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I feel low after stopping my depression medicine. What can I do to help myself?

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Published At March 16, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

When my father passed away, I was diagnosed with major depression and had been on medication Lexapro for about a year. My psychiatrist recently stopped my medications as I was feeling rather normal. Shortly, I came for holidays overseas hoping to become more relaxed and at ease. But, I am feeling more agitated, having sleep paralysis and constantly feeling down. I do not have any friends here to hang out. I am also stressed out because people call me thin and I am trying very hard to gain weight. I am now 94 pounds, and my ideal weight should be 110 pounds. I also feel down because of this. What can I do to help myself?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your situation.

  • You were taking Lexapro, which contains Escitalopram, since a long time. Sudden stopping of this drug causes withdrawal symptoms like poor sleep, low mood, loss of interest in cheerful activities, etc.
    • I will suggest you make yourself busy and take some sleep medicines like Clonazepam, Zolpidem, etc., for a week to overcome withdrawal effects of Lexapro.
      • If symptoms persist, then I will suggest you restart the medicine and slowly taper its dosage and then stop it completely. It is the actual scientific way to stop this medication.
      • For further information consult a psychiatrist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/psychiatrist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki
Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki


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