I have been on 10mg of Cipralex/Escitalopram for roughly 8 months. I was put on it for severe anxiety/depression and ocd. I feel a lot better now and can't really except some of the sexual side effects the cipralex causes. I was thinking about weaning my self off the cipralex. Going down 2.5mg every week. I was wondering if I did this if I would be able to completely avoid withdrawal symptoms? I was also wondering if the original anxiety symptoms I was suffering from before I was taking the cipralex will just return after I have weaned my self off it?
Most folks flop when they wean themselves off because they have no idea how long it actually takes. I can say this because I was one of them, and I lost 9 months of my life and screwed up 3 years more of it doing that very thing (not with the med you mention here).
After 8 months you would need a supervised 2-3, 3-4 months to get off it without most of the withdrawal misery. Completely avoid? Maybe, if you take the months and keep the Dr involved the WD can be dramatically reduced.
I have been on Cipralex 10 mg for about 7 months, my Pysch, therapist and I all agreed to let me try to get off.
1 week at 5mg, then nothing.
At day 9 without Cipralex my world crashed.. emotions went nuts, anxiety peaked,raging headaches day and night, blurry swimming vision, odd lightheadedness, poor sleep, filled with terrors.
I could barely function so I got in to see my team ASAP, I went back on that day.
I wont be trying that again until I am REALLY ready and will be going down much much mroe slowly and for a long time. I hear 6-8 weeks is much easier to deal with.
- Escitalopram Information for Consumers
- Escitalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Escitalopram (detailed)
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