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ipuka

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Hi everybody,

 

First post and new member.

 

I wanted to thank all of you for all the support and useful information provided on this site.

 

I was put on Lexapro early last year, starting at 5,10,15, and 20 mg within 3 week. Side effects were horrendous for over a month. Came back down to 10mg after seeing a new doctor. Was also given Lunesta for sleep (2 mg), and ativan (.5 mg) as needed.

Tried to taper off 3-4 times (on my own - foolishly), not knowing fully how powerful this drug is. I tried to tapper off too quickly, only to have a slew of WD symptoms, which made me go back to 10 mg.

 

Finding this website was a Godsend!

Your experiences, knowledge, and continuous updates provide the type of support that is very hard to find out there.

 

I am starting the tapering process. I have made  changes in my life such as getting back to being more physically and socially active, nutrition, therapy.

 

I am happy to say that I have not used Ativan for at least 5-6 months. I hardly use Lunesta - maybe once a month or so when I need to get a good night sleep.

Things have definitely been improving.

 

I have downloaded the tapering spreadsheet, and will be using the microdose approach as I am very sensitive to medicine.

 

Thanks again,

Al

 

 

Edited by Gridley

January 2021 - .5 mg Lexapro

September 2010 - 7.5 mg Lexapro.

 

February 2019 - 10 mg Lexapro. Attempted tapering off 3-4 times (before finding this site).

April 2019 - Lorazepam .5 mg as needed (rarely used). CT March 2020

 

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Welcome to SA, ipuka.  I'm glad you found this website.  It's very good you're here at the beginning if your taper.  

 

To start, could you summarize you medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  We need basically the information in your post, with dates added for dose changes and when you tapered before.

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

 

Here's the link for the microtaper you're starting.

 

Micro-taper instead of 10% or 5% decreases

 

This link is specifically about tapering Lexapro, including how to get the small, non-standard doses you'll need for your microtaper.

 

Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro)

 

We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, 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) 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. This is particularly applicable to you since you're sensitive to medicines and possibly supplements.

 

This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.

 

 

 

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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Thank you, Gridley.

 

I see you are almost done with Lexapro! Awesome!

January 2021 - .5 mg Lexapro

September 2010 - 7.5 mg Lexapro.

 

February 2019 - 10 mg Lexapro. Attempted tapering off 3-4 times (before finding this site).

April 2019 - Lorazepam .5 mg as needed (rarely used). CT March 2020

 

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34 minutes ago, ipuka said:

Awesome!

Thanks, ipuka.  Just a little ways to go.  You'll get there too.

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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