While researchers are still working on understanding exactly how serotonin works in the brain, they have found that when it is more readily available in the blood, it can reduce the symptoms that are associated with anxiety and depression. These two diagnoses are the main reasons why Cipralex is often prescribed, and it is found under the brand names Lexapro and Nexito.
Serotonin appears to play a major role in how we feel, how well we sleep, and our appetite levels too. By improving its availability, many people experience improvements in all three areas. However, serious issues can result when you become addicted to drugs like Cipralex, and it’s important to know how to recognize this type of addiction.
Medications like Cipralex are not inherently addictive. However, that does not mean that you can’t become addicted to it psychologically. If you have a mental disorder, you are at a much greater risk of developing an addiction to Cipralex; especially if you get relief from your anxiety or depression once you start taking it.
It’s very common for those who take SSRIs to not really know how to identify if they’re addicted to them, and Cipralex is no exception. You may start to suspect an addiction if you experience:
An addiction to Cipralex can begin in many ways, and for most people, it happens without them realizing it’s even happening. Quite often, people develop a psychological addiction to the medication because they’ve experienced that they feel better when they take it. Others have found that while they felt better for a little while, they quickly developed a tolerance for Cipralex. As a result, they may have increased their dosage without talking to their doctor first as a way to feel better. There are even some people who decide to crush the tablets and take them by snorting them instead of as they were prescribed.
Cipralex abuse generally always leads to an addiction unless the proper steps are taken to stop the medication safely before it reaches that point.
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It is not recommended to stop Cipralex abruptly if you choose to stop taking it. Doing so can result in many different and dangerous Cipralex withdrawal symptoms, and these can include:
If you believe you’re addicted to Cipralex and you want to stop taking it, it’s important to seek out the assistance of professionals who can help you do it safely.
The best way to stop taking Cipralex is by going to Cipralex addiction treatment. There, your medication can be tapered down, and you can participate in drug detox than can help you past the worst part of the withdrawal stages. You can also receive addiction treatment that will address the reasons why you became addicted to Cipralex, even if those reasons are purely psychological.
Here at Northpoint Recovery, we offer some of the best addiction treatment programs in the Pacific Northwest. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about Cipralex and getting the help you need to stop taking it safely. To learn more, please contact us.