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Hi everybody,
I just weaned myself off of Effexor and Seroquel. For about 4 years I was taking 75 mgs. of Effexor during the day and 25 mgs. of Seroquel at night in order to sleep. Anyway, I'm officially off of everything for one week and I'm interested in starting 5-HTP. How long should I be off of all meds prior to starting 5-HTP? I've heard conflicting stories and I'm totally confused! Thanks for your help.
Peace,
Susan
I was on Effexor years ago, and if memory serves me right, it has a long half life, meaning it stays in your system for a while after you stop taking it. I would wait a couple months before starting the 5-HTP. I can't comment on the Seroquel, though, as I've never been on it, and I don't know anything about it. I'm actually currently on 5-HTP (since March). I was previously on Prozac (also has a long half life) for eight years. I waited three months after going off it to start the 5-HTP. I basically started feeling what I call 'poopy' (depressed) after the third month off the Prozac and that's when I started the 5-HTP. It's working well for me, I'm on a high dose, though (250mgs) as I have severe depression. Good luck. :)
Thanks! That makes sense. I will NEVER take Effexor again. AWFUL drug!
Peace,
Susan
You're welcome, anytime. :) Effexor worked okay for me for the depression, just not the anxiety. So, I went on Prozac after that, which turned out to be the beginning of the end (of my sex drive, that is). I'm still waiting for it to fully return, it's been almost a year that I've been off of it! My poor hubby, once or twice a month. :rolleyes: He says he doesn't care, but c'mon he's a guy, of course he cares. LOL ;) Of all the ad's I've been on, though, the Prozac helped the most with both the depression and the anxiety. However, I wasn't willing to sacrifice my sex life, my emotions, or my hair any longer. Besides the low sex drive, I was emotionally numb while I was on it and had a lot of hair loss, too.