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Hi all

 

Jason 71 here and currently off Lexapro 8 months. Was initially on 10mg for 7 months 2013/2014 for stress overload. Was off for 7 months and went back on 5mg for 2 months following a bereavement early this year.

 

Being off 8 months has had its challenges. The last week has been difficult with what seem like my initial symptoms again. Poor Concentration, nausea, anxiety creeping in, obessive thinking re health and moods up and down, general aches and pains. Ive had a bad cold for 2 weeks so it could be contributing, plus work has been very stressful and im on a short break, hence the cold coming out.

 

Im going to ride it out and hope things settle again. Im assuming these type of symptoms can occur during withdrawal, even at 8 months?

 

Thanks

Jason71

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hello Jason and welcome to s/a,

 

You are right - all those symptoms are withdrawal, and you can definately still be feeling then at 8 months out.  I'm glad you've come here for some support.  That cold you have could also be w/d. 

 

Thanks for filling in a signature.  Could you add a little info to it so we know how quickly you tapered each time, or if you went cold-turkey.  The quicker the taper, the more liklihood you have of a prolonged w/d, unfortunately.  There is a lot of info here about managing w/d, and coping with symptoms.  Fish oil and magnesium are the two things people find most useful.    

 

You might like also to read about the what withdrawal is, and the windows and waves pattern of withdrawal to help you understand what is happening to you.  Then you could come back here to this thread to ask any further questions you may have.  This thread will be your journal to record your healing progress.  We'll be really happy to provide more help as you go along.  You can get through this, even though it's a bit of a bumpy ride.  You're in good company :).

 

Besh wishes,

KarenB

 

PS  I always feel a lovely link to Ireland cause my Granny came from there, and she was one of my favourite people in the whole world. 

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Thanks Karen, glad you like Ireland!  Yes, the cold does actually feel part of wd, I've had it for 2.5 weeks now.  My main challenge is probably brain fog and issues with computer use and a bit wobbly walking. 

 

Will update the taper.  First use of Lexapro I was on 10mg 6 months, then with taper had 1 month on 5mg, then 1 month 5mg every other day and off.

 

More recent use was 2 months on 5mg, then 3 weeks 2.5 and off.   Realise wasn't 10%, but didn't have any issues moving down.

 

Jason

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hi nghitran,sort off, lower libido, but nothing to bad.

 

Im now Noticing as well my dreams are very vivid and I'm waking up more in the night. Just as I'm going to sleep I'm waking up suddenly too. A week ago I took 5htp 50 mg over 2 days and coincidentally my symptoms seem worse.

 

This week though is a first bereavement anniversary so could be adding.

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hi Jason,

 

You'll probably need to be kind to yourself on this anniversary week.  Go gently...

 

And yes 5-htp can be too activating for people who are either using SSRIs or still trying to stabilise their CNS after tapering.  It's good to keep notes on supplements you take, and track your symptoms.  Patterns will emerge and they can be quite useful for managing the whole w/d experience. 

 

I actually use any sign of a cold as a signal to me that I'm pushing things too hard, and that I need to rest more and notch up my self-care.  It seems to be a good indicator of how I'm going with the w/d in general. 

 

Just looked at your sig.notes.  Both tapers were quite fast, and skipping days on the first taper would have made it even more destabilising for your CNS - leading to protracted w/d.  But you've been riding things out fairly well to have got to 8 months out.  I think you are right that the 5htp ramped things up.  It should all settle down again in a while.  Any thoughts on trying fish-oil or magnesium?

 

We have a sleep thread, if you feel like taking a look.  It's an issue for many of us, but there are things you can do to ease it. 

 

KarenB

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Thanks Karen. I was on omega 3 a couple of months back, not tried magnesium though. Will look into it.

 

Brain fog seems to have cleared, but concentration still an issue. Seems computer use makes me worse and leaves my system a little overactive till I come off. Profound dreaming still and keep waking up. Mood seems ok, a little up and down. Couple of aches and pains, particularly in back. Cold shivers in head... Now and again.

 

As I mentioned, is my mothers first anniversary this week so could be making things worse.

 

regards Jason

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2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Opps last post font was small.  Ive decided to reinstate on 5mg for another short while.  Unfortunately, my father died last night (same day as my mother last year) and with a lot of work stress on my body through work (lecturing) I think I need it for 3 months at least.  I'll taper though very slow down to 2.5 etc and take it easy.

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Jason, I'm so sorry to hear about your father.  I hope you have somebody with you there, family or friends. 

 

If you do go back up to 5mg, do make sure you stabilise there for a good while.  Too much up/down = trouble.  It looks as though you plan to taper slower next time?  Perhaps by the 10% method?  That would work better for you.

 

But for now, just go real easy on yourself.  Lots of self-care and self-love.  

 

Sending you some big hugs today,

KarenB 

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Went back on 5mg.  You mentioned to make sure to stablise, how long would that be for?  2 months?  My Gp has suggested staying on for 3 months.

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Im going to ride it out and hope things settle again. Im assuming these type of symptoms can occur during withdrawal, even at 8 months?

 

I like this idea to ride it out. But now i read you are going back on. I'm gutted for you.

 

I wish i had stayed off back in 2004 when i got free for two months i wish someone had told me manifestations werent me they were the drug withdrawal that these are potent brain altering addictive chemicals . That permanent sexual damage may result.  That the healing from exposure to these chemicals can take many many months, for some years.

 

Goodness me 8 months is early days in this iatrogenic healing journey .

Healy (the world authority on these drugs ) says healing can take 2-4 years once drug free.

 

It is totally unacceptable to me for people to be put on these chemicals for 'stress overload ' or 'bereavement' or anything else imo.

 

Poor Concentration, nausea, anxiety creeping in, obessive thinking re health and moods up and down, general aches and pains.

 

These are all classic symptoms of withdrawal but in my opinion i am not seeing 'trauma' here. (i could be wrong). I am not seeing the 's' word or signs of serious life threatening akathisia. 

I'm not seeing urgency to 'take it away' i'm seeing stuff that can be tolerated and passed through with non drug means.

self soothing for example.

 

Going on and off these drugs allows prison bars of dependence to thicken. So does ongoing exposure to them. Each time making it more difficult to get off. imo

 

i am sorry if i feel disappointed to read this turn of events cos i am.

 

Its not as if you have had long term exposure. The exit door is still revolving for you without  a fight for your life to pry it open. I mean you were already well clear of the exit door....

 

This merry-go-round might suddenly and easily morph into  'you have to take these for life' scenario from a doctor. Or oh you are not stable after a month well lets double the dose.

 

Many people would be envious to be 8 months drug free. You are not far off from being a year off many report improvements in year 1-2.

So you go back on then what ? Taper again ? Get some withdrawal symptoms, ri again?

 

What about sexual damage its  'nothing too bad ' now . That could change this time round.

Why risk that.

 

One of my favourite sayings is 'you do not swallow good mental health.'

 

You say your job is very stressful ...is it possible to take or find a less stressful job? rather than swallow something.

 

At a glance it looks like to date you have had about 8-9 months of exposure to an ssri ...if you go back on at 5mg and taper at the 10% rate rec here you will need 16 months to get to 1mg . Thats 16 months more exposure. What if things are not smooth sailing?

 

I would be running with the initial decision to stay the course drug free and 'ride this out'...as if my life depended on it.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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Hi Jason , I'm so sorry about your dad.  And to deal with it during w/d makes everything more difficult.

 

" Poor Concentration, nausea, anxiety creeping in, obessive thinking re health and moods up and down, general aches and pains."   It's fairly common for new symptoms to appear between 6 and 9 months after a too-fast taper.

Have you had any symptom relief since reinstating?

 

When you do start tapering , your first drop will be to 2.7mg , i.e.10%.    If you don't taper slowly this time round , you'll

just have a repeat performance 6-12 months after you stop.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Im going to ride it out and hope things settle again. Im assuming these type of symptoms can occur during withdrawal, even at 8 months?

 

I like this idea to ride it out. But now i read you are going back on. I'm gutted for you.

 

I wish i had stayed off back in 2004 when i got free for two months i wish someone had told me manifestations werent me they were the drug withdrawal that these are potent brain altering addictive chemicals . That permanent sexual damage may result.  That the healing from exposure to these chemicals can take many many months, for some years.

 

Goodness me 8 months is early days in this iatrogenic healing journey .

Healy (the world authority on these drugs ) says healing can take 2-4 years once drug free.

 

It is totally unacceptable to me for people to be put on these chemicals for 'stress overload ' or 'bereavement' or anything else imo.

 

Poor Concentration, nausea, anxiety creeping in, obessive thinking re health and moods up and down, general aches and pains.

 

These are all classic symptoms of withdrawal but in my opinion i am not seeing 'trauma' here. (i could be wrong). I am not seeing the 's' word or signs of serious life threatening akathisia. 

I'm not seeing urgency to 'take it away' i'm seeing stuff that can be tolerated and passed through with non drug means.

self soothing for example.

 

Going on and off these drugs allows prison bars of dependence to thicken. So does ongoing exposure to them. Each time making it more difficult to get off. imo

 

i am sorry if i feel disappointed to read this turn of events cos i am.

 

Its not as if you have had long term exposure. The exit door is still revolving for you without  a fight for your life to pry it open. I mean you were already well clear of the exit door....

 

This merry-go-round might suddenly and easily morph into  'you have to take these for life' scenario from a doctor. Or oh you are not stable after a month well lets double the dose.

 

Many people would be envious to be 8 months drug free. You are not far off from being a year off many report improvements in year 1-2.

So you go back on then what ? Taper again ? Get some withdrawal symptoms, ri again?

 

What about sexual damage its  'nothing too bad ' now . That could change this time round.

Why risk that.

 

One of my favourite sayings is 'you do not swallow good mental health.'

 

You say your job is very stressful ...is it possible to take or find a less stressful job? rather than swallow something.

 

At a glance it looks like to date you have had about 8-9 months of exposure to an ssri ...if you go back on at 5mg and taper at the 10% rate rec here you will need 16 months to get to 1mg . Thats 16 months more exposure. What if things are not smooth sailing?

 

I would be running with the initial decision to stay the course drug free and 'ride this out'...as if my life depended on it.

Gutted myself for going back on.  Been on 6 days now.  I am changing my job in the new year and that will help, to get out of teaching.

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hi Jason , I'm so sorry about your dad.  And to deal with it during w/d makes everything more difficult.

 

" Poor Concentration, nausea, anxiety creeping in, obessive thinking re health and moods up and down, general aches and pains."   It's fairly common for new symptoms to appear between 6 and 9 months after a too-fast taper.

Have you had any symptom relief since reinstating?

 

When you do start tapering , your first drop will be to 2.7mg , i.e.10%.    If you don't taper slowly this time round , you'll

just have a repeat performance 6-12 months after you stop.

 

Best wishes ,  Fresh

Thanks.  Been on 6 days, side effects first 5 days but seems to getting better.  All other symptoms like concentration are fine.  I cant get liquid Lexapro here, but can taper to 2.5mg. I realise now again I need to get off Lexapro as soon as I can.    Stopping after 6 days could be a nightmare.  Maybe I should taper after a month?

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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When you do start tapering , your first drop will be to 2.7mg , i.e.10%.  

 

Fresh the ri appears to have been to 5 not 3.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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Went back on 5mg.  You mentioned to make sure to stablise, how long would that be for?  2 months?  My Gp has suggested staying on for 3 months.

 

If you do go back on, then I'd wait at least 2 months and monitor how your symptoms settle. 

 

But I think NZ and Fresh are right in saying it's best not to go back on at all.  You've only been back on 5mg for 6 days right?  And it gave you some side-effects.  It's possible you could just stop, but I'll get a 2nd opinion on that.  

 

Whichever way you choose, it's important to stay on that path and give yourself some stability.  No more jumping up or down.  We want you to come through this as well as you possibly can.

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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I did think the you'd gone back on 3mg for some reason Jason, (thanks nz).  

I thought you meant you'd drop from 3 to 2.5 , which is too much of a decrease.  If you stabilize on 5mg , your

first drop should be to 4.5mg.  You can measure a precise dose at whatever dose you choose.

Try reading How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

 

However . . . . . I never said I thought it would be better not to reinstate.  

If you stop them now , or do a fast taper over a week or two , you'll have exactly the same symptoms as you've

had for the past months.  And they may still get worse.  As I wrote earlier , it's common for new symptoms to

appear around 8 months after stopping.

It sounds like 5mg may be too high for you , but once you stabilize , you can carry on your life without extreme

disruption while you taper down slowly.  

To me that's a way better option than becoming pretty sick indefinitely.

1987-1997 pertofran , prothiaden , Prozac 1997-2002 Zoloft 2002-2004 effexor 2004-2010 Lexapro 40mg

2010-2012Cymbalta 120mg

Sept. 2012 -decreased 90mg in 6months. Care taken over by Dr Lucire in March 2013 , decreased last 30mg at 2mg per week over 3 months. July 21 , 2013- last dose of Cymbalta

Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.

July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.

Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.

October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.

March 2016 , 21mg

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Thanks all for the suggestions.  On day 7 now and all is fine. My plan is to stay on for 2 months and then taper.  Has been a difficult year again losing both my parents within a year, withdrawal and a job that is mentally demanding and causes me stress (lecturing).  Lots of change though for 2016. 

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hi Jason,

 

I'm glad things have calmed down for you. I am a lecturer too and I get the struggle. Don't be scared to stay on for longer if it's not a good time to taper. The key goal is to come off well, not quickly. Rather than going by a calendar make decisions based on how you feel and what's going on in your life

 

I wish you the best

 

Dalsaan

Please note - I am not a medical practitioner and I do not give medical advice. I offer an opinion based on my own experiences, reading and discussion with others.On Effexor for 2 months at the start of 2005. Had extreme insomnia as an adverse reaction. Changed to mirtazapine. Have been trying to get off since mid 2008 with numerous failures including CTs and slow (but not slow enough tapers)Have slow tapered at 10 per cent or less for years. I have liquid mirtazapine made at a compounding chemist.

Was on 1.6 ml as at 19 March 2014.

Dropped to 1.5 ml 7 June 2014. Dropped to 1.4 in about September.

Dropped to 1.3 on 20 December 2014. Dropped to 1.2 in mid Jan 2015.

Dropped to 1 ml in late Feb 2015. I think my old medication had run out of puff so I tried 1ml when I got the new stuff and it seems to be going ok. Sleep has been good over the last week (as of 13/3/15).

Dropped to 1/2 ml 14/11/15 Fatigue still there as are memory and cognition problems. Sleep is patchy but liveable compared to what it has been in the past.

 

DRUG FREE - as at 1st May 2017

 

>My intro post is here - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2250-dalsaan

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Hi Jason,

 

I'm glad things have calmed down for you. I am a lecturer too and I get the struggle. Don't be scared to stay on for longer if it's not a good time to taper. The key goal is to come off well, not quickly. Rather than going by a calendar make decisions based on how you feel and what's going on in your life

 

I wish you the best

 

Dalsaan

Thanks Dalsaan. I'll wait and see after 2 months. Actually lecturing has been a struggle since I started 13 years ago, has always caused me stress by the end of the semester. I remember 7 years ago saying to myself, I cant see myself in this role much longer.  Ive a lecturing load of 16-18 hours then prep and admin per week.  Before I crashed initially in 2013 i'd been doing my Phd for 7 years.  Anyway, Jan i'm going into a research role for 9 months and that will help especially as I come of Lexapro.  After the 9 months i'll be looking for a sabbatical from my current job and to a job that doesn't involve lecturing!

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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Hey Jason - I'm sorry about your loss.

 

If the 5 mg is not causing you any grief, that's fine to stay on.  

 

Please, when you do decide you are ready - please, because of your prior use and withdrawals - do a slow taper.

 

It is criminal that the drug companies don't give us the sizes - the small doses - we need to come down off of their drugs safely - but they don't.  This becomes even more important, as the lower the dose is - the more changes will cause effects.  So it's especially important to go s-l-o-w-l-y on the last part of the taper.  Like your last 5 mg.

 

So we use novel methods, like measuring with a milligram scale, shaving the tablets with a file, or making a liquid (the link that Fresh posted).

 

Please consider:  Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

and Tips for tapering off Lexapro

 

I hope you see the sun today.

"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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.....and i thought lecturers had it so easy ...students do all the work and the lecturers get all the pay ....

Ya learn something new every day!

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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Hi again Jason,

 

I checked and it is fine to just stop if you've only been on for 6 days.  However because the reinstatement appears to be working well for you (i.e your symptoms are improving) then it's probably a good idea to remain at the 5mg for now.  I see above that's what you've decided.

 

This gives you options, which is nice when you are in a stressful and sad time.  Now you can stabilise, and focus on the other things in your life.  After a few months you can plan a gentle 10% taper. 

 

I'm really glad to hear you are feeling better today.  Keep things gentle...

KarenB

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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I checked and it is fine to just stop if you've only been on for 6 days.

 

Thanks for sharing that Karen.

 

I was wondering about opinions on how one might  back out of this.

I was thinking take half for 3 days then off. But yeah its great to hear a view on this.

 

Healy has observed symptoms for months from healthy volunteers who only took it for 2 weeks. So maybe the logic is one week is the cut off.

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651   

Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017

 

 

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Thanks all again for your kind thoughts.  Day 8 and all is fine.  I've a lot to deal with over the next 2 weeks like funeral etc and back to work so i'm going to stay on for a short while and then do the taper again.

2013/14 Lexapro 10mg 6 months 8 months, tapered to 5mg for a month, then 5mg every other day. Withdrawal 7 months
2015 lexapro 5mg 2 months, tapered 2.5 mg for 3 weeks. Withdrawal 8 months

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