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Hi, I think this site is just amazing, truly! Thank you to all who offer support.

 

I never thought I would be on an antidepressant, but that changed in January 2022 when I was diagnosed with GAD. I ended up spending several days in a psych ward and was desperate to do anything to get better/functional. The psychiatrist said I should take 20 mg lexapro. I was fine with this arrangement until my last appointment with my psychiatrist in June 2022 when I asked about eventually reducing my dosage to 10 mg at some point. He responded by telling me that I could never go off lexapro because I’d been hospitalized. This upset me. So I started looking for information about reducing my dosage online and found your site.

 

My plan is to follow the 10% rule and taper every 4 weeks, but I’ve already broken that plan and only did the 18 mg for 3 weeks. So far I seem to have no withdrawal symptoms, except for vivid dreams.

 

I will add my medication and dosage history to my signature tomorrow.

 

Thank you!

Clonazepam:

1 mg 1/23/22-2/17/22

0.75 mg 2/18/22-2/28/22

0.5 mg 3/1/22-3/10/22

0.25 mg 3/11/22-3/21/22

Lexapro:

5 mg 1/21/22-1/22/22

10 mg 1/23/22-1/31/22

15 mg 2/1/22-2/15/22

20 mg 2/16/22-6/29/22

18 mg 6/30/22-7/20/22

16.5 mg 7/21/22-current

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@genau34

 

Welcome to SA. We are a volunteer ran site helping people taper off psychiatric medications, or have tapered off and are now healing.

 

This is your introduction page where you will receive information, ask questions and meet other members. We ask that you only have one introduction page so we can keep all your information in one place.

 

Are you still taking 0.25 mg of Clonazepam? If you are, don't stop taking it. It will aid in your Lexapro taper. We suggest tapering an accelerator before a brake and a benzo (Clonazepam) is a brake.

 

 

We don't suggest more than a 10% a month taper and many others go much slower than that.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Brass Monkey Slide


Tips for tapering off escitalopram (Lexapro)

 

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?

 

Dr. Joseph Glenmullen's withdrawal symptom checklist


The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


Withdrawal Normal Description

 

 

 

Here is some important information about how these drugs actually work.  This explains why we get symptoms from going off of these medications:

 

How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain

 

 

This helps you understand what withdrawal syndrome is: 

 

Video on Recovery from Psych Drugs

 

 

Stability is really important when we are tapering off psych meds.  Please read the link about stability:

 

Keep It Simple, Slow, and Stable

 

 

 

We don't suggest supplements on here as they can be stimulating to the central nervous system (CNS) except 2. If you would like to try them try one in a small amount and wait a few days before introducing the other.

 

 

Magnesium

Omega 3 Fish Oil

 

When you are done reading the links provided please reach out with any questions you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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Frogie,

 

Thank you for the reply! I am no longer taking clonazepam (stopped March 2022), but I do have a bunch of pills left over if needed. I was super afraid of becoming addicted to clonazepam, so I wanted to get off as soon as I could handle the anxiety symptoms without it.

 

Thank you for all the links, I will get reading!

 

I hate the slow taper because I think every pill is damaging my brain further, but I will heed your advice!!

Clonazepam:

1 mg 1/23/22-2/17/22

0.75 mg 2/18/22-2/28/22

0.5 mg 3/1/22-3/10/22

0.25 mg 3/11/22-3/21/22

Lexapro:

5 mg 1/21/22-1/22/22

10 mg 1/23/22-1/31/22

15 mg 2/1/22-2/15/22

20 mg 2/16/22-6/29/22

18 mg 6/30/22-7/20/22

16.5 mg 7/21/22-current

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@genau34

 

Don't take the Clonazepam because your body will become addicted to it in 2 weeks, so as long as you are doing ok without it I would not start it back up.

 

A long, slow taper will keep as many wd symptoms away unfortunately. It does take patients to taper off, but it looks like you have started.

 

If you have any questions just let us know!

PREVIOUS medications and discontinuations: Have been on medications since 1996. 

 Valium, Gabapentin, Lamictal, Prilosec and Zantac from 2000 to 2015 with a fast taper by a psychiatrist.

 Liquid Lexapro Nov, 2016 to 31-March, 2019 Lexapro free!!! (total Lexapro taper was 4 years-started with pill form)

---CURRENT MEDICATIONS:Supplements:Milk Thistle, Metamucil, Magnesium Citrate, Vitamin D3, Levothyroxine 25mcg, Vitamin C, Krill oil.

Xanax 1mg 3x day June, 2000 to 19-September, 2020 Went from .150 grams (average weight of 1 Xanax) 3x day to .003 grams 3x day.

19-September, 2020 Xanax free!!! (total Xanax taper was 15-1/2 months-1-June, 2019-19-September, 2020)

I am not a medical professional.

The suggestions I make are based on personal experience.

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@genau34 Welcome to SA.  I could go crazy with these doctors ugh. Why do  they think you  have to go  straight to 20mg? You might have done okay at 5mg or 10mg.  How can he say that you need drugs for life because you were in the hospital? 

Please educate yourself about these drugs. They change so much in both our brains and bodies. 

Great control and thinking when it came to the benzo,  stopping them before you got addicted to them too.  

 There are so many alternate ways to work on anxiety, meditation, magnesium, mindfulness, maybe have a full chemical work up.

 reading Dare by Barry McDonagh  or Hope and Help for Your Nerve by Claire Weeks

I think you will find a lot of information and helpful things on here.  

You are not alone and have all the support you need here.🌞

 

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/24894-greatful-is-this-withdrawal-or-to-many-med-changes-at-once/

1995? Prozac,  tried several Paxil, Serzone, St John's Wart back to Prozac and Trazodone ct:d Traz

 Lexapro. Tried to stop Crash in 2015  Kindled   Hospitalized, Vybrid, Seroquel, Effexor, Abilify  Pristiq, Wellbutrin-- 2016  ended back on   Prozac and Lamictal 200mg

5/2020  thru 12/2020 taper from 20mg  Prozac  down to 3mg.  Crashed  12/13/2020 Zoloft 50mg 1/29ct  1/29/2021 Seroquel 50mg ct  2/12/2021 Wellbutrin 75mg.  Became hypo manic 2/1  6ct Trazadone 50mg 4/25  25mg 2/5/ 2021 Lamictal 150mg.  2/24  100mg   4/9  75mg   4/21 37.5 

2/16/2021 Seroquel 50xr  3/3 100mg  3/17  150mg  side effects ct   4/3 2021 Lexapro 5mg  4/14  7.5mg  4/30 10mg  5/10  7.5mg 

2021/ 5/16  5mg Lexapro   37.5 Lamictal   25mg trazadone,   xanax  .0625mg  3x a day   Magnesium glycinate 300 to 400mg a day 

Lexapro   Sept/01/2021  4.90mg  Sept/25  4.75mg   Oct/19 4.69mg  Nov/14 4.2mg    Jan/30/2022-- All liquid  4.2mg  (2.20mg at 8am & 2mg at 4pm) 2/17 4mg  2/24  3.8mg   3/21 3.4mg  5/2 3mg  6/1  decreasing by 0.02ml  daily  to 2.70 mg  7/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to  2.5 mg 8/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to 2.3mg

Lamictal 25mg

 

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@genau34  How are you doing?

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/24894-greatful-is-this-withdrawal-or-to-many-med-changes-at-once/

1995? Prozac,  tried several Paxil, Serzone, St John's Wart back to Prozac and Trazodone ct:d Traz

 Lexapro. Tried to stop Crash in 2015  Kindled   Hospitalized, Vybrid, Seroquel, Effexor, Abilify  Pristiq, Wellbutrin-- 2016  ended back on   Prozac and Lamictal 200mg

5/2020  thru 12/2020 taper from 20mg  Prozac  down to 3mg.  Crashed  12/13/2020 Zoloft 50mg 1/29ct  1/29/2021 Seroquel 50mg ct  2/12/2021 Wellbutrin 75mg.  Became hypo manic 2/1  6ct Trazadone 50mg 4/25  25mg 2/5/ 2021 Lamictal 150mg.  2/24  100mg   4/9  75mg   4/21 37.5 

2/16/2021 Seroquel 50xr  3/3 100mg  3/17  150mg  side effects ct   4/3 2021 Lexapro 5mg  4/14  7.5mg  4/30 10mg  5/10  7.5mg 

2021/ 5/16  5mg Lexapro   37.5 Lamictal   25mg trazadone,   xanax  .0625mg  3x a day   Magnesium glycinate 300 to 400mg a day 

Lexapro   Sept/01/2021  4.90mg  Sept/25  4.75mg   Oct/19 4.69mg  Nov/14 4.2mg    Jan/30/2022-- All liquid  4.2mg  (2.20mg at 8am & 2mg at 4pm) 2/17 4mg  2/24  3.8mg   3/21 3.4mg  5/2 3mg  6/1  decreasing by 0.02ml  daily  to 2.70 mg  7/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to  2.5 mg 8/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to 2.3mg

Lamictal 25mg

 

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Hello,

I’m doing well. No noticeable withdrawal symptoms. I still need to read all the links that Frogie posted for me. Still at 16.5 mg once a day. I take my 20 mg pill and dissolve it in water and then take the 16.5 mg with a syringe. It sure is a bitter pill!

 

I’ve been watching YouTube’s of the journalist Robert Whitaker . Not fun to hear how bad these SSRIs are for the mind and body 😩 I wish I could just stop taking them, but I know it’s best  to do the 10% taper. I do wonder if the taper could be faster at the higher dosages? Because of the hyperbolic curve, how much difference in effect on the brain is there between 20 and 15?

 

Thank you for the support!! And checking in ❤️
 

Clonazepam:

1 mg 1/23/22-2/17/22

0.75 mg 2/18/22-2/28/22

0.5 mg 3/1/22-3/10/22

0.25 mg 3/11/22-3/21/22

Lexapro:

5 mg 1/21/22-1/22/22

10 mg 1/23/22-1/31/22

15 mg 2/1/22-2/15/22

20 mg 2/16/22-6/29/22

18 mg 6/30/22-7/20/22

16.5 mg 7/21/22-current

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42 minutes ago, genau34 said:

I do wonder if the taper could be faster at the higher dosages?

 

Personally I do not think it is worth the risk of trying to go faster.  I have seen members here at SA who have tried to speed up their taper and it has ended up taking them longer than if they had gone at a nice steady pace.  Some have ended up changing to a different drug (and that does not always work) and some have ended up on additional drug/s which then have to be tapered.

 

Lexapro is a very strong drug; 5mg Lexapro is equivalent to 10-20mg Paxil or Celexa.

  

On 5/27/2011 at 12:16 PM, Altostrata said:

Consequently, when you taper off escitalopram, you should be careful to decrease by small amounts, as each drop is magnified by escitalopram's extra potency.

 

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED:    (6 year taper)      0mg Pristiq      on 13th November 2021

Woohoo!!!  Finally off Pristiq    Post 0 updates start here

ADs since ~1992:  25+ years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after); Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering from Oct 2015 - 13 Nov 2021   LAST DOSE 0.0025mg

My full tapering program     My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)    My website

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.  Please DO NOT TAG me - thank you.

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Thanks ChessieCat. I will stick it out with the 10% or do less than 10% if the withdrawal symptoms become too much to handle. I’m scared about 3-6-9 months out when depression or anxiety can suddenly appear.

Clonazepam:

1 mg 1/23/22-2/17/22

0.75 mg 2/18/22-2/28/22

0.5 mg 3/1/22-3/10/22

0.25 mg 3/11/22-3/21/22

Lexapro:

5 mg 1/21/22-1/22/22

10 mg 1/23/22-1/31/22

15 mg 2/1/22-2/15/22

20 mg 2/16/22-6/29/22

18 mg 6/30/22-7/20/22

16.5 mg 7/21/22-current

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@genau34

I often will watch various things about these drugs to help motivate me to stay the course and get off.

  Another fascinating one is The Origins of the DSM by Dr. James Davids.  https://youtu.be/6JPgpasgueQ

Here is the sert occupancy for Escitalopram https://ibb.co/7S1f6P6

 

Maybe you will be one of the lucky one and who will taper off easier🌞

https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/24894-greatful-is-this-withdrawal-or-to-many-med-changes-at-once/

1995? Prozac,  tried several Paxil, Serzone, St John's Wart back to Prozac and Trazodone ct:d Traz

 Lexapro. Tried to stop Crash in 2015  Kindled   Hospitalized, Vybrid, Seroquel, Effexor, Abilify  Pristiq, Wellbutrin-- 2016  ended back on   Prozac and Lamictal 200mg

5/2020  thru 12/2020 taper from 20mg  Prozac  down to 3mg.  Crashed  12/13/2020 Zoloft 50mg 1/29ct  1/29/2021 Seroquel 50mg ct  2/12/2021 Wellbutrin 75mg.  Became hypo manic 2/1  6ct Trazadone 50mg 4/25  25mg 2/5/ 2021 Lamictal 150mg.  2/24  100mg   4/9  75mg   4/21 37.5 

2/16/2021 Seroquel 50xr  3/3 100mg  3/17  150mg  side effects ct   4/3 2021 Lexapro 5mg  4/14  7.5mg  4/30 10mg  5/10  7.5mg 

2021/ 5/16  5mg Lexapro   37.5 Lamictal   25mg trazadone,   xanax  .0625mg  3x a day   Magnesium glycinate 300 to 400mg a day 

Lexapro   Sept/01/2021  4.90mg  Sept/25  4.75mg   Oct/19 4.69mg  Nov/14 4.2mg    Jan/30/2022-- All liquid  4.2mg  (2.20mg at 8am & 2mg at 4pm) 2/17 4mg  2/24  3.8mg   3/21 3.4mg  5/2 3mg  6/1  decreasing by 0.02ml  daily  to 2.70 mg  7/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to  2.5 mg 8/1 decreasing 0.02ml daily to 2.3mg

Lamictal 25mg

 

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On 8/6/2022 at 2:18 PM, Greatful said:

Here is the sert occupancy for Escitalopram https://ibb.co/7S1f6P6

 

Maybe you will be one of the lucky one and who will taper off easier🌞

Wow! Thanks for sending me the link to the sert occupancy. Even at 1.7 mg, 50 % sert occupancy. Geez this stuff is strong! And I’m not surprised that I haven’t noticed much withdrawal symptoms yet because the difference between 20 and 15 is not that much sert occupancy wise.

 

I hope I’m one of the lucky ones!! What are the chances of that?

Clonazepam:

1 mg 1/23/22-2/17/22

0.75 mg 2/18/22-2/28/22

0.5 mg 3/1/22-3/10/22

0.25 mg 3/11/22-3/21/22

Lexapro:

5 mg 1/21/22-1/22/22

10 mg 1/23/22-1/31/22

15 mg 2/1/22-2/15/22

20 mg 2/16/22-6/29/22

18 mg 6/30/22-7/20/22

16.5 mg 7/21/22-current

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