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Hi, I am 18 and have been on Lexapro for 12 months.  I tried to come off about 5 months ago, but now reading this site, i realized i didnt taper/went too fast. (it was what my doctor told me to do).

the main reason i want to stop lexapro is it makes me very tired.

i saw a different doctor today who practices more integrative medicine.  She suggested I consider medicinal cannabis to help 'mask' the symptoms of Lexapro as i slowly taper off over a 10 month period (0.5 MG every 2 weeks).

She is a a trained psychiatrist and can prescribe it legally.

does anyone have experiences, positive or negative, in using cannabis under guidance from to taper off lexapro?  is it something i should try?

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Welcome to SA, raddy.


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.  Be sure to include the dosage you're on.


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Here's a link so you can see the reaction of others in withdrawal to cannabis.

Cannabis, marijuana, hashish, THC, & CBD or Hemp oil ...

I don't know what dosage you're on, but very likely ten months to taper to zero is not a slow taper and is much faster than we recommend.  We recommend tapering no more than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


It's much better to taper by percentage rather than an unvarying straight drop.  Decreasing by a straight .5mg  accelerates the amount that you  would be decreasing each time, making it rougher and rougher with each drop. Decreasing by a percentage however decelerates the amount of each drop and makes things gentler on your system.


This link explains how to get the nonstandard doses of Lexapro you'll need for a taper.  SA recommends using a liquid to taper as it's easy and accurate.  If liquid Lexapro isn't available in Australia, the link explains how to make your own liquid suspension.


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 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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