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Hi, I'm currently on  5mg cipralex tapered from 10mg in October I have been okay I developed pvc's but more recently the anxiety has been to much I don't want to leave my house. I'm scared all the time. I want to reinstate my old dose, should I? Can I? Is reinstating only when you are off of the drug? Thank you Sam:)

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Hi Samantha and welcome to SA,


Are you taking any medication for your PVC?  If you are taking 2 or more drugs of any kind, please use the Drug Interactions Checker and copy and paste the results in a post here in your Intro topic.


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Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Please read Post #1 of this topic:


About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

SA's recommendation is to reinstate a very small dose because your brain will have already made some adaptations in the time you have been off the drug.  It is better to start with a small amount and if after about 2-3 weeks and your symptoms are still unbearable you could try a very small increase.  Keep Notes on Paper

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:  (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq  on 13th November 2021

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

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