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Cherrybloom
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   Posted 7/14/2017 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, I am 25 and suffer from chronic anxiety for years which has lead to panic disorder. I was recently given 5mg of lexapro as it was the only drug recommended with least side effects. I was so apprehensive about taking it that I started by dividing it up into 3 pieces and them gradually increased to a half. I am about 2 weeks on it and everything was going ok except I have developed a slight ringing in ears. Should I continue or switch to another tab? Thanks

RobLee
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   Posted 7/14/2017 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny you should mention that, but I take Effexor which is a SNRI (Lexapro is a SSRI, which is somewhat similar) and the only side effect has been a hissing sound in my head. It is not ringing in my ears (tinnitus) and the warnings describes it as "buzzing"... I refer to it as whistling, but hissing is closer than ringing.

I have never taken any psychotropic medication before, but considering all the good that Effexor has done for me, the constant noise is a small price to pay. It becomes stronger in the hours after I take it and diminishes by bedtime, but is always there. I have come to ignore it. Early on, when I first started taking it, I had a headache for a couple weeks, so the noise isn't so bad after all... it's better than the headache.

The only warnings I've found about Lexapro is be careful when taking cough medicine with it, also the PPI omeprazole if you have GERD. Like all SSRI's and SNRI's there is potential interaction with other serotonin specific agents, as well as a certain discontinuation syndrome (withdrawal) after long term use. Otherwise it seems to be pretty safe. I'll bet there are several others here who currently use it or have taken it in the past.

Cherrybloom
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   Posted 7/15/2017 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah it's like a buzzing/ hissing inside the head. Just hope it doesn't become permanent or anything. Do u think me cutting the tabs are a good idea? They are scored though.

getting by
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   Posted 7/15/2017 3:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you talked to your doc about cutting the tabs? If they are scored, it is probably okay. But some meds are time released.

Hugs, Karen...
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Cherrybloom
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   Posted 7/15/2017 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah my doc told my to cut them in half for first week and then take full tab from then on but I have just continued to take half. Really want to avoid bad side effects. Have an appointment with doc on Wednesday so I will make sure to discuss my concerns. I am going to continue to take them because I would rather some mild side effects than panic. Literally can't even go into town without having some sort of attack. I am waiting for psychiatrist also so hopefully evening thing will work out. Thanks for your replies guys. Nice to feel supported 😊

getting by
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   Posted 7/15/2017 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope that the meds work for you, it does take time to get them in our systems. Anxiety stinks. I know, I have trouble with leaving the house at times. Take a Xanax when I have to go anywhere. But at least I do get out of the house. Could be worse.

I am sure everything will work out for you. I know how hard it is. Keep hanging in there and keep posting as it helps to know you aren't alone.

Hugs, Karen...
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Cherrybloom
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   Posted 7/15/2017 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much. I will keep you posted. 😊
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