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#37 Craig

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:48 PM

Yesssss!!!! I would love to talk to anyone who has time.  I just started so I'm very scared after reading some posts.  I'm in Austin TX


1996 to Dec 2015 Various SSRIs and what only amounts to living in a nightmare

 

Dec 15th Began tapering from 40mg Prozac to my current dose today (5mg Prozac)  My body has had a severe reaction to it since about 2003 but I did not realize the Rx was causing it until I read the book Prozac Backlash in Dec and began tapering.  My Parkinsonian Symptoms are going away with the DC of the Prozac and has given me extraordinary relief however I've noticed a few mood swings to say the least.


#38 MNgal1960

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 06:39 AM

I'm a 50+ female in the USA with 2 college degrees who can't work because of health problems. I'm bored but can't do anything about it. These drugs have slowed me down and socially isolated me.

 

I'm interested in mindfulness and DBT skills. I'd like someone who could be a co-encourager with me.

 

If anyone in a similar situation would like to PM me, please do. We could PM or talk, whichever seems to work best for us.


2005-2006 Rapid taper off of Zoloft. Horrible but survived. Adverse drug reaction to Prozac. Stopped after only 4 days and had disabling symptoms for 6 months.

Severe sleep disorder.

2010-2013 Night panics began and ended sleep. All typical sleep aids failed.

2013-present: Valium (5mg x 3) prescribed by pro-benzo doctor. Helped me sleep for awhile. Then sleep began to get worse again.

Nov. 2014 Switched doctors. New doctor was anti-benzo but thought a 3-month taper was a slow taper. Failed and reinstated. Added 25mg Seroquel for sleep.

March-Sept. 2015 Made occasional very small dry cuts to the Seroquel. Down to 20mg. Did not notice much change in symptoms.

March 2016 Reduced gabapentin by 20% by accident and backed up again. (Was trying to feel less sedated.) Reduced again more slowly to 200+200+300.

June 2016 Starting a taper of the Seroquel again to see if I can get lower and still sleep. Feeling less sedated during the day, though still very low energy.

Sept 2016 Down to 16.5mg of Seroquel. Disabling neuropathy and sleep poor. Backed up to 17mg. Improved.

October 2016 Liquefied one V tablet. Neuropathy back immediately and continuing. Possibly from Q suspension I am still taking??? 

November 2016 All 3 tablets now dissolved. I think the windows are getting a little more frequent but they don't last long. Sleep poor.


#39 alenka9

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 07:07 AM

I'm always happy to have a Facebook chat. I like encouraging people and sharing my experience. You can find me under ************. Send me a friend request and we're ready to go! :)

Edited by apace41, 01 April 2016 - 12:28 AM.
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On venlafaxine since 2001. Three cold turkey WD attempts unsuccessful.

In 2012 I slowly tapered from 75mg. Less than a year after taking the last grain I developed extreme anxiety and pseudo dementia.

After all clear neuro tests in 2013 I was put on Effexor 150mg. Instant improvement. 

In 2014 I tested positive for chronic mercury poisoning. I'm chelating using Andy Cutler's protocol, www.noamalgam.com.

Tapering Venlafaxine Actavis 150mg: Mar 10%, May 10%, Jun (eyeballing) 3 quarters of capsule, Sep slighlty over half of capsule. End Oct exactly half capsule. Feeling great when chelating and being very hopeful that this time I will succeed!

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#40 coldturkmama

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 07:32 AM

I'm always available for PM'S :)

Paxil 20mg from 1998-2011 

Paxil 40mg from 2011-2012 while experiencing poopout

October 2013 quit cold turkey

Oct-mid Nov 2013 great window

Late November WD nightmare 

Windows and waves pattern 

Now: 28 months cold turkey...doing decent learning to deal with the windows/waves pattern fighting it every step of the way. 


#41 mjk1970

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

Same here :) 


Current meds (Unluckily LOTS; I no longer see original prescribing doctor):

 

 

6/11/16: Effexor 150 mg, Zoloft 62.5 mg, Lamictal 150 mg, Ativan 1 mg, Seroquel XR 75 mg, Trazodone 100 mg

11/6/16: Effexor 187.5 mg, Zoloft, Lamictal 125/150* mg, Ativan 1 mg, Seroquel XR 75 mg, Trazodone 50 mg

 

* alternating doses every other day


#42 mjk1970

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

I'm always available for PM'S :)

 

Same here. :)


Current meds (Unluckily LOTS; I no longer see original prescribing doctor):

 

 

6/11/16: Effexor 150 mg, Zoloft 62.5 mg, Lamictal 150 mg, Ativan 1 mg, Seroquel XR 75 mg, Trazodone 100 mg

11/6/16: Effexor 187.5 mg, Zoloft, Lamictal 125/150* mg, Ativan 1 mg, Seroquel XR 75 mg, Trazodone 50 mg

 

* alternating doses every other day


#43 coldturkmama

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 04:18 PM

:)

Paxil 20mg from 1998-2011 

Paxil 40mg from 2011-2012 while experiencing poopout

October 2013 quit cold turkey

Oct-mid Nov 2013 great window

Late November WD nightmare 

Windows and waves pattern 

Now: 28 months cold turkey...doing decent learning to deal with the windows/waves pattern fighting it every step of the way. 


#44 divalee

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 06:25 AM

I am available is there a way we can have a chat room like some of the groups have on facebook.....where we can all be together....I would love that.....if not anyone who wants to private message me  please do.

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Zoloft started for 8 years - 150 mg capsules

Started tapering December 3, 2011,

Off Zoloft May 17, 2013

While tapering WDS were tolerable

Off Zoloft debilitating WDS the worst starting around 6 months off

even worse after 18 months off

Now 35 months off - still in a terrible wave for months now.

 

 

 


#45 johnson

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 04:33 PM

I'd be up for chatting on something like whats app or even skype. Even email would be good. Feel free to PM me.


2000 - took accutane for my acne 2001 - On Paxil for about 6 months. Stopped due to side effects mainly severe stomach pain, extreme fatigue, headaches

2006 to 2009 - Went on 150mg of Wellbutrin/Bupropion for about 3 years. Side effects were again stomach pain, fatigue and frequent urination. Didn't feel like it helped my anxiety/depression so I stopped cold turkey. I did not have any major problems after going cold turkey at the time.

2009 to 2012 - Starting taking 100 mg of 5htp and whack load of other supplements(multivitamin, omega 3, protein shake, amino acids, sage, magnesium, vitamin D3, apple cider vinegar pills) every other day. Helped with my anxiety/mood quite a bit.

April 2012 - first signs of sexual dysfunction(pre-cum all the time especially when going to the bathroom to pee and not aroused), but issues were minor. But also had feeling as if I am ready to ejaculate all the time.

June 2012 - major weight loss, was about 15 pounds underweight and severe stomach pain and cramps

Nov 27 2012 - Took last pill of 5htp 50mg. Worst issue severe sexual dysfunction(can't get or sustain an strong erection, loss of feeling, no orgasm, no desire for sexual activity, delayed ejaculation, pre-cum when i'm not aroused, feeling of arousal all the time without thoughts) and frequent urination which is why I stopped taking 5htp and all other supplements completely cold turkey. Experienced the following side effects the past year while still taking the supplement and while getting off;

Feb 2013 - started major symptoms of frequent urination Dec 2013 - issues with muscle tension. Neck shoulder and headaches

insomnia,hives,eye twitching, restless legs, frequent urination/tingling sensation, upset stomach, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, severe sexual dysfunction(no erection, no feeling, no orgasm, delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, constant arousal, pre-cum a lot more than normal, morning erection not as strong as it used to be, cold damp genitals) ,headaches, brain zaps, dizziness, nausea, chills, fatigue, anxiety. Lack of natural body sweat especially when active.no emotion,tinnitus

 

Present Issues - sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, headaches, shoulder and neck pain. Cold feeling in between my thigh area and Genitals. Tingling/arousal feeling in Penis. Premature ejac. Have gotten the so called "24 hour flu" 4 times over the past two years in withdrawal.

Nov 27, 2015 - 3 years off since I took my last pill of 5HTP, 5-6 years since taking last pill of Wellbutrin

 


#46 geminigirl

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 12:17 AM

Sure.

 

You can add me to Skype.

 

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2010 started 10 mg celexa, 2011 went up to 20 mg
06/2014 started tapering (20 mg,10 mg alternate days)
19/09/2014 crashed at 10 mg
20/09/2014 updosed to 20 mg to try and stabilize- Never stabilized and CNS basically plummeted
August 31 2015- Started my 5% taper anyways

May 3 2016- At 14 mg the tapering caught up with me- Withdrawal included severe anxiety, feeling like im on speed, suicidal and homicidal ideation, akathesia, feeling like I was on heroin, memory loss, PGAD, feeling like I was on an acid
May 4 2016- Updosed to 15.5 mg to try and stabilize
​June 4- Started taking 2 mg 5 times a day which adds up to 10 mg because of akathesia when taking my full dose. Akathesia symtpoms smaller
July 27th- Dropped from 15.5 mg to 10 mg because could no longer tolerate taking drug- bad side effects mainly akathesia and emotional deadness.
​Oct 11- Improved a lot since May 4th after my crash. Withdrawal symptoms still left- DR/DP, emotional anasthesia, akathesia, tingling in head, feeling like my body and face disappears, messed up sound interpretation, perception and difficulty reading social and emotional cues during DR/DP, apathy, inability to tell if I am in dream or reality, disturbed sleep. Started having few windows

#47 zandro

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 12:20 PM

Someone on WhatsApp or Facebook?

#48 moonbow0202

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 09:38 AM

Looking for phone friends. Another voice that understands would really help me to feel less alone.


15+ years on various ADs and combos. Spent 3 yrs tapering (off & on ) off 225mg Effexor venlafaxine) XR & Remeron (mirtazapine). Finished tapering Oct 2014.


#49 geminigirl

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Posted 26 July 2016 - 12:46 PM

Moonbow,

I can be your phone friend.

Do you want me to give you my email?
2010 started 10 mg celexa, 2011 went up to 20 mg
06/2014 started tapering (20 mg,10 mg alternate days)
19/09/2014 crashed at 10 mg
20/09/2014 updosed to 20 mg to try and stabilize- Never stabilized and CNS basically plummeted
August 31 2015- Started my 5% taper anyways

May 3 2016- At 14 mg the tapering caught up with me- Withdrawal included severe anxiety, feeling like im on speed, suicidal and homicidal ideation, akathesia, feeling like I was on heroin, memory loss, PGAD, feeling like I was on an acid
May 4 2016- Updosed to 15.5 mg to try and stabilize
​June 4- Started taking 2 mg 5 times a day which adds up to 10 mg because of akathesia when taking my full dose. Akathesia symtpoms smaller
July 27th- Dropped from 15.5 mg to 10 mg because could no longer tolerate taking drug- bad side effects mainly akathesia and emotional deadness.
​Oct 11- Improved a lot since May 4th after my crash. Withdrawal symptoms still left- DR/DP, emotional anasthesia, akathesia, tingling in head, feeling like my body and face disappears, messed up sound interpretation, perception and difficulty reading social and emotional cues during DR/DP, apathy, inability to tell if I am in dream or reality, disturbed sleep. Started having few windows

#50 wareagle82

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 04:36 AM

I would surely call or email anyone who needs support.

Send PM and I'd be happy to help. Disclosure: I'm very positive about this process and I am not having as hard a journey as many you read on here.

Began Paxil for situational panic attacks in 2000. Then psych put me on Prozac to transition me to Lexapro in 2008. I forget the dosage of Paxil and Lexapro. Switched to100mg Sertraline since 2011.

 

75Mg taper began 06/21/2016. 67.5 mg taper began 07/10/2016. 61mg taper began 08/01/2016. 54mg taper began 08/24/2016. 48mg taper began 09/06/2016. 44mg taper began 09/20/2016. 40mg taper began 10/11/2016. 35mg began 10/25/2016. 25 mg began 11/15/2016.  20 mg began 12/03/2016.  12.5 mg began 12/22/2016.

 

Began daily meditation 12/01/2016.  Very helpful!!

 

Prayer, always, and Acupuncture, as needed.<p>Isaiah 50:7 (NLT): Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph!


#51 zandro

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 04:45 AM

Please send me a PM with your fb account or WhatsApp number if you want to support each others during bad waves...

#52 ravijaua

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:57 AM

I'm up for being the facebook group too. Please pm me for info.


Update 12232016

Zoloft  2004. Effexor 2004-2006. Paxil 20 mg for 2006-2010. Ct 2010, bad effects back on, stable by 2011.  Poopout June 2015. Added Zoloft 1.2 mg , increased up to 25 mg stable for a while, then stopped.

Sep 2016 paxil 16.2 mg alone(295 mg pill weight). Started tapering 11/14/2016.

Took off 1 mg pill weight(total pill weight of 20 mg = 365 mg and 16 mg is 295 mg). Went down 1 mg per week of pill weight so down to 291 mg by end of November. Starting getting anxiety issues starting since 12/10/2016. Hoping that a faster taper will help.

12/14/2016 - 15.95 mg (291 mg pill weight)

12/16/2016 -  15.83 mg (289 mg pill weight)

12/23/2016 -  15.67 (286 mg pill weight)


#53 Frogie

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 07:33 AM

I could really use support right now if anyone is interested. PM if you are.
Previous medications and discontinuations: Zoloft, 1997 - 1999; switch to Paxil, 1999-2002, switch to Lexapro // Gabapentin, 900mg, 2010-2015: tapered of 9 weeks, last dose Sept. 2015, no symptoms // Lamictal, 300 mg, 2009-2015, taper of 6 weeks, last dose Oct 2015, no symptoms //Valium, 40 mg, 2008-2015, 8-week taper, last dose Dec 2015, no symptoms Current medications: Carafate 1mg (anti-ulcer med) 4x a day as needed. Prescribed but not taking it.Lexapro: 2002 - March 2016: 20 mg; Mar-Apr 2016: 8 week taper 20 mg - 10 mg; 8-June 9mg; 13-June10 mg; 11-Sep 7.5 mg; 25-Sep 5 mg; 5 Oct 10mg; started taking Liquid Lexapro in Nov 2016; started taper with liquid 1/1/17 9mg Xanax, 3 mg in 4 split doses, 2008-present Prilosec 40mg; 28- Aug started 25% taper; 1-Oct 20mg a.m. + 15mg p.m. Stopped Nov 26, 2016 w/rebound acid but not too bad.For nausea as needed: Zantac , 300mg only "as needed". Zofran 4mg for nausea; only take it when nausea is unbearable.Supplements: 150 mg Mag chloride, 400IU Vitamin E, 350mg Krill Oil, Milk Thistle, Probiotic

#54 catnapt

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 03:13 PM

I have skype and google voice and can call all  of the US and Canada for free, if anyone wants to chat. be aware that I am in a bad wave and can't handle a lot of negative talk, I prefer to use social contacts to distract me from this hell that is WD

 

PM me if interested.


2002-2015 on varying doses of lexapro, as  high as 40 mgs, but usually 30mgs June 2015: tapered to 2.5mgs over a period of about 5 mos, then to 2.5mgs every other day Dec 2015:  found SA forum; HOLDING AT 2.5MGS Early May 2016: jumped off at 2.5mgs (not smart!!)

Oct 26 2016  reinstated liquid lexapro 0.05ml/day at night, dose +/- til settling on 0.15BID (0.3/day) Jan 8, 2017 switched to single dose in the morning, 0.3mgs  Jan 12, 2017 2.5mgs zyprexa for sleep, took 1/4 tablet at 6:30pm, slept 4hrs, took 3/4 tablet at 11:35 pm, slept 6 1/2 hrs more YAY Jan 13 to Jan15 1/2 tab zyprexa Jan 16 stopped zyprexa

Current other meds: 240 mgs verapamil  & Supplements: vit D-3, Magnesium taurate 125mg BID, Chromium, probiotic, biotin

 

 

 

 


#55 MattUK

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 11:11 AM

There is a FB page but as it's a public setting I'm unsure of posting on there

I'm paranoid enough (even asked for my name in here to be changed) but to have it publicly visible on FB among friends and such like when you can't even get your nearest and dearest to understand then I feel it would put people off

I wish I could find someone who understands local to me especially as I have so many issues it's impossible for me to keep up
http://survivinganti...re/#entry257333

20yrs on and off many ADs last stretch was 8-10yrs on fluoxetine 40mg daily
Cold turkey since December 2015 after a traumatic event in my wife's life
Depersonalisation episodes
Depression
Panic attacks
Anxiety
Diazepam Propranolol 40mg x3 daily for 2 months tried tapering made me ill so cold turkey
Now loosing everyone that ever mattered to me

I don't know who or what I am no more ....... or even if I want to be

#56 Frogie

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 11:20 AM

There is a FB page but as it's a public setting I'm unsure of posting on there
I'm paranoid enough (even asked for my name in here to be changed) but to have it publicly visible on FB among friends and such like when you can't even get your nearest and dearest to understand then I feel it would put people off
I wish I could find someone who understands local to me especially as I have so many issues it's impossible for me to keep up

I know exactly how you feel. I would never post on FB.
I hope you feel better. I have a long long recovery to go.
If you would like to chat through personal message, we could do that. I say NOTHING to anyone as it's no ones business.
Previous medications and discontinuations: Zoloft, 1997 - 1999; switch to Paxil, 1999-2002, switch to Lexapro // Gabapentin, 900mg, 2010-2015: tapered of 9 weeks, last dose Sept. 2015, no symptoms // Lamictal, 300 mg, 2009-2015, taper of 6 weeks, last dose Oct 2015, no symptoms //Valium, 40 mg, 2008-2015, 8-week taper, last dose Dec 2015, no symptoms Current medications: Carafate 1mg (anti-ulcer med) 4x a day as needed. Prescribed but not taking it.Lexapro: 2002 - March 2016: 20 mg; Mar-Apr 2016: 8 week taper 20 mg - 10 mg; 8-June 9mg; 13-June10 mg; 11-Sep 7.5 mg; 25-Sep 5 mg; 5 Oct 10mg; started taking Liquid Lexapro in Nov 2016; started taper with liquid 1/1/17 9mg Xanax, 3 mg in 4 split doses, 2008-present Prilosec 40mg; 28- Aug started 25% taper; 1-Oct 20mg a.m. + 15mg p.m. Stopped Nov 26, 2016 w/rebound acid but not too bad.For nausea as needed: Zantac , 300mg only "as needed". Zofran 4mg for nausea; only take it when nausea is unbearable.Supplements: 150 mg Mag chloride, 400IU Vitamin E, 350mg Krill Oil, Milk Thistle, Probiotic

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 10:15 AM

Just wondered how you are doing? Hope well :)
Previous medications and discontinuations: Zoloft, 1997 - 1999; switch to Paxil, 1999-2002, switch to Lexapro // Gabapentin, 900mg, 2010-2015: tapered of 9 weeks, last dose Sept. 2015, no symptoms // Lamictal, 300 mg, 2009-2015, taper of 6 weeks, last dose Oct 2015, no symptoms //Valium, 40 mg, 2008-2015, 8-week taper, last dose Dec 2015, no symptoms Current medications: Carafate 1mg (anti-ulcer med) 4x a day as needed. Prescribed but not taking it.Lexapro: 2002 - March 2016: 20 mg; Mar-Apr 2016: 8 week taper 20 mg - 10 mg; 8-June 9mg; 13-June10 mg; 11-Sep 7.5 mg; 25-Sep 5 mg; 5 Oct 10mg; started taking Liquid Lexapro in Nov 2016; started taper with liquid 1/1/17 9mg Xanax, 3 mg in 4 split doses, 2008-present Prilosec 40mg; 28- Aug started 25% taper; 1-Oct 20mg a.m. + 15mg p.m. Stopped Nov 26, 2016 w/rebound acid but not too bad.For nausea as needed: Zantac , 300mg only "as needed". Zofran 4mg for nausea; only take it when nausea is unbearable.Supplements: 150 mg Mag chloride, 400IU Vitamin E, 350mg Krill Oil, Milk Thistle, Probiotic

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 05:27 PM

Just wondered how you are doing? Hope well :)


What do you class as well ??? Fighting a war that may never be won every battle is getting tougher not sure how many battles one person can fight all at once
http://survivinganti...re/#entry257333

20yrs on and off many ADs last stretch was 8-10yrs on fluoxetine 40mg daily
Cold turkey since December 2015 after a traumatic event in my wife's life
Depersonalisation episodes
Depression
Panic attacks
Anxiety
Diazepam Propranolol 40mg x3 daily for 2 months tried tapering made me ill so cold turkey
Now loosing everyone that ever mattered to me

I don't know who or what I am no more ....... or even if I want to be

#59 Frogie

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 05:38 PM

Just wondered how you are doing? Hope well :)


What do you class as well ??? Fighting a war that may never be won every battle is getting tougher not sure how many battles one person can fight all at once

Have you talked to the mods about maybe reinstating a small amount of your meds and then tapering slowly? I'm really sorry you are having such a hard time :(
Previous medications and discontinuations: Zoloft, 1997 - 1999; switch to Paxil, 1999-2002, switch to Lexapro // Gabapentin, 900mg, 2010-2015: tapered of 9 weeks, last dose Sept. 2015, no symptoms // Lamictal, 300 mg, 2009-2015, taper of 6 weeks, last dose Oct 2015, no symptoms //Valium, 40 mg, 2008-2015, 8-week taper, last dose Dec 2015, no symptoms Current medications: Carafate 1mg (anti-ulcer med) 4x a day as needed. Prescribed but not taking it.Lexapro: 2002 - March 2016: 20 mg; Mar-Apr 2016: 8 week taper 20 mg - 10 mg; 8-June 9mg; 13-June10 mg; 11-Sep 7.5 mg; 25-Sep 5 mg; 5 Oct 10mg; started taking Liquid Lexapro in Nov 2016; started taper with liquid 1/1/17 9mg Xanax, 3 mg in 4 split doses, 2008-present Prilosec 40mg; 28- Aug started 25% taper; 1-Oct 20mg a.m. + 15mg p.m. Stopped Nov 26, 2016 w/rebound acid but not too bad.For nausea as needed: Zantac , 300mg only "as needed". Zofran 4mg for nausea; only take it when nausea is unbearable.Supplements: 150 mg Mag chloride, 400IU Vitamin E, 350mg Krill Oil, Milk Thistle, Probiotic

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:35 PM

Hello hopeful here *waves*  :)

 

I stopped Quetiapine on 2nd December 2016. I find myself just over 5 weeks later feeling well, together and have refound the mental clarity that I lost whilst being on the drug. I took up to 150mg. I started at 25 mg in April/May 2015, then went up over the next couple of weeks to a maximum of 150mg. Even though it is an anti-psychotic I was taking it to treat treatment resistant depression. I've experienced depression for over 30 years. 

 

So my withdrawal was more physically difficult than emotionally or mental. I had severe sweats, dizziness, drunken feeling, headaches, lethargy, insomnia and a bit of shakiness. I got through the first fornight mainly by staying in bed and drinking loads of water. I'd eat fruit, seeds, nuts and loads of green veg. My key was resting up as often as possible.

 

I'm feeling very well and actually despite the physical issues I fet the difference in mental clarity pretty much from day one or two. Just over 5 weeks later I remain in a good place and am only looking forward in my life.

 

If anyone would like some support during their withdrawal I'm really happy to respond to PMs and offer you my time, understanding and patience.

 

Best wishes to you all

 

Hopeful  :)


Quit quitiapine on 2nd December 2016. Dosage 150mg.Been on it since April/May 2015.Take 30mg of amytriptaline as a neuropathic.
Previous meds 1995-2015 - moclobimide ,trazadone, paroxatine,fluoxetine,sertraline,citrilopram,mirtizapine,dothiepin,doxipin ,venlavaxine and buproprion.





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