He wants me to go from 10 mg to 5mg for 2 days then just stop. I have been on lexapro for 4 months. Is this safe ?
9 Mar 2012
Hello, there is validity in your apprehension about this; you may want to ask your provider about a phenomena known as "Serotonin Flu" which are mild, stomach like flu with vertigo, upset stomach, vomiting, etc. This can occur with persons when they stop the SSRI, in your case Lexapro. True, it is or at least from my experience deadly, but it is uncomfortable and something that more likely than not, be avoided if a person is titrated off the antidepressant, again in your situation, Lexapro, more slowly than two days. But, the most important fact to remember this is between yourself and your provider; however, going into a provider appointment with some idea or even briefly written questions, such as more than valid concern of such an expedient discontinuation of your Lexapro, may induce something such as: "Serotonin Flu" and even a rebound event of the vegetative symptoms or whatever you were placed on it initially.
Providers are very, very busy, and clients are lucky if he or she gets to visit with them for the full duration of this time, discussing all elements and subjects that the client wished to discuss or address. This is why going into the provider visit with your concerns/questions are so helpful, especially to assist or prompt our memories because when the time goes so quickly, it is very likely all your concerns/questions will be addressed with a satisfactory answer or guidance you were seeking initially and paying good money for. I know that this was not a direct answer to your question, such as yes or no, but it is essential that you have as much information as you can as knowledge is power, which can allow you to make more informed decisions regarding healthcare and wellbeing. Best regards and luck, Cindy
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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