Lexapro withdrawal

Posted by freefromdrug1 @freefromdrug1, Apr 19, 2017

I am currently weening from 10 mg lexapro after 15 years of being on the drug. I was put on this drug due to post partum. Having a difficult time getting into psychiatrist due to wait list. I’ve been weening for 2months and taking .5 instead of 10 mg daily. I was doing fine until 2 weeks ago when severe anxiety hit, no appetite, flu like symptoms and very emotional. Doctor prescribed xanax to help with anxiety and I take only as needed but honestly I’m afraid to take another drug. I see an phych nurse this week and a holistic doctor as well. Taking a multi vitamin, fish oi, B12 and vitamin D as well. I’m trying to figure out if my severe anxiety is due to withdrawal or if I’m prone to anxiety attacks because I’ve never had anxiety before.

Hi friend,
Your first step was great because you identify the problem and you do not want to get into addiction again. Usually the person who supports his/her belief maintains recovery process and prevent relapse and that should be under the supervision of your psychiatrist. The period of the treatment should be ended in stable situations and conditions (maintenance step). `My point of view is keep visiting your psychiatrist, and you may discuss with him the group therapy done at different hospitals in some areas for post -partum to avoid anxiety beside the prescription.Love to share my opinion with great people as you!

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@freefromdrug1

I will try all these suggestions. Thank you for being so helpful, it more than you know

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Thanks. It is not our ability to give advice that counts, it is our ability to take it. Read Read Read. So many good books have helped me with all of these thoughts.

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I am also weaning off of lexapro. Haven’t noticed much difference being off than when I was on (10 mg, stepped down to 5mg for 2 mos, now off since 4/1). I take Ativan for anxiety (.5) but only when necessary because it makes me sleepy. I am trying to get off Percocet. I have been on it for a few yrs (4 – 5.325/ day) due to arthritis in my hip and shoulders. Finally getting hip replacement after years of putting it off. I am 71 yrs old and hope things work out according to MY plan but it’s out of my hands.

Free from, I hope you find answers. You have a good start from the adjustments you have made thus far.

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@freefromdrug1

I will try all these suggestions. Thank you for being so helpful, it more than you know

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Yes I agree about the reading because it has helped tremendously. Thanks for the encouragement.

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@1000016352

Hi friend,
Your first step was great because you identify the problem and you do not want to get into addiction again. Usually the person who supports his/her belief maintains recovery process and prevent relapse and that should be under the supervision of your psychiatrist. The period of the treatment should be ended in stable situations and conditions (maintenance step). `My point of view is keep visiting your psychiatrist, and you may discuss with him the group therapy done at different hospitals in some areas for post -partum to avoid anxiety beside the prescription.Love to share my opinion with great people as you!

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I just learned of a support group near me that I am considering. I cannot believe how many people are having trouble with antidepressants. It’s seems to be an epidemic. Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement.

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@janetfinkel

I am also weaning off of lexapro. Haven’t noticed much difference being off than when I was on (10 mg, stepped down to 5mg for 2 mos, now off since 4/1). I take Ativan for anxiety (.5) but only when necessary because it makes me sleepy. I am trying to get off Percocet. I have been on it for a few yrs (4 – 5.325/ day) due to arthritis in my hip and shoulders. Finally getting hip replacement after years of putting it off. I am 71 yrs old and hope things work out according to MY plan but it’s out of my hands.

Free from, I hope you find answers. You have a good start from the adjustments you have made thus far.

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I weened the same way you did for 2 mos and then 21/2 weeks ago the anxiety hit me like a ton of bricks. Not just small anxiety it’s the crippling fear can’t go to work anxiety. Having a hard time coping because I am a very active person so not sure how to deal with these attacks. Seeing a phych Nurse tomorrow for some help. I also believe there is room for a holistic approach and treating the entire body. Good food, exercise, yoga and mediation. I hope you continue to do well off lexapro.

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@freefromdrug1

I will try all these suggestions. Thank you for being so helpful, it more than you know

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To help you rest tonight, maybe google a hypnotherapy session on YouTube. If another medicine is suggested be open to it. They are pretty harmless. I have only been on two different, six month each, times that I really needed help and got off way before they said to. So I understand wanting to get off meds, but when you do need them it is well worth not suffering so much. Remember that a panic attack can never kill you but boy it sure seems like it when it is happening!! Breathe eat and sleep, sounds so easy!! Good thoughts going your way!!

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@freefromdrug1

I will try all these suggestions. Thank you for being so helpful, it more than you know

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@lighthouseceliac Thank you for your many gentle thoughts and suggestions regarding withdrawing from anti-depressant meds. You make a good point when you say “So I understand wanting to get off meds, but when you do need them it is well worth not suffering so much.” This is very true. Often when we have been under stress our brain-chemistry is changed by the stress and anti-depressants can help adjust that chemistry. I also appreciate your comment, “Remember that a panic attack can never kill you but boy it sure seems like it when it is happening!! Breathe eat and sleep, sounds so easy!! Teresa

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When going through a tough time of anxiety I ran across an article that said that 30 minutes of moderate exercise gives you the same “boost” as my Paxil. The dose you have taken is minimal, but I understand your desire to be off of it. Xanax helps but ask about clonopin instead maybe, just a suggestion. Anxiety has to be combated from many angles. Try yoga, lifting weights, cycling and meditation time working in a garden or crafts. Hypnotherapy helped me the most. Stand up for yourself and surround yourself only with positive people for a time to protect your progress. Think every morning of everything that you are grateful for and that make you smile. In my case I had to change my diet (gluten zero). Even if you don’t have a diagnoses I suggest doing a “whole30” diet. It will help any inflammation that can mess with anything from hormones to aches and pains. You can do this. Take all advice given by anyone and decide what works for you. Try it all. The words “I can’t” need to exit your brain. You can find a way and you will. Hang in there.

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Very well put. Gluten does seem to interfere with gut health causig inflammation. Clonazepam is the med I think you meant. 1/2 mg. Does much p.m. to help increase GABA and eliminating anxiety and helps eith sleep. GAD is a very real condition and not always depression related. Hormonal imbalance too.

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@janetfinkel

I am also weaning off of lexapro. Haven’t noticed much difference being off than when I was on (10 mg, stepped down to 5mg for 2 mos, now off since 4/1). I take Ativan for anxiety (.5) but only when necessary because it makes me sleepy. I am trying to get off Percocet. I have been on it for a few yrs (4 – 5.325/ day) due to arthritis in my hip and shoulders. Finally getting hip replacement after years of putting it off. I am 71 yrs old and hope things work out according to MY plan but it’s out of my hands.

Free from, I hope you find answers. You have a good start from the adjustments you have made thus far.

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@janetfinkel I hope that all goes well with your hip replacement. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Teresa

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Thank you so much for responding. Every time I try the process of weening I end up back on lexapro bc my doctor thinks I NEED this drug. I don’t think they recognize that it could possibly be withdrawal. I am seeing a new doctor this week and pray that she will be open to the possibility that this could be withdrawal. I don’t want to be on these drugs anymore bc of how I feel on them. If I truly need them then I’ll deal with it but I owe it to myself and my family to see if I need to be medicated. I am so scared to take xanax bc not sure if there is a withdrawal from that as well. Also, I know you can build up a resistance to it. The panic attacks/anxiety is so bad that I cannot go to work some days. I feel like the doctors answer is always you need this drug. There has to be another answer and another way to treat people coming of antidepressants.

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I cannot figure out how to post a new discussion. I’m wondering if there are any people that have had severe withdrawal from lexapro? I’ve only tapered to half my dose for 3mos and then at month three severe anxiety hit me. The kind that keeps you home from work. Is there anyone that has suffered withdrawal servely like this for a long period of time? I’m going on week three. Taking xanax to help and was just switched to buspar instead. Afraid I may get addicted to the Xanax. I took lexapro for 15 years.

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It seems like you are trying to withdraw too quickly from the Lexapro. I called my pharmacist to help me with information about how to withdraw from 2 medications I have been taking. I recommend that you contact your pharmacist. Actually mine was far more helpful than my physician.

Also, I discovered late in life that all my years of counseling and group therapy have helped me live a more fulfilling and large life, but didn’t help my anxiety/panic attacks. I always believed that eventually I would be cured from them, but at the age of 62, I was still having them. I was living in a tiny town in rural Missouri at the time. I asked my general physician if he could give me a prescription for an antidepressant that would help with anxiety too. He prescribed Celexa, and I titrated over 6 months to the full dose of 40 mg. For the first time in my life I have been free from panic and anxiety, and have been happy with my life. I have been happy before, but always with an undercurrent of fear. I had a traumatic childhood, so I understood my constant vigilance as part of PTSD. I never thought I could be free from that undercurrent in my life. With the Celexa (I take the generic Citalopram) I am free of the fear. I am far more relaxed and can express my love and joy. I have concluded that sometimes individuals need both talk and medication therapy. Looking back now, I am sure I needed the antidepressant a long time ago.

I don’t know if this will be helpful for you, but I hope it gives you a different perspective. While I have been withdrawing from Gabapentin and Baclofen, I have been experiencing occasional feelings of anxiety and I’m certain this is the result of withdrawal. So, your anxiety may very well be from withdrawal. Google it and read qualified information about withdrawal and the side effects with Lexapro. They will also tell you generally how quickly to withdraw. You do need to be very careful not to get serotonin storms from withdrawal too quickly. Good luck. Gail B

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@gailb Thanks for sharing your story and telling how your pharmacist helped you. I appreciate your relaying the benefits of anti-depressants, they really can make a difference. Your balanced approach to living life is great to read! I believe it will be encouraging to others. Teresa

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Thanks Teresa. I appreciate your feedback. Gail B

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@freefromdrug1

Thank you so much for responding. Every time I try the process of weening I end up back on lexapro bc my doctor thinks I NEED this drug. I don’t think they recognize that it could possibly be withdrawal. I am seeing a new doctor this week and pray that she will be open to the possibility that this could be withdrawal. I don’t want to be on these drugs anymore bc of how I feel on them. If I truly need them then I’ll deal with it but I owe it to myself and my family to see if I need to be medicated. I am so scared to take xanax bc not sure if there is a withdrawal from that as well. Also, I know you can build up a resistance to it. The panic attacks/anxiety is so bad that I cannot go to work some days. I feel like the doctors answer is always you need this drug. There has to be another answer and another way to treat people coming of antidepressants.

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Sounds like you are getting and taking some really good advice. You are doing everything perfectly in my humble opinion. Buspar is great for stress and anxiety. Be patient, take the Xanax anytime that you need it or on a regular schedule to get ahead of the anxiousness. Take some morning and night maybe. The buspar will take a few weeks and then one day you will just forget to take it because you don’t need it. Don’t stress about it, do what was suggested by your health care person. Go about your life and laser focus on the details of your loved ones and the duties expected everyday. Choose to not focus on any of your withdrawal and the new drugs. Take them and go about your day. Not drinking alcohol will help the drugs be more affective, some do in moderation but it does act as a VIP in the body and the drug becomes ineffective. Just a side note that you probably don’t need to know. You are fine, you are doing this very well. No worries, just the normal OMGOODNESS of everyday stuff!!! Be nice, be happy, be well!!!❤️

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