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Can you experience really bad withdrawal symptoms from Lexapro even if you were taking such a low dosage of 5 mg per day?

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2009-08-24 03:06:29
2009-08-24 03:06:29

Everyone reacts differently to medications. Some people can experience withdrawl symptoms from stopping the SSRIs (anti-depressants such as Lexapro), while some have no symptoms at all. For those that have withdrawl symptoms, I always recommend tapering the medication by breaking it in half or taking it every other day then every three days, etc. Sometimes, this can take a really long time since some people experience pretty severe withdrawl symptoms. The main thing is to talk it over with your physician and set up a plan that will work the best for you. I am 21 year old college student who took Lexapro, 20mg, for 5 months. I was prescribed Lexapro to treat my anxiety and obsessive thoughts. As most college students, I became incredibly stressed with my major. The problem was, that I did not talk to anyone about it, I just let the anxiety and the negative thoughts take over.

I definitely think I needed Lexapro to get me through the rough time! But, along with the medicine I also saw a therapist, who taught me techniques on how to reduce and manage my stress/anxiety. Counseling gave me the tools to work through the anxiety, the medicine reversed my emotions so I was able to make it through the day.

As I stated previously, I started at 20mg --- all I did to taper off was take 10mg of Lexapro for a week, then I was done! I am on my third day of being completely off of the medication. I am experiencing occasional dizziness/light-headedness and sweating. But, I know that will only last a little bit longer. I am feeling great and staying positive :)

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