Common Lexapro withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, gait instability and insomnia. Some folks may even report flu-like symptoms, and the range of symptoms may be mild to severe.
Lexapro is an antidepressant that acts as a stimulant and has occasionally been used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It interacts with the chemicals in the brain that contribute to mood and emotional well-being.
The reason for this is that children and adults who suffer from ADD or ADHD are at increased risk of developing depression. (See this article about the link between ADHD and depression.
The full list of withdrawal symptoms includes: tremors , visual hallucinations, headache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, sweating, fever, abdominal discomfort, mood disturbance, sleep disturbance, flu symptoms, general malaise, decrease in appetite, anxiety, agitation, irritability, and memory and concentration difficulties.
Keep in mind that side effects do not affect everyone who takes Lexapro; they generally occur in a small number of people taking the medication.
If you experience adverse side effects, notify your prescribing doctor immediately. If you experience a severe reaction to Lexapro, seek immediate emergency medical attention.
It is especially important to be aware of any increase of suicidal thoughts or behaviors while taking any antidepressant. Contact your doctor and seek immediate medical attention if you feel like you are going to harm yourself or others.
Withdrawal generally occurs when abruptly stopping a medication.As a result, it is advised that users do not stop taking Lexapro without first consulting with your doctor.
You will likely need to gradually reduce the dose before stopping Lexapro completely. This should only be done under the supervision of a professional.
Suddenly stopping this medication may cause unpleasant and potentially serious side effects.
If already using this medication, the best advice is to taper off slowly instead of going “cold turkey.” It is important to develop a specific tapering schedule with your health care provider to minimize withdrawal symptom. Anyone discontinuing this medication runs the risk of suffering the above-mentioned withdrawal symptoms.
Lexapro And Pregnancy
Read about the risks of combining antidepressants and pregnancy. if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant while taking Lexapro, contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor will likely alter your treatment plan in order to protect your baby and still be able to treat your symptoms of depression.