Posted 15 April 2015 - 06:58 AM
I've got experience with this. To start my taper, in August 2014, I went from the 300 xl to 4 75 mg tablets, spread out through the day. I think I did every four hours. That was really the worst of the tapering, as far as symptoms. I got really depressed for about a month while my brain readjusted to a different pattern. Headaches. And my sleep went very wonky. I cried a lot. Weird deja vu. Suicical thoughts. (I'm reading all this out of my tapering journal) That all lasted about a month.
Once I started feeling like living again, I started slowly cutting down. I replace oned 75 mg with a half of a 100 mg. that was a little under a 10% cut. Then I replaced another 75 with a 50, etc etc.
I do 2-3 cuts(every two weeks), then wait a month until I feel really stable.
I'm down to 175 now. 2-50s and 2- 37.5s
I can get down to 150 just by using halfs of 75 or 100 mg pills.
Then I'll have to start dissolving.
So there you have my experience. It's hard to believe it's been only 8 months! It's been really difficult, but I'm so glad I'm on the way to a drug free brain.
The great things are that
I feel a real sense of accomplishment in getting safely down to a lower dose.
I now can have an orgasm without crying uncontrollably
I'm making plans to make changes in my life.
My memory is better.
I recommend that you keep a journal, and write down a list of what you hope to gain from your taper. Because it gets really hard sometimes and it's good to remember why you're doing this.
1984 Elavil, then Zoloft, followed by wellbutrin, elavil, other ADs
1995 wellbutrin. Light therapy in winter.
2000-2002 Tapered wellbutrin very very slowly
2003-2008 No ADs, no therapy. Felt good, vital, motivated.
2008-July 2014 citalopram, escitalipram, zoloft, 300 mg wellbutrin, XL
August 2014 300 mg wellbutrin, immediate 1200 mg neurontin 200 mg tramadol
Sept 13, 2014 275mg 1200 200
April 15, 2015 175 mg 1050 200
June 15, 2015 150 mg 900 200
April 18, 2017 112 mg 600 150
Treating depression with FeelBright Light visor, green smoothies, green tea powder, fish oil, TDCS