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Melbelle1, overwhelmed! got put on antidepressants when didn't really need them


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Hello! 

 

Want to know... Is it even worth trying to get of Pristiq???? 

 

I'm on pristiq, have been for about 3 years. I've been seeing a counselor for a year. She feels I was put on antidepressants prematurely, I am beginning to agree with her. I tried once to take it every other day. But that was insane. So now I am pissed and feel a bit depressed that I am stuck on a medicine I didn't really need.. and feel like I can't get off. The main reason I started researching getting off it is that  I am having a hard time affording it now.  I am very happy with how Prisiq affects me, no terrible side effects.  So I'm scared to try something different since this one does work just fine. Even tho I am ok currently I do really hope to be off it one day. I think it would be so wonderful to feel free of it, to be and love myself with out it.

 

Can I do it?

I've read the longer you take meds the harder it is to get off them. 

I feel slightly inferior for taking meds. 

scared to start the journey off them. will I be the same person with out them??? 

Don't know what to do. 

 

I do have some good support, but feel like I need more info and support on this. 

Mostly, feeling scared, and want to know if I am strong enough for all this. strong enough to get off the meds. 

 

 

at age 20 began AD medication:

       started Viibryd, took for about 3 months, during 3rd month got crazy side effects

       switched to pristiq, had very few side effects! happy with how I feel on it. 

       after 9 months since starting AD meds doc asked me to take pristiq every other day. only lasted one day off before i started taking it again. 

       doc and i decided I could keep taking meds till i had healed from past and found some stability in life. 

now 23. not having probs with meds. but excited about possibly getting off meds. Feel much more stable and happy. 

 

But scared to begin the withdrawals! just started researching it. feeling even more scared now.... 

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Welcome, melbelle.
 
Good for you for researching this before trying to go off Pristiq.
 
We have people here who are tapering Pristiq, and people who have gone off it successfully. Use search in upper right in the Intro forum for "Pristiq" and you will see their stories.
 
Please read

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
 
What is withdrawal syndrome?
 
Tips for tapering off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)

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

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Thanks very much for your reply! Tons of great information on the site. defiinitely appreciate your links. excited and dreading the eventual taper off. 

 

I appreciate your time Altostrata! It means a great deal to me. :) 

at age 20 began AD medication:

       started Viibryd, took for about 3 months, during 3rd month got crazy side effects

       switched to pristiq, had very few side effects! happy with how I feel on it. 

       after 9 months since starting AD meds doc asked me to take pristiq every other day. only lasted one day off before i started taking it again. 

       doc and i decided I could keep taking meds till i had healed from past and found some stability in life. 

now 23. not having probs with meds. but excited about possibly getting off meds. Feel much more stable and happy. 

 

But scared to begin the withdrawals! just started researching it. feeling even more scared now.... 

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You're welcome, Melbelle.

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

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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Hi Melbelle.

 

Welcome to SA.

 

Just wanted to put my 2 cents in. Why don't you think about just getting to the lowest dose possible. That way, you are putting less drug into your system. If you start tapering really slowly, you can then just see how low you can go before you get any symptoms. As you are not desperate to get off the drug then it doesn't matter how slow you go.

 

You might just surprise yourself and get all the way there. If not you will at least find the lowest dose that is effective for you and you can sit there for awhile. And if you then start to suffer from symptoms of long term use you will already be well on your way to coming off.

 

By reducing the amount of the drug in your system hopefully you will reduce the risks of long term use.

 

Best of luck with whatever you decide.

2003 Zoloft for PND. No other Psych history before this.

2009 CT. Huge withdrawal. Voluntary hospital admission. Successfully stabilized on 40mg Prozac.

2012 CT after 2 years of tapering to 10mg. Another Disaster. No hospital admission. Stabilized 40mg Prozac

2014 CT after 2 years of tapering to 5mg. Destabilized but not as bad as previous. Found this site. Reinstated 5mg. Stabilized quickly but held for 6 months.

Feb 2015 4mg Prozac

March 2015 Tramadol for Pain after an OP. Didn’t realize it was an SNRI.

March 2015 3 mg Prozac

April 2015 2.5mg Prozac

May 2015 2mg Prozac

June 2015 Destabilized (After research believe it was delayed withdrawal due to the Tramadol)

July 11th 2015. Updosed to 2.5mg

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Those are good points, Aliwill. Thank you.

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I am already on the lowest dose i can go as far as i am aware which is 50mg pristiq. Thats why i feel so trapped. I dont thing there is any great option for tapering pristiq from what i have researched. Have seen it mentioned on this site that effexor comes in more dosing options, that switching from pristiq to effexor then takpering of is a slightly better option. I have not researched that much yet tho. 

 

 

Thanks for the replies!!!!!!!!!!!!

at age 20 began AD medication:

       started Viibryd, took for about 3 months, during 3rd month got crazy side effects

       switched to pristiq, had very few side effects! happy with how I feel on it. 

       after 9 months since starting AD meds doc asked me to take pristiq every other day. only lasted one day off before i started taking it again. 

       doc and i decided I could keep taking meds till i had healed from past and found some stability in life. 

now 23. not having probs with meds. but excited about possibly getting off meds. Feel much more stable and happy. 

 

But scared to begin the withdrawals! just started researching it. feeling even more scared now.... 

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Yes, we know of the difficulties tapering Pristiq. Read Tips for tapering off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)

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

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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Awwww be nice. They're scared and probably can't focus.

April / 2016: Cipralex 10 mg, Mirtazapine 30 mg, Lyrica 600 mg, Diazepam 20 mg, Bystolic 5 mg

2018: Lots of polypharmacy which is undocumented here. Started and stopped several drugs and changed doses of existing ones

August / 2018: Back on track! Cipralex 15 mg, Mirtazapine 7.5 mg, Diazepam 15 mg

September 2018: Cipralex 15 mg -> 12.5 mg

October 2018: Cipralex 12.5 mg -> 10 mg, Mirtazapine 7.5 mg -> 3.75 mg -> Stopped, Diazepam 15 mg

November 2019: Cipralex 5 mg, Diazepam 10 mg

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I am already on the lowest dose i can go as far as i am aware which is 50mg pristiq.

 

It now comes in a 25mg tablet, check out the topic.  Also see:  

Mogfish: successful taper directly off Pristiq using cutting up method

I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

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