Posted by 4WD on August 22, 2005, at 21:13:19
In reply to Re: Pilocarpine » 4WD, posted by ed_uk on August 22, 2005, at 15:56:05
> Hi M,
> I've never had a dry mouth on SSRIs, even on Paxil 60mg. I didn't get a dry mouth on lofepramine either - a TCA. Amitriptyline causes me a dry mouth at doses >40mg.
> I haven't tried Lexapro. The problem is, the max dose is 20mg and I think I might need more than that. UK docs rarely exceed maximum doses. A lot of Americans seem to take 40mg Lexapro.
> Kind regards
I'd have thought 80mg was more than the max dose for Celexa?
You could go ahead, get the Lex script, keep on with the Celexa for a month, get the Lex refill and then for a month try it at 20 and if needed, go up to 40. You'd have plenty since you'd have two months worth to work with. Then if that worked, tell the pdoc.
Or wouldn't they go for that? I guess it depends on the doctor. Some don't mind being second guessed. Others get offended. But who could argue with success?
You are fortunate in that you don't get those side effects. I'm thinking of taking my Lex at night. That way, my mouth would be dry while I'm asleep (it's worse a few hours after taking it) and I wear a breath-rite strip to bed anyway. Maybe I could experience the worst of the side effects when I won't know about it.
It's a shame there's not some kind of med-exchange program. I just know there are thousands of us out here with shoeboxes of unused meds (trials that didn't work out) and thousand smore of us who could sure use the unused meds.
I AM NOT suggesting such a thing.