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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Lexapro withdrawal symptoms

 nandayconure - Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:08 am


I've heard that Lexapro can have serious withdrawal symptoms.

How long would someone need to be on Lexapro in order to experience withdrawal?

Would it be possible to experience extreme withdrawal symptoms, such as visual and auditory hallucinations after taking only one dose?

Thank you.
 Dr. E. Seigle - Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:18 pm

Dear nandayconure,

Lexapro can cause the SSRI discontinuation syndrome as can any other SSRI when it is stopped abruptly or tapered too quickly. Everyone's metabolism is different, and a safe estimate is to taper an SSRI over about a month, more with Effexor (an SNRI). Generally, one would have to be taking Lexapro for one to several months in order to then have a discontinuation syndrome. Hallucinations after one dose (or even many) are extremely rare, and very unlikely.

Good luck! -E. Seigle MD


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