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  1. Hello all. I am just shy of two weeks off of Lexapro after a few months of tapering. It has been very manageable. Before I tell you how I did it, let me say I am the type that gets ALL the side effects from SSRI's. I had a bad experience with zoloft and paxil. They both about killed me. So, needless to say I was frightened to come off Lex. I found a site that had a good formula and I followed it. I was on 10mg. Mg for mg, Lex is twice as strong as other ssri’s and it has a VERY short half-life. That is why tapering slowly is so important! I tapered 10
  2. Hi everyone, I've been looking at this forum from the outside for a while as I'm trying so hard to taper off of Lexapro. For the past year or so I've bounced around from Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro (I'm definitely missing one but my memory is so whacked from these drugs). Zoloft gave me some serious emotional blunting so my GP put me on "The Mercedes of SSRIs" - Lexapro. Within 2 weeks of being on the drug, my brain was telling me that I had no reason to be on this planet anymore. I called my doctor immediately to begin tapering off of it. I'm about a week i
  3. Dear anyone who can help. I've had some serious withdrawal effects and i'm wondering if you can lend me some of your wisdom, with my fading soul.To keep it short, i'm 14(15 on may 26) years old, i took 10 mg of prozac the first month, and 20 mg the second month, then i was prescribed lexapro. Once i had lexapro in my system for only 1 week, i knew something was extremely off with my mind and body. it was a strange constant, empty and achy inhuman feeling. my stupid doctor told me i became more depressed and bipolar so she tried prescribing more and more of these deadly pills. we knew something
  4. Hello All, First, I am FRIGHTENED!!!! I've been on SSRI's and Mood Stabilizer (Lamictal) with intermittent Benzo (however, I'm an addict~and I always end up abusing those) for 27 years. I've been diagnosed w depression, anxiety, and "soft" bipolar. This year has been sheer Hell and I've changed meds 5x. I was about to go on a 6th med~when I decided that I'd had ENOUGH! And so, I weaned for 3 weeks and then cold turkeyed for a week~at a drs. suggestion~I added back lexapro for about a week and now am off everything. I am ANXIOUS round the clock~even in my sleep. The sad thing is-my life i
  5. Hi, I reluctantly started Lexapro in August 2014 after I developed a head tremor which was put down to anxiety. Within a week of starting the Lexapro 10mg, the head tremor disappeared. This was a huge relief to me. I felt good for the next 3 months. However, in November 2014 after 3 months of taking the lexapro I was overwhelmed with horrible side effects including dizziness, nausea, tingling up my spine, chills and fever, rapid heart rate, awful fogginess, vice-like headaches, shakiness and terrible uneasiness. It got so bad that I went to the emergency department on 3 separate occasion
  6. I've been on 5mg of Lexapro for 3 months - first time taking SSRIs. I was prescribed it because of my anxiety and depression related to a tumultuous marriage and subsequent divorce (currently in the middle of that). Honestly, it worked wonders for me mentally. I consider it a turning point in my emotional recovery. For the first time since leaving my husband, I wasn't waking up hopeless and completely worn down. I felt able, in control, and just...okay for the first time in months. But since then I've also noticed some physical symptoms off and on. I don't know if these are related to the
  7. I did read the "read this first" post about the distinction between relapse and withdrawal, but I've read conflicting ideas about time frames, distinguishing symptoms, etc., so I welcome any insights. I tapered off Cipralex (Escitalopram) after taking it for two years, in January of this year. That seemed to go smoothly with little withdrawal to speak of. I tapered off Remeron (Mirtazapine), which I took at 15 mg for two years. I tapered first to 7.5 mg for a month, then 3.75 mg for a month and then discontinued entirely on April 3. I had more symptoms, primarily headaches, loss of
  8. I am very sensitive to SSRIs post pregnancy but was put on one for anxiety. Prior to,I was taking 20mg Lexapro with no side effects. Now, I am on 5 mg (took me two weeks at 2.5 mg to get up to this). I have been on for about 2 months. I haven't even been on a high enough dose long enough to feel full benefits...some glimmers of hope now and then but I have experienced some very dark clouds and worsening anxiety since starting and I have lost so much weight. My head feels like it is going to explode and I just want out. I have never felt this way on it before. However, every time I try to stop,
  9. I'm a 32 year old bipolar female. Ive been on medication since I was 15 years old. I've been on Lexapro the longest. I've been on far more medication than I can remember and I was a vegetable for about 5 years as a teenager due to being put on way too many heavy meds before my family caught on to it and we switched to a new psychiatrist. I lost my charts from age 15 to the age of about 25 when I moved about 6 years ago so I don't have information of a very good memory of my past medications. I know Topamax was very bad for me as well as Wellbutrin, which gave me very bad sleep paralysis and ni
  10. 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
  11. Hi, I weaned myself off of Lexapro 10 mgs. about three weeks ago. I was on it for 20+ years. My main symptom are stomach upset and terrible, overwhelming fatigue from the moment I wake up in the morning. The exhaustion is so bad I'm thinking of reinstating. Does anyone know if the fatigue eventually passes? I really appreciate any feedback!
  12. Hi , After being on escitalopram 20mg for 2 years I have decided it is time to get off of it. I initially started taking it because events in my life had reawakened a trauma while I was in college in a high workload program. The doctor gave me a diagnosis of panic disorder that the counselor later suggested should be changed to PTSD. Anyway, at the time I really needed the meds and they put a halt to the daily panic attacks. Now, I have developed better coping mechanisms, my life is relatively stable. But I feel almost nothing except sadness. The meds have replaced anxiety with d
  13. After having weird symptoms, and being somewhat familiar with the idea of antidepressant withdrawal symptoms, I stumbled onto this site. I've been on and off SSRIs since adolescence (in my late 30s now), but never had withdrawal symptoms. Most recently I was on 20 mg of Lexapro for a little over 2 1/2 years - one of my longer SSRI stints and for sure the longest I had ever been on Lexapro. I did a self-taper in the same way I had in the past to get off SSRIs, but now I understand I did it WAY too fast (I thought it was slow at the time...). I have been completely off Lexapro for probably about
  14. I heard there was a liquid way to taper off of Lexapro...can someone explain to me how to do this just in case my insurance won't cover it?
  15. Hi All, Great to see such a community together here. I've been reading a bunch of posts but recently decided to start my own topic. im normally a pretty happy enthusiastic person, but suffered from what I can only describe as a nervous breakdown late last year after years of stress due to not dealing with certain things in my life. I Had been experiencing a lot weird symptoms for a while before the crash (new onset of social awkwardness, nightmares, racing thoughts, anger/rage), and in general was acutely aware that my brain was not functioning right. I had a lot of stress in my li
  16. Hi all. Greetings from Brazil! I guess that SurvivingAntidepressants.org is becoming a shrine like place where people from all over the world meet searching for some words of wisdom and support. I'm a 53 years old male, divorced, no kids, university professor. I took AD's for about 13 years, stopped cold turkey (I know, it was a stupid move)in December 2011 and have been off all medication, including finasteride (stopped one year earlier) and simvastatin, since then. The good thing about having stopped taking these drugs is to have lost 20 pounds. The worst thing is the awful mornin
  17. Hi everyone It has been six months since I took my last dose of Lexapro. I have slowly been reducing the dosage since October 2012, after being on 10mg for six months. I would experience some irritability, nausea and a fair amount of dizziness with each drop. This would usually stabilize and I would wait a week or two before my next reduction. By mid 2014 I was on approximately 0.7mg and I considered the process to be going well. For some or other reason I was under the impression that a slow taper would dramatically minimize withdrawal after my last dose, and with the help of supplem
  18. Am new to this site. Need to quit the meds, but scared at the same time as it almost wreaked my new relationship with a great man, as he said my mood swings were bad. Widowed 4 years ago and thought I was coping but it hit me last year. I wore a mask and never wanted to deal with it. Found love again and can't lose it!! Between the chemist giving me generic or a different box - causes havoc to me mentally, as headaches unbearable, tremors freaky, fatigue and sleeplessness draining. Just joined and there is alot to read and all I need is SUPPORT from people who understand!! Manager
  19. I was on lexapro for 13 years. It has been an amazing drug for me. I have only been off it once 8 years ago and I had to go back on it straight away after my anxiety started again. The last 12 months have been horrific because lexapro proved no longer effective despite my dose being increased from 10 to 20mg. The doctor then added mirtazapine which only helped with my sleep. He has tried to take me off lexapro 5 times and swap me onto another drug but each time I have plummeted. Most recently he swapped me from 5mg lexapro to 10mg citalopram and 10mg burspirone. After two weeks I started to f
  20. Hello there. I'm going through a horrendous time trying to come off Lexapro and would like some advice, and this is my story - sorry if its a bit long. In April 2013 I took some recreational drugs and had a severe panic attack the following day. I was abroad so this made things even scarier. Thought I was dying, rang an ambulance and went to hospital. Ended up staying the night. In my heightened state of panic that night I convinced myself I was dying of cancer. Had several more panic attacks the following few days. Struggled with crippling anxiety and panic attacks for 2 months afterwards. Co
  21. This guy's name on another site is Aeroman. He worked his way through withdrawals from Lexapro and posted before and after pictures that really do tell the story. Very inspiring so I thought I'd share: ******/forums/showthread.php?t=55268 See ya, Steerpike **moderator note: dead link because site no longer exists
  22. On the 18th December, 2016, I took my last Lexapro and within days, I started feeling excessively tired and in January I got very sick with infections and have been really low. A week ago my Lyrica was reduced from 200mg to 100mg due to weight gain. My head is all over the shop at present, OMG.. so low. Having death visions of like me [details removed by moderator] How the hell do I get out of this?? Want to give it a go without the Lexapro (SSRI's) as I have been on them 10 years on and off for GAD and hear very bad reports about Lyrica for weight gain and brain fog...
  23. Moderator note - link to Fonz's benzo forum thread - Fonz: Protracted Withdrawal, anyone ? hi, I'm new to this forum but have put my time in on other forums. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with becoming sick before your SSRI dose? Within a couple hours of the dose it seems to clear up a lot. I'm also wondering if anyone has ever became sick from taking a dose ? Like you feel alright but after taking the SSRI you become sick. History: I have been on SSRI's for 10 years. 18 days ago I finished my 12 mo
  24. Hi folks, After many years on struggling with anxiety, I decided to try an ssri. My doc prescribed 10mg of Lexapro. It caused intense nausea, jaw clenching, and ringing/buzzing in my ears. On the fourth day, I just couldn't take it again. Now, 12 days after my last dose, I am still nauseated and I have an intense case of vertigo. My doctor says my nausea must be caused by something else because the lexapro should be out of my system by now. This of course has totally freaked me out. It's possible this bad case of vertigo was set off by the lexapro (inner ear problems are a common side
  25. Hello everyone. I wanted to jump on here and hopefully gain some perspective on my situation. I started Lexapro 10 mg in Oct. 2012 for situational depression. As that situation resolved, I questioned whether I still needed to be on it and began tapering in April 2014. I went down to 7.5 mg for about a month, then discovered I was pregnant. I really wanted to wean off Lexapro for the duration of the pregnancy. Sadly I miscarried at 10 weeks. I was still on 7.5 mg for a little while. Felt I processed the miscarriage as much as I could, then went down to 5 mg for awhile. I was doing okay
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