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Withdrawal symptoms of cipralex (Page 2)


September 3rd, 2013
withdrawal symptoms cipralex
I feel that I never should have been put on this drug that is proving difficult to get off of without the debilitating withdrawal symptoms that everyone is describing, especially the brain zaps and the depressed physical state (I find the dreams fascinating). However, this three part series is really worth listening to. I clearly went through a burnout and a following depression but I wish that I would have faced the dark days myself without this drug.
http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2013/03/0 7/rethinking-depression-part-1/
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replied September 11th, 2013
Hey Axonman,
I feel the same way, I wish I never started. I am on Day 5 of being Cipralex free and the brain zaps are starting but this feeling is nothing compared to what I went through when I started taking Cipralex 6 months ago. It was my first and last anti-depressant pill and I will never go back. I understand some people need something to help them through the dark days and their depression is debilitating as mine started to be... but what this pill does is not how i want to live for the rest of my life. Any drug that gives you these kind of symptoms should not be taken lightly. I am not looking forward what the next couple of weeks will be like but looking forward to be drug free and try homeopathic options next.
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replied September 20th, 2013
Cipralex
I don't know if this will help you but I can tell you what happened to me.

After being on anti-depressants for 4 years, Cipralex was the last one I was on and at a high dose. I was about to be switched to Effexor which scared me. I was also on a high dose of Ativan. I was losing my mind.

I went cold turkey off all the medication.

My husband suggested I try, since it had been 4 years. I asked my doctor and he looked at my husband and said something like "good luck with the next couple weeks."

It was hell.

I slept a lot. Had vivid dreams, waking up in a pool of sweat. Extreme dizziness/vertigo. Nausea. Jackhammers in my head. Could not control my tears. I felt like a baby. I was an adult and had people babysitting me. It was irritating that a stupid little pill could technically take all the pain away but I wanted to be stronger than a pill. I actually spent the time I was awake reading Google results for Cipralex withdrawal like this; reading if other people were experiencing this. It helped a lot. I wasn't insane to be experiencing this!

That was the first 2 weeks.

The vertigo/dizziness tapered off along with the nausea, dreams, drowsiness and random crying.

The headaches, extreme sensitivity, and anxiety took longer though.

For the headaches I went off ALL medication including birth control. I found that the type I was on was intensify the headaches I was already having into migraines. It helped quite a bit for me to be completely med free.

As for the the anxiety and sensitivity, that took months.

Part of me thought maybe I was still depressed but I realized that when I was crying at things, it was to sad stories on the news, or sad parts in movies. I would cry my eyes out and this never happened before! But that was normal to other people.

I had become so numb emotionally while on antidepressants. That's the point of them though! When you're depressed you can't control you emotions, you're either too high or too low, so the meds try to balance that. Your emotions become so dull after a long time. Where a movie where even men would be tearing up, I could sit through it thinking, "meh ... could be sadder."

Now I was crying at EVERYTHING sad. They showed a bunch of neglected animals at a shelter on the news and I couldn't stop crying. I thought maybe this meant I couldn't control my emotions = depression, but I was just experiencing emotion I hadn't for years! Granted it was being slightly enhanced by withdrawal.

This might sound too hard but it took me 6 months to feel "normal". I had to basically re-learn emotions. I wasn't use to them. If your on the meds for a long time you kinda have to re-learn who you are in many ways.

There are days where I feel depressed. I have to remember that Everyone, Everyone, has days like that though. I will probably always feel more susceptible to it as well. But I realize it. It's a bad day. Everyone has them. There's a good chance that that particular day I didn't eat that well or slept like poo the night before.

I'm not stupid, I realize this isn't possible for everyone. I had a good environment to go med free in. My husband was EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE. That made things a lot easier for me.

At the end of December this year, 2013, it will be 3 years I have been medication free.

I was born and lived in Canada my whole life. Never thought I could leave cause of my meds. In May 2013 we moved to Japan. Smile It's crazy but I haven't been this happy in my life!

Sorry that this is long. I hope it helps someone though.
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replied September 23rd, 2013
Anyone else weaning off cipralex and starting Wellbutrin?
I am currently in the process of weaning off of Cipralex and starting on Wellbutrin. I was taking 10mg for the past 2 years and have gained 25 pounds in the past 8 months and have not been able to orgasm either. My Dr. suggested Wellbutrin as it is supposed to help with the losing of the weight and regaining the ability to orgasm. So I have now been on 5mg of Cipralex for the past 10 days and started the Wellbutrin 4 days ago. I feel absolutely awful!! I am so itchy all over my body. I feel like I have he flu, headache, sweating, nausea, twitching, totally zoning out. I can't tell if it's the coming off Cipralex or starting the new one. I will start taking the 5mg every other day tomorrow for about another 8 days. Does that seem slow enough? I'm not sure I can handle this getting any worse. My husband works out of town and I'm having to look after my two kids on my own. Can somebody please tell me what the "brain zaps" are? They sound very scary!! I can't seem to do much more than lie in bed. Cant focus to read or even watch tv. Glad to read that this is normal but on the other hand kinda scary that it is!!
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replied October 17th, 2013
Hey all, I've been going through withdrawal from Cipralex for a week and a half, and the dizziness is almost unbearable! I've had almost every single symptom. Did anyone find something to help them relax, feel more connected to the world and help deal with symptoms? Thanks!
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replied October 18th, 2013
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Analysts believe that Cipralex rapid onset, exit this test will help low Citalopram S isomer as a different product to participate in market competition, if the drug for anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD) is also effective, market prospects will be broader, because citalopram is not approved for these indications. Lundbeck company in March 2002 released data show that, Cipralex compared with placebo, significantly improved symptoms in patients with GAD or SAD, but the application is not found, and now Cipralex is still in Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States waiting for approval for the treatment of depression in the United States by Forest large pharmaceutical drug market, the trade name Lexapro.
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replied October 24th, 2013
Withdrawal Nightmare
Hello everyone!

Thank God for this forum!

I have been on and off anxiety/depression drugs for over 20 years (Prozac, Zoloft). Four years ago, I was put on Cipralex for drepression. It was like a wonder drug. No more anger, frustration, could focus, and no more mood swings. This year, I lost my job. I decided to wean myself off of the drug. I was on 25 mg, then tapered to 20, then 10 and finally 5 for the last 4 weeks. The last day was October 18th. Two weeks prior, I started getting these incredible dizzy spells that came on suddenly, coupled with nausea. After a few days, it went away but I still felt fatigue, aches and pains, tinnitis, and felt extremely cold and then extremely hot. Two days after the final pill, I got this debilitating dizzy spell again with the ringing in the ears and all the flu-like symptoms plus zapping when turning my head.

I went to my family doctor today and he told me that I may have a brain tumor and wanted me to do a CT scan! I knew he was wrong but I didn't know what was wrong with me ... until I talked it over with my friend and we figured out it was because of me going off Cipralex! And then I found this forum. I thought I was losing my mind! I hear similar accounts posted here and I feel so relieved. I have almost all the symptoms.

Instead of going back to my idiot family doctor who should've figured this out as he was the one tapering the meds, I would like to ask you guys a question. I am afraid he may have tapered me off the meds a tad too quickly. But, I guess that is a moot point at this time. Should I maybe go back to 5 mg for a couple of more weeks to continue the tapering off process or just suffer through it? So far, no psychological symptoms have reappeared, just physical ones. I'm assuming I can expect to be like this for at least a month, correct?

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I don't feel so alone. Good luck to everyone and I pray that we are all able to have a happy, healthy life without drugs!
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replied October 31st, 2013
I am so Happy I read this. I decided a month ago to go off my Cipralex. I wanted to just move on. I was tired of sleeping for 12-14hrs a day and what felt like I had no life! it was like the treatment was as bad as the disease for me.
BUT side effect HOLY COW BATMAN! The head zaps I had never had and slowmotioness ( not sure that is even a word Smile )WOW! And constipation is unreal. Along with laughing one minute and crying the next. I was crazier coming off that than i was before I took it. But thankfully it is starting to change. I can feel it. And get this only one nap this week and I work 5pm to 1am shifts. I am now up at 7 and in bed at 130am. I could never have functioned like that on this medication.
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replied November 6th, 2013
I've been on 10mg of Cipralex for just over a year due to an event that occurred last summer that sent me into a deep depression. I feel now that I'm able to cope without the medication so have been tapering myself off. As of about two weeks ago I've only been taking one pill every other day and so far I can say I'm feeling good. I know two weeks is still relatively recent but overall there haven't been any really raunchy side effects.

While on the medication, I became very, very lethargic. I could spend an entire weekend sitting on the couch not changing my clothes or showering. Considering before I went on medication I showered every day without fail, that was a noticeable change. I also gained a decent amount of weight, not necessarily as a reaction to the medication but because I just didn't care if what I ate was going to make me fat. It's great not to be bothered by anything but in that context, it's very, very bad. I ate anything and everything. I didn't have that anxiety-ridden voice in my head telling me not to eat like a pregnant hippo.

I had a really hard time concentrating and remembering things while on Cipralex. My grades in school dropped, I couldn't remember from one day to the next what my boss had asked me to do or how I'd done things so needed to be re-trained several times. I just felt absent and disconnected from what I was doing.

Like clockwork, about a week before I'd start my cycle while on Cipralex, I'd experience depersonalization coming in waves lasting about 15-20 seconds throughout the day. It's almost as if I was experience withdrawal symptoms while on Cipralex.

I slept. ALL. THE TIME. I was tired almost constantly. I was used to being more than ok and awake with about 7 hours of sleep, but while on Cipralex, anything under about 9 or 10 was awful. I'd wake up around 11am every weekend morning and sleep my days away, which was not like me at all.

I love how the medication mellowed me out and stopped me from stressing over the little things but more importantly, allowed me to not dwell in depression when it was at its worst.

I'm looking forward to coming off of them completely and feeling like my old awake self again. So far the only real side effects I've noticed are headaches in the evenings, a bit of nausea throughout the day, and ever so often I will feel what I would describe as a brain zap but very, very mild. I would more likely describe it as a zap of lightheadedness. To all of you going through wicked withdrawal symptoms, I wish I could reach out and give you a big hug because you're all so strong. You'll get through this. We all will.
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replied November 18th, 2013
Weaning...
Hi Warriors, I have been on Cip, 5mg (cannot handle more as it will give me panic attacks) for the last two years for extreme anxiety and am weaning off for the last two weeks by taking 5mg every other day. Have been experiencing heavy night sweats, vivid dreams, tremors, cold, and dizziness. Am going to switch to taking it daily by shaving the dose down to 2.5mg everyday for a few weeks. I read somewhere that the reduction has to be really gradual. We will all be ok...with the support such as this forum. Thanks for sharing, Everyone.
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replied November 26th, 2013
I'm so glad that I decided to "google" the withdrawal symptoms of coming off of cipralex. I started taking cipralex 10mg for anxiety and depression (anxiety was mainly the cause of my depression) in march 2013. It was increased to 15mg within a month or so I believe. Then it was tapered down to 10mg for few months, then 5 mg for a month or two and finally I decided that I was ready to stop it. So, I talked with my psychiatrist and he suggested that I take 5mg every other day for another 2 weeks and then stop it. Here I am, I stopped taking it a week ago. At first, I didn't feel any difference but recently, last 2-3 days..I'm feeling lightheaded especially if I get up too fast or move my head to right/left. At first I thought, maybe my blood pressure was dropping from standing up too fast. However, I feel it even when I'm lying down. It's not stopping me from doing anything but I definitely feel this is not the "normal" me. I guess I am lucky that my symptoms are mild as of now (hope it doesn't get worse). It had me wondering what could be the cause of it, especially considering I am a nurse and immediately started connecting the symptoms to million other diseases and then it clicked..oh the cipralex. After reading the comments, I'm hopeful and confident that it will go away soon and I'm going to stay strong. Never want to go back where I was before. Cipralex was a miracle drug for me, although this was the only one I was put on, it worked, it changed my life. Good Luck to everyone. It will get better, just hang in there!
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replied December 19th, 2013
I have been on Cipralex for a year and a half. I feel this drug as ruined my life. 2 years ago I went to the eye doctor and had 20/20 vision...I now have to wear glasses. One eye has double vision and is totally near sighted and the other eye is the total opposite of far sited. 6 months ago I had to episodes of like a electric shock feeling in my head...very scarey while driving. My doctor sent me for every possible test you could think of and everything came back normal. I feel worse than I did before I started taking this drug...Has anyone else had this. I am starting to ween myself off and am a little nervous with all the things I have read on the withdrawal symptoms
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replied January 12th, 2014
I have been on Cipralex for around 7 years and finally coming off this month. Initially I started at 10mg for the first few years then found that my body was becoming immune to that dosage as my anxiety started to reappear. I also believe an incident where I was drugged and a bad relationship contributed to me increasing my dosage from 10mg to 15mg to 20mg. I was on 20mg for 3 years then weaned myself down to 15mg a year and a half ago. I stayed on 15mg for 6 months then went to 10mg for 6 months then 5mg for 6 months. Now I'm taking 5mg every 3 days for the next few weeks then I'm done. I have noticed the brain yaps today (it's been 3 days since I've taken Cipralex) and also noticed I'm very emotional, crying and letting small things get to me. I also find I'm getting hot and cold (flu like symptoms). Because I knew I was getting off the drug, I started to eat really clean and get into yoga and exercise. Also taking a B complex vitamin helps with the anxiety. My question is, are there others on here that have been taking Cipralex for 5 years or longer? If so, have you managed to wean off the meds and how long did it take for the withdrawal symptoms to go away? Thanks!
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replied January 13th, 2014
Cipralex widthdrawl
Good Find this thread helped me tremendously
been medicated for 6 months (50)pristiq 2 months (10)cipralex
weened myself off every other day for 2 weeks
3 days after completely stopping medication
severe dizziness, out of control feeling, major zaps
which till now I described as shaking
severe neck/throat flu like symptoms Hot/Cold Flashes

My life was WORSE on these drugs and bring on
the widthdrawl. Im free and Will be Myself again one day
wrote this 5 days after completely off meds

My backup plan is clozapam works instantly for me
take when you need and fun with no bad symptoms
other than having to much fun pass out

Always Consult your Doctor Before changing anything
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replied January 31st, 2014
Very little withdrawal
Hi everyone,

I'd like to add my take on coming off of Cipralex.

There are a lot of horror stories out there about the worst of the worst that can happen and I'm happy to say that this is not one of those cases, so it's definitely possible to come off Cipralex without watching your body and life fall apart in front of your eyes.

I was on Cipralex for about a year and a half and came to the point where I wanted to be off of them. I'd gained a lot of weight and was just generally tired of how they made me feel; considering I didn't need them to "support" me emotionally anymore, I was more than happy to let them go.

I didn't go the smart way of tapering off, one day I just decided to stop taking them and wait and see what happened. The first few days were normal. On the fourth day I started getting very mild "brain zaps" (although I'd describe them more as the feeling of a momentary gust of wind inside your head). They would only really happen after standing up too quickly or turning my head really fast, but overall they were nothing that bothered me too much.

About a week and a half after stopping the dose, I had one day where I felt a bit sickly, dizzy and the "brain wind" was a bit strong, but after that, it was good. The wind significantly reduced after that and I never had a dizzy day again following that one day. The only side effect I notice now is that I do cry easier than usual but you know what, I'm actually ok with that. It's so nice to feel strong emotions again. It's been a long time since I haven't felt numbed out.

And now, several weeks later, I feel better than I have in a long, long time. And I'm so glad.

So for anyone worried about it, it is possible to come off of them with a good experience.
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replied February 3rd, 2014
update : Finally done with withdrawal was not fun for me
But much better than on, took almost a month of
severe symptoms, life is better
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replied February 3rd, 2014
I'm coming off Cipralex myself. I've relocated and don't have a doctor where I am now.

Having had experience with anti-depressants with my ex-wife, I knew I couldn't go cold turkey.
So I planned myself a long taper and it's working.

Because the dosage of this drug is low, it's difficult to adjust easily.
I was on 20mg a day so I decided to take 10mg out of my entire weekly dose, one weeks at a time.
So week 1 & 2 was 20mg a day except Saturday when I took 10mg.
Week 3 & 4 was 20mg a day except Wednesday and Saturday when I took 10mg.

I'm down to 10mg a day now and will not be taking any on Saturday starting in two weeks.

Although this seems like a ridiculously long taper, its working because I'm having zero withdrawal symptoms. I am having some mood swings but I don't attribute that to actual withdrawal, that's just reduced SSRI volume and I'm going to have to adjust again to being without the constant leveller.

I can't imagine just chopping the dose in half for two weeks and then getting off of it two weeks later.

I think a lot of people make that mistake with their anti-D's and then just end up going in a circle.

Don't rush it. You didn't get to the point of needing that drug in a month, you're not going to get off it in a month.
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replied March 12th, 2014
Withddrawl from cipralex and wellbutrin
I as on Cipralex for about 6-7 years , and had wellbutrin added a couple of years ago, I had a lot of side effects was on other drugs for increasing migraines and also a daily (take as needed) anti- depressant.Thought it was way too much and wanted to get off of them.So I just went off them in a panicked move, now Im basically in my own personal hell.I have pretty much every symptom I have read about ,the head zaps and dizzyness , are the worst.My head just feels like its all pressurized and its a scry feeling, that noone understands unless theyve been throught it.Its already been a couple of months since I stopped, and stopped the daily's(aprazolam) about a month ago.Im in a bad state of confusion over what to do, my gp never said a word about dangers or withdrawls when I told him Id stopped, actually just said "good for you" and that was that.I don't know at this point if I should go back on and taper again (after months of no drugs) or try to hold out with the hopes that all these symptoms will end soon.
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replied April 23rd, 2014
Withdrawal from Cipralex
I am so happy i found this page. i am french canadian and we don't have anything like it. I have been off Cipralex for 2 weeks tomorrow. I have to say this was the worst ride ever. I have experienced all the above symptoms: headhaches like shockwaves, dizzyness, crying, anger, vivid crazy dreams etc. It seems to get better. This morning i had a couple of seconds when i felt happiness and there it was: this is the good effect of getting off Cipralex. For the past year, i did feel happiness but in some sort of a daze. Like a synthetical happiness. i know it sounds weird but i feel like the past year even tough i tought Cipralex was helping me, it was also covering the good parts inside me.

Fortunately, i am very active and i do alot of yoga which is helping a great deal with withdrawal and meditation also. I have been also sick since i stopped the medz (the cold). Maybe it is not related dough.

I am happy to hear some same ideas i have. For example how doctors know soooo little about medication! My doctor told me there was no side effects for taking Cipralex, no addiction and no withdrawal! God, i am going to give her the url to this page.

I feel better reading i am not alone.
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replied May 13th, 2014
I just started taking cipralex, to help with a mental drug addiction. I didn't have any real bad depression or anything...maybe just minor...mostly due to cirumstances in life. but think I was maybe self medicating with other drugs...


I took half of a 20mg dose to start, because of the side effects. but I felt really horrible and stopped for a couple days, then started again, taking the tiniest piece, probably 1mg.
I kept taking this 1mg for about 5 days, and it was giving me bad anxiety and paranoia, so I stopped again.

But it has been 5 days now, and it's still not gone away. I still have the anxiety, paranoia, lack of appetite, bad libido, and I'm feeling pretty depressed, more so than I've ever normally felt.
What the heck is going on. How can such a small dose be causing me so much problems? When is this going to go away? How the hell is anyone supposed to start @ the recommended 10mg/day and stay on, when 1mg is killing me?


For anyone thinking of starting SSRIs, they are no joke. I don't think doctors are very good at explaining the side effects of coming on/off them. They probably really shouldn't be touched unless very necessary. It could just be worse. Definitely don't start them if you have school, or work, or responsibilities. Probably should only be started if you can have some time off, or if you're already in a very very bad place and it can't get any worse.
I know it works different on everyone, and for you there may be no side effects, and it could work miracles. But for me, it has really caused me trouble and I deeply regret taking them. My doctor failed to mention this possibility...
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replied May 26th, 2014
Do your research before you decide to withdraw
Hi Everyone!

I've been on Cipralex for about 5 years, it has been a miracle drug for me. I was depressed and did not know it. My wife got me to a good psychiatrist, who determined I was clinically depressed. I started at 10mg and now am up to 20. ... and I feel great. I no longer have that dark place I would go to, especially in the mornings. I am in my 50's but feel like I am 18 again... very natural, normal... As a Flamenco musician, I was worried that I would lose my musical 'edge'. The psychiatrist said this would not be the case as for those who should be taking it, the drug really just helps your mind work normally. ... And he was right, I am playing better now etc. Certainly, there are side effects. The main one for me is decreased libido. This is irritating but not a big deal. I tried mixing in some Welbutrin, which helped the libido but made me feel too 'jumpy', so I stopped.

Regarding withdrawal, the psychiatrist recommended I never go off. He said if you go off an antidepressant, and find you are depressed again, it is likely that taking the drug again will not work. So for any of you thinking of withdrawing, be careful and do your research. Actually, I just was reading about the author David Foster Wallace. I think he had a more serious situation than me, but when he went off his medication, things did not work out. He tried to get back on, and when the drug did not work again, he wound up hanging himself... Yikes!

Anyway, this is serious stuff, as is life. I think the key is a good Psychiatrist if you can find one and/or doing lots of research...
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