I suffer from mild OCD (I am blessed it has improved lately) and I'm certainly not an expert but I can empathise with what you are going through. I still have some rituals that I can't stop and I don't think you are crazy or nuts at all..this is just the nature of OCD. The most common medications prescribed for OCD in adults are the antidepressants Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and Anafranil. There are a few people on this site with severe OCD and I know one who has great success with Celexa. I haven't heard of Lexapro being a popular form of treatment before so you are right to be questioning this. I believe it is used more for generalised anxiety disorder and depression and not OCD.
It can take some time and experiments with different meds to find the one that works for us. This can mean going through some withdrawal and then side effects when you start new meds, but if you are under the care of a good physician and do it slowly then the effects should be minimal.
My rule of thumb, is that if it is not working, then move on and try the next plan. If the Lexapro isn't working then talking to your pdoc about trying another one would be the best IMHO.
Again, I'm not an expert but I know what OCD can be when it gets severe. I'm sure some other member will be along to chime in soon. Stay with us and let us know how you are going. You are certainly not alone in this.
Post Edited (nervymeg) : 10/8/2008 7:59:19 PM (GMT-6)
Good Morning Dani,
I think Meg is right, there are only certain ADs that help with OCD. I have not seen Lexapro on the list but I have seen Paxil. Sometimes it is by trial and error that you finally get to the right medication.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/12/2008 7:23:44 AM (GMT-6)
Hi there. I have OCD too, coupled with slight depression, as a result of the OCD. I have three kids and after my first is when it started. That was over 5 years ago. I have only been on treatment for 6 months. It took me a while to pinpoint the problem, plus it wasn't bad until recently.
My symptoms were this constant worrying about my kids health, as well as their health effecting mine or my husbands. Specifically, stomach viruses. The catalyst was when my 5 year old, then 4 years old, got hit with it for the first time and was very very ill. It was coming out both ends and he was passing out in between...ugly.
Anyway, I would constantly "check in" with my husband just to hear him say he was feeling fine or the kids were fine. I would "check in" with my mother in law, who babysits our kids while we work, during the day a few times and would have done it more if I didn't think she would get angry. I would always have this pit in my stomach that one of them were ill or going to get ill. It was more of a anticipatory type anxiety, but because I perseverated on the specific illness, they called it OCD. I did have handwashing issues but I excused them by saying that I only washed my hands when I used the bathroom. Only, I realized after being on meds that I used the bathroom more to be able to wash without it seeming like a problem- subconsciously of course.
I was prescribed 20mg of Lexapro off the bat and was officially diagnosed by a PhD with OCD and my PCP said it was OCD as well. The 20mg knocked me on my ass, sorry. It was too much for a first timer. I would have these hot chills...I could feel this burning going through my entire body, I felt anxious, hopped up...it was bad. I only took it for one day. I stopped for 2 days to get it out of my system and then went back on 5mg. Silly, I know, but I needed a slower start. I noticed improvement in my symptoms right away, since it has an antidepressant factor, I think that having an elevated mood lifted the anxiety too. I eventually went up to 10mg and have been on that for about 5 months. I have a whole new life. I do not worry anymore other than what a normal person would worry about, I can actually say the words vomit and stomach without going into a frenzy of thoughts and worries, I enjoy my kids again instead of seeing them as germy things and I'm just generally happier.
With that said, I plan to talk to my PCP end of this month to talk about upping me to 20mg. This is my very first winter, which is a huge trigger for me, on the meds and over the last 2 weeks, I've noticed some anxiety coming back about illness. I don't perseverate on the thoughts and they are not racing thoughts or anything, but I definitely notice it sneaking in. So, I think 20mg would be a good choice for me.
I love Lexapro. I have had no adverse reactions, since I've been on a good dosage regime, and I just feel normal. I love it!!!!
Welcome to HealingWell. We have a new member thread you might like to sign in to if your comfortable telling everyone a bit about yourself.
I am glad you are liking Lexapro. We have many threads on OCD and members that have this very problem.
I brought the OCD thread to the top................if you woulld like to post in that thread you will get to know our members that have this very problem.
Again a warm welcome
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/14/2008 8:31:31 AM (GMT-7)