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Today something shifted and I feel way better. ūüėä

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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Gee I hope I didn‚Äôt actually take 6.2 mg instead of 5.2 last night. I was super exhausted and think I remember¬†the measuring line was a bit fuzzy ‚ÄĒ and that‚Äôs the line for 6.2 ‚ėĻÔłŹ. Well I guess I will see how I feel tomorrow and if the relief I feel today goes away I might have made that mistake...

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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Glad your feeling better. I’m on 2.4 of escatalopram and feel ok except at work when the symptoms are amplified.

2005-2015 sertaline, 2015 to November 2018 escatalopram. Used liquid titration to drop doses. By 0.5mg at first then drops as small as 0.01mg at end of taper. Jumped of at 0.02mg

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Thanks for encouragement!

 

woke up with a bit of dread, but meditated and felt a smile come over me... hoping for a lighthearted day!

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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So exhausted tonight. Feel like I don‚Äôt have the energy to put myself to bed! ūüė≥ Thinking I might‚Äôve done that accidental updose I was worried about because had much more energy yesterday. M mood is still better, though, so that‚Äôs a relief.

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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Try not to worry about it.  You will never know whether you measured incorrectly.  If you did, you can't change it.

 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

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So true. Thanks!

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 again! Facial pain and twisted neck/shoulder. Dizzy too. Thinking dizziness and headache are 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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Better now. Rested. Still very tired and little motivation. Checked notes from last drop I tracked on Glenmullen sheet (last April)and symptoms peaked at 10¬†days. It is day 11, but maybe the accidental updose reset withdrawal time a bit. Hope I will be without symptoms soon. ūüė¨

 

should probably track on Glenmullen sheet again next time because it is comforting to see pattern and know symptoms passed.

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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Have you got the link to the spreadsheet and printable versions?  I used the sheet and created a few different versions.

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Withdrawal Symptoms

 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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Yes I have a sheet and made a new page for this reduction m. Thanks for checking.

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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Today and yesterday have been very dizzy and spaced out at work. This is weird to me because I usually don't have these kinds of effects so many days out from dropping Lexapro dose. This is a new experience. I guess my symptoms started more emotionally and then have morphed to more physical (dizzy, spacey, tired). 

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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Updosed to 5.3 using the 1 ml syringe. Hoping to alleviate some exhaustion, dizziness, spaciness, which has been making it really hard to work.

 

It was hard to get the bubble out of the small syringe but finally managed. With larger syringe I have a cap it fits into so it is easy to avoid bubbles. The 1¬†ml one doesn‚Äôt fit into that cap, so I poured some medicine into a little medicine cup and drew it up that way. Any recommendations for a¬†better 1 ml syringe with cap are welcome. ūüėČ

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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Feel better today. Symptoms let up and not exhausted. 

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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Symptoms back. Huh.

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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Sooo tired, headache, achy.

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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Is it normal to have a short period ( like an hour or less ) of pretty clear thinking and feeling quite good, and then back to fuzzy head and flu like symptoms? I was doing some work for school and that’s what happened. It seem like it coincided with getting sort of stock in what to do for work problem, but also now just below fuzzyheaded.

 

Anyone who wants to check in and let me know that would be great.

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 is quite common to have a short period of feeling really good with a return to the old withdrawal symptoms.  This is known as "windows and waves," the windows being the times of feeling good and the waves being withdrawal symptoms.  Enjoy your windows when they come.  Please read:

 

Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.   

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8mg and shift to Imipramine taper

Aug. 5, 2022: shift to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Aug. 5, 2022: 4.3mg

Taper is 77% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Aug. 5: 9.5mg 

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Thanks for your response. I haven’t really had windows and waves before, but have read about them.

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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Woke up so stiff and achy. Neck really hurts like I twisted it badly, but itmustbe from dropping 3 ml. I can‚Äôt keep twisting it every night! Weird because physical symptoms this far out from drop doesn‚Äôt usually happen. That 1¬†ml updose seemed to help the day after but helpful effect waned. Need to plan lessons but thinking makes physical symptoms worsen and brings up a headache !? ‚ėĻÔłŹ

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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Scalp in pain... kind of burning feeling

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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Woke up very achy--that has been the pattern this drop. Super sore and hard to get out of bed. So far today my thinking is clear, though. Going to try to do some work. We had a snow day! It is crazy weather in MN and big snowstorm. So glad for extra day because I haven't been able to do planning all weekend... 

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 morning felt good and was doing work. Now hit with hot feeling which also has burning scalp feeling and hot cheeks¬†(& I checked and I have a slight fever‚ÄĒnever usually run one), a¬†bit of nausea, and can‚Äôt think. Which is making me anxious about going back to work. May have to just give up on trying to work and throw something together tomorrow b4 class.

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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The hot flash didn’t last too long and no fever now.

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 is 20 days out from the drop and I have these symptoms. Does that mean I should updose? Or ride this out...

 

I am not into suffering and am trying to reduce as slowly as I need to so I don’t have trouble with work and relationships. 

 

Things might be be getting better but how much longer?

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 evening I feel better. I think the pattern is I feel bad achiness when I wake up. Ok for the morning then brain fog and possible other symptoms in afternoon. Then by bedtime feel ok. At least this was how it went today.

 

Right now I think it’s best to stay the course at this 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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Yesterday tired and sad because of work stress but then came home and got some work done. I was troubled about work, but was handling it well without extreme emotions. 

 

Today much more more energy and could think! Such a relief. Still experiencing burning sensation on scalp but brain fog cleared. 

 

21 days from the drop and not going to change anything for awhile.

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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Feel better and even less symptoms 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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Yay! You may wish to taper by even smaller amounts now. It's possible that if you make smaller cuts, you can do the Brassmonkey Slide

 

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Thanks for your response!

 

Do You mean like 1% a week drop for 5 or 6 weeks then hold? 

 

I am am wondering if 2.5 % a week would be too much because the last drop was only 5% ...

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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Wait... I mean a  1% for 4 weeks or maybe 5 weeks (to get a total of 5% drop). Then hold at least 2 weeks.

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 months later...

I am going to drop 0.1 ml tonight and take 5.2 ml. I have held for a long time but am a bit worried to drop. I lost a chunk of hair the week I dropped last time and dermatologist said it was alopecia areata (sp?). I am treating it and hair is growing back but now there is thinning near the spot¬†that was totally bald ‚ÄĒ so treating that too and going back to dermatologist in a month to see progress and maybe get more injections of cortizone to treat.

 

I don't know the hair loss was because of the 7% drop but noticed the hair loss on March 31, and I dropped my dose on March 28... I don’t want to lose more hair, but it feels like time to drop again. 0.1 ml is a smaller drop, so I hope it won’t affect me badly. Plus, my last drop brought me down to 5.2, and I updosed to 5.3 to alleviate symptoms....so I would just be returning to 5.2 ml.

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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0.1 ml is approximately a 2% drop.

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 today and yesterday. Also have had a stiff neck... nauseous too after dropping dose but that has passed. Not sure if headache is from medicine ...

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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Continued to have bad headache. Thought it might be sinus infection and tried sudafed for a few days which helped. Yesterday, though, felt incredibly anxious and I think it was the sudafed. So today no sudafed just ibuprofen. So far so good. A bit of sinus pressure but not painful right now anyways. Don’t know if sinus thing is related to drop. Seems like such a small drop that I shouldn’t have experienced any symptoms, but guess I did. Worrisome for future reductions.

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 months later...

Dropped to 5 mg last night. Partially b/c of measuring convenience but also had been planning to drop once this fall before holding over the winter.

 

it was less than a 5% drop but a worry is¬†popping up for me. A patch of hair loss coincided with my drop this spring‚ÄĒit‚Äôs grown back;¬†got injections at dermatologist as well as topical stuff to put on it/-and I don‚Äôt want that to happen again!

 

But ive been coping w/ life well and feel way better than before I started this taper and my therapist thinks so too so I guess I forge ahead.

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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