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#253 LucyG

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Posted 19 November 2016 - 05:18 PM

Hello fellow Aussies,

 

I just thought I'd check in here and say hello! I'm in Sydney person and at the moment I'm taping off zyprexa. This is one horrible drug and has cause a lot of problems, but I'm hoping to be off by late January. Then I'll think about coming off Effexor. Can't wait to be drug free!

 

There is some great information on the site. I'm so glad I found it.

 

Lucy


Citalopram 40gms - July 2016 (replaced by Effexor)
Valium and tamazapan - July 2016 -prn - (replaced by zyprexa for insomnia)
Zyprexa - since August 2016
Effexor 225mgs - since August 2016
Doses given and then tapering off zyprexa -
5mgs 2weeks/7.5mgs 2weeks/10mgs 2weeks/7.5mgs 3weeks/5mgs 2weeks/ 1.25mgs 3days/0mgs 3days (self managed after advice from psychologists -reinstated after withdrawal symptoms) /2.5mgs 3 weeks/ 1.87 2 weeks/1.25 2 weeks from 22 Nov - 6 Dec/ currently on .625

Currently on: Zyprexa .625mgs from 6 Dec 16

                      Effexor 225mgs

 


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 02:20 AM

Welcome Lucy G,  you are lucky you havent been on this stuff long.  Best wishes from WA.


1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


#255 Rico

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 07:57 PM

Hi from Sydney!

I am currently struggling with zyprexa withdrawal and would love to hear from other Sydney members on SA!

Rico

December 24 2016 - Zyprexa 1.875; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

December 20 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 900; Lithium 900 - one off increase of Epilim by 500 and Lithium by 450 and 5mg Valium (bad idea)

December 17 2016 - Zyprexa 1.25; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

December 2 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 1000; Lithium 900; December 5 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

November 12 2016 - Tapered Zyprexa to 1.875 (25% reduction)  using tablet cutter, Lithium/Epilim same

November 5 2016 - November 11 2016 - Tapered Zyprexa 2.5 by 10% using compounded solution (got really sick from the solution) Lithium/Epilim same

October 2016 - November 5 2016: Zyprexa 2.5, Epilim 1000mg, Lithium 900mg

Sep 2016- October 2016 - unsuccessful taper of Zyprexa and Epilim over 5 weeks (too fast - 10% per week of original dose), Lithium 900mg

February 2016- September 2016- multiple hospitalisations

February 2016 - CT Epilim and Lithium;  October 2015 - withdrew successfully from Zyprexa (25% reductions per fortnight), Epilim 1000, Lithium 900)

Jan - September 2015 - Zyprexa 2.5, Epilim 1000mg, Lithium 1350

DEC 2014 - 2 injections of Invega Sustenna;1997 - 2014 - various antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, and antidepressants (Bipolar 1 Disorder original diagnosis)


#256 Buffy

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 05:55 PM

Welcome :)

The more i learn of the australian mental health system, the more shocked i am that people promote australian health care as adequate.
Currently on 50mg Fluvoxamine. Reading more before the next attempt at tapering.

Started Lexapro 04, have been mostly on med combinations since for 12 years.
May 2015 - zeldox 80 - 100mg, fluvoxamine 200mg, dexamphetamine 10mg
Lorazepam and clonazepam on and off for over a decade. Heavily sedated with antipsychotics - mostly Zyprexa and seroquel. Many hospitalisations. Many types of therapy, last being 7 years of psychodynamic that only figured out my pain was real.
Pain meds - Lyrica 150mg palexia 100mg - discontinued eary 2016
Done ok so far but cant drop the last antidepressant without physical illness.

#257 ZombieMode

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 07:41 PM

Hey Rico, Mitch from the Central Coast here! (Around an hours drive north)

How are you feeling today?

Dr Yolande Lucire may be able to help you depending on where you're at with things (her office is in edgecliffe). I've also just found an awesome expert on healing who's near Wyee (which may be a bit out of your way, but definitely had to mention him). Ron Fenwick - the eyes never lie; search youtube for his video.

Happy to help however I can - I'm now 7 months clean from forced Abilify injections.

@Buffy, I was never aware how bad it really is 'till I fell into it .. By then it was already too late :(

Forced drugging history:

  • Unknown cocktail during my 5 week hospital involuntary admission.
  • April, 2015 - February, 2016: 400mg Injection of Abilify (Aripiprazole) monthly.
  • March, 2016 Injection: 300mg Abilify (Aripiprazole).
  • April, 2016 Injection: 200mg Abilify (Aripiprazole).
  • 2nd May, 2016 Injection: 200mg Abilify (Aripiprazole) - FINAL Injection!
  • Discharged from NSW Community Treatment Order days later in May, 2016; end to my forced drugging.

Voluntary drugging history:

  • NIL (Last updated 10/07/2016)

Forced drugging history (Round TWO):

  • Unknown cocktail during my 5 week hospital involuntary admission.
  • Janruary, 2017 - Present: 400mg Abilify monthly, 1,200mg Epilim daily, 20mg Olanzapine daily :angry: :angry: :angry:

 


#258 Rico

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 11:11 PM

Hi Mitch and Buffy!

The Australian health system is a joke. We have so many laws in Australia to protect citizens but mental health patients are treated like crap. I've been to a few public psych wards where doctors and nurses break the law all the time. It is disgusting what goes on in there. They truly believe that "medication" helps people, but the same patients are in and out all the time. Most of the public hospitals too are littered with inadequately trained doctors from overseas. But then again, an adequately trained psychiatrist would never work in places like that but be helping people come off drugs and help them get their lives back.

December 24 2016 - Zyprexa 1.875; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

December 20 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 900; Lithium 900 - one off increase of Epilim by 500 and Lithium by 450 and 5mg Valium (bad idea)

December 17 2016 - Zyprexa 1.25; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

December 2 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 1000; Lithium 900; December 5 2016 - Zyprexa 1.625; Epilim 900; Lithium 900

November 12 2016 - Tapered Zyprexa to 1.875 (25% reduction)  using tablet cutter, Lithium/Epilim same

November 5 2016 - November 11 2016 - Tapered Zyprexa 2.5 by 10% using compounded solution (got really sick from the solution) Lithium/Epilim same

October 2016 - November 5 2016: Zyprexa 2.5, Epilim 1000mg, Lithium 900mg

Sep 2016- October 2016 - unsuccessful taper of Zyprexa and Epilim over 5 weeks (too fast - 10% per week of original dose), Lithium 900mg

February 2016- September 2016- multiple hospitalisations

February 2016 - CT Epilim and Lithium;  October 2015 - withdrew successfully from Zyprexa (25% reductions per fortnight), Epilim 1000, Lithium 900)

Jan - September 2015 - Zyprexa 2.5, Epilim 1000mg, Lithium 1350

DEC 2014 - 2 injections of Invega Sustenna;1997 - 2014 - various antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, and antidepressants (Bipolar 1 Disorder original diagnosis)


#259 beyondrepair

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 10:12 PM

Hi everyone. I'm based in Melbourne but travel between Syd/Melb. Interested if there's a meetup as I have felt very alone in this for a long time and don't know how to constructively process this anger and grief?? I don't get support from family/friends and don't trust health professionals.



#260 Buffy

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 11:09 PM

Hi beyond repair, i feel the same way but am not near you.
Currently on 50mg Fluvoxamine. Reading more before the next attempt at tapering.

Started Lexapro 04, have been mostly on med combinations since for 12 years.
May 2015 - zeldox 80 - 100mg, fluvoxamine 200mg, dexamphetamine 10mg
Lorazepam and clonazepam on and off for over a decade. Heavily sedated with antipsychotics - mostly Zyprexa and seroquel. Many hospitalisations. Many types of therapy, last being 7 years of psychodynamic that only figured out my pain was real.
Pain meds - Lyrica 150mg palexia 100mg - discontinued eary 2016
Done ok so far but cant drop the last antidepressant without physical illness.

#261 Dawood

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:47 PM

Hi to all,

 

Sydney-sider here whose wife is currently on Pristiq (50 mg) after Eleva (100 mg) for postnatal depression, but based on reading around here and other places, I think it is responsible for the breakdown of my marriage and her sudden behavioural/mood/thought changes.

 

I would love to hear if anyone in Oz has had similar experiences, and knows anywhere that can help or give good advice regarding this.

 

Many thanks,

Dawood


My wife's medication and withdrawal process:

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July-December 2015 (approx):     Eleva (Zoloft) 50 mg

January-July 2016 (approx):         Eleva (Zoloft) 100 mg

July 2016-January 2017:              Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg

January-April 2017:                        Tapered off Pristiq

April 2017-Present:                         No more Pristiq, dealing with withdrawal

 

Introductory post: http://tinyurl.com/gqwpglf


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 04:19 PM

Just passing this along. Any parents that have messaged the Australian Antidepressants class action page, about their child's adverse effects with antidepressants, Aropax, Paroxetine, Zoloft, also known as many other names. Or if you were 18 years and under when you started taking those antidepressants, please contact Drayton Sher Lawyers in Sydney. tony@draytonsherlawyers.com.au There are journalists also on standby to chat to you. We need people to speak up, and donations how ever small, to move ahead. Please share our posts to reach every Australian.

MEDS HISTORY

2004 hospitalized for acute alcohol induced psychosis and started on my psych drug merry-go-round.2004-2006 SSRI > SNRI Merry-go-round finally settled on Effexor. Also was started on Risperdal in 2004 but switched to seroquell after I had a bad reaction to it.2008. Was switched from Effexor to pristiq, Also managed to successfully Quit Seroquel Cold Turkey.Asenapine- 5mg- August 2014 ~ May 2015. Was put on for Social Anxiety, was great at first then started developing disabling side effects, did a rapid taper and so started my withdrawal nightmare...

MEDS CURRENT

Pristiq-100mg ~ Currently holding

Olanzapine- 3.75mg May 2015 ~ Currently tapering by -.06mg per week (Jan 2016, 3.5mg  ~Feb 2016 intractable insomnia updose to 3.75mg)

Quetiapine- 50mg June 2015  ~Dec 25 2015 Quit cold turkey. ~(Feb 6 2016 hit with intractable insomnia - reinstated 50mg.)

August 2016 : Became destabilised after messing around with cutting doses, trying THC oil etc, Holding on for dear life hoping to stabilise again someday.. 

Supplements Ashwaghanda,  melatonin 2mg, fish oil, Magnesium.


#263 ang

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:33 PM

Yes Dawood,    the pills change personality, they did to me.        Led to the breakdown of my marriage, we were married nearly 30 years.           Hard thing for me to accept now,   was probably all my fault.


1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


#264 Dawood

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:36 PM

Yes Dawood, the pills change personality, they did to me. Led to the breakdown of my marriage, we were married nearly 30 years. Hard thing for me to accept now, was probably all my fault.

You're not responsible for what may have happened whilst under the influence of the medication... going to a doctor or counsellor about anxiety/depression and wanting to get better is a noble thing.

The effects these can have on people - and everyone seems to be hit differently even though common threads - can be disastrous.

I have been trying to keep things together and hold ontothe roller coaster for the ladt 6 months. Still not giving up! But I hope there's no lasting effects once my wife has been totally off them for a while.

Wishing you all the very best,

Dawood

My wife's medication and withdrawal process:

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July-December 2015 (approx):     Eleva (Zoloft) 50 mg

January-July 2016 (approx):         Eleva (Zoloft) 100 mg

July 2016-January 2017:              Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg

January-April 2017:                        Tapered off Pristiq

April 2017-Present:                         No more Pristiq, dealing with withdrawal

 

Introductory post: http://tinyurl.com/gqwpglf


#265 Gumtree

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 06:59 PM

Hi everyone, I'm in Australia - in the Northern Territory.  We have a very small community of doctors who change regularly or fly-in-out, so no real continuity or relationships are built.  Most GP's rely on the 'word' and 'opinion' of specialists, so are reluctant to supervise a taper plan to wean off Cymbalta.  They're more than happy to continue to prescribe it though - no questions asked. 


History - Female, now 47 with 28 years of taking antidepressants daily from age 19.
1988 - severe depression, anxiety and agoraphobia Prothiaden (Dothiapen) Tricyclic antidepressants.
1989
- Diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy (after EEGs). P
rescribed Tegretol (Carbamazepine) for Complex Partial Seizures
1995
- changed antidepressant to a newer drug - Zoloft 50mg then up to 100mg

2006
- Tegretol caused me to be total zombie. Weaned for 3 months then went on to Keppra 500mg daily (Levitaceram)

2010
- diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Prescribed Methotrexate 20mg weekly and changed from Zoloft to Cymbalta (for depression / FM)

2014
- weaned myself off Methotrexate due to stable condition and diet change decreasing inflammation
2016
- started taper off Cymbalta 1 Dec 2016, dropping 5% each fortnight via bead counting. Liquid fish oil daily, Magnesium daily, plus very clean gluten free, paleo diet. Daily exercise and 15 minutes meditation.
<p>**This is a journal of my personal experience and is not intended as medical advice - please seek help from a qualified practitioner for your particular circumstances**

#266 Hopefull

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:38 AM

I just signed the pettion on Change.org.
I have to say that I did not have a positive experience with Tony Nikolic or Drayton Sher Lawyers.
After they sent me a notice to send them a $500 donation, (which I did not), I have never heard from them again.
I called 2 or 3 times in 2015, they never got back to me. I found them very unprofessional. I hope that everyone else has better luck with it.

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November 2013- Zoloft, ( Bad reaction).

January 2014 - March 2014 Seroquel.( Quit Cold Turkey).

January2014- Mirtazapine, I was taking 15mg at one stage, reduced to 7.5mg, Pgad reactions to Mirtazapine. Doctor kept increasing it to 37.5mg, until July 2014. No improvement, experiencing panic attacks, on 37.5 mg. I had enough by October 2014. Began tapering.

October 2014- Started tapering Mirtazapine from 37.5mg.

September 2015- Down to 4mg of Mirtazapine. Crashed.

September 16th- Up dosed to 5mg. Held this dose for almost 5 months. Stabilised.

February 2016- Began tapering again. From 5mg to 4.5mg of Mirtazapine. (Rocking the boat, again)! Lol. :(


#267 BarryHamburger

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:57 AM

I had the exact same experience. I always thought this was just for Aropax. A class action alone against GSK alone would be monumental. Red flags began when they said they also wanted to go after Pfizer and Eli Lily. So, an obscure law firm no one's heard of is going to bring a lawsuit against multiple giants simultaneously, when just one would be landmark in Aus.

A pipe dream at best. The communication was poor, and after they're request for $500 donations went unanswered, so to did their meagre communication halt.

#268 Hopefull

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 12:48 PM

Hi Berry Hamburger,

Every other lawyer I spoke to never asked for a donation. Slater and Gordon are very professional. I was told that it is hard to sue the doctor in question if he/she was not aware of the possible side effects an individual might experience as a result of taking Antidepressants. I got the same response from few others. They never asked me to make any payments.
Apparently doctors do not have to disclose every single side effect that you might experience from an antidepressant. The law in Victoria protects the doctors and patients suffer as a result. That makes me really angry!
It is obvious that Tony and the mob don't have the funds to take on these pharmaceutical giants. Very obscure indeed.

DRUG HISTORY:

 

November 2013- Zoloft, ( Bad reaction).

January 2014 - March 2014 Seroquel.( Quit Cold Turkey).

January2014- Mirtazapine, I was taking 15mg at one stage, reduced to 7.5mg, Pgad reactions to Mirtazapine. Doctor kept increasing it to 37.5mg, until July 2014. No improvement, experiencing panic attacks, on 37.5 mg. I had enough by October 2014. Began tapering.

October 2014- Started tapering Mirtazapine from 37.5mg.

September 2015- Down to 4mg of Mirtazapine. Crashed.

September 16th- Up dosed to 5mg. Held this dose for almost 5 months. Stabilised.

February 2016- Began tapering again. From 5mg to 4.5mg of Mirtazapine. (Rocking the boat, again)! Lol. :(


#269 ang

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 04:56 AM

 

Yes Dawood, the pills change personality, they did to me. Led to the breakdown of my marriage, we were married nearly 30 years. Hard thing for me to accept now, was probably all my fault.

You're not responsible for what may have happened whilst under the influence of the medication... going to a doctor or counsellor about anxiety/depression and wanting to get better is a noble thing.

The effects these can have on people - and everyone seems to be hit differently even though common threads - can be disastrous.

I have been trying to keep things together and hold ontothe roller coaster for the ladt 6 months. Still not giving up! But I hope there's no lasting effects once my wife has been totally off them for a while.

Wishing you all the very best,

Dawood

 

Hello everyone,  I  been so ill, Chronic Fatigue, everything, now find out my house is full of moulds, so going off the ADS, and the moulds?  I was so sick, so wanting to die,  ie not wanting to die, but just wishing I wouldnt wake up/  Well NOW! Realising the moulds have caused so much issues, I dragged myself to apply for jobs.              wow, I am now employed 150 km from my home, midweek I am in Gnowangerup, weekends, home, Albany.          The public housing are now taking notice, I got PROFESSIONAL testing done, and I reported it to the MINISTER.                Anyway, the moulds, I knew I had to leave, and like any dying person, you make a change.  I did, I had enough strength left, as a dying person does, that doesnt want to die, but prays for death...............................                              Wow,  I now work ........... only three days away, out of mouldy house, I feel so much better.  Exhausted, but I have CFS because of these moulds.................................................                   so ALL I WANT TO SAY IS.............. thank god for this site......................RIDE THE **** THROUGH< and I now consider myself a success off this crap.


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1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:41 PM

Hi Ang - so glad to hear that you have made some positive changes in your life and they have helped you recover even more.

 

Wishing you all the very best mate!


My wife's medication and withdrawal process:

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July-December 2015 (approx):     Eleva (Zoloft) 50 mg

January-July 2016 (approx):         Eleva (Zoloft) 100 mg

July 2016-January 2017:              Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg

January-April 2017:                        Tapered off Pristiq

April 2017-Present:                         No more Pristiq, dealing with withdrawal

 

Introductory post: http://tinyurl.com/gqwpglf


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:09 AM

Hello There 

 

I am a fellow Aussie tapering off Pristiq. 


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.

 


#272 Dawood

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:33 PM

Hello There 

 

I am a fellow Aussie tapering off Pristiq. 

Hi Andie,

 

Wishing you all the very best on your taper - Pristiq is awful, and my wife (and our relationship/family) has gone through hell and still no end in sight.

 

She has been clear of the medication for about 2 weeks now after tapering by alternating days (as opposed to a 10% taper made by using a compounding chemist). She suffered terribly from the withdrawal.

 

I hope that you take it easy, and have a good support network around you.

 

All the best!


My wife's medication and withdrawal process:

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July-December 2015 (approx):     Eleva (Zoloft) 50 mg

January-July 2016 (approx):         Eleva (Zoloft) 100 mg

July 2016-January 2017:              Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg

January-April 2017:                        Tapered off Pristiq

April 2017-Present:                         No more Pristiq, dealing with withdrawal

 

Introductory post: http://tinyurl.com/gqwpglf


#273 Andie

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:07 PM

Hi Dawood

Thank you for the kind words.

I understand the devastating influence this medication can have on your relationships . Ive experienced it myself. I didn't realise this until I reduced my dose low enough that I was no longer suffering from the side effects. I was fatigued, in a lot of pain and finding it hard to sleep. I know now I was very irritable and hard to be around.

I'm so grateful To be feeling more like my old self. I'm still only able to work part time, so hopefully this will sort itself out in due course.

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.

 


#274 JanCarol

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:17 PM

Hi all you Aussies!

 

Rico said in November:

I've been to a few public psych wards where doctors and nurses break the law all the time. It is disgusting what goes on in there. They truly believe that "medication" helps people, but the same patients are in and out all the time. Most of the public hospitals too are littered with inadequately trained doctors from overseas. But then again, an adequately trained psychiatrist would never work in places like that but be helping people come off drugs and help them get their lives back. 

 

I have a friend who just went to a private, highly acclaimed hospital in a posh neighborhood.  It's one that she went to 3 years ago, and had a 2 year relationship with them then (so 5 years all up).  The psychiatrists are highly trained, respected professionals in the field, and are "experts" in CBT, DBT, ACT, and eating disorders.  

 

My friend said - that the same people (patients) were there who were there 5 years ago. And they weren't any better.  Revolving door, in and out, in and out, cycling into deep dependence with the system.

 

It was actually a public hospital which diagnosed a case of akathisia here (also a friend) in Brisbane, she went to Emergency Room and they diagnosed her with akathisia and a drug reaction. (Ironically, the drugs had been given her by the private hospital I described in the previous paragraph)

 

So it's still quite a mixed bag.  By comparison, I had a friend who had a panic meltdown in the US.  She is on disability and pension.  Her 5 day stay in the hospital landed her with a $12k bill that she will be paying for 20 years.  She has had easily 50 hospitalizations over the course of her life (and been on pension/disability the whole time) - but this is the first time she got such a bill.  It's not Obamacare to blame, it's corporatization.  

 

All of these are motivators for "not getting caught," for staying away from hospitals for your emotional and thinking problems.  


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.

 

Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only.  I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!


#275 JanCarol

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

Hey Dawood - would your wife come here?

 

Alternating days is a horrendous way to taper, and it would be good if she could have the support of people who understand withdrawal.

 

Here's a thread on marriages which have suffered from these drugs http://survivinganti...sri-snri-topix/

 

and ANDIE - welcome!

 

I used to run a coffee meet for Brisbane area folks - but I had trouble getting people to actually get out of the house and come and meet strangers.  Stressful.  The key is to find a friendly, central place (preferably outdoor seating, that's more comfortable for anxiety ridden people), maybe a beautiful place (we went to the top of Mt. Coot-tha and it is so beautiful up there!), with GF, vegan options on the menu.  Pick a time and a date, and invite everyone you know from your area.  And good luck!

 

It was a bit like herding cats for me, and I decided that the stress of it was not worth the benefit for me, but I would support anyone else who wanted to do it in the area!  I think that people too, were afraid that - if this is all we have in common (the drugs) - will we find anything to talk about?

 

But - I also found that - those of us who are put onto the drugs are usually loveable, fascinating, caring people, so there was plenty to talk about.

 

You can send PM's to more than one person to arrange meet ups.  Just posting here isn't enough - if you want a meet up - make it happen!  I've personally met several SA members in my travels, and it is always rewarding and a relief to be among people who "get it."


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.

 

Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only.  I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!


#276 Dawood

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

Hey Dawood - would your wife come here?

 

Alternating days is a horrendous way to taper, and it would be good if she could have the support of people who understand withdrawal.

 

Here's a thread on marriages which have suffered from these drugs http://survivinganti...sri-snri-topix/

Hi JanCarol,

 

Unfortunately, no, she is not at a stage to do so... we are separated, though I am back living in the family home. It is not easy. She decided to come off the meds to prove me wrong - that she has indeed fallen out of love with me after 12 years, a house and 2 kids - and that it is not due to the emotional blunting of the meds.

 

Due to that, she would not heed my advice, taken from here, of the 10% taper.

 

And yes, I have read it many times - it's like a bible to me at present. However, there are more unhappy stories than happy outcomes, so I am trying to not focus on those too much...

 

Many thanks for your response!


My wife's medication and withdrawal process:

-----------------------------

 

July-December 2015 (approx):     Eleva (Zoloft) 50 mg

January-July 2016 (approx):         Eleva (Zoloft) 100 mg

July 2016-January 2017:              Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 mg

January-April 2017:                        Tapered off Pristiq

April 2017-Present:                         No more Pristiq, dealing with withdrawal

 

Introductory post: http://tinyurl.com/gqwpglf


#277 Andie

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 01:39 AM

Hey Dawood - would your wife come here?

 

Alternating days is a horrendous way to taper, and it would be good if she could have the support of people who understand withdrawal.

 

Here's a thread on marriages which have suffered from these drugs http://survivinganti...sri-snri-topix/

 

and ANDIE - welcome!

 

I used to run a coffee meet for Brisbane area folks - but I had trouble getting people to actually get out of the house and come and meet strangers.  Stressful.  The key is to find a friendly, central place (preferably outdoor seating, that's more comfortable for anxiety ridden people), maybe a beautiful place (we went to the top of Mt. Coot-tha and it is so beautiful up there!), with GF, vegan options on the menu.  Pick a time and a date, and invite everyone you know from your area.  And good luck!

 

It was a bit like herding cats for me, and I decided that the stress of it was not worth the benefit for me, but I would support anyone else who wanted to do it in the area!  I think that people too, were afraid that - if this is all we have in common (the drugs) - will we find anything to talk about?

 

But - I also found that - those of us who are put onto the drugs are usually loveable, fascinating, caring people, so there was plenty to talk about.

 

You can send PM's to more than one person to arrange meet ups.  Just posting here isn't enough - if you want a meet up - make it happen!  I've personally met several SA members in my travels, and it is always rewarding and a relief to be among people who "get it."

Hi JanCarol 

 

A big hello to you too! So happy to have found this forum. 


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.

 


#278 lucidityreturn

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 01:13 AM

Hi Everyone,  i'm in Sydney & I am also going through a long protracted withdrawal from psych meds (tapering since 2012 - present)

I am interested in any meet ups or support groups. 

I feel like i'm not the same person I was before antidepressants - does anyone else feel the same?

I feel like I withdrew from everyone when i started tapering effexor because of the extreme anxiety withdrawal gave me.

I still have a way to go and feel like my old life is so far away from where I am now.

Just gotta stay positive.



#279 Andie

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:01 PM

Hi Everyone, i'm in Sydney & I am also going through a long protracted withdrawal from psych meds (tapering since 2012 - present)
I am interested in any meet ups or support groups.
I feel like i'm not the same person I was before antidepressants - does anyone else feel the same?
I feel like I withdrew from everyone when i started tapering effexor because of the extreme anxiety withdrawal gave me.
I still have a way to go and feel like my old life is so far away from where I am now.
Just gotta stay positive.


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.

 


#280 ang

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:11 PM

Hello Andie and all.

 

I was on effexor,  which I believe is venalaxafine.   I truly believe this is the horror of all SSRIs.    I was on 375mg I think.

 

Was a long hard road, I finally think I am over the worst of it.        

 

Good luck all, just ride it out, we get there in the end.


1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


#281 Andie

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:30 PM

Hi
Unfortunately I'm all the way over in Perth.

Yes, My personality changed and I also started to isolate myself. The thought of being social while being anxious and physically unwell just compounded the original anxiety. Then I would think about how isolated I was feeling and feel anxious about that too!

Now that I am feeling much better, it's naturally easier to be out and about and part of life. Some of my relationships didn't survive. I don't know what the answer is, but for me It is to continue to try and take things one day at a time.

Things can and do get better.

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.

 


#282 ang

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 05:00 AM

My personality changed also.          So glad I am rediscovering the real me.  Just seems 10 years like were in a dreamlike state.  I am so glad I survived this horror now.        Hard, but I survived.      My relationship didnt survive.But I dont think it was meant to....................

anyhow,  I am in Western Australia, not able to meet up for anything. 

 

While very unwell, I could not leave the house, some days in bed, chronic fatigue, horrific, wishing to die each day.

 

However, I now find a lot of my problems was a mouldy house.      So NEVER assume all the health problems are from the SSRIs............ After two years, I KNEW there was another problem.

 

Best wishes to all, hang in there, and remember, the only one who cares about YOU is YOU.


1992 Dothiepin 375mg 8 weeks, exhaustion/depression.  Serotonin syndrome, oh yes!  seizures . Fell pregnant, 3rd baby, Nitrous Oxide, 3 weeks mental hospital pp psychosis. zoloft tegretol.

Feb 1996 ct tegretol, tapered Zoloft 8 weeks. as (unexpectedly)  pregnant. Steven died after 3 days.(Zolft HLHS baby).  98 had run in with Paxil, 2 tablets, 3 weeks taper, survived.
2005..menopause? exhausted again. Zyprexa, mad in three days, fallout....  Seroquel, Effexor, tegretol,   and 8 years of self destruction. Failed taper.
Damn 1/4 valium... nuts again! .fallout, zoloft 100mg  seroquol 400mg mirtazapine 45 mg  tegretol 400mg.  Mid 14 3 month taper. Nov 14 CRASH.
Mid 15 ....   75mg  seroquel,  3 x 1800mg SJW  2 week window end of December followed by 6 week wave
5/2 68mg seroquel, 2.5 x 1800mg SJW::::20/2 61mg seroquel, 2.5 x  SJW::: 26/2 54mg seroquel, 2 x SJW::::21/3 43mg seroquel, 1 x 2700SJW :::: 23/4 36mg seroquel 1 x 1800 SJW
15/5 33mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::   28/5 30mg seroquel, 1 x SJW::::;  18/6 25mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::::, 11/7 21mg seroquel 1/2 SJW::, 26/7 18mg seroquel 1/2 SJW:::, 9/8 12mg seroquel :::, 16/8 6mg seroquel ;;;;, 12/9 0 jump.

23/9  3mg.....,  27/9 0mg.  Reinstated, 6mg, then 12mg.............  LIGHTBULB MOMENT,  I have  MTHFR 2x mutations.  CFS and issues with MOULD in my home. So I left home, and working 150km away during week, loving it.

Oh was hard, panic attacks first week, gone now, along with the mould issues.


#283 TikkiTikki

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 12:47 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm in Melbourne. Just thought I'd say hi.

 

Tikki


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40mg  - 60mg - 40mg for 7 years

Tapered (over 3 months) drug-free (4 months) 2013

40mg    for 3 years

20mg    30 Jan 2017 - 18 April 2017 (11 week hold)

18mg    19 April - 5 May  (2 week hold)

16mg    6 May - 19 May  (2 week hold)

14mg    20 May - 

 






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