... now I am 25 and have been on 100mg since age 22. Depression and other issues run in my family, however I am not sure medicating someone since childhood is the best way either. I am very thankful though for the stability and control this drug has given me but I also I don't know what NOT being on an anti-depressant feels like. The transition is going to be long and difficult. I want to come off of the medication yet I am not sure how to conquer this safely and effectively. Any lifers on this medication who have come off before? I am hoping a long list of possible side effects goes away when I am completely off the drug too. I have cut back to 50 mg again. Hoping to stay this way for a few months then go down to 25mg for another few months and then every other day for a while since I am so incredibly dependent on it. Any advice out there from people going through the same thing?
Hi, kitty1 You're going about this the right way by undergoing a prolonged withdrawal. But with a family history of illness and your own illness I'd advise that clinical depression is a distinct possibility and you may experience a rebound.
I have been on medication since I was fifteen ~ I'm now sixty ~ and I've tried withdrawal several times unsuccessfully. Since I have had no side effects to speak of I happily accept that I will take medication for the rest of my happy, healthy life.
Best wishes and good luck to you on your journey, WildCat
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