I've been having severe withdrawal symptoms after my doctor made me ween off of Lexapro recently. These symptoms are severe restless leg syndrome all throughout the day, being jittery, uneasiness, and being overall restless. I'm also sleeping a lot less, waking up during the night, and I've been smoking a lot more, and I mean a lot. Has anyone else experienced these types of withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro?
31 Oct 2006
Hello all! I have browsed some of the back pages... seems to be a common difficulty. I would appreciate any suggestions as my family GP seems to have run out of tests for my symptoms, and maybe I am still experiencing withdrawal.
I have been on Celebrex 20 mg and then Lexapro 10 mg for seven years. Plus Xanax .5 mg twice a day and a beta blocker for irregular stress related heartbeat. My cardiologist placed me on the meds, and I never felt better in my life... also "cured" me of my fibromyalgia symptoms due to the good restorative sleep I was getting.
Gradually gained from 130 to 160 pounds, lost my libido, was aorgasmic..so I made a quality of life decision to stop my Lexapro. Menopause occured during these years, also, and symptoms of vaginal atrophy did not help with my sexlife. I have been unable to take fosamax or others for my bones, so my GP and I decided to go with a low estrogen patch... worked wonders!
On June 16, 2006 I took my last bit of Lexapro. No symptoms of withdrawel evident. On July 4, 2006 I began symptoms of what would be proven to be (good grief..at my age) Mononucleosis. Here began my metallic mouth. The mono abated, but my metallic mouth and then mouth, feet and hand parathesias remain.
Today is October 30, 2006 and I am still taking Xanax at .5 twice a day. I feel the need to take Xanax more frequently... so I am going to drop the dose and gradually get off it.
That will be hard enough... but...
Am I still getting withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro? Could Mono have complicated something here? Do withdrawal symptoms sometimes delay that long before manifesting themselves?
On the bright side... my libido is back... and I am down to 145 pounds by doing NOTHING different! I know you know that my cardiologists kept telling me I had to exercise more and eat less and made me feel so guilty all those years the weight kept creeping on no matter what I did... and I am a chicken farmer who eats light in her middle age!
I know too that anxiety can cause my symptoms, but these are some which I have never had in all my stress filled years. Why now?
Love all your hearts! And good luck with your own troubles. I appreciate any advice or comfort you may be able to give me.
hugs all around,
27 Sep 2006
hi there . it's me again . been off lexopra 10mg for a month now . did it cold turkey . had no choice cos it was worsening my depression and making me suicidal . still trying to hang in there but it is hard . thinking of trying diphenhydramine ( benedryl ) . that helps with ssri's withdrawal symptoms . maybe you should try that too . anyway hope it helps ! take care . :)
23 Feb 2008
My shrink pulled me off Lexapro cold turkey and I didn't go through any withdrawl.
Same thing with ativan. They say you have to be 'weened" off of that but again I stopped taking it and had no problems. He told me I wouldn't.
Sometimes I wonder where these doctors get their information from.
2 May 2008
I understand completely how you feel dear. I had spent SO much time over the years since being diagnosed with panic disorder,doing re-search on the disorder itself, that I never realy focused on alternatives to antidepressants. I had learned about ALL the medications used to treat them, how and why they were supposed to work and then later, the possible side effects and how to cope with them yet, I had never realy looked into NOT taking an SSRI. I had been under the false assumption that I would NEED to be on an SSRI for life. Every time I skipped doses or thought "I don't need these pills" and tried to stop taking them, I would start to have panic attacks again and all the other symptoms; which only "reinforced" the idea that I "needed" the meds. I was led to believe that those symptoms were a relapse of the panic disorder.
WRONG! When I began to research "SSRI discontinuation", I was totaly floored! I felt SOO betrayed, like, how could doctor's not know about this? I was angry to say the least. Actually, the idea to look into withdrawl came to me as a result of a class I was taking. At the time I had a class on substance abuse which, of course centered around "mind altering drugs", SSRI medications were included in the textbook under this category; I was SHOCKED! I spent some time talking to my professor about the "mind altering" part of the SSRI's and it was a rude wake-up call. I felt like I had been punched in the gut! That was 2 years ago, and this is where I am today; working toward living antidepressant free. There have ALWAYS been alternatives to antidepressants, for hundreds of years people have relied on natural remedies. The problem is that medical science had not been re-searching that angle, at least, not in depth and the knowledge of the natural alternatives were culturaly centered. Think chinese medicine, etc! The good news is, that mainstream mecial practices are changing and medical science is shifting toward herbal and nutritional research. The shift has been subtle so far but, it is changing. As more and more people are becoming aware of the risks impossed by antidepressant use and the public is railing against "big pharma" we are seeing a "call to action" for alternatives. In the meantime it sucks feeling like a guinea pig but, change is comming! Hang in there, it is a slow process but, you will heal. Oh, I am addicted to cigarettes and coffee... ICK... hard habits to break for sure and, ironicly, both habits only make the panic and SSRI withdrawl symptoms worse... Stupid, I know and self defeating... None of us is perfect my dear, that is all part of being human! Keep in touch and good luck on your finals, mine were tuesday and I am glad they are over :rolleyes:. Peace and hugs... Erin
1 Aug 2007
thanks to everyone who posted on this board... it always helps to know that you are not the only one dealing with these problems...
lexapro is evil... the two weeks after I stopped cold turkey(not by choice)... were probably the worst 2 weeks of my life(not counting the first week off heroin and oxy, but even in that hell my mind and emotions held up better than going off the lex)... closest I ever came to a complete mental and emotional breakdown... most seriously I ever considered suicide... etc.etc.
started on 20mg prozac now and feel 100% better... not like my depression or anxiety is cured... but its way better than with nothing or with the lex... also while on the lex the headache that would start about an hour after taking it was pretty severe and happened every day...
wonder how many people and especially kids started taking lex after it was featured on The Sopranos(for AJs depression)... wonder how much the drug co. paid for that product placement...
5 Apr 2008
Thank goodness someone to help me through this time of withdrawl.
I have been on Lexapro 10mg for 5 1/2 yrs. for post traumatic stress.
It has helped with the anxiety & mind racing BUT... I have tried to wean off
Lexapro at least 5 times since I started it and end up back to square one everytime!!
The dizziness is unbelievable and it goes on for days. Even when I miss a dose, I have always taken in the evenings, I start to feel the withdrawl symptoms. Of course I also get very short tempered and irritable, kind of like PMS. I have not gained any weight but have not been able to loose the 10-12lbs. I have been trying to get off since I was only 9months post-partum when
I got on Lexapro 10mg.
Anyway I want to be off this medication!! I have healed from the PTSD but
I need to know that the diziness will not last or to know how long the diziness may last.
Thanks for your input.
26 Jun 2007
ABSOLUTELY! I had the restless leg thing going on & could NOT lie still to sleep. It was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I went from a whole pill to a half a pill and then a quarter, etc. over about a month & 1/2 period of time & I still had the withdrawal symptoms. It took awhile - like 3 weeks or more but they finally subsided.
20 Apr 2007
Tips from my Paxil friends...
The worst part of withdrawals will last about 3 weeks. For the following 3 weeks you will begin to feel a whole lot better... and the extra weight should start to come off.
Benadryl Nighttime will help you sleep
Dramamine or Gravol will help with the dizziness
The brain zaps are harmless and will disappear.
Exercise as much as you can
Eat fish or take Omega 3
16 May 2008
I just have to express my aggravation with the whole weight gain thing. Man, I am down to half the dose i was on (from 30mgs to 15mgs now) and i am not seeing the weight budge yet. I was hoping when i started lessening the dose it would start to come off. I have gained about 20-25lbs being on this stuff and it is miserable for me. I am a little girl and i have NEVER been overweight. I actually struggled with an eating disorder when i was 14-15yrs old and have ALWAYS been very weight conscious. This is so difficult for me, because i cant do anything to make it come off. I eat right..not perfect but really good and exercise and drink a ton of water. I use to see a change in about two weeks if I'd "diet" which meant ..tons of water and lots of protein low carbs..etc..well NO MORE and this sux! It is summer time I'm 28yrs old and I want to wear my bikini! The only place i really gained is in my stomach. I switched to more cardio and nothing. It is very frustrating.
Any suggestions. It makes me want to go off completely right now, but I know i can't do that because i will feel so terrible and drive myself and everyone around me crazy. Any experience with how long it takes to see results of weight normality after weaning off this miserable drug??
On a better note, i am feeling fine, my headache is gone after 3days of misery and i am back on track. I don't have any depression, i am sleeping and really no anxiety. I am progressing good in every other aspect of this process. Hope everyone is well!:p
17 Oct 2006
My heart goes out to all who have been on Lexapro ... and more so for those working to get off of it - may you have courage and strength to be set free of this drug and get thru the withdrawals.
My mother (78 yrs old) started lex to deal with her Post Tramatic Syndrom (a plane literally crashed into her living room where she had just been sitting on her sofa ... amazing that her life was spared ... needless to say, she did suffer mental trauma). Her doc got her on Lex.
Now 3 years later - still taking lex, she decides to stop taking it... little did I know her plans and a few days ago she decided to stop. Oh boy. That's when I got the call from her.
She told me that she has been hearing voices. Not a great feeling for me to have her say that especially since all I could think of was that she was experiencing symptoms of Alzheimers (her sister who passed away a few years ago suffered from Alz) and I had no idea that stopping lex even for a day would have such horrible side effects.
How on earth do I help her to get off this drug? I may have made matters worse since last week I bought her multivitamins to take that I believe has some herbs that may be having interractions with Lex?
I need some direction and advice?
29 Apr 2008
My dad was diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder suffering from rage and anxiety over things he cannot control. Doc prescribes Lexapro, coupled with Rivotril. Though he calmed down considerably, he suddenly had extreme hallucinations. Seeing figures, hearing voices, being at different places... every single night while taking this drug! Then one day, he couldn't take it anymore so he stopped cold turkey. 6 days into that, he suddenly had a hallucination episode again--no different from the Exorcist! Adopting a strange voice, getting violent and he claims he couldn't remember any of these things. He has been suffering terribly from Insomnia and brains zaps. I feel pity and fear when I'm around him. He has not gotten better and I don't see any advantage whether you're on or off it. My question is: is this drug supposed to help at all? And strangely, not much info can be found on how long the withdrawal symptoms will last? if you know anything, please post a reply. Were tormented ceaselessly :(
5 Apr 2008
Doctor's are soo misinformed... If you had sexual disinterest with celexa then it will only be worse with lexapro. Celexa is the pre-curser or parent drug to lexapro. The big difference between them is that lexapro is stronger, more selective and more potent. Anyone who has difficulties whith celexa should NOT take lexapro... it is far more potent, doctor's are so uneducated about these med's. They think that because a med is a newer, supposed improved version of an older one that it is therefor safer and better... WRONG! My advice to you is to switch back to celexa (if you only recently switched) and then gradually taper off the antidepressant. Check out the lexapro withdrawl thread started by auntybiotic and you will find ALOT of info on how to taper off correctly and what supplements can help you with the process... Good luck to you. If you have any questions feel free to ask... Erin
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