Zoloft vs Lexapro

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/7/2006 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
HI everyone I am new to this forum.  I have been diagnosed with depression a few years ago & was on Zoloft.  Well, my insurance ran out & I wasn't able to refill my prescription.  That was about a year ago.  I now have insurance and my doctor prescribed me Lexapro.  What are your ideas about the 2 and which do you prefer, if you have tried the two?  The Zoloft seemed to have worked for me, but my doc said the Lexapro has less side affects, which sounds good to me.  My depression has gotten completely out of hand the last few months; my husband was laid off work, my job is horrible, financial problems, marital problems, etc. So I am needing to go back on my med's desperatly.  I cry at the drop of a hat, I sit at my desk sometimes at work & Just start tearing up for no real reason except that I feel sadder then I can ever explain...I feel like I am walking around in a dark thick cloud that won't go away no matter how I hard I try.  Oh, and my husband is ANTI, ANTI, ANTI med's.  He doesnt think I should have to take a pill to make me feel better.  Well if he experienced what I do, I think he would change his mind.  I have tried explaining to him how I feel, but he doesn't understand so I gave up on trying to make or help him understand, it was a waste of breath. 
Anyways, your help will be greatly appreciated. sorry for this long post, I have so much on my mind that I don't even know where to start to explain...
thanks you all!

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   Posted 9/7/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Craving,

Welcome to Healing Well. I take lexapro for my anxiety and depression and yes I found there was less side effects. You cannot help suffering with depression and meds really do help some people and your husband should try and support that. Has he read up about depression? he might understand if he knew more about the disease.
I have found the lexapro has really helped me and I am glad i take it. I have been taking it about 4 months now.

Please feel free to post here anytime, we are happy to have you here and Im sure you will feel very welcome. Talk to your doctor and if you take the lexparo, good luck and I hope it helps you.

Take care and keep in touch
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 9/7/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
We're all different and that is between you and your doctor.  Lexapro worked for me.  It did however take 6 weeks to wean off of it.  Check with your insurance company to make sure that they cover Lexapro.  Mine did not and it was $95.00 per refill.  If they don't cover Lexapro and Zoloft worked for you, you might have your own answer.
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/8/2006 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your replies.  I am going to give the Lexapro a shot.  My brother takes it & says he has been happy with the results & a few others I have talked to have also been pleased with it.  My insurance does cover it, well it is a $40 co pay, but better then $95.
Thanks again.  I am going to start taking it next week.  I'll let you know how it goes.  confused

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/2/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
did any of you need to increase the dosage while you were on it, was it not working at all or did it work than not so well so you knew you needed an increase, I thought mine was working 10mg lexapro but now my anxiety and depression is starting to come back after 2 and half months and wondering if maybe I just need a dosage adjustment. 
Thanks you so much for any input you have.

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   Posted 1/2/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
scaredy, I just wanted to pop in and let you know that cravingmore hasnt posted since November.  I also havent seen Stronglady around for a while either.  Victoria will be back shortly as soon as she gets her internet connected. 
I just didnt want your post to be left hanging out there unanswered to those you posted to.

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 1/3/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah i agree with stronglady4me . you have the answer and it is zoloft . i tried lexapro. it did not agree with me at all . it made feel more depressed and very suicidal was only on it for 5 weeks . stopped it very adruptly . now i got neurological symptoms . am seeing a neurologist on the 12th of january . wish me luck . anyway , if i was you , i would go back on the zoloft  :-)
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