Need to back on SSRI meds ASAP

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   Posted 6/3/2012 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been on Lamictal and Abilify for quite some time. These meds are not helping my depression. Yesterday it all came to a head with uncontrollable crying and horrible feelings all around.

Prior to this my doc recommended I raise my Abilfy to 4mg as opposed to the 2mg I have been taking. I did this and felt horrible. Not sure if it was circumstances or the Abilify. I am also on Adderall generic and did not take any yesterday- I wonder if I was crashing (I have read about this).

Anyway, I wanted opinions about this but also wanted to ask if anyone has an opinion about the better SSRI's out there. I though I was resistant to them but need to try again. I need the buffer they produce. My doc was thinking about Zoloft. I have been on most throughout the years and I used to do great on them. I pray this happens again. Question: Celexa did not work for me- is there any point in trying Lexapro (I hear they have a new generic). So Zoloft or generic Lexapro when Celexa did not work.

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   Posted 6/3/2012 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam,

I take abilify and adderall too. If you skipped a day of adderall, you are going to crash, that day... The day that you don't take it. I have never taken lamictal, lexapro or celexa. But I have read that the generic for lexapro is nothing like the lexapro itself. Either that or the person got a bad generic. But they did good on lexapro but not on the generic. So I don't know if you want to go with the generic. Though all meds work different on different people. I take pristiq. I use to take effexor. Have you ever tried either of them? I took effexor for many years. And the pristiq seems to work even better but it could be the abilify. It really helps a lot.

I wouldn't quit a med because you may have felt bad from the lack of your adderall. The best person to talk to about this is your doctor, you may just need an adjustment in the meds that you are taking now. I think what I take is ssni, not ssri, so you may not benefit from any of it. They help with anxiety though...

I hope that you feel better soon. Keep posting and know that we care...

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 6/7/2012 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The generic Lexapro should be the same as the brand name drug, in terms of active ingredients. There are strict laws/regulations about that. So it should not work differently on anyone, unless they have a problem with some inactive ingredient in the generic. That happens occassionally, but it is not common. I switched from the brand to the generic and did not notice a difference. (I am on only 5mg. I might be better off on 10mg, but I prefer to be on a lower dose). If you want generic Lexapro, make sure you take escitalopram and not citalopram, which is a different medication. I am not a doctor, and nothing I write is medical advice.

Best wishes, Medved

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   Posted 6/7/2012 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Lexapro is a derivative of Celexa so I'd imagine if one didn't work neither would the other. I've taken both and they've both worked for me. I switched from lexapro to celexa for money reasons. I didn't notice any huge difference other than I have to take Celexa at night because it makes me sleepy.
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