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Currently seeing a Pych and therapist for panic attacks. They started in 2015 2 days after a surgery. Two weeks went buy and my body declined quickly with panick attacks all day long. I was put on Clonzapam and lexapro. Three months later I titrated off the clonzapam and tried to titrate off lexapro a year after that, lexapro was not successful. I have been on 10 mg of lexapro for those three years. 2018 I had a horrible miscarriage and the panic attacks returned. I was out on Clonzapam 1mg twice a day. Lexapro 15mg. Buspar 30mg and gabapentin 300mg. I am at a place where I am ready to get off this stuff again. Thinking that I can seems so unrealistic. I have read a ton of books, started meditating, exerciseing, working on the food part... 

2015- Clonzapam and Lexapro

titrated off C successfully but stayed on 10mg of Lexapro.

2018-Clonzapam 2mg, Lexapro 15mg, Buspar 30mg, Gabapentin 300mg. 

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Welcome to SA, Ashimaly.


You can go off these drugs.  It will take some time, but you can do it.


At SA, we recommend that you taper by no more than 10% of your current dosage every four weeks.  Some members need to go more slowly.
These links explain why it's important to taper very slowly.
We recommend you taper only one drug at a time.  Otherwise, if problems come up, you won't know what's causing it.  We generally recommend that you taper first the most activating or stimulating drug.  In your case, that would be Lexapro, as SSRI's are very activating.  The more sedating drugs you leave in place until later so they can serve as a buffer to help reduce withdrawal symptoms.  This link gives specific information about tapering Lexapro.
This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  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 I am glad that you found us.






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Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium 

End 2021  year 1 of Valium taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of Valium taper at 2.75mg 

End 2023 year 3 of Valium taper at 1mg

Jan. 24, 2024: Hold at 1mg and shift to Imipramine taper.

Taper is 95% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan.-Sept. 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Jan. 24, 2024: Resume Imipramine taper.  Current dose as of May 2: 6.1mg

Taper is 92% complete.  


Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg, iron, serrapeptase, nattokinase

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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