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After nearly 3 weeks of stopping escitalopram after a relatively long taper , I suffer from restless legs at night, it gives me some anxiety because insomnia was my major panic attack trigger. I really don’t want to go back on the medication so I wondered what helped other restless legs sufferers in the post - withdrawal phase. 

June 2018 2 weeks of lyrica then huge panic attacks. 
June 2018- July 2019 escitalopram 15 mg and Valium 10 m slow taper and stopped both. 

November 2019 : escitalopram 15 mg and valium 10 mg again

december 2020 after slow taper of 6 months stopped  valium at 0,3 mg 

june 2021 after slow taper of 6 months stopped escitalopram at 1 mg
now : nothing 

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Hello Jeannecash,

 

Welcome to this support site. Before we can answer your questions, please give us more information first. 

 

Can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months?  It would be especially helpful to have the details of your drugs in a concise list (no symptoms), only drug names, specific dates (as best you can say for example early March if you don't recall the day) and dosages of each medication decrease or increase.  Please read the link below for instructions.  This will allow us to give you the best guidance.  

 

How to List Drug History in Signature

 

Please inform us especially what you last drug dosis was when you jumped to zero 3 weeks ago.

 

It is very common that withdrawal starts after 2 weeks or more after quitting or after a too strong taper. With escitalopram withdrawal even can start (or worsen) after 3-4 months after a (too) big drop in dosage or stopping.

 

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 0,20

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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Thanks for your reply , I just made my signature. 
I thinks my withdrawal from escitalopram was a bit quick but it’s because after the end of valium, I started having very strong restless legs and I saw on the escitalopram notice that it can be a side effect so I was a bit in a hurry to stop it. 
And now I still have this symptom and it’s my main problem. 

June 2018 2 weeks of lyrica then huge panic attacks. 
June 2018- July 2019 escitalopram 15 mg and Valium 10 m slow taper and stopped both. 

November 2019 : escitalopram 15 mg and valium 10 mg again

december 2020 after slow taper of 6 months stopped  valium at 0,3 mg 

june 2021 after slow taper of 6 months stopped escitalopram at 1 mg
now : nothing 

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1mg escitalopram still gives a very high serotonine receptor occupancy (SERT) around 45%. At 10 mg the SERT is around 80%. So that shows why stopping at 1mg is still a very big jump to zero!

 

This may cause withdrawal effects and they may worsen (don't have to) over a period of months. So be careful what happens. Maybe reinstating a dose less than 1 mg would be appropriate if WD would worsen (let's hope not).

 

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 0,20

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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Ok , i didn’t realize that.
My psychiatrist thinks I am a “ difficult patient “ and told me nobody has had problem stopping after 2 weeks at 5 mg every other day. 

I really hope I don’t have to take it again , let’s see. 
And for the restless legs does anybody has a “ trick “ to lessen it ?

June 2018 2 weeks of lyrica then huge panic attacks. 
June 2018- July 2019 escitalopram 15 mg and Valium 10 m slow taper and stopped both. 

November 2019 : escitalopram 15 mg and valium 10 mg again

december 2020 after slow taper of 6 months stopped  valium at 0,3 mg 

june 2021 after slow taper of 6 months stopped escitalopram at 1 mg
now : nothing 

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Your psychiatrist seems to think and act like most of them. They nearly all say withdrawal does not exist and they call it nearly always relapse when a patient shows WD effects. So they put patients on medication again. Going on and off meds, changing dosages and meds make everything worse. You just have to look around on this website to get an idea what is going on....

 

I cannot help you specifically with the restless legs. I guess it is a WD effect. If that is all you experience, you are very very lucky. If WD does not become worse, I suggest you give it time. Time heals WD effects!

1993    Anafranil (Clomipramine) for a few months. Later in 1993 Paxil for a few months 1993- 2006      No medication

2006   Effexor, Cymbalta, some Benzo’s. All for short periods. Later in 2006 Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg and shortly after Wellbutrin XR 150mg, against side effects Lexapro 

Since 2006 until end of 2015: Several times on and off Lexapro and Wellbutrin and several slight dosage changes. Mostly taken dosages: 5mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin

2016  Dosage change Lexapro from 5mg to 2,5 mg. Wellbutrin stayed om 150mg

November 2016 – April 2017 Down from 2,5mg to 0,6mg Lexapro (in steps) without much problems. Wellbutrin down from 150mg to 66mg. Also without much problems.

April 2017 – March 2019       Lexapro 0,6 mg        April 2017 - August 2018       Wellbutrin in small steps down from 66mg in to 37,5 mg . Quite heavy WD after each step.

March 2019 – May 2019 Lexapro down from 0,6 to 0,3mg then Prozac to 0,6 mg switch because severe discontinuation effects (may also have been from Wellbutrin..)    

Wellbutrin down from 37,5mg to 35,3mg 

October 2019        Seroquel 12,5 mg for 4 weeks because of extreme sleeping problems, then weaning off in 2 weeks       Prozac up dosage to 1,2 mg

March 2020     Wellbutrin in 2 steps down from 35,3mg to 33,3mg   Extreme withdrawal affects during 8 months. Stopped tapering Wellbutrin  until total off Prozac. 

February 2020 – November 2020   Prozac down in steps from 1,2mg to 0,57mg. 

Jan 2021  Prozac down to:  0,55> 0,53>0,51mg,   Feb 0,47mg ,  Mar 0,42mg,   Apr 0,37, longer hold because of WD symptoms July 0,36 and hold again, Sept 19 0,35, Sept 26 0,34mg, Oct 3 0,33mg  

January 20, 2022:  Wellbutrin from 33,3 to 32,3mg

March 22, 2022 Prozac down from 0,33mg to: 0,30mg, Apr 0,29, May 0,28, 0,27, June 0,26, 0,25, July 0,24, 0,23, 0,22, 0,21, Aug 0,20

 

Supplements: Fish Oil (3000mg), Magnesium 100 mg, 2 drops of Lavender Oil when feeling anxiety. 50mg of L-Theanine when severe discontinuation effects caused by Wellbutrin

 

Please note this is NOT a medical advice. Discuss all your medical issues with a doctor who understands psychical drugs and really knows how to withdraw from them. I wish that you will find one.

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Welcome, Jeanne.

 

Did you get withdrawal symptoms while you were tapering? When did the restless legs start?

 

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/

 

Magnesium in particular, taken in small doses throughout the day, is good for restless legs, as is stretching. You might try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.

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

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Hello 

The  restless legs started as soon as I stopped Valium and it went on all the way through my tapering. 

I’ve just  started omega 3 and magnesium after reading some topics on this forum. 
I’ve also stopped taking vit b  because I’ve read here that it might to stimulant for my brain. 

 

thanks 

June 2018 2 weeks of lyrica then huge panic attacks. 
June 2018- July 2019 escitalopram 15 mg and Valium 10 m slow taper and stopped both. 

November 2019 : escitalopram 15 mg and valium 10 mg again

december 2020 after slow taper of 6 months stopped  valium at 0,3 mg 

june 2021 after slow taper of 6 months stopped escitalopram at 1 mg
now : nothing 

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Hello

I think it’s interesting to know that my restless legs stopped as soon as I stopped taking my vit b supplement, really amazing. This supplement was specifically for stress !!!


But a month now with 0 meds I still have quite a bit of insomnia and anxiety when I don’t sleep. 
 

Thanks again because it’s on this forum that I found this vit b info. 
 

June 2018 2 weeks of lyrica then huge panic attacks. 
June 2018- July 2019 escitalopram 15 mg and Valium 10 m slow taper and stopped both. 

November 2019 : escitalopram 15 mg and valium 10 mg again

december 2020 after slow taper of 6 months stopped  valium at 0,3 mg 

june 2021 after slow taper of 6 months stopped escitalopram at 1 mg
now : nothing 

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