I went on Lexapro for anxiety back 2 months ago to get through a very rough time in my life. I was starting student teaching, preparing my professional portfolio for graduation, preparing for graduation itself, my car had been broken down for a few months so was having to walk a mile at 5am to get to the bus stop and take an hour bus ride to student teach for 8 hours, then take the bus to work and work 4 or 5 hours everyday and then working weekends all without a day off.
Now that things are going well; I have been seeing a counselor to talk about my anxiety and now that I have a handle on the problem, I have been permission to start going off of the Lexapro. I am seeing my counselor every two weeks now instead of the twice a week I needed back in early February.
My doctor told me to take half for a few weeks and then every other day. Upon doing some research about the withdraw symptoms I have decided to go off very slowly. So I went from 10 mg to 5mg for 3 weeks and now am taking 2.5mg for 2 weeks and then 2.5mg every other day for about a week or two.
Is this safe? Or reasonable?
I am very nervous about the withdraw symptoms since my impending graduation depends on me being a good teacher for these next few weeks and getting a good enough grade to graduate.
I was on for about 9 months. I went from 10mg to 7.5mg for two weeks, 5.0mg for two weeks and finally 2.5mg for two weeks. I would get headaches for the first couple days of the week I reduced the dosage but it was just more irritating than anything else. I felt fine when I was done with the 2.5mg until 3 weeks later. I had a huge surge of anxiety and panic. I was completely taken off guard. I talked to my pharmacist, who is also a family friend, and he said that Lexapro takes about 3 weeks to leave your system. I guess that is why it happened, I never thought it was helping though, until that happened.
Anyway, that being said, I have a friend who was on 40mg (YES, 40mg--when she changed docs the new one almost keeled over that someone had put her on that dosage!!). She tapered down 10mg every month and never had a problem after the last month at 10mg. I guess, as with side effects, everyone can react differently.
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