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  2. Thanks Hibari Couldn't agree more re: spiritual awakening/transformation... truly powerful and meaningful experiences! As much as I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, I think a lot of people would benefit from breaking down and through the garbage of their life... It took me years to recover and I'm still in recovery but knowing what I know now? I wouldn't have it any other way... Hope you're having a good one! CallaLily
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  4. NobodySpecial

    NobodySpecial: Introduction & withdrawal log

    He's a Rottweiler called Buddha I've attached a file. I'll heed your advice also and maybe just get involved right now. May actually be worth taking my meds from a liquid solution from the start so I can gauge if it's unstable before my nervous system is already under fire!
  5. bubbles

    Bubbles

    Thanks @Rosetta
  6. Rosetta

    Bubbles

    I'm glad to hear that, Bubbles. Yes, onward we go. Peace, Rosetta
  7. Rosetta

    Waterfall: Introduction

    Oh, Waterfall, I know you are struggling so. I hope you get some rest tonight. - Rosetta
  8. Spideygsm

    arwilliams Zyprexa long term vs withdrawal

    arw Please read this article on Lithium. I took Lithium for 4 years. I became a true space case. There are side effects. Be prepared for blood work every week. There is a very narrow range between just enough and too much. Lastly, note the uses. There’s two. https://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/04/24/lithium-withdrawal-symptoms-list-of-possibilities/
  9. Thank you so much. I’ll read “tips for tapering off Zoloft.” I have been off any medication since February. Is it too late to reinstate?
  10. Hi Carmie, I've been away from the site for a while, its lovely to come back and read your thread full of acceptance and optimism. Thank you for spreading your wonderful attitude around the site with your supportive posts for others.
  11. arwilliams

    arwilliams Zyprexa long term vs withdrawal

    @andy were you on any other drugs when tapering Zyprexa? I have considered taking Lithium at least temporarily because it is known to have almost non withdrawal side effects but might help my sleep/stability I'm guessing.
  12. Now that I think about it, even with that main group of friends I was talking about. They were never going to me with their problems, so I really couldn't try to help them out. Maybe they never really were my friends if they never thought it was important enough to come to me with their problems. I remember directly telling them that they can come to me with their problems too.
  13. bubbles

    Bubbles

    Update, I've decided to find an alternative to my issue in 18 months, so I don't have a deadline any more. I'm going to keep reducing slowly. I'm actually quite upset to discover that I might have 3.5 years still to go, but it is what it is. Onward and upward. Or onward and downward.
  14. Dabhob33

    apathetic: recovering from olanzapine use

    Apathetic Have you ever had a dependency on benzos, leading to a taper and withdrawal? dabhob33
  15. Takebackmylife

    Takebackmylife: Introduction

    I'm glad you can see signature now. I started Seroquel 100 mg in 2011. Reduced to 50 mg overnight in 2015. No known side effects. Started lithium 300mg March 2018 for suicidal durations. It has helped but I still want off this potent drug. When can I consider coming off Lithium? Once I am better from reinstating Prozac? 1996 Zoloft for depression 2003 Celexa 10 mg 2007 Effexor 10mg 2011 Cipralex 10 mg. 100mg Seroquel for insomnia. 2015 Cipralex went up to 20mg Decreased Seroquel to 50mg overnight. 2017 Prozac 20 mg for severe depression and suicidal ideations. 2017 Lithium 300mg for suicidal ideations. Stopped taking Seroquel 50 mg all together overnight.
  16. Petunia

    LivingMyLife: These pills aren't for me

    Thanks for getting back to us LML, When you do reinstate, please would you add that information to your signature - date and dose. Here are a few more links for your easy reference in case you need them: Using a digital scale to measure doses How to calculate dosages? How to cut up tablets or pills ...and there are more helpful links inside this one: Important topics in the Tapering forum and FAQ
  17. Waterfall

    Waterfall: Introduction

    Thanks, guys. I know it's no fun to see someone else struggle. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me. I'm feeling a little bit better. Not much. But it's something. Tomorrow I finally get to see my doctor. I've been waiting for a long time, since he's been on reduced hours after he and his wife had a premature baby. Perchance he'll find something. And if he doesn't, at least it'll be easier to believe 'there's nothing wrong with me'.
  18. Hi Keysey, I’ve been using water titration for a few years now. I’m tapering off Seroquel n the lowest tablet is 25mg too. I’m down to 7.5mg now. I find ten percent is too high a cut for me now. I taper around 4% to 5% but everyone is different. Try the ten percent but if you end up finding it’s still a little too high you can taper slower next time. Hope all all goes well with your tapering, n yes slow is definitely better. Sending hugs🤗
  19. Dabhob33

    Dabhob33: Introduction

    Thank you so much Carrmie! I will look up the article right now. All the best to you! I’m head to listen... 5/25/18 1215 - woke 230 - woke 162mg Tylenol pain 445 - woke - extremely anxious in chest and feet 8 - breakfast - valium 5mg / eye drops / omega / probiotic Doze and wake in panic 9 - 450mg Lithium 9 - heavy anxiety in chest and heavy head 12 - lunch 1 - worst I’ve felt in a looong time. Feeling extremely suicidal still. Fatigued. Feel trapped by benzo wd and depression and physical pain from last 2 yrs. 6 - pizza - ugh 730 - 9 - lithium 225mg 10 - 5mg valium 10 - sleep 5/26/17 3 - woke 6 - woke - some anxiety in chest
  20. Welcome Alan47, I moved your introductory post to a Journal thread of its own. This way more people will notice it, and you can maintain your own journal. You can use this thread to track progress, write about symptoms, ask questions and communicate with the community, add to it whenever you want. Please bookmark it or follow it so you can find it again. Was Luvox the only medication you took? Are you currently taking any other drugs? We ask members to put their drug and withdrawal history in the signature section. It appears below each of your posts and helps us to help you. Here are instructions for how to do it:   Please put your withdrawal history in your signature From what you have written, it sounds like you have made some recovery over the last 3 months, this is a good sign, but to still have some symptoms at this stage is not uncommon, especially because you tapered quite fast. We suggest reducing by no more than 10% of the current dose every 4 weeks, this reduces the risk of withdrawal symptoms arising. Please read through this which will explain why: Why taper by 10% of my dosage? (The general philosophy of gradual tapering) To answer your questions: Yes, there is a small possibility that reinstatement might help, but we don't recommend it at this late stage because the risk for an adverse reaction is higher the longer you have been off the drug. But its something to consider if you are unable to tolerate your current symptoms. Here is the link to our reinstatement topic, please read through it carefully before deciding if its something you would like to try. About reinstating and stabilizing to stop withdrawal symptoms The alternative is to give yourself more time and you will eventually recover, but I don't know how long it will take. Recovery usually happens in a windows and waves kind of pattern. It can take anywhere from weeks to years, everyone is different so its impossible to predict how long it will take for you, but it will happen. Here is the link to our symptoms and self care section, you may find some useful ideas to help manage symptoms as you recover. Especially read the topics pinned at the top. Sexual issues and PSSD can be part of withdrawal and most recover from these over time, along with other withdrawal symptoms. For a small minority of people, these symptoms seem to persist longer than other symptoms, but there's no reason to expect it. Developing acceptance, a positive outlook and taking care of yourself well, is the best formula to support recovery. A healthy diet, regular exercise if possible and pleasant socializing will also help. Minimize stress and distract yourself from difficult symptoms until they pass. There are lots of good ideas in our symptoms and care forum to help you with all of this. Please feel free to write whenever you want, you will find a lot of friendly help and support here. Petunia.
  21. Carmie

    Dabhob33: Introduction

    Hey Dabhob, So sorry you have a lot of anxiety at the moment. Yes, reading all the horror stories can take its toll. There are some good articles and threads on this site though that can help us to keep coping. Some things people write are so relatable as everyone is going through this same process. I read the article entitled Victim Mentality by Apathetic today. It’s under Symptoms n Self Care. It was really good if you want to check it out. Hang in there my fellow survivor☀️☀️☀️
  22. Hi again, Glad you’re doing okay Eqqnok, I don’t drink coffee, haven’t had any for over thirty years. I’m glad you’re experiencing windows too. Great explanation of your windows. I have CFS as well so even when I’m in a window I still have symptoms that I get on a daily basis anyway, like severe brain fog and running on empty. I could never jog like you did, I would collapse n end up in bed not being able to move. Well done on your weight loss. That’s quite an accomplishment. Keep recording how you’re doing here on your thread. It’s encouraging for others to read how you’re getting windows. We are all up n down, up n down all the time. It’s good that others here understand n can relate. Take care💚
  23. Hey again, Yep, doctors don’t seem to know what they are doing. As-needed basis🙄. When I read here too of people that are told to take their meds every second day n taper that way I can’t believe it. They really have no clue. That was good you only had a month of withdrawals after jumping off the Seroquel at the end. I’ve been on it for years now as it’s taking me a long time to taper off it so I may be a bit more dependent. That being said though I just take each day as it comes. No use worrying about the next day. Take care Survivor 💚
  24. Hey Rabe, Hope you’re coping okay. I was speaking metaphorically about the sun. So you have trouble going outdoors in the sun? Just looking out into nature is beautiful though, isn’t it? It’s sunny here most of the year, we don’t have a lot of cold weather. It’s nearly winter n I’m still wearing summer clothes most of the time. I love a few months of cold weather though because when you’re sick it’s lovely getting cozy in front of the heater. We had a slight rain shower just now, loooove the rain, that too gives a nice cozy feel. While I’m in a bit of a window I’m going to have friends around every week for lunch. My friends are always inviting me to places and contacting me so I’m going to have them over weekly for the next few months. Going to have different friends over every week. I really appreciate my support system, they are so caring. I’m not in a 100% window, maybe 70%. Still have some withdrawal symptoms but they are pretty bareable. Yay! Woke up this morning shaking but it went away. I’ve had that symptom though from the Seroquel even when I wasn’t withdrawing. These drugs are powerful. Going to do some cooking today for my visitors tomorrow. Haven’t had friends over for a couple of months since going through waves, but I did organise a big party at a friend’s place one night. It was so weird as I’d been in a daily windows n waves situation for months but the weekend I stayed at my friend’s place n had the party I was mainly in a window. Good timing!😃 Take care Rabe and thanks for dropping by💚💚
  25. LivingMyLife

    LivingMyLife: These pills aren't for me

    Hi Petunia: thank you for the response. Two days ago I reinstated. Tonight will be day three. I already feel probably 70% better. I didn’t believe it when I read at first that these super small doses were still powerful and sedating. But both nights I’ve taken it I feel it’s sedaing effects. Definitely helped me sleep and has calmed my symptoms. I got my scale today. A 15 mg pill on scale = .154-.158 g. Which means .158 / 15 = .010g per mg. 1 mg = .010g. 2 mg = .021g. So I am aiming for ~.021g for a 2mg dose. Right now I think I can make the doses without making a liquid. I haven’t looked back on posts for suggested ways to do this but hope I’m doing it right. My plan isn’t to be a super frequent poster but will reach out if and when I need it. And I’ll also post from time to time to post progress. It it took courage to reinstate. So I’d like to let anyone know who is suffering and on the fence, that that I think it will only help you in the long run to reinstate. It doesn’t mean you won’t ever get off of your med or meds. It means you need additional time but the goal is still attainable. There is hope for us!
  26. I'm sad that you are having a bad wave Rosetta...Grateful you were able to 'do the park' with your daughter. Hoping things settle again for you... HI ROSETTA!! Wrote the above yesterday and forgot to send it!!! Im sorry...get s scary having worked with dementia for so long. Im sorry the cortisol spikes and all that goes with them is continuing...it just makes me feel so sad that you are struggling so, and there is so little I can do to except to say I care, I think about your, hold you in my heart, and everyday put your healing into the universe. Take care...thinking lots of some sleep for you tonight!!! HUGS AND HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!!!
  27. Hi Hazel...hope things settle bit now that you are home. I know you said you were a bit more anxious when you were away before. Hugs for you!!!
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