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?
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25 Aug 2007
finally i've been looking for similar symptoms, of lex. Yes i have a lot of stinging, like someone's throwing sand at your whole body. it hurts, everywhere. I only took this drug for 2 days, and got virtually no sleep, because of the stinging pain. and my mind was racing. Now i took this at around 10 am each day, and like i said only for 2 days, my dr. wants me to be on this for a week, till i get used to it. but the side affects, that i've experienced, i really don't want to do that.
25 Aug 2007
hello everyone, several months ago i visited this forum for help with my Lexapro issues. I went from 20 to 10mgs for about 8 weeks and it was not working out. I went back to 20mg and have been on it for almost 4 months now. Early May I had really bad fatigue and I am still dealing with fatigue issues. I wonder if I have Chronic fatigue syndrome. Also, I get pains in my head but they are not as frequent. I have not seen anyone else with a similar experience. What's the deal? I found that this med helped me alot except when I started trying to cut back. Was taking omega 3 supp, taking magnesium, and I'm also taking CoQ10. Anyone try melatonin for deeper sleep? To LMChelp: Has your daughter tried therapy first? My advice is to see how well therapy works before starting the med. Therapy might help bring underlying issues to the surface that is causing your daughter to be depressed and have an eating disorder.
18 Sep 2007
Hi i have been taking 20mg of Lexapro for bout 9 mnths after suffering 'reactionary depression' after treatment for cervical and lung cancers. Recently i missed somewhere between 2 to 4 days medication and for the last 2 weeks i have been getting quite dizzy. How long is it reasonable to expect this to continue. I have not missed any doses since and am beginning to worry. Appreciate any help anyone can give. As i'm sure you can imagine anxiety is getting the better of me.
24 Oct 2007
Does anyone know about getting baggy eyes after taking/withdrawing from Lexapro? I took the 10mg Tablet for one week and stopped because I was only mildly depressed. It's been over a month now, but I still have the baggy eyes and I didn't have it before I took it. I"m getting enough sleep too.
25 Oct 2007
I have been on Lexapro for about a year (10mg) for anxiety and panic attacks. I have long been suffering from GAD and a few panic attacks a year. When college became very cut-throat, it intensified my anxiety, so I finally decided to go on something.
When I started the Lexapro, it significantly reduced my anxiety and I have not had a panic attack since. I had NO side effects- NO sexual side effects, NO nausea, NOTHING. It was great.
HOWEVER, in the past year, I went from 122 pounds to 136 (I'm 5'4). My clothes don't fit, and the weight gain has made me miserable. Thank god it distributed itself evenly, so it is not a huge difference, but I am getting married in 10 months and feel like it's only going to get worse. I have read all about the weight gain problem online~how Lexapro interacts with your metabolism, carb digestion, etc etc etc
Without consulting my doctor (I do not have insurance~he gives me samples of Lexapro) I decided 2 days ago to wean myself off. Here is my schedule:
7 mg (3/4 pill) for 2 weeks
5 mg (1/2 pill) for 2 weeks
2.5 mg (1/4 pill) for 2 weeks
1.25 mg (1/8 pill) for one week
I should be done by December 11th. It's been 3 days of the 7 mg, and so far, not too many w/d symptoms. Last night was the first night I couldnt sleep too good, but this can also be because I have 7 college classes right now.
Any comments? Suggestions??
I will keep updating on my progress
30 Oct 2007
I have been on Lexapro10mg for about 18 mos. and it seemed to help me a little bit (before I went on, I couldn't get out of bed and did nothing but cry). However, due to a financial situation, I had to stop 4 days ago and I am in hell. I didn't think it was possible, but I've got even more symptoms than I had before. All I want to do is get out of my own head, and every morning I am disappointed that I woke up again. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting through these withdrawal symptoms? And how long does the withdrawal process take? I'm afraid to call my doctor because he'll yell at me for not coming in to get a refill (he has no sympathy for the fact that I can't afford his fees). Any suggestions (short of street drugs)? Thanks!
13 Nov 2007
I also have stopped taking lexapro, i stopped taking it on 11/06/07 it is now 11/12/07 and for about 3 or so days now, i have had a nonstop buzzing in my brain, and my ears are rining like crazy, and when i blink or a sharp sound hits me, i get like an electrical shock. i feel so off, and all i do is cry. so i know the pain you go through. all the research i have done says it lasts anywhere from 2 days to 3-6 weeks depending on how much you were on how long, and just the person in general, i have Lupus and Fibromialgia and OseteoArthritis also, so i hurt to being with, but all this now... it is NO fun at all. i have worked with doctors for about 12 years, and have learned so much, but some things are just out of my hands. :(
23 Nov 2007
Wow, its absolutely amazing and comforting to find people having the same side effects from Lexapro as myself. I thought I was going crazy!
I had been on Lexapro 10mg for a little over a year and decided I wanted off. I was taking it for GAD. My doc told me to cut my dosage to 5mg a day for three weeks, 5mg every other day for one week, and then stop. I followed her directions. Its been three days and the brain zaps are getting progressively more frequent. I'm worried that I was taking the drug for so long that its going to take my body a much longer time to wean off of it. I'm a teacher, so constantly feeling like I am going to lose my balance will not work for me! I don't want to have to rely on this drug to live a normal life, but I don't see how I am going to be able to carry out my everyday responsibilities feeling dizzy, disoriented, and unable to focus on one thing for too long. It's almost as if I have developed ADD. After reading several of your posts, I think I am going to speak to my doc about some alternative methods, or supplements that may help me feel better. BUT I would still greatly appreciate some feedback. Thanks for listening!
p.s. For anyone suffering from anxiety: Before you take a pill to fix it, try reading From Panic to Power by Lucinda Bassett. Its an amazing book that really helped me get through those feelings of anxiety and panic. I hope this bit of info helps someone :)
29 Nov 2007
I can't believe what I'm reading. I've been on 10mg of lexapro for about 2and a half years and now feel well enough to stop taking them but the withdrawal sounds worse than any of the symptoms I had before it was ever prescribed. It was for anxiety. I've been using healthy lifestyle changes and supplements lately and am delighted with the mood regulating results but don't want to risk everything I've worked so hard for. Most drugs have long term side effects so I really want to stop. Has anyone tried any food or supplements that can help with the side effects of withdrawal.
29 Nov 2007
I stoppped taking 20mgs of lexapro on the 6th of november, it is now the 28th, and the shocks are almost gone, still getting them every now and again but not nearly as bad. I am finding that my mood is very irratic, I seem to be quite irritable and get annoyed at just about anything. and only with my family, i go friends houses and am my normal giddy self. someone explain that to me!! I am 28yrs old, and i am feeling PMSish all the time. in no way do i want to take lexapro ever again, but i hope this moody thing goes away before i end up losing my family. It isn't eay to keep happy happy all the time. I also am finding myself to get confused easily and just seem airheadish and stupid!! anyone else??
31 Dec 2007
I slowly decreased 5 mg/day (my highest dose) to 2.5/ day and then 2.5 every other day and every three days for about 6 weeks. My last dose was 2.5 mg one week ago. I am having all of the same symptoms as many have stated. I feel like I am not myself... anyone know how long this is going to last? Also just began Buspar for the anxiety attacks which I was originally taking the Lexapro for. Trying to figure out if the symptoms I am having are from the new med or form getting off of the old one. I did have flu like stuff happening when I would miss a few doses of Lex. in a row so I have been attributing my yucky feelings to the withdrawal.
I do have to say the first year I was on this med I felt great, the last year I just felt like a zombie going through the motions of life. Getting off of it seemed like the next best step but the withdrawal is horrible. I would not recommend to anyone that they start this drug unless they never plan on stopping it.
I have put on 5 lbs in the one week off the meds, I had headaches but they have stopped, still have dizziness, I have shooting, stinging pains occassionally in my chest and arms, I am very irritable and anxious, general feeling of not being able to relax or calm myself, all of my senses seem to be on overdrive and I am spouting off at anyone who comes in range of my voice (not typical of me AT ALL) which could be because I can't sleep through an entire night, I wake every hour or so.
I felt amazing the first week I decreased to 2.5 every other day and then went downhill from there, almost manic on some days. I dumped the rest of the bottle because when I tried to take it again to relieve the symptoms, I just ended up going through the bad part again.
two positives from stopping this med. sex drive is back and I even enjoy it again! and I feel like a foggy shroud has been lifted from my head, I no longer feel like I am living underwater.
My question is this... can anyone who has made it through this tell me how long I have to deal with the tense, irritable, "I want to run away from my life" feeling? And does ANYTHING help get you through this? My kids want their fun mommy back...
31 Dec 2007
You should visit and post on the thread: Lexapro withdrawl started by antybiotic. It is a popular board and full of people like us who are coping with this problem. Some on that thread have been off meds for a long time and some are trying to get off their meds. there are many people there who can help answer your questions. Good luck to you... Erin
3 Jan 2008
Hey if you are still checking in would you take a look at what my husband has posted and see if any of it sounds familiar. I think the thread is anxiety with no deppression?! or look up posts by ynotfish... Let me know if you have any thoughts on his probs... Thanks. I hope you are feeling better... Erin
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