Lexapro… ever heard of it? It’s a SSRI, used to treat anxiety and other depressive disorders.
Yes.. I have been on it for over four years and as part of my get healthy journey I decided to get off of it.
Now I did what I was suppose to…. I tapered myself off. I haven’t taken any in the last 4 days. (let me re-phrase this… I consulted my doctor prior to getting off he taught me how to properly tapper off)
But Let me tell you something.. the withdrawal from Lexapro is HELL! There’s no other word for it. Sorry!
Since then nice, calm, sweet… “Lexapro” Lesley has disappeared and her evil satanic twin sister, “Lesley Off her Meds Aka Lesley Off Her ROCKER” has arrived. Now you see why I had anxiety about going off my pills.
How can I explain what this feels like. Hmmm. I know….
Imagine all the nerve endings being brought to the surface. Anything and everything you smell, see, hear, or touch makes you jump or scream or get so aggravated you just can’t stand it… you can’t stand to be in your own body. Everything is so obnoxious that you just want to crawl out of your own skin.
Your eyes… yes both eyes constantly twitching because even the sound of your own voice gets on your nerves.
Oh and the shakes… I think those may almost be over… who knows.
That is what I am going through. Normal things… EVERYTHING is setting me off.
Yesterday I felt so bad I had to do something.. self medicating was the only option. I ran to the store and bought a pack of Almond Joys and a Dr Pepper.
I came home and gorged on the whole pack. And I felt better.
I had to run into the spare bedroom and call my husband for support. I have yelled at my kids so much in the past few days I am ashamed.
I asked him is this how I will be when I am off this stuff?
If so I am taking another one now.
He reminded me of how long it was going to take to get this medicine out of my body. 21 days… ugh really!
Will I ever be myself again?
Will I be able to handle myself….???
My husband suggested that I might want to wait until my withdrawal was done before I cut out chocolate and caffeine.
I think he is right.
Please share your experience with SSRI’s.
What motivated you to get off?
What happened when you did get off of the meds?
How do you feel today?
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