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joey, pumpkin is way right !! (nm) joeydep

Posted by lil' jimi on April 20, 2003, at 21:05:55

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl Donia, posted by joeydep on April 20, 2003, at 14:51:08

 

Testosterone

Posted by wperry1971 on April 20, 2003, at 22:46:39

In reply to joey, pumpkin is way right !! (nm) joeydep, posted by lil' jimi on April 20, 2003, at 21:05:55

Has anybody taken a testosterone injection or used Andro Gel to help the libido? I was wondering if I were to boost the level of Testosterone in my system it would raise my desire.

 

Re: Lexapro and weight annlanka

Posted by LCSW2APN on April 21, 2003, at 9:09:27

In reply to Re: Lexapro and weight, posted by annlanka on March 19, 2003, at 9:59:39

There are many factors which could have to deal with weight gain, beyond the medication. Some people eat when they are depressed. Thus as the medicaion resloves the depression, they can control their eating better. Others avoid food when they are depressed, thus when the medication starts working, they gain. Beyond that the thyriod can caused both depression and weight gain. Additionally, exercise can help reslove depressive symptoms and help with weight gain. There are medications which can help with weight gain, i.e. Topamax or phentermine, however most PCPs and many psychiatrists will not Rx the former due to problems with memory loss at higher doesages, and the latter due to not having much experience with it and for fear of "rebound" weight gain. In an event phentermine can interact with antidepressants in veryb dangerous ways, not to say MD's never Rx both it and Prozac. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so you may find that you gain some weight, while your BMI actually goes down! So, bottom line, it is not as easy as this medication does or does not cause weight gain. I do not know how much overweight you are. If you were not overweight to begin with diet and exercise alone may help deal with this side effect of Lexapro for you. You may wish to consider seeing a "weight doctor" or if you are currently being treated by your PCP, you may wish to consider seeing a psychiatrist or of course his Nurse Practitioner! If you wish you may email me directly at LCSW2APN@aol.com or you may catch me on line with AOL's instant messenger IM name chatstate or LCSW2APN. Best Wishes.
LAM

 

Re: JDGAL...Re: hey disfunk

Posted by jdgal on April 21, 2003, at 21:55:48

In reply to Re: JDGAL...Re: hey disfunk jdgal, posted by Dysfunk on April 10, 2003, at 12:30:49

im MUCH better now, FINALLY i think i feel normal again...

 

Lexapro and Hallucination

Posted by BIBRANN on April 22, 2003, at 9:14:50

In reply to Re: JDGAL...Re: hey disfunk, posted by jdgal on April 21, 2003, at 21:55:48

Has anyone heard of experiences with auditory and visual hallucinations in relation to Lexapro? Hallucination is listed as an INFREQUENT side effect but I haven't found anything else on this.

 

RE: Advice

Posted by pumpkin on April 22, 2003, at 12:03:52

In reply to RE: Another newcomer, posted by pumpkin on March 15, 2003, at 21:14:31

This is going on week seven for me!

I was off all anti-depressants for over a month,
and still didn't feel myself. So- process of
elimination, I'm going down on my depakote
(mood stabilizer). It's been two little days
so far.

Meanwhile, I'm sticking to my 20 mgs. of Lex and
.25 mg Klonopin for now.

Question for people who have used Lex and have
major problems with panic attacks. Does the
Lex by itself really relieve the panic in time?
I want to go off the Klonopin too in the future
(not to many meds at one time!), but I wonder
about the panic part.

Another question for you. Is anyone still having
headache problems past the 7 week period? Some
are from my neck- others just "happen".

Mornings are still bad for me, and I don't have
an appetite during the day yet. I'm also having
problems with being tired all day, but try to
keep busy.

Hope you guys had a decent Easter. I met my
oldest half sister/husband and nephew/children
after over 10 years of not seeing them! My
middle half sister/husband set this up at their
house. It was a blessing! We all sat around and
talked about the different meds we are on! LOL!

Anyway, Jdgal if your still around- let us know!
I would like to find out how you are doing too!
Edgefield- where are you?

Have a decent week.

 

RE: Advice

Posted by blkvettes on April 22, 2003, at 12:33:17

In reply to RE: Advice, posted by pumpkin on April 22, 2003, at 12:03:52

> This is going on week seven for me!
>
> I was off all anti-depressants for over a month,
> and still didn't feel myself. So- process of
> elimination, I'm going down on my depakote
> (mood stabilizer). It's been two little days
> so far.
>
> Meanwhile, I'm sticking to my 20 mgs. of Lex and
> .25 mg Klonopin for now.
>
> Question for people who have used Lex and have
> major problems with panic attacks. Does the
> Lex by itself really relieve the panic in time?
> I want to go off the Klonopin too in the future
> (not to many meds at one time!), but I wonder
> about the panic part.
>
> Another question for you. Is anyone still having
> headache problems past the 7 week period? Some
> are from my neck- others just "happen".
>
> Mornings are still bad for me, and I don't have
> an appetite during the day yet. I'm also having
> problems with being tired all day, but try to
> keep busy.
>
> Hope you guys had a decent Easter. I met my
> oldest half sister/husband and nephew/children
> after over 10 years of not seeing them! My
> middle half sister/husband set this up at their
> house. It was a blessing! We all sat around and
> talked about the different meds we are on! LOL!
>
> Anyway, Jdgal if your still around- let us know!
> I would like to find out how you are doing too!
> Edgefield- where are you?
>
> Have a decent week.


Hi, I used to have neck pain but it has gone away, the pain would go up into the back of my head. I quit having full blown panic attacks before I started lex, but still had all the fears and a lot of the symptoms. But they are almost gone, for instance I am driving again. I also take a little xanax. GOOD LUCK

 

RE: Advice pumpkin

Posted by jrbecker on April 22, 2003, at 12:49:29

In reply to RE: Advice, posted by pumpkin on April 22, 2003, at 12:03:52

Are you taking the Lex AM or PM? For less daytime sedation and hunger withdrawal, try the Lex at night. You shouldn't have any problems with it affecting your sleep (unlike Celexa) if you've been taking it for at least a couple of weeks now.

 

Re: Lexapro. Stick with it and it may work.....

Posted by cjal on April 22, 2003, at 20:28:10

In reply to Lexapro. Stick with it and it may work....., posted by Dysfunk on March 31, 2003, at 13:20:46

I have been on Lex for about two months now. started at 5, then 10. at 10 i hit a great point for about a week, then dropped into the pits of hell. doc said it was normal while playing with the dosage for this to happen. been at 20 for about 3 weeks. have been feeling good (not opptomistic, just not as pessemistic) for going on 7 days.

also have the yawning that others have mentioned.

keep at it and good luck.

> I never had the total exhaustion most of you speak of on Lex, but I did have worse depression before it got better. I wasn't ready to switch again so I gave it more time, and it worked! I am as amazed as anyone cause I was feeling hopeless. My doctor didn't think the chances of it working for me after 2 months was a possibility, but it did. SO, if you can stick with it...give it longer than usual to determine if it works.

 

Re: Lexapro. Stick with it and it may work.....

Posted by Okpolosi on April 23, 2003, at 9:11:09

In reply to Re: Lexapro. Stick with it and it may work....., posted by cjal on April 22, 2003, at 20:28:10

> I have been on Lex for about two months now. started at 5, then 10. at 10 i hit a great point for about a week, then dropped into the pits of hell. doc said it was normal while playing with the dosage for this to happen. been at 20 for about 3 weeks. have been feeling good (not opptomistic, just not as pessemistic) for going on 7 days.
>
> also have the yawning that others have mentioned.
>
> keep at it and good luck.
>
>
>
> > I never had the total exhaustion most of you speak of on Lex, but I did have worse depression before it got better. I wasn't ready to switch again so I gave it more time, and it worked! I am as amazed as anyone cause I was feeling hopeless. My doctor didn't think the chances of it working for me after 2 months was a possibility, but it did. SO, if you can stick with it...give it longer than usual to determine if it works.
>
>

I too did not experience any benefit from Lex until week 9. Had a lot of bad side effects in the begining and deep depression around weeks 4-5. Stick with it and give Lex a chance to work for you if you are just starting and want to give up.

 

Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl (nm)

Posted by oregon on April 23, 2003, at 10:43:12

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by pumpkin on April 20, 2003, at 20:16:19

 

Anyone tried Lexapro liquid solution?

Posted by sidney on April 23, 2003, at 18:09:43

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by lil' jimi on April 16, 2003, at 14:35:28

I have significant drug sensitivity and my doctor has prescribed Lexapro in a liquid solution so that I can take extremely small doses (as low as .1 mg) and work my way up to 5 mg (or slightly more) over an extended period of time. This makes sense to me, but I'm having anxiety about taking a new drug (which of course was prescribed to treat my anxiety problem in the first place!)

Has anyone tried Lexapro in liquid form? Does it cost more that the regular pills?

-sid

 

No Insurance. Where can I buy Lexapro cheap?

Posted by johnnylex on April 23, 2003, at 18:29:07

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

I am on 20mg of Lexapro and have found significant relief from anxiety/depression since last September. I am having trouble affording this medication since I have no insurance. I am paying $179 for 90 pills right now (which is after shopping around!).

Is there anyway/place to find it cheaper? Sometimes my doctor will give me some trial packs, but I feel foolish calling his office each month to ask for handouts.

 

Re: No Insurance. Where can I buy Lexapro cheap?

Posted by blkvettes on April 23, 2003, at 18:38:23

In reply to No Insurance. Where can I buy Lexapro cheap?, posted by johnnylex on April 23, 2003, at 18:29:07

> I am on 20mg of Lexapro and have found significant relief from anxiety/depression since last September. I am having trouble affording this medication since I have no insurance. I am paying $179 for 90 pills right now (which is after shopping around!).
>
> Is there anyway/place to find it cheaper? Sometimes my doctor will give me some trial packs, but I feel foolish calling his office each month to ask for handouts.

Hi keeping getting the trial packs for free as long as you can. My insurance would not cover lexapro for awhile but now they do. But trial packs were offered to me. Just keep taking those free packs and dont feel foolish. The doctors know a lot of people dont have insurance, your not the only one. Cant answer your question on the best price. Glad lexapro is working for you.

 

Re: Anyone tried Lexapro liquid solution? sidney

Posted by leeran on April 23, 2003, at 18:39:34

In reply to Anyone tried Lexapro liquid solution?, posted by sidney on April 23, 2003, at 18:09:43

Hi there,

Wow, I didn't know Lexapro was available in a liquid solution! That would sure beat cutting those "little to start with" pills in halves or quarters.

I wish I had an answer for you regarding liquid Lexapro. I remember liking the accuracy of liquid medicine when my son was younger. I hope it works for you.

I found this board a month ago doing a Google search for Lexapro. I started Lexapro, stayed on for a week, went off, and started again two nights ago. It seems that many people here have done quite well on Lexapro. I know my psychiatrist seems sold on it. I'm taking half of what I started at a month ago (10 then, now 5 mg) and I take it about 8:00 in the evening. When I tried it a month ago I was taking the dosage in the morning, but it seemed to make me less spacy/spacey when I switched to evening.

I understand your apprehension about starting on something new or different. I felt the same way, which is how I found myself here. I'm restarting Lexapro because I mistakenly went off of Wellbutrin cold turkey, thinking that Lexapro would replace Wellbutrin.

Actually, during the three weeks since my cessation of Lexapro I was really encouraged by the numerous positive posts I read here on the board. A few weeks of not taking the Lexapor and just casually reading the posts (versus looking for every little/big side effect during the week I was taking it) kind of calmed me down a bit.

I was encouraged by the progress of one paricular poster, so I followed his "trail" back to the beginning of his experience and it was so encouraging to see his progression (in fast forward) on Lexapro.

Good luck!

 

Lexapro and Pregnancy

Posted by mkvelocity on April 24, 2003, at 9:07:12

In reply to Re: Anyone tried Lexapro liquid solution? sidney, posted by leeran on April 23, 2003, at 18:39:34

Has anyone been pregnant and still taking Lexapro? If not, does anyone know of a website that might have any information on it?

 

Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy

Posted by blkvettes on April 24, 2003, at 13:27:17

In reply to Lexapro and Pregnancy, posted by mkvelocity on April 24, 2003, at 9:07:12

> Has anyone been pregnant and still taking Lexapro? If not, does anyone know of a website that might have any information on it?


Hi there, the best thing to do is talk to the doctor and maybe more than one doctor. You can also call the company that makes the drug. I would not breastfeed the baby!!!!! Hard decision to make and hope all goes well.

 

Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy mkvelocity

Posted by Kar on April 24, 2003, at 13:54:56

In reply to Lexapro and Pregnancy, posted by mkvelocity on April 24, 2003, at 9:07:12

Hi. i recently went to a genetic counselor for that reason, although i'm not on Lexapro. I'm on Lamictal, Trileptal and prozac. My pdoc purposefully switched me to Prozac in anticipation of pregnancy because it is known to be a lot safer than many ADs. And I guess they've done more studies. Zoloft is the best one for breastfeeding. i don't have any websites offhand but a Google search will probably lead you in the right direction. The manufacturer's info will only tell you what "category" a drug is (this is related to number and extent of safety studies and results). The mood stabilizers are more of a concern than the ADs. Even some of the pregnancy sites out there like "Babymed" and "IVillage" have some info on ADs during pregnancy. Use of them is becoming much more prevalent because obviously there are situations where it would be more harmful for the mom and the baby if the mom were off all drugs. i know I won't be able to be. My pdoc recommended the genetic counselor. She sent me home with tons of up to date info and she knew more current studies than i could get from pdoc, on the internet or at the library.
I'll look into the websites that I checked out though...
Good luck!

 

Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy

Posted by blkvettes on April 24, 2003, at 18:56:14

In reply to Lexapro and Pregnancy, posted by mkvelocity on April 24, 2003, at 9:07:12

> Has anyone been pregnant and still taking Lexapro? If not, does anyone know of a website that might have any information on it?

Here is a link to get you started and you can do a custom search!!!!!!!
http://mbsearch.web.aol.com/sindex.adp?p=1&dateType=0&res=1&lang=English&dateBegin=dd%2fmm%2fyy&sFormat=concise&sAll=1&dateEnd=dd%2fmm%2fyy&sLang=English&sType=quick&metaDone=1&dateCurrent=0&mbid=0&sSpec=and&query=pregnancy%20and%20antidepressants&sOrder=1&timeout=50

 

LEXAPRO NEWSFLASH

Posted by dr. dave on April 25, 2003, at 5:29:49

In reply to Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy, posted by blkvettes on April 24, 2003, at 18:56:14

Authorities in the UK have ruled that the claim that Lexapro is more effective than Celexa in treating depression is not justified. This claim can no longer be made as there is not seen to be adequate data supporting it.

Similarly, a claim that Lexapro has fewer side-effects than Celexa was ruled to be misleading and is no longer allowed.

 

Re: LEXAPRO NEWSFLASH dr. dave

Posted by Geezer on April 25, 2003, at 10:09:50

In reply to LEXAPRO NEWSFLASH, posted by dr. dave on April 25, 2003, at 5:29:49

> Authorities in the UK have ruled that the claim that Lexapro is more effective than Celexa in treating depression is not justified. This claim can no longer be made as there is not seen to be adequate data supporting it.
>
> Similarly, a claim that Lexapro has fewer side-effects than Celexa was ruled to be misleading and is no longer allowed.

Bravo for the Brits! I have seen no PROOF of improved efficacy in SSRI's since Prozac. A little more science and a little less hyp. would be nice.

 

Re: My experiences with Lexapro and Celexa Luziluna

Posted by Dragonfly Sidhe on April 25, 2003, at 10:13:37

In reply to Re: My experiences with Lexapro and Celexa, posted by Luziluna on April 19, 2003, at 18:44:58

Hello,
I am very happy to have found this site also, as I am getting no where with my Dr. and hope that someone has some guidance for me. Recently my PCC prescribed Lexapro for me as I had been suffering from anxiety do to stress on the job. Previously I had been on Welbutrin which worked well for my mild SAD and PMDD. But I had gradually weaned myself off as winter was drawing to an end. Well after 19 days on the Lexapro 10mg x1, I have lost the ability to acheive an orgasm during any sexual activity. I should mention that I am a 39yo female, and have never ever had a problem in this area ever before in my life. Needless to say I became horrified and panic stricken and called my Dr. and her solution was to add Welbutrin back on board; 150SR x1. I have to say that the prescribing Dr. is only a general physician, and I am not being followed by a psychiatrist at all. How safe are these medication management approaches? This sie effect was almost imediate for me and quite alarming and never an issue on Welbutrin. I am wondering if the Lexapro was such a good idea? Perhaps a rush to prescribe, perhaps over-kill, seeing that my source of stress is situational, work related and that perhaps I should just return to what worked in the first place which was Welbutrin 150SR x2? Any thoughts out there??? Any suggestions in the physical and sexual response department?
Thanks

 

Lexapro and Celexa

Posted by brandij on April 25, 2003, at 10:48:45

In reply to Re: My experiences with Lexapro and Celexa Luziluna, posted by Dragonfly Sidhe on April 25, 2003, at 10:13:37

I was on 60mg of Celexa up until this past January, and now i am taking 20mg of Lexapro, and i have to say the side effects are fewer, and i have much better results with a much lower dose, i have no sexual functioning problems, which is a side effect of depression and anxiety in itself. My family and fiance call this my miracle pill, i have a depressive disorder and affects their lives and our relationships as well as my life, and Lexapro has done wonders for my motivation, overall mood, anxiety, attention span, focus, and life in general. I get a bit of nausea if i take it without food but it won't stop me from taking Lexapro. I am sure it won't work for everone, nothing does, but for me, Lexapro has given me back my edge on life, and i feel i have more control when i take it.

 

re: sedation Dragonfly Sidhe

Posted by MattD on April 25, 2003, at 18:56:59

In reply to Re: My experiences with Lexapro and Celexa Luziluna, posted by Dragonfly Sidhe on April 25, 2003, at 10:13:37

Wellbutrin is a good medicine for SAD--it's quite activating. It's not very good on anxiety; in many cases it can make it worse. Lexapro is better on anxiety. But, Lexapro, like other SSRIs can cause anorgasmia. It's supposed to be better than other SSRIs in this department, but the drug is new, and even if it generally is, it may not be for you. Anyway, it is standard practice to add W to an SSRI for sexual side-effects. It can be quite helpful, though again, not for all. Wellbutrin on its own tends to boost sex drive and sometime performance (especially in females). So you've gone from a drug that, if anything, was sexually helpful, to one which isn't at all. I'm sure the change is striking.

Sometimes after a while sexual side effects can go away with SSRIs (or at least diminish).

A couple possibilities--go back on Wellbutrin and add a benzodiazepine like Klonopin for the anxiety.

Or, I know that a number of women in your situation will take Viagra--it makes it easier for many women to orgasm.

Good luck,

Matt

> Hello,
> I am very happy to have found this site also, as I am getting no where with my Dr. and hope that someone has some guidance for me. Recently my PCC prescribed Lexapro for me as I had been suffering from anxiety do to stress on the job. Previously I had been on Welbutrin which worked well for my mild SAD and PMDD. But I had gradually weaned myself off as winter was drawing to an end. Well after 19 days on the Lexapro 10mg x1, I have lost the ability to acheive an orgasm during any sexual activity. I should mention that I am a 39yo female, and have never ever had a problem in this area ever before in my life. Needless to say I became horrified and panic stricken and called my Dr. and her solution was to add Welbutrin back on board; 150SR x1. I have to say that the prescribing Dr. is only a general physician, and I am not being followed by a psychiatrist at all. How safe are these medication management approaches? This sie effect was almost imediate for me and quite alarming and never an issue on Welbutrin. I am wondering if the Lexapro was such a good idea? Perhaps a rush to prescribe, perhaps over-kill, seeing that my source of stress is situational, work related and that perhaps I should just return to what worked in the first place which was Welbutrin 150SR x2? Any thoughts out there??? Any suggestions in the physical and sexual response department?
> Thanks

 

Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy

Posted by Donia on April 26, 2003, at 22:54:15

In reply to Re: Lexapro and Pregnancy, posted by blkvettes on April 24, 2003, at 13:27:17

I would seriously consider whether any of the ADs should be taken while pregnant and breastfeeding. I dont think they know enough about what these meds can do to us, let alone a baby. I dont think I would do it.


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