New Year, New Me!
I hope these last few days of the new year have gone well! Â The saying ‘new year, new me’ is probably used the most during this time of year; but I this time really rings true.
I am proud to say that as of January 1, 2017 I am OFFICIALLY off of my daily medication! Â IÂ have been very open and honest about my anxiety and taking daily medication in past posts. Â WantingÂ to continue with this in my journeyÂ in hopesÂ that I can help someone that is/was going through the same things as I am/have.
After nearly 3 years onÂ medication every day, I decided that taking lexapro wasn’t working for me anymore. Â Lexapro was no longer doing what I initially had been put on the medication for, and that’s when I knew it was time to stop.
I researched this quite a bit, making sure that I can wean myself off safely. Â Unlike medication someone takes when they have a cold, medications for mental illness’ are different. Â You cannot stop taking it cold turkey, you in fact have to wean yourself off. I also talked to my parents, getting more views on my situation.
When first beingÂ put on the medication, I talked with my doctor about the possibility of not taking it for a long period of time. Â Now, I am taking what he told me and applying it to myself. Â I spent hours on the computer looking up different symptoms I might have while lowering my dosage. Â Some of the symptoms were drowsiness, headaches, and dizzy spells that could last from a couple of days to a couple of months. Â I had all of these when I first got on the medication, dizzy spells and drowsiness lasting for about 2 months. Â Luckily, I have only had headaches for a couple of days.
For nearly 3 years, I took 15MG of lexapro a day. Â I decided that taking off 5MG every two weeks would be best and the most safe. Â Starting with 10 and going onÂ from there. Â I have only had ONE mild panic attack that latest for no more than 5mintues. Â Which if anyone has anxiety is amazing.
I will continue to post updatesÂ about my journey without medication. Â The worst that could happen is having to go back on, which is something that I and my family are okay with.
Hope you all have a great 2017!