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Doctor insights on: Plan For Quitting Lexapro

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I am down to 5mg of lexapro (escitalopram). How should I quit from this dosage? I was on 20mg and have been cutting back for weeks.

I am down to 5mg of lexapro (escitalopram). How should I quit from this dosage? I was on 20mg and have been cutting back for weeks.

Hello.: Hello. It is safe to stop once tapered down to 5 mg of lexapro (escitalopram). However, the concern is that normally tapering a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is done under a medical provider's supervision. I am wondering why you haven't asked your provider. ...Read more

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I've only been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 3 days, can I quit cold turkey?

I've only been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 3 days, can I quit cold turkey?

Yes: It takes roughly 2 to 6 weeks for anti-depressant medication to take full effect. Until then, you are most likely on a starting dose and stopping the medication is safe. ...Read more

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I keep getting this zapping feeling from quitting Lexapro (escitalopram) cold turkey. What is this?

Withdrawal syndrome: Even though Lexapro (escitalopram) and other ssri's are not addictive, some people experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping cold turkey. Always better to seek advice from your prescriber on how to taper off these medications over time. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best! ...Read more

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How can I maintain/ lose weight taking lexapro (escitalopram)? Drug works great for me don't wanna quit. However I've gained 40 pounds since taking.

How can I maintain/ lose weight taking lexapro (escitalopram)? Drug works great for me don't wanna quit. However I've gained 40 pounds since taking.

Less food, exercise: The things which are part of any plan are controlled food intake and regular physical exercise - discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Neuro is adding Lexapro 2 my meds, hope u can c my med list now! & on Cymbalta (duloxetine) but then quit Cymbalta (duloxetine) after 2wks. These 2 meds safe 2 take together?

Dose duration matter: Cross-tapering antidepressants is often done to prevent negative side effects from coming off a medicine. Even a medicine that isn't working well enough is often doing 'something' and patients may miss it when it's gone. Although Cymbalta (duloxetine) interacts with A LOT of drugs, Lexapro doesn't. Over a short period (2 weeks), at reasonable doses, there shouldn't be problem. ...Read more

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Can lexapro cause long term blurred vision even after quitting?

Can lexapro cause long term blurred vision even after quitting?

Unlikely: There are many causes of blurred vision; please get a good evaluation by an ophthalmologist (not just an optometrist). ...Read more

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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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Hey, been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 1 month at 5 mg. It makes my OCD worse I want to quit. Will tapering within 3 weeks cause major problems?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Please contact your medical expert who prescribed this to let them know you are coming off. But for just one month and at such a very low dose it is probably safe just to stop.

The doctor will want to discuss this with you and find another option so that you are still safe mentally. ...Read more

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I was on lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg for 1yr. Prior to that, 10mg also 1yr. I quit cold turkey 6 days ago and have intense headaches. How much longer? Thanks :)

You're in withdrawal: It's bad for you because you have been on it for so long. It won't hurt you, but I can imagine it's very uncomfortable. If you have some Lexapro (escitalopram) at home, I would restart it for 1 week, then take 1/2 tablet for 2 weeks, then even 1/4 tablet (if you can) for 2 weeks, then stop. ...Read more

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Quit Lexapro (escitalopram) cold turkey after 8 weeks 4 days ago bc I didn't feel it worked. No side effects, but wondering if I should take low doses & taper off.

Where's the Dr?: It sounds like you may be lucky and are doing okay if you have no w/drawal symptoms, but you are right to think that tapering is usually a good idea. But, where's the Dr in all this? You really are best off telling them about your plan. It's a fine thing to be ultimately in charge of things, but you have a team to work with and it's best to be partners. ...Read more

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I was on 20 mg of lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years and just quit cold turkey Friday, can I switch to 100 mg Zoloft right away?

Transition: Everyone responds differently to going off ssris, and some people are fine with one and not with another. Both of the meds you are talking about selectively inhibit serotonin, so in essence, you are doing the same thing with one medication as the other, so you are really not going off anything cold turkey. Your doctor who prescribed it should know what is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Started 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and quit after 3 days because of side effects. 4 days later I have worsening and severe anxiety and panic. Is this normal?

Started 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and quit after 3 days because of side effects. 4 days later I have worsening and severe anxiety and panic. Is this normal?

Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal.: You need to be tapered off. Get in touch with the person who prescribed the medication as soon as possible and you wiil be taken care of because they would know how to taper you of they are health care professionals. ...Read more

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I have been on Lexapro for 6 months for post partum anxiety. How long should I plan on staying on Lexapro before asking my doctor to lower the dose?

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months for post partum anxiety. How long should I plan on staying on Lexapro before asking my doctor to lower the dose?

Ask him/her now: We, therapeutically as MD's, like to use the lowest dose of a medication for the shortest period of time to achieve the desired effect. ...Read more

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I've been taking lexapro for a year and found out I'm 6 weeks pregnant. How can I taper off quickly? Can I quit abruptly? Did it damage baby already?

No, no and no: No, you cannot taper off quickly as there may be unwelcomed "side effects" Some anti depressants can be used in pregnancy safely. Check with your OB MD and the MD giving the Lexapro. No, you can't quit abruptly for the same reason. No, there is unlikely to be fetal damage at this point from its' use. ...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

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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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal cause heart palpitations? I went from 10mg to 5mg for one week, then quit. Bad palps since.

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal cause heart palpitations? I went from 10mg to 5mg for one week, then quit. Bad palps since.

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, as well as "brain zaps". All in all, compared to other antidepressants, those symptoms are usually mild. ...Read more

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Lexapro, (escitalopram) causing itching, welts, nausea and cold sweat. Quit taking it 3 days ago but still itchy and nauseas. What should I do?

Lexapro, (escitalopram) causing itching, welts, nausea and cold sweat. Quit taking it 3 days ago but still itchy and nauseas. What should I do?

Ramp down?: I would have suggested tapering the dose as suddenly quitting those meds can cause your exact symptoms. Also depends on what dose you were imin. If already at lowest dose can cut down yo every other day for a week and even down to every three days after that for another 5-7 days. Your body needs to adjust to the lack of serotonin. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 2 days quit Sunday cause side effects, when will these terrible side effects go away? Bad nausea, fast heart, burning in skin.

Unsure: I'm not sure what your symptoms are from. It is possible they are from the Lexapro, (escitalopram) but they could also be due to another medical issue. It would be important in your case to return to the prescribing doctor for assessment and treatment of these issues. Allergy to the medicine is always one possibility, but not necessarily the only possible answer. Best wishes for getting better ...Read more

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28yo fem w/ depression, anxiety. Zoloft for ~10 yrs, 50mg then 75. Added welbutrin. Zoloft quit helping, tried lexapro (escitalopram). Big weight gain. Rec new drug?

28yo fem w/ depression, anxiety. Zoloft for ~10 yrs, 50mg then 75. Added welbutrin. Zoloft quit helping, tried lexapro (escitalopram). Big weight gain. Rec new drug?

Antidepressants best: Another antidepressant, possibly snri like Effexor (venlafaxine) may be more helpful at this time. Add ons such as gaba- calm and natural anxiety aids can help. They do cause weight gain usually. Therapy is always an important treatment modality for depression and anxiety, don't think it is not helpful! ...Read more