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#1 Madeleine

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:01 PM

I'm wondering if anyone who is tapering and is close to the finish line can share if they have had a low-symptom taper.  


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


#2 KarenB

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:39 PM

In May I will have been tapering for 2 years.  I am still a long way from the end, but thought I'd reply because since I began tapering by the brassmonkey-slide method I've been having extremely minimal symptoms.  Usually I'm in one long window, and when I do get a wave of a day or two, the symptoms are minimal.  I often feel a bit guilty here on SA due to my lack of suffering ;)

 

I totally recommend finding that tapering 'sweet spot' instead of pushing through. 


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2011 February Escitalopram 10mg (sudden switch). 2012 January Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Early June Feeling great, decide to taper. Doc advises alternate days 20mg/10mg for 4 weeks.  Late June Steady. Drop to 10mg daily. Early July Not coping, raging, flu symptoms, shaky, anxious, low, spaced-out, self-destructive.  Mid July Return to alternate days 20mg/10mg - minimal improvement. Early August Return to full dose 20mg. Lost.
2014 February Switch to Venlafaxine. (First reduced Esc. to 10mg/day for a week) Feb-April Lost, 'light' self-harm, exhausted.
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#3 Madeleine

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:04 AM

Thanks so much for sharing Karen. It's reassuring to hear.

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


#4 BuddhaMama

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:06 AM

In May I will have been tapering for 2 years.  I am still a long way from the end, but thought I'd reply because since I began tapering by the brassmonkey-slide method I've been having extremely minimal symptoms.  Usually I'm in one long window, and when I do get a wave of a day or two, the symptoms are minimal.  I often feel a bit guilty here on SA due to my lack of suffering ;)

 

I totally recommend finding that tapering 'sweet spot' instead of pushing through. 

 

KarenB, what is the brassmonkey-slide method?


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OFF Lexapro 3 doses only February 2015 (increased depression)

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BEGAN REMERON TAPER Feb 2 2017 by switching to different manufacturer of tablet mirtazipine (manufacturer that matches my liquid solution). Holding 15mg dose until adjusted. Plan to eventually do half liquid, half tablet (still 15mg), then all liquid (15mg), then .95ml of 15mg per ml liquid (a 5% reduction) depending on how I respond to adjusting from tablet to liquid.


#5 brassmonkey

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:54 AM

The Brassmonkey Slide Method is a modification of the 10% every 6 weeks taper that is recommended here. Basically it is dropping by 2.5% a week for four weeks and then a hold for an additional 2 weeks. This gives a total of 10% every 6 weeks.  The idea behind it is to spread the symptoms out over several weeks instead of having then hit all at once.  I have had great success with it over the five and a half years I've been tapering.  I started at 40mg of paxil and m currently at 0.16mg.  I will be ending my taper soon.  I have to say that compared to others I have had a much easier time of it.  I know several people who CTed 40mg of paxil at the same time I started to taper and they are still having a rough time of it.  As you can read in my intro thread I'm reentering life in a big way and have the slow taper to thank for it.


20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mg it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

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#6 MRothbard

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 06:45 PM

Yes on the low symptoms. Mine are exacerbated by alcohol and caffeine (duh, right?) . exercise helps. Taking a good multi and some omega 3 as well.


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#7 GiantsWSC

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 08:59 PM

For the most part my tapering has been relatively low symptom except for an episode last March that required me to updose. With finally hitting the 1mg mark I'm hoping the rest of my taper is kind to me like it has been for Brass.


Taken paxil for 15 years

Tapering since Oct 2013 from 10mg Gemini 20 scale

Oct 6, 2013 9.2 mg Nov 27 8.6mg Feb 2 2014 7.8mg March 16 7.4mg March 30 7.0mg May 18 6.2mg July 6 5.8mg Sept 7 5.4 Oct 19 4.8 Dec 14 4.6 Feb 8th 2015 4.2mg Mar 22 3.8mg May 10 3.4mg July 19 3.2mg Sept 6 2.8mg Nov 8 2.5 mg Dec 27 2.3 Feb 14 2016 2.0 Mar 19 updosed to 2.5mg May 4 2.4 June 12 2.2mg July 31 2.0 Sept 11 1.7mg Nov 13 1.5mg Jan 22 2017 1.3mg Mar 19 1.0mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#8 Findingmyidentity

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:20 AM

Nice to hear about low symptom taper. Im at about 16mgs of paxil. I dropped from 17 to 15mgs and i got bad insomnia and night twitching. So i went back upto 16mg.
I've been on paxil for 11 yrs. Could this be the reason i got bad insomnia? Thank you.