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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hello, Thank you for this community. I have said goodbye to Cipralex and Wellbutrin. I know it was too fast and I choose to do it without medical supervision. I knew it was time. Now I am dealing with withdrawl symptoms that I pray don't get any worse. I have so many questions and I am thankful that I made my way here.
  17. Hi Everyone. I would like to introduce myself. I am new to the forum, in fact new to any forum so please excuse me if this rambles! I have been finding this site a massive help and wondered if anyone could help, I would really appreciate any advice as to what to do next. I was diagnosed with GAD/Mild depression about 8 years ago, when I was suffering from severe anxiety. My Doctor prescribed 5mg Escitalopram initially but over about a two year period it was increased up to 20mg which I have been on for about the last 6 years solid. In the last year my anxiety seemed to bubble through a
  18. I have been on various SSRIs over the last 20 years. I've no doubt they helped me through some very difficult times. Recently I have been trying to discontinue Lexapro. I was on 30mg per day for at least 5 years when my insurance company suddenly decided 30 mg was not medically necessary. They refused to fill my prescription until the dosage was lowered to 20 mg. I tried to taper for a couple of weeks and then ran out completely before the next refill. I went "cold turkey" for about 10 days. I wasn't feeling too bad so I decided this was a good time to quit. About 3 weeks into this process, I
  19. Hi friends. I am writing to you in sheer desperation and panic. I hope that someone can help me alleviate withdrawal symptoms. A little background. I am 33. At the age of 17, I had a pretty significant episode of depression. I was prescribed Prozac and sent on my way. At some point (my memory evades me) I was switched to Celexa. I became suicidal and made an attempt on my life at the age of 20. After about a year, I recovered and stopped taking all meds with no withdrawal symptoms to note. At the age of 24, I began feeling dizzy, having racing thoughts and eye pain. I was diagnosed with gener
  20. Hi everyone! I stumbled across this forum when googling 'getting off Pristiq' and found the tapering pristiq post. Browsing around the last couple hours has been very helpful and calming. I'm happy to have found somewhere with people possibly experiencing similar situations like I am and to also get some support/help outside of my doctors. I've dealt with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder II for years and years. Ever since I was a kid. As a kid I used negative coping mechanisms to counter what I was feeling but as I got older it stopped 'helping' my feelings and began to make them wo
  21. First of all, thanks for your wonderful site. I found a lot of info on here that really helps me. I am currently laying on my bed at my mums house and I don't know what to do. So i've started an account, maybe you guys can cheer me up. (I am crying while I am writing this) I am in a horrible state at the moment. I lost a lot of weight and muscle, I am feeling numb in my head and I am scared of everything. Scared of my own thoughts, my body, all pills and the future. It all started when in 2010 (I was 19 at the time) I was diagnosed with something, I don't even know what really, nobody to
  22. Hey guys I'm new and I'm so lost for answers as no doctor seems to help me. I started tapering off cipralex( canada) in November and finished up in April . i was only on 10 mg but I had previously quit celexa years ago cold turkey and it was a nightmare . THE first 6 weeks were a breeze and then it hit me. My hair started falling out as soon as I started tapering but has now subsided but the acne has hit me hard.. This happened last time with celexa and it was so bad I took 3 months off work. I wake up nauseas and vibrating with anxiety everyday . I couldn't go the bathroom at all, may
  23. Hello from the Southern Hemisphere. I made it to 50 years old without the need for Psychological help or medication. Life then became turbulent and threw me off balance. Initially I tried to just tough it out, harden up, as this had always worked for me in the past. After being dragged to the Doctor by a relative in June 2015, I was prescribed Lexam. I took one 20mg dose which knocked me off my perch. After a whole day of feeling the strange effects I refused to continue. The next 24 to 48 hours were very similar to a severe bout of influenza. I went on for another Month without medication
  24. Hey there, I just wanted to put my story here and see if anyone had encouraging words for me. I've been off of Lexapro since September 2010, and it has been one hell of a ride. I was only on for about 9 months, and now I'm about 22 months removed from the stuff. So, I endured really tough withdrawal for the first six months after the CT, and at that point my sleep began to improve and my depression/anxiety/DP/intrusive thoughts began to subside. Months 6 thru 12 also showed improvement, and by month 12 after my CT, I was feeling like I was on a trajectory to feeling 'normal'. Months 12 thru 17
  25. I was only on Lexapro for situatonal anxiety. I started mid May at 1.25mg and went gradually up to 7.5 mg in one month. I decided I didnt like it and started to come down the next month gradually as well until at the end of the month I was at 1.25 for a week and then 0. THe last 3 weeks after that have been HELLLLLL! Horrible. Tightness in head and lower back, cannot sleep well, nervous system wont calm down - that was the first 2 weeks. I thought it would get better! But week 4 started and the symptoms are even more bizarre- disconnected from my body, feel slightly detached and far away- head
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