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  2. DMV64: Reinstate Saphris?

    Hey D - Okay, I'm confused - How far did you get on the klonopin split? It is mistakes like this that we talk about keeping it simple. For example, if you switch from tapering Geodon to tapering Saphris (your big bear) - then you will be doing liquid tapers of 2 drugs. This is why I suggested you get the Geodon down to a dry dose - like 1/2 of a 10 mg tablet - before starting the Saphris. It's almost a simply mechanical reason - it's easier to not make mistakes. I had a simple taper, and I still made lots of mistakes. Okay - here's what I understand: You were splitting the klonopin (how far apart did you get?) when you went ahead and did your next taper of Geodon? Is that correct? If your symptoms are bearable I would hang in there and see if you can get away with it. I wouldn't encourage it - but now that it's done, see if you can survive it. If the symptoms become unbearable, you can updose by 5% and probably ease your symptoms. Please stop moving the klonopin, and plan to pick up the move in a few weeks time, as it would be best to have the klonopin split into 2 equal daily doses. Let us know what's up, and see if you can clarify in your signature. I hope you see the sun today!
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  4. Let's pray for one another

    Gigi, have you found any more info regards your pastor's untimely death? FYI: http://kellybroganmd.com/truth-is-we-all-could-be-woody/
  5. Frogie: Lexapro - how to get below 10 mg

    Hi Frogie, Great news to hear about your health, as well as the progress on the bathroom. I'm sure you still have a lot of things to do but at least everything is moving in the right direction for you. I'm very pleased for you. xo RS
  6. Shelf life of prozac

    Can anyone tell me the actual shelf life of fluoxetine? I don't want to go back to my psychiatrist for a new script while I am tapering, so I am wondering if I can use some fluoxetine that I saved from 2014. I don't think the expiration dates are accurate, but
  7. RealMe, I agree that reading everything about tinnitus is counterproductive. So many do not find relief and I do not want to know about that, so like you I only read the positive ones. I hope we eventually find relief as it is a nasty symptom. Best
  8. I developed tinnitus in October after upping my dose of Wellbutrin from 150 to 300 mg. It happened almost immediately. At the time i was in withdrawal from Abilify and Trintellix and was on a number of different medications prescribed by my psychiatrist. I have been having some relief by wearing hearing aids, distracting, and telling myself over and over that the noise is not life-threatening or anything to be frightened of. I cut my coffee down to 3 cups of instant per day. Too vigorous exercise ramps it up, so I have been trying to take gentle walks in the sun. As opposed to what I did in the beginning, I now avoid reading anything on the subject except success stories. When someone tells me it will get better, I try to believe them.
  9. I developed tinnitus after upping my dose of Wellbutrin from 150 to 300 mg. It happened almost immediately. At the time i was in withdrawal from Abilify and Trintellix and was on a number of different medications prescribed by my psychiatrist. I have been having some relief by wearing hearing aids, distracting, and telling myself over and over that the noise is not life-threatening or anything to be frightened of. I cut my coffee down to 3 cups of instant per day. Too vigorous exercise ramps it up, so I have been trying to take gentle walks in the sun. As opposed to what I did in the beginning, I now avoid reading anything on the subject except success stories. When someone tells me it will get better, I try to believe them.
  10. mattom75: SAM-E withdrawal symptoms

    Rika, Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been logging on to this site very often. Sounds like you are having withdrawal symptoms. Its probably from discontinuing both the Prozac and Sam e without tapering. The symptoms are no fun but apparently they go away eventually. I'm have been off Sam e 13 months and I still have no improvement with my lightheadedness. It remains 24/7. The anxiety seems to be slightly better but I'm still not nearly as calm as I was before Sam e. I'm just taking life one day at a time and trying to ride this thing out. I'm really hoping that I'm not one of The unfortunate few who's symptoms last for many years or (even worse) become permanent.
  11. LexAdvice, I also get this kind of "itch." I have akathisia so it's kind of a precursor to that for me. Feels like my bones are itchy or that I need to scratch from the inside, not the surface of the skin. I'm glad the benadryl is helping.
  12. I know I've turned some corners but I am just not myself yet. I still have sleep issues on and off, lucid dreaming, anhedonia for the most part but this has lifted a bit over the past months, I am happy to say. I still struggle with that anxiety abd panic we know too well in WD, but it's lighter and it has lifted like the anhedonia. My quality of life is better than it had been this time last year, I'll take whatever relief I can get at this point. I'm still at 57mg and decided it'd be best to stay there until I'm fully stabilised. I've been learning so much about these drugs and this whole experience in the meantime. I regularly listen and read the Bloom in Wellness site and webinars, also YouTube videos, my favorites are Peter Breggin, Baylissa, Claire Weekes (though I don't agree with her on taking medications/sedatives) I still find her to be very helpful and encouraging to me when things get really tough, I use her floating technique when this anxiety rears its ugly head. I'm grateful for the friends I've made here, especially Gigi as she has helped keep me together when I was falling apart on numerous occasions throughout my stabilisation. Everyone here has been so helpful, you all have literally saved my life. Finding this site was my big "aha" moment, and this journey was made bearable because of the research, the people and the support from this site. So thank you! I'm just updating this section to note the improvements and remaining symptoms. I still have waves, I get physical and psychological symptoms during the waves, they're just lighter now than they were last year, and less frequent. Though the anhedonia is constant, it is lighter and my emotions are starting to come back at last, though I'm still a bit flat and can tell I have plenty of room for improvement. The neuro fear is less frequent and it comes in the manner the windows used to earlier in my withdrawal, where it lasts seconds or minutes then is replaced by the window again. So that is where I am at so far. I'll update more as more healing takes place or I need to vent.
  13. Thanks, Madeleine, my recurring thought is that I will NEVER stabilize on this stuff because I am on a different drug than the one I took for 8 years. I am almost a year into this crazy anxiety (more than a year since my Zoloft CT) and I just want some relief! Is it possible to stabilize on a different med? Is that really the best course of action? I just am not feeling improvements which is SO frustrating.
  14. Siamese: Tapering Lexapro

    6 weeks off. Tired, depressed, nausea now and then. The racing thoughts are terrible. I can handle though.
  15. marie123: tapering trazodone

    I, too, would love to hear how you are doing, Marie. Hope you’re okay. Grace
  16. SkyBlue: Paxil taper

    Well played Sky. Building up a small backlog of drugs is a good way to take control of the situation.
  17. taste of food

    Hi Emilie, Yes, I can relate to this. Most savoury food tastes bland to me. Last night I made a curry which tasted metallic 😕 My family thought it was delicious! One of the only things that tastes 'normal' at the moment is ice- cream! All my senses have been effected and I guess it's not surprising considering all our senses are connected to the peripheral nervous system. I'm not sure what the answer is emilie, but I'm sure your taste will return to normal in time. K
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  19. taste of food

    Hi, i just wanted to know if others people have the same as me. Often the food has no taste. It depend of what food. Cooked natural food has often no taste (like potatoe with onion) Apple have taste. But even raw nuts have no taste (i remember the taste of nuts and i know i liked them). It is like when i eat starch raw or cooked (potatoe or grains) i have no taste, but if i eat something with sugar i have the taste. Have you got the same?
  20. Thanks Scorpio: I have all the tile in except the ones that need to be cut. My fiancé is going to do that tonight and hopefully spray the knockdown on the walls. I got the bedroom painted today and cleaned all the dust in the offie, hallway, and living room. What a mess. If he gets that done tonight, I can grout the tile and paint. Then he can trim, set the toilet and vanity. Then the bathroom is done. I'll have to pull up the old floor in the bedroom and he can lay down the new one and we are done. Have to get it all done by the 20th. That's when my Uncle will be here. Then I have to clean and mop the kitchen, the other bathroom and our bedroom. I'm really feeling overwhelmed, but I'll get it done. Yes, I'm relieved that I'm ok. The dr was so nice. He really put me at ease. Brownie us eating well, thanks for asking. Hope you are doing well. Take care, Frogie xx
  21. marie123: tapering trazodone

    Hello Marie, It's been a while. Hope you are doing OK with your trazodone taper, and otherwise. Drop by and keep us updated! Cheers!
  22. Hi Baroquep, Sorry you are feeling so poorly. I hope you get some relief from updosing and holding. Do not be disheartened. Negativity feeds on these "setbacks", but always think long term ... once you stabilize you will be in a better place in how to proceed. I think it's great that you are able to take some time off to nature yourself. Take care.
  23. Kristine: Not alone

    Hey MMT, It really is a long road, isn't it 😳 Didn't realise you were a nurse, nice to know 😊 Sometimes I feel really gullible that I was so trusting of the psychiatrists; considering my profession; and looking back I should have known better. Anyway, I can't change that now. However, when I was a student, I do recall being taught the chemical imbalance myth during a lecture in 'bioscience' ....this lie is being peddled to every medical field. Very disturbing. When I get the energy I'm going to dig out those old notes and take a look! I ended up getting very stressed and anxious last night...cut a long story short... my teenager was rolling his eyes and was being, well....a teenager! So I'm going to hold for a bit longer. I do not cope with stressful situations at all. I used to be a resilient person. Very frustrating. thank you MMT. K
  24. Joint pain

    Hi Dave, I too developed severe pains after discontinuing 2.4mg mirtazepine 7 months ago. In the beginning it was debilitating - sciatica, plantar fasciitis-like burning in the feet, sharp pains in thighs and wrists, jaw and tooth pain. There has been some improvement; sciatica is gone, pain in wrists and thighs tolerable, jaw pain occasional, but the fasciitis is still there and hobbles me at times. My limbs are also generally weak, and so I have some difficulty lifting weights and climbing stairs, etc. I also have low exercise tolerance. I can only walk and not that fast, maybe 3 mph at best. I am hopeful that all will go eventually as I have seen some improvements. I think passage of time is the only solution ... all the best.
  25. grandmaD: turtle here

    Oh dear! You are right, I thought it was you! Yes, it was another Lex! Thanks for telling me! I am about to post something good about my brain seeing more details, but obviously it hasn't honed on finer details yet!! Here is my post: Something else that’s good – with my head – it’s different on those “good days”, like more clear, more space around me or something, almost like “waking up after a dream” or something.. things look new. I first realised it when I walked into the lounge room and realised there was a window, and I stood there for quite a long time, because I could SEE OUT the window! That’s when I realised I had not been able to see anything past my nose. Some time later, after that, I walked into the lounge room and noticed we had a sideboard on the far wall! Before that, all I saw was the lounge (to lie on) and the tv (to watch)! Well, now my sight is obviously honing in on smaller things! I just noticed the little table in the corner of the kitchen/dining room with bits and pieces of fabric on it! I was stunned that it was still there and began to figure out how long it had been there. I was working on some patchwork with some leftover fabrics before I had my gall out. This was in anticipation of having something to do while recovering from surgery. That was back in 2014! After surgery, I was a right mess and it took me a good full 2 years to get over that! I was very sorry I had it done and wouldn’t be surprised if the gut problems from back then were just w/d. Then, followed a horrific downturn into the pits and I never came back up at all, for 2016/2017.
  26. Ok, tomorrow I am seeing the doctor even if for a very small meeting, I hope he will find me better. Today I got my very first job interview. Last night I intendedly went to sleep late: I was wasting my time doing online window-shopping. I slept 4 hours and wake up very early to go to Milan. This is no big deal, but I think that when I was doing the interview, even if I was relatively at my ease, I had another panic attack. I don't know how I managed to, thank God or whoever gave me the force, but I disguised it completely. Panic attacks and tachycardia, which I never had before, I'm not familiar with them, happen to me when I sleep very little, I found this correlation. Can someone claim it is true?
  27. apace41: Tapering Sertraline

    Thanks for those words of support, Survivor1. Very much appreciated. Have a great holiday. Best, Andy
  28. apace41: Tapering Sertraline

    Just wanted to drop by with a few words of support. It really is admirable that you can function at such a high level with all that's going on. That alone says a lot about your inner reserves of strength. I wish you the best in the continuing journey of rid yourself of drugs; you're getting there slowly but surely.
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