Lexapro or Prozac?

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shift
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   Posted 12/26/2006 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have bad major depression which alot of medications have not worked for. I just did a trial of LUvox which did nothing I also have tried effexor which caused brutal heart pounding side effects.One of my biggest issues is anxiety and agitation so my question is: would Prozac or Lexapro cause more agitation and edgyness as a side effect? I would love to hear from people who are taking or have taken either of these medications. Thanks so much
 
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   Posted 12/26/2006 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Prozac pooped out on me. I take only 5mg of Lexapro and it has been a lifesaver for me-- no major side effects for me.
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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info. Did Prozac cause any side effects like agitation?

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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, the Prozac did at first and the Lexapro did at first as well but for me it wore off.
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shift
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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you remember how long it took Prozac to start working?

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   Posted 12/28/2006 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Which of Prozac or Lexapro (cipralex) is faster acting?

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   Posted 12/28/2006 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I took lexapro a couple years ago and it worked wonderful, I was on 10mg.  I went off to try to have a baby and had a horrible relapse so I went back on after 5 months of being off.  I had to go up in dose very gradually because I did get alot of anxiety but then it did level off and was really working well, got through the holidays wonderful and as my old self but very busy which is really better for me, now that they are over I am feeling very depressed and a little down not sure if I need to increase the dosage or if the let down of the holidays being over needs to wear off plus I am better with routine and am completely out of mine right now oh yeah add pms to that.  Just don't want to do this again I felt so good the last couple months  however I would definitely give lexapro a try it has worked wonders for me.  Feel better
 
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   Posted 12/28/2006 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on 20 mg of Lexapro and it is wonderful . But it usually takes a good 3 -4 weeks before you can tell. No side effects at all .I would try Lexapro too . I have chronic pain and it has taken the edsge off considerably
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   Posted 12/28/2006 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
do any of you experience pms even though you are on the lexapro. 

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   Posted 12/28/2006 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
don't take either . both of them are pure hell in tablet form . have tried both of them . prozac made me very suicidal and lexopra made me feel more worse . been off  the lexopra for nearly 18 weeks now . has done some serious major damage to myself because of the lexopra . am having these very painful neurological symptoms . am seeing a neurologist about theses symptoms on the 12th of january 2007 . try to do without the drugs . try some counselling . much more safer  nono   

Lilly113
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   Posted 12/28/2006 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hi shift, i am currently taking prozac 20mg per day. i think it kinda depends what dose you are given. but it started working for me after about 4 weeks, now i have lots of energy, i feel a lot more positive, and not as down in the dumps. i do find it difficult to concentrate at the mo tho, which is something i will address with my doctor, but he did say it was only a short term thing.

i think anti D's work differently for different people and its a case of trial and error, i guess im lucky that i hit it right first time with prozac. good luch with your quest !! :)
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shift
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   Posted 12/28/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your advice!

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   Posted 12/31/2006 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi shift, I have taken both. The prozac made me more likely to be edgy, but it pulled me out of the hole fast and worked well for me for 8 years as long as I took a low dose of trazodone at night. I'm on Zoloft now and it takes care of the depression as well as the anxiety. So I guess it depends on your anxiety level really. Lexapro was ok, but if your depression is major, you may need something else. It worked well for me for awhile, then I had a major upheaval in my life and I needed to go back on the prozac with a higher dose of Trazodone at night. I've tried quite a few SSRI's and I gotta say prozac is my failsafe if I see the abyss headed my way.
Paxil made me feel doped and didn't help me at all.
Cymbalta gave me headaches.
Lyrica whacked me out.
Wellbutrin made me paranoid but I lost weight.
Pamelor made me suicidal.
Surprisingly enough, Dr has me on Neurontin(actually an anti-seizure drug) now for pain and I feel it has helped my anxiety a LOT. :)
Serzone didn't help me much.

But everyone responds differently to each med and also after awhile a med can poop out and you get to start all over again. I think as long as you have a Dr you have a good relationship with, that is your best bet. He'll help you find what will work for you. Most importantly, don't give up. And give each med a minimum of 6 wks to see if it'll work or not unless you just can't handle the side effects.
Good luck and God Bless. :)
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   Posted 12/31/2006 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
everyone is so different. Just get a months supply and try it .
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shift
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   Posted 12/31/2006 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help and advice. Savvy63 have you ever had a Lyme test from a reputable lab. Your symtpoms (arthritis, psych stuff, fibromyalgia) sound like they could be LYme disease. There is a Lyme forum you can check out or google Lyme symtpoms and it might be something to look at. Most Dcotors don't have Lyme on there radar screen.

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   Posted 1/10/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on 20 mg/day Prozac to help control my anxiety and IBS. But I'm so so so worried I'll gain weight. I work out like crazy but I also have a sweet tooth. I've tried Topamax to control that but that stuff makes me very constipated so I had to stop taking it.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Prozac last year and it helped me a lot. I stopped taking it because I thought I was "better." My doctor informed me that this was a poor decision because it was the Prozac working to make me better. Prozac made me feel somewhat emotionless (not as bad as zoloft) and that is why I didn't like it. Here is my question... I was put on Lexapro the other day. Within the first day I had 4 panic attacks and by the 3rd (and last) day I was suicidal and out of control with anxiety. I was prescribed Prozac again because it worked for me in the past... I am worried though that I will have panic attacks and suicidal thoughts like I did with the Lexapro when I start the Prozac today. Is this likely? I don't remember having problems the first time with Prozac, but I am naturally just... scared... please let me know any opinions you have!

I also wanted to know if anyone here would be interested in starting an anxiety support group forum (online). If you can give or need support for anxiety or stress please let me know. I would love to know that I am not alone... cry

A.Rose
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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know... It may be used to treat that too but they gave it to me for anxiety... it was terrible.

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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi A.Rose,

Welcome to the depression forum. I hope those who have experience with Lexapro and Prozac will be by to share their experiences and opinions with you. If you feel comfortable doing so, you might want to start your own thread on this topic, since the most recent post on this thread is almost two years old. I also noticed that you were asking about an Anxiety support group. I would encourage you to visit the Anxiety and Panic forum here at Healing Well. There are a lot of kind and supportive people there who would love to talk to you. Please come back and share with us some more.....we'd be happy to get to know you better.
 
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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
Since anxiety seems to be your biggest problem... You should talk to your doctor about BUSPAR.
 
BUSPAR is an anti-anxiety medication.  I have done OK on Prozac for years but the side effects become your problem with time.  Lexapro has had good reviews, but did not work for me.  After 4 weeks my body was a mess on this stuff.  ( but a friend had excellent results)
 
BUSPAR has been out for many years and is inexpensive. 
 
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   Posted 11/30/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey :)
I guess I just thought I'd share my thoughts :) It really is a personal thing, because everybody's different, and (I know I sound like a medication commercial here), but everybody's depression and anxiety is different, too. So you can be the same age, height, weight, everything, but that doesn't necessarily mean the same prescription works for both of you, unfortunately it really is just trial and error. I can tell you, however, that I also lucked out with Prozac (I have depression and anxiety issues). But, just make sure you don't let horror stories scare you away from treatment, it tend to be the lesser of two evils! :) Also, if you think Prozac (or even Lexapro) is too expensive, they are both available in generic forms, and even cheaper at Costco! (30 days for under $8, and it gets A LOT cheaper if you buy 2 or 3 months at a time!)
I really hope this helps :)
Good luck!

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   Posted 12/1/2011 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunshininginthedark,

This is a really old thread, but I thank you for your input. I am glad that you have joined us and I hope you stick around. We have a wonderful forum here with wonderful members. We often struggle, but we help eachother.

Feel free to start your own thread and introduce yourself. We would love to get to know you better.

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