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 Mar 2007
Hello - I just found this website today. I took Lexapro 30mg for 18 mos. I just got switched to Cymbalta 3 weeks ago. When I would miss a does of Lex I noticed the same eyes and brain did not match that I saw mentioned. However, taking both meds for a week and then going straight to Cymbalta was great for me. No ill effects. I am also diabetic -fyi. I hope this helps some of you out there. I also took Effexor for a couple of years. I do still also take Xanax and Klonopin. I also go to weekly talk therapy. For me, the combo approach to my depression has been very helpful. Find a great therapist and doctor and let them help you get better! Good luck!
3 Apr 2008
I wish my doctor never had me go on Lexapro for anxiety. I got off it cause I had no sex drive and I thought maybe it was causing me to be forgetful/absent minded. Please, someone tell me does the dizzyness stop? So far it has been a week and not better. My doctor is suprised since I was only on a low dose (10 mg).
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??
19 Oct 2006
To Psalm 91:
I am very sorry to hear what happened to your mother. The withdrawls from Lex are terrible. My boyfriend got off Lex cold turkey during the first week of June after taking it for 9 months. By the 18th, he was in a different world where only him and his problems existed. From what I have witnessed dealing with him and from what I have read, the only things that seem to help the withdrawls are to wean yourself off of Lex slowly and just let time take its course.
I know this is easier said than done, but don't take anything your mom says personally. My boyfriend used to be the kindest, most gentile man that I have ever met. Lex turned him into a complete monster. He yells, is completely impatient, wants to be alone all of the time, and complains about everything. I know its not him, its the drugs talking. Please, just remember that and keep loving her. It will be hard to do at times.
Since your mom has Alz. history in her family, it wouldn't be a bad idea if she went to the Doc. for a checkup just to make sure there isn't more than one problem going on here. You can ask the Doc about Lex withdrawl, but most Docs don't know much about it. I think the drug companies are very hush-hush about SSRI side effects and don't educate the Docs about how to get patients off this stuff.
My boyfriend took some herbal antidepressants after he stopped taking Lex, but all they would do was take the edge off of his panic attacks. They were very expensive and didn't do much of anything. He also took vitamin C and did liver flushes with red beets and spinach (don't ask). All this did was give him a stomach ache and constipate him horribly.
I wish you and your mom the best of luck. I'll watch the site from time to time and let me know if you need some moral support.
30 Apr 2008
Hello! I don't know much about this forum as I just joined, but I want you to know that you and ur family especially ur Dad are in my prayers. I typed in "lexapro withdrawl" under search and it brought me to another "thread" which i have been communicating on. The support here is good and there are lots of experiences shared and knowledge. Good luck to you.
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 :)
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. :(
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
26 Oct 2006
I weened off of lexapro nearly a month ago. I have gone off SSRI's before, and I'm familiar with the brain zaps and mood swings. This time though I am having alot of body pain. It's what I imagine fibromyalgia feels like. My legs really hurt, and I have pin points of pain moving around my body, everywhere all the time! Of course my doctor said that he's never heard of this, but i have found they really don't know alot!
Has anyone else experienced the body pain?
26 Jul 2007
It has been 5 days taking 15mg and the zaps are more than ever and stranger than ever. They woke him out of his sleep last night. He hasn't had much sleep at all for the past two days. Dizziness and vertigo are still the same. And, the palpitations had practically disappeared while tapering, but they're back now.
Is it possible that Lexapro just doesn't work for him anymore, that it causes adverse effects now? Do you think that he should be switched to another SSRI at this point so that he can stabilize? Have you ever known of anyone who has done this and tapered successfully, or are we just playing with fire out of desperation?
His birthday is tomorrow and he has absolutely nothing to look forward to. I can't believe that he has been this way since Father's Day!! If we were to make a decision like this, we'll wait until we go to Johns Hopkins and talk to the psychiatrists there first. I've read that Dr. Healy (sp?) recommends switching to Prozac because of it's longer half life, but then again Prozac doesn't have the best track history either.
He's very afraid about changing meds, but he can't go on anymore like this either. He hasn't had a normal day for 1 & 1/2 months now, nor has he driven or worked. Patience is at it's all time low. I really thought that reinstating him this much would've done the trick. His maximum dosage was 20mgs over a year ago, I can't imagine that 15mg hasn't brought any relief. What do you think?
20 May 2008
My first submission here. I've been on lex for 2 years - started at 10 - quickly down to 5 - then 2.5 about 8 months ago. Am tapering at 2.5 for 2 days then off 1 - this for 3 wks; then 2.5 every other day for 3 wks; then 2.5 1 day and off 2; then stop. Am still in the first phase. W/D - having headaches on and off; heart palpitations; really odd pains in my legs (almost feels like something moving through my veins); some 'brain zaps'; lots of neck/shoulder tension; sometimes just feel like i have the flu. I see an acupuncturist twice a week and she is helping tremendously; also take omega 3, GABA as needed; Rescue Remedy; but am trying to stay away from "helpful" drugs as much as possible. Lots of pain in my arms too.
I'm just wondering if all of the above are actually symptoms of withdrawal - I know everyone seems to have their fair share of this but it's really good to be able to read that I'm not having a heart attack or any other of the imaginery stuff I can conjure up! Dreams are becoming really bizarre too. Also do a lot of alternative energy therapy: Reike, Relfexology, etc. Anything that helps with the stress & anxiety is great. Thanks for any input.
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