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Going off meds - March 31st 2010, 02:52 AM

So let me just start by saying Ive been diagnosed with a mood disorder for over ten years now. I am by no means new to the world of treatments and medications and therapy. I am in three types of therapy and see a psychiatrist on a regular basis. And I know the cardinal rule is to never go off of your meds, especially without talking to your doctor.


However recently Ive really been toying with the idea of going off my medications. Part of me is aware this is probably a terrible idea. I know the devastation caused in relationships and schoolwork just when my meds are a little off, let alone when Im not on any at all. But Ive been on fewer meds before (granted that was in a mental hospital, but still). And part of me wants to try it and see how it goes, if I can manage well. After all, Ive been adjusting meds for over a year now and not much has improved. Maybe Id just be better without.

I dont want to talk to my doctor about it because shell give me the ten thousand reasons why I need to stay on my meds etc etc. Reasons I already know. So Im just wondering, has anyone else gone of meds without doctor approval? Experiences, stories? I know its different for everyone, but humor me. All advice and opinions would be great.



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Re: Going off meds - March 31st 2010, 04:58 AM

Maybe you could ask your doctor to gradually lower your doses, and see if that goes well? Perhaps if you withdraw slowly, instead of quitting cold-turkey, you won't have as many problems, such as relapses, withdrawl symptoms, all that other stuff your doctor will probably bring up.
   
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Re: Going off meds - April 2nd 2010, 04:46 PM

Hey there Jordan,

I understand that you do not want to talk to your doctor about the prospect of getting off your medication, but I honestly do think that it would be the best idea right now. Even if you do disagree with your doctor, you could ask for a second opinion and persist with your point of view. You should not have to take medication if you do not want it or feel as though you do not require it and you deserve to be listened to. It is important to slowly lower your dose over a long period of time when you are coming off medication and a psychiatrist would be able to help you do that. I think that if you are adamant to get off this medication then going to your doctor really would be the best idea, Jordan. Coming off this medication (especially by yourself) could have very negative consequences.

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Re: Going off meds - April 2nd 2010, 05:35 PM

i've stopped cold turkey without a doctor.
it isn't safe. i was ok. but...i didn't get any better. just had to start the process of getting on meds over again. had to work my way up again. it pretty much just wasted a lot of time.
i don't recommend it at all. like stephanie said, it can have a lot of negative consequences.
hope you'll talk to your doctor!



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Re: Going off meds - April 4th 2010, 05:31 AM

Depending on the meds, stopping cold turkey can be okay or it can be devastating. Think of it as if you're spinning around and a circle on a merry-go-round and just stop. First effect is things go flying, second you feel dizzy, and it takes you a while to get reacquainted with being still.

your mind and body are the same way, if there is an imbalance and drugs are correcting, bettering, or just effecting that, stopping cold turkey will have bad effects. Drugs such as steroids, some alkaloids, and lithium must be tapered down unless switching proper therapies.

I recommend you seek an independent opinion by another physician before stopping, because a doctor should be open to your thoughts as its your body and ultimately, you know what feels right.
   
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