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Doctor insights on: Lexapro Withdrawal Duration

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How long would Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal last?

How long would Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal last?

No withdrawal : Unlike other antidepressants such as Paxil and effexor, (venlafaxine) discontinuation of Lexapro is not associated with withdrawal. ...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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I was on lexapro (escitalopram). How long do these withdrawal symptoms last and will I ever feel happy again?

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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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

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How long do withdrawal symptoms last from lexapro (escitalopram)? I have taken 5 mg/day for 1.5 years and have been off for 2 wks. Withdrawal has been difficult.

2-4 weeks: That is a low dose so you must be very sensitive to change. It takes the brain a little while to adjust to new serotonin levels. 2-4 weeks should be plenty of time for this adjustment. You are through the most difficult phase. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist took me from 15 mg of Lexapro to 10 mg of celexa. I'm having withdrawl symptoms, jaw clenching, sore neck, etc. I'm also experiencing some depression. How long can I expect these symptoms to last? I knew this would happen as it's like d

My psychiatrist took me from 15 mg of Lexapro to 10 mg of celexa.  I'm having withdrawl symptoms, jaw clenching, sore neck, etc. I'm also experiencing some depression.  How long can I expect these symptoms to last?  I knew this would happen as it's like d

Lexapro/celexa: I don't know the full reason for this change. However, 15 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) equals 30 mg of celexa. The physical effects can take a couple of weeks to clear; however, since you are feeling depressed, you should call your psychiatrist tomorrow. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a derivative of celexa, but not everyone does equally well with a change. Also, your dose is lowered, so please make contact soon. ...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 stopped taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 days ago after a month. No withdrawal so far. Chances it'll still happen?

Not likely: 1 month is not that long of a course to develop a significant reliance on the medication and you should not have any significant withdraw from dicontinuing it. Everyone metabolizes medications differently, but also the fact that after 3 days off, and you have no issues, that also suggests you will be fine. ...Read more

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Forgot to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg 2-3 days. Feel terrible, probably withdrawals. Should I take full dose now and again in the morning or wait till morning

Forgot to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg 2-3 days. Feel terrible, probably withdrawals. Should I take full dose now and again in the morning or wait till morning

Once daily dosing: You can take your daily dose now but then don't take another dose for 24 hrs…get back onto your regular schedule tomorrow. Never double-up or "make up" doses that you miss with antidepressants without first talking to your prescribing physician. Feel better! ...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 are 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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Can you have withdrawal symptoms when you don't take Lexapro (escitalopram) for a while?

Yes: There is a discontinuation syndrome from ssri and snri antidepressants (lexapro or escitalopram is a 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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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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On lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 9 weeks. Not working and not interested in dose increase. Taking 5mg for a week, then none. What withdrawal should I expect?

On lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for 9 weeks. Not working and not interested in dose increase. Taking 5mg for a week, then none. What withdrawal should I expect?

Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram): You may have little or no Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal effects since 5 mg is low dose and you're taking Ativan which may cover any symptoms of anxiety. However, return of depression symptoms may occur. Best to discuss with prescribing doctor. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/antidepressant-withdrawal/FAQ-20058133 I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Been off Lexapro (escitalopram) since late July and ever since have felt full/bloated all the time. If the withdrawal is causing this would going back on help?

Been off Lexapro (escitalopram) since late July and ever since have felt full/bloated all the time. If the withdrawal is causing this would going back on help?

Unlikely: Since you discontinued the medication in July it is unlikely to be the cause of your symptoms. Keep a diary of your symptoms including foods or drinks consumed, this will help your doctor find a cause ...Read more

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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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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 a 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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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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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?

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