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How can I handle withdrawal from Lexapro (SSRI)?

How can I handle withdrawal from Lexapro (SSRI)?

Taper: It is recommended that one not abruptly discontinue Lexapro. One should taper off of the medication. Discuss a discontinuation schedule with your treating doctor. ...Read more

Lexapro (Definition)

Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve ...Read more


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How long do withdrawal symptoms last from lexapro? 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? 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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On lexapro 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 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: You may have little or no Lexapro 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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I stopped taking Lexapro 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 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 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 symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal?

What are symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal?

Sudden stop: Withdrawal symptoms may occur when a medicine is suddenly stopped. For the medicine lexapro, symptoms may be confusion, a feeling of burning, agitation, or a feeling of fatigue. ...Read more

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How long would Lexapro withdrawal last?

No withdrawal : Unlike other antidepressants such as Paxil and effexor, discontinuation of Lexapro is not associated with withdrawal. ...Read more

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What happens if one misses a day of lexapro? Do I have to worry about withdrawal symptoms kicking in? What about 2 days?

No: Missing one day of Lexapro will not usually cause withdrawal symptoms. However, the longer the interval without medication, the more probable you will have withdrawal or relapse. ...Read more

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What are the withdrawal symptoms of lexapro?

Lexapro withdrawal: Depending on dose & length of time being on lexapro, 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 will I go through withdrawal symptoms after stopping Lexapro ?

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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Withdrawal (Definition)

Symptoms upon abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of substances such as ...Read more