Restarting Lexapro

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Never Quit
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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I'm new to the board. Long history short, 18 years ago my father passed away at my wedding reception which started me on a road of anxiety and depression. It was quite a few years before I was properly diagnosed with clinical depression and started taking 10mg of Lexapro. Along with my doctor, I decided to stop using it back in January and tapered off by first taking 5mg/day and then 5mg every other day. It seemed to work and I was feeling fine until about a week ago. The depression seemed to return.

Without speaking to my doctor, I decided to start using the Lexapro again since I still had some left. I started by taking 5mg every day which did not seem to be helping. I then bumped up to 10mg/day and am still having problems. I have some side effects that I did not experience in my first round. The depression is still here and I am having trouble sleeping. I have also developed anxiety.

Luckily, I have 4 great sisters, 2 of whom have experienced the depression that I do and I can call them any time.

I guess my question is should I just stop taking the Lexapro again or should I speak with my doctor and tell her I started and what the side effects are? Thanks all.

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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Never Quit,

I would speak to the doctor. You probably need a different med. There are many out there. But with you tapering back, it might take a while for it to get back in your system. It is hard dealing with meds and their side effects, but don't give up. Keep trying, you will find what works for you.

Keep posting, know that we are all here for you.

Hugs, Karen
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Never Quit
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   Posted 5/8/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen. I will speak to the doctor. I just thought it odd to have side effects that I did not have the first time and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

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   Posted 5/9/2010 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
lexapro for some, including me is know for some residual side effects. most common are brain zaps. agree with karen about speaking with your doc. maybe a different med is required. wishing you well, jamie.

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