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  2. Slowly but surely I think I am headed in the right direction.
  3. Daisy

    Daisy: Effexor xr

    At this time I do not have a plan for the Lexapro. I am just trying to get through the day until I feel more stable. Yes, the Xanax is causing my Zombie state. But right now it is necessary until I am stable enough to take it on a PRN basis again. Just too many changes in meds to keep going up and down on anything right now. In my opinion, my central nervous system has had too many shocks to it over the past month. I am under the care and advisement of a PD and I think we have been talking daily by e mail this past week. I just need some support from those that have been there and understand what discontinuation syndrome is all about and that the severity of it varies from person to person. Daisy
  4. FarmGirlWorks

    FarmGirlWorks: Sertraline WD - kundalini yoga helping

    I've been grieving hard for people lost to psychotropics and rage at the medical system's incapacity to treat depression/anxiety effectively and, more importantly now, knowing and communicating SAFE ways to withdraw from these strong drugs. Singer/bandleader Chris Cornell hung himself in a Detroit motel room; apparently had taken too much Ativan after a show. Heath Ledger OD'd on antidepressants and painkillers David Foster Wallace hung himself at month 10 of a cold turkey from Nardil after almost two decades of it Robin Williams hung himself and was on mirtzapine (sp?) and seroquel The list goes on and it pisses me off that we are in this phase of history where people are drugged without knowing the full story of "poop-out" and side effects and how incredibly dangerous these drugs are. I am sad and grieve that I am part of this story as well as you but I am grateful -- so grateful -- that I found SA. Last year, after Cornell's death, I stopped drinking. Flat out stopped (I guess cold turkey is my style for better or worse One year and one day of no alcohol, and 13.5 months of no antidepressants (who's counting?) and this has been the toughest year I ever remember. But I am thankful that there are fellow travelers here and I don't have to feel as alone in this journey. Thank you and strength and courage to everyone.
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  6. Altostrata

    Daisy: Effexor xr

    How long have you been taking Xanax? That's what's probably making you feel like a zombie. What is your plan for the Lexapro?
  7. Ok, sounds good. Thanks so much for your help Alto.
  8. Junglechicken

    Junglechicken

    Right side sinus headache today, or maybe WD headache?? Hubby and i struggling along ..... trying to deal with our own issues as well as our marriage. Life never seems to get any easier, only more and more challenges.
  9. Madeleine

    Audo Effexor Reinstatement Fail?

    Welcome to the forum. Glad you found us. You definitely are not alone! There are so many of us who have gone through something similar— and so many who have been guided through their situation on this forum and who have found the information and support they needed to understand how these drugs work and to finally taper off.
  10. jkun41

    DMV64: Reinstate Saphris?

    Sorry to hear you're having a hard time DMV. I'll keep you in my prayers.
  11. Madeleine

    7 Months of Olanzapine - will I recover?

    You will recover!!! I was on 10 mg of zyprexa twice in my life and am now off it (now only on Zoloft which I’m tapering slowly. ). And my brain recuperated from the zyprexa. I did taper slower lower than you. When I got down to 2.5 I tapered it by quarters. I cut a 2.5 mg into 4 pieces and cut down a quarter at a time. The advice on this forum is to cut even slower than I did— no more than 10 per cent at a time— and that is a safe way to taper. Do do not give yourself a deadline to heal. You didn’t explain how you ended up on zyprexa. I bet the circumstances that led to it were brewing for some time. Likewise it will see a bit of time to stabilize and feel betterr. You might have to reinsate st a low dose as suggested and then taper at a slower rate. But don’t be pessimistic. Have faith and hope. Things will improve! In fact, if you approach this as a learning experience when you get better you will be stronger and in a better position than you had before this episode started. With th best wishes, m
  12. Thank you kindly Altostrata. For the insight and making me feel less alone. I will give it some time and report back.
  13. Altostrata

    Bandboy: Introduction

    Hello, Bandboy. What times of day do you take each drug, and at what dosage? What is your current daily symptom pattern? Please keep daily notes on paper about your symptoms, when you take your drugs, and their dosages. Thank you for putting your drugs into two piles, in your signature. I was going to suggest you do that. Ten prescription drugs is too many. As you can see, you have a number of drug interactions that might degrade your health. Minimizing the psychiatric drugs so you have room for drugs that are truly essential to your health will benefit you in the long run (though I strongly recommend you research every one of those drugs in the "heart" basket to see if they're absolutely necessary; there's a lot of doubling up). Both benzodiazepines and statins can affect memory, but drug-drug interactions can be involved, too. Sounds like the Latuda taper is proceeding. Going off that first seems like a good idea. Please note that if the Adderall is countering the stupefying effect of the Latuda, you might find the Adderall to be more stimulating as the Latuda dosage goes down. You may end up interleaving Adderall and Latuda tapering.
  14. teddyboink

    teddyboink: Mirtazapine taper

    i have been horrible to live with i imagine. I have been trying to be a better husband but I screw it up, my depression screws it up. I'm afraid of losing her. especially now when i need her the most.
  15. teddyboink

    teddyboink: Mirtazapine taper

    i took a fish oil cap yesterday morning. last night i woke up at 1am with anxiety. no more fish oil for a while. I need to get back to running but i work 12 hour days and its too late to work out so close to bed time. i suppose if i worked out right after work i could cool down by bedtime. maybe i will try that
  16. Gridley

    7 Months of Olanzapine - will I recover?

    LibSocRants, Yes, you will recover, but it will take a good bit of time. The brain is remarkably able to repair itself, even after the damage these drugs do. For more information, please Google "Survivingantidepressants.org neuroplasticity" At SA, we recommend tapering at a maximum of 10% of current dose every four weeks. You tapered at a rate much higher than that (25%+ every three weeks) and are now experiencing withdrawal syndrome. Why taper by 10% of my dosage? Brain Remodelling What is withdrawal syndrome. Glenmullen’s withdrawal symptom list. Do you have any Olanzapine left? Reinstatement of a very small dose of the original drug is the only known way to help alleviate withdrawal syndrome. The only other alternative is to try and wait out the symptoms and manage as best you can until your central nervous system returns to homeostasis. Unfortunately no one can give you an exact timeline as to when you will start feeling better and while some do recover relatively easily, for others it can take many months or longer. Please read: About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic Reinstatement isn’t a guarantee of diminished symptoms for everyone, but it’s the best tactic available. We usually suggest a much smaller reinstatement dose than your last dose, in your case perhaps 1mg. This link gives you information on how to make nonstandard doses of Olanzapine: Tips for tapering off olanzapine (Zyprexa) Please let us know if reinstatement is something you might want to consider to try to alleviate your symptoms. If so, you would reinstate, wait to stabilize, which can take several months, then taper off the 1mg using the 10% method.
  17. Daisy

    Daisy: Effexor xr

    Per PD, the xanax I am taking to help me get through this withdrawal more than likely reacted with the Antivert I was taking for dizziness and nausea giving me low blood pressure. I also am withdrawing from a 2.5 mg drop from the Lexapro which was a bad antidepressant for me. I am maybe even be in withdrawal from abruptly having to stop 40 mgs of Prozac due to the extreme anxiety and panic attacks it all of a sudden to started giving me. I am now on 2.5 mg Lexapro at night, 0.5 mgs Xanax 3 times a day and 10 mgs of Prozac in the morning. The Prozac is to bridge the Lexapro. The Xanax is to make sure I am not going into withdrawal from it. I feel like a walking zombie. I am forcing myself to get out and walk the dog all the way around the block daily. I have a good friend who is willing to drive me to do errands because it is not safe for me to drive. He is also taking care of my 2 cats in my second residence near by. I am doing my best to eat 3 nutritious meals a day and stay hydrated. I am miserable but know this is temporary and I can get through this in time. Daisy
  18. Altostrata

    Audo Effexor Reinstatement Fail?

    The activation when you're trying to sleep is your system kicking against the combination of your natural sleep urge (melatonin) and Klonopin. Breath through it if you can. This is just a guess: I might up to 22.5mg Effexor and try to keep the Klonopin constant at 0.25mg. Dosage variations will cloud the picture. We will need to track symptom pattern carefully. Please keep daily notes on paper about your symptoms, when you take your drugs, and their dosages. If the symptom pattern improves, we'll know a little more Effexor is going in the right direction. Then, I would reduce the Klonopin a bit. I suspect you are taking too much at once, you may need to divide the dose.
  19. No, it means you'll proceed with 2 doses a day.
  20. Callie, what do you mean by your "histamine issues"? It could be your emaciation is causing a lot of symptoms. Not to alarm you further, but we had a member here, alexjuice, who became emaciated. It turned out he had severe intestinal parasites (as well as mold exposure). Once this was resolved, he recovered. If I were you, I would be eating lots of bread and butter -- anything to get calories into you. You should be eating everything high-calorie you can get your hands on, as long as it doesn't cause any bad reactions.
  21. Hey, my name is Cameron. It has now been two weeks since I stopped taking olanzapine after a 7 month course of 10 mg, with the last 9 weeks tapering down 2.5mg every three weeks. I'm now off the drugs, and am still experiencing the effects of emotional flatness, complete apathy, reduced creativity, reduced capacity to think, remember, and imagine things, complete loss of libido, and loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed. I feel like my personality has been absolutely destroyed, and I'm just outraged at the fact that this was done with absolutely no informed consent on my part. It's just hideously immoral and I've been made to feel completely and utterly dead inside. I find myself regularly considering euthanasia because the effects as they currently stand are unbearable and I have no tangible experience that makes me want to live (granted, this would only be something I'd consider taking action on after having given it at least a year of time). Are there any chances that I will recover from this and get my brain function back? I feel like I'm in an extremely bleak situation.
  22. Does that mean it will be more difficult for me to taper off the Paxil?
  23. Around 9-10pm when I'm trying to fall asleep. One of two things typically happen. Either the agitation/akathisia will ramp up within the first 30 minutes of trying to sleep, or I'll actually fall asleep and jerk away repeating this cycle several times and seemingly causing agitation/akathisia. When I was Effexor free for the 3 weeks and prior to the insomnia kicking in, my daytime energy was increasing. I would wake up with that nervous agitation in my gut, but it was almost pleasant and put a pep in my step. I wouldn't need coffee, nor want it. And then a week or so later the insomnia... Re Klonopin, In the last 30 days I've taken 0.5-1.0mg 6 times, all other days 0.25mg. 2 of those 6 days were the first two nights on, and 2 of the days were the last two nights as I felt like I needed more.
  24. DMV64

    DMV64: Reinstate Saphris?

    Some days I think yes. Some days I think I am just circling around.
  25. Personally, I'm allergic to lavender oil so I would stop using that. That itching sounds terrible. Also, if you're scratching it, it might get infected. I know you don't want to do this, but 1mg Zoloft might reduce the itching. You can taper off it by tiny bits later. This topic explains how to take a small amount of Zoloft Tips for tapering off Zoloft (sertraline) This is only to stop withdrawal symptoms, not to treat "bipolar." To help us out, see these instructions Please put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature
  26. Thanks Altostrata. I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, with no drugs or supplements etc. apart from the fish oil and magnesium recommended here. 1Day
  27. Altostrata

    Audo Effexor Reinstatement Fail?

    Hmmmm. You've been taking Klonopin long enough to have gotten physiologically dependent on it. This could cause rebound symptoms in the morning, as it wears off. (Or, it could be not enough Effexor.) When you say you get symptoms as you're trying to fall asleep, what time would that be? How often do you take 0.5mg Klonopin?
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