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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey are you. Anyone have anything to say about lexapro? I was just given it today. I used celexa a long time ago for a while, and the results were great, but I was given this today. Let me know what you think about it. Thanks.

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   Posted 11/10/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello papitodd
Welcome to HW. You will find pleanty of careing and supportive people here that are just like you and I and it won't take you long to call all of us your friends. Please post as often as you like and please visit us in chat when you have time.
I have never used lexapro but this is what I have read up on it.
You may have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior at the start of treatment with an antidepressant medication, especially if you are under 18 years old. Talk with your doctor about this risk. While you are taking Lexapro you will need to be monitored for worsening symptoms of depression and/or suicidal thoughts during the first weeks of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed. In addition to you watching for changes in your own symptoms, your family or other caregivers should be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.
I have an illness, My illness don't have me.


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   Posted 11/10/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
lexapro is an improved version of celexa so you should do well on it

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2006 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Lexapro for about three months. I like it.

There are a few side effects when you start taking it.

Mine specifically was mainly just waking up in the morning with my heart just racing and feeling anxious at first. That lasted for about a week, but it subsided.

Anytime I increased my dose I felt the same side effects.

When my dose was too high I felt a bit angry and restless, and my legs hurt so bad I couldn't walk, but I had lowered my dose to 15 mgs and was fine after that.

What dose did the doc start you on?

Lexapro is great, but I have a feeling it doesn't work as well if you abuse alcohol. (as I did for about a week straight, and then stopped drinking, and felt extremely depressed, but then again, alcohol is a depressant)

Other than that, most of my feelings of anxiety are gone. I don't feel anxious at all throughout the day anymore, and hardly ever need to take my Ativan.

I only get panicky when I have to go too far from my house, but it's all about exposure therapy. The meds aren't enough to change the way your brain thinks, but it is definately a great med I think, and has reduced my symptoms to almost nonexistant.

It's the best SSRI I've come across thus far.

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines

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