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wantrelief

Hi Ikam,

 

It sounds like you are feeling much better.  You are accomplishing a lot with this new job and all of the driving it entails.  I agree with CW - it seems like a good time to hold and enjoy the stability you are experiencing, especially as you will need your energy to go towards your new responsibilities.  Happy to hear you are doing well!

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ikam

40 days at 10mg of what? It is not clear from your signature....

 

I would suggest, since you seem to be coming out of the woods a bit as far as symptoms go, that you might just want to keep holding? Keeping stable for the new job is important and being able to keep to a schedule for sleep, travel and work is something to aim for. If there is no great rush, why don't you hold a month more and see how it goes?

Oh, I made mistake, it is 40 days of 2.5mg.

Of course I would like to decrease asap, but of course I will keep holding...

It was just a rhetorical question...

 

I am a bit worried at present as I seem to have some problem with vision in my right eye, kind of hazy...itbis more pronounced when I am tired...i slept longer last night and it is better...

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ikam

Hi Ikam,

 

It sounds like you are feeling much better.  You are accomplishing a lot with this new job and all of the driving it entails.  I agree with CW - it seems like a good time to hold and enjoy the stability you are experiencing, especially as you will need your energy to go towards your new responsibilities.  Happy to hear you are doing well!

Yes, I like what you said, "enjoy the stability"...i have not felt as good for a long time...maybe last time during summer...

I have been much calmer...

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clearday

I agree.....if you can feel decent and stable at 2.5 mg Lexapro, that is a great thing.

 

IMO: best to take this taper as long and slow as possible, Most important thing right now is to feel good, not to "get off the drug". Patience....

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ikam

I agree.....if you can feel decent and stable at 2.5 mg Lexapro, that is a great thing.

 

IMO: best to take this taper as long and slow as possible, Most important thing right now is to feel good, not to "get off the drug". Patience....

Thanks. It is good to be stopped in my urge to go faster...

 

It seems that I might have done my effexor tapper too fast, although it lasted around three years...

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clearday

I was stable on 5 mg of Lexapro for  a couple years; I cold turkeyed off it because I was clueless. One year later, I am still suffering. If I could do it over, I would taper as you are doing. It's easy to forget how strong these drugs are when we're stable on them. I'll get better, but I probably could have spared myself a lot of suffering if I did the 10% taper. IMO, better to get your life back on track, get stronger, and resume the slow taper when the time is right. The taper folks on here can help you during those final last drops - tricky stuff from what I've read - :)  

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ikam

I was stable on 5 mg of Lexapro for  a couple years; I cold turkeyed off it because I was clueless. One year later, I am still suffering. If I could do it over, I would taper as you are doing. It's easy to forget how strong these drugs are when we're stable on them. I'll get better, but I probably could have spared myself a lot of suffering if I did the 10% taper. IMO, better to get your life back on track, get stronger, and resume the slow taper when the time is right. The taper folks on here can help you during those final last drops - tricky stuff from what I've read - :)

 

I remember that in the end of effexor it was much slower than in the beginning...i stayed on the last dose for two months or so...

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ikam

42 days of 2.5mg

I am feeling much better, something I never thought I would reach...when I was so ill from meds I had no hope...

Now I am beginning to feel in control and able to plan...

 

I am still a bit unsure about the harm of staying on 2.5mg and other meds and the harm that is caused by a faster decrease...but I am beginning to see that abrubt stopping causes so much havoc...

 

I think that despite of slow effexor tapper it was still too fast, as I developed so many symptoms. Nobody was able to find anything. I had twice MRI, one on my knee (i had stabbing pain) and one of my pelvic floor (i had rectal pain)...i was ill with diarrhoea, treated for pancreatic disfunction. I had severe migraines...

That time I did not know it almost all related to WD...so I was in a panic, rushing to see doctors and being treated...i was prescribed more and more strong meds...

 

There are thoughts such as how long it will take me to be drug free? and thinking that it will never happen...

 

I wonder, if I decided to postpone my next step with escitalopram, could I deal with PPI? At the moment I am still highly acidic and my throat is still affected. I had to add gaviscon in the evening which really helped...My gastro appointment will be in two months, but I guess they will only swap PPI...most likely I will have endoscopy...

 

I am going to see my naturopath tomorrow...i am still unsure how much she knows about withdrawal, but she said she helped people on various meds...she helped me in the past to stop Creon and other meds...

I know more myself now, so I will guide her in dome way...

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ikam

My naturopath uses a gentle approach, she gave my some homeopatic prescription to assist my process...also something called http://rainintl.com/products/ingredients/

I will give it a try as it seems more like food rather than supplement...

 

I have been ok today, no paresthesia. Just had headache in the morning, it has gone now...

 

Tomorrow, back to work...this work has given me a good distraction and hope that I will be able to manage financially...i have started making other plans related to work as well...

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LexAnger

Good for you Ikam! Keep going with better days.

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ikam

Good for you Ikam! Keep going with better days.

Thank you. It seems that I am quite lucky, as many symptoms have gone...

I have decided that at some point I will be doing a slow tapper...maybe %5 or less...i need to be stable to do my job...

 

Hope your day has been not so bad...i do often think about your pains and feel a bit powerless that cannot help much...

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LoveandLight

Hi Ikam! I'm happy for you!

 

Xx

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ikam

Hi Ikam! I'm happy for you!

Xx

THANK U!

Your few words made me smile and I needed this. I am so tired now...but your words have made me smile :)

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Tilly

Hi Ikam,

 

I haven't been on here for a while. It's so wonderful to read about your progress and how well you are doing in your new job.

 

I'm so happy for you!

 

Have a relaxing weekend.

 

Tilly x

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ikam

Hi Ikam,

 

I haven't been on here for a while. It's so wonderful to read about your progress and how well you are doing in your new job.

 

I'm so happy for you!

 

Have a relaxing weekend.

 

Tilly x

Thank you Tilly. And how are you doing? Have not heard from you so long...

 

I am trying my best... I dont want to minimise my symptoms, but I also don't want to live through symptoms...

I am still a bit confused in what people call neuro-emotions and what are my usual emotions...as far as I remember I have always been miserable in the morning, deeling with panic, catastrophising, worrying a lot, not wanting to be alive etc. So I cannot consider this as WD...

Today morning I woke up low, sad...but it is saturday and I am usually quite lonely during the weekend...

Also I booked an appointment with the optician, as I am worried about my eye...

I know, I will get better towards evening...

 

Looking back, no wonder I am prone to sadness, my mother was always panicked, my father difficult to predict (could give me money or beating for the same reason)...

 

But, anyway, I am 55 today...hmmm...

 

Started my new supplement, it seems something more gentle, it is called http://www.rainsoulmiracle.com/

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ikam

Hi Ikam,

 

I haven't been on here for a while. It's so wonderful to read about your progress and how well you are doing in your new job.

 

I'm so happy for you!

 

Have a relaxing weekend.

 

Tilly x

One more, I am going to do the same tappering as you, either 5 or 10%. this is how I dealt with effexor in the past...

Seems as a better option, although I still want to have this poison out of my system asap...

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ikam

I went to see optician today. Nothing to worry about. I need new glasses for reading and also for distance...

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ikam

50 days on 2.5mg, doing well...

 

Added recently supplement called Rain Soul, it seems good. Also added some homeopatic remedies, something for arthritis and inflamation...

 

Thinking about some multivitamin...

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LexAnger

wow, great news!

very happy for you!

 

Do you have any symptoms at all?

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ikam

I don't get paresthesia anymore, but my hands are still achy. I am more tired, but it may relate to more active life...Easily emotional, e.g. anxiety or sadness, irritation...

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ikam

I have been thinking that I want to be able to recognise WD, but don't let it to rule my life, but at the same be able not to minimise it...

I dont want to be in denial as I used to be, but also dont want to maximise it...

Is this possible?

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ikam

Low and tired...

Did not go to work today and feel rather hopeless now...

Had thought/urges today morning to take doxepin and sleep all day (the way I used to do in the past)...

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clearday

Must be in the air. I felt lousy this morning too, and a few others here -

 

Feeling any better?

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ikam

Must be in the air. I felt lousy this morning too, and a few others here -

 

Feeling any better?

Must be in the air. I felt lousy this morning too, and a few others here -

 

Feeling any better?

Thanks, better. Went to work today. No guilt anymore...

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ikam

I am thinking to give it another week and decrease %5...

It seems I am more less my usual self...

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LoveandLight

Good to hear, Ikam :)

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ikam

Felt exhausted today...I think anybody would be tired when driving 130miles a day and spending 8 hours in a very budy service...i dont have my desk, so I swap every so often...

Oh, I am tired of my life...it seems so chaotic at present...my marriage does not exist, but I have no money for a divorce (to make a formal ending). My almost-ex-husband (i saw him last three years ago) lived at my property and I always worry if he will pay the mortgage in time...i cqnnot live there, as there are no jobs there...etc. etc...whatever I think about seems out of order...

No wonder I am tired, as I need to keep so much on hold...

I hardly have anything to recharge my battery...so I started compensating with food, eating lots of sweets...i never had cravings like this...

 

I will try to restart multivitamin...

 

Moreover I am in a daily pain...the pain as if arthritis, every morning, also when I drive...

Also constant acid reflux...i do worry as I have some strange symptoms in my esophagus, it has been for over two months (since I started escitalopram), I constantly have to clear my throat, feel some oobstruction there, lots of phlegm... worried tgat I may a cancer...

Has anybody had so severe problems in this area? I increased PPI...no major change...

 

Tired, so tired...

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LoveandLight

Where about in the uk are you, Ikam?

 

Totally know the feeling of just being tired of life..don't know what the answer is x

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ikam

Where about in the uk are you, Ikam?

Totally know the feeling of just being tired of life..don't know what the answer is x

I used to live in London, moved to essex more than half a year ago. Really regret this move. Feel kind of trapped...

Want to get back to London...

You live in the nice area, dont you?

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LoveandLight

It is meant to be nice but for me. It's a traumatic place to be.

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ikam

It is meant to be nice but for me. It's a traumatic place to be.

I can relate, there are places that I cannot go to...

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ikam

I had paresthesia today morning. I wonder if it could relate to feeling so tired and driving. When I was driving yesterday, I remember that holding a steering wheel felt more painful...I was very tired...I am still tired...My hands feel kind of "wooden"...also, bit of headache and irritation...

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ikam

What is the correlation between PPI and AD? I dont understand it fully. But I increased PPI two days ago and my WD symptoms have gotten worse...

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ikam

Last two days I have had paresthesia back, both hands in the morning, but also tingling during the day.

I have been more tired from driving to work and working, so I thought it related to tiredness...

 

But I also think that the homeopatic remedies (based on alcohol) may have caused this.

I started taking last week something called:

- traumieel drops http://www.traumeel.com/Traumeel-com-Drops.html

- rain supplement http://www.rainsoulmiracle.com/

I have not made any further decrease. Is this possible that escitalopram still adversely. interacts with doxepin? Or this is just withdrawal and reaction to homeopatic remedies?

I am going to stop homeopatic remedies today...

Thank you

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ikam

It is a bit hard at the moment. It feels as if I am failing...i had such a good start with new work, etc. Life was good. Last week feeling I am going down hill...I dont mind having low mood, but i feel powerless with physical symptoms...

 

I am definetely more tired from driving (2hours one way) and working in a busy service...

 

There are other aspects of my life that make my situation quite difficult...

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ikam

I am thinking to give it another week and decrease %5...

It seems I am more less my usual self...

I am not going to decrease yet...

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