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I had Bilateral Carotid Body Tumors (benign) removed in 2005. I developed numerous symptoms of Autonomic Dysfunction due to vagus nerve damage. Feeling down in 2016-17 and decided to try Escitalopram. Wasn’t really depressed or anxious, and should never have started. Went into a gradual mental decline. Developed a lot of negativity, cynicism, anger, fear, paranoia. Decided to come off Lexapro in late summer. Went from 10mg to 5mg to nothing over the course of 6weeks. Once off developed severe withdrawal symptoms. Current symptoms are mostly heavy anxiety. Went to ER once about 3 weeks ago. They prescribed me some Hydroxyzine to alleviate anxiety. Have been using them sparingly (maybe one every other day). Been using some CBD oil, Athletic Greens, Omega 3/6/9 over the last two weeks to reduce anxiety. It comes in waves for me. 

I don’t want to reinstate if possible. Are there other things I should consider to reduce anxiety levels? My timeline is currently at about 4-5 months since cessation. 

Thanks so much. 

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Other meds that I take for Autonomic Dysfunction are Clonidine and Labetolol for Blood pressure. Low Dose Naltrexone (2mg) for chronic body pain and fatigue. 

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Hi @Belfastchild


Welcome to SA. I'm sorry you are going through what you are, but glad you found us.


We are all volunteers that have been through situations with medications as you or have been through it.


This is your main page, where you receive information, ask questions, and meet members that you can talk with.


Can you please create a signature so we know what is going on. 


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


I'm sorry you had Bilateral Carotid Body Tumors, but very relieved they were benign. I'm sure that was a very anxious time for you.


You have been off Lexapro 4-5 months, is that correct? At this point, you I would suggest you read these links and decide if reinstatement is something you wish to do. I don't blame you for not wanting to.


Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro)


About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms


One Theory of Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome


Brain Remodelling


Here is some information on Hydroxyzine. It is actually and antihistamine that they prescribe for anxiety.




We don't suggest supplements on here except for 2.



Omega-3 Fish Oil



Please read the links I gave you at your leisure. When you are done, don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help.






Edited by Frogie

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day. April 1, 2021 went back on 1mg a day. Started tapering May 19, 2023. July 28, 2023-approximately .87mg. Dr. fast tapered me at the end and realized he messed up. Prescribe it again and I am doing "slower than a turtle" taper.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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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

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