its been almost 3 years off the C and i am now ready to wean off the only other 'scrip i still take: lamotrigine. i'd wanted to quit it on my one year anniversary off the C, but withdrawal kicked my butt so much i just wasn't ready - now i am. i've held down a great job for just over a year and life is much more stable.
I started taking anti depressants in 1996 - zoloft, then wellbutrin then effexor, soon after that the doc added depakote and then in 2004 we switched to cymbalta and lamotrigine. after years of therapy i realized i never should have been on any of this stuff in the first place - it made things much worse. i did a rapid taper off the C and ended up in what was effectively cold turkey withdrawal.
i'm able to draw on the lessons learned from the pages of this site and the support of truly caring and knowledgeable people on the forum - all of you! as a result, yesterday i dropped from 200 mg to 175 mg of lamotrigine - effectively a 12.5% drop. this time around its with the blessings of my GP, i fired my p-doc after the C fiasco. my current doctor is letting me drive and supports me 100% - if i need to slow down, and as i progress no doubt i will, he's cool with that. i am looking at a 3 1/2 to 4 month taper. i don't know how things will work out, lamotrigine has a bad rep too, but not as bad as the C.