact, I’m done with supplements entirely.  Time and fish oil is all I can handle.  Even magnesium doesn’t work wirh my jacked up system.

 

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Anyone take Ashwagandha here?

Zoloft, November 2019.  I worked up to 50 mg and stayed there until 1 year later. I tapered for 3 months, which should consider to be cold turkey.
Tapering schedule:
Month 1: 37.5 mg

Month 2: 25 mg

Month 3: 12.5 mg

Month 4(Half the month): 6.75 mg
Month 4(Other half): 0 mg December 9, 2020

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FYI

According to an herbalist I know and trust, if you are taking ashwaghanda and want to stop, it must be tapered. Do not just suddenly stop from one day to the next. Same goes for other adaptogens. Do not cold turkey these potent herbs, taper off gradually. My herbalist friend advises this for everyone, not just for those of us in withdrawal. Safe bet that it's even more important for our sensitized/traumatized nervous systems. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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On 5/2/2022 at 9:56 AM, Ariel said:

FYI

According to an herbalist I know and trust, if you are taking ashwaghanda and want to stop, it must be tapered. Do not just suddenly stop from one day to the next. Same goes for other adaptogens. Do not cold turkey these potent herbs, taper off gradually. My herbalist friend advises this for everyone, not just for those of us in withdrawal. Safe bet that it's even more important for our sensitized/traumatized nervous systems. 


How slow taper should you do? The same as with ADs?

Zoloft, November 2019.  I worked up to 50 mg and stayed there until 1 year later. I tapered for 3 months, which should consider to be cold turkey.
Tapering schedule:
Month 1: 37.5 mg

Month 2: 25 mg

Month 3: 12.5 mg

Month 4(Half the month): 6.75 mg
Month 4(Other half): 0 mg December 9, 2020

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24 minutes ago, curiousnootropics said:

How slow taper should you do? The same as with ADs?

 

I don't know. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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I took Ashwagandha from December 2020 until cessation in September 2022. I started off on two caps a day, dropped to one a day (around 80mg Ashwagandha) a couple of months after starting. When I started it I was clutching at straws for everything and anything to deal with my ‘mental problems’. It just stemmed from a need to feel proactive in helping myself. Another one on the massive list of supplements to ‘cure’ me. 
 

I did an approx. 4 week taper off it and honestly didn’t notice anything different to my normal withdrawal symptoms waxing and waning. I was quite cautious in the tapering of it because I know it can act on dopamine receptors. I’m glad to be off it and down to the bare bones of what I need to take. It saves me a load of money and means one less thing to take. The taper consisted of 2 weeks every other day, followed by around 2 weeks every third day, then stopped. Glad to be off.

Nothing I say or do is based on medical advice. I make my own choices based on intuition gained through individual research, and a lot of suffering. My intro
CURRENT MEDICATION:

1. Sertraline: 50mg October 2020; 100mg December 2020; 50mg April 2021; 75mg May 2021; 50mg 18 September 2021; big crash 6 December 2021; holding

Current dose: 50mg (Sep 2022)

2. Mirtazapine: 15mg November 2020;

Current dose: 15mg (Sep 2022)

 

PAST MEDICATION

1. Amitriptyline: 20mg Dec 2016 for epigastric pain; 10mg Dec 2017; 0mg Oct 2018 - no withdrawal symp.

 

SUPPLEMENTS: Magnesium Citrate;

LIFESTYLE: No alcohol, nicotine or caffeine

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Did anyone used Ashwaghanda to taper of an SSRI?

Citalopram 5mg 22-august-22 - 12-sept-22

Liquid citalopram 13-sept-22 4mg, 1mg down every week

Supplements: Multivitamine, magnesium mix, vit C-ester, fish oil 600mg, L-lysine, potassium, L-theanine with lemon balm.

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