how to wean off lexapro 10 mg

Posted by littlecroissant @littlecroissant, Nov 1, 2018

Hi I’m a 30 year old female. I have been on antidepressants since I was 16 and I’ve been on lexapro for about 4 years now. Prior to that I was taking Prozac. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m fed up with the side effects of lexapro – feeling numb like a zombie and emotionally detached most days, also gained weight and sleep cycle is affected. I want to wean off it so I’m thinking of cutting down to 3/4 first for maybe the first one or two months and cutting down a quarter gradually until I’m not taking anymore. One of my main motivations for getting off this drug is because I no longer feel like I need it but I’m scared of going cold turkey because when I tried it previously the affects were so bad I had to take lexapro again. Another thing is I want to get pregnant and start a family soon and I do not wish to take the risk of harming the foetus… I’m going to wean off in a week while I resource myself with supplements like b 6, b12 and folic acid along with omega 3s fatty acids. I am also thinking of taking theanine later on. Please do advise on what’s the best way to go about this…

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@deegee75

I never asked my doctor how to taper — but I told her that when I tried to go from 10 mg to 7.5 mg. (this is the type of taper I see and hear about), I became "jittery" after three weeks; then I let her know that I wanted to try the 10% taper that I read about on the website "Surviving Antidepressants" – to do that I needed her to prescribe liquid lexapro. She was fully willing to try it my way and prescribe what was needed.

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My doctor cannot prescribe the liquid. Said to try taking every other day for a month or so, then every 2 days, etc. anyone try this method? Any success?

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@aisel

My doctor cannot prescribe the liquid. Said to try taking every other day for a month or so, then every 2 days, etc. anyone try this method? Any success?

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What do you mean your "doctor cannot prescribe the liquid"? That doesn't make any sense.
I would switch doctors. According to information on the Surviving Antidepressants website, alternating dosages for antidepressants is not recommended. I have heard it does work for sleeping pills like lunesta.

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I tried to post a link to an interview with the individual that created the website Surviving Antidepressants. (I HIGHLY recommend this site if you are trying to come off psychiatric drugs. ) As a new member, I am not allowed to post links — so google "Mad in America" interview with Adele Framer. Also check out the Mad in America interview with Dr. Mark Horowitz entitled "Peer-Support Groups Were Right, Guidelines Were Wrong: Dr. Mark Horowitz on Tapering Off Antidepressants." Also, the article "Very Slow Tapering Best For Antidepressant Withdrawal" also in Mad in America about an article in the British Medical Journal Lancet.

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@aisel

My doctor cannot prescribe the liquid. Said to try taking every other day for a month or so, then every 2 days, etc. anyone try this method? Any success?

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Never heard of a doctor that “can’t” prescribe liquid. Why??? Your doctor doesn’t know how to taper . This isn’t unusual, the vast majority of doctors don’t.

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@deegee75

I tried to post a link to an interview with the individual that created the website Surviving Antidepressants. (I HIGHLY recommend this site if you are trying to come off psychiatric drugs. ) As a new member, I am not allowed to post links — so google "Mad in America" interview with Adele Framer. Also check out the Mad in America interview with Dr. Mark Horowitz entitled "Peer-Support Groups Were Right, Guidelines Were Wrong: Dr. Mark Horowitz on Tapering Off Antidepressants." Also, the article "Very Slow Tapering Best For Antidepressant Withdrawal" also in Mad in America about an article in the British Medical Journal Lancet.

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Hi @deegee75,
I noticed that you wished to post a URL to resources with your post. You will be able to add URLs to your posts in a few days. There is a brief period where new members can't post links. We do this to deter spammers and keep the community safe. Clearly the links you wanted to post are not spam. Please allow me to post them for you.

– Peer-Support Groups Were Right, Guidelines Were Wrong: Dr. Mark Horowitz on Tapering Off Antidepressants https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/03/peer-support-groups-right-official-guidelines-wrong-dr-mark-horowitz-tapering-off-antidepressants/
– Very Slow Tapering Best For Antidepressant Withdrawal https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/03/slow-tapering-best-antidepressant-withdrawal/

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