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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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!
5 May 2008
My 12 Yr. old son has been on Lexapro 10mg., for 1 yr. and 9 months. He's was originally put on it for moderate depression . It has been working fine. It is the long term ( no one knows) effects that I am concerned about. He's a child. Anyway I ask one doctor about taking him off slowly and he said to just give him 5mg. for 2 weeks then stop and he'll be fine. No side effects. Well I've been reading alot and knew he was full of himself so I made my own tapering schedule. It will take 10 weeks but with the most minimal side effects. I'm dropping him down 2.5mg every 2 weeks and then 2.5mg. every other day for 2 weeks , then 2.5mg. every 4th day. And I got a prescription for Vertigo. We are on day 3 and Vertigo has set in but the medicne keeps it in check.
I myself am a recovering addict and have been through heroine withdrawals years ago "cold turkey" several times and I could not stand the thought of my child having to go through any thing like that. I wish I would have never put him on this stuff in the first place. But 10 weeks and it'll be O.K.. I showed his Pediatrician the schedule and he said it was great. Maybe someone else can use it. Lori Mc. 7.5mg- 2 weeks 5mg.- 2 weeks 2.5mg. - 2 weeks 2.5mg. - every other day for 2 weeks 2.5mg. -every 4th day for 2 weeks
2 Aug 2008
i'm so glad i found this site/thread. this is my 8th day off lexapro--i didn't think i'd have such horrible withdrawal because of the low dose (10mg) that i've been on for 4 or 5 years (what was i thinking??). i'm extremely weepy, craving stupid food like crazy, and i have this weird thing going on with my eyes--i can hear them move, which i read about in some of the other posts, so at least i know it's not just me. i'm also having lots of brain zaps several times an hour, horrible nightmares to the point i'm afraid to go to sleep, and awful night sweats. but just reading through the posts i've found, at least i know i'm not alone, and that there are things i can try to get through this.
couple questions--good supplements to take? i've read so many in different posts that i don't really know where to start. i have hashimoto's thyroiditis and type II diabetes, so i have to be careful with certain herbs.
and the big question: HOW LONG DOES THIS LAST? i feel like i'm losing my mind... i'd like it back now please.
28 May 2007
Thanks Tim. Benadryl sounds like a good idea. I'm probably not getting good sleep, although it doesn't help that I have a 2-yr old nephew with croup climbing into my bed in the middle of the night wanting his back rubbed (and getting me sick).
Water, water, water. Okay, made my way to the fridge and back without falling down. I'm super super super dizzy. AFter cutting down to 10mg/day for a week and a half, I was doing okay for the most part except for major lack of concentration and mild dizziness. So I cut down to 5mg/day for 4 days and then decided to begin to try to get this over with over the Memorial Day weekend. I did not take anything Friday Saturday or today, trying to go cold turkey. Now the dizziness is overwhelming at times. Earlier I was backing out of a parking space and the turning combined with the heat (80 here) made me feel like I could pass out right there in my car. I'm afraid I could get pulled over for drunk driving when ironically I have nothing in my system!
I know I should be consulting with my doctor, but he left his practice last summer right after prescribing my meds, and he seemed to be throwing drugs at me without knowing much about them anyway. Almost like he didn't know much about depression and didn't care to know. I haven't decided yet whether to follow him to his new practice or find another doctor.
I also stopped seeing a therapist earlier this year because I felt like we'd run out of things to talk about and she tried to invent problems to fix that I didn't care about. But I have a good support system in family and friends. As far as the depression returning (not that it ever really left) or the withdrawal causing mood swings, I vowed to practice mind over matter and be aware of my mental state and work on the things I've learned from my therapist and not let the internal mechanics of my mind get all twisted and dark and sad as it's so prone to do. Even despite the emotional hell i've gone through at work and the anonymous perverse harassment I'm enduring and the loss of 15-year friendships as a result of it all! ... I can't go through life in my own pity party because then I will miss out on LIFE!
I'm going to do it all without the help of drugs (anymore), but am looking into all the more natural, vitamin and mineral and water and exercise therapies available. Spending time with my adorable smart nephew is also a great therapy. Hell, maybe I'll go back to church. :rolleyes: I'm so glad I found this forum and thanks Tim for your advice.
25 Jul 2007
I have now been off of lexapro for a little over 2 weeks. Man... what a ride..
First 2 days I felt energized and Euphoric... then the cramping started
Felt like I had the flu for 3 days after that.
For 3 more days I had major dizzy spells and was very tired. The brain zaps and body jolts were every 10 minutes or so.
had 6 more days of dizziness, insomnia and exhaustion.
I am finally feeling better. Still having trouble sleeping though.
To anyone experiencing the withdrawals... It will get better!!
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
19 Jun 2007
I think I know what you all are talking about body pains. I get little spots all over that feel like I am getting splattered by cold water, but nothing is there.
I sometimes feel like there is a bug crawling on me,but nothing is there.
I was taking 40 mg's of lexapro and I quit taking it cold turkey because of the sexual side affects and I just felt too numb to everything, I never even felt like crying at all. It has been four weeks now. I do take lorazapam for anxiety and insomnia, I managed to get my self down to a quarter of a 1mg pill. I am doing ok with that. Does anyone know how long to wait after stopping the lexapro to get completely off lorazapam? When the withdrawl affects go away?
Prayer is a good place to start when quitting these meds.
16 Apr 2008
I have been on Lexapro (10 mg) a dayfor 5 months and have started to wean. I have never been on a antidepressant before and can not wait to get this stuff out of my system. I have gained 15 lbs and can not get it to budge. I work out 5 days a week and do cardio. I am looking for a weaning schedule and would like to know how long it takes to see the metabolism stable back out??
2 Jul 2008
Thank you so much to all who have posted on this thread. It helps tremendously to know we are not alone. According to the posts on here, it looks like I weaned myself off of Lexapro too quickly. I have been on 20mg for about 4 years. I cut my pills in half and took 10mg for one week. Then I cut the halves in half and took 5mg for one week. Then I stopped taking it altogether about 5 days ago. I can live with the brain zaps, on and off numbness, and dizzy feelings. The side effect that is driving me crazy is restless legs. I am normally an excellent sleeper, but since I stopped taking the drug I wake up constantly through the night and have to get out of bed and walk around for a while. I am typing this now at 1:30 am because they have woken me up again. I am going to try some of the recommendations posted on here, such as Benadryl or natural herbs to help me sleep. I do not want to take another drug to combat the side effects. I will keep you posted on my progress.
5 May 2008
I'm helping my daughter taper off also but you might want to see the other thread in Featured Conditions started by auntibiotic. Many people there would say you are dropping down too fast. They suggest no more than 10% at a time and to stablize at each taper before going down again (however long that takes 2-3 weeks is suggested) and often more like 5%.
My daughter did go from 10mg to 7.5 for two weeks then to 5mg for a month without any withdrawal problems however if she had she would have gone back up and tapered slower. She is now going at .5 (½mg) at a time to try to avoid problems later on. I know it means stretching it out but it might be a smoother ride. Just a thought.
28 Sep 2006
Hmm, quite a long time ago I experienced a long bout of what I used to describe as feeling "blinky". This was my term for what "Shifty" calls rebooting. Exactly. It's as though I would turn my head and kind of strobe in time. I know I described this to my physician, who had not a clue. I am relieved actually to think it was withdrawal from an antidepressant. I am so glad I decided to read this thread. Thank you for sharing!
My sorry laundry list includes Wellbutrin (lost its efficacy, Wellbutrin SR (raised my bp), Prozac (tremors, but no relief), Paxil (probably the "blinky" culprit), etc. I tried Lexapro, but ran back to Celexa after a couple of weeks. I've been using Celexa for several years. I'm relatively satisfied with it. By the way, Wellbutrin seemed to have a very good effect on my libido. I hear in its ads that it has a lesser chance of a negative effect, but it was more than that. I guess it's unproven, but now you have my anecdotal evidence.
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