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Donka Doo Balls
Member since Aug 2016
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Success in quitting antidepressants?
Has anyone in here had success weaning off Lexapro after using it for an extended amount of time?

I’ve been on it for a little over a year after being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I discussed getting off the medication with my doctor as I do feel improvement and believe there may not be a need to take it any longer. I feel my anxiety has been reduced since being on the medication, running and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She agrees.

I guess what I’m asking is how did you know it was time and has it worked out for the best for you? My concern is quitting the medication and having the extreme panic come back later.
This post was edited on 11/24 at 7:07 pm


LSU1SLU
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Member since Mar 2013
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re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
It’s not good to get on and off I’ve heard. But I did it with Paxil. Lexapro had me feeling crazy lol. But I’m back on Paxil now. I guess just wean off slowly.


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quail man
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Member since May 2010
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re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
They’re not meant to be long term meds. Trust the doc. You’ll be fine. You have the tools now to cope.


tigergirl10
Member since Jul 2019
4821 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
I was on several different antidepressants and anxiolytics for 15 years. I got off all medications 2 years ago because I was tired of not feeling like myself. Best decision I ever made!

I increased my exercise, started getting more sunshine and vitamin D. I also got blood work done to make sure my thyroid and vitamin D levels were normal as they are big causes of depression. I have never felt better. Despite what many say, it can be done!

Best of luck to you.


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jkylejohnson
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Member since Dec 2016
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re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
Listen to quail man. He's the neighborhood shrink/running stud. Guy knows his stuff


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LSU Patrick
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Member since Jan 2009
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re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
Work with your doctor. If your doctor won’t work with you, find another doctor. Don’t stop on your own.


TideSaint
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re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
quote:

LSU Patrick


I feel like you and I would be pretty good friends if it weren't for our collegiate fandom. We share almost all the same beliefs sans college football.


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Lawyered
Ole Miss Fan
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Member since Oct 2016
12183 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
Very slow wean.

It can be done and it sounds like youve got a system in place that will help support your coming off of them


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MontyFranklyn
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Member since Jan 2012
22595 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
Im too afraid to stop taking mine


ecb
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2010
6455 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
I'm planning on getting off lexapro soon, but will follow my doctor's directions


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rebel cat
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Member since Mar 2020
276 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
If you quit all your symptoms will reemerge. A lot of people take antidepressants. Mild to no side affects. If that's all you have I would just stay on it.


Mo Jeaux
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NYC
Member since Aug 2008
43893 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
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If you quit all your symptoms will reemerge. A lot of people take antidepressants. Mild to no side affects. If that's all you have I would just stay on it.



Yikes.


Mo Jeaux
LSU Fan
NYC
Member since Aug 2008
43893 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
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Im too afraid to stop taking mine


Why?


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mceuph
LSU Fan
New Orleans, LA
Member since Dec 2005
664 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
Weaned off twice with zero side effects. Both times had been on it for 6 months or more, dosage ranged from 10-20 milligrams during that time. Sounds like you’re doing everything the right way, no need to be afraid if you’re following your doctor’s advice and weaning off slowly. You can always go back on it if needed.


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rebel cat
Atlanta Braves Fan
Member since Mar 2020
276 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
If he’s on a high dose I would check with you’re doctor before getting off. If it’s at the lowest dose then just stop taking it or cut it in half, taper down.

You will be so miserable if you stop taking it at a higher dose. I did this with Zoloft years ago. Absolutely the sickest I’ve ever been.
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Donka Doo Balls
Member since Aug 2016
69 posts

re: Success in quitting antidepressants?
I’m on 20mg right now and currently alternating one day on one day of for 2 weeks followed by one day on two days off for another 2 weeks. This was recommended by my doctor.


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