Hi rhino and welcome to SA,
There is lots of excellent information and support here and I will give you some links to read which may help you to understand how psychiatric drugs change our brains. SA recommends a taper of no more than 10% of the previous dose to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.
I can't find the link at the moment, but stabilising doesn't mean being without withdrawal symptoms completely but that the withdrawal symptoms are fairly steady over a period of time rather than getting different symptoms of varying intensity. Brassmonkey calls it "withdrawal normal". It's a good idea to Rate Symptoms Daily to Check Patterns and Progress so that you can see improvements because when you aren't feeling okay, it can be hard to work out if there has been improvement.
I found SA after I had tried to reduce my dose by 50% (100mg to 50mg Pristiq) and ended up with bad brain fog and after 3 weeks at that dose I couldn't type. I am a professional typist so I had a benchmark to go by. Within 4 hours of updosing I was able to type again. Since then I have stabilised and have been succesfully tapering slowly and I am now down to 37.5mg.
It will be helpful if you would Please put your Withdrawal History in Signature. Please include details for the last 12-18 months of all drugs, dates, doses and discontinuations & reinstatements. If you can't remember dates, please write it as "early March" or "mid-August". Please provide a summary of any drugs prior to that which can just be listed with start and stop years. Please include all prescription, non-prescription drugs and supplements you are currently taking.
Before you begin tapering what you need to know
Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms
Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline)
These helped me to understand SA's recommended method of tapering:
Video: Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery
Check out the links I have provided and then ask questions here in your Intro/Update topic and journal your progress. To search the site I use google and type in survivingantidepressants.org + topic.
S l o w l y ...... but surely!
Antidepressants: 25 years (various: 1 unknown; Prozac muscle weakness; Zoloft; Cipramil CTed - very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)
Pristiq: 50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (from April - aches, pains, sweating, jittery, Oct 2015 recognised Serotonin Toxicity)
17 Oct 2015: 50mg (head fog); 1&2 Nov: 100mg (4 hrs "with it"); 3 Nov: 75mg; 30 Dec: 67.5mg; 1 Jan 2016: 70mg (ear pain);
21 Jan: 67.5mg; 4 Feb: 65mg; 19 Feb: 62.5mg; 3 Mar: 60mg; 12 Mar: 57.5mg; 13 Mar: 60mg (ear pain); 24 Mar: 57.5mg; 21 Apr: 55mg; 19 May: 52.5mg; 16 Jun: 50mg tablet; 11 Sep: 47.5mg all caps (5mg old); 25 Sep: 45mg (40+2x2.5); 4 Oct: 45mg (open 2x2.5); 14 Oct: 45mg (open 2.5x2); 21 Oct: 42.5mg (open 2.5); 9 Nov: 41mg (open 1); 25 Nov: 38.5mg (open 2.5); 2 Dec: 37.5mg (5mg old, open 2.5); 26 Dec: 35mg (5mg old open); 6 Jan: 32.5mg (2.5mg open); 7 Jan: 33.5mg (2.5mg open); 15 Jan: 32.5mg (2.5mg open); 20 Jan: 31.5mg (1mg open);
Current: Pristiq 31mg
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