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Yesterday was the first day I had a normal amount of energy since getting shingles. Thank goodness that's over. And I feel pretty happy, which is nice.

 

I think I am going to wait one more month before dropping medication, though, just to be safe. It is great to have more sun, though, and that tempts me to drop 10%  around March 12 because by then I will have been on 7.8 mg of escitolapram for 6 weeks. 

 

Or should I do 5% for the next drop because I was struggling at 7.6 mg, but I think that I was struggling because of the time of year--holiday stress and lack of sunlight. I am open to others' thoughts on this...

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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You may want to wait to decrease until you've had at least 2 weeks clear -- with no shingles symptoms.

 

Another option to consider for the decrease is brassmonkey's technique: The Brassmonkey Slide.  He's used it to taper Paxil, a medication that seems to present similar difficulties at low doses as Lexapro/escitalopram.  You can read about it at these links:

 

brass's description of The Brassmonkey Slide.

 

An example showing the calculations.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here


scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have been really low energy this week ????. Maybe still affected from shingles. And skin where shingles were feels sore. Exhausted at work.

 

I also wonder if my system was weakened because of taper and that's why I got shingles...

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • 5 weeks later...

Dropped to 7 mg of escitalopram yesterday. Hoping for few side effects; haven't dropped in quite awhile, but now it is spring and exactly a year since I started tapering.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • 2 weeks later...

Today I am doing well. Worst withdrawal symptoms were days 9 and 10 but that could have been exacerbated by PMS.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • 1 month later...

Still at 7 mg escitalopram. Planned to taper after 30 or so days but feel slightly depressed so I am waiting because I don't want to lower dose and need to updose. Read somewhere on this site someone else having trouble in the 7-8 mg range. Is this common?

 

Wondering if i should just do the next 10% drop.... I am not experiencing an big symptoms, just a bit down or just maybe tired.... I just feel like sleeping and escaping into novels but I am functioning. Just not motivated. Maybe a drop would help.

 

Thoughts?

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Dropped to 6.3 mg escitalopram tonight.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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My mood seems lighter since dropping but now feeling achy & eyes sore which I think is wothdrawal. But happy about lighter mood... was worried about dropping but now it seems like the right decision.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Still doing well. Noticeable effect: eyes kind of sore. Maybe less able to fall asleep. Otherwise feel better than before I dropped.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • 1 month later...

Dropped to 5.7 mg on June 20. May have been too soon. Feel irritable and down. Have sore eyes. Considering updosing to 6 mg. Should've checked how long I held before dropping to 6.3 because that drop went really well.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Bad headache. Can't remember if I took my morning Wellbutrin dose.:(

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Bad fight w/ husband. 

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Bad fight was Monday. Didn't hit post. Updosed Mon to 6 mg. Seemed to help but think I have anxiety still from drop (& updose was halfway back) and lips feel weird (numb?) and neck tense/weird feeling. Hope this passes. It's uncomfortable. Weird to have these symptoms because drop to 6.3 went so well. ??

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Feeling better. Glad I updosed. Anxiety lightened up over last few days.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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I hope you'll hold steady at 6 mg for a while. It may be that you need to give yourself more time so that your body/CNS can adapt to the changes you've made so far.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here


scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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Thanks for feedback.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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I usually post using my phone, so I have the mobile version of the site up. I went into the computer version the other day, and tried to update my signature, and it seemed like the profile thing was different and I couldn't find my signature…

 

Can anyone help w/ this?

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here


scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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  • 2 months later...

Held at 6 mg for a long time and it went well.

 

Finally decided to drop Oct. 1 to 5.4 mg of escitalopram.

 

It would be nice to get down to 5 mg and hold there for the winter; then I could take a pill again for awhile instead of the gross liquid. But I don't want to do that at the expense of my mental health, so will see. Haven't really had any withdrawal symptoms. Had a cold last week and it seemed to make a comeback on Friday after getting better, but I don't think that has anything to do with med drop. One weird thing is eczema. When I gave up dairy and gluten the eczema on my knuckles went away (I would mostly have it in winter). It will come back if I have dairy, but I don't think I have had dairy in the last few days but do have eczema on my knuckles. Wonder if that could be a withdrawal effect? It is possible I got dairy in something I don't know about... Hopefully it goes away. It has really helped my motivation to avoid dairy knowing that the eczema is related to it.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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You are doing a great job by being careful and patient, keep up the good work and give yourself a pat on the back.  sounds like you are doing well, despite the eczema :)

Current Prescription Drugs for Hypothyroidism:  Synthroid 100mcg / Cytomel 5mcg (15 years Pristiq/Effexor)

Tapering Schedule
September 15, 2016 - switched from Pristiq 50mg to Effexor XR 75mg; November 10, 2016 - reduced to 67.5 Effexor XR
December 9, 2016 - reduced 60.75
January 5, 2017 - reduced 54.67
January 30, 2017 - reduced to 49.0
February 20, 2017 - reduced to 44.0 
May 20, 2017 - reduced to 40.25 (holding for additional month due to late onset of withdrawal symptoms after this taper)
July 17, 2017 - reduced to 38.24
August 15, 2017 - reduced to 37.5 (50% of my original dose)

October 15, 2017 - reduced to 35.6

November 12, 2017 - reduced to 33.8
December 15, 2017 - up-dose to 35.6
December 28, 2017 - up-dose to 37.5

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  • 1 month later...

Thanks, baroquep, for the feedback. 

 

Since this last drop in October, I have had increasing anxiety. Not at first, but slowly more and more. I am going to updose to 5.6 tonight. I think it is just harder now that I am at lower doses and my goal is to feel clearer not to hurry up and get off the medicine and fall apart.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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You could go up to 5.5mg instead of 5.6mg.  Your brain will have made same adaptations since your reduced to 5.4mg at the start of October.

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Shoot. Just saw this and did 5.6 mg. Think I could do 5.5 tomorrow? Or is it too late?

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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It should be okay to go to 5.5mg for your next dose.

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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So last night I took 5.5 mg escitalopram using a 1 mg syringe for .5, and I feel that anxious feeling and dry eyes. It is Sat. and slept in which can affect how I feel, but yesterday anxiety had lifted (I took 5.6  mg Thurs night.)

 

It it is possible the 1 mg syringe gave me less than .5 mg b/c it isn’t the greatest (going to Walgreen’s to get a 5 mg syringe which might work better and fit syringe opening in med bottle... 1 mg one is too small and liquid dribbles as I fill it 🙄).

 

so thinkng of going back to 5.6 tonight.  

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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I welcome any thoughts on this moderators might have...

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Realized I may be experiencing mild akathasia and don’t know if it is from updose to 5.6 or the down to 5.5 😳😬. All I know is I have felt increasingly anxious since dropping to 5.4 Oct. 1 and updosed to 5.6 Thurs. nite and felt better Friday then tried 5.5 (but not sure it measured right) Fri nite and have had really sore eyes and restless/anxious feeling and like internal shakiness in my fingers today. I took 5.6 tonite and I guess will stick with my first impulse (which was a bit arbitrary b/c my syringe has hash marks by .2). Kind of freaked out because I don’t want to mess with dose more but don’t want to have made things worse☹️.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Now I am thinking updose was a mistake. I think increased anxious feeling is from updose and the anxiousness I had before updose was time of year and marital conflict. So... back to 5.4 tonight. 

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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I hate it that I caused this by trying to fix a problem and now that I’ve decided next step I have to live with this uncomfortable feelinganyways. Need more patience.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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:ph34r:

 

after consulting hubby—who has a front row seat to all this—have decided stay at 5.6.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • 4 months later...

Going to drop 7% to 5.2 tonight. Used Reverse Psychiatry calculator. Very cool tool. Calculated the percentage of the drop from 6 mg to 5.6, which was the last successful drop since I needed to updose, and it was 7%, too. And this works well with increments of 0.2 which is what my medicine syringe is broken down to. Need to get one that goes by 0.1 though for the future. 

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Very chilled tonight. Withdrawal?

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Headache today. But 4 days before period and often get headaches right before.

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Headache! 😢 could be sinus infection that was brewing for awhile. Also sad and teary. ☹️ Spring break over and I just did nothing and now worried I didn’t do enough homework and today is a holiday 🙄. Kinda wishing I would’ve waited to drop escitalopram but don’t want to reverse course now. Not sure it made a difference in mood because I was down anyways....

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Also had a bad headache last Sunday through Monday. That’s why wondering if sinus infection or maybe PMS...

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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Teary today. 

Current: 300 mg Wellbutrin XL (was 450 mg 2005 to 12/18/2021); 5.24 mg Escitalopram

 

Escitalopram taper: 20 mg (2002? to 4/2016). Spring to Fall 2016: smooth taper to 8 mg. Winter 2016-l7: 7.8 mg Spring 2017: 6 mg. Fall 2017: 5.6 mg. Spring 2018: 5.2 mg. Fall 2018-Winter 2019: 5 mg, too big of a drop. 2/2019: 5.3 mg. 6/2020: 5.28 mg. 7/11/21: 5.26 mg. 11/21/21: 5.24 mg. 3/29/22: 5.22 mg. 4/10/22: 5.24 mg. 4/11/22: 5.23 mg. 5/8/22: 5.24 mg

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  • ChessieCat changed the title to LucyLou: switching to Prozac to taper from there

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