Lexapro withdrawal

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   Posted 7/21/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently prescribed 10 mg of Lexapro.  I was not able to shake the tired feeling and took myself off of it cold turkey.  I have been suffering with withdrawal symptoms now for a month.  Has anyone else suffered with this?  I should have tapered off, but I didn't.  I have had dizziness, insomnia, nightmares, absentmindedness.  My doctor is suprised that it is taking this long to get through the withdrawal symptoms. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has gone through this.

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   Posted 7/22/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jano,

I am currently taking lexapro at the moment and I do know that if you suddenly stop taking it, it can make you feel awful and the dizziness id very common but I too am suprised that it is taking so long for these side effects to go. I hope they get better for you soon, Im sure they can't last much longer.
Go back to your doctor if this continues, maybe ask your local pharmacist for their advice too.

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   Posted 7/24/2006 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you on any other meds? Perhaps the dizziness and things is just a product of one of your other meds that lexapro cancelled out when it was in your system? Just a thought. Otherwise, ive stopped lexapro cold turkey and started again and back and forth with little to no side effects that i can remember.
Ive stopped effexor and was messed up big time for a few days.
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   Posted 7/24/2006 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Flavor Flav!(good call on hoops by the way). I've never had any problems coming off of lexapro by itself but its quite possible that one of the other meds in your system has caused your problems. I think a lot of us are unfortunately on quite a "cocktail" of meds and its almost impossible even for a doctor to predict what will happen when we go off of one.
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   Posted 7/24/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
hello jano,

I got off 10mg of Lexapro cold turkey too. The only symptoms that I had was some diziness, and a sense of feeling unsteady on my feel. But those symptoms only lasted about a week if now less. Good luck with everything.

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   Posted 7/26/2006 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 7/26/2006 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently attempted to go off my Lexapro. I had: noises in my head (not voices, a shooshing noise), immediate return of depression - crying, insecurity, anxiety and sleepiness. Long story short, I am taking it again. I say that it changed my life, so I don't know why I tried to stop taking it. Good luck to you.

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   Posted 8/6/2006 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different in how they react to meds but here is my story. I have been on 10mg Lexapro for a while now. about a month ago I had surgery (unrelated) and while on pain meds I realized that I had not been taking my Lexapro (just forgot) and that I was feeling dizzy and weird. I knew it was not the pain meds and got back on my Lexapro regualrly. At my last appointment my doctor and I agreed it was time to try getting off the Lexapro. She cut me back to 5mg everyday for 3 weeks and then 5 mg every other day for 3 weeks. I am drug free and didn't have any problems with withdrawl. That is what worked for me.

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   Posted 8/24/2006 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
hiya every1 . am very new 2 this web site . just joined 2day . was also on lexapro as well . took it 4 a month and stopped it very adruptly nearly 5 days ago cos it was making me a 100 times more worse . it also supressed my apetite , gave me extreme fatigue , migraines and severe insomnia . i was also on 10mg as well . i am now having really severe withdrawal symptoms which includes severe burning sensations all over my body which is unbearable , severe agitation and anxiety , extreme fatigue ,extreme pressure in your head , headaches , no apetite , feelings of terror , mood swings , crying spells , feelings of being detached , visual distrubances , panic attacks , aches and pains , dizziness , migraines , memory loss and suicidal thoughts and impulses . this drug also does damage 2 ur liver as well cos thatis where it is stored while u take it . plus it also can't be given to anyone at all who have suicidal thoughts or has got a history of suicide attempts . i have just found that very last bit out this second . omega 3 , multivitamins and vitamin B complex helps with lexapro withdrawal symptoms . if any1 who is thinking of trying this drug , please don't . it is pure hell .

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   Posted 8/24/2006 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
maybe all those withdrawal symptoms that i am having is a drug interaction between lexapro and zopiclone as well because i was on zopiclone which is a sleeping pill for 3 whole months and i also stopped it very adruptly as well under a month ago . who really knows ! hope i get better very soon . the ssri withdrawal syndrome lasts only for 14 days . it starts 2 or 3 days after u stopped the ssri , peaks on the 7th day and graudally dies down before the 14th day . been on antidepressants on and off since i was 16 years old . am 37 now . lexapro is a sssri
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