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  2. Hi Andy, I have tried to get off zyprexa several times now. This last time i did 10% cuts and held for 30 days, but just as in previous attempts i could not get past just above 2.5 mgs mark. I think you said that for you it was just under the 2.5 mg mark that was most difficult for you. How did you do it? How did you finally get past that mark and was it easier after you did? Please help me if you can. I have reversible liver disease from this drug but if i dont get off of it the damage to my liver will become irreversible and i will need a transplant to live!
  3. Aw, Martina. You'll get to write your own success story one day. We all will. Prestorb is right about not noticing improvements. There are billions of connections in the brain that have to repair themselves. The process is so slow that we find it hard to notice it happening because we are living it every day. It is difficult to compare how we felt then with how we feel now. It is usually our friends and family that first notice how much we have improved. Reading back through your thread is an excellent idea, I hate doing it myself, but it is a very good way to remind yourself of your journey. This comment certainly shows how far you have come. I've been following your progress for a while now and you would never had said this 2 years ago. The fact that you are able to be creative, imaginative and artistic proves that healing is happening for you.
  4. I tried to take gabapentin an hour after I take the rest but it really affected me. I take all my meds at 11AM . 2.5mg of buspar, 10 mg of vibryd, 255 mg of gabapentin. I take buspar morning and night 9 am to 11am feel ok. Haven't taken meds at this piont 12-3pm start to have confusion, drowsiness. Lack of concentration, some queszy agitation etc 3-5 hardest time period. In and out of a state of groggy feelings. At times quit debilitating 5-7 kinda come out of it but still have an agitated mood 7-bedtime i generally have one more hour through this time that I kinda fall back into it but then I start coming out of it and feeling better I feel most, if not all these symptoms, are from gabapentin because I noticed them right after I started taking it. Viibryd didn't every seem to effect me much either way when I started. But I also started it when I was in bad withdrawel from pristiq
  5. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey, it's very important, regardless of where you live. https://roehamptonpsych.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gSHZN88sOmHDlr see this post for more info: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15507-prescribed-drug-dependence-withdrawal-survey/#comment-300095
  6. Some of us have put the link in our signature, every little helps!
  7. Hi Shebon, welcome to SA, In order to taper a small dose of remeron you will need either a liquid solution from the pharmacy or you can make a liquid from tablets. Then you will need to taper slowly to avoid withdrawal. Remeron is an awful drug and needs tapering carefully but it isn't easy when cutting tablets. It is likely that the pieces were not equal when cutting into 8, which would have meant the doses were different as well as cutting the dose by 50% You did your best and I am not in any way criticising, just expleining why you feel so bad. I thought a low dose of effexor would be easy to taper but I was wrong, the lower doses are harder! It is 3 days since reinstating 3.75, it takes 4 days to reach a steady state in the blood so hopefully you will see an improvement. Did you feel any better after updosing? Hold that dose until you have been stable for a few months. This is to let your nervous system settle down again before restarting a taper. You can dissolve a tablet in water, then use an oral syringe to get the right dose. You can get 1ml oral syringes from the pharmacy, and can use as much water as you need to get the correct dose. You can keep the solution in the fridge. It will need a good shake so the particles are fully mixed. Withdrawal insomnia is terrible but should settle down as you stabilise. I will post some links for you. How to make a liquid http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/2693-how-to-make-a-liquid-from-tablets-or-capsules/ Tapering remeron http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/5301-tips-for-tapering-off-remeron-mirtazapine/ What is withdrawal syndrome http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/603-what-is-withdrawal-syndrome/ About reinstating (or updosing) to stabilise http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7562-about-reinstating-and-stabilizing-to-reduce-withdrawal-symptoms/
  8. I think the answer to this is "no". He has some familiarity and acknowledges the potential harm of the meds, but I don't sense he's seen many patients with this complaint. In fact, I told him that if he were to advertise on this basis he could probably double his practice! Well said. The CNS affects everything so when it is compromised so are we. I dealt with a SIBO diagnosis so I was in the low FODMAPs game for a while. HATE that diet. Best, Andy
  9. JC, Great to hear that you have gotten to where you are and that you feel well enough to write of your success. You have certainly been an inspiration for many of us still on the road. Here's to continued healing for you as you move forward. Best, Andy
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  11. Thank you Prestorb. I actually feel well, but I can not consider me healed in any way. I still have the intrusive thoughts+images, but in general I find my life livable, interesting and fulfilling. Good for you that you were on holiday. We were also-but only for four days. But it was nice also. I dont complain, when I can be creative, I am always happy. And my children are healthy. What I could wish more. You seem also to feel better. I wish for us both that we are healed soon.
  12. JC. I considered that you were a success story a long before you posted about it here. It makes sense that coming through such an experience would have a profound effect on how you view yourself and the world around you. I'm sure that this will be true for those that follow in your footsteps and tread this path in the future. So pleased that you have successfully made it to the other side of withdrawal and are now fully healed.
  13. brilliant jancarol good on ye .beautiful post . members that are really struggling need to print these stories out and have them on the wall . respect PB
  14. Edit: Are there any kind of processes on which one can see how long withdrawal will last? Something like "1 year on paxil = 1 year wd" . Im now 6 month off and feeling still so sick and so far away from being healhty it feels like it will never happen sometimes I feel like I´m dying and I have to accept it. I´m so afraid that there will be the day I´ll collapse by withdrawal and no one can understand you because you look kinda healhty but you just feel like a zombie.
  15. Thanks for stopping by, Elbee. Every day is a new one it seems. I never know from day to day how I will feel. I'd love some positive patterns. Best, Andy
  16. http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/reaction.htm https://www.depressionforums.org/forums/topic/13607-adverse-reaction-to-prozac-still-recovering/ I hope some of this information can help. *Edit: Correct me if I am way off base, I haven't read through all of the topic pages.
  17. Good to hear about the window days. It's true you might have waves again -- but maybe not -- but absolutely no doubt if you have had some good window days, you will have more and increasingly more of those, :-)
  18. Good to hear things have leveled off for you a bit Andy. Go gently . . .
  19. Yeah! So good to hear. Thank you for sharing. :-)
  20. Wow, JC. This is a beautiful success story. Congratulations! And thank you for sharing so many non-drug coping strategies, many of which I explored and found helpful. Your insight and willingness to share are truly appreciated. Wishing you many years of happiness and peace.
  21. Hi Frogie, I'm hoping that you got your partial yesterday. Did you have to loose the third tooth? How are you feeling? My thoughts are with you. By the way, I am right, you are indeed a very nice person. RS
  22. Had blood rechecked, my Serum ferritin level is 871 ug/L . Iron has increased but within the normal range. This explains me being over-active... There is not enough information on line as to what happens next...
  23. Ah, now I get what you were saying, Martina. You and Osk think so and that is the "we" you were referring to. I thought you were using more of a "global" we as in "we ALL generally think so." I misunderstood what you were saying and I apologize. The reason I was trying to clarify was not to pick on your posts but simply to make clear to people who are not in the same camp as you and Osk that it is not the "general belief" of SA that this is permanent. Sorry for the confusion and appearing to be picking on your posts. I was responding during work and, thus, came across too short and abrupt. My apologies. Best, Andy
  24. Update: I have had at least 4 days of windows and I am so, so grateful. I know it has been only 4-1/2 months since I did a fast taper (4 weeks) of Sertraline and it has been a serious rollercoaster. And, I know deep in my heart, that waves will probably appear again. And, yes, I will be right back on here through teary eyes when that happens. But right now, this moment, I am fully appreciating that I feel content and am making steady personal strides. It has been 3 months since I quit drinking and also 3 months since I started kundalini yoga regularly. One month since I try to make a few AA meetings per week. I also am on a loose low-histamine diet for a little over a week now. All of this helps me hold it together when things are rough. I just wanted to put it out there that with waves, it is important to appreciate the windows. Bless us all.
  25. We think so, I meant me and Osk think so. What is the true and Andy, by all respect, I dont understand why are you picking up on my posts? I am sure that Osk would understand what I meant.
  26. Yes, but you then went on to say "we think so." I don't know who "we" is that think so, but I'm guessing there are a lot of members of SA that don't "think so". The people that appear in the success stories would be suggestive of this not being permanent. Best, Andy
  27. Hi Martina, I hope to encourage you because I see tremendous healing and improvement in your post from when you first started posting. I am not yet completely healed either and it is frustrating and discouraging at times that it takes so very long. And then we all heal at completely different paces. It is much more difficult to see the healing taking place within ourselves because we are always with ourselves. But I think if you looked back at some of your early posts and then you looked at the more recent posts, you might feel more encouraged. And of course, we all go through "waves" where we feel worse than others - especially if you are just returning from a holiday. I am just back from vacation myself and finding it very difficult to motivate. But transitions are still very difficult for me. The fact that either of us is even able to go on a vacation or holiday and get some enjoyment out of it is a testament to how our bodies are healing. Take heart, you will one day post a success story! Hang in there and God bless you..... :-)
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