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Is It Safe To Take Lexapro While On Seratonin Withdrawals?

I have just been put on wellbutrin, and have previously been taking lexapro 10 and amitryptaline 50, I went cold turkey off of the lexapro and just now took a half pill of it because I think I was going through seratonin withdrawls. Will this hurt me?
Sat, 5 Dec 2020
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Hi,

Actually, taking 5mg of Lexapro is typically what we recommend to decrease the risk of withdrawal. You can take 5mg daily for a week, then try decreasing or you can even try taking 5mg every other day for another week and stop. There is no established way to decrease, but decreasing slowly is helpful.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Timothy Wong, General & Family Physician
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Is It Safe To Take Lexapro While On Seratonin Withdrawals?

Hi, Actually, taking 5mg of Lexapro is typically what we recommend to decrease the risk of withdrawal. You can take 5mg daily for a week, then try decreasing or you can even try taking 5mg every other day for another week and stop. There is no established way to decrease, but decreasing slowly is helpful. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Timothy Wong, General & Family Physician