I have been on this medication 10 mg for about three and a half weeks. It makes me feel like crap, it changed my whole personality, and I worry more than I did before. The only reason I was put on the drug is because of mild aggravated emotions at times. I hate the way it makes me feel so I have tapered myself off to .5 mg for the last 3 days. How long should I continue to taper until I can stop taking the med?
I agree with sapersells ~ you should ask your doctor's advice before stopping this medication as you may suffer discontinuation syndrome and possibly a rebound of your original symptoms.
I (foolishly) tapered myself off over a month's time years ago and the results were horrific.
Please talk to your doctor, okay?
Best regards, Wildcat
I am currently working on tapering off of Lexapro. I went from 20, down to 15, then 10, then 5, now at 2.5. Did the first tapers (20-5 over a course of a few weeks, started lexapro end of June), then tapered down to the 2.5 and did every other day for a week, then every 2 days for a week then stopped. After 5 days had lots of w/d symptoms (racing heart, sweating, headaches, not feeling myself, panic attacks that I never had before), so I started back at 2.5 which I will do for a week then asking my dr. to prescribe the liquid so I can taper slower (planning on doing 2.0 for a week, then 1.5 for a week, 1.0 for a week, .50 for a week, then .25 for a week and then see how that goes. From everything I have read, the slower the taper the better the results getting off of Lexapro without too many issues. Best of luck to you! (By the way, the taper that my dr. prescribed was way too fast, his nurse who took Lexapro suggested my new plan as that is what she had to do to get off of it).
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