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    Auntibiotic....the term is TArdive Diskenesia and no that is not what she is experiencing....TD is acquired after taking large omounts of antipsychotic medications...so not to worry.

    I, at one point was on 30mg a day, and never experienced any sort of side effects until I actually tried to discontinue use. I have not heard of antidepressant medications used for anything other than depression and anxiety, it is kind of curious that your doc has prescribed it to a 15 year old for TMJ...maybe a second opinion is in order...I know if she were my daughter, I would not tolerate any kind of side effects like that.

    Good luck to you!

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    quote:Originally posted by Becutched

    I thank god I found this forum while looking for answers to my 14 year old daughters lexapro withdrawal problems. You have helped me learn alot on here. She had been seeing a therapist for depression issues and was giving a test. It indicated she was moderately depressed. They suggested seeing then Family Doctor. We got right in. He asked us some questions and perscribed lexapro for her 10mg. She took of for 12 days and was getting even worse mood swings and cutting herself again. I got her back in the doctor he suggested at psychiatrist but to stay on the lexapro. Well she was so out of control I told her to go off ( I did look on the lexapro site about getting off this drug and found nothing to be concerned about) Well you all know now what she is going thru...the withdrawals. I had no idea only 12 days of this could do this. Shes missing so much school and to read this may take weeks to get her off it. I put a call into our Dcotor again today to tell him whats going on and that I messed up and took her off. I may have to home school her now because of all this mess. I am afraid to leave her alone for very long at this point.Shes only 14 years old.

    I can't beleive a doctor but a child on this for TMJ..[:0]Thought it was bad enough mine just gave it to her after a brief chat. Scared world with these drugs and kids.



    I dont mean to pry, but as a psychology major the first thing I think of after reading your post is manic depression.....has your doc looked into that....in teens manic depression is very hard to diagnose mainly because their manic phases look like typical teen out of control stuff...however, if she is cutting and that sort of self injurious behavior, then looking into manic depression isnt such a bad thing....also if it just so happpened that it was manic depression, then antidepressants will only heighten the effects of her symptoms.....just a thought, something for you to look into...

    Good luck!

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    I am so glad I found this website. I have been on SSRIs for 3 years for anxiety and panic disorder. I started on Zoloft, but the extreme weight gain (60lbs in one year while dieting and exercise)I was switched to Lexapro. I must admit it helped my anxiety very much. However the weight gain and inability to lose weight still remains a problem on the Lexapro, so I have decided to see if I really need this medication and if I can lose this weight. I have weaned myself off Lexapro, and the withdrawl symptoms have been unbeleivable!! The irritability, the what I like to call "brain zaps", the dizzines, the emotional outbreaks....I feel like I'm going crazy. But hearing that other people are going through the same thing is so comforting. I would like to know, has anyone lost weight they gained on an SSRI anfter discontinuing it and will the withdrawl symptoms finally go away, I have been dealing with them for a week now, I want to hang in there, but it's hard!!

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    I went cold turkey 1 week ago and the brain zaps are driving me insane also...they literally make me vomit they happen so often. The irritability does not bode well when you are a student teacher in a special educaiton classroom when patience is clearly necessary.

    I also felt like I wasnt functioning well, always yawning and sleeping. My husband would get up at 4a and go to bed at 11p later that same day and I would be the one who was exhausted....he became very unhappy with that all the time. My mom recently started on Lexapro also, mainly because i suggested it to her and she has been complaining of lacking ambition! She is always asleep when I call her, no matter the time of day. Its crazy! Lexapro should post that information somewhere!

    Anyway, good luck to you all, I refuse to give in and start back on lexapro, so I am dealing with the side effects....

    Oh, by the way...My doctor did recommend that I break my 10mg tablets in half doing so for about 2-3 weeks and then still using only 5mg take them only every other day for a couple of weeks and then every third....unfortunatly I am way to impatient and decided to just go cold turkey.

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    Her famaly doctor thought the Jaw Clenching may be due to anxiety and I was told ( by her physician) that Lexapro was a SAFE anti anxiety medication with no side effects.

    Has anyone split their dose twice a day instead of once while trying to taper off of lexapro?. It seems that my daughter gets real anxious after giving her Lexapro at bedtime as it was prescribed and is having trouble sleeping. Does anyone take their Lexapro in AM?

    My daughter only has the mania for about ten days after her dose is tapered. This appears to be a drug induced mania not bi polar as she never had this behavior ever prior to the Lexapro tapering. Once the weaning is past about 14 days the mania goes away until the next taper.


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    I always take mine in the morning, but I always feel sleepy or lethargic...I dont get mania at all. I would get a second opinion from a different doc as it doesnt sound like Lexapro is the best med for what is going on with her body.

    Good Luck!




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    In responce to some of the posts here, I also have gained a lot of weight on lexapro. I never in my life gained weight like this before so I have to blame on this drug. I've always had a high metabolism and was skinny, but now, I'm just a tall skinny guy with a nasty gut. This was the biggest reason for me to go off this stuff. I did one week of lowering my dose from 15 to 10mg, then took it every other day, and after two weeks I quit. Except of the feeling dizzy all the time, and being tired, I felt wonderful up until one week after stopping completly. Now, I have been reminded of what panic attacks feel like. The irritability is awful. I really hope this goes away soon! I'm looking forward to loosing the 25lbs I've gained! I never knew how hard it was to loose weight! I've been running 5 miles 4 times a week for three weeks with no results! Oh, well, its still feels good to run. Good luck everyone.

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    I too have gained an insane amount of weight...I am a soccer player, yet somehow I managed to gain 34 pound and it is all in my gut too. The irritability is driving my family into hiding! I dont know why I snap at everyone all the time, its just...I dont know. anyway, the first few days I was having some anxiety like chest flutters, but no panic attacks....yet. The brain zaps are still in full force, I am hoping those buggers go away some time in the very near future.

    Good Luck all!

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    How long has everyone been trying to get off Lexapro? I just started cutting my dose in half yesterday. I'm hoping to be off of it completely in the next 2 weeks. I hope that is realistic. I also started a diet to get rid of the extra 30 pounds I put on over the last two years.

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    Hi, I am also a teen attempting to ween off of Lexapro. I've been having the same types of symptoms, the dizzy spells and sometimes it feels like I have a flash of an electric surge go through my body. I do tend to get moody and get hot flashes.[xx(] It's been tough and I've only stopped taking it for about a week. Tell your daughter I said good luck.

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    I am so releived to hear that other people are having the same difficulties that I am. I have been off my Lexapro for 3 weeks now. The withdrawal symptoms have pretty much gone away, so to anyone having withdrawal symptoms...hang in there, it will get better. I never had a weight issue before taking Lexapro, hopefully I will be able to lose the weight, now. Has anyone succesfully lot weight they put on from SSRI's?? Good Luck everyone.

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    I've been on 10 mg for about 6 months and decided to get off of it. The more I read, the more I think I probably should have never gone on it in the 1st place. I was in a moderate depression that I believe I was on the verge of coming out of on my own when I started to take it. I felt like hell for almost a week when I started it, also a lot of insomnia for almost a month. [xx(] If I even had any idea what I would have to go thru to get on it, I probably never would have started it!

    I definitely felt MUCH better after being on it for about 5 or 6 weeks and wanted to get off, but was told I should stay on it for a minimum of 4 months up to 9 months. I figured since I was feeling good, with minimal side effects, what the heck.

    So finally after 6 months, I decided I wanted to get off this, especially after reading 100s of posts on withdrawals. Seems the longer someone is on this, the more chance of worse side effects. I was going to tell my Dr., but since he didn't have a clue what I was in for when he gave it to me, I don't really trust what he'll tell me to get off! I did my own research by reading everyone's personal experiences and any withdrawal tips I could find from medical sites. It definitely helps knowing what you MIGHT be in for, so you don’t get caught by surprise. If I would have done some research before I started this drug, I would have waited at least couple of more weeks before starting to take it, to see whether I REALLY needed to! I would have thought my doctor might have suggested this before prescribing it!

    I cut down to 7.5 mg for a week, with minor side effects. I felt just a tad dizzy off and on for a day or two, and then I had a slight hung-over feeling after about 5-6 days which actually dissipated by the end of the day. By the 7th day, I felt basically normal again. Now I'm down to 5.0 mg on my 4th day. Yesterday, I actually felt some minor anxiousness, slight dizziness, and minor tingling in my left arm and face that I often feel when I get nervous. After I ate my lunch and took my vitamins the symptoms seemed to have backed off quite a bit. By the evening I was only feeling mild dizziness and minor fatigue. It hasn’t effected my sleeping at all, I’ve been sleeping very good, so far.

    I'm hoping to go to 3.75 for a week, then 2.5 for a week, then 1.25 for a week, then stretch out a 1.25 dose until I'm only taking it once every 3-4 days and then stop. I think you can get the pills into 1/8s, I'm actually breaking them into quarters just using my fingers. I'll use an Exacto knife to get it into 1/8s though.

    You can put the 1/4 tablet into a small container and cut it with the knife. That way if it ends up getting semi-crushed, just divide the piles into equal halves and you won't lose any of the powder.

    I'm definitely not getting on any more medication unless it's a LAST resort after this! [:0]


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    Whew! A few days ago, I was havng about 20-40 brain zaps per hour....now I have havng about 10 per day, it is getting better. However, my temper is extremely thin, and I cant stop sweatng!!!!!All in all, it has taken 2 days short of 2 weeks to get to this point, so hang in there everyone. I was on Lexapro for a total of about 8 months. Now I just have to drop the 30 pounds that I put on, and I will hopefully be almost back to normal.


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    Next week I will taper my daughters lexapro again . She is having spring break and planning so many things so I hope that she is not too sick. Has ANYONE lost any of the weight? I read that Lexapro can change your metabolism. Did most gain a lot of weight during the withdrawal?

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    I'm very sorry to hear that your daughter is having such a hard time. I was on Lexapro for about 2 years and when I started weaning off I was taking 40mg a day. The last couple of weeks have been rough;however, I have not had as severe as a time as your daughter. I just wanted to share with you some things that have helped me. I seem to do better in the mornings and get worse as the day goes on. Naps help sometimes but are not always feasible. I started taking a Vitamin B6 supplement and that has helped with the tiredness and short attention span. I'm not normally a meditation type person, but at night I feel like I have so much nervous energy that I am literally shaking. I have been practicing breathing exercises to help me sleep. The one that works best for me is to count backwards from fifty and concentrate on breathing. Count 50 on the exhale, 49 on the inhale, 48 on the exhale and so on until you get to 20 and then count only on the exhale. Sometimes I have to go through this 2 or 3 times but I helps my body settle down so my brain can go to sleep. Walking alone sometimes helps with the iritability but it is difficult when the dizziness and "brain shocks" are bad. I hope at least something in her gets her some relief and good luck. PS...she is going through a lot with this...you may want to wait until after spring break to taper more...let her have some fun and feel "normal" for a little while.

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    Hey Auntie B
    Even though your daughter got the Lexapro for TMJ (from her dentist??) she obviously needs medical attention to address these withdrawl symptons, whatever their source. Is Lexapro 20 mg once a day her ONLY med? I take 10 mg once a day.

    Like another poster, I wonder why now you and or your daughter are quickly pulling her off the med? To reiterate- if this is indicated, it needs to be done under proper medical supervision. I too question whether she doesn't have an underlying chemical imbalance based on the manic depressive symptoms you describe. Don't mean to be indelicate asking if you are CERTAIN she is not or has not been taking other meds without your knowledge. I feel certain the doctor would ask that same question.

    Anyway, TMJ is sometimes linked to anxiety disorders and/or OCD(obsessive compulsive disorder). so giving Lexapro initially doesn't strike me as odd. But I DO suspect that she may need to get back on some sort of SSRI or other psychotropics meds under the direct supervision of your family doctor, or a specialist in mood disorders.

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    this is scary this is my third post today, the more I read the more freaked I get. It's bad enough having to cope with depression or any other illness treated by Lexapro, but having to take meds our doctors don't seem to know anything about is terrifying.
    I'm not going back on it unless I'm assured my health is at risk, despite the withdrawals!
    If anyone else has gone through this or knows anything about it please please get in touch.
    thanks

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    quote:Originally posted by shocker

    I've been lowering my lexapro dosages from 30mg to 0 by 5mg per week. I've been experiencing shocking sensation to my head and then to my arms and feet with dizziness to. Iwas wondering if anyone else who is lowering their dosage is experiencing the shocking sensation to their head. Could this be the dizziness everyone is describing?
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    quote:Originally posted by shocker

    I've been lowering my lexapro dosages from 30mg to 0 by 5mg per week. I've been experiencing shocking sensation to my head and then to my arms and feet with dizziness to. Iwas wondering if anyone else who is lowering their dosage is experiencing the shocking sensation to their head. Could this be the dizziness everyone is describing?
    re:shocker
    I just weened myself off of Lexapro within about a 2 week period, after being on it for 6 months. I have been feeling the same "shocking" effects too. I could not figure out what was wrong with me, in fact I am looking this up on-line because I've been getting kindof worried,but it looks like this is just a side effect off getting off of this for some people. I know what your feeling it's lame, I am waiting for it to go away and feel normal again. I hope the same for you too. Just wanted to let you know it's not just you.


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    Yes - I think I have this. I feel kind of a pulsing numbing/tingly sensation particularly in my face and lips. I was also wondering if this is what people meant by diziness. For me, it's more disorienting than anything, also I feel exhausted. Anyone else experiencing a similar tingling symptom?

    quote:Originally posted by shocker

    I've been lowering my lexapro dosages from 30mg to 0 by 5mg per week. I've been experiencing shocking sensation to my head and then to my arms and feet with dizziness to. Iwas wondering if anyone else who is lowering their dosage is experiencing the shocking sensation to their head. Could this be the dizziness everyone is describing?

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    That is exactly what I have been experiencing, you describe it well. And since it is an uncommon symptom that you don't read much about, I was starting to wonder what was up. Thanks for the confirmation - any tips on how to alleviate it would be great.

    quote:Originally posted by fighting_back

    Shocker, the symptoms you are experiencing are not the dizziness, they are separate symptoms that make you feel like you are recieving a jolt of electricity, going from your head to your extremities. These are rare side effects of SSRI withdrawal, but they are symptoms. Be careful of tapering too quickly, you could plunge yourself into SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome, which consists of flu-like symptoms that can leave you bed-ridden for weeks.

    ---Fighting Back

    quote:Originally posted by shocker

    I've been lowering my lexapro dosages from 30mg to 0 by 5mg per week. I've been experiencing shocking sensation to my head and then to my arms and feet with dizziness to. Iwas wondering if anyone else who is lowering their dosage is experiencing the shocking sensation to their head. Could this be the dizziness everyone is describing?
    "A man of clear-cut convictions is impervious to anyone's influence." -A.R.

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    I am not medically trained, but am a psychiatric social worker. Even if I wasn't, I can still tell that this sensation is clearly one that has not been talked about enough compared to the fact that people are definitely experiencing this withdrawal symptom. I do not feel any symptoms of depression, so I agree that the doctor appears to be wrong on this point. Again, I am relieved that I am not the only one experiencing this withdrawal symptom.

    quote:Originally posted by sheilsrave

    Hello. I am a medical student who has been taking Lexapro 20mg for 2 years. This past December, I cut down to 10 mg. For the past few months I have been tired all the time and suffering from flu-like symptoms. I can't figure out whether these are side-effects of the Lexapro or of the withdrawal. I wish that I was able to give more advice to others (because of my medical background), but what I'm realizing is that even very well-informed doctors sometimes do not know everything. Everytime I miss a few doses of the Lexapro, I get those "shocky" sensations in my head when I take a step too quickly or turn my head. I discussed with my Doctor, and he said that he thinks it's not withdrawal from the Lexapro, but evidence of resurfacing anxiety/depression. I think that he's wrong. I wish that I knew more about these drugs-- because we take them to help us with difficult problems (depression, anxiety, etc)-- but sometimes they may end up with worse side-effects than the problems themselves. I caution anyone against taking psychiatric medication unless all other methods (meditation, exercise, yoga, talk-therapy) are exhausted and not working.
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    I completely related to what you are saying. I am at work now and wondering how my exhaustion is going to allow me to finish the day. And yes, I am familiar with the post-work nap lately, since withdrawaling from the Lexapro. And I even tried to do it very gradually...

    quote:Originally posted by tamraw

    I've been on Lexapro 10 mg now for a month. I called my doctor and asked how to taper off because I can't take it anymore. He said just break the pills in half and take 5 mg a day for a month then stop. That doesn't make sense to me. Everyone else seems to be doing it different. Can't find any info on the Lexapro.com website. Has anyone else experience such severe fatigue that they can't even function? Every night I'm getting 8-9 hrs of sleep. By mid morning I'm face down on my keyboard. I sleep for 1/2 hr to 2 hrs fighting every so often to wake up but unable to. Then have to lay my head down several times during the day and sleep for 15 minutes at a time. Then I have attacks of yawning when I am awake that are so embarrassing and annoying. Yawn and yawn for 15-20 minutes at a time. Then take an hour nap after work. Up for a few hours sitting like a vegetable on the couch just waiting for the time to come that I can crawl into bed at a "normal time." It's unreal. Yep, my anxiety is gone because I'm just wiped out. I need to know if anyone has had this kind of reaction or maybe it is something else.

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    I have been on Lexapro for 2 years. I am slowly weaning myself off of them. I was on the 20 mg. My doctor has told me to do 10 mg for 2 months and the go down to 5 mg. I see a lot of posts of people doing it in a matter of weeks. What are the results? I tried to do it cold turkey back in April/2004 with bad results. I was a moody, crying mess. This Jan./2005, I was in the process of changing doctors and didn’t have the medication for 2 weeks and I was on edge and very emotional. My gynecologist was the doctor who first put me on Lexapro. I had, had PMS symptoms and automatically she assumed I was depressed. I question doctors who think because you have mood swings, etc that you are depressed and freely hand out anti-depressants. I am now trying it the “natural” way. I’m taking vitamins and exercising!

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    I'm so glad I found this forum. I ran out of my Lexapro (20 mg) three days ago and Trazodone (50 mg) two days ago. I've tried getting some samples to tide me over but the health dept. is giving me the runaround. I've been experiencing severe dizziness, muscle weakness so bad that I feel like I can't even walk around or get up from a chair. I can't sleep, either. The past two nights I've only gotten about 2-4 hours of sleep each night, broken up in short 30-45 minute chunks.

    I have to take my 78 year old Nana to a doctor's appointment two hours away today, along with my 14 year old cousin (staying with us for spring break) and my almost-4 year old daughter. I think I'll be stopping by the health department on the way out of town and raising hell with them, if I have the energy.

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    quote:Originally posted by KatherineMaria

    Yes - I think I have this. I feel kind of a pulsing numbing/tingly sensation particularly in my face and lips. I was also wondering if this is what people meant by diziness. For me, it's more disorienting than anything, also I feel exhausted. Anyone else experiencing a similar tingling symptom?

    quote:Originally posted by shocker

    I've been lowering my lexapro dosages from 30mg to 0 by 5mg per week. I've been experiencing shocking sensation to my head and then to my arms and feet with dizziness to. Iwas wondering if anyone else who is lowering their dosage is experiencing the shocking sensation to their head. Could this be the dizziness everyone is describing?

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    I am so excited to hear your description of tingling in the face and lips. I had no idea this could be a withdrawal from Lexapro. I cut back my 10mg to every other day for several weeks, now I have been off completely for 9 days. The first 6 days went smooth. Now I am dizzy and my face is tingly. I took Lexapro for 7 months. I put on 19 pounds.Any success in getting rid of the pounds quickly?

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    quote:Originally posted by auntybiotic

    The TMJ, they thought was from anxiety, and I was told Lexapro was a SAFE anti anxiety medication with no sie efefcts. the insert from my mail order compapny did not have any side effects listed or withdrawal symptoms so I was not aware this medication was even for depression.

    Has anyone split their dose ti twice a day instead of once. It seems that my daughter gets real anxious after giving her her dose at bedtime and is having trouble sleeping. Does anyone take their Lexapro in AM?? Or is this med usually prescribed at bedtime?

    My daughter only has the mania for baout ten days after her dose is tapered. This is a drug induced mania not bi polar as she never had this ever. Once the weaning is past about 14 days the mania goes away until the next taper.

    Does anyone else experience the mania when tapering?? Anyone that has sucessfully gone off Lexapro, how long befor eyou felt yourself??

    Does anyone know if the mania will go away once the drug is withdrawn. It's a shame that we cannot just stop the drug but I was told that this can create psychosis, so to wean slowly.

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    Dear Auntybiotic,

    I am just now withdrawing from 20 mg. Lexapro after a year and a half.
    I tapered off at a 10 mg level for 3 weeks, then went to 10 mg. every-other day for about 2 weeks. There are a million different ways to taper, but the key point is that you are doing the right thing by tapering. It think in your daughter's case it is probably better that you are doing it very slowly; her body is likely smaller than alot of adults, and 20 mg. is a fairly high Lexapro dose.

    One thing I think you should keep in mind is to employ as much critical thinking as you can about this drug, it's effects, withdrawal, etc. Everyone contributing to this forum is simply a user and can only share their experiences, not diagnose your daughter, including myself.

    Having said that, from some medical case study literature I read on the net, including this website: http://www.antidepressantsfacts.com/...withdrawal.htm, I would guess that the drug itself is causing the symptoms, not an inherent chemical imbalance in your daughter's brain if she never experienced that before going on the Lexapro. The literature links in the website I included above talk about infant withdrawal after birth from mothers using Lexapro during pregnancy, with many of the same syptoms you are describing such as anxiety and irritability.

    As for me, I had night sweats when I first decreased my dosage. They subsided. Now that I'm completely off, I've experienced the seemingly common anxiety and irritability, along with some visual symptoms (jerky nerves when moving eyes) and a bit of vertigo. I also experienced increased appetite, especially for starchy foods. This makes sense because these foods (as well as many others) affect seratonin levels in the brain.

    My suggestion to you would be to read as much scientific information as you can get your hands on, including how these chemicals work in the brain, how that affects our minds, etc. Unfortunately, medical doctors don't always know as much as we would hope. We have to rely on ourselves to investigate this information. I would do this for any drug my doctor wanted my child to take. A Physicians Desk Reference can give you alot of information; so can the internet if you are looking at real scientific studies, not antecdotes.

    As for the question people often ask about why you are taking your daughter off this drug, I say this. I'm a low-level depressive person and used Lexapro as a step toward recovering from a depressive period in my life, in conjunction with therapy. I, and my therapist, simply don't feel that I need the drug anymore, so why should I pay good money every month to put a chemical into my body that isn't necessary? This would be like taking cold medicine indefinitely. Of course, for more serious cases of depression this is not an option. And, while I experienced many good effects from Lexapro, I was not my true self in many regards. Now that I'm off of it my passion for many things that was lost has returned, including playing the piano. I think these are great reasons for getting off the chemical.

    I agree that the doctor made a huge error in judgement putting her on Lexapro. I hope that your daughter (and you) hang in there, get through this, and return to a normal life. And I hope it helps to know that others have experienced this along with you and your daughter.



    quote:Originally posted by auntybiotic

    The TMJ, they thought was from anxiety, and I was told Lexapro was a SAFE anti anxiety medication with no sie efefcts. the insert from my mail order compapny did not have any side effects listed or withdrawal symptoms so I was not aware this medication was even for depression.

    Has anyone split their dose ti twice a day instead of once. It seems that my daughter gets real anxious after giving her her dose at bedtime and is having trouble sleeping. Does anyone take their Lexapro in AM?? Or is this med usually prescribed at bedtime?

    My daughter only has the mania for baout ten days after her dose is tapered. This is a drug induced mania not bi polar as she never had this ever. Once the weaning is past about 14 days the mania goes away until the next taper.

    Does anyone else experience the mania when tapering?? Anyone that has sucessfully gone off Lexapro, how long befor eyou felt yourself??

    Does anyone know if the mania will go away once the drug is withdrawn. It's a shame that we cannot just stop the drug but I was told that this can create psychosis, so to wean slowly.

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    I have been tapering off of Lexapro after taking 10mg a day for two years. I was taking 5 mg a day for the past three weeks and then stopped all together four days ago. I feel dizzy just walking or making sudden movements. I also feel a little lethargic. I hope this goes away soon.

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