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Weaning Off Lexapro Safely
Speak to prescriber: It is also BEST to get advice from the person who prescribed whichever medication that you are trying to wean from. Sometimes weaning is a good idea, sometimes not necessary, and sometimes absolutely must be done. However, there are many other factors to consider and only your prescriber would know those variables. Speak to your prescriber and get their opinion and schedule. Good luck. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Lexapro (escitalopram): Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
Work w/your doctor: First discuss with your doctor how you are with the condition for which Lexapro (escitalopram) was prescribed. Most people dealing with major depression need to stay on this medication for 8 months - 1 year at least to avoid relapse -- and you're right at 8 months. If all is well, your doctor can help you with a tapering process. Sometimes symptoms return, and the medicine needs to he re-instated. Read more
Yes but....: Do this under a physician's guidance. (tapering of the Lexapro (escitalopram) from 15 to 10 mg) Use of Valium for anxiety has its drawbacks as it has such a short half life and can promote depression and chronic pain (not to mention rebound anxiety) Can I assume you are splitting up the dose into at least 4 evenly spaced allotments? Read more
Yes: Yes you can. However, I would discuss this issue with the person who is helping you with your GAD and let them tell you the best way to manage your medications. Read more
I was taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for two years after the death of my son I have now stopped taking this I weaned off slowly I now have headaches is this normal?
If you had migraine headaches or even tension headaches that were relieved on lexapro, (escitalopram) this could be the case for a time. If the taper was slow, and over a considerable period of time - weeks to months, this would be unusual. Restarting the Lexapro (escitalopram) would be of interest to see if the headcaches resolve.
On the other hand, did you feel that you effectively grieved his death? Ssri's can "numb" one. Read more
I weaned off Lexapro (escitalopram) from 20 to 10 mg for one month then 10 mg every other day for one month then off it's been two weeks and still have headaches is?
Discuss w provider: Sounds like a reasonable taper from that class of drugs as sudden withdrawal can cause many symptoms including dizziness and headache. Why you still have a headache depends on making a good diagnosis. Sometimes people are on drugs like Lexapro (escitalopram) for chronic pain, so the cause may still be present. It is unliekly to still be from stopping the med unless other meds are involved. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am weaning off of Lexapro (escitalopram), I have been on half my usual dose fir a week now, which is 20 mg but I've noticed that my mood has been very foul last 2?
Can I reduce 15mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) to 10mg without weaning off it. I am also taking 15mg of zispin. Thanks?
Lexapro (escitalopram): Yes, if ok with your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would weaning lexapro from 15mg to 5mg and starting 2 by 50mg lyrica (pregabalin) daily cause withdrawls from lexapro. Thanks?
Not necessarily: You're taking diazepam 8 mg/d, Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg/d and methotrexate (? dose). In general, best to make one med dosage change at a time. That said, discuss med changes with your doctor and be clear what you may expect. Your doctor has your medical/psych history and may have good reason to make above changes. Hope this helps. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have you seen any negative side effects while taking Deproloft HF? After weaning off of Lexapro (escitalopram) this was recommended. Thank you.
Possible side effect: This medicine is actually an herbal medicine but that does not mean it is free from side effects. The most common side effects of this medicine are abdominal pain, abnormal dreams and change in mood. It is important that you have weaned off of your lexapro (escitalopram) before starting this medicine to prevent a potentially dangerous condition called serotonin syndrome. Just consult your doctor. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Weaning Cymbalta (duloxetine) after 13yrs, take for 2 wks then stop while added Lexapro, Been 5 days & I feel "off" hard 2 describe, how long b4 feel good?
On 5mg Lexapro (escitalopram) for 17 days, had horrible side effects. Now taking 1 pill every other day to wean off. Can I just stop now. Feel so sick taking even 1?
IF MAKING SICK STOP:
5 mgm is a small dose and you took it for only 17 days and apparently can not tolerate it even if taking every other day now
I will advice discuss with your doctor if you can stop it
In my opinion it can be stopped. It only needs to be tapered if you have been taking for weeks and months
Discuss with your doctor if you can stop as it is making you sick Read more
Not common: Lexapro (escitalopram) is usually used for depression, and sometimes for some chronic pain syndromes. It is not a common cause of back pain, but back/neck/shoulder pain is listed as a possible side effect in about 3% of people taking it. And anyone can have any reaction to any drug. So even if not common it may be true for that person. Extreme back pain would suggest another problem, so get it checked. Read more
Lexapro (escitalopram): Depending on your current dose. Generally I would recommend gradual tapering. Read more
Yes, but. . .: When stopping/weaning off medications, always do so under prescriber's guidance. In other words, don't wean off because I said it was safe to do so. Do it because YOUR prescribing physician said it was safe & appropriate for you to do so. Read more
How do I wean off of Lexapro 20 mg. Been on 6-7 years? Can they atttribute to nightime myoclonic jerks!
I was on 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 30 mg remeron. Dr increased remeron to 45mg. Can I go off lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Not recommended. Gradual tapering works best. Review with your doctor. Read more
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