2 weeks ago I taper down lexapro for three weeks after 9 months of use. I had the brain zaps since almost the first day of stopping it, but that was it. today after 2 weeks all the withdrawal symptoms that i had read about kicked in. is this normal withdrawal symptoms after almost 2 weeks? and how long will they last?? thanks in advance
Lexapro withdrawal Symptoms after 2 weeks?
- 10 Jun 2010 by samarama
- 8 May 2013
- lexapro, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, withdrawal
Added 10 Jun 2010:
this was the first time i had ever used antidepressants. and while my doctor was testing diff. meds he told me that i am very sensitive to drugs and that i had to start from the lowest dose possible which with lexapro started at 5 mg and after two weeks to 10mg and stayed on that for 9 months.
This question has also been asked and answered here: Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms?
I have been reading and reading about lexapro and it's side effects and especially withdrawal symptoms. I found out I was pregnant and weaned according to my psychiatrist's directions -- turns out i was weaned way too quickly (from 20 to 0 in 5 days), but i guess it's lose/lose since i'm pregnant. I am experiencing horrific symptoms, and my husband and i can't figure out how i'm going to take care of my children when he goes back to work. i can barely function. i'm having trouble typing this, and i'm usually very good with words. PLEASE read the post initiated by auntybiotic about weaning her daughter off lexapro. it is by far the most helpful info you will find. there are almost 9,000 posts, but if you skim thru it it's worth it. also, look for posts on lexapro by an erinkj. oh, and search for "Lexapro - Withdrawal symptoms?" --another good thread.
it is scary how many people have been given misinformation about "no weaning side effects" and "safe while pregnant" by their doctors regarding lexapro. it is also scary that i consulted with TWO different physicians about weaning and NEITHER know anything about the symptoms i'm having or how long they can last (months in worst-case scenarios according to many posts).
AND EVERYONE, PLEASE REPORT YOUR NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS TO THE FDA! NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE REPORT THEIR SYMPTOMS AND SIDE EFFECTS, AND PEOPLE WHO TRUST THEIR DOCTORS (LIKE ME) END UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF UNINFORMED!!! Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 (it says this right on the lexapro site -- what it doesn't say is ANYTHING about withdrawal symptoms... no mention whatsoever of what happens when it's time to STOP taking lexapro.)
didn't realize i had quit until doctor gave me a script for a new med.for adhd. then today i got on here to just read and realized i had't taken it for at least a month or so.yes i had one brain sap, thought i was crazy also here vioces but mostly at night.but at the beginning i was crying a the drop of a hat and have lost 8 lbs.to day i woke up with my heart pounding because of a dream of rage.always wanted to get off it ,makes me lazy and tired.
i was on lexapro for over 5 months tried to come off after 3 months but had to go back on due to bad withdrawals anger ect... so after 5 months i tapered down over 3 weeks after about 4 days with no lexapro i got severe anger brain zaps ect i am 2 weeks completely off them now and i still have brain zaps but i feel better now i started taking 5htp natural antidepressant after 12 days completely off lexapro and i feel this is working ... so hang in there dont go back on them it will get better and try the 5htp after a week or two completely off them but dont mix the two together as you can get seretoin syndrome which is dangerous. doctors should definately warn you about the withdrawal its really hard but you know its going to ease over time so dont panic or go back on them and definately try the 5htp 50mg twice a day is working for me
Sorry to hear you are experiencing withdrawl symptoms after such a short duration. However, this drug is very potent and can be very effective, but it can come with a price. I was on this med for over 5 yrs at doses reaching 20 mg per day and at one time 30 mg per day. I have experienced all the symptoms, but the sudden, at times, explosive anger has bothered me the most.
Be patient with yourself, stay close to your doctor, talk with your closest confidant and give it time. Good luck to you.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
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