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.

@happythinkingma

Hello, Ive been having a pretty rough paradoxical effect of Lexapro adjustment. After 2 months of going up and down from 2.5 mg to 5 mg to get to the therapeutic effect, the doctor finally told me to stop and taper off then we start something new. Im currently on 50-75 mg of Seroquel for sleep and 0.5 mg Ativan for panick attacks. My experience with Lexapro is horrendous!!!! Im experiencing a foggy brain, lack of concentration, dark thoughts, extreme anxiety, jittery hands, feeling like wanting to crawl out of my skin, lack of energy and motivation, and racing thoughts, and a terrible insomnia. It is horrible! These side effects increase within 3-6 hours of taking the medication. Then I need Ativan to stop shaking. Has anyone else experienced this with such a low dose or upon initiating treatment? Im really hoping that getting off of it will ease this misery. Im barely functioning. I want to get back to a normal, happy life with my husband and two little kids. Any experiences shared with me would be greatly appreciated to get me thru this. I just hope the withdrawal won't be as bad as the initiation.

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I didn’t have those symptoms with lexapro but I did with other meds I tried and had to ween off and try different ones until my symptoms improved. It was a miserable time and I stayed sick until the magic pill kicked in, which was Paxil. Then with the Paxil, my hair started falling out so I tried lexapro and it helped me. Now I’m getting off all meds and going the nutritional route through the Kelley brogan diet. I’ve struggled for so long! I hope you feel better soon friend! It’s harder when you have kids!

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@happythinkingma

Well, for a while the doctor kept on encouraging me to keep going and get through the tough adjustment period with Ativan. However, I was really getting scared with the dark thoughts so she decided to get me off of Lexapro. It is strange,however, that the symptoms are so horrific this time around as I was on Lexapro a few years ago and have not experienced anything like this. So this is my second time around on this medication and it's been a completely different experience. It helped first time around. I am really hoping to feel better soon. Today is my first day without Lexapro. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Has anyone experienced good results with a medication the very first time around and a horrible experience on the second try?

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I experienced the same .. first go of Lexapro went great then 3 yrs later went back on again and it was a horrible experience. After 3 months of enduring the side effects, I noticed the pharmacy had been giving me the generic Escitalopram. Because this was the only difference from 3 years ago, my psychiatrist prescribed a DO NOT SUBSTITUTE and now back on primary Lexapro with great results and little side effects. It’s worth checking on. There are many blogs online regarding those that are unable to tolerate the generic

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@shevet123

I experienced the same .. first go of Lexapro went great then 3 yrs later went back on again and it was a horrible experience. After 3 months of enduring the side effects, I noticed the pharmacy had been giving me the generic Escitalopram. Because this was the only difference from 3 years ago, my psychiatrist prescribed a DO NOT SUBSTITUTE and now back on primary Lexapro with great results and little side effects. It’s worth checking on. There are many blogs online regarding those that are unable to tolerate the generic

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I think mine was generic all along but I dont know if the generic company is the same or different. Im tapering off right now. Its truly intolerable. Especially the insomnia and the sick to the stomach feeling. What were u experiencing?

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Good day, My name is Whitney I'm in my early 30's. I have been on Lexapro (20mg) for over 2 yrs. I began taking the medication shortly after starting a new, very stressful position. Recently, I have been medication free (I also have Lupus) for my Lupus and wanted to rid myself of the remaining medication I was on. I started to ween off the lexapro slowly. At this time, I have not taken a pill in 5 days and, I am experience some very undesirable symptoms. Currently, I am experiencing extreme dizziness and nausea. I have luckily, only had one small anxiety attack which only lasted a few minutes. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to help the dizziness and nausea? I am currently taking vitamins, fiber supplements, using "Sea Band's" which are used for motion sickness etc and, taking benadryl to try and calm some of the dizziness but, that is making me drowsy and also making it hard to stay awake at work. Thank you so very much in advance!

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@wmontalvo1

Good day, My name is Whitney I'm in my early 30's. I have been on Lexapro (20mg) for over 2 yrs. I began taking the medication shortly after starting a new, very stressful position. Recently, I have been medication free (I also have Lupus) for my Lupus and wanted to rid myself of the remaining medication I was on. I started to ween off the lexapro slowly. At this time, I have not taken a pill in 5 days and, I am experience some very undesirable symptoms. Currently, I am experiencing extreme dizziness and nausea. I have luckily, only had one small anxiety attack which only lasted a few minutes. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to help the dizziness and nausea? I am currently taking vitamins, fiber supplements, using "Sea Band's" which are used for motion sickness etc and, taking benadryl to try and calm some of the dizziness but, that is making me drowsy and also making it hard to stay awake at work. Thank you so very much in advance!

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Hi, @wmontalvo1 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You will note I moved your post here where many other members are talking about escitalopram (Lexapro) withdrawal in a thread by that name.

If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

I'm hoping many members here will have some thoughts on the dizziness and nausea you have experienced in your taper, in addition to some anxiety, like @shevet123 @happythinkingma @mommabird74 @freefromdrug1 @farabella @kdo0827 and others.

Has your doctor weighed in on how to deal with these symptoms you are having as you taper off this medication, @wmontalvo1? If so, what did he or she suggest?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @wmontalvo1 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You will note I moved your post here where many other members are talking about escitalopram (Lexapro) withdrawal in a thread by that name.

If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

I'm hoping many members here will have some thoughts on the dizziness and nausea you have experienced in your taper, in addition to some anxiety, like @shevet123 @happythinkingma @mommabird74 @freefromdrug1 @farabella @kdo0827 and others.

Has your doctor weighed in on how to deal with these symptoms you are having as you taper off this medication, @wmontalvo1? If so, what did he or she suggest?

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Thanks so much! Really appreciate any feedback, advice or assistance. My doctor suggested slowing down the taper and also suggested staying on the drug but, I’m not really up for that. Today is day 5-6 of no medication at all. I’ve adjusted to the life changed and am grateful for the lexapros assistance during that transition but, I’ve learned ways to deal with any anxiety that don’t include medication.

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@wmontalvo1

Thanks so much! Really appreciate any feedback, advice or assistance. My doctor suggested slowing down the taper and also suggested staying on the drug but, I’m not really up for that. Today is day 5-6 of no medication at all. I’ve adjusted to the life changed and am grateful for the lexapros assistance during that transition but, I’ve learned ways to deal with any anxiety that don’t include medication.

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I’m on day 15 with no lexapro and my withdrawal peeked at day 10. I tapered slowly over 4.5 months & followed a diet plan for decreased inflammation. My withdrawal made me feel like I had a cold, I was irritated by little things & crying lots. But the crying was a good thing in that it felt like a release. Running helped me a lot through this and Jesus my healer!

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@mommabird74

I’m on day 15 with no lexapro and my withdrawal peeked at day 10. I tapered slowly over 4.5 months & followed a diet plan for decreased inflammation. My withdrawal made me feel like I had a cold, I was irritated by little things & crying lots. But the crying was a good thing in that it felt like a release. Running helped me a lot through this and Jesus my healer!

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Prayer is always a great help in any and every situation. Exercise as well since it naturally release stress etc. thank you for adding to the conversation and I hope you feel much better. Stay strong!

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@mommabird74

I’m on day 15 with no lexapro and my withdrawal peeked at day 10. I tapered slowly over 4.5 months & followed a diet plan for decreased inflammation. My withdrawal made me feel like I had a cold, I was irritated by little things & crying lots. But the crying was a good thing in that it felt like a release. Running helped me a lot through this and Jesus my healer!

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@mommabird74 Hopefully you are through the roughest part.

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@lisalucier

Hi, @wmontalvo1 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You will note I moved your post here where many other members are talking about escitalopram (Lexapro) withdrawal in a thread by that name.

If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

I'm hoping many members here will have some thoughts on the dizziness and nausea you have experienced in your taper, in addition to some anxiety, like @shevet123 @happythinkingma @mommabird74 @freefromdrug1 @farabella @kdo0827 and others.

Has your doctor weighed in on how to deal with these symptoms you are having as you taper off this medication, @wmontalvo1? If so, what did he or she suggest?

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The dizziness, nausea and brain zaps lasted a week or more. I was an emotional mess! I had every emotion there is. I would sit and literally want to pull my hair out I seriously doubted I’d make it through. Stick with the taper. Are you being put on another drug? If so watch out for Seratonin Syndrome which I had. Not something to play around with. You will get through it and in the end it’s worth it.

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@parus

@mommabird74 Hopefully you are through the roughest part.

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Thank you! I am through the hard part & feel better now then when I was on lexapro. Lexapro was giving me anxiety & sensitity to noise. I would get over stimulated easily on the meds. Next step is coming off trazadone for sleep. I’m waiting a couple more weeks to start that because I have a long history of insomnia. I’ve got CBD oil coming in the mail to help with my sleep. I want to be drug free, at least in natural drugs. Good luck everybody! It gets better! I was on lexapro for 20 years.

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@mommabird74

Thank you! I am through the hard part & feel better now then when I was on lexapro. Lexapro was giving me anxiety & sensitity to noise. I would get over stimulated easily on the meds. Next step is coming off trazadone for sleep. I’m waiting a couple more weeks to start that because I have a long history of insomnia. I’ve got CBD oil coming in the mail to help with my sleep. I want to be drug free, at least in natural drugs. Good luck everybody! It gets better! I was on lexapro for 20 years.

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So glad you’re through the hard part. I take Trazodone for insomnia too. It helps some but seems to wear off after 4 hours. Will you let me know if the CBD oil works? I’m very interested.

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@mommabird74

I’m on day 15 with no lexapro and my withdrawal peeked at day 10. I tapered slowly over 4.5 months & followed a diet plan for decreased inflammation. My withdrawal made me feel like I had a cold, I was irritated by little things & crying lots. But the crying was a good thing in that it felt like a release. Running helped me a lot through this and Jesus my healer!

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I am thoroughly convinced that the nightmare I am experiencing after ceasing Lexapro very recently pales in comparison to the more than 10 years on the drug. Everyone who attempts to stop taking Lexapro is a true hero and courageous. I want to share my experience in the hope that God did not allow me to have wasted 10 years of my life living in a cocoon. Lexapro never cured anyone it just does a good job of masking a persons underlying issues. One of my latest withdrawal symptoms is realising that I am now in some sort of dyslexic state. I see the numbers 4371 today but my mind records them as 4731. Simple cognitive tasks turn into hour long problem solving. This story will continue and I will give the beginning and end parts over time.

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@kdo0827

So glad you’re through the hard part. I take Trazodone for insomnia too. It helps some but seems to wear off after 4 hours. Will you let me know if the CBD oil works? I’m very interested.

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I sure will! Will be trying in about a week. I wake up through the night on trazadone also.

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@peace_filled

I am thoroughly convinced that the nightmare I am experiencing after ceasing Lexapro very recently pales in comparison to the more than 10 years on the drug. Everyone who attempts to stop taking Lexapro is a true hero and courageous. I want to share my experience in the hope that God did not allow me to have wasted 10 years of my life living in a cocoon. Lexapro never cured anyone it just does a good job of masking a persons underlying issues. One of my latest withdrawal symptoms is realising that I am now in some sort of dyslexic state. I see the numbers 4371 today but my mind records them as 4731. Simple cognitive tasks turn into hour long problem solving. This story will continue and I will give the beginning and end parts over time.

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It will get better! Just hang in there. My doctor prescribed htp for me which is a natural serotonin producer and it helps! You can’t take it with other antidepressants though cause it could give you too much serotonin which is dangerous. it also helps to exercise. I’m addicted to running 3 miles a day. And diet is huge! I stopped eating gluten, diary and sugar. Can’t wait to hear the rest of your story. Good luck & God heals/ bless!

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