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I wonder where to stop
I would love to hear from your personal experience of using this medicine
Thanks

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35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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I'm not yet off lexapro but plan to jump off at the lowest possible dose

 

I currently take 0.18mgs in liquid form.

I will try to get down to 0.05 before jumping off

 

how long have you been tapering, love?

I see by your signature that you are on 2.8mgs now...?

 

  • pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  •  Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 
  •  2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs
  •  June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by  Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content 
  • Aug  2022❤️ loving life  ❤️ 
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i am tapering for 7 months now
 

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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2 hours ago, love said:

i am tapering for 7 months now
 

 

what dose were you taking when you started to taper?

 

 

 

  • pysch med history: 1974 @ age 18 to Oct 2017 (approx 43 yrs total)
  •  Drug list: stelazine, haldol, elavil, lithium, zoloft, celexa, lexapro(doses as high as 40mgs), klonopin, ambien, seroquel(high doses), depakote, zyprexa, lamictal- plus brief trials of dozens of other psych meds over the years
  • started lexapro 2002, dose varied from 20mgs to 40mgs. I tried to get off it several times. WD symptoms were mistaken for "relapse". 
  •  2013 too fast taper down to 5mg but WD forced me back to 20mgs
  •  June of 2105, tapered again too rapidly to 2.5mgs by Dec 2015. Found SA, held at 2.5 mgs til May 2016 when I foolishly "jumped off". Crashed in Sept, reinstated at 0.3mgs in Oct. 2106
  • Tapered off to zero by  Oct. 2017 Doing very well
  • Nov. 2018 feel 95% healed, current age 63 
  • Jan. 2020 feel 100% healed, peaceful and content 
  • Aug  2022❤️ loving life  ❤️ 
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  • ChessieCat changed the title to love: what was your last dosage of cipralex/escitalopram/lexapro?

20 mg
i taper 20-30% every month or two

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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I tapered 10 mg cipralex 2 years ago but hadn't heard from this page yet and did it too fast/too big steps.went from 10 to 7,5 waited 1-2 months til I felt stable, 7,5 to 5, 5 to 2,5, then varied a little I guess because I didnt know about a liquid form and couldn't split the tablets exactly any smaller.. so I guess at 1-2 mg I stopped. But well.. it was definitely to quick for my system as I went through horrible WD issues for a while

2005-2006: Cipralex 5 mg

2009-2010: Cipralex 5 mg

2012-2015: Cipralex 5mg, 10mg 

tapered 10mg-7.5mg-5mg-2,5-0 (I always waited for a few weeks on the current dosage until I felt stable. Steps were too big I realized too late)

Completely drug free since August 2015

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3 hours ago, Pepita said:

I tapered 10 mg cipralex 2 years ago but hadn't heard from this page yet and did it too fast/too big steps.went from 10 to 7,5 waited 1-2 months til I felt stable, 7,5 to 5, 5 to 2,5, then varied a little I guess because I didnt know about a liquid form and couldn't split the tablets exactly any smaller.. so I guess at 1-2 mg I stopped. But well.. it was definitely to quick for my system as I went through horrible WD issues for a while

thank you for your answer
how long you was on every step?
how lond you had wd?
for what you took lexapro?
did lexapro cause you constipation/diahrrea?
 

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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1 hour ago, love said:

thank you for your answer
how long you was on every step?
how lond you had wd?
for what you took lexapro?
did lexapro cause you constipation/diahrrea?
 

I took Cipralex, not Lexapro, but it's an SSRI as well. Every step about 1-2 month but too big steps. I had them prescribed for light panic attacks. Strong withdrawal for 6-8 months, then wondows and waves. I am 2 years off now and I am very much better!! Not completely healed I think but almost maybe and have times where I feel totally normal

2005-2006: Cipralex 5 mg

2009-2010: Cipralex 5 mg

2012-2015: Cipralex 5mg, 10mg 

tapered 10mg-7.5mg-5mg-2,5-0 (I always waited for a few weeks on the current dosage until I felt stable. Steps were too big I realized too late)

Completely drug free since August 2015

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2 hours ago, Pepita said:

I took Cipralex, not Lexapro, but it's an SSRI as well. Every step about 1-2 month but too big steps. I had them prescribed for light panic attacks. Strong withdrawal for 6-8 months, then wondows and waves. I am 2 years off now and I am very much better!! Not completely healed I think but almost maybe and have times where I feel totally normal

How long you took it?

I am with cipralex too but cant taper slowly because it cause me watery diahrrhea so i have to stop with that 

I dont think that your taper every two month is fast at all

You did 30% for 2 months it sound great

What helped you in wd?

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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16 minutes ago, love said:

How long you took it?

I am with cipralex too but cant taper slowly because it cause me watery diahrrhea so i have to stop with that 

I dont think that your taper every two month is fast at all

You did 30% for 2 months it sound great

What helped you in wd?

I took it 3 years. Oh nooo ok, so you want to quit cold turkey or did already? and the diarrhea is because of the cipralex for sure? hmm I don't know but I guess my withdrawal would have been easier if I tapered more slowly. phu, what helped... loooooots of help from my mum and friends (by help I mean always being reachable for me if having a really bad time, and being understanding). I worked less, I did my best to avoid every stress possible, meditated daily, kept a daily

log about my state of mind, no training except for walking and letting time pass...

how are you now?

2005-2006: Cipralex 5 mg

2009-2010: Cipralex 5 mg

2012-2015: Cipralex 5mg, 10mg 

tapered 10mg-7.5mg-5mg-2,5-0 (I always waited for a few weeks on the current dosage until I felt stable. Steps were too big I realized too late)

Completely drug free since August 2015

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1 hour ago, Pepita said:

I took it 3 years. Oh nooo ok, so you want to quit cold turkey or did already? and the diarrhea is because of the cipralex for sure? hmm I don't know but I guess my withdrawal would have been easier if I tapered more slowly. phu, what helped... loooooots of help from my mum and friends (by help I mean always being reachable for me if having a really bad time, and being understanding). I worked less, I did my best to avoid every stress possible, meditated daily, kept a daily

log about my state of mind, no training except for walking and letting time pass...

how are you now?

Its cuase me constipation too

And dyspapsya

Hell

So i taper 20% amonth sometimes 30%

Still taper

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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10 hours ago, love said:

Its cuase me constipation too

And dyspapsya

Hell

So i taper 20% amonth sometimes 30%

Still taper

:( how long did you take it?

2005-2006: Cipralex 5 mg

2009-2010: Cipralex 5 mg

2012-2015: Cipralex 5mg, 10mg 

tapered 10mg-7.5mg-5mg-2,5-0 (I always waited for a few weeks on the current dosage until I felt stable. Steps were too big I realized too late)

Completely drug free since August 2015

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18 minutes ago, Pepita said:

:( how long did you take it?

10 years
half year stop
now 1.5 year

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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7 hours ago, love said:

10 years
half year stop
now 1.5 year

wow so the diarrhea issues came so many years after you took it!? long term side effects? that is hard:( so how are you doing with your taper? having many withdrawal symptoms or do you actually feel better? 

2005-2006: Cipralex 5 mg

2009-2010: Cipralex 5 mg

2012-2015: Cipralex 5mg, 10mg 

tapered 10mg-7.5mg-5mg-2,5-0 (I always waited for a few weeks on the current dosage until I felt stable. Steps were too big I realized too late)

Completely drug free since August 2015

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1 hour ago, Pepita said:

wow so the diarrhea issues came so many years after you took it!? long term side effects? that is hard:( so how are you doing with your taper? having many withdrawal symptoms or do you actually feel better? 

i dont know really

35 years old single
with ocd and anixety
15 years on ssri
now tappering escitelpharm
20/6-2.8 mg escitalpharm

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