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How to Stop Taking Antidepressants Safely: A Scientific Explanation

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There are gross misconceptions about how to safely stop taking antidepressant medication (and other psychiatric drugs) both among medical practitioners and people who are currently taking these drugs. In this video we provide the physiological basis for why you need to stop taking antidepressants SLOWLY and in a controlled fashion.
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Fernando alcala (3 дня назад)
I'm on lexapro 10mg I started about 2 weeks ago and dropped down to 5mg how long should I stay on with this or am I able to quit since it's not been in my system long?
sTRAIT jACKET (4 дня назад)
You can NOT get a new doctor. Mine has disabled me by abusing me in many ways. Telling me to cold turkey and rubbing his hands together saying I'll be back. The dr you see is the one for your part of the city. They will not let me see another one. There is no other dr. You can't just choose a dr!
sTRAIT jACKET (4 дня назад)
I didn't have much wrong when I started in 1991. No depression. Just germ phobia. Now, nearly 30 years later. I am bed bound with a messed up brain.
Chuckster Hanley (5 дней назад)
Interesting about low doses and actual amount of drug needed anyway.  Anything anyone can recommend for anger and rage?
jojojeep1 (9 дней назад)
Friend if I give you my email address can you tell me how I can get off one and a half milligram of benzodiazepine thank you, I don’t want to go through when I see all these people going through on the Internet good there Doing something wrong
nia gill (13 дней назад)
i have been off citalopram 10 mg for a year now. I tapered off within a month, but not as slowly as i should have. Im dealing with lots of problem like not understanding what im told, not doing anything and stress. Im starting to think if i need to go back on them and taper properly? What do you suggest i do? Im really sensitive to supplements, so what should i do? would neurofeedback help me ??
Monica Lo (21 день назад)
Please post a video about what happens & how do you recover if you did stop the drugs cold turkey. Is there still hope for complete recover?
Monica Lo (21 день назад)
I stopped my 4.0 GPA daughter (18) cold turkey after she was on psych drugs for 9 days. That was 4 months ago & she's still exhibiting "mental illness" even though she didn't have them before she was put on them for depression. Will she ever recover since I didn't slowing taper her off them?
Susan Wall (21 день назад)
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Was in an unhappy place and trusted Drs, and over 25 yrs more antidepressants, antianxiety, gabapentin (I think the worst med to withdraw from it's like going to hell), all for fibromyalgia. Still trying to come off this mess, because I am just feeling so sick and worn out now, bad liver, kidneys, diabetes and recently increased memory problems. It took me 2 years to get off gabapentin, after I accedently let my refill of 1200mg/day run out and became suicidal. I thought this isn't good and told Dr I wanted to stop it and she wouldn't help, so did it VERY slowly. Now off gabapentin and think it was the cause that they put me on all the psych meds. I appreciate the physiology of the drug and cell interaction, and will consider this good advice. I was stupid for not doing my homework about the meds I was prescribed, but I feel the Drs are totally at fault for hurting people's health, and big pharm for actually killing people!
nomnom112 (27 дней назад)
Thank you.
muhammed alkadhimy (1 месяц назад)
I’m shocked
Bob LeGlob (1 месяц назад)
Use survivingantidepressants.org. great resource.
Bob LeGlob (1 месяц назад)
fucking doctors.
Castro (1 месяц назад)
John Miller (1 месяц назад)
Great video, I’m 4 weeks into getting off Sertraline what an unpleasant experience. At the same time uplifting and liberating to ‘de-zombie’ from that placid prior state. My only comment is, staggering 0-20 on a nearly vertical curve (in your graph) is sort of futile as the graph is vertical. Example 20mg same ssri lockdown as 10. So be honest you cannot avoid the final dropoff, better to brace for the inevitable, still tapering down of course. Lastly using the paws chart is misleading as that was meant for serious addictive opiods not ssris. It for most certainly won’t take 365 days to feel 100% off an ssri.
DMV Pat (1 месяц назад)
Ran out of Effexor so I'm 2 weeks cold turkey. Can't get a Doctors appointment for a script because they're booked till end of the month. So I went basically from 300 mg a day to ZERO and I can't do anything about it because Drs don't either know or care about the dangers of suddenly stopping a drug at those high dosages. I'm ordering some Ashwagandha which I've heard helps. Also looking into NAD Iv therapy as it's been shown to help with depression/anxiety amongst many other physiological diseases even schizophrenia.
culchie1982 (1 месяц назад)
For a guy that’s profoundly “disabled”, he sounds remarkably clear, coherent and rational to me.
Wardruna Ragnar (1 месяц назад)
I’ve just started weaning myself of Citalopram which I have been taking for 13 years. As it has a half life of around 35 hours, I’ve been taking the pill every 36 hours to start. Feel a bit odd but no more than when I first starting taking the drug. Going to reduce that to half dose every day, then every 36 hours, and then 1/4 dose every day and then nothing. Plan to do it over a 4 month period.
Mia Woodley (1 месяц назад)
They took me off two drugs just like that when I asked for them to reduce my dosage.The drugs were biperdin and sulpride in high dosage.Now im just left with Carbemizipine.From two pills have been taking for five years with the other pills.I just take on tablet of carbemizipine for two months now.Im under the impression they may take me off it completely this month.I would be ecstatic about it but after watching your infomative video im worried now.Please contact me on miaeladia@gmail.com.They told me i have a chemical imbalance.Please send me the sites I could go to that show that chemical imbalance is not true.
Jake (2 месяца назад)
I will never be able to get off meds so I’m probably stuck forever
Mark Marino (2 месяца назад)
Great video. I've been on zyprexa 5mg and zoloft 50mg for 15 months. I started tapering both 3 weeks ago. I figured if I can go very slowly I can do both at once. Week 1 = 97.5% of dose. Week 2 = 95% of dose. Week 3 = 85% of dose. I use a pill pulverizer and mg scale to weigh out exact doses. I need to hold at 85% for a few weeks. It's been 7 days at 85%. Day 5 was the hardest. I'm assuming I can stabilize at this dose if I hold for a few weeks?
Altona Kid (2 месяца назад)
Great video....understand these drugs are harmful for the brain and body, so have to get rid of them, but the big question is, how will these people deal with their everyday life once they are finally off the drug? Depression and anxiety will come back, how do they overcome that? how long can they survive? There doesn't seem to be any other option. All drugs have side affect, will it be better to chose and take less harmful drugs?
LOJETE85 (2 месяца назад)
I haven't took my zoloft in two weeks and before that I had only been taking it once a week 50 mg. I definitely having night sweats and very sensitive to my environment. What should I do? Should I start taking everyday again or just go to once a week? I am so confused. I shouldn't have stopped taking them everyday
Lauri Snipes (2 месяца назад)
Our evolutionary potential? No. We have rules for the benefit of others- it’s not all about you personally.
geo p (2 месяца назад)
i am on mirtazapine and gabapentin for 15 years every time i try to go cold turkey or just a faster cut any of those my bigest problem is insomnia,i cant sleep particularly the night and i get i little sleep early in the morning,is it natural to have sleep problems?
Jay-NZ (2 месяца назад)
I went cold turkey....and it worked this time.Have tryed many times prior,but became anxious or depressed.I had alot of problems with them working then not.
Meat and 2 meats (3 месяца назад)
My friend has been on these things about 18 years lol. Not funny tho. The docs change his type of pills every now and then. His adopted father that he worships brings him to doctor. I feel I can't get through to him as he just doesn't wanna know. I'm thinking just put on 1 of these vids and scare the shit out of him and his ego but I'm concerned it will have an adverse effect as he's in denial about the whole topic and avoids it. Any ideas fuckers? Thanks for the info 👍
MrGoranPa (3 месяца назад)
I am thinking about filing off small layers of tablets gradualy through 4 mounts (one strike with a file takes off very very small part of a tablet at once. Then I count strikes. Each day one more). What you think about this approach? Have you tried it?
Gary Simone (3 месяца назад)
So very very great vid
Aivar Vahter (3 месяца назад)
Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find https://youtu.be/QqCygE0jwgg What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – it’s just that some things kill you https://youtu.be/Unx4PNPieic http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/concerns-grow-over-top-selling-drugs-side-effects/5121068 https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/lawsuit/seroquel.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19595447 http://cchr.org.au/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-seroquel-a-risky-antipsychotic-became-a-general-purpose-mental-health-drug/ https://www.medindia.net/drug-price/quetiapine.htm
Troy Gromov (3 месяца назад)
thanks bro
Gary Simone (4 месяца назад)
So ya telling that after all this my depression will come back and ya just gottadeal with it ?? Am I hearing you right ??
Aivar Vahter (3 месяца назад)
Anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find https://youtu.be/QqCygE0jwgg What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – it’s just that some things kill you https://youtu.be/Unx4PNPieic Psychiatric Survival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JikGdsq2SDI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wszXdPpGVdU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKcfaTijEew https://youtu.be/QH0V59P73sA http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/concerns-grow-over-top-selling-drugs-side-effects/5121068 https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/lawsuit/seroquel.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19595447 http://cchr.org.au/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-seroquel-a-risky-antipsychotic-became-a-general-purpose-mental-health-drug/ https://www.medindia.net/drug-price/quetiapine.htm
Suzanne Saidso (4 месяца назад)
Wow. Just Wow. My Awakening to many insidiously evil things in life has been gradual until recently. Now it seems awakenings are becoming exponential, praise to God! I was prescribed these back in the late 80s and was yanked off by an md several years later with minor effect. Then somehow found less informed self searching out “help” from a psych again in 2000s. It’s scary how willingly I accepted all the drugs he prescribed, horrifying actually. Eventually referred my mom and sister. Sister is on a concoction and developed diabetes which she discovered by almost suffering complete renal failure. Ya maybe some of the drugs are helpful! But for 98 percent complete poison. Have friends trapped on theses meds. Currently down to 10mil of celexa and glad I saw ur info on not going with every other day. Thank you so very much for your contribution to Awakening and Enlightening the world to this evil, evil racket that is big pharma.
willsgma (4 месяца назад)
great video, this is a must watch but how and where to share it? I ct'd Paxil and Ambien together many years ago and am currently tapering a benzo. Doctors have no idea how to taper safely. Learn the math and taper no more than 10% per month the first half, then next half taper 5% per month, the last half taper no more than 2 - 3% per month. You will think I don't know math since I use "half" so often. Half of current dose. Example, you are tapering 2 mg of Klonopin. Most people can taper 10% per month down to 1 mg in 6 months. Starting at 1 mg, taper 5% (or less) per month until you are at .5 mg. I would suggest at this dose to taper 3% per month until at .25 mg. Maybe even taper 2% down to .001 mg before stopping. This can only be done by water titration ( or milk). Get a pestle and a glass measuring cup, drop the pills in, crush to a fine powder, add 1 or 2 mL of 80 proof (40%) alcohol...yes, it's ok, pharmacists may use everclear 100 proof...stir to a thin syrup, add AT LEAST 100 mL of water per 1 mg of tablets...and I suggest twice that much water. Stir, transfer to a glass jar with lid and shake. Remove 1 mL day 1, 2 mL day 2, etc until you reach your desired % of cut. Again, learn the math. If you say you can't there are resources. 2 mg divided by 400 mL of water equals .005 mg per each mL of solution. 2 mg less .005 mg is 1.995 mg, your dose after one day of removing 1 mL. Your goal the first 30 days is 10% of 2 mg, or .2 mg cut, drinking the equivalent of 1.8 mg. Using this as a guide, at 1.995 mg end dose, you've cut less than 10% the first 30 days, but that's ok, you are in control of your taper, cut more or less. How do you measure the water? Use a cylinder, not the kitchen measuring cup!!! This is very important. I fill a 100 mL cylinder 4 times. Use a dropper or syringe to top off the water to the lowest level, eye level, of the marking. google how to read a cylinder, and how to use a syringe. Use your supplies in the same way each time you mix and measure, consistency is key to accuracy.
Aivar Vahter (5 месяцев назад)
If Antidepressant Commercials Were Honest https://youtu.be/n0v0jUeFGQ0
Sally Redmond (5 месяцев назад)
You are a true humanitarian.. thank you so much. How are you doing at the moment? Best wishes from NZ🌹💕
Ro SJ (5 месяцев назад)
Guys, is it the same process for Antipsychotics !!? Risperdone , Fluripet and Pacitane ? I jumped Risperdone from 9mg to 7.5mg for a month and then to 6mg after a month. I have a RISNY PLUS Tablet which contains 3mg Risperdone and 2mg Trihexyphenidyl hydrocholoride by default.
Linda Diane (2 месяца назад)
Will Hall has a book "Coming off Psychiatric Drugs; a Harm Reduction Approach"
Alexandra Madden (5 месяцев назад)
400 mg lamictal, 20 mg Abilify, and 150 mg Wellbutrin. Time for change. -- Is it true a plant based diet is the answer to ridding of disorders?
Emily Morgan (5 месяцев назад)
I️ just got off of Lexapro 30 mg 2 weeks ago after I’ve been on it for 6 weeks...first 4 days I️ felt amazing then ever since then I’ve had horrible side effects...should I️ restart and slowly ween off??
Suhilaw Rasul (5 месяцев назад)
Thank you for the honest advise,wish you happy and healthy life.
All India Funny Videos (5 месяцев назад)
I was on lexapro for 3.5 years, I quit it in Dec 2017 cold turkey......Now Having Withdrawal Symptoms..... M ONLY 23 years old please some one help me.... Will I be able to recover?
Manav Mishra (3 месяца назад)
All India Funny Videos Are u in India?
Resurgent (5 месяцев назад)
I am taking half of olanzapine tablets ( half of 2.5 mg ) & half of 7.5 mg Mirtazapine tablets. Now What is the plan of quitting them ?
Daisy Styles (5 месяцев назад)
Help! I've been on Wellbutrin 150 XL for the last couple of years. The more I thought about it the more I realized it was causing side effects such as insomnia and anxiety as well as digestive symptoms. I'm not able to get out very much due to my back so I started taking the Wellbutrin every other day for a week every, and the second week I skipped two days the third week I skip 3 days and so forth. Now I'm scared what I just saw on your video but since I've already started doing this should I just continue to weaned off this way I don't know what to do now. My doctor will put me back on it and I don't want to be on it. I hope you get this message.
1Voice90 (6 месяцев назад)
Really enjoyed this video
1Voice90 (6 месяцев назад)
A serious inquiry . Contact me if anyone can help with the withdrawal process. Willing to pay
Santi Benavides (6 месяцев назад)
I drove the car full speed off the hill. Cold turkey.
DepressionVlogs (6 месяцев назад)
I could murder every psychiatrist. I hate everyone who says to get help, because this is what happens. I'm supposed to be tapering off Pristiq and switching to Zoloft, but I've been doing it fast and skipping days. My head is spinning and pulsating every now and then. Should have never went back for "help". Depressed me is better than drugged up me.
Carole Pitts (6 месяцев назад)
Scientists or not, scientologists or not, thank you for taking the time to make this video - I believe you are correct that taking time to come off medication is essential - I would add - take a look at someone like Patrick Holford regarding vitamins, I understand, though in no way am I suggesting, you need to do your research, but I believe raising your B vitamins all of them together, getting your minerals and sunshine are good at helping you to raise your happy chemical - worth investigating - no responsibility accepted do your own research - good luck to one very special young lady xxx
Jake Taylor (6 месяцев назад)
Im going to stop cold turkey.. lets see what happens.
Jake Taylor (5 месяцев назад)
Nani nikhil The withdrawal symptoms are almost gone. Anxiety and depression is definitely more pronounced. I didnt have a meltdown or anything but work and life in general has become harder to deal with if im honest.
k nikhil (5 месяцев назад)
Jake Taylor ... How are you now??
Jake Taylor (6 месяцев назад)
Im using cymbalta..
idolwrecker (6 месяцев назад)
I am on anti depression drugs for more than 15 years..can I also come off them ?
Manav Mishra (3 месяца назад)
idolwrecker Yes, u can do it very much but tapper it slowly
Stephen Belden (6 месяцев назад)
You invalidated your credibility immediately at 0:01 by not knowing the difference between a "Scientologist" and a "scientist".
Panzer Meyer (6 месяцев назад)
If your on a benzo and ssri,you have to get off of the ssri first.And I couldn't believe how hard paxil was hard to get off of,im still not off.I was a heroin addict and been in severe withdrawal.Id take heroin withdrawal over paxil withdrawal anyday because heroin you know youll get better.Paxil is a hardcore state of extreme hopelessness.You will be forced to take the paxil because you will do anything not to feel that way..Go off over 2 years theres no rush.
U Dub (6 месяцев назад)
I stopped cold turkey and have been off for 2 months now. Am I disabled? Like dude, wtf....
Workout Vids (3 месяца назад)
idk if this is meant to be sarcastic, but I've been disabled the past year from coming off these. I was given an ssri at 5 and was on it 15 years. after coming off it I have severe nerve pain all over my body. Good for you for not having bad effects, but don't generalize. You are very lucky and not everyone is so lucky.
U Dub (6 месяцев назад)
Dude. Should do a video on what to take to normalize the brain with supplements and herbs after wd to speed up the process
fanoffener1 (5 месяцев назад)
Sure buddy no worry! :D Sorry for my late response.. Well I was on Zoloft for about 3 weeks 25mg and one week 12,5mg and then 0,0mg. Had severe side effect 5 weeks long. Today I decided to take 6mg Zoloft again and it helped. I think I stabilize my dose either on 6mg or 12mg and then taper off very very carefully... I know all the nutritions and took them like 5HTP Rhodiola Rosea, Aswaghandha, Vitamin and Mineral complex + good quality Omega 3 and it amazingly helped in the first 3 weeks. I couldn't handle the setback in week 4 and 5 which was the worst during the whole withdrawal. Therefore I went back and said to me: Let's do this slow and carefully and with much more information.... Oh boy just 3-4 weeks consumption and I couldn't come off in 5 weeks... The worst was the anxiety, panic and the crying. I had to cry every day for about 1 hour the last week! Anyway I'm 25 years old and even if I take the meds my life long - better than the horror I was getting thru.... God help us all! :D:D
U Dub (6 месяцев назад)
fanoffener1 I'm not telling you what to take or to replace anything. I'm just letting you know what has been shown to help with general well being. Talk with your doctor if you're not sure which nutrients you may be depleted in
U Dub (6 месяцев назад)
fanoffener1 st johns wort is good too as it upregulates the serotonin receptor sites. I'm not a doctor but I'm beginning pre med and know a lot about nutrients and overall mental health. Good luck bruh
U Dub (6 месяцев назад)
fanoffener1 Google "7 nutrients depleted by psychiatric drugs" all of the ones that list your medication on there would be what was depleted while you were on it more then likely. Skullcap is a good one too if you're having like brain zaps and shit. I would highly suggest though getting some MAGNESIUM citrate, VITAMIN d3, VITAMIN k2 aswell as omega 3 with dha and epa. Turmeric works really well too dude good luck! You'll be fine shortly lol it's not gonna take long unless you've been going ham on them for years. In that case I would look into some tryptophan, good b VITAMIN complex, l tyrosine or l phenylalanine and you'll be golden man
fanoffener1 (6 месяцев назад)
U Dub Dude like which supplements would ease the withdrawl? Can you name a few pls?
Nicole Toy (6 месяцев назад)
Who ever this guy is .... he his BRILLIANT. I’ve watched nearly every vid on how to taper off .. and this guy is the best by far. He should be lecturing this stuff. I’m almost there and done it exactly how he says , even before I found this vid. Mate you are going to help a whole lot of people . Peace to you 🙏🙏 Peter Briggin God bless you also ..
Scott Bustello (7 месяцев назад)
Getting psyc info from YouTube is crazy.
Robert Dixon (7 месяцев назад)
Jeff, unless you are a fetus, the billion brain cells are it for life. Even a simple Google search will reveal this long known fact.
Some One (7 месяцев назад)
I'm about to turn 40 and I've been on these drugs since I was 28. I used cipralex (which caused me to fall asleep at the wheel and bump into the car in front of me three times in one month), recital, venla, miro (just for 3 weeks and I gained a bunch of weight), cymbalta, viepax, and now lustral. The worst times in my life was when I went off cymbalta and recital. I was depressed as hell and ran right back thinking I need these drugs. Even on these drugs I'm still depressed and suffer from side effects like sleep sweating and bad dreams and no sex drive and strange pressure feeling in my eyes. There was a drug I was on that caused my hands to relax for a split second once every while so if I was holding a cup of coffee I would spill some or drop it. What am I doing? These drugs are not helping. And when you tell your doctor that, he gives you a different dose or a different drug or combination of drugs. And if for whatever reason you feel ok, the assumption is that it's the drugs that fixed you. How did I fall for this BS for so long? I'm supposed to be smart and logical (Computer Science degree with honors). I just wanted to believe my doctors and do anything to stop the pain but it isn't working and is actually damaging, both in itself and because of the false sense that the problem has been taken care of, so I'm no longer looking for a solution.
Robert Dixon (7 месяцев назад)
The brain does not create new cells. So this guy is misguided.
jeffmack57 (7 месяцев назад)
Robert Dixon Yes it does.
Ariel (7 месяцев назад)
what if it's a 10mg capsule? how do i reduce that dose??
R P (2 месяца назад)
Depends on the drug in question. Prosac / fluxotine, 10mg will hardly touch you. And is probably the best drug to be on, to come off of.
Jesse Shugart (7 месяцев назад)
Get yourself a digital scale that measures milligrams- it takes out the guess work when decreasing your dose.
Snow Bird (7 месяцев назад)
Remove all guns out of the home when trying to take yourself off of these drugs.
Joshua Wagner (13 дней назад)
Seroquel when I was 16 to 28 now I think sometimes this stuff is breaking me talking out loud like a camera was watching and I never had theese issues before I've been tapering off 8 years ago 500 to 100 mg no problem 100 to 75 no problem 75 to 37.5 ..........why is this fucking with me I've never wanted to hurt myself but for awhile there every thing hurt words
Susan Wall (21 день назад)
+Laura Delgadillo I know how you feel my dear one. I was there too. If I felt side effects happening I would slow the taper even more. I think that taking the extra virgin coconut oil capsules helped me, because the brain needs good fat for health. Know that the death wish is the enemy that these bad drugs have created in your reality and fight it with love for yourself. I pray that you will come to the surface safe and sound. Take care
Rebeca Alfaro (1 месяц назад)
No, thank you. Talking to you made me feel a lot better. Sorry for the late reply, I was sick and the last of the withdrawal was probably the hardest for me. I'd love to keep chatting with you! I wasn't sure how to add you but I think you can add me with this link. :) https://youtu.be/addme/pFXhwzHS45wPMRllE3rv4T4avXcbDg
Laura Delgadillo (1 месяц назад)
Rebeca it has been rough. And like you, I have question the meaning of life. I feel like I have no purpose in life and I have no goals. I will talk to my PA about it on my next appointment. And to top it off, my psychologist just notified me that she is moving out of the State, so I have to start all over again with a new Therapyst.... Is there a way I can help you? You’re helping me by letting me vent to you. Thank you😊
Rebeca Alfaro (1 месяц назад)
:/ That sounds rough. I've only been on this stuff a year (prescribed by a resident Psychiatrist) but I've already had many times where I've come to question the meaning of life when before that had only happened once in my life years before. Have you mentioned to your psychologist and PA that you want to taper off? Also, feel free to message me directly to talk more if you like. :) Maybe we can help each other through this.
EarlGrey (7 месяцев назад)
What a load of bullshit.. these meds are great and save lifes. You have no clue of what you're talking about. All your opinion are based on conspiracy theories, your graphs are taken from bullshit sources and have NOTHING factual behind them. Where are the peer reviewed studies with the data for these graphs? Guess what. I checked. There are none. NONE. Everything you claim is completely disproven by science. Actual hard science. Do NOT listen to this person people. ONLY take medical advice from people who KNOW what they're talking about. You know.. actuall psychiatrists who spent decades learning the complex science behind these issues. Not some website or random opinionated amateur on the internet.
Bekim Selimi (8 месяцев назад)
U did it good examination, I am taking seroxat10mg(from20 down to) So I want to describe me how to stop them without doctor advice...
R P (2 месяца назад)
Why without doctor advice?
Brandi DuCoeur (8 месяцев назад)
But what if I'm already 10 days into going cold turkey?
R P (2 месяца назад)
Your cold turkey withdrawal goes as soon as you take the drug again.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Narrator, are you getting better?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Mirtazapine, anybody have experience with it?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
surreal (8 месяцев назад)
You should read the medication guide that comes with the prescription. it lists all the side effects that you may or may not experience.
surreal (8 месяцев назад)
Everyone reacts differently but for me, it happened within a wk.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
how many days? and negative symptoms?
surreal (8 месяцев назад)
I was given that for boosting appetite. However, it made me very drowsy so I stopped taking it.
Chuck Hamblin (8 месяцев назад)
I've been on Effexor 37.5 mg for only 2 weeks. Do I need to taper or can I just stop? I've never been on anti-depressant meds before and I hate this drug.
Jesse Shugart (7 месяцев назад)
I would taper - Effexor has some of the worst withdrawals
willsgma (8 месяцев назад)
I disagree, if on less than 4 weeks very likely you can just stop! That's the advice I've seen in all the groups.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
taper it......protect your brain!
Clark Graham (8 месяцев назад)
In the month of June last year (2017), I was being prescribed 150mg of Sertraline - which I had been taking for three years. When the Sertraline was no longer effective - I went back to my doctor to ask for an increase of dosage. To my surprise - my doctor refused. The reason I was given is that Sertraline can affect the heart and in some cases - the patient has had a cardiac arrest. I thought it would be best to listen and then follow the doctors advice. My doctor then told me that I am being prescribed Mertazipene but I must first taper myself of the Sertraline. I did the tapering over a six day period. On the third day of tapering - it was very unpleasant. I was having what I now know to be called 'Brain Zaps'. When I moved my eyes - I would feel a very uncomfortable vertigo sensation and felt like I was going to pass out. My anxiety levels were very high. I found it very difficult to sleep and upon awakening - I would suffer with sleep paralysis. I am convinced that SSRI's have given me brain damage. Upon researching - I have discovered that serotonin is not the chemical which regulates mood. Your mood is regulated by Cannabinoids. Cannabis can and does improve mood without all the horrific and dangerous withdrawal of SSRI's... So I just want to say to someone who is trying to come off SSRI'S - "Please be strong and take each day at one step at a time. Do not give up. I am weak and regret not giving up the SSRI's. I am just taking them to stop the withdrawal. Please don't be like me. Carry on with the withdrawal and get the horrible drug out of your system. I wish you the best and I pray that you will succeed."
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
these drugs are so dangerous. It is safer to stick with street drugs.
Clark Graham (8 месяцев назад)
Mike L I agree with you. I knew some mistake had been made. The second doctor I saw looked very concerned and appeared to be angry with the previous doctor. He said it should have been done over a period of months - not days. I am still trying to recover and I am convinced that I have damaged the synapses.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
taper slowly......
Pepita Cavanagh (8 месяцев назад)
I've been on 40 mg of citalopram for years now and want to come off them how do I do this weaning off I'm over taking this poison
Pepita Cavanagh (8 месяцев назад)
Thank you
willsgma (8 месяцев назад)
please join survivngantidepressants.org they will help you with everything
Pepita Cavanagh (8 месяцев назад)
Mike L how like what dose
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
taper 10% per month.
Lets be real (8 месяцев назад)
I started citalopram it's been 4 days and I feel really fucked up im really really afraid to get off cold turkey because I did feel mood swings when I went on can someone please reply because I'm horribly afraid
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
taper it.
willsgma (8 месяцев назад)
good advice
Psychiatric Survival (8 месяцев назад)
Not medical advice. Just our opinion: based on what we've read and understand, if you've only taken the substance for 4 days and nothing else before, then you should be OK to do a very rapid taper or cold turkey. It's only after a couple of weeks that your body begins to adapt physiologically and make profound changes. 4 days in, your body is begging you to stop - and is trying to save itself from the toxin. These substances are toxins, and your body will adapt around the toxin, 6 days (2 days after your post) and your body is JUST beginning to make long term changes. Good luck.
Lora Heiser (8 месяцев назад)
If you've been on cymbalta for 2 mths 20mg. Should you be ok to quit cold Turkey ?
Psychiatric Survival (8 месяцев назад)
Not medical advice, but I would strongly caution anyone taking these types of substances for more than a few weeks to simply stop cold turkey or even rapid taper. 2 months is enough time for your daughters body to have adapted to the effects of the drugs. In order to safely stop, a taper is required. This may take some time, but it's especially important to go slowly at low doses (e.g., don't just go from 10mg to zero, go 10, 8, 6, 4, 2,1,0.5 etc). At the very low doses it become difficult to get fractional amounts, but even though 0.5mg seems like nothing, it's still having effects on the brain and the rest of the body. Good luck.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Psychiatric drugs give street drugs a bad name.
Dave Smif (8 месяцев назад)
No. Take at least 2 months to taper off.
Lora Heiser (8 месяцев назад)
Psychiatric Survival thank you its for my 16 year old daughters. She didnt take 2 pill already tho? She had a nightmare last night and is moody
Psychiatric Survival (8 месяцев назад)
Absolutely not. Cymbalta is one of the most powerful "antidepressants" that exist. Cymbalta is an SNRI - a serotonin norepinephrine reputake inhibitor - so instead of just one transmitter, there's TWO - and both of them are incredibly powerful neurotransmitters. Not medical advice, but it's recommended to taper over a period of months to be safe. SNRI's take some time to fully produce their physiological effects. Once the physiological adjustments have occurred, the body is at an abnormal equilibrium. This abnormal equilibrium needs to be slowly reversed. Thus, one must taper to avoid extreme changes to their body from a rapid taper or cold turkey. Remember, for every dose change, it can take weeks or longer for the body to reach a new equilibrium. Based on the literature, it appears to be vital to taper. The conservative literature recommends no less than a number weeks of tapering, and the literature also demonstrates that tapering is likely to be particularly important at low doses. We recommend multiple months, at no more than 30% of the current dose, one drug at a time. It's best to work with a doctor in tapering, they can help you by prescribing fractional doses.
surreal (8 месяцев назад)
I was stupid to make the mistake of getting off cold turkey. I know I shouldn’t have, but my practitioners were non helpful. I was taking two types of meds and it only made things worse. The side effects were not continuing -_-
Adopted Hippo (3 месяца назад)
its a universal thing, anything you have done for a long time needs tapering off slowly but surely, if you do it too fast you will relapse, whether its a bad habit, or a pill
willsgma (4 месяца назад)
below. choose the drug that causes the least problem and taper only one at a time, with recovery period in between
surreal (4 месяца назад)
chickenlittle where did you make the other comment.
willsgma (4 месяца назад)
you can taper safely using water, please see today's comment I made
Daniel Blyth (6 месяцев назад)
Thankyou, this is my second attempt to come off them. Last time trying to come off I was still getting withdrawal symptoms two months in, which lead me to taking them again. I was just wondering when I might start feeling somewhat better.
Lizzie Sangi (8 месяцев назад)
It's true, it takes a long time. Never into xanax, etc., a Dr gave me .5 mgs Xanax. I stopped it cold turkey, maybe taking it for a year - I used heroin, too or fentanyl. It helped some. I still get a 'clang' in my head. Been taking Zoloft since birth it seems. I won-t even try putting that down. Gabbapentin, don't start it - not every day. It has heavy brain addiction. Almost like xanax, I think it grabs you faster. Gabbapentin is good one - three times a week, and cut that down. Thanks for this upload!
heygeno1951 (9 месяцев назад)
Paxil was the worst to come off of. BUT a long "weaning" is only torture as even small amounts  KEEP YOU plugged in. Ever try to stop smoking ? Try 1 cig a day for 6 months . at the end of that- you still need to go cold turkey..... which means you suffered 6 months LONGER than you needed to.
Alex Gray (9 месяцев назад)
Okay so what should be done about a quick taper??
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
alex, get the drugs as usual and taper your self . doctors will sabotage the recovery.
willsgma (8 месяцев назад)
find another doctor who will let you taper slowly. go to survivingantidepressants.org
Melissa Alvarez (9 месяцев назад)
I'm taking 150mg one a day of lamotrigene for epilepsy since 2011 so now since a haven't had a episode oh I forgot to add that I only had 3 seizures in 2011 that's all, so now I sur pass the 5 or more yrs of not having seizures in October 2017 I asked my doc that I wanted to get off the meds he said ok from 150mg one a day now take 100mg I said to him can we do 125mg he said they don't make 125mg, so I said ok BIG MISTAKE I MADE BY MAKING THIS CHANGE the withdrawals started at the 5 day FROM HELL!!!!! I've been a mess since now it's feb 12, 2018 I can't get better with the symptoms. Now to feel better I take 150mg in the morning and 75mg at night, I went from 150mg one a day to the other amount witch is more. God bless all of you that take meds and be strong!!!
willsgma (4 месяца назад)
I posted today how to use water to taper, this will work for you. You can split the solution and take 2 to 3 times a day. You must reduce the dose so slowly and this can only be done using water titration.
Beverly Lamon (9 месяцев назад)
I have a plan and it is working, I have good and bad days but because I am prepared it's going as expected.
Shy-Ann B. (3 месяца назад)
Beverly Lamon what’s your plan ?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
bev, whats your drug story?
Joseph Motta (9 месяцев назад)
Who is this arrogant pretentious and misguided presenter?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
I am 3 months off Xanax too! I only took it for six months. Sleep issues, anxiety, bad thoughts and dizziness. U?
Lotus Flower (8 месяцев назад)
Mike L I am still suffering daily however not as severe as when I was coming off them.I am only 3 months of , recovery is very slow but time will heal. Were you on long? How are you doing now?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Thanks for sharing. Do you still have symptoms? I am 3 months turkey-ed.
Lotus Flower (8 месяцев назад)
Mike L I was prescribed xanax for 10 years, it almost killed me I was crossed over to valium to taper off..I just completed a four year taper 3 months ago. I wouldn't wish the withdrawals on anyone .Hope you're doing ok
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
lotus, whats your drug story?
sunny Khan (9 месяцев назад)
I have been on lusrtal for a while now please can you advise me how i can taper off bcos finally my gp said i can giv it a go but i am so confused she wants me to take one day and miss one day 50mg strenghth i need your advice please much obliged.
willsgma (8 месяцев назад)
go to survivingantidepressants.org they will help you
Beverley Wilson (9 месяцев назад)
Hey Sunny, Facebook site, Cymbalta hurts worse will point you in the right direction. They are very helpful and welcoming.
sunny Khan (9 месяцев назад)
Thanks so so so much for this video i have cried and said to my gp that i wana come off lustral 50mg i am on daily and she just wont listen i am so so down and she said ok if u are insisting i want u to take one day and miss one day now after watching this video i dont know what to do please can anyone help?
Lisa Kelly (7 месяцев назад)
Don't skip days, taper mindfully and slowly, 10% per month.
James Fischer (9 месяцев назад)
Know exactly what your saying. 60 mg twice a day for a year. Cymbalta.I felt I was going to loose my soul for real and dropped cold turkey.WOW/What a f....n ride. It took 3 to 4 weeks of unexplainable suffering.During this time I listened to,subliminal, Supra-subliminal hypnosis of mostly love and positive stuff. It helped but still was a real night mare. Later I found Black Seed oil the purest strongest kind Blessed Seed.They sell from weak to strong oil.This oil is proven to work to help withdrawals from opiates.Add turmeric and neem and a very good vitamin.Watch what you eat-if possible.Organic everything pre wash everything with solution of vinegar and water.Organic fruits and veggies are sprayed with fluoride.No meat it is too complex to digest and slows the recovery. Number one biggie is drink distilled water from a known reliable source.Decant water to copper or glass container.Plastic is bad. All cleaning and showering products have chemicals that are absorbed into your system.You must use pure soap and shampoo I mean no chemicals pure like 2 to three ingredients. Water you sower in has to be filter buy a carbon filter then a Kosher bone char filter.There is a-lot of cr.. in the water. Good Luck Supplies I found clean I bought through the mail from the Isha Foundation in McMinnville,Tennessee Dead sea mud soap I enjoy also🔆🐝
Paul Diahy (9 месяцев назад)
You’re not Scientologists? Thank God! Good thing you clarified that
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Many doctors PURPOSELY sabotage your health just to fill their own pockets with money. DrugDealing101- get people hooked and business will thrive. The lure of huge profits has created an iatrogenic medical system and we are its victims.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
eric, how you doing?
eric bowser (8 месяцев назад)
Mike L Great job might keep it up
InPulse Duo (10 месяцев назад)
Thx for video. I am currently trying to stop sloow 5 mg Mirtrazapin to 0 mg ..still after 1 year not much better and a lot of really bad effects. How long can this take?? I am scared I will never recover from this. 😭😭 Was on this SSRI for 11 years..tried to quit 4 times.. I cant take another failour!@
Silvertown59 (10 месяцев назад)
Best advice ever on withdrawal....Sensible, realistic and detailed explanation on the true process. Definitely GPs and psychiatrists frequently do not understand the reality of anti-depressants effects.
Sickle TTT (10 месяцев назад)
When I stopped taking these meds (which no doctor will ever talk me into taking again!), I decreased the daily dosage by running the pill along a very fine grater. For 3 days I'd run the pill along the grater once, which caused a very tiny amount of powder to come off. then, for the next 3 days, I'd run the pill over the grater twice. Three days later, I'd do it 3 times. Etc, etc. It worked much easier than it sounds like it works when people decrease the dosage by 5 mgs at a time.
ka k (1 месяц назад)
I have been cutting mine for a couple months but the grater idea I think I will use one I get to half my pill dosage. I have come down from 20 mg paxil to 15 now I started on 40 -60, 15 years ago. I just discovered yesterday that Apple Cider Vinegar is going to help my headaches & high BP. I am also starting on 200 mg of selenium at bedtime with magnesium & potassium. I tried cold turkey & had terrible brain zaps & verizon & nightmares. That's when I went to 20 ng & started tapering. I thought I was going to die. Do a lot of research online & You Tube may start L- Theanine also. Good luck all..
Gary Simone (3 месяца назад)
chickenlittle have you used a nail file ?? I am going to try it
Gary Simone (3 месяца назад)
Michael TTT great info Can a nail file do the same thing ??
Aswin Gopal (3 месяца назад)
The problem with a lengthy taper is that you'll have a longer time dealing with the "minor" withdrawal and relapse . Did you find the process of withdrawal uncomfortable inspite of tapering so slowly?
Gary Simone (3 месяца назад)
Great idea how u. Doing. .....Michael TTT
Cody Schleiger (10 месяцев назад)
So this vid just scared the sh*& out of me, I have been on Lexapro 10mg for about two months, my doc just upped my dose to 20mg, which i believe is the highest, I literally do not want to take this anymore, or at least go all the way down to 5mg (the smallest dose). I knew a bit about these drugs, ( I work in the health insurance industry) but I needed to try something per my situation...this just reminded me how horrible this stuff is
Mike L (7 месяцев назад)
brocolli sprouts are supposed to lower glutamate and inflammation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0lBVCpq8jc&t=4758s
Immanuel Kant (7 месяцев назад)
My daughter was assigned 40mg of lexapro and was told to quit for 9 days and switch to prozac. She was in absolute agony... but wouldn't question the doctor. She has terrible anxiety - Asperger. I was with her a lot because she needed help.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
agree, they chose psychiatry because it is not science based....they cannot make it as real doctors.
zyklzy1 (8 месяцев назад)
I've been on one psych drug or another continually since 1998. These drugs cure nothing, instead i've suffered 20 years of debilitation with little chance of ever again leading a productive life - oh, but that's due to the illness of course not the medication. Psychiatrists must be avoided at all costs. They are basically failed doctors who couldn't cut it in medicine. Having been a psych nurse for 10 years I was able reach this conclusion fairly quickly.
Cory Erik (11 месяцев назад)
Thank you for posting this.  Do you have a step down chart for Lexapro?
willsgma (10 месяцев назад)
please go to survivingantidepressants.org
Carl Jönsson (11 месяцев назад)
Hey man, thanks alot, im getting of seroxat at the moment, im going from 20 mg and i am at 5. Wish me luck.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
I agree. I have seen people taper perfectly for two years and then jump at 5. This undermines the purpose of the taper process.
Psychiatric Survival (8 месяцев назад)
Thank you for writing. As indicated, it's particularly important to go slow at low doses. Not medical advice. But here's our view: Some have made the mistake of getting to a dose of say, 5mg, and then simply going from 5mg to 0mg. This, in our view, is a tremendous mistake, as the biological action of these drugs tends to level off at surprisingly low doses. This has been demonstrated by published literature. This means that tapers at higher doses may be less influential than tapers at LOW doses. Take your time, especially at low does - it will be worth the effort.
mike hollin (11 месяцев назад)
wish I had of found this 3 weeks ago.......WTF Its been a horror show trying to quit to quickly. Thanks for the info.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Nice, its good for people who never took benzos.
mike hollin (8 месяцев назад)
I was on 20mg of celexa for 6yrs. valerian helped me sleep
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
mike, which drug were you on?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
Valerian root eases symptoms but hinders recovery for benzo victims. It is a GABA antagonist.
mike hollin (8 месяцев назад)
sooooo much better mate. thanks , been taking magnesium , valerian root, 5 htp, and l-tyrosine . this has made a huge difference. I had no idea it would be so hard to quit this med. or even that it needed to be done slowly.
Kay Tee (11 месяцев назад)
I hadn’t realised how Ssri medication can affect our ability to sleep deeply.
Kay Tee (11 месяцев назад)
A go told me to skip the odd day, this has resulted in me being all over the place. Another GP reduced my ssri far too quickly, I wish I had know this a few years ago.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
kay, how are you now?
Helen Rogers (9 месяцев назад)
Not true!! I know!! You can ween over a week with the use of Prozac. Then you can stop Prozac cold turkey with no side effects.
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
noname, whats your drug story?
Lizzie Sangi (8 месяцев назад)
Scintillα cool
Juggernaut (8 месяцев назад)
That's because Prozac has a very long half-life. If you try to stop drugs with a short half-life (like Effexor) you'll have severe side effects. I tried it so I know.
Lizzie Sangi (8 месяцев назад)
Helen Rogers. If thaz true is a Godsend. So take Prozac, to wean off another ? Then stop the Prozac. I wz prescribed Prozac yrs ago, stopped it as soon as I started it.
Susan Devoy (1 год назад)
Thank you so much for this presentation! 💜💜💜
Billy Garland (1 год назад)
Your awesome the best one i have seen and I have watched them all
Mat Stevenson (1 год назад)
Thank you SO much, I'm furious with the doctors and psychs that had me taking a combination of mirtazapine (remeron) & largactil (chlorpromazine) without even telling me what they were! I took them for 22 days and became a neurotic basket case, so I just stopped cold, then wham, withdrawals from hell. That was six weeks ago and I still feel anxious, lobotomised fatigued and sleepless with brain zaps and muscle spasms... I could go on but you've already nailed it. Would you mind letting me know what you were taking and for how long? It really makes me so angry that these bastards can hand out chemical lobotomy's to people who just need a little kindness and understanding. Thanks again, M
JanCarol11 (7 месяцев назад)
Mike L - you can read most of my story here: http://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15557-jancarol-undiagnosed-off-all-bipolar-drugs/ I have been on most drugs and all psych drug classes.
Mike L (7 месяцев назад)
jan, whats your drug story? I am 3 months off xanax.
JanCarol11 (7 месяцев назад)
All of them! Berries are your friend!
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
what kind of berries should i eat?
Mike L (8 месяцев назад)
me too. I was having panic attacks and just trusted the doctor. Now I know how evil they are! I am tapering 10% per month via water titration.

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