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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12 Jan 2008
Just thought I would let you know that we found a good dr for my hubby. They don't think he is bi-polar! :D yea! They said he deffinately has ADHD but that he has depression and anxiety with it. They put him on cymbalta for the anxiety/depression and depakote to stabilize mood/aggression as well as to help prevent migrains and the possibility of seizure as he tappers his "over the top" xanax use. So far, so good... How are you doing? able to quit the Lex yet... ERin
1 Feb 2008
YES to the weight gain. Yes to the lost sex drive. Yes to the weaning suggestions. My advice is to go to the thread called lexapro withdrawl started by aunybiotic. Start at the most recent posts as the weaning/tapering scheduale had been covered again in depth over the last few days. You will find any and everything that you ever wanted (or did'nt want) to know about Lexapro on this thread... Good luck... Erin
3 Feb 2008
My doctor suggested that I start taking Lexapro for mild symptoms of depression. He gave me samples to last for about 3 weeks, beginning with 10mg a day for 7 days and increasing to 20 mg. a day maintenance dose. I have been taking this drug for THREE DAYS now and am on day three of headachy, dizzy and nausea feelings and as a result of these symptoms, an increase in feeling depressed. I decided to check the web for any information about my symtoms and discovered this discussion board, which has been very helpful and a bit alarming. I am going to stop the Lexapro immediately and look for a drug free solution. I recently heard about a mineral supplement out of Canada called Empower plus that has been working for people dealing with depression. Has anyone heard or had experience with this supplement? Thanks again for sharing your valuable experiences.
3 Feb 2008
I am not familiar with that supplement but, sam-e is effective for depression treatment and has been well researched. If you can avoid anti-depressant medications to treat the depression then, I highly recomend that you do as they can be far more trouble than they are worth especially if your depression is not chronic. I feel anti-depressants should be used only when all else fails. ( I been on SSRI for 11 yrs and they SUCK) Also, you should start taking fish oil supplement daily, carson's brand is best and most pure. Fish oils (rich in omega 3 and 6) are PROVEN to support brain function and help with depression and mood besides, the omega's benefit your whole body. Check into Inositol as well. It has been studied for deppression and is a natural supplement. St. Johns Wort is effective to treat deppression for many people however, some people get stomache aches with it and it does interact with some medications. If you decide to try it run a consumer report search on St.
Johns Wort first to see what brands routinely test their product, as that will help you determine the best and safest brand to use. Supplements are not FDA regulated so, we have to check it all out for ourselves. Many supplement manufacturers actually test their product for quality and publish results... I hope this helps, Good luck... Erin
16 Feb 2008
I'm so thankful to have found this site, and thank you all for sharing your experiences tapering off of lexapro. It's helped to put my mind at ease. I was actually happy to discover that those little dizzy spells are those "brain zaps" many of you have talked about. I've been tapering off now for about four months and am down to 2.5 mgs. I've had practically every symptom described - brain zaps, headaches, nausea, tiredness, mood swings, sweats, chills, flu-like symptoms etc. However, for the past two weeks, I've been dealing with bouts of depersonalization and extreme tiredness, which really worries me. I had CNS lyme disease back in 1995 which was successfully treated with ceftriaxone, but it's almost like the symptoms are back. This is what I hate - is what I'm experiencing lexapro withdrawal, or something else? I had some blood work done and am seeing my doctor next week to try and figure out what's going on. I feel I'm in for the long haul with this since I've been on between 20 and 30 mgs of lexapro for SEVEN years! Now I'm wondering if some major damage has been done to my brain being on the stuff for so long. I look forward to the day that lexapro is completely out of my system! (I know it takes 45 days after the last dose is taken.)
Has anyone been on this drug for the same amount of time as me, and if so, how long did it take before you were completely symptom free?
Thanks again for sharing!
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.
23 Feb 2008
I think you are the exception in case. It is great that you had an easy time of it. How long were you taking the ativan and what dose?
It is easy to play down the suffering of others when you don't experience something. Like I said I am happy for you. Benzo withdrawals almost killed me. And it is deceptive when someone like yourself comes on this forum and says, "I had no withdrawals". You are putting your life on the line if you go cold turkey with benzos, especially if taken at higher doses for prolonged periods.
23 Feb 2008
I started 10mg daily Lexapro 8 mos. ago to alleviate depression caused by a traumatic event in my life. I feel it's time to come off Lexapro. My doctor recommended a tapering off regimen of 5mg for 6 weeks, 2.5 for 6 wks, 2.5 every other day for 6 wks. After 2 1/2 days at 5mg I started feeling dizzy, nauseous, anxious and highly irritable. I went up to 7.5mg and this seemed to help somewhat. I maintained the 7.5mg for 10 days, then went down to 5mg. Again, after 2 1/2 days the withdrawal symptoms came back with a vengeance. I had to go back to the doctor who recommended I go back to 10mg, but I told him I was determined to come off the drug. He prescribed Xanax which has pretty much alleviated the withdrawal symptoms. Now I'm hoping withdrawing from Xanax won't be an issue! These drug companies sure know how to get us hooked. I find the whole pharma industry quite insidious and unethical. There should not be a drug on the market that is so difficult to stop taking.
23 Feb 2008
I took it for 3 years, 1 mg twice daily. And I didn't mean to play down anything I simply expressed what I experienced.
Maybe I wasn't clear when I talked about this but my doctor told me I would not experience withdrawl, and I was shocked because two other doctors told me I would. He was right.
And I'm not being deceptive what so ever. I'm just sharing my experience. Saying I'm "deceptive" is the equivalent of calling me a liar.
1 Mar 2008
Ever consider not taking any of this *? Reading through these descriptions of withdraw symptoms and side effects of these anti-anxiety and anti-depressants is alarming. 9 out of ten people who were treated with animal therapy (as in simply playing with animals), rigorous exorcise, and counseling showed LONG TERM positive results over 300 times as often as those treated by drugs alone. Life is tough people, sack up and deal with it. Drugs are not the answer to life's problems. How many heart attacks, murders, suicides, serious sleep disorders, increased anxiety at time of withdrawal, moodiness, pain, etc, etc, etc, is worth chasing the dream that drugs are the answer to life's problems. Get up off the couch and get outside, find activities, make friends, get exorcise, get your body in shape and your mind will follow. Take a class or two to stimulate your brain.
Just stop listening to drug companies telling you they have the answer in a pill, they don't and more often than not have gone to great lengths to cover up the serious side effects you will encounter. For those of you who say I don't understand, I do. I was put on some of the very first anti anxiety/depressants to combat what was described to me as serious ADD when I was young. I had nausea, dizziness, detachment from my friends, and went through hell when I stopped taking them. The makers of Lexapro are being sued by about ten different entities right now over side effects of its products. Take responsibility for yourself and stop asking drug companies to provide you with secret elixirs to make you feel happy and comfortable. The truth is that life is not always happy or comfortable. Life is hard, not just for you, but for everyone.
4 Mar 2008
I feel for us all as I also have my own story. However, I feel a need to remind us ALL of a very important perspective. Yes, our bodies are under fire or purhaps slightly tweaked or even changed forever and yes ,we are all acutely aware of this in ourselves and that there are many of us going through this BUT and this is a big important but, there is nothing wronge with taking a break from concentrating on what is happening TO us but rather keeping in mind what is in our control to make happen FOR us. Example, I find myself so focused on the fact that I have been under fire with this lexapro junk that I forget little things like "I really do need to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day" Seems small and trivial, I know but we must take care of ourselves.
I am in a "victims of violent rape" forum (yes, it's that blunt) and one of the mottoes is "Save yourself or you will not be saved." Nobody is going to appoligize to us for introducing us to the drug that was supposed to take all of our troubles away. We aren't even going to get a "oh, thats too bad" The only thing we can do now is support eachother in each of our endeavors to save ourselves. Remember to take care of your bodies. This will only benefit our way of thinking. Get up! Take that shower! Do your hair. Put a little make up on and put a load in the wash. The rest will come, for you did not stay in bed. You did not lay down and stay down. One day at a time. One task at a time. One victory at a time. Time really does heal all wounds but not if we lay down and bleed to death. The only way to beat it is to out live it. Corny post,I know but food for thought to anyone thats hungry. Love, Thykingswife
1 Apr 2008
I am one of the person who have severly suffered from lexapro.I suffered from symptoms like Headache,Insomnia,Diarrhea,Fatigue .I got weakened and stopped using that.
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