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tapering off vilazodone

Vilazodone Tapering

Vilazodone tapering is available at the Alternative to Meds Center and may be the best opportunity for you or your loved one to regain a fresh outlook, to experience renewed energy, and to benefit from a reduction or elimination of the symptoms that may have led to starting antidepressant medication in the first place. Getting off vilazodone does not have to be arduous, when done properly. Trying to quit vilazodone or similar types of drugs on your own may not be the best option to choose.

Some have said that antidepressants are possibly over-prescribed and yet, for many, these drugs notoriously under-deliver when it comes to reducing symptoms, especially over the long-term. In fact, a study in the US Library of Medicine found that 60 to 70% of patients do not respond to the first antidepressant drug administered. Consequentially, some patients go on to try multiple other drugs to try and find relief. (1) It can feel like a debilitating and frustrating series of failures. This may resonate with your or your loved one’s experience, and if so, perhaps you will be interested in hearing about more positive outcomes concerning vilazodone tapering and help for reducing or eliminating unwanted symptoms as well.

Vilazodone Tapering at the Alternative to Meds Center

For persons who are searching how to get off vilazodone or other medications using safe and comfortable methods, we would like you to know that the Alternative to Meds Center has been providing this service to its clients for nearly a decade and a half now, with great success. For anyone who is considering trying to quit vilazodone, we recommend not to do so on your own. Seek help for this process to ensure you are receiving the best in guidance and care. In our estimation, we are unsurpassed in the quality of care we deliver, and the attention we place on client comfort and safety throughout the process of stopping vilazodone, and other antidepressant drugs.

Clients in the inpatient vilazodone tapering program receive the benefits of holistic, drug-free therapies that are designed to not only reduce the discomforts that can accompany withdrawal from vilazodone but therapies that are designed to target and resolve actual root causes for their original symptoms. Commonly these original symptoms included depression and often anxiety. We are excited to be able to offer these services to our clients who are seeking natural mental health alternative treatments as significant supports in how to get off vilazodone gently and as comfortably as possible.

vilazodone tapering

Causes of Depression – Known and Unknown

A recent study published by Harvard University has positively linked a number of factors that it found led to depression and other unwanted symptoms. (2) In a June 24th, 2019 article entitled “What Causes Depression”, it states, “It’s often said that depression results from a chemical imbalance, but that figure of speech doesn’t capture how complex the disease is. Research suggests that depression doesn’t spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. Rather, there are many possible causes of depression.” (2) We agree with this analysis, and have been operating on this premise now for going on 15 years at the Alternative to Meds Center. In fact, the programs we offer to help people with getting off vilazodone safely have always been based on these principles.

Other recent Harvard studies (3) have found these factors are linked to depression:

    1. accumulations of toxins in the body
    2. nutritional deficiencies
    3. lack of sunlight
    4. overconsumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates
    5. a compromised (dysfunctional) intestinal microbiome

and many other treatable, potential root causes.

We understand well that depression feels intolerable, and can be especially unsettling when it lingers over time and becomes intense enough to impact heavily on a person’s day to day ability to function well in life. We also understand the depression, grief, and sadness that follows a loss of a loved one, or an unexpected job loss or other trauma that is hard to immediately rise above. Life is unpredictable. Sometimes the book of life contains tragic chapters. These are undeniable, observable facts about how we perceive and respond to the very reality of living.

However, there are likely many things still left to be understood about the full range of things that can lead to depression. In much of the last two or three decades, there has been perhaps less attention on investigative and curative methods, compared with too much attention given to numbing agents dressed up as medicine. If that seems too strong a statement, consider this quote from Dr. Kelly Brogan in her 2016 New York Times bestselling book entitled “A Mind of Your Own – The Truth About Depression And How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives”, in which she states,

“I find it outrageous that drug companies can use any number of tactics to establish efficacy, including the suppression of data, and then use those tactics to legitimize long-term prescribing with no thought or attention to the real side effects over time. We’ve arrived at a place in psychiatry’s abuse of antidepressants where we have a half-baked theory in a vacuum of science that the pharmaceutical industry raced to fill. We have the illusion of short-term efficacy and assumptions about long-term safety. The potential emerging side effects are nothing short of horrifying, from suppressed libido and sexual dysfunction, abnormal bleeding, insomnia, migraine, weight gain, and blood sugar imbalances to risk of violent, irrational behavior and suicide.” (3)

Some might consider those to be surprisingly strong words coming from a leading American mainstream doctor, but her perspective is informed by treating many patients whose experiences have left Dr. Brody with a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to being too quick to treat depression with antidepressant drugs.

Tapering Vilazodone Safely, With 24/7 Care and Attention

During a client’s program at the Alternative to Meds Center for gradually stopping vilazodone, the person will receive ongoing testing to monitor progress and understand the changes that are occurring during the client’s withdrawal from vilazodone. This is key so that micro-changes to the client’s program can be administered for continued progress in a comfortable, tolerable way while getting off vilazodone. Withdrawal from vilazodone can be made much more tolerable with such supports in place. Trying to quit vilazodone or other drugs without such support can be near to impossible to tolerate. But, it doesn’t have to be so hard.

Many therapeutic services are readily on hand at the Alternative to Meds Center program for vilazodone cessation, such as therapeutic massage, sacral-cranial therapy, low-temperature sauna, mineral and foot baths, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, meditation, life coaching, trauma counseling, stress counseling, and a deliciously prepared menu of snacks and meals that consist of mostly organic, chemical-free, locally sourced foods. The diet is ketogenic-based and sugar and caffeine-free. All of these nutritional aids and other therapies are designed to help ease the process of stopping vilazodone and other medications, that otherwise can be so very difficult to manage on one’s own.

If you have been looking for the best ways for how to quit vilazodone or other prescription drugs, you may find the program at Alternative to Meds Center is the best option for you or your loved one.

We invite you to find out more about the benefits of therapies we use in our programs that are directed toward attaining bettered mental health naturally. Our focus is on using methods that do not rely on prescription drugs. Our program for stopping vilazodone can, importantly, supply the missing links in diagnostic testing and treatment. Discovering precipitating factors that are then authentically addressed can truly open the door to improved mental and physical health, vibrant energy, and improved well-being. A vilazodone tapering program at the Alternative to Meds Center goes far beyond the benefits of coming off antidepressants. Contact us today for more information.

  1. Study published in May 2012 in the US National Library of Medicine entitled, ” Treatment-Resistant Depression”, author Khalid Saad Al-Harbi, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3363299/, accessed October 12, 2019.
  2. Harvard Medical School article, “What Causes Depression”, published online June 2019, https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/what-causes-depression, accessed October 11, 2019.
  3. Article published by Harvard Health Publications entitled “Taking It All In, Environmental Toxins and Your Health”, online, https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/OCER/files/Taking%20It%20All%20In%20Reading%20Materials%20Web.pdf, accessed October 11, 2019.
  4. from the NYT bestselling book entitled “A Mind of Your Own”, author Dr. Kelly Brogan, published 2016, quoted in an online article by author Kelly Brogan, entitled Why You Should Stop Taking Your Antidepressants”, https://nypost.com/2016/04/05/are-antidepressants-making-women-sicker/, accessed October 11, 2019.

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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