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Kchicka
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   Posted 10/24/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
i just recently started taking 10 mg of lexapro and (.5 mg of ativan as needed) until the lexapro kicks in in a few weeks. im one of those people who worry and want to take meds to help but them when im on them i look for all the possible side effects and fear that i have them all and want to stop taking the meds!
i decided to start taking meds because i've been dealing with anxiety/panic for 2+ years(im 20) and its starting to get overwhelming. I don't want to work, i hate being alone i just want to be home where i feel im safe! I have some symptoms i wanted to see if anyone else had.
-the other night my head just started feeling really funny. like it was blank or somthing reallllly hard for me to explain. my head felt heavy and i didnt feel like talking. i felt like i didnt know what was going on around me i just needed to sit down or i felt like i was gonna fall over or pass out or somthing. my heart started racing and i got this weird feeling like i couldn't swallow and it felt like it was somthing in my head that wouldnt let me swallow? i dont know it was really strange and i got really scared so i went yet again to the ER and the doctor checked me out and said it was anxiety and gave me .5 mg of ativan to take for a few days until i got into my regular doctor yesterday. do i have any hope with medicine?! Im just affraid to take the medicine because i dont want to feel like at my age i have to take a medicine everyday just to feel more like myself. any advice would be greatly appreciated

stkitt
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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

It is very common to feel anxious about taking medications and very difficult to sort out the true side effects from the feelings brought on by anxiety.

If you followed up with your physician and were started on the Ativan then it appears your physician definitely felt you had anxiety over the worries about the med.

Will the Leapro help, depends on each individual person.  Sometimes it will take a trial of several meds to find the one that works best for you.  None of the meds are a miracle cure but in  the majority of patients taking an AD they do help you. Please try to give the Lexapro  4-6 weeks before you notice the full effect.

I empathize with you re not wanting to take drugs. Gentle hugs.

Kitt


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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I think its normal to feel anxious about taking meds. For me, I dont ever take anything. I have surgery and never took a single pain pill. I stuck my foot under a mower this summer (accidently) and I didnt take any pain meds! I just like to stick it out, mostly because I hate having to take things. Sometimes I am afraid of what it is doing to me on the inside that I cant see. But, right now, if I had something to take for anxiety or depression, I would take it. I hate living this way. I would rather just take something. It doesnt mean that you are any less of a person just because you take something to feel like yourself again. That doesnt make you a failure or anything!

I totally understand about being home in a 'safe place', I feel the same way! And I can relate to your experience. Sometimes I feel that way. I start feeling really bad and my head feels really strange in a way I cant explain. But, I understand what you explained. I have gone through it. Not sure exactly what it is, but I just wait and it usually passes.

So, I guess I am the resistent type and feels as if I must be strong and stick everything out. But, I have tried doing that with anxiety/panic/depression, and it doesnt work! So, I would take something even though I am against it and I am terrified of side-effects. But, hey, if I can feel better, why not.

I can really relate to you. So, I know how it is. And it never feels good, but I hope you can figure out something so that you can feel more like yourself! Take Care! And have a great day!

.......TeNNiS....... yeah


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   Posted 10/24/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with both Kitt and TeNNIs ........

Keep posting and getting the support you deserve ........

WE do understand and know what you are / have gone thru

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Kchicka
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   Posted 10/24/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your posts. It feels so good to know that im not the only one who feels this way! Anyone on lexapro here? Just curious because it seems like the ativan worked better for me alone before i started taking the lexapro.taking the lexapro and the ativan a little later on like i did lastnight made me feel really anxious like the ativan wasn't working. for the past 2 days i've had this weird feeling in my throat. like theres mucas there that won't come up? i feel like i can't swallow or like i have to force myself to do so. i feel like i have a nervous twitch or somthing that i do when i'm trying to swallow when im feeling anxious. i dont know i feel like im going crazy!new symtoms just keep coming up it seems like. just when i think i know what to expect from them, it throws me for a loop.

TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/24/2007 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   

First: You wouldn't know/realize it if you were really going crazy! Its ok to feel that way! I am assuming most of us have felt like we were going crazy sometime! But, you aren't!

Second: The same thing keeps happening to me. Once I think I can control myself because I know what is going to happen, something else comes out of nowhere. Like an old car that you know everything about, only new things pop up that you cant figure out. Once I belive I am in control something happens that makes me realize I am not in control, I just try to make myself believe I am! Which is bad, but....

Anyways, I hope you keep posting and I am sure someone will come along that can help you with you question about lexapro. I dont have any experience with it, so I cant help you there. But, I hope you continue to post and ask questions. People here will gladly help you out! Take Care!

.......TeNNiS.......


Kchicka
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   Posted 10/25/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
anyone taking lexapro?

wen4003
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   Posted 10/25/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kchicka,
 
I was taking Lexapro 10mg daily for a while, unfortunately they were samples that my doc had give me - about 8 weeks worth.  I didn't have any problems with it at all.  But now I can't be on it because my insurance company won't approve it.  So now I'm on Celexa.  Sorry I can't of more help to you about this.
 
I hope you start feeling better and as Kitt said, try to give it the 4-6 weeks to really feel the full effect.  Most A/D's take that long to be fully effective.
 
Take care,
Wen
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sylknmyst
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   Posted 10/25/2007 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   

chicka,

Just wanted to let you know that when you start a medicine for A/P, the anxiety increases slightly until your body adjusts to the med, then everything usually levels out.  Just thought you should know it isn't just you with the increase in anxiety since you started taking the Lexapro.

Sylk


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Kchicka
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   Posted 10/25/2007 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you wen and sylk. its good to know its the meds that are making me feel more anxious because yes i noticed once i started taking them that my anxiety is worse then its been for a while.

does anyone get a feeling in your throat like its tight?like you cant swallow/have to force yourself to swallow? feels sometimes like somthings stuck in there but no matter much you cough it won't clear it?! its very annoying. also, when i yawm and let it out, it feels like my neck is tight and wont let me swallow?kind of hard to explain but does this sound like anxiety???

Sunshine1108
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   Posted 10/25/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kchicka,
 
When my anxiety and panic were at a peak, I had a difficult time swallowing.
 
I always felt as though there was a lump in my throat.
Also, I had a difficult time taking a deep breath.  To yawn or sneeze became a struggle.
 
I believe most AD medicines have a tendency to make you feel jittery in the beginning.
Your body has to adjust.  Give it some time.
 
You will get lots of support here.
 
Good Luck to you!
 
Take care,
Mary
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Kchicka
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   Posted 10/26/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks im trying to just keep thinking it will get better! any other help would be much appreciated. thanks all for your posts

xgm541
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   Posted 10/26/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to say I had the same feeling the first time I took my AD's, well its been 2 weeks, but i felt strange. I believe its because of the fact that i know im taking medicine, and I look really closely for side effects and how i feel, if i feel better, or if i feel worse. Don't worry, you are not going crazy, its all the anxiety. Im sure you had experience of panic or feelings of shortness of breath and it turned out it was nothing serious. So next time you feel like you are about to faint or feel like there is something wrong with your head, say to yourself "ive been anxious before, it was nothing serious, so its probably the same this time". The first step i took in overcoming anxiety is the realization that most of my disturbing thoughts are anxiety based and there really isnt anything wrong.

hope it helped.

Kchicka
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   Posted 10/27/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, yes i feel so strange. lastnight i had an awful attack and i just felt like i was gonna pass out, my eyes felt like they were buggin out of my head and when i looked around i felt dizzy.it was like my whole body just felt numb. it was the scaryest feeling. i took .5 ativan and within about 30 minutes or so i felt better. since i've started taking the lexapro i feel like i have to take the ativan to control my anxiety and before i started taking the lexapro i could pretty much calm myself down without medication. i hate thinking that i need to take medication to calm myself down!

Kchicka
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   Posted 10/28/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Since i started taking the lexapro almost a week ago, i feel shaky when i wake up the morning. any others taking this med and feel the same way?

sylknmyst
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   Posted 10/28/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   

chicka,

I am not taking Lexapro, but I recently quit my Effexor and switched over to Cymalta.  I am feeling the same way in the mornings until I start motivating.  I have experienced this before when switching my meds.  Hang in there, it will get better as your body adjusts to the Lexapro.  I have also increased my xanax during this transition, but will again decrease it once my body adjusts to the Cymbalta!  Keep you head up - you'll get there!!!  :-)

Sylk


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I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Teresa-
 
Dx: Anxiety, Depression
RX:  Effexor Xr 75 mg, Cymbalta 30 mg, Xanax .5 mg

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