Never did get brain zaps but I do get the terrible flushing, hot flashes that start at the top of my head and travel down my body. I sweat like a beast especially around my head, face, neck. I am very heat intolerant. I have tried most all the SSRI's and I have the same issue with all.
Your best bet is to see a psychiatrist who really is the only person who understands the side effects of these medications. You can see the psychiatrist quarterly for medication management. No one, friends, family, etc. will have any idea what you are describing and tend to brush off your worries, making you feel weird and uncomfortable. Your much better off working with the doc who has the expertise with these meds. As Robin Roberts book says "everyone has something". Part of the whole anxiety, panic issue is beating yourself up for not being "normal". Everyone deals with their own problems, you are not the only one but going to the proper doc will help you immensely.View Thread
You can contact Forest Pharmacueticals to report your negative symptoms and in turn they will report those problems to the FDA. There are many people who are slipping back into depression, anxiety, panic, etc who are using the generic Lexapro. It seems to be pure garbage.
The phone number to report your issues to Forest is 800-851-0758. This is the adverse reaction desk. Please call them so we can get this garbage medicine off the market.View Thread
In addition and I forgot to add this fact, people who have attained good control over their depression, GAD, panic, anxiety who have been given the Generic Lexapro go back into depression, panic attacks, overwhelming anxiety and loose all the benefits attained on Brand Lexapro. There is no way that pharmacists haven't heard of the reactions people are having because it is so widespread. The generic Lexapro is just plain bad medicine some body needs to get the attention of the FDA to get it pulled until they can reformulate the generic. This is the only generic that I have taken that caused such severe issues, never had an issue before this. Psychiatrists are hearing back from patients also so this is not exactly new news.View Thread
As I stated in an earlier post, you can go to the FDA website and fill out a report on your experiences with the Generic Lexapro. I put a statement on my Facebook page warning people about it. Also on the Topix website under Generic Lexapro, you will read of many peoples experiences with the generic. It has lead to people being hospitalized, blood pressure sky rocketing. Nausea, diarreha, faintness, just about every horrible side effect has been reported and yes, there are people who are truly concerned that people may well have died because of the side effects and no one will ever link the generic med with the death. I wish I knew what else could be done because I think this is a very serious issue and I think this generic should be taken off the market until the company/s making it can prove they have a med that works without causing such horrid side effects.View Thread
There is quite a long list of people who have had quite severe reactions to the generic Lexapro over on Topix under Generic Lexapro. Several of us have listed complaints with the FDA as our reactions were quite severe including sky rocketing blood pressure, severe reversal of treated anxiety, depression, anger, etc. Lots of physical complaints also. People have been admitted to the hospital due to bizarre and out of control symptoms. Many people are furious that they were given the generic and didn't realize they were not taking the Lexapro and suddenly became quite ill or went backwards in their mental health issues.View Thread