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Hi there,

 

I had my last dose of Escitalopram Jan 4th 2023 (about 3 ish months ago). I started on it back in 2018 to help with my depression and social anxiety which it worked so well for and as of May 2022 I was finally in a good space in my life where my doctor and I figured we’ll try wean off it. 

 

My history of the drug is as follows: 

- 2018 - end of 2019: 20mg

- 2019 - 2020: 10mg

- 2020 - May 2022: 5mg 

- May 2022 - Jan 2023: started taking every second day, then third, then fourth until I got to Jan where I had my last

 

At the start (stopping completely) I felt fine and then about a month in I started getting very dizzy, panic attacks, anxiety (not social anxiety but to the stage that if i went out to a basketball game or restaurant i’d have a panic attack), feeling disconnected from myself, brain fog, blurry vision, heart palpitations. I’ve been dealing with this for about a month and a half now, some days worse than others. Typically when I know something is coming up it gets worse. 

 

I’ve gone to the doctors (who hasn’t even mentioned this could be to do with coming of SSRIs) and done a lot of blood tests, heart tests and all seems to be fine so after googling a lot yesterday and today I figured it could be to do with coming off escitalopram??

 

It’s consuming most of my life right now as I can’t do things I want to all the time. To help Ive been doing the following:

- exercising

- eating / sleeping well

- meditating / yoga 

- taking hemp CBD oil (10% CBD) twice a day (morning and night)

- taking magnesium, vit C and vit D daily

- Doctor gave me propanlol to try (didn’t do much). Also gave me a benzo which made me feel great but don’t want to have more than one as I don’t want to get addicted.

 

Im trying to stay positive but it’s starting to get to me a bit. My questions are, am I doing the right things? Does this sound like it’s to do with coming off anti depressants? Any advice on what I can do better? Idea on how long it will last? Anyone had similar experiences? 

 

Thanks in advance! 

 

Edited by Gridley

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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Welcome to SA, Nimbus.

 

To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Please include the dosage information in your post and clarify the following:

-Re "2019-2020 10mg" -- Did you taper or just drop from 20 to 10?  Or did you taper and if so at what rate?  Month dates for all please.

-Re "2020 - May 2022" -- Same questions as previous.  We need dates and rate of taper.

-Re "May 2022 - Jan 2023" -- Same questions as previous.  We needs dates of when you made each change, every 2nd day, etc.

Very important: I need to know the last dose you were on in Jan 2023 before you stopped taking the drug.

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From your post, I can't tell your taper rate from 20mg to zero.  We recommend tapering no faster than 10% of our current dose every four weeks.

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

We never recommend skipping doses to taper.  Skipping doses causes the amount of the drug in your bloodstream to go up and down, battering the nervous system.  This causes withdrawal.   See these links:

 

 NEVER SKIP DOSES TO TAPER 

 

Skipping Days vs Every Day Dosing Graph

 

The symptoms you describe are typical withdrawal symptoms very likely caused by the dose skipping.  Skipping one day between doses is a 50% reduction, 5 times faster than we recommend; skipping 3 days and 4 is even faster.  Withdrawal caused by a too-fast taper is extremely common; we see it multiple times every day on this site.

 

So that you have a better idea of what you're experiencing, here is some information on withdrawal:

 

What is withdrawal syndrome.

 

Brain Remodelling 

 

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Daily Checklist of Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms (PDF) 

 

Reinstatement of a very small dose of the original drug is the only known way to help alleviate withdrawal syndrome.  It isn’t a guarantee of diminished symptoms but it’s the best tactic available. The only alternative is to try and wait out the symptoms and manage as best you can until your central nervous system returns to homeostasis.  Unfortunately no one can give you an exact timeline as to when you will start feeling better and while some do recover relatively easily, for others it can take many months or longer.  

 

Reinstatement predictably works up to 3 months after last dose, so you're within the time frame.   It is best to reinstate as soon as possible after withdrawal symptoms occur. We usually suggest a much smaller reinstatement dose than your last dose.  These drugs are strong, and when reinstating it is better to start with a small amount and increase if symptoms remain unbearable. Your system has become sensitized and If you take too much it may be too much for your brain and can cause you become unstable.  Sometimes it can be hard to regain stability after this happens.   Please read:  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic

 

If you want to reinstate, please let me know and we can suggest a very small reinstatement dosage.  Please do not reinstate without giving us the opportunity to suggest a dosage.  Once you've stabilized on the reinstated dosage, which can take several months,  you can begin a 10% per month taper down to zero.  To suggest a dose I will, as I said, need the last dose you were on in January.

 

We don't recommend CBD oil or any other substance that has psychotropic effects.  The following link on SAM-e is equally applicable to CBD and explains some of the reasons we don't recommend CBD:

 

SAM-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)

 

 

We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium (glycinate is a good form) and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
 
This is your introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.  I hope you’ll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation.  I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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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 Feb. 22: 7.6mg

Taper is 90% complete.  

  

Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, anti-candida, 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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Thanks for getting back to me @Gridley and providing some awesome info! I’ll check out all your links that you listed.

 

In terms of when exactly I reduced my intake, I don’t exactly know the specific month. What I do know is that I went from 20mg to 10mg without tapering (took 20mg one day and then the following days I took 10mg). This is the same thing I did when lowering my dose from 10mg - 5mg. The only time I tapered was when I fully came off where I took 5mg every second day for a month, 3rd day for a month, 4th day for a month, 5th day for a month until I finally had my last AD on Jan 4th. Probably not the exact answer you were after but hopefully it helps.

 

Regarding CBD oil, what makes you not recommend this? The link you posted really only had info/comments around SAM-e. I’m very new to taking CBD oil to help manage the panic attacks I get so any info specifically about CBD oil would be really appreciated.

 

Thanks again :)

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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@Nimbus

 

We really need the drug signature.  We can't make any recommendations without it. 

 

 

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Re CBD, the same reasons we don't recommend SAMe would apply to CBD: it's a psychotropic drug that affects your brain and nervous system, which are sensitized from withdrawal, and there's no way to tell what effects another psychotropic drug will have on you.   If you want to take it, you're of course free to do so.  Here's a link with information about CBD.

 

Cannabis, marijuana, hashish, THC, & CBD / …

 

If you Google SurvivingAntidepressants.org CBD, you'll find some more threads.

 

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 Feb. 22: 7.6mg

Taper is 90% complete.  

  

Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, anti-candida, 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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Thanks @Gridley, Ive just updated my signature. I’m not American based so the dates are day/month/year haha

 

Cool I’ll have a look at some of the threads. Seems like it works for some people and others not so much? Is there anything else I can be doing perhaps instead of CBD oil that can manage / reduce panic attacks? Panic attacks and feeling lightheaded / dizzy are my main symptoms 

 

My other question is, my doctor is looking at getting me on Accutane to clear my acne up. Will this interfere with my withdrawals? 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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4 hours ago, Nimbus said:

Is there anything else I can be doing perhaps instead of CBD oil that can manage / reduce panic attacks?

This link has some ideas for dealing with panic attacks.

 

4 hours ago, Nimbus said:

Accutane

People in withdrawal can react to any medication or supplement.  I'm no expert, but from what I've read Accutane doesn't jump out at me as particularly likely to exacerbate withdrawal.

 

5 hours ago, Nimbus said:

Seems like it works for some people and others not so much?

True.  It works most predictably if done within 3 months of your last dose.  If I'm understanding your signature correctly, your last dose was in February, so you'd fall within the time frame.

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 Feb. 22: 7.6mg

Taper is 90% complete.  

  

Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, anti-candida, 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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@Gridley What link is that? 

 

I’ll ask my doctor more around the accutane.
 

Whoops my bad, was meant to me January. Just updated. What would reinstating look like? Do you have to do it with the same antidepressant? Or could I do with a more mild antidepressant? 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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@Nimbus

 

Sorry, here's the link:

 

Sudden fear, terror, panic, anxiety, or sensory overload …

 

4 hours ago, Nimbus said:

What would reinstating look like? Do you have to do it with the same antidepressant? Or could I do with a more mild antidepressant? 

It's done with a very small dose of the same antidepressant.   Definitely not a different antidepressant. The dose would a small percentage of the last dose you were taking before you stopped taking Escitalopram.    To determine what that dose to recommend, I'd need to know the last dose of Escitalopram you were on before you stopped taking the drug on January 4, 2023.   Was it 10mg every fifth day?  For information on reinstatement, please read:

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic

 

 

 

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 Feb. 22: 7.6mg

Taper is 90% complete.  

  

Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, anti-candida, 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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Cool thanks for the link @Gridley.

 

Yeah it was 10mg every 5th day 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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Please look up accutane  side effects it can have some serious ones just on its own 

On Prozac 20 mg from 1996 to 2012 started for post partum depression ? Pooped out

2012 - Switched to 1.25 mg Klonopin ( tapered off last dose march 6 th / 2017 ( 14 month taper) 

2012-15 mg lexapro came off nov.4 th /17 

2012- 150 mg Wellbutrin xl ( still on ) 
2019- Stabilized to be functional after coming off lex and klon waiting to get healthy to taper Wellbutrin

2021 Dec - Suprax and macrobid for UTI

2022 Jan - withdrawal symptoms came back with a vengeance ( antibiotics and uti only change ) 

2022 June - still in full withdrawal 

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My anxiety is so bad I can’t even go to the supermarket without feeling a panic attack coming on. I can barely leave the house… 

 

Im not sure what to do, do I reinstate and talk to a psychiatrist about it? I don’t trust my doctor anymore… 

 

Ive been through a month and a half already though so do I just give up on that effort? I feel hopeless. 

 

Thanks by the way @Soup

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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I see you are taking doxycycline I would suggest Checking  out the side effects of that drug on drugs.com  . Anxiety seems to be a theme with a lot of antibiotics ….. 

On Prozac 20 mg from 1996 to 2012 started for post partum depression ? Pooped out

2012 - Switched to 1.25 mg Klonopin ( tapered off last dose march 6 th / 2017 ( 14 month taper) 

2012-15 mg lexapro came off nov.4 th /17 

2012- 150 mg Wellbutrin xl ( still on ) 
2019- Stabilized to be functional after coming off lex and klon waiting to get healthy to taper Wellbutrin

2021 Dec - Suprax and macrobid for UTI

2022 Jan - withdrawal symptoms came back with a vengeance ( antibiotics and uti only change ) 

2022 June - still in full withdrawal 

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@Soup Thanks yeah I’m keen to get off it. Any idea if I can just stop taking it or do I need to taper?

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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@Nimbus sorry that I am not sure of that I would ask a moderator that question 

On Prozac 20 mg from 1996 to 2012 started for post partum depression ? Pooped out

2012 - Switched to 1.25 mg Klonopin ( tapered off last dose march 6 th / 2017 ( 14 month taper) 

2012-15 mg lexapro came off nov.4 th /17 

2012- 150 mg Wellbutrin xl ( still on ) 
2019- Stabilized to be functional after coming off lex and klon waiting to get healthy to taper Wellbutrin

2021 Dec - Suprax and macrobid for UTI

2022 Jan - withdrawal symptoms came back with a vengeance ( antibiotics and uti only change ) 

2022 June - still in full withdrawal 

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@Nimbus Sorry to read about your anxiety. To me it sounds like coming off the anti-depressants, but I am not an expert, I am just someone guessing. Your mod could better advise you.

 

I hope you can figure out what is going on and get rid of the anxiety.

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I am not a health professional in any way.  I do not give medical advice.   Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a professional medical practitioner.

 

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April 29, 2022 900 mg to 800 mg (11%), May 29, 2022 800 to 700 mg (12.5%), June 20, 2022 700 to 650mg (8%), July 20, 2022 650 to 575 (12%), August 20,  575 to 500 (13%),  Sept 20, 2020 500 to 475mg (5%) Nov 7, 2022 475 to 425 (11%), Nov 21, 2022 500mg

Medications: Gabapentin, Prednisone 1.5mg a day, Cortisol Inhaler daily. 

HISTORY FOR ZOLOFT TAPER

Feb. 2016 to June 2016  - Was on 150mg Zoloft.  Put on Gabapentin at 900mg a day in 2016 due to antidepressant withdrawal. 

Quit Zoloft (Sertraline) June  2016,  reinstated 50mg of Zoloft July 2016.  From July 2016  to October 2016 went from 50 mg down 2.3 mg. I up-dosed in November 2016 to 12.5 mg. Held there until January 2017 when I started a much slower taper.

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Dec. 10 2016  - switched to Liquid Zoloft (Sertraline) @ 12.5 mg.   Jan. 4, 2020 1.875 mg (6.3%). Jan. 25, 2020 1.75 mgFeb. 29, 2020 1.625mg (7.10%).  Apr. 4, 2020 1.5 mg.  May 9, 2020 1.375 mg.  June 6, 2020 1.25 mg. (9.10%).  July 4, 2020 1.125 mg. (10%).  August 15, 2020 1.0 mg.  Oct 24, 2020 .875 mg.  Nov. 28, 2020 .75mgJan 16, 2021 .685mg (8.7%).  Feb 13, 2021 .62mg. March 12, 2021 .56mg.  May 1, 2021 .375mg.  May 29, 2021 .25mg. June 26, 2021 .0125mg. July 25, 2021 .065mg. August 22, 2021 .048mg.  October 2, 2021 .043mg.  October 10, 2021 .038mg.  October 23, 2021 .035mg.  October 30, 2021 .032mg.  Nov. 13, 2021 .030 mg.  Dec 4, 2021 .0285 mg.  Dec 11, 2021 .0265 mg. Dec 18, 2021 .0246 mg. Dec 25, 2021 .023mg. Jan 1, 2022. 0 mg. OFF COMPLETELY

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Thanks @RachelSusan! I read your story, congrats on getting through it :) 

 

Im not sure who to ask regarding coming off doxy. I can’t trust my doctor anymore since they weaned me off AD incorrectly 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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I’ve also booked in to see a mental health psychologist who may have a better understanding of this all and what I should do e.g. push through or reinstate 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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7 hours ago, Nimbus said:

I’ve also booked in to see a mental health psychologist who may have a better understanding of this all and what I should do e.g. push through or reinstate 

I'd suggest you be very discerning in ascertaining if the psychologist knows what he/she's talking about.  Key questions would be knowledge of: taper rate, severity and duration of withdrawal, and amount to reinstate.  If they espouse skipping doses to taper, you know they're ill-informed. 

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 Feb. 22: 7.6mg

Taper is 90% complete.  

  

Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotics, zinc, melatonin .3mg, anti-candida, 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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That’s a good point @Gridley. I think I’ll stop doxy cold turkey (seemed like there weren’t many side effects looking online), just go to a normal therapist and try get though this. I’ll keep you updated 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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@Gridley Ive been slowly getting better. Still get panicy and anxious. I had a question, will one off lorazepam put me into a wave of withdrawal symptoms ? I have a big work conference tomorrow and need to get through it, currently pretty anxious in those situations so thinking of taking a lorazepam for this one off occasion 

2013-2015: Oratane for acne

 

20/04/2018 - 22/06/2018: Escitalopram 10mg

 

22/06/2018 - 11/11/2020: Escitalopram 20mg (no taper)

 

11/11/2020 - 16/06/2022: Escitalopram 10mg (no taper)

 

16/06/2022 - 04/01/2023: Escitalopram 10mg (June intake = every second day, July intake = every second day, August intake every second day, September intake = every third day, October intake = every third day, November intake = every fourth day, December intake = every fifth day)

 

12/09/2022 - current: Doxycycline for acne 

 

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