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Lexaprofighter: Cold turkey off Lexapro for 3 weeks

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I went ct off lexapro for 3 weeks. The first week was the hardest for me. I seem to be doing pretty good. The brain zaps are few and far between. I'm not as uppity as I was while on it but I think that's my brain slowly healing. Is there enyone else feeling the same after recently stopping ct?

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Hi Lexaprofighter,


What you are experiencing is withdrawal symptoms from getting off your drug too quickly.  See:  Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist


SA recommends a taper of no more than 10% of the current dose followed by a hold of about 4 weeks to allow the brain to adapt to not getting as much of the drug.  This is because the drug changes the brain physiologically.


My experience:  When I tried to reduce my drug (Pristiq) by 50% I experienced extreme brain fog for 3 weeks and got to the point where I was unable to type.  I am a professional typist so I knew something was wrong.  Thankfully I found SA and it was suggested that I increase my dose.  When I couldn't type I took extra Pristiq and after about 4 hours I was able to type again.  After stabilising I started tapering following SA's protocol and I am now down to 9mg (start dose 100mg).  I have only been experiencing mild withdrawal symptoms during my taper.  See:  Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


We ask all members to create a drug signature:  Instructions:  Withdrawal History Signature


Reinstatement of the same drug is the only known way to reduce withdrawal symptoms.  We can suggest a dose if you choose to reinstate.  You might be able to reinstate a lower dose than what you were last taking.  Please read Post #1 of this topic:  About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms


Please see this topic which explains ways to get small doses:  Tips for tapering off Lexapro (escitalopram)


This is your own Introduction topic where you can ask questions and journal your progress.

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Hi Lexaprofighter,

I was also on Lexapro and stopped taking it. Like you, the first week was pretty bad, into week 2 and three I thought I was over the worst of it. Then I was doing quite well for about 2 months and thought withdrawal was over. But in month 3 I started getting strange new symptoms, and went on to develop protracted withdrawal which has taken several years to recover from.


Delayed secondary withdrawal from antidepressants is not uncommon. Doctors will often believe its the return of a previous condition or will diagnose a new illness, but it is, in fact a second stage of withdrawal and will improve over time.


Once withdrawal symptoms start, the only way to stop them is reinstatement and then a slow, safe taper, this is best done as soon at symptoms start.


Please read through the links ChessieCat kindly listed for you.


Welcome to the forum, I'm glad you found us.



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