This pre-taper is for individuals taking an
Immediate Release antidepressant.
Starting Your Pre-Taper
If you have not read the entirety Chapter Six “General
Pre-Taper and Taper Instructions,” please do so before
continuing with this chapter. Reading and understanding the
Chapter “General Pre-Taper and Taper Instructions” is vital
before starting the pre-taper.
You may already be in withdrawal before you found
The Road Back Program.
Please hang in there; relief can come very quickly for you.
Most people are never able to get off an antidepressant due
to the head symptoms that are common with reducing this type
Your pre-taper is a little different than for a time release
The American Medical Association now acknowledges at least
10% of the people that try to get off an antidepressant will
not be successful due to the withdrawal side effects. The
10% is probably higher with a time-release antidepressant.
We want you to know this so you know it is not just you.
Sorry to say, most physicians have never read the AMA report
on antidepressant withdrawal and they have not realized that
1 out of every
10 of their
patients they have prescribed an antidepressant to will have
this withdrawal problem unless they begin doing something
Head side effects are the ones that stop most people from
being able to get off an antidepressant. An electrical brain
zap, dizziness and other head symptoms are the problem. For
The Road Back, these debilitating head side effects are easy
to stop and stop quickly. If you have not started to taper
the antidepressant yet,
using this Antidepressant Pre-taper should stop the head
symptoms from even starting.
If you have already started to taper the
antidepressant and have these head symptoms, the right type
of omega 3 fish oil will get you back on your feet quickly.
The supplements that are required for the immediate release
antidepressant withdrawal program are the Neuro Endue Mini,
JNK Capsules, Omega 3 Supreme TG, and vitamin E.
You or your physician might ask, “what does vitamin E have
to do with withdrawal?” or “are you trying to tell me
vitamin E will help with withdrawal side effects?”
Here is the answer – Vitamin E will not help with withdrawal
symptoms at all. When a person takes omega 3 fish oil, the
omega 3 will deplete vitamin E from the body and use the
vitamin E to help with absorption. You will become deficient
in vitamin E if you take fish oil daily and do not
supplement with vitamin E. That is the only reason why
vitamin E is in the program.
Make sure to keep your Daily Journal up-to-date and use
graphs so you can visually see the changes taking place with
What to do:
Get with your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist
and layout your drug taper schedule.
Plan out the second and third reduction of the
medication as well at this point to ensure you are ready
with the correct dosages of the drug.
Once you have read all of the pre-taper section proceed to
Chapter 15, “How to Taper Antidepressants” and fully read it
For the next 7-days you will be doing your pre-taper. You do
not reduce your antidepressant during the pre-taper but, to
state again, this is the time to also plan out the reduction
phase of the drug which starts after the seven days of the
pre-taper are completed.
Goal of Antidepressant Pre-taper
If anxiety is present, have it eliminated
If fatigue is present, have it eliminated
If flu like symptom are present, have them eliminated
If depression is present, have it eliminated
Eliminate all other antidepressant side effects
Set up the body correctly to eliminate potential
The goal of the pre-taper may seem unobtainable to you at
this moment, but after you experience a day to two of taking
the supplements used with
you should begin to experience the changes we suggest will
happen. It is not out of character for people to feel as
though they are no longer even on an antidepressant as all
side effects vanish quickly.
Supplements You Will Take:
Neuro Endure Mini
Omega 3 Supreme TG
Anxiety or Insomnia
If you have daytime anxieties include the Body Calm Daytime
Relief and if you have insomnia include the Body Calm
Supreme With Melatonin or use the Body Calm Supreme
If you have fatigue, you can increase the Neuro Endure Mini
and it should handle that rather well.
DAY ONE Action:
Rate your daytime anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and other
side effects. Use the Daily Journal and rate anxiety, sleep
and any additional symptoms you may be experiencing from 1
to 10. Rate with number 10 being the worst and number 1
being no side effect or symptom remaining.
Rate the previous night’s sleep first thing the next
morning. Rate the daytime anxiety just before bedtime of
If you take the antidepressant first
morning, take the medication
as normal and 1 hour later take the morning
How to do the Pre-Taper:
– Take 1 capsule of the JNK supplement in mid-morning.
Omega 3 Supreme TG
– Take 1 Omega 3 Supreme TG in the morning and 1 more at
– Take 400 i.u. of vitamin E along with the Omega 3 Supreme
TG in the morning.
Neuro Endure Mini –
Take 1 tablet 3 times a day 5 hours apart.
Optional Supplements For Specific Conditions
Anxiety or Insomnia
Body Calm Daytime Relief
- 2 hours after the morning Neuro Endure Mini, take 1
capsule of Body Calm Daytime Relief.
Take an additional capsule of every 4 hours during the day
and evening. You can increase to 2 capsules if necessary.
You can also take the every 2 hours if necessary.
Body Calm Supreme With Melatonin or Melatonin Free
– 15-minutes before bedtime take 1 capsule. If sleep has not
improved within 3 days increase to 2 capsules.
If you have fatigue, the Neuro Endure Mini should handle it
fine. You can increase to 4 tablets 3 times a day 5 hours
apart if necessary.
How to Adjust the Supplements if Needed:
– You can take additional capsules in the afternoon if
desired. The best
way to judge if
the second amount is needed would be; if the morning JNK
makes a wonderful change in how you feel but around noon or
so you feel a letdown.
Some people take 1 or 2 capsules at noon and that gets them
over this period, although very few need more capsules in
the late day.
– If you feel the need to increase, only increase by 1
tablet every 7 days. Once you feel a positive change to the
Neuro Endure Mini do not increase any further.
Neuro Endure Mini is formulated to be taken 3 times a day,
starting in the morning and twice more during the day, 5
hours apart. So, take 1 tablet in the morning, 5 hours later
another tablet and another tablet again in 5 hours.
Omega 3 Supreme
– All head symptoms,
when coming off an antidepressant are handled by the
Omega 3 Supreme TG. If you are feeling any symptoms in the
head, increase the Omega 3 Supreme TG to 2 softgels in the
morning and 2 additional softgels at noon. If symptoms
persist after this increase, raise the amount of Omega 3
Supreme TG to 5 softgels in the morning and 5 at noon. A few
people have needed to increase to 6 softgels in the morning
and at noon to get the head symptoms under control. Once the
head symptoms are back under control reduce the Omega 3
Supreme TG back down to the 3 softgels in the morning and
the 3 softgels at noon. Check with your doctor before
increasing the Omega 3 fish oil if you are taking heart
medication or blood pressure medication.
Body Calm Daytime Relief
– You can take as many as 2 capsules every 2-hours if
Body Calm Supreme
- Usually 1 capsule will do the trick for sleep. You can
increase to 2 capsules. The capsule dissolves in 15-minutes
after swallowing. If you need to take this supplement a
little earlier that is fine.
Finishing the Pre-Taper
Do the pre-taper for 7-full days. Do not cut the pre-taper
short no matter how well you may feel after a few days. Give
your body a chance to balance, give yourself the chance to
fully experience relief before you tackle the reduction of
If you wish to stay on the pre-taper for an extended time,
that is fine to do, many have. You may have experienced
extreme trauma the last time you tried to get off the
antidepressant and the apprehension you may feel now is
normal, not a mental disorder.
This is your time; do not let yourself get rushed by your
physician or by the information in this book. The drug
manufacturer, the F.D.A., and even the American Medical
Association state a gradual reduction of the medication is
required. We cannot stress enough, take your time. This is
when the tortoise beats the hare to the finish line.