Lexapro withdrawal medical questions

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Avatar n tn I have asked this question and every medical professional I have spoken to does not have any answer to these questions. I do agree with most of what you say because overall, your view seems sound. My argument is that, if I do, in fact, have this underlying condition, would I have been physically fine for the rest of my life had I not taken the SSRI? If this is the case, I would encourage people to not take SSRI medication, which is the same stance I am taking now.
Avatar m tn HOW LONG DO THE THE AWFUL SYMPTOMS OF LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL LAST? Everybody talks about it, asks that question, but no one with knowledge or experience answers it. It would be nice if the company that made it could post a study, or doctors who prescribe it regularly to more than one person could share their experience. The postings mostly are not recent so I am taking this as a sign of hope; they don't go back on after they return to health. :O) it's almost a month now.
Avatar n tn After taking Lexapro for about 2 weeks, my husband began to to change - seemed less emotionally available, sort of closed and one tracked. He keeps very busy and away from close relationships. He says he is happy although does not appear to be. Could this be the Lexapro? If so, could you site some articles I might share with him?
Avatar n tn I had Paxil withdrawal as well. I was on 70 mg or so (I'm having a brain-fart and cant remember the exact dosage, sorry) for about 8 months. I had the head zaps too. It lasted 3-4 weeks for me.
Avatar n tn But anyway, I get an erection fine but have a hell of a time reaching orgasm even though my girlfriend is really attractive. So I quit lexapro cold turkey, enter the withdrawal symptoms of brain shocks and sleeplessness. Yuck. At least now, I can orgasm like before without any problems, completely like before I ever took the ****.. that's my story. Maybe it's pyschological, maybe it's physical from the pills, who knows.
Avatar n tn I was taking low dosages (10mg daily) of Celexa and I was doing fine. A few months back my doctor suggested I try Lexapro. I have found that most of the bad side effects of Celexa have been eliminated with this new and so far wonderful medication, I am currently taking 10mg Lexapro daily. My question is: What can I expect to feel when leaving the medication (long term use). Also, is there any danger to this medication that we know of, how does it differentiate from Celexa.
Avatar n tn Is it feasible that my brain-dead feelings are attributed to Lexapro? I'm afraid to go off of it because of my previous moods before Lexapro (suicidal ideation, etc). Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Avatar n tn I've tried to get off Paxil recently and had the WORST problems. After researching and talking to people who have gotten off (or tried to get off) of the drug I am horrified that Paxil is still being prescribed. I am also AMAZED that a DOCTOR would actually say that this isn't dangerous, or that it isn't the PAXIL!?!? Are you kidding? How much were you paid to say that? Paxil DID help with my panic attacks. Did not cure or stop them, but helped.
Avatar n tn I have several questions that maybe you could help me with. Are the withdrawal symptoms the worst in the first 2 or 3 days or does the worse come later? What can I expect? I do have Klonopin that I can take at night to help me sleep. Should I go see my doctor and "fess up" to what happened or will he not be able to help me because I took someone else's medication? If I stop cold turkey do I face severe health issues or just severe withdrawal symptoms?
Avatar n tn After I finished the project in mid-may, I decided that I needed to stop using a drug to get through the day, so I tried to just stop taking it. WOW! Serious withdrawal symptoms including joint and muscle pain, stomch issues, fatigue, depression and a strange hollowness in my nerves ensued. I didn't feel I could just stop functioning for a week or two or whatever it would take, so I used some hydrocodone that I had to help me get my tramadol use down to 100mg per day over the course of a week.
Avatar n tn thanks for the post...the withdrawal from the lexapro was the most horrible thing that I've ever gone through...after going 16 weeks without anything...I basically had a nervous breakdown....my serotonin levels were depleted and all I did was shake and cry hysterically......I finally went into my psychologists office on a crisis call and within 20 minutes he knew what was going on and he contacted my primary care physician and a prescription for prozac was called in...
Avatar n tn nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and leg movements, or jerking.
Avatar m tn People do not all suffer the same results. I have been suffering Paxil withdrawal for three years now; they tried Lexapro on me, but it didn't work. I went on Paxil for panic attacks, and after coming off it I suffer morbid depression, 24/7 anxiety, and worse phobias. So yes, you could be suffering still from withdrawal, and if nothing happened in the meantime, and you have different problems now than you had before, you probably are.
Avatar f tn Ryan, I have been reading alot on this site about how bad withdrawing from Kolinpin is? I know I've already asked you alot of questions about this medication and I had gotten the feeling this was a fairly safe medication. Why now am I reading all these horror stories about trying to get off this medication? Thank you for your time!
Avatar n tn I just hate the withdraws and where I am I have no help. Once when I was in Panama where they have very good medical care they knew how to treat recovery. It was then I was buying tramadol over the counter they say its not addicting bull. I was up to 20 100 mg pills a day the docs could hardly beleive it but my body has a very high tolerance for any opiate. Well they put me up in a bed put me on IVs and gave me smaller and smaller amounts of tramadol and in 3 days I felt fine.
Avatar n tn I have actually been laughing more although I feel rather stupid and childish. I was just wondering if this bloated/numbness feeling is a withdrawal symtom or if this is how my body really feels without clonazepam. And also, what are the withdrawal symtoms? Could Trazadone be playing a part in this as well?
Avatar m tn My psychiatrist didn't or refused to recognize this as Paxil withdrawal, but eventually I was able to go on the Net and find out what it was, but I can't find anyone who can tell me what to do about such a persistent problem. I'm now on Lexapro, but it hasn't helped much. I know now that if my psychiatrist had put me right back on Paxil and tapered more slowly I might have done much better, but he didn't offer that alternative or ever explain Paxil withdrawal to me, so here I am.
Avatar n tn To me, the non-medical person, the side effects from Zoloft withdrawal are much worse than the side effects from Xanax (which, I am told, is an addictive drug). Also, the psychiatrist is much more concerned about the addicitve qualities of Xanax then she is with actually helping me feel better. I decided that I would be better off if I could just get off everything.
Avatar m tn Yes I experienced withdrawal symptoms when I was changed from Seroquel to Risperdal and had to titrate off on at the rate my psychiatrist told me to. That is not uncommon. Its chemically separate phenomenon from addiction and if a person follows their psychiatrist's titration schedule in time these concerns will pass.
Avatar n tn Also, how many times have you run short in between your RX's? The answers to those questions could probably tell you if you're addicted. As addicts we can fool ourselves into believing almost anything to justify why we have to take them. I think it's actually a bit harder for those of us who started out taking them for actual pain cause we could simply say "Well I'm being prescribed these by my doctor. Therefore it's legal and I'm doing what I need to do for my pain.
Avatar m tn I know this is an old question, but it's one of the questions I found when Googling how to get off Lexapro myself about a month ago. I was on 10mg Lexapro for about two years and decided on my own to taper off on my own due to many of the same factors others have stated.
Avatar n tn This is actually about my withdrawal from Lexapro, which I think might help people on this board since withdrawal from most SSRIs produce the same effects. I started tapering off Lexapro a week ago. For about three months I was already on a really low dose: 5 mg. Then two weeks ago I tapered down to .25 mg (I think. Quarter of a ten mg pill so it was pretty small). I stayed on this ridiculously small dose for a week, feeling slightly nauseated but otherwise o.k.
Avatar n tn Some good news - I've been off Lexapro for 5-6 weeks and the miserable withdrawal symptoms are all gone except for some vertigo issues for which my doctor put me on Claritan-D. For about 10 days I thought I was going crazy and had enormous sympathy for people battling mental disorders such as bi-polarism. By the end of two weeks, things were much better. I was very nervous about the depression/anxiety coming back and they have, but in a manageable way.
Avatar n tn I am a 40 yr old male and I have been taking 2-4 Vicodin a day for the past three years. A medical doctor prescribed it for me after it was discovered I suffered bone degeneration in my lower 2 disk vertebrea. At the time I thought little of taking a prescription painkiller. Now after my first 6 days of no longer taking Vicodin I am realizing how powerful of a substance it actually is. I'm having withdrawal symptoms I didn't expect.
Avatar n tn I will die either from the chemical imbalance created in my brain or the withdrawal side effects (seizures, heart palpitations - etc) #2. I will survive the BRUTAL withdrawals and be left with permanent 'after effects' (muscle twitching, dulling of senses, possibly seizures - etc) I do not want ANY of that ^^ so, given the following list of medication that requires a titration plan... In what order... At what dosages... At what time intervals...
Avatar f tn I was suffering from alot of stress and then I started to get depressed so, I went to the doctor 9 years ago and he prescribed lexapro and vioxx due to a knot that had come up on my neck ' thinking back on that I believe it was caused from all the tension headaches I was having" anyway that night as usual I put my daughter to bed took the meds. then I went to bed.
Avatar n tn First off, I would like to extend my thanks to the doctors who take time out of their scheudales' to answer questions and give advice to the truly needy who post at this website. My problem is rather complex. I will attempt to explain this situation in its entirerty, though previous attempts to do so have given rise to extranious variables that may cloud a physicians understanding of my situation. I am a member of mensa, and have an IQ in the middle 150's.
Avatar f tn Now my Dr says I have a panic disorder, which I've never had before this drug, instead of withdrawal....and gave me klonopin.
Avatar f tn Hi everyone, I was put on effexor i decided to quit it in january after four years on it this year. I tapered off slowly ( as i have had the withdrawal nightmares from tapering off it and others before leaving me runnig back to the docs to get them back after a week. ) I took a month to taper and replace it with st johns wort and 5 htp. at first everything was great mimimal withdrawal and i thought i had it beat.
Avatar f tn At some point down the road, when my acute anxiety abates, I understand she is considering lexapro or celexa. Any info about any of these meds and/or input about your experience, would be appreciated. I see her again in 2 weeks. Any advice as to how to get through this new period? Thanks.