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  1. Hello everyone, First I must say you are all awesome. The level of support and understanding is amazing! Sending lots of good vibes to all of you! So let's jump right in, I am currently taking the following medication. Wellbutrin (75MG) to counteract the zombieness feeling of Lexapro, 10mg of Buspar - three times a day - love this medication 2.5 mg of Lexapro - reduced from 10 mg since November. First, I want to mention that the reason I got on SSRI was due to General Anxiety Disorder. The Lexapro helped for a while but then it "pooped out" and it started to make me feel like a Zombi
  2. I'm a man in my late 40's. For most of my life I have been healthy and active. Roughly three years ago I found myself falling into depression after business difficulties. I tried to stay active and take a drug free approach, but the depression worsened to the point where I sought the help of a psychiatrist. I was prescribed Lexapro and Ativan, which I took for about four months, then decided they were not helping and quit cold turkey (big mistake). I went into a state of constant panic, horrible insomnia, unbearable depression and too many other symptoms to list. My psychiatrist tired other an
  3. I have been off of lexapro for 2 years after being on it for 20 12 years. The withdrawals were horrific! Jello legs, migraine every day, rage, anger, insomnia, body pains. I was still on wellbutrin but waited to taper off of it until the lexapro withdrawals were tolerable. I have tapered completely off of the wellbutrin from a 450 mg dose and it took about 6 months. I had to rush the tapering process because the manufacturer quit making the brand name in my milligram strength and the generic put me into immediate withdrawal. There IS a difference between generic and name brand. I though
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I stopped COLD TURKEY off 20mg a day 12 days ago. The symptoms I feel are more like a SYNDROME than constant symptoms but they are pretty brutal. Here is a list of my problems: 1. Dizziness all the time (Vertigo around 2pm-8pm) 2. Random insatiable itchiness that started with my hands on day 5 and has moved to my feet and legs and other parts of my body sporadically. Feels like Poison IVY. 3. Extreme irritability (I have fits of rage and outbursts over trivial things) 4. Cold sweats and heavy breathing while sleeping. 5. Bloated / Gas Pains in digestive system 6. Feel like I'm floating when
  12. Hi there, I've been on 10mg Lexapro for a year. Recently my doctor suggested dropping to 5mg to start tapering off it but that went badly (nausea, crippling anxiety, etc) so I've gone back up to 10mg for the time being while I research and prepare myself better for a slower taper. My doctor made it sound easy but I'm realising I'll need to do a fair bit of preparation to take care of myself.
  13. I have been depressed most of my life and most of my childhood is completely blank. I can't remember it at all. Often times, I have wondered if depression ran in my family and I have a suspicion that it does. My sister suffers from it, I can just tell my mom does (though she would not admit to it), and I know my dad did (before he passed away in 07). I am a Christian and have been most of my life. But a large number of people within the Christian community, and my family, feel like Antidepressants and any type of mental illness means you aren't praying hard enough, your life isn't right w
  14. I am 56 years old, started having panic attacks when I was about 26 after my brother killed my stepfather and was imprisoned. I was on Paxil from 26 until recently (off and on - more on than off). I do remember years ago (in my 30's) being off of Paxil for about 2 or 3 years, but still had pretty severe anxiety. Do you think the 2 to 3 years was withdrawal? I recently tried to wean myself off of Paxil again (10 mg) and ended up in the Emergency Room and they said I just have high blood pressure, but it was more than that. I was shaky, felt like I was losing my mind, couldn't eat, lost 6 p
  15. Hello all, I started Lexapro in November, 2012 after a 2 month sleep crisis and, as a result, long anxiety attacks for many day (no drugs or psych illness history prior to that). Have been taking 10 mg, and had no side effects, felt rather well. I decided to stop the pills this June (my NP said I could stop any time I wanted; of course, I did not find this site prior to doing so). I took 5 mg for probably 15 days, felt no difference at all, and stopped all together around June 20th. Was feeling okay up until August 20th when I stopped sleeping all together, and in 3 days started h
  16. Davegirl

    Davegirl

    Hello everyone, I am a 40-something female. I have had anxiety/panic since I was a kid. Bouts of major anxiety would come and go...sometimes last months at a time, then abate. Anti-depressants were suggested by my first therapist in my late 20's when I was really struggling. Started Celexa in 2001. Don't remember what I started at, but I was on 40 mg Celexa for about 5-6 years. When I moved, the new psychiatrist switched me to 20 mg of Lexapro in 2007. At the time I believe I might have felt the Celexa wasn't as effective, but looking back, I was having thyroid issues that I
  17. I have taken Lexapro generic (Zytomil 5mg) then quit cold turkey for fear of cognitive impairment. Mild withdrawal symptoms (Paraesthesia in legs and brain zaps). Then went on 5-HTP which caused depression because of lowered dopamine. Then switched to Curcumin which is the best I've ever taken but quit after a month due to no libido whatsoever. Then went back on 5mg Zytomil and felt good but OCD and social annxiety got worse so was switched to Prozac by Psychiatrist 20mg. Felt really strange and massive social anxiety with insomnia. Switched to 10mg Lexamil and then back on Curcumin at
  18. Hello, New Member Mysterium, I have never been in a forum of this kind before, but I am happy to have found all of you, and read your stories. Thank you. I have been dealing with this on my own for a very long time. I have tapered off but as I am reading... probably WAY too fast. So right now not sure if I should ADD a small amt per day??? That is my biggest question. Emotional/Physical: I am still getting myself to work, for walks, for what seems like normal but I feel like I am walking in a water tank, and my reactions and actions are surprising and devastating to me. Th
  19. I need some serious help here, I'm new to this forum. I took lexapro for 4 years at 15 mg, I never felt good but I just thought it was my anxiety not the medicine. I had horrible shaking anxiety everyday and night, off balance dizziness, and i would get vertigo all the time which i never had before the Lexapro, i had DP and couldnt concentrate, I slept but would keep waking up. As of July 20, I have been off of Lexapro, my off balance feeling has gotten better the DP is gone and the vertigo is gone, but my anxiety is high and unbearable, I still have it most days all day with shakiness
  20. graceless

    Graceless

    Greetings all, I'm happy to have stumbled across this website. There's a lot of true knowledge here. To be honest lots of the information on here is really hard for me to hear ... I'd like to think that getting off meds might entail a few rough weeks or even months ... but from my own recent experience (and reading through some of the forums here) I can tell that it's going to be a much longer road to true health. 13 years ago I started graduate school and within a few months of arrival was started on an SSRI for anxiety and depressive symptoms. At first I was ecstatic! I thought the d
  21. Hello! First off I want you to know that I read english every day but I hardly never write in English so please bare with me... My name is Mr M and I started using antidepressants(anafranil) in a weak moment in the year of 2002. I had a long battle with OCD since the early teens and it took me a long time to accept the condition and to ask for help. My OCD was mostly about washing my hands and avoiding contact with other people and all kinds of things that I felt was "dirty". I also faught against cumpulsive things like turning on and off the lights in a special pattern, things like that and
  22. Thirteen years ago I was put on lexapro. I was drinking and doing drugs, young and very unhappy. The idea of being on an antidepressant was exhilarating because I had been unhappy for a long time and wanted to feel better, I just didn't want to stop pounding booze and taking hard drugs. I stayed on lexapro for a long time, I have been on Prozac, welbutrin, and a couple others. I can't remember all the names of them anymore. There was a time when I prided myself on all of the different drugs I had tried. I was proud of how broken I was. Six years ago I got clean. I drove my tru
  23. MySelfDevelpment

    MySelfDevelopment

    Hello all! I guess I am here for the same reason everyone else is, for help, advice and support in my tapering journey. I have many, many questions and experiences to share but rather than typing it all here, I will just do my intro here and continue the rest of my posts in other categories. I'll start from the beginning. Facts about me I am almost 21 I have a psychiatric service dog I love all things art I used to be a lyrical, ballet, and hip-hop dancer I love animals I am biracial (half African American and half Caucasian) I have curly hair I believe I genetically already had anxiet
  24. I am making a final decision about getting off antidepressants/stimulants for good. Please help me decide. I am in great need of encouragement and wisdom. It has been about 2 years since I started my journey. But some history: In college (2005) I was started on 20mg Adderall XR to help with ADHD which was said to be causing a lot of anxiety and perhaps depression. Adderall induced depression in me after my dose would wear off, so the doctor prescribed Lexapro 20mg. I felt probably the best I've ever felt in my life. However, I still wanted see who I was without the meds. I wanted t
  25. I have recently decided to taper off escitalopram as I want to be med free. 29 months ago I finished a valium taper (6mg for 2 years) and am still getting over this. I want to see if coming off the SSRI will help but am doing it really slowly as I'm so sensitive. I would just like some advice. I have been on 10mg for nearly 4 years and currently I am dissolving the tab in 60ml of water and taking out 0.1ml daily. I'm on day 3 and really nervous, however the valium damaged my CNS and I'm still healing. Thank you
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