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SarahR: Severe GI symptoms and motility disorder post escitalopram withdrawal


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Dear community,

 

with the precious guidance I found on this website, I was finally able to stop lexpro in October of this year. My initial dose of 10mg was prescribed in 2017. Since 2018 I tried quitting with numerous disastrous cold turkey attempts that culminated in reinstating the initial dose within a few days or weeks. Since 2021 I followed a strict slow tapering regimen dropping my dose by 10% or less of the last dose each month using liquid lexapro. Finally, after years of misery this worked and I am finally SSRI free!! 
 

The first month off all lexapro was difficult due to intense crying spells, OCD, rage and suicidal ideation. However this mostly subsided within a few weeks. 
 

My only remain physical withdrawal symptom is now consuming my life. I developed slow transit constipation while on lexapro at the age of 20… my GI specialist advised I stop the SSRI as constipation is known side effect. The GI symptoms were my initial impetus for quitting SSRIs (only when I started to stop did I realize that would prove to be the biggest challenge of my life.) However, when I finally stopped, my symptoms began to worsen. I began experiencing even more compromised transit and gastroparesis. I was diagnosed with SIBO (methane dominant) but told by a leading expert that the bacterial overgrowth is a result of slow motility and not the other way around. The first line drug for motility disorders of this type is prucalopride a serotonin receptor agonist, but I do not tolerate it and experience severe migraines. I have lost significant weight and my life is made miserable by constant gastric distress and inability to eat. 
 

Has anyone had a similar experience ? Does the damage to the vagus nerve (the cause of slow motility) ever heal? 
 

Thank you ❤️

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Hi SarahR,

 

Welcome to SA. Please summarize your drug history in your signature by following the instructions at How to Summarize Your Drug History in Your Signature. You may need to be on a computer to complete this.

 

You can search "constipation" to find other members who have experienced this symptom and we also have a thread on the topic at Bowel problems and constipation.

 

Thanks,

 

Firefly

 

 

 

Pre- October 2022: Wellbutrin, Escitalopram, CitalopramSertraline, Adderall IR, Vyvanse, Propranolol, Buspar, Ativan, and Latuda

Oct 13, 2022 - Oct 24, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Zyprexa (2.5 mg). Jan 14, 2023 -> Began transition to liquid suspension. Jan 29, 2023 = 2.375mg -> Feb 12, 2023 = 2.25mg -> Feb 27, 2023 = 2.14mg -> Mar 12, 2023 = 2.025mg -> Mar 27, 2023 = 1.93mg -> Apr 10, 2023 = 1.82mg -> Apr 23, 2023 = 1.74mg -> May 7, 2023 = 1.64mg -> May 21, 2023 = 1.56mg -> June 4, 2023 = 1.48mg -> June 19, 2023 = 1.4mg -> July 2, 2023 = 1.33mg -> July 16, 2023 = 1.26mg -> July 31, 2023 = 1.2mg -> Aug 13, 2023 = 1.14mg -> Aug 27, 2023 = 1.08mg -> Sep 13, 2023 = 1.02mg -> Jan 22, 2024 = 0.97mg -> Feb 4, 2024 = 0.92mg -> Feb 19, 2024 = 0.87mg -> Mar 3, 2024 = 0.83mg -> Mar 17, 2024 = 0.78mg -> Mar 31, 2024 = 0.74mg -> Apr 14, 2024 = 0.7mg -> Apr 28, 2024 = 0.66mg -> May 12, 2024 = 0.63mg

Oct 14, 2022 - Present: Prozac (40mg) upped from 20mg on Nov 1, 2022.

Oct 31, 2022 - Present: Gabapentin (300mg 3x day) -> May 3, 2023 = 300mg 2x day -> Oct 1, 2023 = 570mg -> Oct 15, 2023 = 540mg -> Oct 29, 2023 = 510mg -> Nov 13, 2023 = 484mg -> Nov 27, 2023 = 460mg -> Dec 9, 2023 = 436mg -> Dec 24, 2023 = 414mg -> Jan 7, 2024 = 400mg

 

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