Welcome to the site.
I am Dr. Kaushik and I believe I can help you with your problem.
Please kindly mention the dose at which you are on right now and also mention since how long a duration you are taking it on alternate days ?
I am supposed to be taking Prestiq 50 mg daily. On my own, I tried to take it every other day. My goal is to discontinue this med and I don't want any withdrawal effects, if possible. I don't think it is helping me that much...I have little energy and motivation and sleep a lot. Please advise
Thanks for the valuable inputs.
Well a safer tried and tested strategy for withdrawing Prestiq is that for 2 weeks you continue taking prestiq 50 mg every alternate day and then start taking it once in every 3rd day for another 2 weeks and then completely stop the drug.
So to summarize--
-- 50 mg every alternate day for 2 weeks.
-- 50 mg once in every 3rd day for 2 weeks.
-- Then stop the drug.
-- If at any point you develop withdrawal symptoms like electric shock sensation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, anxiety , sad mood , tremors, stomach upset then you shall immediately consult your doctor and seek prescription of Prozac ( fluoxetine) at dose of 20 mg / day which shall help to subside these withdrawal symptoms. Although you should know that these withdrawal side effects are temporary and self limiting and subside on their own in 2-3 weeks.
I hope this helps.
Wish you all the best.
Please kindly leave a positive rating if you are satisfied with the answer.