lexapro please help

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mikes
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   Posted 12/2/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I went to the doctor with a mild case of anxiety and at first he gave me xanax(.25mg) which pretty much did the trick. Once I finished the prescription I was fine for a little bit until the panic returned. I went back and he decided to prescribe me Lexapro(10mg). I took a pill and a half and this has to be the worst product on earth. I’ve already experienced every side effect from supper depression to muscle twitches to sexual problems, diarrhea to headaches the list goes on. I decided to go cold turkey after 2 days on it. my question is how long will these symptoms last? cause I’ve been off it for 2 days now and I feel worse then ever, like im a depressed zombie.(ps. I’ve never been depressed in my life until I took this pill) please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

And one more note, I took 1 pill on Tuesday (Nov 28), and a half a pill on Wednesday(Nov 29). Today is Saturday and I still feel like a zombie(like im not myself) im still experiencing body twitches, insomnia, loss of appetite and sexual dysfunction. What’s going on??????all this from only 2 pills?


Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/2/2006 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Side effects from Lexapro can be gone as early as a week, don't quit cold turkey on the Lexapro.

Take an extra Xanax to help with the side effects and drink a lot of water.

I had the bad diarrhea too, but that was from the panic and the Lexapro.

KEEP taking your meds as your doctor prescribed. You're depressed most likely because of the side effects you're experiencing.

I had body twiches and loss of appetite too but those have subsided now. It took two weeks for the side effects to subside.

I've been on Lexapro for three months now and feel great.

I hope this helps.

Twiggygal~
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mikes
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   Posted 12/2/2006 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   

 

thanks twiggygal for the quick response. I quit because I really was feeling weird and I felt as if the xanax was good enough. Do you think these side effects will subside soon???? Because I only took a pill and a half!!!!!!!! and I’ve been off of it for 2 full days now. Do you think I should be experiencing withdrawal symptoms already???


freezinginAK
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   Posted 12/2/2006 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
This comment was uncalled for and over the top. Please read the forum rules and if you have a problem with a forum member or a post please e-mail a mod or send an admin alert. Please contact me if you have questions about this.
-Michelle

Post Edited By Moderator (normalsnofun) : 12/3/2006 7:25:57 AM (GMT-7)


Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about withdrawel symptoms after taking it for only two days but I understand you feeling weird and think you should continue taking the Lexapro...

The Lexapro will help lessen your symptoms of anxiety/panic so you don't have to take the Xanax as often.


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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
did I miss something freezing? *CONFUSED*

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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
 



freezinginAK
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry twiggy but I think that guy was just messing with you I feel that he had read your one post and was just useing it as a sick joke I'm sorry but I don't think that it was in good taste and I had ask for it to be removed

Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Really? wow.. I can't believe that...

I am sincerely here to help people.

I guess people think it's funny when I try to give advice and help people.

Whatever


Twiggygal~
"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
 



freezinginAK
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   Posted 12/3/2006 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
  I know you are and I'm glad that you are apart of HW

Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/3/2006 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're apart of HW too :)

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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
 



normalsnofun
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   Posted 12/3/2006 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike,
I am sorry u are having problems with meds. I think you should probably call your prescribing doc and alert them to the situation. Quitting meds cold turkey without a docs advice could be a not so good thing to do. I know its only 1.5 pills but it still has an affect on your body. From what I have read around here alot of meds take 4-6 weeks to fully work and in that span of adjustment the side effects can be significant but your doc should be the one to advice what you do with your meds. I hope you can get some relief.

Dave,
I am sorry this has seemed to strike a nerve with you somehow. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to chat about this further. just click my name on the left and you will get my e-mail.

Twiggy,
Thankyou as usual for trying to help.
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mingmalefactor
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   Posted 12/3/2006 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, stick with the meds as long as you keep the doctor informed of how you are feeling and he/she says to continue taking them. I have been on lexapro a month now. There were crazyish side effects for the first 2-3 weeks, but they are subsiding. (I am only on 10 mg but I hope this is enough bc I don't like sex side effects. I am going to give it a couple months.) Anyway, good luck my friend, and ask your doctor if he can ease you up the dose ladder rather than start you at what sounds like 15mg. You might have better luck! Time will heal you. Good luck. And twiggygal is awesome by the way.
Was on Zoloft for ten years. Tried to go natural for 7 months. Didn't work. Now I have started Lexapro and Klonopin. Diagnosis: Depersonalization/Derealization, Panic, GAD, mild-OCD, mild-Depression.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/3/2006 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
There is no need to flame other members at all IMO
We are here to help each other
Freezing and twiggy thanks for your input you both are great assets to this forum

Please do keep on your meds and talk to your doc to see what is going on with you
I wish you all the best
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mikes
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   Posted 12/3/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   

wow!!! what’s going on with freezing?? this is a serious situation, I would never joke or make light of this issue. Why do you think im messing around about this?. I appreciate all the answers and suggestions once again, really I do. As far as my pdoc, I called him after the first pill complaining of side effects and he said "oh just stop taking it" and he prescribed me paxil(which I never went to get). Its day 4 of being pill free, I still feel like a zombie, body twitching, and the sexual dis-function is still present. And to all answers and suggestions, thank you so much for your concern


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/3/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Its nothing to worry over I think some miscommunication ..I was not on so I have no idea I had already spent 6 hrs on earlier in am
I am glad you made your self clear .
I really dont know what went on but I would presume it is water under the bridge now okay
Take care and look after self
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debaser
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   Posted 12/3/2006 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Again, my guess is that the side-effects just threw you for a psychological loop. The mind is a powerful thing.

For what it's worth, I've had several friends who've taken Paxil and I don't remember any of them complaining about side-effects. That's not to say you won't have any, but your doctor did prescribe the Paxil as an alternative to the Lexapro because of your side-effects. I'd fill the prescription and give it a shot.

In the past I've taken Zoloft and Effexor, and I never had side-effects with either one so I was surprised when Lexapro made me so ill that one night. Not all of them will make you sick...I recommend filling the Paxil as soon as you can.

Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/3/2006 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a bit confused too... I saw that mike had even posted on the depression forum as well.

Mike-

If he prescribed you Paxil, maybe you should go and get it. The people I know who have been on it had very few side effects.

*HUGS*

Twiggygal~
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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
 



hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/4/2006 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike and I exchanged posts on the "depression" forum.  It is likely that Mike is experiencing withdrawl symptoms from going off of the xanax cold turkey rather than from taking Lexapro for just 1 1/2 days.  Lexapro is a great med as is xanax but cold turkey is never good.  I have recently had a relapse myself going off of Lexapro cold turkey.  My pdoc told me to go off of it but my pharmacist told me that this drug and others like it should be "weaned" off to reduce withdrawls.  I seem to learn everything the hard way.  That's why I thought it worthwhile to reply to this post.
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