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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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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.

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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What are symptoms of Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal?

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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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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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

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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

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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What are Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal symptoms?

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

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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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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