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I was away from home and took enough ecitalopram with me to cover the duration, I also thought I had a large stuck at home but it turns out I've miscounted. With the state of the waiting time for a GP, and the pharmacy being out of stock at the same time, I've now missed my 10 mg dose for 10 consecutive days. 

Luckily I was on annual leave so I've been able to nap a lot, I'm feeling extremely fatigued, disoriented, have massive brain fog, feeling low in mood but manageable, mostly feeling agitated and irritated. No withdrawal symptoms and now at the stage where I feel like I can manage them if they stay as they are, however I know they are likely to get worse.

I can get a repeat prescription to pick up this week, and I have asked for a GP appointment to review the medication, but this won't be for at least 2 or 3 weeks time. 

Do I reinstate an amount of lexapro, I keep going cold turkey and hope that I'm well into the withdrawals.

I've been taking ssris for nearly 10 years, only recently realising I might I have ADHD and I am in the process of getting diagnosed, I'm much more capable of dealing with my mental health and want to come off medication. Any advice is welcome. I already take cod liver oil, magnesium.

 

Thanks in advance.

2013–2014 sertraline 
2014-2015 fluoxetine
2015-2017 citalopram
2017 20mg fluoxetine 
2018 40mg fluoxetine 
2019 60mg fluoxetine 
Sept 2020 three week taper off 60mg fluoxetine, started 10mg escitalopram
15th May 2021 attempted a too quick taper of escitalopram, extreme fatigue, headaches, started 28th may 10mg escitalopram 
12th Feb 2022, cold turkey off 10mg escitalopram as pharmacy out of stock, due back in stock 23rd.
Extreme fatigue, brain fog, irritability, slight dizziness, ringing in ears?? Unsure whether to keep withdrawing as I don't want to take medication anymore, or to reinstate and taper slowly, been 9 days off.

 

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@Larrrkin

 

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You said you have been off of your Lexapro for 10 days now? Lexapro is a very strong antidepressant and I would suggest you go back on the 10 mg as soon as you can get the prescription filled. You said you could get it right away? That is exactly what you should do. 

 

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

Irritability, Anger, Rage

 

 

 

Tinnitus, another ear problem. What does all that noise mean ...

 

Here is some information on speaking with your dr also when you have your appointment in 2-3 weeks.

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?
What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 

 

Please read the links provided, and reach out to us with any questions. But please renew your prescription and start taking the Lexapro again as soon as possible so you don'w have further wd symptoms.

 

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. Last dose June 24, 2024

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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Hi @Larrrkin

 

Waving at you from across the Pennines 👋

 

I was in exactly the same situation as you when I arrived here a couple of years ago.  Please don’t try and tough it out as your symptoms are likely to get a whole lot worse and you can mitigate them somewhat by reinstating.  Then you can taper much slower.

 

I dropped off at 150mg sertraline for around the same length of time as you.  Went back onto 150mg (but didn’t like how I felt) then quickly dropped to 100mg. After a few weeks the withdrawals became so I awful I upped the dose to 125mg and stabilised.  I dread to think that would have happened if I hadn’t done that. 

 

The mods here will help you to get to a point where you are stable enough so you can start reducing.

 

Good luck with getting your prescription x
 

Sertraline (Lustral):  2014. Sept 50mg. Oct 100mg. Dec 150mg. 2015-2019. 150mg. 2019  Apr-May 0mg. Beg May 150mg. End May 100mg. Late June 125mg. Late Aug 100mg. 2020 Jan 75mg. April 50mg.

2022  50mg. 1Jan 45mg. 1Feb 40.5mg. Water T24Feb 39.5mg. 3Mar 38.5mg. 18Mar 38mg. 25Mar 37.5mg. 22Apr 37mg. 5May 36.5mg. 18May 36mg. 1Jun 35.3mg. 15Jun 34.5mg.  30Jun 34mg. 15Jul 33.5mg. 22Jul 33mg. 5Aug 32.5mg. 19Aug 32mg. 1Sept 31.5mg. 1Oct 31mg.  27 Oct 30.5. 16 Nov 30mg. 30 Nov 29.5mg. 14 Dec 29mg

2023. 2 Jan 28.5mg. 6 Feb 28mg. 10 Mar 27.5mg. 1 Apr 26.5mg. 1 May 26mg. 1 Jun 25.5mg. 1 Jul 25mg. 1 Aug 24.5mg. 17 Aug 24mg. 5 Sept 23.5mg. 9 Oct 23mg.

 

Desogestrel:  2014 -  present:  

Supplements Magnesium. 400mcg  Vitamin D. 10mcg.  Multivit/min. 1 tab. B Complex

 

Certirizine:   2022 May 10mg. Dec 20mg. 2023. 15mg.

 Omeprazole.:  2016 20mg. 2022  20mg.  15Jan 15mg. 9Feb 10mg. 25Feb 6.5mg. 15Mar 3mg. 3Apr 1.5mg.  15Apr 0mg   2023. 20mg. 15 Sept 15mg.

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Thanks both, in my head I knew it was best to reinstate and then reassess but I'm stubborn and there was a part of me that thought I could tough it out 🤪

I have taken 10mg today and will see the GP and get some advice and be back here if I need more info and support. 

 

The articles are all really useful, will be reading them slowly and doing tapering right next time.

 

💖

2013–2014 sertraline 
2014-2015 fluoxetine
2015-2017 citalopram
2017 20mg fluoxetine 
2018 40mg fluoxetine 
2019 60mg fluoxetine 
Sept 2020 three week taper off 60mg fluoxetine, started 10mg escitalopram
15th May 2021 attempted a too quick taper of escitalopram, extreme fatigue, headaches, started 28th may 10mg escitalopram 
12th Feb 2022, cold turkey off 10mg escitalopram as pharmacy out of stock, due back in stock 23rd.
Extreme fatigue, brain fog, irritability, slight dizziness, ringing in ears?? Unsure whether to keep withdrawing as I don't want to take medication anymore, or to reinstate and taper slowly, been 9 days off.

 

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@Larrrkin

 

I'm glad we are here to help.

 

Please keep us posted.

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. Last dose June 24, 2024

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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Hi @Larrrkin 

 

wow, what a challenge!!  I’m hoping it’s not much more delay & you can get back on tomorrow.  
 

 

Zoloft 50 mg since 2019.   
2024. January. 33.75 February. 33.75 March 32.5 April 30.0

2023. January 33.75 mg  February 32.5 mg March 30.0 mg April 27.5 mg June 50 mg August 40 mg September-December 37.5 mg December 33.75 mg 

2022. January 50mg February 45 mg March 40.5 April-November 37.5  December 33.75 mg

 

Prior to discontinuation:  20 years of a variety of antidepressants & anti-anxiety meds from months to  years at a time (fluoxetine, nefazodone, venlafaxine, clonazepam, hydroxyzine).  I was unknowingly experiencing discontinuation and was frequently diagnosed with anxiety/exacerbations of previous illness as opposed to discontinuation. 

 

Supplements: Fish oil, Vitamin D3, magnesium,  B complex, l-theanine

 

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