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#1 Andie

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:24 AM

Hello Everyone 

 

I am new here. This is my first ever post to a form of any kind. 

 

I am currently tapering off Pristiq 10 percent per month under the care of my specialist. I was prescribed Pristiq in July/August of 2010 by my GP. Over the years, I have made several failed attempts at stopping the Pristiq as I found the process just too difficult while trying to balance the responsibilities of my career. I resigned from my position in 2016 and have been tapering since November 2016. So far so good, but it has been a long, emotional and isolating process. I still have some struggle every time I reduce my dosage, and it would be great to have the support of others who understand what I am going through. 

 

I also hope my journey can be of help to someone else. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#2 ChessieCat

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:47 AM

Hi Andie and welcome to SA,

 

It's really pleasing to hear about someone tapering by 10% monthly.  Just out of interest, was it something that your doctor suggested?  Or did you find a book or something on the internet?

 

Thank you for completing your drug signature.  Would you please add the starting dose of Pristiq?  Also, are you taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs?  If so, please add them to your signature.

 

How are you getting your dose of Pristiq?  I have mine compounded.

 

Are you calculating the 10% on the previous dose or the starting dose?  SA recommends calculating on the previous dose which means each drop is less than the one before.

 

We have members here who find that the lower their dose gets the slower they need to go.  This topic discusses why this may be the case:  Why taper paper: dose-occupancy curves.  If you are starting to experience withdrawal symptoms when you drop by 10% you might find it better to reduce the percentage amount.

 

Here is a symptom list which you might find interesting.  You may have experienced some of them and not realised that they were withdrawal symptoms:  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

These really helped me to understand SA's recommendations:

 

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Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.  If you click "Follow" top right you will be notified when someone responds.


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Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


#3 Andie

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 04:11 AM

Hi Platium Star, 

 

Thanks for your reply. Here is a little bit more about me. 

 

My initial starting dose was 100mg. I tapered to 50mg using a pill cutter, weighing scale and nail file! 

 

When I first started trying to taper off, my GPs instructions were to take one tablet every other day. I tried this a few times, and of course it didn't work. Frustrated at repeatedly attempting something that I knew wasn't working, I started doing my own research and discovered the Antidepressant Solution by Joseph Glenmullen. I am using compounded Desvenlafaxine capsules. I had a discussion with my specialist about the 10% taper as suggested in the book , but we decided on a quicker taper to start with using 5mg reductions to reduce from 50mg to 40mg (just to see if I could tolerate it). We started the 10% taper once I got to 40mg.  We taper 10% of the previous dose e.g. my current dose is 30mg, so my next script will be for 27mg. My Specialist is very very good about working with me on this process. 

 

I started to feel the side effects of Pristiq wane at 35mg. The sweating, vivid dreaming and muscle pain markedly improved. 

 

I also found that using Hydralyte was useful when I was experiencing night sweats as I was constantly dehydrated. 

 

I find the most difficult thing has been trying to explain to others why I have been unwell, or how I feel, without disclosing all of my personal health history. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#4 Andie

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 04:17 AM

Sorry Chessie Cat! I called you Platinum Star thinking that was your screen name. oops! 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#5 ChessieCat

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 01:44 PM

You aren't the first member to call another member by their post rating!

 

I'm pleased to hear that you have been tapering wisely and that your doctor is supportive.  It certainly helps!  It's unfortunate that there aren't a lot more of them.

 

I'm also take an electrolyte solution occasionally.

 

I get my tablets compounded in different doses so that I can adjust my taper as needed.  At the moment I'm using 20mg, 2 x 2.5mg and 1mg.  I open the 1mg capsule as I take it so that I get some Pristiq "top up".


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


#6 Andie

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:24 AM

You aren't the first member to call another member by their post rating!

 

I'm pleased to hear that you have been tapering wisely and that your doctor is supportive.  It certainly helps!  It's unfortunate that there aren't a lot more of them.

 

I'm also take an electrolyte solution occasionally.

 

I get my tablets compounded in different doses so that I can adjust my taper as needed.  At the moment I'm using 20mg, 2 x 2.5mg and 1mg.  I open the 1mg capsule as I take it so that I get some Pristiq "top up".

Using smaller doses is a great idea. It  actually works out cheaper if I order 100 capsules or more. Thanks!


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#7 ChessieCat

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:33 AM

This is how I calculate what doses I will need:  http://survivinganti...126#entry270126


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


#8 Andie

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:03 PM

This is how I calculate what doses I will need:  http://survivinganti...126#entry270126

Hi ChessieCat,

 

Do you take your own Pristiq tablets to your Pharmacy to be compounded? The pharmacy I use is a specialist compounding pharmacy so the cost of the 'raw' medication and the compounding itself is all rolled into one fee, but I also have the option of taking my own medication to them. 

 

Generic Desvenlafxine should be available soon! 

 

Thanks for all your help :)


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#9 Andie

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:08 PM

Update: I have increased my dosage to 32mg. I had been suffering from insomnia, brain zaps and agitation all week. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#10 Andie

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 11:13 PM

 

This is how I calculate what doses I will need:  http://survivinganti...126#entry270126

Hi ChessieCat,

 

Do you take your own Pristiq tablets to your Pharmacy to be compounded? The pharmacy I use is a specialist compounding pharmacy so the cost of the 'raw' medication and the compounding itself is all rolled into one fee, but I also have the option of taking my own medication to them. 

 

Generic Desvenlafxine should be available soon! 

 

Thanks for all your help :)

 

Sorry ChessieCat, 

 

Ive just gone back a few posts and seen that you take your own medication in for compounding. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


#11 Andie

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:21 AM

Hi There 

 

I was quite symptomatic when I reduced my dosage to 30mg even though I only reduced from 32mg. I have gone back to taking 32mg and my brain zaps have totally disappeared and I am feeling physically much more comfortable, but I have been left feeling totally emotionally blunted and a bit disconnected?

 

Has anyone else experienced this? This is just the most bizarre feeling. Any advice you can provide would be really appreciated. 

 

Thanks in advance. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:08 PM

Hi Andi,  this is a typical withdrawal symptom with SNRI's like pristiq and effexor. Did you start your taper from 100mg in August? The withdrawal symptoms are a warning that you are going too fast and need to slow down. A long hold is what you need so that your nervous system can catch up. I tapered effexor and in my experience would hold for a few months before restarting the taper. This is probably not what you want to hear but you really do need to stabilise, It is good that the side effects have lessened. 


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

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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.

 

My story http://survivinganti...king-in/page-33

 

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

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:52 PM

"Generic Desvenlafaxine should be available soon!"

 

Some members have experienced issues when changing brand/generic.    Two suggestions if you do go to generic: 1. if possible do a crossover from brand to generic and 2. don't make a reduction at the same time as you change over.

 

Generic vs Brand

 

Change of Manufacturer


Podcasts:    Let's Talk Withdrawal

 

Antidepressants:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft; Cipramil CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks soon after)

Pristiq:  50mg mid 2012, 100mg beg 2014 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)     Current:  Pristiq 25mg (from 21 April 2017)

 

Tapering history & graph

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

 

I've still got a way to go ... but I've already come a long way!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.


#14 Andie

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:53 PM

"Generic Desvenlafaxine should be available soon!"

 

Some members have experienced issues when changing brand/generic.    Two suggestions if you do go to generic: 1. if possible do a crossover from brand to generic and 2. don't make a reduction at the same time as you change over.

 

Generic vs Brand

 

Change of Manufacturer

Morning!

 

Thanks for that. I was wondering if there would be any differences between the generic and brand. I think I am just so cross about giving Pfizer my money for 6 and a half years for a medication that makes me feel so awful! 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:58 PM

"Generic Desvenlafaxine should be available soon!"

 

Some members have experienced issues when changing brand/generic.    Two suggestions if you do go to generic: 1. if possible do a crossover from brand to generic and 2. don't make a reduction at the same time as you change over.

 

Generic vs Brand

 

Change of Manufacturer

I better check whether my Pharmacy is using the generic. My prescription was significantly cheaper this time and I have been feeling very odd, even though I only reduced by 7%. Thanks ChessiCat- I am learning lots! 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:20 PM

Hi Andi,  this is a typical withdrawal symptom with SNRI's like pristiq and effexor. Did you start your taper from 100mg in August? The withdrawal symptoms are a warning that you are going too fast and need to slow down. A long hold is what you need so that your nervous system can catch up. I tapered effexor and in my experience would hold for a few months before restarting the taper. This is probably not what you want to hear but you really do need to stabilise, It is good that the side effects have lessened. 

Hi MammaP

 

I have been trying to come down from 100mg since 2010. I got stuck at 50 and stayed on this dose from 2010-2016 with unsuccessful attempts during this time. I found a new doctor and started tapering again from 50mg in August 2016, You are right, even though I am doing a low dose taper now, I think I went too fast in the early stages, My specialist thought I could handle it (and so did I), but I think has all caught up with me. I only came down about 7% and I really felt it. 

 

I will stay at 32 for a while and I have an appt with my doctor on Monday. All the agitation, insomnia and zapping has disappeared but I"m still feeling ever so slightly 'out of my body' and a bit flat. 

 

I have updated my signature so my history is a bit clearer. Thanks again for the reassurance. 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:12 PM

Hi Everyone 

 

I apologise if this has been asked 100 times. 

 

This is the first time I have had a really significant withdrawal reaction on this taper. 

 

I came down from 32mg of Pristiq to 30mg two and a half weeks ago. I felt the effects of withdrawal immediately but I kept on going with the 30mg in the hope that the symptoms would subside. After two weeks, I decided to go back up to 32mg when I had no relief from my symptoms (insomnia, agitation, zapping dizziness). Most of this has cleared up now except the mental fogginess and feeling really flat. I suspect this is because of the length of time I was on 30mg that my body now needs to readjust to 32mg. I have been back up on 32mg now for 2 full days. 

 

From your experience, should I have increased my dosage immediately after feeling withdrawal symptoms? Or are there are certain amount of days that the symptoms peak and subside?

 

I am definitely going to hold and let myself stabilise until I attempt to taper again. If I have to wait a few months, I am happy to do that. 

 

Thanks in advance 


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:25 PM

Hi, Andie, I moved your post here as your history gives it context. Please put all such questions and updates in this, your Intro topic.

 

Generally, if your withdrawal symptoms do not go away in a few days, that's a sign you've reduced too much. Sometimes a small updose is all that's needed; if you went from 32mg to 30mg, going back to 31mg might have been sufficient to stop the withdrawal symptoms.

 

You may wish to hold for a while at this level to let your nervous system settle down from all the dosage changes in the last 6 months. Please post in this topic and let us know how you're doing.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:40 PM

Thanks so much Altostrata. I was debating where to post this question.

I will ask my compounding pharmacy to make me some 1mg and 0.5 mg capsules capsules just in case this happens again.

I will let you know how I am doing.

thanks so much

Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:11 AM

Hi Andie, just popping in to wish you well on your taper. Pristiq can be a real tyrant but I'm sure with a slow and steady taper you can win this race. All the best.

March 2003 took two sartroline tablets after a traumatic incident and had a reaction so stopped.  I am not sure now whether what I had for the next 18 months was WD after the reaction or the emotional fallout from the traumatic event.  Some of it was very similar to WD in hindsight.  

 

February 2014 - Took five pristiq (50mg) tablets and three Ativan and had a severe reaction.
Extreme withdrawal symptoms for three weeks compounded by visit to naturopath -

One week later took 900mg St John's Wort x 3 daily for six weeks - more negative effects and suspected serotonin syndrome - before tapering over three weeks. Last tablet late May 2014.

Waves and windows cycle of recovery with longer windows and manageable waves.

May 2015 - already in a mild wave, following a usual pattern, I took clarithromicin and amoxicillin for two weeks for a sinus infection which I also seem to have had quite a reaction to.

 

February 2016 - Feeling much better.  I still have waves and windows but they are manageable.  I'm largely enjoying life again.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:34 AM

Hi Farout

Thanks so much for the well wishes. Pristiq is indeed an absolute beast!

Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 03:14 AM

Update: Went to see my GP today. One thing that I am lucky about is that both my GP and specialist recognise withdrawal syndrome. My GP even mentioned she has a few patients going through the same thing.

 

I had NO clue how numbed out I was until I woke up one morning and found myself feeling totally different  (it happened at 35mg) and the return of some of my feelings has been quite overwhelming to say the least. My GP has offered to send me to a Psychologist to see if it will help. I am undecided. 

 

This is all so very confusing and frustrating. I can't believe I went to my old Doctor all those years ago looking for a way to manage my anxiety and ended up physically ill as a result. I have always taken good care of my health and I am in such shock that this has happened. 

 

My withdrawal symptoms have largely cleared, but still feeling slighty 'out of my body'.


Prescribed Pristiq 100 mg in July/ August 2010 by GP. 

3 week hospital admission for severe agitation, insomnia and anxiety August 2010. Reduced to Pristiq 50mg in September 2010. 

Tapered from 50mg-35mg over 6 months in 2014. Unable to taper any further without discomfort. 

New taper from 35mg started August 2016. Each month I try to taper down 10% of the previous dose. 

 

Current Dose: 32mg compounded Desvenlafaxine 

 

Daily Complimentary Medications:

AM

  • Biosceuticals Vitamin B Complex
  • Ostelin Vitamin D 25 mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400m
  •  
  • PM
  • Magnesium Chelate 600mg 
  • Curcurmin 200mg 
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil 2400mg 

Hydralyte or similar as required.

 






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