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29 minutes ago, Katy398 said:

So so sorry Emergingfromthevoid,

I passed on what was posted to me. Obviously your circumstances are different. I’m so sorry. I had already cold turkey ed due to I’ll advice from Psychiatrist. Please think long and hard about your plan. Withdrawal is life threatening.  I am really, really struggling on a daily basis.  I wouldn’t wish these horrific symptoms on anyone. 

Take care of yourself Kx

 

Hi Katy398, 

 

It's ok. I know that you meant well. 🙂 

 

I plan to hold at 5mgs per day for a month...so on December 9th, 2019, I will reduce again if everything is still going well. 

 

I'm sorry that you're struggling so much, and I wish that I could help you. Sending you healing thoughts and my support. If you ever need to chat privately, feel free to send me a PM. 

 

Thanks and you take care too! 💙


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

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Thanks Alto, for your reply  I’ll try not to worry but I live in constant worry at the moment. I wouldn’t wish this pain and anxiety on anyone. @EmergingFromTheVoid I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I have recently discovered that Lexapro is a very strong antidepressant twice as strong as many and it was licensed up to a 20mg dose. I was on 40 mgs. Whilst this is not illegal it’s bad practice and should also  be taken into consideration. 

I’m coming up to 11 months drug free and struggle daily. 

Please Take care of yourself emergingfromthevoid 

Kx


 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

 

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Thank so much  @EmergingFromTheVoid, I really appreciate your support, I think our posts went out at the same time. 

Take care Kx


 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

 

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@Katy398 Yes, you have mentioned the strength of Lexapro before but it's ok to remind me again. 11 months drug free is an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations! 🙂

 

I'm sorry that it's still a daily struggle for you though. Do you find any joy, anything that can help you break through it, if even for a few minutes or is it non-stop? Self care is so important, but even that can be a huge struggle sometimes. I'm trying to take it easy and be gentle with myself. I hope you can too. We are amazingly beautiful, complex creatures who need time to heal, however long it takes.

 

You take care too.


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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I'm doing really well, and looking forward to my next cut/drop. 🙂


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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I'm so glad that SA is here for everyone. I've found some of the most kind, the strongest and most determined people on the web, right here.

 

The wonderful, new friends that I've made on here are helping me, as I hope that I am helping them. Not feeling alone in this journey is easily half the battle. 

 

To those who go above and beyond to be gentle, kind and supportive, your efforts are noticed and appreciated in more ways than can be expressed. hugs 🙂💙


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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I had an appointment with my blood specialist today and he said that my iron is low again and is prescribing a 600 mg dose iron supplement, ever other day.

 

My question is: will the iron supplement interfere with my taper (successful thus far), or is it safe for me to take? 

 

The Dr. said that my iron levels are basically running between a 1/4 to empty, like on a tank of gas gauge, so it's probably why I'm low energy and tired a fair amount of the time. 


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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On 12/2/2019 at 10:45 AM, EmergingFromTheVoid said:

I had an appointment with my blood specialist today and he said that my iron is low again and is prescribing a 600 mg dose iron supplement, ever other day.

 

My question is: will the iron supplement interfere with my taper (successful thus far), or is it safe for me to take? 

 

The Dr. said that my iron levels are basically running between a 1/4 to empty, like on a tank of gas gauge, so it's probably why I'm low energy and tired a fair amount of the time. 

 

I'll be starting the iron supplement today. Wish me luck.


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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@EmergingFromTheVoid, good luck. Hopefully it will go smoothly. Aside from iron, how are you doing?


January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

 

 

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Hi @sunnysideup69,

 

Thank you! 🙂 I'm doing really well. This fast taper that I'm doing is going as well as possible I think...minimal, infrequent wd symptoms for only the first week or two. 

 

How are things going for you in your journey?


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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55 minutes ago, EmergingFromTheVoid said:

Hi @sunnysideup69,

 

Thank you! 🙂 I'm doing really well. This fast taper that I'm doing is going as well as possible I think...minimal, infrequent wd symptoms for only the first week or two. 

 

How are things going for you in your journey?

 

Good to hear you are doing well.

Well, I seem to be a bit more stable in November. Still some waves, but they were tolerable rather than incapacitating. Quite easily stressed still, my nervous system is a bit delicate, but I'm functioning, going to work, exercising. Not much socialising yet, but it will come. Overall, doing ok! Thanks for asking 😊 It's a really slow plod along, but I'm coping. And now it's winter, I just want to hibernate 😁


January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

 

 

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Hi emerging,

 

How is your taper coming along? Hope you're doing great.

Good luck and

 

Cheers

 

 

Jozeff


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

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On 12/5/2019 at 12:05 AM, sunnysideup69 said:

 

Good to hear you are doing well.

Well, I seem to be a bit more stable in November. Still some waves, but they were tolerable rather than incapacitating. Quite easily stressed still, my nervous system is a bit delicate, but I'm functioning, going to work, exercising. Not much socialising yet, but it will come. Overall, doing ok! Thanks for asking 😊 It's a really slow plod along, but I'm coping. And now it's winter, I just want to hibernate 😁

 

Hi @sunnysideup69,

 

Thank you. 🙂 Wow! You're doing so well on your journey -- congratulations!

 

It's important, or so I've found anyhow, to take it easy, find solitude (minimal lights, sounds, etc.) when I get that "feeling", like things are a little off or out of sync at times during a drop/cut. The first 8-10 days, I usually have a few, minimal and intermittent WD symptoms. Some decent sleep also does me a world of good.

 

Which coping techniques help you the most? 

 

Slowly but surely is a good pace. 🙂

 

Winter can be a bit tough, but I love how pretty the snow looks, I adore the beautiful Christmas decorations,  and spending time with my dearly loved ones. After Christmas is a bit of a letdown, but that's just because the festivities are over.

 

Keep up the great work, SSU. 💙


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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18 hours ago, jozeff said:

Hi emerging,

 

How is your taper coming along? Hope you're doing great.

Good luck and

 

Cheers

 

 

Jozeff

 

Hi @jozeff,

 

It's coming along exceedingly well so far, and thanks for asking. 🙂

 

I'm finally at zero mg per day of my AD as of a few days ago! I can't tell you how glad I am. This drug has effectively robbed me of 8 years of my life and I've noticed with each successive drop/cut that I'm feeling more "alive". I should mention that the CBT and talk therapy that I've been having during the same time has been absolutely invaluable; without resolving the issues that made me go on the ADs in the first place, I'm sure that I wouldn't have been very successful with this fast taper, despite all my efforts and hopes. Emotions, feelings, etc. were some of the first things that I noticed as I began emerging from the void. It was as if I'd been drugged into numbness, yet somehow I was full of anxiety, had frequent panic attacks and felt stressed and sad much of the time. I was always lonely and missed my husband terribly, even when he was gone for just an hour or so to go shopping. It was honestly...hell. 

 

Many of the "new" emotions made me feel raw/sensitive at first and they felt so foreign to me. How strange that my own emotions were relatively unknown to me now? How horrible to realize that I'd been living within this void for so long! 

 

Now, fast forward to things as my AD dosage was reduced; I've found that I'm capable of a depth of love and devotion that I hadn't felt possible for over 8 years. The anxiety is reduced by about 80% and I haven't had another panic attack. I'm not feeling very stressed, except about financial things sometimes, which can't really be avoided at the moment. I'm also ok with hubby leaving to go shopping, go to work, etc. because I know that he'll return and I have lots of things that I can do with my time while he's gone. 

 

Things have improved so much for me in the last 2 months since I began my fast taper. It's difficult to accurately describe how much it means to me to be getting my life back. The hope that it's giving me for the future, one that once seemed so cloudy and dim, is something else! 💙

 

I'm so thankful that I found this website. The support, the information and some of the amazing people that I've found on here is what has helped make my personal journey such a gentle and rewarding one so far.

 

Everyone is different and I don't advocate a fast taper to those who have bad WD symptoms at any time after a cut/drop. Listen to your body and how it responds. Take as much time as you need. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help. 

 

Best,

E.


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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Merry Christmas! 🙂💙


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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Merry Christmas 😊🎅🌲


January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

 

 

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Update: Fast taper. Now at day 18 days of having no AD in my system. 

 

I'm sleeping well, I have energy, no brain fog or confusion. I'm "me" again! 😀

 

The only thing that bothers me on a regular basis is a headache. It's a daily thing (although not constant) and the right side of my head hurts the most. On the plus side, an Advil all but takes the headache away. I have no interest or intention of up-dosing at this point in time.

 

I'd say that my fast taper WD has been a success thus far and I'm happy that I've been able to share it with my friends on here. Only time will tell if I've made a big error in judgment, but I'm doing my best to stay positive and I'm mindful of what can happen.

 

I still journal daily and use a checklist to keep track of my daily WD symptoms. 

 

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year! 


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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I've just skimmed your thread so maybe someone has already said this, but: It is not uncommon for people to get through the early, acute part of withdrawal and tapering well, but to get hit at anywhere from 3 to 12 months out, usually around 3-6. It's actually more common for it to happen that way than otherwise. Dr. Shipko comments on this now in all of his articles about withdrawal, and those of us who've been around here a while have seen it over and over again.

 

It's true that some people get off the meds relatively quickly; however, those tend by and large not to be the people who were on them for many years.

 

I am concerned that you are going to regret your haste, down the road, probably in 3-6 months. Please consider being cautious. I have seen so  much suffering and I don't want you to become another example. There is really no reason, after 8 years, to rush off. There is very little downside to going more slowly, and very much potential downside to going too fast.

 

Also FYI I can definitely relate to what you're saying about getting your feelings back after coming off the meds. It's a wonderful experience. It happens with slower tapers too!


Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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1 hour ago, Rhiannon said:

I've just skimmed your thread so maybe someone has already said this, but: It is not uncommon for people to get through the early, acute part of withdrawal and tapering well, but to get hit at anywhere from 3 to 12 months out, usually around 3-6. It's actually more common for it to happen that way than otherwise. Dr. Shipko comments on this now in all of his articles about withdrawal, and those of us who've been around here a while have seen it over and over again.

 

It's true that some people get off the meds relatively quickly; however, those tend by and large not to be the people who were on them for many years.

 

I am concerned that you are going to regret your haste, down the road, probably in 3-6 months. Please consider being cautious. I have seen so  much suffering and I don't want you to become another example. There is really no reason, after 8 years, to rush off. There is very little downside to going more slowly, and very much potential downside to going too fast.

 

Also FYI I can definitely relate to what you're saying about getting your feelings back after coming off the meds. It's a wonderful experience. It happens with slower tapers too!

 

Hi @Rhiannon,

 

Yes, I've read that. I've also read, outside of this site, about the many people who have successfully fast tapered off of ADs without the CNS crash ending. 

 

What I've done for me is what I've chosen, while understanding all of the risks. 

 

Come hell or high water, I'm off of the AD and good riddance to it! I'm already at zero and I'm staying here.

 

Being the "real" us again, is amazing. That numbing void is a thing of the past! 🙂

 

I'm comfortable with my choices, and I'm happy that I've made them.


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

"This too shall pass."   

 

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Hey @EmergingFromTheVoid, happy new year, how's it going?


January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

 

 

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On 1/13/2020 at 7:00 AM, sunnysideup69 said:

Hey @EmergingFromTheVoid, happy new year, how's it going?

 

Hi SSU,

 

Thank you and a Happy New Year to you too. 🙂 Overall I am doing really well, especially when you consider that I'm 100% off the cursed AD (34 days at zero mg/day). Some days are better than others but I don't regret my decision to fast-taper. 

 

Some important things that I've learned:

  • Stay hydrated - drink lots of water so you flush out chemicals and toxins.
  • Stay regular - eat fruit, veggies and high fibre granola bars so your bowels don't slow down. Constipation is BAD! 
  • Get lots of good-quality sleep every night (if you can).
  • Don't push yourself too hard -- if you feel tired, run out of energy, start sweating without exercising, etc. take a break right away.
  • When you're having a rough day emotionally, try to take your mind off it and distract yourself, or nap.
  • Do your best to reduce your levels of stress -- if you're in a high stress job, consider taking some time off when things get bad.
  • Be gentle with yourself in every way and in all things -- don't have your expectations set too high, don't plan big outings or get-togethers if you can't easily get out of them.
  • Don't be afraid to cry -- crying (if not excessive) can be a great way to relieve emotional stress and physical tension. 
  • Listen to your body -- if you feel good, try to get some things done. If you feel bad, just relax, nap, distract yourself as best you can, and don't push yourself. 
  • Be patient -- withdrawing from ADs is a long distance marathon, not a sprint. 
  • Have someone you can trust around you -- you'll need reassurance, someone to help out with chores/cooking/cleaning, etc., someone who can be a confidant and an overall support person. I'm lucky enough to have my bestfriend, soulmate and hubby to help me through my WD.

How are things going for you, SSU? 


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

"This too shall pass."   

 

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Katy398

Great list E,

It sure is a slow journey. Support is paramount, 

Take care

We Will All Heal Eventually.

Take care Kx


 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

 

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Hey @Katy398,

 

Thanks, hun. 🙂 They are just some things I've noticed that are helpful for me and might be for others as well. You have also been an amazingly helpful and supportive person for me. Thank you so much. 💙


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

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Hi @EmergingFromTheVoid

Thank you 🙏 

You’ve also been such a wonderful support to me too. 

I think it’s actually too much for any one person to do alone, we need a team for this job! Your one of the crucial members of my team and I am so so grateful 🙏Thank you 

Kx


 

Lexapro Fast Track/ Cold Turkey

Last dose end Dec 2018 

Tapered 1/2 a daily dose a week (20mg) for  14 weeks, last dose was a 20 mg pill!!  

 3.5 times slower than Psychiatrist recommended, I felt proud of myself!! Little did I know!!!!Got too scared to reinstate because I’d left it too long.

On ADs for 20 years (Prozac approx 10 years/ Pristiq approx 3 years/ Citalipram approx 2 years/. Lexapro a approx  5 years/. Last two years 40mgs Lexapro day.

 

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Hoe are you doing emerging??

 

I hope everything is going well for you!

 

Cheers

Jozeff


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

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Hi @jozeff,

 

I'm doing well, thanks for checking in with me. 🙂 Windows and waves, but not intolerable. I love being in the '100% off ADs and healing' phase!

 

How are things going for you? How's the tapering?


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

"This too shall pass."   

 

🎵 Fight Song by Rachel Platten🎵

 

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Just a quick update on my progress:

 

I have a headache/neck stiffness every day, but an Advil every 12 hours helps manage the pain/stiffness. I also have many days where I'm really low on energy.

 

There are some days that are more of a struggle, but over all, I'd say that things are moving in the right direction.

 

I'm just so glad to be off the ADs!


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

"This too shall pass."   

 

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Hi emerging,

 

How are you doing lately?

 

Cheers

 

Jozeff


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

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Hi @jozeff,

 

I'm doing pretty well, thank you for asking. I still have headaches every day and take an extra strength advil (400 mg) every 10-12 hours to manage the pain. I get tired fairly quickly most days, which is annoying when there are things that I'd like to get done.

 

I'm so glad that I'm off the AD. Best decision I've made in a while!

 

How are things with you? Is your taper going well?

 

Best,

E.


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

Daily Supplements: One-A-Day Woman's Multivitamin, Caltrate Plus chewable, Cranberry pill w/ added vitamin C & E, Omega 3 and an Iron supplement. 

 

"This too shall pass."   

 

🎵 Fight Song by Rachel Platten🎵

 

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jozeff

Good to hear you're doing relatively well!

 

Yes the headaches are terrible of course but I'd the Advil is sufficient then it is manageable I guess.

Headache is a typical wd symptom and very common when we don't feel well and fit.

 

Hope it stays this way for you and that the headaches disappeare. I'll jump in to my own forum later and let you know how it goes.

 

 

Good luck and....

 

 

Cheers

Jozeff

 


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

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Hi emerging,

 

How are you doing lately??

 

Jozeff


- 2016 - Okt 2017 citalopram some months 15 mg some months 20 mg

- Nov 2017- Apr 2018 citalopram 25 mg

- April 2018 -  June 2018 citalopram 3 month TAPER too fast  from 25mg to 16.5 mg (0.1 mg per day decrease, felt horrible and crashed)

- June 2018 - Aug13th 2018 citalopram trying to stabilize at 16.5 mg for 5 weeks, felt absolutely awful.

- August 14th 2018 - April 29th 2019  citalopram 18 mg (1.5 mg updose). Try to stabilize.-

START TAPER 29 apr 2019 @ 18 mg,    29th Jun 16.4 mg / 19th aug 15.4 mg / 25th Aug 15.2 mg / 30th sep 14.0 mg / 4th dec 13.1 mg2020 citalopram taper approx 1 % per week: 03rd Jan 12.75 mg / 28 Jan 12.29 mg / 18th Feb 11.83 mg, 25th Feb 11.68 mg hold../7th May 11.33 mg hold, 4th Aug 10.98 mg. Holding because of not feeling well.

 

 

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Hello @EmergingFromTheVoid,

How are you? Suddenly thought about you, this morning. Would be great to know how you're doing...you're 8 months out now from your taper. It would be really interesting to hear how you feel about the results of a faster taper, just for variety. And also, would just be good to hear from you.

Take care, Sunny xx


January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

 

 

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