I was just wondering if anyone has any positive or negative stories regarding coming off medication you've taken for quite some time.
I know you're body is used to it and you should withdraw slowly to prevent any return of symptoms or adverse effects.
LIke, do you ever worry that after a successful withdrawal your symptoms will return
But has anyone else ever felt nervous about withdrawing or is it just me..?
Thank you to anyone who responds
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- Thread Starter
- 31-12-2012 12:41
- TSR Support Team
- 31-12-2012 23:11
What kind of medication are you taking?
I'm on mirtazapine (an antidepressant) and when I've withdrawn from it in the past, I've felt so unbelievably nauseous that I've had to take it again. Not nice. (but then, to be fair, I never reduced it slowly just went cold turkey). It's generally recommend that you continue taking antidepressants for some time after your depression has gone in order to minimize the chance of it returning. The same applies with antipsychotics. There's no guarantee what you're treating won't return but by taking your time you can minimize the chance.
- 01-01-2013 00:09
Depends on the drug, for tricyclics I've always just stopped cold turkey and its never been bad. Mirtazapine and quetiapine I stopped cold turkey and couldn't really sleep properly for a few days but that was about it. Citalopram and duloxetine sucked, but that was at least partly my fault for stopping them quickly (I didn't really have a choice).
In terms of worrying about returning, that's not really an issue for me since I've accepted the fact that I'll likely need drugs permanently (yay for bipolar disorder).
- 01-01-2013 14:12
What are you planning to withdraw from?
- 02-01-2013 05:03
Found it hard withdrawing from valium and opioids.
Withdrew from Citalopram, Gabapentin, Tricyclics fine.
Do fear withdrawing from Venlafaxine & Pregabalin; just read a lot of horror stories.