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Was on lexapro for about 7 months at 20 mg.. all in the past month and a half I tapered off to nothing stopped for a week and started having muscle weakness and typical withdrawal symptoms .. on day 6 I started having ringing in ear and dizziness and brain for so I started back at 5 mg.. today is day 4 and I’m still feeling terrible what do I do 

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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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.  I'm sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble after getting off the Lexapro.  

 

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 drug names, 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.  This explains why it is important to taper off very slowly and cautiously.

 

How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain

 

 

This helps you understand what withdrawal syndrome is: 

 

 Video on Recovery from Psych Drugs

 

What is Happening in Your Brain

 

 

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. 


Magnesium

 

Omega 3 Fish Oil

 

Reinstating, which you have already done, is the only thing we know to lessen the withdrawal from psych drugs.  You got the WD symptoms from a too fast taper.  However, it takes a bare minimum of 7 days for the reinstatement to register in your system, and can take several weeks to a couple of months for it to fully settle.  The nervous system is highly complex, and it takes time for changes to take effect.  Please read this link about reinstatement. 

 

About Reinstating and Stabilizing to Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms

 

Are you feeling just as bad now as you did prior to the reinstatement, or are you a lot worse since the reinstatement?  

 

Please keep us posted.  You have come to the right place.  We have all been through what you are going through, and healing will happen, but it takes time and is very gradual.  

***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 '02 - 10 mg;  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 

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at breakfast, 3 PM 

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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adverse reaction

 

I was on lexapro for 7 months and got tapered down to nothing about 2 months ago.. I went a week without any meds until withdrawals suddenly became unbearable.. so I started 2.5 back up for a week… I started experiencing ringing in the ear, lightheaded, dizzy.. I went up to 5 for two more weeks I started experiencing depersonalization, panic attacks, racing thoughts so I stopped the meds … today makes about 3 weeks since I haven’t had any meds … my doctor recommended that I should consider me being bi polar since I had a bad reaction to starting back (don’t think I’m bipolar) been on and off lexapro all my life… but for the past 2 months I’ve been dizzy, lightheaded and have had ringing in the ears .. I’m scared . 

 

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January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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@Ab22517 welcome to SA! I’m sorry you are in a bad place now. We have been there that is why most of us are here.  Ive had the symptoms that you described it is no fun. 
It sounds like you are definitely having withdrawals. WD will definitely cause the symptoms you have listed and fear and anxiety . Like getofflex said the only way we know currently to lessen these WD symptoms is to reinstate a little bit of the drug. And then hold steady on same dose for several months.  
 

Yes Complex nervous system does not like change - start/stop or dose change. 
slow, steady, stable 

 

Agree most likely you are not bipolar! My dr told me same thing one time when I was in withdrawals. Freaked me out more! Unfortunately They do not know about withdrawals from these drugs. 

 

moderators will be able to suggest a reinstatement dose if you want to do that. They will need your drug history listed in your signature so they can help you. 
 

if you want to notify someone of your post just type @ and their name. And they will get back to you as soon as possible. 
 

hang in there! 

2000-2013 Paxil - 1 year fast taper

2013-2018 drug merry go round with dr. 
zoloft, cymbalta, lamictal, Prozac.

 Nov. 2018 lexapro 15 mgs,

Dec. 2019 to  Mar. 2020 lexapro 10mg. Jul 2020 to October 2020 8.5 ml.
Oct 2020 reinstated to 9 ml.
Apr 2021 to Jul 2021 7ml. Oct to Nov 2021 6.3ml. Dec 12 2021 6.2 ml, Dec 19 2021 6.1 ml, Dec 26 2021 6 ml, Jan 2 2022 5.9 ml, 

present Celebrex 200 - 400 mg daily as needed, Pepcid 20 mg, Prilosec very rarely if desperate 

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10 hours ago, Ab22517 said:

I went up to 5 for two more weeks I started experiencing depersonalization, panic attacks, racing thoughts so I stopped the meds … today makes about 3 weeks since I haven’t had any meds …

Did your symptoms get significantly worse after you reinstated the drug? What we need to figure out, is if you had an adverse reaction/kindling to the reinstatement you did. 

 

It would help a great deal if you could make your drug signature as requested above, in a very concise vertical list format, with only drug name, and dates and dosage of each increase or decrease.  List dose in mg please.  I can't really help you until I see details of what you've been doing with your drugs with specific dates, as best as you can remember.

 

How to List Drug History in Signature

 

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for withdrawal from psych meds.  The keys to recovering are very big amounts of patience, and time.  

 

10 hours ago, Ab22517 said:

my doctor recommended that I should consider me being bi polar since I had a bad reaction to starting back (don’t think I’m bipolar) been on and off lexapro all my life

I would take this with a grain of salt. In fact, I would tend to doubt this very much.  I agree with what @Heathsaid.  I believe the vast majority of doctors are shamefully clueless about withdrawal.  I'll bet the next thing he/she will want to do it put you on an anti psychotic.  I certainly wouldn't go that route, if I were you.  AP's are nasty drugs.  

 

I'm sorry that you have been put in this situation.  Please stay active in this forum, and check it out here before you go on or off any more drugs.  So many people have gone through what you are going through, and there is lots of hope for you, as long as you are willing to take care of yourself properly.  

 

Please put all you questions and discussion of your personal situation in this thread here.  Thank you.  

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***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 '02 - 10 mg;  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 

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at breakfast, 3 PM 

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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Yes I had an adverse reaction to lexapro when I tried to reinstate. She actually did put me on an antipsychotic.. abilify I tried it for 3 days and felt like something wasn’t right so I stopped. I can’t put the dates because I don’t remember.. I tried to describe it as much as possible in the body area. I haven’t been on any meds in 3 weeks.  Today I just started Zoloft .. 25 mg 

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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Please make your drug signature as best you can even if you don’t remember exact dates.  You can guess the date or say something like early august. You need to do your part so we can help you. Did you read the links I supplied about jumping on and off drugs?  You have been doing a lot of drug switching which puts you at risk for more nervous system destabilization hence worse WD symptoms. 
 

 

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***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 '02 - 10 mg;  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 

Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg as needed

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

Trazodone on occasion, stopped in late 2019

Xanax on occasion, stopped in late 2019

magnesium in small amounts at breakfast, 3 PM 

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, calcium

suppl PM: magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, Estroven, melatonin 2.5 mg

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Hello, @Ab22517 What was your reaction to 5mg Lexapro?

 

How are you feeling now? What are your worst symptoms?

 

To help us out, follow these instructions Please summarize your drug and withdrawal history in your signature You may need to use a computer to do this.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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I’m going to do the drug signature later. It caused severe panic attacks when to the hospital twice with heart rate of 172, constant heart racing, depersonalization, lightheaded cotton feeling, irritable, racing thoughts, crying spells, loss of appetite, body jerks, spasms.. brain zaps

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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That is too much Lexapro. You might do better with 0.50mg as a reinstatement, or 0.50mg of Lexapro's milder sibling, citalopram (Celexa). Ask your doctor for the prescription liquid.

 

We often see these very small amounts are helpful. 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

All postings © copyrighted.

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She is putting me on buspar 

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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My doctor told me to discontinue the lex because it was making me worse when I tried reinstating. I have been a mess ever since having bad reactions to everything. I have ringing in my ears, trouble concentrating, zoning out, major anxiety, blurred vision, feel disconnected.. I really feel like I’m stuck like this 

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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On 10/5/2021 at 11:34 PM, Ab22517 said:

adverse reaction

 

I was on lexapro for 7 months and got tapered down to nothing about 2 months ago.. I went a week without any meds until withdrawals suddenly became unbearable.. so I started 2.5 back up for a week… I started experiencing ringing in the ear, lightheaded, dizzy.. I went up to 5 for two more weeks I started experiencing depersonalization, panic attacks, racing thoughts so I stopped the meds … today makes about 3 weeks since I haven’t had any meds … my doctor recommended that I should consider me being bi polar since I had a bad reaction to starting back (don’t think I’m bipolar) been on and off lexapro all my life… but for the past 2 months I’ve been dizzy, lightheaded and have had ringing in the ears .. I’m scared . 

 

Hi, I am sorry for what ur going through. I cannot advice u about reinstating or not , I am just a victim of short term use ADs, as u are, but please please do not believe ur doctor that ur bipolar… that will lead to another series of drugs and will make u worst. For some reason, psychiatrists have been taught in medical school that if a person reacts bad in ADs is because they are bipolar. This is wrong and unethical … just a perfect cover promoted by pharmaceutical companies so not to admit the severe adverse side effects ADs can have to people with sensitive serotonin symptoms. If u never had symptoms of being bipolar before drugs, then you are not bipolar, u are just in withdrawl.

Aug. 16-17, 2020, cipralex: went CRAZY! Recovered in 24hrs

Aug.28,2020; 3.5 weeks 25mg sertraline/4.5 weeks taper

Oct. 25: Last dose (4mg)

Symptoms while on zoloft

DPDR/out of my body/soul despair/feeling dead; tinnitus/no appetite; fear, anxiety/panics

4 months OFF: soul despair, anxiety/fear, brain disconnection/ DPDR, brain feels swollen-numb/crazy/bedridden barely functioning, tinnitus, eye lid twitches; face spasms. Feeling slightly better after 10pm.

- sleep & appetite are fine

9 months OFF: hell, no windows, same symptoms as above  (only eye and face twitches have stopped) plus intense arm/shoulder pain and visual issues. Tinnitus replaced by head buzzing. 

10 months-1 year: all above plus Insomnia (out of nowhere), depression, no peace of mind (mental Akathisia); 2.5mg melatonin

14 months off: sleep resumed. All rest symptoms remain. Bedridden vegetable all day. DP is relentless.

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Thank you! That’s exactly what I told her 

January-may / lexapro 10 mg

May-August / lexapro 20 mg

August/ lexapro 15/10/5/0

September/ nothing for 6 days 

September/ started back 2.5mg lex then 5 mg lex for 3 weeks

Late September/ no meds 

late September/ abilify 5mg 3 days

october/ klonopin.5

october/ Zoloft 1 day 

October As of today / buspar 5mg twice a day 

 

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