Off and On Lexapro

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honestynindiana
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/14/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking 10mg of Lexapro Jan 25. I started feeling much better in a few hours. The first day I noticed a slight lump in my throat. Gradually the lump got worse. I went 2 days not being able to keep any food down because of the lump. I called the doctor and she told me to quit taking it for a few days and see if the lump went away. The 10 days I was taking the meds were the best 10 days I have had in years. No tears, no fears, I felt invincible. I was ok off the Lexapro for a week. The 8 and 9th day off the meds were a bear. My mind started playing games with me again. All my old fears started coming back. So Monday I started back on the meds. So far the meds aren't working. The first time I took the meds they started working within a few hours. It's been 2 days and they haven't kicked in yet. Stupid things that shouldn't upset me are now having my stomach in knots. For instance... my town is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency. It's Valentines Day and my sweetie decided he needed to go into the office. His job would not have been in jeopardy had he not went, the town is under the snow emergency. I'm feeling as if he has chosen to spend his Valentines Day with co-workers rather than home cuddling with me. Are my feelings warranted or should I feel proud that my sweetie is dedicated and motivated enough to his job? These silly thoughts go through my mind all the time. My sweetie loves me and would never mess around on me or do anything purposely to hurt me. So why do I feel so hurt that he went to work today? I need to know if my hurt is warranted or if it's just the depression playing mind games with me. What are your thoughts? If it is my depression, has anyone else been off the Lexapro for a little while then went back on? Did you react differently to the meds the second time around? Any advice, words of wisdom, etc would greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

Geebs
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   Posted 2/14/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
While it's possible you experienced some immediate relief from Lexapro within a few hours, it is very likely this was a "placebo" response. A placebo response is when we believe the tablet is going to work (like mind over matter) and it does! But it takes a minimum of one week to see a true benefit with antidepressants. Lexapro is a very good medication to try.

Two days is far too soon to expect any progress. Give it time to work, which means a minimum of 8 weeks for a fair trial. The lump in the throat is probably just anxiety, which many of us have in addition to depression.

The feelings you describe are very common and not unusual. When we're depressed, we tend to remember the bad things or focus on what others may or may not be doing. Counseling could help you tremendously to deal with the feelings that come along.

Let us know how you're doing!

honestynindiana
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   Posted 2/14/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Geebs. I am trying to be patient. I'm just don't seem to know where I left all my patience at. I am tired of getting upset over silly stuff. I know they are silly, my sweetie knows they are stilly. Before I bring an issue to my sweeties attention I try to think to myself, "Is this an issue in the real world or is it just in my head?" Of course 9 times out of 10 he's conviced me the issue is in my head. Do you ever get tired of being told "It's all in your head sweetie. Get over it, you'll be okay." He tries to be nice about it but all I seem to keep hearing is that he's not doing anything wrong, and that it's all my head. If those meds don't start kicking in soon I'm going to just give him a tape recorder of himself. I'm gonna just stick with the meds and hope for the best. If they don't kick in I'll just go back to the doc and have her adjust my dosage or swap my meds. Either way I need to get this fixed before I kidnap my sweetie and take him with me on my drive to craziness.

Geebs
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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
What helps me is to take things one day at a time and remember that I need to take care of myself right now. That means I cannot get caught up in other people's drama nor do I expect them to understand what I'm going through.

That's why therapy helps so much when you feel down and out. It's great to have someone to talk to who understands the symptoms and emotions and is there to support you through it. And of course.....HealingWell too!

Give the Lexapro time to work and you'll notice things get a little better day by day.
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