Posted 08 August 2015 - 07:42 AM
Good to hear, LovingSupport.
Is your husband tapering by 1.5mg at a time?
At 27.8mg, a 10% reduction would be 2.78mg (you calculate the 10% based on the last dosage, not the initial dosage). A reduction of 1.5mg would be even more gradual -- that's fine.
Hi Altostrata, thanks for responding.
No, he is tapering at the 10% of last dosage each time, as SA recommends. The 1.5 mg is the lowest amount listed on the Excel spreadsheet y'all graciously provided on this site, called "Dose_weights_SA.xls".
(Side note to those who have not found/used this spreadsheet yet--it's amazing and will save you a big headache trying to calculate each reduction on your own).
I'm trying to assess whether he should simply stay on the scale method all the way down to the last 1.5mg dosage weight listed, or make the transitional switch to liquid at a higher weight to stay more exact. He's free of withdrawal symptoms at this rate, and I want to keep it that way as the reductions continue when possible.
I know that as the dosages get lower, the accuracy range of the scale's range of variance will get proportionally less accurate. (for example, a .001g or .skipping around a 003g variance in weight is more significant when one is measuring a total weight of .007g).
Thanks in advance for your input.
Please note that I am supporting my PARTNER'S withdrawal process:
No previous history of prescription drugs
Early 2014: Prescribed Ativan 1.5mg/day (on first ER visit), then Effexor XR to stablize (first 75mg then upped to 150mg after 2 weeks)
Summer 2014: Did a 3 month titration off of Ativan (going down 10% each week), finished early fall 2014
No withdrawal symptoms
Nov 2014: About to start reduction-toward-elimination of the Effexor following the precise 10% method that this SA site suggests; started w/4 week intervals 2x, then 3 week intervals 2x, now sticking with 2 week intervals per reduction
April 2015: Down to 58mg Effexor XR (From 150mg) using slow tapering method recommended in SA; progressing at 2-week 10% reduction intervals of current dose.
Aug 2015: 22.5 mg Effexor XR
Dec 2015: 9.7 mg Effexor XR Continuing the above 10% reduction schedule every 2 weeks (no withdrawal symptoms)
June 2016: switched to beads when weight of current dose was approx. equal to number of beads (10) and scale became inconsistent measuring at this low weight
Aug 2015: down to 4 beads, reducing by 1 bead every 2 weeks