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Ode to Alto Strata: Surviving antidepressants (and psychiatric drugs in general)

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#1 GiaK


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

posted on Beyond Meds first 

When people ask me where they should go for support and advice when coming off psychiatric medications I always refer them to Surviving Antidepressants, a site that not only gives grounded and safe information about withdrawing from SSRIs, but also supports people in coming off any and all psychiatric medications.

The site is run by Alto Strata who has often shared the articles she’s written for the withdrawal board’s members with Beyond Meds. These articles make for a very fine collection on withdrawal with very many of the most important issues underscored in very accessible terms.

Those of us who’ve spent hundreds of hours with thousands of people coming off drugs still have the most reliable information available for the time being. This is an instance in which “peers” simply have more information than anyone else. Not only have we lived it but we’ve watched many others do the same. Alto Strata has been doing this for many years and has amassed a knowledge base that is truly impressive.

Alto Strata also became a dear and valued friend and there was a phase of recovery, once I could again speak on the phone, that without her help I cannot imagine having made it. I am profoundly grateful to Alto Strata who not only helped me as a friend and peer but who has helped thousands of others. She is very much-loved on her withdrawal board. She is one of the many warriors in this “business” who has worked 1000s of hours for little or no compensation. Most of us go unthanked and often unrecognized.

Today I wanted to thank Alto Strata publicly for all the great work she’s done and continues to do. Without people like Alto Strata many folks would simply not get the help they need to free themselves from these drugs. A lot of people find themselves in situations and environments where other help is simply not available. For those folks Surviving Antidepressants and other boards like it are literally life lines.

Alto’s withdrawal board is one of the best I’ve encountered in all the years I’ve been involved in this work.

Here are a collection of her articles and work on Beyond Meds:

If you or someone you know needs a place to learn safer withdrawal methods for all psychiatric drugs the website is here: Surviving Antidepressants

I’ve not kept up with other boards in the last several years. Often different boards have different cultures so it’s worth shopping around and finding one or more you are comfortable with. I share some info on finding support in general here: Online support in withdrawal

*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well-educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. Do not assume your MD will know how to do it either. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

Beyond Meds: http://beyondmeds.com/

I withdrew from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.

I took a bit over 6 years to do it. Finished on Feb 9 2010. I'm still recovering from iatrogenesis.

#2 cymbaltawithdrawal5600


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

Well deserved kudos.

What happened and how I arrived here: http://survivinganti...ion/#entry50878

July 2016 I have decided to leave my story here at SA unfinished. I have left my contact information in my profile for anyone who wishes to talk to me. I have a posting history spanning nearly 4 years and 3000+ posts all over the site.

Thank you to all who participated in my recovery. I'll miss talking to you but know that I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, suffering and rejoicing with you in spirit, as you go on in your journey.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 02:28 AM

Totally agree.   I will be on a site talking about WD and starting thinking that Alto needs to see this.  Then when I start reading the comments, I see she has already visited.  :)    She is simply amazing.

Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Diagnosed with sleep apnea 2012 and on pap machine

Dealing with protracted sleep issues

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:33 AM

:) much gratitude for your work
2000 - sertraline for job anxiety low confidence (17 years old) ..which turned the next 16 years into nightmare!

On/off sertraline severe withdrawals every time. 2014 - felt better as reduced dose of sertraline no more inner restlessness. Doctor rushed off again. Hit severe withdrawal. Lost the little I had in life. Couldn't get stable again on 12.5mg. Was switched to prozac. Had severe reaction to prozac..came off in November 2015 at 6mg as felt more confused and damaged on it..Even more withdrawal ..rage, depression, dyphoria, near constant suicidal ideation, self harm impulses, doom, concrete block in head, unable to do much of anything with this feeling in head..went back on 6mg of sertraline to see if would alleviate anything. It didn't..reduced from December to June 2016 came off at 2.5mg sertraline as was hospitalised for the severe rage, suicidal impulses, and put on 50mg lofepramine which in 2nd week reduced all symptoms but gave insomnia which still have..psych stopped lofepramine cold turkey..no increased withdrawal symptoms new symptoms from lofepramine except persistant insomnia which has as side effect.

Taking Ativan for 8 months for the severe rage self harm impulses 1-3 times a week (mostly 2 times a week) at .5mg. Two months (I'm unsure exactly when the interdose started to happen) ago interdose withdrawal seemed to happen..2 days I think after the Ativan.

Nightmare that could have been avoided!

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 05:08 AM

Thank you Alto and all the staff at SA, this site is a lifeline to many of us!

2005-2009, Lexapro 10 - 20 mg, CT WD w/severe depression and anxiety
2010-2015, Paxil, 30 - 40 mg, tapered off at 10 mg/week, moderate anxiety and depression
2010-2015, Clonozapam 0.25 mg, as needed for anxiety and sleep
1/10/2015, Zoloft 25 mg, tried to increase to 50 and 75, but nausea and dizziness
2/13/2015, Paxil 5 mg, added back after 2 weeks at zero to reduce WD
2/28/2015, Paxil 10 mg, increased from 5 mg to reduce WD, HOLDING
3/04/2015, Zoloft discontinued (reduced to ~12.5 mg on 2/19, ~6.25 mg on 2/26, then zero)
4/26/2015, Paxil starting 10% taper (no scale so was inadvertently at 20% taper, yikes!)
4/30/2015, Paxil 10 mg, reinstated

5/02/2016, Started 10% taper, reinstated to 10 mg on 5/11/16

Primary symptoms: apathy, demotivation, anhedonia, fatigue (WD basically disappeared in July 2015 until start of taper, May 2016)

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:39 AM

Totally agree.   I will be on a site talking about WD and starting thinking that Alto needs to see this.  Then when I start reading the comments, I see she has already visited.  :)    She is simply amazing.

I found her posts all over the internet too that always makes me smile :) 

I have been reading her posts and trying to understand her words since 2008 I thought about this for a bit of time and suspected I would have more to say then THANK YOU ALTO! these words are the best so far. :)

Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 


There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:12 AM

Well deserved praise and recognition for tireless campaigning for change and improvement.

Many thanks and long may you continue!


5 yrs on Escitalopram 10mg, 2 week taper resulting in serious protracted w/d
Cardiac and autonomic nervous system w/d effects resulted in hospital admission - low & erratic pulse
Re-instated to 10mg Citalopram after several months - bit better
Tapered after 6 months (2008) over 3 months using liquid drops - gave up when w/d started at 2 mg as didn't know better.
Cardiac symptoms - no improvement - pacemaker implanted.
Placed on corticosteroid for autonomic nervous system issue - caused deep depression/suicidal thoughts on top of w/d symptoms
Placed back on Citalopram 10mg for 12 months - 2009/10
Taken off - 2 week taper again - worse w/d, paranoia and intense anxiety developed. Referred to psychiatry
Placed back on Citalopram 10mg - 2012 - refused higher dose
Taken off after 6 months - 2 week taper again - serious anxiety, dissociation, in a mess
Therapist, peer support and education on psych drug w/d got me through more serious w/drawal effects.
Drug free since 2012, but still have bradycardia, recently tachycardia and pacemaker plus minor legacy effects. No MH symptoms

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:14 AM


As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.


Requip - 3/16 ZERO  Total time on 25 years.


Lyrica: 8/15 ZERO Total time on 7 or 8 yrs.

BENZO FREE 10/13 (started tapering 7/10)  Total time on 25 years.


Read my intro thread here, and check the about me section.  "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up." Lily Tomlin



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 08:33 AM

Thank you Alto and all the staff at SA, this site is a lifeline to many of us!

Yup, kudos to the staff also.   Best darn group of moderators I have experienced.

Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Diagnosed with sleep apnea 2012 and on pap machine

Dealing with protracted sleep issues

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 11:47 AM

Thank you, everyone, and Gia!

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 07:19 PM

Thank you Alto, I wouldn't have made it this far without you!

Diagnosed bi-pollar II in 2003 at age 15.

Lithium, lexapro and seroquel for the next 8 years, with occasional klonopin.

Quit seroquel cold turkey in 2011.

1st unsuccessful attempt to stop ALL meds cold turkey- 2012

Switched to lithium, citalopram and adderall (only on adderall for a few weeks).

Cold turkey off EVERYTHING Feb 2014.


Previous symptoms; crying spells, suicidal depression and hopelessness (3 months). Frequent urination and chocolate, allergy medicine and food sensitivities (3 months). Body pain radiating through my spine, legs, arms and butt followed by muscle stiffness, weakness and tingling/loss of feeling (7 months). Brain zaps, head aches and intense depersonalization. Fight or flight upon waking and difficulty sleeping (2 months). Difficulty regulating body temperature-incredibly cold hands and feet (8 months). Diarrhea and difficulty eating (lost over 30 pounds). Acute and itchy acne? on my forehead, cheeks and chest (7 months). 


Current symptoms: anxiety, obsessive compulsions, feeling stuck/unable to act/shocked, pain along my spine, hair loss, easily stressed and overwhelmed, difficulty with social situations, generally moody. 

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 04:44 AM

the video of alto speaking at the occupy protest had me in absolute tears. what a show of strength! i am so thankful for all of her efforts. this site, and all who frequent it, provide a rare support net for a syndrome that is so often inflicted, and nearly never addressed in its aftermath, by the pharmaceutical/medical establishment.
thank you, alto! we find this beacon of hope and strength when we are at absolute rock-bottom, or plummeting to it rather quickly. and we find the tools and support we need to slowly and cautiously lift ourselves, and one another, upward.

1996 - .5mg Ativan as needed, 7.5mg Remeron daily2008 - .5mg Xanax, Ativan discontinued, Remeron continued2012 - .5mg Xanax, .25mg Ativan 3x daily, Remeron continued2/2012 - Jumped from Remeron, continued .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily4/2012 - Began rapid taper of .5mg Xanax .25mg Ativan 3x daily6/2012 - Jumped from Xanax and Ativan, voluntary hospitalization followed7/2012 - 2nd voluntary hospitalization, reinstated Remeron, bumped to 30mg, also given risperidone.8/2012 - discontinued risperidone, tried gabapentin, dicontinued gabapentin, Remeron 30mg continued10/2012 to current - tapered Remeron 10% every 4 to 6 weeks (sometimes more time) using liquid compound12/2014 - 2mg Remeron 1/16/2015 - 1.9mg Remeron 8/1/2015 -1.6mg Remeron - 03/1/2016 - 1.5mg Remeron

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 02:03 AM

Thankyou so much, Alto.

Tapering Zoloft since 2011. Current dose: 0,006 mg


0,009 mg 8 April 0,013 mg 25 March 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 13 March 2016 - 11:07 AM

Wow thanks for this post.

Alto's writing is just brilliant.


Thank you to GiaK and Alto for the tremendous work you both do.

2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am), April 2016 return to sport for the first time since drug free, Sept 16 return to work on casual basis.  28 Sept 16 (6yrs drug free), still cant sleep with any regularity, pssd continues no sign of improvement, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, brain fog still improving, psoriasis concerns.


"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin


“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016


"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015


See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523


"If I were an enemy combatant and the NZ army did this to me someone would be dragged to the Hague and jailed!"  nz11

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 12:47 PM

Thank you all.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:02 PM

Wow, such a great post, GiaK!

I feel honored 'seeing' Alto in the Vedio of her speech!

Sincerely I feel alto should get the Nobel prize for her humanity and her pioneer and intensive research on Ssri Withdrawal!

Thanks for saving so many lives everyday, Alto!

<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 05:59 AM

I used to think there was no way I was going to be able to continue my beloved stone sculpture and other sculpture.  I had been so sick for so long and wanted death more than art or life, (art is life to me but anyway...).  I started looking around the web and found this website and started reading the posts.  it's been about 2 years of back and forth with conventional psychiatric medicine practitioners trying to convince me that I'm really in need of their services and drugs for my "chemical imbalance."  I recently said "no thanks" to their plan for me.

I'm still on some meds because, as we all know, you can't just quit once you've started.  I'm diligent about my taper now.  The rest of my health has become a top priority because it is all inextricably linked.  MY OPTIMISM and HOPE that, yes, there will be more art and, no, I don't have to suffer is due, in large part, to this website.  No one else around me is speaking up.  So I'm going to take this spark of knowledge that Alto has spread and see to it that I share it with as many people who will listen!  


A deep and heartfelt thank you, Alto  :) 

1998: Diagnosed Bipolar 1

9/15/15:  abilify 3 mg, down from 10 mg. started the reduction in 5/15. On Effexor 150 mg down from 300mg. in that time, my psychiatrist wanted me to try Latuda, which I tried then quit after 5 days. Then there was the Rexulti .5 mg for 3 days. I quit that, too.

11/4/15: increased abilify from 3mg to 4mg at behest of docs because I was feeling extremely detached + volatile + moods vascillating wildly

3/19/16: 3mg abilify, 150 mg effexor -12beads.  


Supplements:  Vitamin D 5,000IU, Magnesium Citrate ~300mg

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 10:49 AM

I have done the tour of every website, forum, and online group I could find, and this is by far the best site on coming off these very dangerous drugs. 


Thank you so much, Alto, and all of the mods and admins. Your hard work is very much appreciated.  smileys-thanks-771216.gif


Locked up and forced onto drugs as a teenager - misdiagnosed manic depressive.
Developed dependency and stayed on cocktails of drugs for nearly 30 years.

My Intro: Shep's Journey

Last drug cocktail: Seroquel, Halcion, Klonopin, Sonata, Vibrydd, and Dexetrine

After 30 years of polydrug use, completely med free May 22, 2015.

Remaining symptoms: dp/dr with memory problems and insomnia


I am not a medical professional, and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs. 



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 06:11 PM

Great post GiaK!


I am deeply grateful to Alto Strata; she and the staff here are helping lives and mine.



About 20 year history on and off SSRIs, beginning with Prozac 20mg (?)

then Lexapro (from which I unwittingly did a traumatic and disastrous cold turkey)

then last 14 years on Paxil 20mg, then 10mg, with unsuccessful attempts at cessation

Finally successfully tapered from 20mg to 0 over the last year. Last dose was on 12/11/2015.

I was also prescribed Clonazepam concomitantly for anxiety, to take as needed. I took about 0.125mg to 0.5mg, 0 to twice weekly (?). Stopped taking altogether beginning April 2016.

Overall my recollection of this timeline is scattered - lots of life and doctor changes, moves, poor record keeping on my part, and my memory has not been the best lately, but I am noticing improvements.

Also took antihistamines and decongestants for years for chronic allergies, all of which I also stopped Dec 2015.

Currently taking fish oil, pro-biotics, Vit. D for deficiency, and Magnesium (but only occasionally).

End of April 2016 started taking Trader Joe's "Calming Sleep Formula" which seemed to help; it is L-Theanine 200mg, 5-HTP 30mg, and Melatonin 3mg - but I read 5-HTP affects serotonin, so I am going to stop that also, and try only Melatonin instead.

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 02:22 PM

I am new to this website and to AD withdrawal. As I searched around for some sort of information and help with what was happening to me I kept finding myself on this website and I kept reading articles by Altostrata. The more I read the more impressed, and informed, I became. I can't thank you enough for this website and the help that you have given to me and so many others.


Thank you to all the other moderators for your time and energy as well. This site has been a life line. 

Buspirone to 45mg, Cold Turkey St. John's Wort 600mg Jan 1, 2016. Cold Turkey Buproprion 150SR June 1 due to severe Akathisia that did not decrease with reducing the dosage.

Clonazepam 1.25mg, started daily liquid micro taper of clonazepam on Nov 1, 2016. Changed to sxs based taper 01/17.

11/10/16 .4104 3X day; 11/17/16 .4091 3x day; 11/28/16 .406 3x day; 12/4/16 .404 3x day; 12/11/16 .4028 3x

01/12/17 .39267 3x day holding; 02/25/17 .3902 3x day, holding.

L-theanine 200 mg 3x day, L-glycine 500mg 3x day, vit C 1000 mg sustained release 2x day. Fish oil 1800mg EPA + DHA. Vit E 400 IU, magnesium in various forms. Inositol 3x a day abt 20mg, Lactium 167mg 3x day, Taurine 500mg 2Xday.

5/20/16 Using Cranial Eletrotherapy Stimulation. 2x day 1 hour at level 1. Using Alph-Stim AID. 


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Posted 13 June 2016 - 07:09 AM

Yes, great post.


Ode to Alto Strata and this site!!!!


As well as to Gia K. for getting me here......... and all she has written, and communicated and shared, for us all.


And all the moderators.


All of you above........that you take the time and use your wisdom and ask for nothing in return........your patience..........and.......well yes, we can donate to the sites..........and yes, our healing journeys and successes along the way hopefully make it worth your while.


Love,  Gratitude,


Many More Todays

Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once?, Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!


3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= approx. 1200/day. Magnesium citrate orally,diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C and E.  B12, melatonin 3mcg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=300 mcg. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:43 PM

Thank you Alto!!!!! We will all get through this!!!!

On zoloft since 2000 for OCD/anxiety. Tapered off from 150mg to 100, 50, 25 over Dec/Jan 2015. After month n half off, began depression. Being terrified, as I never had depression before, after a few days, went back to 50mg, then five days later to 100mg. Now stable. I will stop this medication, with time and perseverance...my current taper level and timing are as follows, which includes No other Rx's, No alcohol, NEVER any illicit drugs:
    84mg from October 2016

    82mg from February 2017

    80mg from April 2017

"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift." - Eleanor Roosevelt 

"Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation."

               - Viktor Frankl