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#1 reachingforthestars

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 11:35 PM

I personally know three success stories. One woman who is 60 years old and was on ssri( she's a close friend of of my mother) and two men who are thirty something. I know that one of the guys was on venlafaxin but I don't know what antidepressant was the other one taking. They all were almost ten years on antidepressants and they were able to quit and are now doing fine. The one who was on venlafaxin CT'd and it took about an year for him to be normal again. The woman tapered for two years and after tapering was OK in few months. She has been AD free at least for 5 years. The third one had sleep apnea and after they discovered the sleep apnea and his sleeping improved he was able to quit AD's.

 

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Citalopram 40mg from 2003-2015

Jan 2015 started tapering first dropped to 35mgFeb 30mg, March 25mgApril 20mg, May 17,5mg, June 15mgJuly 12,5mg, Aug 12,5mg,

Sep 0mg for 5 days because of stomac flu and after I raised to 7,5mg. All the symptoms of acute WD shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, barely could walk ect. Still didn't realize that it wasn't only stomac flu but I was also going through WD.

Oct 2,5mg and crashed again badly and quickly raised to 4mg. It was then when I knew my symptoms were due to WD.

Then in November after a month holding on 4mg raised to 5mg due to muscle weakness and had a VERY BAD reaction to reinstatement: akathisia(lasted for one or two weeks), insomnia, anhedonia... Drop quicly back to 4mg, Dec 3mg

Jan 2016 2,6mg( in the middle of Jan after I had been on 2,6mg for a week I tried to updose to 2,8mg and immediately had bad reaction to it: akathisia for a day, andehonia got worse. The next day dropped back to 2,6mg), Feb 2,4mg( a new symptom PGAD lasted 24/7 for 2 months after that on and off), March 2,4mg, April 2,3mg, May 2,2mg, June 2,1mg, July 2,0mg( Pgad almost nonexisting, sleeping pretty good, still some anhedonia but there has been a lot of gradual progress), Aug 1,97mg-1,89mg, Sep 1,88mg-1,49mg, Oct 1,48mg- 1,70mg,

Nov 0,65mg- current dose 0,5mg

 


#2 Alua

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:39 AM

Well here goes.
1) lady on zoloft 15 years. Withdrew in 1 month from 100mg. I remember her being actively suicidal whilst on them even going as far as writing suicide notes to her 5 kids. 1 year later doing fabulous.
2) ct from 100mg pristiq. 1 year later no symptoms very happy. Was suicidal on the drugs.
3) ct from 100mg pristiq. Doing ok a year later. Has had some extra anxiety. She only suffered a week of wd.
4) 70 year old on paxil twice after suicide attempt. Said it never helped him. First time on 2 years second time on 2 years. Last time weaned of over a year he cant remember having any withdrawal. Doing fine 5 years later.
5) two ladies i know on zoloft for approximately one year. One got pregnant tapered over two weeks nearly died for six weeks with symptoms but now doing fab. The other one got ct off by her doctor when he said she never had pnd. She felt antisocial for a while. Now doing great.
6) close friend of mine on them twice. First time 2 years had to ct when she had a baby said worst experience of her life. Second time on 4 years tapered over six months still awful. That was 6 years ago she has sleep problems but otherwise good
7) lady in my netball team on and off ads 25 years been on every one. She did a taper off over a year. She has been off r years now doing great. Credits cbt to her success.
8) number 7s husband on various antidepressants most of his life. Ct of 50mg pristiq. She said his mood swings for a year were horrific. I think he has been off a few years and is much happier but she said she nearly left him as he was so moody.

I have come across lots of others on them for a month to six months who felt dredful on them and ct and suffered but have no lasting effects.
<p>Various benzos 4 months for insomnia prior to Effexor 37.5mg may 2014 for two weeks, Mirtazapine 30mg june 2014 - feb 2015.Pristiq 50 mg Feb 2015. six weeks later attempted coming off with a six week taper. ten days off and it got ugly. Tapering now using compounded pristiq with slow release agent. 37.5 mg 3 weeks, 30 mg 6 weeks, 25mg 4.5 weeks, 20mg for 6 weeks, 17.5 mgs 7 weeks, 20 mg 8 weeks, 19 mg 3 weeks, 18 mg 3 weeks, 17 mg 3 weeks, 16 mg 3 weeks, 15mg 2 weeks, 14mg 2 weeks, 13 mgs 2 weeks, 12 mgs 6 weeks, 11mg 3 weeks, 10.5mg 2 weeks, 10 mg 3.5 weeks. 9mg is my current dose

#3 downtongirl

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 01:45 PM

Alua...it seems like for those of the success stories you know the people who suffered seemed to get better around the one year mark....is that what you gather?


1995 - 2015 antidepressants and antianxiety medicine
Multiple failed attempts to quit/taper anti d/anti anxiety meds since 2008

June 17, 2016 began prozac bridge to get off of effexor xr, stopped effexor xr on June 24, 2016, could not tolerate prozac due to severe side effects so I had to stop it  Currently...300 mg ER of lithium, 1 mg of estradiol, 60 mg propranolol ER, Fish oil 2 x a day, Magnesium Glycinate,  zinc, vitamin c, vitamin d, NAC

 

 

 

 

 


#4 Alua

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 02:04 PM

Um to be honest the first one that tapered off pristiq ct at 100mg had six weeks of hell then it lifted mainly. I remember i rang her every day for 6 weeks and recall her saying if she had a gun one day she would shoot herself. The other one who xt off 100mg pristiq only suffered for a week and then she said it just slowly improved. The one on zoloft 1t years tapered quick in a month. She had some really depressed periods and intense anger and worked through wd with 5 kids. These woman are all pretty dertermined and knew how bad the drugs were. They may have residual effects but nothing that limits them living their lives.
<p>Various benzos 4 months for insomnia prior to Effexor 37.5mg may 2014 for two weeks, Mirtazapine 30mg june 2014 - feb 2015.Pristiq 50 mg Feb 2015. six weeks later attempted coming off with a six week taper. ten days off and it got ugly. Tapering now using compounded pristiq with slow release agent. 37.5 mg 3 weeks, 30 mg 6 weeks, 25mg 4.5 weeks, 20mg for 6 weeks, 17.5 mgs 7 weeks, 20 mg 8 weeks, 19 mg 3 weeks, 18 mg 3 weeks, 17 mg 3 weeks, 16 mg 3 weeks, 15mg 2 weeks, 14mg 2 weeks, 13 mgs 2 weeks, 12 mgs 6 weeks, 11mg 3 weeks, 10.5mg 2 weeks, 10 mg 3.5 weeks. 9mg is my current dose

#5 LexAnger

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 05:10 PM

Well I know one who were on various SSirs for two years or so for her depression suffering various severe side effects but doing great immediately after being off them all. I consider her in different categories of not having WD like all of us here. She never had problems changing meds either only none of them worked for her also giving tons of side effects. We may consider her case as a success recovery from side effects (not WD).
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

#6 Vonnegutjunky

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 06:50 PM

Thank you both for posting these - I really needed them today ❤️
Started 20mg Paxil 2006 due to postpartum depression- went to 10 mg no problem in 2008 -
May 2014 10 mg alternating days 7.25 mg- July 2014 7.25 every day
September 2014 7.25 alternating days 5 mg- November 2014 5 mg day
January 1 2015 back up to 10 mg - April 23, 2015 15mg
May 13, 2015 20mg - (tabs weight 25.0mg) February 26th 7.5mg off 25mg tablet
Sept 4th 2015 2.5 off 25mg tablet | March 18th. 8mg off 25mg tablet
October 30th. 3.5 off 25mg tablet. | April 11th. 9mg off 25mg tablet
November15th 4mg off 25mg tablet. | May 5th. 10mg off 25mg tablet
December 12th 5mg off 25 mg tablet | May 19th. 11mg off 25mg tablet
January 4 6mg off 25mg tablet |. June 7. 11.5 mg off 25mg tablet
January 25th. 6.5 off 25 mg tablet. July 11. 12 mg off 25 mg tablet
February 15th. 7mg off 25mg tablet. August 7 back down----October 13 2016 - omega 3 4800 mg per day - October 13, 2016--- vitamin d 4000mg per day

#7 NoMoreADs

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 08:11 PM

Alua...it seems like for those of the success stories you know the people who suffered seemed to get better around the one year mark....is that what you gather?

 

Hi, what are the symptoms that you have seen improve after a year in the stories that you have looked through?


  • 1992-Feb. 2016- Took almost every antidepressant on the market. Cold turkeyed most of the medications I took.
  • Stopped taking Paxil February 8 2016. I tapered the dose from 50 mg to 0 over the course of about 10 weeks
  • On no medications as of Feb. 8, 2016
  • As of 10/23/16-Still unable to sleep more than 4 to 5 hours a night, sometimes less

#8 Alua

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 02:10 PM

To be honest i have not sat down with these people and analysed their experience or symptoms. One is a close friend on zoloft 15 years. She tapered in a month. She has 5 kids and worked through the whole ordeal. She wrote suicide notes to all 5 kids while on the zoloft. Now she has lost 30kg, had a breast reduction, is much calmer and looks and seems like a different person. She said on the pills she did not know who she was. She seems happier to me and says that herself. When she laughs she said its because its funny not because the pills tell her to laugh or force her to smile with no feeling behind the action. None of these people sought out boards such as this. I guess they just got on with it. Sometimes i wonder if over analysing symptoms is counter productive personally. They probably all have slightly heightened anxiety from what i can gather. I know 2 of them were laid out on the couch 6 weeks after they stopped. One said it felt like her brain was loose in her head and thrashing around from side to side, severe diarrhea like no control over their bowls, brain zaps, suicidal thoughts, insane rage, depersonalisation, jaw pain, sleep paralysis and all the normal stuff. most of the people i talk about are females i know. They all have small children. They have had no choice but to find a way to get through it. None of them would have known jt was withdrawal had i not told them.
<p>Various benzos 4 months for insomnia prior to Effexor 37.5mg may 2014 for two weeks, Mirtazapine 30mg june 2014 - feb 2015.Pristiq 50 mg Feb 2015. six weeks later attempted coming off with a six week taper. ten days off and it got ugly. Tapering now using compounded pristiq with slow release agent. 37.5 mg 3 weeks, 30 mg 6 weeks, 25mg 4.5 weeks, 20mg for 6 weeks, 17.5 mgs 7 weeks, 20 mg 8 weeks, 19 mg 3 weeks, 18 mg 3 weeks, 17 mg 3 weeks, 16 mg 3 weeks, 15mg 2 weeks, 14mg 2 weeks, 13 mgs 2 weeks, 12 mgs 6 weeks, 11mg 3 weeks, 10.5mg 2 weeks, 10 mg 3.5 weeks. 9mg is my current dose

#9 WiggleIt

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 02:52 AM

In real life, I personally know one complete success story, two partial success stories who did retain some permanent damage, and four people absolutely unable to get off meds bc the withdrawal is too severe when they try.

I am a zero success story as I have been off meds for two years and still suffering from medication-induced movement disorder.

That means, in my experience, only ONE success story out of eight people. Those are bad odds.

Just because people didn't find these boards doesn't mean their withdrawal wasn't serious and real. Frankly, they're lucky if they were only down and out for two to six weeks. No wonder they didn't have to find these boards. I guarantee you if they were still messed up after two years, they would end up here.

"Getting on with it" sure as h*** hasn't fixed my psych med-induced movement disorder or my facial tics.

So, no, the "no choice but to get on with it" theory is incorrect. What those situations REALLY are is LUCKY, and they better count their blessings everyday.

-Dual cold turkeys off TCA & Ativan in October 2014. Prescribed from 2011-2014, off-label for pain

-Meds were prescribed for an "autoimmune chronic pain disease."  It was a MISDIAGNOSIS, but did not find out until AFTER meds had caused total damage.  All med tapers & cold turkeys directed by doctors 

-Nortriptyline from May 2012 - Dec 2013

-Desipramine from Jan 2014 - October 2014. 60 mg reduced by 10 mg each month. Held 30 mg for 3 months. Rapid taper over 1 week from 30 mg down to 20, 10, 0

-Lorazepam 1 mg per night in 2011. In 2012, used 1 mg per month or less.  Lorazepam on & off Dec 2013 - Aug 2014, did not exceed 1.5 mg, did not exceed 3x a week

-On desipramine had muscle tremors & rigidity. Were they side effects or withdrawal effects as I reduced desip throughout 2014? Or was I in WD from nortrip as I was on desip? First muscle/dystonia side effects started on nortriptyline, but docs were too stupid to help me figure it out

-Last dosage desip 10 mg on Oct. 29, 2014. Last dose lzpam 1 mg, Nov. 2, 2014. Paradoxical reactions to benzos after quitting TCAs

-Tardive dystonia, dyskinesia, myoclonic jerks ALL over body, ribcage wiggles, facial tics, twitching tongue & fingers, tremors/twitches of arms, legs, cognitive impairment, throat muscles semi-paralyzed & unable to swallow solid food, brain zaps, ears ring, dizzy, everything looks too far away, insomnia, numbness & electric shocks everywhere when I try to fall asleep, jerk awake from sleep with big, gasping breaths, wake with terrors & tremors, severely depressed.  NO HISTORY OF DEPRESSION, EVER. Meds CREATED it.

-Month 7 off meds: hair falling out; no improvement in vision; still tardive dystonia; facial & tongue tics returned
-Month 8 off meds: thrown back to acute, including Grand Mal seizure-like episodes. New mental torment, PGAD, worse insomnia
-Month 9 off meds: tardive dystonia worsened, dyskinesia returned. Unable to breathe well due to dystonia in stomach, chest, throat.
-Month 13 off meds: Back to total acute, brain zaps back, plus developed eczema & stomach problems. Left leg no longer works right due to dystonia, meaning both legs are now damaged


#10 Rockingchaircat

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 01:15 PM

I know of only one- mine. But it is still in the process.

 

Someday I WILL type up my own success story. 

 

Just not today.


1)Zoloft- 6/99 to 8/04 2)Escitalopram- 8/04 to 8/10 3)Citalopram 8/10 to 4/14 (C/T), 4)Paxil a week or so, 5)Wellbutrin a week or so, 6)Reinstated Citalopram- 9/14 to 7/15

Before Taper- Celexa/20 mg....Taper Start- 04/21/15- 15mg....05/26/15- 10 mg...06/22/15- 5 mg...07/18/15- 0mg. http://tinyurl.com/qjfoqe9 Ativan/Lorazepam use/taper 10/14 to 2/15- http://tinyurl.com/ljebp84

Baclofen- Intermittent use of from 2008 till 2014. Some use of Promethazine. Some use of Zofran. Clobetasol Propionate- for Lichen Planus. Some Flexeril use. 

Ativan- GABA,A receptor Agonist., Baclofen- GABA,B receptor Agonist., Celexa/Lexapro- Serotonin 5-HT1A Receptor Agonist., Zofran- Serotonin 5-HT3 Receptor Agonist..Promethazine- Histamine H1-Receptor Antagonist. Flexeril- Serotonin 5HT2a Antagonist.

 

My self imposed Amino Acid Therapy: Tyrosine 500mg 1xday, Theanine 200 mg 1xday, & Taurine 500 mg 2x day. (All neurotransitter pre-cursors)- seems to have helped me immensely. And of course- eating healthy, including Black Beans for the oligosaccharides for gut health.

 

The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of trick learned while mastering the Art of Living. - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning.

 

 

 


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:51 AM

I know a woman who, in her mid 60s, tapered from an unknown dose of meds to nothing in about four months, and never had any problems.  She was on a variety of psych meds since the 80's.  Of course, most of us are already suffering PAWS, so we can't hope to be the lucky ones that never encounter it at all.


various SSRI for years

 

20 mg Lyrica 2010

30 mg to 0 mg Prozac 2012

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 2012

Drop to 19 mg Prozac 2013

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 1 month later (2013)

Gradual decrease of Prozac dosage starting in late summer of 2015, currently at 11.2 mg/day

 

use of vitamin D3, fish oil, and magnesium at various times


#12 music321

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:56 AM

Really?  Over 1,000 people have looked at this, and only ten have responded with success stories?


various SSRI for years

 

20 mg Lyrica 2010

30 mg to 0 mg Prozac 2012

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 2012

Drop to 19 mg Prozac 2013

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 1 month later (2013)

Gradual decrease of Prozac dosage starting in late summer of 2015, currently at 11.2 mg/day

 

use of vitamin D3, fish oil, and magnesium at various times


#13 rowinghippy

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 11:57 AM

I wonder if that speaks to how uncommon it is to find someone suffering like us.

 

My friend dabbled with SSRIs for 6-12 months, ultimately stopping because it messed with her digestion too much. She got off in about a month, no problems except sibo, which she took the antibiotic for and is seemingly all fine now.

 

Everyone else I know got off them in a couple months no problem, which makes me angrier knowing how awful I'm doing.


4/24/16: 20 mg citalopram

8/1/16: 15 mg

8/22/16: 10 mg

9/16/16: reinstated to 12 mg

12/1/16: 11 mg

2/20/17: 10 mg

 

Supplements: fish oil, multivitamin, digestive enzymes, probiotic, magnesium, glutamine, chinese herbs as needed


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 02:26 PM

Anyone else have examples?

March 15/2017: 3.75 zyprexa; January 16/2017: 6.25 mg; down from 10 mg December 2016
200 zoloft. Tapering that next.