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.

@hopeful33250

Hello @freefromdrug1 and welcome to Mayo Connect. I’m glad that you have joined this online support network. Thank you also for your post regarding withdrawing from Lexapro. I am glad to see that you are under a doctor’s care while you are in the withdrawal process. Have you discussed these current problems with him/her as well?

Previously we have had a discussion on the topic of withdrawal from antidepressants, some of which discuss Lexapro – here is the link, http://mayocl.in/2pBYHti. Please take a look at some of their comments. From this discussion, I’d like to invite @mentor51 @frank1 @ronnie3716 and @jay_baruch who have discussed changing their Lexapro dosage.

Please feel free to continue to share with us during this process, we have a lot of individuals in our Mayo Connect community who care and are willing to share their experiences. Best wishes to you! Teresa

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Glad to hear he’s got a new doctor. To me it sounds like his first doctor was not at all careful about how he was diagnosing and prescribing. Best of luck to him (and you).

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From what I’m reading here (and reading elsewhere), it seems amazing how easily these drugs (in my case, Lexapro), get handed out. Some of the things I read I dare say are criminal. But I think it is up to John and Jane Q Public to become better informed and more wary about doctors quickly handing out meds. I took Lexapro for a year and now weened off. I started the ween and double-checked with my PA that my schedule for the ween would be appropriate. He said it sounded fine. I stuck to it and got off the drug (10mgs) within about 3 weeks. But nobody told me what I was going to experience after being off the drug. This is the reason I ended up here. I got online suspecting some strange things I’ve been experiencing in the past 7 days or so might be attributable to being off Lexapro. And I’ll be damned if what I read isn’t exactly what I’m experiencing. Again, I really believe doctors should be more forthcoming about drug experiences. But we as patients I do believe have to take the initiative because they (the doctors) are not going to. In other words, it’s the informed consumer that ends up protecting him/herself or those they are guardian of.

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I was put on 150 mg of Venafexine twice a day 2 years ago. It helped my depression but I felt drugged most days and so after a while asked to be taken off of it. The doctor refused saying he’d have to put me in the hospital to do that and he wasn’t willing to take the chance that I then would then try to kill myself. I have never been suicidal but I went along with him. Finally, after more time had passed he agreed to reduce me to one 150 mg a day. He told me to just stop taking one pill at night. I did that and had no trouble and felt more like myself after a few weeks with the depression at the same level it had been with double the dose.
After reading about all of you who had serious problems after and with
weaning off your drugs, I have a problem taking it at all. Has anyone experienced any long term problems after taking the drug. .

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I would like to ask if anyone has attempted to ween off Lexapro using the oral suspension? I am going do this starting tomorrow. I have been taking lexapro 10mg for 3.5 years. I am more interested in getting off this drug without all the side effects than with doing it quickly. I figure if I reduce the dose by 1-2 mg per day over several months I may not have the severe side effects most experience. I tried once before to ween by halfing the pill or the every other day method and just couldn’t function clear headed enough and experienced anxiety (which is something I did not have before the Lexapro). Has anyone tried this method? Thanks

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Hello @positivelife and Welcome to Mayo Connect. I am a volunteer mentor on Mayo Connect. I read your post with interest as I have had recent experience weening off different medications. In order us to understand your situation better, please offer as many other details as you are comfortable doing. I have a few questions that will help us give you more assistance :

1. Have you talked with the physician who first prescribed the Lexapro for you, or another physician about weening from the medication?
2. If so, did you follow their instructions previously?
3. Do you take other medications or have other medical issues that might be affected (positive or negative) by your stopping the Lexapro?

The people on Mayo Connect are very open in sharing our experiences with each other. However, please keep in mind that we aren’t medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice, only our experience, which I have found to be invaluable. Again, welcome to Mayo Connect.

Warm regards,
Gail, Volunteer Mentor

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@gailb

Hello @positivelife and Welcome to Mayo Connect. I am a volunteer mentor on Mayo Connect. I read your post with interest as I have had recent experience weening off different medications. In order us to understand your situation better, please offer as many other details as you are comfortable doing. I have a few questions that will help us give you more assistance :

1. Have you talked with the physician who first prescribed the Lexapro for you, or another physician about weening from the medication?
2. If so, did you follow their instructions previously?
3. Do you take other medications or have other medical issues that might be affected (positive or negative) by your stopping the Lexapro?

The people on Mayo Connect are very open in sharing our experiences with each other. However, please keep in mind that we aren’t medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice, only our experience, which I have found to be invaluable. Again, welcome to Mayo Connect.

Warm regards,
Gail, Volunteer Mentor

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Hello, my physician who prescribed the Lexapro originally is the one who instructed me in how to ween off. I followed her instructions, which did not work, and am not on other meds. Several pharmacists have suggested weening off by smaller increments over a longer period of time and that is what I will do now. I just needed to have the oral suspension Lexapro to be able to reduce each daily dose by 1-2mgs. Thanks!

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Hi, I am trying to get off Lexapro and currently take 10mg. I have been on it for over a year now. I was curious if you were successful in weaning yourself off, and how long the process took?

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Hello, @helpmegetoffmeds — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I’d like to introduce you to a few people who may have some thoughts on how the Lexapro withdrawal might go and how long it might take: @gman007, @johnbishop, @sadiesmom, @seaglassgirl ,@parus, @kdo0827, @jay_baruch, @godsgirl1969 and @bniemeier. Hoping you can all meet up here on this thread.

Also, here is some general info about antidepressant withdrawal from Mayo Clinic you may be interested in: http://mayocl.in/2m00irD and http://mayocl.in/2En0mxV.

What is your doctor saying about weaning off of this medication?

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Hello @helpmegetoffmeds — I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with Lisa’s (@lisalucier) and the other members. I have not tried tapering off of Lexapro but I am working on tapering off of prednisone for the second time for a second round with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). From what I have read Lexapro is another one of those drugs you can’t taper off in a short amount of time. I would discuss a plan with your doctor to see if they have any suggestions. I have no medical training or background but if it were me I would try reducing the dosage by tapering 2 mgs a month. That worked my first round with PMR that I started with a 20 mg dose. It was on prednisone for 3 years and spent the last year tapering to get off. The last 6 months I was going back and forth between 1/2 mg and 1 mg until I was finally able to stay off without the pain coming back.

I did find a few other places with others looking to taper off of Lexapro:

https://www.drugs.com/answers/has-anyone-ever-successfully-quit-lexapro-518883.html

https://www.medhelp.org/posts/Anxiety/My-Successful-Lexapro-Withdraw-Story-/show/488032

Hope this helps,

John

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@helpmegetoffmeds

Hi, I am trying to get off Lexapro and currently take 10mg. I have been on it for over a year now. I was curious if you were successful in weaning yourself off, and how long the process took?

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I can not speak specifically to lexapro, because I really don’t remember, even though I did take it short-term. I really think it made me feel so much worse that I did not take it long enough to experience w/d’s. I am currently trying to wean off Klonopin (clonazepam) as my new Psych thinks it has made me numb to everything and there is a double inhibition of breathing with my narcotics and that is really dangerous. I can tell you that after 5 days, I am not having much fun. I expect I will have two more months like this and then when we get me down by 50%, she will feel comfortable introducing a new anti depressant. I will be happy to offer you my experience and would really appreciate you doing the same.

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Hi
I am new to the site and would like read about lexapro and how to withdraw from it safely. been on .20 for 5 months and believe it is giving me stomach pain
hip pain cold feet and a very cloudy head. Could be wrong are these some of the symptoms my doctors say no but I am not sure
is there a substitute for lexapro as I am also on ambien and xanax . I lost 50 lbs because i refuse to eat and have all tests that were negative by Gastro
All started from heart conditions in and out of hgospital.

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Hi @max5647

Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are happy you found us. I'm repeating the links in the post directly above your post in case you didn't get a chance to read them.

Information from people who have been able to taper off of Lexapro:
https://www.drugs.com/answers/has-anyone-ever-successfully-quit-lexapro-518883.html
https://www.medhelp.org/posts/Anxiety/My-Successful-Lexapro-Withdraw-Story-/show/488032

Lexapro side effects:
https://www.drugs.com/sfx/lexapro-side-effects.html

@max5647 can I ask if you have discussed tapering off of Lexapro with your doctor? I think it's always a good idea to discuss it with your doctor to prevent further complications.

I'm tagging a few members who may have additional suggestions or information they can share with you. @positivelife, @mrmaid11, @holycow, @pankaj, do you have any suggestions or information you can share with @mamax5647?

Hope you find some answers soon.

~ John

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I am an 18 yr old female that recently went off the antidepressant Lexapro. I have been on various antidepressants since I was fifteen. I never had a problem with my sex drive until now. Literally a week after I stopped taking the Lexapro, I just had no physical interest in my boyfriend. I just want to know if this is because I went off the medication, even though I never had problems from the meds before? I can’t think of any other reason why my libido is so low. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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Hi, @ejhoneybee — I was thinking of you and also wanted you to meet @gailb and @gman007, two of our volunteer mentors on Mayo Clinic Connect, and also @jay_baruch @gman007 @max5647 @lorena1egas @shoregal45 @kdo0827.

Please note that I moved your post over to this discussion on withdrawal from Escitalopram Oxalate (Lexapro) so you can meet many others who have taken or are taking this medication and may have some thoughts for you on your question on low libido and going off of this medication.

How are things are going overall since you went off of Escitalopram Oxalate (Lexapro), @ejhoneybee? Is your libido still a challenge?

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Hi, new to this forum and was needing help with Lexapro Withdraw. Im 18 and have been on Lexapro for about a year and a few months. I was on 10mg and tried going to doctor and he somehow convinced me to UP my dosage to 20. I wasnt even wanting to do this so I just started taking 15, I only did this for 2 months max.

I decided that I was going to try to taper off by doing 10mg for about 4 weeks-month and then taper down from there. It’s been about 4 days since I adjusted and I mostly feel super tired. And get occasional headaches. Feel pretty depressed but it’s managable for the most part if I have someone to support me, (gf). Im wondering How long the withdraws last and the peak of withdraws from tapering. I feel lightheaded when getting up but not nauseated or anything really. Only if I feel super super tired. Any tips would be great. Thanks

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