the question is how long have you been taking it? were you regular with your medication? if yes, your body is most likely adjusted to the higher than normal levels of serotonin. abruptly cutting or starting ssri's leads to what's known as seratonin syndrome.
this is particularly important with teenagers who are non compliant with these medications due to sexual dysfunction. please stop them slowly. they have a half life of around 2 weeks (which is why you probably didn't feel better till about a month or so after starting the medication). even if you were to withdraw from the drug, it will remain in the system of at least 2 weeks.
in regards to damage to your heart, there are none directly. however, you may experience problems which may worsen a current heart condition.
-altered mental states (eg agitation, confusion, including coma's) -restlessness or tremors -abdom pain, increased heart rate, sweating -hyper thermia, live and kidney failure
these are only examples of a few. these last between 6-48 hrs. depending on serverity.
bottom line, don't stop drugs unless you've talked to your doctor. second point, don't stop SSRI's abruptly either. if you want to do it personally, cut to half your normal dose for AT LEAST one week.
md, adelaide, australiaAnswerI wouldn't think severe damage could occur after only four days but it depends on your original problem and the dosage you were taking. Lexapro causes serious rapid heartbeat in some people and other horrible side effects. The witdrawl symptoms aren't much better.
PS: Your other concern should be -- why you are stopping prescribed anxiety meds on your own and after only four days.
P.S: depending on if you r getting some serious side effects.its not to serious
My son died July of 2007. I was prescribed Lexapro 10mg by my physician. The first night I took a pill, I could not sleep and my blood pressure was elevated. I called my doctor and he tried to say that it was not the Lexapro but as soon as I stopped taking it my pressure went back to normal. Please know that I have had high blood pressure for 10 years and am well aware of when there is suddenly a difference. I was very disappointed in my doctor and am considering changing him. The same doctor prescribed my husband Lexapro a month later and his blood pressure also went up. He stopped taking it and his blood pressure went right back to normal. He called the same doctor and once again he said he doubted that it was the Lexapro that raised his blood pressure.
I have been on Lexapro for 1 month and was taking 10mg. I stopped taking this medication "cold turkey" without consulting my physician 6 days ago. I am experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea and feeling lightheaded almost the entire day. Honestly, you should always consult you physician before stopping these types of medications so you can taper off but in my case I just wanted it out of my system. I'm sure you could probably handle these withdrawal symptoms and wouldn't think that they could last much longer than another week or worse case scenario the length of time I took the drug in the first place.
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