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I’ve been on Lexapro for about a year. Decided to get off it for various reasons. Too bad I did not know about this website before I went too fast. Went from 10 mg to 7.5mg without any issues. Then I went to 5, with minor adjustment period, maybe a few days and I was back to normal. After that I spoke with my doc and he said since it’s below therapeutic dose it is safe to just stop. So I did. I was fine first few days. Then brain zaps, tiredness and brain fog set it. It has been two weeks now. Brain zaps have reduced quite a bit. Tiredness is on and off, interestedly, coffee makes it worse. Brain fog is also on and off. If I don’t have to wake up to alarm for work, I can think clearly. Otherwise it’s a torture to think. 
mat this point I’m thinking to keep pushing through, as I can mostly function, although sometimes not effectively. 

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Welcome to SA. We are a volunteer run site helping people taper off psychotic medications, or have tapered off and are now healing.


This is your introduction page where you will receive information, ask questions and meet other members. We ask that you only have one introduction page so we can keep all your information in one place.


Can you please create a signature. That makes it much easier for all the moderators to see the medications you are/have been on.


Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


You are 100% correct that your dr had you taper off way too fast. Most dr's don't know how to taper off these medications and believe when you have withdrawal symptoms you will need to be on them for life.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen's withdrawal symptom checklist


Brain Zaps


Brain Remodelling


You could try a reinstatement of 0.5 mg and see if that would help with the wd symptoms. You would hold for about 10 days as that is the timeframe for it to enter the bloodstream and body. It could always be adjusted if necessary.


About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


What is withdrawal syndrome?


The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro)


We don't suggest supplements on here except 2 because they can be stimulating to the nervous system. If you would like to try one, try a small amount and wait a few days before introducing the other.



Omega-3 Fish Oil


After you have read the links provided, please reach out with any questions you may have.






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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