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Escitalopram (Oral Route) Proper Use

Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor to benefit your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Escitalopram may be taken with or without food. If your doctor tells you to take it at a specific time, follow your doctor’s instructions.

If you are using the oral liquid, shake the bottle well before measuring each dose. Use a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup to measure each dose. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

You may have to take escitalopram for a month or longer before you begin to feel better.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (solution or tablets):

    • For depression:

      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—10 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.

      • Older adults—10 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening.

      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

    • For generalized anxiety disorder:

      • Adults—At first, 10 milligrams (mg) once a day, taken either in the morning or evening. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 20 mg per day.

      • Older adults—10 mg once a day, taken either in the morning or evening.

      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Portions of this document last updated: May 01, 2021

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Expert Answers on Treating Depression

Q1. I have been on Lexapro for a month, and I am seeing some help with depression and anxiety, but the problem is that I take it (10 mg) in the morning around 8 a.m. and don’t feel the effects until at least three hours later. Should I be taking it at night so that I can get up happier in the morning? I have been missing work and school just because I don’t want to get up in the morning. But I also don’t want to start taking it at night if it makes it wear off by the next day.

Medications like Lexapro (escitalopram) generally don’t have acute mood-lifting effects, where you’d feel a difference within hours of taking a pill. Rather, the pathways by which these drugs relieve depression result in changes to the central nervous system that take weeks to develop.

I think what is more likely is that the change in your mood reflects a classic symptom of depression called diurnal mood variation, which basically means that mornings are the worst time of the day. What may be happening is that as the medication is starting to help, you are noticing its beneficial effects later in the day, when it is biologically easier to feel better.

Changing when you take your medication probably won’t help speed things along, but if you do not get significantly better after a few more weeks, you may want to talk with your doctor about increasing the dose of escitalopram to 20 mg a day or considering another treatment option.

Q2. Can nightmares or night terrors cause depression? I have bad dreams almost every night, and I wake up feeling very anxious and sad. I was recently diagnosed with depression and take Cipralex. I’ve been wondering if these dreams could have an impact on my mental health, or vice versa.

— Miryelin

Depression is often associated with an increase in dream, or rapid eye movement (REM), sleep, and often with dreams that have more negative themes.

It is also the case that medications such as escitalopram (the generic name of Cipralex, which is sold as Lexapro in the United States) can be associated with an increase in the occurrence of bad dreams, the result of the tendency of these medications to “push back” dream sleep from the beginning of the night to the last few hours of sleep.

Recurrent nightmares or night terrors are more characteristic of post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions, which are also associated with an increased risk of depression. If this pattern of dreaming persists, please talk about it with your doctor. Perhaps a change in your treatment might be indicated.

Q3. I was on Wellbutrin XL (buproprion) 150 mg for a month and just upped it to 300 mg/day. I love everything about the new dosage except the insomnia. I fall asleep for an hour and then wake up for about five hours. Is this a short-term thing that will go away? I don’t want to rely on a sleeping pill but if I have to, I guess I will.

About one in 10 people get insomnia on bupropion, and usually this will get better over time and not get in the way of your recovery. If your insomnia persists, you should talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of the conventional sleeping pills, as well as other medications that may promote sleep but do not have the potential for being habit-forming.

There is also another, drug-free approach involves improving your sleep hygiene and trying some fairly simple behavioral exercises. For example, don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep and sex. Go to bed at the same time each night. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Exercise in the morning and try relaxation exercises in the evening. Ask your doctor for more ideas and see if this works for you.

Q4. Can you give me some tips on how to handle all the horrible news I hear daily in regards to infants, babies, and children being harmed or killed? I am having such a hard time getting over these terrible stories. How can I let it go?

— Jennifer, Ohio

This is such a good question, Jennifer. We are so bombarded by stimulation in the form of television, Internet, radio, and word-of-mouth that it has become imperative that we learn what to pay attention to and what to shut out. I am not proposing a “head in the sand” approach, but our bodies and minds were not built to take in the amount and intensity of negative information that flows our way.

Lousy, tragic, awful things do happen and remind us of our vulnerability; the trick is to figure out how to do the following:

  1. Limit the amount of awful news that reaches you
  2. Recognize the tiny probability of it happening to you or someone close to you
  3. Find things to read or do to combat the effect of these negative stories.

First, if you are watching or listening to the news and a tragic story about infants, babies, or children begins, change the channel immediately. Say to yourself something like, “I cannot help that child by listening to this story and will just get myself upset.” Then send out a prayer or good wish for the child and his or her family. Similarly, when others start to tell you such horror stories, politely and firmly say, “I do not want to hear this” and change the subject. If you are among a larger group of people when this happens and it’s too much to ask the speaker to stop, then quietly ask a friend or the person next to you to come and get you when the conversation switches to a more positive topic, and walk out of the room.

You might think of this approach as deciding where to shine your flashlight in a dark room, focusing it on the things that you want to see. In other words, a person can only absorb so much: If you focus attention on tragic or negative events, then you have less attention to give to positive or triumphant events. Second, remind yourself that while truly awful things do happen, they are extremely rare. We hear about them only because they are so well publicized. Third, if you are not already doing this (which you may be since you are sensitive to relevant issues), invest some time in making a positive difference in the lives of children in need. Specifically, get involved in activities with children in which you will be able to see your direct positive impact. I hope that helps.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Depression Center.

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Lexapro Product Description

Drug Uses

Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, which inhibits the reuptake process (brain neurotransmitter), and increases a serotonin level in the brain. Lexapro provides sedative and antianxiety effects and reduces the risk of depression and depression-associated symptoms.

Antidepressant Lexapro is prescribed to adults and elderly patients for treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (including panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, social phobia), and unipolar depression.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that Lexapro is characterized by a high safety profile, making this antidepressant appropriate for the treatment of major depressive disorder in teenagers aged above 12 years. For treatment of depression and panic disorder, the adults and adolescents are prescribed with one 10mg Lexapro tablet, once a day. Upon the insignificant antidepressant effect is achieved, the daily dose of Lexapro can be increased up to 20mg.

Missed Dose

If you missed your daily dose of Lexapro, you may take it as soon as possible in case it is not almost time for the next dose of this antidepressant. In the event that the time for the next dose of Lexapro is close, do not use the double dose. Just skip the missed tablet and go back to your prescribed dosage.

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Usually, the antidepressant effect is observed within 2-4 weeks after the beginning of the systematic use of Lexapro. Upon the depression symptoms are disappeared, the patient should continue treatment for 6 months to maintain the achieved effect.

The treatment of panic disorder can last from 4 to 6 months. The elderly patients (65 years and above) are recommended to use half of the daily dose of Lexapro for adults to treat generalized anxiety disorder.

It is recommended to store Lexapro tablets in a dry warm place at room temperature not above 25°C.

Lexapro Safety Information


Upon the antidepressant application is discontinued, withdrawal syndrome may develop, observed as the following symptoms: headaches, strong nervous excitement and tachycardia. To reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the patients are recommended to reduce gradually the dosage of Lexapro. In case of the long-term antidepressant therapy, it may develop serotonin syndrome, observed as autonomic dysfunction, neuromuscular disorders and altered mental status. The use of Lexapro should be discontinued at the first symptoms of serotonin syndrome.

Material, contained in this review about Lexapro, is not intended to be used as a substitute of medical diagnosis of neurotic disorders or the advice of your personal neurologist. The online pharmacy does not accept any liability for any kind of loss, damage or injury, incurred by the use of the information about the depressive / anxiety / neurotic disorders and Lexapro.

Lexapro Side Effects

Unwanted effects, which Lexapro may cause, usually appear within the first few weeks; they are characterized by mild to moderate severity, and pass during the therapy with the antidepressant.

Usually unwanted effects do not result in withdrawal of treatment with Lexapro.

Less than 1% of all cases of Lexapro withdrawals has been reported to be caused by insomnia, nausea and fatigue. The most typical Lexapro-associated side effect is headache. Other Lexapro side effects such as decreased libido, ejaculation disorder, somnolence, increased sweating and anorgasmia are reported to appear in about 5% of cases during therapy with the antidepressant.

What You Should Know About Lexapro and Alcohol

If you take the SSRI antidepressant Lexapro for depression or anxiety, you may wonder if it’s OK to have a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine once in a while. But there are lots of reasons to stay away from alcohol when you take antidepressants like Lexapro, which is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram.

Like any medication, Lexapro can cause side effects. But the side effects that you get may vary from someone else’s. Drinking alcohol can also lead to more and different side effects — and risks — when combined with the drug. 

Learn more about alcohol and anxiety.

Side Effects Without Alcohol

Even without alcohol in the mix, Lexapro’s side effects can include:

Rarely, antidepressants like Lexapro can lead to severe side effects such as:

Reactions With Alcohol

The mix of alcohol and Lexapro can lead to more side effects than from taking Lexapro by itself. Together, the two can make you feel:

  • Drowsy
  • Less alert
  • Less coordinated

In extreme cases, drinking alcohol while taking an SSRI like Lexapro can sometimes lead to side effects such as becoming violent. But usually, doing it can just make it harder to do tasks that require you to be sharp and alert.

If you drink while taking Lexapro, it doesn’t mean you’ll feel drunker than you would otherwise. But combining antidepressants and alcohol isn’t recommended: it can sometimes be deadly as well as dangerous.

Alcohol’s Effect on Depression

You may think of alcohol as something to lift your mood, but mixing it and Lexapro may actually do the opposite: Alcohol can make your depression worse.

You may not want to risk feeling even more depressed or anxious than you were before you took an antidepressant. But if you drink, it could also make it harder to treat your depression or anxiety. That’s because alcohol can change the balance of chemicals in your brain that affect mood.


Because alcohol can cause depression on its own and make some antidepressants not work well, this could lead you to think about suicide. Depression can also raise your odds of alcohol abuse.

If your depression gets worse or you have thoughts of harming yourself, talk to your doctor immediately. They might tell you to stop taking Lexapro.

Get Your Doctor’s Advice

You may not want to skip having a drink just because you take an antidepressant. But if you want to raise a glass once in a while, you need to do it safely. And don’t stop taking your medication just so you can drink.

Some doctors think it’s OK to drink moderately if you take an SSRI like Lexapro. “Moderate drinking” means 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor.

But before you drink any alcohol, you should take Lexapro long enough to know how it affects you and which side effects you have with it. Try to drink slowly and eat while you drink to tamp down alcohol’s possible effects.

If you’re at low risk of alcohol abuse and want to have a drink once in a while, it might be OK. To stay safe, talk to your doctor first.

Codral Cold and Flu + Cough Day and Night and Lexapro Drug Interactions

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Talk to your doctor before using dextromethorphan together with escitalopram. Combining these medications can increase the risk of a rare but serious condition called the serotonin syndrome, which may include symptoms such as confusion, hallucination, seizure, extreme changes in blood pressure, increased heart rate, fever, excessive sweating, shivering or shaking, blurred vision, muscle spasm or stiffness, tremor, incoordination, stomach cramp, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases may result in coma and even death. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking the medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Using chlorpheniramine together with dextromethorphan may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Using chlorpheniramine together with escitalopram may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications affect you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of chlorpheniramine such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with chlorpheniramine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of chlorpheniramine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

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Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of escitalopram such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with escitalopram. Do not use more than the recommended dose of escitalopram, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

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Poor response to treatment is an unfortunate reality for many people with major depression (MDD). By some estimates, as few as 30% of people with MDD achieve complete and lasting remission of symptoms. Primary care physicians deal with this lack of treatment response in one of three ways: They may increase the dosage of an antidepressant medication, add a secondary medication, or switch to an alternative medication.

Dosage increases are often the first choice, assuming higher doses remain within reasonable safety parameters. Because of its unique chemistry, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ideal candidate for dose escalation. Whereas other antidepressants reach a sort of effectiveness plateau, Lexapro’s mechanism of action becomes stronger in proportion to dose.

Lexapro is approved for daily doses of not more than 20 mg. In practice, however, doctors have prescribed up to 50 mg for patients showing no response to lower dosages. That said, little evidence exists on whether successively higher doses represent a good balance between efficacy and safety.

A recent investigation in Scotland sought to answer this question. A starting group of 60 people diagnosed with MDD was switched from Celexa (citalopram) to Lexapro for a 32-week period. At regular intervals, Lexapro dosage was increased up to a maximum of 50 mg or until remission of symptoms. Researchers employed standard psychological measures to quantify severity of depression and occurrence of side effects.

Results from the study revealed few problems with safety or tolerability of high-dose Lexapro. However, overall effectiveness was somewhat less than desirable. Of the 60 participants, 18 dropped out because of adverse effects or lack of efficacy. Most of these withdrawals happened earlier in the study, before reaching the higher dose levels.

Half of study participants experienced remission of symptoms. Thirty-eight percent of those required a dosage of 50 mg. At doses higher than 40 mg, side effects became more pronounced although not necessarily more severe. Diarrhea was the most frequent complaint for those at doses of 40-50 mg. Other common side effects included headache, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness.

Larger, more controlled studies will be useful in ascertaining whether the benefits of high-dose Lexapro outweigh the risks. The Scotland study indicated only marginal effectiveness, although participants generally tolerated the high doses of medication. It should be noted, of course, that the population in question has a history of poor response to treatment. It’s unlikely that any one avenue will prove beneficial to all.


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Mixing Lexapro and alcohol: Side effects and risks

Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which doctors prescribe to treat depression and anxiety. Medical practitioners consider Lexapro to be safe and effective for these conditions. However, they do not recommend that people drink alcohol while taking Lexapro.

Lexapro belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter that affects mood. SSRIs help to restore the natural balance of serotonin in the brain.

Doctors consider SSRIs to be one of the safest types of antidepressants. However, some people taking Lexapro may experience one or more of the following side effects:

In this article, we look at the risks of drinking alcohol while taking Lexapro or other antidepressants, including how alcohol may worsen their side effects.

Doctors usually do not recommend drinking alcohol while taking Lexapro or any other antidepressant. This guidance is because alcohol can make depression worse and can counteract the benefits of a person taking antidepressants.

People who drink alcohol while taking Lexapro may feel more depressed or anxious, and these symptoms may then become more challenging to treat.

This worsening scenario is potentially dangerous as it can lead to some people having an increase in suicidal thoughts.

Drinking alcohol may also worsen some of the side effects of Lexapro or other antidepressants, including drowsiness and dizziness. This is because alcohol can also cause these side effects.

Doctors also strongly recommend that people do not stop taking Lexapro or any other antidepressant to drink alcohol. Antidepressants require steady daily doses to work and stopping abruptly can cause withdrawal issues, such as:

  • flu-like symptoms
  • pins and needles
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • nightmares

Alcohol can negatively impact the treatment of depression even when someone consumes it in moderation.

For people who are taking an SSRI antidepressant, such as Lexapro, and who are at low risk of alcohol use disorder, it may be safe to have a small amount of alcohol occasionally.

However, a person should always talk to their doctor before having any alcohol if they are also taking Lexapro or any other medicines.

In general, doctors consider drinking in moderation to be no more than:

  • one alcoholic drink per day for women
  • two alcoholic drinks per day for men

Guidelines in the United States consider one drink to be:

  • 12 ounces (oz) of 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) beer
  • 5 oz of a 12 percent ABV wine
  • 1. 5 oz of a 40 percent ABV whiskey

Doctors recommend that people who wish to drink alcohol while taking antidepressants should drink slowly and have the alcohol with food.

Alcohol can also interfere with other any other drugs a person may be taking, including many other-the-counter (OTC) medications. Some OTC treatments, such as cough syrups, also contain small amounts of alcohol. A person should always inform their doctor of all the medications they are taking.

Alcohol can affect the body in many ways. While it can temporarily relax a person and improve their mood, it can have serious effects on mental health in the longer-term and can worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Alcohol can disrupt the natural chemical balance of the brain and can interfere with the central nervous system. Excessive alcohol consumption can:

  • increase the risk of accidents and injuries
  • make a person violent or aggressive
  • cause mood swings
  • affect memory and concentration
  • cause slurred speech
  • impair coordination and reaction time
  • lead to respiratory difficulties

In the longer-term, alcohol can cause depression and anxiety and increase the risk of self-harm and suicide.

Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to alcohol use disorder. People with depression are at greater risk than others of developing alcohol use disorder.

Developing alcohol use disorder can affect a person’s relationships and cause social problems, such as unemployment, divorce, and homelessness.

Long-term alcohol use can also increase the risk of chronic health conditions, including:

Lexapro is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. However, doctors strongly recommend that people avoid drinking while taking antidepressants. Alcohol can worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety and can increase the side effects of antidepressants.

Anyone who wishes to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro or any other medication should speak to their doctor first.

Quit Lexapro cold turkey – withdrawal help? 2021 | D

I have been on Lexapro 10mg for about 10 weeks. I was tired of feeling “out of this” and the weight gain was depressing. So, I am completely done with this drug and will not take it anymore! I hope for power through these withdrawals. I am on the fourth day, and only today I can feel them a little. My head is killing me – just like it was when I first started out. SO my question is … will my withdrawal symptoms be similar to the side effects I experienced when starting Lex? And since I only took the drug for 10 weeks – will it make them less severe? Thank you!

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Ka Kaismama May 20, 2012

You know that some of us will tell you that you shouldn’t stop medication alone, without order or help, right? You can’t just stop Lexapro.

FOR EXAMPLE egibs01 May 20, 2012

Unfortunately. You may be Case’s mom, but you’re not mine. I hope to get a current answer. Thank you for your time.

Ka Kaismama May 20, 2012

and when you are in the hospital, a nurse like me will tell you the same

Software powellpassion October 19, 2012

I also have a problem exiting Lexapro. But there is a big problem: I am recently pregnant. I take several medications, some of which include Novain, Depakote, Respiradol (or something like that), Trazedone, Yazmin (my birth control that doesn’t work), and several others for depression, insomnia, psychosis and anxiety. which I could not name.I also take very large doses. I had no choice but to get rid of all the turkey cold medicine (without my doctors knowing about my pregnancy or taking the pills), except for sleeping pills. I am afraid that if I stay on these pills, it will kill my baby or cause birth defects. Any tips? I really need help with this. Thank you.

KA kaismama October 19, 2012

You need to go to the midwife and tell him what you did and why, and he can tell you if there are safe alternatives and what to do.

GU guitar1988 Jan 12, 2013

Funny Kaismama, I took lexapro for three months and stopped a cold turkey, nothing happened, I know it’s not me, but you can’t just assume that if you stop this medication, then you will be taken to intensive care. Not a smart nurse, so to speak

KA kaismama January 12, 2013

You cannot say that. What if I told you that this will do nothing for you and will not end after the attack? I, as a nurse, could bring me to court for not warning you

LE Leslina82 January 3, 2017

“Kaismablah” I think they were looking for a general agreement.
You seem to be trying to fight because they are asking a question about Lexapro. I am sure that whoever asked is not stupid, many people ask and if they want to breastfeed they will go to their doctor.

EM EMH9000 March 1, 2017

hey, probably too late, just would like to thank the healthcare professional for giving a legitimate answer based on real experience in the field. Your time has not been wasted, thank you.

South Carolina Scrubby122 January 11, 2019

Yes, because being a condescending know-it-all will help someone in dire straits. You call the nursing profession a bad name, shame on you.

View all 9 comments IN Inactive May 20, 2012

Hi egibs01. I posted my answer and is good trying again. Yes, in response to your question. You will likely experience some of the same symptoms that stopped Lexapro as when you started taking it. Severity, because you mentioned that it is only now on the 4th day that you feel that you have a rejection, should be less severe.I have been on Lexapro for several years and I would have missed a dose, my body would quickly tell me what I had. It is one of the more acute psychotropic medications when it comes time to stop taking it through a cone or cold turkey. I believe that if you get uncomfortable, you (if you still have Lexapro) will either take 10mg or cut it in half and get 5mg. Have a nice Sunday and hope for an easy, successful result. Best regards, bail

Votes: +2 FOR EXAMPLE egibs01 20 May 2012

Thank you for your advice! I am definitely going to stay there a little longer as withdrawing money is not too intolerable.If they get serious, I will probably do as you suggested. I never noticed a difference before when I forgot to take it. Thanks again!

SE SeeknFind May 20, 2012

If I ever forget an antidepressant, I don’t feel it for a day or two, but the next day, Bam. Take it easy, these are hard drugs that affect your entire brain, body and function, so be kind to yourself

SE SeeknFind May 20, 2012

egibs, I am with Pledge advice. I tried to get off Lexapro too, it’s a rough cold turkey.The taper is less inconvenient. Go back to a lower dose, if any, and slowly cut it down, your body will tell you the pace. Since you’ve been on it for 10 weeks, your body has gotten used to it, it usually happens after 3-4 weeks, so be patient with yourself. I know what it’s like, just wanting to “cancel” drugs NOW, but it doesn’t always work well that way. Do whatever you need to do to relax and be patient with yourself. Best wishes

Votes: +2 FOR EXAMPLE egibs01 May 20, 2012

I have a lot left if I decide to narrow down – while still hanging there. If symptoms worsen, the patient will try to narrow down. Thanks for the advice!

BA balbanese May 20, 2012

And my question: why doesn’t the attending physician prescribe? After we are put on medication, it’s best for us to follow the directions so that we do not have complications, and this is 10 times more for stopping the medication. Your doctor knows best how to wean you so you don’t suffer the consequences of stopping prematurely. It’s not too late to do it, call. Hope this helps.

Votes: +1 PE Pennkronbach January 17, 2015

Prescribing doctor may not be available as they are mostly there, or perhaps this person is lucky enough for the doctor’s office to tell them, “Okay, make your best decision “Regarding stopping my Lexapro … that was the answer I got from my doctor in the office today … my doctor is only in the office one day a week and I was told that I would be lucky to get emergency care in the next two weeks… I suffer from headaches, severe nausea and dreadful dizziness . .. but since the doctor is “unavailable” my office today told me to “use my best judgment on how I should stop taking my Lexapro.” This poor man probably has no medical attention, as they are all either NOT AVAILABLE or simple. just don’t even care …

BA balbanese January 18, 2015

Please, if you are not the original author of the question, leave your own answer, not comment on mine, this is rude and inappropriate.

CH Chrissyjels June 4, 2012

It’s 6:33 am and I still haven’t slept and I don’t feel it. Over the past 2 weeks, I have spent almost every sleepless night finding solace in reading other horror stories about Lexapro withdrawal. And if there is one model, it is something that no one understands. I wish I knew why. This is the beginning of my fourth week and I don’t feel closer to the end than when I first started. This sound, which I hear as three sudden explosions every 3-5 minutes, accompanied by sudden internal movements and tremors, is so exhausting, but sleep cannot bring relief, because I rarely get enough sleep. when I sleep, I feel that I have cheated death for a few hours. I understand the hate for the sound of the phone ringing. I can’t even stand its vibration. It helps even less when you have a boyfriend who doesn’t understand, but claims and calls 100 times in a couple of hours. Yes it is possible.

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So I switch all sounds and vibrations and miss important calls because I can’t cope with his sound. No one can watch TV with me in the room, because even at the lowest audible volume it is too loud for me.My childish voices are like piercing knives in my brain. No one is allowed to speak on either side of my head near my ear. It’s too loud. By evening, light becomes the enemy because everything is too bright and too much moving. I constantly see something moving in my peripheral vision, and whenever there is no one in the room, someone or something says or makes sounds. At this point, I think I found it easier to deal with my anxiety.
It gets worse at night, and sighs and shivers are in full force as I try to get people to understand and back off.

Why doesn’t anyone at least read some of these blogs, just to see that I’m not lying. It’s excruciating.

I want to beat everything in 5 minutes, and then in the next 5 I can climb Mount Everest with my euphoria, but as soon as I reach the top, I fall back into a confused and angry state. This is my 5 minute mood cycle. even my thoughts, when I am alone, follow the same pattern.

I’m just jaded, but grateful that I was able to come here and express my feelings without having to ask for understanding.How long it will be going on.
Unfortunately, these are just some of my symptoms. I am still dealing with anxiety about weight gain, fear of interviewing 2 days later due to lack of memory and action. Oh my god, I sound like a case for the neuropsychiatric department, and this is my good point, because I just lie here, typing this and crying.

Thank you for reading, listening and understanding. You are the most familiar strangers I know.

Votes: +2 Ka Kaismama June 4, 2012

The advantage of talking to us is that we are silent lol. .. I wish you consolation soon.

SE SeeknFind June 4, 2012

Oh Chrissy, sooo sorry, unfortunately I know exactly how you feel, other than my symptoms, when my fibrotic flares add a little shitty weather and I know.
Wondering if you took any antidepressant before Lexapro or any other medicines? Why bet on Lex in the first place? The reason I am asking is because these withdrawal symptoms seem to be a little longer than usual.Have you been on a high dose? can you talk to your doctor? Maybe you need another antidepressant, I like celexa more than lex, just tell me. At the very least, know that we understand you here and you have our best wishes. If you like, write again to rant, the rants are also part of it. Take care of yourself

CH Chrissyjels June 5, 2012

Thank you Kaismam and Seek. I made a personal disclosure at work to the health and safety office that I was being bullied at work.She suggested that I file a formal complaint with the HR department and asked the HR officer to meet with me. After filing a complaint, I was fired a week later for not joining the organization. A large medical research organization where I managed donors. I was so shocked that I began to hear voices, talked to people who woke me up in the middle of the night to fix me. I suffered from the effects of stress before getting divorced in early 2008 and reluctantly switched to 10mg of Lex, then came off a year later and felt good.This time I started taking Lexapro 10mg in the morning, Seroqual 200mg at 8pm and then Seroqual 200mg again at bedtime.

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After 4 months, I was reduced to 200 mg of seroqual per day, and then 100 mg of seroqual was quickly released at bedtime, and the lex 10 mg was increased to 20 because I was experiencing some withdrawal symptoms that affected to my judgment to the point that I had an accident. In the whole drama of suffering, stress, anxiety and depression, I suffered a huge blood loss due to fibroids, so I received 4 units of blood twice in 4 weeks until I had an emergency hysterectomy. After that, I just slept for the last 8 months, needing a seroqual to sleep, and a Lexapro to stay awake. I reached a point in February where I decided I couldn’t handle my job search and didn’t feel sleepy on the seroqual, so I was able to shake it off. Since then I have had a terrible rash on my stomach. When I lost my repeat prescription on lex 4 weeks ago, I just decided I had had enough and needed to get back on the path I was used to. I find myself manic, I have more energy than the average 40-year-old woman, and usually I only need about 5 hours of sleep.But, as always, you can get depressed without being manic, and the way back is never accepted, and so psychologists keep trying to diagnose me as bipolar. My psychiatrist can’t shove me in that easily, and while he won’t say I’m manic, he still maintains that I have stress-related depression in one episode for a specific reason. Unfortunately, the last episode of depression caused by intense stress left me with long-term anxiety. The moment I start to catastrophize and cannot fall asleep, I know that things will soon lose their shape and I panicked and went to hell.Being saggy and irritable on medication didn’t help, so I just stepped back and tried to get over it by seeking support from people like me who only know what it was like because they were in it themselves. Everyone, including the pros, thinks we’ll get through it all as soon as the label is attached, but I’m not comfortable being called bipolar, when I’m usually always happy and alert, and I know how abnormal manic energy feels. I never got depressed, I was too busy to be happy for it.Being manic is a full-time job. I didn’t have time for depression and I truly loved it. I hate this scared, scared person that I have become. I want the real back only problem to be that I’m not sure how much of this withdrawal I can get off with before I have to go to my doctor and say that I might need help again and the medication cycle begins again.

BI Bill7340 23 October 2012

Hold on because leaving won’t kill you. It will make you better if you change your lifestyle. Dump the guy, start rigorous exercise and eat only healthy foods.

It’s all on your mind, and if you thought Lex would solve your problems, you were wrong. No pill will help you mentally cope with what you think is depression, but is actually a weakness that you can overcome with lifestyle changes.

Only consult with those people in your life with whom you can openly share your feelings, and I mean pour your guts into… Sometimes pouring out your guts followed by crying and then grabbing your ass is the best solution. Remember that we are alone in this world, so only you can help you.

Delaware deb6596 Dec 7, 2013

I’ve been at Lexapro for years and it worked well, but now I had to stop. I lost my job and my health insurance just before my annual check-up was due, my doctor told me that she would not refill my prescription until I came for my annual physical check-up.I found this site trying to find ways to deal with side effects. As if things weren’t hard enough right now with a job lost, I feel like I’m ready to fall apart. I am awake and on the edge all the time. It’s such a struggle to speak to people without the anger I feel when I rip their heads off. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

South Carolina Scrubby122 January 11, 2019

Bill, mental illness is not weakness. You are disgusting to me. Get help immediately.

View all 6 comments BI Bill7340 Oct 23, 2012

I have been taking for 10 years and decided to stop cold turkey. It’s been 3 weeks and I am experiencing dizziness and some other withdrawal symptoms, but I don’t care. Yesterday my doctor told me to relax by taking 10 mg per week instead of 20 mg and then 5 mg per week. I didn’t tell him that I quit 3 weeks ago. I don’t think it helps anyone other than to make pharmaceutical companies rich. It’s horrible to think that we should be taking these drugs instead of becoming a stronger person.Just take another pill and we will all feel better, this shit and we all know it …

Votes: +1 KA kaismama October 23, 2012

I agree that lexapro is not the best medicine, but I cannot say that people with depression are mentally weak. We are missing a chemical in our brain, that is, a physical one that has nothing to do with our mental strength.

BI Bill7340 23 October 2012

Depression in its simplest form is a weakness in human behavior that can be corrected by taking drugs, working through symptoms with professional counseling, or taking the initiative to self-treat, revealing and revealing your deepest secrets to a person who will listen and then cry until you laugh out loud, and finally grabbing your ass, pulling yourself up and taking charge of your brain, which is what led you to this in the first place.

KA kaismama October 23, 2012

This is not depression, this is sadness, and if you do not know what you are talking about, it is better not to say anything. No amount of talking alone can resolve depression.

BI Bill7340 October 23, 2012

Well, I’ll just ruin my PhD on your advice …

BI Bill7340 October 23, 2012

There is no scientific evidence that we are missing a certain chemical in the brain. Pharmaceutical companies would like you to think that you are missing, but the only thing you are missing is the real truth – the emotional power to overcome your own depression.By allowing your brain to fill you with stress-related issues, you have created a miserable party in your subconscious, hence assuming you are suffering from depression. What else can you blame for this, God forbid, this is a self-made diagnosis, since you have nothing to blame for thinking that you have depression, and by taking the pill, you will correct the chemical imbalance.

KA kaismama October 23, 2012

You came here and told all the depressed people that the only thing wrong with them is mental weakness, and only pharmaceutical companies say they are chemicals.A real smart move. Now they can just throw away their medications and they will be fine when they strengthen their minds. Many of the people with depression are fragile and you just hurt them very much. I am stronger and I can handle it. I have no problems that would make me depressed, I have been depressed since adolescence and I am 65 years old. I had a good childhood, a happy life and a good career. What am I talking about to heal me? What the hell is your Ph.D., statistics?

BI Bill7340 23 Oct 2012

Are you speaking for everyone on this blog? Do you personally know all the people who suffer from what you call depression? I would be careful about your analogy with representing the entire population of bloggers who think they are depressed.Depression is the easiest way to determine the state of mind, when sometimes the problem itself is inside each person. If you look at all the symptoms of depression, none of them are the result of a chemical imbalance. You seem to be pissed off that there might be other solutions besides medication. Lexapro and others only mask a deeper seed problem. Why do you think these people want to stop using drugs? They don’t solve the problem, they …

KA kaismama October 23, 2012

No, I’m angry that you come here and make statements that might hurt some ordinary people here.We always say that you need therapy as well as medications, but your statements mostly say that people get depressed just because they are weak. You talk like people who say, “Oh, just shake it off, it’s not as bad as all this, it’s all in your head.

CH Chrissyjels 23 October 2012

Hi bill7340,

I have no weak mind. My depression was not myself. I drove home from work that day thinking that I was a fighter and I would just find another job and move on.A couple of days later, thinking positively, my mind decided that instead of dealing with the shock, horror, and consequences in positive vata, as you suggest, it was going to first take control and rebuild itself. I hate any form of medication, but when I needed to close my mind, give it a rest and let it deal with the stress of the experience so that I can deal with what I need to get ahead I needed a medication and it helped to help, and when my mind was ready to do something for itself again, it decided to get rid of the drugs and go alone.To say that I have a weak mind, I cannot agree with this. Having a doctorate does not make you an expert any more than it gives me an education in psychology at the master’s level.

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All the academic knowledge in the world has not prepared me to ignore what my mind needs to correct itself. The sad thing in all schools of thought is that it is driven by something that has nothing to do with actually healing anyone.Motivation for academic achievement with theories that ignore sufferer or money, like those pharmaceutical companies.

I’ve been through the worst. And as a positive update, I let the guy go. Since then he has cut 2 sets of my tires. But my mind is in a better place to deal with it, and this is in large part due to the credit that allowed me to heal and appreciate how I will deal with problems when they arise again.

My life is full of problems that I did not ask for.I didn’t psychotic myself. I didn’t ask for my house to be broken into and for my cops to attack it, with the result that my only true support was declared a dangerous breed. I didn’t ask me to fight in court to get her back a fight that took 3 long months without contact with my dog. I did not ask to be evicted from my home with four children, I did not ask that I lose my last job because my OCD manager decided to violate my privacy rights by calling me to his old workplace to gossip with their peers.in industry.
So in the last 3 months after I commented here more things that didn’t hurt myself went wrong, and the truth is, if I hadn’t taken the medication, I would have gotten it now to deal with all of this. I can only suggest that if anyone needs help, use what is available at the time. The paramedics are good to help you with the repairs, but had to stop when you learned how to handle it yourself. For some it is a good diet and all your suggestions, some find constant strength in religion.I believe in
Everyone has their own. Taking a position that isolates the person and makes them
Thinking that they are weak at their weakest is not good advice. I know that the more my friends said that it was not you, you are stronger, the more I was stressed and depressed, because they were setting an ideal that was unattainable at the time.

I propose to get the right doctor and psychiatrist. Find someone who listens to your needs at the time and is able to explain the various symptoms of your experience and help you with it.

Depression is an emotion like happiness. They are not mutually exclusive, but realizing that both exist and do not value one better than the other will greatly teach people to understand the Andean mind. He tells us that we need him to thrive and, in my case, survive.

In the midst of my depression, I discovered the power of my mind and was ecstatic. I saw two men standing to the side of my bed in medical uniforms telling me to get out of bed and sort things out and that I needed to fix it.Then, when I fell asleep, I dreamed about my children’s homes, and my dead grandmother and uncle told me that they were sending me people to help me. I didn’t understand this for you, it would be evidence of my weak mind, but my psychologist explained that the part of my mind that believed that I should be strong, and a fight surfaced when two guys and a part of my mind that needed me to restart, they took me to safety and showed me the support of those who could always run. Trust is not a weak mind, that we have the strength of the mind.The teachers didn’t teach me this, but my experience of compassion made me understand my thoughts.

BI Bill7340 October 23, 2012

If doctors work so well, why are so many trying to get rid of them? (please answer) I’m not telling anyone what to do, I’m just stating a healthier approach to drugs.

These drugs are a mask, and yes, these people need help, but if the drugs do not help and they want to get rid of them, what do you propose to do? (Answer please).

CH Chrissyjels 23 October 2012

Why have you been on it for 10 years? How is it that when you needed it, you did not philosophize? Your tough approach now because you are in a state of rejection, and that’s okay. We hate it, reading my posts, I chose to worry over these feelings. I lashed out at all the accused, the pharmaceutical companies blamed everything. It is a drug that has withdrawal symptoms and is no different from illegal drugs in the withdrawal phase.So get upset. I’m glad you found your ability to deal with things without drugs, it took you 10 years to get here, but you got through it. Now let the rest of the sufferers do the same. I first came here to understand the highs and lows of withdrawals. I understood. I expressed my dissatisfaction with the pharmaceutical companies that I was making money from the pain associated with leaving. It was a brutal period, but it had to be done to get to work.
Things for me without drugs.Diet and exercise have always been recommended by all three participants. If you are not saying that people should not take medicine, then what are you saying.

CH Chrissyjels 23 October 2012

People take these medications because they need it to help them cope, because in some cases all exercise and healthy eating did not make them feel better, so they use medications to hide the unbearable bad feelings and get rid of them. Then, when they need to make a withdrawal deal and all the stages, because they want to live without drugs.That’s why we turn on, then turn off, and then again. Do you sincerely think that someone who is depressed for no reason is doing it to themselves? Why would they? Some deep seated need attention like a 40 year old. How attractive is it? Why would anyone choose depression and a burden on friends and family. For you to claim that this is a choice, you have a very gloomy opinion of people in general. Academically, I’ve learned that sociopaths and psychopaths do things for themselves and don’t take into account what others are feeling.

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Your opinion that depression among people reflects what makes us all addicted, self-inflicted people who are so obsessed with their own lives that we don’t care how our moods and emotions affect others. Sucking it in and being happy isn’t always an option.

BI Bill7340 23 Oct 2012

Chrissy, thanks for your answer.

I’m not surprised by your comments and I understand that you are coping, but how long do you want to keep on walking the same path that took you down the road of hell? The life of every person is accompanied by many undesirable events, so over time they multiply, and we forget how much we had to go through.

The exact number affects the fact that we are not aware of the long-term impact. The number of events in our life explains how our brains are overwhelmed and why we turn to our doctors. The problem is that doctors are trained to make us all feel better. If we are diagnosed with depression, their only solution is RX, so hello Lexapro.

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The doctors’ offices are full of RX representatives every day, dispensing samples of newer and better drugs.The doctors’ offices are overwhelmed with patients with various diseases, and this is the problem. Only a specialist can truly determine if you are suffering from depression. The doctor communicates with many patients and it is so easy to make an appointment without wasting time looking for the root cause. It looks like you fell into this category, my proposal to simplify your lifestyle … View professional

CH Chrissyjels October 24, 2012

I need professional help for what exactly and who are these professionals, if not my doctor, my psychiatrist and my psychologist ? What exactly do I need to tell them now that they have engulfed my childhood, my youthful depression, my diagnosed Type A personality, my travel around the world, my divorce, my ex, whatever exactly you want me to pay them for?

What exactly are you a Doctor of Science if it is in the field of psychology? I must question your knowledge and experience of dealing with depressed people other than yourself.

My degrees in Psychology and Humanities. I have consulted people and I understand non-self-induced depression among people who have no root cause.

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Please answer: why have you been taking medication for 10 years if you do not need it? Are your friends constantly there for you every time you get depressed and go in search of your root causes? Do you have a psychiatrist currently treating you? Do you have a psychologist to advise you?

You don’t know anything about my doctor.She put me in the medicine because I needed it, not because she had samples. I went to her because she has a degree in psychology and has written articles on depression. By the way, I don’t have depression, I suffer from anxiety and stress, and yes, it’s because of my childhood, my marriage and everything else that I poured out on myself as professionals.

So how do I rephrase all this every time I’m depressed or helping maniacally? Well, it doesn’t.

Therapy taught me this.I can’t stop my mind from making the decision to heal itself, but I can help it along the path of healing, and if that means I need to take medication when I need it, so be it. I will defend anyone on medication because when you need it the most, it helps. I would prefer someone to allow themselves to heal time rather than wrestling with my own belief that no one is listening professionally or not.

To those who understand that some of them are prone to depression, bipolar and manic disorders, I say: do not let them know what all this tells you, so that you come to terms with it.This is not always possible. And there are people who do not judge me, who understand, for example, those who supported me on this blog when I needed help.

I learned to know my limits and choose my battles. I know what signs I need to look out for so that I don’t have to depend on drugs, although my psychiatrist insisted that I take them for a long time.

Your comments are short-sighted, poorly informed and as a result not deep enough.Lexapro is not resident evil. It helps when it’s needed and if it’s right for you. The withdrawal is intense and the weakest and most terrible. When you get off of it, you will be upset, and you will have questions that the authenticity of your healing has brought you to this place where you feel that you can now go alone. It’s good that your medications did what you needed at the time. If you quit, this is the most difficult 4-6 weeks of all time. I took on a new job 6 weeks after I left and I still had mild symptoms, but I made it through.Things fell apart again, but I didn’t have to go back to drugs because I learned to look for signs and use what I was taught to deal with things. It’s not easy, but I can deal with things in a different way.

Good luck.

KT ktvc123 Dec 15, 2016

Bill7340, I think lexapro works well. The reason I try to break away is because of the sexual side effects. So yes, it does work for some people for depression – no matter what you think about pharmaceutical companies.

View all 15 comments SH shayausten February 12, 2013

So tell me how did it go? I had to stop my cold after 5 weeks due to an allergic reaction. How long did the withdrawal symptoms last and what were they like? I am on the fifth day of my layoff and my rash has almost disappeared, so I definitely cannot take a little to compensate for the withdrawal issues.

LI LillyAngelMarie 12 May 2014

To answer your question, yes, a withdrawal (actually a withdrawal syndrome) will be very similar to how you felt launching Lexapro.

Will your short medication period make them less serious? No one will know for sure, because we are all different.


2 years ago I was given 10mg Lexapro after a few years when I was told that my interstitial cystitis, adhesions, scarred fallopian tube and possible endometriosis did not cause me chronic pain and everything was in my head.

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I was in a bad place and after some ironic events I was put in Lexapro to help me deal with my current situation.It’s been 2 years now and I have a team of specialists willing to help me and hopefully my last surgery is just around the corner. I didn’t need Lexapro anymore, I was mentally managing. When I talked to my specialist about leaving, she said no and decided for the third time to raise me to 20 mg for no reason to give it to me.

Just over 2 weeks ago, I never increased my dosage and gave up my 10mg of cold turkey. I went from 10mg to 30mg, up to 20mg, and finally went back to 10mg a few times and didn’t feel the need to taper and, with my GP on board, walked away.Just.

Usually, when I missed my tablet for several hours, I got dizzy. 4 days cold turkey nightmares started slowly, my anxiety increased dramatically, I felt nauseous, head / brain patting intensified and I could feel them in my hands. By the 10th day, the nightmares and heavy night sweats had stopped, my anxiety had subsided, and the head / cerebral congestions were barely noticeable. Day 15 and the main takeaway I have been struggling with / which I am struggling with is nausea and I fully believe that in a week I will be almost there.

PLEASE talk to a specialist or therapist whenever you feel like stopping Lexapro, whether it’s a conical turkey or a cold turkey. It is NOT a drug to mess with, especially without realizing what might be going on.

I promised myself that I would never allow myself to get into another SSRI again, and I am already changing my lifestyle to make it happen.

For those who read, you are not alone. If your seizures are getting bad and you know when they are bad, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Kentucky Kyana98 August 20, 2016

The last thing you want to do is stop this.
I’m on Lexapro 20 mg.
The strongest dose you can get.
I thought I was okay, so I stopped taking them, and then 2 months later I started having severe panic attacks and very intense anxiety.
I tried to take my medicine without taking it for 2 months.
I only took 1 pill and it gave me “overdose” symptoms.
This is something you shouldn’t screw up !!!
You have to be serious if you want or don’t want to take them!
I’m sure you would rather gain a few pounds than have an anxiety attack.
If you have a concern, you must stick to them!
And also if you stop taking them and feel like you need to take 1 by accident.

SI Simon2498 November 6, 2016

Hi, I also stopped taking Lexapro because I kept forgetting to take them and I ended up just quitting completely.I guess it’s been almost 2 months now? At first I felt depressed and continued to procrastinate, and then I got dizziness, hot flashes and a feeling of shock (only twice), and now his itching started with a slight itching on my wrist, but I could not stop and hurt myself due to scratches Now on this week it’s my arm, my leg, my thigh (started today) and literally it’s so unbearable that I want to take my medication again. It’s like I really decided to do it, but at the same time I’m afraid that it might do something worse or dangerous, but I can’t wait for my doctor to make an appointment for me, as someone said that they usually ” unavailable. “”. I just want to know if I take them again with only a half for a week, then 1 time per day will I be ok?

GO Goirish322 October 5, 2016

Hi, I have been taking 5 milligrams of Lexapro for 4 days and I am very tired, I am not going to take it anymore, I will have withdrawals if only I take it for four days, I am very nervous about this

Alabama alydunk1 Jan 7, 2017

I’ve been on 30mg for 15 years. I had to take medicine for the infection and was told that I needed to stop Lexapro for 10 days.I did it with little side effect. I decided to stay away from this. I was completely disconnected for 6 weeks. No more side effects. Now I feel alive, full of energy. I’m more emotional, but I think the drugs have masked some emotions and other things in my life. I hope I can give it up for good as I really don’t think I was taking the right medication to begin with.

Votes: +1 Louisiana Lauramkcaddy March 2, 2017

So glad to read your post as I too have been taking 30mg for 15 years.I started to worry about my dosage after reading the high dose of 20mg!

I recently heard that if you reduce lexapro, you can lose weight. I had no problem with lexapro and thought that since then I felt great, I would stay on it forever.

After reading some of these horror stories, I am thinking of unlearning them entirely.

My side effects after weaning 30-20 mg in just a week are shaking and worse hot flashes.

I will continue with 20 mg for a month and see if I feel anything.

Love some others who have been using 30mg for 15 years to comment.

KA Kay35 June 24, 2017

Glad to hear it was easy for you. I wonder if the medicine for your infection helped in this process?

ZA zacclynn August 22, 2017

I unlearned 20 mg Lexapro, 150 mg Wellbutrin and 50 mg Topamax 2 times a day, and on July 10, 2017, I last took anything.

I don’t remember how I felt when I was normal because I have been at Lexapro since 2004.In 2015 I added Wellbutrin because my depression and irritability were increasing and Topamax (for migraines).

In October 2016 my migraines were not treated, so I decided that I wanted to live without toxic substances. I started with food and personal care products, and I haven’t had a migraine headache since November 2016 in a toxic-free life.

Since I no longer had migraines and I began to realize that the medications I was taking had too many fillers and ingredients I could not count on, so I decided it was time to see how BEING ME felt …

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So I unlearned, no, not with the doctor’s instructions – I know!

However, a lot of really stressful situations have happened since the medication change. I thought I was doing things pretty well, but lately I have had violent outbursts of anger, I am not good at handling information overloads, and I have no motivation to do anything at all. Including things that are necessary to support life’s needs.

I don’t want to call my doctor, my insurance has changed and I can no longer see the doctors I visited. Starting something new and starting from scratch annoys me even more.

Please tell me – SOMEONE – that this will pass. To be honest, I don’t know if I’d been on medication for so long, whether I would need to wait longer for the symptoms to subside and my brain to calm down. I need hope. If you have information, that would be great!

Votes: +1 B1 B1212 November 30, 2018

Hey, I left Topamax and Lexapro for 2 weeks and experienced similar symptoms and delved into my emotions with psychologists. I struggled with the daily challenges of life, so I came back. Is it gone? How are you doing now?

TT Tterentte 2 days ago

Hi. I hope you are feeling well, I am currently leaving Lexapro and have severe symptoms such as derealization, extreme fatigue, lack of concentration, general muscle weakness, I am trying to cope with everyday tasks, it is so hard

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– I think you are cruel to yourself.

I answered after a pause for a second:

– How can you be with yourself? If you can be something to yourself, then “I” is not something unique.

– You are evading, – I looked at her and waited. – Yes, you’re right, Aza. “I” is not an easy thing. Maybe not even the only one. It’s a set, but sets can be combined, right? Think about a rainbow.One arch of light, but at the same time there are seven multi-colored arches.

– Mm, yes, – I agreed.

– Can you explain with an example?

– I don’t know. Well, I sit in the dining room and start thinking about how all these things live in me, they eat food for me, and I’m like all of them, as if I’m not so much a person as a disgusting bubble teeming with bacteria. And I can’t cleanse myself, do you understand? Because the dirt pervades me. That is, I cannot find in the depths of myself a pure, spotless part – the part where my soul should be.It turns out that I probably have no more souls than bacteria.

“Nothing unusual,” she repeated her favorite phrase.

Then Dr. Singh asked if I would like to try the exposure therapy I had in the beginning again. In short, you need, for example, to touch the dirt with your finger, on which there is a sore, and then not wash it and do not stick the plaster. Then it helped for a while, but now I only remembered my horror and was afraid to even imagine that I would have to go through everything again.So I shook my head.

– Are you taking Lexapro? Dr. Singh asked.

– Yes, – she was silent, looking at me. – I’m scared to drink it, so I don’t take it every day.

– Scary?

“I don’t know,” she continued to stare, tapping her foot. – There was deathly silence in the room. “If the pill changes you, your deepest self… that’s not normal, isn’t it? Who decides what I am – myself or the workers of the Lexapro factory? It is as if a demon lives in me, and I want to exorcise him, but the very idea of ​​doing it by means of pills … I do not know … It is strange.But I cope and drank medicine more than once, because I hate the demon.

– You often try to make sense of your experience through metaphors, Aza. The demon is inside. Consciousness you call a bus, a prison, a spiral, a whirlpool, or a loop, or even … I think you once compared it to a hand-painted circle. The comparison seemed interesting to me.

– Yes.

– One of the difficulties associated with pain – physical or psychological – is that we can only approach it through metaphors.It cannot be imagined as we imagine a table or a body. In a sense, pain is the opposite of language.

She turned to the computer, wiggled the mouse to wake it up, and clicked on the file.

– Listen to what Virginia Wolfe wrote: “In the English language, which is able to express the thoughts of Hamlet and the tragedy of Lear, there are no words for chills and headaches. When the most ordinary schoolgirl falls in love, Shakespeare and Keats are at her service – they speak for her about feelings; but ask the patient to describe the headache, and words will be powerless here. “We are so dependent on language that, in a sense, we cannot even realize what we do not have a name for. And then we decide that it is not real. We refer to it in terms such as insanity or chronic pain, terms that both deny and play down this phenomenon. Chronic pain does not in any way reflect excruciating, constant, unrelenting, and inevitable suffering. And the word “madness” does not even remotely convey the horror and anxiety with which you live. Likewise, these terms do not speak of the courage that suffering people exemplify.That is why I would like you to describe your mental state not with the word “crazy”, but with some other expression.

– Yes.

– Can you call yourself brave?

I winced.

– Don’t make me go through this therapy.

– She helps you.

“I am a brave warrior in my inner battle for Valhalla,” I replied with a stone face.

Dr. Singh almost smiled.

– Let’s discuss this plan: you will take your medicine every day.

She started talking about when I should take the pills, in the morning or in the evening, and how we will try to stop taking them and start others, but this should be done in a less stressful period, for example, during the summer holidays, and so on.

Meanwhile, my stomach ached. Probably, the nerves just played out. However, a Clostridium infection looks exactly the same – your stomach hurts because several harmful bacteria have settled in it, and then the intestines are destroyed – and after seventy-two hours you die.

I need to read about that incident with a woman in pain. But you can’t get the phone, Dr. Singh will be angry. And yet, did that patient have any other symptoms, or everything like mine? Injects again. Did she have a fever? Heck. Started. You are sweating. The doctor sees everything. Maybe confess? She’s a doctor. Probably better to tell.

– Stomach aches.

– You don’t have Clostridium.

I nodded, swallowing, and quietly added:

– But you don’t know that.

– Aza, do you have diarrhea?

– No.

– Have you taken antibiotics lately?

– No.

– Have you been in the hospital recently?

– No.

– You don’t have Clostridium.

I nodded, but she was not a gastroenterologist. In any case, I knew more about Clostridia. Nearly thirty percent of those killed did not contract them in hospitals, and more than twenty percent did not have diarrhea. Dr. Singh continued to talk about medicine, but as I listened to her with half an ear, I started to feel sick.The intestines were already really sick, it was spinning, as if trillions of bacteria were making room for new guests who would tear me apart from the inside.

Sweat rained down. Why can’t you read about that woman? Dr. Singh noticed what was happening to me.

– Shall we do our exercise?

And we began to do it – a deep breath and a slow exhalation, so that the candle flame trembled, but did not go out.

The doctor told me to come in ten days. By the time of the next visit to the doctor, you can determine the degree of my madness.Last year I was released for eight weeks. Now it doesn’t work even two.

While I was walking to Harold, I read the report. The woman did have a fever. I ordered myself to relax and, probably, even calmed down, only for a little while. At home, I again heard an internal whisper that definitely not everything is in order with my stomach, because the gnawing pain did not subside.

You can’t be saved from this , I think.

Your thoughts do not depend on you , I think.

You are dying, there are bugs in you, they will gnaw through your skin , I think.

I think, think, think.

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I thought Lexapro was for depression.

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They can add to sleepiness caused by Lexapro .

You should wait for the next drug intake. Do not take a double dose of this medicine, unless otherwise directed by your doctor .

Lexapro affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety.

Alcohol can increase the drowsiness and dizziness caused by Lexapra or affect your condition.

We took Taylor to a psychiatrist and she put him on a low dose of Lexapro .

We took Taylor to a psychiatrist and she sent mild doses to him

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I stopped taking my Lexapro .