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#217 Junglechicken

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 12:55 AM

Jevang - just to say that psychiatrists are qualified MDs who have gone on to specialise in helping people with mental disorders.

19 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. 4 Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts. 24 Feb 2017 Started weight loss program Mar 2017 Naturopathic Treatment starts - anti-Candida diet starts as suspected Candida Related Complex (CRC). 24 March 2017 DETOX (7 weeks) started for anti-Candida to help "re-set" my gut. April 2017 "Genova Testing 3 day stool sampling" Comprehensive Analysis. 11 May 2017 Stool sample analysis results - NEGATIVE :)  Plan to get tested for SIBO July 2017 Plan to get further health screening (mammogram, liver panel, food allergies etc.,).

Plan to re-start taper (Cipralex/Escitalopram) when feel ready.


#218 jevang

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 01:23 AM

not looking for help with mental disorders, i'm looking for help with withdrawal. someone who knows what they're doing since there's a lot of misinformation out there regarding withdrawal.


brief overview of med history: took some combination of AD, AAP and benzodiazepine for 7-8 years since '08. was treated for depression, anxiety, social anxiety and presumed personality disorder, along with presumed psychotic depression/schizoaffective disorder (depending on the time frame)

October to December 2015: started weaning self off Abilify after being on multiple AAPs for 7-8 years. was also taking Prozac and a benzo (either ativan or klonopin, can't remember)
January 2016: started weaning self off of benzo, was given Valium to make the process easier. also replaced prozac with Lexapro
May 2016: decided to come off Lexapro after being on ADs for 8 years.

have now gone through 2 1/2 months of SSRI withdrawal, although some of the symptoms might be attributatble to antipsychotic and benzo withdrawal as well

update: reinstated Prozac at 10mg August 15, 2016


#219 fema4psychiatrists

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 02:12 AM

You were another unwitting victim of a mass drug experimentation assualt programme carried out by the state. The truth is no one really knows the best way to deal with this damage. Except the CIA, drug companies or whoever is REALLY behind this.

 

however weaning off slowly is a good idea. Eating vegetable smoothies, exercise, yoga and meditation might be a good idea aswell as staying away from police and mental health systems at this difficult drug withdrawal damage limitation time...

 

 

some people have found lessening of symptoms with supplementing helpful apparently however that is also untested... it has only made it worse in my case

 

best of luck, regards


Cocktail drugged since 9

Genitals went numb

Extreme intestinal gas and pain

Extreme anxiety cant concentrate

All permanent

 

Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD)

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#220 compsports

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 02:22 AM

Have you checked this out?
 
http://survivinganti...sts-or-clinics/

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


#221 jevang

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 03:10 AM

Have you checked this out?
 
http://survivinganti...sts-or-clinics/

I have not, thank you!!

brief overview of med history: took some combination of AD, AAP and benzodiazepine for 7-8 years since '08. was treated for depression, anxiety, social anxiety and presumed personality disorder, along with presumed psychotic depression/schizoaffective disorder (depending on the time frame)

October to December 2015: started weaning self off Abilify after being on multiple AAPs for 7-8 years. was also taking Prozac and a benzo (either ativan or klonopin, can't remember)
January 2016: started weaning self off of benzo, was given Valium to make the process easier. also replaced prozac with Lexapro
May 2016: decided to come off Lexapro after being on ADs for 8 years.

have now gone through 2 1/2 months of SSRI withdrawal, although some of the symptoms might be attributatble to antipsychotic and benzo withdrawal as well

update: reinstated Prozac at 10mg August 15, 2016


#222 compsports

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 04:09 AM

You're very welcome.  I hope there is someone near you.

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


#223 Sunshine13

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:06 PM

I am curious if anyone has been able to find a psychiatrist who understands protractes withdrawal/discontinuation symdrome and has helped ease the symptoms in some way? I have only found a few holistic and very expensive psychiatrists...just curious if anyone has had any luck with this or are we all kind of in the same boat, doing it alone, but together...
2015/2016 - Abilify briefly, Prozac 60mg, Tegretol 200mg for a few months before starting Lamictal.

Started Lamictal 4/11/2016 at 25mg, increased to 50mg on 4/26/2016, 75mg on 5/4/2016, 100mg on 5/27/2016. Tapered to 75mg on 7/31/2016, 50mg on 8/6/2016, 25mg on 8/12/2016, 12.5 on 8/20/2016 and stopped completely on 8/26/2016

On 2/15/2016 I dropped from 60mg Prozac to 40mg, then to 20mg on 4/10/2016, stopped completely 6/16/2016.


 

#224 Anja

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Posted 28 October 2016 - 03:55 PM

Can anyone recommend a physician in Seattle, WA that can help support benzo withdrawal? I called the Ballard Addiction Center, and was told they have just started seeing some patients with this, and they have a drug cocktail they give...I don't want more drugs, rather someone who can help guide my process and support me in what I envision is a long taper from a shockingly short time on a relatively low dose. My regular MD and pdoc are shocked that I cannot just stop (both times I tried I got extreme, very obvious withdrawal symptoms), and they are convinced I just need to get on an SSRI. Thanks!


Ativan (0.5mgx1 daily): Aug 24-Sept 14 2016; Sept 27-29 2016 for anxiety brought on by possible serious illness (stopped for 1 week and had BAD withdrawal)

Buspar (22.5mg over 2 doses daily): Sept 20-present 2016

Clonazepam (0:5mgx1 daily): Sept 30-present 2016 (titrated down 25% per 5 days after illness scare passed, but had bad withdrawal at 0.125mg, so went back to .25mg Oct 17)

Clonazepam liquid taper: Oct 26: 0.22mg, (11.11% cut) Nov 7: 0.2mg, (12.5% cut) Nov 12: 0.175mg, (14.3% cut) Nov 16: 0.15mg (16.7% cut) Nov 24: 0.125mg

 

Supplements: D3: 1000 IU (drops), B12: (Methylcobalamin- 2500mg; Folate- 400mg; B6- 10mg), Pro-biotics: 25 billion, Magnesium glycinate: 100 mg x 2-3, Fish oil: 2000mg, Chromium picolinate: 200 mcg, Holy Basil: 500mg, Phosphatidylserine: 100mg, Curcumin:500mg; Zinc Picolinate

 

 

 


#225 InvisibleUnless

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 01:47 AM

im sorry to report but it seems dr eleanor hynote, napa, CA - has passed away, a few years back.  i tried contacting her about a year ago and then read up on the situation.  i saw that she is still listed here so i figured to drop a message.

 

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from 2005-2012, i spent 7 years taking 17 different psychotropic medications covering several classes.  i would be taking 3-7 medications at a time, and 6 out of the 17 medications listed below were maxed or overmaxed in clinical dosage before i moved on to trying the next unhelpful cocktail.
 
antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, tetracyclics): zoloft, wellbutrin, effexor, lexapro, prozac, cymbalta, remeron
antipsychotics (atypical): abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon
sleep aids (benzos, off-label antidepressants & antipsychotics, hypnotics): seroquel, temazepam, trazodone, ambien
anxiolytics: buspar
anticonvulsants: topamax
 
i tapered off all psychotropics from late 2011 through early 2013, one by one.  for all 5 years since quitting, ive been cycling through severe, disabling withdrawal symptoms spanning the gamut of the serious, less serious, and rather worrisome side effects of these assorted medications.  previous cross-tapering and medication or dosage changes had also caused undiagnosed withdrawal symptoms.
 
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#226 Mort81

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 04:07 PM

Austin Texas psychologist http://www.wildestcolts.com
Was on 30mg (Lexapro) for 7-8yrs20mg for 3 months (This was my choice my Doc wanted me to drop much faster)15 mg 2week10mg 2 weeks 5 mg 1 week0 since August 24th Clonazapam. Currently 0.10mg daily. PPI Dexlant 20-30mg for last 29 months currently at 30mg

#227 IDK

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:31 AM

Do you know any doctor from Italy?


Took Risperdal (4 mg for one week, 2 mg for some weeks and 3 mg for three days) from early August to early September 2016.


#228 Shortcake

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 07:20 AM

Are there no doctors in Canada? I live in Ottawa
Started weaning from Effexor XR (put on these in 1999)in September 2013 150 mg by removing a few little balls a week and ended at 8 mg January 2017. ER doctor stopped them January 3rd, 2017 due to what she thought was seratonin syndrome. I now know it was withdrawal.

Reinstated 2.25mg Effexor Xr February 4, 2017

Previous meds Zoloft 1997-1999 stopped abruptly July 1999. A few months later I was diagnosed as bipolar and put on Effexor XR, Epival, and Trazadone. A few years after that I was told the bipolar was a misdiagnoses and they stopped the Epival. At some point I stopped the trazadone myself.

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#229 anongrl5590

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 03:38 PM

I found a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, CA named Dr. Eric Noble, MD. He has worked with patients undergoing withdrawals from SSRIs. 

 

 

Phone: 818-962-0472

 

Address: 10921 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #412 Los Angeles, CA 90024

 

E-mail: eric@noblepsychiatry.com

 

He does not take insurance (he says he will give you an invoice at the end of the month and you can get reimbursed with your insurance company) and charges pretty high ($200-300) but it may be worth it... I will see him this weekend


My medication -- Prozac
August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


#230 bhasski

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:31 PM

Does anyone know any good doctor in India who believes in ssri withdrawals ? All I have been to believe there is chemical imbalance and made me patheic right now.

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Olanzapine, petril MD (Clonazepam ), Dicorate ER (divalproex). Soza 10 (Zolpidem)

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Flunil ‚Äč20mg , Divaa OD 250 mg(divalproex), Amisulpride 50mg (1-0-2), zolfresh 5 mg , Quetiapine
05/14 - 08/14 Venlafaxine 75 xr ( 1-0-1), zapiz 0.25
10/14 Zaptra 12.5mg , Oxetol xr 150mg (0-0-1)
11/14 - 08/15
Paris CR 25 (paroxetine) , Oxetol xr 600 mg (0-0-1), nitrest 5mg , Quetiapine for a month.
09/15-11 Venlafaxine XR 75 ( 1-0-1), Mirtazipine 15, Respiredal 0.5, Lamitor 25, zillion 10.
12/15-02/16 Off Meds (C.T)

03/16-Mid April Sertraline, Aripropazole, Quetiapine, Etizolam.

After that : CT and on OTC supplements (Roadback), now on Ayurveda

#231 Squeakykin

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:05 PM

Hello,

 

I was a patient of Dr. Kelly Brogan in New York City for over 3 years. She claimed that we had a partnership in our doctor / patient relationship. Although she agreed to writing the prescriptions to reduce my med at the amounts that I asked for, she eventually became extremely dogmatic about her treatment protocols and began treating all of her patients, her entire practice, with the same treatments regardless of the individual cases and issues the patient was having.

 

This came to a head when I started consulting with other professionals over these irresponsible protocols, one explicitly being daily coffee enemas. She accused me of not trusting her. Since I verbally told her that I do not wish to do this protocol, she told me that she could no longer be my doctor unless I performed this protocol.

 

She also currently insists that her patients eat a Paleo diet and not to deviate from that. Because I asserted my needs and conveyed to her my sensitivities to most, if not all of her recommendations; that she was doing more harm than good, she ended our relationship. She also claimed that she could not guarantee results for her patients unless they did her strict protocol. She stated that she was "afraid that she would lose her medical license if by chance a patient had the bad fortune to be hospitalized by not adhering to her protocol".

 

She told me that she has fired many of her patients who leave her office crying because they did not adhere to her strict protocol.



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 04:17 PM

squeakykin thanks for posting this. That is too bad, to hear Dr. Brogan was too hard on you, but I am not completely surprised. Like many high achievers, it sounds to me that she is pushing too hard, with her patients as she has with herself. She has helped a lot for people dealing with this type of illness, getting off antidepressants, but it sounds like she is too driven herself and so then with her patients also.


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 06:48 PM

Yes, she has formulated a set system which was primarily based on her deceased mentor, Dr. Nicholas Gonzales' theories. Yet he was a cancer specialist, whereas Brogan is dealing with mental illness and psychiatric drug withdrawal. She seems to have extrapolated part of his protocol to her practice and made it dogma. Yet if you look at Gonzales' youtube videos about diet, he advocated several different diets depending on the person's body type and other factors. There was a great variation in his treatment for his patients. Whereas Brogan has a treatment protocol that is strictly limited and it is applied across the board to all of her patients.

 

Frankly, I think she has bitten off more than she can chew in her drive for success for herself and her patients. Since there is a very long waitlist for her services now, she feels that she can pick and choose who she wants to help, and by doing this very easy strict protocol she has not taken on any challenges of anyone differing from the prototype.

 

Most of her patients come to her from very wealthy backgrounds who have become depressed by having eaten a lousy diet most of their lives. A simple change in diet off processed foods seems to be all that they really need. Then the coffee enema is applied to detox the antidepressant very quickly, and they are off their drug in no time.

 

A healthy eating coach could do this same protocol. The only advantage of Brogan's approach is that she is a MD and can write the prescriptions for the taper. I think it is a real crime that her fees are so exorbitant. Her approach is mostly on autopilot once one changes her diet, starts the taper, and does the enemas. The rest is smooth sailing for Brogan.



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Posted 22 May 2017 - 02:19 PM

I'm sorry Squeakykin you had to go through all that.

 

Does that work, tapering faster with coffee enemas? Gross to consider but I'm curious. I've just started my second year of tapering off Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) and anticipate it taking about five years. 


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program). 


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 02:35 PM

Hi Kay,

 

I am only repeating what Dr. Brogan told me, saying that many of her patients got off the drugs in months rather than years. She stands behind her claim that coffee enemas are safe. But I consulted with several respected alt. health professionals who all warned me of its many dangers. I think it would be dangerous for anyone in a weakened state or for one who is older to do these enemas. I have 6 more years to go with my taper and although it is very tempting to think that by doing the enema the taper process could be cut to a fraction of the time, there are other factors at play here as well. Being that I have been on psych drugs for 34 years, it is recommended that a slow taper is safer giving the body/mind/spirit much needed time to adjust to the myriad changes it undergoes in healing. I believe long term healing takes time and a quick fix is dangerous.



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Posted 22 May 2017 - 04:10 PM

OK thanks a bunch for that info Squeakykin. My feeling was that it was best to stay the course I'm on. I've taken the med for about 13 years myself. It is difficult!


April 20 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 50mg

February 12 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 53mg
January 1 2017 Stepping down to Venlafaxine 56mg

 

November 9 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 59mg

September 1 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 62mg

June 16 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 65mg.

May 21 2016 Stepped down to Venlafaxine 70mg. Taking Omega 3 fish oil every day (with food). Taking some other theroadback supplements.

 

April 22 2016 switched from Venlafaxine XR 75mg to: a different brand, Venlafaxine non-extended release 75mg.

 

Taking Effexor XR 75mg, which I've been taking for many years. Tried reducing last year on my own, and began having bad side effects. Planning to try reducing again this year (2016) and am currently taking supplements that are supposed to help (following theroadback.org program).