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#1 RebeLeeous

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:11 PM

I was put on buspar last year. Was on 5mg for 2 months, then 10mg for a month before I stopped it cold turkey on January 16th due to side effects..

 

The panic attacks and anxiety that hit after stopping were wickedness. Was calling my dad at all hours begging him not to die cos I was terrified of losing him. There was gradual improvement, if you can call it that, but then a week ago, well, I don't know if it was the magnesium (unlikely, I'm sure?) or the buspar withdrawal, but I started having issues with akathisia to the point I can't sleep at night.

 

I took too much magnesium, the recommended dose on the bottle which was 800mg. I had a calm for an hour and a half, then it faded and an aching started in my kidney area. I googled and found the recommended daily dose should be no more than 350mg. The akathisia started a day or 2 after that, hence why I don't know if it's connected, but figure the timing is just coincidental.

 

I've been going thru this hell for 2 months now. The anxiety and panic seemed to worsen a bit when the akathisia started. My question is for those of you who've gotten the akathisia as the result of withdrawal from a medication ...how long before it stopped? I don't know how I can hold up, but having a potential time line would sure be helpful, it would put a light at the end of my tunnel again, even if my symptoms do end up lasting longer. This is the scariest and hardest thing I've ever been thru.


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I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


#2 scallywag

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:01 PM

RebeLeeous -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)
 
I'm sorry that you didn't have good advice 2 months ago when you jumped off 10 mg Buspar.  "Cold-turkey" stops of medication have a significant risk of withdrawal symptoms and it sounds like your "cold turkey" put you into difficult and painful symptoms.
 
Nobody can predict how long your symptoms will last. People who've taken a medication for short time sometimes -- but not always --  have shorter recovery periods.

One option that *may* help is to reinstate a very small dose (possibly ~ 1 mg) of Buspar. Please read our topic on reinstatement here:
About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
If you have any questions about a reinstatement dose or about the process, please post them here in your introduction.

You'll find other members discussing akathisia in this topic: Akathisia vs. restlessness, anxiety, agitation

I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
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Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
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#3 RebeLeeous

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:42 PM

I'm scared to take it anymore, after 2 months being off it..

 

Do you know if alcohol really makes it slower to heal? I don't really drink, but have been drinking about 3/4 of a beer a night to relax my body so I can sleep. I also keep feeling like I need to pee even when I don't..have you ever heard of that? What has me scared is seeing some of the posts saying people have been in withdrawal for years..I'm barely holding on and it's only been months..I couldn't handle years of this..I'd rather go back on buspar for life than deal with this living nightmare for years :(


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:12 AM

Hi there, I'm no expert by any means but it's probably a good idea to let your CNS heal as naturally as possible without the alcohol in the way. Don't be discouraged, when most people say it took x amount of time to heal, they usually do not suffer at the acute level for that time. Things tend to slowly get better, very slowly. I only see progress if I look back 2 months or more. Also you weren't on the drugs very long which could also be in your favor. I got akathisia in November from a medicine and now it's only really bad during pms time. Hang in there!

Jan 2011-Feb 2015 on Zoloft 50 mg (or 100 mg don't remember) for panic attacks. Dropped to 25 mg for a few months and quit without any major problems until in Feb 2016 started feeling derealization, headaches, nausea, dizziness and vision issues. Dr. told me it was probably stress and to restart Zoloft again after being off 1.5 years.

July 2016 tried Zoloft 25 mg (1 dose adverse reaction)
August 2016 tried Paxil 12.5 mg (19 days adverse reaction)
November 2016 tried Celexa 5 mg with Buspar 5 mg (11 days adverse reaction)
December 2016 tried Lamictal 25mg (4 days adverse reaction) Took Ativan 0.25 mg about a dozen times between Nov & Dec.

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:51 AM

Thanks for your answer about reinstating. Many people are hesitant about it however it is the only known way to ease withdrawal symptoms; sadly it is not a sure-fire guarantee. Please read the topic I linked.

Alcohol is a neuro-active substance so it is best avoided when dealing with a neurological issue such as withdrawal from psychiatric medication. To understand what I mean by a neurological issue, please have a look at these 2 links:
How your brain responds to psychiatric drugs - aka "Brain remodeling"
Youtube video, 4 minutes: Healing from antidepressants

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
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#6 RebeLeeous

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:24 AM

Thank you for your responses! I had felt so alone in this before..

I felt like I was slowly, but surely getting better at first, but the past week has been more like the 3rd week, which is pretty bad. ​I'll stop with the alcohol..is marijuana ok? I've been considering it even tho I haven't smoked it since I was a rebellious dumb teen. I won't at all be able to sleep if I don't have something to ease it all up cos I can't stay still or get comfortable..any suggestions would be dearly appreciated.

 

If the symptoms don't seem to improve any by my next pdoc appt on April 10, I'll see about going on 1mg...may have to be 2.5mg, I don't think I can cut those tiny pills any small than that, and I think 5mg is the lowest they prescribe? Not sure..


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

I see that I`m not the only one who has been seriously harmed by Buspirone. I thought it was an easy drug to withdraw from. I couldn`t have been mistaken more. I recommend no alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes.

You were on Buspiron for a short time, maybe your symptoms will go away in a few weeks or at least they will be more bearable. I got much better after 4-5 weeks off Buspirone. Before I thought I would die and never get better.


05/06/2015-05/21/2015 Zoloft C/T, 05/2015-08/2015 Clonazepam 2x0.5mg (reduced to 0 during one month), 05/2015-08/2015 Trazodone 150mg (last month 100mg, reduced to 0 during 7 days), 09/2015-07/2016 Clonazepam reinstated after one month off to 2x0.25mg (benzo free since July 28, 2016), 09/2016 Escitalopram 5mg (10 days), 10/2015-04/2016 Venlafaxine 150mg (3 months) 75mg (3 months) C/T, 01/2016-04/2016 Olanzapine 2.5mg C/T, 04/2016-05/2016 Lamictal 100mg (5 weeks, reduced to 0 during 7 days)), 08/02/2016-08/16/2016 Valdoxan 25mg C/T,

08/23/2016-09/21/2016 Venlafaxine 75 mg (reduced to 0 during 7 days),

07/27/2016-10/10/2016 Buspirone 3x5mg (Oct. 1-3; 5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg,)(Oct.4-5; 2.5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg)(Oct. 6-8; 2.5mg-2.5mg-0)(Oct. 9; 2.5mg-0-0),

10/25/2016 - reinstated Buspirone 3x5mg (Dec.13-19; 5mg-2.5mg-5mg) (Dec.19-Jan.1; 5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-11; 2.5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-19;1.67mg, 1.67mg, 1.67mg) (Jan.20-27; 0.83mg, 0.83mg, 0.83mg) (Jan.28-Feb.05; 1mg, 1mg)(Feb.6-0mg)

08/10/2016 - Mirtazapine 30mg (01/26/2017-02/19/2017,27mg) (02/20/2017-03/05/2017,25.5mg) (03/06/2017-03/12/2017,24mg) (03/12/2017-03/19/2017,23mg) (03/20/2017-04/02/2017,22mg) (04/03/2017-04/16/2017,21mg)

01/26/2017 - present Mirtazapine 20mg

Supplements: Aloe Vera drinking gel 50ml/day, Fish oil 1200mg


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:33 AM

I've already been off it more than 4-5 weeks :(


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


#9 Aelius

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:37 AM

I know but my situation is a bit different from yours. I made an unsuccessful reinstatement and suffered through a fast taper. Don't give up, acceptance and patience are the key. I believe your CNS will heal naturally.

05/06/2015-05/21/2015 Zoloft C/T, 05/2015-08/2015 Clonazepam 2x0.5mg (reduced to 0 during one month), 05/2015-08/2015 Trazodone 150mg (last month 100mg, reduced to 0 during 7 days), 09/2015-07/2016 Clonazepam reinstated after one month off to 2x0.25mg (benzo free since July 28, 2016), 09/2016 Escitalopram 5mg (10 days), 10/2015-04/2016 Venlafaxine 150mg (3 months) 75mg (3 months) C/T, 01/2016-04/2016 Olanzapine 2.5mg C/T, 04/2016-05/2016 Lamictal 100mg (5 weeks, reduced to 0 during 7 days)), 08/02/2016-08/16/2016 Valdoxan 25mg C/T,

08/23/2016-09/21/2016 Venlafaxine 75 mg (reduced to 0 during 7 days),

07/27/2016-10/10/2016 Buspirone 3x5mg (Oct. 1-3; 5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg,)(Oct.4-5; 2.5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg)(Oct. 6-8; 2.5mg-2.5mg-0)(Oct. 9; 2.5mg-0-0),

10/25/2016 - reinstated Buspirone 3x5mg (Dec.13-19; 5mg-2.5mg-5mg) (Dec.19-Jan.1; 5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-11; 2.5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-19;1.67mg, 1.67mg, 1.67mg) (Jan.20-27; 0.83mg, 0.83mg, 0.83mg) (Jan.28-Feb.05; 1mg, 1mg)(Feb.6-0mg)

08/10/2016 - Mirtazapine 30mg (01/26/2017-02/19/2017,27mg) (02/20/2017-03/05/2017,25.5mg) (03/06/2017-03/12/2017,24mg) (03/12/2017-03/19/2017,23mg) (03/20/2017-04/02/2017,22mg) (04/03/2017-04/16/2017,21mg)

01/26/2017 - present Mirtazapine 20mg

Supplements: Aloe Vera drinking gel 50ml/day, Fish oil 1200mg


#10 RebeLeeous

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:20 PM

God, I hope so...I'm barely holding it together. I'm terrified that I won't get better and that reinstatement won't ease it any. I just don't understand why this horrible drug is still prescribed, it shouldn't still exist.


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:34 PM

...I felt like I was slowly, but surely getting better at first, but the past week has been more like the 3rd week, which is pretty bad. ​I'll stop with the alcohol..is marijuana ok? I've been considering it even tho I haven't smoked it since I was a rebellious dumb teen. I won't at all be able to sleep if I don't have something to ease it all up cos I can't stay still or get comfortable..any suggestions would be dearly appreciated.
 
If the symptoms don't seem to improve any by my next pdoc appt on April 10, I'll see about going on 1mg...may have to be 2.5mg, I don't think I can cut those tiny pills any small than that, and I think 5mg is the lowest they prescribe? Not sure..

 
Marijuana, cannabis, THC and/or CBD are neuroactive as well. Some people find them helpful; others have had extremely negative experiences with MMJ during withdrawal and been set back months by one exposure. Me, I wouldn't risk it.
 
Sleeping and insomnia -- please read: Tips to help sleep.
 
Making small doses: Making a liquid from a tablet or capsules .

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet


#12 RebeLeeous

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:39 PM

If I reinstate, don't I risk starting from square one with withdrawal symptoms? I don't want to start all over again with the desperate cries to my dad for him to stay alive..It was just about more than I can handle. My current state is barely what I can handle..


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:37 PM

Your symptoms are from having discontinued Buspar too rapidly for your CNS (central nervous system).
 
When reinstatement works, withdrawal symptoms lighten. A few people have experienced complete resolution/disappearance of symptoms after holding on the reinstatement dose for several months. 
 
Once symptoms have stabilized at the reinstated dose, people taper slowly and gradually. We suggest that people decrease dose by no more than 10% each month.  This rate seems to be slow enough for most people that it prevents the worst of withdrawal.
 
Please read:
About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
How your brain responds to psychiatric drugs - aka "Brain remodeling"
Youtube video, 4 minutes: Healing from antidepressants
Why taper by 10% of my dosage?.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet


#14 RebeLeeous

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:13 PM

But is there still a risk of reinstating, but it doesn't stabilize and causes me to start the withdrawal from the beginning? This is what is holding me back from doing it. I'm here holding this cut down pill in my hand just looking at it too scared to take it.


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


#15 Aelius

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:50 AM

If you reinstate a very small dose like 1mg as scallywag suggested, it`s worth trying. I wouldn`t go higher than 2.5mg. I recommend a digital micro scale to measure doses.


05/06/2015-05/21/2015 Zoloft C/T, 05/2015-08/2015 Clonazepam 2x0.5mg (reduced to 0 during one month), 05/2015-08/2015 Trazodone 150mg (last month 100mg, reduced to 0 during 7 days), 09/2015-07/2016 Clonazepam reinstated after one month off to 2x0.25mg (benzo free since July 28, 2016), 09/2016 Escitalopram 5mg (10 days), 10/2015-04/2016 Venlafaxine 150mg (3 months) 75mg (3 months) C/T, 01/2016-04/2016 Olanzapine 2.5mg C/T, 04/2016-05/2016 Lamictal 100mg (5 weeks, reduced to 0 during 7 days)), 08/02/2016-08/16/2016 Valdoxan 25mg C/T,

08/23/2016-09/21/2016 Venlafaxine 75 mg (reduced to 0 during 7 days),

07/27/2016-10/10/2016 Buspirone 3x5mg (Oct. 1-3; 5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg,)(Oct.4-5; 2.5mg-2.5mg-2.5mg)(Oct. 6-8; 2.5mg-2.5mg-0)(Oct. 9; 2.5mg-0-0),

10/25/2016 - reinstated Buspirone 3x5mg (Dec.13-19; 5mg-2.5mg-5mg) (Dec.19-Jan.1; 5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-11; 2.5mg, 2.5mg, 2.5mg) (Jan.2-19;1.67mg, 1.67mg, 1.67mg) (Jan.20-27; 0.83mg, 0.83mg, 0.83mg) (Jan.28-Feb.05; 1mg, 1mg)(Feb.6-0mg)

08/10/2016 - Mirtazapine 30mg (01/26/2017-02/19/2017,27mg) (02/20/2017-03/05/2017,25.5mg) (03/06/2017-03/12/2017,24mg) (03/12/2017-03/19/2017,23mg) (03/20/2017-04/02/2017,22mg) (04/03/2017-04/16/2017,21mg)

01/26/2017 - present Mirtazapine 20mg

Supplements: Aloe Vera drinking gel 50ml/day, Fish oil 1200mg


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 06:49 AM

If the reinstatement doesn't have an effect after 2 weeks, no effect means that your withdrawal symptoms are unchanged, right? So you're no further behind than if you hadn't tried a reinstatement. You can then choose to discontinue the reinstatement OR make a small updose.

Have you read the topics I linked?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
2017: 6.3 (58 beads) Feb. 1; 5.6 mg (52) Feb. 22; 5.4 mg (50) Mar. 15; 5.1 mg (47) Mar. 25; 4.9 mg (45) Apr. 5; 4.5 mg (42) Apr. 14;
Current dose: 3.5 mg (32) 2017-Apr-26
+ Supplements: fish oil (1500 mg EPA/500 mg DHA), Vitamins: D3, K2, C; Minerals: Mg, Se, Cr, I, V
scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet


#17 RebeLeeous

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:11 AM

Ok..thank you. I'm still unsure if I'll reinstate, as last night I had a calmness and it was the first night in a week I was able to sleep without any beer. Still had issues with the akathisia, but I think taking oxybutynin for the bladder spasms/need to pee feeling, is helping.


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:14 AM

Have you read the topics I linked?



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 10:19 AM

Rebel,   I notice on your signature that you are currently taking Latuda, is that correct?  I do know of a few people who have experienced akathisia from this drug.  I'm wondering if that's what's causing your akathisia or is at least a contributing factor?   As someone who has experienced intense akathisia, I know how tormenting it can be.  I hope that you will find the source of it and be able to recover from this soon. 


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3/15/16  Doxepin 49mg Mico Tapering  Zoloft 24.3mg Holding taper

3/15/16 Clonidine mg 0.1 1/2 -    Decreasing incrementally. 

10/9/16  Doxepin 48.9  Zoloft 24.3  Clonidine  01.10  Continuing micro taper on Doxepin.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:29 AM

I spoke with my pharmacist and with a neurologist just to double and triple check, and have reinstated. I feel a little anxiety creeping in..but hopefully it works to return me to sanity. The anxiety may be less anxiety and more just time of month cramps..I can't tell, both make my gut feel twisted.

 

Selma, I'm not sure, I hope not, I really hope it's from the withdrawal cos I'm not ready to withdraw from latuda yet..Wana get away from buspar and back to normal with that first. Only faster way to destroy my sanity than this anxiety is messing up my sleep. Thank you for the good thoughts tho!

 

Thank you guys for all the support and responses, it's been so entirely helpful and made me feel less alone and scared.


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:09 PM

How much did you reinstate Rebel? Would you update your signature for us please, with the date you stopped buspar, when you reinstated and what dose you reinstated at? It just makes things easier for us so we don't have to read back through the topic each time. I hope the reinstatement helps, it could be a few days before you notice an improvement, but xome people feel better very quickly. Let us know how it goes.


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See how to create a signature here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12364-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

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1993 had a breakdown leading to 10 years of drug experiments with all classes of psych drugs.

2002  effexor. 

Tapered by counting beads from March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

 

Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg -hold- Feb2016 46mg  March 8 2016 45 April 44mg  May 11  43mg June 14 42mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.

 

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Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

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#22 RebeLeeous

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:12 PM

I was hoping it'd pull me out of this nightmare today, but I've been feeling anxiety for the past couple hours :( I know it can take days or even weeks if it's going to work, but it's still frustrating and difficult to withstand.​


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


#23 RebeLeeous

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:12 PM

Mamma P, ok I will..I was told to start at 2.5mg..


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


#24 RebeLeeous

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:24 PM

Have you read the topics I linked?

 

Yes I did, thank you..It's still all very scary, even having all this information. I wish to God we'd of invented time travel already so I could go stop myself from ever taking this or the latuda :(


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 04:27 PM

Mamma P, ok I will..I was told to start at 2.5mg..

Actually , that is incorrect. You were advised to start on 1 mg.( post 2 ) However, I hope it goes well for you. Please keep notes on your symptoms for the next couple of weeks. It will help to establish a pattern that can be reviewed at a later date.


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#26 RebeLeeous

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:40 PM

AliG, I was told by the neurologist I consulted to start at 2.5mg


I'm on lamictal 25mg since September 2016, which I've never had a problem with even when I've had to stop taking it for a while...And latuda 20mg since September 2016 and 40mg since December 2016, which I want to taper off this after I can, God willing, recover from the buspar withdrawal.

​Stopped buspar January 16, 2017 after 2 months on 5mg and one month on 10mg. Reinstated March 22, 2017 at 2.5mg.






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