Jump to content
Melzap

Melzap: constant brain zaps after tapering off lexapro

Recommended Posts

manymoretodays

Hi Melzap,

I think a little reinstatement might really do the trick for you.

I can so recall my own mishap with what I thought was a taper of Lexapro.  Once I got below 5 mg., I was a complete mess.  Completely neuro disregulated and completely on my own with it all.   And so wish I had known to reinstate the drug I had come off of.

 

Get going with the 0.1 mg dose, give it 4-7 days, unless considerably worse. 

 

If I were you, I'd be working on getting a refill too, of your Lexapro/escitalopram liquid 1mg per 1 ml.    And then keeping it all as simple as possible for a good while. 

 

Do keep us posted:  notes work best.  It's a good practice to get into.  Try some now even, on your own, to get an idea of how your days go, related to what you focus on, and do.

When you start the reinstatement post them here in 24 hour increments.

 

Have you gotten familiar with these below yet:

 

BASIC SUPPLEMENT TOOLKIT

King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)

Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker

 

Start with just one or the other, after getting familiar with at least the first posts in each link.  I think that if you haven't tried either yet, I'd recommend the magnesium, either split throughout the day by mouth(always take with plenty of water) or in a nice bathtub soak in the form of Epsom salts.

 

Sending healing......and my usual Love, peace, and growth from this experience.

manymoretodays(mmt)


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi Manymoretodays

 

Thank you so much for sharing this with me.  And I love your name!  

 

I am hoping to start the reinstatement tomorrow if I can get the syringe.  I definitely should have the syringe by Tuesday at the latest, as I had 2nd day delivery for shipping.  I am anxious and excited to get on with this and thinking of doing my idea of counting how many drops are in 1 ml as measured by my small gradated cylinder until I can get the syringe, but then I'm afraid I'll get an inaccurate dose.  I don't know if waiting 2 more days will make a difference.

I will keep notes, I have been journaling most days.  I'll be sure to do so everyday.

When you say unless it gets considerably worse that kind of makes me scared, but I have to try.

I already have magnesium citrate powder.  2tsp=325 mg

I'll start with 1/2 tsp it suggests to start at 1/2 tsp on the container.

 

Thank you again so much, I really appreciate your help.  I am feeling very hopeful now.

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

Don't let it scare you.  I wish, I wish I had reinstated rather than going inpatient or that they had known enough to reinstate me.  If it doesn't work, it won't set you back further.

 

If you can be consistent with measuring, that's what is really important. 

I thought I saw that you had the 1 mg in 1 mL solution.

 

Do you have any syringes?  And you can always "ask a pharmacist" somewhere if they have a syringe and then, to help you read a syringe tomorrow.

 

Then do a test measurement and see if this is "sounding" sound. 

 

When I google how many drops(gtts) in a millileter it says 20. 

 

And so then if 1ml is equivalent to 1 mg is equivalent to 20 gtts:

 

10 gtts is equivalent to 0.5 mg

5 gtts is equivalent to 0.25 mg

And then 3 gtts is equivalent to 0.15 mg

 

(if it was me, I'd be okay doing the 5 gtts or 0.25 mg for a trial reinstatement to start)

 

I'm going to, @Frogie here too, a fine mentor, who I believe did her tapering of Lexapro with the 1mg/1mL solution, that most get, here in the States.  She might have some additional insight and encouragement for you!

 

Best of Sundays to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Frogie
36 minutes ago, Melzap said:

Hi Manymoretodays

 

Thank you so much for sharing this with me.  And I love your name!  

 

I am hoping to start the reinstatement tomorrow if I can get the syringe.  I definitely should have the syringe by Tuesday at the latest, as I had 2nd day delivery for shipping.  I am anxious and excited to get on with this and thinking of doing my idea of counting how many drops are in 1 ml as measured by my small gradated cylinder until I can get the syringe, but then I'm afraid I'll get an inaccurate dose.  I don't know if waiting 2 more days will make a difference.

I will keep notes, I have been journaling most days.  I'll be sure to do so everyday.

When you say unless it gets considerably worse that kind of makes me scared, but I have to try.

I already have magnesium citrate powder.  2tsp=325 mg

I'll start with 1/2 tsp it suggests to start at 1/2 tsp on the container.

 

Thank you again so much, I really appreciate your help.  I am feeling very hopeful now.

 

Hi:

 

I'm really sorry you are having such a hard time. But, Lexapro is very mean. I had a Moderator here tell me one time, it was like pulling the tail of a tiger if you didn't treat it right. 

 

I did do my taper with Liquid Lexapro like @manymoretodays said. It took me about 4 years to taper off 10 mg.

 

If you are going to get the syringe in the next day or so I think it would be alright to wait so you can get the Lexapro measured just right. I wouldn't want you to take a bigger dose and stabilize on it then try to measure it with the syringe, and not get the correct dosage.

 

Just be careful and go slowly. That's the best suggestion I can give you. Hold until you are stable, a couple months at least, then begin tapering not more than 10% a month.

 

You are welcome to ask me any questions. I hope I was able to answer any questions you may have.

 

Good luck! You came to the right place :)

 

Take care,

Frogie xx


PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!!

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

Melzap,

Did your EEG and MRI done in 2017 both come back normal?

Just interested.

And.....right now, any other withdrawal symptoms?  You've mentioned brain zaps and sounds like some increased "anxiety".  Anything else, of note?

Thanks.


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi  Froggie and Manymoretodays

 

I haven't figured out how to reply to each post, it shows reply after all the recent posts.

 

Thank you both for your support.

 

Yes the EEG and MRI were normal.  The MRI showed inflammation in my sinuses otherwise normal.

Currently the worst symptoms are that when I move my head even slightly out of vertical, I get a feeling like I just did a somersault, very dizzy, not spinning , but dizzy and nauseated. Also feeling physically anxious and anxious thoughts returning.  Also congestion (related?)

When I go back I realize I knew better than to suffer through this and I should have tapered way more slowly.  I kept thinking it would just pass.  I feel stupid.  I can't change the past, I have to be optimistic.

I did not take it yet.  I have to bring my son to the doctor for his yearly check up, I don't want to take it just before going.  I'll update later today.

 

Thank you both sooooooo much


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Frogie
1 hour ago, Melzap said:

Hi  Froggie and Manymoretodays

 

I haven't figured out how to reply to each post, it shows reply after all the recent posts.

 

Thank you both for your support.

 

Yes the EEG and MRI were normal.  The MRI showed inflammation in my sinuses otherwise normal.

Currently the worst symptoms are that when I move my head even slightly out of vertical, I get a feeling like I just did a somersault, very dizzy, not spinning , but dizzy and nauseated. Also feeling physically anxious and anxious thoughts returning.  Also congestion (related?)

When I go back I realize I knew better than to suffer through this and I should have tapered way more slowly.  I kept thinking it would just pass.  I feel stupid.  I can't change the past, I have to be optimistic.

I did not take it yet.  I have to bring my son to the doctor for his yearly check up, I don't want to take it just before going.  I'll update later today.

 

Thank you both sooooooo much

I'm sorry you are feeling like that. But, if it's any consolation, I was very nauseated and dizzy throughout my lexapro taper. I also had a lot of congestion. I still am congested with my Xanax taper. You have no idea how these meds affect you until you start to go off of them.

 

I still have the dizziness going through my Xanax taper.

 

Don't every feel stupid. These are horrible meds with horrible side affects. No one knows until one has been on them and trying to taper off. You can't change the past, but you are making the future brighter!

 

I'm glad to know your tests cam out normal. Very good news.

 

Hang in there it will get better. I tell myself that everyday :)

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

 

P.S. to tag someone you just type the @ sign then start typing the name. A list will come up and you can pick who you want. Hope that makes sense.


PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal and Prilosec from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3

 Xanax 1mg three times a day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) three times a day to .003 grams three times a day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!!

 

 

I am not a medical professional. The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

hi

after my post yesterday, after I brought my son to the doctor and before i went to work i had extreme anxiety and crying.  I went to work and settled down

then suddenly i felt very clear and optimistic!

although still dizzy and nauseated i feel much more clear

Today i woke up with anxiety about whether to reinstate or not.  the day before i was excited to try to get some relief but then yesterday afternoon feeling so much better, i became afraid that reinstating might cause something bad

now i feel very anxious and unable to make a simple decision.

the syringe i ordered so i can measure correctly will be delivered tomorrow, so i tell myself wait for tomorrow. let that make the decision for you

then i think, i can just do the drops and see how i feel

so at this point i am stuck and just waiting

today i feel much more clear, not foggy, but anxious about the decision

i wish i could just make up my mind and trust my decision

i've been doing a CBT workbook, and trying to sort out these automatic thoughts.

trying to be optimistic and truly believe i can stop the thoughts without the use of medication

I wish i had done that before ever taking the medication, but I can't change the past

 

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

ok

so I just decided to do the reinstatement and took 5 drops= .25 mg 

I will do this as suggested for 4-7 days and see how i feel

thank you again for your help and support


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

yesterday evening I felt my heart racing like i just had 20 cups of coffee or something.  I think it was from the lexapro, it felt horrible

today i took it again, feeling the same wired feeling

don't think i should continue it

feel very ambivalent

hate this feeling


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
jozeff

Hi Melzap!

 

My guess would be...yes , this could definitely be the Lexapro talking. I've never had heart rate problems in 44 years but when I started taking citalopram things started to become a problem. Had my heart checked three times since, no problems found.

 

Heart racing is the most evil feeling. Like you want to crawl out of your skin.

 

I don't know if the reinstatement will help for you. Let's hope so. Let us know how it goes.

 

The moderators have a lot more knowledge about reinstatement than I do so I hope they can help you.

 

Good luck.

Cheers

 

Jozeff

 


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi Jozeff

 

Thank you for replying .  Yes I think it is due to the lexapro.  I am not sure what to do.  Thank you for your kind words.

 

Best wishes,

Mel  (i think melzap is too negative, i hate the zaps, so now i'm simply Mel)


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Erell
On 9/1/2020 at 5:09 PM, Melzap said:

ok

so I just decided to do the reinstatement and took 5 drops= .25 mg 

I will do this as suggested for 4-7 days and see how i feel

thank you again for your help and support

 

Hello Melzap 

Could you please update your signature with the reinstatement ?

 

---》 heart racing/wired feeling : it appeared with reinstatement ? Or did you feel it before ?

 

Edited by Erell

2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) 

2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (long half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg) because of a big wave. 

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

 

April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

 

Current medication :

7mg Fluoxetine + toothpick Paroxetine (since 20 Aug 2020)

1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

Share this post


Link to post
Altostrata

What time of day do you take Lexapro?

 

Perhaps tomorrow, you can take 4 drops? (A 0.5mL-1mL oral syringe that measures in milligrams is preferable.)


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

All postings © copyrighted.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi Erell and Altostrata,

 

The heart racing started with the reinstatement.  I did have it before earlier on, weeks ago, but it seems to be from the reinstatement.   I reinstated on 9/1, taking 5 drops=.25 mg each day.  Prior I was feeling quite clear, now I feel like I'm in a strange world, disconnected.

Feeling so ambivalent and not knowing what to do.  Crying , crying, trying to be professional at work.  Luckily I have a very sympathetic supervisor.


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

can't figure out how to update the signature


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

this nausea and dizziness is unbearable.

when i first started the medication,  the nausea and dizziness did not start until 8 weeks after i started it.  i didn't know it was from the lexapro.  i went to my gp who prescribed it, and she diagnosed it as labrynthitis ( inflammation of the inner ear)  I believed her and suffered through months of nausea and dizziness all the time thinking it was from my ear, not knowing it was the medication.  Now going through this when trying to stop, i know for sure it was from the medication.  i don't feel strong enough to get through this.  

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
ChessieCat
3 hours ago, Melzap said:

can't figure out how to update the signature

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature

 

This link goes straight to your signature.  Remember to Save.


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Thank you Chessie Cat

 

i just read the information about daily log.  i will start doing a better job of that today, it will be extremely beneficial.  

Today so far

4am woke with feeling anxiety/did breathing exercises for at least 1 hour, eventually fell back asleep

6:30 am woke feeling afraid to get up, worried about how i will feel today and if i will be ok did breathing exercises eventually fell back asleep

7:30 am alarm goes off in the middle of a dream, getting ready for work, very anxious and ambivalent about how much lexapro to take

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
ChessieCat
10 hours ago, Melzap said:

Today so far

4am woke with feeling anxiety/did breathing exercises for at least 1 hour, eventually fell back asleep

6:30 am woke feeling afraid to get up, worried about how i will feel today and if i will be ok did breathing exercises eventually fell back asleep

7:30 am alarm goes off in the middle of a dream, getting ready for work, very anxious and ambivalent about how much lexapro to take

 

Please post a 24 hour period in one go.  It makes it easier to compare days.  Thanks.

 

Please include when you took your drug/s and supplement/s and the dose you took.


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

((((((Melzap))))))

Day 4 today!!!!  Any improvements?  I did see one report of nauseau and then DP/DR.

10 hours ago, Melzap said:

7:30 am alarm goes off in the middle of a dream, getting ready for work, very anxious and ambivalent about how much lexapro to take

 

Did you get some of the 1 mL syringes? 

 

I'm not sure I trust the drops(gtts) as much as a syringe!

With the 1 to 1 solution, you would just take between the 2nd and 3rd tick mark to get .25 mg.

 

Take it the same time everyday.  And yes, then include it in your notes too.

 

You.....are......a trooper........doing breathing exercises with the 4am cortisol(probably) awakening, and then more sleep and off to work you go!

 


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi  and thank you Chessie Cat and Manymoretodays,

 

Sorry about the wacky updates.

 

Yes I got the 1ml syringe.  I compared it to the drops and it was almost exactly the same.  Will use the syringe now.

I feel extremely bad today.  slightest tilt of my head causes extreme dizziness, feels like my movements are disjointed. Crying on and off all day at work.  just finishing up and going to go home now.  yesterday I felt a bit brighter.  

Felling like i drank a ton of caffeine heart racing.  i haven't had coffee for 20 years, nor any other caffeinated drinks. 

 

trying to stay optimistic

listening to all optimistic music while at work

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

I just experimented too and the 5 gtts was the same as 0.25 mL.

You could try just to the 0.4 mL next dose.  Which would be 0.4 mg. 

 

NOTE:  Please see this post for correction about dosage.

 

And then.....today is just day 3. 

But.....I'm sure glad you started real low with this trial.

 

What about the brain zaps?  Any change? 

 

 

 

Edited by ChessieCat
added correction note

Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi Manymoretodays

I'm not sure what you are suggesting?  To go up from .25 to .4?  Or do you mean to do 4 gtts?

I still have a constant buzzing, showering of sparks, so hard to describe, but the sharp zaps when moving my eyes to the side have passed thank God.   I feel very confused and upset at myself that I didn't do a slower taper after 2.5 mg.  Then I might not be here now.  I don't know what to do at this point.  

This is infinitely more difficult than quitting smoking was.  I feel like hitting myself in the back of the head- which I won't or pulling my hair out-which I won't.  I am trying constantly to redirect my thoughts and focus on the positive.  Somethings are much better, no more having a hard time talking nor feeling like I'm slurring my words, and the sharp zaps have seemed to pass. 

Thank you for your kindness and concern it really helps.

 

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays
2 hours ago, manymoretodays said:

I just experimented too and the 5 gtts was the same as 0.25 mL.

You could try just to the 0.4 mL next dose.  Which would be 0.4 mg.

And then.....today is just day 3. 

But.....I'm sure glad you started real low with this trial.

 

What about the brain zaps?  Any change? 

 

 

 

 

42 minutes ago, Melzap said:

I'm not sure what you are suggesting?  To go up from .25 to .4?  Or do you mean to do 4 gtts?

 

Oh no!  My error!  Good Lord, I am glad I peeked on back.

You've got the 1 mg per 1 mL solution right?

 

 I am glad you caught that and asked.  I definitely don't want you to go up in dose right now.

I think I meant to type 0.2 mL.  Which would be 0.2 mg.  And a slight reduction.

And was thinking in the gtts......which yes, would be 4 gtts.

 

And quit beating yourself up over what was done in the past.  Oh wow, improvement in some areas below :

42 minutes ago, Melzap said:

This is infinitely more difficult than quitting smoking was.  I feel like hitting myself in the back of the head- which I won't or pulling my hair out-which I won't.  I am trying constantly to redirect my thoughts and focus on the positive.  Somethings are much better, no more having a hard time talking nor feeling like I'm slurring my words, and the sharp zaps have seemed to pass. 

 

I think it's just too darn soon to tell.  Today being day 3 and all.  I hear your anxiety around it all.  Try and do the notes.  You've got several eyes looking out for your posts and updates.  You are not alone.  B)❤️

 

When did you quit smoking?  And have a super labor day weekend!

Edited by manymoretodays

Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Altostrata

How much of the drug are you taking now?

 

If you feel it's too strong, perhaps you might take a little less.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

All postings © copyrighted.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

saturday 9/5

3:00 am wake heart racing, very agitated try breathing exercises read until 6:00 am

6:00 am try to fall back asleep

7:30 am wake up feel heavy

Morning  crying/ trying to function

9:30 take .15 mg,  immediately feel heavy ( down from initial trial reinstatement of .25)

10:00 am talk to friend feel optimistic

1:00 pm try jogging, body feels heavy like lead

3:00 pm heart racing feel nauseated and dizzy

5:00 pm temper tantrum, punching couches crying

7:00 pm cooking dinner  feeling ok  hopeful

evening with son working on project/ watch tv

11:00 pm go to sleep

Sunday 9/6

3:30 am wake extremely dizzy and nauseated, room feeling tipsy, try to do breathing to fall back asleep, decide to do this update

5:00 am trying to go back to sleep

 

question:  my friend suggested I take  L tryptophan, ideas about this?

 

Thank you

 

 

 

 

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
ChessieCat

From what I can see I think you have just made a reduction in your Lexapro as Alto suggested.  SA recommends only making one change at a time.

 

Adding in anything new at this time will complicate things.  If you start something new and things change, either for better or worse, you will not know what has caused the change.

 

the-rule-of-3kis-keep-it-simple-keep-it-slow-keep-it-stable

 

3 minutes ago, Melzap said:

question:  my friend suggested I take  L tryptophan, ideas about this?

 

There are many existing topics on SA.  I like to use a search engine and add site: survivingantidepressants.org to my search term.

 

Please do a drug interaction check for Lexapro and 5-htp:  Drug.com Interactions Checker

 

5-htp-5-hydroxytryptophan-and-l-tryptophan


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

i decided not to take the L tryptophan based on your suggestion to keep it simple

 

sunday 9/6

 

3:30 am wake feeling very nauseated and dizzy

around 6:00 fall back asleep

8:00 wake

9:30 take .20 mg

feeling more stable and optimistic during the day

spend the day with my son playing frisbee and bike riding

working on his projects

only a little crying behind the scenes

less anxiety

11:00pm go to sleep

 

 


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
ChessieCat
10 hours ago, Melzap said:

i decided not to take the L tryptophan based on your suggestion to keep it simple

 

👍

 

10 hours ago, Melzap said:

less anxiety

 

👍

 

10 hours ago, Melzap said:

spend the day with my son playing frisbee and bike riding

 

Just be careful not to overdo the physical exertion.  Gently exercise can be helpful, over-exerting might cause an increase in symptoms.


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Thank you Chessie Cat

 

A new symptom appeared, buzzing/ tingling in the bottom of my right foot.

 

Monday 9/7

3:00 am wake feeling very anxious/ do breathing exercises/ try to settle down

sometime fall back asleep

7:00 wake feeling anxious/ low  motivation

9:30 take .2 mg

pretty much crying/ angry/ anxious all day

not present nor focused

very dizzy and nauseated in the evening

discouraged

 

trying to be optimistic


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
ChessieCat
9 hours ago, Melzap said:

A new symptom appeared, buzzing/ tingling in the bottom of my right foot.

 

Possibly:

 

On 9/7/2020 at 10:01 PM, Melzap said:

spend the day with my son playing frisbee and bike riding

 

See:  exercise-do-more-do-less-do-nothing-what-worked-for-you

 


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

Hi Chessie Cat,

Thank you for the link about the exercise.  I will be mindful of that. I am doing each day the morning of the day after so it is the whole day posted.

 

Tuesday 9/8

 

3:00 wake do breathing exercises fall back asleep

7:30 get up

8:00 go for a walk

9:00 take .2 mg

Work all day/ able to focus/  crying on and off / still dizzy with slight movement of head/ nausea not so bad

2:00 counseling session/ big emotional release

back to work

Evening good mood cooking eating being with son and husband

10:00 bed


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

How are you doing Melzap?


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post
Melzap

i had a couple really rough days with panic attacks and little to no sleep that's why i did not post on here

i'm hoping to get sleep tonight and I'll keep you updated

thank you for checking in on me

also i have diarrhea like water( is that too much information?)

 

thank you


6/27/2013 start lexapro 10 mg daily, 2/20/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro daily, 3/3/2017 change to 5 mg lexapro every other day, 3/10/17 last dose of lexapro, 12/3/17 back on 4 mg lexapro , 2017-2018  10 mg for a few months and then back to 5 mg.  stayed on 5 mg for about 6 months. spring 2019 tapered over 2 months to 2.5 mg then stopped in June 2019, September 2019 back on 5 mg through march 2020, march- april 2020 tapered to 3 mg, april 15 2020 last dose

9/1/2020 reinstate .25 mg, 9/5 change to .15 mg, 9/6 .2 mg,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

 

Hi Melzap,

And that's okay, reporting the diarrhea.  I'm only seeing the one day of notes, 8 days ago.

 

Which was a pretty good day.  Good focus is great! 

 

Have you stayed with the reinstatement?

 

Were you having occasional night time panics with insomnia before reinstatement and some bursts of GI symptoms?

 

Melzap, your user name is also a clonazepam(klonopin) drug!  You ARE creative.  Are you using any other drugs right now?

 

Fingers crossed that you are doing well, even with the Windows and Waves, and neuroemotions of early withdrawal.

 

Do keep us posted, when you can.  It could potentially help another with a similar history.

 

Thank you.

L, P, H, and G,

mmt


Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use Privacy Policy