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4 months on Lex...going to try out Celexa again

Posted by jrbecker on February 10, 2003, at 17:51:56

In reply to Re: LEX users ? comments? male34, posted by ayuda on February 10, 2003, at 16:39:31

Well it's been four months on Lexapro. And I can't say it was all peaches and ice cream. In terms of the positive side though, it was great for curbing atypical symptoms like hunger issues and helping to battle hypersomnia... better than any of the other SSRIs. And sexually, it's by far the most benign of the ADs I've been on in terms of anorgasmia.

But the down side was that the mood effect was just never as good as what I had experienced on Effexor and Celexa. Moreover, there always seemed to be this underlying anxiety that I seemed to never be able to shake, even after lowering the dosage and waiting it out for months.

So after four months of Lex, I'm going on a one month trial of celexa again. My idea is to keep the dosage low enough -- most likely around 10mg since I'm quite sensitive anyways --- so that a lot of the side effects (e.g., somnloscence, increased appetite, sexual dysfunction) remain tolerable.

It's only been four days into the switch but here's what I have to report:

definitely feeling better in terms of mood effect.
More cheerful and social again. Feel like I have my witty side again. Anxiety is definitely lower. Side-effect wise: a tad more sluggish, but not much. For instance, I've had a little more trouble getting out the door in the morning as well as trying to get motivated to run around the track at the gym. My appetite has increased a bit as well, but nothing intolerable yet. As for sexual side effect, my libido is actually back, but I think the sexual dysfunction part remains a slight problem. For the most part so far, I'm fairing a little better than I was on the Lex. If I can keep the side effects in check, I plan to stick with it. If not, I guess Lex will have to be the compromise I'll have to live with.

Just thought I'd give you all the update.

JB


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