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  1. Hello! Newish member here (I've actually been a member for over a year but seldom come here I find it too triggering, sorry.) I think this might be my first post! I've been on 10mg escitalopram (cirpalex, lexapro) for over ten years and am thinking -- only thinking! -- of trying the Dutch "tapering strip" system. However, they only offer it for citalopram (celexa). They told me to switch to 2 x citalopram (i.e. 20mg in my case) , hold steady for 28 days and then I'd be ready to begin the taper. In theory escitalopram is twice as strong because citalopram is a "racemic" molecule, i.e. it has two symmetrical halves in a mirror image. As only one side "does the job" the boffins chopped off the useless side, making half the dose just as effective. So, eg, 20mg citalopram = 10mg escitalopram. That's the theory but has anyone tried in real life? Because I'm nervous as hell! Thanks.
  2. Ive been trying to taper off 100mg sertraline since September 2018. Was prescribed 100mg Sertraline in June 2018 for PND. I was previously on 50 mg in March 2016 for 17 months. second time round, horrific start up side effects, some symptoms abated, some have persisted. Mostly psychiatric, such as vivid dreams, racing thoughts persist. Ive tapered down to approximately 9mg, with varying success. Made a big jump in August and suffered, uncontrollable crying, racing thoughts, suicidal thoughts etc. Have been paralysed by fear to make any further cuts since August 2019. Ive found a pharmacy in the Netherlands that develop tapering strips and I’ve ordered the strips, starting with 2 months of 9 mg ( approximate current dose of sertraline). I’ve done plenty of research and I do believe them to be legitimate. However I’m very nervous to switch as this is a generic brand and my past history of horrid side effects and withdrawal symptoms. I know this is much more accurate that what I’ve been doing myself. Has anyone on this forum used tapering strips and should I be so concerned about switching from one brand of sertraline to another?
  3. Hi all, I am writing from the BBC. The Victoria Derbyshire show in the UK are producing a short film about anti-depressant withdrawals and are looking to speak to individuals who have used local street drug dependency services for support throughout this process. If you are someone who has used the support services of street drug charities in the UK for antidepressant withdrawal and are interested in taking part, please do reach out to me via the personal messaging system . We appreciate the very sensitive nature of this difficult experience and anything spoken about will remain confidential unless otherwise agreed. Many thanks.
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