Posted by sukarno on March 21, 2010, at 22:32:55
In reply to Day three of tianeptine taper, posted by sukarno on March 21, 2010, at 22:17:46
I also managed to quit caffeine (three cups of strong Lipton black tea a day). I lowered the caffeine by going to 2 1/2 cups for one day, then 2 cups a day for a few days... then one cup for 2 days and this morning I decided no more.
No headache (yet) and it's been 24 hours since I last had a cup. Cravings, yes. Arrgghh..! :-D
I hope I'll feel better. I tried going cold turkey two months ago and it was disastrous. The headache lasted 9 days and resolved. I thought withdrawal was over, but then I felt extremely sleepy, sleeping up to 16 hours a day and also felt a bit cold and _extremely depressed_. Oh my God, that was awful... worse than going off Stablon.
This time tapering helped. Caffeine is definitely not good for someone with panic disorder. I initiated that dumb habit last year to increase motivation as I always feel apathetic and have almost no sex drive. It immediately helped with motivation and seemed to augment Stablon, but pooped out after a few days, so it was not worth it.
I'll have to find other ways of boosting my motivation.
The human brain will always find ways of downregulating/upregulating/adjusting to any drug we take, so my feeling is that most psychiatric drugs and stimulants like caffeine are only temporary in their ability to help some recover from any given illness.
I hope because it was easy to kick the caffeine habit that I will be able to kick tianeptine too.