... I wanted to try life without Lexapro, 20 mg. (my most recent med) side effects (fatigue, weight gain, anorgasmic, etc.). I had been off of Lexapro for about 8 weeks (tapered off). I dealt with one bout of anxiety and seemed to get over it. Then last weekend, I got slamed with anxiety and the reappearance of OCD activity so hard that I felt like I was living in a nightmare. Called my therapist who suggest I take up Lexapro, 10 mg. again, at least to stablize -- then we could taper off more slowly. I cried. I want so much to just feel normal and functional. I'm still awfully anxious and the side effects are coming back. But last night I took 15 mg. because I am too anxious, compulsive, and out of control. In reading I think I need some cognitive behavioral therapy to help me over this hump. Only I'm not sure I have the strength to do anything right now. Any one have similar experience to share?
Withdrawal - I originally started SSRIs about 11 years ago for OCD. I was feeling good and decided?
- 17 Nov 2009 by HurtingEliza
- 5 January 2010
- lexapro, obesity, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, withdrawal, side effect, weight
Added 17 Nov 2009:
Is anyone OCD about health issues? I find it hard to relate information about OCD hand washing to something that is so internal.
This question has also been asked and answered here: Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms?
My ocd manifest itself with thoughts over and over again that I cant control but with CBT it has somewhat helped. I have experience with lexapro and can tell you that it can take time to come off the lexapro and anxiety is classic with the withdrawals. I was on 20mg and cut to 10mg with no problem but then went cold turkey and within 5 days I had to go back on it. I went back to 10mg and I had to do a very slow 2 month taper. When I finally came off it I literally was taking a little piece of a 10mg pill(it was probably like less than a milligram) I stop and for about one month very bad anxiety, headaches, felt like I was going insane and my brain would crackle inside( very, very weird) I figured it was my brain firing offs neurons. I had to go on a benzo for the anxiety and that relieved about 75% of the symptoms. I would not suggest going higher on the lexapro. As far as the OCD people have varying degress of it and their is an older drug call luvox that people have had sucesss with. I am curious how you are doing, are you back on the lexapro and are you taking any meds for anxiey. OCD is considered an anxiety disorder and I do know people who swear by lexapro but not for me. let me know how you are doing and hang in there I know you can make it.
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