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cmackenziek
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   Posted 3/30/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Im new and recently started lexapro can anyone who have been on this tell me if it works. I have been suffering from depression and use alcohol to help me cope. I feel it makes me feel better. Whenever I become stressed I go out to the store. I do this being scared I just started it today but know a friend died while drinking and had anti depressants in his system but hasnt scared me away from the booze. Im on 10mg and I just want to feel normal I want to stop drinking just need tips on how to handle stress and not let things get to me. Will these feelings go away once the meds actually start to work? I have a step child who hates me 6 kids between me and my fiance. My father who was my rock almost died 2 yrs ago from massive stroke and is now permanatly disabled and I help my mom take care of him. My stepson is very disrespectful and this is my major stress besides my fathers conditions which hurts more than anything and my mom has something going on but wont admit it. Im sorry im going on and on im looking for advice.....
 
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cmackenzie

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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Well one thing I am going to tell you, alchohol is a depressant and will only make your depression and anxiety worse. I would suggest talking to your doctor and see what he/she says. Good luck!
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chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to drink to alleviate my anxiety. When I began taking SSRI's, I didn't drink because I was too scared to mix the two. I have a friend that drinks while taking Zoloft (a few beers here and there), but everyone is different. Most doctors advise not to drink while taking SSRI's, mostly because some meds can cause drowsiness and alcohole may intensify it. And second, because alcohol can decrease the effects of the SSRI. As always, you should talk to your doctor.

I never thought I would quit using beer to help with my anxiety. When I first stopped, for about 4 days after I went through a psychological withdrawal. I didn't have the physical symptoms, but my panic was through the roof. At that point, though, I wanted the SSRI to work so badly, I didn't drink. My doctor prescribed me 0.5mg of klonopin to help with the side-effects of the SSRI, which helped, also. But if you don't think you can just quit drinking, talk to your doctor. There are ways to help wean you off.

And people say this all the time and when I was drinking, I heard ALL THE TIME that drinking does not help anxiety. I was always like "They are wrong. It is the only thing that helps me!" But when I quit, I noticed a world of difference. I started sleeping better throughout the night, my heart wouldn't race (would race when I was sobering up), I got more done and could concentrate better, I felt better that I didn't have to rely on it, and so much more! I feel a MILLION times better without drinking every day to cope. Once in a while I'll have a couple beers, like if a friend comes over, but I don't go overboard because 1.) it could cause me to relapse and 2.) the hangovers are the worst to deal with, especially with having panic.

As far as the SSRI, I know this doesn't help, but they are all so different for everyone. I took Lexapro for a short time and I loved it! It helped me with my depression, I have SO much more energy without the jittery feelings and I just had a better outlook on life. I had to stop because it constantly made my heart race. It wasn't like a jittery feeling, but it literally made my heart rate speed up and it made my heart palpitate almost constantly. I also started having chest pain, so my doctor took me off of it.

Sounds like you have a lot of stress at home. Maybe talk to your spouse regarding the disrespect you are getting? Or try talking to your stepson to see if you may be able to work out a two-way respectable relationship? Good luck! And hang in there!

cmackenziek
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   Posted 4/1/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx for the responses! No, talking to him doesnt help(stepson) it makes me feel worse. Im waiting for it to work I was taking anti depressants before and had a great outlook on life till my insuranced lapped.... So hopefully the same holds true this time around. I didnt drink as much and was happier. My stress levels are very high! Im a capricorn which ppl tell me is y iam the way i am...(I dunno!) I set goals for myself and never follow through its very heart wrenching! I hate depression I just want to be normal!

Babers
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   Posted 4/2/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I LOVE Lexapro. I've been on Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, and some generics... 3 weeks after starting Lexapro I noticed a HUGE difference without the side-effects I was getting from the other anti-depressants. One thing though is if you stop taking it you will most definitely get withdrawal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms) so make sure to go off it gradually and don't miss your meds!
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