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  1. Hello all, My name is Alex and I was prescribed 1/2 x 10mg Escitalopram (Cipralex), 0.5 x Clonazepam (Rivotril aka Klonopin) for about 5 months now, for mostly anxiety. After already 2 months I hit tolerance / dependence with Clonazepam and from that point, for the little I knew, I should have give up on it, but my psychiatrist pushed it even more from 3/4 to 1 (0.5 Clonazepam). Clonazepam is the "horror" benzo of them all, but I did not knew back then and would have been fantastic if I removed it since month 2, instead of keep it in 3 more months. Escitalop
  2. Hi I has been taking antidepressents for more than a decade, and I want to come off them. Because of the unavailability of smaller doses, I wonder whether it would be safe for me to taper off by taking drug holidays in the following way: For example, I can take a drug holiday for one day every week for 6 months, and then take two day drug holidays every week for the next 6 months, and so on, until I come off completely. That makes 3 years and a half of gradual tapering off. Thank you
  3. Hi all, I’ve been reading through this sight for a couple months and I need help/reassurance. Around the end of january 2021 i began experiencing panic attacks for the first time. They last for hours and happened every night and sometimes in the day. Not knowing what was happening, I went to the doctors and was prescribed 5mg of Lexapro. At first I thought they were working as my panic attacks practically vanished overnight. For the first two weeks my only symptoms were bad brain fog, night sweats, muscle twitching, and tiredness. As the weeks went on, my anxiety began
  4. Hello! My name’s Christine and I have been on and off lexapro for years. I have recently have started really looking at the things my family is around Such as food, cleaning products, mold, atmosphere etc… and yesterday, through a friend, realized that I have been dealing with SEVERE side effects for at least a year of lexapro. I eat a gluten free diet and mostly sugar free. I have had increased anxiety, disturbed sleep, aches, brain fog, trouble being motivated, numbed state of mind, and now a sore in my nose that refuses to heal. My husband has been telling me for years to come off but I
  5. Was on lexapro for about 7 months at 20 mg.. all in the past month and a half I tapered off to nothing stopped for a week and started having muscle weakness and typical withdrawal symptoms .. on day 6 I started having ringing in ear and dizziness and brain for so I started back at 5 mg.. today is day 4 and I’m still feeling terrible what do I do
  6. Hello everyone, i am in need of dire help, my life is on a razor's edge at the moment. I have had depression for the majority of my life but as of today im on the cusp of my depression leading me to the worst situation i have ever been in. I am 34 years old and this post is about my most recent experience on the ssri escitalopram. I had suffered from a delibating traumatic experience which lead me from one hellish experience to another. It started with me experiencing a concussion march 2019 which spiraled me into post concussion syndrome and consequently worstening depression poor
  7. Hi, I don't speak English but I will do my best. I was taking escitalopram or lexapro between 10 and 20mg with interruption for more or less 4 years. July 2016- Nov 2017 lexapro 10mg July 2018-Nov 2019 lexapro 10 and 20mg June 2020- November 2020 lexapro of 10mg for 5 months I reduced it one week by half and the next other half I have already been 10 months without taking but the insomnia is very strong and I have not been able to sleep for more than 2 weeks I have currents for the nights by the arm and the back and a palpitation at the height of the stomach I take care of every
  8. Hello, I quit drinking alcohol 11 years ago and a doctor at that time thought the anti depressant Zoloft would be beneficial for my "anxiety" from quitting. This is how I started using these drugs. It has taken me forever to finally quit. I'm a 43 year old male. I've quit Lexapro 2.5 mg 24 days ago and have had the worst three day stretch to date. I feel extremely tired and fatigued. I feel symptoms of brain fog, memory failures, cognitive decline, crying spells, sadness, slight headache, head pressure, eyes tired, some body ache, and slight brain zaps. I'm tryin
  9. Hi there, I was diagnosed with GAD and prescribed escitalopram around 6/7 years ago (23/24 years old). They worked great for me! I was able to regulate my worries and never felt any side effects. However, as I think more about having kids I wanted to taper off which I did around 2 months ago (without advising a dr. which I know was bad, but I didn't quit cold turkey). I moved to a new city with my fiance for his work and although I'm really sad about being away from my family and friends (I'm VERY close to my parents and feel guilty for leaving), I was pretty fine when we got here
  10. Hello everybody. I was referred to this forum after trying to find answers about my problem on other websites for almost a year now. To somewhat quickly sum up my story. I was put on psych meds at 16 after a breakdown related to OCD. I am not sure how long I have been on Lexapro, but probably since around 2013/2014. I first started taking psych meds at 16. I was dealing with a bad APRN (who I saw for years but became worse and worse over time) who had me on 30mg of Lexapro for at least 2 to 3 years. I cannot remember how long I was on 20mg before that, and for how long. I apologize
  11. Hi Guys, So here's my story. I was first depressed when I was 18 over a breakup that wasn't that long. i had always struggled with anxiety and depression and I was simply overcome with it over something as simple as a short high school relationship. Maybe it was growing up but long and short I was first prescribe Zoloft then Lexapro which made me go manic because as I found out years later I was unable to metabolize it properly. In any case, after trying different antipsychotics and other sleeping drugs, I ultimately found Trintellix , which I was first perscribed 5mg of in 2017.
  12. You can view my history in my signature, but to briefly review: after experiencing reduced efficacy on my 30mg/day Paxil regiment, I spoke with my PCP about cross-tapering to Lexapro. I reduced my Paxil doseage to 20mg and introduced 5mg Lexapro. This unfortunately caused intense symptoms including heightened anxiety, despair, bouts of crying/sobbing, nausea, headache, and stomach upset. I relayed this to my PCP and they suggested I take 10mg Lexapro with 20mg Paxil. I have been doing this for the past several days. I realize now that this taper was likely too fast. I have been on Paxil f
  13. In August of 2021 will be a four-year ordeal that began with a breaking through (tolerance) of the SSRI medication (Celexa) I was on for 20 years. During this four-year period, I experienced over 75 symptoms associated with psychotropic medication withdrawal and at two different times was at zero quality of life. Once for five months (within the first year) and the once for four months (in year two) three months after my last dose of medication. I have been treated by a Psychiatrist, several counselors, two functional medicine doctors, two nutritionist, two specialists with psychotropic med
  14. Hi! I’m losing hope. I need to hear at least ONE story of someone who has been in my situation and recovered … I can’t locate any. Was bridged from Lexapro to Cymbalta due to poop out. Crashed into withdrawal from Lexapro. One month later, stopped Cymbalta and reinstated full dose Lexapro. Didn’t know of site at time and listened to dr. It has been a year. Do feel some improvement but still bad brain fog and derealization (disassociation to world around me). Tried to cut Lexapro by 1mg and had severe reaction. Feel trapped.
  15. Hi! I'm finally trying to get fully off of Escitalopram. I've been on doses of 5-15mg for the past 7 years - last year I tried to taper off and went too quickly, and I've now been stuck on 2.5mg for the past year or so. I'm hoping for help coming up with a schedule and understanding how to use a syringe (my pills come in 10mg form that are breakable in the middle to make 5mg halves - I can't replace them because I'm living internationally). Is it still good practice to do a 10% decrease even on such a low dosage? And I'd dissolve 5mg in 5ml water? If I understand correctly a withd
  16. Tapering using oral Lexapro. Would like to connect with others who have had success with it.
  17. I Just came across this sentence from the main topic: Don't risk the integrity of your nervous system -- if not in an emergency, do not suddenly stop taking any psychiatric medication. I want to confirm the above: Do not ever stop taking escitalopram abruptly, especially if you are used to high dosage (in my case 20 mg). I Just experienced this ordeal the last week: I stopped abruptly 20 mg of escitalopram without consulting my psychiatrist, moved to 5 days of expired 15 mg (run out all my prescriptions) and about 3 days later started to feel : dizziness, brain-zap
  18. I swear when I got back on Lexapro (Sept? 2020) I could feel it working into the creases of my brain. I was diagnosed with MDD in early 2013. I had fought mild SAD for years. (Thank you Midwest. I do like it here though.) It was around March and I was tired of being tired. I had my 2nd baby in June 2011 and she got up every other hour for the first 9 months of her life. I drew a line and we started gentle sleep training, so it was probably mid 2012 before I had normal sleep. 20-20 hindsight, no wonder I was having problems, sleep deprivation is a form of torture. So 2013 I
  19. Hello, thank you to those who create and maintain this forum. I’m 27-years-old, female. I’m interested in learning more about people’s experiences with withdrawal AFTER getting down to 0mg. I was on 10mg generic lexapro for 4.5 years. I tapered off of it over the course of 7 months. I’m now 6 weeks out from 0mg and experiencing worsening withdrawal symptoms: shakiness, depressive episodes, digestive issues, hard time sitting still, can’t sleep because of shakiness. These all come throughout the day but come in “waves,” as this site has explained to me. The worst of it began 4 days ago
  20. Hi im sorry this is a bit lengthy. I was on lexapro for a year and a half. The reason I got in it was because I was having trouble focusing with my new position and it made me a bit anxious. No anxiety attacks or anything. I told my PCP and lexapro 10mg is what he prescribed. He told me that it’s a daily dose and if I was to miss a dose to not worry and pick it up the next day. He told me it was a gentle drug as I am terrified of medications higher than Tylenol. I hated it. It made me a complete zombie, all I did was sleep, gain 30lbs and have horrible vivid dreams/nightmares. My
  21. Hi, this is my introductory post but of course, I only decided to create an account and ask for advice AFTER spending a long time in a bad state. So it will be suboptimal. My current situation has been draining my life and willpower and my ability to thing and type. I have a PCP appointment tomorrow where I might be able to get some help. My psychiatrist and I are not on speaking terms, she has rejected tapering options, and I am looking for a new psychiatrist. I normally experience generalized anxiety and depression to the point where I am unemployable. I am sitting around slowly trying
  22. I took lexparo for 1.5 years, I quit taking it regularly a few months ago and started break my 10 mg into 5 mg every other day, [ I know] =/. Then when I attempted to take 10, had a bad reaction , burning allover, quit entirely 11 days ago. my doctor knows, I have an appointment on Monday to discuss what now, I started messing with my dosage because for these few months prior I had alot of heart tests, and I sort of freaked out and thought my medication might be effecting my ekg. In the end, I just have a normal variant difference, with no actual heart issue. My sy
  23. Hello. I’m new so will give a little background. I have been on roughly three SSRI’s since the age of about 22 (tapering off of one just to start on another ) I am 37 now. I had started on Lexapro for a tough time I was going through in which it did help me through, at that point I should have gotten off of it but never did. I stayed on it for about seven years then transitioned to Zoloft as I had developed stomach issues (ibs) in the time frame and was told Zoloft was better for that. After being on Zoloft for a few years I decided it was time to come off as I felt there was no reason for me
  24. Hello everyone I am new here and looking for advice and encouragement. Back in March I suffered my first panic attack due to a bad reaction from a bunch of meds I was on after my first surgery. I did not know it was a panic attack and all the physical symptoms I was having was from anxiety. A month later after finding out it was anxiety my doctor put me on celexa which I only lasted two days due to terrible and scary side effects. I was desperate though and so I decided to try out lexapro. I am sensitive to meds and so I was put on 5mg. The first few weeks were hell and by week 3 i began to ex
  25. Ended taper of 50mg Seroquel Feb.9 2021. Currently tapering off 20 mg Lexapro, to be completed June 18 2021. Serious insomnia when off the Seroquel. Pushing on.
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