i need help with escitalopram adverse side effects and withdrawal symptoms !

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sexysue
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   Posted 8/24/2006 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
was put on escitalopram/lexapro [ same drug/different names ] for 1 month . had to stop it very adruptly about 5 days ago because it was worsening my depression , suppressed my apetite and gave me severe insomnia . the dose i was on was 10mg . it made feel much more worse everytime i took it . now i am having these really severe withdrawal symptoms which include severe burning sensations all over my body , severe agitation and anxiety , suicidal feelings , extreme fatigue , no apetite , feeling detached , extreme pressure in my head , headaches , lightheadness , memory loss , mood swings , crying spells and pure confusion . does anyone know how long the withdrawal symptoms last for ? this is pure hell . don't want to ever go back on it again because i know it will make me 100 times worse . i have attempted to committ suicide 4 times before . the last one was 8 years ago . just found that this drug is not to be given to anyone like myself who have suicidal thoughts or has previous suicide attempts . this drug was prescribed to me by my psychatrist . he knows my history of depression and suicide attempts but he still put me on it . the very psychatrist put on zopiclone 7.5mg which is a sleeping pill and left me on it for 3 whole months without any medical reviews about it during the time i was on it . this drug can also damage your liver as well because it is stored in your liver while you take it .  sad  from sexysue  sad     

tase2
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   Posted 8/24/2006 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sexysue

I am no expert, but I wanted to let you know we are here for you. I am so sorry you are going through this. Others will chime in, but in my opinion I think you need to find a new Dr. *NOW*

My wife was taken of effexor and put on lexapro less than a month ago. This is her first week on a full pill of lexapro. So far, she seems for be doing very well. She had a tough time withdrawing off the effexor, but the new meds seem to be working for *her*.

Please hang in there till others here talk to you. In the meantime, I will try and monitor this thread and make sure you are not alone here.

sexysue
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   Posted 8/24/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
thank u 4 ur support taste 2 . am very new 2 this web site . just joined 2 day

tase2
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   Posted 8/24/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes the members here are all very helpful, kind, and caring. I'm sure the others will be checking in shortly.

How are feeling right now? Any better?
I hope so. Hugs

sexysue
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   Posted 8/24/2006 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah , sort of . eyes

tase2
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   Posted 8/24/2006 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I look at "sort of" as a positive. A few more "sort of's" and we will have a "kind of", and who knows where that can lead. :-)

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/24/2006 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

I replied to the other post about this subject

Hope you are doing ok
Victoria
 
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stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/24/2006 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I say, you need a new doctor because he/she is not listening to you. I wonder if you will be able to work with this doctor effectively? Your comments here make me think that you don't have faith in him/her and that will be a problem going forward.
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