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Madeleine

Thank you so much for this! 


Dec 1, 2016. 10 mg zyprexa for 1.5 month. Started taper mid-Jan. 2017. Cut 1.25 mg every 2 weeks; smaller cuts 2.5 mg down. Stopped at .6 mg. May 7, 2017: zyprexa free. 
Zoloft: Dec1, 2016, 200 mg. Started taper: Jun12, 2017: 197.5 mg; Jun19,:195 mg; July 2:185mg; July 9,:180 mg; July16,: 175; July 23: 170; July 30: 165; Aug6: 160; Aug13: 155; Aug. 20: 150; Aug.27: 146 mg; Sept3: 145 mg; Sept10:143 mg; Sept17:140 mg....Nov5: 122 mg...Dec3:112.5 mg; Jan14, 2018: 95 mg...Jan28: 90 mg; Feb21:80 mg; Mar11: 75 mg; May2:70 mg; May15: 68 mg; May28: 65 mg; Jun9: 62 mg;Jun25: 60 mg:July22: 55 mg; Aug25: 45 mg. Aug28: 50 mg...Oct 28: 38 mg; Dec.4: 30 mg; Jan8,2019: 25mg; Feb6: 23.5 mg; Apr1:17.5mg; May1:1 mg; May 5: 18;  May 18:15mg; June 16:12.5mg; Sept 10:11 mg; Sept.16:10 mg; Oct. 1: 9mg; Nov. 27: 8mg; Dec.5: 7mg; Jan.1,2020, 6 mg; Feb1: 5 mg; May 1: 2.5 mg; Jn 1: 2 mg; Jy 1: 1.5 mg
Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pw4tjImAJ92OIVyRvZoZYjqxiKMk7wvp-ljiIi1olRo/edit#gid=0

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freespirit123

Can someone please explain what this is? I’m needing help with tapering 


In 2015- had UTI put on Microbid. Stopped sleeping & had a nervous breakdown! Was put on Seroquil, Trazadone, Klonopin, just to name a few! Got off all drugs except Celexa until May of 2018. 

 

Update as of 1/19- reinstated Celexa 20mg. Drinking wine nightly along with a slew of meds/supplements to try and get to sleep. 

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Hi Freespirit123,

 

I'm not a moderator here, but I can explain the calculator.

A taper - the type recommended on this forum - is a decrease at 10% of the current dose, every three or four weeks.

In other words each dose is 10% less than the one before it, so the actual amount you go down by gets less and less.

 

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Technically-speaking it never reaches zero,

but you'll be choosing your own taper, built up of different rates and/or doses.

I'd rather let a moderator pick up beyond this point in the explanation.

 

This calculator accepts a starting dose, and an end dose.

The start dose is the dose you're on now.

The end dose is not necessarily the very final dose.

 

In fact in almost every case it won't be the final dose, since you won't know what that is until you're close to it.

So the end dose can be set according to how much supply of the medication you have or want to buy, just as an example.

You might just want to set it to one tenth of what you're on now to see the figures.

 

Those figures it outputs are the doses. There's no taper period implied here.

You will choose that, and it may be 3 weeks or 4 weeks or something else.

 

If, say 4 weeks, then you would need 28 doses of each of those amounts.

(a bit more actually because you may need to reinstate the previous dose in a hurry if it's too fast)

 

Days times dose.

 

For example:

28 x 1mg
28 x 0.9mg
28 x 0.81mg
28 x 0.729mg

 

To keep track of your taper, add the amounts to a calendar, or copy and paste the output into a spreadsheet.

Then stretch / repeat each amount out to the number of days per taper-period.

 

Hope that made sense.

DM


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Purplerain

You’re amazing Dr Mussy, this is so needed. Withdrawal exacerbates my normally mild dyscalculia so I always found making a tapering schedule a bit daunting. Thank you so much, you’re a hero!


2008 put on 75mg Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) after breakup with long term boyfriend

2009 Dose increased to 150mg

2010 Dose increased to 300mg plus 25mg Quetiapine added to aid sleep and control hypomania

2011 first attempt to withdraw. Taper much too fast on psychiatrist's advice (300-0mg in 1 month) suffer first and only psychotic episode. Put back on 75mg generic Venlafaxine (no more Quetiapine)

2014 reduce dose to 1/4 of a 37.5mg Venlafaxine tablet during pregnancy. Suffer extreme social anxiety/agoraphobia

2015 Daughter is born. Advised not to breastfeed due to Ven being present in breastmilk. Suffer PND and go back to taking 37.5mg tablet daily. Start to experience heavy fatigue each day after taking Venlafaxine tablet.

14th June 2017 - start 10% monthly taper reduction method. June 2018: 10mg June 2019: 4.5ml September 2019: Switch to 5% reduction, followed by 2 week hold; then 5% further reduction, followed by 4 week hold. June 2020: 2mg

14th September 2020 - 1.8mg (current dose) Supplements: Magnesium citrate; Olive leaf extract; Fish oil capsules

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Tiggy and I find it hard enough:

  • keeping track of her supplies
  • deciding what to do next (down, hold, up)
  • working out the doses
  • making sure there are enough backup doses for reinstatement or holding
  • ordering the prescription
  • getting it sent to the compounding pharmacy

She's been impaired, but thankfully has been fine at managing the times and durations,

whereas I seem to be more about quantities.

Y to her X (why to her ex?)

 

So it certainly has crossed my mind that someone doing this on their own could use some help.


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Altostrata

Beautiful job, DrMussy.

 

Where you jump off your taper depends on your symptom pattern. One thing you can count on: It will be less than 1mg.


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ChessieCat

I've just posted this to help one of the members so I thought I'd post it here for others:

 

 

An easy way to work out your next taper dose (a 10% reduction) is to multiply the current dose by 0.9 (if making a 5% reduction multiply by 0.95).  This will be the dose you need to take.  If you want to double check your calculations you can also multiply the dose by 0.1 (for a 5% reduction multiply by 0.05) and then deduct that from the previous dose.

 

Current dose = 20mg

 

1st reduction:     20mg x 0.9 = 18mg       double check:     20mg x 0.1 = 2mg   so   20mg - 2mg = 18mg

 

2nd reduction:    18mg x 0.9 = 16.2mg   (if you can't easily measure 16.2mg round up to 16.25mg or 16.5mg - NOTE always round up)

 

 

Please note that the next reduction needs to be calculated on the dose you took:

 

3rd reduction (choose one of these doses):

 

16.2mg x 0.9 = 14.58mg         (eg round up to 14.6mg or 14.75mg)

 

16.25mg x 0.9 = 14.625mg    (eg round up to 14.75mg)

 

16.5mg x 0.9 = 14.85mg         (eg round up to 15mg)

 

 

Remember that the next reduction needs to be calculated on the dose you took on your 3rd reduction.

 

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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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Jesse12

Thank you so much Dr.Mussy :-) :-) I was trying to figure out the amount to taper; after I realized it wasn't starting dose 100mg, 90, 80, 70 wasn't 10% taper lol. 


Presently taking all the medications below:

Lamictal 300mgs - September 2008 

Zoloft 100mgs - September 2008

Klonopin 2mgs/3x day - September 2008

Roboxen 750 mgs 3x/day - Jan 2009

Baclofen 20mg - Jan 2009

Buspar 30mg 2x/day ~ Jan 2011

Buprenorphine 1.25mg -January 2017 (dosage has varied from 4mg -1mg)

LDN (low dose naltrexon) - April 2017 (dosage has varied from 3mg - 0.2mg)

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Frogie

I can't find this app in my apps store. Is it not available for an android phone?

 

Thank you...


PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!!

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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DoctorMussyWasHere
1 hour ago, Frogie said:

I can't find this app in my apps store. Is it not available for an android phone?

 

Thank you...

Plans are most certainly under way to make it into "a proper app", amongst other things.

Not that it'll be that hard to do, just that it's lower on the list of priorities,

one of which is rebuilding the code base, which will affect it if made into an app.

For now, a bookmark in your phone's browser is your best bet.


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Frogie
5 minutes ago, DoctorMussyWasHere said:

Plans are most certainly under way to make it into "a proper app", amongst other things.

Not that it'll be that hard to do, just that it's lower on the list of priorities,

one of which is rebuilding the code base, which will affect it if made into an app.

For now, a bookmark in your phone's browser is your best bet.

Ok thank you for the information.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx


PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!!

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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rattledbytherush

I have been scrawling multiple tapering plans on paper for a long time. This is awesome. Thank you!


 

 

Beginning of slow taper: November 2017: 45mg liquid sertraline 

December 2017: 40 mg liquid sertraline

January 2018: 35 mg liquid sertraline

February 2018: 30mg liquid sertraline

March 20, 2018: 25 mg liquid sertraline

May 2nd, 2018: 20 mg liquid sertraline

June 1st, 2018: 18 mg liquid sertraline

July 2018: reinstatement to 20 mg liquid sertraline

September 21st, 2018: took 50mg sertraline for one day; reinstated back to 22mg liquid sertraline after

September 29th-30th: Ran out of liquid, taking 25 mg tablets to hold for two days until liquid scrip is ready

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Paper.. yes I remember that ; )


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Centime

I have a mg. scale, and know how much one 10 mg. Paxil tablet weighs. I can easily figure how to cut it by 10%, then 10% of that dose, and so forth. But the site asks that we report our tapering progress in mg.s. How do I covert pill weight back  to mg.s?  I’m bad at math. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you!


Long history with many psych drugs beginning in 1987. Went through two too-fast Paxil withdrawals in the past. Ended up in ER both times. I successfully got off Wellbutrin, and (occasional only) Seroquel, Concerta, and Klonopin over six months. Current supplements: multivitamin, probiotic, D3, magnesium, CBD. Current drugs: Ranitidine 300 mg. for acid reflux, Paxil (tapering off).

 

Paxil Taper History, 2018/2019

Jan.1: 60 mg. May 1: 55 mg. May 13: 50 mg. June 3: 47.5 mg. June 14: 45 mg. June 21: 42.5 mg. July 5: 40 mg. Switched to figuring by weight. 40 mg. = .704 July 22: .686. July 29: .669. August 5: .652. August 12: .635. September 2: 30 mg. October 2: 25 mg. November 2: 22 mg. December 1: 20 mg. January 6: 18 mg. Now using a digital scale and an emery board to taper. January 16: I decided to go back on the drugs after a year of tapering. I’m more depressed than ever, and do not believe it’s withdrawal. Thank you, everyone, for your support, advice, and kindness. Centime.

 

 

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brassmonkey

You would use the same calculation as you used for the dose weight. For a 10% reduction:

10mgai X .9 = 9mgai

9mgai X .9 = 8.1mgai

 

For the weight of the actual dose, from the scale, we like to use the sufix mgpw, milligrams pill weight (i.e. 125mgpw)

For the strength of the dose we like to use the sufix mgai, milligrams active ingredient (i.e. 9mgai)

 

This makes it a bit easier to follow which measurement is being talked about.

 

Hope that helps.


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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Altostrata

Merged post about calculating dilutions.


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DoctorMussyWasHere

I've tweaked the taper calculator to handle floating point numbers.

 

Click the three-dot symbol at the bottom

Set Taper Percent to eg. 2.5

 

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jordidog

Tried using but having trouble 


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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1 hour ago, DoctorMussyWasHere said:

I've tweaked the taper calculator to handle floating point numbers.

 

Click the three-dot symbol at the bottom

Set Taper Percent to eg. 2.5

 

FP.png

I’m unable to adjust this to 5%.  

Blandell


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Hi Blandell,

 

Thanks for pointing this out, however it seems to work fine for me.

 

I can type 5 into the field (without typing "%"),

and I can click the little ↕︎ arrows, which adjusts it by 0.1 on each click.

 

Could you elaborate on the issue you are experiencing?

 

Many thanks,

DM


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45 minutes ago, DoctorMussyWasHere said:

Hi Blandell,

 

Thanks for pointing this out, however it seems to work fine for me.

 

I can type 5 into the field (without typing "%"),

and I can click the little ↕︎ arrows, which adjusts it by 0.1 on each click.

 

Could you elaborate on the issue you are experiencing?

 

Many thanks,

DM

I don’t see arrows🙁


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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I can’t see any arrows

was able to put 5 in

ill probably go with 10 but would like option of 5


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Thanks Blandell,

I'd like to fix this so it works for everyone.

Could you let me know which web browser you are using?

(eg. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera..)

 


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DoctorMussyWasHere

Perhaps you are using your phone or tablet.

No arrows on mobile devices. On my todo list..


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5 hours ago, DoctorMussyWasHere said:

Thanks Blandell,

I'd like to fix this so it works for everyone.

Could you let me know which web browser you are using?

(eg. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera..)

 

I’m not sure...safari?


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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Yes it’s Safari


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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Arrows missing in some web browsers

Input spinners - the little adjustment arrows - don't appear in Safari for some users.

Continuing from this thread.


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3 hours ago, Blandell said:

Yes it’s Safari

 

Ok, I see it now, and some other issues.

Except for the input field in question where the spinner arrows don't appear,

in Safari they appear all the time in other input fields.

 

The spinners are supposed to be hidden until clicked on all browsers.

Firefox has some issues too, which I will see to after these have been sorted.

Will look into these and report back here.


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brassmonkey

DoctorMussy-- thank you for all the help with the calculator, it's really appreciated.

 

Brass


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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jordidog

I’m excited to hear this!! Yay and thanks in advance to you and your husband 


 

1994 began Paxil 20. Jan2018-began taper @ 2.5 mg every 6 wks. 10mg Paxil on May 12/2018

May 2019 - 9.75 mg Paxil; July 12/19 9.5 mg

July 20/19 -9.75 mg

Aug  12/19 10 mg Paxil 10 mg Prozac, “Prozac bridge” ;Vit D 1000iu 6 per day, magnesium bis-glycinate 200mgx3, Omega 3 600mg x3, gaba 600mgx2, Inositol powder

Meditation, tapping, breathing and grounding, tai chi, yoga, art

Aug 21 dropped Prozac; increase Paxil to 15mg

October 2020: continuing to  hold at 15 mg Paxil 

 

 

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Surfchick

Here is the calculator we built-  this micro-dose calculator includes the 2 week hold per Brassmonkey's slide recommendations...

 

www.taperoff.co


💮Zoloft 50mg September 2015  💮September 2018 begin micro-taper  💮April 2019 25mg 💮April 2020 12.5 mg  💮August 8 mg  💮October 6 mg 

 

 

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brassmonkey

Hi Surfchick-- The calculator looks good and my first quick test was fine with one exception.  The year column only indicated which page you were on and not the time spent to that point.  My test of  40mg at 10% showed a taper length of 2 years when it should have been more like five to five and a half years. This could be very misleading for people trying to make plans.

 

Brassmonkey


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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Surfchick

Ok i see it only goes down to .09mg.. 

Feel free to delete the post, im not sure why its stopping at .09


💮Zoloft 50mg September 2015  💮September 2018 begin micro-taper  💮April 2019 25mg 💮April 2020 12.5 mg  💮August 8 mg  💮October 6 mg 

 

 

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My mistake, I entered the percent of taper wrong. Never mind.  It is showing that the taper will take seven plus years to complete, which mathematically is correct, but in practical terms not doable.  The physical limitations of making the reduction below 1mg make it very hard to complete the taper in this manner. It may be an idea to add a note about this and truncate the program at some point.  I'll take more of a look at it.  There is some discussion on this problem on the Brassmonkey Slide Method of micro tapering thread.

 

BTW I do like the calculator and think it will be very helpful.


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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OK ill talk to my husband, he built it for me, and to share. This is just the first draft :) He's working on an app as well for itunes this next year. 

It is a great way to get started! 


💮Zoloft 50mg September 2015  💮September 2018 begin micro-taper  💮April 2019 25mg 💮April 2020 12.5 mg  💮August 8 mg  💮October 6 mg 

 

 

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We edited the calculator so you can play around with the number of week holds...

www.taperoff.co  


💮Zoloft 50mg September 2015  💮September 2018 begin micro-taper  💮April 2019 25mg 💮April 2020 12.5 mg  💮August 8 mg  💮October 6 mg 

 

 

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