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35/M, started escitalopram June 2011

September 20th 2021 - increased escitalopram from 10mg to 15mg. October 1st 2021 - Cross taper to Effexor 37.5mg and stopped lexapro. October 6th 2021 - direct switch to 25mg Zoloft and stopped Effexor. October 13th 2021 - increased Zoloft to 50mg. November 5th- cross taper Zoloft to pristiq 25mg and stopped Zoloft. November 16th - CT meds per Doctor. Ended up in ER November 22nd with WDs. November 22nd - Started 5mg escitalopram. November 22nd - started .25 Xanax morning and .25 Xanax nighttime. November 29th - increased escitalopram to 10mg. December 20th - stopped Xanax. December 20th - started .25 klonopin. December 29th - started 15mg escitalopram. January 16th - stopped klonopin. January 20th - increased escitalopram to 20mg. January 25th - decreased escitalopram to 15mg 

February 15th - decreased escitalopram to 10mg. Current dosage - 10mg escitalopram. Magnesium, fish oil, curcumin, Vitamin C, D3, Thorne pharmaGaba 500mg, 1mg glycine 


-June 25 - 7.5mg pill, 2.5mg liquid 

-June 28 - 5mg pill, 5mg liquid 

-July 18th - 9.8mg (5mg pill, 4.8mg liquid)

-Aug 1 - 9.6mg (5mg pill, 4.6 liquid) 



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1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 9pm 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin, approx. 10:30pm


Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house


I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Its funny how some Articles state little evidence and others No evidence.

Maily Mainstream media still hold the door open for some evidence.


Started Venlafaxine around  2007-2008  for around 4,5-5 years 70mg

                                                   ca .2012  Taper as doctors advise 2 weeks skip a day and stop

                                                   7 -8 later months total breakdown after sruggling a lot Hospitalized

                                                   and started on Cipralex.

Taper as doctors advise: Mai 2018  from 20 to 10 mg escitalopram to zero in one Month.



Magnesium citrate 600 mg

Omega 3  2000 mg

vitamin D3 sometimes

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