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#217 scallywag

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 12:35 PM

Delia,

 

I see in your signature that you took clonazepam doses up to 4.0 mg/day. Changing dosage frequently in 10 days is going to cause you problems.

 

Questions for you:

  1. When was the last time you reduced dosage of risperidone?
     
  2. When did you last reduce mirtazapine?

We've posted before that adding medications to treat withdrawal symptoms is not a good idea. It may help for a short time but will only make things harder for you in the long term. Your CNS (central nervous system) is destabilized from the many changes you've made. Have a look again at the chart JanCarol made of your medications and doses since January 2015. post with chart of Delia's medications and doses.

 

You have had symptoms. You have had anxiety. Taking medications has not helped you in the past.

 

In the future, you are going to have symptoms and you WILL experience anxiety again.  You know that the medication doesn't help you. What are you non-drug techniques are going to use to cope with it the next time?


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
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#218 Delia

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:14 PM

Thank you for being here.My last Risperidone reduction happened 4 weeks ago,from 1,45 ml to 1,40 ml.As for Mirtazapine still four weeks ago I started taking 1,87 mg two times a week,3,75 mg the rest of the week.The fact is during the holiday I felt well and calm,starting a new year stressed me a lot as I could only think of new problems.Should I stop taking the Carbamazepine?I started to go to the gym to cope with stress,but it is very hard to feel energized for that,mentally and physically.I started to go to church and I am trying to pray.I do everything with very big efforts.Staying to work has become a struggle also.

 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


#219 scallywag

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 02:06 PM

I don't know about the carbamazepine. You'll have to decide whether to stay at 200 mg of that, to decrease dosage or to discontinue.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet


#220 Delia

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:00 AM

I took Carbamazepine for three days only: first 2 days I took 200 mg/ day and the 3rd day I took half, which is 100 mg. The 4 th day I took nothing ( and I had a headache the whole day ), now I am in the 5 th day still taking no Carbamazepine or Clonazepam and not feeling the need to. Did Carbamazepine get out of my system? What about Clonazepam? The last time I took Clonazepam was January 19 in the morning 0,5 mg. I will not have them prescribed and I will not use them any more, meaning I won't rely on them like before, especially after the last failure. The unpleasant symptoms I am experiencing are continuous fatigue for years, anxiety coming and leaving and feelings of low mood most of the time, sometimes I get very scared of living, very pessimistic and gloomy. I also experienced SI, I hope it doesn't come back. The last week I slept badly ( and my face itched a lot at night ), since I reduced Mirtazapine I am waking often during the night, but going back to sleep, sometimes I feel awake the whole night, even when dreaming, strange. I don't mind too much, as long as I can keep anxiety under normal levels. It is usually exacerbated by my personal view on life and instead of driving me to solve problems, it blocks me and keeps me frightened and stressed. I am dealing with acceptance, reminding myself the whole thing, and low self-esteem is also a big problem I have always had. I only feel content and hopeful when fully rested, but that seldom happens.


 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 01:27 PM

Delia, the problem isn't about whether the drugs are still in your bloodstream. The problem is that the changes are destabilizing to your body and specifically CNS (central nervous system), both of which NEED stability.

 

I'm really very sorry that you are feeling all those neuro-emotions and having fatigue and difficulty sleeping. Use the times when you feel a bit better to learn about and start non-drug techniques.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
scallywag's Introduction
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#222 Delia

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:55 AM

I tried to gather myself together, so for 2 weeks I didn't add any Clonazepam or other med to the combination, but two days ago I couldn't stand the inner restlessness and sufference, so I started to take Buspirone. I've read it may start working after about 4-6 weeks. Although I am taking it early in the day, it interrupts my sleep frequently, so I wake up very tired and remain tired until noon, when I start to feel much better. As an immediate result I am very energetic, but only after I recover from the morning fatigue due to sleeping so badly and less than usual. I didn't want to add any medication, but after lowering the doses of my other drugs memories from the past started to come back to me and although they hurt, I believe it is normal to have memories. Still, memories like the smell and taste of the bagel I was having in the primary school shouldn't be painful, but they are. Everything is painful to remember, I don't know how to explain this except if it is related to my low self-esteem and I can't stand anything of myself. Anyway, I added this Buspirone because I also remember being always anxious and frightened in school, which worsened in the teenage years, before ever taking any med, I was overwhelmed by fear and I don't want to go back there never again, which is surely coming back to me day by day. Beside being the neuro- emotion exacerbated by withdrawal, it is also a fact of my entire life before ever taking any drug. I am not trying to convince myself, I wish I could remember myself otherwise, but these anxieties overtook my existence since I was a child. I am not very receptive at the non-drug techniques. Being constantly tired I could barely think to get up and stay at work, I gave up everything, even the gym, because it would exhaust me. One session of physical exercise would bring me down and make me feel physical pain for many weeks afterwards. I will exercise again, but for the moment it is not a viable technique. I am praying, but again, I am not receptive, still I continue. I tried Q-gong and I would get stressed while doing it, so I stopped. Ever since I have been taking Mirtazapine, I stopped exercising, reading, studying or holding a purpose to live for. I have become lazy, with physical pain and sleepy, with almost mental shut-down.

Since this drug Buspirone has been giving me positive energy so far- I hope the side effect it has on my sleep will subside with time and I also hope that I will be more calm within myself after a month. I am aware no drug is healthy, if it works less than expected or deteriorates my health, I will most certainly stop it.


 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


#223 Delia

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

I am seriously thinking of stopping all medication completely starting right this evening,or I will move around it all my life.

 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 02:29 AM

I realised I wasn't thinking clearly because I couldn't relax, so I started eating better last evening and I actually felt more clear after that,so I decided to stop the Buspirone and continue the normal schedule of tapering without making other changes in it. The Buspirone triggered more anxiety in me and if I could deal with that I could do it without drugs better. My back was tense all the time after taking that pill.
I must have grown up since my teen years,so I will deal with anxiety and rumination somehow. I don't know how or what techniques might work for me, so I will take one day at a time as long as I can. I guess I am desperately trying to encourage myself after realising that I cannot mentally and physically accept new drugs any more in my life to help me deal with the inner torment and life challenges.I am starting to be very lucid in my struggle.

 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:17 AM

Delia. Your sentiments are interesting  and I agree but stopping Buspirone suddenly is not advised. How long have you been off it ? 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:24 PM

Delia, please re-read your introduction topic from the beginning.

 

You'll see that many moderators have suggested that you keep your medication consistent:  don't add new ones, don't stop the ones you're taking, don't change the doses.

 

Last year JanCarol made notes of all medication changes you've made and created a graph that illustrates the wild swings. 

 

Keeping your medications the same for 6 months might make a huge difference for you. What do you think about that?


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
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#227 Delia

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:12 PM

It is no problem with Buspirone any more. I have only taken it for 3 days and stopped. It has passed a week since then.

Scallywag, I have long and well thought about your suggestion to keep the same doses of the medications for 6 months without making any change in this period. I am finding it a very wise suggestion, because the state I am in now can only bring me back in a relapse if I continue right now, so I should stop for this while, to feel better again. Only then I can say I have made a progress by feeling well at the doses I am at. I also decided to stop decreasing the Risperidone forever and continue taking it maybe for an unlimited period, because some of my hallucinations returned, which is a sign that more than that can return and disrupt my senses. So, after six months of much-needed pause, I will continue to decrease only the Mirtazapine. Meanwhile, I will also try to stay away from Clonazepam which I find hard, considering the anxiety, rumination, the whole inner upheaval. Thank you all the moderators for the wonderful, blessed interventions you made whenever I needed the most. I have never known such wonderful people like you in my life, to use their time and help needy strangers. I see you all as true angels. God bless you all forever!


 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:43 PM

Nice to hear from you Delia. :D Let us know how things go for you over the next 6 months when you make NO changes to your doses.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, taper details in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15;
Current dose: 5.1 mg (47 beads) 2017-Mar-25
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
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#229 Delia

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 02:08 AM

I am probably writing here for the last time. I have just had a mental breakdown this morning from sleeping only two hours at work last night and having to solve some problems in town for 4 hours this morning. I didn't succeed, although it was very important and I prepared the documents with care and it wasn't even my fault. The tiredness made me collapse mentally at home and I am taking the decision to start taking Anafranil. so i am not a success story and never will be. I give up, I am sorry. Thank you all for being so nice to me all this time!I wish you all happiness, peace and love. God bless you!


 

 1999-Zyprexa 5 mg, then 10 mg until 2013,little Haldol for short;Zyprexa with on and off periods, horrid withdrawal and back on,sometimes added Escitalopram(Cipralex)20 mg;2013-Risperidone 3ml,Depakine 300 mg,Escitalopram 20 mg,Levomepromazine 1 mg;at need Clonazepam(Rivotril) 0,5 mg;october 2014-2015 Risperidone 3ml,Mirtazapine-7,5 mg,Escitalopram-20 mg;2015-Risperidone 2 ml,Mirtazapine-3,75 mg, Escitalopram- tapered during the year;

may 2015(started work)-added Clonazepam 0,5 mg every third day;december 2015-Risperidone 1,5 ml,Mirtazapine 3,75,Escitalopram 5 mg;Clonazepam-increased dosage to 2 mg;

December 2015 until January 2016 added Carbamazepine 600 mg and gave up Clonazepam until March 2016-Risperidone 1,35 ml, Mirtazapine 3,75 every second and third day(schedule of tapering),Escitalopram-0mg,Clonazepam for a week every third day, then reintroduced Carbamazepine 400 mg for a week, then stopped Carbamazepine.

Since the beginning of april 2016 taking Risperidone 1,30 ml, Mirtazapine 0 mg for five days, 1,87 mg for two days, then turned to 3,75 mg every night, Clonazepam 0,5 mg .

April 27 - upped Risperidone to 2 ml and Mirtazapine to 7,5 mg to bear with the lack of Escitalopram that caused huge anxiety, Clonazepam 1 mg every third day. May to November 2016: Risperidone 1,50 ml(tapering from 2ml, started the taper may 2016); Mirtazapine:3,75 mg(tapered from 7,5 mg, started the taper may 2016); Clonazepam 0 mg(started the taper from 0,33 mg daily).January 2017: Risperidone 1,40 ml(tapering every 4 weeks); Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(tapering to 1,87 mg), Clonazepam(10 days): 0,5mg-0,5mg-1 mg. 4 mg/day for 3 days.January 19: added 200 mg Carbamazepine/day(for 3 days), off Clonazepam.February 2017: Risperidone 1,35 ml; Mirtazapine 3,75 mg(1,87 mg 3 nights/week), Buspirone 2 x 5mg(3 days,then stopped), Clonazepam occasionally (every third day usually 0,5 mg or 1 mg,hopefully I will stop)

Supplements: Omega 3,Magnesium,B1, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid,Passionflower (occasionally)

 






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