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  1. I will work on my signature this evening. My immediate issue is I did a drop from 15mg of Lexapro to 10mg about two to three months back. In the past that first jump was not a problem. I had a international business trip and agreed to a final hepatitis b shot, a flu shot and decided to try some doxycycline for my rosacea. Four days later I started to get bad headaches behind my ears and at the top of my neck that even Advil was not helping with crazy sinus pain yet no mucus it almost felt like muscles squeezing (note I do have bad TMJ but this was new) then later in the week chest pain a
  2. Hello everyone, I've been lurking on this website for a couple of days -noticed others were joining with similar stories and I felt the need to share mine. I started my ssri journey in the summer of 2014 (i believe it was the beginning) and I started taking lexapro for social anxiety. lexapro itself was actually amazing it completely lowered any anxiety I had and i felt on top of the world. I took 20mg for 2.5 years total. however nearing the end I realized that like most my sex drive plummeted and I gained a significant amount of weight regardless of dieting or working out. I deci
  3. Sorry if this is in wrong forum and sorry its long but heres the deal... Im a 32 year old male. I Stopped lexapro 5mg in may of 2016. Starting to suffer major anxiety again after 6 and a half months off it. Suffering Major insomnia, either complete insomnia, zero sleep or paradoxical insomnia also known as sleep state misperception. Starting to think my brain is re wired. Starting to have periods of detatchment, but I think thats related to lack of sleep. I never hallucinate which is weird, so i must sleep some but Im aware all night. I stopped lexapro in a short weening period by
  4. Hello folks I am somewhat new to this forum and have been reading a lot. I have been taking Lexapro since 2004 10mg then upped to 15mg two years ago when my mom passed. In the meantime, I was put on a PPI Protonix for reflux. Bad idea because I think the ppi increased the serum levels of Lexapro in my brain to mimick a higher dose. I need help with my symtpms. In the last week I dropped my Lexapro back to 10mg after 2 years at the higher 15mg. And I also stopped taking Protonix. What percentage did I drop? I am not sleeping as I am dealing with severe chest tightness, increased heart rate, a
  5. I have been taking nexito 10 (escitalopram) since 1 year for depression and anxiety.after one tapered 1/4 dose per week.felt minor dizziness during tapering and it last 2 weeks and disappeared after completely stoping medicine. now after 1 month without medication i started feeling more tiredness and mind is little misty. i want to know is this sypmptoms are withdrawal symptom or relapse?
  6. Have taken Lexapro 25mg/ once daily with Wellbutrin 450XL/ once daily for about ten years. I now want to very slowly taper and stop the Wellbutrin. Am learning as much as I can before hand. I won't do this without my Drs supervision. The Wellbutrin is in three-150mg tablets. So far, I've learned the XL meds, once cut, become "instant release" instead of timed release, etc. What are your experiences tapering off Wellbutrin XL?
  7. Hello everyone, I feel so lost right now. I was very stressed out August 2015 and was put on 10 mg of Lexapro for anxiety. About a month on the pills I met an amazing guy. Oh my goodness I was so crazy about him and I loved him so so much. About 9 months later I decided to get off the pills cause I didn't think I needed them anymore and I stopped cold turkey. About a month later I woke up one morning and all my feelings I had for him were gone. It was out of nowhere, no warning, nothing. The man I couldn't wait to marry and start a life with was like a stranger to me. I feel sick, I can't eat,
  8. I recently tapered down off 20 mg of Lexapro after 10+ years. I went on it when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Had I known that the withdrawal was going to be like this I never would have gone on it! I work as a physical therapist assistant so I've had to take 2 weeks off. Insomnia, balance issues, heart racing, anxiety, zapping, shaking, lack of concentration just to name a few of the symptoms. I feel like I'm through the worst of it after 2 weeks. I was given xanex to help but I didn't want to replace one medication for another. According to everything I've read this isn't "wi
  9. Hi, I wonder if anyone could help please... I am a 33 woman and I took Zypexa for 6 years due to very mistaken and stupid diagnosis (10mg`s for 2 years and 5mg for 4 years) and Cypralex for first 3 years. I quit Cypralex 5 years ago while on Zyprexa and quit Zyprexa 26 months ago after a 3 months taper. I am absolutely,100% drug free. I am in full withdrawal/discontinuation syndrome and I have experienced a lot of debilitating sypmtoms, severe insomnia, severe muscular pain throughout the body, uncontrolled rage, tremors, severe headaches, stiff/pain in my neck and shoulders, severe st
  10. I went on Lexapro in college after a severe bout of depression. This was in 2002. I stayed on Lexapro at varying doses and was on 20 mg most recently. In 2013 I decided to taper off Lexapro because I didn't want to be on it when I started trying to conceive. This ended up being a hellish two to three-year process. I finally came off in May 2016. For a couple of months I felt really great and more like myself that I had in years. Then a long-standing neck pain issue got a lot worse and triggered a relapse of depression a couple of months ago. I have been so depressed since then, with sympto
  11. Hello, I am looking for some guidance on beginning a taper from Lexapro 20 mg. I have been on a nightmarish roller coaster for the last 7 months, and I'm so glad that I found this forum which has finally given me the answers I've been looking for. Here is my history: I was prescribed Paxil 10 mg back in 2004 by my GP to address social anxiety issues. I'm an anxious person by nature, but I can see now with 20/20 hindsight that my nervous tendencies were nothing that should have ever been blunted by medicine. But nevertheless, I started taking it and it became my crutch. I considered try
  12. Hi All, I thought I would get your opinion on something if thats ok.. I have recently tapered off Cipralex/Lexapro 15mg and was off for about 4 weeks, however withdrawal symptoms became to much for me to handle. I had severe anxiety, insomnia, depression, loss of appetite, not able to concentrate, depersonalisation. It was horrible. My last dose was 5mg and I then decided to go back on 5mg and it has been 7 days and I am experiencing starting up effects again. How long do you think this will last? Will it be as though I am starting from scratch and need to give it 2 -4 weeks? I have done
  13. Success story: karenrose-i-successfully-came-off-after-years-of-trying Hi everyone. It is great to have a forum like this. I am so grateful to find qualified help. I was given an antidepressant 13 years ago to help with a deep depression that no psychotherapy or alternative approach would help with. Paxil was a godsent at the time. However, with my first attempt to come off, I learned how destructive these drugs can be and had to go to Cymbalta, then Lexapro. I came off again, this time with aminoacids and was succesful for about 6 months. I got very depressed again an
  14. Hi everyone I'm glad I found this site I hope you can help me. A year ago I tried some kratom tea and very quickly got hooked to the point I needed it just to feel ok I made a plan to taper off and went to see my doctor she gave me lexapro 10 mg that I started 30 days Before my last day on kratom I weened from a max of 40 grams a day to 16 and went cold turkey It was tough but not too bad I had a little Xanax to ease the shakes and was feeling a little better in 3 days but stupid me stopped the lexapro at the same time and on day 7 started having brain zaps I didn't know what they were.
  15. I'm sure I'm just like you and spent weeks upon weeks trying to find someone, anyone that had success from lexapro withdrawal. It seems everyone just posted their symptoms which we already know because we have all went through them. Brain zaps, vertigo, loss of appetite, flu like symptoms, etc. For me, the worst effects were, brain zaps, vertigo, flu like symptoms, and insomnia. I, like many others was not educated on any medicine, if the doctor says "take it" I take it. My friend came to visit and I totally forgot to take my dose when he was here. I started feeling MISERABLE and I couldn't un
  16. godiswithme-xanax-taper-after-cold-turkey-of-lexapro-and-abilify It has been 8.5 weeks since I ct'd off 30 mgs of generic lexapro and 2mg of Abilify. I was depressed because my father who lived with us had died and marriage was getting rocky from the stress. I had been taking the generic lexapro for 2 years. This doctor added Abilify in Jan '16. I trusted her. I was depressed over life issues. I have no previous mental health diagnosis other than some anxiety which I had taken Xanax over the past 5 years. Most .5 three times per day. varied in usage - often less. I quick
  17. seven weeks off after six years on. Primary psychological symptoms- irritability, impatience and the complete breakdown on any internal sensor regarding saying what is on my mind/what I am thinking. Not interested in being sociable, not interested in talking to friends. Fortunately, able to work with minimal disturbance or interruption-work in health care and must communicate with many people constantly. Live in New York City. I was thinking of looking for a live support group but came across this site. I'm not sure what it is that I need other than to feel myself again, meaning, I su
  18. In lexapro withdrawal for 7 months. Having high anxiety and negative thoughts and ruminations Never had this before coming off of lexapro. I want to be me again. I got on lexapro because when I would get angry with my kids when they were small my head felt like it would blow off. Got advice from some people that told me it was a chemical imbalance and that Paxil would help so I went and asked my dr for it. Took it for 4 or 5 years and then thought maybe it was the reason I was so sleepy all the time. Dr switched me to lexapro. Was feeling horrible a lot and went to the Dr on an
  19. Hello! I am glad to find this group. First of all sorry for my English - it is not perfect! I am Ilein from Bulgaria. 13 years ago i had a very very strong vertigo. I visited the best doctors in my country and everyone said that I have Panic disorder and anxiety. I was 15. After nearly 15 different doctors who told me that this is just "emotional vertigo" I visited a psychiatrist, who prescribed me Cipralex -10 mg daily. A month later my balance was better, but the strong spinning crisis were still there. I started therapy with a psychologist, but there wasn't so good result. I tried
  20. I became somewhat tolerant to lexapro so I got prescription from doctor for welbutrin 150 mg....I did not know that it was that high of mg till the prescription was filled. I have no idea how to taper off the lexapro 20mg to Welbutrin 150mg. Can someone tell me how?
  21. hello! I've taken antidepressants in the past 5 years to help me with my severe PMS, i initially took cymbalta then it was shifted to escitalopram 10mg/tab, I took it daily but failed to taper it. I got off from it around July then weeks after I noticed myself having troubles with my memory and concentration. Before taking it my memory was still sharp and retentive, the only time that I get to experience brain fog is when I'm a week or 2 away from the day of my period but now that I stopped taking it, my memory has become terrible and it's really frustrating. Is there any way my memory could g
  22. Admin note: link to benzo forum thread - Blondiee1915: Xanax taper. Need help Hi all . I was on SSRI for 9 years (mostly lexapro) with some small breaks in between. I withdrew fully (don't believe I did it slowly) in July and now 3 months later I am experiencing intense symptoms that became disabling at times . I was initially prescribed lexapro in college for panic attacks and general anxiety . Physical symptoms compared to emotional were not bad for me at all . Now 3 months later my fatigue intensified. I am constantly exhausted no matter how much I sleep . I feel detached and di
  23. Hi everyone, I'm not sure if people still get on this site but I really hope so cause my story is similar to many I've read on here. I started nursing school last fall and was very stressed and I was put on lexapro 10mg. About a month later I met an amazing guy. I absolutely adored him and we were head over heels for each other. About 7 months later we were making wedding plans and even talked about having kids not too far after. I decided to stop taking lexapro because I was so beyond happy and didn't think I needed them anymore. I quit cold turkey. Which I knew was bad but I thought
  24. I had been placed on Escitalopram (Lexapro) to help me get off a benzo for anxiety. I had a horrible reaction to it (mood swings, hysterical crying spells, anxiety)...I was told to keep on it as this would level out and I would reach the "therapeutic dosage". I had been on it in the past with good success but this go round, I was non-functional the whole time. I reached the 40mg dosage but could no longer take the constant crying, brain fog/dp/dr...went to Psych or PA under Psych who dropped me to 10mg and added Buspar. When I continued to complain about tearfulness/mood swings, he told me
  25. I'm sure I'm going to leave something out, but here is my brief history: 1989 saw psychiatrist - took Prozac 1991 - 1995 was on various depression medications, none really helpful 1996 heard about wheat allergy from friend - began eating all natural, using supplements 2003 went to natural clinic - took megadoses of vitamins - set me back, never recovered ability to work full time 2013 read about MTHFR mutation - yup, I've got it. At least it gave me some hope. 2015 moved home, can no longer cut it in the real world. Saw Judy Tsafrir - put me on regimen espoused by William Walsh. Wo
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