Top
30
Doctor insights on: Lexapro Withdrawal Fatigue

Share
1

1
What are Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal symptoms?

What are Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal symptoms?

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

2

2
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

3

3
How can I handle withdrawal from Lexapro (escitalopram) (SSRI)?

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

4

4
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
Stopped Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30 mg 4 days ago went right on Lexapro...feel fine...when will withdrawals hit?

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

8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
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

11

11
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

12

12
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

13

13
Been off Lexapro (escitalopram) since late July and ever since have felt full/bloated all of 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 of 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

15

15
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

16

16
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

17

17
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

18

18
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

19

19
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

20

20
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

21

21
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

22

22
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

23

23
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

24

24
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

25

25
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

28

28
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

29

29
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

30

30
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