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Hi everybody, let me introduce my self im french Canadian (english is my second language)  i been in India for almost a year and decided 4-5 months ago to taper my med(lexapro 20mg) and now i been off for 6 weeks so i dont need to explain how mess up i'am right now. I came to India to a clinic to fix my back and legs, they specialyze in musculoskeletal misaligment. they been encouraging me to stop my med and thats what i did but now i'm very mess up and they dont seem to anderstand what i'm going through. Before i stop completely my pils 6 weeks ago i was working out 2h in the morning and 3 hours at night with a small group but since i stop the med i cant really workout i feel sick and weak i cant barely workout 2-3 times a week very short workout and i feel totaly drain. Since i'm with the clinic my physicals probleme are WAY BETTER so much improvement since i been here but now i feel like i'm falling a part i have so many symptoms from WD i just dont know where to start. i have exreme fatigue even if i sleep much of the afternoon, i have pain everywhere mostly my legs my upper back, neck, headhache, stomach, intestin. I have hypersalivation very annoying ,itchy skin, at night  i feel like i have small bugs craling on me not all the time it come in goes, my memory is gone cant focus, i try to not call people back home that create anxiety. the first few weeks off i had more suicidal thought now way less but its very difficult to control my thoughts and im not to confortable  around people, anyway thats enought complaining for now, i'm glad i found this site now i know must of the symptoms are from WD and im not going insane. 

 

2004-2010 on antidepressant i tried many kind; Paxil 20mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Celexca 20-30mg, Effexor 37.5, Seroquel 200-250mg. Between 2004-2010 i moved a lot and different towns and provinces so i consulted  4-5 doctors and was not really followed by any of them.

2010-2015 off meds cold turkey, I slept for 3-4 months and my mom's basement I don't think I ever really recovered from it. June/2015 I spent 6 weeks in hospital. June2015 to august/2020 back on meds Lexapro20mg, Seroquel 25-50mg, i never really felt well after my hospitalization.

June/2016 detox fasting of 11 days in Thailand, I stop seroquel. 2017 I end up in India for a year and tried a quick taper of 2-3 months, became really unstable, very anxious and depressed so I went back on lexopra20mg. 1/Dec/ 2018 quick taper - Dec/31/2018 off med, Jan/30/2019 reinstate  5mg, 15/april/2019 back on 20mg. 24/oct/2019 back on seroquel 25mg major anxiety. 1/feb/2020 stop seroquel.  April/2020 i start taping to 10mg June/16/ 5mg - july/2020 2.5mg august/2020 till now off med.

 

 

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Welcome to SA, BoomSiva.

 

To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.  Please be sure to include the final dose you took of Lexapro before you stopped and the date of that final dose.

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

 

As you've realized, you're experiencing withdrawal from a too-fast taper of Lexapro.  The symptoms you describe are typical withdrawal symptoms.

 

What is withdrawal syndrome.

 

Daily Checklist of Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms (PDF) 

 

Brain Remodelling 

 

When we take psychiatric medications like Lexapro, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.  

 

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

Reinstatement of a very small dose of the original drug is the only known way to help alleviate withdrawal syndrome.  The only other alternative is to try and wait out the symptoms and manage as best you can until your central nervous system returns to homeostasis.  Unfortunately no one can give you an exact timeline as to when you will start feeling better and while some do recover relatively easily, for others it can take many months or longer.  

 

Reinstatement isn't a guarantee of diminished symptoms for everyone but it's the best tactic available.  You're still in the time period where reinstatement predictably works, up to 3 months after last dose.  We usually suggest a much smaller reinstatement dose than your last dose.  These drugs are strong,  your system has become sensitized and If you take too much it may be too much for your brain and can cause you become unstable.  Then, once you've stabilized on the reinstated dosage, which can take several months,  you can begin a 10% per month taper down to zero.  

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Please read:

 

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- at least the first page of the topic

 

Are you interested in trying reinstatement of a very small dose of Lexapro?  If so, I can suggest a dose to reinstate after you've completed your drug signature with the final dose you took 6 weeks ago.  Please do not reinstate without letting us suggest a dosage.

 

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 your Introduction topic, where you can complete your drug signature, 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.

 

Lorazepam 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020 Begin 6-week Ativan-Valium crossover.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 15mg.  Aug 2016, discovered SA, updosed to 25mg and holding.  Taper is 66% 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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BoomSiva

Thank you Gridley for the links and infos and welcoming me. As you ask I add my signature, I hope it's good enough? Like I mention i'm struggling with WD and i'm trying to figure out this site there is so much information in here and my memory is giving up on me (its been for a long time) what will be the next move for me; keeping my self off med and tough it up or reinstate a small dose to edge down symptoms? Some days I really considering to reinstate and some days i'm convincing my self to keep my self off. Like i mention in my introduction topic i'm in a clinic in India to fix physical problems (partially paralyze legs and back pain) and we do 2h of extreme stretching class every morning  (a mix of aerobe and martial art stretching) and then at night we do some ligament exercise, muscle exercises some kicking and punching.For 20 years i was in so much pain and now my body slowly coming back to normal but since i stop the pils i can barely finish my stretch class and cant think about working out at night.:( 

 this morning i was feeling good but since i start writing this some symptoms start showing up; very tired, headache pain everywhere confusion etc... :wacko: i guess i will comeback to it later

 

2004-2010 on antidepressant i tried many kind; Paxil 20mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Celexca 20-30mg, Effexor 37.5, Seroquel 200-250mg. Between 2004-2010 i moved a lot and different towns and provinces so i consulted  4-5 doctors and was not really followed by any of them.

2010-2015 off meds cold turkey, I slept for 3-4 months and my mom's basement I don't think I ever really recovered from it. June/2015 I spent 6 weeks in hospital. June2015 to august/2020 back on meds Lexapro20mg, Seroquel 25-50mg, i never really felt well after my hospitalization.

June/2016 detox fasting of 11 days in Thailand, I stop seroquel. 2017 I end up in India for a year and tried a quick taper of 2-3 months, became really unstable, very anxious and depressed so I went back on lexopra20mg. 1/Dec/ 2018 quick taper - Dec/31/2018 off med, Jan/30/2019 reinstate  5mg, 15/april/2019 back on 20mg. 24/oct/2019 back on seroquel 25mg major anxiety. 1/feb/2020 stop seroquel.  April/2020 i start taping to 10mg June/16/ 5mg - july/2020 2.5mg august/2020 till now off med.

 

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 1:12 AM, BoomSiva said:

i can barely finish my stretch class

It's normal in withdrawal to have less energy and to find strenuous exercise more difficult than before.

 

Your signature is fine, thank you.

 

Take your time reading the information on the site. There's a lot of material, and it can seem overwhelming.

 

If you decide to reinstate, please let me suggest a dose before you do it.

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.

 

Lorazepam 1 mg 1986-1991 CT, soon reinstated.  CT 2000. RI 1 mg 2011-2016.  Sept. 2016  0.625mg X 3

Nov.27, 2020 Begin 6-week Ativan-Valium crossover.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 15mg.  Aug 2016, discovered SA, updosed to 25mg and holding.  Taper is 66% 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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Hi Gridley, its been a while since I gave news, things are a bit better I been off meds for over 3 months and I have more energie so i been back to my 2h stretch class in the morning and will restart my workout at night this week will see how it goes. Over a month a go i start omega3, vitaminsE and magnesium mix with D3 and  it was helping but I start having stomach pain and gut problem; borderline constipated and bloated, i thought maybe it was the omega 3 so I stop and after 2 -3weeks there was no change so I stop the mix of magnesium and d3 for 3 weeks no much changes. I was wondering if you heard of people having problem with their guts and stomach when taking those vitamins? or maybe its delay symptoms from withdrawing? My main problems are concentration, memory and anxiousness.When i talk i keep looking for my words and can have a normal conversation its like a handicap, it make me very upset. I often wake up around 4am anxious it take me a while to go back to sleep then wake up around 6-7am anxious also so  i'm thinking to start back omega3 and magnesium again but dont want to get my stomach worst? Any thought?

 

2004-2010 on antidepressant i tried many kind; Paxil 20mg, Wellbutrin 100mg, Celexca 20-30mg, Effexor 37.5, Seroquel 200-250mg. Between 2004-2010 i moved a lot and different towns and provinces so i consulted  4-5 doctors and was not really followed by any of them.

2010-2015 off meds cold turkey, I slept for 3-4 months and my mom's basement I don't think I ever really recovered from it. June/2015 I spent 6 weeks in hospital. June2015 to august/2020 back on meds Lexapro20mg, Seroquel 25-50mg, i never really felt well after my hospitalization.

June/2016 detox fasting of 11 days in Thailand, I stop seroquel. 2017 I end up in India for a year and tried a quick taper of 2-3 months, became really unstable, very anxious and depressed so I went back on lexopra20mg. 1/Dec/ 2018 quick taper - Dec/31/2018 off med, Jan/30/2019 reinstate  5mg, 15/april/2019 back on 20mg. 24/oct/2019 back on seroquel 25mg major anxiety. 1/feb/2020 stop seroquel.  April/2020 i start taping to 10mg June/16/ 5mg - july/2020 2.5mg august/2020 till now off med.

 

 

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To find the discussions on the different vitamins etc, use a search engine and add site:survivingantidepressants.org to the search term.

 

There is also this topic:

 

digestive-problems-nausea-diarrhoea-bloating-gerd

 

Also see this list.  Stomach issues are in the right hand column.

 

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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