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I am new to this group.  Boy how I wish I knew tapering information before I came off Lexapro.  Only 6 weeks after my last dose, I am experiencing the kind of akathisia of extreme anxiety, agitation, fear.... I dread going to sleep, as it means I will be awakened by fits of anxiety and fear-filled dreams.  The reason to get off of antidepressants in the first place was to far into my PTSD, the reason why I took AD in the first place.  Reading the information on how long WD  might take,  I am really trying to wrap my head around how I need to change my attitude towards all of this.  It is a very lonely feeling to go through this.  I have family and friends who are willing to listen to me thank goodness.  There is a side of me that feels I should go to live in an emotional rehab/living community 

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Hi LellieH,

Welcome to the forum, I'm glad you finally found us, I also came here after I had stopped taking Lexapro and wish I had found this information sooner.


How long ago did you stop taking Lexapro? Did you taper at all? What dose did you stop from? We ask members to put their drug and withdrawal history in the signature section. It appears below each of your posts and helps us to help you. Here are instructions for how to do it: 


Please put your withdrawal history in your signature


From what I read in your post, it sounds like you stopped taking lexapro just 6 weeks ago. That time frame is still within a window of it being possible for you to reinstate a small dose, stabilize and begin a proper, safe taper. Its not guaranteed to work, but if it does, it could save you from going through a long, difficult period of withdrawal and recovery.


Reinstatement of a small amount of the drug can often work well to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. According to medical knowledge, reinstatement is the only way to alleviate withdrawal. Reinstatement is best done immediately upon appearance of symptoms. The more time that passes, the less likely it is to work. Once you have stabilized on a low dose of the drug, then a slower, safer taper can be started. Here is some information about reinstatement to help you decide if its something you would like to try:  About reinstating and stabilizing to stop withdrawal symptoms


If you want to try this, please let us know and we could help you decide on a small dose to try. Do you have any Lexapro left?


Its great you have supportive family and friends, but withdrawal is not something anyone else can relate to, unless they have actually experienced it themselves. Other members know what its like to go through these extreme and frightening symptoms, the validation and support here is what kept me going and gave me the emotional strength and validation I needed so that I could recover. I still have a little way to go, but I'm almost there. Recovery can take a while, but it does happen eventually.


But you may be able to reinstate and taper properly, it was too late for me.


You can use this thread as your ongoing journal to track progress, write about symptoms, ask questions and communicate with the community, add to it whenever you want. Its a good idea to bookmark it or follow it, so its easy to find again.



I'm not a doctor.  My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.

My Introduction Thread

Full Drug and Withdrawal History

Brief Summary

Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety) Xanax PRN ~ Various other drugs over the years for side effects

2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010

Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal

DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms

Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)

May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.

Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes

Supplements which have helped: Vitamin C, Magnesium, Taurine

Bad reactions: Many supplements but mostly fish oil and Vitamin D

June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.

Aug 2016 - Oct 2016 Best window ever, felt almost completely recovered

Oct 2016 -Symptoms returned - bad days and less bad days.

April 2018 - No windows, but significant improvement, it feels like permanent full recovery is close.

VIDEO: Where did the chemical imbalance theory come from?

VIDEO: How are psychiatric diagnoses made?

VIDEO: Why do psychiatric drugs have withdrawal syndromes?

VIDEO: Can psychiatric drugs cause long-lasting negative effects?

VIDEO: Dr. Claire Weekes




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