I have been taking Lexapro for about 6 years for panic attacks and inanity. I take 15mg. I take it every night because I was scared of the tiredness in work making me sleepy. I want to start planning to get pregnant. I'm so frightened of the withdrawals symptoms that come with coming off Lexapro and I'm scared I won't be able to cope with the panic attacks by myself. Even taking the 15mg I still have episodes were I'd have panic attacks while taking the 15mg. Some weeks I be fine flying around others very bad won't go anywhere by myself. I'm looking for a bit of advice about the drug. How people get on taking it and the best way to stop taking it without harsh side affects. I'm 29 years of age. Sometimes I wish I had of dealt with it all myself rather than taking medication for it. I was young and scared didn't no what was happening to me . How sad is it all I use to say was I just want to get up and go to work and be OK like a normal person.
I was on Lexapro for 2 years for severe anxiety and depression. I went to the dr when my husband and I decided to try getting pregnant and she switched me to Zoloft, it's an ssri and safe for pregnancy. She said a lot of pregnant women switch to it so maybe ask your ob about it? I just weaned off the lexapro as I started taking the Zoloft super easy and no withdrawals. I actually feel a lot more relief from the Zoloft as well. Good luck!!
Panic and anxiety are horrible disorders to deal with. You have been on Lexapro a while. If you taper down very slowly you may not have bad withdrawals. Maybe try therapy, yoga, meditation, exercise and breathing exercises. There are lots of books on dealing with panic. I understand your regret starting Lexapro. But unfortunately doctor are more apt to throw a pill at us then try to fix the underlying issues or try a more natural remedy. I would not recommend taking any antidepressant while you are pregnant. Is it worth the risk to your unborn child? No one knows the consequences of taking antidepressants to an unborn child. Most of what we read about antidepressants is put out by studies done by the pharmaceutical companies that sell the meds. A bit biased to say the least. Do what you can in the most healthy way for 9 months. Talk to a pediatrician or a OBGY doc for more information and a second opinion on your choices.
Best of luck starting your family.
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