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Tapering calculator at ReversePsychiatry.org

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scallywag

Brilliant! Bravo! Thank you Dr. Mussy.

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Shep

Yes, thank you, Dr. Mussy. It works great on my laptop and I tried it on my cell phone and it works great there, as well. 

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nz11

Just spotted this

Great job Dr Mussy.

I really like the title too.

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LiaJ

Amazing. You are a wizard!! 😊 Thank you!

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Thanks!

I have plans for services (eg. graphs, calendars) which will support, but not affect the core calculator,

but things are a little hectic right now so it may take a few months.

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manymoretodays

Awesome.  Truly!!!  5 stars(with 5 being excellent!)

 

Important to note that 0,1 is the same as 0.1

 

Also for me, for just looking at in the morning.........it took a few, to realize that each successive decrease in dosage, is listed vertically, and numbered 1-22.  At first glance I wasn't sure what all the numbers meant.

 

Another Bravo, and yes, excellent title.  Well done.

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Thanks manymoretodays,

 

I am taking note of suggestions, though I probably won't be able to implement most of them for a while..

 

Things are somewhat turbulent at the moment, and in the middle of it I'm tackling some technologies - namely Vue.js - which will make a wider range of services related to the calculator possible.

 

But your suggestion may be simple enough. That checkbox in Advanced Settings called "Style the output".. do you think perhaps it should look something like that all the time to make it clearer? Are others in agreement ie. did anyone else find it confusing at first?

 

About the 0,1 or 0.1 - what platform are you on: Mac, Windows or Linux (or mobile)?

I'm on a Mac, and MacOS tends to force the comma in input fields, though I believe recent versions of Windows does the same.

I think dot (point) rather than comma would be better, I agree.

it's proven trickier to achieve that one would expect, but I'll get there soon.

 

DM

 

 

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manymoretodays

Ha.  Loved the "Style the Output" made it clearer.  Much.  Windows desktop is what I used to view.......and an older version.

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Madeleine

Thank you so much for this! 

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freespirit123

Can someone please explain what this is? I’m needing help with tapering 

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Hi Freespirit123,

 

I'm not a moderator here, but I can explain the calculator.

A taper - the type recommended on this forum - is a decrease at 10% of the current dose, every three or four weeks.

In other words each dose is 10% less than the one before it, so the actual amount you go down by gets less and less.

 

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Technically-speaking it never reaches zero,

but you'll be choosing your own taper, built up of different rates and/or doses.

I'd rather let a moderator pick up beyond this point in the explanation.

 

This calculator accepts a starting dose, and an end dose.

The start dose is the dose you're on now.

The end dose is not necessarily the very final dose.

 

In fact in almost every case it won't be the final dose, since you won't know what that is until you're close to it.

So the end dose can be set according to how much supply of the medication you have or want to buy, just as an example.

You might just want to set it to one tenth of what you're on now to see the figures.

 

Those figures it outputs are the doses. There's no taper period implied here.

You will choose that, and it may be 3 weeks or 4 weeks or something else.

 

If, say 4 weeks, then you would need 28 doses of each of those amounts.

(a bit more actually because you may need to reinstate the previous dose in a hurry if it's too fast)

 

Days times dose.

 

For example:

28 x 1mg
28 x 0.9mg
28 x 0.81mg
28 x 0.729mg

 

To keep track of your taper, add the amounts to a calendar, or copy and paste the output into a spreadsheet.

Then stretch / repeat each amount out to the number of days per taper-period.

 

Hope that made sense.

DM

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Purplerain

You’re amazing Dr Mussy, this is so needed. Withdrawal exacerbates my normally mild dyscalculia so I always found making a tapering schedule a bit daunting. Thank you so much, you’re a hero!

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DoctorMussyWasHere

Tiggy and I find it hard enough:

  • keeping track of her supplies
  • deciding what to do next (down, hold, up)
  • working out the doses
  • making sure there are enough backup doses for reinstatement or holding
  • ordering the prescription
  • getting it sent to the compounding pharmacy

She's been impaired, but thankfully has been fine at managing the times and durations,

whereas I seem to be more about quantities.

Y to her X (why to her ex?)

 

So it certainly has crossed my mind that someone doing this on their own could use some help.

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Altostrata

Beautiful job, DrMussy.

 

Where you jump off your taper depends on your symptom pattern. One thing you can count on: It will be less than 1mg.

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Jesse12

Thank you so much Dr.Mussy :-) :-) I was trying to figure out the amount to taper; after I realized it wasn't starting dose 100mg, 90, 80, 70 wasn't 10% taper lol. 

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Frogie

I can't find this app in my apps store. Is it not available for an android phone?

 

Thank you...

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DoctorMussyWasHere
1 hour ago, Frogie said:

I can't find this app in my apps store. Is it not available for an android phone?

 

Thank you...

Plans are most certainly under way to make it into "a proper app", amongst other things.

Not that it'll be that hard to do, just that it's lower on the list of priorities,

one of which is rebuilding the code base, which will affect it if made into an app.

For now, a bookmark in your phone's browser is your best bet.

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Frogie
5 minutes ago, DoctorMussyWasHere said:

Plans are most certainly under way to make it into "a proper app", amongst other things.

Not that it'll be that hard to do, just that it's lower on the list of priorities,

one of which is rebuilding the code base, which will affect it if made into an app.

For now, a bookmark in your phone's browser is your best bet.

Ok thank you for the information.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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