Have You Stopped Taking Anti Depressants?

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Like me, have you stopped taking anti depressants.  I was on them for over 20 years.  Some suited me, some had side effects I could not tolerate.  Over a  year ago  at my doctors suggestion I withdrew from my latest anti depressant.  She did not suggest where I go from there.

I withdrew very slowly from a drug that is well known to be difficult to get off, and I successfully withdrew with no symptoms.

Whilst on anti depressants, I took supplements, which I continue to do, and have added others.  I take multivitasmin and minerals, cod liver oil, Omega3, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B complex, and I have just ordered 5HTP and magnesium.

I would like to hear from other people who now take supplements instead of anti depressants, and how they feel about it.  Do you feel you would like to continue on supplements, and never go back on anti depressants?  Do you feel you can manage your depression without medication?

By the way I have tried St John's Wort too.  Has anyone had success with this?

I would love to hear from other people here, who like me, want to stop taking anti depressants.  Thank you.

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    I am planning to stop mine now, starting tomorrow, I am on 50g of sertraline and have tried to stop before but did have very bad withdrawals, brain zapping exhaustion visual problems, the floor seemed to be like a rough sea!! So going to do it slowly, I would appreciate any advice from the group. Happy days....
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      I was on Sertraline once, but it was not difficult for me to stop.  But I was on Prozac, which was the worst drug I ever took.  Made me really ill.

      Last drug I tood was 150mg Effexor, which I was on for a few years.  That is the anti depressant that took me months to withdraw from.  I did it slowkly over months.  Some anti depressants more difficult to withdraw from than others.

      Glad you are doing it slowlky.  Withdrawals are a nightmare.  Do you intend to try without anti depressants now? 

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    Hi Anne,

     I too had to stop taking anti-depressants. They were making me psychotic and delusional. I ended up stopping anti-depressants and being put on an anti-psychotic named Olanzapine. That drug put me through hell. I was zombied out the next day because of it. My new psychiatrist has agreed to slowly start reducing the dose of that med. I mean very slowly because he has only reduced it by 1/2 a mg, per month so far. Can't wait for the next reduction. I still have problems with insomnia and stiil feel zombied out the next day. I think the reduction is going too slow. At least I'm off the anti-depressants. I don't feel depressed at all. My first psychiatrist increased the dose of my mood stabilizer Carbamazepine. That keeps my mood relatively stable but I still suffer from bouts of mania.

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      Oh gosh that it so awful for you.  It is well known that some anti depressants can make people suicidal, and I did not realise that they could also make people psychotic and delusional.  How terrible is that?  I have had some weird side effects from different anti depressants.  Not as bad as you.

      I am glad you are now stopping.  I wish you well.  No you cannot go too slow if you want to avoid withdrawals.  So pleased you do not feel depressed at all.  That is wonderful.  Hope you continue to do well.

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      Thank you Anne,

       The truth is I do not feel depressed at all. It's the mania I have to deal with. I often stay up all night long surfing the Internet visiting Facebook or various forums. I think there are still some anti-depressant parts in the mood stabilizer drug Carbamazepine. That's what's keeping me on the manic side of my bi-polar illness. But the drug I really want to get off of is the anti-psychotic Olanzapine. Like I may have mentioned it makes me zombied out the next day. And because of my insomnia I have to play catch-up with my sleep during the day time and go for 4 hour naps. I am just grateful that my psychiatrist has agreed to start reducing that medication. But from my research I have to do it very slowly or suffer withdrawl symptoms. At least I have a doctor who will listen to my suggestions. I've done a lot of research regarding Olanzapine and most people have bad reactions to the drug. Truth is, I'm on a very high dose. THe doctor is reducing it by only 1/4 mg. every month or two. That is almost too safe. My sleep habits are starting to improve a bit but I have a long way to go yet. I also have to learn to reduce my coffee intake. That would help improve my sleep patern a lot. I drink decaff now. I'm going to church in a couple of hours. I'm now a Seventh Day Adventist. It's a fairly large group of people but they are all great people to be surrounded with. I look forward to my Saturday services. I pray that you have a great day. Thanks again for your support. God bless you in your future. xxoo

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      I am glad you have support with your church group.  That must be a great comfort. 

      I have always drunk decaffienated coffee, but drink ordinary tea. 

      I do hope you feel better soon. Take care

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      Good evening Anna,

       I did some researh on Google and foud that tea can have more caffeinf that coffee. Do a search yourself to prove my claim. You'll be surprized.

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