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Hi, as first I am no 6 months off of escitalopram. But must say it is very hard. I was on it for 4 years until January 2020 when I was on 10mg for about 1 year. Suddenly became extrasistoles and decided to increase with the Dr to 5mg.but it was not good. I filled worst mentally as on 10,but gone until may 2020 and dropped to 2,5mg for an week, when gone off. I couldn't hold it with extrasistoles. Since then have no medical taken, not even diasepam. Today, almost 7 months off of escitalopram I would say heart rate is normal(60,65),blood pressure 120/80 most of time, but my body is burning. Inside tremor, not visible. Changing the weather maks me very filing like I am dying. So is there any suggestions hiw to get over this period. Hiw long will this going. I mean it must be some point where everything will stop. 

My problem was gen anxiety. No depression. Only panic attacks. 

Thanks

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Hello Brainobrain2, 

 

and welcome to SA.

 

This site is run entirely by volunteer Administrators and Moderators, all have been through or going through withdrawal.

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I am sorry you are having such a rough time.

 

On 1/7/2021 at 8:09 PM, Brainobrain2 said:

 Today, almost 7 months off of escitalopram I would say heart rate is normal(60,65),blood pressure 120/80 most of time

I'm glad to read that you've seen these improvments.

 

On 1/7/2021 at 8:09 PM, Brainobrain2 said:

but my body is burning. Inside tremor, not visible.

These are common Witdrawal symptoms : it may takes time but things does get better.

 

This might help you to understand what is happening 

When we take psychiatric medications, 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.  

 

These explain the healing process really well :

 

 

 

On 1/7/2021 at 8:09 PM, Brainobrain2 said:

 Hiw long will this going. I mean it must be some point where everything will stop. 

Yes people tend to get better and to heal, you might find comfort in our Success Stories

 

success-stories-recovery-from-withdrawal

 

This thread might also help you understand the healing process

 

are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take

 

On 1/7/2021 at 8:09 PM, Brainobrain2 said:

 So is there any suggestions hiw to get over this period.

 

SA only recommands two supplements to help the CNS in his healing functions : if you do give it a try, please try one at a time and at a low dose to see how it affects you.

 

magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker

 

king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil

 

--> I know we are asking you a lot while unwell, but to help us give you the most accurate advice we can, and to see all your drug history at a glance, could you please create a signature ?

Please include drugs, doses, dates, discontinuations, reinstatements. Also include supplements.

 

Again, welcome.

 

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2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper

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

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

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Welcome, @Brainobrain2

 

It sounds like you have protracted withdrawal from going off escitalopram, which is known to cause cardiac issues.

 

On 1/7/2021 at 11:09 AM, Brainobrain2 said:

Today, almost 7 months off of escitalopram I would say heart rate is normal(60,65),blood pressure 120/80 most of time, but my body is burning. Inside tremor, not visible.

 

How have your symptoms changed over the last 7 months?

 

Many people find fish oil and magnesium supplements helpful, see
https://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/36-king-of-supplements-omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil/
https://survivingantidepressants.org/topic/15483-magnesium-natures-calcium-channel-blocker/

 

You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.

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Titled:  6 months off escitalopram

 

Well hier am I, 6 months off of lexapro. I survived until now. One think I am not sure is, after 6 months I am (in waves dayli,) still have some how depressed feeling. Thoughs are not clear, changing the weather makes me lots priblems(fear, dizziness unusual which brings the anxiety i higher level). But what I fear is I never been like this. In my full power panic attacks had good mood. Now my mood is terrible. Can this led me in depression (been yesterday at Dr, he sad no signs of it.) which is true, have no problems with standing up mornings, no prob at work. But the mood is big problem. And that's all happening  just about new year time(so after 3,4 months after going off). Lost interest on lot of things, especially photography which was my best hobby. Now I haven't taken the camera for 6 months. The first 3,4 months had those brain zips, crying, no ideas,my body was burning especially after 5 pm every day. Now it's seem like that burning is gone, but the mood is biggest problem. I don't know if I can make it. The heat is good, 62,65,70 rate, blood pressure 120/80, so there is no relapse. Have no attacks any more. Have particularly fear of going again on the drug, fear of life about my kids (16 and 13).i always was worrior. Now. Is it possible an feeling that started 4,5 months after going off. 

I don't know, until next time. 

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Hi there, just wanted to ask when off of lexapro for 6 months, is it normal to steel have anx, fear of memory's from all bad stuff happens in past, fear of going again on ad, which brings slightly tha anx. 

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Hi Brainobrain2, and welcome, @Brainobrain2

I found a couple of your posts and then moved them back here, to your main Introduction topic.  And this is a good place for you to post any questions too.  Right here in your Introduction topic.  This way your information is all together in one place, and it helps keep things in context.

 

And then:  Please summarize your withdrawal history in your signature

Just go to ^ link, and it explains about this, what we like to see, and then there is a link there that will take you to where to do your signature

And don't forget to hit the Save button when you are done.

 

9 hours ago, Brainobrain2 said:

One think I am not sure is, after 6 months I am (in waves dayli,) still have some how depressed feeling. Thoughs are not clear, changing the weather makes me lots priblems(fear, dizziness unusual which brings the anxiety i higher level). But what I fear is I never been like this. In my full power panic attacks had good mood. Now my mood is terrible. Can this led me in depression (been yesterday at Dr, he sad no signs of it.) which is true, have no problems with standing up mornings, no prob at work. But the mood is big problem. And that's all happening  just about new year time(so after 3,4 months after going off). Lost interest on lot of things, especially photography which was my best hobby. Now I haven't taken the camera for 6 months. The first 3,4 months had those brain zips, crying, no ideas,my body was burning especially after 5 pm every day. Now it's seem like that burning is gone, but the mood is biggest problem. I don't know if I can make it. The heat is good, 62,65,70 rate, blood pressure 120/80, so there is no relapse. Have no attacks any more. Have particularly fear of going again on the drug, fear of life about my kids (16 and 13).i always was worrior. Now. Is it possible an feeling that started 4,5 months after going off. 

 

2 hours ago, Brainobrain2 said:

is it normal to steel have anx, fear of memory's from all bad stuff happens in past, fear of going again on ad, which brings slightly tha anx. 

 

And oh Brainobrain, yes, it is or can be pretty normal in WD(withdrawal) to feel all these things.  On the positive, it sounds like you are doing really well......with going to work, no dizziness, etc.

 

We often call the mood stuff:  Neuroemotions

And yes, they can be extreme, yet not really reflective of what your normal state will be, once recovered or healed a bit more from the drug(s).

And so glad your heart is doing well.

 

And a couple other topics you might relate to:

Apathy, Anhedonia......

Health anxiety, hypochondria, and obsession with symptoms

this one ^, may speak to the worry thoughts that you mention

 

And then we do advocate a lot for non-drug coping here.  So many things you can do, to help:

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

there is a whole indexed list in the first post ^, or various practices or things you might try

 

And best, Brainobrain2.  Do please take a look at the signature link, up above, and give that a try too.  That way we have an idea of your history, wherever you post on the site.  The signature is the section that you'll see under other members posts.

 

Thank you.  And Best.

 

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

manymoretodays(mmt)

 

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Brainobrain2

Hi, I am now 6 months off of lexapro. What I have seen in the last 25 days is I got insomnia, my hearth goes up to 80,85 in the mornings and maybe last all day. If I sit down goes to 75.sleeping goes to 55-60.i list 6 kg in thus period. Still have body Tremors, have some strange smell which makes me panic. Have clear mind, mood is still problem. I am so afraid of going back to ssri. Can somebody tell something about those things. And maybe what to exercise as a plan, what kind of exercise. 

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Welcome to SA, Brainobrain2.

 

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 sure include your original dose of Lexapro, how fast you stopped it (did you taper it it or stop cold turkey?) and how soon did you notice symptoms. Use this link:

 

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We recommend tapering no faster than 10% of your current dose every four weeks.  Going faster puts you at risk of withdrawal symptoms.  Withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person and sometimes they can be delayed. Body tremors, insomnia, smell issues and mood issues are typical in antidepressant withdrawal.  Heart and heart rate issues are also common in withdrawal.  

Irregular heartbeats, palpitations, tachycardia, bradycardia ...

We aren't doctors and can't diagnose your heart issues.  If you are concerned, you should consult a doctor.

 

Regarding going back on an SSRI, we are a site for going off psychiatric drugs and are here to provide you with information.  The decision of whether to go back on an SSRI would have to be your own.

 

So that you have a better understanding of withdrawal and the healing process, here are some helpful links. 

 

 

 

 

When we take psychiatric medications, 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.  

 

These explain the healing process really well.

 

 

 

Regarding exercise, we recommend gentle exercise, as strenuous exercise can put extra stress on an already sensitized system.  A 30-minute walk in nature (if possible) would be good.  We recommend avoiding caffeine, alcohol and foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is contained in many processed foods.  Sugar can be very activating (stimulating) and is best avoided as much as possible.  You will heal but unfortunately it's not possible to predict how long it will take.  Withdrawal symptoms at 6 months are common. The brain has a remarkable ability to heal itself, known as neroplasticity, and you will recover from the Lexapro.  As far as a general plan, I'd recommend you take good care of your health and be gentle with yourself.

 

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. 

 

 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. Get supplements that ae single ingredient (not mixed with other types of supplements).

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover + change to one 18.75mg dose, w/1 month hold.

Feb. 9, 2021, begin 10% every 4 weeks taper.  Current dose as of April 10: 13mgai.  Taper is 31% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan. 2016 began every 3-weeks 10% taper, down to 16mgai (44mgpw).  Aug 2016, discovered SA, holding at 16mg.  Taper is 78% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega, 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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Yesyes123

How long were you on it?

July 2015 - Started Escitalopram 10mg (Lexapro) at age 15. Took it everyday until July 2020 (5 Years)

July 2020 - Turned 21 started tapering off until August (TOO FAST TAPER/ ALMOST SAME AS COLD TURKEY)

August 2020 -  Clear Manic episode (nothing absurd or life threatening)

September 2020 - Start feeling a bit weird

October 2020 - Crashed. The absolute worst time of my life. 

Late October 2020 - Reinstated Escitalopram 10mg. Perscribed Antipsychotics (Lithium, Seroquel) REFUSED

Early November 2020 - Psychiatrist wrongly upped the dosage to 15mg. Still taking 15mg / day as of today. 

 

22 January 2021: 

Beginning to stabilize on 15mg/day Escitalopram (Lexapro) 🧠

Taking 25mg Magnesium Citrate 4x per day / 2000mg Vitamin C Prolonged Release + Kiwis + Fresh Fruit / Salmon everyday for Omega3 Fatty Acids

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Brainobrain2
10 minutes ago, Yesyes123 said:

How long were you on it?

4 years.i go off of it in august 2020.

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Kingfisher86

@Brainobrain2 

We are in a very similar situation. I stopped Lexapro in August 2020 too. I was on it for 3 yrs. 

 

My physical symptoms are mostly gone, still dealing with the anxiety.

 

Welcome to SA.

 

p.s. We are neighbours👋🏻

 

July 19th 2017—July 2018: 10 mg Escitalopram

August 2018— June 2020: 5 mg Escitalopram

 

Tapering started:

June 2020—1st of August.

Lowest dose was 5 mg (5 mg every second day for a couple of weeks, then 5 mg twice a week for a couple of weeks, and lastly 5 mg once a week until I stopped)

Drug free: August 1st, 2020

 

I was on 500mg Metformin for PCOS for the last two years. Stopped on 7th of August 2020.

 

Supplements:

Magnesium citrate 2x200 mg, Vitamin C 3x1000 mg, Omega3 – 3x1000 mg, Zinc 5mg.

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Brainobrain2

what kind of physical symptoms did you have until now.i have now anx.sweating nights,insomnia,cant sleep.maybe cup of hours of night.have fear to go again on antidepressants. 

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@Brainobrain2

You can read about my journey and symptoms here

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23475-kingfisher86-i-think-i-tapered-off-lexapro-too-fast-almost-9-weeks-ago/

But I had typical withdrawal symptoms: nausea, brain zaps, adrenaline spikes in the mornings, uncomfortable vibrations through the whole body, feeling of being electrocuted, restlessness, headache, anhedonia, body aches, insomnia...

 

6 months off is big accomplishment. Did you notice even little improvements during that time?

 

I went off Lexapro very fast, in two months time, so that made things harder for me.

How long did it take for you to go off Lexapro?

 

Moderator Gridley gave you some great links to read, if you didn’t already.

The more I learned about healing proccess, the easier got for me to deal with painful symptoms.

 

How is your diet? Great that you have interest in exercising👌🏼

July 19th 2017—July 2018: 10 mg Escitalopram

August 2018— June 2020: 5 mg Escitalopram

 

Tapering started:

June 2020—1st of August.

Lowest dose was 5 mg (5 mg every second day for a couple of weeks, then 5 mg twice a week for a couple of weeks, and lastly 5 mg once a week until I stopped)

Drug free: August 1st, 2020

 

I was on 500mg Metformin for PCOS for the last two years. Stopped on 7th of August 2020.

 

Supplements:

Magnesium citrate 2x200 mg, Vitamin C 3x1000 mg, Omega3 – 3x1000 mg, Zinc 5mg.

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12 hours ago, Kingfisher86 said:

@Brainobrain2

You can read about my journey and symptoms here

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/23475-kingfisher86-i-think-i-tapered-off-lexapro-too-fast-almost-9-weeks-ago/

But I had typical withdrawal symptoms: nausea, brain zaps, adrenaline spikes in the mornings, uncomfortable vibrations through the whole body, feeling of being electrocuted, restlessness, headache, anhedonia, body aches, insomnia...

 

6 months off is big accomplishment. Did you notice even little improvements during that time?

 

I went off Lexapro very fast, in two months time, so that made things harder for me.

How long did it take for you to go off Lexapro?

 

Moderator Gridley gave you some great links to read, if you didn’t already.

The more I learned about healing proccess, the easier got for me to deal with painful symptoms.

 

How is your diet? Great that you have interest in exercising👌🏼

HI, I am from Skopje, as info. OK I went down from 10 to 5mg in February 2020 and stayed until mid of July. Then went 2,5 for 12 days and that was it. In the beginning was fine, but I must say all your symptoms, I had them little later. Brain zips was fine and gone very fast. Anhedonia, brain fog, depresed was in end of December begging January. Went very fast, maybe 15 days. And then baaaam. Insomnia last 20 days, sweating during the night, adrenalin all day, I lost 6 kg in those 20 days. I do have apetit, eat everything. Blood test is OK. But I can't sleep. I have clear mind, mood up, down. But the only thing is losing kg, why I don't know, and insomnia. If I put them on the side, then will be better. A, and shaking body, strange sensations by weather changes. 

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Hi Skoplje!


You did go pretty fast. You went from 10mg to 5mg in one month. Luckly you holded for a few month at 5mg. I did the same jump from 10-5 mg but I holded 5 mg for two years. I was lazy to get of Lexapro. I did not know the concequences.

Then jump from 5-2.5 mg in 12 days. These jumps are the reasons why we feel withdrawal symptoms☹️ Brain and nervous system did not have time to adjust working without drugs.
 

And on the side did you know that Lexapro is a very strong (potent) drug even though it is “just” 5 mg. I did know this and was very surprised.

 

If you search this site for insomnia, you will find some tips and suggestions to help you deal with it.

 

Some of the symptoms I mentioned went away pretty fast for me. I can see it is the same with you. This is how it was with me:


Physical Symptoms that went away first: brain zaps, adrenaline/cortisol spikes in the mornings, feeling of being electrocuted, restlessness, insomnia (2-4 hrs if sleep)

 

Physical Symptoms that went away second: bad nausea, uncomfortable vibrations through the whole body, headache, anhedonia, body aches, insomnia (6 hrs of sleep like a clockwork)...

 

Physical Symptoms I still have frombtime to time: nausea,  body aches, some vibrations of the body...

 

Anxiety and depression improved a lot. But anxiety is something I struggle with.

Seems like we reveresed. Symptoms I had in the beginning you have now. 
I sleep very well now, hope you will too soon.

 

Because we are all so different, it is hard to predict how long this recovery is going to take. But it is happening!☀️Looking back 6 months I had some major improvements. Symptoms I had because I quit Lexapro are far worse  than the ones I had before I took the drug. 

 

July 19th 2017—July 2018: 10 mg Escitalopram

August 2018— June 2020: 5 mg Escitalopram

 

Tapering started:

June 2020—1st of August.

Lowest dose was 5 mg (5 mg every second day for a couple of weeks, then 5 mg twice a week for a couple of weeks, and lastly 5 mg once a week until I stopped)

Drug free: August 1st, 2020

 

I was on 500mg Metformin for PCOS for the last two years. Stopped on 7th of August 2020.

 

Supplements:

Magnesium citrate 2x200 mg, Vitamin C 3x1000 mg, Omega3 – 3x1000 mg, Zinc 5mg.

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Brainobrain2
27 minutes ago, Kingfisher86 said:

Hi Skoplje!


You did go pretty fast. You went from 10mg to 5mg in one month. Luckly you holded for a few month at 5mg. I did the same jump from 10-5 mg but I holded 5 mg for two years. I was lazy to get of Lexapro. I did not know the concequences.

Then jump from 5-2.5 mg in 12 days. These jumps are the reasons why we feel withdrawal symptoms☹️ Brain and nervous system did not have time to adjust working without drugs.
 

And on the side did you know that Lexapro is a very strong (potent) drug even though it is “just” 5 mg. I did know this and was very surprised.

 

If you search this site for insomnia, you will find some tips and suggestions to help you deal with it.

 

Some of the symptoms I mentioned went away pretty fast for me. I can see it is the same with you. This is how it was with me:


Physical Symptoms that went away first: brain zaps, adrenaline/cortisol spikes in the mornings, feeling of being electrocuted, restlessness, insomnia (2-4 hrs if sleep)

 

Physical Symptoms that went away second: bad nausea, uncomfortable vibrations through the whole body, headache, anhedonia, body aches, insomnia (6 hrs of sleep like a clockwork)...

 

Physical Symptoms I still have frombtime to time: nausea,  body aches, some vibrations of the body...

 

Anxiety and depression improved a lot. But anxiety is something I struggle with.

Seems like we reveresed. Symptoms I had in the beginning you have now. 
I sleep very well now, hope you will too soon.

 

Because we are all so different, it is hard to predict how long this recovery is going to take. But it is happening!☀️Looking back 6 months I had some major improvements. Symptoms I had because I quit Lexapro are far worse  than the ones I had before I took the drug. 

 

Look now. I now have all your symptoms you had written at your post, adrenalin, restlessness, insomnia vibrations I the whole body. But the insomnia and restlessness are problem. Do you lost kg in time when you had insomnia and restlessness 

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Kingfisher86

Yeah, 6 months in, now you have symptoms I had in the beginning. Encouraging thing is my symptoms passed.

 

I lost around 5 kg from nausea! I did not feel hungry and sometimes I couldn’t eat.

 

During that time I could only eat lentils (sočivo). I made my self eat tiny meals.  

 

July 19th 2017—July 2018: 10 mg Escitalopram

August 2018— June 2020: 5 mg Escitalopram

 

Tapering started:

June 2020—1st of August.

Lowest dose was 5 mg (5 mg every second day for a couple of weeks, then 5 mg twice a week for a couple of weeks, and lastly 5 mg once a week until I stopped)

Drug free: August 1st, 2020

 

I was on 500mg Metformin for PCOS for the last two years. Stopped on 7th of August 2020.

 

Supplements:

Magnesium citrate 2x200 mg, Vitamin C 3x1000 mg, Omega3 – 3x1000 mg, Zinc 5mg.

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19 minutes ago, Kingfisher86 said:

Yeah, 6 months in, now you have symptoms I had in the beginning. Encouraging thing is my symptoms passed.

 

I lost around 5 kg from nausea! I did not feel hungry and sometimes I couldn’t eat.

 

During that time I could only eat lentils (sočivo). I made my self eat tiny meals.  

 

That's the problem. In the last 20 days I lost 5,6 kg during insomnia, and restlessness. That's something which make me nervous, bring my anx up. No end man. I don't know what to do. 

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Kingfisher86

If you had some kgs to lose before, it shouldn’t be so alarming but if you are a lean person like myself then losing 5 kg is a big deal. Made me look sicker. More important, body needs fuel to function.

 

I can only tell you what helped me.

If I couldn’t eat, I would make myself eat a little bit. Even few bites. I would do this throughout the day. 

Sometimes nutritious shakes would help if I did not feel like chewing.

 

It is very “normal” for withdrawal to have these issues. So don’t feel alone or like this should be a reason to be more anxious. It is not pleasant but people have overcame it.

 

 

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July 19th 2017—July 2018: 10 mg Escitalopram

August 2018— June 2020: 5 mg Escitalopram

 

Tapering started:

June 2020—1st of August.

Lowest dose was 5 mg (5 mg every second day for a couple of weeks, then 5 mg twice a week for a couple of weeks, and lastly 5 mg once a week until I stopped)

Drug free: August 1st, 2020

 

I was on 500mg Metformin for PCOS for the last two years. Stopped on 7th of August 2020.

 

Supplements:

Magnesium citrate 2x200 mg, Vitamin C 3x1000 mg, Omega3 – 3x1000 mg, Zinc 5mg.

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Please create your drug signature so that your drug history can be seen at a glance whenever you post.  It also makes it easier for members to see what drugs you are on and/or have taken in the past when you post outside of your Introduction topic.  Thank you.

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

ADs since ~1992:  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 

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

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

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manymoretodays

(Mod note:  merged Introduction topics)

 

Hi Brainobrain2,  This is your main Introduction topic, started on the 7th of January. 

We like to keep members to just one "Introduction topic" as it keeps all of your information in one, place, and saves us repeating ourselves, if something has been already addressed here.

 

Thankyou.

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Brainobrain2

OK, hier are the things. Since month ago have insomnia, lost weight prob 8 kg, heart rate is gon up to 85 all day, after 18 pm, starts to fall to 65,in sleep is 55.lots of sweat when driving cycle home. Mood problems, fear of going again on antidepressants, fear of why I am loosing such kg. Maybe is my regular weight which I forgot how looked 4 years ago. Body shacking, maybe not like 4 months ago. 

Mornings have those cortisone shock, suddenly rapid heart up to 95-100,.

So have no idea what's going on. Crazy thing. What botheres me is if I go to Dr psyho, what to say him. Have no panic attack, all lab tests are OK, have no special high anx except those about losing kg in about 40 days togeder with insomnia. 

Crazy. 

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  • Moderator Emeritus
ChessieCat

Please do not create any more new Introduction topics.  Manymoretodays has already merged another new introduction topic with your original one.

 

Only 1 introduction topic per member which keeps your history in one place and means you do not have to repeat yourself.  It is the best place to ask questions about your own situation and where you can journal your progress and post updates.

 

Please also, as requested, create your drug signature.  This will allow staff and members to see your drug history at a glance:

 

Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature

 

This is your introduction topic:

 

brainobrain2-help-surviving-after-ad-escitalopram

NEW!!!     INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder    NEW!!! 

 

Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from 17 Apr 2021:  Pristiq 0.2665mg  now holding each dose for 3 weeks

ADs since ~1992:  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 

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

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

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Altostrata

Please put updates and questions about your symptoms in this topic.

 

To help us out, follow these instructions Please put your drug and withdrawal history in your signature You may need to use a computer to do this.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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