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Hi my name is Bruno, I'm a 24 year old biology student from brazil so I apologise for my bad English. 

I'll try to make it short.


So I started taking Lexapro for depression a month and 3 weeks ago. Everything was going well, besides the weird nightmares and weird toughts, Lexapro was working. When I reached 24th day of medication I woke up with a really bad ringing in both of my ears, I got scared and said to my doctor I want to stop cuz I fear the side effects. Since i was in a lower dose (10mg) he said I should take 5 mg for 5 days and then stop. I did that and in about  3 days off of medication my tinnitus got really low  and I was feeling great again.


1 week out of medication I  developed palatal myoclunus ( can't find anyone with this symptom) 2 weeks I developed eye twitching then 3 weeks out of Lexapro I started having eye floaters wish for me are not a big deal.


The real problems started 1 month and 2 week out of meds, I got this really bad fellings on my body like eye twitching and twitchings all over my body not all the time but sometimes, also started having this sharp pains in my fingers and 2 days ago now 1 month and 3 week out of medication im getting tingling sensation on my face on my upper lip pain at the back of my ears and neck pain inside of my head but the thing that really scares me is my arm that has been shaking for 2 days now and and my hand fells week and numb.


So to summarize all the symptoms I have to this day ( very low tinnitus , palatal myoclunus , eye twitching , eye floaters , pain in my fingers , arm weakness and tremors, jaw pain) and o forgot to say that my jaw fells like is slightly dislocating to the side. I know thats is a lot of stuff for someone that has been on meds for small period of time.


Nobody belives me but I know that something is wrong with me and is not anxiety like my parents and psychologyst says. Please help me. 

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Bruno -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)


There's good news and bad news for you.  You aren't alone in this situation. There are people, including a more than a few people on this site, who experience bad side effects after only a few doses of a medication and who have seen symptoms continue.  The bad news is that nobody can predict how long it will take for these symptoms to disappear. More good news -- Your symptoms WILL disappear over time.


Your symptoms, even fear and anxiety, are all within what's "normal" for a CNS (central nervous system) that has been destabilized by pscyhicatric medications such as escitalopram (Lexapro). You may find it helpful to read these topics:

What is withdrawal syndrome.

Important topics about symptoms including sleep problems.

Glenmullen’s withdrawal symptom list. -- downloads of list available in first post


Please create a signature that provides your history with Lexapro that includes

  • the date you started taking 10 mg
  • the date you decreased to 5 mg
  • the date you decreased to 0 mg.

Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.


Your doctor's approach to discontinue lexapro was clearly too drastic for you. Because Lexapro is one of the most powerful SSRI medications, 10 mg of Lexapro is NOT a small dose. Telling you to decrease to 5 mg (50%) and to hold for only 5 days was harmful. We suggest a much slower approach, even when someone has taken a medication for only 3 weeks, probably 25% for a week to test how your body worked with that large a decrease. It's possible that the ringing in your ears would have stopped at a lower dose -- 7.5 mg or 5 mg or maybe less. That said, you are where you are now.


Do you have any Lexapro tablets left? Sometimes, but not always, reinstating a very small dose can ease symptoms.  When I say a small dose, I mean as little as 0.50 mg.  Please read this topic:

About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms. -- preferably the first page but at least the first post

Do NOT reinstate at any dose just yet, I need to ask other moderators for their thoughts about this.


This is YOUR introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community. I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but am glad that you found us.

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Jb any update?

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