I've been on lexapro for 6 years this time (it's actually my third time on it but the other times were only for a few months). I need to come off it as I can no longer live with the side effects. I'm was on 5mg, but the withdrawals are awful. I just want to hopefully hear from someone who had a similar experience and to find out there is light at the end of this tunnel of nausea, brain zaps, depersonalisation, manic moods.
Hi, you will get past these withdrawal symptoms, but it will take a little time. So you have quit the Lexapro now? Did you taper? If you quit 'cold turkey' then the withdrawal symptoms will be worse. You can use OTC medications in the meantime, such as anti-emetics, analgesics, and adjusting your diet will help, reduce your caffeine intake and eat healthily, little and often. You might want to speak with your doctor about a short course of Diazepam to help you through the mania and depersonalisation. Are you going to try a different antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication?
Thank you, yes I tapered off and am now completely off. I asked my doctor if there was anything OTC or prescription to help with withdrawal and he said no, any other medication that can help will have its own side effects and withdrawals.
I won't be trying any alternatives, I feel I can handle my anxiety without medication now I've learned some coping strategies.
I just don't want to feel like crap for a long time while going through the withdrawal.
If I'd been advised of the effects of lexapro properly I never would have taken it :(.
Hi, i'm not quite sure why your doctor said not to take OTC medications? Cyclizine (for example) is an anti sickness tablet and used short term has no withdrawal effects, neither does Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, to help with the brain zaps. I understand that Diazepam can be addictive/habit forming, but again, used maybe once a day for a week will be fine... Anyway, i do hope you are feeling better very soon! I'm really pleased to hear that you have learned some coping techniques for your anxiety
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