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MagJenny: Cipralex Withdrawal from 10 to 7.5


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Hello everyone,


I am so happy to have found this site. I have been searching for a comprehensive place that included a community of folks like this or a while. I am currently at 7.5 after making the sudden drop to 5 mg from 10 w my cipralex. I have been on this antidepressant for almost 10 years and am in a place in my life where I'd like to try to go without. I had been overly optimistic that I wouldn't feel withdrawal symptoms because I had gone off before. I conveniently forgot that in the past I was on a fairly high dose of clonazepam and I was also put on Wellbutrin to overlap with it so really, I have never felt the actual withdrawal of the drug.


It just so happens that I am also in the throes of perimenopause, this means that some of the symptoms are similar so, for the first couple of weeks at 5mgs I had convinced myself that it was "just my hormones" (sex hormones) being out of whack. Anyhow, I'm not in denial any more.


After reading through all of the posts on tapering responsibly and making a list of my symptoms plus talking with my incredible supportive partner, I chose to up my dose to 7.5 today. I need to let my brain and guts adjust to the shift.


So, how long should I wait before the next shift down? I took the additional dose to up it just about an hour ago and I am now feeling more nauseated. My body feels so sensitive.


Time for half a gravol I guess?


Thanks for any suggestions.


*i should add that I also suffer from migraines on a fairly regular basis and didn't include the medications I take for those when needed in my profile application, does the admin want that?

Currently withdrawing from Cipralex 10mgs: currently at 7.5 a day, had reduced to 5 mg after being on 10 mg for several years. Withdrawal symptoms too intense (emotional lability, nausea, migraine increase, shocks, insomnia). Thought I could reduce fast as I had done this in the past (hx: was on clonazepam concurrently and also overlapped cipralex discontinuation w Wellbutrin). Previous clonazepam .25 tid withdrawal over 12 months following schedule of slow reduction. No significant symptoms of withdrawal last clonazepam taken March 2016.

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MagJenny -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)
Thanks for taking time to complete a signature.
Some questions for you:

  • Are you still taking Wellbutrin? If so, how much and how often? If not, when did you start taking it and when did you stop?
  • When did you start reducing the Cipralex dose?
  • Did you reduce from 10 directly to 5 mg? If not, what were the interim doses and approximately when
  • When did you updose from 5 mg to 7.5 mg?

It would be helpful to get these answers both in a reply post as well as adding the details in your signature.  Please add the medications you take for migraine to your signature as well. 
It's best if you can stay away from another psycho-active medication such as gravol. SSRIs such as Cipralex often cause GI symptoms; most of the bodies serotonin receptor and transporter cells are in the gut. Nausea is both an adverse "side" effect of these medications as well as a withdrawal symptom.  For many people it doesn't last long.  Try ginger "tea" from sliced or grated fresh ginger root or mint "tea".

Here are a number of links to topics here at SA that are relevant to your situation:

  1. Tapering -- what you need to know
  2. What is withdrawal syndrome
  3. Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
  4. Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)
  5. Tips for tapering off Wellbutrin XR, SR, XL (bupropion)

Please read those topics and come back here to ask your questions.


I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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How are you doing Mag any update?

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We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

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