How to Stop Taking Lexapro

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The best way to stop taking Lexapro, a common antidepressant, is slowly and under the supervision of the prescribing physician. Avoid the side effects of quitting Lexapro cold turkey, which include headaches and irritability, with advice from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on antidepressants.

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Hi, my name's John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Pete, Florida. I'd like to talk to you a little bit about how to stop taking Lexapro. Lexapro is usually a one time a day pill used for major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. It's a member of the SSRIs, and the official name for that is selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Basically what they do, is they help by restoring the brain's chemical imbalance, and they actually allow more serotonin to get to the brain. And we're not sure, but we think that--based on research and the antidepressant research over the last forty or fifty years--that serotonin plays a huge role in mood regulation or in mood. As with any other psychotropic medication, what you want to do is make sure that if you do get off it and you have been on for an extended period of time, you want to do that under the supervision of a health care provider or a physician. A physician usually that you're working with will have made the prescriptions throughout the months or years that you've been on it, and basically you do not want to get off any psychotropic medication cold turkey or on your own, as there are some very adverse side effects. A lot of those can include headache, and irritability, agitation, anxiety... so the best way really to get off Lexapro or any other antidepressant, is to do it very slowly and under the supervision of your health care provider or your physician. My name is John Bosworth, and I'm talking to you about how to stop taking Lexapro.

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