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Hello, Graziella. We can answer your questions in your Introductions topic, please start one.

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I created yet another taper schedule calculator here:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/166G5PM7EGT8J73yehbISokbQ7IAcbjPUudb5TfXitao/

 

Please try it out and double check the math for me.  If you find it useful then please add it to the top post.

 

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Conversion from mg to liquid for micro-taper is proving challenging.

Can an algebraic formula be provided by anyone to apply converting the different values each day?

I know that you need to do dilution first to complete the above,

If my liquid is 40mg active ingredient per 1ml, then how much should I dilute the liquid if starting my microtaper at 5.4mg?

 

1999:  Paroxetine (20mg). Age 16. 2007-2008: Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 1.5 years (age 25) Citalopram 20mg 2002-2005, 2009: Escitalopram (20mg), 2 weeks, (age 26) (adverse manic reaction)/*Valium 5mg/Temazepam 10mg 2010: Mirtazipine (Remeron)( do not remember dosage) 2010, 5 months.                     

2010-2017: Citalopram (20mg) (age 27 to 34) 2016: i.1st Sept- 31st Oct Citalopram 10mg , ii.1st November 2017-30th November 2017, Citalopram 5mg iii.1st December 2017- 4th February 2018, Citalopram 0mg, iv.5th February 2018- March 2018 Citalopram 5mg (10mg every other day) 28th February- tried titration of 5mg ( some adverse effects)

2018: 1st March 2018- 1st June Citalopram 10 mg (tablet form) /started titration 8mg , then 7 mg.2018: June 15th- 10th July Citalopram 10 mg pill every other day 2018: 10th July - 13th Sept Citalopram- 0mg  (CBD oil first month of 0mg, passiflora on and off) 2018 13th Sept Citalopram  2mg ,  approx 16th Sept 4mg , approx 25th Sept 6mg held.  2019: 11 Feb 19: 7mg (instant bad rxn) 12 Feb 19 6mg held 1 May 19 5.4mg held 5 Oct 19 5.36mg 22 Oct 19 5.29mg 30 Oct 19 5.23mg 4/NOV/19 5.18mg 12 Nov 19 5.08mg 20 Nov 19 4.77mg 7 May 22 2.31mg

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This is a chart that I created to log your taper data.  It has columns for Reduction Cycle, Percent Reduced, Start date, end date, start dose MGAI, End dose MGAI, Beads removed, remaining beads and notes/symptoms.  Please free to use.  I made it on Microsoft Word.

Antidepressant Reduction Chart.docx

1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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Note, you need to use Microsoft Word to open the above file.  I tried to open it on my phone and it does not show up properly. 

1993-2000: Zoloft few months CT, Prozac 1-2 yrs, Ritalin PRN

2002/2003: Wellbutrin,  Paxil 25mg FT, and Xanax PRN CT (all 3 to 6 months), Adderal 40mg, Strattera 40mg

2003- 2016: Effexor XR 75 mg to 150 mg., Strattera (2002-2008)

2017: Effexor XR 225 mg. Gabapentin 300 mg. Elavil 25 mg.

2018: (Sept.) Effexor XR 187.5 mg, Zoloft 10 mg. (OCT.) FT off Gabapentin (NOV.) FT off Elavil (DEC) FT Effexor to 150 mg.

2019: (JAN.) D/C Zoloft, added Viibryd 10mg (FEB) CT Viibryd, (MAR) Prozac bridge, Effexor xr 112.5mg, (Sept.) Effexor XR 112.5 mg + 0.4 mg (1 bead), (Oct.) Effexor XR 112.5mg, (Dec.28) start 10% taper Effexor XR 101.25 mg, 

2020: (Jan. 25) Effexor XR 91 mg., (Feb. 22) Effexor xr 82 mg., (Mar. 21) 75 mg. 

Supplements:  Vitamin D 5000 IU topical, Probiotic 6 billion CFU, Epsom salt bath 1C 2 to 3 X week, California Poppy 2 droppers, various essential oils 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21446-superwoman-effexor-taper/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-475779

 

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For the standard taper it seems the starting dose cell and reduction cylce cell is the wrong way?  Can anyone look and double check that?

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I'm not sure if I am understanding the spreadsheet right or that it is computing wrong?

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On 5/3/2013 at 2:21 PM, Altostrata said:

 

Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations

This is a Google Doc from Brassmonkey -- There are different tabs at the bottom: Standard, Micro-taper, Brassmonkey Slide. 

Feel free to download this: Select File (in the spreadsheet, not in your browser), then download. You can then upload it to your own Google Docs.

 

 

This spreadsheet has been corrected and revised.

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Hey guys, 

Not sure if I am in the right thread but I'm still just having a little trouble figuring out how I am supposed to measure out 10% reduced dosages once I go below 1mg of Lexapro oral solution? 
I'm currrenlty at 1mg and holding until I hopefully stabilise. I understand I will have to incorporate the use of a syringe however Im just not sure how Im going to be able to measure out say 10% of 0.9 mg for example. 

Any further insight would be much appreciated. 

Thanks. 

-Zoloft for 2-3 months (late 2010)

-Fast tapered and started citalopram for 2-3 months ( Early 2011)

-Fast tapered and started on lexapro at 10 mg, worked up to 20-25mg (Mid 2011)

-Stayed on Lexapro for a couple of years (2011 to early/mid 2013)

-Stopped for a bit, not sure how long I can't remember. 
-Started lexapro again around 2014, worked up to around 20mg I think. Somewhere in that year tried luvox, bad experience went back to Lexapro.
-Tapered off Lexapro again around mid 2015 maybe? Stayed off until the Beginning of 2018.
-Started back at 10mg, stayed there till the end of 2018. Fast tapered at the beginning of 2019. 
-More severe withdrawal symptoms started, reinstated after a couple of months at 10mg, went up to 20 briefly, back to 10mg until the end of 2019. 

-Since been off Meds from the start of December 2019 to now. 

 

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22 hours ago, Beigebuoy said:

Hey guys, 

Not sure if I am in the right thread but I'm still just having a little trouble figuring out how I am supposed to measure out 10% reduced dosages once I go below 1mg of Lexapro oral solution? 
I'm currrenlty at 1mg and holding until I hopefully stabilise. I understand I will have to incorporate the use of a syringe however Im just not sure how Im going to be able to measure out say 10% of 0.9 mg for example. 

Any further insight would be much appreciated. 

Thanks. 

When I got that low with my Lexapro taper I got a 1 ml syringe. Then I could accurately measure .9 ml and lower. I don’t know where you can get one in Australia. You might try the pharmacy or a vets office. I got mine from the pharmacy. I was also able to get one from my dogs vet. 
 

Hope that helps.

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

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac 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, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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sorry to be a pain again...i am trying to use the spreedsheet that you can open up on this site i downloaded it but it says view only and i can not type any numbers into the boxes....do you know what i need to do in order to use it...or would it be best to find someone who understands spreedsheets ....lol   .let me know most appreciated...cheers m

Cipramil  40mg  1996 to October 2017 stopped cold turkey

Zyprexa 10mg solid form  1996 to October 2017

Zyprexa 7.5mg solid form  October 2017 to October 2019

Zyprexa 5mg solid form  October 2019 to April 2020

Zyprexa 3.75mg solid form April 2020 to May 2020

Zyprexa 2.5mg solid form  May 2020 to feb 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg solid 3/4 and 1/4 liquid w/ 5mls water 6th Feb 2021 to 2nd April 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg 1/2 solid and 1/2 liquid w/10mls water 3rd April to 26th June 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg dissolved in 25mls of water from 27th june 2021 to 22nd Oct 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg 1/2 solid, 1/2 dissolved in 10mls of water from 23rd Oct 21 to present

 

 

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@morgana sorry, don't know maybe @hayduke can help...

2007 - 15mg olanzapine, mood stabilizer, benzo, quetiapine 2009 - aripiprazol, benzo, lamotrigine 100mg 2015 - olzp 15mg, zolpidem 2017 - trazodone 2 weeks, cold turkey, lamotrigine and zolpidem, olzp 15mg, mood stabilizer, benzo 2018 - olzp 5mg, Nov olzp 2,5mg down directly from 5mg no symptoms 2019 - olzp 2,5mg cold turkey Jan after 12 days reinstated, cutting pills Nov 14 days reinstated 2,5mg 2020 - failed liquid taper, reinstated 2,5mg, 2022 - started tapering líquid 2,5% reductions in January, now at 2,25mg holding untill October due to psychotic symptoms.

 

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Is someone able to help morgana please?

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Not sure...I made my own but it's way too scrappy to share.

 

@morgana please share the exact link you downloaded from, and are you on mac windows or ??

 

Maybe someone with the same system could see if they get the same error

I am not a health professional - your actions are your own.

My taper visualised as a graph   |   My intro thread   |   NB: I do not do tapering support via private message

Backdrop:  10mg olanzapine 2003-06.  2-3mg risperidone 2006-2014.  Abortive x-taper to aripiprazole Dec 2014, back to 10mg olanzapine after 3 weeks.

2015:  10 -> 7 1/2 -> 6 2/3 -> 5mg olanzapine using pill cutter

2018:  Finer taper liquid suspension 5mg to 2.5 Mar-Aug and hold

2019: Jan 2.5mg  2020: Jan 1.214  2021: Jan 0.44 |  2 Oct 0.205 | 3 Oct ->0mg

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5 hours ago, morgana said:

sorry to be a pain again...i am trying to use the spreedsheet that you can open up on this site i downloaded it but it says view only and i can not type any numbers into the boxes....do you know what i need to do in order to use it...or would it be best to find someone who understands spreedsheets ....lol   .let me know most appreciated...cheers m

If it's the same spreadsheet I just opened, there is a yellow bar at the top that says "Enable Editing". Click on that then you can type in the cells.

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

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac 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, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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thanks for your advice, but that doesnt work for me....i have no idea...i might know someone who i could possibly ask she is good with accounts so should know how to do spreedsheets, i will just have to disclose my illness as i would need to show her this site....thanks for your time....cheers

Cipramil  40mg  1996 to October 2017 stopped cold turkey

Zyprexa 10mg solid form  1996 to October 2017

Zyprexa 7.5mg solid form  October 2017 to October 2019

Zyprexa 5mg solid form  October 2019 to April 2020

Zyprexa 3.75mg solid form April 2020 to May 2020

Zyprexa 2.5mg solid form  May 2020 to feb 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg solid 3/4 and 1/4 liquid w/ 5mls water 6th Feb 2021 to 2nd April 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg 1/2 solid and 1/2 liquid w/10mls water 3rd April to 26th June 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg dissolved in 25mls of water from 27th june 2021 to 22nd Oct 2021

Zyprexa 2.5mg 1/2 solid, 1/2 dissolved in 10mls of water from 23rd Oct 21 to present

 

 

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@morgana

 

If it was me I would NOT be asking the person to help.  Once you tell somebody something there is no going back.

 

Are you using a phone?

 

It's possible that you have clicked on a link to an old version of the spreadsheet.

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pw4tjImAJ92OIVyRvZoZYjqxiKMk7wvp-ljiIi1olRo/edit#gid=0

 

I've just tested this one and it works.

 

This one can be downloaded.  The "File" they mean is not the browser File right at the top of the screen but the File for the spreadsheet.

 

Feel free to download this spreadsheet
Select File from menu above, then download

 

Edited by ChessieCat

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

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8 minutes ago, Kornyboyo1917 said:

Morgana is right.  You can't edit the spreadsheet.  You have to request access to edit.

 

Morgana has not provided the link so we don't know which one she is talking about.

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

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On 10/1/2020 at 10:29 PM, ChessieCat said:

 

Morgana has not provided the link so we don't know which one she is talking about.

 

Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations   (Revised and updated September 2020)

This is a Google Sheet from scallywag and Brassmonkey -- There are different tabs at the bottom: Standard, Microtaper, Brassmonkey Slide. 

Feel free to download this: To use with Microsoft Excel, in the Google Sheet (not in your browser), select File, then Download. Or, use Copy to transfer a copy to your own Google Drive.

 

Column F is still taking information from B5 when it should be taking information from B4.  Also, when you click on the link you can only edit the document if you download it. 

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Thanks for providing exact information about what the issue is.  That is very helpful.  I will let the mods know.

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Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

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

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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On 9/9/2020 at 11:29 PM, morgana said:

thanks for your advice, but that doesnt work for me....i have no idea...i might know someone who i could possibly ask she is good with accounts so should know how to do spreedsheets, i will just have to disclose my illness as i would need to show her this site....thanks for your time....cheers

 

On 10/4/2020 at 11:24 AM, Kornyboyo1917 said:

 

Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations   (Revised and updated September 2020)

This is a Google Sheet from scallywag and Brassmonkey -- There are different tabs at the bottom: Standard, Microtaper, Brassmonkey Slide. 

Feel free to download this: To use with Microsoft Excel, in the Google Sheet (not in your browser), select File, then Download. Or, use Copy to transfer a copy to your own Google Drive.

 

Column F is still taking information from B5 when it should be taking information from B4.  Also, when you click on the link you can only edit the document if you download it. 

 

Thanks for the details, @Kornyboyo1917. I fixed it. Please check.

 

@morgana, you need to download the spreadsheet to put your own information in it, or copy it to your own Google Drive.

 

If everybody was able to edit it online, it would change for every editor, wouldn't it? Only one person would be able to use it at a time. You will need to download or copy it. Sorry.

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

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i tried to do this on the open office spread sheet but when i put in my dosage amount and the weight of it , it will not convert... i need something thats gonna convert my dosage into weight and percentages. and does anyone know what type of digital scale i need because the scale i have only goes from 1000x 0.1 g ..  Im trying to measue how much to cut my pills in half to taper slowly , im asumming you cut the pills and add it to the scale until the weight comes out right ??? i dont know someone help me please

March 2017- Aug 2017 benztropine 1mg, clonazepam 1mg, divalproex 500mg, haloperidol 5mg

 

Aug 2017-Dec 2018 benztropine .5mg, clonazepam .5mg, divalproex 500mg, haloperidol .5mg

 

May 2019 - Dec 2020 haloperidol .5mg , Oxcarbazapine 150mg

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@Janece

 

Many members use the Gemini 20 scale.

 

Here is a link to posts about it:

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/search/?q=gemini&quick=1&type=forums_topic&item=1596

 

Also check out this topic, where there is discussion about crushing multiple pills and then using that as your stock pile and weighing your dose.

 

using-a-digital-scale-to-measure-doses-weighing

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Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

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1 hour ago, Janece said:

i tried to do this on the open office spread sheet but when i put in my dosage amount and the weight of it , it will not convert... i need something thats gonna convert my dosage into weight and percentages.

 

Check out the topic linked in the above post.

 * * * * * *   PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO   * * * * * *

Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

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

Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Thank you all , this is very helpful and supportive , thank you so much

March 2017- Aug 2017 benztropine 1mg, clonazepam 1mg, divalproex 500mg, haloperidol 5mg

 

Aug 2017-Dec 2018 benztropine .5mg, clonazepam .5mg, divalproex 500mg, haloperidol .5mg

 

May 2019 - Dec 2020 haloperidol .5mg , Oxcarbazapine 150mg

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When tapering psychiatric drugs, some people make the mistake of thinking their pill that says "20mg" on the box weighs 20mg. 

 

That is not how it is; the value on the box is the amount of active ingredient present on the pill you're taking - NOT THE WEIGHT OF THE PILL!

 

For instance, my 15mg Lexapro pill actually weighs 203mg or 0.203g (the scale shows the value in grams. I used a portable precision scale to weigh it - like the Gemini 20 Scale).

That's because there are other substances on the pill that are not the active ingredient (filler ingredient) and are much heavier.

 

You need to make some very simple calculations in order to make the active ingredient to pill weight conversion.

 

It is a rule of three.

 

You can use this free tool here to do it.

 

https://www.mathepower.com/en/ruleofthree.php

 

I weighed 10 of my 15mg Lexapro pills and divided the total sum of their weight by 10 to find the average weight which is 0.203g

 

We use grams (g) instead of milligrams (mg) because our scales measure in grams (g)

 

15mg active ingredient = 0.203g

2.5mg active ingredient (or any other value you need to measure) = X

 

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Then you just hit calculate

 

 

In this case:

 

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2.5mg active ingredient (or 2.5mgai) = 0.034g in the scale

 

So in order to take 2.5mg of Lexapro you need to weight 0.034g of powder in the scale (which you will then put inside an empty gelatin capsule using a bent piece of paper)

 

It's really simple and easy once you get the hang of it.

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"Easy and Simple Explanation of Maths for calculating dosage" (and weights using a Gemini 20 scale)

- Escitalopram 10mg from ages 15 - 21

- Severe crash after 4 month taper to 0

- Reinstated, stabilized, slowly tapering.

 

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PLEASE HELP! ASAP

I was taking 12,5 mg of fluoxetine and im not good in maths and English is not my mother language so I passed to take 8,4 mg without knowledge that is a lot more of 5% (THE PERCENTAGE I WANT TO TAPER), I have take 8,4 mg for just a week, Am I on time to take the proper 11,9 mg or should I attach to the 8,4 now or I have to gradually rise the dose until I reach the 11,9?

July 2012-November 2020 Fluoxetine in diferent dosages in the morning

November 2019 to August 2020 28 mg (7ml) in liquid presentation in the morning

Mid August to November 2020 16 mg (4 ml) in liquid presentation in the morning

December 2020 to March 2021 0 nothing at all 

(all instructions from psychiatrist)

Mid march to June 16 2021: fluoxetine back switching between 4-5 ml (by me) in the morning

June 16 - July 18 2021 sertraline 25mg at night (instructions from psychiatrist) 

July 19  / 2021 - currently fluoxetine 12.5 (3.1 ml) at night (by me)

Suplements: Vitamine E 1000 IU, chromium picolinate 400mg, artichoke 250mg, liquid sarsaparrilla and chlorophyll.

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I did a final jump from s for that was not accurate becsuse of using a liquid formulation that was about a year and a half old. I am at 9 weeks from jumping...zI am having lots of wd symptoms and will like to reinstate but not knowing exactly my last for: 0.6...but formultion was old. I need to reindtste at a very low level...how do I dilute the liquid Celexa so I can get a 0.01 mg to start with?.My vision is really poor so calculator sre hard tight now

2006-2007 Lexapro (not sure of dose) in 2006

2007 Stopped abruptly. Developed serious wd symptom.Went back after two weeks and  tapered successfully over 3 months

November 2013  started 10 mg of Celexa for hormonal symptoms

early 2014 cutdown Celexa to 5 mg.Attempted to get off it November 2014 and had a difficult time. Went back to 5 mg and stayed until about a month ago. Had eye surgery for glaucoma (left eye-mini-shunt implant)

March-April 2016 developed multiple problems: ringing of ears, ear infections, multiple allergies. Tested negative to allergies  

Anxiety increased  every time I used  an OTC or had stress.April-May Cortisol spike problems increased.

June 9 Found this website while doing research on cortisone and celexa.

Went back between 5 and 10 mg a couple of times. Currently trying to stabilize at 7.5.   and  taking  a leave from work and comeback part-time.

Started taking liquid Celexa 6/15/2016 at 3.75 ml

Other meds: Dorzalamide/timolol for glaucoma twice a day andLatanoprost in the evening.

Vitamin D 2000 mg;vitamin C 500 mg; Lysine 1000 mg 2 x a day. Acupuncture twice a week; meditation; relaxing music daily. 150 mg of Magnesium as of 6/15.

 

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22 minutes ago, gn11 said:

how do I dilute the liquid Celexa so I can get a 0.01 mg to start with?

 

I've posted a detailed explanation in your Intro topic here.

 

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Thanks for this, amazing knowledge I was using a calculator but was definitely second guessing myself!

 

Amazing 😁

2001 - 2011 Paroxetine, Propranolol, Venlafaxine X2, Citalopram.

Sertraline 2011 - Sept 2020 100mg-50mg Sertraline.

Sept 2020 Fast taper, Effectively cold turkey ended up crashing July 2021.

July - Sept 2021 uptake to 50mg Sertraline.

Started 5% monthly taper on October 2nd 2021.

2nd October 2021, 47.5mg - 6th June, 15.7mg Hold

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