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#721 LexAnger

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 06:09 PM

Thank you both cipromillion and Amy!

Sorry I don't have good news, still in acute WD probably also mixed with reaction.
Holding around 0.12 mg did couple drops of 0.0004mg. Altogether had couple 1-2 hour windows in the past few months since the big jump in January. Unlike before, things are not changing for better for a long time. Still hanging, counting hours everyday.
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 10:55 PM

Lex, I am so sorry it's so hard for you. Just hang in there. Remember things will change, even if it doesnt feel like that.

I am here with you.

Tapering Zoloft since 2011. Current dose: 0,002 mg

 

0,003 mg 28 April 0,006 mg 19 April 0,009 mg 8 April 0,013 mg 25 March 0,019 mg 22 March 0,039 mg 18 March? 0,052 mg 16 March 0,079 mg 4 March 0,086 1 March 0,099 mg 22 February 0,11 mg 15 February 0,13 mg 6 February 0,145 mg 24 January 0,15 mg 19 January 0,19 mg 10 January 0,20 mg 3 January

 

2016: 0,98 to 0,22 mg

2015: 2,35 to 1,01 mg

2014: 4,9 to 2,5 mg

2013: 9,1 to 5,1 mg

2012: 15,7 to 9,7 mg

2011: Started on 25 mg - then 50 mg- dropped to 25- to 12.5 mg - back to 25 mg - after 18.75 mg started tiny tapering to 16.6 mg

 

Started on 25 mg Zoloft in March 2011 due to stressrelated tinnitus that gave me panicattacks, then after two weeks up to 50 mg, which dose I was only on for five weeks. Had a terrible reaction to Zoloft from start, but was told to "hold on". After four months on 25 mg/12 mg/18,75 mg I was stuck. Therefore the long taper. Crazy, I know... Super sensitive to drops and have dropped by 4-6 % from the prevoius dose all the way from 17,5 mg.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:26 AM

Hi, Lex.

 

How are you doing these days?

 

Sending warm thoughts. 


<p>Sept 2015: 5 mg Cipralex for 3 weeks. Lots of side effects. Reduced to 2.5 mg for 2 weeks. Experiencing withdrawal and side effects still after dose reduction. Quit after almost 4 weeks on 2.5 mg because of adverse effects. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms still. Reinstating 1mg after 3 weeks. Reduced to 0.50 after 2 days due to sensitive reaction (dysautonomia) and trip to ER. January 2016: After 14 months of tapering from 0.5 mg im now down to 0.08mg. Planing on one more drop before 4-8 weeks healing, then jump to zero. 14.03.17: Lexapro free!


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:47 PM

Thank you my friends keeping an eye on me!
I'm still not seeing any light. Things are quite confusing again. After each cut of 0.0004mg, I would feel momentary spirit lifting the next morning and clear mind for half day or so, hopeful too, then will be hit quickly the next day with heavy symptoms. I have been having this mysterious pattern of one day with severe numb, paralyzed left body, along with mental non functional, then the next day with severe burning/ needling pain with better mental function. After holding for like 10 days or so, my head starts to swollen and tough stiff hard to speak clearly then I would cut again which took the swollen away the next day.

I found my self so sensitized, that taking the initial few tiny drops everyday always bring up immediate dosing reaction with pressure and swollen eyes, and strange head sensation, feeling very ill and wrong overall, usually it's easier to take the reset dose for the day only causing DR like symptoms.

I'm now 4 months since 0.8 mg, according to my tapering rate before the big jump from 0.8mg in January 2017, I should have been down to a dose close to my current dose, so I was hoping things from WD should settle down quite a bit. Only that I updosed from 0.06mg to 0.12 mg in March which very much likely also made things more complicated. all together the strange symptom pattern and the dose change, plus my drug reaction history have made it impossible to know what is caused by what, thereafter a tapering strategy. So I just go along with the symptoms day by day and hour by hour, oftentimes make decision on cutting dose the last minute depending on how I feel that moment.

How are you doing cipromillion? In my thoughts you are still enjoying the trip to Spain. I hope all are good for you and once and fo revere no looking back to this nightmare!

Best wishes!
Lex
<p>2009 Mar.: lexapro 10mg for headache for 2 weeks.2009-2012: on and off 1/4 to 1/3 of 10mg2012 June--2013 Jan,: 1/4-1/3 of 10mg generic, bad jaw pain2013 Jan-Mar: 10 mg generic. severe jaw and head pain; Mar--Aug. started tapering (liquid ever since) from 10 to 5 (one step) then gradually down to 2.25 mg, first ever panic attack, severe head/jaw pain2013 Aug.: back to 2.75 mg; Nov: back to Brand Lex. 2.75mg -- 3mg, slight improvement with pain2014 June: stopped PPI, head pressure/numbness. up-dosed 4.5mg, severe reaction mental symptoms added on2014 Aug--2015 Aug: Micro taper down to 3.2mg, .025mg (<1%) cut holding 2-3 weeks.2015 Aug 15th, Accidental one dose of 4.2mg. worsening brain non-functional, swollen head, body, coma like, DR2016 Feb., started fast taper for the drug toxicity caused by the one dose of 4.2mg, dosing 10am through 11 pm everyday2/13--3.2mg, 3/15-- 2.9mg, 4/19-- 2.6mg, 6/26--2.2mg, 7/22 --1.9mg, 8/16--1.8mg,8/31--1.7m g, 9/13--1.6mg, 9/27--1.5mg, 10/8--1.4mg, 10/14--1.3mg, 11/1--1.2mg, 11/29--1.1mg, 12/12--1mg, 12/22--0.9mg2017: 1/7--0.8mg, 1/15--0.7mg, 1/17--0.6mg, 1/20--0.52, 1/21--0.4mg, 1/22--0.26, 1/23--0.2, sliding Down to 0.13mg by 2/13, then 0.07mg since 2/18, 0.06mg 2/20-3/17, 0.13mg 3/18

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 01:13 AM

Im shocked to hear how hard this drug has been on you. It just makes me som angry and frustrated. So unfair! At least you are doing an incredible jobb making sense out of your patterns and dose reactions. Im confident you will heal over time, my friend. Just keep up the good work and dont give up! We are here to support you on your journey!

 

I dont want to take more space here in you thread, but i will make an update this week. Basically im in a new phase of WD now, and the akathisia has lessened, which is a huge relief. The waves are shorter, but different. More psychological symptoms than before. 

 

Hugs!

 

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<p>Sept 2015: 5 mg Cipralex for 3 weeks. Lots of side effects. Reduced to 2.5 mg for 2 weeks. Experiencing withdrawal and side effects still after dose reduction. Quit after almost 4 weeks on 2.5 mg because of adverse effects. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms still. Reinstating 1mg after 3 weeks. Reduced to 0.50 after 2 days due to sensitive reaction (dysautonomia) and trip to ER. January 2016: After 14 months of tapering from 0.5 mg im now down to 0.08mg. Planing on one more drop before 4-8 weeks healing, then jump to zero. 14.03.17: Lexapro free!






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