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Hi I'm totally new to any of this.  I have been suffering from anxiety and depression since October and just started Lexapro 5mg yesterday.  I'm feeling quite awful and after reading things on here I'm quite scared of staying on this stuff.  Not sure what sort of response I'm hoping for here but can I quit this stuff easily since I've only taken 2 doses.

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I'm in good company here when I say I wish I never started an SSRI. I was told it was effective, safe, and easy to stop.  All totally false.  If I could go back in time 15 years ago.....after taking 2 doses of Paxil...I would have flushed the rest of my prescription down the toilet ASAP.

 

Im a firm believer that I would have been better served addressing my issues in a more natural way with nutrition, supplementation and therapy. 

 

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I'm in good company here when I say I wish I never started an SSRI. I was told it was effective, safe, and easy to stop.  All totally false.  If I could go back in time 15 years ago.....after taking 2 doses of Paxil...I would have flushed the rest of my prescription down the toilet ASAP.

 

Im a firm believer that I would have been better served addressing my issues in a more natural way with nutrition, supplementation and therapy. 

 

I second that!

 

I never had issues prior to going on Sertraline. No depression or anxiety or anything aside from typical, normal situational or anticipatory anxiety everyone feels from time to time during huge stressors or life events. These WD symptoms are utter hell. The most common ruminating thought I have is "I wish I would've stayed away from this stuff, if I could do it all over again I would've flushed this crud down the toilet and never taken even one pill."

January 2014: Started 25mg Sertraline. 

April 2016: Up to 75mg of Sertraline.

June 2016: Completely off Sertraline.

September 20, 2016: Got hit with WD symptoms.

September 22nd: Lexapro 10mg for 3 weeks. Doctor Cold turkeyed me off that.

October 2016: Buspirone 30mg - Bad reaction. Tapered off Buspirone while reinstating back on to Sertraline. 

October 26 2016 - Sertraline was reinstated. Titrated from 12.5mg - 57mg.

March 2018 - stabilized on 57mg now. 

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I was really hoping this would be the answer to getting my life back but think I would be better served to not take them.  I feel a little hopeless.

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Hi Buffy-- welcome to SA.  You found us just in time. Having only taken 2 doses of the Lexapro there should be no problem with just stopping.  From members we have seen in the past, you will probably have a reaction for a few days.  Don't let it panic you, things will settle down.

 

The original problem that brought you to the drugs will still be there however.  We have a lot of resources for self help which will be very helpful for you regaining control without the drugs. Any self exploration and soothing takes time and practice to learn, but the techniques will last a lifetime.  Read around the site and ask questions.

 

Welcome. 

 

Brassmonkey

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017

 

"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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Hi Buffy and welcome to SA.  It's really great that you have researched and found SA.

 

It is very important that you learn non drug ways of coping with anxiety.  Please check out the following list:

 

  1. Acceptance
  2. Acceptance and Mindfulness
  3. Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System
  4. "Change the channel" -- dealing with cognitive symptoms
  5. Change cognitive framing - Redirect - Another Way
  6. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety, depression
  7. Cognitive Behavior Therapy lessons
  8. Guided Meditations, Calming Videos, Sleep Hypnosis
  9. Journalling - Therapeutic Writing & Health Benefits
  10. Light boxes for depression and sleep disorders
  11. Magnesium
  12. Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms
  13. Non-drug techniques for dealing with physical pain
  14. Non-drug treatments for restless legs
  15. Yoga for calming (very simple poses can help greatly)

I've included the link for magnesium.  I have found it helpful for taking the edge off my anxiety.

 

Dr Claire Weekes was an Australian doctor who suffered from anxiety.  She learnt and taught was to help.

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Hi Buffy,

 

Just my two sense. Obviously we here are a bit biased, if it were. There are people who swear by these drugs.

 

I think the most unbiased answer I can give is this: these drugs are like russian roulette. I personally would have never started them for my anxiety, but I was desperate and uneducated at the time. 

 

I would personally stop. As others said, you may feel the effects for a week or so. But if you choose later on to come back to them, they will always be here. 

 

In the mean time, yoga, diet/exercise, acupuncture, massages, countless forms of therapy, literally countless other things exist to combat these issues in a less invasive way. There is a lot of good info here. Ask if you don't see what you're looking for.

 

 

Whatever you choose, best wishes.

4/24/16: 20 mg citalopram

8/1/16: 15 mg

8/22/16: 10 mg

9/16/16: reinstated to 12 mg

12/1/16: 11 mg

2/20/17: 10 mg

11/20/17: CT, med free

1/18/18: began regimen (keto, synthroid, supps, etc.)

11/21/18: off keto, lowered synthroid, began exercise

2/07/19: off synthroid/all supps

4/15/19: began tirosint (clean version of synthroid, with less side effects)

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For anxiety, Dr. Claire Weekes!!!!  Hope and Help With Your Nerves.  get the book off Amazon and listen to her mp3s ; just google her.

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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So I decided to stop the lexapro.  I had severe insomnia last night, nausea, hot flashes.  I got up this morning and feel so awful.  Like I got hit by a truck and im incredibly nauseated.  Hoping these feeling pass quickly.

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So I decided to stop the lexapro.  I had severe insomnia last night, nausea, hot flashes.  I got up this morning and feel so awful.  Like I got hit by a truck and im incredibly nauseated.  Hoping these feeling pass quickly.

 

these feelings you are feeling.  Let them be motivation and validation that you did the right thing.  If you took two pills this will be short lived. 

 

14mg prozac liquid 4/20/2018

3/11/2019 6.0mg prozac liquid. 

2/17/2020 3.6mg prozac liquid

 

 

 

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Im not sure if I belong in this forum since I'm not really withdrawing from anything but I keep reading people's stories and find it inspiring how everyone is surviving through the symptoms which seem similar to what I was going through before even trying lexapro.  Though I will say the 2 days I was on it set off a horrible episode and now I'm dealing with all of that right now.  I'm just wondering if I can get through my depression and anxiety without medication.  I know my psychiatrist will recommend trying something else.  My therapist is really good and I've been working with him since October but with no major improvements thus trying lexapro.  

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Hi Buffy,

 

" I have been suffering from anxiety and depression since October"

 

There are many and varied non drug ways of dealing with these.  I think it's a case of finding the right one for you.  Dr Claire Weekes was a doctor who suffered from anxiety and learnt and taught ways of coping with it.

 

I truly wish that I had received counselling and been taught non drug techniques for coping.  I am 59 and have been on ADs for 25 years.  That's an awfully long time to be "numbed".

 

Video:  Simple Truths About Psychiatry - Series of 10 by Dr Peter Breggin

 

I suggest you learn about the history of these drugs and then you will be able to make an informed decision.  Antidepressants can actually cause the issues which they are supposed to fix, and/or cause new issues.

 

Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect by Irving Kirsch (link to full article)

Excerpt:

How Did These Drugs Get Approved?
....
The FDA requires two adequately conducted clinical trials showing a significant difference between drug and placebo.  But there is a loophole:  there is no limit to the number of trials that can be conducted in search of these two significant trials.  Trials showing negative results simply do not count.  Furthermore, the clinical significance of the findings is not considered.  All that matters is that the results are statistically significant.
....
(NB:  emphasis in abstract and excerpt are mine)

 

Video:  Irving Kirsch:  Emperor's New Drugs:  Antidepressants and the Placebo Effect (1 hour 20 minutes)

 

 

Gwen Olsen was a pharmaceutical rep for 15 years

 


Interview:  Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher (51 minutes Gwen Olsen - ex pharmaceutical representative)

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

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

Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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 I'm just wondering if I can get through my depression and anxiety without medication.  I know my psychiatrist will recommend trying something else.   

Yes you can get through it without chemicals.

Please dont take anymore lexapro, please consider not seeing a psychiatrist (they are very dangerous) and please consider a different path to trying a different drug.

These drugs actually induce a depression and anxiety and it is galaxies worse than any natural form of it.

Did you know that most depressive episodes will run their course and terminate with virtually complete recovery without specific intervention. So why not be patient go for hugs not drugs.

Do i sound militant well i sure wish someone had have stepped into my life and told me this when i was only on my second dose.

These drugs are on the extreme right handside of the addictive continuum and it is very difficult to get off.

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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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