Can I stop Lexapro after 3 days? 

Can I stop Lexapro after 3 days? 

No, you shouldn’t stop Lexapro after 3 days, unless you’re allergic to the medication. Lexapro is not a fast-acting medication and can take 4-6 weeks to kick in. This is because Lexapro slowly starts normalising the levels of serotonin in your brain. 

Not just Lexapro, but almost every other antidepressant acts in the exact same way. This is why it’s not recommended to stop Lexapro in 3 days. The drug can’t possibly benefit your condition in such a short amount of time. 

However, if you are allergic to it, you will find it soon after taking your first-ever Lexapro dose and obviously, you will have to discontinue it. If you’re experiencing unbearable side effects and that is what’s keeping you from taking the med, reach out to your healthcare provider. 

If side effects or an allergic reaction is not your concern, it’s not recommended to stop taking Lexapro in just 3 days. 

Lexapro can’t possibly treat your mental health condition in 3 days and you will see literally no change in your symptoms – but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever get better. 

Give Lexapro some time, at least a month or two. If you continue to feel no difference after 6 weeks of using Lexapro, reach out to your healthcare provider – but at least give your antidepressant enough time to be sure whether or not it’s effective (1). 

Lexapro is generally a well-tolerated antidepressant with great reviews. Be patient and consistent with your treatment and you will surely see results. 

Is there any danger with stopping Lexapro in just 3 days? 

3 days is a short amount of time and your body doesn’t get used to Lexapro in such a short time. Therefore, there’s no physical harm in stopping the antidepressant after 3 days. 

However, it will not achieve the purpose you expected from it and the symptoms for which you started this medication will continue to make you feel miserable. Depression and related mental health illnesses are nerve-racking and can significantly affect the quality of your life. 

If you stop your treatment over petty issues, your condition will not get better and you’ll continue to suffer – which I’m sure is not something you want. 

For people who are using Lexapro for quite a while, it is dangerous to stop this antidepressant abruptly. Doing so can trigger disturbing withdrawal symptoms, which are not so easy to deal with (2).

Final words

To sum up, it is not a good idea to stop Lexapro just after 3 days of your treatment, as this time is not enough for this medication to work properly. If you are concerned about any of the side effects, please reach out to your doctor. 

Early side effects are common with antidepressants like Lexapro and they usually begin to subside on their own. Stopping Lexapro without even giving it a chance is not a smart move. However, if it’s causing any serious side effects, talk to your doctor.

There are plenty of other antidepressants that can easily replace Lexapro if it is not the right choice for you. Just trust your doctor’s expertise and follow directions properly.

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