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Doctor insights on: Lexapro Withdrawal Brain Zaps

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I took 10mg lexapro for 3 months and quit taking them 5 days ago, how long will brain zaps last?

I took 10mg lexapro for 3 months and quit taking them 5 days ago, how long will brain zaps last?

2 weeks: Can take a couple of weeks. Get back to me if you need more info, so we can talk more. ...Read more

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I weaned of lexapro (escitalopram) over a month. Since I've been completely off I've had brain zaps and fog and trouble retrieving words. How long does this last?

I weaned of lexapro (escitalopram) over a month. Since I've been completely off I've had brain zaps and fog and trouble retrieving words. How long does this last?

Not much longer: The symptoms you describe are classic for SSRI withdrawal. The good news therefore is that the cause seems clear. I view the experience you describe as what it feels like to have the body readjust its gene expression and nervous system function. It will eventually go away. Though I have it take a couple months sometimes. ...Read more

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Is disassociation or brain fog a symptom of lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal?

Is disassociation or brain fog a symptom of lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal?

It can be: Many antidepressants such as Lexapro (escitalopram) can lead to a variety of withdrawal symptoms if they are stopped too quickly. This is very common and is often referred to as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Speak with your doc about your symptoms to see if this is what is happening so you can develop a plan for managing these symptoms. ...Read more

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Stopped Lexapro (escitalopram) completely 14 days ago after weaning from 10mgs. I'm still having brain zaps, especially when moving my eyes. When will this go away?

Stopped Lexapro (escitalopram) completely 14 days ago after weaning from 10mgs. I'm still having brain zaps, especially when moving my eyes. When will this go away?

Muscle Spasm: Most likely it will go away soon. If you still have problems after a week or two, please see your psychiatrist, an ophthalmologist or neurologist who can treat the muscle spasms of the eye with medications (eye drops or oral) your symptoms are due to an abnormal reaction to ssris, with ddd and other meds, and you should be aware when the next trial of anti anxiety and antidepressants will come. ...Read more

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Disturbing brain zaps after gradual paroxetine withdrawal from 20mg. I'm on 3rd day, they are still frequent. Is this harmful? What should I expect?

Disturbing brain zaps after gradual paroxetine withdrawal from 20mg. I'm on 3rd day, they are still frequent. Is this harmful? What should I expect?

SSRI discontinuation: I believe you are experiencing the symptoms associated with discontinuing a ssri. Symptoms include dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confusion, nightmares, and vertigo.
You may want to consider a switch to a long half-life medication such as fluoxetine for several days at a relatively low dose and then stop taking any ssri altogether. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can brain zaps (like the withdrawal from effexor) be from too little serotinin? No longer take it but still get them. Odd?

Can brain zaps (like the withdrawal from effexor) be from too little serotinin? No longer take it but still get them. Odd?

Ask Dr: Stopping an SSRI can be very challenging for some and it is very important to have close monitoring by a doctor of any symptoms that develop or stay. It needs to be done slowly and each person's characteristics can make a difference. It's worth doing but it must be done carefully. Don't try to handle it alone - you want the doctor to be responsible for these decisions. Glad you're better now! ...Read more

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Was on effexor (venlafaxine) for 10 years. Helped with dizziness. Stopped 3 yrs ago and still get frequent brain zaps (withdrawal symptoms). Why would I still get?

Was on effexor (venlafaxine) for 10 years. Helped with dizziness. Stopped 3 yrs ago and still get frequent brain zaps (withdrawal symptoms). Why would I still get?

Not withdrawal: If you stopped the Effexor (venlafaxine) 3 years ago, the " frequent brain zaps" are not withdrawal symptoms. You may need referral to a neurologist to look into the cause and suggest a treatment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can cause brain zaps (similar to withdrawal from effexor) when moving one's eyes. I haven't been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for years yet still experience these zaps.

What can cause brain zaps (similar to withdrawal from effexor) when moving one's eyes. I haven't been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for years yet still experience these zaps.

Seizure? Eye problem?: Very unusual, see a eye dr and neurologist for tests, get labs, including tsh for thyroid since I see your history shows weight loss? Don't think effexor (venlafaxine) caused or residual effect. May need brain mdi, for ruing out pituitary tumor or multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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My dr took me off Pristiq and put me on Prozac to help taper down, however, I've still had awful withdrawals- increased anxiety, paranoia, "brain zaps", amplified negative feelings, etc. Is there a point I should be "concerned" enough to seek medical care

My dr took me off Pristiq and put me on Prozac to help taper down, however, I've still had awful withdrawals- increased anxiety, paranoia, "brain zaps", amplified negative feelings, etc. Is there a point I should be "concerned" enough to seek medical care

Talk to doctor: In my practice, with my patients, I have never taken a patient off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) cold turkey. I always recommend tapering down gently, to avoid the withdrawal symptoms you describe. Talk to your treating physician about restarting the Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and tapering. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to ease brain zaps from SSRI WITHDRAWL?

Is there anything I can do to ease brain zaps from SSRI WITHDRAWL?

Slow taper: Assuming that SSRI withdrawal is causing your brain zaps, then the best way to minimize them is by slowing tapering off of them under your doctor's supervision. Not only should you let your doctor know that you're having withdrawal symptoms but you should also inform him/her if symptoms of depression start to recur. Hope this info helps. ...Read more

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Craving sugar and insomnia with Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal. Is this normal?

Craving sugar and insomnia with Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal. Is this normal?

Well..: That is possible. Sugar craving is sometimes seen with depression. Insomnia can also been seen with depression. Either you are not ready to come off or you are experiencing some discontinuation sxs. ...Read more

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I'm Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg qd. I would like to know what is the best way to wean off of it to get the least or no side effects/ withdrawals?

I'm Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg qd. I would like to know what is the best way to wean off of it to get the least or no side effects/ withdrawals?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Most people who are on Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg can either go to 1/2 tablet a day for a week or two and stop or just stop. 10mg is average starting dose. ...Read more

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I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a little over 2 months. I stopped taking it (don't need it, not depressed) it'sbeen 4 days. Do I need to worry about withdrawal?

I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a little over 2 months. I stopped taking it (don't need it, not depressed) it'sbeen 4 days. Do I need to worry about withdrawal?

Probably fine: The fact that so far you have not experienced emotional withdrawal suggests that your will do very well, BUT, you should notify your doctor of your intents and actions, if in fact, over next few weeks, a rebound of your depression occurs. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal?

Sudden stop: Withdrawal symptoms may occur when a medicine is suddenly stopped. For the medicine lexapro, (escitalopram) symptoms may be confusion, a feeling of burning, agitation, or a feeling of fatigue. ...Read more

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I'm having a lot of nausea withdrawaling from Lexapro. I've been tapering for a yr 20 mg now at 6.5mg. Is that normal?

Can be normal: Nausea can definitely be a symptom of tapering off of Lexapro. Of course, you could also be nauseous for other reasons, so be sure to let your doctor know about the nausea. ...Read more

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How many pills of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg can someone miss without feeling withdrawal symptoms? Also, what type of symptoms can be felt?

Varies: 10 mg of escitalopram, if stopped suddenly, may be too low a dose for there to be symptoms of discontinuation (although depressive symptoms, and anxiety symtoms may emerge, if they were being managed by the escitalopram.) However, some people may experience some mild discontinuation symptoms -- in which case it can happen in just one missed dose, but it can require up to three or four missed dose. ...Read more

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Can withdrawal feel the same as acclimating to lexapro (escitalopram)? Experiencing dizziness same as when I started the drug. Off for two weeks.

Yes: You may be experiencing an ssri discontinuation sydrome which may cause you to feel like you have the flu with sxs
like GI upset, headache, feeling faint or dizzy etc. ...Read more

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So ridiculous, but I can't remember if I took my 20mg lexapro. Will I have withdrawal symptoms from missing 1 dose? I've never missed a day before.

So ridiculous, but I can't remember if I took my 20mg lexapro. Will I have withdrawal symptoms from missing 1 dose? I've never missed a day before.

No: You should not notice significant symptoms from missing one dose. Consider making up the dose if you are able to be sure you did not take it. Not ridiculous, simply human. ...Read more

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I went of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg "cold turkey " about 10 days ago and experiencing multiple withdrawal symptoms. What should I do to minimize them?

Taper off Lexapro (escitalopram): Reduce your dosage by 50%. Take the smaller dosage for eight days as you would regularly. Always consult your doctor before reducing your Lexapro (escitalopram) or other SSRI intake. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having Lexapro (escitalopram) anti depressent withdrawal, please help?

I am having Lexapro (escitalopram) anti depressent withdrawal, please help?

Did you go off of: Lexapro (escitalopram) cold- turkey? It is best to taper off ssri's to avoid ssri discontinuation syndrome. Please do this under supervision of the prescribing medical provider. ...Read more

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What can help Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawals ie extremely bad moods and irritability?

Tapering: Tapering the withdrawal appears to be the best method to avoid these effects. However, if they still persist, you may need to continue an antidepressant. Because everyone's chemistry is unique, it is best to consult with your prescribing physician about these issues. ...Read more

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When do the all the lexapro 10mg withdrawal symptoms stop I've been taking it for about 4 years and quit cold turkey 5days ago? I take clonazepam 0.5m

Hopefully Soon: In general it is not a good idea to stop medicines like Lexapro cold turkey especially after you been on it for several years. Usually you're supposed to taper yourself off of it. That is to say you gradually decrease the dose until you stop. I would recommend you ask your doctor or pharmacist about this. ...Read more

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Went from 30 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) to 10 then 20 mg of Lexapro. 2 months later headaches. Nausea. If not withdrawal could it be Lexapro not working.?

Went from 30 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) to 10 then 20 mg of Lexapro. 2 months later headaches. Nausea. If not withdrawal could it be Lexapro not working.?

Not withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta (duloxetine) would occur shortly after reducing the dose, not two months later. As for your headaches and nausea, it's difficult to answer as not enough information as to why you are taking Lexapro? Your medical history? Etc. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 about 7 mnths then changed to celexa 40.Attempting to come completely off celexa. Cut back to 20mg per gp. Will this give me withdrawal?

Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 about 7 mnths then changed to celexa 40.Attempting to come completely off celexa. Cut back to 20mg per gp. Will this give me withdrawal?

How are you?: If you are now on the 20mg, you should be able to know within a week or two of making that change if just having cut the dose in half will cause any problems for you. Withdrawal symptoms are typically slight nausea and brief moments of light-headedness usually upon turning one's head quickly. Usually if you will have difficulty, I would expect it as you go lower on the dose. ...Read more

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What are Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal symptoms?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Sudden discontinuation can result in electric shock sensations (brain zaps), dizziness, irritability & akathesia (restlessness). ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal: Depending on dose & length of time being on lexapro, (escitalopram) usually there is gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, bloating, as well as nervousness & headaches. All in all, compared to other antidepressants, those symptoms are usually mild. ...Read more

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How can I handle withdrawal from Lexapro (escitalopram) (SSRI)?

Taper: It is recommended that one not abruptly discontinue Lexapro (escitalopram). One should taper off of the medication. Discuss a discontinuation schedule with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How long can it take for lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal to set in?

How long can it take for lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal to set in?

Varies, couple days: Withdrawal from an antidepressant is a subjective experience that does not track with drug levels - and does not even happen to everyone to stops antidepressants. While withdrawal is theoretically possible late in the day of your first dose (assuming you take it in the morning), it becomes more likely the second day, and increasingly likely each day after. (In seniors, it may take longer.) ...Read more

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How long will I go through withdrawal symptoms after stopping Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Depends on symptoms: Earlier question souonds like good taper from that class of drugs as sudden withdrawal can cause many symptoms including dizziness and headache. Why you still have a symtpoms depends on making a good diagnosis. It may relate to the med or an underlying problem, so the cause may still be present. Issues weeks later are unlikely to still be from stopping the med unless other meds are involved. ...Read more

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Can you have withdrawal symptoms when you don't take Lexapro (escitalopram) for awhile?

Yes: There is a discontinuation syndrome from ssri and snri antidepressants (lexapro or escitalopram is an ssri), which can include irritability, sleep problems, anxiety, muscle spasms and other things. These drugs should be tapered (or replaced with another ssri) if they are going to be discontinued. The syndrome usually only lasts a week or two, and doesn't result in serious complications. ...Read more

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Stopped Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30 mg 4 days ago went right on Lexapro...feel fine...when will withdrawals hit?

You might have won!: Some people, sometimes hit it lucky and don't suffer withdrawal or have only the mildest effects. It's as inpredictable as most other things about these medications. Feel optimistic and still be aware of yourself. I hope you continue to transition easily and that Lexapro (escitalopram) does what you want and that you get off it as soon as possible easily too. CBT therapy helps smooth the way! ...Read more

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I was on lexapro (escitalopram). How long do these withdrawal symptoms last and will I ever feel happy again?

Drugs like lexapro (escitalopram): Should generally not be stopped abruptly, but should be tapered over several weeks. If you were on 20 mg per day, it should be reduced to 10 mg/day for a week, then 10 mg every other day - that usually will stop the withdrawal symptoms. Depression can be a lifelong disease, and both psychotherapy and medication may be helpful. Many people achieve remission, but it takes work and expert help. ...Read more

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What happens if one misses a day of lexapro (escitalopram)? Do I have to worry about withdrawal symptoms kicking in? What about 2 days?

No: Missing one day of Lexapro (escitalopram) will not usually cause withdrawal symptoms. However, the longer the interval without medication, the more probable you will have withdrawal or relapse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on lexapro) I just feel emotionally unstable. How long do these withdrawal symptoms last, and will I ever feel happy again?

Don't understand?: You say you are ON lexapro (escitalopram) and then ask when the withdrawal symptoms will be gone, so am not sure if you are on or off. If you are tapering and experiencing symptoms, then the taper may be too fast for you. SSRI discontinuation symptoms can go on for weeks, sometimes a month or more. However, if you taper by 5 mg a week (so 20 mg, 15 mg, 10, 5 mg and off) it's usually ok. ...Read more