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Hello. I am new here I’ve been on antidepressants often on for several or for at least 25+ years I’m doing fairly well. my current psychiatrist wont taper me off in Annti depressants despite being on the meds for so long I’ve been through different psychiatrist over the years most not too good I found myself a natural path or holistic doctor and she help me taper off Lexapro over. A period four months but with some difficult mainly anxiety. The naturalopath has me taking supplements and cbd oil which is good for mood. I would like to get over off of my other two anti depressants but I’m gonna wait on that until I find a MD that specializes in tapering of Anti depressants I was wondering how I can find a list of good MDs that do help patients taper off I live in St. Louis Mo region thank you

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Welcome to SA, Carla.  What other antidepressants are you on?


Here is a list of recommended doctors.

Recommended doctors, therapists, and clinics - Tapering ...

Our approach to antidepressant tapering differs markedly from that of naturopaths.  We recommend tapering by no more than than 10% of current dose every four weeks.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Your naturopath tapered you a great deal faster than that, which would account for your anxiety, which is a common symptom of withdrawal.  What dosage of Lexapro were you on and how fast did your naturopath taper you?


What is withdrawal syndrome.


Unlike naturopaths, we don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems,  but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 


Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 


Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. 


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 to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% 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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Carla, I received your message via SA's email and am answering it here in your thread. Please continue to use your intro thread to ask questions. 


Here are some links to help you find a doctor in your area:


SA Recommended doctors, therapists, and clinics


Mad in America - Provider Directory


Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 


My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"


And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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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Hi Carla

Welcome!  I just want to assure you recovery is possible.  I was on Paxil and suffered from anxiety and OCD for several years before I learned to taper and worked with a psychologist who taught me coping skills.  It can be a tough slog but its worth it.  My therapist recognized the reality of withdrawal and the value of tapering, so his help was invaluable.  I still have anxious periods and OCD thoughts but I now know how to manage them.  I still take an occasional small dose of Klonopin for some anxiety-inducing situations (e.g public speaking) but it beats Paxil and its side effects.  Good luck!

Tim C

Started Paxil for GAD in 1999

Unsuccessful taper attempt in 2006

Paxilprogress helped with a successful taper completed in 2009

Using therapy and CBT to manage my anxiety

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