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Last Updated on May 30, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Nov 4, 2019
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Once a person has become physically dependent upon Lexapro, they may develop Lexapro addiction symptoms means there will be withdrawal side effects.

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What is Lexapro Addiction?

Lexapro is an antidepressant most commonly used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Dependency can form quickly and often results in an addiction to Lexapro, as well as withdrawal when the drug is discontinued. No one takes Lexapro with the intention of becoming addicted. However, some people become critically aware of their dependency within a few months of treatment.

Have you ever forgotten to take a dose, taken it late, ran out of your prescription early or reduced the dosage, and felt sick or dizzy? That is what would be described as a mild set of Lexapro withdrawal symptoms. Most people don’t think about addiction to Lexapro as they would heroin or cocaine addiction. But technically, it’s really not all that different and once a person has experienced Lexapro side effects from withdrawal; they know what addiction is. Once a person has been on this medication for an extended amount of time; they need it to function. Since it is prescribed by a doctor and if it makes the person feel better; they continue to take it while a gradual dependency is building.

Many people report first noticing their physical and/or mental dependency upon missing their morning dosage or picking up their prescription a day or two late. Just like any other addiction, they have to have it. If they run out, they will not feel normal or happy, they will need it and they will want it. Some individuals may feel a Lexapro high. After time starts to pass, people become even more afraid of discontinuing the use of this drug because of the withdrawal process. Then many individuals have to start increasing their daily dosage after developing a tolerance, so on and so forth. Just like that, you can develop a need for Lexapro addiction help.

Lexapro for Depression … Does it Cure Depression?

For people with depression, an antidepressant can seems like a miracle drug, except that it is not. The old adage remains true: if it seems too good to be true, the chances are that it probably is. An antidepressant may relieve depression while you are consuming it, but it is not resolving anything. It may indeed be causing further damage. People who have depression should be consistently and gradually making steps towards dealing with some of the underlying issues and overcoming them step by step.1

Lexapro is an easy way out; it may allow you to not have to squarely deal with your depression, issues or emotions. It may numb your pain and help you to cope and there are times when that is needed. But not as a way of life. People with depression are even more vulnerable to becoming dependent on taking a pill that takes their depression away, and again, just like any other addiction, this is a vicious cycle.

How to Resolve Lexapro Addiction

The important part is being able to recognize that this is a real addiction, just like an alcohol or opiate addiction; you need the drug to feel good, if you don’t have it you won’t feel good so you don’t want to stop taking it and on and on and on. Talking to a doctor about antidepressant addiction is a good place to begin to understand and recognize your dependency on this medication.

Best Way to Reduce Lexapro Withdrawals

Getting off of this drug does not have to be difficult, and can be surprisingly easy if you can find effective Lexapro withdrawal addiction treatment. If you have recognized that you are dependent on this drug, then you have conquered the hardest step and the choice is yours to make the next step towards ending Lexapro addiction symptoms. Most people on Lexapro were given the medication before any efforts were put forth to investigate any potential causes of the person’s depression.

For many, they are put on this medication during an emotionally stressful or traumatic time in their life. Then years later they are suffering from addiction and withdrawal when trying to get off of the drug. Withdrawal occurs because even though a person may not have a serotonin deficit initially, consumption of the drug certainly can create a real serotonin deficiency, as well as a number of other undesirable changes within the CNS (central nervous system).

The Alternative to Meds Center Cessation Program

lexapro addiction withdrawal sedona arizonaThe Alternative to Meds Center Cessation program uses targeted nutrient therapies and other supplements designed for creating serotonin to help combat symptoms of withdrawal. This, employed in combination with figuring out the causes of why the person was depressed originally, can create a medication-free success that is long-lasting. At our addiction treatment facility, we discover any medical causes of why a person may depressed and our program additionally uses lab testing, natural substances that stabilize neurochemistry, removal of accumulated neurotoxins, exacting withdrawal taper techniques, massage, personal exercise training, yoga, and other therapies that combat depression and help you to re-design your life, the one you have always wanted. You can have that life. You are encouraged to call us and talk, so you can get a fuller understanding of the amazing quality of Lexapro addiction help which is available at Alternative to Meds Center.


1. “What Causes Depression,” Harvard Medical School Publishing, published June 2009, updated June 24, 2019 online [accessed 2019 Oct 20]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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