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Coming off lexapro
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:19:56 PM »
What is the best way to taper off Lexapro?  I know I should follow what my dr tells me but I got the feeling she wasn't sure.  I am on 10 mg daily.  She said to take 10 one day,  5 the next alternating for one week. .  Then 5 mg a day for a week, then every other day for a week, then every third day , then stop.  Does that sound okay ?
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Re: Coming off lexapro
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 11:11:22 PM »
What is the best way to taper off Lexapro?  I know I should follow what my dr tells me but I got the feeling she wasn't sure.  I am on 10 mg daily.  She said to take 10 one day,  5 the next alternating for one week. .  Then 5 mg a day for a week, then every other day for a week, then every third day , then stop.  Does that sound okay ?

I think the best way of weaning off an antidepressant is to reverse how you weaned onto it.  For most taking Lexapro that was probably 5mg for a week or two and then 10mg. If that's how you started Lexapro then take 5mg for 7 days after which you can quit. If you want to be ultra cautious then take 2.5mg for another week, but given you've only been taking Lexapro for about 3 months you shouldn't need to.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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