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Dr. David Burns (Author of "Feeling Good") responds to AD withdrawal question

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#1 Jaco2016



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 06:40 AM

Hello All. I Just recently read a question written to Dr. Burns on his blog about AD withdrawal and thought you may be interested.



March 1, 2017-Present Discontinued Wellbutrin. Drug free DAY 1 - so far so good!!

February 15-March 1 2017: Tapering Wellbutrin. Now down from 150mg 2x/day to 75mg 1x/day; some w/d

December 24, 2016- Feb. 15 2017: Switched to Wellbutrin 150mg 2x/day after Genesight testing; currently in w/d from Celexa. Wellbutrin side effects: constipation, mild weight loss, vivid dreams

August 4-December 23, 2016: Reinstated Citalopram 30mg due to onset of depressive symptoms from Prozac.

March 18-August 3, 2016: Switched to Prozac 30mg

Feb-March 2016  After 5 weeks of severe withdrawal reinstated Celexa

Jan-Feb 2016  Tapered 5mg/every week to 0mg

August 2015-Jan. 2016: Celexa 30mg. (side effects: REM sleep behavior disorder, severe constipation, etc, etc.)

Prior drug history:

2008-2016: Celexa 30-40mg/day after severe panic attack after accidental CT from Strattera and Xanax

2006-2007: Strattera ?80mg/day for "ADD" in college, Xanax 2mg as needed for anxiety


#2 scallywag


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

It's nice that the blogger-doc posted the question and replied. It's understandable that he doesn't want to wade into challenging current medical belief -- and it is belief not evidence-based knowledge -- but his answer is a non-response. He writes about the questionable use of anti-depressants and about not ever starting on them, advice that doesn't help people trying to safely discontinue them.

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