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May 26, 2019 in Introductions and updates
Welcome to SA, Elie. We need a little more information in order to better help you. What are your symptoms and how long have you had them?
On 8/30/2011 at 2:28 PM, Rhiannon said:
When we stop taking the drug, we have a brain that has designed itself so that it works in the presence of the drug; now it can't work properly without the drug because it's designed itself so that the drug is part of its chemistry and structure. It's like a plant that has grown on a trellis; you can't just yank out the trellis and expect the plant to be okay. When the drug is removed, the remodeling process has to take place in reverse. SO--it's not a matter of just getting the drug out of your system and moving on. If it were that simple, none of us would be here. It's a matter of, as I describe it, having to grow a new brain. I believe this growing-a-new-brain happens throughout the taper process if the taper is slow enough. (If it's too fast, then there's not a lot of time for actually rebalancing things, and basically the brain is just pedaling fast trying to keep us alive.) It also continues to happen, probably for longer than the symptoms actually last, throughout the time of recovery after we are completely off the drug, which is why recovery takes so long
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
Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper. Current dose as of Jan. 11, 2022: 5.4mg
Taper is 71% complete.
Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986. Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.
Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg and holding.
Taper is 80% 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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