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Stimulants for wd-induced cognitive issues???

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LeoD

Hi All,

I am battling with Escitalopram (Lexapro) withdrawal and taper. My symptoms are mostly mental and cognitive: brain for, lack of focus, memory. Sometimes I feel as if only I could function ok cognitively at work and at home, my depression and anxiety would go away. Caffeine definitely helps a lot with my symptoms but the effect is short lived. I have tried multiple prescription stimulants: Adderall, Vyvanse, Modafinil, Ritalin, all low doses and for a short period of time, just to gage whether there would be some benefits. Long story short, I've noticed some relief from Modafinil (100 mg), however the next day the symptoms come back worse than before. I do understand that ideally we should try to taper without introducing more drugs. However life demands being functional. Any stories and opinions on what stimulant use might be reasonable under the circumstances?

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bottlehalffull

I find eating enough protein, especially red meat, helps with my cognitive issues. Possibly because of the acetyl l-carnitine in meat. Also it has coenzyme Q-10. So you could also try taking those things as supplements, but eating beef seems cheaper to me. I guess some people on here find protein to be "too activating" but maybe that's what you're going for. I've tried modafinil too with limited (emphasis on "limited")  success. It's really bad on the sleep cycle since it has a pretty long half life. Part of the symptom worsening the next day could be from that.

 

And a basic thing I tend to neglect is hydration. If I get less than two liters of water in a day, the next day will be super brain foggy and I won't really feel better until the day after I drink a ton of water to rehydrate. Light morning exercise also seems to help clear out the brain fog somewhat.

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herod

When I stopped watching porn, all of my cognitive issues became so much better. I went from not being able to function in school at all to getting top grades. I still get waves where I'm dysfunctional, but now I'm able to slog through university, whereas before I could not.

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Boris

Either starting to eat red meat (particularly steak) or finally getting to a low dose on the Pregablin finally got rid of my cognitive issues. I was in constant brain fog/fatigue/no focus or motivation for years.

 

It's been gone for 2 months now and I can finally focus again, feels strange. Caffeine made it worse at the time but now I can drink it again.

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LeoD

Thank you guys. So to summarize: to improve cognition, eat plenty of red mead and stop watching porn 🤪.

Makes sense. Anybody has any other pointers?

Leo

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