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Hello to everyone. First of all sorry for my bad English cause I am Greek living in Greece. I am female 34 years old and i am taking ssris since 17 years old. They told me i have ocd. The last year i change the kind of ssri (i was taking flouvoxamine and now i am taking escitalopram) with terrible withdrawal syndrome from my first ssri. Now my ocd does not affect me and i want to get rid these drugs. Do you think is it possible after so many years? In greece doctors prescrive ssris but they dont say how to quit. Thank you. 

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1.2003-2006 :Flouvoxamine 100mg 2.2006-2008 :nothing                        3. 2009-2015 :Flouvoxamine 200mg  4.2016-2020: Flouvoxamine 100mg 5.2021 :Flouvoxamine 50mg withdrawal syndrome for 3 months, Flouvoxamine 100 and prozac 10mg =didnt work                            6.December 2021 escitalopram 20mg and then 15mg August 2021 escitalopram 10mg

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Dear @Kassious,

Welcome to SA.

 

To get you started and to give you pertinent information, could you summarize your medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements in a list format.  

 

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.

 

You ask,

On 8/29/2021 at 2:50 PM, Kassious said:

i want to get rid these drugs. Do you think is it possible after so many years?

Yes, you can get off these drugs, but very, very slowly.  We suggest reducing by no more than 10% of the current dose every 4 weeks.  This reduces the risk of withdrawal symptoms arising.  Here are links that explain how to do it:

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?  (The general philosophy of gradual tapering)

The slowness of slow tapers

Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro) 

 

On 8/29/2021 at 2:50 PM, Kassious said:

doctors prescrive ssris but they dont say how to quit.

This is so true everywhere!  I include this link if it's useful:

How to talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?

 

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the site.  This is your Introduction site where you can ask questions and connect with other members.

I'm glad you've found us. 

Arbor

 

Zoloft: 1995 - 2015

Prozac: 2015 - 2018 (tapered from 40mg x day on July 31 to 30mg on August 31 to 20mg on September 31 to 10mg October 31 to 0mg on  December 15, 2018

Gabapentin: 2016 to 2019  (tapered from 300mg x day to 150mg on August 31, 2019 to 75mg on September 15 to 50mg on September 31 to 25ishmg on October 15 to 0mg on December 1, 2019

Enalapril: 2010 - 2019

Lipitor: 2017 -2017

Metformin: 2000 - 2020

Liothyronine: 2007 - 2019

Levothyroxine: 2000 - 

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Hello i am in ssris for 17 years. Now I am 34 years old and i was talking for 16 years dumurox (Flouvoxamine) I switched it in escitalopram. Now i am tapering escitalopram and i am hungry all the time! Does anyone felt the same? 

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1.2003-2006 :Flouvoxamine 100mg 2.2006-2008 :nothing                        3. 2009-2015 :Flouvoxamine 200mg  4.2016-2020: Flouvoxamine 100mg 5.2021 :Flouvoxamine 50mg withdrawal syndrome for 3 months, Flouvoxamine 100 and prozac 10mg =didnt work                            6.December 2021 escitalopram 20mg and then 15mg August 2021 escitalopram 10mg

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