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June 11, 2011 8:14 PM Subscribe
I'm weaning off Lexapro under my doctor's supervision. Because I'm not going to keep bugging my doctor about this (she's on vacation anyway), I figured it'd hit up for guys for some withdrawal symptom advice. I've been having some fun ones, and I want to make sure everything is fine. I'd also like to find out what might help me feel a little bit better.
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So, it's my third day in of taking 10mg instead of 20mg. My biggest side effect of the drug, and the primary reason for stopping the drug, is fairly severe bruxism which happens mostly at night, although if I'm concentrating on a task I'll find myself clenching or grinding my teeth. I've had a head/jaw ache for what feels like an eternity. The side effects started a week or two after I bumped up to 20mg. I bumped up because 10mg was not having much of an effect. I'm going to try something else, of course. And I have a dentist appointment this coming week to deal with the bruxism damage.
As far as withdrawal symptoms, I've been getting the annoying brain zaps, as well as muscle twitching/spasms all over my body (legs/shoulders/arms, mostly). I've also been experiencing that somewhat-drunk dizziness, where everything I see has a bit of a lag. It's pretty disorienting. The headache from clenching/grinding has not gone away, either. I was also slightly nauseated earlier today, but a pepto helped. I'm not even sure that's related.
I'm sure these are all pretty normal, but if not, let me know. My primary questions are:
-What has been your experience with Lexapro withdrawal? Did you have similar withdrawal symptoms? What else should I expect?
-Will the side effects (this headache and the bruxism) stop soon, will they likely stop when I've fully gone off the meds, or am I just a grinder/clencher now?
-Do the withdrawal symptoms get WORSE as I go along, or are they worse at the start and get better? I'm pretty clueless, as this is the first SSRI I've ever been on.
For now, my primary doc (same doc as mentioned before) says to take 10mg for at least a few weeks or until I can set up an appointment with a proper psychiatrist. I have an appointment for that next week as well, so I have that stuff covered. If you have anything else to share about lexapro, please do! Thanks in advance!