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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: Cipralex withdrawal side effects

 groovykgal1 - Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:28 pm

Hi there

I stopped taking Cipralex almost 4 weeks ago but I'm still getting unpleasant side effects like electric shock sensations, leg muscle weakness and cramps and urine retention. I wondered if it was normal to still get withdrawal symptoms a month after stopping it? I experienced most of these side effects when I first started the medication.

Thanks for your time

 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:06 pm

User avatar Hello,

Most withdrawal reactions starts immediately after stopping the drug and last 7–14 days, but occasionally the symptoms may last for several weeks.

This drug has long half life thus it may require long time till the withdrawal symptoms disappear.

General recommendations for patients during withdrawal are:
- Never go off medication without close medical supervision.

- By slow dose reduction , the brain can gradually adjust to the change in chemical balance . Some experts say, that it may need up to a year for a smooth withdrawal.

- Psychotherapy during withdrawal for withdrawal symptoms is very helpful and is superior to medication in the long run.

- Any external factors that may lead to depression or a panic attack should be avoided.

-Exercise help in, reducing stress, anxiety and insomnia, increasing sex drive and elevating self-esteem.

-Healthy diet, vitamin supplements e.g. Vit B6.

- friends and family are very important part of therapy.
I hope this information will help.

Keep us updated.
Best regards.
 HELP1111 - Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:35 am

Has anyone experienced burning sensations in legs or arms as side effect or withdrawal symptoms connected to cipralex or xanax?

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