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Re:how to function on a med vacation?

Posted by sageblue on July 27, 2004, at 21:32:28

In reply to Re: why do i feel blank when i taper off . . ?, posted by ST on July 25, 2004, at 23:40:20

> Once my brain and body get the drug totally and completely out of my system, I return to a base level. I used to think that without ADs I suffered from anxiety. Come to find out, I simply go through feelings of anxiety when coming off an AD - it is a side effect of withdrawing. >
> After about 6 weeks without the drug, you should start to feel like yourself again. Again, it's different with everyone, but don't come to any conclusions about your diagnosis based on how you feel when you're tapering.
> That's my two cents!

hey sarah --

yeah, today my partner was saying that i have hardly been _off_ meds in 5 years, and wondering if much of what troubles me could be from meds.

for example,i have regular migraines, and have vision problems that i thought were from migraines, yet they vanished when i started tapering from depakote.

and i've been on medications that affect anxiety, yet the worst i remember being is the time described when i tapered off for 2-3 weeks a couple of years ago.

since numerous factors have changed since i first went on meds (treated for a thyroid disorder, more stable life, therapist in place, etc.), it may be a good idea to try to taper off. yet finding 6 weeks for a good brain bounce is difficult. i might try to taper during say, late december and then take the month of january off -- using my vacation for the new year and some personal leave time for a month.

how were you able to function when you came off meds? did you hold down a job at the same time?




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