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53 minutes ago, TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18 said:

@Bp1961 I m going through what you are experiencing right now. It is hell. You are not alone. Stay strong. I have child on the way soon myself. 

 

Thank you @TrazodoneShouldBeIllegal18, yes you are right. We checked in to Hotel California, "You can check out any time you like But you can never leave". Congrats on the child! Your 1st? We have to stay strong for our children, if nothing else. You are young and there is nothing cuter than your own little baby, he/she will give you the strength and a sense of purpose and get you well again. 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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1 hour ago, Altostrata said:

Do you feel any upset that was caused by reduction to 12mg escitalopram has settled down?

 

I've been going through my notes and it seems to me that so far with every dose reduction I feel the same, maybe a little better then before the reduction. But so far not worse. 

 

I hope I'm not doing my brain more damage by taking a higher dose then I should. Am I risking kindling by keeping a higher dose? Should I lower the escitalopram by 0.5mg per week until I reach 10mg and see how things change? Alternatively, maybe I can move the escitalopram by an hour per week?

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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August 30, 2022 - Tuesday:

 

23:00 Go to sleep.

02:40 woke up -> bathroom. Tinnitus LE: 2/10 RE: 3/10.

03:00 Couldn't get back to sleep.

06:00 fell asleep.

07:55 Got out of bed. Total sleep ~5 hours.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Laid on the couch for another hour, drifting in and out of light sleep.

09:15 Breakfast +reacted magnesium+fish oil. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

10:00 shower -> go to the office. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:2/10.

11:55 As usual at the office and tinnitus spiked LE:2/10 RE:5/10. Feeling WDNormal.

12:00 took escitalopram 12mg.

13:00 An hour after taking escitalopram mild headache and brain fog difficult to concentrate, which tends to bring me down for the next 3-5 hours. Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:6/10. 

13:30 had to leave the office since I was feeling an intraday wave. I went to get a haircut. I usually enjoy going to my hairdresser, which I haven't seen since my withdrawal started in late June. I get a long shampoo with head and facial massage. Used to be so relaxing. Today I felt some anxiety that started with shortness of breath and very light sweat. I managed to make it through, but I can't say that I enjoyed it. 

15:00 back at the office. Tinnitus 5/10 both ears.

17:00 Appointment with therapist. Shortness of breath. Can anything be done to alleviate it? Breathing exercises don't work when you can't fill your lungs with air. Do others use oxygen bottles? Or inhalers? Should I go see a "doctor" for this? 

Tinnitus LE:4/10 RE:6/10. When in a closed room the Tinnitus is much louder then when outdoors.

19:00 meditation 30 minutes. Wasn't a good session.

21:00 Small dinner.

22:00 shower. Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE: 4/10.

23:00 go to bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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22 hours ago, Bp1961 said:

Should I lower the escitalopram by 0.5mg per week until I reach 10mg and see how things change?

 

Let's see several more days of daily notes before embarking on this plan.

 

Moving escitalopram earlier would put it into conflict with the Vyvanse again.

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38 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Moving escitalopram earlier would put it into conflict with the Vyvanse again.

 

Not earlier but rather 1 hour later. From 12pm to 1pm.

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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August 31, 2022 - Wednesday:

 

23:00 Go to sleep.

01:20 wake up -> bathroom.

04:20 Wake up -> bathroom. Light sweating, mild headache, Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:6/10.

06:00 Wake up. Total sleep ~7 hours.

07:00 Get out of bed. Tinnitus 4/10 both ears.
07:15 went for a 2 miles 42 minutes walk. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg, reacted. magnesium, fish oil. Feeling the morning anxiety/dread, tight chest.

10:00 shower. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:3/10.

10:15 meditation 25 minutes. During meditation the Tinnitus becomes conceptually louder. This is due to the room being very silent and the sound from the ears becomes amplified. So the loudness measurement is quite arbitrary and difficult to do. Also the tingling sensation that I often have becomes heightened during meditation. Today during the meditation the left ear was louder and towards the end I started feeling a sharp pain in the left ear (1st time), then the loudness became lower and the right ear became louder.

11:00 Going to a meeting out of the office. It's a big meeting with approx. 30 people. My colleagues met at the office to take a limo to the meeting. I didn't think I could handle the experience so I drove on my own. Plus I am terrified of getting COVID again. Too many people around me got COVID this week. BP:140/76 tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10

11:45 Got to the meeting -> lunch. 

12:00 Meeting started. What transpired next was a very unusual experience. When I got there I was anxious, I needed to take my meds at 12:00. I excused my self to the bathroom and took the escitalopram 12mg.

We started by going around the boardroom table and each one introduced themselves. When it was my turn, as I was introducing myself I felt an uncontrolable spasm in the scalp for like 10 sec. I kind of felt weird as I thought people can see it. I don't think they did. As the meeting progressed, the first time I started talking I felt intense electric currents in throughout the brain, as if the brain is trying to learn something new or make new connections. After that the next times when I spoke I felt focused, confident, sharp, articulate and it felt extremely good, like my old self. My anxiety was gone. I think that even the Tinnitus became much lower.

18:00  Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

20:00 light dinner - 2 samosas with hummus.

20:30 feeling relaxed except my Tinnitus 5/10 both ears. During the day I had less episodes of shortness of breath.

21:30 shower.

22:30 Journaling. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:3/10.

23:00 go to bed.

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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How did moving escitalopram to noon affect your sleep?

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So far I don't think it has affected my sleep. I recall that when I started taking escitalopram it would make me sleepy, I think that was the reason the psychiatrist prescribed me with Vyanse. My sleep is mostly affected by my need to go to the bathroom multiple times at night, and if I would have shortness of breath it would make it difficult falling back asleep. The last few days the shortness of breath has been improving. 

 

I'm really ready to taper down. I'm certain that the escitalopram activates my Tinnitus.

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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It appears the reduction is starting to settle down. I'd wait a few days for the next reduction of 0.5mg.

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September 1, 2022 - Thursday:

 

23:00 go to sleep.

00:45 Wake up -> bathroom. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

02:45 Wake up -> bathroom. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:2/10.

04:00 back to sleep in and out of sleep until 6:00, couldn't fall asleep. Slept total ~5 hours.

07:00 got out of bed.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Tinnitus LE: 1/10 RE:4/10.

08:15 walk 2 miles 42 minutes.

09:00 took reacted magnesium + fish oil. Tinnitus LE: 2/10 RE: 3/10.

10:30 shower -> go to the office. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:3/10.

12:00 took escitalopram 12mg. 

13:30 headache and elevated tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:6/10. Definitely my escitalopram dose is TOO HIGH.

18:00 Got back home from work. Since yesterday noon I was feeling good and my tinnitus calm. It changed after I took the escitalopram 12mg at noon today. I have a headache & my ears are ringing loud LE: 4/10 RE:6/10.

19:00 Dinner.

22:00 shower. Tinnitus LE: 3/10 RE:5/10.

22:30 Journaling

23:00 go to bed.

 

Overall felt fair, especially till noon. After taking escitalopram it started going downhill in terms of Tinnitus and shortness of breath. Still better than last week and the healing continues.

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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You might reduce by 0.5mg now. It will take about 3 days for the drug to lower in your bloodstream. Please continue daily notes.

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September 2, 2022 - Friday:

 

23:30 Go to sleep.

03:10 wake up -> bathroom. Can't fall back asleep. Tinnitus LE: 2/10 RE: 3/10.

06:00 in bed in and out of sleep for 2 hours.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Felt tired, laid on the couch for 1.45 hours.

10:00 breakfast + Reacted magnesium + fish oil. Tinnitus LE: 0/10 RE: 1/10.

11:30 Tinnitus 0/10 both ears for the first time in 3+ months.

12:00 took escitalopram 12mg. 10 minutes later started hearing insects noise at night in the head and intermittent sharp high frequency sound LE: 1/10 RE:2/10 and little shortness of breath.

14:00 lunch. Tinnitus 0-1/10 both ears.

15:00 Tinnitus LE:2/10 both ears.

16:00 Tinnitus LE:4/10 RE: 3/10.

20:00 light dinner + Reacted magnesium.

22:30 Go to bed. Tinnitus 1-2/10 both ears.

 

Today was my best day  since my withdrawal began approx. 3+ months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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On 9/1/2022 at 5:38 PM, Altostrata said:

It appears the reduction is starting to settle down.

 

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September 3, 2022 - Saturday:

 

22:30 go to bed.

23:35 Woke up -> bathroom.

01:50 Woke up -> bathroom.

05:00 Woke up -> bathroom.

05:30 Can't fall asleep -> get out of bed.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Was very tired laid downon the couch to catch some sleep (2hours).

10:20 Tinnitus 4/10 (insects sounds at night and intermittent sharp high frequency tone), some tingling sensation in the head and slight headache.

11:00 breakfast (Oatmeal,oat milk, strawberry, blueberry, banana, almonds, pistachio, walnuts) + Reacted magnesium + fish oil. Tinnitus 2/10, minor forehead pressure.

12:10 took escitalopram 11.5mg. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:2/10.

19:00 light dinner (smoked salmon and hummus sandwich tomatoes radishes and watermelon).

20:30 Go out to a concert (small venue 200 people).

21:30 experienced shortness of breath and started sweating.

22:00 Calmed down and enjoying the concert.

01:00 back home -> shower.

01:30 Go to sleep.

 

Overall was feeling fair, tinnitus was in a range between 01 to 04 out of 10. Had more issue with shortness of breath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 4, 2022 - Sunday:

 

01:30 Go to sleep. Tinnitus 2/10.

05:00 Wake up -> bathroom -> back asleep.

08:35 wake up. Took Vyvanse 50mg. Total sleep ~7 hours. I had a good sleep.

11:45 breakfast + Reacted magnesium + fish oil. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:3/10.

12:15 took escitalopram 11.5mg.

13:45 Noticed increased shortness of breath after taking escitalopram but no headache. Tinnitus slightly higher as well LE :3/10 RE:4/10.

15:00 did some DYI work at home.

17:00 shower. Tinnitus LE: 3/10 RE: 4/10 hissing sound. Some shortness of breath but better than yesterday.

18:00 Went out to dinner with friends. Initially the loud noise at the restaurant bothered me with the Tinnitus. The Tinnitus did not flare up like it did the week before at a social event. Eventually I settled down and was fine.

21:00 back home. 

22:00 shower.

23:30 go to bed. Tinnitus LE: 01/10 RE: 03/10.

 

Feeling better with taking 11.5mg then 12mg. Every reduction in escitalopram dosage so far improved my condition (Lower headache and Tinnitus). Shortness of breath still an issue but getting better little by little every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 5, 2022 - Monday:

 

00:00 Go to sleep.

01:40 woke up -> bathroom.

05:00 woke up -> bathroom. Hard time falling back to sleep. In and out of sleep.

08:15 Woke up. Took Vyvanse 50mg. Total sleep between 5-6 hours.

08:20 Took Vyvanse 50mg.

11:45 breakfast + Reacted magnesium + fish oil.

12:15 Took escitalopram 11.5mg. tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:4/10.

13:00 Go grocery shopping.

14:00 work on the house. Tinnitus has been persistent at 3-4/10.

17:45 shower.

18:00 prepare dinner.

19:00 dinner with family (Salmon, corn, rice and Mediterranean salad).

22:30 shower.

23:30 go to bed.

 

Today started a little slow, I felt tired and lethargic. Once I got going around noon I just kept rolling. Didn't experience shortness of breath today. However, the tinnitus was constant for the last 2 days of hissing sound at between 2 to 4 or even 5 out of ten. 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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The tinnitus is better than it was when you were taking 12.5mg, correct?

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2 hours ago, Altostrata said:

The tinnitus is better than it was when you were taking 12.5mg, correct?

 

Yes, I think it is better. Today at work, 3.5 hours after taking Escitalopram, I'm having some difficulty concentrating and headache when trying to concentrate. I'm trying to be less creative so that I am able to complete my tasks. Overall I'm better than I was a week ago & a month ago.

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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After any upset from the most recent escitalopram reduction goes away, you might plan to reduce another 0.5mg.

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

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September 6, 2022 - Tuesday:

 

11:30 Go to sleep.

01:40 woke up -> bathroom. 

04:50 woke up -> bathroom. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

07:45 Woke up. Total sleep ~7+ hours.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg + Reacted magnesium + fish oil. Tinnitus LE:5/10 RE:3/10.

09:15 breakfast. Tinnitus 3/10.

10:00 appointment with therapist.

11:59 At the office. Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:4/10.

12:00 took escitalopram 11.5mg.

14:30 slight headache, fogginess and difficulty concentrating but less then prior week/higher dose. Tinnitus LE:4/10 RE:4/10.

19:30 light dinner. Tinnitus LE: 1/10 RE: 3/10.

22:00 shower. Reacted magnesium.

23:30 go to sleep. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:3/10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 7, 2022 - Wednesday:

 

00:00 go to sleep.

01:55 woke up -> bathroom.

06:00 woke up -> bathroom.

07:15 walk 41 min. 2 miles. Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:3/10.

08:00 Took Vyvanse 50mg. + Reacted magnesium + fish oil.

08:40 Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

09:00 Breakfast.

10:00 shower.

11:00 took ashwagandha and garlic supplement. Go to office.

11:30 Tinnitus LE:1/10 RE:3/10. No shortness of breath.

12:00 took escitalopram 11.5mg.

15:00 No headache and able to concentrate at work. Tinnitus 3/10.

18:30 Dinner.

22:00 shower. Feeling vibration in the ears. Tinnitus at 3/10, no shortness of breath. 

23:00 Go to bed.

 

Overall a good day. My usual symptoms seem to be improving. Hopefully as I get closer to 10mg escitalopram the Tinnitus will get silent.

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 8, 2022 - Thursday:

 

23:30 Go to sleep.

01:00 Woke up -> bathroom.

04:55 Woke up -> bathroom. Congested and runny nose. Tinnitus 2/10. Tingling sensation top of the head.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Reacted magnesium + fish oil.

09:00 breakfast. Tinnitus 4/10.

11:00 Go to the office. 

12:00 took escitalopram 11.5mg.

13:00 No headaches, brain fog, or issues concentrating. Tinnitus 3-4/10.

19:00 Dinner. Tinnitus 3/10.

20:00 Meditation 30 minutes was good, minor shortness of breath.

22:30 Shower, Tinnitus 2/10.

23:30 Go to bed.

 

Overall a day of progress, better than yesterday. If things continue in the right direction I plan to go to 11mg on the escitalopram this coming weekend.

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 9, 2022 - Friday:

 

00:00 Go to sleep.

01:20 Woke up -> bathroom->back to sleep.

04:30 Woke up -> bathroom->back to sleep. Tinnitus 2/10.

07:40 Woke up. Total sleep ~7 hours but felt tired.

08:00 Took Vyvanse 50mg. Reacted magnesium + fish oil.

08:05 took Vyvanse 50mg.

08:15 Went for a 2 miles 39 minutes walk. The Vyvanse did activate my Tinnitus.

09:30 breakfast + reacted magnesium + fish oil. 

09:45 Shower. 

10:30 Go to the office. 

12:20 Took escitalopram 11.4mg (Reduced by 0.1mg).

13:00 Lunch (tomato soup and sourdough bread).

19:00 dinner (Watermelon and a few almonds).

23:30 shower. Felt tingling top of the head. Tinnitus 3-4/10

00:30 go to sleep.

 

Today wasn't as good as yesterday. The Tinnitus was higher or just more annoying. I didn't have a headache but I felt agitated and fed up by the constant hissing sound...

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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You're taking 2 drugs that aggravate or cause tinnitus. If you want to reduce tinnitus, reduction of escitalopram is a good idea.

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

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September 10, 2022 - Saturday:

 

00:50 Go to bed.

01:55 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

02:45 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

05:42 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

08:15 wake up. Took Vyvanse 50mg. Total sleep ~7 hours. Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:2/10. hissing sound in LE insects sounds at nigh in RE. BP:126/75.

09:00 meditation 30 minutes. Tinnitus was around 3-4/10 and had tingling sensation at the top of my head.

12:00 took escitalopram 11.4mg. Tinnitus 5/10 both ears. It's an ugly day today. It's cloudy, rainey and humid. Which doesn't help with mood.

13:00 - 17:30 Fixing things around the house. While I was working the Tinnitus got lower and less bothersome. However, climbing up and down on the ladder did make me a little dizzy for like 3 seconds when looking up or down, something I never had before I stopped my meds. I also had a slight headache.

18:00 shower. Tinnitus much lower at 1-2/10.

18:30 Going out for dinner (Greek restaurant).

23:00 Going to bed. Tinnitus 2-3/10. 

 

Planning to reduce escitalopram to 11mg tomorrow.

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 11, 2022 - Sunday:

 

23:00 Go to sleep.

00:35 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

05:25 woke up -> bathroom -> Stayed awake.

08:00 Took Vyvanse 50mg.

10:00 Breakfast (Oatmeal + banana + strawberries + nuts). Tinnitus 1/10.

11:45 Hard labor yard work/grading 3+ hours. Felt some brain activity, all over for a couple of minutes. Tinnitus low at 1-2/10.

12:25 took escitalopram 11mg.

16:00 fixing daughters' car. Tinnitus low at 1-2/10.

17:00 Shower.

17:30 Dinner.

18:00 Exhausted, resting in front of the TV and dozing off. Tinnitus higher at 4-5/10.

23:00 Tinnitus lower at 2-3/10

00:00 Going to sleep.

 

No major issues with the lower escitalopram dose. I worked hard & felt pretty good.

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 12, 2022 - Monday:

 

00:10 going to sleep. Tinnitus 2-3/10.

01:35 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

04:58 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

07:45 Woke up, total sleep ~7 hours.

08:05 took Vyvanse 50mg + reacted magnesium + fish oil.

09:05 Meditation 45 minutes. Very relaxing, felt the tingling sensation in the head. Top left side and as it expands from time to time to other areas. Thinking of it as the brain trying to reestablish the old connections or creating new ones. Accepting the noise in the ears. Sounds of insects at night. Had some shortness of breath but I was relaxed, just observed my breathing. Eventually the lungs filled with air. 

10:00 breakfast -> shower -> go to the office.

11:45 Tinnitus 2/10.

12:00 took escitalopram 11mg.

17:00 lunch/dinner (sandwich and chips).

22:00 shower. Tinnitus 2/10.

23:30 go to bed.

 

Today was a good day. Tinnitus was lower than usual most of the day, ranging 1-3/10. No headaches, mood was good. Every dose reduction seem to make things better. I think that the sweet spot will be between 5mg to 10mg. Then I would like to start tapering the Vyvanse. 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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21 hours ago, Bp1961 said:

I think that the sweet spot will be between 5mg to 10mg. Then I would like to start tapering the Vyvanse. 

 

Good idea.

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

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September 13, 2022 - Tuesday:

 

23:45 Go to sleep.

02:00 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

06:35 woke up -> bathroom -> get up. Total sleep ~6.5 hours. Tinnitus hissing sound LE:2/10 RE:4/10.

8:50 took Vyvanse 50mg (I was feeling down because of the loud hissing and got sidetracked).

09:30 breakfast ->shower->go to the office.

12:25 Tinnitus higher than yesterday, hissing sound LE:2-3/10 RE:4-5/10.

12:30 took escitalopram 11mg.

18:30 Tinnitus I high today LE:3/10 RE:6/10

19:00 Meditation 30 minutes. Was a good session despite the high tinnitus. It actually help calm the Tinnitus for a little time.

20:30 light dinner.

21:00 Tinnitus still high.

22:00 Shower.

23:30 go to bed. Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:6/10.

 

I was feeling alright today, no headaches or shortness of breath. Except that the constant Tinnitus hissing got me down, making it difficult to consentrate. Hopefully, it's a wave and tomorrow it will be a better day.

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 14, 2022 - Wednesday:

 

23:45 go to sleep.

02:55 wake up -> bathroom -> can't fall asleep. Tightness in the chest, tinnitus 5/10. Put on masking sound https://youtu.be/2I-20-jKVF0

03:30 go to the living room couch. 

04:00 fell asleep.

07:15 woke up. Total sleep ~6 hours. 

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg. Tinnitus 5/10.

09:00 shower.

09:25 Tinnitus lower LE: 2/10 RE:3/10.

12:30 Took escitalopram 11mg. Tinnitus at 3-4/10.

20:00 Very light dinner, more like a snack.

22:15 shower. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:3/10.

23:30 go to bed.

 

Today I felt a little down, some tightness in the chest. Could be related to some personal issues at home. The hissing continued maybe at 1 degree lower than yesterday. I'm noticing a pattern, I think. The first day after tapering I feel better, then the next 2-3 days make symptoms like tinnitus, low mood and concentration worsen, afterwards these symptoms begin to improve. We'll see how the next few days go.

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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It would not be unusual to have a few days of upset after a drug change. I do not see anything remarkable in your symptom pattern, other than lowering the dosages of the two tinnitus-inducing drugs you're taking is relieving your tinnitus.

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

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September 15, 2022 - Thursday:

 

23:30 go to sleep.

03:15 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

07:40 Woke up. Total sleep ~7 hrs. Tinnitus 2-3/10.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg + reacted magnesium + fish oil.

08:40 walk 39 minutes, 2 miles. Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:2/10
09:30 Breakfast->shower->office.

12:00 tinnitus was very high tone and high. Had to put masking noise.

12:30 Took escitalopram 11mg.

13:30 Tinnitus is high tone at 5-6/10. Put masker.

18:28 My tinnitus feels high today. I listened to podcasts with bone conduction headphones to help alleviate the noises. Also, experienced shortness of breath and slight headache. Oh well, not much I can do but practice "Acceptance". Going to group meditation, meditating with shortness of breath can be challenging, even more so than with tinnitus.

19:00 Meditation 30 minutes...not bad.

21:00 light dinner.

23:00 shower. Tinnitus lower at 3/10.

00:00 Going to sleep.

 

I'm confused about the "tinnitus-inducing drugs" remark. I never experienced Tinnitus while I was on the drugs for 10+ years. It started 1-2 months after I CT'ed and my anxiety started to elevate. 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 16, 2022 - Friday:

 

00:05 Go to sleep.

04:30 woke up -> bathroom.

05:00 back to sleep.

08:25 Woke up, total sleep ~8 hours. Took Vyvanse 50mg.

09:00 took reacted magnesium + fish oil.

10:30 shower-> breakfast -> office. Tinnitus low LE:1/10 RE:2/10.

12:25 Tinnitus LE:2/10 RE:3/10

12:30 took escitalopram 11mg.

13:15 getting a slight headache, Tinnitus LE:3/10 RE:5/10.

13:30 Lunch.

16:45 Tinnitus 5/10.

18:00 Back home. Tinnitus LE:2/10.

23:00 Shower. Tinnitus 3/10.

00:00 Go to bed.

 

Today was a good day. Most of the day the Tinnitus was bearable. It increased in the afternoon after taking the escitalopram. No tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.

 

 

 

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2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 17, 2022 - Saturday:

 

00:00 Go to sleep. Tinnitus 2/10.

01:10 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

01:59 woke up -> bathroom -> back to sleep.

04:35 woke up -> bathroom -> stayed awake. 

05:00 got up and laid on the couch.

08:10 took Vyvanse 50mg.

11:30 reacted magnesium + fish oil + Breakfast. Tinnitus 3/10.

12:00 Tinnitus 1-2/10.

12:30 took escitalopram 11mg.

15:00 Out and about with my wife. While we were walking in a busy and vibrant city downtown I experienced brain currents sensations and my Tinnitus intensified. Also, felt a little painful pressure in the back of my head between the ears.

16:30 Went to an outdoors restaurant, had a salad and fish wraps. At the restaurant my tinnitus flared up with a hissing sound. I did my best to accept it and enjoy my time with my wife.

19:20 After leaving the restaurant, there were moments when the tinnitus was almost completely silent. Now it's back with insects sounds at night at 5/10 and mild headache.

20:30 Dinner. Tinnitus at 2-3/10.

21:45 shower.

00:00 Go to sleep. Tinnitus at 3/10.

 

Today I did some activities that were a little outside my comfort zone over the last 3 months. I'm glad I did because I feel that it helps my brain reconfigure itself. Even though it temporarily made me feel uncomfortable, I believe that it's part of the healing process.

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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September 18, 2022 - Sunday:

 

00::00 Go to sleep.

05:00 woke up -> bathroom. Tinnitus 1-2/10.

08:00 took Vyvanse 50mg.

12:15 Lunch.

12:40 took escitalopram 11mg. Tinnitus 2/10.

13:00 Did house and yard work for 4.5 hours. Tinnitus was low most of the day.

18:00 shower -> dinner. 

19:00 Tinnitus is up LE:5/10 RE:4/10 and headache.

23:45 go to sleep. Tinnitus remain high LE:5/10 RE:3/10 and headache.

 

would like to go down to 10.5mg  with the escitalopram. Waiting for Alto to agree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000 -2013: various antidepressants.

2013 - 2019: Lexapro 20 mg

2019 - April 2021: Lexapro 10 mg (No withdrawal)

April 2021 - March 2022: Lexapro 5 mg (No withdrawal)

2013 - April 2022: Vyvanse 50 mg

Feb. 23 - April 3, 2022: Finasteride 1mg.

March/April 2022 - Stopped Cold Turkey 

March 5,  2022 - Quit smoking CT after 30+ years

July 20, 2022 - Quit coffee.

Reinstatement:

Escitalopram - July 5-10, 2022: 5mg; July 11-15: 10mg; July 16-31: 20mg; Aug 1-14: 15mg; Aug 15-22: 12.5mg; Aug 23-Sept 2: 12mg; Sept 3-8: 11.5mg; Sept 9-10: 11.4mg; Sept 11-18: 11mg; Sept 19-24: 10.5mg; Sept. 25-Present: 10mg.

Vyvanse - July 5-10, 2022: 40mg; July 11-Present: 50mg.

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If you feel you're over any bumps caused by the last reduction, you could reduce to 10.5mg escitalopram.

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

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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