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Hi, I'm currently on  5mg cipralex tapered from 10mg in October I have been okay I developed pvc's but more recently the anxiety has been to much I don't want to leave my house. I'm scared all the time. I want to reinstate my old dose, should I? Can I? Is reinstating only when you are off of the drug? Thank you Sam:)

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Hi Samantha and welcome to SA,


Are you taking any medication for your PVC?  If you are taking 2 or more drugs of any kind, please use the Drug Interactions Checker and copy and paste the results in a post here in your Intro topic.


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Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Please read Post #1 of this topic:


About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms

SA's recommendation is to reinstate a very small dose because your brain will have already made some adaptations in the time you have been off the drug.  It is better to start with a small amount and if after about 2-3 weeks and your symptoms are still unbearable you could try a very small increase.  Keep Notes on Paper

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.

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