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Sorry for my poor English but I will try my best to explain my story
I started taking antidepressants for chronic headache in 2012 and tapered all the pills in 2015 April . I was in a new city by then and my withdrawal symptoms were so severe that I couldn't sleep for a month and my doctor advised me to take escitalopram (10 mg), clonazepam (0.5 mg) and mirtazapine (7.5mg). I started living my life again. Last year I tapered escitalopram and clonazepam without any withdrawal. But life became hell when I lowered my dosage of mirtazapine from 7.5 to 3.5 mg. Insomnia, anxiety, weird feelings in body, brain fog etc. My doctor increased my dosage to 11.25 mg but that didn't help out either. After 2 months I decided to taper again and my tapering schedule was like this :
7.5 mg 2 years
3.75 mg 1 week
11.25 mg 2 months
9.375 mg 10 days
7.5 mg 10 days
5.625 mg 10 days
3.75 mg 10 days
1.875 10 days
I have started taking ashwagandha (an Indian herb) at night time which is helping me with my anxiety.
I was thinking of tapering by making liquid solution but I am leaving to USA on 22nd July for my higher studies and I want get rid of this pill completely by then.
Now I will use the same strategy I used to taper escitalopram. From today onwards I ll start taking 0.9 mg for 7 days and then 0.9 mg on alternate days and then 0.9 mg every three days and so on.
My main issue right now is sleep and I have only been sleeping for 3-4 hours since I started taper. I am not getting enough sleep but Thanks to ashwagandha, vitamin d, vitamin b12 because I don't feel anxious even after the sleep deprivation.
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