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  2. Using a digital scale to measure doses

    25mg is the dosage of the drug in the tablet (mgai = milligram active ingredient). The tablet weighs 130mg (mgpw = milligram pill weight). The tablet contains fillers. Here is an example. I've shown your own tablet and dose in green (however please double check that my calculations are correct).
  3. Using a digital scale to measure doses

    Im confused with my scale because my pill is a 25mg and when I weigh it it says its 0.130 grams. Is this inaccurate because shouldn’t it be 0.025mg?
  4. I took my Mirtazapine the tonight, the same time as usual and I'm not even tired yet. Is this because of the transition to liquid that I started today?
  5. ☼ Toulouse: My Paxil Withdrawal Journey

    Hello- Your story is very inspiring! You got through it in 2 years. I will have to taper for about 6 years! Please come back an tell us how you are doing.
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  7. Kristine: Not alone

    Sorry K, my mind is all over the place. It wasn’t directed at you but at the lady who said she felt that her symptoms were not withdrawal but treatment resistant depression. I can’t even remember her user name....doesn’t help that I’m on my iPhone Hey LRH, No need to apologise! My mind is all over the place as well....I benefited from what you wrote! I think we all can. Consistent positive reinforcement in this process is so so difficult. Personally I'm finding it very difficult at the moment. One of my deep seated negatives which exsisted way before medication... is negative self talk. I say very mean things to myself and often do not think I am worthy of love. I have improved over the years...but I've got a long way to go. The most difficult meditation I find is "loving kindness" towards myself. I know where it all stems from but it doesn't make it easier to shift. I often tell others on this site to be kind to themselves. I need to learn to do this myself. I think you might be talking about Downbutnotout...I think she would really appreciate if you posted your words on her thread. Very wise and valuable words The biggest of love and hugs to you. K 🌻🌸🌷🌺🌼 (I picked you some flowers) xox
  8. Rhettsgirl: Small decrease causing havoc?

    Hi Rhettsgirl, how are you doing these days?
  9. Kristine: Not alone

    Sorry K, my mind is all over the place. It wasn’t directed at you but at the lady who said she felt that her symptoms were not withdrawal but treatment resistant depression. I can’t even remember her user name....doesn’t help that I’m on my iPhone Just checked........Downbutnotout................my heart goes out to her
  10. DMV64: Reinstate Saphris?

    This sounds promising, D! I think you got enough of an improvement to keep holding there. Consider it a baseline, and use your non-drug techniques to improve the baseline before you even think about tapering again. It may be 3 months of holding to recover from the doctor's too-fast taper. You can use this 3 months to keep separating the klonopin doses. Oh, we have sun here alright, another sunny day downunder. Here in Brisbane, the weather is supposed to be: "Sunny one day, Perfect the next." (hint: the perfect days are not the sunny ones!) I hope you see the sun, too!
  11. Hi nixy and welcome to SA, We ask all members to create a drug signature. Please use the preferred format: A request: Would you summarize your history in a signature - ALL drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly? Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses. A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. Any drugs prior to 24 months ago can just be listed with start and stop years. Please use actual dates or approximate dates (mid-June, Late October) rather than relative time frames (last week, 3 months ago) Spell out months, e.g. "October" or "Oct."; 9/1/2016 can be interpreted as Jan. 9, 2016 or Sept. 1, 2016. Link to Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature. Please put ALL the drugs you are currently taking in the Drug Interactions Checker and copy and paste the results in a post here in your Intro topic (ie not in your signature). Please check out these topics as they will help you understand SA's recommendations: Before you begin tapering what you need to know Why taper by 10% of my dosage? Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist important-topics-in-the-tapering-forum-and-faq Brain Remodelling Video: Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal? What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms? This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress. We encourage members to visit members' Intro topics and connect with other members of the community.
  12. You are not rambling at all. I am in the same boat except still on the meds. I must admit I feel hopeless a lot of the time too, especially because I have a long way to go to even get off of two medications. But we must trust the success stories and those that are in the process of healing that we can get better. It is good that people around you are seeing a difference, I think you should hold onto that even if you don't see what they see yet. You have gotten through 8 months med free....that is quite an accomplishment. I know how you feel when you say you don't know how you can live like this for years. I've wondered the exact same thing. But it is overwhelming to think years down the road - perhaps this sounds cliche but just take it a day at a time....if you can get through one more day and so forth soon more time will have passed and you will eventually be feeling differently than you are now.
  13. OffForGood: Withdrawal after 28 yrs on antidepressants

    Mods- Is there a way he can reinstate at a small amount and then begin his taper?
  14. Why aren't there very many success stories?

    I've moved the posts discussing PSSD to this topic: pssd-post-ssri-sexual-dysfunction
  15. Hi Brassmonkey i m now entering my 8th month off all meds and still struggling with no motivation and in my worse times depressed, hopeless, and borderline miserable and suicidal. I have had a couple of sparks of enthusiasm and flash of energy but instead of enjoying them I feel like they are cruel moments because it is almost like taunting me that I can’t feel this way consistently. I don’t think I can stick it out like this for years.. I will b 69 in a few months and feel my withdrawal will outlive me.
  16. Hi Wantrelief.. this lack of motivation and apathy is what made me get off antidepressants..I kept telling my psych doctor that my lack of motivation and apathy was getting worse the last couple of years and he increased my dose! Which of course made me worse and finally when I felt like a zombie I told him I m stopping even though he told me I should stay on the meds the rest of my life! I told him I would rather be depressed than feel like a zombie. When I stopped basically ct on psych doctor advice I became suicidal in addition to no motivation... psych Dr wanted me to reinstate all meds said no way! People around me tell me I m doing well but still have no motivation and sometimes it gets worse and I get really depressed in addition to no motivation.. I feel hopeless and almost resigned and yes angry about how my life has unraveled because of these meds. I want to believe I m going to get better and eventually heal completely but I get really discouraged! Sorry for rambling on!
  17. Hi Jony, Sorry so long for a response to your post. I was vacationing for a bit. I think it's more likely due to the mirtazapine and clonazepam combination. Or just the usual effect of the mirtazapine even. I didn't find mirtazapine to be very activating at all.......It's not an SSRI. Then again, it is possible that the decrease in escitalopram has affected you this way as well. It's possible. Any strange dreams? Or just kind of hypnotic? Can you do a little bit of journaling again. That's always helpful And now 6 and 1/2 weeks out from your last escitalopram decrease. And holding steady with your other medications? It might be time Jony......for another 10% decrease from your 9mg. dose. How is everything else going? Love, peace, healing/inrecovery, and growth, manymoretodays
  18. ☼ Happy2Heal: Hope I'm doing this right

    Hi HDH? Do you find that the supplements you take are helping you? You seem to be doing very well! I'm interested in the Glycine and Chroium? Thanks! Sam
  19. PSSD Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction

    I’m very sorry to hear that. I hope someone will be able to help us soon. This PSSD has been maybe the worst experience of my life (combined with the other post-SSRI issues of course). It seriously makes life absolutely not worth living. I’ve been considering pulling the plug. I’m 19
  20. TB1973: Prozac and sleep

    Hi TB1973, Update your signature once you get back. That will be helpful. Please include the month, day, and year of medication switches and changes. Also plug in your current medications to the interaction checker at drugs.com and copy that here to your introduction journal for us. Also will be very helpful. You might consider a lower dose of your Prozac/fluoxetine while you are there in the hospital. I know you were concerned with some serotonicity/ possible toxicity. The symptom and drug journal format that Shep linked you to is 5 posts up. This as well. You could get into the hang of it on paper while there? Love, peace, healing/inrecovery, and growth, manymoretodays
  21. Sesamepearls: Early days yet

    Thanks for that, Chessie. I’ll definitely consider it, should I really find myself backed into a corner. I guess the only only other thing holding me back from doing that is my desire for my CNS to right itself as soon as possible. That, and I terribly miss my old, pre-drugged self.
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  23. Kristine: Not alone

    And hi again. I'm just checking your calculations too: am dose is down 10% of 3.75 mg.= 3.375mg. or 3.4mg. for your rounded up dose. You have a 40mg./50ml. solution so your dose in ml. will be 4.25 ml. I think that 4.2 ml. is fine. afternoon dose is down 10% of 2.5 mg.= 2.25 mg. Which will be 3.12 ml. So 2.81 ml. for your afternoon dose. 2.8 ml. is fine. Yay........!!!! Group hug. mmt
  24. PSSD Post-SSRI sexual dysfunction

    I have seen windows yes. I have been off all SSRI 8 years, and Benzodiazepines (and therefore all drugs) nearly 3 years. I feel the benzodiazepines caused some sexual problems too, so I count my real healing from when I got off all drugs. I have been suffering PSSD in total since November 2007, so over 10 years. I hate the condition.
  25. Kristine: Not alone

    Hi Kristine, I have meant to get back to you on interpetation of that chart I linked you to. So I'll get to that. I did see your post on it........ It will be good for our brain growth/neuroplasticity and further recovery/healing, eh? I think my take home point on the chart information was that if you are doing the "alkaline thing", which is a good thing often for many reasons, that you might be on the high absorption end with your dextroamphetamine. My guess is that it's best to maintain with the absorption for now.......stay as alkaline as you are now. It looks like you might be doing more tapering with it soon......so why mess with anything else. So......tea time then......good old ACV, honey, and what flavor tonight or this morning for you mate? I'm not crazy busy lately......just been busy.....job looking stuff and getting house/yard/cars in order before my house guests arrive.........I guess just the after vacation week type catch up thing is all. I have a really good life Kristine. And it seems to keep getting better. So there is that. Hope. Recovery.......Healing. Yah.....the hospital.....horsespittal. 5 total for me(28 years, 28 meds......5 horspitallizations, spread out, 3 though were MAOI W/D and overmedication related for sure)......the first was like a country club.......in the beginning of what I call my "psychiatric career".......and I should change that a bit......let me know if you think of a better term. Some on the ground think I was a shrink or something when I say that.......so it needs modification. I had great insurance and sure wasn't getting better on my meds.......you know......never mind that I JUSTLOSTAJOB, was in graduate school, newlywed, and we had recently bought our first home. I mean, come on......I was not so much clinically depressed, as just stressed, and was undergoing frequent medication changes to boot. Prozac, tricyclic, low dose Lithium(cyclothymic they said), and I don't know what else. Then I moseyed along fair to middling for awhile until I decided to come off my MAOI, due to having had the "reaction". To keilbasa no less, a yummy sausage type food. My boy was napping and I had sublingual nifedipine on hand......yet still......I could have stroked on out right then and there. It was intense. I crawled to the phone to call my shrink and ex. It worked though......2 doses of that stuff. And back to work in the morning. Not sure the MAOI worked but I thought I needed it. A cure. I was a bit plumper than now due to it and docile as heck. 3 more horspittalizations with MAOI W/D, although I had no idea that was it then. Multiple medications, switcharoos, etc. You know. And then the last time in the mental horsespittal above....... Okie dokie. Hope your night was restful, dry, and your belly is full, and your mind and body at peace. Love, peace, healing/inrecovery, and growth, mmt I don't know......the only nurse really was the medication nurse.........she was just slow as molasses such as one has to be........passing mega meds to the masses and recording it all, you know how that goes, right? The psych techs were cool......we did yoga and mindfulness and one would sit with me when I had my first wave of escitalopram withdrawal......I don't know if it was the akathisia but just got all tensed inside. I am a "certified" peer here in my state now and they might have been aware and on special behavior........but I don't think so.......my last hospitalization was at a decent place is all.
  26. MiguelFreeman: Question about Lexapro

    Then its normal i always have done this being mindfull of my surrondings and whent that moment passes i relax i dont panic or have any urge to attack i just preper in case something happens
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