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Re:new to this, anyone had trouble with Lexapro?

Posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 16:34:37

In reply to Re:new to this, anyone had trouble with Lexapro?, posted by Luziluna on April 3, 2003, at 16:05:12

> Hi,
> I have a disorder known as BDD- or Body Dysmorphic Disorder- its related to OCD, only involves severe and persistant obsessions about perceived defects in appearance. I recently tried Paxil, but stopped after 8 days because I was flushing so severely that I looked badly sunburned! Not good, since my particular BDD preoccupation is with my skin! I am going to talk to my doctor tomorrow about Lexapro or Celexa. Anyone tried these, and if so, any side effects that were unacceptable? I can't take the flushing, so if it happens with the others, I will just try some other approach to treating this disorder. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

Hi there, I had severe flushing on the paxil and zoloft. I have had none on the lexapro. Celexa is similar to lexapro so there is a good chance you will be able to use either one I hope. GOOD LUCK!!

 

LEXAPRO AND 88ivories

Posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 16:48:55

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by 88ivories on April 3, 2003, at 16:12:49

> > Hey man, i've been there. Technically the drug leaves your system completely in less than a week i believe. The problem is that there is then a rebound depression from lack of a previously unnaturally hightened level of serotonin, which is then likely really low. It's more complex then than that, but you get the idea of rebound depression. That my friend, blows, and can last a month or sometimes a little more. Just telling you the cold hard facts. How do I cope? I usually end up drinking and smoking ALL the time until it goes away. Hang in there.
>
>
> Jack...funny you mention drinking as a coping w/ the withdrawals. My doc discretely suggested that as a temporary copeing mechanism...something to mask the discomfort until it subsides. I am still taking meds - at low doses. I have gone from a doc that pushed high doses (2400mg Depakote, 300mg Luvox, + 4mg Klonopin - I was a walking zombie) to 30 mgs of Celexa and 7.5mg Valium. The withdrawals from the Luvox/Klonopin were almost fatal for me. I referenced several books by Peter Breggin, M.D. that convinced me the dosages were excessive and a bad match for my body. I was having serious liver problems. Back to the books...they throughly cover the expected withdrawals, rebound, the works. "Toxic Psychiatry", and "Your Drug may be Your Problem". However, these books will try to convince you not to use the meds at all. I think they are very much in order for some of us, but it helps you become more aware of dosage and what to expect when you lower it.
>

Hi there, now I am curious again. I was on paxil and then zoloft for a month. I ended up in the ER with severe stomach pain. They did blood work and my liver enzymes were 6 times normal. They kept coming down slowly each time they checked. I ended up having a liver biopsy and they thought they saw a tumor. Turned out to be scar tissue. Last month I had the blood test done again but have not gone to get my results. Could you give more info on your liver problems I am very curious. By the way before I started the paxil and zoloft my enzymes were normal. I know this because I had many trips to the ER with panic attacks and my wife had me sent to the nuthouse part of the hospital for 1 night where I was finally diagnosed. They did complete blood work. THANKS!!!!!!!!

 

88ivories and lexapro

Posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 17:03:48

In reply to LEXAPRO AND 88ivories, posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 16:48:55

Hi there, one more thing about taking to much med. I have been reading alot about this recently and have wondered when you do you go over the edge with to much. Who is qualified to see this!!! I doubt many shrinks would ever pick up on this. I go to a lot of message boards and read people complaining about certain symptoms. They are taking the max on a med and I want to say hey you are taking to much I think. But I am not qualified to make that call. I wonder how many people are taking meds when there serotonin levels are to high to begin with and they should be going the other way. Just my thoughts I am very curious about the whole thing since I started having panic attacks and depression. I have everything pretty much under control right now but no guarantees on how long that will last. So just in case I keep reading and thinking!!!!! TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!!

 

Re: SSRI's and Elevated Liver Enzymes blkvettes

Posted by 88ivories on April 3, 2003, at 18:54:01

In reply to LEXAPRO AND 88ivories, posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 16:48:55

>
> Hi there, now I am curious again. I was on paxil and then zoloft for a month. I ended up in the ER with severe stomach pain. They did blood work and my liver enzymes were 6 times normal. They kept coming down slowly each time they checked. I ended up having a liver biopsy and they thought they saw a tumor. Turned out to be scar tissue. Last month I had the blood test done again but have not gone to get my results. Could you give more info on your liver problems I am very curious. By the way before I started the paxil and zoloft my enzymes were normal. I know this because I had many trips to the ER with panic attacks and my wife had me sent to the nuthouse part of the hospital for 1 night where I was finally diagnosed. They did complete blood work. THANKS!!!!!!!!

After I left the doc that had me so doped up I was running red lights and sleeping when I wasn't on the road, I began to take matters into my own hands. It seems with some of these psy'ists that the more you tell them, the more labels they throw on you. That's another subject. Anyway, a good doctor won't do this to you. After reading some the the Peter Breggin material and a through physical with family physician, I realized I had documented proof that I had some serious physical issues. I am an otherwise healthy 40yr. female, fit, etc. I was sent to an infectious disease guy who said I had fybromyalgia (ha), sent for CAT scans for a possible tumor or enlargement of the liver. The liver enzymes continued to rise over 2 years. I had terrible muscle fatique and joint pain (i.e., the fibromyalgia diagnosis). I started researching the web and started finding some similiar problems in other users of Luvox. I told my doc that despite his reluctance to take me off the meds (I had already stopped the Depakote), that I was going to start a gradual taper. When I got to 75 mg of Luvox and stopped it altogether (including the last mg of Klonopin) I hit the wall and ended up in the ER. I noticed that my liver enzymes had improved. After getting completely off the Luvox and Klonopin and 7mths on the Celexa (20-30mg) and 5-10mg of Valium daily, my liver is normal. No more joint problems, muscle fatique, neck cricks, etc. I don't have the energy I would like, but feel much better. My goal is to someday be med-free, if that is possible. :)

 

Re: 88ivories and lexapro blkvettes

Posted by 88ivories on April 3, 2003, at 19:02:21

In reply to 88ivories and lexapro, posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 17:03:48

> Hi there, one more thing about taking to much med. I have been reading alot about this recently and have wondered when you do you go over the edge with to much. Who is qualified to see this!!! I doubt many shrinks would ever pick up on this. I go to a lot of message boards and read people complaining about certain symptoms. They are taking the max on a med and I want to say hey you are taking to much I think. But I am not qualified to make that call. I wonder how many people are taking meds when there serotonin levels are to high to begin with and they should be going the other way. Just my thoughts I am very curious about the whole thing since I started having panic attacks and depression. I have everything pretty much under control right now but no guarantees on how long that will last. So just in case I keep reading and thinking!!!!! TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!!
----
I have several theories on why docs over-medicate.
1) Law suits. They are afraid that if you go over the edge because they didn't give you enough, they will be sued by your survivors.
2) It's easier to throw more meds on the problem than do the hard job: dig and find the root of the problem and help you fix that.
3) Swamped-eductation on the fly by the pharmc'tal sales reps eager for business.
4) Overly busy and doing the best they can under the circumstances.
I think we all, as patients of whatever ailment, should be aware, educated, and participate when possible in our treatment.
I have found that a good pharmacist is a much better, more objective resource on meds, dosage, their pros/cons that the perscribing physician.
I, now, have a wonderful family doc now who does my meds. He welcomes my findings on the net and includes the input of the pharmacist in his perscriptions (most of the time). This is VERY refreshing to me based on a very megative past experience.

 

Re: SSRI's and Elevated Liver Enzymes

Posted by blkvettes on April 3, 2003, at 19:14:17

In reply to Re: SSRI's and Elevated Liver Enzymes blkvettes, posted by 88ivories on April 3, 2003, at 18:54:01

> >
> > Hi there, now I am curious again. I was on paxil and then zoloft for a month. I ended up in the ER with severe stomach pain. They did blood work and my liver enzymes were 6 times normal. They kept coming down slowly each time they checked. I ended up having a liver biopsy and they thought they saw a tumor. Turned out to be scar tissue. Last month I had the blood test done again but have not gone to get my results. Could you give more info on your liver problems I am very curious. By the way before I started the paxil and zoloft my enzymes were normal. I know this because I had many trips to the ER with panic attacks and my wife had me sent to the nuthouse part of the hospital for 1 night where I was finally diagnosed. They did complete blood work. THANKS!!!!!!!!
>
> After I left the doc that had me so doped up I was running red lights and sleeping when I wasn't on the road, I began to take matters into my own hands. It seems with some of these psy'ists that the more you tell them, the more labels they throw on you. That's another subject. Anyway, a good doctor won't do this to you. After reading some the the Peter Breggin material and a through physical with family physician, I realized I had documented proof that I had some serious physical issues. I am an otherwise healthy 40yr. female, fit, etc. I was sent to an infectious disease guy who said I had fybromyalgia (ha), sent for CAT scans for a possible tumor or enlargement of the liver. The liver enzymes continued to rise over 2 years. I had terrible muscle fatique and joint pain (i.e., the fibromyalgia diagnosis). I started researching the web and started finding some similiar problems in other users of Luvox. I told my doc that despite his reluctance to take me off the meds (I had already stopped the Depakote), that I was going to start a gradual taper. When I got to 75 mg of Luvox and stopped it altogether (including the last mg of Klonopin) I hit the wall and ended up in the ER. I noticed that my liver enzymes had improved. After getting completely off the Luvox and Klonopin and 7mths on the Celexa (20-30mg) and 5-10mg of Valium daily, my liver is normal. No more joint problems, muscle fatique, neck cricks, etc. I don't have the energy I would like, but feel much better. My goal is to someday be med-free, if that is possible. :)
>
>
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by Donia on April 3, 2003, at 22:28:23

In reply to Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 3, 2003, at 11:46:47

I would think you should not be having these problems from withdrawel if you were only on it for 4 weeks. Are you sure its not panic/depression symptoms that arent resolved? If you really think it is lexapro withdrawel then try to cut any leftover tablets into fourths and take one fourth a day for a while. I was on zoloft once for 4 weeks and just quit taking it with no problems. I then took it again for 6 months and had to wean off.

 

Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex

Posted by mmcleod on April 4, 2003, at 11:04:28

In reply to Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by Dr. Bob on June 11, 2002, at 7:52:48

I am into my 3rd week on 10mg of Lexapro. I take it at night and sleep fine but can barely get out of bed in the morning and am sluggish till the afternoon. Someone said this goes away the longer you are on it? Anyone else have any similar responses with longer use? The fatigue is my only side effect (so far).

 

Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex

Posted by indirect00 on April 4, 2003, at 12:44:15

In reply to Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex, posted by mmcleod on April 4, 2003, at 11:04:28

Yes. I had this problem. I was tardy for class nearly every day. I have switched back to celexa (which seems to be more of an "upper" if you will) and I no longer have this problem. You may want to talk to your doc about going to Celexa.

 

first posting, transitioning to lexapro (nm)

Posted by mollymorph on April 4, 2003, at 13:09:51

In reply to Re:new to this, anyone had trouble with Lexapro? Luziluna, posted by 88ivories on April 3, 2003, at 16:22:44

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 17:32:57

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by Donia on April 3, 2003, at 22:28:23

To Everyoone who replied to me:

Thanks for your support, I am now thinking I might still be having panic attavks, badly, the lexapro should definitly be out of my system by now, or mabye Im having withdrawel from the xanax, I forgot to mention I was taking .05 everday, up to four times a day, I quit the xanax a day or two after I quit Lexapro. I dont know, I can talk ok today, but I feel like I have tio think about what Im saying when Im saying it, Does that make any sense? I also drank a whole bunch on Lex and Xanax, I now know that was a big mistake, I am still drinking heavily. I know now I am an alcoholic as well as being a depressed , panicked person. Im scared to death.

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by blkvettes on April 4, 2003, at 17:42:47

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 17:32:57

> To Everyoone who replied to me:
>
> Thanks for your support, I am now thinking I might still be having panic attavks, badly, the lexapro should definitly be out of my system by now, or mabye Im having withdrawel from the xanax, I forgot to mention I was taking .05 everday, up to four times a day, I quit the xanax a day or two after I quit Lexapro. I dont know, I can talk ok today, but I feel like I have tio think about what Im saying when Im saying it, Does that make any sense? I also drank a whole bunch on Lex and Xanax, I now know that was a big mistake, I am still drinking heavily. I know now I am an alcoholic as well as being a depressed , panicked person. Im scared to death.
>

Hi there, dont want to be rude or anything like that. But you need to quit drinking, Mybe your problem was not the med but the drinking. Quitting is hard, I did drugs for 10 years and quit 18 years ago. PLEASE STOP!!!!!!! Go back to your doc and start over!!!!!!! Does the doc know you drink!!!! You have to be honest with the doc!!! You can do this and dont give up hope!!! Go to AA meetings, call a friend instead of drinking, whatever it takes!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!!

 

Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex

Posted by Okpolosi on April 4, 2003, at 18:33:36

In reply to Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex, posted by mmcleod on April 4, 2003, at 11:04:28

> I am into my 3rd week on 10mg of Lexapro. I take it at night and sleep fine but can barely get out of bed in the morning and am sluggish till the afternoon. Someone said this goes away the longer you are on it? Anyone else have any similar responses with longer use? The fatigue is my only side effect (so far).

What time in the evening are you taking Lex? I started off taking it in the morning, and I was falling asleep around 7-8PM. Switched to 1-2PM and now I fall asleep easily around 11PM, sleep soundly through the nite and get up much easier. I was an insomniac befor Lex and had a terrible time getting up to go to work. Just starting on Lex I felt much more tired than usual, but that SE did go away for me - into week 10 now.

 

Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex

Posted by Donia on April 4, 2003, at 18:44:04

In reply to Re: Really tired at 3 weeks on Lex, posted by mmcleod on April 4, 2003, at 11:04:28

I have been very tired and unmotivated on lexapro. I have been on it for two and a half months and this is subsiding finally. I was ready to give up, but it does help with the depression and anxiety so I stuck it out and am having more energy with less sleep.

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by Donia on April 4, 2003, at 18:46:37

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 17:32:57

How long were you on the xanax? They are addictive and I would assume that is where your symptoms are coming from. I love xanax but will not take it because I love it. I was on it for a little while when I took zoloft while I was adjusting to the zoloft.

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 21:02:03

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by Donia on April 4, 2003, at 18:46:37

I was on xanax for a full month, but in that month I had 3 prescriptions filled.
Thanks for caring. So do u really think thats what it is?

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by 88ivories on April 4, 2003, at 21:02:19

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 17:32:57

> To Everyoone who replied to me:
>
> Thanks for your support, I am now thinking I might still be having panic attavks, badly, the lexapro should definitly be out of my system by now, or mabye Im having withdrawel from the xanax, I forgot to mention I was taking .05 everday, up to four times a day, I quit the xanax a day or two after I quit Lexapro. I dont know, I can talk ok today, but I feel like I have tio think about what Im saying when Im saying it, Does that make any sense? I also drank a whole bunch on Lex and Xanax, I now know that was a big mistake, I am still drinking heavily. I know now I am an alcoholic as well as being a depressed , panicked person. Im scared to death.
>
I agree with blkvette, the majority of your side effects are most probably coming from the Xanax. Actually benzos, such as Xanax and alcohol have very similar effects on your body, that's why using one or the other makes you feel better when you are w/drawing. I withdrew from Klonopin and was very hard. Xanax, like Klonopin, has a short half life which means the w/drawals hit you a little harder. Give it 7-10 days. I had to come clean with my doctor about some substance abuse things and when I did, that's when I really got the help I needed. You CAN do this. You need some good support and the will to follow through. Good Luck!

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by blkvettes on April 4, 2003, at 21:21:48

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 21:02:03

> I was on xanax for a full month, but in that month I had 3 prescriptions filled.
> Thanks for caring. So do u really think thats what it is?

Hey there, the xanax is bad news if you take to much and you can have bad withdrawl. I was on about 2 to 3mg per day along with the zoloft at one time and quit cold turkey. It took about a month to get everything out of my system. But you need to get with the doc and start over and tell them you have a problem with alcohol if you have not. Do you have family and friends to help? You can do this but it wont be easy. Dont give up!!! Here is a link about withdrawl from xanax that I got months ago when I was coming off the stuff. TAKE CARE!!!!!!
http://www.geocities.com/benzobusters/xanaxbusters1.htm

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by Donia on April 4, 2003, at 23:11:03

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 4, 2003, at 21:02:03

I was on xanax for three months. Dosage was I think .25 mg and I had to take about 4 or 5 at a time to get them to work. Usually took a few in the morning and a few at night. I had no trouble quiting after the three months, but sure liked them when I had them. I would say your symptoms are the regular symptoms most of us are dealing with also when we dont have a proper medication that is working. I know I was a mess for three months before starting lexapro. Always some weird thing going on with me from sleeping way too much, headaches, trouble breathing, chest pains and back pains. This has resolved for the most part since taking lexapro.

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by jdgal on April 5, 2003, at 8:32:57

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by blkvettes on April 4, 2003, at 21:21:48

Thnaks, that link did really help. Today, I feel depressed again.... its so sunny here in Fl, and I dont even want to leave the house. I am a single mom of an beautiful 9 year old girl , and I feel horrible that I cant even take her somewhere. I know I am also depressed becuase 2 weeks ago I cut my left knee open and got 8 stitches, so My leg is ugly, now, Im also PMSing and feel HUGE. I feel like everyone is staring at me if I go outside. I cant take this anymore. Suicide thoughts. Scary.

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by blkvettes on April 5, 2003, at 11:26:36

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 5, 2003, at 8:32:57

> Thnaks, that link did really help. Today, I feel depressed again.... its so sunny here in Fl, and I dont even want to leave the house. I am a single mom of an beautiful 9 year old girl , and I feel horrible that I cant even take her somewhere. I know I am also depressed becuase 2 weeks ago I cut my left knee open and got 8 stitches, so My leg is ugly, now, Im also PMSing and feel HUGE. I feel like everyone is staring at me if I go outside. I cant take this anymore. Suicide thoughts. Scary.


Hi there, I live in orlando and also have a 9 year old daughter. NOT KIDDING!!! She is what has kept me going through all this crap. I had suicide thoughts for months. I am on my 3rd med and doing so much better. You just get back to the doc and find something that will work. Your daughter will not be better off without you either if you have thought that. You could set her up with the pain you feel right now. So you keep trying, you keep dragging yourself through each horrible day until you feel better. DONT GIVE UP HOPE!!!!!!! Your daughter needs you!!!!

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by jdgal on April 5, 2003, at 12:46:33

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by blkvettes on April 5, 2003, at 11:26:36

Thanks. I actually forced myself to get dressed today, put on makeup nad blow out my ahie, my freind is picking me up to do something, i know I desperatley need to get out of teh house, but it scares me so, i feel like everyone is staring at me, but hes on his way, so im gonna go, this forum REALLY helps. I check it loyally, I dont feel so alone that way, I still hate this day...

 

Re: Advice please....

Posted by blkvettes on April 5, 2003, at 12:52:39

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 5, 2003, at 12:46:33

> Thanks. I actually forced myself to get dressed today, put on makeup nad blow out my ahie, my freind is picking me up to do something, i know I desperatley need to get out of teh house, but it scares me so, i feel like everyone is staring at me, but hes on his way, so im gonna go, this forum REALLY helps. I check it loyally, I dont feel so alone that way, I still hate this day...

Hi there, you dont feel alone coming here because everyone understands what you are going through. I am glad you are leaving the house and hope you have a decent day. Feel free to email me if you ever want to chat I always answer. TAKE CARE!!!!!

 

Re: Advice please.... jdgal

Posted by susan b. anthony on April 5, 2003, at 13:53:50

In reply to Re: Advice please...., posted by jdgal on April 5, 2003, at 8:32:57

> Thnaks, that link did really help. Today, I feel depressed again.... its so sunny here in Fl, and I dont even want to leave the house. I am a single mom of an beautiful 9 year old girl , and I feel horrible that I cant even take her somewhere. I know I am also depressed becuase 2 weeks ago I cut my left knee open and got 8 stitches, so My leg is ugly, now, Im also PMSing and feel HUGE. I feel like everyone is staring at me if I go outside. I cant take this anymore. Suicide thoughts. Scary.

PLS CALL YR DR ASAP - YOU NEED MEDICAL HELP - YR PMS IS PUSHING YOU OVER THE EDGE - PLS LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP YOU.........

 

Hey, update forwarding...

Posted by pumpkin on April 5, 2003, at 18:40:45

In reply to Re: Advice please.... jdgal, posted by susan b. anthony on April 5, 2003, at 13:53:50

I'm sitting here reading the latest posts.

I'm now on 10.5 mgs. of Lex, and .25 mgs. of
Klonopin in the mornings. Reading a previous
post- part of the battle is the stupid thoughts
that seem to come from no where! Although, they
are from the depression/anxiety- the brain!

I have my hands full with 3 daughters/grand-daughter/husband, and a mom in whom ended up
back in the hospital again the other day. I'm
in charge of all of it! Lord knows what's going
to happen.

I feel more myself on the Klonopin. Although it
might be alittle strong this time around- it keeps
me from going up and down. In my situation, it
helps. Whether I'll get off of it in the future-
I honestly can't say. I was on it for 10 years
in the past. Now, I can tell whether I'm having
straight depression without the panic. The
"battle" doesn't seem to take me everywhere at one
time! If you know what I mean. As far as sleep
goes, just being on the Lex- I didn't wake up till
the afternoon it seems. I am a night person
anyway, but we can't always have our own way. If
we did- husbands, children, moms, etc..., would
come packaged in a jar or can! I'm just being
nasty!

Well, I'm hanging on by the Lords grace, and
enjoying the rays of hope that is sent my way.
Keep up those posts- they really help!


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