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Johannastar: Cipralex / escitalopram


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I have taking different SSRI för many years. 2017 i decide to stop and dont take more Again. I was on cipralex and quit fast. After that I got depersonalization and derealization and have had that 24/7 since. I never know The SSRI could do that. Is it to late to start taking cipralex and tapper off slowly now? I have got maybe 20% better under the last years but feels like its never going to be 100%. I found this site and feeling hopeful again.

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Dear Johannastar, 

I am so sorry that you are suffering with DP/DR since 2017. That sounds awful. But I am also glad that you are seeing some progress even if it is a bit. Our experience shows that some people do suffer for longer but in the end they recover just as well as the others. 

Are We There Yet? How Long Is Withdrawal Going To Take? - Tapering - Surviving Antidepressants

Success stories: Recovery from psychiatric drug withdrawal - Surviving Antidepressants


Are you taking any other medicines or psychoactive substances (alcohol, pot, nicotine, caffeine, supplements)? These can interfere with withdrawal. Is your life stressful in other ways?  If you could please create a drug signature so that we can see at a glance your drug history and be able to help with potential adjustment etc.? 

How to List Drug History in Signature - Introductions and updates - Surviving Antidepressants


We generally do not recommend reinstating after such a long time but if you want to read more on reinstatement here is the link. You can then decide what you would like to do.  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants


This might help explain what is happening in your brain and what the road to recovery may entail in terms of symptoms. 

What is happening in your brain? - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants

How psychiatric drugs remodel your brain - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants


To aid your nervous system in recovery we recommend two supplements - magnesium and Omega-3. You can have a look at the collective experience here: 


King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) - Symptoms and self-care - Surviving Antidepressants


Hope things better for you soon, 


"Nothing so small as a moment is insurmountable, and moments are all that we have. You have survived every trial and tribulation that life has thrown at you up until this very instant. When future troubles come—and they will come—a version of you will be born into that moment that can conquer them, too." - Kevin Koenig 


I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information and recommendations provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 


In the next few weeks I do not have a lot of capacity to respond to questions. If you need a quick answer pls tag or ask other moderators who may want to be tagged. 


Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week (off by 4/14/19- no tapering)

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59, 12/15/2022 - 0.48, 2/15/22 - 0.43, 25/07/23 - 0.25 (mistake), 6/08/23 - 0.33mg


Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

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