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Lindsay, 21 Feb 2006
Posted 21 Feb 2006
Posted 23 Feb 2006
This was one of the things that really kept me from starting on Lex right away after I had been prescribed it. I would be curious to know if anyone here has stopped Lex and how that went for them. I have read elsewhere on the net about folks having trouble but in the end, for me at least, I couldn't stand the depression, anxiety and panic attacks anymore. I figure that if one tapers down appropriately and over the right amount of time that this would be minimal if at all. Thoughts?
Posted 1 Mar 2006
The first time I was on Lexapro I accidently got pregnant. I had to wean off of it in 3 days. Needless to say, my body didn't particularly like it. I had the worst case of morning sickness ever. Okay--maybe not the worst case but I sure didn't feel well at all. My pdoc thinks I was feeling nasty because of withdrawls. Only time will tell!
I'll be starting to wean myself off Lexapro in April. I'll do it SLOWLY this time. My pdoc said to cut my dosage in half down to 5 mg. I'll do this for a few months and then go down to 2.5 mg and then off of it. He said I'll most likely be off by the end of summer.
When I went back on last September I told him how worried I was about the weaning off process. He said he'd work with me on it. I'll keep everyone informed of how it goes when the time comes.
Good luck to everyone!
Laura, you should have it much easier this time by tapering off slowly. I wish you well with it!
Posted 2 Mar 2006
I have an interesting story - my mom works for a neurologist... very trusted doctor and she has worked with for years. I had been on Zoloft for about 9 years before he switched me to Lexapro, as he felt it was a new and better drug. Well, I am tired of not feeling ANYTHING at all. And then being completely emotional when nothing is happening! I don't like the drug and am ready to get off. His advice: quit cold turkey. I don't know who to believe! I have been off of it for two days, and feel perfectly fine, but as I have read, most people start feeling the side effects of withdrawal awhile after the stop. I am so confused!
Posted 3 Mar 2006
Can you conslt with a psychiatrist (they specialize in these medications for mood disorders)? My personal experience has been the slower the better, as far as discontinuing goes.
Do you have plans to go back on Zoloft or another med?
Let us know how you're doing...
Posted 14 Mar 2006
I tapered off of 10mg Lexapro over the span of 2 weeks.
I experienced brain shocks for a month after coming off.
I have just recently started a low dosage of zoloft, so maybe this wont be a problem this time around, i dont know if this is common with Zoloft as well or just a Lexapro thing.
Posted 29 Mar 2006
I have been taking Cipralex for 3 weeks & seeing some improvement definitely, I am a little worried about when I come off them...
I would concentrate on the improvements! Don't get ahead of yourself.
i've had little or no problems discontinuing a number of meds. I think it helps that I always do it very slowly, and under a doctor's care.
It's unfortunate that there can be discontinuation effects, but not everyone experiences them.
Posted 29 Mar 2006
And on that note................
My pdoc is big on *staying* on the meds. I was fine for 3 years on Celexa at 20mg between '03 and now, but I was also fine for 4 years when I went off between '99 and '03.
His biggest concern is that the same med doesn't always work again if/when you try to start it up again.
That hasn't been my problem, but I'd be curious if anybody has evidence to suggest that.
He always directed me to a study done over a 5 year period where people were there were 3 control groups.
Group 1...................Taking meds & not changing anything over the entire 5 years
Group 2...................Taking meds, but stopping after 1 year and tapering off
Group 3...................Taking meds and stopping within 90 days (or some such short period)
As one might expect that's about how well they did in order of benefit!
Group 1 = Best Results w/ very few relapses within the 5 year period.
Group 2 = So-So results w/ significant relapses before the end of the 5 year period.
Group 3 = Worst results w/ many relapses before the end of 5 year period.
Is anybody familiar with this study??? Anybody have a newer version of the same study???
I believe it was done in the mid 90's. (IIRC) Anybody got any opinions with or without a study???????????
Posted 15 Apr 2006
I weaned off lexapro in 1 week with no adverse side effects. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.
Posted 22 Apr 2006
I missed one or two days of these meds once, because I forgot to pack them on holidays. Anyway I suffered massive dizzy spells. I couldn't walk.
Posted 24 Apr 2006
I decided to go cold turkey off citalopram when i forgot to pick up a prescription.
BAD IDEA! For the next few days i had increasingly wierd sensory distortion and electric shock sensations shooting through my body. very detached from reality and not in an entertaining way. Got back on them when the depression came thundering back in.
I would reccomend a very slow discontinuation. Buy a scalpel so you can cut the pills neatly into quarters or even smaller and gradually decrease over a couple of months or so. I plan to as soon as i can get my depression up to a level where i can cope with the change.
It seems to be different for some people but if you don't want to risk it- baby steps! I don't know what the best thing to do is if you're going to be switching meds- best ask the doc.
I agree that slower is better. But I would also be under a doctor's care for discontinuing a med, as well as for making any other changes.
Posted 25 Apr 2006
Better than a scalpel, you can pick up a pill splitter at the local drug store. They have ones with a rubber grippy area that holds the pill in place super well, and has a really sharp blade that cuts it exactly (it cuts knuckles really well too ). I've only cut my pills in halves, but it seems like it would be good enough to cut them in quarters without problem. Mine also has an optional bar that you can attach that must be pushed in to open it (somewhat childproof...pretty much "purse" proof, ie. won't open in your purse and slice your finger when you reach inside). I never knew these things existed, but I'm glad I found mine! Mine came from Rite Aid, but they do have them all over, including online. Just do a search for "pill splitter" to see many versions.
Like the idea of the pill splitter...
Think i'll try that out.
I really think the more gradually you can reduce the better. The less work you make for yourself, the quicker you'll get where you want. I have tried going down by halves before too but it wasn't that great. Also did it too quickly.
Remember trying to bite them in half and searching for shattered bits on the floor?!
I see a lot of people are switching from celexa to lexapro, i heard there is no difference between them and it's a marketing gimmick. Does anyone have a positive experience with the switch?
Good call Lizard, always see the doc before discontinuing.
Posted 4 May 2006
Hi Bint_Button, and welcome to the forums!
I'm sorry that going off your meds caused such a bad result. Did you talk to your doc before going off them?
Hopefully you'll start feeling better soon now that you are taking your meds again.
Do you feel safe around your family? Is there anyone that you can talk to?
Posted 5 May 2006
Taking medication is not showing weakness. It takes courage to face this problem, and do what is needed to get symptoms under control. You're taking a major positive step by taking the medication that can help you.
Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns regarding infertility? I'm not aware of this being a problem, and there are a number of anti-AD groups that use scare tactics.
We're here to offer you our support. I hope you begin to feel better soon; please let us know how you're doing...
Posted 1 Jun 2006
Exactly the same here. My face and hands would go numb and I would fall down. It was terrible.
Posted 25 Jul 2006
I just recenly ran out of Lexapro as of this past friday. Saturday I was fine but come Sunday, I slept most of the day, until around 8 pm and started getting this weird headache and some dizziness. I also had some mood swings and crying spells. Today I got a pretty bad headache and upset stomach, and had to lie down this afternoon, and then ended up sleeping until just around 2 am. Now I can't go back to sleep.
The clinic I go to has Lexapro ordered for me, which they can get free through the drug company, but it hasn't arrived just yet, and may take up to 3-4 more weeks! Well, they also have a voucher program where you pay only $10 to get a drug and the participating pharmacy will fill it for free, but it's not on there, and I think it's just stupid lol. (I take it that this drug is fairly new so they can't put it on there just yet). Well, Celexa is on there, and they said that I could take that instead, but I didn't want to. Now I kind of wish I had gotten it because I feel terrible!
Posted 1 Nov 2006
I was on Lexapro for 2 years, up to a max of 20mg. I had no side effects except for a very minor one which quite frankly i could easily have lived with. From the 20mg I slowly went down to 15 and then 10mg but the depression crept back again and I ramped back up to 20mg. Unfortunately it didn't work as well as before so my psychiatrist recommended Lustral. I only stuck it out on this SSRI for 2-3 weeks as I was steadily getting worse. I was put on Gamanil, a tricyclic AD. At the same time as slowly being introduced to this one, I was told to take Lexapro again for 5 days, 20mg the first day, then 10mg for 2 days and 5mg for the fifth day - then nothing except Gamanil. It could have been that it is not recommended to have the two types of AD together but I would have liked to have come off the SSRI a abit slower!
Have been off the SSRIs for just over a week. Am still getting very dizzy and also (although getting better I think) getting hot flushes. Psychiatrist is on hols so I rang my GP who says these are very well known, common withdrawal symptoms from the SSRIs - how come no-one thought to tell me? He also says it will pass - after a couple of weeks?! I have to say the Gamanil is starting to work on the depression - hope the dizziness isn't a side effect of that but is from the Lexapro/SSRI withdrawal. Anyone else had this problem?
Posted 11 Nov 2006
My doctor took me off of the Lexapro cold turkey 2 weeks ago because I came down with a horrible case of the flu, and I dind't feel lexapro was helping me anywyas, so he just stopped me...well huge, mistake. I was okay the 1st day or two, then I kept getting very very bad headaches, they were making me sick and I kept getting extremely extremely dizzy, it was horrible. Not to mention I think for the entire week, all i did was sleep. I don't think my doctor carried out with it the right way, either does my therapist, he wants to look at trying a different medication when he reevaluates me the 29th.
Posted 12 Nov 2006
How awful! The only time someone should go cold turkey is when it's medically necessary. I know how bad the dizziness can be because when I first started meds, and the initial ones didn't work, my doctor would give me new ones, without information on stopping the old ones, so rather than taper down, I'd go cold turkey and sometimes my head felt that it was going to split apart.
I hope that you find something that will work for you.
Posted 24 Nov 2006
How come the users:
Are refering to a post made by user:
And I do not see this persons post of any kind?
Has it been deleted or something?
Posted 10 Dec 2006
I've stopped taking Celexa 5 days ago (it's my third attempt of discontinuation, I've been on it for over a year, before that it was a year on Zoloft) and I have all the described side-effects: severe dizziness, nausea, flu-like symptoms, abrupt mood swings, crying spells etc. But I'm really determined this time, as I'm not myself while on Citalopram. I see the world differently while on the meds, too, and I hate it.
The previous attempts were all supervised by my doc. All three failed miserably. Since my doc gave up on me a couple of months ago, I've been looking for info on the internet, looking for support of people who've been through this and can give some advice.
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