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I was on lexapro (escitalopram). How long do these withdrawal symptoms last and will I ever feel happy again?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Drugs like lexapro (escitalopram)

should generally not be stopped abruptly, but should be tapered over several weeks.
If you were on 20 mg per day, it should be reduced to 10 mg/day for a week, then 10 mg every other day - that usually will stop the withdrawal symptoms. Depression can be a lifelong disease, and both psychotherapy and medication may be helpful. Many people achieve remission, but it takes work and expert help.

In brief: Drugs like lexapro (escitalopram)

should generally not be stopped abruptly, but should be tapered over several weeks.
If you were on 20 mg per day, it should be reduced to 10 mg/day for a week, then 10 mg every other day - that usually will stop the withdrawal symptoms. Depression can be a lifelong disease, and both psychotherapy and medication may be helpful. Many people achieve remission, but it takes work and expert help.
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