Lexapro Withdrawal and Tapering Help
"After almost 38 years on psychoactive drugs, I am now totally fee of them! With Point of Return's help! - Holly (Lexapro, Ativan, Ambien)
Looking for help to Get Off Lexapro and Stay Off Lexapro? Our nonprofit can help you Wean Off Lexapro with a proven holistic approach to ease Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms. For 15 years our program has used nutraceuticals; expert mentoring and Slow Titration Rates for Lexapro Withdrawal to provide a more comfortable Lexapro Withdrawal process. Lexapro is the brand name for Escitalopram, a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) approved by the FDA in 2002 for major depressive disorder and general anxiety. Lexapro Side Effects include sexual dysfunction, weight gain, insomnia, nausea and lethargy. Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms can cause electrical shock sensations called Brain Zaps, tremendous dizziness, anxiety, insomnia and akathisia, or a feeling of internal restlessness. Getting off Lexapro must be done slowly to minimize the symptoms. Let us help you as we have people in 78 countries to Come Off Lexapro. Contact Us.
How Our Program and Tapering Process Works for Lexapro Withdrawal
Our Lexapro Weaning Program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Lexapro under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.
The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not Wean until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.
Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms to improve mental and physical well-being.
Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis.
At-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An Assessment is done on any herbs, vitamins, and over-the-counter items you are currently ingesting to ensure there are no interactions. Don't Wean Lexapro alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.
Imagine being free of Lexapro Dependency
- An in-home program with skilled experts guiding you throughout the progress
- Free Assessment Upon Starting our Program (a $400 value)
- *Nutraceuticals specially formulated to help ease Lexapro withdrawal symptoms, these are utilized throughout the whole process
- Unlike herbs and many vitamins, our nutraceuticals will not interact with any medications
- FREE 24/7 discussion board with expert mentors and encouraging members
- Strategies for addressing symptoms
LEXAPRO WITHDRAWAL SUCCESS STORIES
I just want to say thank you to all of you for helping me at the very worst time of my life. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate Point of Return. I will refer anyone I know who has similar problems as I had. more...
Bob (California) Lexapro
I will forever be grateful for your help, and I continue to tell others about your marvelous program of drug recovery when the opportunity presents itself. I will never forget you and your compassion toward me and so many others. more...
Tom (Alabama) Lexapro
Thank you Point of Return! What you do is NOT in vain!! Thank you for helping me get my life back and thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! more...
N.M. (California) Lexapro
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At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people wean off antidepressants correctly. With customized taper rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to come off allows you to come off Lexapro, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read Program FAQ's .
" With a combination of skepticism and hope I sent out for the POR program. I eagerly followed the instructions and waited patiently until the process unfolded and the day finally came when I took the last drop of that dreadful medication. I will be forever grateful to God for leading me to POINT OF RETURN for holding my hand every step of the way!" - Laura (Texas) Lexapro more...
More Lexapro Withdrawal Success Stories
I hope that anyone who is seeking to change their life by stopping these medications finds "Point of Return"! Thank you, Lord, for it and for Alesandra!
About a year ago, I embarked on a journey to stop taking Lexapro, an antidepressant I had been on for 18 years. I had bee n wanting to stop taking it but had no idea how to do it. I had a long history of being abused and suffered much trauma and abuse for many years. I had had 19 surgeries during this time, also. After my last divorce in 2005, I began seeking counseling at a local spouse abuse center. She was a wonderful Christian who helped me get started in the early stages of this journey. Eventually, I wanted to stop taking the antidepressant because I no longer had trauma in my life. I was afraid, however, but the Lord put a man across my path on FB who had also gotten off of Lexapro. After several conversations, he informed me about "Point of Return" and Alesandra Rain. She was my go-to there and instructed me in the tapering of the Lexapro (Cipralex). She instilled in me much hope and was so compassionate and caring. I have a much better life now. I am mostly content and have so much more energy! I have had no depressive episodes since I started! I'm so grateful for my FB friend and Alesandra! I had so many friends praying for me also during the tapering. God is so good! I hope that anyone who is seeking to change their life by stopping these medications finds "Point of Return"! Thank you, Lord, for it and for Alesandra!
❤ Denise S. (Kentucky) - Lexapro
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After almost 38 years on psychoactive drugs, I am now totally fee of them with Point of Return's help!
I want to CELEBRATE!! After almost 38 years on psychoactive drugs, I am now totally fee of them with Point of Return's help, which aided me greatly through a too-rapid w/d of Asendin (which left me with Tardive Dyskinesia) and Ativan, I was able to also successfully withdraw from Cipralex (Lexapro) and Ambien as well. The last drug I took was Trazodone, which I'd taken since 1991, but I am now free of that drug as well. So I now take NO psychoactive medication of any kind and am much the better for it. I believe you wonderful folks at Point of Return did a good deal of the heavy lifting for me as I went through some of the worst years of my life (November 2012 - September 2017). Yes, it took a long time, but it is SO worth it!! Thanks so much for your help!
Holly B. (Ohio, USA) Lexapro, Asendin, Ativan, Ambien
I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate Point of Return. I would refer to anyone I know who had similar problems as I had.by Bob- Lexapro, Ativan
I just want to say thank you to all of you for helping me at the very worst time of my life. I had so many bad things happen to me in late 2013 and most of 2014. First it was my lower back pain. Then it was adrenal fatigue from stress from the job primarily, and then it was major panic attacks and anxiety issue, and the it was trying to get off Ativan and Lexapro to deal with my anxiety and panic attacks, and then I quit drinking wine every day in March 2014. So many issues. I am completely free of the meds and going on 1 year of no alcohol, even though my Doctor told me I was not an alcoholic I still used wine to help me sleep and de-stress from work. I do both without wine now. Talking to all your staff, and Dr Armstrong helping me get off the meds was so great.
I have used all your supplements, and your supplement Sleep is all I use besides chamomile tea to get myself to sleep now. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate Point of Return. I would refer to anyone I know who had similar problems as I had. Thanks.
Bob G. (California) - Lexapro, Ativan
I will forever be grateful for your help, and I continue to tell others about your marvelous program of drug recovery when the opportunity presents itself.by Tom - Lexapro, Temazepam
I just wanted to say that I hope you had a Merry Christmas yesterday, and I want to wish you the brightest of all New Years. But most of all, I want to thank you again for saving my life 6 years ago when I seemed to be without hope of ever living another day. At year's end, I will go for 300 lbs. on the bench press (285 was lifted 4 months ago), and I will surpass 107,000 of running over 49 years. I believe that feat is not too bad for a 68 year old who was on his deathbed with a .38 caliber pistol, loaded and already cocked, held to my temple area until the Holy Spirit quickened my spirit and told me to put the gun down and that help would surely come. It came the next day on a Sunday afternoon when you answered my email in short order.
I will forever be grateful for your help, and I continue to tell others about your marvelous program of drug recovery when the opportunity presents itself. I will never forget you and your compassion toward me and so many others. You are the "Mother Teresa" of your day. I will continue to save the 1.5 inch stack of our email correspondence during the darkest days of my life as an ever present reminder of you and your amazing program of recovery from the toxic prescription psychotropics. God bless you is my ever present prayer.
Tom G., (Alabama) - Lexapro, Temazepam
Three months ago, I sat on my couch with my two kids as I drank a glass of wine at 9:00 in the morning. I had just added a cocktail of Xanax, Trazadone and Restoril to my Lexapro and was upset because I had reinstated my Lexapro for the 3rd time. I thought I was broken or mentally ill and would need medication for the rest of my life. I was so discouraged that the only thing that made me feel better was alcohol. I looked at my kids and I realized that I was going down a VERY dangerous path. After all, I had tried to come off the meds with no success in the past and the sad part is that the meds never made me feel any better. They only made me overweight, tired & apathetic. I was in a constant fog and couldn't make any life decisions. I was stuck: I couldn't stay on them due to the side effects but couldn't stay off of them either and this was a scary place to be.
Just 3 years earlier, I was a Personal Trainer, had a zest for life, was energetic , an optimist and I was a VERY strong Born again Christian BUT I was going through a stressful time that could have been handled with some Therapy, and diet changes. How did I get here?
One day I went to my local Urgent Care and requested something for my mild Stress and Anxiety. Looking back, the anxiety was actually pretty minor but I simply did not know what it was and began to panic and thought something was REALLY wrong with me. The Dr. told me that Lexapro was a very good drug for anxiety and I should have very little side effects. The first night I took the medication I had a complete panic attack, couldn't sleep, woke up in a cold sweat and had extreme stomach issues. The Dr. told me this was normal and it would take 6 weeks to take affect and these side effects would subside. 6 weeks had passed and now I was having more symptoms such as hair loss, severe stomach problems, apathy, didn't care about anything and actually felt worse than my original symptoms. My dad then passed away and I thought I couldn't live without the meds especially since every time I tried to wean off, I felt worse than my original symptoms.
I would then over the next 3 years try to wean myself off slowly and would come off just fine and 4 weeks later I would crash into a tailspin like I had never felt before, I would have very dark thoughts. I was then self-diagnosing myself with Bi-polar Disorder, Clinical Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Little did I now that these similar symptoms of all the above disorders were only side-effects from the withdrawal that I was constantly in for 3 years. I would search the internet for answers and the answers I did find were very grim. Most people out there were struggling to come off these meds and not very many were successful and I began to lose hope. I had started to drain myself financially as I hopped from Psychiatrist to Holistic Dr., to Liver Cleanses to Therapists, etc. I had kept switching my meds from Lexapro to Zoloft to Wellbutrin and kept adjusting my meds up and down, and always felt worse than before.
I knew SOMETHING had to change. If I wasn't going to do it for myself, I had to do it for my kids. After a half a bottle of wine in the middle of the day, I surfed the internet and found POR. Alesandra called me shortly after and finally SOMEONE who knew exactly what I was going through and she assured me that it was the meds and withdrawal making me feel crazy and it was NOT me and I was NOT mentally ill! I had told her how many times I tried to come off the Lexapro beast but would reinstate the medication and I had told her that I lived on Diet Coke and frozen Weight Watchers meals and we pinpointed that as part of my problem! I began the nutrients the next day and held out hope.
After all, I had failed 3 times in the past to stay off the meds so every time I went on the Message Boards, an Alumni would assure me that this time it would be different because I was feeding my body what it needed and tapering properly this time! It is now 3 months later and I am drug free and will stay drug free forever!
Thank you Alesandra, Terry, Andrea, Rachel and Wendy! What you do is NOT in vain!! Thank you for helping me get my life back and thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
NM., (California) - Lexapro, Trazodone, Xanax, Alcohol
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your team members, each one of you, are truly life-savers!by Dennis - Lexapro
Dear Point-of Return Friends,
I assume that I am not one of your typical customers except for the fact that I wanted to get off of antidepressants. I was recently unemployed and not able to afford medical insurance. My incentive for choosing this particular time to take the leap was due to the fact that I was running out of medication (Lexapro) and was shocked at what my monthly costs would be without insurance, and found them cost prohibitive. My physician suggested that I could switch meds to one that was less expensive. I was hesitant to do so because it was so hard to find one that I was successfully able to get on in the first place.
I began to do research on the web to find out what I could about switching from Lexapro to another antidepressant. The more I read, the more I wanted to get off of them altogether. Fortunately, while doing my research, I came across your life-saving website and within a short time decided to order your package to get off of anti-depressants.
Because I had very little medication left before I found your website, I had already begun reducing the amount of medication by a half. Within a few days of the time I received your package, I reduced my medication by half again (one-fourth of my original dose). For those reading this testimony, I do not recommend attempting to do what I did.
Upon opening the package and reading the materials, I of course discovered another, much better, plan of withdrawal. By now, I was within just a few days of being completely out of medication, but began the first twelve days of taking the supplements as outlined in your Point-of-Return withdrawal guide. (Please note that the guide recommends completing this step - these first twelve days, before beginning reduction of medication.)
By the time I reduced my medication to one-fourth of the original dose, I began experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. With hind-sight, I see the wisdom of only reducing one’s medication as suggested in the Point-of-Return withdrawal guide. Despite my awkward plan of attack, your staff (Andrea) kindly encouraged me to stick with the program, and made specific suggestions for my particular situation. We remained in contact by email, until I had finished taking the supplements and was no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms. I am confident that had I known about and followed the program as outlined in the withdrawal guide, I would not have experienced any withdrawal symptoms.
I am doing well and very excited to be antidepressant-free. I very much appreciate the chapters on Glutathione, Probiotics, and especially Continued Health After the Program. I found the program very helpful despite my unorthodox method of starting it, and will be forever grateful for your program, materials, and supplements. I sincerely hope that my appreciation and gratefulness, and that of other customers, makes your sacrifices and long hours to make this all possible, worth the effort.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your team members, each one of you, are truly life-savers!
Dennis N. (Washington) - Lexapro
I will be forever grateful to God for leading me to POINT OF RETURN for holding my hand every step of the way!by Laura - Lexapro
This dark chapter of my life began in 2004 when my mother's breast cancer returned and metastasized. It was a terminal illness which I refused to accept. I spent every day of her nine month battle crying and angry at God. During this time my doctor suggested that I take anti-depressants, but I would not hear of it because I was not going to do anything that would help me feel better when my mother was slipping away from me. After she passed away, I agreed to take Lexapro because my Dr. said that the depression that I was experiencing was a true medical condition and needed to be treated with medication just like any other medical condition would be treated. She said it was totally safe and non-addicting. It never crossed my mind to question her or doubt a word she said because after all, she was a professional. Initially, I felt so much better that I even encouraged my younger sister to take Lexapro since she too was feeling depressed.
As time passed, I began to feel many symptoms such as aches, tingling, and palpitations. When I mentioned this to my Dr., she suggested that I increase my dosage, but I refused. Throughout this time I saw several specialists because I was very worried about my symptoms, but no one ever found anything. It was very frustrating. None of the doctors ever considered a possible link between my symptoms and Lexapro, and neither did I. However, I was beginning to worry because if I missed a dose, I would get awful brain zaps. I didn't know what this strange feeling was and I couldn't even describe it to my doctor.
This was when I began to worry that I was becoming dependent on this drug, but when I asked the doctor about long-term effects she would simply reiterate that it was absolutely safe to take these drugs for life. So I began to get used to the idea that my symptoms were caused by my depression, not the medicine, and that I was going to have to take this drug for the rest of my life.
I later began to experience uncontrollable twitching all over my body and decided to see a different doctor hoping that maybe this person would finally pinpoint what was causing these strange symptoms. I was also embarrassed and afraid to go to my Dr. with more symptoms because I thought surely this time she would just call me a hypochondriac. Much to my dismay, the new doctor did not show much concern about my twitches, but was outraged that my Dr. had kept me on Lexapro for four years. He said that anti-depressants should only be used temporarily and he asked me to stop cold-turkey. I immediately expressed my fear about doing this, but he asked me to trust him. He was actually a bit harsh and used the analogy of a child walking around dragging his blanket and sucking his thumb to describe what I was doing by taking Lexapro. I left his office astounded that two Dr.'s could have a completely different view about the same medication but, in my desperation to be free from all my strange symptoms I decided to trust yet another doctor.
On the seventh day after I stopped taking Lexapro, I experienced terrible withdrawal symptoms. I was wailing, shaking uncontrollably, and very nauseated. My husband yelled at me to just take the medicine while my three girls watched frightfully from a distance not understanding what was happening. This was when the harsh and scary reality struck me. I was addicted to this prescription drug and without it I could not function, but I had my three girls to take care of, I was working on my master's degree, and was the teacher of 23 first graders so, I got back on Lexapro. A few minutes after I took this drug, my symptoms began to vanish, but then I began to burn up inside from the immense anger I was feeling against the medical community for inadvertently causing such harm to their patients.
I wrote a letter to the FDA informing them of my situation and expressing my concerns. I received an acknowledgment of my letter, but nothing else. I realized that just the way a cocaine addict needed help to be freed from his addiction; I too needed professional help. I prayed to the Lord for mercy and guidance and began a search on the internet. I found that I was not the only one who was experiencing this dependency. This gave me a sense of relief, but also much disappointment in the medical community.
I found an organization that sounded very encouraging so I explored their website, but found their plan to be a bit complicated. Regardless of this apparent complication they were a light at the end of the tunnel so I sent an e-mail. Someone attempted to contact me, but for a while we seemed to be playing phone tag. We just couldn't get in touch.
It was then that I found POINT OF RETURN. Unlike the other place, after I submitted my e-mail, I was speaking to someone in a matter of minutes, and when I talked to Alesandra, I felt an immediate sense of relief that someone understood exactly what was happening to me. I was no longer alone in my crazy battle with this drug! I will be honest and say that I was a bit skeptical and feared that I would be throwing my money away and would remain with my dependency forever. My husband questioned the expense that I was about to make, but I told him that my only options were to either try the program and pray that it worked or to do nothing at all and remain forever on that drug that was making me sick.
With a combination of skepticism and hope I sent out for the POR program. I eagerly followed the instructions and waited patiently until the process unfolded and the day finally came when I took the last drop of that dreadful medication. I will be forever grateful to God for leading me to POINT OF RETURN and to Alesandra for holding my hand every step of the way!
Laura G. (Texas) - Lexapro
Prayers of thanks for the Point of Return's staff will forever be on my lips!
by Karen (Texas) Lexapro, Trazodone, Depakote, Klonopin, Ativan, Ritalin
My chains are gone and Ive been set FREE!!! Freedom, Freedom, Freedom! To my three precious angels that have been encamped around me for the past 13 months. Thank you! I would like to personally thank Alesandra, Terry, and Andrea the staff at POINT OF RETURN! Their support, care and love is more than I could have ever hoped for! After a15 year battle with prescription drugs I am now free! It all started 15 years ago when my youngest son was 2. I was in an accident that left me with migraines and pain. That is when I was started on pain killers and antidepressants for pain. From there it progressed, so started my fall into the pits off Hell! For the last 4 yrs of my life on prescription meds I was in a comatose state. Not able to speak, walk, or talk. I lost my hair, fingernails, and toenails. My body had all but shut down. Not only was my life being destroyed, but lives of my precious husband of 20 yrs and 4 children. I went off all meds in July of 2005. I thought I was in Hell before. This was the beginning of a 3 year withdrawal process. I was put back on 1 med to keep the seizures down and to calm my withdrawals. For 24 months I shook uncontrollably, did not sleep for days on end, was in constant pain, and had unending anxiety. I was bound and determined to live and find an answer to this misery! In Aug of 2007 I went back into a protracted withdrawal and was ready to give in and hand my life over to the enemy that had consumed my life for the past 15 yrs! It was then I found POINT OF RETURN (POR). After a few weeks I improved and as of March 27, 2008 I have been drug free. I give all the praise and glory to my Father in Heaven for leading me to the POR products and to the staff that would help me regain my life! My life is now full of abundance and Joy! My health is being restored and strength has come back into my life. It is now for this cause I l live. I live to free all from the bondage I lived in for 15yrs.If your are asking if this program is the answer, Yes it is! There is freedom for ALL through this program! Prayers of thanks for the POR staff will forever be on my lips!
Blessings and Favor,
Karen L. (Texas) - Lexapro, Trazadone, Depakote, Klonopin, Ativan, Ritalin
It's been 170 days since I my last dosage of Cipralex (Lexapro) and I just wanted to say that I feel great. Although I was only on the meds for 3 months, nothing prepared me for the strange and scary symptoms that were to follow. Thank you so much for your help and to Alesandra especially thank you for your wisdom that you shared with me during this nightmare ordeal. Your story and the testimonials of others on this website have truly been an inspiration to me and were so compelling I had to give your program a try. As I came off the medication and started experiencing the withdrawals, I had so many fears and questions that I needed answers to, but I thank God that Alesandra was able to help and reassure me that things would get better for me. Also, I have to say thanks to Shawnda, Janet, and Laurie - your advice and personal experiences helped me through this as well. Now, I can honestly say that I reached that moment of restoration and now I can actually have a good night's rest and I am back to my old self again... I could have never done it without your program and most of all your encouragement. Thank you so much for helping me to recover. I personally believe that God does not mean for people to be on these medications, and I know He helped me find you guys to lead me to the right path. May God bless all of you for what you do. I have given testimony to many at my church about how your program helped me to come off the medication and I pray for more people to be open minded enough to try your program as I know some people have been on medications for years. You are truly doing a wonderful service to mankind. In this day and age it is nice to find a place that offers Hope. There are better alternatives to treating depression and your program has proven that to me.
N.L., (New Jersey) - Lexapro
You have given me that hope. It is tangible, it is reachable. Each day proves that and with that a new better life emerges. I am returning to health.
by Kathy G. (Illinois) Lexapro, Ambien, Xanax, Depakote, Zoloft, Lithium
I am sure you are thanked often for your help. Personally, my own thanks seem like shallow words. If I were financially independent, a fat check would be enclosed. I am left with the only means I have to extend my heartfelt thanks and that is to acknowledge the depths of where I was and without you, where I would have remained. We all have a story to tell and it could fill volumes. Without going into all the details, I wanted you to realize how you have saved my life. During my years on multiple medications my physical health deteriorated. I had two back surgeries and brain surgery and still was in constant pain. I was even told by one psychiatrist that I was suffering from multiple personality disorder. What a joke! I was a sleeping zombie without one personality let alone several. I truly thought I was dying. I was alone. Yet somehow through fogged mind and depleted energy the raw instinct of survival kicked in.
In mid-May I called Point of Return and spoke with Andrea. She was the first ray of hope I had received in months. She understood and assured me that much of what I was experiencing was due to the prescription drugs I was on. She offered hope. She was patient, willing to help, kind and not pushy. By this time I had contacted other programs and none offered the type of genuine kindness she presented. I must admit that I had no faith in the products she offered. But amazing things began to happen immediately. I was sleeping through the night and not having any narcolepsy during the day and by this time I was on no prescription drugs for sleep. My family and friends that had been on guard for failure, recognized my vast improvement and began to embrace the positive results of the program. The reality is that each day improvement is seen. I cling to the first conversation with Andrea, there is no quick fix from this. It has taken years to get to this miserable condition from prescription drugs and it will take time to get away from them. BUT there is hope. As she has promised, our goal is to be able to live our days while gaining complete health to their fullest.
You have given me that hope. It is tangible, it is reachable. Each day proves that and with that a new better life emerges. I am returning to health. Your light, but a pin prick months ago, now fill my days with its brilliant glow. I thank you for that hope, for my life and for your selfless mission to reach out and help us through kindness, understanding and dignity.
Kathy G. (Illinois) Lexapro, Ambien, Xanax, Depakote, Zoloft, Lithium
Somehow, with the help of God, your story "Deeds of Trust" and your products and support - I made it through, bar none, the most difficult experience of my life. It has been 4 months since I last had a pill enter my body. I am still trying to get my sleep cycle back but my symptoms are now manageable. I am so grateful to have had you as a role model to help me get through the darkest times of my life. It is so unbelievable to me that doctors hand these drugs out like antibiotics, they are literally poison. After accomplishing (as you put it) the single most difficult task of my life) I feel like I can do anything, nothing phases me anymore.
I am back working as a Fire Captain and enjoying every minute of my drug free life from Klonopin, Ambien and Lexapro.
Chris (California) Lexapro, Klonopin, Ambien
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Lexapro history and Info
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.
According to the FDA regarding the discontinuation of
Escitalopram, marketed as Lexapro and Cipralex:
Lexapro: A gradual dose reduction is
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
associated with discontinuation of Lexapro and other
SSRIs and SNRIs have been reported [see Warnings
should be monitored for these symptoms when
discontinuing treatment. A gradual reduction in the dose
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.
*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 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.
* Testimonial results may vary person to person.
*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.
*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. More...