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How long do you estimate your taper will take?

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#37 Gridley



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Posted 10 March 2017 - 04:42 PM



Your posts are always, to me, the voice of wisdom and reason and reality.  I'm just starting out on my taper, but you have blazed the trail at no small cost.

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986, prescribed for ulcerative colitis pain.  CT 1991, experienced bad flare-up of colitis, reinstated a few months later.  Jan. 27, 2016, began every-3-weeks 10% taper.  At 30 mg began experiencing dizziness; at 25 mg experiencing anxiety as well as insomnia; at 19 mg - more anxiety; at 15 mg - more anxiety; August 30 discovered SA, updosed to 25 mg and holding there.    


Lorazepam 1 mg for colitis-related stress 1986.  CT 1992, reinstated a few months later.  CT approx. 2000 with no difficulty.  Since 2011 1mg for insomnia at bedtime. Decreased to .75 mg mid-2015 with no difficulty.  September 28, 2016, increased to 1.5 mg in a split dose of .5 mg, morning, afternoon and bedtime to alleviate anxiety.


Lexapro 20 mg. since 2004 for depression.  January 6, 2017, began 2.5% taper per week for four weeks with 2-week hold. Jan. 6 19.5 mg, Jan 13 19 mg, Jan. 20 18.5 mg, Jan. 27 18 mg, Feb. 3 two-week hold, Feb. 18 17.5  mg, Feb. 25 17.1 mg, Mar. 4 16.7 mg, Mar. 11 16.3mg, Mar. 18 two-week hold


Supplements: theanine, fish oil, vitamin E, magnesium, Natural Balance Happy Camper, VSL3DS probiotic, vitamin D3, digestive enzyme, zinc, fo-ti.  50 mg Enerphos at bedtime, 50 mg when I wake in the the night. 

#38 Mjau


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 02:10 PM

I started tapering 2,5 years ago, starting with Wellbutrin 150 mg and Sertraline 100 mg. Luckily I got off Wellbutrin 1,5 years ago!

I was able to taper Sertraline with the 10% method until a year ago when I reached 33 mg Sertraline. I started to have more pronounced wd symptoms after each drop. And I have really no idea of how long time it will take until I'm down to zero, right now it feels like this will be a very long project.... many years....

1997-1999 Citalopram 20 mg

1999-2014 Sertraline 50 mg

2012 Sertraline very quick taper due to side effects. Switched to Wellbutrin 150 mg-300 mg. Reinstated Sertraline 25 mg-50 mg.

2013 Exhaustion. Wellbutrin 150 mg. Sertraline 75 mg-100 mg.

Sept 2014 Found this site. Started tapering. Sertraline 87,5 mg + Wellbutrin 150 mg 

Aug 2015 No more Wellbutrin!! Sertraline 50 mg

2016 Sertraline 35 mg (January) - 33 mg (March 21st) - 32,5 mg (July 11) - 32 mg (July 27)

2017 March 28,2 mg and holding


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:13 AM

As I think I said on this thread already I will soon be 3 years into my taper. And there is still a long way to go. I never thought that it would take this long. I am really hoping that it is worth in the long run is because sometimes there have been bad periods. I have had to reinstate at times also. Or changed medications. I have made most progress on the Effexor front. Down from 300 mgs daily at one point.


I am dealing with a lot of anxiety at the moment and I am not really sure if it's a withdrawal symptom or if it's just a reflection of what is going on in my life. A lot of stress related to work predominantly. I won't be making any further changes until the anxiety settles.


Anyway, I will keep trucking on I suppose.

Previously - zopiclone, risperidone, lyrica (pregabalin), ativan (lorezapam)
30/Apr/2016 - 90mg Effexor, 5.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
16/May/2016 - 90mg Effexor, 5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
07/Jun/2016 -  80mg Effexor, 5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
25/Jun/2016 -  80mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
04/Jul/2016 -  72mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
01/Aug/2016 -  65mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
12/Aug/2016 -  75mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
03/Oct/2016 -  70mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
29/Oct/2016 -  65mg Effexor, 4.5mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
25/Nov/2016 -  65mg Effexor, 4mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
25/Dec/2016 -  60mg Effexor, 3.6mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
18/Jan/2017 -  60mg Effexor, 5.25mg olanzapine, 15mg mirtazpaine
Valium (diazepam) as needed. Not daily.
Note : I would really hope that nobody uses my tapering history as a guideline. It seems to be working for me (at the moment) but might not work well for somebody else tapering similar medications.