I have been on Lexapro for over 7 years, tried unsuccessfully to wean off several times. My doctor emphatically states that I will be on it for the rest of my life.... I am determined as heck to prove him wrong. Right now, I have weaned myself from 20 mg to only 2.5, and I am almost ready to go off altogether.
Is there anyone else in my shoes? Are you taking meds, weaning off, or have successfully remained med free for any period of time? I would love to hear your story.
Leese, antidepressants must be stopped very very gradually. The most gradually you can, you are never gradual enough!! It' normal! Believe me, if you stop them gradually, you'll stop them in not a too long time, and you won't feel any withdrawal symtoms anymore, then!! It doesn't depend on how many years someone has taken them.
I cannot say anything about depression symptoms, of course, they are very very personal.
I was prescribed Xanax for about 4 years. Slowly weaned myself off and now I only take them when flying or if I have a terrible panic attack. Ive found that St. Johns Wort works well to ease the anxiety, but I also practice meditation and breathing techniques + lots of exercise. Still working on myself, its really tough sometimes, especially during the winter.
Just tried St John's wort for the first time today. OMG this stuff rocks! Feel good again for like the first time in several months.
I've been taking 20 mg of Cipralex a day for 5+ years. I'm just not starting to think about weaning off of it (but I'm pretty scared because my life while depressed was pretty terrible). I snapped out of my depression when I switched to a whole food, macrobiotic diet and since becoming primarily raw and vegan I seem to be getting happier by the day.
I am going to be speaking to my doctor about beginning the weaning off process next month so I figured that connecting in this group would probably be really good for me to do now.