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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

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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?

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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What are the withdrawal symptoms of lexapro (escitalopram)?

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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 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

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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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What are Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal symptoms?

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

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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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Went from 30 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) to 10 then 20 mg of Lexapro .2 months later headaches.nausea.if not withdrawal could it be Lexapro not working..?

Went from 30 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) to 10 then 20 mg of Lexapro .2 months later headaches.nausea.if  not withdrawal could it be Lexapro not working..?

Not withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta (duloxetine) would occur shortly after reducing the dose, not two months later. As for your headaches and nausea, it's difficult to answer as not enough information as to why you are taking Lexapro? Your medical history? etc. ...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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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal cause heart palpitations? I went from 10mg to 5mg for one week, then quit. Bad palps since.

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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.

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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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

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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Was on lexapro 10mg for 1.5 years.tapered off to 5mg for 3 weeks, then 5mg every other day for 2 weeks and quit. 2 weeks I'm off completely and feeling great. Does that mean that i won't get withdrawal symptoms if none so far?

No withdrawal symptoms: Tapering off an antidepressants can vary in timeframe based on the dose and length of time on the medication. An average range encountered is 2-6 weeks. You tapered adequately slowly over 5 weeks and did not have significant symptoms during that period and feel good after 2 weeks off the medication, which suggests you will not have any withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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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 doesnt result in serious complications. ...Read more