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I have been off of lexapro rapid withdrawal by my psychiatrist  since March 29th and the faster heart rate is the most uncomfortable symptom for me, it is in the 100s resting. I took lexapro for a few weeks after being taken off fetzima that I took for a few months and effexor which I was on for a couple of years. When have people noticed their heart get back to normal? I have been checked out and everything seems fine with my heart. Its just fight or flight constantly, maybe? What are others experience with it? Help please.

2012 Prozac for a few months CT'd

2013-2014 Zoloft CT'd

2016-2020 Adderall 20mg twice daily

August 2018- December 2020 Venlafaxine 75mg-225mg switched meds

December 2020- February 2021 Levomilnacipran 80mg-120mg switched meds

February 15 2021- March 28th 2021 Escitalopram 10mg-15mg stopped after rapid taper last dose was March 28th 2021

My Psychiatrist tried many different meds that I only took one dose of including: wellbutrin, buspirone, trazodone, mirtazapine, hydroxyzine, seroquel, xanax, and abilify.

I was on Lyrica 150mg twice daily to 100mg twice daily switched to gabapentin and haven't taken it since March 2021

The only meds I take now are GABA 750mg twice daily, omega 3's 2000mg, Magnesium complex 500mg, CBD isolate(Lazarus naturals), multivitamin, B complex, collagen complex(youththeory), garlic 1500 mg, vitamin d 1000 IU, and tumeric.

The only way out is through. You never know who you are inspiring, that is why it is important to never give up!


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Hello, and welcome to SA.  We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs.  It sounds like other people going through psych drug withdrawal have also experienced a high heart rate: 


High Resting Heart Rate


It's good that you have had this checked out.  Here is a list of psych med WD symptoms.  Keep in mind many of us have symptoms that may not appear in this list.  


Dr Joseph Glenmullen Withdrawal Symptoms


First of all, can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months?  It would be especially helpful to have the details of your drugs in a concise list (no symptoms), only specific dates (as best you can say for example early March if you don't recall the day) and dosages of each medication decrease or increase.  Please read the link below for instructions.  This will allow us to give you the best guidance.  


How to List Drug History in Signature


Here is some information about how these drugs actually work.  


How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain


This helps you understand what withdrawal syndrome is: 


What is Withdrawal Syndrome?


Also, as we are recovering, we suggest keeping things slow, simple, and stable. 


Keep it Simple, Slow, and Stable



When we recover, there are times of feeling OK mixed in with times of feeling bad.  This is called windows and waves.


Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


Here are some techniques to cope with symptoms: 


Non Drug Ways to Cope with Withdrawal Symptoms



We don't suggest many supplements, but 2 that many of us find helpful are magnesium and omega-3 fish oil. Here are the links for info about those. It is suggested to add one at a time, and start with a low dose to see how it affects you. 




Omega 3 Fish Oil


I've given you quite a bit of information here.  Please read through it, and mull it over, and we will take it from there. In the meantime, take care of yourself, and take heart.  We in this forum have been through this, and we understand first hand the pain and discomfort you are going through.  Please know that the brain is amazing in it's healing abilities.  It takes time, but healing can and will happen. 


Please do not private message me or tag me.


***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.


Lexapro   Started Apr 15 2010 - 10 mg;  started taper August 2017, recent taper info: Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, 3 PM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2 mg


Paxil 2002 - 2010, switched to Lexapro 2010 

Trazodone 50 mg. 2002 - 2019, fast tapered in 2019 

Xanax 0.5 mg as needed 2002 - 2019, up to 3x weekly 

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