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blaire222: My withdrawal feels just like a period


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Hi everyone, I recently just stopped taking my 20mg of Lexapro and now my withdrawal feels just like a bad period or early pregnancy, has anyone else experienced this? I am 10 days from my period start date.

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Welcome, blaire.


What symptoms do you have? When was the last time you took Lexapro? How did you go off?

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The last time I took Lexapro was last Wednesday so a week and a half ago. I have cramping, neasea, headaches, tired, dizzy (like light headed), and bloating.

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Hi Blaire, How long were you taking lexapro? If you have been taking it for a while you could reinstate 5mg as you have only been off for  about 2 weeks. Often a small dose is better. If you were only taking it for a few weeks you could settle without reinstating. We really need more information as your symptoms could be something else.

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Here is the topic on reinstatement. 




**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.



Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014


Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 


My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33


Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible



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