Lexapro withdrawal question

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   Posted 8/30/2017 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all..... I haven't posted here in awhile. To just jump right into it, I have been on lexapro since July 2016. So a little over a year. about 3 weeks into the medicine I started getting brain jolts/shivers. They mainly happened when I would shower or drive. (I thought maybe it was just my brain relaxing) but over the last month recently they have been getting more frequent and driving me up the wall. I told myself at the beginning of this medicine I'd stick it out for a year since that is the recommended time for an A/D. It's been a little over that so i am pretty sure I want to try weaning. Of course I will be going to my doctor and being under his supervision but I guess my question to you guys is, how long is the normal weaning process for lexapro (even being on it for only a year)? How slow should I go? I'm a nervous wreck....

I'm scared I'm still going to get the jolts even after the medicine is completely out of my body. I'm afraid it ruined my brain. Even my primary doctor was like "well I guess they aren't bad enough to get you off the medicine" but the thing is they ARE bad, they ARE worrisome & scare me. I'm just the type of person that if that's the only side effect I get, I guess I'm ok with it. I hate trying new medicine. I hate worrying about possible side effects. I just need some input. I'm terrified to withdraw or I would have already. Thank you

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   Posted 8/30/2017 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome back!

I am sorry to hear of your current difficulty with this s/e. I understand how this would feel disturbing...and make you concerned about a discontinuuation.

However, with a gentle, gradual wean (from your doctor), you should do fine.

Some people find that taking a fish oil supplement helps reduce the zaps...

...and of course using self help coping skills is always a must through this kind of transition. (and beyond!)

Keep posting with us well...we are here to encourage you along this journey.


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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   Posted 8/31/2017 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome back.

Lexapro is one of the easier meds to discontinue but it always best to do a slow reduction over a couple of weeks or in some cases months.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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   Posted 9/16/2017 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious how your tapering worked. I am currently trying to get off Lexapro.Thanks
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