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26 minutes ago, Leo1983 said:

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Thanks for the replies. This let time do its thing is wearing thin on me lol. We are talking 32 month here. I know i have to make my own mind up. 

 

You talk about every morning was a reset. Do you mean were you feel ok before going to bed and feel abit normal at night? Then when you wake in the morning, you are back to miserable and anhedonic etc?

 

If so,,, i have this big time. 

Oh yes, absolutely.  Tell me about it.  I quit my Lexapro dose on Feb 27, 2008 and didnt feel close to 100% by Spring of 2012.  At 32 months out, if I were you, ride it out more.  You're this far out.  I am not your doctor so do what you think is right for you.  But I am telling you from my experience, I rode it out and it paid off.  

 

Yeah, at night I would feel some sort of relief from the anxiety/akathasia/racing thoughts.  Yes,close to normal-ish.  When I would see the next morning, bam!!!  back to the anxiety, racing thoughts, akathasia, deep deep depression.  Anhedonia was prevalent throughout the day.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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Hello All, it's been a long time since I have logged in here and posted.  My story is located here:   http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7761-%E2%98%BC-aeroman-hello-from-aeroman/?

Thanks for sharing.  Yes, one will know when they're in that anhedonia phase.  It isn't fun at all but I would take that over akathasia (inner restlessness) any day.  I have a slew of hobbies and all

what you described was EXACTLY like me, in 2008.  On Feb 27, 2008, I took the last dose of Lexapro after a 1-month fast taper per the doctor's order.  At day 3, I felt moody.  At Day 5, I felt nauseou

Hi , Aeroman i'm italian guy who suffered from Paxil WD since December 2018 now i'm attend my 26ish months in Bad WD,my primary symptoms is DIZZINESS /instability sensation in  this 26 months i experienced all the symptoms in the list. Actually i feel in a suffer with no end(i'm exausted) . i read your story and i'm proud of you and your strenght.

my question is : at 26 months what are your sensation? your remaning issues? and the last is you suffered all the 4 years or gradually improve?

thks for reply and sorry for my bad english!!

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On 2/16/2021 at 1:13 PM, Cerre923 said:

 

Hi , Aeroman i'm italian guy who suffered from Paxil WD since December 2018 now i'm attend my 26ish months in Bad WD,my primary symptoms is DIZZINESS /instability sensation in  this 26 months i experienced all the symptoms in the list. Actually i feel in a suffer with no end(i'm exausted) . i read your story and i'm proud of you and your strenght.

my question is : at 26 months what are your sensation? your remaning issues? and the last is you suffered all the 4 years or gradually improve?

thks for reply and sorry for my bad english!!

Hello! At 26 months, I had anhedonia/depression and some dizzy issues. I was feeling flat. Small windows here and there. Your symptoms are common. I gradually improved throughout the 4 years, not linear. All 4 years were not bad everyday. I tend to feel relief in the evenings. No worries, I understand. 

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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Hi @Aeroman. Were your ability to converse, form sentences, articulate thoughts and social skills impacted by WD? If so were they still an issue at 2 years & did this types of skills return when recovered? 
 

Thanks 🙏.

OCT 2016 -  I quit Sertraline 50 mg CT after a family bereavement  had turned my life upside down ..  as a result it felt the drug was totally ineffective. 

MAY 2017-  After what had been an appalling 6 months (which i thought was horrific grief but now realise it is likely withdrawal is the more likely culprit)  I reinstated Sertraline at 50 mg before raising the dose to 100 mg due to not feeling any effect (again this is something that makes sense now). In time i had started to feel normal again and presumed it was because I had worked my way through my prolonged grief.  

FEB 2019 -  Life was now back on track and decided it was time to try and rid myself of the shameful daily pill pop that is AD's. I quit Sertraline Via a fast taper... but may aswell have been a CT.

JUN 2019 -  I found SA . .. realised i was withdrawing .. and had inadvertently made multiple mistakes along the way.

NOV 2019 - I'm roughly 8-9 months into withdrawal & STRUGGLING

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4 hours ago, Kimboslice said:

Hi @Aeroman. Were your ability to converse, form sentences, articulate thoughts and social skills impacted by WD? If so were they still an issue at 2 years & did this types of skills return when recovered? 
 

Thanks 🙏.

I had trouble. I felt "dumbed down" for a lack of better words. Brain fog, etc. Bad short term memory. At 2 years? Yes. But slightly improving. After recovery, all normal. 

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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Awesome. I’m certainly improving albeit slowly. Very encouraging. Thank You.

OCT 2016 -  I quit Sertraline 50 mg CT after a family bereavement  had turned my life upside down ..  as a result it felt the drug was totally ineffective. 

MAY 2017-  After what had been an appalling 6 months (which i thought was horrific grief but now realise it is likely withdrawal is the more likely culprit)  I reinstated Sertraline at 50 mg before raising the dose to 100 mg due to not feeling any effect (again this is something that makes sense now). In time i had started to feel normal again and presumed it was because I had worked my way through my prolonged grief.  

FEB 2019 -  Life was now back on track and decided it was time to try and rid myself of the shameful daily pill pop that is AD's. I quit Sertraline Via a fast taper... but may aswell have been a CT.

JUN 2019 -  I found SA . .. realised i was withdrawing .. and had inadvertently made multiple mistakes along the way.

NOV 2019 - I'm roughly 8-9 months into withdrawal & STRUGGLING

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@Aeroman, thanks for continuing to provide your feedback. When I started my Lexapro taper, I thought I was different and could muscle my way through it. NOPE! I had to learn it the hard way too. It took me a little over 25 months to complete my taper and I've been drug free since 9/2/2020. The waves were excruciating during my taper, but since reaching zero, they are more manageable and less frequent. Still pretty dang bad, compared to pre withdrawal life though. I'm struggling pretty bad these last couple of days in a high stress/anxiety and minimal sleep wave now, but I know it will pass. Upper back, neck and shoulder pain is constant with flare ups during waves, (I believe due to cortisol). General stress and anxiety are high most of the time, but I do have days, and sometimes weeks, where I feel really good, like 'normal'.

 

I'm in this for the long haul though, never going back on an AD med. I find encouragement that you and others have fully recovered over time. I know I'll get there too. It is a SLOW process. Thanks, Iowan

1999: Paxil ?? mgai (Paroxetine Hydrochloride) - stopped cold turkey
2001-03: Celexa ?? mgai (Citalopram Hydrobromide) - switched to Lexapro
2003-August 2015: Lexapro 20 mgai (Escitalopram Oxalate) - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 0 mgai
December 2015 - January 2016: Short hospital stay for unknown acute AD WD due to rapid taper
January 2016-February 21, 2016: Prozac ?? mgai (Fluoxetine Hcl) and Wellbutrin ?? mgai (Bupropion Hcl) - switched to Lexapro
February 21, 2016-July 22, 2018: Lexapro 10 mgai  - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 5 mgai
July 22, 2018-March 17, 2019: Lexapro 5 mgai - endured horrible waves due to rapid taper
March 17, 2019-April 7, 2019: Lexapro 3.226 mgai - endured horrible wave due to rapid taper
April 7, 2019-April 28, 2019: Lexapro 3.548 mgai - updosed to level out
April 28, 2019: Implemented Brass Monkey Slide taper method (2.5% weekly reduction) - IT’S WORKING!!!
September 2, 2020: Lexapro 0.000 mgai / 0 mgpw / 100% Taper COMPLETE!

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On 2/23/2021 at 4:31 AM, Iowan said:

@Aeroman, thanks for continuing to provide your feedback. When I started my Lexapro taper, I thought I was different and could muscle my way through it. NOPE! I had to learn it the hard way too. It took me a little over 25 months to complete my taper and I've been drug free since 9/2/2020. The waves were excruciating during my taper, but since reaching zero, they are more manageable and less frequent. Still pretty dang bad, compared to pre withdrawal life though. I'm struggling pretty bad these last couple of days in a high stress/anxiety and minimal sleep wave now, but I know it will pass. Upper back, neck and shoulder pain is constant with flare ups during waves, (I believe due to cortisol). General stress and anxiety are high most of the time, but I do have days, and sometimes weeks, where I feel really good, like 'normal'.

 

I'm in this for the long haul though, never going back on an AD med. I find encouragement that you and others have fully recovered over time. I know I'll get there too. It is a SLOW process. Thanks, Iowan

Hi Iowan, yes, you gotta just literally take it day by day. How are your mornings going compared to evenings? Keep us posted. 

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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9 hours ago, Aeroman said:

Hi Iowan, yes, you gotta just literally take it day by day. How are your mornings going compared to evenings? Keep us posted. 

I'm able to go to sleep in the evening at the drop of a hat. I usually want to go to sleep between 7:00 and 8:00 PM most nights, but I try to stay up until 10:00.

 

My mornings are much worse than my evenings. I rarely awaken with severe panic attacks, like I did when I was tapering, but I still awaken between 1:00 and 3:00 AM with racing thoughts and anxiety, unable to go back to sleep. I'm dealing with one of these waves now that's been going for the past 4-5 days or so. Today, I've been up since 1:00. Once I determined I was unable to go back to sleep, I turned on the TV and watched YouTube videos, and had a hundred short 10 second periods of sleep, only to be sprung back awake each time. At least I'm not being jolted with electric shocks when I wake anymore, so that's a positive.

 

My anxiety in the AM is extremely high, and I'm completely gassed from lack of sleep and tossing/turning. I push through my work day and as the day progresses, I tend to start feeling better in the afternoon. By the evening, I feel almost normal, but exhausted.

 

In my good days, I sleep in until 5:00 or 6:00 AM, and I don't wrestle with the anxiety quite as bad as I do when I'm in my waves. It's as close to normal as I've felt in 2.5 years, just prior to reaching Lexapro 'poop-out' and beginning my taper. I thank God every time I get to experience one of these windows and pray that they continue as long as possible.

 

I AM GETTING BETTER THOUGH! So much better than where I was. I know I'll get there. It's just going to take more time.

1999: Paxil ?? mgai (Paroxetine Hydrochloride) - stopped cold turkey
2001-03: Celexa ?? mgai (Citalopram Hydrobromide) - switched to Lexapro
2003-August 2015: Lexapro 20 mgai (Escitalopram Oxalate) - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 0 mgai
December 2015 - January 2016: Short hospital stay for unknown acute AD WD due to rapid taper
January 2016-February 21, 2016: Prozac ?? mgai (Fluoxetine Hcl) and Wellbutrin ?? mgai (Bupropion Hcl) - switched to Lexapro
February 21, 2016-July 22, 2018: Lexapro 10 mgai  - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 5 mgai
July 22, 2018-March 17, 2019: Lexapro 5 mgai - endured horrible waves due to rapid taper
March 17, 2019-April 7, 2019: Lexapro 3.226 mgai - endured horrible wave due to rapid taper
April 7, 2019-April 28, 2019: Lexapro 3.548 mgai - updosed to level out
April 28, 2019: Implemented Brass Monkey Slide taper method (2.5% weekly reduction) - IT’S WORKING!!!
September 2, 2020: Lexapro 0.000 mgai / 0 mgpw / 100% Taper COMPLETE!

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10 hours ago, Iowan said:

I'm able to go to sleep in the evening at the drop of a hat. I usually want to go to sleep between 7:00 and 8:00 PM most nights, but I try to stay up until 10:00.

 

My mornings are much worse than my evenings. I rarely awaken with severe panic attacks, like I did when I was tapering, but I still awaken between 1:00 and 3:00 AM with racing thoughts and anxiety, unable to go back to sleep. I'm dealing with one of these waves now that's been going for the past 4-5 days or so. Today, I've been up since 1:00. Once I determined I was unable to go back to sleep, I turned on the TV and watched YouTube videos, and had a hundred short 10 second periods of sleep, only to be sprung back awake each time. At least I'm not being jolted with electric shocks when I wake anymore, so that's a positive.

 

My anxiety in the AM is extremely high, and I'm completely gassed from lack of sleep and tossing/turning. I push through my work day and as the day progresses, I tend to start feeling better in the afternoon. By the evening, I feel almost normal, but exhausted.

 

In my good days, I sleep in until 5:00 or 6:00 AM, and I don't wrestle with the anxiety quite as bad as I do when I'm in my waves. It's as close to normal as I've felt in 2.5 years, just prior to reaching Lexapro 'poop-out' and beginning my taper. I thank God every time I get to experience one of these windows and pray that they continue as long as possible.

 

I AM GETTING BETTER THOUGH! So much better than where I was. I know I'll get there. It's just going to take more time.

when I read your description, I smiled a bit because you literally wrote my story when I was going through the same thing...word per word.  I will tell you, you will come out ahead of this. And I am glad you are getting better!  It is just a matter of time.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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@Aeromanim just looking through your posts! So happy you recovered! I had taken cipro summer 2020 while tapering lex and I went into a wave of anxiety in October 2020. Been feeling better and better as months go by! I had to take it again in February but no anxiety this time just can’t focus or concentrate. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you !

09/2000 paxil 20mgs, 06/2006 stopped Paxil crashed, 10/2006 progressed back up to Paxil 20mgs, 2012 -2013 Paxil 12 month taper crashed, 09/2013 Zoloft 50 - 100, 2015-2016 Zoloft taper crash, 2016 cymbalta, 01/2017   lamictal , 05/2017 Prozac 20 mgs, 06/2017 Prozac 40mgs, 02/2018 Prozac 20 mgs, 05/2018 Prozac 30 mgs, 11/2018 lexapro 10 mgs, 01/2019 lexapro 15 mgs, 12/07/2019 lexapro 13.75 mgs ,01/04/2020 lexapro 12.5 mgs, 02/08/2020 lexapro 11.25 mgs, 03/07/2020 lexapro 10 mgs, 07/25/2020 7.5mg pill&2.5ml liquid, 08/04/2020 5mg pill&5ml liquid, 08/17/2020 2.5mg pill 7.5 ml liquid, 08/24/2020 10 ml liquid lexapro, 09/05/2020 9 ml liquid lexapro, 10/05/2020 8.5 ml liquid lexapro,10/12/2020 9 ml, 04/17/2021 8.78 ml, 04/24/2021 8.56 ml, 05/02/2021 8.34 ml, 05/09/2021 8.10ml, 05/29/2021 8 ml, 06/15/2021 7.80 ml, 06/21/2021 7.60ml, 06/27/2021 7.40 ml, 07/03/2021 7.20 ml, 

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Aeroman, I was looking for a lexapro success story and I gravitated to yours because I was also on lexapro for 2.5 years. I gained probably 30 pounds from it and I’m usually a small woman, my normal is around 125 so 30 is a ton for me. I did a poor taper ending in November and the anxiety was already kind of bad but I went into full on I want to die mode within a month. I read through a lot of your posts and it gave me some hope. I feel so bad right now. I also saw that your work in Orange County and I do too. Honestly that made me feel better because I feel like an outsider here lately. I felt like I was the only one who could possibly be going through this here where everything is plastic and perfect. Also having work issues where I’m used to being a top performer but have so much trouble right now and a boss who basically told me that that is how it looks - confirming my fear and making me feel worse about myself. 

Zoloft 100mg - June 2015-April 2018 - 2 month taper, had extreme antsiness (different from my normal anxiety) previously said 25mg, was wrong

Xanax 0.25-0.5mg - Aug 2018- Dec 2020 - Rarely took, probably less than every other month. Over 2020 holidays took 0.5mg 5-6times

Escitalopram 10mg - Aug 2018 - Nov 2020 - tapered over 5 months:

June 25 2020 - Aug 14 2020 - Can't remember what I did but assuming it was 5mg this whole time.

Aug 14 2020 - Oct 24th 2020?? - 2.5mg for awhile, then tried every 27 hrs. Did something where I kept trying to extend length of hours, up to 36. This is where symptoms got bad but I was able to tolerate as it was more fatigue and irritability.

Oct 25 2020 - mid Nov 2020 - 1.25mg every 24-36 hours, then stopped completely. These are estimates because I was cutting the pills and this is 1/8 of 10mg but by now, it was dust. Tried just having the dust toward the end.

Dec 27 2020 began having major crying spells and depressive, empty/hopeless feeling dead thoughts. Had a couple ok days, a couple really bad ones a week out.

Reinstated liquid Escitalopram 0.15mg - Jan 12 2021  -  Mar 5 2021 - 0.14mg

Mar 16 2021 - 2.5mg

Mar 17 2021 - 5mg

Reinstated BC (Nuvaring) - Feb 21 2021

 

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And my brain is so bad I didn’t even register that I was on it less than 2.5 years....that’s how long I’ve been at this job. So frustrating to lose it all when you are normally sharp with a good memory. It makes me want to cry. 

Zoloft 100mg - June 2015-April 2018 - 2 month taper, had extreme antsiness (different from my normal anxiety) previously said 25mg, was wrong

Xanax 0.25-0.5mg - Aug 2018- Dec 2020 - Rarely took, probably less than every other month. Over 2020 holidays took 0.5mg 5-6times

Escitalopram 10mg - Aug 2018 - Nov 2020 - tapered over 5 months:

June 25 2020 - Aug 14 2020 - Can't remember what I did but assuming it was 5mg this whole time.

Aug 14 2020 - Oct 24th 2020?? - 2.5mg for awhile, then tried every 27 hrs. Did something where I kept trying to extend length of hours, up to 36. This is where symptoms got bad but I was able to tolerate as it was more fatigue and irritability.

Oct 25 2020 - mid Nov 2020 - 1.25mg every 24-36 hours, then stopped completely. These are estimates because I was cutting the pills and this is 1/8 of 10mg but by now, it was dust. Tried just having the dust toward the end.

Dec 27 2020 began having major crying spells and depressive, empty/hopeless feeling dead thoughts. Had a couple ok days, a couple really bad ones a week out.

Reinstated liquid Escitalopram 0.15mg - Jan 12 2021  -  Mar 5 2021 - 0.14mg

Mar 16 2021 - 2.5mg

Mar 17 2021 - 5mg

Reinstated BC (Nuvaring) - Feb 21 2021

 

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The past week and a half has been a rough one. We don't realize how important sleep is until we are deprived of it. It will come, eventually.

1999: Paxil ?? mgai (Paroxetine Hydrochloride) - stopped cold turkey
2001-03: Celexa ?? mgai (Citalopram Hydrobromide) - switched to Lexapro
2003-August 2015: Lexapro 20 mgai (Escitalopram Oxalate) - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 0 mgai
December 2015 - January 2016: Short hospital stay for unknown acute AD WD due to rapid taper
January 2016-February 21, 2016: Prozac ?? mgai (Fluoxetine Hcl) and Wellbutrin ?? mgai (Bupropion Hcl) - switched to Lexapro
February 21, 2016-July 22, 2018: Lexapro 10 mgai  - rapid 5 mgai increment taper down to 5 mgai
July 22, 2018-March 17, 2019: Lexapro 5 mgai - endured horrible waves due to rapid taper
March 17, 2019-April 7, 2019: Lexapro 3.226 mgai - endured horrible wave due to rapid taper
April 7, 2019-April 28, 2019: Lexapro 3.548 mgai - updosed to level out
April 28, 2019: Implemented Brass Monkey Slide taper method (2.5% weekly reduction) - IT’S WORKING!!!
September 2, 2020: Lexapro 0.000 mgai / 0 mgpw / 100% Taper COMPLETE!

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On 2/25/2021 at 7:44 PM, Heath said:

@Aeromanim just looking through your posts! So happy you recovered! I had taken cipro summer 2020 while tapering lex and I went into a wave of anxiety in October 2020. Been feeling better and better as months go by! I had to take it again in February but no anxiety this time just can’t focus or concentrate. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you !

glad you are feeling better.  Yes, I learned really quick to stay away from Cipro.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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On 2/28/2021 at 6:57 PM, tryingtosurvive330 said:

Aeroman, I was looking for a lexapro success story and I gravitated to yours because I was also on lexapro for 2.5 years. I gained probably 30 pounds from it and I’m usually a small woman, my normal is around 125 so 30 is a ton for me. I did a poor taper ending in November and the anxiety was already kind of bad but I went into full on I want to die mode within a month. I read through a lot of your posts and it gave me some hope. I feel so bad right now. I also saw that your work in Orange County and I do too. Honestly that made me feel better because I feel like an outsider here lately. I felt like I was the only one who could possibly be going through this here where everything is plastic and perfect. Also having work issues where I’m used to being a top performer but have so much trouble right now and a boss who basically told me that that is how it looks - confirming my fear and making me feel worse about myself. 

Hello!  Wow, yes, a lot of similarities.  OC is so nice, especially the weather. Time flies when on Lexapro.  I think I gained about the same or more weight.  It is horrible.  I remember asking the doc that if I exercised and ate better, could I lose weight on Lexapro and he said no.  I was crushed but I was feeling super good in an artificial kinda way.  The anxiety, for me, was the worse.  I wasn't able to focus when my tummy and chest was feeling butterflies - I was so amped up.  It would mess up my sleep and felt dread throughout the day.  I employed the Dr. Claire Weekes Method and it works!  Feel free to keep in touch.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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4 hours ago, Iowan said:

The past week and a half has been a rough one. We don't realize how important sleep is until we are deprived of it. It will come, eventually.

I agree.  I will come back eventually.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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11 minutes ago, Aeroman said:

I remember asking the doc that if I exercised and ate better, could I lose weight on Lexapro and he said no.  I was crushed but I was feeling super good in an artificial kinda way.  The anxiety, for me, was the worse.  I wasn't able to focus when my tummy and chest was feeling butterflies - I was so amped up.  It would mess up my sleep and felt dread throughout the day.  I employed the Dr. Claire Weekes Method and it works!  Feel free to keep in touch.

Thanks so much for the response aeroman. Nothing I did could make the weight come off and my doctor said it wasn’t the meds, it was me, and that I should exercise and eat less to get rid of it. The anxiety is so bad for me too, my intro topic starts with the gut wrenching and inability to eat too which messed up my day and sleep. 
 

I downloaded the Claire weekes book awhile ago and need to listen to it. I hope it helps me. Going through all this and being single and feeling alone is so awful. 

Zoloft 100mg - June 2015-April 2018 - 2 month taper, had extreme antsiness (different from my normal anxiety) previously said 25mg, was wrong

Xanax 0.25-0.5mg - Aug 2018- Dec 2020 - Rarely took, probably less than every other month. Over 2020 holidays took 0.5mg 5-6times

Escitalopram 10mg - Aug 2018 - Nov 2020 - tapered over 5 months:

June 25 2020 - Aug 14 2020 - Can't remember what I did but assuming it was 5mg this whole time.

Aug 14 2020 - Oct 24th 2020?? - 2.5mg for awhile, then tried every 27 hrs. Did something where I kept trying to extend length of hours, up to 36. This is where symptoms got bad but I was able to tolerate as it was more fatigue and irritability.

Oct 25 2020 - mid Nov 2020 - 1.25mg every 24-36 hours, then stopped completely. These are estimates because I was cutting the pills and this is 1/8 of 10mg but by now, it was dust. Tried just having the dust toward the end.

Dec 27 2020 began having major crying spells and depressive, empty/hopeless feeling dead thoughts. Had a couple ok days, a couple really bad ones a week out.

Reinstated liquid Escitalopram 0.15mg - Jan 12 2021  -  Mar 5 2021 - 0.14mg

Mar 16 2021 - 2.5mg

Mar 17 2021 - 5mg

Reinstated BC (Nuvaring) - Feb 21 2021

 

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Aeroman
On 3/2/2021 at 8:35 AM, tryingtosurvive330 said:

Thanks so much for the response aeroman. Nothing I did could make the weight come off and my doctor said it wasn’t the meds, it was me, and that I should exercise and eat less to get rid of it. The anxiety is so bad for me too, my intro topic starts with the gut wrenching and inability to eat too which messed up my day and sleep. 
 

I downloaded the Claire weekes book awhile ago and need to listen to it. I hope it helps me. Going through all this and being single and feeling alone is so awful. 

you are not alone.  We are all here to support.  I know how one feels alone in their mind.  Like a foreigner in their own body.  It is temporary.

Lexparo 10mg user for 2.5 years. Last dose was 2/27/2008 after a fast 1 month taper. Recovered around 2011. Had issues with depression, anxiety, akathasia, inner restlessness, vertigo, insomnia, loss of appetite, eye floaters just to name a few. Basically rode it out, employing the Dr. Claire Weekes method.

 

Took Cipro in July of 2014 and have been having set backs with nausea, vertigo, anxiety (racing thoughts), and depression the last half of 2014.

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Kara2302

Hi, I am 10,5 month off drugs .. felt better ... Now I am in a terrible Wave with all the Symptoms and new ones ! You also had 10 month Wave ? :(

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On 3/15/2021 at 2:06 PM, Aeroman said:

you are not alone.  We are all here to support.  I know how one feels alone in their mind.  Like a foreigner in their own body.  It is temporary.

Hi Friend. I’ve had a lot happen in these past few months but my issues are emotional numbness and anhedonia. I took lexapro for just 2 weeks and seroquel for a week. It’s like I would sit and watch a tv show and have to imagine what I’d be feeling normally. I feel like I have to think hard to understand people because my mind is constantly asking if I’ll get better. I am actually able to experience laughter and finding things funny at times which I’m grateful for. But besides that and negative emotions not much exists :/. You think I can get better? I cold turkey’s but I was in for such a short time. I wonder if I made an unrecoverable

mistake.

Jan 2021-

  • Contracted covid, extreme anxiety, tried on various drugs for 1-2 days in psych ward
  • lexapro(5mg) 2 weeks
  • seroquel (50-100mg) 1 week

Feb 2021- 

  • Stopped both lexapro and seroquel with 1-2 day taper due to numbness/dpdr
  • Felt anxiety and emotions return for 2 weeks, dealing with anxiety again, then sudden numbness
  • 3 days of numbness
  • Got on Wellbutrin XL 150mg - present

April 2021- 

  • Still taking Wellbutrin, which seems to help some with energy and a tiny bit with emotions, considering tapering off slowly if I can handle it. 

 

 

 

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Hey Aeroman-  I admire your approach to making it through this difficult process.  I’m in the throes of it now;  approaching 11 months off.  I seem to be having windows and waves with my evenings usually not bad and mornings typically pretty rough. Inner restlessness, insomnia (sleeping 4-5 hours then occasionally back to sleep), sensitive to light/sound, fear, cortisol spikes, periods of sadness.  It’s fun times as you understand.  My question for you is how did you approach life?  Did you push yourself to do things?  I read you worked during your recovery. My struggle is how much do i push myself to do versus sit back.  I’ve got 3 kids that I’m busy with which make it hard to sit back.  My job requires that i drive allot.  Some days 5 hours.  I’m wondering if in need to back off.   I’m curious how you approached your recovery. 

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Omega 3’s 1000 mg 3 X a day,  Magnesium Glycinate 400 mg (now 4 times a day), Melatonin 1 mg, Vitamin C 1000 mg, probiotics.

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