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JHP
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   Posted 2/28/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Zoloft for my panic disorder, as I use to get panic attacks.  I have been on Zoloft for 8 yrs in June and am going to the doctors today, to talk about other options.  I think I need a change.  Has anyone had luck with lexapro? 
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   Posted 2/28/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not used this med but I have heard of others who have had success with it.
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JHP
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   Posted 2/28/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Michelle!!  Last August I mentioned changing my medication and my doctor mentioned Lexapro.  I am sure he will mention this again to me.  I hope it doesn't cause weight gain.
 
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   Posted 2/28/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldnt attest to anything but I am sure others will be around later to give input.
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried Lexapro and it made me very ill, but from what I gather that's rare.

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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   

if the zoloft is still working I would be asking about upping the dose if its not helping as much as it was before

lexapro is a more modern version of the same type of med, SSRI, it will be more expensive but not neccessarily any better, also it may not work at all

it would also help a lot to learn CBT and new ways of relaxing and calming yourself, while still taking the antidepressant


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   Posted 2/28/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different IMO with meds you might have a good go with the other med
I have read a lot of positive posts about Lexapro
I agree with the CBT and other tools to help you along the way ........
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Geebs
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   Posted 3/1/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Zoloft for 8 years as well. Last summer, I had a bad bout with anxiety and depression, despite taking 200mg per day, and my psychiatrist upped the dose to 250mg. After 6 weeks, I felt a lot better. Eventually, I weaned back down to 200mg. and I'm doing just fine.

If something has worked well for a long time, you should always be very cautious about switching meds. There is no guarantee the new one will work and a dose increase will often solve the problem of "breakthrough" symptoms.

Lexapro is a good SSRI, but it is expensive and equally effective to other SSRIs, which are all generic and cheaper. I would work with your doctor to try a dose increase first. If that doesn't work, you can try something else.

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   Posted 3/1/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Geebs - are you on the generic zoloft? i tried that for a week and was convinced it didn't work as well as the name-brand. but i overthink things and i am not sure if it was all in my head or not (well, of course it's all in my head in one sene ;-). did you notice a difference if you are on the generic?
 
JHP - i was in the exact same boat. zoloft 8 years and was looking for something else. but it was more out of vanity and curiosity. i had gained a lot of weight over the years and thought maybe i should try something else. and even though i felt fine, i thought maybe another medication might make me feel even better. and i always worried about taking anything for such a long period of time. so i switched to lexapro all at once. it was seamless. i had no withdrawals and no bad feelings at all and felt the same for a good year and a half probably. but a few months after my dad died i started having major issues again. probably had nothing to do with the lexapro but i thout maybe it wasn't working as well as the zoloft did. so i switched back and i am on zoloft again, though i recently had another bad episode after a bunch of stuff happaned in my life. i feel just fine at the moment but i started going to a psychologist and will see if he recommends upping my dose or switching to something else. i have always been on 200mg of zoloft. i actually tried celexa (older version of lexapro) for about 3 days curing my most recent bad spell, but i felt so much like a zombie (not tired but almost like i was high but not really) that i stopped and went back to zoloft. i am sure i would have eventually felt better if i gave it time since you usually need to allow 4-8 weeks at least to see how you'll do on something (though most major side effects subside long before that). but i did find it interesting that i had that reaction with celexa and not lexapro. but lexapro is basically the new version of celexa that has been kind of 'cleaned up' to minimize these initial side-effects. i think both ultimately are supposed to work equally well for most people though. but everyone is different.
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