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bresh55: Lexapro 5mg withdrawal after only two weeks use?

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December 15 started lexapro 5mg for panic attacks and anxiety.


One week after notice mild hamstring soreness


two weeks after severe hamstring soreness, (maybe restless leg)?, and full body joint pain.  I was basically bedridden and went to a clinic where they tested me for the flu, I tested negative.


I quit taking the pills after two days of this.


The symptoms subsided a bit over the next week then suddenly got bad again a week after discontinuation.  I had Burning skin sensation, severe restless legs or hamstring pain, and joint pain that feels like theflu.  Currently I'm a few days from three weeks after stopping and can barely sleep because the pain is so great.  I'm terrified this is something else because no Dr will admit that this **** drug is poison and "there is no documented case of this happening"  WELL ITS HAPPENING TO ME SO DOCUMENT IT!


The pain I would describe is me, a 27 year old male, feels like I just turned 99 years old.  I'm calling my mom daily crying about not being able to sleep and being in constant pain.


Has anyone had anything like this after a short and low dose?  I'm really afraid I have some other terminal illness.  Besides anxiety about this pain, I haven't actually had a panic attack in a while.

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Hi bresh and welcome to SA,


Unfortunately the answer to your question is Yes, it has happened to others.  I'm very pleased to hear that you stopped taking the drug so soon after realising that you were experiencing an adverse reaction to it.  Unfortunately we have some members whose doctors have told them that they are start up effects and told them to continue taking the drug.


Please see this topic:  are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take


Especially:  But I only took it for a Week



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Unfortunately you may continue to experience times of discomfort.  We strongly encourage members to learn and use non drug coping techniques to help get through tough times.


Understanding what is happening helps us to not get caught up with the second fear, or fear of the fear.  This happens when we experience sensations in our body and because we don't understand them we are scared of them and then start to panic.


This document has a diagram of the body explaining what happens in the body when we become anxious:





Audio FEMALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)


Audio MALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)


Non-drug techniques to cope




Dr Claire Weekes suffered from anxiety and learned and taught ways of coping.  There are videos available on YouTube.


Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System


Audio:  How to Recover from Anxiety - Dr Claire Weekes


Resources:  Centre for Clinical Interventions (PDF modules that you can work through, eg:  Depression, Distress Intolerance, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Social Anxiety, Worrying)
On 4/28/2017 at 4:03 AM, brassmonkey said:


AAF: Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  It's what you have to do when nothing else works, and can be a very powerful tool in coping with anxiety.  The neuroemotional anxiety many of us feel during WD is directly caused by the drugs and their chemical reactions in the brain.  Making it so there is nothing we can do about them.  They won't respond to other drugs, relaxation techniques and the like.  They do, however, react very well to being ignored.  That's the concept behind AAF.  Acknowledge, get to know the feeling involved, explore them.  Accept, These feelings are a part of you and they aren't going anywhere fast. Float, let the feeling float off as you get on with your life as best as you can.  It's a well documented fact that the more you feed in to anxiety the worse it gets.  What starts as generalized neuroemotinal anxiety can be easily blown into a full fledged panic attack just by thinking about it.


I often liken it to an unwanted house guest.  At first you talk to them, have conversations, communicate with them.  After a while you figure out that they aren't leaving and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them.  So you go on about your day, working around them until they get bored and leave.


It can take some practice, but AAF really does work.  I hope you give it a try.



Edited by ChessieCat

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Because you have had such a bad reaction to a psychiatric drug I would caution you against taking any sort of them again.  Please be aware that there are some drugs that the brain adapts to getting but people don't realise that.  I suggest that you research any drug which is suggested before taking it.




Bupropion, sold under the brand names Wellbutrin and Zyban among others, is a medication primarily used as an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. It is an effective antidepressant on its own, but is also used as an add-on medication in cases of incomplete response to first-line SSRI antidepressants.


Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. It is a gabapentinoid and acts by inhibiting certain calcium channels.

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Wow Chessie!  Thank you so much for compiling this answer.  It really puts me at ease.  I was really freaking out that it was something more.  I even got tested for autoimmune disorders as well, which tests showed that I do not have thank god.  I really think the timing of when all these symptoms happens points to it being the medication.  Its disheartening to hear that it can be a long process but hoenstly if youve suffered from anxiety and panic attacks you get used to ignoring weird sensations and im trying to get better at it.


You're seriously a lifesaver and I appreciate it.

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You're very welcome.  I'm pleased that the information on SA has helped.

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