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christianjw12: took Lexapro /escitalopram for 3 months, stopped it, experiencing withdrawal


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christianjw12

Hi guus,

This is 13th month off Lexapro report !

Haven't recovered yet. What a journey for someone who has only taken this poison for 3 months in total including taper. This month, the symptoms are :

- fatigue (sleep is bad quality)

- brainfog (still)

- a little bit of headaches but very mild (I have got my first jab of Pfizer as well so maybe the headaches are not due to withdrawal)

- littles zaps in random area of my body (arms, legs, but very mild)

- cold hands (still)

- anxiety (just the feeling of fear but no idea of what, feeling like I'm in danger)

- OCD

 

 

 

23rd of January 2020 - Started taking Lexapro at 5mg daily.

29th of January 2020 - Upped to 10mg of Lexapro daily.

9th of April 2020 - Reduced to 5mg of Lexapro daily.

23rd of April 2020 - Stopped Lexapro at 5mg daily.

Withdrawal since ~

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Hang on, I'm rooting for you ❤

These drugs always amaze me, they can be so powerfull.

Wish you a speedy recovery ☀️

2006 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : 20mg Paxil + Bromazepam

2014-June2017 : Switch from Bromazepam to Prazepam, taper to 0.

2018 to August 2019 : Paxil 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22 Aug 2019 updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paxil. 

April 2020 : Paxil 10mg to Prozac 7mg bridge. Details topic/21457-

 

Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

 

Current medication :

* 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

* Prozac : 6.88mg (14 Aug 2021)/ 6.92mg (23 Jun 2021)

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siderale

Best of luck Christian, fellow French recovering from Seroplex withdrawal ! It's great to see all of your updates. I hope the remaining symptoms will wear off quickly and that your sleep will improve. It's incredible to see that everyone has so many different experiences with these meds and withdrawal, I really consider myself lucky escitalopram truly helped me. Now, on to try and live without its help (as it was help for me!)

Regarding OCD/anxiety, if it's difficult to manage you could eventually try and follow a therapy like cognitive behavioural therapy. It helped me a lot!

Aug 2017 - May 2018 -> Escitalopram 10 mg. June 5 mg and then stopped. Absolutely no withdrawal symptoms.

Nov 2018 - Jan 2021 -> Escitalopram 10 mg. Jan-Feb 2021 - 5 mg, daily (1 month).  Feb-March 2021 - 5 mg, one day out of two (2-3 weeks). No withdrawal symptoms during taper.

--- Since March 13th, 2021 -> Escitalopram 0 mg.

Withdrawal appeared 8-10 days after last dose: introduction topic

Benzos occasionally: Prazepam 5mg (last intakes: july 30, aug 05).

 

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christianjw12

Hi guys, a quick update of these weeks ! I think I'm in an intense wave again, the fatigue caused by poor quality of sleep is so hard to bear. Even though I try to have a very regular sleep pattern and eat the healthiest food, the sleep is still bad so it's kinda hard to try to get motivated to do things. But anyways, we'll all get through this ! 💪💪💪

23rd of January 2020 - Started taking Lexapro at 5mg daily.

29th of January 2020 - Upped to 10mg of Lexapro daily.

9th of April 2020 - Reduced to 5mg of Lexapro daily.

23rd of April 2020 - Stopped Lexapro at 5mg daily.

Withdrawal since ~

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christianjw12

Hi,

14 months off Lexapro report.

This last month has been good and bad. A lot of tiredness ! Crazy that only 3 months on Lexapro can do so much damage to the brain...

 

23rd of January 2020 - Started taking Lexapro at 5mg daily.

29th of January 2020 - Upped to 10mg of Lexapro daily.

9th of April 2020 - Reduced to 5mg of Lexapro daily.

23rd of April 2020 - Stopped Lexapro at 5mg daily.

Withdrawal since ~

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Hanna72

Hi @christianjw12

Congratulations on your 14 months off. That’s a huge accomplishment and well done
All the best to you.

 

Prescribed Paxil 20 mg year 2000 for panic attacks.

Many attempts through out the years to quit.

2019 tapered from 20 mg to 10 mg. Got stuck there, decided to bridge with Fluoxetine. 
2020 March off Fluoxetine 

2020 Oct- nov started deteriorating, followed by severe crash. 2021 Reinstated fluoxetine by small amount, until I reach 9 mg

Tapering 10% every 4-6 weeks and longer holds if necessary 

12/5 2021- 8.5 21/5 8.0 15/6 7.5 20/6 7.2 changed to liquid tapering 10/7  7.0  19/7 6.5 20/8 5.8

 

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christianjw12

Hi guys,

This is the 15 months off report. This month, the main symptoms were:

- fatigue

- intrusive thoughts

- muscle weakness

- brainzaps

 

But these were not too bad, I am confident I will get better and better.

23rd of January 2020 - Started taking Lexapro at 5mg daily.

29th of January 2020 - Upped to 10mg of Lexapro daily.

9th of April 2020 - Reduced to 5mg of Lexapro daily.

23rd of April 2020 - Stopped Lexapro at 5mg daily.

Withdrawal since ~

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Hello @christianjw12,

 

 

thats great news. Hopefully, everything will go better and better until this WD would be in the past:)

 

IF you dont mind that I ask you: have you found something to help you in this time?

 

 

March 2019: 10mg Citalopram

April 2019: 20mg Citalopram

October/November 2019(sorry, I don't remember the exact date): 10mg of Citalopram without tapering, as suggested by my pharmacist. 

March 2020: Started "tapering", taking the 10mg of Citalopram every other day, again, following the recommendations of my pharmacist. 

April 2020: Stopped taking Citalopram.

I haven't reinstall since then. I've tried taking Magnesium a couple of times, but I found out it makes me nervous. I only take Paracetemol when the headache becomes unbearable (2gr every couple of weeks or so). 

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3 minutes ago, almuPA said:

Hello @christianjw12,

 

 

thats great news. Hopefully, everything will go better and better until this WD would be in the past:)

 

IF you dont mind that I ask you: have you found something to help you in this time?

 

 

 

hi @almuPA,

 

I think having a good sleep pattern + eating well do help a lot in mitigating symptoms.

I try to have my routine like eating breakfast with a fruit and a green tea. It does help for me.

23rd of January 2020 - Started taking Lexapro at 5mg daily.

29th of January 2020 - Upped to 10mg of Lexapro daily.

9th of April 2020 - Reduced to 5mg of Lexapro daily.

23rd of April 2020 - Stopped Lexapro at 5mg daily.

Withdrawal since ~

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