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  1. 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?
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. MySelfDevelpment


    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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I started cipralex/lexapro for anxiety caused by issues dealing with a back injury (herniated disk affecting my right leg), and took it for only two months. I took 2 weeks of 5mg, and then 6 weeks of 10 mg. I decided to stop because I thought I was having side effects from the medication. Only few days after starting cipralex I started to experience tingling in both feet, but most strongly in my right leg. I rapidly associated this to my back problem, and did not think of cipralex. However, I then started to have tingling in my fingertips. After some investigation, I found that this can b
  20. Hi, I'm currently tapering of lexapro and I'm new to the group! I started by doing what my doctor told Me to do but soon after I found out about this website. I just got the liquid lexapro today and I'm a little nervous about it. Is it the same? Is 5 mg= 5ml. I'm just a little nervous!
  21. Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum. So I was on Abilify back in May for 3 weeks and then I went off of it. Everything went down hill so I went back on it for 3 more weeks then went off of it. It's been a month since my last dose. I wake up every morning crying for no reason. And feeling depressed for no reason. Is there anything I can do to help the healing process? I'm feeling really hopeless. PS I was on 2mg
  22. I have taken 10mg of Lexapro for just 4 days and want to discontinue. Do I need to taper off? Can't get through to my doctor.
  23. Hello guys. So grateful for this site, I would like to thank you for keeping this site running for people like me. I would like to tell you my story. In 2004 I was started on 40 mg of Paxil, for depression, that was really mild and occasional. But the doctor decided I need that high of a dose and that particular strong medication... I started taking it absolutely trusting him, but it was a mistake. I could not tolerate such high dose, so I started cutting pill in 4 pieces, and seemed worked, I felt more outgoing which was big plus because I always have been a little shy, but never thought
  24. Hi, new user been on meds for 8 years or so, varying combinations of ADs, AAPs and benzos. have tapered the last drug (Lexapro) and been going through withdrawal for over 2 months, details are in signature, hopefully it's adequate. i should mention that i am dealing with pretty severe brain fog through this withdrawal, so the way i organize my ideas and structure sentences might be pretty awkward.... OK, it has been 65 days since 2 months since coming off all meds, first it was antipsychotics, then benzodiazepines, and finally antidepressants over the course of several months after being on
  25. Hi Everyone, This is my first post, so I hope I am doing it correctly! I was prescribed Lexapro during a very stressful time after losing a job in my late 50's. After the first week on Lexapro, I told the therapist I didn't think I could use this drug as I had insomnia from the very start. She suggested that I take it in the am, and use Xanax as needed for sleep. This gave me satisfaction........for a couple of years. But then, I developed GI issues and lost between 30 and 40 lbs. After I was diagnosed with Lymphocytic colitis, I discovered that this issue can be associated with AD us
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