... he will never be able to come off of it as he has expressed concern that he's ready to come off. His previous psychiatrists really never fully talked about Lexapro with him. Until coming to this new one. So i decided to do some research myself and seek answers or suggestions from others. I am thankful i found this page. I have read alot already. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
Hi, mamia! I took Lexapro for about five years and discontinued it with no problems at all after it *pooped out* on me as some antidepressants do with some people after long-term use. But I was also switching to a different antidepressant.
Your husband's psychiatrist may feel that your husband is suffering from chronic, clinical depression. People with this type of depression generally find that depressive episodes return and continue after stopping antidepressants. Just because you feel better doesn't mean you are better.
Best regards and good luck to you both. Wildcat
msmia; Sorry but really as you can tell there are many answers with these conditions, And it is not uncommon for people to be on it for long periods of time meaning 10 to 20 years when you have a chemical Imbalance and the medication is still working well I would not mess with it the problems is many people will go off of them on their own then have nothing but trouble trying to get themselves balanced out again. No matter what medication they try. So it really is a touch area. None of us like to take medication but when you need it you do need it. And you and your husband could have a good talk with the doctor, And ask him why does he think your husband is going to be a long term medication user but in many cases they are correct. Sorry that I can't really explain it the way it should be but the main thing is your husband is stable. Chuck1957
he will most certainly be able to come off if it, not everyone who takes Lexapro takes it for life! Like others said maybe he thought he would need something for life but, I personally don't agree with that either. I have been on just about every SSRI and SNRI on the market and still wonder if any ever helped at all. There is more and more research coming out that exercise and things such as vitamin deficiencies can be to blame for depression and the first thing Drs jump to is PILLS pills pills. I'm not saying they don't work for many, I'm just saying from a long personal history that enough isn't known to say one will need them for life
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