I ve been on depression/anxiety drugs for years but this is the only one I've tryed to come off of and had physical issues. Like my face and lips randomly "fall asleep" and only for breif moments. These meds can't be good for you if it causes this much drama to stop taking.
Do not go cold turkey. If you want off and do not want help from your doctor do it slowly cut back if you take 2 a day take one a day for a week then one every other day for a week and so on I did the cold turkey thing and believe me it was not a good thing. Take care good luck with this I hope this helps somewhat. God bless and have a Happy holiday
My brain zaps (or brain shutters as you describe them) and the numbness progressed over a couple days to dizziness/vertigo and then a day or 2 later... complete "system shutdown"... I felt like I had been hit by a train and had the worst flu... at the exact same time. I slept for over 24 hours and could barely get off the couch to use the restroom or get a drink of water (because of dizziness and vertigo).
I had been taking 10mg of Lexapro daily for about 2 1/2 years, and was trying to switch to the generic form of Celexa (since Lexapro has no generic equivalent)... thirty (30) 10mg ablets of Lexapro (escitalopram) = $100 vs. thirty (30) 30mg tablets of Celexa (citalopram) = $12
Unfortunately, the serotonin withdrawal was so "disabling" I had no choice but to start taking the Lexapro again... and it took another 2 or 3 days to start physically feeling normal again.
Based on most of the posts I've read on this forum (and other forums)... it TAKES WEEKS TO SLOWLY TAPER off the Lexapro and even then... there are some withdrawal symptoms. I would encourage you to read other posts from individuals trying to quit, and their experiences before deciding to "quit cold turkey".
Everyone is different, but I would NOT recommend quitting cold turkey to anyone. However, I certainly do understand your sentiments!
Best wishes to you!
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