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Hello, I have long wondered about longterm effects of my antidepressants. Over the past 11 years, I’ve attempted to wean off several times but it wasn’t worth it. My primary care physician assured me that since the positive effect was almost immediate when I’d return to my regular dose, it was quite clear I had a serotonin deficiency and that I’d found my miracle drug. I trusted him! With my health. With my life! Every thing I tried before starting lexapro was futile, the immediate relief and ability to parent well, keep my life in balance etc came once on antidepressants. I think I was originally prescribed it for anxiety... after reading Kelly Brogan’s book last year I got scared. Terrified. What had I done?! And was there any hope to change at this point? Balance is crucial on a daily basis where my job is concerned. 

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Hello, Andrea2799, and welcome to SA.  

 

These drugs were originally designed for short term use, not a life time.  Eventually everyone taking them will reach tolerance, where the drug stops working but the body requires it to maintain "normal function".  When that happens getting off of them becomes a lot harder.  The drugs were tested over the short run, not long-term.  The long-term effects remain largely unknown.

 

From your post I think you're aware that the serotonin deficiency or chemical imbalance theory promulgated by drug companies to psychiatrists and then to their patients has been totally debunked and discredited.

 

Again, chemical imbalance is a myth. Stop the lies, please. - Page 4 ...

Depression: It's Not Your Serotonin - Kelly Brogan MD

Are you writing because you want to come off Lexapro?  The purpose of SA is to help members taper off psychiatric drugs and deal with withdrawal from those drugs.  The decision of whether you want to come off is yours.  Yes, there is hope for change at this point.  Some come off these drugs relatively easily, while for others it is more difficult. 

 

First, to give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Please also include supplements.
 
 
SA recommends a ham-reduction approach to tapering that suits a broad number of members.  We recommend tapering no more than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  Some have to go more slowly.
 
 

 

These links explain the importance of a slow taper.
 
 
 
This link is specifically about tapering Lexapro.
 
 
This is your Introduction topic, the place for you to ask questions, provide updates, and communicate with fellow members.  I'm glad you found your way here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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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Hi @Andrea2799 & Welcome to the Group.  I'm Antidepressant free after 11 years and I haven't felt this much like myself in years. Antidepressants dull everything, your ability to feel normally, empathy, interest in hobbies, etc.... I didn't know how much of a fog I was in until I was out!  Afterwards I felt like I had been in a "Walking Coma" if you will- just awful.  Please consider getting off this awful drug, if it hasn't' effected you negatively yet, it will.  Good Luck & Hang in there!

2 years Drug History Prior to Tapering:

Between 2011 & 2018 I had approximately 58 dose changes between the 4 main medications I took as well as 14 new medications add & taken away.

Prozac (Fluoxetine):(Aug 2016-Dec 2016: 60MG),(June 2017-Nov 2017: 60MG),(Dec 2017: 80MG),(June 2017-Sept 2 2018: 60MG),(Sept 3 2018-Sept 5 2018: 40MG),(Sept 6 2018-Sept 8 2018: 20MG),(Sept 9 2018: 0MG).

Cymbalta:(Jan 2017-May 2017: 60MG).

Cyclobenzaprine: (Aug 2016: 30MG,(Feb 2017: 30MG).

Diazepam (Valium):(Aug 2016-Sept 15 2016: 30MG),(Sept 16 2016-Oct 2017: 15MG),(Nov 2017-Aug 19 2018: 6MG),(Aug 20 2018: 0MG).

Gabapentin:(Aug 2016-Aug 3 2018: 2400MG),(Aug 4 2018-March 26 2019: 2000MG),(March 27 2019-March 30 2019: 1600MG),(May 1 2019: 2000MG)

Hydrocodone:(Aug 2016-Oct 2016: 10-325/4daily),(Nov 2016-Feb 2017: 10-325/3daily),(March 2017-April 2017: 5-325/4daily),(May 2017-April 2018: 10-325/3daily),(June 2018-Aug 25 2018: 10-325/5daily),(Aug 26 2018-Sept 2 2018: 4.5daily),(Sept 3 2018-Sept 10 2018: 10-325/4daily),(Sept 11 2018-Sept 18 2018: 10-325/3daily),(Sept 19 2018-May 1 2019: 10-325/3.5 daily).

Oxycodone: May 2018: 10-325MG/4daily). 

Please see my Intro for full drug history.

         **Forgive Yourself For Not Knowing What You Didn't Know Before You Knew It!  -Maya Angelou/

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