Anxiety Community
23k Members
Avatar universal

Lexapro withdrawal/replacement

I am currently on 5mg Lexapro after having had taken 30 mg for several years. I would like to get off the drug altogether and replace it with something else--Sam-E, or St. John's Wort. My question is, how soon after quitting the Lexapro can I begin taking something else? (from what I've read, Lexapro completely leaves the body in roughly three days).

Thank you.
1 Responses
Avatar universal
Congratulations on your commitment to stop taking Lexapro.  I was on it (10 mg) for almost 3 years and just stopped taking it. (Tired of the weight gain and feeling like a zombie.)  I took a half pill for 2 weeks then forgot to take it a couple of nights and decided I was done.  Had terrible withdrawal symptoms the 4th and 6th days - nausea, vomiting, headache, insomnia, lack of concentration, basically in "la la land".  It's been one full week and this is the first day I'm feeling pretty decent.  I ended up taking an over the counter sleeping aid at night and then Excedrin for Migraines during the day for a couple of days.  Those two OTC items made life bearable.  Today, I've not taken anything and I feel pretty good!  

Now, to answer your question, I understand that the Lexapro half life is 26 hours (52 hours after taking your last pill (no matter what the strength), the medication is SUPPOSEDLY out of your body.)  I'm going to start taking 5-HTP tonight at bedtime instead of the sleep aid.  I'm a little nervous, but willing to try it.

Hope your complete withdrawal goes quickly and easily!
Have an Answer?
Top Anxiety Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
370181 tn?1428180348
Arlington, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what can trigger a panic attack – and what to do if you have one.
A guide to 10 common phobias.
Take control of tension today.
These simple pick-me-ups squash stress.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Want to wake up rested and refreshed?