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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
i had surgery april 23 nissan wrap ive been in and out of doctors since i had this surgery it has me in funk also thinking of all the bills all adding up cause of me missing too much work on thrusday my chest was tighting up shaking a little and dizzy so i had to focus on something to make it go away. That same night i broke down crying in front of my kids for no reason i was crying could not stop. Friday went to the doctors broke down crying again she gave my 10mg lexapro i have not taken it due to the side effects about suicide. Im really scared of taken this pill maybe i just need something only for anxiety not depresson. Ive been in in out on this crying thing and later im fine any one help me understand this

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   

I was given Lexapro for out of the blue crying jags about a year and a half ago. From what I understand, the suicide thoughts are pretty much limited to teens and young people.  I would suggest that  you cut the pill in quarters, then a half and work your way up.  That's what I did and I had very little side effects...a little hyper at first, and dry mouth which I still have.  I take it in the morning to prevent insomnia.  I will say all SSRI's are difficult to wean off of.  You have to go very slowly and never stop it abruptly.   I was never told this by my doctor and just stopped one day.  Not a good idea.

This is just my opinion and I hope it works for you.
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there. I've been on Lexapo for years and it's worked well for me, however all of us are different. I would suggest calling your doctor to see what advice they can provide. That's what they are there for so don't hesitate to call. God Bless.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you might really have more anxiety than depression (my non professional opinion). I have a chronic illness and found that whenever I had to be out of work for a time, my anxiety would kick in because I was worried of "what my coworkers/bosses were thinking". Of course thats just your stinkin thinkin trying to creep in, no one is probably saying anything. So first off try to kick that ol stinkin thinkin to the curb. I would suggest you talk with your doctor about a fast acting med such as Xanax. I take the lowest dose available, and its stops the anxiety in its tracks. I am able to control my anxiety with the occasional help of my Xanax. I only take it maybe 1-3 times a month now. Its not something you take daily, as it you can become dependent on it. But for a here and now med, its great. I am sure once you get back to work you will start feeling better too, less time to think.

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