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Hello all.


I am currently at Escitalopram, 2.5mg/day and Seroquel, 6.25mg/day. Any idea or link to a guide on how to taper this? How do I cut the tablets when they're already too little? If in liquid form, any link in this forum on how to do this.


Thank you for all your help. You're all doing God's work.

Since 3+ years ago, Im just on maintenance drugs of 1.25 mg Jovia (Escitalopram) and 3.25 mg Serotia (Quitipine)


Feb 28 2021 to March 15, 2021, 2.25mg Jovia and 6.25 Serotia

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Hi, Richard.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. 


What time(s) of the day do you take each of these drugs? Is the Seroquel used to help with sleep?


If the Seroquel is used for sleep, you'll likely want to taper it last, as sleep should be a priority. Please see: 


Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


Please note that escitalopram is a VERY potent drug, so please don't let the low dose trick you. Go slow and you'll be okay. 


Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro)


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  • Shep changed the title to Richard2: Hello. New here. My name is Richard.

Hello Shep,


I take Jovia (generic of Lexapro) morning, then Quitipine 10 mins before bed for sleep. Yes, Quitipine is big sleep helper, but I tried quitting my 5mg Jovia for a month since we thought I can handle the depression and but not the quitipine since we thought it was for the sleep, but I got insomnia for 3 days. So we got back to it again at 5mg, then for almost a year or so, just 2.5/1.25mg intermittently with 3.25 (or 1/8 tablet) quitipine and ive been stable with that for at least 1+ years.


My issue now is: I dont think we have liquid form here in the Philippines, and the saline solution tablet mixture seems too complicated since we need to use another liquid chemical, right? Is it possible to go lower by taking the meds every other day? or maybe skip once a day per week for months?

Since 3+ years ago, Im just on maintenance drugs of 1.25 mg Jovia (Escitalopram) and 3.25 mg Serotia (Quitipine)


Feb 28 2021 to March 15, 2021, 2.25mg Jovia and 6.25 Serotia

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16 hours ago, richard2 said:

2.5/1.25mg intermittently


Hello, richard. What does this mean? You were taking 2.5/1.25mg citalopram intermittently? What do you mean by "intermittently"?


Making your own liquid involves plain water, not saline.



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Hi Altostrata,


For over a year, I sometimes forget to track whether it is 1/4 or 1/8 tablet, which was a mistake, but I only did that because it didnt appear like it made a difference, so that was what is meant by intermittently.


For 3 years or so, I am just at 1.25/2.5 esci nd 3.25 quitipine. 


Before Feb 27 it was like that, but since Feb 27, I got an ear infection tinnitus that to cope with it, we had to turn our tablets back to 1/2 tablet, which is 2.5/6.5. And then 1 wk later, we are now back at 1/8 and 1/8.


So how do I dissolve the Lexapro and Quitipine, just add water into it and then measure?

Since 3+ years ago, Im just on maintenance drugs of 1.25 mg Jovia (Escitalopram) and 3.25 mg Serotia (Quitipine)


Feb 28 2021 to March 15, 2021, 2.25mg Jovia and 6.25 Serotia

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