Lexapro-What Do You Know?

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Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 8/8/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Westcoast Joe again,
I'm newly depressed and already have tried two drugs. I'm now taking Lexapro. What can you guys tell me about this drug. I have been on it for 4 days. I still feel depressed . Maybe not as bad as before I started it. Any ideas??? Thanks Joe

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   Posted 8/8/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Joe,

I have never taken lexapro, but I am sure that there are others here who have and they will come on and let you know their experiences.

Good luck with the lexapro.

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Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 8/8/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen, I appreciate the support. Joe tongue

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   Posted 8/8/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there

Lexapro is from the family of drugs known as SSRI that is believed to influence mood. Lexapro helps to restore the brain's chemical balance by increasing the supply of a chemical messenger in the brain called serotonin. Lexapro appears to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety by increasing serotonin with minimal effect on many of the other chemicals in the brain.

If you type in Lexapro into the search above you will find many post from members about this medication.
 
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   Posted 8/10/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Just some info, I am very sensitive to medication and Lexapro worked for me, made me sleep better, feel better etc. It also works pretty quickly in my experience (about a week) and for me was easy to taper off as well. I would recommend it. But all these drugs have side effects, It just depends on what you can tolerate and once you feel better, the side effects do not matter so much :)

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   Posted 8/10/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the infor Badge,

It is good to know that there are medications out there that are easily tolerated.

Have a wonderful rest of the day.

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Hemi
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   Posted 8/11/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there,

I was on Lexapro for years following another medication. I adjusted to it well. However if I missed a dose, I would get brief feelings of vertigo. So be sure to be sure to take it every day at the same time. Figure on at least two weeks to notice a difference.

m.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hemi,

You are right about avoiding missing your dose as the SSRIs and SSNIs can cause some quick drops in blood levels and withdrawal side effects can start quickly.

Good advice and keep on posting.

Kitt


 

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hyde123
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   Posted 8/12/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joe,

I have a good friend that has been on Lexapro for a few months now. I can speak with him and see what information he can give me about his experiences with it so far.

Will get back to you!
Kate

Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 8/12/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kate, I would really appreciate that. I'm starting to do a little better. Its only been one week on the drug. I'm still recovering from my j-pouch surgery. I'm getting a lot of pressure to return to work. I did not qualify for FMLA because I had surgery last year. I'm kinda a sitting duck. This economy is so bad and I'm in the jewelry television business and sales are soft. I getting pressure to return in a week and I'm dealing with a hard surgery and a lot of depression and anxiety. I hope my company understands how long it takes to recover from j-pouch surgery. Thanks to all of you for the support. I hope I can help you someday. Joe

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   Posted 8/12/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Lexpro has done wonders for me for 5 years. Give it a couple weeks before you make any decisions.

Best,
Cary

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   Posted 8/12/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joe,
As luck would have it, I was able to speak with my friend just after my last message. I asked him everything I could think of, so I hope this helps a little bit. As everyone says, peoples experiences are all different, but it might give you a bit of an idea of what to be aware of or to expect.

He started on Lithium and then changed to Lexapro (Im pretty sure he is on 20mg a day now, increased from 10mg). He said that it took about a month of taking it before he really started noticing a difference in his moods, so you might need to give it a bit more time. His side effects were diahorrea, nausea, increased sweating, loss of sexual desire, and a rash. Most of these have gone now, except the sexual dysfunction; I think this is a common complaint with ad meds though. He doesnt really notice if he misses one dose, but he has gone a couple of days without taking it in the past and feels yuk when he does....tired, dizzy etc I believe that Lexapro has a longer half life than some other meds, but its never good to miss a dose as it can mess with your system.

So at this stage, he is feeling ok with it now it has all settled down a bit. Its helping his depression and he finds Lexapro better for him than the Lithium.

I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please let me know and I will go and interview him again!
Take care
Kate

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   Posted 8/12/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joe,

My sister started on Zoloft but could not tolerate it. She switched to Lexipro but had high anxiety with it, which apparently is one of the side effects. Her dotor prescribed Welbutrin and that relieved the anxiety. She is VERY happy with her results and told me it took about a week or so before there was any noticable results for her. I'm on Zoloft and know that all of the seritonon reuptake inhibitors require a slow withdrawal and close supervision if you think you want to discontinue taking them. Please be careful and stay in contact with your doctor for further care and follow-up. I have been on Zoloft for 6 weeks and have not missed a dose, but I understand that you can feel "odd" if you miss.

Take care of yourself and keep up with the Lexipro!


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