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Karaeilysh: daughter on Lexapro


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Hi everyone,

I'm brand new to this site and I'm really hoping for some advice..

My daughter was put on lexapro for severe anxiety, started off good she became her old happy self.. no crying. No angry just calm.. a year later had a massive meltdown at work... we took her back and they upped her meds... This time it did nothing but made her angry.. to point she was yelling and swearing couldn't walk into a supermarket without having a breakdown.. Dr again... He said to start weaning slowly which we have.. she is down to only 5 mg now.. She is very angry.. cries.. hides away in her room.. Can't sleep.. was addicted to pain strong meds so she could get a buzz to feel "alive".. if she goes below the 5 mg she gets brain tremors.. like lightning zaps in her head.. bad headaches.. dizziness. Insomnia... Its destroying her relationships and work.. she is meant to go to uni next year... Im so scared im going to walk in her room one day and find her dead.. I can't get her into a Psychiatrist until Feb next year... the dr isn't sure what to do with her.. If you have any advice any at all please.. Im just so scared.

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How old is your daughter?


When you say you have slowly reduced dosage, what are the specific doses and timeframes at each dose? Many doctors, even psychiatrists, advise tapers that are too fast for many people.


It's best if the person on the medications is posting questions and updates. Is she feeling up to posting on this site? Is she willing and interested?


Please start an introduction topic for yourself/your daughter. That will be the best place to answer your questions.


Link to start a new topic for yourself in the Introductions and updates forum

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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