You need to also look for other symptoms such as anxiety, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, behavior or mood changes, and an agitated or irritable feeling after taking the drug. Some patients may also experience restlessness, aggressiveness, or depression after consuming the drug. Some people might also experience less severe side effects such as drowsiness, upset stomach, dry mouth and heartburn after consuming Lexapro tablets.
Precautions You should inform you doctor if you are allergic to escitalopram or citalopram or have any other allergies. It is important that you doctor has this knowledge beforehand as the drug also contains inactive ingredients that can trigger an allergic reaction in your body.
Any idea when I can expect to feel like myself again? Your experience is going to be unique to you. The best thing you can do for yourself is avoid freaking out about them.
I would give it about a month or two and then see whether this feeling goes away. Reply Link Lauren July 31, , 6: It has been 5 days since I have stopped taking it. The headaches and moodiness I can stand but has anyone found anything to help with lightheadedness? I fought my doctor on trying this medication for 3 weeks, wish I had fought harder. Any help would be fantastic! Kathleen August 7, , 4: I am using OTC meclizine motion sickness chewable tablets for nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness.
It helps a lot! If I had known how bad the withdrawals were going to be, I never would have taken it. Any doctor that says Lexapro has no withdrawal effects is full of crap! Reply Link Kim w. November 27, , 1: I quit cold turkey apx.
But I feel getting off this is what I need to do for me now. Kim Link Alicia December 10, , 8: Had I know what I was in for, I would have sought out a second opinion despite the fact that I love my doctor for most stuff and I was an emotional mess at the time.
I spoke with a neurologist who works with a lot of holistic treatments this morning and he offered me some help to ease the withdrawal symptoms which I really hope will work!! Rami November 5, , 7: Reply Link jenny December 15, , I was on it close to 4 months.
I felt worst on it so I decided to research other ways to dealing with my depression. Today is my third day off it and for the first time I experienced tachycardia and dizziness since early in the morning. Also unstable while walking, like if I am drunk. Brain zap and headache. I am a registered nurse so I have been assessing my symptoms all day. So now I wish I never started to take the antidepressant to begin with. Link Jennifer December 16, , 5: I noticed my blood pressure was lower than normal during these lightheaded spells.
I found that working out helped bring up my blood pressure and lessen the effects of the lightheadedness. Reply Link Diane December 21, , 3: Began 10 mg Lexapro 3 years ago during severe bout of shingles. Doc increased dose to 20 mg this summer. Had to discontinue use of 20 mg Lexipro in mid October as side effects had gotten severe: Per doctor orders reduced dose to 10 mg, then 0 mg over 2 weeks.
Never realized that side effects from taking these drugs for a long period of time or possibly just being prescribed too high a dose could make me feel so sick. If you read the literature, Lexapro side effects are identical to Lexapro withdrawl symptoms. Especially treasure the frightening little seizures called brain zaps, body tremors, sweats and muscle spasms that sent me to the ER in fear more than once.
Had described some of these symptoms to docs for many years, their answers were always more drugs: Still have great difficulty sleeping, bouts of anxiety, anger and impatience. Still not recovered, expect another 60 to 90 days til out of the fog. Link Magda May 27, , 7: It seems like everyone here forgot why they took it in the first place.
I know I did. Jason June 14, , 7: Rodd June 25, , 6: What the heck do I do? Reply Link Chris February 11, , 4: I to have been on for 15 years but only 10mg mixed with mg wellbutrin. Reply Link Lisa February 17, , I weaned off both over the course of a few months and have been off them completely for a month.
I can tell you that without my vitamins and supplements I would have gone right back on them. The withdrawal symptoms are no laughing matter for sure. I can help with the supplements I take if anyone is interested. Reply Link Nauman February 21, , 8: Can you please share the name of the supplements? Thanks, Nauman Link Carina March 9, , 8: What supplements do you take? Rachel March 14, , 6: Kathleen March 18, , What supplements helped you? Denise April 14, , 3: Link Pam Davis May 25, , 1: I took months to taper off if 10 mg and I have major anger, trouble sleeping, nausea, sweating, crying spells and I, literally, cannot eat.
Actually, testing to see if something else is going on. I was on Lexapro for 9 years. Amy May 26, , Valerian can help too. Link Sheryl June 16, , 4: The last dose before bed.
Tapered off Lexapro after 10 years. Been off completely for 2 weeks. Started the magnesium 1 month before I stopped. It gave me the courage to stop. Do some research on it. Link Emily June 16, , First two weeks I was fine, now super anxious, moody. David June 28, , 8: Link Susan becker July 27, , 2: I am experiencing the whole array of withdrawals and I have have chronic migraines which I suffered with for years. I am still tapering ism down to 3 mg roughly right now.
That for any input you can share. Link Lisa August 16, , 8: I am choosing to use Shaklee supplements to treat my anxiety and depression naturally. These are all on my website, but I would rather talk or email more details. If I can help with any questions please send me an email. Link Kris November 15, , I would appreciate your help.
Link Maddie June 2, , They wanted to put me up to 40mg!! I honestly am more worried about the sleep meds more than the antidepressants. Reply Link Ed June 20, , 3: Link Sara Messer July 13, , 5: I am noticing sleep issues and fatigue, but I imagine it would be worse cold turkey.
Reply Link Sue July 17, , Reply Link Mort February 14, , Fatigue has been tough. Reply Link Jess September 9, , What were your digestive problems? Reply Link Nan September 24, , 1: I also had these symptoms and they lasted for awhile. I found Gas-X to help with the bloating.
You might try that. Reply Link Bexley January 29, , Reply Link Melissa June 27, , 6: I swear if I knew all these side effects would happen when she was to come off I would have never agreed to let her take it! Nausea, blurred vision, mood swings, feels like she is floating…etc. She was on 20 mg. It has been day 2 of 10 mg. No change in withdraw symptoms as of yet.
Really bad acid reflux and flatulence. I can hardly wait until I take the last dose. Reply Link Prowler April 29, , TBH none of them have worked as well as Lexapro did for me. I have had major nausea, fatigue, sweating, and headaches. I guess I am nervous about it. Reply Link anne July 19, , 8: I was on 15 mg at first and then my doctor increased it to 20 mg I have severe OCD and depression.
Since discontinuing in May, and it is now July, I have experienced brain zaps, dizziness, nausea, and absolutely insane migraines every single day. If anyone out there has any insight into this, please, please let me know, I am so panicked. Reply Link Katy November 4, , 1: Reply Link VoniB November 28, , 1: Why do I say that.. Brain zaps feels like your brain is shocked or smacked. Mine is at their worst when I move my eyes around i. Reply Link Karyn January 13, , 3: Single mom with 2 kiddos, not good combination!
I need help too! How can I get through this and still function in reality? Kd February 27, , 5: I get that exact feeling if I miss my pill days in a row!!! Reply Link Donna May 16, , 2: The brain zaps are bad which literally feel like zaps of electricity zapping through your head, and my hearing kind of goes quiet while this happens, and my eyes go weird.
I feel lightheaded too and get hot flushes. Reply Link Mike January 13, , 3: I have not taken Lexapro in a year. I went back on it a after a six month break and I feel as though I will never get my old self back. Christian January 18, , 8: Have any of your symptoms improved? Reply Link Shirley June 14, , 1: The brain zaps are driving me crazy.
Always a ringing in my ears. Headaches and losing my balance. Could you tell me your supplements please? Reply Link ramjet July 21, , 7: This time followed recommendations of taking vitamin supplements: All supplements are Pharmaceutical grade, meaning, they are better than the junk you buy at most big box stores walmart, et al.
Withdrawal symptoms are very manageable to nonexistent. Fish oil is the cure for brain zaps btw. This recipe is a modification of theroadback. Reply Link Laurie July 23, , I have tried once before to come off the drug after 4 years. You reminded me that I need to be diligent about taking the supplements.
I have all of the ones you mentioned and just took them. I have been having a really bad today but feel more hopeful now. Reply Link nivek October 16, , 9: Wondering if others experience this? Also I experience withdrawal more than once after dose reduction maybe a week apart…and am tired all the time. Anxiety and depression are usually short lived maybe a day or so here and there.
I have had insomnia for months just can not sleep for more than a few hrs a night. Lots of other things as well. The most glaring are insomnia, gas and bloating nausea…wondering if this stuff is normal?
Please feel free to offer suggestions that may help in my endeavor. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women; therefore, escitalopram should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Pregnancy-Nonteratogenic Effects Neonates exposed to Lexapro and other SSRIs or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors SNRIs , late in the third trimester have developed complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding. Such complications can arise immediately upon delivery. Reported clinical findings have included respiratory distress, cyanosis , apnea , seizures, temperature instability, feeding difficulty, vomiting, hypoglycemia , hypotonia , hypertonia , hyperreflexia, tremor, jitteriness, irritability, and constant crying.
PPHN occurs in 1 - 2 per 1, live births in the general population and is associated with substantial neonatal morbidity and mortality. Other studies do not show a significant statistical association. Physicians should also note the results of a prospective longitudinal study of pregnant women with a history of major depression , who were either on antidepressants or had received antidepressants less than 12 weeks prior to their last menstrual period , and were in remission.
Women who discontinued antidepressant medication during pregnancy showed a significant increase in relapse of their major depression compared to those women who remained on antidepressant medication throughout pregnancy. When treating a pregnant woman with Lexapro, the physician should carefully consider both the potential risks of taking an SSRl, along with the established benefits of treating depression with an antidepressant.
Labor And Delivery The effect of Lexapro on labor and delivery in humans is unknown. Many drugs besides escitalopram may affect the heart rhythm QT prolongation , including amiodarone , pimozide , procainamide , quinidine , sotalol , among others. Escitalopram is very similar to citalopram. Do not use medications containing citalopram while using escitalopram. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug. Does Lexapro interact with other medications? Overdose If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing , call Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
US residents can call their local poison control center at Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Notes Do not share this medication with others.
Keep all regular medical and psychiatric appointments. Missed Dose If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not double the dose to catch up. Storage Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
Keep all medications away from children and pets. Urinary System Disorders - urinary frequency, urinary tract infection.
These adverse reactions have been chosen for inclusion because of a combination of seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to escitalopram and have not been listed elsewhere in labeling. However, because these adverse reactions were reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: Ear and labyrinth disorders: General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders: Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: Pregnancy, Puerperium and Perinatal Conditions: Renal and Urinary Disorders: Reproductive System and Breast Disorders: Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: John's Wort [see Warnings and Precautions 5. If concomitant treatment of Lexapro with a triptan is clinically warranted, careful observation of the patient is advised, particularly during treatment initiation and dose increases [see Warnings and Precautions 5.
Serotonin release by platelets plays an important role in hemostasis. Epidemiological studies of the case-control and cohort design that have demonstrated an association between use of psychotropic drugs that interfere with serotonin reuptake and the occurrence of upper gastrointestinal bleeding have also shown that concurrent use of an NSAID or aspirin may potentiate the risk of bleeding. Patients receiving warfarin therapy should be carefully monitored when Lexapro is initiated or discontinued.
The clinical significance of these findings is unknown. Nevertheless, plasma lithium levels should be monitored with appropriate adjustment to the lithium dose in accordance with standard clinical practice.
Because lithium may enhance the serotonergic effects of escitalopram, caution should be exercised when Lexapro and lithium are coadministered.
Racemic citalopram did not alter the mean AUC or Cmax of pimozide. The mechanism of this pharmacodynamic interaction is not known. If concomitant treatment with sumatriptan and an SSRI e. I like Wellbutrin and found that it helped me to lose the weight as it kept my appetite and cravings at bay however, I could tell that I needed something more. My doctor said that it would not cause weight gain but from my own experience, and from my research, this is not true.
I have been on Cipralex since the week of Christmas It has helped me but I have noticed that I am tired often, and have little motivation. I want to take something that will help me mentally but not affect my weight.
I was prescribed 25mg for the first week and then told to take 50mg thereafter however, I learned that Cipralex does not come in 25mg in Canada. I would like to know what other meds people are switching over to? Everyone is sharing their story and experience with Cipralex but not many people are stating what med they are switching to, if any. It would be so helpful and it would be great to hear from the people who posted a year ago, and know how they are doing.
Reply Link LM November 15, , Those 10 pounds came on during the last few months I was on the drug. I maintained the same eating habits and exercise routine. I weaned off slowly with very few side effects. However, I have now been completely Lexapro-free for 3. How much longer before the weight will come off? What else can I do? Or do some people just never lose the weight they put on? Reply Link Renee November 23, , I have gained a total of about 17lbs.
I was also taking ativan 0. I am on my 9th day of not taking my meds. I have only experienced SOME joint pain, but that is all. Since I have been on these meds, I have experienced a great deal of memory loss, therefore I would actually forget to take my meds for two days. On the morning of the third day I would be having an anxiety attack. As I stated, I am on my 9th day without any meds, and all the credit and glory goes to God.
He still perform miracles! Throughout the time I was on the meds and dealing with the change in me and in my life, meaning that I resigned from my salary paying job to a hourly paying job, because I could no longer keep up with the workload and be successful on my job, I began speaking healing scriptures over my body and mind.
I am still doing it now, and believing God for total healing and restoration. I have experienced both healing in my body before and in my life, so I have first hand experience of His supernatural power. Reply Link MaryBee November 23, , 2: I had been on other medications and the minute I saw a weight gain I would stop taking them. I have developed fibromyalgia over the last five years and all I keep hearing is you need to stay active. I sleep about 5 hours a night and I stay on a constant diet.
I have noticed in the last several months I have a hard time with remembering names of everyday things like measuring spoons.
In reviewing some of the other posts now I think I may have a talk with my doctor. What I am doing now is not really living and I have been very concerned that I had had a stroke because of the memory problem, but the tests say NO. I have to get this weight off and I have tried just about everything except surgery. Pills that have caused some damage to my liver, restrictive diet plans, gym membership, home gym equipment.
I wish I had come across your article before this. This weight will defiantly decrease my lifespan. Reply Link Sandy November 27, , 9: Hope the cravings stop. I stayed on because it worked so well turning my brain off at night. Reply Link Kelli December 23, , 1: I have had leg surgery and the doctor said that it might help me since I suffer from anxiety and short bouts of anger brought on by stress.
The drug helped amazingly well. I however get depressed with weight gain and I have decided to go off of it simply because I do not want to be heavy. I am bummed because I can definitely tell the difference not being on the medication.
I am back to lashing out again. I was happier on the medication, food tasted better, life was nicer and everyone around me said that I was easier to talk to and more patient when I was on the medication. Regretfully I have stopped taking it solely because of the weight gain.
My diet is poor and it got worse after taking the lexapro. Reply Link Ciera January 6, , I started at 10mg, the next month I was at 20mg, and then a month after I had to go to 30mg. I have been on them for 4 months. I weighed lbs. I have stretch marks all over my arms from the rapid weight gain as well. It sucks, and I feel lazy, tired. Reply Link Lisa Jean January 27, , 3: Great med except for the weight gain!
Went from to Reply Link Kennedy January 31, , I did not change my eating habits, and I exercise like I use to before I started taking Lexapro. I went from weighing to weighing I did not know how I was gaining the weight… I have been on Lexapro for about years now and my weight keeps changing. Before I started Lexapro it took me forever to get to that I use to sit at My doctor instructed me to gain weight because I was under weight.
I was fine with weighting , but when I got on Lexapro and it started to get out of control I became frustrated! I finally did some research and realized it is the Lexapro! Ever since I started taking that I have been gaining weight, but unaware that it was the medication causing it.
Reply Link Beth February 1, , 7: Just four months into it, I have gained 13 pounds and am at I do not have cravings, nor am I eating more sweets or carbs. I cannot explain it. The good news is, I feel great — happy, peaceful and can think clearly. I just have to figure out how to stop gaining and get back into the clothes that no longer fit me! Reply Link Diana February 11, , 4: I have to say that it saved my life and I am grateful.
But I went from to My doctor said to cut my dosage in half and cut out the carbs. I am counting my calories riding my bike and attempting yoga. Reply Link Sarah March 2, , 4: I went from lbs to lbs. It really helps with my anxiety as well.
Good luck to everyone we can get through it: Reply Link Chris February 11,4: Slight reducing toxicity clinical signs and decreased body weight gain and food consumption was seen at this dose. A light bulb went off in my head. Reply Link Rachel May 9, The safety and effectiveness of Lexapro have not been established in pediatric younger than 12 years of age patients from major depressive 10mg. Then half lexapro tablet for 2 weeks. I went from a 34C to a 34DD over this course. Last year I dieted for 8 months hardcore, chicken, meat, eggs, reducing, no carbs. I have experienced both healing in my body before and in 20mg life, so I have first hand experience of His supernatural power, reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were 20mg from these subjects and younger subjects, reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but again, reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg, greater sensitivity of some elderly individuals cannot be ruled out. Safety and effectiveness of Lexapro has been established in adolescents 12 to lexapro years of age for the treatment of major depressive disorder [see Clinical 10mg I am totally convinced that if it were not for my exercise routine and diet I would be lbs overweight instead of 45lbs!
Been on 20mg for about 5 years after an anxiety attack and Ativan too. I will not go on any anti-depressant that causes weight gain and farting. Final Verdict Knowing that Lexapro may come with some side effects, do you still need to consider this brand? I am finally feeling like I am over the from of the withdrawal symptoms but I would 10mg do this again for any reason. At age 50 I am praying the weight comes off. Lexapro brain feels very good and swear I will never stop taking it. Continuing The Therapy Prescribed While reducings may notice improvement with Lexapro therapy in 1 to 4 weeks, they should be advised to continue therapy as directed. Both are in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIsa class that also includes fluoxetine Prozacparoxetine Paxil and sertraline Zoloft. There were too few 20mg in differing ethnic and age groups to adequately assess whether or not Lexapro buying tramadol in spain differential effects in these groups. I was worried I had a brain tumor, reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg. Since discontinuing in May, and it is now July, I have experienced brain zaps, dizziness, nausea, and absolutely insane migraines every single day. Precautions You should inform you doctor if you are allergic to escitalopram or citalopram or have any other allergies. I weighed lbs. Monitor weight and height in children who are taking this drug.
I even went to a weight loss clinic and they put lexapro on stuff that was guaranteed to help me lose weight and 3 lbs came off and went right back on. I am hoping it is not working against me with my thyroid from and a healthier diet and more running will be my solution, reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg. Labor And Delivery The effect of Lexapro on 10mg and delivery in humans is unknown. 20mg Link Ashley September 25,reducing lexapro from 20mg to 10mg, 6: A subsequent intravenous dosing study demonstrated that in beagle dogs, racemic DDCT caused QT prolongation, a known risk factor for the observed outcome in dogs. It has been 5 days since I have stopped reducing it. My blood pressure is all over the place. I just thought it was because I was going to start my period. Kim Link Alicia December 10,8: I run half marathons exelon 4 6mg/24 h enjoy working out and running, but a nice nap in the afternoon always seems like the better option. Reply Link Pamela October 8,
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