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Langison: Trying to quit Lexapro


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Hello all, I've lurked around this site for a couple months now and decided to finally post and introduction.

 

As you can see in my signature, I recently tried to taper off Lexapro but didn't find out until it was too late that I was tapering too quickly. The first couple months after my last dose weren't too bad; I got through the acute withdrawals without much struggle.  Then the fatigue/lethargy started creeping in. After that, depression like I've never experienced in my life and practically no libido. I can't concentrate at work and I constantly feel stupid and inadequate at my job. On top of all that, I've been intending for quite some time to find a new job and relocate this year, but I haven't had the confidence or motivation to achieve that.

 

Reinstating the Lexapro has helped some, but I'm nowhere near the energetic, confident, positive person I was before/during the taper and I feel like I can't take it anymore. I'm not suicidal but I constantly think about quitting my job and staying home all day.

 

Question: Could it be worth a try going up to 7.5 or 10 mg to get back on my feet? 20 mg if that doesn't work? I still want to be off the drug eventually, but for now I feel like I just need my old self back before I can start a slow taper the way this website suggests.

 

Thank you!

Langison Introduction

 

2003: For social anxiety, started Paxil, then switched to 20 mg Lexapro.

2017: Exact dates unknown, dropped dose to 10 mg and continued halving dose over the course of approximately one year.

2018: Early this year went from 1.25 mg to zero.

5 July 2018: Reinstated at 2.5 mg

23 July 2018: Increased dose to 5.0 mg

 

Other drugs/supplements I'm currently taking:

Prescription: clomid and anastrozole (for testosterone)

Supplements: Fish oil, magnesium, vitamin D

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With all the changes in 2017, and then the drop to zero and the recent RI to 2.5 and 5, you system has gone through a lot of destabilizing changes.  The central nervous system craves stability.  Your brain has changed wth all the changes, and it doesn't need any more tinkering.  I would hold where you are at 5mg for several months (at least three but more likely six)

to let your system calm down and catch up.  It is encouraging that the RI has helped.   Don't expect tinkering with your dosage to bring back your previous state.  You need to stabilize.

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current Valium dose as of Feb 22, 2022: 4.8mg 

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8 and shift to Imipramine taper

Taper is 74% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of May 17: 10.5mg 

Taper is 86% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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On 8/2/2018 at 6:10 PM, Gridley said:

With all the changes in 2017, and then the drop to zero and the recent RI to 2.5 and 5, you system has gone through a lot of destabilizing changes.  The central nervous system craves stability.  Your brain has changed wth all the changes, and it doesn't need any more tinkering.  I would hold where you are at 5mg for several months (at least three but more likely six)

to let your system calm down and catch up.  It is encouraging that the RI has helped.   Don't expect tinkering with your dosage to bring back your previous state.  You need to stabilize.

Thank you!

Langison Introduction

 

2003: For social anxiety, started Paxil, then switched to 20 mg Lexapro.

2017: Exact dates unknown, dropped dose to 10 mg and continued halving dose over the course of approximately one year.

2018: Early this year went from 1.25 mg to zero.

5 July 2018: Reinstated at 2.5 mg

23 July 2018: Increased dose to 5.0 mg

 

Other drugs/supplements I'm currently taking:

Prescription: clomid and anastrozole (for testosterone)

Supplements: Fish oil, magnesium, vitamin D

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