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How to Wean off Lexapro Naturally

LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE & SYMPTOMS
HOW TO WEAN OFF LEXAPRO NATURALLY


Have you tried to wean off Lexapro only to experience the antidepressant discontinuation syndrome?  This withdrawal syndrome is why many reinstate the antidepressant and why some begin our program to diminish the Lexapro withdrawal symptoms.  Withdrawing from Lexapro must be done gradually, yet many find the symptoms during the Lexapro withdrawal time interfere with all aspects of life.  Additionally, the alterations to the Serotonin receptors take time to heal, and Serotonin is located throughout the human body which helps to explain why Lexapro withdrawal symptoms are also widespread. [1] If done correctly, Lexapro withdrawal does not have to interfere with your daily life.  Contact our nonprofit for help today. We can show you how to wean off Lexapro and get your life back.*

SIGNS OF LEXAPRO DEPENDENCY

Lexapro works by altering the natural levels of Serotonin, forcing an adaptation in the nerve cells throughout the body. [2] It is this alteration that produces symptoms that can range from mild to extremely distressing if the dosage is reduced too abruptly. While Lexapro is not considered addictive by the FDA, it does have a Lexapro discontinuation syndrome that occurs by the antidepressant being reduced or stopped.  Lexapro withdrawals can be crippling to some and why our at-home program has been used successfully in 87 countries. We have provided a proven method to step down on Lexapro while minimizing the symptoms during the Lexapro withdrawal time with a specialized holistic approach.  Our medically driven program allows you the opportunity to taper Lexapro and have alternatives to address symptoms.  If you have missed a dose of Lexapro and experienced increased anxiety, insomnia, gut related disturbances, emotional outbreaks or sweating, then its an indication your body has become dependent on Lexapro. Contact our nonprofit for assistance to wean off Lexapro.*


WHAT IS LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL LIKE?


Lexapro Withdrawal Syndrome are a constellation of withdrawal symptoms that begin soon after the discontinuation of Lexapro or after reducing the dose. [3]  Both physical and neuropsychiatric symptoms can occur with Lexapro and why we have found that both providing relief for the symptoms, combined with a gradual taper rate provides the greatest chance for a successful Lexapro taper. Lexapro Withdrawal can produce symptoms that mimic a relapse of depression or reoccurence of the condition for which Lexapro was prescribed. [4] Psychomotor agitation, pessimism, guilt, impaired decision making, poor sleep, fatigue and low energy are just a few of the symptoms of Lexapro Withdrawal.  Knowing how to wean off Lexapro properly while also minimizing the withdrawal symptoms are a specialty of Point of Return. Contact us for help.*


LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL HELP - HOW TO WEAN LEXAPRO OFF NATURALLY 


The Point of Return Lexapro weaning at-home program is a slow taper that allows you to step down from Lexapro under the guidance of Our Team, Your Physician and Pharmacist.  The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief - you will not taper Lexapro until you feel ready.  This is where our Advanced Nutracteuticals are critical, we know the demands placed on the body during the Lexapro withdrawal time.  Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free strategies to help ease Lexapro withdrawal and support your well-being.* 

Our area of expertise includes Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkiller (on a case-by-case basis).  Our in-home programs are individualized based on your specific situation.  An assessment is completed once you being the Lexapro Withdrawal Program, and allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on Lexapro; health challenges; additional medications; stress levels and interactions.  Don't wean Lexapro alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.*



How to Wean off Lexapro properly with Point of Return

LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE

  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • balance issues 
  • blurred vision
  • brain zaps
  • concentration impairment
  • constipation
  • crying spells
  • depersonalization
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • electric shock sensations
  • fatigue
  • flatulence
  • flu-like symptoms 
  • hallucinations
  • hostility
  • highly emotional
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • impaired speech 
  • insomnia 
  • jumpy nerves
  • lack of coordination
  • lethargy
  • migraine headaches / increased headaches
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • over-reacting to situations
  • paranoia  
  • repetitive thoughts or songs
  • sensory & sleep disturbances
  • severe internal restlessness (akathisia)
  • stomach cramps
  • tremors, tinnitus (ear ringing or buzzing)
  • tingling sensations
  • troubling thoughts 
  • visual hallucinations / illusions 
  • vivid dreams
  • speech or visual changes 
  • worsened depression [5]

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LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL TIMELINE


Lexapro has a half-life (when the drug is half out of the body) of 27-32 hours, so many patients may not feel a reduction for 1-2 days.  Discontinuation symptoms are generally felt when 90% or more of the Lexapro has left your system. However, metabolization of drugs can vary significantly and this explains why even a small reduction is felt by many. For normal metabolization approximately 6 days is required for 99% of the Lexapro to leave your system. [3] [6] Withdrawals can begin mild and continue to increase and may include digestive issues, sleep changes, trouble balancing properly, numbness, tingling, unwanted feelings of guilt, anxiety or depression.  It is the widespread Lexapro Withdrawal symptoms that drives many to start out at-home program.  We know how to minimize the Lexapro withdrawals and have a proven method used for 17 years.  Contact us for help.*

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LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORIES

Denise - Weaning Off Lexapro Success Story

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Bob - Lexapro Withdrawal Time Success Story

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Tom - Success! How to wean off Lexapro

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Dennis - Lexapro Withdrawal Time Success

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LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS, SIDE EFFECTS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS ( link | pdf ) 
LEXAPRO HISTORY AND INFO  ( link | pdf ) 
LEXAPRO REFERENCES AND FDA INFO ( link | pdf )
LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL HELP (link)

    WHAT IS LEXAPRO?

     

    The primary action of Lexapro is on Serotonin. Serotonin influences the cardiovascular, renal, immune and gastrointestinal systems, and is essential to regulate body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and the sympathetic nervous system. During marketing of Lexapro there were spontaneous reports of withdrawal symptoms, particularly when stopping abruptly or rapidly tapering. Reports of serious discontinuation symptoms were also documented. Stopping Lexapro incorrectly can adversely affect many areas of the body. 

    Lexapro is the brand name for escitalopram, an antidepressant in a group of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). The mother compound of Lexapro is Celexa, which is a mixture of two different isomers (compounds): R-Celexa and S-Celexa, mirror images of each other. But the early studies by Forest Laboratories attributed the effectiveness of Celexa as an antidepressant was due largely to the S-isomer, while many of the side effects were linked to the R-isomer. Lexapro became the purified S-isomer of Celexa and required only 3.5 years to develop and was known as a 'cleaner and more potent SSRI." 

    Of all the SSRIs currently on the market, Lexapro has the highest affinity for the human Serotonin transporter, or the protein that transports Serotonin. This protein is also the target of stimulants drugs such as amphetamines and cocaine. 

    The FDA approved Lexapro in 2002 and according to a document released by the U.S. Senate's Special Committee in 2009, Forest Labs was accused of marketing Lexapro for unapproved uses; failing to disclose negative results from the clinical trials; and paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the drug. In 2010 Forest Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $313 million to settle the charges over Lexapro and two other Forest drugs (Levothyroid and Celexa). In addition, Lexapro has been linked to birth defects and many lawsuits have been filed since the company marketed Lexapro as being safe for pregnant women and women of childbearing age.  

    In June 2015 twelve lawsuits were filed against Forest Pharmaceuticals after children were born with birth defects. The plaintiffs claim that Forest knew through pre and post market studies the drug was associated with a significant increased risk of birth defects in babies whose mothers ingested the antidepressants during pregnancy, and despite this knowledge continued to aggressively and actively promote the use by women in child-bearing years. 

    Stopping Lexapro incorrectly can adversely affect many areas of the body. his is why our nonprofit uses gradual dose reduction schedules combined with specific all-natural nutraceuticals to help ease withdrawal symptoms.

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    Laura (Lexapro WIthdrawal Time Success Story)

    “ I will be forever grateful to God for leading me to POINT OF RETURN for holding my hand every step of the way!

    — Laura (Lexapro WIthdrawal Success Story)


    LEXAPRO SIDE EFFECTS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS 

     

    LEXAPRO SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: 

    Constipation, decreased appetite, decreased sex drive, diarrhea, dizziness, dry mouth, ejaculation disorder, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, impotence, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, runny nose, sinusitis, sleepiness, sweating, abdominal pain, abnormal dreaming, allergic reactions, blurred vision, bronchitis, chest pain, coughing, earache, fever, gas, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flushes, increased appetite, irritability, joint pain, lack of concentration, lack of energy, lack of orgasm, light-headedness, menstrual cramps, migraine, muscle pain, nasal congestion, neck and shoulder pain, pain in arms or legs, palpitations, rash, ringing in the ears, sinus congestion, sinus headache, stomachache, tingling, toothache, tremors, urinary problems, vertigo, vomiting, weight changes, yawning

    LEXAPRO ADVERSE REACTIONS MAY INCLUDE: per PDR 

    Severe: pancreatitis, tardive dyskinesia, seizures, suicidal ideation, SIADH, hemolytic anemia, agranulocytosis, GI bleeding, aplastic anemia, heart failure, bradycardia, hypertensive crisis, torsade de pointes, thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, stroke, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, anaphylactoid reactions, Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS, erythema multiforme, angioedema, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, pulmonary embolism , visual impairment, ocular hypertension, hepatic failure, hepatic necrosis, spontaneous fetal abortion, renal failure (unspecified), rhabdomyolysis, serotonin syndrome, bone fractures, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, neonatal abstinence syndrome

    Moderate: ejaculation dysfunction, constipation, impotence (erectile dysfunction), dysphagia , akathisia, choreoathetosis, pseudoparkinsonism, dysarthria, ataxia, migraine, myoclonia, dystonic reaction, nystagmus, amnesia, confusion, delirium, nmania, psychosis, hostilit, impulse control symptoms, hallucinations, depression, hyponatremia, platelet dysfunction, hypoprothrombinemia , anemia, thrombocytopenia, bleeding, leukopenia, hematoma, hypertension, peripheral vasodilation, chest pain (unspecified), phlebitis, QT prolongation, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, sinus tachycardia, palpitations, edema, dyspnea, blurred vision, hyperbilirubinemia, hepatitis, elevated hepatic enzymes, hyperprolactinemia, priapism, urinary retention, dysuria, myasthenia, hyperglycemia, diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia, hypokalemia, hypercholesterolemia, osteopenia, withdrawal ,growth inhibition 

    Mild: headache, nausea, drowsiness, insomnia, xerostomia, diarrhea, fatigue, libido decrease, hyperhidrosis, dizziness, rhinitis, dyspepsia, vomiting, lethargy, sinusitis, orgasm dysfunction, dental pain, abdominal pain, paresthesias, yawning, menstrual irregularity, flatulence, weight loss, pyrosis (heartburn), gastroesophageal reflux, hypoesthesia, asthenia, nightmare, tremor, vertigo, restless legs syndrome (RLS), emotional lability, irritability, restlessness, agitation, paranoia, anxiety, purpura, epistaxis, ecchymosis, syncope, malaise, fever, rash, photosensitivity, flushing, urticaria, alopecia, cough, nasal congestion, diplopia, mydriasis, tinnitus, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia, increased urinary frequency, muscle cramps, arthralgia, myalgia, back pain   


    LEXAPRO  BOXED WARNINGS: per PDR:

    Children, growth inhibition, suicidal ideation

    Safety and efficacy have not been established in pediatric populations for any indication except for the treatment of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents 12 years of age and older. There is a causal relationship between the use of antidepressants, such as escitalopram, and the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18 to 24 years). The risk of suicidality for these drugs was identified in a pooled analysis of 24 placebo-controlled trials (n = 4,400) lasting up to 16 weeks in pediatric patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders. The analysis showed a greater risk of suicidality during the first few months of treatment in those receiving antidepressants (SSRIs and others). The average risk of such events on drug was 4% and 2% for placebo; however, no suicides occurred in these trials. Pooled analysis of short-term clinical trials during early phase treatment with SSRIs and other antidepressants in young adults (18 to 24 years) also showed an increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. The clinical need for an antidepressant in children or young adults for any use must be weighed against the risk of increased suicidality; patients who are started on therapy should be observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior, particularly within the first few months of starting therapy or at the time of dose increase or decrease. It is unknown if the suicidality risk in children and young adults extends to longer-term therapy (i.e., beyond several months). The possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in patients with depressive symptoms, whether these occur in primary depression or in association with another primary disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). All patients with a history of suicidal ideation or behaviors and those with a prominence of suicidal ideation prior to treatment are considered at an increased risk for suicidal ideation or attempts, and should be closely monitored during treatment with escitalopram. In patients who exhibit changes in symptoms, worsening of depression or emergent suicidality, a decision should be made to change or discontinue treatment. If discontinuing, medication should be tapered as rapidly as possible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can also cause adverse symptoms. All antidepressants should be prescribed in the smallest quantity consistent with good patient management in order to reduce the risk of overdose. The potential for growth inhibition in pediatric patients should be monitored during SSRI therapy. Monitor height and weight periodically while the patient is receiving escitalopram. Data are inadequate to determine whether the chronic use of SSRIs causes long-term growth inhibition; however, decreased weight gain has been observed in children and adolescents receiving escitalopram. 

     

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    LEXAPRO TECHNICAL DATA AND REFERENCES

     

    According to the FDA regarding the discontinuation of Escitalopram, marketed as Lexapro and Cipralex: Discontinuing Lexapro: A gradual dose reduction is recommended (2.4). Discontinuation of Treatment with Lexapro: A gradual reduction in dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible (5.3). 2.4 Discontinuation of Treatment with Lexapro Symptoms associated with discontinuation of Lexapro and other SSRIs and SNRIs have been reported [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]. Patients should be monitored for these symptoms when discontinuing treatment. A gradual reduction in the dose rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible. If intolerable symptoms occur following a decrease in the dose or upon discontinuation of treatment, then resuming the previously prescribed dose may be considered. Subsequently, the physician may continue decreasing the dose but at a more gradual rate. 

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    *While great care has been taken in organizing and presenting the material throughout this website, please note that it is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice. 

    *The statements/info on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and labels mentioned / sold are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. 

    *The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with Your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent throughout. 

    *This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness. 

    *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout the process. More..