Off topic - I need some help

StefCo_NJFebruary 6, 2004

I've been dizzy for about 2 weeks now. I've weaned VERY (VERY) slowly off of lexapro (over the course of a month). I don't feel like the room is spinning, or like I'm going to faint. I just feel like my head is throbbing inside, like a wave keeps rushing from ear to ear. I don't have ear pain, though. My eyes feel very tired, as well. Does anyone have ANY idea what this is? I can't go to my Dr. until Monday and I don't want to sit in the ER for 8 hrs.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Stef, a friend asked me to do some research about Lexapro withdrawal, and I found entire websites devoted to the subject. Let me go look for one and come back asap with a link. What you describe sounds like the withdrawal symptoms people were talking about.


    Bookmark   February 6, 2004 at 5:31PM
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Here's one:

Look for mention of "brain zaps." This is a very common symptom of Lexapro withdrawal.

I'll link the other site below. It's an interesting site. I see they have a grief component, but I haven't visited it. Somewhere in the archives is a l-o-n-g thread about Lexapro withdrawal symptoms. Maybe it'll come up if you do a search on the site.

Good luck. Let me know if I can help you find anything. I did a lot of reading on Lexapro and other meds when I was doing that research.


Here is a link that might be useful: Dr. Bob's website

    Bookmark   February 6, 2004 at 5:46PM
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Stef, I have a friend that experienced the same thing. I think sometimes even if you wean very slowly, you still have some residue of the drug in your body. Not sure, just guessing and from what my friend told me. If you have a small amount of the drug on hand, it may be a good idea to take it until you can see your doc on Monday. I know it can make you feel pretty bad. Don't drive feeling like this.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2004 at 7:07PM
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StefCo NJ - Just wondering how you are feeling now? it has been about 7 months since you were experiencing this. I am wondering over this time how long it took for the medication to completely leave your system.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 1:14PM
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Thanks for asking about me! I was surprised to see this post pulled back to the top - it's been so long. I'm fine, actually! Those symptoms finally went away. I'd say it took about a good 2 months to leave my system. It was a pain in the neck, but it finally went away!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 3:18PM
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I had a feeling when I read your symptoms that it was from withdrawing too fast. I had probs with Paxil.. I had to slowly ween myself off took me several months. I was experiencing electrical zapping and charges in my arms and neck.. did not like it at all.. so terribly scary.. After all that, the doctors made me go back on it again.... what a drag. I still wonder if I really need it or not.

So, I beware now that there must be other meds out there that have withdrawal symptoms that we all should consider.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2004 at 2:46AM
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i am glad to hear that you are feeling fine! I had hoped that they had worked their way out of your system and you felt good again.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2004 at 11:40AM
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