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  1. Hello is anyone currently tapering off 5 mgs of zyprexa or olanzapine using brass monkey sliding scale or microtaper? How do you do it with water? Someone told me you dissolve 5mg of zyprexa in 50 mL of water and do 2.5 percent reductions for four weeks then hold for two weeks. Is anyone else doing this? Or something similar? I’m still trying to figure out how to use this site and do my introduction but I don’t know how. Please any advice on tapering would be appreciated.
  2. Greetings everyone. I'm am (was) your average Class A personality male working in one of the most stressful / dangerous occupations in the US and one that never touched a medication until my son suffered a serious injury several years ago. Worry (health anxiety) resulted in insomnia, which resulted in anxiety, which resulted in insomnia...and the cycle began. Foolishly I found myself being prescribed Xanax (.25 to 1mg) and Ambien (10mg) for what became almost 4 years. Following a rough taper off Xanax last in 2017 I ditched it, but developed rebound anxiety. I was prescribed 2.5mg Lexapro and eventually 5mg Lexapro which did help. During this same time I began to develop tingling, buzzing and numbness in my fingertips, toes and cheek. As of today I have thousands of dollars of neurological tests pending to determine the cause, which I think may be Lexapro or protracted benzo withdrawal. I'm wishing to reduce my Lexapro dose to see if this effects the neurological symptoms. I'm no stranger to harsh withdrawal symptoms from my past rapid benzo taper, but would like guidance on SSRI tapering and to see if others have had similiar symptoms on similar drugs / circumstances.
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