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    auntybiotic is offline Senior Member
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    Bucket,

    I also see a pattern, Sometimes those going thru the iwthdrawal are so "involved in the mosery" that they may not see the common symptoms that are attributed to Lexapro Withdrawal.

    It may be helpful to point out the pattern that you are noticing. Are you in Lexapro withdrawal?
    Thanks,
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    what pattern is that bucket?

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    Would like to say that I am an RN and have been on Lexapro for about 6 months. The only side effect I have noticed while taking is sweating. I did quit taking briefly but only had mood swings as a withdrawl. I am also only taking 10mg so it appears to me the higher the dose the worse your withdrawl symptoms are. To the mom of the 14 year, I caution you having dealt with a lot of psych clients that if she is cutting herself there is more going on then depression. Some meds also intensify behaviors if they are not right for treating her condition. Meds at that age are hard due to the rapid changs she is going through. She needs to be in weekly counseling to deal with the issue and you need to find a reputable therapist who deals with adolescents. Therapy can do wonders without medication if you find the right therapist and are willing to spend the time taking her. It is a long haul and it doesn't happen over night. You have to be patient but the rewards are great. It appears to me that she may have some psychological condition other than depression. It appears she has some other psychological condition other than depression. Do your research on the web and enter in her behaviors. You need to be your daughters advocate because noone esle will. The more you know the better treatment she will receive. Self-injurious behaviors come from more than depression especially at age 14. Just be careful there are a lot of psych Doctor's who don't know squat. She needs to deal with a therapist/psychiatrist not a Family MD. I hope this helps you and remember to be patient. Home schoolong may not be a bad idea due to all of the pressure placed on teenagers today. It's a cruel world out there.

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    Hey all!

    Just wanted to let you know that I am on 5mg now (had been on 20) and am feeling much better. I will stick with that for awhile and then maybe try to wean from that. I will keep you updated. I also started taking Omega -3 fish oil to help the metabolism and cholestoral (low and behold I have high cholesterol! I am only 33! But they say it goes along with hypothroidism.) I am much more energetic than at 20mg but not as much as the few days i was off completely. Best of both worlds for the time being.

    To all who suffer from anxiety and mild depression: don't be afraid to talk about it. You are not alone. It makes such a difference being open and realizing that people really do care and their prayers definitly make a difference. (11 years ago, I was afraid to talk about my anxiety issues because I erroneously thought no one would understand. I have learned otherwise!) Also remember: With God all things are possible. And as Captain Kangaroo once said "The best I can do is the best I can do, and I'm doing the best that I can!"

    Talk to ya'll later!
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    Zea,
    So glad you have been able to stabilize on 5 Mg. A slow taper should npt be too hard. nothing like cold turkey would be.

    Fish,
    What don't you understand?

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    I think bucket and fish are ads. Homepages for both are gambling casinos. I have looked at their other posts none of them make sense.

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    crazygirl.

    I think you are right about the ads. How are you feeling today? Are the withdrawals getting allitle more manageable? I am curious, how old are you. I think the withdrawals are easiest on those between 25 and 35 years old for some unknown reason.
    aunty

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    Hi aunty
    I am 34. I'm feeling not too bad today. However I have very little energy and seem to be off my food. I am not 100% but I will keep struggling on regardless. I will see my counsellor tomorrow I haven't seen her in ages - it should help seeing her again. At least I can wade through how I'm feeling with her and hopefully feel a bit better after it.
    Take care

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    Hi there,

    I'm so happy I found this board. At least now I know what's likely wrong with me. About 2 weeks ago I was feeling poorly. To make this short, we finally determined that I had an epididimitis, which is simply two cysts in the testicles. Before he knew anything about that or what was going on with me, the doctor put me on Ciproflaxacin, an antibiotic to kill the epididimitis, Restirol, a sleep aid to make sure I got rest, and Lexapro. I have never had any real anxiety or stress disorders, and I was dumb enough to not question what the doctor was putting me on. My blood sugar is now out of whack, and I'm not sure if that is related to the meds or not. Hoping I don't have hypoglycemia and its just the meds somehow. I was only on the Lexapro for about 10 days, 10Mg, took the last one on Satuday I believe. 5 days or so later, I'm still having these crazy feelings everyone is talking about, and I'm about to completely tell my doctor off. He never told me what I was taking or why, and never mentioned any withdrawal symptoms. I'm hoping it won't last long cause i didn't take it long, but man am I ticked. Anyway, there is more to the story, but I wondered if I should expect to be on the lower end of the timetable for withdrawal, if anyone had any ideas. Also would be helpful to hear any thoughts that people have used to feel better. So far the only thing I've really found is going outside and getting fresh air.

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    I came off Lexapro 2 weeks ago today, after a modified but ineffective tapering process. My withdrawal symptoms have continued fairly strong...I was on that drug for almost 3 years! It is very encouraging to hear others sharing their issues, because I am not as afraid and paranoid as I want to be. Anyway...has anyone experienced heart palpitations? I began experiencing extrasytolic palpitations about two days after my last dose. I only found one site that includes palpitations or arrythmias in the array of symptoms of SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome. I would love to know if anyone else has experienced anything like that. Thanks.

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    Thanks for the suggestion Aunty! Omega 3 fish oil huh? Who knew
    Emotionally, I've been a little off this past week, but I think most of it is circumstantial stuff. From what the doctor told me on my first diagnosis there are two kinds of emotional stress affecting me-circumstantial (things that are only temporary annoyances) and chronic stress (ongoing social/mental stressors like poor self-esteem). After evaluating life at this exact moment-95% of my moodiness could be attributed to minor annoyances. I feel like I can put these little things in perspective and move on instead of dwelling on them and getting myself down.

    The big challenge lately is trying not to stress-eat when things bother me. It turns into this ugly cycle: I get depressed, eat ice-cream (or insert any other horribly fattening food here), then I get more depressed because I feel fat so I eat more.... ICK! Emotional eating is a definite pitfall.

    How goes the Lexapro ride for you these days Aunty?

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    Hello everyone! I am excited to have found this forum. I am on Lexapro now... I've been taking 20mg for about two months now. Moved up from 10mg after I was still feeling badly - sad and irritable. Now that I am at 20mg I am desperate to get off of it. I guess I feel okay on the medication but this my 10th year on anti-depressant medication and I worry about the long term effects. I spent the majority of the last 10 years on Zoloft (from 100 to 200 mg) - when my doctor four months ago said I should move to something "newer and better". My goal is wheen myself off over the next 6 months. I am 30 years old and plan to start trying to have children in the next two to three years. My concerns are not only for myself but for my future children. The few times I've stopped taking the medication I do it cold-turkey. Typically I think I am doing well until my boyfriend (of seven years) points out that my personality has changed (unbeknownst to me – truly) OR scenario two, I start crying uncontrollably everyday. I know that there are definite benefits to getting off the drug - but I worry about the issues that initially made me get on anti-depressants to begin with... what if the irritability and mood swings are still there after I am off of Lexapro six months from now? I guess I can only hope that I am ten years older and wiser and more able to control myself. So... I am happy to be here. I look forward to sharing my experience with you and look forward to receiving insight from your experiences. Again, I am on 20 mg. My goal is to be off by April 1, 2006. I guess I'll do each stage for about six weeks - 20mg to 15mg to 10mg to 5mg. Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? Good luck to you all!

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    Cherubino,
    Lexapro withdrawals are slow going. Since january she is down from 20 to 12, She can only taper 1/2 Mg every three weeks and the withdrawals start in at day 7 to day 14, like clockwork.

    I am noticing some bipolar symptoms/ mania for a few days during the withdrawal, highs with little need for sleep. Also a drastic cut in her need to eat with much naseau. Stomach bloating, gas and cramping are also there.

    Next week will taper again from 12 to 11 1/2 but it seems the lower we go the more noticable the symptoms. We are getting her tested for hypoglycemia and am wondering about adrenal fatigue caused by the cortisol from the Lexapro.There is a 24 hour urine test to see what the levels of cortisol are..........Often Lexapro can cause CUSHING SYNDROME.

    It is very slow going. She started Primal Defense which is said to help the digestion and stomach distress, started on one tablet,it's VERY expensive. She is taking Lecithin to help the muscle twitching and to prevent tardive dysconesia (I know that is spelled wrong but I am too tired to check the correct spelling tonight).I do notice a BIG improvement with the Omega 3 Fish Oil...........it seems to give her more energy.....possibly less depression may appear as more energy.

    Thank you for asking. How is EVERYONE else doing............come on.........write a line or two so that we all can follow your progress.....................


    Johnny Sceptic.............I often wonder if you actually did get lucky and get by with little Lexapro withdrawal..................or are you too down and out to report?
    We care............let us know.Thre are 19 pages and hardly anyone reprots back.WHY???
    aunty


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    I'm betting most people don't report cause once they start feeling better, they don't think much about it anymore. Today is a bit better than yesterday for me so far, but only taking it 10 days, I might have shorter withdrawals than most.

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    BTW, has anyone every heard of Lexapro lowering blood suger levels or the withdrawals causing that?

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    This may have some bearing on your question. I had been diagnosed as diabetic before starting Lexapro. The Lexapro was taken as a treatment for symptoms caused by another disease and its' treatment (whew). I had been hitting 400 on the sugar meter and around 7 on the A1C. I seemed to be able to control things without drugs once I understood what that problem was apparently about. The A1C dropped to around 5.5. When I moved into new treatment and began taking Lexapro I dropped all the way to A1C 4.5. My endochrinologist seemed to feel this was noteworthy.

    I'm still being treated for disease 'b' but I have discontinued Lexapro for some time now. I note the blood sugar seems to be creeping up a bit but not enough to panic me. A correlation between Lexapro and dropping sugar levels? Maybe.

    The documentation does mention a relationship between Lexapro and Hypoglycemia.

    Luck to us all!

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    quote:Originally posted by Redbled

    BTW, has anyone every heard of Lexapro lowering blood suger levels or the withdrawals causing that?
    Ed

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    Hi all. It has been a while since I have written, But I have been reading. I have actually been REALLY sick, and have had some other stressful issues going on. I am feeling better now, and I quit the job I hated, and got a new one I think I will love!

    So I tapered down to 2.5mg. As most of you know, I tapered based on my bodies reactions, so I would only take a pill if I felt the brain zaps (for me, the most uncomfortable). So I last took a 2.5mg lex like 9-10 days ago. I think I'm done now (hopefully!!). I have had some slight zaps down my arms, but i can tolerate that.

    Thats an interesting inquiry about blood sugar levels, I felt like my blood sugar levels may have been effected as I was tapering...mostly due to the dry mouth, dizzyness, and thirst I experienced in the middle of the night (around 2-3am). I have been drinking gatorade when I wake up that way, and have been popping a small piece of candy. That helps, for what ever reason.

    BUT...I have also been going through some other medical problems, that MAY contribute to these feelings. But who knows!

    I hope you are all doing well. Good luck with all your personal journeys!!

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    Hey could anyone help me? I had been on Celexa for two years, and it really helped me, but I felt it was time for me to come off of it. I don't really like being on a prescription I have to take daily, or the thought of needing a drug to keep me from being depressed. The doctor that gave me the prescription really sucks and I don't feel comfortable talking to him about anything, so I decided to make my own decision in getting off. (I was seeing a psychologist, and since she couldn't prescribe medications, I went through this psychiatrist to do it. He doesn't seem to really care about his patients, only in getting you in, writing a new prescription, getting you out, and making his money.) Anyway, at first I had some side effects such as dizziness, but now I am feeling angry, irritable, sad, having trouble sleeping, feeling fatigued, and sometimes having morbid thoughts. I was wondering if anyone knew how long these would last, is it normal, and will they just go away eventually if I can hold out? Please let me know. Thanks.

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    Hey could anyone help me? I had been on Celexa for two years, and it really helped me, but I felt it was time for me to come off of it. I don't really like being on a prescription I have to take daily, or the thought of needing a drug to keep me from being depressed. The doctor that gave me the prescription really sucks and I don't feel comfortable talking to him about anything, so I decided to make my own decision in getting off. (I was seeing a psychologist, and since she couldn't prescribe medications, I went through this psychiatrist to do it. He doesn't seem to really care about his patients, only in getting you in, writing a new prescription, getting you out, and making his money.) Anyway, at first I had some side effects such as dizziness, but now I am feeling angry, irritable, sad, having trouble sleeping, feeling fatigued, and sometimes having morbid thoughts. I was wondering if anyone knew how long these would last, is it normal, and will they just go away eventually if I can hold out? Please let me know. Thanks.

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    Aunty, sorry to hear things aren't going better. Changes in eating and sleeping patterns are a bad thing to see. That alone can land you back in the hospital and hinder any progress that she may have made. You know that if she ends up in the Emergency Room the first thing they'll do is put her back on the meds-hospitals, I find, are notorious for their "quick fix" policies in situations like this.

    If you don't mind me asking, how severe was her depression when she was diagnosed?

    Redbled-I have a tendency toward low blood sugar naturally, but haven't had any problems with it while coming off Lexapro. If you are consciencious about your diet your sugar levels should stay on an even keel. Along the same train of thought, I've found that tapering down the amount of sweets/caffeine/alcohol I consume has greatly decreased the severity of any withdrawl symptoms I've experienced.

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    Thanks to those of you who commented about low BS. Maybe I'm not hypoglycemic after all like I was beginning to suspect. I also have to get up in the night for some sugar, I eat some protein to make it last longer.

    Cherubino, I have never drank, and avoid caffeine.

    As to how I'm feeling, I'm slightly better today, almost no nausea, and the zaps seem to be slowing down on me which is good. It could be due to the fact that I drank a ton of barium at 5 AM in preparation for a precautionary catscan today.

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    I am so happy to find this. I turned 19 this summer and I don't have anymore insurance. My doctor won't give me anymore lexapro unless I pay her a million dollars to see her for two seconds, because she is only a pill pushing psychiotrist who has no idea what she is doing. I have been off of Lexapro for a week and I feel like I am dying. I am experiencing the brain zapps and the dizzyness and muscle aches and I remember feeling that way before when I missed a dose for two or more days. Honestly Lexapro does nothing for me and it never has. The only reason why I kept taking it for two years is because I hated feeling this way. Does anybody know how long it takes for it to go away? It is so horrible. What can I do to hinder it?

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    Here's something interesting that happened to me that may help someone someday. Thursday was as bad for me as any other day recently, real bad withdrawal issues, nausea and zaps. I was scheduled for a procationary catscan Friday. So that morning, I had to drink a whole bunch of barium. The scan was at noon, and an hour before, I drank more barium. They also injected me with a contrast dye to see my insides better. Anyway, I have really had no symptoms of withdrawl either yesterday or today. Still feel just a little odd from the barium, but I wonder if this could mean something. I'm betting the barium in my system, or perhaps a combination of that and the dye in my veins, cleaned out my system of all the nasty Lexapro. If I knew then what I know now, I would have had my catscan a week ago. You need a prescription to get barium I'm pretty sure, but if I were some of you, I'd get some somehow and see what happens. It could have been just a coincedence, but I really don't think so. I'll check back and keep reposting this as needed if people find it helpful.

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    cherobino,

    My daughter never had depression, she was put on Lexapro for TMJ tooth grinding that her primary care said was due to anxiety an that anxiety was why she clenched her teeth.turned out he was wrong, she has a bad bite and needs braces so that is why we are TRYING to get he off the Lexapro poison. It really is a drug from hell.

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    aunty,

    well, to be perfectly honest, i did have a few days of headaches but that was it. No other withdrawal symptoms at all. Maybe I was lucky, or maybe you are unlucky. Either way I hope you feel better soon. I remain skeptical about most of the symptoms that the posters here attribute to lexapro though.

    Now that I am off the lexapro I feel the way I did before I took it a year or so ago, which is much more high-anxiety levels. But I also have MUCH more energy and a higher sex drive so I think I am going to try to stay off it and deal with my anxiety in other ways.

    Best of luck.

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    TMJ! That's right! Reading everyone's stories, I start to get people mixed up. Lexapro for teeth-grinding... Fabulous. Makes you wonder how some people ever make it through med school doesn't it?

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    I'll say this Johnnyskeptic,

    I'll guarantee you many people have symptoms of withdrawal from Lexapro. I'm a person who has never been overly depressed or had much anxiety at all. The doctor was intending me to take it very short term, not realizing it took 2 weeks to even work, he's a moron. I only took it 10 days, and my withdrawal lasted nearly a week. I was not feeling badly at all before, or really much during. I was doing some reading on the FDA site, and the ranges of withdrawl range from the single digits in percents to as high as 25 percent for some of the symptoms.

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    Hey all!

    I am finally feeling great - took two weeks to adjust fully to the lowered dose from 20 to 5mg. Finally, no more zaps, no more nausea, no more crying spells for no reason! After vacation, I am going to give it a few more weeks and then try to get off completely. Best advice - go slow on the tapering.

    Gotta go do some house cleaing!

    Later!

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    Hi, first I wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful postings. Your information has been increadibly helpful. I'm a parent who has suffered with depression for years, my 19 year old son has been coming to terms with the fact that he has similar issues.

    Last year he went out of state for college, and had to come home in the middle of the first semester due to anxiety attacks which were coupled with scary pseudo siezures. He has been on a variety of meds since. The latest was Lexapro, 10mg. He tried to quit cold turkey about a month ago, after forgetting to bring the meds with him for a weekend at his dad's. The attacks hit him hard and he was forced back onto the medication. The doctor never mentioned withdrawal, we just thought he really needed the medication.

    A couple of weeks ago, someone mentioned antidepressant withdrawal to me, thank goodness. My son recently forgot the med's for a weekend again, and again tried to stop cold turkey, thinking that since school was starting back for the fall (he'd had a dull summer), he'd be busy and safer from his anxiety. Well, his behavior started changing on about day 2 or 3, I was worried, I googled Lexapro withdrawal and found this thread, thank goodness again! I talked my son into starting back on a reduced dose of the Lexapro, he reluctantly agreed, and almost immediately was doing a lot better.

    The reason I'm writing, is that I came across a great book at the library, you may know of it already, but it has been terrific: The Antidepressant Solution, by Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. it's a step by step guide to safely overcome antidepressant withdrawal, dependence and addiction.

    He goes into detail for many antidepressants including Lexapro, I highly recommend it.

    The book has supported the tapering off that my son is doing, he's already been at his present dose about 2 weeks, and he's doing well. The book also helps evaluate symptoms and has suggestions for the timing of the tapering off.

    I am a busy single mom, so I may not get back to this forum much, but I wanted to thank you all from my heart for your help and I hope you can get away from this drug without bad withdrawal symptoms...

    take care,
    Carol (222carol)

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    I've been taking lexapro 10mg for about a year. Before that, Paxil. I am taking 100mg of Buproprion( generic Wellbutrin) with the Lexapro. I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 7 years ago and have been on and off Bupropion (originally prescibed by a psychiatrist) and such as well as being in and out of therapy. After being off all medications (safely) for 4 years and then moving to another town, I visited my Internists office and complainied to his Nurse Practitioner about feeling depressed. She prescribed the current combo. I became depressed because of my weight gain with Lexapro. I was told by the NP to exercise. I told her that I always felt too lethargic to exercise. I said that I wanted to discontinue Lexapro. I was told to take my 10mg every other day for a week and then discontinue completely. I asked about reducing the Bupropion and was told that I needed to see a psychiatrist. (Some irony there.) She basically washed her hands on this issue. Anyway, it's been one week since I stopped the Lexapro and today is the first day that I've experienced flu-like symptons. When I lean my body and/or head forward, I get dizzy. I am scheduled to see the Psychiatrist after Labor Day taking along some recent bloodwork results. After reading some of the forum material on tapering, I realized that I essentially went cold turkey. I'm just surprised that with all the questions about SSRI's and Lexapro, in particular, that GP's or NP's can prescribe this stuff.




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