Your Lexapro prescription may be good for a year, but a single bottle might deteriorate after a few months. Look carefully on your bottle and find the expiration date. Often this is handwritten by the pharmacist.
If your Lexapro liquid is past its expiration date, it might not be as strong as it was, and you may not be getting the dose you think you're getting.
If you're taking verapamil to counter high blood pressure from withdrawal syndrome, and now you don't have that symptom, you might do well to taper off and reduce your drug burden. The more drugs you take, the harder your body works to cope with them.
I've had hypertension for about 10 yrs now, maybe longer. I've been overwt for a long time, but have lost over 30lbs in the past year and, once I am more physically active, will probably no longer need the verapamil.
I am almost at the point where I dont need it any more but my BP did skyrocket a few days ago, probably due to stress, but regardless of the cause, I can't let it get that high, because it puts me at risk for going into a fib, and that puts me at risk of a stroke from a blood clot. I declined the anti coagulants and will not go on them unless I really have to (only IF I have afib episodes; I've not had any in about er, at least 3 yrs maybe more) I already had to quit seeing the cardiologist because he was trying to bully me into taking ACs and I prefer to avoid going into afib in the first place.
anyway, the bottle of lexapro says it's good til Oct 2017. I don't have any old drugs in the house, I dispose of them if they are past the expiration date. I go thru them all once a month to check.
I am doing a LOT better on the zyprexa. I don't really get much more sleep, about 4 or 5 hrs, but when I am awake, I am no longer suffering with those horrible fears and thoughts that I had before.
I only take 1/2 of the 2.5mg tablet at night, I would sleep better if I took the whole 2.5mg tablet, but I'm not sure I'm going to get any more, so am trying to make them last as long as I can.
Now, I wake up and want to get up and get involved in things, I don't dread the days as I was before; I was actually dreading EVERYTHING, it was incredible how suicidal my thoughts were. Without me ever really thinking of them that way, I just suffered thru each day wishing it was over and that this would all end soon, one way or another.
I'd get on the shopper shuttle bus with the Sr citizens and look at them and pray that I didn't live as long as they had already. I'm the youngest person using this free service, the vast majority of the other riders are at least 10 yrs older than me, most are in their 80s and several are almost 100.
Most ppl would be thinking, awesome, I hope I live that long, but not me, even when I am well, living much past 80 does not appeal to me, probably due to my level of poverty, lack of resources and support system. Life for poor ppl in general is just not a whole lot of fun. what can I say. LOL but I make the most of my limited resources and am in general, satisfied with my life. it's really mostly only when I compare my life to others, that I feel "deprived" but in actuality, I don't want or need much and have everything I need and lot of what I just want, but dont' actually need. Life is good, even when I'm b*tching about it LOL
I am extremely glad to be alive right now, I am grateful to the Mobile Crisis team that helped me to save myself. When I have dark thoughts, I try not to look too far ahead, that day is more than enough for me to deal with. (fleeting dark thoughts do pop up from time to time but I can manage them now)
I'll probably wean off the tiny bit of zyprexa that I'm on now, but under supervision, I hope. I meet with a different nurse who prescribes meds on the 24th.
I'll be seeing the same person who Rxed the refill for the "emergency" Rx of zyprexa, so I have high hopes that she'll be more understanding of my needs.
I could probably CT the zyprexa without any issues but I want to wait til I know I've got someone to cover me if my thinking goes south again. Just as a safety net kind of thing, you know?
I got some seeds today, and am washing out my pots so I can start what I call my Greenie Babies on top of my fridge. Just a few things for now, some lettuce, some coleus and some cool weather flowers. A beautiful one called schizanthus, or butterfly flower.
I usually spend all of January reading over seed catalogs, even though I no longer have space for a garden, just a covered porch for some flowers and a few flats of lettuce and such. I like to dream and reminisce about the gardens I've had in the past.
Got a lot of sewing done the past couple of days, too. It's great to be back IN my life again, finally.
I have been so paralyzed by fear and dread that I've not been able to even think of what I wanted to be doing, I just did things to try to cope with the symptoms
I now only have one symptom, and that's the sleep disturbance. I cant think of a single other one, although some ways down the line, I may be able to notice that I no longer have _____ that I wasn't aware I had at the time. Like the way I didn't know that I had DP/DR til it cleared up, I am allowing for the fact that I might have other WD symptoms now, that I am unaware of and wont realize I had them, til they are gone. Odd to need the absence of somethign to be aware that I had it, LOL
in any case, if I have any other symptoms, they are not interfering with my life, so it's all good
I am still taking the tiny 0.3mgs of lexapro so I'm not a success story yet and considering that I was suicidal just a few days ago, it's way too premature to talk about being fully healed, but as you can see,
I am doing a LOT better.
I think I am probably about 80 to 85% healed.
I will continue to stay on my tiny dose for a min of 6 mos, maybe a year so long as I have access to Rxs for it.
and think about what to do later, cuz I'm too busy living my life to think about that now