Lexapro Withdrawal

Lexapro Withdrawal

Individuals taking Lexapro often decide to end use of the drug, and encounter Lexapro withdrawal symptoms.


Since this experience can be difficult, our withdrawal treatment centers on effective methods of Lexapro withdrawal help to simplify this experience, and take away side effects of withdrawal. Here at Alternative to Meds Center, we know that there are alternatives to taking antidepressants for a lifetime. 

Lexapro is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and SSRI withdrawal is characterized by many symptoms, side effects and experiences. Withdrawal may be uncomfortable, particularly if the dosage is reduced too quickly or if this medication is withdrawn abruptly. It is very important for medical guidance to be available during this withdrawal process, in case you run into any problems; it is better to be on the safe side. Additionally, with Lexapro withdrawal treatment, the severity of uncomfortable side effects will be greatly lessened. Antidepressant withdrawal can emerge when discontinuing any dosage (even low dosages), and even when reducing the dosage or missing a dose. Symptoms of withdrawal can become apparent within as little as eight hours of reducing dosage or stopping Lexapro completely. Withdrawal symptoms can last from one to eight weeks, or easily longer.

Each person will experience different Lexapro antidepressant withdrawal side effects than the next person, just to name a few: anxiety, aggression, brain zaps, blurred vision, crying spells, cramps, concentration impairment, constipation, dizziness, diarrhea, depersonalization, electric shock like sensations, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, fatigue, gait instability, hostility, hallucinations, indigestion, insomnia, irritability, impaired speech, jumpy nerves, lethargy, lack of coordination, migraines, headaches, nervousness, nausea, paranoia, repetitive thoughts, pacing, sensory disturbances, severe internal restlessness (akathasia), tremors, tingling sensations, tinnitus, visual hallucinations, illusions, delusions, vivid dreams, troubling thoughts, worsened depression and speech/visual changes. Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, insomnia, gait instability and headaches are some most commonly reported Lexapro withdrawal symptoms.

The easiest way to avoid serious symptoms of withdrawal is to carefully consider other options before trying prescription antidepressants, if already using this medication and wanting to discontinue use; slowly taper off instead of abruptly quitting. Developing a specific tapering schedule with your doctor will help to minimize withdrawal symptoms; however anyone discontinuing use of this medication has a risk of suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms can be further minimized by seeking Lexapro withdrawal treatment and incorporating alternative treatments for depression during and after withdrawal; it is reported that around 80% of people who discontinue Lexapro experience SSRI withdrawal.

Taking care of the body and mind makes a big difference in this process as well, eating healthy foods, being physically active, sleeping regularly, engaging in healthy relationships and surrounding yourself with a good environment will make the withdrawal easier on the body and mind.  One particularly concerning and disturbing symptom of SSRI discontinuation syndrome is hallucinations, while already working through the emotional and physical aspects of withdrawal; hallucinations can make the person in withdrawal feel like they have lost their sanity. Withdrawal symptoms will improve with time, although some people report residual withdrawal symptoms lasting for months, years or even a lifetime. If long term, high dose usage of this drug is not properly withdrawn with medical Lexapro withdrawal help; lingering withdrawal symptoms may last for long periods of time. Under the care of a doctor or drug rehab, if withdrawal symptoms are too unbearable; the person may be returned to a higher dosage temporarily to relieve uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Taking care of the body and mind makes a big difference in this process as well, eating healthy foods, being physically active, sleeping regularly, engaging in healthy relationships and surrounding yourself with a good environment will make the withdrawal easier on the body and mind. Talk therapy is a good activity to participate in during and after withdrawal, and cleansing the body of built up toxins from the drug can speed the withdrawal process up and help to leave no residual withdrawal symptoms behind. Detoxification can be achieved through diets, simple cleanses, herbal remedies, sauna therapy, vitamin therapies, and more. Discontinuing an antidepressant drug may be too much to handle by one’s self, and in many cases people must seek rehabilitation to successfully relieve Lexapro withdrawal side effects. If stopping Lexapro is too overwhelming, one should not be afraid to ask for help as it is always available to those who seek it.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) do not act to create Serotonin, they are targeted to block reuptake. Serotonin is supposed to be re-up-taken, so that the nerve cell can reuse it. When the drug forces Serotonin out into nerve space (synapse), then it will degrade, and no Serotonin is left to be reused. Serotonin is an inhibitory aspect of our neurochemistry; it helps to inhibit stimulation from our external environment, creates sleep neurohormones, and also lessens thoughts and behaviors of compulsive natures. So when a person is experiencing SSRI discontinuation syndrome, it is likely that they will feel anxiousness, over stimulation, sleeplessness, OCD like symptoms and even symptoms similar to Tourette’s syndrome.

This happens due to the Serotonin deficiency that now truly exists. Here at Alternative to Meds Center’s rehab, to alleviate symptoms when the medication is being withdrawn, specific IV nutrients and oral supplements designed for actually creating Serotonin are utilized. Our withdrawal treatment centers also on using nutritional therapy, natural substances to balance neurochemistry, lab testing, cessation to remove neurotoxins that have been accumulated from the drug or environment, massage, careful withdrawal techniques, peer support, personal training, yoga and other therapies to overcome depression and withdrawal. We encourage you to call and speak with us, and find out more of an idea about the kinds of Lexapro withdrawal help that are available.


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