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Re: Venlafaxine or Trazodone useless after pause?

Posted by Christ_empowered on May 9, 2021, at 21:39:04

In reply to Venlafaxine or Trazodone useless after pause?, posted by Lamdage22 on May 9, 2021, at 2:02:55

i don't think anyone can answer that question with certainty. :-(

deal is...the drugs do help, some people, in some situations, some times. how's -that- for progress? lol.

but getting down to specifics...what drugs will work, how long treatment should continue, when and if to discontinue, what to do if a taper fails, etc...

almost -0- from the established literature, as best I can tell.

having typed all that, I will say that ongoing exposure to conventional 'antidepressants' seems, intuitively, more problematic than an attempt at abrupt discontinuation in favor of 5-HTP.

long term 'antidepressant' treatment may be a necessary evil for some people, but...some literature would seem to indicate that the end result for a lot of people is more severe low mood swings, longer times of misery, and the need for more and more drugs to stop the depression ("treatment resistant depression"...some theorize this is common, now, because of over use of drugs for extended periods of time).

i have often heard experts say that stopping a neuroleptic would lead to a relapse and then a higher dose of neuroleptic. the truth? as best I can tell, it seems that neuroleptics have their own discontinuation syndromes. clozapine, in particular, can be hell to stop. the typical response to the discontinuation syndrome is use of a neuroleptic. in cases of hospitalization, the trend is to start people on (often excessively) high doses, which are often then maintained on an outpatient basis.

honestly, i think a "drug holiday" might be a good thing. if it works out...the 5-HTP meets your needs...then that'd be a big step towards a more healthful treatment. if it doesn't, then perhaps the psychiatrist in charge of your treatment could re-evaluate the entire combination, and see if perhaps there is a way to do more, with less medication. or not. im clearly not offering any sort of expert opinion or anything, just...I really do hope things work out for you, whatever you decide.





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