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Hi guys I'm from India 

Since 2012 I have been taken Escitalopram 10mg.First of all i want to share my story.I got panic attacks in the mid of 2012 my mom bring me to psychiatrist he gave me intial dose 5mg and final dose is 10mg.Last three Year I noticed severe fatigue,itchy skin ,restless leg syndrome, i cant wake up in the bed Then searched lot of things about side effects of AD.Because of side effects i went to psychiatrist and told him i want taper off but he doesn't allow me to taper off. So myself gradually decrease the dosage I took 10mg then 7.5 mg over 1 month then i went to 5mg when i gradually decrease my dosage to 3.75 i noticed withdrawal symptoms. So I takes 5mg one day and 3.75 otherday in the last four days. If I take 3.75 everday i got withdrawl symptoms. Pls help me with taper off and I want supplements name used for taper off

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Topic title:  Help me with taper off Escitalopram

 

Hi guys I'm from India 

Since 2012 I have been taken Escitalopram 10mg.First of all i want to share my story.I got panic attacks in the mid of 2012 my mom bring me to psychiatrist he gave me intial dose 5mg and final dose is 10mg.Last three Year I noticed severe fatigue,itchy skin ,restless leg syndrome, i cant wake up in the bed Then searched lot of things about side effects of AD.Because of side effects i went to psychiatrist and told him i want taper off but he doesn't allow me to taper off. So myself gradually decrease the dosage I took 10mg then 7.5 mg over 1 month then i went to 5mg when i gradually decrease my dosage to 3.75 i noticed withdrawal symptoms. So I takes 5mg one day and 3.75 otherday in the last four days. If I take 3.75 everday i got withdrawl symptoms. Pls help me with taper off and I want supplements name used for taper off

 

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Altostrata

Welcome, Miyan.

 

Please stop that irregular tapering schedule. If you are alternating 5mg and 3.5mg and you have withdrawal symptoms, I would take 5mg every day at the same time of day and let your nervous system settle down for several months at least.

 

Please read Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

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Miyan

I takes 5mg daily but last one week I alter my mg. Can I taper off 5 mg to 4.5

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Miyan

What is meant by distillated water 

In ma country If i ask distillated water they will give radiator or battery water

 

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Sassenach

Hi Miyan

 

Your fast taper means you have withdrawal symptoms.

You need to hold steady on 5 mgs and give your system time to stabilise.

If start to taper before this you will make W/D symptoms worse.

There is no short cut it takes time to heal.https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/82-the-windows-and-waves-pattern-of-stabilization/

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/406-tips-for-tapering-off-lexapro-escitalopram/

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/4244-after-reinstating-or-updosing-how-long-to-stabilize/

Keep in touch and advise us of your decision please.

Sassenach

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Miyan

How long med takes to stabilize the nervous system

Cause I waited around 4 years I got graduate but didn't get Permanent Job yet

I placed in one company then fired 

Again another Company fired again

My time My money everything goes everyday

My Neuropathic pain, Restless Legs makes me fatigue

My fatigue makes me depressed

Sometimes feel I can't withstand but I had a hope in my inner sense 

My inner sense tells dont worry nothing is permanent everything will change but i asks to my inner sense daily when 

I'm Totally frustrated.

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Topic title: Side effects of Lexapro

 

List out the Side effects(not withdrawal symptoms) of lexapro Not mentioned in online and leaflet

First of all I listout my side effects

Constipation

Lethargy

Weak legs

Increased sweating mainly in genitial area and legs

Because of sweating i Feel itchy 

I feel all day sleepy

I cant wake up in morning cause i feel weaky

 

 

 

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From https://www.rxlist.com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center.htm

 

Common side effects of Lexapro include:

  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • nausea,
  • upset stomach,
  • gas,
  • heartburn,
  • constipation,
  • weight changes,
  • dry mouth,
  • yawning,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • impotence, or
  • difficulty having an orgasm.

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Topic title:  Time to taper off

 

I'm going to taper off my med tommorow onwards any suggestions and opinions are welcome

 

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On 7/22/2019 at 6:54 AM, Altostrata said:

Welcome, Miyan.

 

Please stop that irregular tapering schedule. If you are alternating 5mg and 3.5mg and you have withdrawal symptoms, I would take 5mg every day at the same time of day and let your nervous system settle down for several months at least.

 

Please read Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)

 

Please let us know how you're doing.

 

Alto, this site's founder, suggested waiting for a few (which means about 3) months before you start tapering again.

 

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Miyan

I dont have any withdrawal symptoms

I have lot more side effects 

Because of side effects i didn't do my job well so i fired up 

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Miyan
2 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

 

Alto, this site's founder, suggested waiting for a few (which means about 3) months before you start tapering again.

 

I have no withdrawal symptoms

I have lot more side effects

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On 7/22/2019 at 6:54 AM, Altostrata said:

I would take 5mg every day at the same time of day

 

Did you start taking 5mg every day like Alto suggested?

 

If yes, when did you start taking 5mg every day.

 

Please add dates to your drug signature.  Please add the information about alternating doses.

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Altostrata

Miyan, what time of day do you take your drugs, at what dosages? Are these symptoms better or worse at any particular time of day?

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Miyan
8 hours ago, Altostrata said:

Miyan, what time of day do you take your drugs, at what dosages? Are these symptoms better or worse at any particular time of day?

I takes my med 5mg only  before go to bed

Usually I goes everday at night 11o clock

I feel weak all day

Sometimes i got insomnia

I sleeps 10 or 11 hrs a day 

If i didnt sleep 11 or 10 hrs I feel as shaky throughout the body

 

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10 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

 

Did you start taking 5mg every day like Alto suggested?

 

If yes, when did you start taking 5mg every day.

 

Please add dates to your drug signature.  Please add the information about alternating doses.

In mid July 2019(just four days) only I altered my dosage then i Reinstated my normal dosage 5mg because of WD

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I m start tapering last three days no WD my dosage is 4.8

 

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Im very angry

Is it WD

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Update start taper from 5mg with 4% means 4.8

6aug - 13 aug@4.8(no WD appers)

13aug - 21 aug @4.6(mild headache appears in first three days mostly in evenings)

21aug @4.4mg

 

 

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Miyan

How to stop racing thoughts

I always thinking

Always boring

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Miyan

Last three days insomnia

Compulsively watching porn

Sexual obsession

Im totally frustrated

Help me guys pls

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Miyan

Hi guys I lost my mobile that's why I couldn't post my reduction

Today I'm going to post my reduction. My reduction is 4% in each. Am I going right 

18 sep to 24 sep -- 3.8mg

25 sep to 1 oct -- 3.6mg

2 oct to 8 oct -- 3.4mg

9 oct to 15 oct -- 3.2mg

16 oct to 30 oct--- 3mg

31 oct to 6 nov -- 2.8 mg

7 nov to 13 nov -- 2.6 mg

14 nov to 20 nov --- 2.4mg

21nov to till now --- 2.2mg

My supplements were Ashwaganda Mag glycinate 

But I Stopped those Last week

I Started yesterday 1000mg Fish Oil with 400mg Vit E

Note : I doesn't have withdrawl symptoms till now

My Schedule 

Wake up at 8'o clock am with achy legs sometimes

Drink tea at 8.15 am

Goes to Washroom at 8.45am

Constipation that's why comes from bathroom around 9'o clock or 9.15

Goes to Bathing at 9.15 comes out at 9.30 

Eat Breakfast at 9.45

Goes to Office at 10 am 

Irritating feeling at Office not by others 

Self Irritation and boring

Then Goes to Lunch around 2.30p.m

Again goes to office at 3 pm

Feeling Sleepy at office

At 5 o clock I gets Tea break 

After tea break Goes to office at 5.30p.m

From 6 pm to 7.30 or 8 pm busy with customers

8 pm to 9pm using mobile phone

Sometimes When i gets free time I usually Use mobile phones

9.15 pm goes to home 

9.30 have my dinner

9.45 to 11 or 12 or 1 pm using mobile phone 

Then goes to bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miyan

I need answer for the above post

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On 11/24/2019 at 12:02 PM, Miyan said:

18 sep to 24 sep -- 3.8mg

25 sep to 1 oct -- 3.6mg

2 oct to 8 oct -- 3.4mg

9 oct to 15 oct -- 3.2mg

16 oct to 30 oct--- 3mg

31 oct to 6 nov -- 2.8 mg

7 nov to 13 nov -- 2.6 mg

14 nov to 20 nov --- 2.4mg

21nov to till now --- 2.2mg

 

You are tapering too fast and risking some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.    We recommend tapering by no more than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

A slow taper is especially important at the lower doses.  4% a week is 16%, quite a bit more than we recommend.  I suggest you hold where you are for 3 to 4 weeks to let your system catch up to the changes you've made.  Then see how you're feeling before continuing.   

 

How are you feeling now?

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Miyan

Thanks for your Answer Buddy

Now I'm in 2mg

I'm going to hold for 3 weeks

Then I will post about holding.

Pls keep in touch Buddy 🙏🙏🙏🙏.

No one is here for me about tapering 

Ma Only hope is Surviving Antidepressants Members

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