So glad I came across these videos. I feel more hopeful.
September 2013-April 2014: After the death of my mom in July 2012.-became very depressed in September of 2013. Given a series of antidepressants very quickly from about 4 different psychiatrists in a 4 month period. Each one was from 1 day to 10 days at the most. My body could not handle it-I had Zoloft 4 days, Lexapro-1 day, Nortriptyline-10 days, Liquid Prozac, 1 week, Cymbalta 1 week.
December 2013-September 2014: Put on Xanax after a reaction to the Lexapro, averaging .50-1mg per day. Switched to Clonazepam-midway averaging about 0.25-0.50 daily.
June 2014: Jan/Feb 2015: Put on 7.5 Remeron titrate up to 41.25mgs
September 2014-July 2015: Put on 25mgs of Lamictal titrate up to 200mgs daily. Also stopped the Clonzepam- never felt the wd I had experienced when I tried to stop it before (knowing nothing about withdrawal) because the Lamictal calmed me down.
Jan 2015- December 2016: Remeron 41.25mgs taper to 1.6 mgs. Using 10% reductions initially, started cutting pills, switched to liquid suspension from a compound pharmacy. Had an unexpected cut when I made the switch from pill form to liquid but ok now. Now micro tapering.
July 2015- December 2016: Lamictal 200mgs taper to 22.50mg I cut based on how I can break the 25 mgs pills-probably averaging 10 % or less.
Currently: Tapering both medications together using micro cuts. Main wd symptoms-sweating, nausea, headaches, deep crying, anxiety. 1/1/16 Remeron, 12.60 to 12mgs, 1/20/16, Cut Remeron 12mgs to 11.00mgs 2/3/16 Remeron 10.40. Lamictal 50mgs. 2/13/16 Remeron 9.60. Lamictal 43.75 holding. 3/1/16, 8.80, Lamictal 40.625 3/14/16, Remeron 7.2mgs and Lamictal 37.50mgs. 4/15/16, Remeron 6.4 Lamictal 37.50. 4/24/6 Lamictal 34.374 5/4/16 Remeron 6.0, 5/12/16 Remeron 5.6 5/15/16 Lamictal 31.25, 6/19/16 Remeron 5.2, 7/616 Remeron 4.8 Lamictal 31.25, 7/20/16 Lamictal 28.125 Remeron 4.8, 7/23/16 Remeron 4.4 Lamictal 28.125, 7/30/16 Remeron 4.1 Lamictal 28.125, 8/7/16 Lamictal 25mg, Remeron 4.0 9/3 Forgot a Lamictal dose, went into wd for 2 1/2 days-then stabilized. 9/9 Remeron 3.6, Lamictal 25mg 9/28 Remeron 3.2 Lamictal 23 ish mg 10/24 Remeron 2.8mg Lamictal 23mgs ish 11/20 Remeron 2.4mg Lamictal 23 mgs. 12/9 Remeron 2 mg Lamictal 22.50 12/21 Remeron 1.6 Lamictal 22.50 mgs
Additional Support: Weekly acupuncture with Reflexology & customized Chinese formulas, Alanon, L-Theanine for anxiety as needed, Estradial patch 0.025, Bio-indentical Progesterone cream
150mgs-200mgs ( Switched to a Bio-Identical pill-100mg) Switched back to150-200 progesterone creme due night sweats, Armour Thyroid 90mgs.