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My Successful Lexapro Withdraw Story (Updated List of Helpful Resources)

PART 1

My Successful Lexapro Withdraw Story (April 2008)

I decided to take the time to write this because I had a very hard time finding anyone with similar withdraw experiences as me.  I had an even harder time finding a successful taper schedule that minimized the withdraw side effects.  What little information I found was a tremendous help in getting me through this challenging time.  The piece of mind that “what I was experiencing was normal” was priceless.  My hope is that by writing this I will help someone through the difficult withdrawal process.  In my experience very few people who have been successful in withdrawing from these drugs remain on forums such as this to help people and answer questions for those currently going through these experiences.

I am a 32 yr old male. I am married with two children under the age of 5.  I am a professional and I manage a multi-million dollar a year business.  I was on Lexapro for about 4 years.  A family practice MD put me on it in 2004 during a very stressful time in my life (new baby, new job, relocation, professional licensure examination, etc.).  Maybe I needed it, maybe not.   I now know I did not have good stress coping skills at that point in my life. In hind site, the Dr had probably just seen the Lexapro rep and so there I was on it.  

Fast-forward 3.5 years. I was still on the drug with no end in site.  In fact, I had now added 150 mg of Wellbutrin per day to the mix because the Lexapro was making feel so bad. I decided to ditch the family practice MD and found a Psychiatrist, MD with the goal to start the process of weaning off these drugs.  I felt the side effects while on the drug were hindering my day-to-day life.  In summary, I felt worse on the drug than any benefit I received from the drug.  

After a trial and error process, it took me about 6 months to wean off 10 mg of Lexapro going down in 2.5 mg increments.    I was very sensitive to coming off this drug.  As I write this, I am seven weeks off Lexapro and I feel somewhat back to normal.  I can cope with day-to-day life and have no desire to go back on Lexapro. Keep in mind I just started withdrawing from the Wellbutrin.   However, it took a good 6 weeks to get over the Lexapro withdraw side effects.   Weeks 2 through 4 were the most difficult to cope with in my case. I experienced the following withdraw side effects:

· Very dry, sore, aching eyes
· Brain zaps/shivers (mild)
· Blurred vision
· Constant Headaches (I took the maximum dose of Tylenol each day, 400 mg for about 6 weeks)
· What I would call severe nausea (I took the maximum dose of Pepto-Bismol each day for about 6 weeks)
· Trouble sleeping
· Self-doubt and wondering if I would ever be normal again
· Wanting to cry for no reason

However, I made it through the difficult 6 weeks one day at a time.  In faith I even threw away the left over Lexapro pills so I could not relapse.  Please keep in mind I did this under the supervision of a MD.    I made it and you can too!  Hang in there.  It can be very difficult.

I am now two weeks into the process of withdrawing from Wellbutrin.  I will post this experience once I finish.  However at this point, it appears easier to withdraw than the Lexapro in my case.   Good luck and God Bless.

Helpful Resources During my Journey:

1) The Holy Bible
2) Attending Church Regularly
3) Remembering God is in control.  This did not catch Him by surprise and He already made provision for me.  
4) Supplements:  Vitamin B Stress Complex, Vitamin C, Multi Vitamin, Magnesium
5) Hope and Help for Your Nerves (Book) - Dr. Claire Weekes
6) The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne
7) Embracing the Fear: Learning To Manage Anxiety & Panic Attacks (Paperback) by Judith Bemis (Author), AMR Barrada (Author)
8) Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway (r) (Paperback) by Susan Jeffers

PART 2

In my previous post (My Successful Lexapro Withdraw Story), I summarized my experience from Lexapro Withdrawl.  As I type this I am  2 months Lexapro free and  I am starting week 4 of my Wellbutrin withdraw.  I will post my experience and  schedule once I have completed the Wellbutrin withdrawl.  This post is intended to share my Lexapro withdrawl schedule.  I was very sensitive to the drug withdrawl and the resulting side effects.  It took me just under 28 weeks to wean off 10 mg per day after taking this dosage for about 4 years.  My withdrawl schedule stepped down from 10 mg to 7.5 mg to 5 mg to 2.5 mg to 0 mg.  I know this was a long withdrawl, especially when compared to other's stories on this forum.  However it still was not a breeze in my experince; rather it made the side effects managable since I have a fairly hectic day-to-day life.  Good luck with making it through your withdrawl and God Bless!

Lexapro Withdrawl Schedule Started 8/13/07
After just over 4 years on 10 mg per day
Withdrawl took me just under 28 weeks to complete



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Lexapro Withdrawl Schedule Started 8/13/07
After just over 4 years on 10 mg per day
Withdrawl took me just under 28 weeks to compl

No. Days Day of Week Date Dosage (mg)
1 Monday 8/13/07 10
2 Tuesday 8/14/07 10
3 Wednesday 8/15/07 7.5
4 Thursday 8/16/07 10
5 Friday 8/17/07 7.5
6 Saturday 8/18/07 10
7 Sunday 8/19/07 7.5
8 Monday 8/20/07 10
9 Tuesday 8/21/07 7.5
10 Wednesday 8/22/07 10
11 Thursday 8/23/07 7.5
12 Friday 8/24/07 10
13 Saturday 8/25/07 7.5
14 Sunday 8/26/07 10
15 Monday 8/27/07 7.5
16 Tuesday 8/28/07 10
17 Wednesday 8/29/07 7.5
18 Thursday 8/30/07 10
19 Friday 8/31/07 7.5
20 Saturday 9/1/07 10
21 Sunday 9/2/07 7.5
22 Monday 9/3/07 10
23 Tuesday 9/4/07 7.5
24 Wednesday 9/5/07 7.5
25 Thursday 9/6/07 7.5
26 Friday 9/7/07 7.5
27 Saturday 9/8/07 7.5
28 Sunday 9/9/07 7.5
29 Monday 9/10/07 7.5
30 Tuesday 9/11/07 7.5
31 Wednesday 9/12/07 7.5
32 Thursday 9/13/07 7.5
33 Friday 9/14/07 7.5
34 Saturday 9/15/07 7.5
35 Sunday 9/16/07 7.5
36 Monday 9/17/07 7.5
37 Tuesday 9/18/07 7.5
38 Wednesday 9/19/07 7.5
39 Thursday 9/20/07 7.5
40 Friday 9/21/07 7.5
41 Saturday 9/22/07 7.5
42 Sunday 9/23/07 7.5
43 Monday 9/24/07 7.5
44 Tuesday 9/25/07 7.5
45 Wednesday 9/26/07 7.5
46 Thursday 9/27/07 5
47 Friday 9/28/07 7.5
48 Saturday 9/29/07 5
49 Sunday 9/30/07 7.5
50 Monday 10/1/07 5
51 Tuesday 10/2/07 7.5
52 Wednesday 10/3/07 5
53 Thursday 10/4/07 7.5
54 Friday 10/5/07 5
55 Saturday 10/6/07 7.5
56 Sunday 10/7/07 5
57 Monday 10/8/07 7.5
58 Tuesday 10/9/07 5
59 Wednesday 10/10/07 7.5
60 Thursday 10/11/07 5
61 Friday 10/12/07 7.5
62 Saturday 10/13/07 5
63 Sunday 10/14/07 7.5
64 Monday 10/15/07 5
65 Tuesday 10/16/07 7.5
66 Wednesday 10/17/07 5
67 Thursday 10/18/07 7.5
68 Friday 10/19/07 5
69 Saturday 10/20/07 7.5
70 Sunday 10/21/07 5
71 Monday 10/22/07 7.5
72 Tuesday 10/23/07 5
73 Wednesday 10/24/07 7.5
74 Thursday 10/25/07 5
75 Friday 10/26/07 7.5
76 Saturday 10/27/07 5
77 Sunday 10/28/07 7.5
78 Monday 10/29/07 5
79 Tuesday 10/30/07 7.5
80 Wednesday 10/31/07 5
81 Thursday 11/1/07 7.5
82 Friday 11/2/07 5
83 Saturday 11/3/07 7.5
84 Sunday 11/4/07 5
85 Monday 11/5/07 7.5
86 Tuesday 11/6/07 5
87 Wednesday 11/7/07 7.5
88 Thursday 11/8/07 5
89 Friday 11/9/07 7.5
90 Saturday 11/10/07 5
91 Sunday 11/11/07 7.5
92 Monday 11/12/07 5
93 Tuesday 11/13/07 5
94 Wednesday 11/14/07 5
95 Thursday 11/15/07 5
96 Friday 11/16/07 5
97 Saturday 11/17/07 5
98 Sunday 11/18/07 5
99 Monday 11/19/07 5
100 Tuesday 11/20/07 5
101 Wednesday 11/21/07 5
102 Thursday 11/22/07 5
103 Friday 11/23/07 5
104 Saturday 11/24/07 5
105 Sunday 11/25/07 5
106 Monday 11/26/07 5
107 Tuesday 11/27/07 5
108 Wednesday 11/28/07 5
109 Thursday 11/29/07 5
110 Friday 11/30/07 5
111 Saturday 12/1/07 5
112 Sunday 12/2/07 5
113 Monday 12/3/07 5
114 Tuesday 12/4/07 5
115 Wednesday 12/5/07 5
116 Thursday 12/6/07 5
117 Friday 12/7/07 5
118 Saturday 12/8/07 5
119 Sunday 12/9/07 5
120 Monday 12/10/07 5
121 Tuesday 12/11/07 5
122 Wednesday 12/12/07 5
123 Thursday 12/13/07 5
124 Friday 12/14/07 5
125 Saturday 12/15/07 5
126 Sunday 12/16/07 2.5
127 Monday 12/17/07 5
128 Tuesday 12/18/07 2.5
129 Wednesday 12/19/07 5
130 Thursday 12/20/07 2.5
131 Friday 12/21/07 5
132 Saturday 12/22/07 2.5
133 Sunday 12/23/07 5
134 Monday 12/24/07 2.5
135 Tuesday 12/25/07 5
136 Wednesday 12/26/07 2.5
137 Thursday 12/27/07 5
138 Friday 12/28/07 2.5
139 Saturday 12/29/07 2.5
140 Sunday 12/30/07 2.5
141 Monday 12/31/07 2.5
142 Tuesday 1/1/08 2.5
143 Wednesday 1/2/08 2.5
144 Thursday 1/3/08 2.5
145 Friday 1/4/08 2.5
146 Saturday 1/5/08 2.5
147 Sunday 1/6/08 2.5
148 Monday 1/7/08 2.5
149 Tuesday 1/8/08 2.5
150 Wednesday 1/9/08 2.5
151 Thursday 1/10/08 2.5
152 Friday 1/11/08 2.5
153 Saturday 1/12/08 2.5
154 Sunday 1/13/08 2.5
155 Monday 1/14/08 2.5
156 Tuesday 1/15/08 2.5
157 Wednesday 1/16/08 2.5
158 Thursday 1/17/08 2.5
159 Friday 1/18/08 2.5
160 Saturday 1/19/08 2.5
161 Sunday 1/20/08 2.5
162 Monday 1/21/08 2.5
163 Tuesday 1/22/08 2.5
164 Wednesday 1/23/08 2.5
165 Thursday 1/24/08 2.5
166 Friday 1/25/08 NONE
167 Saturday 1/26/08 2.5
168 Sunday 1/27/08 NONE
169 Monday 1/28/08 2.5
170 Tuesday 1/29/08 NONE
171 Wednesday 1/30/08 2.5
172 Thursday 1/31/08 NONE
173 Friday 2/1/08 2.5
174 Saturday 2/2/08 NONE
175 Sunday 2/3/08 2.5
176 Monday 2/4/08 NONE
177 Tuesday 2/5/08 2.5
178 Wednesday 2/6/08 NONE
179 Thursday 2/7/08 2.5
180 Friday 2/8/08 NONE
181 Saturday 2/9/08 2.5
182 Sunday 2/10/08 NONE
183 Monday 2/11/08 2.5
184 Tuesday 2/12/08 NONE
185 Wednesday 2/13/08 2.5
186 Thursday 2/14/08 NONE
187 Friday 2/15/08 2.5
188 Saturday 2/16/08 NONE
189 Sunday 2/17/08 2.5
190 Monday 2/18/08 NONE
191 Tuesday 2/19/08 2.5
192 Wednesday 2/20/08 NONE
193 Thursday 2/21/08 2.5
194 Thursday 2/22/08 DONE
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Hi GHR.  I am getting ready to wean off remeron.  How did you cut from 10 to 7.5.  Did you have a liquid form?  I too am sensitive to any change in these drugs, whether it is increasing the dose or decreasing the dose.  I know I will have to go really slow also but I believe it can be done.  
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I'm doing something similar except I was advised not to go up and down, rather to just hold steady. So about nine months ago I went from 20mg to 15mg for about three months. Than, from 15mg to 10 mg for three months. From 10mg to 5 mg for two months. Now I am on the last step at 2.5 mgs for amout one month to six weeks. I want there to be lots of warm, wonderful sun shining when I am off as this will help seretonin production. Also, I too am taking iron supplements every day and B complex with C and D's. I am working with my psychologist on this to help with strategies for anxiety and panic and would not have started until I was using the strategies successfully.  But I couldn't do this  without Faith and prayer. It keeps me calm and focussed. Good luck to all and stay positive.
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