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  1. New member here - I was curious to see if anyone has had issues with Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)? I was on Lexapro for the second time in my life. First time I successfully tapered off. The usual withdrawals for the first two months. This time around I tapered slowly for four months, and took my last dose in September. Recently I have been getting daily headaches. I wake up with a little tingle in my head which slowly turns into a headache the same time everyday. Pain, dizziness, nausea. I had blood work and getting a CT scan later this week. The doct
  2. Hi everyone, I usually would never have the courage to post on a forum but I really need advice. I am currently struggling at the moment with what I think is withdrawal off of Lexapro. To make this short I was put on 10mg back in 2017 for panic and anxiety triggered by stressful events at university, that left me unable to function in society. Tapered off it in august 2020 and although my final dose was in November, I feel as though the real withdrawal is only kicking in a few months later. Almost like my brain hasn’t caught up that the Lexapro is gone until recently. In the past few wee
  3. Hi everyone, I come from Italy and this is my first post here. First of all, I would thank Altostrata ad all the members of this site for your incredibile work. You are saving lives from all over the world, giving a glimpse of hope against the hellish world of drug companies and psychiatry. I'm very grateful for it, your stories and experiences helped me a lot to understand and trying to face this journey. Here my story. In my '20s, I started Escitalopram - Lexapro - Cipralex on January 2017, after a period of anxiety and insomnia. I took 10
  4. Hi, After being on SSRI's since the early 2000s, I find myself at the end of an unplanned, too fast, taper from 100 mg Zoloft. I had been on 10 mg Lexapro for a number of years, but it wasn't really working well anymore. Had been in a major depression state for many months (Covid isolation, mother with advancing dementia, empty nest), so Psychiatrist upped the Lexapro, but it barely helped and he said we should try different SSRI because he said, over time, a particular drug can lose it's effectiveness, so we tried Zoloft. Again, it helped a little, but not much. So he wanted to
  5. Hello everyone. I want to start this off by stating that I'm not a native english speaker so if something is unclear in my wording, please let me know! I'm gonna tell my story a bit because I'm hopeful I'm on the right track, but I need to exchange a bit and maybe be reassured. Medication really did help me on many levels. I have had anxiety problems forever, even as a kid although I wasn't aware it was anxiety at that time. It grew worse with teenagehood, saw diffrent therapists, and the only thing that put me on the "healing track" was in 2017, at 21, when I started seeing anothe
  6. Hallo, Mein Name ist Jelena und ich komme aus Deutschland. Ich habe mich hier registriert, weil Sie hier mehr Erfahrungen lesen können als in deutschen Foren. Ich habe Ende 2014 10 mg Escitalopram gegen Angstzustände und OCD erhalten. Im Dezember 2029 reduzierte ich die Dosis auf 5 mg. Im Januar 2021 entwickelte ich plötzlich eine Schlafstörung, die bis heute anhält. Aber was wollte ich fragen? Seit ein paar Tagen habe ich einen ständigen Ohrwurm. Egal was ich mache, es ist die ganze Zeit da. Ich kann kaum noch denken, weil das Lied immer im Hintergrund
  7. Hi everyone, I’m new to the forum and figured I’d ask some questions and describe my situation. I started on 3/16 taking Lexapro 5 mg once daily. Didn’t experience any issues at all for the first week (8 days) and then doctor bumped me to 10mg daily. This past week I started to get a numbing/vibrating sensation around the head of my genitals (trying to be proper here) I’ve never had any issues in this area at 44 and I’ve placed a call to my doctor. The medication has seemed to help, however there is no way I can tolerate that feeling and my concern is that this is now permanent? If I taper dow
  8. 3 weeks ago I took Lexapro for 4 days and stopped because of the side effects. 3 days ago I tried to start it again thinking that it would not be so problematic. I was wrong. Ridiculous anxiety. While Im never going to do this again - is it ok to just come off of 5mg after 3 days? Thank you
  9. This maybe long and confusing since I'm typing from my phone but I feel like I'm living in pure hell. Backstory- I'm a 30 year old single mother of two. I had my first anxiety attack when I was 11. Doctor prescribed me xanax as needed and I attended counseling on and off. I remember having panic attacks on and off my whole life. I honestly can't remember when I was first prescribed an antidepressant. Last year in july I decided I was done with the pills and the side effects so I did a taper and stopped, I was on lexapro. I remember coming on here when I was having a bad day and re
  10. Hi I’m new here! Lexapro’s side effects were not worth it for me so I added Wellbutrin and although the combination therapy felt kind of perfect, I never intended to be on two meds so I decided to taper off of Escitalopram. A week after last dose, I feel intense panic and fear, a bit out of body, not to mention all the physical symptoms. It is so scary that I’m reevaluating everything. Dr recommends starting Esc. 5mg and tapering more slowly. I don’t know if I should start withdrawal over because I don’t want to go through the hell of the last two days all over again. Any advice on your e
  11. After reading many many people's experiences of coming off lexapro, I haven't come across any instances where someone was taking such a small dose as me, for such a short period of time as me, and having severe symptoms like mine. I took 2.5 mg lexapro for around 2 months and saw no improvement. I had pretty severe initial side effects such as inability to focus, depersonalization, fatigue and poor quality of sleep. During this time I picked up juuling again (nicotine device) to get through this hell while somewhat keeping up with school. These side effects went away, but I felt as if I was ju
  12. Hi everyone, I took cipralex since 2019 november till 2020 June, I also took xanax sr and stilnox during this time, I stopped all medicine In 2020 June and since then I am in withdraval, the first months were horrible I tought I would die and felt so bad that I have no idea how I over came it, after that the windows and waves started In alignment with my period that was maybe back In november or october, it somehow mellowed out but It’s still not okay, my memory is horrible really I dont really remember a lot from these months, my main problem now is that I need to make some decis
  13. Hey everyone! Feel blessed to be here and You guys are extremely helpful. Here’s my story. I was on 10mg Escitalopram for 1 years, started feeling better with no anxiety after 3 weeks of stating Escitalopram 10 mg but would suffer with horrible side effects like head ache all day, Nasal congestion, blurred vision and. I did my Pill check (DNA testing) and found out that Escitalopram is not suitable and considered as dangerous drug for possible many side effects. Dr. advised me to tapper dose to zero and be off of it. Only if needed to go for suitable Anti-anxiety drug. I st
  14. Hello all .. I do not speak English so I will write and do the translation and paste the conversation here so that you may understand my words ... My story began exactly 15 years ago, I don’t know exactly whether it was a sudden fear or of my father’s death I don’t know but I was very worried and went to the psychiatrist He gave me a prescription for a variety of medicines, but I settled on Seroxat with a dose of 20 mg per day, then a year ago, I replaced Seroxat with Cipralex, a dose of 15 mg, and now I want to get rid of it because of lethargy, laziness and lack of sexual desire completely,
  15. It's like I have a disease. I've been reduced to an invalid. I am mentally retarded and braindead. I can't function, can't think, can't talk, can't write, can't sleep, can't cry, can't laugh, can't sing, can't act, can't make eye contact, can't take any substance without having heart problems including BBQ Doritos, can't go outside in public, can't focus on watching tv and movies, can't do anything... Everything is hard. I'm suffering all day everyday. I used to be a genius. Something happened to me and I'm not the same anymore... I'm not the real me. It is very scary. It feels like my soul an
  16. Hi all, I have been a lurker on this forum for a while and I think it’s finally time I tell my story as I’m started to get very scared. I underwent gallbladder surgery in October 2020. I always was an over thinker and an anxious person but it never affected my life. I started to develop a little bit of health anxiety due to the surgery and I also found out from having gallstones that I had an ovarian cyst (it eventually went) so I became stressed about my health. My surgery went really well but I was stressed about blood clots afterwards etc. And I noticed I developed sho
  17. Ive been on Lexapro for 4 days. Side effects are crazy anxiety but the main one is stomach issues. I currently have stomach problems but this has exacerbated it. Im scared to stop cold turkey. Should I go down to 2.5 for a couple of days or just stop? Thanks.
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    Hi, I am very new to antidepressants for anxiety and depression. Was prescribed Lexapro 5mg for anxiety/depression and Trazodone 50 mg for insomnia, been on Lexapro 5mg for 10 days now and Trazodone I took for 7 days and I wanted to get off it yesterday since I sleep too much on it and makes me late to work. I slept fine last night taking melatonin to sleep instead of trazodone, but noticed my mood was worse than normal today. I talked to my doctor and they said I can just stop the trazodone cold turkey if I want since it has only been a week, but is it recommended to taper the trazodone inste
  19. Hi, I am 67 year old male and have been on antidepressants since the mid 1990s (for low mood and anxiety): - Prozac 15mg until November 2016. - I wasn’t sleeping well so GP changed me to Mirtazapine 15mg (Nov 16) which worked for sleep but gradually increased anxiety to distressing and unacceptable levels (also low mood). I tried one slow taper in 2018 but sleep was immediately an issue. - GP recently changed me (I was very unsure about it) to Lexapro 10mg (straight swop, no tapers). - The swop has caused more anxiety and as the Lexapro is starting to work I can feel
  20. Hello, you can call me King :). Someone from a discord server referred me to this discord server saying that you all would know what I'm going through and how i can deal with it.... So a few months back like October ish i joined an IOP program to help manage my anxiety. I had a whole group of doctors there (therapist, nurse, behavioral specialist, and a psychiatrist for medication management). Before joining this program i already had a psychiatrist who had put me on Lexapro 20mg, Gabapentin 100mg, and Intuniv 1mg (I think... i forgot the dosage for that last one if ima be honest).
  21. Has anyone had any experience with false memories and intrusive thoughts as a cognitive symptom of withdrawal? It's been one year since my last dose of Lexapro 20mg (after 13 years on the medication) and I'm having intense periods of sadness and derealization where I'm utterly convinced that something traumatuzing happened to me in my childhood. I don't necessarily have memories, moreso a deep deep pain revolving around shame and fear that I can't understand and yet somehow my brain contributes it to a certain event that I'm not even sure happened. I know repressed memories are possible, but c
  22. I have been on escitalopram for eight years and started to taper in february 2020. I started 1 mg per month and when six months had passed I was at 1 mg but I decided to raise it to 2.5 mg because I thought I was going to die. Now I have been on this same dose for 6 months. I had almost 1,5 months good feeling but now I am feeling horrible. I get panic attacs during The night and day. My mood seems to change from quite good to absolutely horrible. I just do not know what's going on with me. I have been on The same dose so long and still I get these feelings? Can anyone tell me what this is ? D
  23. Been lurking for a month or so and decided to post and engage because I think it can only help me. I don’t have the longest or most complex history with medication, but I could definitely use a bit of insight. I could start with what led me to meds, etc, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. Depression/Anxiety started after a bad first (and final for that drug) trip. No crazy visuals, talking to walls, none of that. Just brought on insane fear that I had never felt. It stuck for years, from about 20 - 23. Eventually just got back to my old self. It was the biggest relief.
  24. Hello I have been withdrawing from lexapro that I was only on for 7 weeks in total, starting at 2.5mg to 10mg as I am so sensitive to SSRIs. They were not working and I was feeling worse on them so decided to reduce to 5mg and then stop. Foolishly thinking that I had only been on the for 7 weeks so I should be ok. That was my first mistake, as soon as I dropped to 5mg within 3 days increased anxiety, within 8 days of decrease I told my husband that I was suicidal and could not manage with the severe anxiety that I was experiencing. My appetite has gone although I did start to s
  25. Hi, I am now 6 months off of lexapro. What I have seen in the last 25 days is I got insomnia, my hearth goes up to 80,85 in the mornings and maybe last all day. If I sit down goes to 75.sleeping goes to 55-60.i list 6 kg in thus period. Still have body Tremors, have some strange smell which makes me panic. Have clear mind, mood is still problem. I am so afraid of going back to ssri. Can somebody tell something about those things. And maybe what to exercise as a plan, what kind of exercise.
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