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I'm curious, after learning about the Brass Monkey Tapering schedule: would it make sense to taper by 10% or less, and hold it for 4-6 weeks, then taper down 10% or less again?  I'm not sure i follow tapering down weekly for four weeks then holding.  My daughter want so taper off Lexipro after 7 years and last time didn't go well (too fast) and she/we want to do it right this time and make this the final time.  thank you.

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Welcome to SA, BoBila.  It would be good if your daughter could communicate directly with us  but if that's not possible, that's fine.


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I did the Brassmonkey slide taper off 20mg Lexapro, total time on the drug 16 years.  The taper took almost four years and the Brassmonkey slide worked well for me.


What you're describing -- 10% of current dose every four weeks -- is the standard taper as recommended here on the site.  It is fine to taper this way.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


The Brassmonkey slide taper is a bit gentler since you're not hit with the full 10% dosage reduction all at once.  Instead, you do gown by 2.5% of current dose every week for four weeks, followed by a 2-week hold.  This spreads out the taper over the four weeks so the reduction is more gradual and, I found, easier on the system.  The 2-week hold allows your system to acclimate to the new dose before beginning the next stage of tapering down.  Either the standard 10%/4 week taper or the Brassmonkey taper are recommended by SA.


Since your daughter went too fast last time, she might be  inclined to go with the more conservative and slightly slower  Brassmonkey taper this time.


The Brassmonkey Slide Method of Micro-tapering



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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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