Speaking of which..hers is, mine isn't. For the regulars, you know I had started taking Lexapro last Fall because of sudden anxiety attacks. Well, I tried to taper off once but apparently went down to much so I 'had' to start taking it again. I figured, I can wean myself off over the summer very slowly. Well, I started going from my 10mg to 7.5mg and just took it every other day and then lo and behold, I forgot about it. I haven't taken it for a week and yesterday whilst shopping I was fighting a panic attack the whole time. Last week, I started to experience insomnia and funky headaches and then it dawned on me, 'bleep'' withdrawals.
I was told by my doctor and my obgyn to not read anecdotal information about that online but if you're concerns re. side effects (like gaining weight, luckily always having been skinny, I supposedly look 'normal' now plus am tall) so you do go and look for an online community of people in the same boat.
My brain feels addicted. Not like street drugs addicted, would not even know what that felt like, or alcoholically 'effected' (ok, been tipsy a few times but hated the feeling so that was that!) but somehow, knowing that you have to taper off this meds makes me feel as if I was 'made addicted'. This is what I read on this one group:
lexapro is supposedly 98% protein building and that is the reason for it taking a long time to get out of your system. If you quite cold turkey, you can get delayed withdrawals.
I took my regular dosage this morning and am on the look out for a psychiatrist. Not that I need such a person for a major issue other than counseling with the guidance of a medical doctor so I can get off this meds once and for all. I hate addictions or the feeling that I 'need' something (that is why I never did drugs, I did not like the idea of being controlled by something, or how it could control making me feel) but there you have it. When you're a parent, a busy parent, you don't have the luxury to just crash and boohoohoo all your troubles to a loving support group that will take over the reigns of your household. I need to function which means driving to school, doctor appointments and being 'present' and not in a fetal position..
I hate it!
Anyhow..temporary setback.. boy..you really need to time the withdrawal to fit into your life..can't be too busy...
what a hassle..