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This is the #1 out-patient drug withdrawal program in the world. Over 40,000 people are now off their medication with this program.
is an essential handbook on how to safely and more easily wean yourself (under
medical supervision) off the heavily over-prescribed psychotropic medications. I
have used the program with my patients and it works!” Hyla Cass M.D. Author of
Supplement Your Prescription
The author of the book is also a sought after speaker who trains physicians and psychiatrists how to safely get their patients off Lexapro and other psychoactive medication. The entire book is easy to understand and gives a step-by-step detail how to handle the Lexapro side effects, Lexapro withdrawal if you are already reducing and how the Lexapro must be reduced.
How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely covers:
Things to Be Aware of
What to do before you reduce benzodiazepines, anti-anxiety drugs, anticonvulsants, and sleep medications
What to do before you reduce an antidepressant
What to do before you reduce an antipsychotic medication
What to do before you reduce ADHD medication or stimulants
How to reduce benzodiazepines, anti-anxiety medication, anticonvulsants, and sleep medications
How to reduce antidepressants
How to reduce antipsychotic medication.
How to reduce ADHD medication and stimulants
What you can do to eliminate side effects if you are already tapering a drug or quit a drug and are still suffering.
You can also meet the authors:
Meet the authors, James Harper and Jayson Austin, How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely at the following medical conventions:
Organic Expo West March 11-13, 2011 Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.
Health Freedom Expo March 25-27, 2011 Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA. The co-author Jayson Austin will be lecturing about the withdrawal methods at the conference. Other speakers will be Kevin Trudeau, Daryl Hannah, Mariel Hemingway, and John Gray.
Parker Chiropractic College Annual Convention Jan. 14-16, 2010 Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV.
Alternative College of Medicine, San Diego, CA. Exact day in April to be announced.
Holistic Treatment: Changing the Way We Look at Recovery April 28-30, 2010 Palms Resort, Las Vegas, NV. James will be presenting at the conference and the topic will be Duel Diagnosis, How to Solve Drug/Drug Interactions
New World Fair Health Expo May 22-23, 2010 Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA. James will be a keynote speaker and discuss how a person can get off psychoactive medication and what they can do to eliminate the medication side effects.
“I am now more than halfway off my antidepressant, using the program. I was able to reduce a little bit of the medication with my naturopath, but we reached a standstill after the second reduction. The side effects started and we could not get rid of them. The Omega 3 got rid of the brain zaps within a few hours and they never came back. The Body Calm has been amazing at helping me stay calm during the day and with my sleep. And that barley did just what you said it would do for my energy and complete feelings. I can’t thank you enough.”
Taper off Antidepressants: Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Celexa, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Strattera,
Taper off Benzos: Ambien, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, Xanax, Ativan, Librium, Halcion, Restoril
Taper off Stimulants: Adderall, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Cylert, Concerta
6-29-05 started the program. Went
from 20mg Paxil now down to 5mg.
The program is wonderful I feel better than I have in years.
I am taking Klonopin. After one week
on your program I do not even feel like I am taking a benzo. I am
sleeping better than I ever have in my life. Vivid dreams have
vanished and if I wake up in the middle of the night I can go right
back to sleep.
I will be starting the taper next week and I am very nervous. Every time I have tried to quit in the past the withdrawal was too much.
Everything you have in your book has been true so far so I probably should not be nervous. I do feel wonderful. J.F.
This taper is going better than I dreamed possible. I tried many times to come off the Remeron
unsuccessfully. I was on Sinequan from 1991 to 2003 and the neurologist switched it to
Remeron in 2003. I was initially placed on Sinequan because I was sick for several yrs. with
Epstein-Barr virus. They thought I had everything from MS to brain tumors to begin with. After the infections subsided, I was left with lots of pain and the worst case of insomnia in
history. So, after years of anti-depressants for the insomnia, I begged for help to get off
the drugs and found none. When I said I could not quit, that I was addicted, I was told that
they were not addicting and that I could quit cold turkey. When I told them of the devastating
effects I was told, “that just proved how much my body needed them.” He then wanted me on
several other drugs, Topamax and Neurontin, plus Lipitor for the tremendous increase in
cholesterol and triglycerides. I refused.
Oh I was constantly going to the eye Dr. for eye infections. I lived on antibiotics.
What a nightmare! My mom had a "pill" book and I found out how all these symptoms could
be attributed to the anti-depressant I had taken for so long. I also found out that my neuropathy
could have been caused by the yrs. of Sinequan. I had to get off these drugs, but had no hope
that I ever could. Then a dear friend sent me your website. When I first started the taper, electrical pain and the pins and needles of the neuropathy became much worse. I feared I would go to all the trouble of coming off my drug, only to find the neuropathy would be unlivable.
But the increase of pain is now gone. I feel I am doing well. In fact, my mom is now on your
products just for a healthy supplement. I am one month into the taper. I am so grateful for your
help and all the effort you have put into your web pages - and the kind and quick manner in which you responded to my emails. I will write if I run into a snag. If not, I will write a success story. My medical problems have been very complicated so I fear my condensed version doesn't make much sense. Just know you have offered more help than many, many Drs. over the years.
God bless you,
I have been on your program for 31 days now. I am
taking all of your
natural remedies. I have gone from 4mg of Risperdal to 2mg now. And I
have had very little problem. I am doing super. This stuff must
really work. I haven't been able to lower the dosage this much in a few
years. I thank God for you. I do not have my psychiatrists participation
due to political matters with the VA. I want to keep my disability
benefits. Once I get off Risperdal I will begin to taper off Celexa if
everything is going well. Those are the only two psych meds that I'm on
thank God. I have schizo-affective disorder. But I am hoping I have
recovered from the worst of this illness which happened 10 years ago. I
am hoping I will be able to manage my illness with natural methods in
the future. Can I keep you posted on my progress from time to time?
Thanks again. Suzanne B
15, 2005 - New Life Center of San
Francisco has implemented the taper program of The Road Back - How
to Get Off Drugs Safely.
The New Life Center is an 80 bed inpatient facility treating drug addiction as well as psychotropic medication withdrawal.
July 15, 2005
With the aid of an excellent psychiatrist who is very anti drug and the use of your book along with supplements I was able to successfully taper off Zoloft after being on it for 3 years. I thank you and would like to offer my time if you need it. Kelly H.
July 15, 2005
This program and these products are awesome. I am so awesomely please and only wish I would have started this program much, much sooner. I feel 100% better already and have passed this program on to others. Thank you all for your dedication, care and sincerity.
I have been on a benzo for 5 years. One week
into the pre-taper, I now feel as though I have never even suffered
from a benzo side effect! Before starting the program, I could not
sleep or could not sleep throughout the night and had vivid dreams
My sleep is better than it has ever been in my life. This is only 5 days into the program. This is only 5 days into the program.
My sleep is better than it has ever been in my life.
It is such an easy program to implement. In the past, vitamin supplements were complicated and difficult to administer and they didn’t help. This plan is so simple to follow and we have seen amazing results in such a short period of time. In my son’s case, a mere nine weeks from now he will be drug-free. That is miraculous! After he was labeled schizophrenic and prescribed anti-psychotics, he was sick every day and experiencing auditory hallucinations. I wondered if we would ever have him back. It is incredible to have traits of his old personality, including his firey spirit back! Thank you! Please give us a plan for life!
from his son -
My mind is calm - thank you.
"When you said "maybe by Wednesday you'll be feeling better. . . well let's just say that I do not believe in miracles (I'm a proud atheist and I believe in Science for one thing). Yet having started the supplement on Saturday, I woke up Monday feeling very different. That is to say "not bad" and in fact I felt good!
That was perhaps the best day of the week probably because it cracked the shell and I accomplished a dozen or more things that I had put off for weeks and in some cases months due to the increasing Paxil dysfunction that increasingly included agoraphobia, although I've never had the problem before. So in one day I got a haircut, carwash, went to the pharmacy, shopping, took my aunt out to lunch, all boring to read I'm sure, but boy did it feel terrific! Furthermore today was the fourth "not bad" day and I'm planning to begin my taper on Saturday as planned.
The bottom line is that I already feel like I owe you enormous thanks even though I acknowledge that the hard part is in front of me. I had severe withdrawal side effects with 30mg., and now that this quack has me up to 60mg. it's gonna be a rough ride, but I'm pretty confident that the further education is going to give me the best shot to overcome this drug addiction. And overcome I will."
"I'm sorry I haven't been in touch with you, and I'm sorry about all these damned exclamation points, but I feel GREAT! Not just good but terrific, and I really feel I owe it all to you. In fact if I had any children I'd re-name them all James Harper ........ immediately.
Really it's been an amazing process and the reason I haven't been in touch is because I knew it might be obsessively long, because I'm all of a sudden busy again doing all the things I haven't done in months, and because I'm sort of learning to communicate properly once more. The main point is that I've been taking the supplement daily, sometimes in two batches as you recommended and sometimes all in one big batch, and I wanted to ask if the reason you suggested the two is for better absorption or some other reason, or whether it's OK to take it all at once.
But now let me tell you the taper specifically is going great. I have 40's and 20's to take my daily 60 and I was able to cut the 20 in half but the first night was too lazy and/or unprepared to figure how to cut it into quarters, so three nights ago I began taking 50mg. The first night I had the usual nightmares and was a little dizzy in the morning though I took the supplement and it helped right away. The second and third night I also took the 50mg. and so far I feel great with no side effects, unlike all the other times.
I had intended to cut down just 5mg. since that was closer to the 10% recommended, but ten worked like a charm and I'm gonna stay on it at least a week or week and a half before lobbing off another ten and going to 40mg. I know you stressed it's important to feel good and not just for a day or two before moving forward. But I'm not only feeling great but specifically in ways that mean more to me than you can't imagine.
I've had wasting disease and have had little appetite that was getting worse and worse. In fact the few months before finding you I was down to eating barely enough to survive which is one reason I knew I had to find a solution or waste away. Well my appetite is not only back but with a vengeance, and for somebody with an eating problem which I was beginning to think was a disorder like anorexia, this was the very best of all gifts you could have given me (after all I'm Italian and I'm not supposed to be skin and bones - no amount of "mangia, mangia" makes you eat if you have no appetite). Now I'm hungry all the time and I feel as if I haven't eaten in a year, and in a way that's true.
Also my energy, both mental and physical have been great. My parents are old and not overly well and I'd been faced with doing more around here and knew I had to fix myself up if that was gonna happen. Yesterday I got the entire lawn done which usually takes me two or three daze, and much more besides. I also managed to get my E-bay business (records and comix) up and running again so that will give me a much-needed income once more, disability not quite covering much.
James, I could go on and on but you truly are my hero right now and maybe forever. I feel like you've given me a chance at a fresh start and one I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get again. I figured 17 years of HIV was a good run and it was time to pack it in, but now I think that I'm only 44 and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time, and most of all I have hope again not only that I won't die (which was the easy part) but that I can have a great life once more as I used to and fulfill more of the dreams I thought would remain unfulfilled such as doing more travel and going back to Europe.
Well I am a little
hyper but in a wonderful way, and if I feel "speedy" it's probably
because the supplement
is repairing things chemically and that mega-dose of Paxil is acting like the large dose it is. When I re-order I'm most likely going to order your vitamins as well, and I have a friend who I'm hoping will visit your site and place an order. He's a healthy guy but has been increasingly angry and snapping (he's a postal worker!), so his psychiatrist took him off Paxil cold turkey and puts him on something else. Last night he told me he was having bad withdrawals from the Paxil but was told the new stuff would kick in about three weeks from now. Yikes!"
I have had some trouble sleeping but I am guessing that will eventually pass. I haven't taken the supplement since I stopped tapering but I am going to begin again today and see if that helps with the sleeplessness.
I am pleasantly surprised that it is the only side effect I am dealing with. The supplement really was the key to my success as I had tried to taper off many times before and never was able to do so. Let me know if you need a spokesperson!!! :-)
I'll let you know what happens with the lack of sleep...thanks for listening and all of your advice!"
"I had tried to taper off Paxil 4 times in the past. None successful. I've been using 20 mg of Paxil for 2 years and had been able to cut down to 15 mg a day but no further. The side effects were severe.
I needed to function while I tapered and thought I would try the supplement.
Are you ready? I AM NOW PAXIL FREE FOR 1 MONTH!!!!!!
There were a few mild side effects during the taper but none that interfered with my daily life. I had a few headaches but when I took the supplement and in a day the side effects went away in a matter of hours!"
THANK YOU. I HAVE A LIFE AGAIN!"
" Went to my doctor this am because of chest tightness and back tightness and discomfort. I had an irregular EKG and they took blood for heart tests etc. They are scheduling a stress test for next week and the doctor told me I should go back to 20 mg. of Paxil. I am down to 10 mg presently and taking my supplement you sent me once a day 2 hours before or after I take the 10 mg. I am totally confused as to if this is heart problem or Paxil withdrawal."
(Taper book recommended for this person to go back to 20 MG of Paxil to get stable before tapering)
" Tonight (Sunday) I have taken my 7th dose of supplement I am now back to 20 mg. of Paxil and feeling better except for the tightness in my chest & back and a lot of indigestion. Should I continue the supplement now that I am back to 20 mg. or do I taper off for now or until I decided to decrease my dosage of Paxil? Thank you for your help in advance.
I am ready to taper from 20 to 15, how do I split 20's as I have no 10's? 20 has made me feel so tired all the time and I am still being tested for tightness in the chest had EKG and Cardiolite test this past week. Have to go back Tuesday for more testing.
I just got blood work tests back from my doctors office and I am wondering if Paxil is responsible for increasing your cholesterol & Tri-Glycerides. My cholesterol is 292 and my Tri-Glycerides are 381...I have never had that high of tests in my life. They are usually within normal range.
I am maintaining
my sanity with all this garbage going on in my life. Hee Hee... I
have been to the cardiologists office twice this week for testing.
I will see my doctor tomorrow and ask her for 10 mg. of Paxil
because I want to get off this drug. I will go to 15 until stable
like you suggested but 20mg is too much for me. I still have bad
dreams and I tire with little activity. I have increased my
and feel that is helping. Thanks for caring."
I have managed without any problem to get down to 15 mg. and I am feeling well. Just a little tiredness, other than that feeling good. None of the other side effects thanks to supplement.
"I am down to
15mg. of Paxil and taking my supplement
Thanks to you I am feeling great."
"Today marks the beginning of my supplement. Mine should be an interesting test of the efficacy of supplement since I have been on Paxil for so long, and now I am on Celexa so as you mentioned, I could be experiencing two types of side effects. I am very optimistic though!
Today is the
fourth day in my initial taper from Celexa. I am presently taking
7.5 mg. and supplement
daily. I am really pleased with the results so far. In the past I have not been able to make it through the third day of tapering without becoming extremely ill and eventually taking more of the Celexa to make me feel better. This is the first time I have genuinely tapered and not skipped days as instructed by my physicians but I still feel that the supplement is really helping. I certainly have more energy and virtually no side effects. Today I noticed my heart seemed to pound occasionally which I experienced when I first started taking the Celexa but it's not constant and it's not really that bothersome. I figure once I get used to the lower dosage it will go away."
I am down to the final stretch in my tapering! I am taking 2.5 mg and it seems to be working fine. This is my second day and I haven't really felt any different yet. I am sure that I have so much residual medication in me that it could be a while before I'm back to my old self. Mostly I am excited because I know that I am going to be rid of this medication shortly.
As far as side effects, while I was at the 5 mg. level I got a little queasy and began taking an extra supplement which I found to be really helpful. I also told myself that this was it and I was not going to give in to anymore pills and I found the positive self talk made me feel stronger. I have noticed that I am a bit more irritable but nothing that I can't cope with. And if irritability is the only side effect I will have to face, then I consider myself lucky.
I can't believe how successful I have been with the supplement. The last time I tried to taper before the using the supplement I ended up at the doctor's office twice and they put me on antibiotics and some anti-nausea medication since they thought I had a virus. It took about a month before they concluded that it was the Paxil, and the solution they came up with was to try me on Celexa....!"
"I met with my
doctor to discuss tapering off Celexa. While she felt I should stay
on it awhile longer, she agreed that there is a possibility that a
lot of my current problems/symptoms are related to the Celexa. I
have been taking 20 mg. of Celexa since Nov. 2001, but before that
was on Effexor, Zoloft (very briefly), and Paxil. Finally hit on
Celexa working the best for me, but during the time (about a year),
I've been on antidepressants have gained 20 lbs., am still
(slightly) depressed (mostly because of the weight gain!), have no
energy at all, very lethargic, kind of living in a fog, and just
felt that all of the side effects were far worse than the original
reason I started taking an antidepressant (depression & stress).
Anyhow, I am already feeling so much better. As others have mentioned taking supplement, my energy level is coming back, I feel more optimistic and aware, I even feel a difference in my confidence level. I feel more in control; able to make decisions, am calmer and more patient.
I had forgotten
what it felt like to feel normal.
I haven't started tapering yet; want to stay on the supplement for two weeks first. My doctor recommended I immediately cut down from 20 mg. to 10 mg. for 1 week, then to 5 for 1 week, and then stop. When I stopped cold turkey last year from the Effexor, I thought I was going to die. The electric zaps were horrible, I was dizzy, disoriented, couldn't function - had to immediately get back on the Effexor. My doctor had never told me to taper off. Now I want to be real careful, never want to go thru those symptoms again, plan on doing it right this time!
I WILL stay in touch with you throughout this process because I think that what you are doing is very commendable, people need to know. As far as I am concerned, I think doctors are way too quick to prescribe antidepressants these days - 3/4 of my friends are on them! Only they fail to mention the consequences. Any drug that messes you up this bad can't be good, but I guess there are definitely people that benefit from them and need them. I just don't think most people do."
I am doing very well. The symptoms I experienced with the Celexa withdrawal are finally gone. It took a very long six weeks."
"I've been taking supplement for about 4 days w/ 10mg. of Prozac and I feel like a million bucks! Never better. I was literally dancing to the meringue in the outlet mall with my friend. This is from someone who a week ago was in bed for 2 days. I don't know what it is, but I'm a believer! I was thinking of going down to 5 mgs. on Sunday. I've been on antidepressants since I was 16--that's 13 years--and this is the closest I've ever come to getting off!"
It has been great. I am completely off all meds now! My husband is so proud of me. He's like, "Have you had your supplement tonight?" I have sent the info to my mom and friends also. I honestly never thought I'd be able to get off these drugs. It is really a miracle. I was actually going to write you though with a question. I still get the hot flashes and headaches--(I always had migraines, but the hot flashes came with the Effexor) --do you think they will go away with time--also I feel light headed and a little dizzy sometimes.
(I am now drug free after nine years!!!!)"
"I don't want to
get cocky, but it’s been 22 days today without Prozac and I feel
really good. I feel I'm over the hump, the last 7 days or so have
been pretty good. Put it this way, I know I won't go back on it,
I've made too much progress. I'm working well, feeling good and best
of all NOT DEPRESSED except for a few minor mood swings."
"The first thing
I noticed was an increase in energy. After a while, I started having
pretty severe symptoms as the Zoloft was being cleansed from my
system. The book advised me to split the supplement
dose up, and take half in the morning and half in the afternoon, which
eased the symptoms quite a bit. It helps to follow instructions. :-)
I've now been completely off Zoloft for a month. I probably should have tapered a bit more slowly toward the end but I was impatient.
I paid for it
though, and would never recommend to anyone that they try to hurry
The supplement really worked for me. While it helped to rid my body of Zoloft, it also gave me the energy boost I needed to keep up the fight."
to be okay. The most noticeable improvement I have experienced so
far is the cessation of the endless involved dreams I have been
having. I have been sleeping much better since taking the
I have completed 10 days so far using the supplement and still taking my Zoloft. I am very pleased with the results so far. Unfortunately my doctor is on vacation, and therefore I haven't started tapering off the Zoloft as yet. I want to consult with her first, and will see her on the 12th of March.
I sleep so much better, and I dare say at this point in time that my irregular heart rhythms seem to have abated as well. I was hesitant at first to acknowledge even to myself that perhaps the horror that I have lived with where my heart beats were concerned, had actually slowed and diminished almost completely, but enough time has passed for me to feel comfortable enough to admit it.
Losing the 30 pounds I have gained since being on the Zoloft is my next goal, and because nothing I did seemed to work since I have been taking this medication, I will have to wait until I am tapering off to begin again in that direction.
I've had a strange day. I haven't taken Zoloft since the night before last. I was really dizzy earlier but since I had dinner, I feel a lot better. I'm trying to eat less. I put on a few pounds over the last several years and I want to get back to where I was. I'm thinking that maybe the dizziness, although definitely related to Zoloft withdrawal, may have been worsened by not eating much today.
I also wanted to tell you that my house is clean and I enjoyed getting it that way. I looked in the mirror today and I was happy with the face that was looking back at me.
And I'm feeling optimistic and excited about the future. How's that for an update?
I feel like I might cry again!!!
One more thing to be optimistic about. For me, this is like living a dream or winning the lottery.
I'll make sure I eat enough and won't worry about my weight for the next month. I'll keep up my walking every night, though. It's been great!
Today is the
best day I've had in a week. I'm still dizzy and I have a headache,
but the bizarre stuff I was feeling isn't bothering me. I don't
know if I can explain this so it makes sense, but... no matter how
bad it got, there's an underlying strength and passion and energy
that's been helping me get through it. I honestly believe the
energy is coming from the supplement
and the rest is surfacing as the Zoloft cloud slowly goes away.
What an experience this is! I'm going to put it to use eventually. I'd really like to help this cause somehow in the future. I've never felt this strongly about anything. One step at a time, though.
I had a really nice day today. I spent a lot of time in my garden and took my daughter shopping. I'm still a bit dizzy, but it's very minor. Mostly when I turn my head. I have no pain, no tingling. I've been getting up early like I used to years ago and enjoying the morning. I go for a walk after dinner, get some work done on the computer, read a little and I'm ready for bed by 10:00 . I love my new schedule!
Here's another change ... I go to the door when the doorbell rings. I'm feeling good about seeing people. Oh, and I got a new hairstyle."
Right at one
month to the date my son's rash is gone. COMPLETELY. My wife and I
have just realized he has not had a fever in about two weeks. I have
to admit, at first when we purchased the supplement
I did not believe it would help, I am a believer now. My entire family now uses supplement
daily for preventive measures. Thank you."
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