Lexapro success stories Help pick me up

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bayouboy
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   Posted 8/11/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been posting on here that I'm switching from paxil to lexapro, I'm in my 4th week, and I haven't really had that turn around yet, I'm going to seek a psychologist Mon., something I should've done yrs. ago. I believe I was ashamed to go before, but I want to get better, I still get racing thoughts, and shakes along w/ many other symptoms when I take the medicine. I'm taking .5 alprozam to help curve the anxiety, but it doesn't seem to work long, I went back to the dr. and he wanted me to switch meds. to effexor but I think I'm going to stick it out for a couple more weeks, I haven't been out the house much at all, I'm going to try to change that also. Give me your success stories help pick me up, I need it, Thank You.

at wit's end
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   Posted 8/11/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
bayouboy, I haven't had any luck with Lexapro at all. I was given some sample boxes at this one doctor's office. It was 10 mg. Has done no good but .25 Xanax does, .5 really does. Good thing I didn't have to pay for those sample boxes. Well, I may have  somewhere in the charges. My half sister suffers from anxiety and depression and takes Lexapro and one other drug and she is alot better than she was 9 months ago. When I first talked to her when she started going through all of this she was on 4 or 5 different drugs, and was always slurred sounding and then ended up sleeping all the time, now she is down to 2. But she also takes two Lexapro a day. The boxes I have just mention 1 pill a day. I would give the Effexor a try myself. I've read on this part of the forum where it has worked for others. Good luck.

frnn
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   Posted 8/12/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Bayou Boy,

I have had wonderful success with Lexapro. I have been taking it about 2 months now and it works like a charm for me. The only side effect I have is a bit of sleepiness. I feel like the "old me". Keep thinking positive!

stkitt
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   Posted 8/12/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

How are you?  I did not have an luck with Lexapro but many people do, so I hope you do too.  I just wanted to encourage you to keep the faith and know we are all here for you.

((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))


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   Posted 8/21/2007 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to take lexapro [10mg]...and i quit having panic attacks...so i quit taking it [almost a yr ago] but now my panic attacks are starting to come back..not nearly as bad though but im probly gonna go to the dr. to get back on the lexapro here pretty soon cuz i dont want the attacks to get as bad as they used to be
 
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   Posted 8/21/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different .......
Some have great success with this med others none .........

Please let us know how you make out and stay with us

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sunshynman
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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I was on lexapro for about 4 years. It elimented the panic attacks. I went off it in Feb. because of the side effects. I was unemtional, easily angered, and gained about 50lbs. Everything was good, a few pa's that I got through with Xanax. Early July; work got bad and the anxiety/panic started as a daily thing.
My MD gave me Effexor 75mgs to start, 150mgs after a week. I was hesitent to take it, but after a week of almost being non-functional, I started. The first couple weeks were ruff. After the third week I felt good. The fourth week, I switched back to taking in the AM because it would make me restless taking at dinner time. I originaly didnt like the AM becuase I dont typically eat much in the morning, and I was natious after taking it. That went away. I was pretty good the week I switched back to the AM, I was getting a little extra med each day as I bumped up the time by 2 hours. Now a week after that I am good through most of the day, but the anxiety comes back in the afternoon & while I am sleeping. I wake up anxious.
I say a Pdoc for the first time yest. It was really positive. I think he will help. He has me switching to taking 75mg in the AM and 75mg in the afternoon. He said even though its extend release it seemed like it was not enough with the one dose. He also said he might need to increase the AM dose, depending on how this goes. We are going to work on using CBT to train my brain to deal with the p/a. I know now I should have seen a therapist before, but most of the time it was discouraged my the MD's.
Anyway, the lexapro worked, the effexor right now seems better for me. I can feel the p/a diminishing and there seem to be less side effects, In fact one good one is its supressing my appetite. I was able to loose 10lbs so far! Good luck with your choice. Find a good Pdoc to help!

stkitt
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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   

sunshy,

Great post and thank you for sharing.  That was kind of you and very supportive.

Stay with us and keep on posting.


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