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Hi I increased my escitalopram 6 weeks ago from 10mg to 20mg with good effect initially. For the last few weeks I have been terrible though! I need to drop down ideally to 15mg, at least to start with. Can anyone advise if it would be safe to just drop down overnight, escpecially since Its only been 6 weeks in.  Any advice would be welcome. Thanks

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Welcome to SA Sooboo56


According to the medical literature, anyone that's been taking an antidepressant for more than a month is at risk for withdrawal symptoms.  An overnight drop would be inadvisable  


We recommend tapering by no more than 10% of your current dose (20mg) every four weeks.  Getting to 15mg should take you around 3 months. 




This link is specifically about tapering Lexapro, including information about how to obtain the small doses you'll need for the 10% taper, either using a liquid, making your own liquid, or weighing with a scale such as the AWS Gemini-20 available on Amazon.


Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)


This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members. Again, welcome.

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 Begin 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover and change from 3 daily doses to one 18.75mgai dose (0.311mgpw). Jan. 11, 2021 begin hold at current bedtime 18.75mgai dose.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (0.44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  


Supplements: omega, vitamins E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, 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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