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Hello I have been taking escitalopram/lexapro 5mg for nearly 2 years.  I want to taper but the GP in the UK is refusing to switch me to the liquid from tablets.  I already have an existing health condition, as I already have symptoms such as migraine, brain fog, palpitations, insomnia from a combination of Chronic fatigue syndrome. And I am a single mum with no family.  Despite this they refuse.  Can anyone help with info as to how I can get the liquid in the UK? I have tried Rosemont and martindale pharmacies mentioned on here. I really am scared of making my own liquid or scale and filing taper.  As I’m not good with figures at all. 

can anyone advise please? 

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  • manymoretodays changed the title to Jones09: Escitalopram taper
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Welcome to SA, Jones09.  It's great you came here before tapering.  I'm sorry your GP is being so uncooperative.


I'm not familiar with the U.K. medical system.  In the U.S. any M.D, can prescribe an antidepressant but from what I've read things are more constricted there.  Does your system allow you to have another M.D.prescribe the liquid?


Regarding making your own liquid and using the scale, many, many members have had great success with either method and it really isn't scary or difficult.  I've never done the liquid method, but many of the other moderators could help you with that.  I've tapered from 20mg Lexapro for to 0.7 using the AWS Gemini-20 scale and could walk you through the process of using the scale and making your doses and I could also do your tapering calculations for you.


Beginning at the beginning, we recommend tapering by no more than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


So your first decrease would be 10% of 5mg, which is 0.5mg.  5mg minus 0.5 = 4.5mg, which would be your dose for the next four weeks.


The following link is specifically about tapering Lexapro, including how to make your own liquid and also how to use the scale.


So you have the information readily available, here is information on using a scale and making liquid.  Remember, if you get confused, all you have to do is ask here and someone will help you.
And for liquid, please see:
Here's information on the Gemini scale.
This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.



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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