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Taper Off Lexapro
I'd like to taper off of Lexapro (7 wks) to see if new Buspar (buspirone) Rx works. Lex doesn't seem to work on my anxiety. Dr appt in 2 mo, don't want to wait.?
Lexapro (escitalopram) Tapering:
I understand your need to have Relief from Anxiety.
Please see Psychiatrist or his Associate soon for your desire to taper off Lexapro with monitoring of Withdrawal symptoms.
Using Buspar (buspirone) with Lexapro can increase the risk of serious Serotonin Syndrome.
It can be up to 2 weeks before Buspar (buspirone) will work. ...Read more
W/ the Dr's help!: It's always best to have the Dr monitor the taper - these drugs can be dangerous to various body systems as you come off. It's a slow one too. Down 2.5mg per week is consider a quick schedule! Faster would be foolish. Work w/ a Dr. Best wishes! ...Read more
How do I gradually taper off 10 mg daily Lexapro (escitalopram)? I have been on it for about 7 months and have a 1 month prescription (30 10 mg tablets) left.
Lexapro (escitalopram) taper: One option is to taper by 2.5mg. Every 4-7 days until you are down to 2.5mg. Daily, then take 2.5mg. Every other day until you run out. A better option isto discuss with your prescribing doctor who knows you best. ...Read more
With help: That is a very interactive combination of meds-changing one may affect how thee others work. You need help from a professional, who can change one --review the effects--then change the next most appropriate one. Usually a psychiatrist or family physician are the most appropriate for this. ...Read more
Are you only on 5mg now?
What dose were you on prior? ...Read more
I've only been on Lexapro 10mg for 5 days and I want to stop taking them. Should I stop completely or taper off?
Stop but tell Doctor:
Since you have only been on it for 5 days and that is not a high dose it should be OK to just stop, though if you had been on it longer I would suggest reducing to 5 mg a day for awhile. Please tell your Dr. That you stopped.
You don't say why you stopped but it can cause side effects and it can take time to see the benefits.
There are other treatments you can try- please see my comment. ...Read more
This is a follow up. Question. How do you taper off of taking 2.5 mg of Lexapro for 7 days and one day of. 5 mg?
Most people would: Just stop it after such a low dose and for a short period of time. However, please consult with the prescribing medical provider. Take care. ...Read more
Need to clarify. Was taking 2.5 of 10 mg Lexapro. Last night took. 5 of the 10 mg. Do I need to taper off. Everything is still spinning.
Lexapro: Please let your doctor know about this possible medication reaction. Most people would stop the medication without a taper since this is a very tiny dose. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I am currently on 15mg lexapro for a year or so due to anxiety. Will be thinking of tapering down soon. Any advice on pitfalls/ what to what out for?
Taper: 1. Recommend doing this under your doctor's supervision. 2. Taper - don't just stop. 3. If you have a robust rebound in symptoms as you taper - your doctor may instruct you to increase dose back up to last effective dose. Good luck. ...Read more
After tapering down Lexapro (escitalopram) from 15 to 2.5 mg. For the last week I'm taking 2.5mg. Can I stop now or I should continue to tapper down?
Yes and no: Depends partly on how long you have been taking lexapro (escitalopram). And partly on whether you have had good psychotherapy to help you deal with what you have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for. And partly on your own neurochemistry. Seems to me that a slow weaning from antidepressants is best. Gives your brain a chance to adjust. I would continue to taper off. ...Read more
Took Lexapro 2.5 for 7 days, after that. 5 for one day. Feel horrible anxiety 3 times worse. How can I taper off? Not able to get a hold of psychiatri
I was subscribed lexapro 2.5mg and then taper up to 5mg for my anxiety. I was also given ativan 0.5 mg. Is this safe together until the lexapro works?
I am taking. 75 Ativan for the last week while my Lexapro (escitalopram) starts to work. Will I have to taper if I have to take it for several more weeks?
A short taper: It may not cause a lot of physical dependency, but unless there is a compelling reason to stop the Ativan (lorazepam) quickly (high risk for dependency, seizure disorder, past dependency, adverse reactions), a taper over a week or so might ease the transition. Hard to tell how much the antidepressant is working, so it is good to back off on the benzodiazepine a little gradually, esp if anxiety was severe. ...Read more
My Dr has taken me off lexapro and told me to go ahead and start taking effexor (venlafaxine) with no tapering off. Do I still need to expect with drawl symptoms fr?
Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram): You don't say what dose of Lexapro you've been taking or for how long. Both dosage and duration of Lexapro are factors in determining how to discontinue this med. That said, since Effexor (venlafaxine) has the same serotonin increasing property as Lexapro, withdrawal from abruptly stopping is less likely. However, if you experience any withdrawal symptoms, eg, malaise, nausea, insomnia, tell prescribing doc. ...Read more
I have been taking one 0.5mg dose of Xanax (alprazolam) every 2-3 days for the last month while waiting for lexapro to work. Xanax (alprazolam) taper needed or can I just stop?
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?
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?
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
If I cut back from 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) to 10 mg of celexa should I taper down or can I stop the 20 mg lex today and start 10 mg celexa tomorrow?
Anxiety: It is best to discuss changes in medications and tapering schedules with the prescribing physician. In general, one medication should be adjusted at a time to avoid confusion as to which medication is provided the best therapy or which one is causing the most side effects. ...Read more
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
I've been taking zofran for about 2 years because lexapro (escitalopram) makes me sick. Can I stop zofran or do I have to taper off? 4mg 2x's a day. How do I taper?
I'm taking 1.25 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) with 5 mg tranxene. I feel ok but I get addicted to tranxene now. Can I use 1.25 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) to taper off or is it too low?
Addiction: If you are taking your medications, changing the doses on your own, or misusing your prescription medications, you are at high risk for addiction, failure of your treatment, or plainly physical and mental damage. Please consider consulting your prescriptioner and correct the treatment without using controlled substances. ...Read more
Straight switch from Zoloft to lexapro (escitalopram). Doc told me to just switch without tapering off. Is this ok. Was on 150mg Zoloft going to 20 mg of lexapro (escitalopram).
Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram): Many physicians will do a cross taper gradually lowering the dose of one antidepressant while raising the dose of another. If however it has been determined that the zoloft has been of absolutely no benefit than there is no need for a cross taper. The Lexapro (escitalopram) should block any possible ssri discontinuation syndrome. Discontinuation symptoms with zoloft have been reported to be 1 to 2% but in my clinical experience have actually been far less than that. You should have no problem doing this. Best wishes. ...Read more
4th week on 30mg Mirtazepine/Remeron for OCD/Anxiety (Hated Lexapro) - finished CBT and can cope much better. Dislike increased weight again and appetite on this medication. Can I stop without tapering off? Only took for 4 weeks, don't see benefits.
Wouldn't: Don't stop medication without consulting the prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Taking 20 mg adderall bid for binge-eating disorder. Also 30mg lexapro (escitalopram) qd for dep. Need adderall tapering schedule that won't cause dep. To worsen.
First do no harm: 'Primum non nocere' - you need to be doing this with your physician/ psychiatrist. It is not standard of care for us to just provide a taper schedule. Please do this under direct physician care. ...Read more