Lexapro WithdrawalIf your physician referred you to The Road Back and you are not sure which supplements you need for Lexapro withdrawal, click here and you will go to a page that has links to the correct supplement package. If you wish to remain on Lexapro but eliminate current Lexapro withdrawal side effects, click here. If you want to taper off the Lexapro and you are not sure where to start, you can click here and read the bestselling book, How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely or send Jim Harper an email at Jim@theroadbnack.org and he will guide you through the process of Lexapro withdrawal.
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Lexapro is a brand name for the prescription medication Escitalopram, which is primarily used for the treatment of depression. Developed by Forest Labs, Inc., Lexapro was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003. Since then, it has gained popularity as a safe and effective alternative to other antidepressants.
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Lexapro belongs to a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and partial agonists of the serotonin 1A receptor. The drug works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and sleep.
One of the primary advantages of Lexapro is its low incidence of side effects compared to other antidepressants. While most SSRIs are associated with side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and drowsiness, Lexapro has been shown to cause significantly fewer side effects in clinical trials.
Some of the most common side effects of Lexapro include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. However, these side effects are typically mild and go away on their own after a few days. Less common side effects may include sleep disturbances, dizziness, and dry mouth.
Lexapro is available in tablet form and is typically taken once daily with food. The recommended starting dose is 10 milligrams (mg) per day, which can be increased to 20 mg per day after one week. Patients who do not respond to the 20 mg dose may be increased to 40 mg per day.
Full Description of Lexapro Escitalopram:
Lexapro is a medication that is used to treat major depressive disorder. It is an antidepressant medication that works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Like any medication, Lexapro can have side effects, and some people may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.
Withdrawal symptoms can occur when a person stops taking Lexapro suddenly, or when they taper off the medication too quickly. Withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity and duration, depending on the individual and how long they have been taking the medication. Some common withdrawal symptoms of Lexapro include:
1. Dizziness: Some people may experience dizziness or lightheadedness when they stop taking Lexapro. This can make it difficult to perform daily activities such as driving or working.
2. Nausea: Nausea and vomiting are common withdrawal symptoms of Lexapro. These symptoms can be severe and may last for several days.
3. Insomnia: Some people may experience insomnia or difficulty sleeping when they stop taking Lexapro. This can make it difficult to get a good night's sleep and can lead to fatigue and other health problems.
4. Anxiety: Lexapro is used to treat anxiety as well as depression, so it is not surprising that some people may experience anxiety when they stop taking the medication. This can include feelings of restlessness, nervousness, and panic.
5. Mood swings: Lexapro can help to stabilize mood, so when people stop taking it, they may experience mood swings or changes in their emotional state. This can include feelings of irritability, sadness, or agitation.
6. Headaches: Some people may experience headaches or migraines when they stop taking Lexapro. These can be mild to severe and can make it difficult to perform daily activities.
Flu-like symptoms: Some people may experience flu-like symptoms when they stop taking Lexapro. These can include fever, chills, and body aches.
If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro, it is important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend gradually tapering off the medication to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. They may also prescribe other medications or therapies to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
In conclusion, Lexapro withdrawal can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, and can last for several days or weeks. If you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor to discuss the best course of action. With the proper management and support, it is possible to successfully stop taking Lexapro and manage any withdrawal symptoms that may arise.
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The F.D.A. estimates 10% of the people withdrawing off an antidepressant will not be able to succeed due to withdrawal side effects. Lexapro is not different. If you are one of the lucky 90% that can do a successful Lexapro withdrawal you still need to rebuild your body once off Lexapro. This site provides information what to do for Lexapro withdrawal and after Lexapro withdrawal if you were able to succeed on your own.
Let’s take at how to have a successful Lexapro withdrawal first. There are two parts that make a successful Lexapro withdrawal possible. How you reduce the Lexapro during withdrawal and taking a few supplements that will help eliminate any Lexapro withdrawal side effects. If you want to read the short version of how to handle Lexapro withdrawal side effects Click here. Page opens new browser window.
It does not matter what dosage of Lexapro you are taking or how long you have used Lexapro; the reduction of Lexapro is the same. You want to reduce Lexapro by no more than 10% and only reduce by an additional 10% every 2 weeks. This is the safest and most successful way to become Lexapro free and not suffer during withdrawal.
Check with your pharmacist for compounding the Lexapro and the best option. The next best method is to use a pill slicer and a milligram scale. Get a 7 day pill holder and once a week cut your pills for the coming week. Roughly 90% of you will be able to complete a Lexapro withdrawal using the method above. However, you will most likely experience flu like symptoms, headache, brain zaps, anxiety, and insomnia or in some cases extreme fatigue. These symptoms will normally last 1 or 2 weeks.
In early 1999, we began investigating the use of natural supplements to help ease withdrawal symptoms. Over the past 20 plus years we have continued to improve this approach and our success rate is rather high. With Lexapro withdrawal, you should take 4 supplements. JNK Formula Complete, Neuro Day, Neuro Night and Omega 3 Supreme.
You can read The Program (link above) for all chapters of the bestselling book, How to Get Off Psychoactive Drugs Safely, or just follow the instructions on each bottle to know when to take each supplement. Take the supplements for 1 full week before reducing the Lexapro and then you can begin your Lexapro withdrawal reduction. It really can be this simple. If you are located in the United States Canada, Great Britain Click here
What is Lexapro
Lexapro is a prescription medication used to treat depression and anxiety. It belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The medication takes some time to build up in the body, which is why it can take a few weeks before people begin noticing a reduction in symptoms of depression or anxiety. If you suddenly stop taking Lexapro, however, you may experience symptoms of withdrawal. In the United States this withdrawal is known as Lexapro Discontinuation Syndrome but in Europe is known as Lexapro Withdrawal. Antidepressants are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Of the more than 60 million people who take them in a given month, about one quarter have been taking them for more than 10 years. Often, long- term use is linked to fear of relapse of their symptoms or withdrawal. We have found length of time taking Lexapro WILL NOT determine how easy or difficult it will be for you to accomplish a Lexapro withdrawal.
People experience symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal because of the way SSRI's work in the brain. SSRIs affect the levels of serotonin, a type of mood-regulating neurotransmitter in the brain. When you abruptly stop taking your medication, it doesn't give the brain enough time to adjust to the sudden change. Whether you are stopping Lexapro because it is not working for you or you are better and you've decided with your doctor that it makes sense to come off your medication, the quitting process needs to be slow and gradual.
Recent research has found that the severity of SSRI withdrawal is much worse than previously believed. On average, about 46% of people experiencing SSRI withdrawal symptoms describe them as severe. Severe symptoms indicate that withdrawal can potentially interfere with your ability to meet responsibilities at home and at work.
It was also found that 10% of the people attempting antidepressant withdrawal, 10% quit the Lexapro withdrawal due to a withdrawal side effect known as brain zaps. The Omega 3 Supreme used during Lexapro withdrawal is formulated to ease this severe withdrawal side effect.
Most Common Symptoms
The most common symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal—occurring in more than one in four people—are as follows:
Trouble remembering things
The most common symptoms of Lexapro withdrawal are dizziness, muscle tension, and chills, which each affect about 44% of users. Many people also experience confusion and difficulty concentrating. Once again, the supplements have been formulated to help with these symptoms.
The following is a more complete list of symptoms associated with withdrawal: Changes in motor control: Temors, muscle tension, restless legs, unsteady gait, or difficulty controlling speech and chewing movements Digestive issues: Nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, or appetite loss Flu-like symptoms: Headache, muscle pain, weakness, and tiredness. Instability: Dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty walking Mood changes: Anxiety, agitation, panic, suicidal ideation, depression, irritability, anger, mania, or mood swings Sleep problems: Nightmares, unusual dreams, excessive/vivid dreams, or insomnia Unusual sensations: Brain zaps (like an electrical shock or shiver in your brain), pins and needles, ringing in the ears, strange tastes, or hypersensitivity to sound.
Lexapro withdrawal can take a real toll on your life, both physically and emotionally. Antidepressants like Lexapro work by increasing serotonin levels in your brain. When you stop taking them, it takes your brain a while to get used to the drug’s absence. Unfortunately, the amount of time this takes can vary widely.
Lexapro withdrawal symptoms typically arrive one to three days after your last dose. It can start sooner (within hours) or later (more than a week). This is why most inpatient facilities fail with Lexapro withdrawal. Insurance may pay only 9 days of treatment and by the time you are off the plane near your city, Lexapro withdrawal is back and in full effect. Lexapro withdrawal should never be rushed.
Coping & Relief
The best way to find relief from Lexapro withdrawal is to use the supplements mentioned above, reduce the Lexapro gradually and only continue to reduce when you are feeling very well. If you are still experiencing symptoms of depression, definitely send us an e-mail and we will help you adjust supplements and assist you in finding the cause.
Taper Off Medication Slowly
In 1999, our founder, Jim Harper, published a guideline for reducing medications. That guideline has been adapted to all psychoactive medications by the drug manufacturers. The most effective way to minimize symptoms of withdrawal is to slowly taper off your medication. “Reduce the medication slowly. If withdrawal symptoms begin go back up to the last dosage you were doing fine at, stay at that dosage until all withdrawal has subsided. When you continue with withdrawal reduce the medication slower than the previous reductions.”
Lexapro should only be reduced by 10%. Some people will need to reduce the Lexapro by 5%. Reductions of the Lexapro can be made every 7 days or in some cases every 14 days. Slow and steady wins this race.
Tapering involves adjusting your dose by a small amount, gradually decreasing until your body gets used to lower levels of the medication. Talk to your doctor who can then create a dose schedule and carefully monitor the process to avoid severe symptoms. Practice Good Self-Care Taking good care of your health as you stop taking Lexapro can also help you to better manage any withdrawal symptoms that you experience.
Some steps you can take that might help you cope with withdrawal symptoms include:
Do not change your diet when tapering. This can alter metabolism rater of the Lexapro and create a withdrawal symptom
Follow your doctor's tapering recommendations
Get plenty of rest
Get regular mild exercise
Get support from family, friends, or support groups
If you or someone you love shows any of the following signs or symptoms after stopping or during a Lexapro taper, get help:
Becoming preoccupied with death, dying, or violence Engaging in risky or self-destructive activities, such as driving drunk Feeling hopeless or trapped Gathering the means to commit suicide, such as bullets or pills Getting affairs in order or giving away belongings Having intense mood swings
Planning how you would commit suicide if you were going to do it Saying goodbye to people as if it were the last time Talking or thinking about suicide more than normal, for example, “I wish I were dead”