Hey thanks for letting me know about your experience!.. I have been tapering from lexapro for about 6 months... I have been going VERY slow.. I do not want any withdraw effects.. I just made to big of a jump about a month back which is about how long it takes for symptoms to show up.. I usually do not have much anxiety but from SSRI withdraw I do apparently.. still having mild anxiety earlier today but now I am drinking beer that is not an issue
... I suppose I might try a higher dosage... I just do not want to get to much tolerance... you seem like you have used it quite a bit... does tolerance build? I am going to try Lemon Balm also heard a lot of good things about that... unfortunately beer seems to be the only thing for me that is always golden... anyhow let me know!
That's a very good idea to taper as slow as you can. A withdrawal of any kind is bound to cause us some anxiety. I know what you mean about not wanting any of the withdrawal effects. You shouldn't have any issues with the slow taper that you're doing, you may have slight withdrawal, but nothing anywhere near the withdrawals you'd have doing a cold turkey withdrawal or fast taper, you may not have any withdrawals at all and hopefully you won't. Even if you do they should be very slight and nothing of concern. As for the L-theanine I haven't noticed any tolerance buildup. I've read many articles of people claiming that it doesn't build tolerance, but who knows what doses they were on and how long they were on it. I just don't believe that a persons body will never build a tolerance..rather it be a months or use or years of use.
I just cannot believe that if you're supplementing anything into your body that you will not eventually develop a tolerance to that particular substance. If you're adding something into your body and it is producing effects it only makes sense to me that a person would develop tolerance to it's effects. At what dosage or time frame this happens, I have no idea because I could never find anything on that. I myself was worried about tolerance buildup and I was thinking about just taking it during the week and maybe taking breaks on the weekends, or just taking it whenever I really need it.
I have however taken it every single day for months and I haven't noticed a diminish in effects. The Chinese and other Asian cultures have drank green tea throughout the day for thousands of years and they still hold it in high regard for it's effects and calming properties. Now, the concentrations of the amounts of L-theanine in green and black tea can vary depending on the type of tea and the quality but I'm pretty sure the tea coming from Asian cultures are all of high quality. I'd check into the lemon balm too. I actually started with a supplement that contained L-theanine, lemon balm, chamomile, and lavender extract. It was Sundown naturals L-theanine stress formula. I got it at a local drug store. I've read all about lemon balm and chamomile and most other herbal substances that can aid in anxiety.
That product did produce a calming effect for me. As for the beer, I'd say use whatever works for you during this stressful time. I went through many different stages with alcohol as I've posted on some other forums. As soon as I turned 21 I drank hardcore. I would always have beer in my refrigerator, at least two or three twelve packs or a 30 pack. As well as whiskey, vodka, and the rest of the hard stuff. I'd say I spent way too much on alcohol during that period of my life, but it was a learning experience. For some reason, now whenever I drink a few beers..like maybe 5-6, the next day I will have anxiety and nervousness..I never had this before, but of course during my binges when I was younger I was also stoned out on tramadol and other opiates. I was young and stupid, that's all there is to it. Alcohol depletes serotonin in the brain and tramadol releases serotonin, that's what made me stop drinking.
I still drink a few beers every now and then. If beer helps you and it doesn't cause anxiety, go ahead and do whatever works at this stage. One of the binding sites in the brain for alcohol is Gaba-A, the same as benzodiazepines so it will help with anxiety as long as it doesn't deplete your brain chemicals roo much and cause an imbalance. Good luck with the rest of your taper.