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pinkfairy

Hi just stopping by to say hello to every body An the insommina as me too,am still meds as well....I fought it An got in a right pickle with myself.Now I just think if I sleep I sleep if I don't my body is still resting!epstom salt baths ūüõĬ†

warm milk if you can tolerate An a banana...noooooo phones on or t.v.If you ca read,try An read a good fiction book anything to take your mind off WD...

lets all crawl along together ‚̧ԳŹ


Binge drinker thru out my life 17/37,recreational use of street drugs 17-30. Numerous AD from age 23 upwards

Matazpine 30mg 2007-2012

Paxil an zopiclone 2012-2016

Taken off Paxil in four weeks in janurary 2016

Given diazepam 2-4 feb to June 2016

C/t diazepam June (had no idea not too)

Reinstated 8mg of diazepam in July,crossed over to 8mg of diazepam! given 7.5 matazpine.

Nov 2016 at 5 mg of diazepam

Given Olanzpine 2.5 November 28th-stopped

paxil 1mg 3rd of dec -stopped

Started liquid diazpam 10th of jan.alchol free 13month

February 2018 - reduced to 4 mg diazepam and 7.5 mg mirtazapine

November 2018 - tried 2% diazepam reduction - updosed back to 4 mg after one week

 

 

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pinkfairy

Had like to share this with you all,I thought I wasn't sleeping at all....

 

i bought a very fit (cheap version of fit bit)

it tracks sleeping ūüėƬ†

i was shocked as it said I was getting 6 hours,I was like no way..

it said 3.25 deep sleep An the rest light sleep,it's like my little security  blanket on a night now!!

my mind was adamant I wasn't sleeping only to be told other wise!

i honestly thought I was going to go insane after 2-4 hours a night after 13th month...

1))I didn't 

2))it's creeping back up 

3))every single thing is mind games,these drugs are like been in a mentally abusive realtionship...

learn to ignore the games An lies it tells you..eventually when your time comes you will walk away from this An it will all be a million miles behind you..

4))when your symptoms are high,that's when all the healing is taking place.

5)) repeat 24/7 this is not me it's the drugs,you don't have to believe it,but eventually a little seed will get planted.

6))NEVER EVER GIVE UP 

because one day this will happen ūüźõūü¶č

huge hugs ūü§ó to you all pink¬†


Binge drinker thru out my life 17/37,recreational use of street drugs 17-30. Numerous AD from age 23 upwards

Matazpine 30mg 2007-2012

Paxil an zopiclone 2012-2016

Taken off Paxil in four weeks in janurary 2016

Given diazepam 2-4 feb to June 2016

C/t diazepam June (had no idea not too)

Reinstated 8mg of diazepam in July,crossed over to 8mg of diazepam! given 7.5 matazpine.

Nov 2016 at 5 mg of diazepam

Given Olanzpine 2.5 November 28th-stopped

paxil 1mg 3rd of dec -stopped

Started liquid diazpam 10th of jan.alchol free 13month

February 2018 - reduced to 4 mg diazepam and 7.5 mg mirtazapine

November 2018 - tried 2% diazepam reduction - updosed back to 4 mg after one week

 

 

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AtlanticCat

I have been struggling with insomnia for a little over a year. It started when I upped my Vitamin D from 2,000 to 3,000 mgs in an attempt to get rid of my apathy. Anyway I developed sleep anxiety several nights a week (I sleep fine on the weekends). I am afraid of not sleeping or getting so little sleep during a week night cause I have to drive 20 miles to work. I have found an online program (The Sleep School-not free but not outrageous in price) on using mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help me with getting to sleep. It has helped me somewhat but some nights I still struggle. I have also been reading more about ACT to help me not fight against my anhedonia and a recent symptom of mild depression.

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TryingToHoldOn

Just a little update.  After 8 months of insomnia, I had 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep last night!  I'm sure that this is just part of a window, but please don't lose hope!  I truly believed I would never be able to sleep again.


Mid 2014 - June 2016 (~ 2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month

Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.

Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off

Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 50mg a week later, but the serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.

March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again

February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

6/16/18 - 6/26: celexa 1.25mg

6/27/18 - 6/29: celexa 2.5mg, 6/29 had burning and agitation within 30min of dose

6/30/18 - present: celexa 1.25mg

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The only thing I can suggest, is to stop focusing on sleep.  I know that must sound like an inane suggestion but it sounds like you are putting too much pressure on yourself to get some sleep.  I know we need sleep, and it crucial to healing but the more pressure you place on yourself to get some sleep, the more stress you are putting yourself under and it a vicious cycle.  Maybe start by saying to yourself that you will be happy if you get 1/2 hour sleep.  Close your eyes and think about happy times that you spent with your son or some other comforting thoughts that elicit peaceful memories and calm.  Even if it means counting fluffy purple sheep with happy faces, anything to put your focus on something else but getting some sleep. 

Sometimes I would just lay there in bed and close my eyes even though I knew that sleep wasn't going to come. Some nights I'd be successful on staying quiet and other times I'd feel like I couldn't sit still, so I'd open up my computer and read about what other people in withdrawal did to help with sleep or watch at show or read when my mind wouldn't rest at all. Eventually I just came to realize that this was my new normal, and all I could do was try and make the best of it.  


Current: Xanax 0.26 (down from 2 mg in 2013), Lexapro 2.85 mg (down from 5 mg 2013)

Amitriptyline (tricyclic AD) and clonazepam for 3 months to treat headache in 1996 
1999. - present Xanax prn up to 3 mg.
2000-2005 Prozac CT twice, 2005-2010 Zoloft CT 3 times, 2010-2013 Escitalopram 10 mg
went from 2.5 to zero on 7 Aug 2013, bad crash 40 days after
reinstated to 5 mg Escitalopram 4Oct 2013 and holding liquid Xanax every 5 hours
28 Jan 2014 Xanax 1.9, 18 Apr  2015 1 mg,  25 June 2015 Lex 4.8, 6 Aug Lexapro 4.6, 1 Jan 2016 0.64  Xanax     9 month hold

24 Sept 2016 4.5 Lex, 17 Oct 4.4 Lex (Nov 0.63 Xanax, Dec 0.625 Xanax), 1 Jan 2017 4.3 Lex, 24 Jan 4.2, 5 Feb 4.1, 24 Mar 4 mg, 10 Apr 3.9 mg, May 3.85, June 3.8, July 3.75, 22 July 3.7, 15 Aug 3.65, 17 Sept 3.6, 1 Jan 2018 3.55, 19 Jan 3.5, 16 Mar 3.4, 14 Apr 3.3, 23 May 3.2, 16 June 3.15, 15 Jul 3.1, 31 Jul 3, 21 Aug 2.9 26 Sept 2.85, 14 Nov Xan 0.61, 1 Dec 0.59, 19 Dec 0.58, 4 Jan 0.565, 6 Feb 0.55, 20 Feb 0.535, 1 Mar 0.505, 10 Mar 0.475, 14 Mar 0.45, 4 Apr 0.415, 13 Apr 0.37, 21 Apr 0.33, 29 Apr 0.29, 10 May 0.27, 17 May 0.25, 28 May 0.22, 19 June 0.22, 21 Jun updose to 0.24, 24 Jun updose to 0.26

Supplements: Omega 3 + Vit E, Vit C, D, magnesium, Taurine, probiotic 

I'm not a medical professional. Any advice I give is based on my own experience and reading. 

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Why

If you have light insomnia or just having a hard time falling asleep, you may try this exercise :

 

when you are in the bed, instead of thinking that you should sleep , just try to relax and think that you just have to rest . if sleep comes all good, if doesn't you will have rested anyway.

 

don't think about sleep, just breath and relax the muscles.

 

Also you can think about some good things you experienced in your life and people/places you keep a good memory of.

 

But yhe most important thing is not to focus on trying to sleep. just relax and accept either cases if sleep comes or not.

 

 

 

Tell me if this helped.

 

Oh , forgot to say,  eliminate coffee and caffeine sources from your diet asap, especially after the morning.

 

Also stop watching bright devices (smartphones, tv, pc)  for 2 hours before sleeping


I'm sorry, didn't write a proper diary and my memory is very bad, can't remember exactly all dosages . Here is a short summary

Drugged since i was 11 yo.

Prescribed several SSRI, neuroleptics, mood stabilizers, benzos.Last prescription was lithium, lamotrigine , 20 mg paroxetine, rivotril

Tapered fast lithium and lamotrigine with little to no symptoms 3 years ago.Since then i'm tapering paroxetine and going through withdrawal syndrome. My tapering was not   stable and that's probably the cause of a lot of acute symptoms i had .

Currently at 0.8 mg of paroxetine

Trying now a micro-taper of 0.02 cuts

15/07/2017 tapered to 0.74  (having waves and windows. Cognitive impairment, akathisia, apathy, anxiety, vision problems, depression, paranoia, obsessive toughts, extreme fatigue,  and some more: all comes in waves except vision problems wich are persistent)

08/09/2017 0.72 mg 28/09/2017 0.70 mg

 

 

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dj2010

try slowly counting backwards from 1000, that has been working for me most nights


2001 - 2005 prozac,  2001 - 2017 various benzos, mainly diazapem and zanex,  2002 - 2017 olanzapine or seroquel,  2002 -2017 propanolol, 2005 - 2009 venlafaxine 75mg , forced to go cold turkey off venlafaxine as moved Thailand, doctor cut me off and couldn't get it there, severely ill for over 2 years, countered withdrawals with more zanex and seroquel

2014 returned to UK, mainly to get treatment getting off meds

doctor advised to taper seroquel over a few weeks, severely ill and bed bed-bound so reinstated it, 2015 tapered seroquel myself slower over a few months, was off it 2 months and was too ill so went on olanzapine, became zombie and too tired to get out of bed, went back on seroquel, very depressed so went back on venlafaxine, didnt work  so doctor swapped to zoloft became very agitated so back on venlafaxine

June 2016 - felt strong enough to begin tapering again, started what I thought was a slow taper of all meds,  2016 July Not had any alcoholic drink since this date, 

2016 October completely off diazepem, 2017 Feb completely off seroquel, 2017 March completely off proponanlol, 2017 April (day before birthday) completely off venlafaxine, OFF ALL MEDS 11/4/2017, was fine for nearly 3 months and then delayed withdrawal hit,

supplements taking: turmeric capsules, NiaCel (nicotinamide riboside), Vit B12 sublingual, Vit B3, Vit B6, Vit B1, apple cider vinegar, manuka umf 10 honey, camu camu powder,  melatonin when needed, epsom salt baths, juices, smoothies, 

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15175-dj2010-off-all-meds-for-3-months-and-been-fine-now-bad-insomnia/

 

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TryingToHoldOn
Hi.  I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this.  I have suffered from severe insomnia since December 2016.  Sometimes I can get a few hours of broken sleep and some days no sleep at all.  On occasion, I will sleep 5 hours straight through which you think would be something to celebrate, but it always brings on crippling anxiety!

 

Lately, if I fall asleep I get woken up by heart stopping anxiety.  It feels as though someone is pouring ice cold liquid anxiety into my chest over and over again and wakes me from my sleep.  If I'm fortunate enough to sleep a couple of hours I get this same feeling when I wake.  I know about morning cortisol, but this happens even earlier in the evening like at 9:00pm (when I'm woken from sleep) and feels different than the cortisol surges.  It also happens if I just lay down during the day to rest.  Even if I don't nap it seems as though my body has an aversion to me resting and that ice cold anxiety gets dumped into my chest leaving me in a panic and shaking.  The only way I can really describe it is that it feels toxic.

 

The irony is, I don't tend to get this feeling when I don't sleep at all.  Does anyone know why or what is happening?  My body is desperately sleep deprived and now is acting adversely to sleep.  Why do I feel worse getting sleep?

 

Thanks in advance for your insight.

 


Mid 2014 - June 2016 (~ 2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month

Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.

Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off

Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 50mg a week later, but the serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.

March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again

February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

6/16/18 - 6/26: celexa 1.25mg

6/27/18 - 6/29: celexa 2.5mg, 6/29 had burning and agitation within 30min of dose

6/30/18 - present: celexa 1.25mg

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ChessieCat

Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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kateinsocal

Hello all, 

 

Seeking clarification when it comes to bedtime - 

 

I know getting in a set schedule is important, but is it more harmful than good to try to sleep when you don't feel sleepy? 

I can't decide which is worse for me, trying to sleep earlier knowing I likely won't, then end up getting frustrated, or staying up later until I am more sleepy and have a better chance of falling asleep. It's hard to decipher at times, as the melatonin makes me feel like I could fall asleep, but half the time can't get there (or stay there). 

I've been opting for #1 lately - and it's great on the random nights when I can fall asleep quite quickly, but on the ones where you can't, it tends to frustrate me more than it would if I just stayed up later. 

 


2002-2003 25mg Paxil CR due to PTSD and severe anxiety. 2005-2016 25mg Paxil CR due to resurgence of panic attacks and severe anxiety.

Started tapering late summer 2016.

Aug 2016 - 25mg CR immediate cut to 12.5mg CR, then held 4-5 months 

Jan 2017 - 12.5mg (CR) to 12.5mg (non CR), then after a week.

Jan/Feb 2017 - 12.5mg (non CR) taper down 2.5mg/week (1.25mg every 3-4 days), and felt no symptoms at all until debilitating withdrawal effects at 1.25mg, so immediately went back up to last stable dose of 2.5mg.

Held at 2.5mg. Experienced mild/moderate anxiety waves, brain zaps, lightheadedness, feeling fuzzy, cortisol spikes, burning/prickling skin and lots of anxious energy.

Tried Omega 3s for two days and experienced debilitating anxiety and depression (+urgent care visit), so stopped that 2/19. 

Mar 12 2017 - Switched to half liquid/half pill, had a minor spike in anxiety but it faded over a couple days

Mar 19 2017 - Switched to full liquid - 2.5mg/1.25ml - experienced a spike 7-8 days in, but stabilized over next week. Another awful spike over 4/12-4/16 due to inadvertently eating a ton of flax seed, but two amazing normal weeks followed that.

Tapering off liquid - 3/19 - 2.5mg, 4/30 - 2.25mg, 5/29 - 2.02mg, (weekend of depression around 7/2), 7/24 - 1.82mg, 9/4 - 1.64mg, slow taper (.04mg/wk) until .025ml liquid (0.50mg) last dose on 8/8/18, plus melatonin almost every night. Also daily mindfulness, CB therapy, exercise, and positive self talk. 1/2 lorazepam in emergencies (not since Sept 2017). Battle random nights of insomnia, and difficulty falling/staying asleep, lapses in focus, obsessive thought.

A/O Aug 9. 2018 - PAXIL FREE.

 

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38 minutes ago, kateinsocal said:

I know getting in a set schedule is important, but is it more harmful than good to try to sleep when you don't feel sleepy? 

 

Kate,

 

Unfortunately, sleep in withdrawal does not come with a playbook that can be universally followed.  It is marginally helpful to read what the sleep experts and thought leaders have to say and some of their tips can help at the margins.  Things like blackout shades and cool temperatures and turning off your screens well before bedtime are all of use, however, when the brain says "I think I'm going to flood you with cortisol and make it impossible for you to fall asleep" then all bets are off and none of those "secrets" are likely to help.  Distinguishing the "trouble falling asleep" days from the "I'm not going to sleep" days becomes an art form and is very hard to do.  Sometimes you can "force" sleep but that is, in my experience, the exception to the rule when the cortisol is really high.  On those days, I get out of bed so as not to disturb the wife and I go into another room with my iPad and read or watch a show or do something to try to pass the time and see if I come down from the high level of energy that is keeping me up.  If I do, I try to go back to sleep, but, frequently, I find that I'm up much or all of the night.  Like you, when I try really hard to sleep and can't it is frustrating so I can empathize.

 

I don't think there is a "right or wrong" answer to this and all you can do is let your body guide you.

 

Best,

 

Andy


Sertraline 50mg and Clonazapam .375mg from 2000 -- symptoms of dizziness Spring 2012

increased to .5 Clonazapam and 100mg Sertraline -- no improvement

Benzo microtaper from November 2012 to November 2014 (followed benzo sites "taper benzo first")

Started Sertraline taper in December 2014 cut by 25mg to 75mg; 62.5mg 1/1/15 and 50mg on 2/1/15

Held at 50mg through April 5 to use liquid 
Reduced dosage in 10% or less drops from 50mg to 25mg -- at single tablet of 25mg on 10/5/15

Transitioned to all liquid for accuracy while tapering -- Horrible insomnia -- back to 25mg liquid and held until October 1, 2016

10/16 -- 11/18 tapered very slowly to 10.6mg.  No real improvement and never really stable so updosed to 12.5mg (1/2 a pill) for convenience and long hold.

After 8+ months of holding with no noticeable improvement decided to add .4ml of liquid Prozac (about 1.5mg) to see if that improves the situation

Supplements, Magnesium, D3, Omega 3, curcumin, Valerian, 81mg Aspirin, L-Theanine, Vit. C,

 

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On 17/03/2011 at 2:38 AM, Altostrata said:

 

Can we revive the "Light therapy for sleep problems" thread, moderator? I've found that after 8 years of using antidepressants, a 10,000 LUX light therapy box used upon waking for 30 minutes was the only thing that fixed my sleep problems. I went from oversleeping every night to sleeping just the right amount (7-9 hours per night). I think the effects of this tool shouldn't be undermined. Thanks!

Edited by ChessieCat
added note about link update

Effexor IR, 112.5mg (January 2018 - now) - using this to taper off of SNRI's once and for all. 

Pristiq, 50mg (June 2017 - December 2017) - I tried to get off, but got what appeared to be withdrawal symptoms.

Cymbalta, 60mg (May 2016 - May 2017) - reinstated. At some point, it stopped working. 

Cymbalta, 30mg (July 2015 - November 2015) - I was trying to get off at this point. 

Cymbalta, 60mg (December 2013 - July 2015)

Lexapro, 20mg (September 2013 - December 2013)

I didn't mention the many temporary switches and abilify add-ons attempts. The list would get too long. 

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rupa

300m.l of lukewarm buffalo milk ,mixed well with half a teaspoon turmeric powder,one hour before bed time.

It is doing wonders for my withdrawal insomnia.


Cold turkeyed risperidone (1m.g)and trihexyphenidyl combination drug out of ignorance,In August 2016 after one month use.

Withdrawal symptoms settled at dreamful,disturbing sleep.

Thus introduced to olanzapine for sleep.Started using olanzapine out of ignorance.

Tapering olanzapine 10 m.g from February 2017.

May 2018 :Still suffering dreams,Still tapering olanzapine at 0.625.100ml water+2.5 mg olanzapine. June 2018 22.5ml=0.57mg.July 2018 20ml,August 2018-17.5ml,September 2018-15ml,October 2018 10 ml,December 2018 7 ml, BrassMonkey slide method so far at lower doses.2 nd December cold turkeyed , only to reach minure doses as reinstatement to cutshort endless tapering process.4rth December started 1ml.

Almost no symptoms and sleep is better,So started 0.5 ml from 17-12-2018.

"0"from31-12-18.Re birth would happen from 2020,as rejuvenation would take 2019.

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On 23/03/2017 at 8:46 PM, Kestrel777 said:

I am tapering off of Lexapro and have trouble finding more than three hours of sleep per night. This was the case before I started the drug also. I am dealing with a great deal of health related anxiety, financial anxiety and CPTSD. Getting help with all of the above but I feel that if I could get a good solid 4 for 5 hours of sleep that I could deal with life more successfully.

 

Recently I read that Benadryl has been found to contribute to dementia. It crosses the blood brain barrier. I used to take Benadryl 25mg for sleep no more than 3 times a week, about two weeks ago stopped after I discovered a link between the drug and back pain not to mention the dementia news. 

 

QUESTION: What can I take to help me relax and fall asleep? Any herbal teas? I have hot flashes several times in the early morning but I am used to them. I won't take hormones. Sleep is of utmost importance to me right now. Sleep is healing. 

 

I am starting a cardio routine 45 minutes a day now. I am practicing Mindfulness also each day. 

 

Your advice is greatly appreciated. 

 

Kestrel

I had the most terrible insomnia for the first year of w/d. I barely slept and eventually had to reinstate. I tried again a year later and had completely different symptoms with insomnia only a sporadic symptom. It was still bad though and would go on for a week or two at a time. I know this might be unwelcome advice for some but I was persuaded by a friend with MS to try cannabis and it worked a treat. Not strong stuff or 'weed' and I did have to start smoking but it was worth it. I know that some people can't handle cigarettes in w/d but fortunately I can and cannabis is the only thing that gets me to sleep when the insomnia is bad. It means I can still work and function. 

 

I hope this is helpful. I know it's not the most welcome of advice but nothing else touched it. I used to panic when I started to get insomnia because the idea of it lasting a year again was terrifying but now I'm more relaxed about it. I also meditate and have a ridiculously healthy lifestyle other than the occasional smoke. I really hope you find a solution to yours. I know how devastating it can be. 


Originally went on prozac 2008 for CFS - 20mg

Finished end 2012 - extreme anxiety and insomnia for a year, reinstated Jan 2014 - 40mg.

Jan 2015 tapered to 20mg - 5 months WD

Sept 2015 - took 3 tablets for vertigo - triggered 5 months WD

Switched to sertraline Dec 2015 - didn't work so went CT Jan 2016. 6 weeks of breathing and sleep problems so reinstated sertraline.

April 2016 CT - WD started.

April - August 2016 very low dose zopiclone - made WD worse so stopped end August 2017

Since Sept 2016 WD: drowsiness and fatigue; headaches (ended Christmas 2016); numb face (ended Christmas 2016); vivid dreams; anxiety and tearfulness; dizziness; nausea; loud tinnitus; irrational feelings of fear and dread; tingling up and down the backs of my legs; some insomnia but that's getting better. 

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On 9/2/2017 at 12:52 PM, pinkfairy said:

Had like to share this with you all,I thought I wasn't sleeping at all....

 

i bought a very fit (cheap version of fit bit)

it tracks sleeping ūüėƬ†

i was shocked as it said I was getting 6 hours,I was like no way..

it said 3.25 deep sleep An the rest light sleep,it's like my little security  blanket on a night now!!

my mind was adamant I wasn't sleeping only to be told other wise!

i honestly thought I was going to go insane after 2-4 hours a night after 13th month...

1))I didn't 

2))it's creeping back up 

3))every single thing is mind games,these drugs are like been in a mentally abusive realtionship...

learn to ignore the games An lies it tells you..eventually when your time comes you will walk away from this An it will all be a million miles behind you..

4))when your symptoms are high,that's when all the healing is taking place.

5)) repeat 24/7 this is not me it's the drugs,you don't have to believe it,but eventually a little seed will get planted.

6))NEVER EVER GIVE UP 

because one day this will happen ūüźõūü¶č

huge hugs ūü§ó to you all pink¬†

FIT Bit uses movement to track your sleep. So if you don't move if thinks you're asleep. I have one too and it said I slept 5+hrs on nights when I did not sleep at all. 

Read here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/22/fitness-trackers-sleep_n_4637328.html 


2 mg pimozide April-June 2017 for skin infection. Quit CT. And was fine.

2 mg pimozide Sept-Nov 2017 for skin again. Severe insomnia was side effect. Quit CT. Chronic insomnia became withdrawal effect too.

200 mg Seroquel/1 mg lorazepam/nyquil Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018 for insomnia then zolpidem for 2 weeks. Did not work. Tapered off.

Cycled Ultra PM (phenibut) and CBD Oil for 1 month with some success then they stopped working. Quit CT.

On no meds right now. Only herbs (motherwort, passionflower, mulungu powder) and having some sleep, mostly broken/light.

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Athena

What is the least bad med to help sleep in cases of total insomnia and desperation? Benadryl? Mild sleeping pill? Thank you


2000-2001: Effexor              2005-2012: Celexa, Zoloft, Effexor, desipramin, Wellbutrin, mirtazepin, Lamictal, Remeron, Abilify, nortriptylin, Cipralex, Cymbalta, and others I don't remember. Really bad side effects to all.
Sept-Nov 2012: Paxil 20mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Imovane 5mg      Nov 2012: Paxil 20mg --> 10mg
Dec 2012: Paxil 10mg-->0; 1 week later: HUGE WD symptoms. Started to get informed on the internet and back to 10mg Paxil.
Dec 2012-Jan 2013: Paxil 10mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Imovane 2.5mg        End Jan 2013: P 9mg, W 100mg, I 2.0mg
Feb 2013: P 8mg, W 100mg, I 1.5mg      April 2013: P 7mg, W 100mg, I 1.25mg       May 2013: P 7mg, W 90mg, I 1mg    

June 2013: P 7mg, W 80mg, I 0mg       July 1/2013: P 7, W 70     July 22/2013: P 7, W 60             Aug 2013: P 7, W 50       Sept 2013: P 6.1, W 50     Oct 2013: P up to 6.3, W 50     Nov 2013: P 6.2 to 5.9, W 50      Dec 2013: P 5.9, W 40      Jan 2014: P 5.3, W40        Feb 2014: P 5.3, W 30      March-April 2014: P 5.3, W 26    May 2014: P 5.3, W 20        June 2014: P 5.3 W 15     July 2014:  P 5.3, W 14       Aug 2014: P 5.3, W up to 15     Sept 2014: P 5.3, W 14    Oct 2014: P 4.8, W 14      Nov 2014: P 4.3, W 14     Dec 2014-Jan 2015: P 3.9, W 14     Feb 2015: P 3.9, W 12    March 2015: P 3.6, W 12   April-May 2015: P 3.3, W 12    June 2015: P 3.3, W 10    July 2015: P 3.3, W 8   Aug-Sept 2015: P 3.3, W 6   Oct 2015: P 3.0, W 6   Nov 2015: P 2.7, W 6   Dec 2015: P 2.4, W 6   Jan-Feb 2016: P 2.4, W 5  March 2016: P 2.2, W 5   April 2016: P 2.2, W 4   May-June 2016: P 2.2, W 3  July 2016: P 2.2, W 2  Aug 2016: P 2.2, W 1  Sept 2016: P 2.2, W 0!!  Oct 2016: P 2.0   Nov 2016-Jan 2017: P 1.8  Feb-Mar 2017: P 1.9  April-May 2017: P 1.8   June 2017: P 1.6 July-Dec 2017: P 1.5  Jan-April 2018: P 1.6

Others: Cytomel 25mcg (thyroid), vit. C, vit D, Omega-3 fish oil, Magnesium bisglycinate , Melatonin 1mg, 81mg Aspirin, Milk peptides, L-theanine, Valericalm tincture mix, scullcap tincture, Suan Zao Ren (jujube seeds)

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UniEase

Hi all,

 

These responses are from last year. I am just curious how folks are doing. Sleeping more, sleeping deeper/more continuous or still the same? 

 

For a skin infection, I used 2 mg of pimozide, an anti-psychotic for 2.5 months early 2017 then quit cold turkey and was fine. It did take away skin issue temporarily. But then skin condition recurred then I started drug again Sept-Nov. By mid-Nov, my brain snapped into severe insomnia. I quit cold turkey. I did not sleep 2 months straight. You can read full story on my profile.

 

Its been 4+ months now, I am through with rx for insomnia that can cause insomnia as well. I am now detoxing with hot yoga taking only herbs at night and averaging about 4-6 hrs/night but very broken sleep 1-1.5 hrs at a time and very light. Having dreams are the only way I can tell if I'm sleeping. Wondering when my brain will bounce back from withdrawal.

 

On top of that my skin symptoms are recurring minimally but I don't want to touch this drug anymore after what it did to me. Would love to hear from folks especially any success stories. Thanks!


2 mg pimozide April-June 2017 for skin infection. Quit CT. And was fine.

2 mg pimozide Sept-Nov 2017 for skin again. Severe insomnia was side effect. Quit CT. Chronic insomnia became withdrawal effect too.

200 mg Seroquel/1 mg lorazepam/nyquil Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018 for insomnia then zolpidem for 2 weeks. Did not work. Tapered off.

Cycled Ultra PM (phenibut) and CBD Oil for 1 month with some success then they stopped working. Quit CT.

On no meds right now. Only herbs (motherwort, passionflower, mulungu powder) and having some sleep, mostly broken/light.

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Altostrata

The least bad med is an antihistamine such as Benadryl, but it can go paradoxical with regular use. Use search in this forum to see our discussions about this.

 

These bizarre-looking sleep aids might help get your sleep environment dark enough to trigger melatonin

https://ostrichpillow.com/products/ostrichpillow-original

 

https://ostrichpillow.com/products/ostrichpillow-light-reversible

 

In the reviews, some people say they've had extraordinarily good sleep using the Ostrich pillow in particular.

 

However, morning light on your skin can still wake you up --- you have light-sensing nerves there, too. If you have extreme sleep difficulties, you will still want to use blackout shades and curtains and keep your bedroom cool and dark.


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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

However, morning light on your skin can still wake you up --- you have light-sensing nerves there, too.

 

I didn't know that.  Thank you for this information.


Being very patient.  I'll get there - slowly.  ETA mid 2021

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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I'm not tapering yet but I do get insomnia sometimes and there are some free apps you can get on your phone. They are guided meditation and they really help me to fall asleep. They seem to work better if I use earbuds to listen rather than just normal. There is another app called Calm that has natural sounds like a soft rain, bonfire, lake etc. Then it has mindful meditations that I really like to help with stress, anxiety or just to use to chill. There are many meditation apps and I had to download them to try them and then delete until I found the ones I liked the best. Some have binaural beats that are supposed to be good for Neuroplasticity. 


1996 Prozac

1998 switched to Paxil

2000 switched to Celexa 20 mg daily 

2013 had reaction/interaction with Celexa/Nexium-stopped Nexium

July 2014 switched to Trintellix 5mg daily.

June 2015 increased Trintellix 10mg daily. 

Probiotic 51 billion 1 cap daily 

Mega Red 800mg 1 daily

Magnesium 400 mg 1 daily

Hair, skin and nails 1 daily

B12 1000 mg weekly

D3 2000iu every other day.

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I need an advice on acute insomnia. It's been almost 3 weeks since I lost ability to sleep. I don't know how to explain, but I just don't want to sleep. I go to bed, close my eyes, try to relax, but nothing happens. I don't feel myself sleepy or tired. I don't feel sleepy on next day either. This drives me crazy. Is there a medication-free treatment? 


Paxil:

Nov 2014 ~ Feb 2015:  20mg/day

Feb 2015 ~ May 2015:  taper from 20mg/day to 5mg/day. 

Jun 2015 ~ Aug 2017:  updose and hold 10mg/day

Aug 2017 ~ Mar 2018:  taper from 10mg to 2.5mg, then CT

Apr 2018  ~ NOW: reinstate and hold 7.5mg/day

 

Seroquel:

May 2018 ~ NOW: 25mg/day before sleep

 

Suppliments:

Omega3 fish oil (1500mg/day), Magnesium (400mg/day), Multivitamin complex, CBD oil/vape (10mg/day)

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Altostrata

You have classic withdrawal syndrome. Please see my responses in your Introductions topic.


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On 08/04/2018 at 8:22 PM, Altostrata said:

The least bad med is an antihistamine such as Benadryl, but it can go paradoxical with regular use. Use search in this forum to see our discussions about this.

 

Thanks Alto. Also I see you and others are/were taking Aspirin 81mg... Is this something that can be used more often? One night out of 2 for example?

Thank you.


2000-2001: Effexor              2005-2012: Celexa, Zoloft, Effexor, desipramin, Wellbutrin, mirtazepin, Lamictal, Remeron, Abilify, nortriptylin, Cipralex, Cymbalta, and others I don't remember. Really bad side effects to all.
Sept-Nov 2012: Paxil 20mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Imovane 5mg      Nov 2012: Paxil 20mg --> 10mg
Dec 2012: Paxil 10mg-->0; 1 week later: HUGE WD symptoms. Started to get informed on the internet and back to 10mg Paxil.
Dec 2012-Jan 2013: Paxil 10mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Imovane 2.5mg        End Jan 2013: P 9mg, W 100mg, I 2.0mg
Feb 2013: P 8mg, W 100mg, I 1.5mg      April 2013: P 7mg, W 100mg, I 1.25mg       May 2013: P 7mg, W 90mg, I 1mg    

June 2013: P 7mg, W 80mg, I 0mg       July 1/2013: P 7, W 70     July 22/2013: P 7, W 60             Aug 2013: P 7, W 50       Sept 2013: P 6.1, W 50     Oct 2013: P up to 6.3, W 50     Nov 2013: P 6.2 to 5.9, W 50      Dec 2013: P 5.9, W 40      Jan 2014: P 5.3, W40        Feb 2014: P 5.3, W 30      March-April 2014: P 5.3, W 26    May 2014: P 5.3, W 20        June 2014: P 5.3 W 15     July 2014:  P 5.3, W 14       Aug 2014: P 5.3, W up to 15     Sept 2014: P 5.3, W 14    Oct 2014: P 4.8, W 14      Nov 2014: P 4.3, W 14     Dec 2014-Jan 2015: P 3.9, W 14     Feb 2015: P 3.9, W 12    March 2015: P 3.6, W 12   April-May 2015: P 3.3, W 12    June 2015: P 3.3, W 10    July 2015: P 3.3, W 8   Aug-Sept 2015: P 3.3, W 6   Oct 2015: P 3.0, W 6   Nov 2015: P 2.7, W 6   Dec 2015: P 2.4, W 6   Jan-Feb 2016: P 2.4, W 5  March 2016: P 2.2, W 5   April 2016: P 2.2, W 4   May-June 2016: P 2.2, W 3  July 2016: P 2.2, W 2  Aug 2016: P 2.2, W 1  Sept 2016: P 2.2, W 0!!  Oct 2016: P 2.0   Nov 2016-Jan 2017: P 1.8  Feb-Mar 2017: P 1.9  April-May 2017: P 1.8   June 2017: P 1.6 July-Dec 2017: P 1.5  Jan-April 2018: P 1.6

Others: Cytomel 25mcg (thyroid), vit. C, vit D, Omega-3 fish oil, Magnesium bisglycinate , Melatonin 1mg, 81mg Aspirin, Milk peptides, L-theanine, Valericalm tincture mix, scullcap tincture, Suan Zao Ren (jujube seeds)

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Altostrata

Please use search in the Symptoms forum to see our discussions about aspirin.


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TryingToHoldOn

UniEase,

 

I’m going on my 16 month of insomnia and I still never feel sleepy or tired.  On a good night I will have 4-5 hours of broken sleep (averaging a few nights a month).  Most nights, I sleep ~2-3 hrs and a few with no sleep at all.

 

Tiny improvements i’ve Noticed:

- falling asleep while listening to a podcast.  One minute i’m Awake and then i’m Not.  I tend to wake up after 30-45 min but it’s deep sleep because husband hears me snoring.  So yay!

- I wake closer to 5am when i’m able to sleep.  For a better part of a year I would wake between 3-4am.

-occasionally, i’m Able to fall back asleep after I wake in the morning.  Before it was impossible, once I woke I was awake for the day.

 

I am still unable to nap and there are many things that continuously concern me about my sleep, but I *try* not to about not sleeping.  Easier said than done.

 

Oh another thing, I do not take anything for my insomnia.  Scared to death to put any type of poisons in my body.  I do drink mag citrate and rub magnesium oil on my feet at night, but it doesn’t seem to have any impact good or bad on my sleep.

 

How are you doing?  Has your sleep improved?


Mid 2014 - June 2016 (~ 2.5 yrs): sertraline 75mg. Under advice of my Pysch NP, weaned off in 1 month

Sept 2017 - Feb 2017 (6 months): Latuda (dose 20mg up to 80mg). Under advice of Psych NP, weaned off in 6 weeks (Jan - mid Feb). Tirtated down 20mg every 2 weeks.

Nov 2017 - Feb 2017 (3 months): lamictal 100mg. Abruptly taken off. This was the "wean": 100mg, 50mg, then off

Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg for 1 week to bring me out of a severe suicidal depression. Abruptly stopped due to serotonin syndrome. Tried to reinstate 50mg a week later, but the serotonin syndrome symptoms came back. Not possible to reinstate sertraline.

March 2017: remeron 7.5mg. Took one dose that knocked me out for two days. Refused to take it again

February 2017 - March 2017: Ativan 1mg. Took 5 pills total spread out over the course of 3 weeks. No longer taking it.

6/16/18 - 6/26: celexa 1.25mg

6/27/18 - 6/29: celexa 2.5mg, 6/29 had burning and agitation within 30min of dose

6/30/18 - present: celexa 1.25mg

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10 minutes ago, TryingToHoldOn said:

UniEase,

 

I’m going on my 16 month of insomnia and I still never feel sleepy or tired.  On a good night I will have 4-5 hours of broken sleep (averaging a few nights a month).  Most nights, I sleep ~2-3 hrs and a few with no sleep at all.

 

Tiny improvements i’ve Noticed:

- falling asleep while listening to a podcast.  One minute i’m Awake and then i’m Not.  I tend to wake up after 30-45 min but it’s deep sleep because husband hears me snoring.  So yay!

- I wake closer to 5am when i’m able to sleep.  For a better part of a year I would wake between 3-4am.

-occasionally, i’m Able to fall back asleep after I wake in the morning.  Before it was impossible, once I woke I was awake for the day.

 

I am still unable to nap and there are many things that continuously concern me about my sleep, but I *try* not to about not sleeping.  Easier said than done.

 

Oh another thing, I do not take anything for my insomnia.  Scared to death to put any type of poisons in my body.  I do drink mag citrate and rub magnesium oil on my feet at night, but it doesn’t seem to have any impact good or bad on my sleep.

 

How are you doing?  Has your sleep improved?

i'm having a lot of success with CBD oil for my insomnia, I have tried a few and find this one is working best:  https://cbdbrothers.com/product/purple-edition-cbd-oil/

 

if try need to start off with a extremely small dose and work way up,

 

hope your sleep improves,

 


2001 - 2005 prozac,  2001 - 2017 various benzos, mainly diazapem and zanex,  2002 - 2017 olanzapine or seroquel,  2002 -2017 propanolol, 2005 - 2009 venlafaxine 75mg , forced to go cold turkey off venlafaxine as moved Thailand, doctor cut me off and couldn't get it there, severely ill for over 2 years, countered withdrawals with more zanex and seroquel

2014 returned to UK, mainly to get treatment getting off meds

doctor advised to taper seroquel over a few weeks, severely ill and bed bed-bound so reinstated it, 2015 tapered seroquel myself slower over a few months, was off it 2 months and was too ill so went on olanzapine, became zombie and too tired to get out of bed, went back on seroquel, very depressed so went back on venlafaxine, didnt work  so doctor swapped to zoloft became very agitated so back on venlafaxine

June 2016 - felt strong enough to begin tapering again, started what I thought was a slow taper of all meds,  2016 July Not had any alcoholic drink since this date, 

2016 October completely off diazepem, 2017 Feb completely off seroquel, 2017 March completely off proponanlol, 2017 April (day before birthday) completely off venlafaxine, OFF ALL MEDS 11/4/2017, was fine for nearly 3 months and then delayed withdrawal hit,

supplements taking: turmeric capsules, NiaCel (nicotinamide riboside), Vit B12 sublingual, Vit B3, Vit B6, Vit B1, apple cider vinegar, manuka umf 10 honey, camu camu powder,  melatonin when needed, epsom salt baths, juices, smoothies, 

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15175-dj2010-off-all-meds-for-3-months-and-been-fine-now-bad-insomnia/

 

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My insomnia is not as serious as some people here,but I went off to sleep at 11pm and planned to wake up at 8:30am.I went to bed at 11am but cannot fall asleep and like yesterday I fell asleep at 1am and woke up at 8:30am,so still get around 7 hours.

 

its been a week not taking any psych meds.Now I am only taking Omega 3 fish oil


Jan 2009-Mar 2016---Abilify(20,15,10,5mg),Risperidal(3mg,2mg,1mg),Mirtazapine(30mg,15mg)

 

2 years before:

Mar 2016-Feb 2017---Abilify(5mg,2.5mg)

 

July 2017-Oct 2017---Olanzapine 15mg

Oct 2017-Nov 2017---Olanzapine 10mg

Nov 2017-Feb 2018---Olanzapine 5mg

Feb 2018-NOW---Olanzapine 2.5mg

 

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8 hours ago, Dabhob33 said:

....

****Started new online Sleep course called Go!to Sleep through the cleveland clinic.   Tracking sleep and using CBTI.  I’m meeting with creator of program Dr Drerup on 8/29/18 for sessions.   But others not in cleveland can use the online / remote course.   Might be something for others to consider who are having sleeping issues.   Here’s the link - https://my.clevelandclinic.org/-/scassets/8881218339914257bc112d6cb986b4e3.ashx

....

 

 


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These things worked for me:

 

Walking every day or almost everyday is the most important thing I do.

 

1. Go to bed early and use a sleep mask to block out the light.  Get black out shades for the window.  I use both.

2. No screens for an hour or two before bedtime.  No blue light.  Low, golden light or candles in the house.

3. Use a fan for white noise.

4. Go to bed at the same time every night

5. Drop the temperature in your bedroom before you go to bed (I have to drop mine to 73).  This will signal your body that it's time to sleep.

6. Soothing music - yoga, meditation or singing bowls music perhaps.

7.  Walking almost everyday

 

To sleep later:

8.  Use a sleep mask/black out shades to sleep later on days you don't work.

9. If --after daylight -- you wake up anxious and can't fall back asleep, get up and do something to distract so that you can get to bed earlier that night.

10. Turn down the thermostat if you had let the temp rise in the night.  

 

If you wake up in the night:

 

11. Drink warm milk.

12. Use a microwaveable shoulder wrap or neck wrap that you can heat.  I heat mine 2-3-4 times if necessary.

13. Don't watch tv or movies or read a kindle or use the Internet. No blue light.

14.  Try to avoid turning on the lights.

15.  Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees.

16.  Turn on a fan or some type of white noise.

17. Observe your breath -- in, out, in, out (meditation)

18. Repeat a mantra -- I am safe.  I am safe.

 

 


https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/16629-rosetta-ct-may-2011-too-fast-taper-feb-2017/?page=25

2001-2011 Celexa 10 mg raised to 40 mg then 60 mg over this time period

May 2011 OB Doctor's Cold switch Celexa 60 mg to 10 mg Zoloft sertraline (baby born)

2012-2016 - Doctors raised dose of Zoloft up to 150 mg

2016 - Xanax prescribed - as needed - 0.5 mg about every 3 days (bad reaction)

2016 - Stopped Xanax

Late 2016- Began (too fast) taper of Zoloft

Early 2017 - Trazodone prescribed for bedtime (doseage unknown)

Feb 2017 - Completed taper/stopped Trazodone

Drug free since Feb 2017

2017 - Unisom otc very rarely for sleep

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Mourad

Dear fellow chronically sleep-deprived,

 

Here’s are my top 3 occasional life savers:

 

SleepGenius app. ¬†Funnily enough, the overly elaborate sleep module doesn‚Äôt do much for me. But the power nap and the relaxation program modules, each roughly 30 mins long,¬†¬†are very helpful. They don‚Äôt quite get me to sleep ‚ÄĒ not more than a few seconds or so at least ‚ÄĒ but close enough

 

The Andrew Johnson Relax mp3 or app. Again, the sleep hypnosis app/mp3 he also offers, doesn’t do much. But this Relax one does. I may even doze off briefly, slightly

 

The BrainSync Brain Massage mp3. Supplies gentle music or ambiance with binaural beats inducing gamma and delta waves. Not quite sleep-inducing, but very soothing even so.

 

May our sleep return soon,

Mourad

 

 

 


Paxil/Seroxat/paroxetine 10 mg for over 20 years

Several failed attempts at quitting

Slow tapering since June 2016 using liquid paroxetine

Presently stabilising at 0,15 ml (0,3 mg) because of the worst withdrawal so far

June 2017: tried tapering further to 0,1 ml (0,2 mg) but that backfired badly. Stabilising again at 0,15 ml.

July 15, 2017: down to 0

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folks considering using melatonin to help with sleep may want to watch this (or read the transcript)

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-melatonin-supplements-safe/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=ffb2ee4b35-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40f9e497d1-ffb2ee4b35-23428565&mc_cid=ffb2ee4b35&mc_eid=18558a9b97

 

 

there are foods that have melatonin in them, it might be safer to eat those. 

Some foods naturally contain melatonin and are therefore great to have at an evening meal or as a light night time snack:

Bananas

Morello cherries

Porridge oats

Sweet corn

Rice

Ginger

Barley

Tomatoes

Radishes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

https://lifespa.com/melatonin-rich-foods-will-improve-health/


  • pysch med history:¬†1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  • ¬†Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs),¬†klonopin, ambien,¬†seroquel(high¬†doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal-¬†Brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to¬†40mgs. I tried to get off it several¬†times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse".¬†
  • ¬†2013¬†tapered down to 5mg but WD forced me back to¬†20mgs
  • ¬†June of 2105,¬†tapered again, too rapidly¬†to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by¬†¬†Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63¬†
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content¬†
 

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Thanks, H2H. Those can be good foods, but the amount of melatonin they contain is very, very tiny.


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On 9/1/2018 at 12:01 PM, Altostrata said:

Thanks, H2H. Those can be good foods, but the amount of melatonin they contain is very, very tiny.

yes I suppose that's true, however  it's enough to make a difference, at least for some ppl (it's been studied, I'll try to find the studies (dbl blind placebo controlled etc)

and If I'm reading this correctly, a very small amnt of melatanin from food converts to a much larger effect in the blood stream

"gojis* have just 15 micrograms an ounce, but melatonin is potent stuff. You inject 10 into people, and you can boost their blood levels fifty-fold in five minutes."

 

(*goji berries have the most melatonin)

 

plus none of the worries about the purity or actual potency of the supplements.

 

after being so horribly screwed up and screwed over by things that come in a pill,  I'm not eager to take my chances with them any more

 

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  • pysch med history:¬†1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  • ¬†Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs),¬†klonopin, ambien,¬†seroquel(high¬†doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal-¬†Brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to¬†40mgs. I tried to get off it several¬†times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse".¬†
  • ¬†2013¬†tapered down to 5mg but WD forced me back to¬†20mgs
  • ¬†June of 2105,¬†tapered again, too rapidly¬†to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by¬†¬†Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63¬†
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content¬†
 

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Mourad

Dear all,

My GP is now suggesting referring me to a sleep clinic for a sleep study.

Has anyone ever done this? Was if of benefit to you? I’m curious about  your experiences.

Thanks so much!


Paxil/Seroxat/paroxetine 10 mg for over 20 years

Several failed attempts at quitting

Slow tapering since June 2016 using liquid paroxetine

Presently stabilising at 0,15 ml (0,3 mg) because of the worst withdrawal so far

June 2017: tried tapering further to 0,1 ml (0,2 mg) but that backfired badly. Stabilising again at 0,15 ml.

July 15, 2017: down to 0

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Altostrata

H2H, I am highly skeptical of these claims made for "superfoods," they push food fads.

 

Mourad, if you have withdrawal insomnia, the sleep studies will not be helpful. All they will do is show you're not sleeping, which you already know. For the most part, they are diagnostics for sleep apnea, a breathing condition.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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dj2010

been a lot of articles about a new insomnia technique the last couple days, worth a try for people struggling

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6124063/Secret-military-technique-help-fall-asleep-night.html

 

 

 

Is this the end of insomnia? The secret US military technique that could help you fall asleep in as little as TWO MINUTES

  • The secret US army method is guaranteed to help you go to sleep in 120 seconds¬†
  • It was reportedly first developed¬†by army chiefs worried about pilot mistakes
  • After six weeks of practice, the secret technique has a 96 per cent success rate

Many of us toss and turn at night as we struggle in vain to try and get some sleep, but it seems as if there might finally be a solution that could have you nodding off in as little as two minutes. 

A book titled  'Relax and Win: Championship Performance' features a secret US military method that can help anyone get to sleep in just 120 seconds.

The title was originally published in 1981, but the method has recently resurfaced online according to Joe.co.uk.  

It's used by soldiers to ensure that they are able to get some rest - even when on a battlefield - and is said to have a 96 per cent success rate after six weeks of practice. 

The technique was reportedly developed after army bosses tried to eliminate mistakes made by pilots because of tiredness. 

The technique involves a combination of relaxing your muscles, breathing techniques and visualisations.  

Insomnia is a huge global problem, affecting around a third of men and women in their 30s and 40s and nearly half of women over 65.

 

There are two types, Type 1 insomnia where you can't get to sleep and Type 2, where you can get to sleep okay, but tend to wake at least once during the night.

Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to serious problems including diabetes, heart disease and strokes, and it can even affect the strutcture of the brain.  

How to fall asleep in under two minutes 

Firstly, you have to relax the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw, and the muscles that are around your eyes. 

Then you should drop your shoulders as low as they'll go before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.

Step three involves breathing and says you should breathe out, relax your chest and then, finally, relax your legs. You should start with your thighs and then move to your lower legs.  

Once you've relaxed your body for ten seconds, you have to then clear your mind completely.  

According to the book, these three methods may help you do that: 

Firstly, picture yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake, nothing but blue sky above you.

You can also picture yourself snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room.

And finally, you can also try saying 'don't think, don't think, don't think' over and over again for ten seconds. 

 

 

 


2001 - 2005 prozac,  2001 - 2017 various benzos, mainly diazapem and zanex,  2002 - 2017 olanzapine or seroquel,  2002 -2017 propanolol, 2005 - 2009 venlafaxine 75mg , forced to go cold turkey off venlafaxine as moved Thailand, doctor cut me off and couldn't get it there, severely ill for over 2 years, countered withdrawals with more zanex and seroquel

2014 returned to UK, mainly to get treatment getting off meds

doctor advised to taper seroquel over a few weeks, severely ill and bed bed-bound so reinstated it, 2015 tapered seroquel myself slower over a few months, was off it 2 months and was too ill so went on olanzapine, became zombie and too tired to get out of bed, went back on seroquel, very depressed so went back on venlafaxine, didnt work  so doctor swapped to zoloft became very agitated so back on venlafaxine

June 2016 - felt strong enough to begin tapering again, started what I thought was a slow taper of all meds,  2016 July Not had any alcoholic drink since this date, 

2016 October completely off diazepem, 2017 Feb completely off seroquel, 2017 March completely off proponanlol, 2017 April (day before birthday) completely off venlafaxine, OFF ALL MEDS 11/4/2017, was fine for nearly 3 months and then delayed withdrawal hit,

supplements taking: turmeric capsules, NiaCel (nicotinamide riboside), Vit B12 sublingual, Vit B3, Vit B6, Vit B1, apple cider vinegar, manuka umf 10 honey, camu camu powder,  melatonin when needed, epsom salt baths, juices, smoothies, 

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15175-dj2010-off-all-meds-for-3-months-and-been-fine-now-bad-insomnia/

 

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