So I have taken Lexapro for about 12 years. I started out on 40 mg after having a nervous breakdown and experiencing panic level anxiety all day, every day for several months. Jump ahead 12 years. I have had and continue to participate in some excellent trauma informed counseling and have experienced significant healing. I was determined to get off the Lexapro and had slowly tapered all the way down to 2.5mg per day (cut a 5mg pill in 1/2). I took the 2.5 for about 3 months and was not experiencing any unmanageable anxiety so then I stopped all together. I has been about 3 weeks and my anxiety (the unmanageable type) has come roaring back and I have experienced a couple of hypertensive event where my blood pressure shot up to 200/110. I tried taking some klonopin to counteract the anxiety but I am still experiencing super scary, unmanageable anxiety. Today I decided to go back on the Lexapro. I figured I would take 5mg for a few days then try cutting back to the 2.5. Will I ever be able to get off this stuff? If I get back to the 2.5 mg daily could I taper slowly from that amount and eventually be off the medication all together? May take 2.5 then 1.25, 2.5 then 1.25 and keep tapering slowly from there?

Thanks for listening.