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Suzanbe: AD taper after benzo taper


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I just finished a 16 month taper off of a benzo on Oct 9th after taking as directed for almost 30 years. Now I need to taper off of Lexapro (I’ve been taking an SSRI for equally as long). How long should I wait in between tapers? I want to do this slow and cautious.

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Welcome to SA, Suzanbe.  Congratulations on finishing your benzo taper.  


I would wait at least 3 months before starting your SSRI taper.  At that point, see how stable you're feeling.  If you're not feeling reasonably stable, I would wait a bit longer.


We recommend tapering no faster than 10% of current dose every four weeks.




This link is specifically about tapering Lexapro.


Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)


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.
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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 

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Nov 31: 6.6mg 

Taper is 65% 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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