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Suggest Ways To Wean Off Escitalopram Oxalate And Trazodone

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Posted on Tue, 13 Jun 2017
Question: Hello - I have been taking Escitalopram Oxalate 10 mg & Trazadone Hcl 50 mg for several years for sleeplesness, and want to wean myself off of them. I have read recently of their long-term negative effects. How can I safely stop taking them?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (3 hours later)
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Hello, and thanks for your question.

As far as medications for insomnia go, these are the safest medications available. They are non-addictive, with essentially no side effects, and are very effective. However, if you want to stop them, you can simply stop taking them, as there is no withdrawal associated with these medications at these doses.

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In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Follow up: Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (19 hours later)
The info sheet on escitalopram says to not staking this drug all of a sudden - you may have a greater risk of side effects. It says the same about trazadone. that is the reason for my original question - how to safely stop taking them?
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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (8 hours later)
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The package inserts of medications often contain phrasing like this for legal purposes. In reality, these is no risk of side effects or withdrawal for simply stopping trazodone and escitalopram for the vast, vast majority of people. I stop these medications at these doses with patients all the time, and they are fine. I advise the same for you.

Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied.

In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Suggest Ways To Wean Off Escitalopram Oxalate And Trazodone

Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. As far as medications for insomnia go, these are the safest medications available. They are non-addictive, with essentially no side effects, and are very effective. However, if you want to stop them, you can simply stop taking them, as there is no withdrawal associated with these medications at these doses. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private web address below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private web address: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers