If suffering accidental withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro, how long will it take for them to go away once I start my dose again?
At college and went home for a few days, accidentally leaving my meds at school. I’m on 10mg of Lexapro and it’s probably been about 4-5 days since I last took them. Did last night and simply did not sleep at all. Have splitting headaches and other similar side effects. If going back on my dose, how long should it take for the withdrawal symptoms to disappear? Interfering with daily life and classes.
Your body should return to normal in 7-10 days, though each day will be a little better than the last. What you should have done when you realized that you forgot this medicine, is to call your doctor and have him/her prescribe you a limited supply that you could have picked up at any local pharmacy. You should be happy at this point, that you didn't have to go to the hospital. Lexapro is NOT a medicine that you want to just stop taking. If you ever forget this medication when going away from home, do whatever it takes to get a short supply.
Some pharmacists are aware of the problems of going without these medications and will give you an emergency supply. The number of pills given are then subtracted from your next refill. As for as going back on the medication after 5 days without, you may want to split the Lexapro tablet in half (5 mg) in order to re-introduce it a little more gradually. Take 5 mg at the same time you always do for a week before going back to your full dose of 10 mg.
If I travel between two places on a regular basis and assuming its family, I like to keep a little emergency kit at the place where I travel to in the event I do forget my meds. It is a terrible feeling forgetting one's meds and with these SSRIs and SNRIs is downright dangerous. I've learned the hard way.
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