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Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl Donia

Posted by joeydep on April 20, 2003, at 14:51:08

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by Donia on April 20, 2003, at 13:22:09

I've been taking Lexapro for about 6 months now, and decided 8 days ago to discontinue it. My doc was out of town and I ran out of the prescription, so I decided unilaterally to just go off it 'cold turkey'.

I'm now at day 8, and I must advise anyone considering discontinuing this drug that you should definitely speak with your doctor first about tapering the dose. I've experienced VERY unpleasant vivid, disturbing dreams, electric-shock-like sensations in my head, and a feeling that I'm about to have a stroke or a seizure several times a day. Xanax seems to diminish these symptoms, but not eliminate them completely.

I'm also trying to stop using xanax entirely, even though I've only been taking on average 2 .25mg tablets per day.

What I don't like about the Lexapro (20mg/day - increased from 10mg after about 3 months), is that it seems to virtually eliminate my sex drive AND make me extremely fatigued and mentally unfocused. It's almost as though I am sleepwalking through life - if you can imagine that.

Has anyone else experienced these effects? What has worked better for you? I would like to transition to something else.

Thanks for reading!




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