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Trying to Mediate Symptoms of Withdrawal
LSD & Vortioxetine
by Paul
Citation:   Paul. "Trying to Mediate Symptoms of Withdrawal: An Experience with LSD & Vortioxetine (exp109263)". Oct 24, 2016.

  smoked Cannabis


LSD and Vortioxetine Withdrawal

Background info:
I am a college student that struggles with anxiety and depression. I have taken various anti-depressants over the years, and am currently coming off of vortioxetine as I feel it is not having much effect on me. It had been 5 days since I had completely tapered off, and I was starting to get pretty severe withdrawal symptoms from the vortoxetine (including “brain zaps/shocks”, anxiety, depression, and mild suicidal thoughts).

In the past, LSD has mediated my anxiety and depression symptoms, making them fade away for the duration of the trip. I was feeling rather desperate for a release of these symptoms, so I decided I would take 110ug of LSD to try to mediate the symptoms and to have a good night. I also figured that LSD, being serotogenic, could possibly reverse the withdrawal symptoms. I have taken LSD 4 times before this, all of them being good trips.

The trip:
I smoked .3g of cannabis out of a bowl prior to the trip. About a half an hour from the ingestion of LSD, I started feeling the effects. I decided to take a walk as the come-up on LSD tends to be a little harsh on me, especially the vasoconstriction. I went back inside my home and about a half an hour afterward I suffered from very severe panic attacks about 2-3 hours into the trip. At this point I wanted out of the trip very badly, and was freaking out. These panic attacks went away after about an hour. After this experience, I decided I would meditate to try to calm myself down, as I was having anxiety that another panic attack was coming.

At this point, I decided I would take some of my leftover vortioxetine to try to calm the unbearable anxiety. This ended up somewhat muting the rest of my trip, but I still had mild visuals along with the LSD headspace.

I should have known that taking LSD in the midst of my mindset was a terrible idea
taking LSD in the midst of my mindset was a terrible idea
. It ended up being a very powerful learning experience in the end, with many insights into my psychiatric diagnoses.

Exp Year: 2016ExpID: 109263
Gender: Not Specified 
Age at time of experience: 20 
Published: Oct 24, 2016Views: 3,052
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LSD (2) : Combinations (3), Difficult Experiences (5), Depression (15), Therapeutic Intent or Outcome (49), Alone (16)

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