Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 247699

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luvox or lexapro for ocd?

Posted by bobbiedobbs on August 3, 2003, at 0:09:26

Am trying first change in medication in 20 years - have whittled it down to Luvox vs Lexapro. Which is better for OCD/least disruptive effect on sexuality/least weight gain, least exhaustion?
Would especially like to hear from someone who has tried both.

 

Re: luvox or lexapro for ocd?

Posted by krybrahaha on August 3, 2003, at 0:36:20

In reply to luvox or lexapro for ocd?, posted by bobbiedobbs on August 3, 2003, at 0:09:26

I take Luvox for my OCD issues and have noticed that it has less side effects than the other SSRI's but, unfortunately, the sexual side effects are still there. BTW, I have also been on Lexapro and it didnt do a darn thing.

 

Re: luvox or lexapro for ocd? bobbiedobbs

Posted by Janelle on August 3, 2003, at 16:24:51

In reply to luvox or lexapro for ocd?, posted by bobbiedobbs on August 3, 2003, at 0:09:26

I tried Luvox for minor symptoms of OCD and it helped minimally, however, I know someone with full-blown OCD who's on Luvox and has been for a number of years with success.

My guess would be that Luvox would be the one to try for OCD since it is *targeted* to the brain receptors involved in this and is weak as an anti-depressant (even though it's an SSRI).

I think a person has to go to a rather high dosage on the other SSRI's to get any effect on OCD.

However, being that both Luvox and Lexapro are SSRI's, unfortunately, sexual side effects will probably be there for both of these meds.

The other med you might consider is the *gold standard* for OCD - Anafranil - it is a tricyclic and has some pesky side effects but they WEAR OFF after a few weeks, and it does not have the sexual one.


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