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#1 Cberg

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 12:54 PM

Hello,

I am down to 4 mg of Paxil. I was lower but had to go back up. Why am I having so much trouble with these last 4 mg? I've had a real increase in my nausea, and also that awful feeling where you don't want to do anything and don't enjoy doing anything. Is this 'normal' when you get down toward the end of tapering? It seems like when you are that low, things should get easier not harder.


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15 years of panic disorder back in the 1970's. Under pretty good control now.
Started Paxil two years ago for nightmares and depression after many eye and back surgeries
Started slow taper two years ago
Started at 15 mg. now down to 2.35 mg.
Symptoms during w/d included severe nausea in the morning, headaches, pulsating/throbbing in back of head
lightheadedness, depersonalization, lack of ambition or motivation to do anything

#2 indigo

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:15 PM

 I feel for you. I am also down to 4mg of Prozac and my last drop of 5mg was really difficult.

So hard in fact that after a month with no sign of stabilizing, I wondered if I'd ever be able to

get off this drug. And if this was the state I'd be in be in taking 4mg then I'd have to go back up. 

Recently an article was posted on this blog about the precipice towards the end oftapering down off a drug.

Showed great graphs of how tiny increments of dropping have more impact.

Apparently cutting down way less at a time towards the end of your taper, 

makes for a less nightmarish adjustment.

Possible to have your holds shorter.


On 20 mg of Prozac for about ten years. Sept 2012 started reducing 10% a drop using gram scale, with average of one month holds.

When I'd reached the half way mark, taking 10 mg  powder out of the 20 mg capsules, I switched over to 10 mg capsules and cutting

down from those. Withdrawals got harder the lower I dropped.  May 2013 changed to 5% drops, holding until all withdrawal symptoms gone.

January 2015 changed to liquid prozac (concentration of 20MG per 5 mL) using a 1mL oral syringe.

Current dose of fluoxetine solution equivalent 3.4 mg. Any effort to drop below this has been disastrous so for the time being I'm staying at this level.
Adding 200 mg Tryptophan and 200 GABA a day has helped with anxiety.
Also take 1,300mg Omega- 3,  875mg  Magnesium, 1800mg Curcumin, 1000mg Vit C, 5000 Vit D.
 

 


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 01:52 AM

Hi Cberg,

 

your observation about difficulties with tapering at low doses is very valid. Contrary to what we would expect, it does get harder.

 

This thread explains why this is so.

 

http://survivinganti...-concentration/

 

Hope it helps. In any case, we advise going extra slow at low doses. 


Amitriptyline (tricyclic AD) and clonazepam for 3 months to treat headache in 1996 (19 yrs)
1999. - present Xanax prn up to 3 mg.
2000.-2005 Prozac CT twice, 2005-2010 Zoloft CT 3 times, 2010-2013 Escitalopram 10 mg
went from 2.5 to zero on 7 Aug 2013, bad crash 40 days after
reinstated to 5 mg Escitalopram 4Oct 2013 and holding, significant relief after 2 weeks
9.11. introduced liquid Xanax: 0.4 mg every 5 hours including a night dose

28 Jan 2014 Xanax 1.9, 18 Apr  2015 1 mg,  25 June Lex 4.8, 6 Aug Lexapro 4.6 and 1 Jan 2016 0.64  Xanax

9 month hold

24 Sept 4.โ€‹5 Lex, 17 Oct 4.4 Lex (Nov 0.63 Xanax, Dec 0.625 Xanax), 1 Jan 2017 4.3 Lex, 24 Jan 4.2 Lex, 5 Feb 4.1 Lex

Supplements: Omega 3 + Vit E, Vit C, D, magnesium, Taurine, probiotic 

I'm not a medical professional. Any advice I give is based on my own experience and reading. 


#4 mammaP

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 04:10 AM

I'm also finding it hard at the low dose, it has to be slowed right down with extremely tiny cuts for some people.

If you can get, or make a liquid it would be much easier to get the lower doses.


**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

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

 

Many drugs for many years, prescribed diazepam first 1973, took occasionally. 3 or 4 tricyclics  for short periods.

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

2002  effexor. 

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

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

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

 

Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

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

Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.

 

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

 

Following every sunset is a brand new day


#5 Sparrow

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 06:13 AM

I've gotten down to 2.0 mg Lexapro three times in the past year and had to updose due to unbearable symptoms. Can't seem to break through this barrier after more than 20 years on ADs. Very frustrating and disappointing after successfully withdrawing  from so many other drugs. And so close to the end...maddening.


2009-2011: tapered off Trazodone, Namenda, Lamictal, Dextroamphetamine, Zyprexa; cold-turkeyed Pristiq; reduced Lexapro dose 50%.
On clonazepam since 2004, 0.5 - 1.0 mg daily PRN. Three failed (too rapid) partial tapers, 2010 - 2011.
Dec. 2011 - March 2013: Tapered off 0.5 mg clonazepam (Klonopin)

August 2013: Switched to liquid escitalopram (Lexapro) and began tapering from 10 mg.

January 2014: 4.5 mg escitalopram

March 2014: One year off benzos

May 2014: 3.0 mg escitalopram

June 2014: severe depression, updosed to 4.0 mg

Sept 1, 2014: 2.7 mg

Dec 7, 2014: Can't get below 2.5 mg without unbearable symptoms. Doing an extended hold (I hope)

March 2015: TWO YEARS POST-BENZO


#6 mammaP

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 11:50 AM

I think a long hold would be best Sparrow, I see you updosed to 4mg in June and 3 months later you had dropped to 

2.7 which was more than 25% , without much time to stabilise from the updose. If you get what I mean? 

 

The liquid is better because you can dilute it to get tiny doses.  You can draw up the dose into a syringe then expel

5% of that dose back into the bottle and take the rest. When it gets too low for the syringe to measure it can be diluted.

Many people have success with tapering liquids at the very low doses, you just need to be able to work out the figures.

and have long holds in between.

If you find the figures difficult there are some members who are good at maths and would be happy to help. I'm not one of

them I'm afraid .  :blush:


**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

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

 

Many drugs for many years, prescribed diazepam first 1973, took occasionally. 3 or 4 tricyclics  for short periods.

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

2002  effexor. 

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

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

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

 

Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

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

Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.

 

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

 

Following every sunset is a brand new day


#7 Altostrata

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 11:46 AM

Periodic longer holds in the last stretch can help you get over the hump, or microtapering Micro-taper instead of 10% or 5% decreases


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Posted 21 December 2014 - 09:04 AM

I feel for you, take it slower. I vowed never to withdraw again after I got down to 6.8mg (from 15 years of 30mg). The Wd was horrendous. Went straight back up to 10mg (the last dose I was stable at). I took a 6 month break from tapering but am now trying again. I'm doing 5% every 3 weeks and may even go slower. The lower You get, the harder it is. Hugs. X
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10mg July 2014-sept 2014 (6.9mg)tried WD at 10% every two weeks. went nuts, nearly left husband, cats and country.
10mg sept-December 2014
9mg Dec-Jan 2015 (4 weeks)
8.5mg Jan-Feb 2015 (4 weeks)
8mg Feb-March 2015 (4 weeks)
7.5mg march 2015 (4weeks)
7mg march-present.

#9 Rhiannon

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 07:32 PM

You're probably making your cuts too large. What's a small cut at 30 mg (3 mg for example, which is 10%) is a huge cut at 5 mg (3 mg of 5 mg is more than 50%).

 

It's pretty much universal that we need to slow down at the lowest doses. 

 

I would say, hold for a while until your symptoms settle down (which might be a few months), then try a smaller cut, maybe 5% of your current dose, and see how that goes.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


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Posted 30 January 2015 - 02:56 PM

I'm using a 1 mL syringe for pharmacy liquid prozac. Not mixed from powder. I'm now down to very low dose of 92 mL.

Each little black line is a 2% drop which wrecks my life for at least a couple of weeks.

Are there 1 mL syringes with more lines that are finer?


On 20 mg of Prozac for about ten years. Sept 2012 started reducing 10% a drop using gram scale, with average of one month holds.

When I'd reached the half way mark, taking 10 mg  powder out of the 20 mg capsules, I switched over to 10 mg capsules and cutting

down from those. Withdrawals got harder the lower I dropped.  May 2013 changed to 5% drops, holding until all withdrawal symptoms gone.

January 2015 changed to liquid prozac (concentration of 20MG per 5 mL) using a 1mL oral syringe.

Current dose of fluoxetine solution equivalent 3.4 mg. Any effort to drop below this has been disastrous so for the time being I'm staying at this level.
Adding 200 mg Tryptophan and 200 GABA a day has helped with anxiety.
Also take 1,300mg Omega- 3,  875mg  Magnesium, 1800mg Curcumin, 1000mg Vit C, 5000 Vit D.
 

 


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 12:11 AM

Indigo, does your liquid dissolve in water? You might try doing a dilution.

 

Also 92 mL sounds like a heckuva lot, especially if you're measuring it out 1 mL at a time with a 1 mL syringe. What am I not understanding here? Did you mean 0.92 mL?


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 06:31 AM

Yes. I meant 0.92. I'm a bit dislexic about numbers. Not sure if this prozac liquid )from pharmacy)

would dissolve in water. Plan on looking into that. Diluting will be necessary when I get to lower doses. 

My last drop was  really wretched. So relieved I'm leveling off. Plan on taking a rest before dropping again,

and then a micro drop.


On 20 mg of Prozac for about ten years. Sept 2012 started reducing 10% a drop using gram scale, with average of one month holds.

When I'd reached the half way mark, taking 10 mg  powder out of the 20 mg capsules, I switched over to 10 mg capsules and cutting

down from those. Withdrawals got harder the lower I dropped.  May 2013 changed to 5% drops, holding until all withdrawal symptoms gone.

January 2015 changed to liquid prozac (concentration of 20MG per 5 mL) using a 1mL oral syringe.

Current dose of fluoxetine solution equivalent 3.4 mg. Any effort to drop below this has been disastrous so for the time being I'm staying at this level.
Adding 200 mg Tryptophan and 200 GABA a day has helped with anxiety.
Also take 1,300mg Omega- 3,  875mg  Magnesium, 1800mg Curcumin, 1000mg Vit C, 5000 Vit D.
 

 


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 09:00 AM

Sounds like a good plan to me!

 

You can ask your pharmacist about the liquid in water, but if you have the ingredients and one of them is water, it's probably good.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 10:11 AM

Going through this now at.32 mg. Paxil. I can't believe I felt fine last weekend and lowered from .48 to .32 and now severe fog and weakness. I thought I was pretty much safe. How do people just jump at 1 mg.? Had severe insomnia last week and then back to my normal insomnia. This is beginning to wear on me. Hope this works itself out.....
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 11:51 AM

Could you still be getting wd symptoms from the drop you made 15th jan? I know mine peak after 2 weeks. I agree most people would try and jump at 1mg, I'd certainly be tempted.
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30mg-1998-2014 (16years)
15mg March 2014
15mg may 2014 every two days on docs advice, went nuts so went up to 10mg. Took 2months to stabilise.
10mg July 2014-sept 2014 (6.9mg)tried WD at 10% every two weeks. went nuts, nearly left husband, cats and country.
10mg sept-December 2014
9mg Dec-Jan 2015 (4 weeks)
8.5mg Jan-Feb 2015 (4 weeks)
8mg Feb-March 2015 (4 weeks)
7.5mg march 2015 (4weeks)
7mg march-present.

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:02 PM

Could be micro, it may have crept up on me. I just have a hard time believing that anything below 1 mg. can give us problems. I just want to be a fun dad for my kids again.


Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Posted 08 February 2015 - 03:22 PM

Hi DLB

I remember you from pp. I too have trouble believing we can have issues at such low doses but I see it happening to others! I do notice for me I can have drops that have very little effect, and drops where I feel awful. Sometimes I think its just our brains catching up from previous drops, and it would have happened regardless. I tend to keep my drops pretty regular, exactly 10% every 4-6 weeks. I have to believe if each 10% was wreaking havoc on my system, it would happen each time, but it doesn't. I would just keep an eye on things and not rush, you crashed a while back and that in itsself can take awhile to recover from. I just think we have to always keep in mind what happened previously, even several months prior, becaue that can have lingering intermittent effects. I also want to say that I really feel for you having small kids, I just want to be a fun mom too...not a yelling impatient boring one. This sucks, but we will get there. Just give yourself time. 


2 Timothy 1-7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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Started having poop out mid 2010, also switched generic brands, then crashed in Dec 2010 (anxiety/ "terror", intense DR, anhedonia, suicidal ideation, chills, insomnia, horrible intrusive thoughts, disorientation, ect)
Rapid "tapered" from 262.5mg Effexor in 3 months

Tried Celexa,Cipralex, then Paxil to deal with wd(this switching made things worse and added akathesia)

Found online support and started tapering Paxil 7 months after quitting Effexor (at this point was having small windows).

Paxil taper: dropped 10% every 4-8 weeks

Year 1 October 2011 to Nov 2012 20mg to 10mg

Year 2 March 2013 to Feb 2014 10mg to 4mg

Year 3 April 2014 to May 2015 4mg to 1.1mg

Year 4 June 2015 1.1mg , dropping by 10% until .5mg, after then dropped by 0.1mg every 5 weeks until 0.1mg.

Finished! Official last dose of 0.1mg on June 15/16


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Posted 08 February 2015 - 04:53 PM

I'm finding my WD symptoms to be very unpredictable now that I'm down to such a low dose.

It makes me anxious not being able to predict when it will hit me and how severely.

So that it doesn't seem so random I keep looking for patterns and factors I can understand.

I came across this article that made sense to me. What do you think?

https://www.scribd.c...rsensitivitiesย 


On 20 mg of Prozac for about ten years. Sept 2012 started reducing 10% a drop using gram scale, with average of one month holds.

When I'd reached the half way mark, taking 10 mg  powder out of the 20 mg capsules, I switched over to 10 mg capsules and cutting

down from those. Withdrawals got harder the lower I dropped.  May 2013 changed to 5% drops, holding until all withdrawal symptoms gone.

January 2015 changed to liquid prozac (concentration of 20MG per 5 mL) using a 1mL oral syringe.

Current dose of fluoxetine solution equivalent 3.4 mg. Any effort to drop below this has been disastrous so for the time being I'm staying at this level.
Adding 200 mg Tryptophan and 200 GABA a day has helped with anxiety.
Also take 1,300mg Omega- 3,  875mg  Magnesium, 1800mg Curcumin, 1000mg Vit C, 5000 Vit D.
 

 


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Posted 08 February 2015 - 11:28 PM

Hi Cberg,

 

your observation about difficulties with tapering at low doses is very valid. Contrary to what we would expect, it does get harder.

 

This thread explains why this is so.

 

http://survivinganti...-concentration/

 

Hope it helps. In any case, we advise going extra slow at low doses. 

 

 

Could be micro, it may have crept up on me. I just have a hard time believing that anything below 1 mg. can give us problems. I just want to be a fun dad for my kids again.

 

Take a look at the charts at that link, you can see that under 1 mg there is still quite a ways to go.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


#20 Micromonster

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 12:58 PM

Interesting link rhi, although it's also quite scary and intimidating! "The road is long, with many a winding turn!"
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#21 Rhiannon

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 11:27 AM

I'm finding my WD symptoms to be very unpredictable now that I'm down to such a low dose.

It makes me anxious not being able to predict when it will hit me and how severely.

So that it doesn't seem so random I keep looking for patterns and factors I can understand.

I came across this article that made sense to me. What do you think?

https://www.scribd.c...rsensitivitiesย 

 

We have a thread somewhere on limbic retraining, I believe. I've worked with it some for my MCS and I do think it probably applies to psych med withdrawal as well. Would love to hear other peoples' experiences with this, preferably in that thread however rather than hijacking this one.

 

http://survivinganti...bic-retraining/

 

http://survivinganti...persensitivity/

 

looks like there are a couple of them.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 04:51 PM

Hi DLB
I remember you from pp. I too have trouble believing we can have issues at such low doses but I see it happening to others! I do notice for me I can have drops that have very little effect, and drops where I feel awful. Sometimes I think its just our brains catching up from previous drops, and it would have happened regardless. I tend to keep my drops pretty regular, exactly 10% every 4-6 weeks. I have to believe if each 10% was wreaking havoc on my system, it would happen each time, but it doesn't. I would just keep an eye on things and not rush, you crashed a while back and that in itsself can take awhile to recover from. I just think we have to always keep in mind what happened previously, even several months prior, becaue that can have lingering intermittent effects. I also want to say that I really feel for you having small kids, I just want to be a fun mom too...not a yelling impatient boring one. This sucks, but we will get there. Just give yourself time.

. Thanks Aberdeen , hope your doing good. Yeah, I had a horrific time at around 2.5 in September. I also have been going faster than I should but I really feel like this stuff is poisoning me so I sped up a little and I'm sure you are right about it catching up to me.. Now for the good news, I am now at .25mg. And all head pressure is gone, head fog 95%better, anhedonia about 65% better and sleeping 5 hours a night consistently and just feeling better than I have in months and so far it has been almost 2 weeks of this! I know that this can change at any moment but this is a good sign I think. Just got over bad back muscle pain and am now dealing with real sore knees for 2 weeks though....nice to hear from you and I hope you are doing well. I also find that as much as I like to stay informed on here, I feel better not constantly reading all the misery that has happened to all of us, so I'm not on here as often even though it helps a lot to hear from everyone to give peace of mind that it's not just me.
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1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:15 PM

Thanks Rhi for adding these links. I had a childhood pervaded by emotional trauma and have noticed over the years how a certain stressful situations 

can trigger very intense emotional response. My Dr diagnosed this as PSTD. Because of this was interested to learn how chronic

anxiety and stress in childhood can cause brain changes and hyper-sensitivity. 


On 20 mg of Prozac for about ten years. Sept 2012 started reducing 10% a drop using gram scale, with average of one month holds.

When I'd reached the half way mark, taking 10 mg  powder out of the 20 mg capsules, I switched over to 10 mg capsules and cutting

down from those. Withdrawals got harder the lower I dropped.  May 2013 changed to 5% drops, holding until all withdrawal symptoms gone.

January 2015 changed to liquid prozac (concentration of 20MG per 5 mL) using a 1mL oral syringe.

Current dose of fluoxetine solution equivalent 3.4 mg. Any effort to drop below this has been disastrous so for the time being I'm staying at this level.
Adding 200 mg Tryptophan and 200 GABA a day has helped with anxiety.
Also take 1,300mg Omega- 3,  875mg  Magnesium, 1800mg Curcumin, 1000mg Vit C, 5000 Vit D.
 

 


#24 Rhiannon

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 09:17 AM

Thanks Rhi for adding these links. I had a childhood pervaded by emotional trauma and have noticed over the years how a certain stressful situations 

can trigger very intense emotional response. My Dr diagnosed this as PSTD. Because of this was interested to learn how chronic

anxiety and stress in childhood can cause brain changes and hyper-sensitivity. 

 

Yep, actually the limbic retraining stuff is interconnected with the same mechanisms in the brain that are involved in PTSD, which I definitely have, due to horrific childhood abuse and trauma.


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease" as I was told. Long and tragic story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything.

 

Now tapering, ironically (but not surprisingly) healthier and more functional than I ever was during the years on the "meds," even with withdrawal (usually fairly mild at this slow pace).

 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 14 2011:   86 mg Neurontin   144 Lamictal,    5.5 Celexa   0.42 Xanax      1.9 mg Valium

Feb 16 2012:   10 mg Neurontin   115 Lamictal     3.7 Celexa   0.285 Xanax     2.0 Valium

Feb 22 2013:   86 Lamictal    2.05 Celexa       0.23 Xanax      1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

Now:                43                    0.625                 0.0775            1.3

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:32 AM

Hey all,

 

As you can see in my signature, i'm not a newbie in tapering and i am on a very small dosage now.... But these last bits seem extemely hard to get rid off. I'm now on a stable dosage for some months, but start having a awkward feeling in my head last couple of weeks. I can't think clear, have a little headache, i am not being able to actually think and feel absolutely tired in my head... Monday howerver, i have a very important job interview (i absolutely want that job and i have a good chance at getting it)...

 

I consider a small updose (from 7.7% to 10%) in order to feel fine again and get that job... However: going from 10% to 7.7% has cost me half a year... On the other hand, if i feel like this, i'm not going to be able to succesfully do this possible new job.... And i just want to feel fine/normal again... What should i do?

 

Second question: I spend the last years on relatively small dosages, but getting rid off them completely seems so, so hard... Is this a common thing? 

 

Grs,

Camel


Edited by KarenB, 22 July 2016 - 01:45 AM.
merged similar topics

Since 2005 50mg of Serlain (Zoloft).
After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)

 

 


#26 SquirrellyGirl

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:50 AM

Hi Camel, 

 

I'm not really understanding your sig using the percentages.  It would be more helpful if you could present your history in terms of mgs.

 

Have you experienced any stressors relative to these symptoms rising up?  It could be that the stress of this interview could be enough to cause a little wave.  I know many, including myself, have had wd symptoms pop up when subjected to stress, even while tapering.  I would NOT make any changes right now with the interview so close, because the change itself could create symptoms which themselves could disrupt your interview.  Besides, it takes four days for a dosage change to become steady-state.  Also, the fact that you were otherwise stable before these symptoms came up a couple of weeks ago means that the dosage you are on was actually ok, with your nervous system adapting to that dosage, so up-dosing doesn't make any sense and could even cause an adverse reaction.

 

I am thinking that your best bet would be to practice some self care that focuses on calming, meditation/mindfulness, EFT tapping, etc.

 

SG


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Effexor XR 2002-2014 up to 225 mg at one point, down to 37.5 mg towards end but back up to 75 mg in 2014; now realize I had W/D as I dropped down, memory very poor about history.  Did fast taper, don't remember details, around August 2014.
Took Sam-E 200 mg AM and 500 mg L-tryptophan PM Sept.2014 to January 2015

Doing poorly, put on Viibryd 10 mg for 1 wk, 20 mg for several days, BAD ANXIETY, fast taper to 0 in a week; back on Sam-E 200 mg AM and L-tryptophan 500 mg PM until April 10, 2015; doing very badly, put on Remeron 7.5 mg start April 15-April 30, 2015; Increased Remeron from 7.5 mg/day to 37.5 mg by May 22, 2015; still doing very badly,

June 1 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  On p-doc's orders went up to 75 mg Effexor June 11-12, then back to 37.5 mg when I realized all the hell I had been through before was WD from Effexor!  Joined SA and began tapering both too soon one month later.

8/22/15: Effexor to 30.75 mg, Remeron to 22 mg. 9/9/15 Effexor 30 mg/Remeron 21 mg. 9/24/15: Remeron 19 mg. 10/25/16: Remeron 17 mg. 11/14/15:  Effexor 28.5 mg 12/2/15: Remeron 16 mg. 12/5/15: Effexor 28.1 mg. 12/17/15: Remeron 15 mg. 1/26/16: Remeron 14 mg. 3/22/16, Remeron 13.5 mg and Effexor 25.9 mg (had nudged it down by fraction of a mg since Dec).  4/28/16: Remeron 13 mg, Effexor 25.5 mg.  5/21/16: Remeron 12 mg, Effexor 24.75 mg.  6/17/16, Effexor 23.25 mg, Remeron 11.6 mg. 7/12/16:  Remeron 11 mg, Effexor 22.12 mg.  9/22/16:  Effexor 19.5 mg, Remeron 9 mg

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 09:37 AM

Very best of luck with the interview Camel!

You will nail it I'm sure :0)

Best,
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Feb 2014 -Cipralex/Escitalopram 10mg daily June 2015 - Started taper, 5mg every other day July 2015 - 5mg every 2 days August 2015 - 5mg every 3 days September 2015 - 5mg every 4 days Sept 14th - Completed tapering, but at 7 weeks "drug free" I suffered serious WD symptoms as a consequence of "incorrect" tapering. Nov 25 2015 - Re-instated Cipralex @ 2.5mg daily. WD symptoms disappeared over a few days. Have been on this dose ever since and am experiencing "windows" and "waves". Nov 15th 2016 Re-started Therapy Jan 19th 2017 Started CBT. Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 4th Jan 2017. Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment starts - anti-Candida diet starts as diagnosis of Systemic Candida. 24 March 2017 DETOX started for anti-Candida to help "re-set" my gut. April 2017 Gut Cleanse - 6 weeks.
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Posted 16 April 2016 - 01:38 AM

I don't think i experienced any stressor, i have that job interview monday, but i'm surprisingly calm about it... (maybe unconsiously?). It really started last week, when i went out all day for a long walk in the first sunny day of the year. In the morning, i felt fine, but throughout the day i got a severe headache and felt really head-tired and dizzy... I thought it would go over after a couple of days, but it didn't although it became less severe... Could it be like 'seasonal affective disorder'? Before i was on meds, i never suffered from this... (WHY did i take thes 'meds' anyway... :-( )

 

Updosing is tempting, because when i updose, i feel immediate positive effects (my ssri worked from day 1 immediately without bad effects, the same with the few updoses i did) but i know updosing will keep me longer (again) on these meds i want to get rid off and i may suffer later with the same problem... I didn't updose today..

 

Today i experience a sort of dull feeling in the brain part behind my ears a slight headache in de front part of the brain along with a bit of dizziness. I don't feel anxiety or stress, but resignation.  Are these common symptoms? Sometimes i think it's the 'depression' coming back, but on the other hand, i have felt good on this dosage...but maybe i still 'need' a slighter higher dosage?

 

What are your thoughts? Is it likely that i need this small amount of ssri in order to treat depression or is this dosage simply to small to treat anything and is it pure withdrawal... At wich dosage i should jump off? Are the symptoms i described common withdrawal symptoms? I've had the numb feeling before, but now i'm on a stable dosage for 3.5 months and did go very slow the year before... So i think it's strange to experience it now... Are you in withdrawal more prone to seasonal affective disorder?


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After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)

 

 


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 12:26 AM

There seems to be great difficulty in the final stretch. The assumptium is that low levels of ssri has huge impact, so very small alterations in dosage leads to huge impact. On this subject i was wondering the following:

 

* we use digital scales to define the dosage, but are these scales really accurate (especially on low weights)? This could lead to daily small differences in dosage, but these small differences can have huge impact?

* is the way the body absorbs these meds 100% constant? i mean, could the way the body absorbs these meds be subject to what we eat, stress,changes in body weight,... if this is so, this could also lead to small changes of dosage absorbed wich have great impact.

 

Any thoughts on this subject?


Since 2005 50mg of Serlain (Zoloft).
After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)

 

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:40 AM

Hi Camel,

 

These are great questions.

 

I find it so counter-intuitive that the lower doses are so difficult. ?????

 

Re: Digital scales: That is an excellent point and one that would cause me paranoia if I was using a scale (I'm using liquid). In scientific/engineering settings when they use super-sensitive scales, they have to even account for the air that is in the room and on the scale. So how might this translate to tiny beads or dust of medicine???

 

We can't / don't currently know about changes in absorption based on stress /weight changes/, but extremely worthwhile to think about. Especially when we know that WD is in itself a huge stress on the system. 


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*Current*: March: 0.82 mg Paxil. Jan 1:  .88 mg, baby!! โ€ฆ. August 31: Less than 1mg Paxil! ... July 30: 1 mg Paxil! ! ! And 100 mg Zoloft unfortunately!!  

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Rapid "taper" July 2015 and started Zoloft as a "cross-taper". Feb 2016: Found SA!! As of June 2016: Doing 2% cuts (Brassmonkey Slide!). 

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:18 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm struggling for almost 2 years now to get rid of the last bits of these meds. i recently updosed to 5,2mg of zoloft. 3.9mg was the lowest i've ever been. During those 2 years i've really taken it slowly with drops <10% for severel months. This is the second time i have to updose and waste my tapering...

 

I'm really considering to end my taper and stay on this 5,2mg. I mean, it's not a high dosage and i'm really done with this tapering disturbing my life and having a breakdown where i need to updose again. One of my concerns is the long use of a medecine. Are there any long term risks known with SSRI use? And how does this relate to dosage? The 'normal' dosage is 50mg, so if i take 1/10th of the dosage, does this mean the long term risks are also reduced to 1/10th? Is one year of 50mg use equivalent to 10 years of 5mg use in respect of possible long term negative heath harms? Any studies or personal experiences?

 

 

 

 


Since 2005 50mg of Serlain (Zoloft).
After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)

 

 


#32 AmyK

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 12:33 PM

Hi Camel.

I am so sorry you had to updose. When did you do that?

Have you tried smaller drops, like 2-5 %?

That could be easier.

 

(I am tapering zoloft too.)


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0,019 mg 22 March 0,039 mg 18 March? 0,052 mg 16 March 0,079 mg 4 March 0,086 1 March 0,099 mg 22 February 0,11 mg 15 February 0,13 mg 6 February 0,145 mg 24 January 0,15 mg 19 January 0,19 mg 10 January 0,20 mg 3 January

 

2016: 0,98 to 0,22 mg

2015: 2,35 to 1,01 mg

2014: 4,9 to 2,5 mg

2013: 9,1 to 5,1 mg

2012: 15,7 to 9,7 mg

2011: Started on 25 mg - then 50 mg- dropped to 25- to 12.5 mg - back to 25 mg - after 18.75 mg started tiny tapering to 16.6 mg

 

Started on 25 mg Zoloft in March 2011 due to stressrelated tinnitus that gave me panicattacks, then after two weeks up to 50 mg, which dose I was only on for five weeks. Had a terrible reaction to Zoloft from start, but was told to "hold on". After four months on 25 mg/12 mg/18,75 mg I was stuck. Therefore the long taper. Crazy, I know... Super sensitive to drops and have dropped by 4-6 % from the prevoius dose all the way from 17,5 mg.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 01:09 PM

Hi Camel,

 

i understand exactly where you are coming from - i have tried to go slow too - probably not slow enough considering that i have been on for 16 years - but i always hit a hump around about 18mg effexor - at the moment i have decided to stop tapering again, have updosed and will sit for a while - i may have to pay the piper one day, but no one knows what the future holds. I am really sad about it, but have to do what i have to do to keep me functioning.


Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg


#34 camel

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 02:51 AM

Thx for the responses AmyK and Peggy

 

Hi Camel.

I am so sorry you had to updose. When did you do that?

Have you tried smaller drops, like 2-5 %?

That could be easier.

 

(I am tapering zoloft too.)

 

I just recently updosed a few days ago. I was doing OK, but have trouble sleeping again the last month (average of 5hours a night) and feel anxious about it, like i will never been able to sleep again, never function normally again, fail my life etc... So i updosed a bit... I'm looking for a job right now and these interviews and the prospect of having a job with responsibility again make me  nervous and hinder my sleep. Sometimes I think I subconsious sabotage myself by not sleeping, that i'm not worthy of having a normal life...a sort of self harm. At this moment i feel like i'm lacking the self confidence of coping with a new job etc. I just miss the selfconfidence and maybe bad sleeping is my way to express this...And there is the vicious circle, cause not enough sleep makes me depressed and anxious... It's really bizarre, cause when i feel good, i'm a really confident, capable and happy person...

 

I tried the smallest drops i could: 1mg less of the pill than the previous dosage (i'm now on 16mg of the pill, so there are 16 drops ahead), so it was like 7%. I don't want to mess with liquids, tried it in the begin of my taper but couldn't measure exact dosages. I don't understand how you can define such small dosages exactly...

 

Any other ideas about long term (negative) side effects of a small dosage? 


Since 2005 50mg of Serlain (Zoloft).
After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)

 

 


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Posted 21 May 2016 - 02:45 PM

I'm sorry, camel, no one knows the long-term effects of these drugs at any dosage.

 

Taking a lower dose is definitely less of a long-term health risk than a higher dose -- adverse effects tend to be dosage-related.

 

It could be that, after a long time at 5.2mg, you could resume tapering.

 

If you wish to remain on any dosage, that decision is up to you. If your symptoms are currently minimal, why not take a vacation from worrying about them?


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 05:31 AM

If you wish to remain on any dosage, that decision is up to you. If your symptoms are currently minimal, why not take a vacation from worrying about them?

 

A withdrawal vacation is tempting, but since i'm on such a low dosage, i really wanted to finish it. But this seems much more difficult then i thought it would be...

 

Maybe it's time to see things in perspective. What would be more harmfull. Smoking or a low dose of SSRI? What do you think?


Since 2005 50mg of Serlain (Zoloft).
After several failed attemps of tapering on doctors advice (way too fast), in 2012 begun with slow taper. In 09/2014 on 4.5mg(=9%) of initial dose crashed and upped a bit (6.5mg; =13%) and stayed there for more than a half year

Lost my job in 06/2015, but was doing OK

My goal: to super slow taper further down and finally come off these meds.

Since 1/1/2016 on 3.9mg (=7,7%)