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Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss

Posted by sme on June 16, 2003, at 19:49:41

In reply to Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by CarrieL on June 14, 2003, at 22:08:41

I get bumps too. On my legs and arms. I get redish blemish bumps on my face too. Not badly, but enough for me to notice. At first I thought I was reacting to clothes detergents. But changing soap did not stop it. Short term memory loss has been a problem. My boyfriend gives me such a hard time about that. All I can say is that I can't help it. It's just all part of the trade off.

 

Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss

Posted by Office_LB on June 16, 2003, at 21:34:34

In reply to Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by CarrieL on June 14, 2003, at 22:08:41

> I have been taking mg's of Lexapro in December, 2002. When I first began taking it, I noticed some slight short-term memory loss... like I'd forgot what I was looking for, etc. Also, recently, my skin has been breaking out... not in pimples but in these "bumps" on my face. I'm thinking maybe it's a reaction with the sun, now that summer is here. Anyone have similar reactions?

I noticed breakouts and short term memory loss too. I have heard increasing serotinin where it was previously defincient can upregulate your HPTA to produce more testosterone. I feel healthier and more vigorous so I believe that is what happened to me. As far as the memory loss...I figured I was just feeling more relaxed and less "with it" and if I become a little absent-minded, hey, it's a small price to pay for happiness :)

 

Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss

Posted by Office_LB on June 16, 2003, at 21:38:08

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by sme on June 16, 2003, at 19:49:41

> I get bumps too. On my legs and arms. I get redish blemish bumps on my face too. Not badly, but enough for me to notice. At first I thought I was reacting to clothes detergents. But changing soap did not stop it. Short term memory loss has been a problem. My boyfriend gives me such a hard time about that. All I can say is that I can't help it. It's just all part of the trade off.

God he sounds like a dick. I would be so much more supportive. I don't have a gf right now but if I did I would expect her to be very supportive of my condition. Hell that's the point of having a significant other, for support and companionship. Well, there's is also sex :p

 

Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?

Posted by CarrieL on June 16, 2003, at 21:48:15

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by Office_LB on June 16, 2003, at 21:38:08

I was prescribed 10 mg's a day for sleeplessness (due to anxiety). I liked it at first, but am now considering getting off of it... as the side effects may not be worth it. Anyone know if its okay to just stop taking it? If so, I have 30 pills for sale, cheap. lol.

 

Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?

Posted by Sabina on June 16, 2003, at 23:30:46

In reply to Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?, posted by MB on June 16, 2003, at 18:59:58

Maybe this link will be a start for you. http://ibscrohns.about.com/library/weekly/aa050503a.htm I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Faigue Syndrome. The only treatments currently sanctioned by traditional medical practitioners for those and their related illnesses (including IBS) are SSRI and pain meds. I'm sad to say that I really don't know about all the technical talk, as my head is usually too muddled to think clearly enough, but it doesn't surprise me that it was presribed for IBS. I hope you get some relief in time.

 

Effects of Lexapro

Posted by Cerodwen on June 16, 2003, at 23:49:57

In reply to Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?, posted by Sabina on June 16, 2003, at 23:30:46

I started taking Lexapro (5mg/day) 4 days ago - so far I haven't noticed any side effects, although in the past month I have noticed that I started getting blemishes on my shoulders and red spots on my neck. I don't know what causes that. I am also taking topamax, 200mg. I am hoping the Lexapro will relieve my crushing depression and anxiety.

 

Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?

Posted by Sabina on June 17, 2003, at 0:23:53

In reply to Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by CarrieL on June 16, 2003, at 21:48:15

From all I've read and heard, plus my own nervous nature, I would advise against stopping suddenly. If you don't like the side effects (God knows I don't), think of what a crash landing might do for you.

 

Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro? Sabina

Posted by DC on June 17, 2003, at 8:03:25

In reply to Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by Sabina on June 17, 2003, at 0:23:53

> From all I've read and heard, plus my own nervous nature, I would advise against stopping suddenly. If you don't like the side effects (God knows I don't), think of what a crash landing might do for you.

I would have to agree. I wouldn't suggest quitting
cold turkey. I know I did that with Paxil and
highly regretted it. The side effects from taking
the medication was MUCH better than those from
stopping all at once. I would think that most of
these types of meds would have the same effect if
you don't slowly reduce your dosage and wean yourself
off of them. Taking your bodies levels of certain
things from one level to absolutely nothing could
give you the "crash landing" as well stated by
Sabina. I would ask the doctor also.

 

Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?

Posted by KimberlyDi on June 17, 2003, at 8:48:51

In reply to Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?, posted by MB on June 16, 2003, at 18:59:58

I don't think it is too strange. If IBS can be caused by extreme stress (which sometimes seems to happen to me), then the SSRI treats the IBS by decreasing the stress?

Just a thought, Kim

> I always thought it was so strange that doctors prescribe SSRIs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I know that there are serotonin receptors in the stomach and in the intestines, but it seems to me that stimulating these would make IBS worse! I'm only going on my own personal experiences which are that SSRIs are very hard on my stomach and intestines. I'm on Lexapro right now with occasional stomach/intestinal cramps, and with irregular "bowel patterns." In fact, I thought that the Lexapro was *giving* me Irritable Bowel Syndrome, so I looked up the treatments for IBS (hoping to find some way to alleviate it). Lo and behold, the treatment of choice is an SSRI. I couldn't believe my eyes. Wouldn't it make more sense to block the serotonin receptors in the stomach and intestine to treat this disorder? I'm confused. I'm reading a paper that describes the serotonin receptors in the gut (mainly 5HT-4), and it says that stimulation of these causes contraction. It says antagonists of these 5HT-4 receptors might be helpful for IBS. If this is the case, why use a drug that increases serotonergic tone throughout the entire body (as SSRIs do) to treat IBS? Can someone explain?
>
> By the way, the paper can be found at:
> http://www.biotrend.com/pdf/serot.pdf
>
>
> MB
>
>

 

Re: please be civil Office_LB

Posted by Dr. Bob on June 17, 2003, at 8:54:12

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by Office_LB on June 16, 2003, at 21:38:08

> God he sounds like a dick.

Thanks for trying to be supportive, but please don't use language that could offend others, thanks.

Bob

PS: Follow-ups regarding posting policies, and complaints about posts, should be redirected to Psycho-Babble Administration; otherwise, they may be deleted.

 

Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange? MB

Posted by Eddie Sylvano on June 17, 2003, at 9:46:46

In reply to Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange?, posted by MB on June 16, 2003, at 18:59:58

>If this is the case, why use a drug that increases serotonergic tone throughout the entire body (as SSRIs do) to treat IBS? Can someone explain?
---------------

There are multiple serotonin receptors, and I'm not sure that most SSRIs affect the same receptors in the intestine as they do in the brain. You're on to something, though. I have IBS and noticed that if I took 5-HTP supplements (the raw ingredient for serotonin), it would send my gut into a tailspin. Taking Celexa, however, has the opposite effect. Things calm down. I think that there is a difference between the functionality of serotonin in the two areas, with 5-HT1a receptors in the brain serving to put the brakes on things, so to speak, which consequently calms intestinal peristalsis.
I may be wrong or overly simple, but that's my understanding.

 

Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro? CarrieL

Posted by Mariposa on June 17, 2003, at 9:50:52

In reply to Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by CarrieL on June 16, 2003, at 21:48:15

> I was prescribed 10 mg's a day for sleeplessness (due to anxiety). I liked it at first, but am now considering getting off of it... as the side effects may not be worth it. Anyone know if its okay to just stop taking it? If so, I have 30 pills for sale, cheap. lol.

NO, I would not advise "cold turkey" either, SE's!!!

One question, though, how long have you been taking it? If the answer is 3 weeks or less, the SE's you are experiencing WILL GO AWAY. Many people on this board have found that once you get through the first couple of weeks, things get much easier, and many have had GOOD results, myself included, with fight w/depression.

Best of luck to you~~~8|8

 

Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss

Posted by sme on June 17, 2003, at 14:24:12

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by Office_LB on June 16, 2003, at 21:38:08

LOL! I guess I made him sound unsupportive. But I have to admit, I sometimes goof on him because of his speech impediment. We bust on each other all the time, so I don't take it personal. We have fun.

 

red dots Cerodwen

Posted by MikeBC on June 17, 2003, at 17:05:44

In reply to Effects of Lexapro, posted by Cerodwen on June 16, 2003, at 23:49:57

I have the red blemishes too. I was wondering what they were. a couple on my shoulders, one on my torso and one tiny one on my forehead (I don't think it's a zit). I take 2.5 mg a day (steady hands with the razor).

 

Making the right change....

Posted by DC on June 18, 2003, at 10:25:02

In reply to Re: Hair Loss, posted by blkvettes on June 13, 2003, at 17:31:01

I am starting to question myself on whether I should
have made the change in my meds. I was taking the
Lex for about 3 months and didn't really see that
much of a difference, just a bit. I have been
weaning off of the Lex and starting Zoloft. After
reading the many posts on here, I am wondering if I
should have waited longer. Any input on Zoloft vs.
Lexapro? The doctor had prescribed both for my
anti-social anxiety and Wellbutrin for depression.

 

Re: Lexapro comments

Posted by jcwilliams on June 18, 2003, at 10:31:19

In reply to Lexapro comments, posted by wally on January 9, 2003, at 2:22:56

I've been on Lexapro for about 4 months. I am also on birth control pills and I have noticed in the last 3 months that my period is almost nonexistant. This month I didn't even have to wear anything. I wondered if anyone else is experiencing this. Thanks!

 

Re: Lexapro comments jcwilliams

Posted by DC on June 18, 2003, at 10:35:18

In reply to Re: Lexapro comments, posted by jcwilliams on June 18, 2003, at 10:31:19

> I've been on Lexapro for about 4 months. I am also on birth control pills and I have noticed in the last 3 months that my period is almost nonexistant. This month I didn't even have to wear anything. I wondered if anyone else is experiencing this. Thanks!

The same think happened to me. Instead of the normal
time span, it was like 45 days and not that much of
one even then. Talk about freaking out LOL. I have
read other post that others have experienced the same SE.

 

Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX...

Posted by Eleanor on June 18, 2003, at 15:01:02

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs and short-term memory loss, posted by sme on June 17, 2003, at 14:24:12

It is nice to find you all here. no one else I know is on lexapro.

I am experiencing strange bumps on my neck and chin, but my period has just begun and i tend to break out slightly this time of month. It just seems heavier this time.

I've only been on Lexapro for one week. I feel a little amped up at midday then sleepy earlier in the evenings than I am used to. However, i appreciate the benefit of getting more sleep and not going to bed so worried and anxious.

My appetite has definitely decreased.

I want this drug to work and I hope to stay on it. any and all news and support will be greatly appreciated.

 

Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX...

Posted by sue5800 on June 18, 2003, at 18:44:56

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX..., posted by Eleanor on June 18, 2003, at 15:01:02


I have been on lexapro for three months. I wish I could say I'm sleeping well. I may just need more time to be adjusted.

I am also noticing syst-like bumps on my chin and neck. What the heck. Is this a side effect?

Anyone else?

 

Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange? Eddie Sylvano

Posted by MB on June 18, 2003, at 21:45:53

In reply to Re: Does SSRI For IBS Seem Strange? MB, posted by Eddie Sylvano on June 17, 2003, at 9:46:46

> >If this is the case, why use a drug that increases serotonergic tone throughout the entire body (as SSRIs do) to treat IBS? Can someone explain?
> ---------------
>
> There are multiple serotonin receptors, and I'm not sure that most SSRIs affect the same receptors in the intestine as they do in the brain. You're on to something, though. I have IBS and noticed that if I took 5-HTP supplements (the raw ingredient for serotonin), it would send my gut into a tailspin. Taking Celexa, however, has the opposite effect. Things calm down. I think that there is a difference between the functionality of serotonin in the two areas, with 5-HT1a receptors in the brain serving to put the brakes on things, so to speak, which consequently calms intestinal peristalsis.
> I may be wrong or overly simple, but that's my understanding.


So, you're thinking that the SSRIs quell IBS symptoms by affecting serotonin receptors in the brain, and not necessarily by affecting the serotonin receptors in the intestines? This stuff is so complicated. did you read the link I left to the .pdf file about serotonin receptors? If you go to page 6, and read the bottom of the section talking about 5HT-4 receptors it mentions using a 5HT-4 antagonist for IBS. This would affect things more in the gut, I think, and less in the brain. I wonder if any pharmaceutical companies are working on a drug like this? Anyway, it's all very interesting stuff, but confusing nevertheless.

MB

 

Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX... Eleanor

Posted by Sabina on June 18, 2003, at 23:57:51

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX..., posted by Eleanor on June 18, 2003, at 15:01:02

Eleanor, I'm currently on 10mg Lexapro for two weeks now and have indeed noticed subdermal bumps on my chin and a decrease in appetite among many other unexpected and unpleasant SE's. I don't usually have break outs...a bonus, I suppose. I'm only two weeks in so I can't speak to menstrual SE's yet. There's no rhyme or reason here, mood-wise: mostly tweaked, sometimes way down. Xanax not doing the trick to help with anxiety. I had to ask my boyfriend if I seemed "okay" in mixed company. It's so bad in my head that I can't tell anymore. I know you didn't ask for all this information, so I'll stop before I go too far. It's early days yet, yet. I know that. We just have to be patient. Let's keep each other posted, yes? -Bina

 

Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX... Sabina

Posted by eleanor on June 19, 2003, at 1:29:02

In reply to Re: Skin break-outs! Appetite! Other FX... Eleanor, posted by Sabina on June 18, 2003, at 23:57:51

> Eleanor, I'm currently on 10mg Lexapro for two weeks now and have indeed noticed subdermal bumps on my chin and a decrease in appetite among many other unexpected and unpleasant SE's. I don't usually have break outs...a bonus, I suppose. I'm only two weeks in so I can't speak to menstrual SE's yet. There's no rhyme or reason here, mood-wise: mostly tweaked, sometimes way down. Xanax not doing the trick to help with anxiety. I had to ask my boyfriend if I seemed "okay" in mixed company. It's so bad in my head that I can't tell anymore. I know you didn't ask for all this information, so I'll stop before I go too far. It's early days yet, yet. I know that. We just have to be patient. Let's keep each other posted, yes? -Bina

Bina: Many thanks. I take really good care of my skin and never break out. So, it helps to know that this is part of the deal. I also see that I have to cut back on coffee in the morning to keep from being jittery by noon. Then again, none of these things are as bad as the crushing depression was! I'm not even as far into this treatment as you, but I'm feeling very optimistic. I feel like help is on the way and I'm just being very gentle with myself right now. I'm so glad to not be experiencing jaw clenching or painful headaches. Do stay in touch and let me know how you're feeling. I'm going to try skin masks and other facial products. If the bumps continue to bother me, I might see a dermatologist. For now, I'm just glad to see the fog lifting. Oh...I have Atavan for the anxiety and I have only taken it twice. So far, so good.
I wish you the best and look forward to hearing from you.

 

Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl

Posted by Mysterious42 on June 19, 2003, at 8:10:47

In reply to Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by Dr. Bob on June 11, 2002, at 7:52:48

What is the effect of switching from celexa to lexapro for someone who already is experiencing frequent tachycardia (and is taking klonopin for this) and dizziness? Is the switch likely to make these symptoms better or worse? Also, curious to know about impact on sexual dysfunction. Currently experiencing some on celexa...
Thanks.

 

Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? Mysterious42

Posted by JaneB on June 19, 2003, at 12:00:54

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by Mysterious42 on June 19, 2003, at 8:10:47

For me the switch to Lex from Celexa did not help sexual side effects. It increased tachycardia. I had to stop Lex. But I didn't go back to Celexa. Believe it or not I feel much better on just Klonopin. I care about life more now too. I was becoming too apathetic and down on myself for being so fatigued all the time.
JaneB

 

Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl Mysterious42

Posted by lil' jimi on June 19, 2003, at 16:03:47

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl, posted by Mysterious42 on June 19, 2003, at 8:10:47

hi Mysterious42,

thank you for your post and welcome to pBabble's lexapro thread ... ... i have been helped a lot by the folks on these message boards.

you have written:
> What is the effect of switching from celexa to lexapro for someone who already is experiencing frequent tachycardia (and is taking klonopin for this) and dizziness? Is the switch likely to make these symptoms better or worse? Also, curious to know about impact on sexual dysfunction. Currently experiencing some on celexa...
> Thanks.
>

i have never taken celexa nor any AD other than lexapro, BUT ...
(disclaimer: Therefore EVERYTHING i write about this comes from reading this thread ...
...... (and i would not have made it without the information and support i received here.))

...but there have been many reports about folks trying to make transition(s) from one SSRI to lex ...
and of the ones trying to go from celexa, ... several (a lot?) have not been able to tolerate lex, in the way that JaneB tells us about ...

then there are folks like Bill L, who cruise straight from celexa to lexapro without any problems ... these would seem, admittedly, to be more rare ...

... but it is not unreasonable to assume that may be some success stories which would never post their experiences here because they would never have the need .... who knows?

... but your short-term lexapro user is going to have (typically) your adaptation syndrome SEs, which potentially could be almost anything and could be of almost any serverity .... BUT which (TYPICALLY) fade away to nothing in from 4 to maybe 6 or 7 weeks ... while the therapuetic benefits can take from as much as 8 weeks to be effective ...

(TMI? .... sorry: blkvettes says that i like to give all the details ..... blkvettes is being kind)

as for sexual SEs: the most common sexual SE is anorgasmia .... both guys and gals have complained about this one .... i have had anorgasmia when i 1st began lex and then later when i went from 5mg to 10mg ... the good news: it only lasted a week and has gone away *completely* .... i have since asked several times if any one has experienced the beneficial sexual SE (that i have) since recovering from the initial lex SEs, but i don't think anyone needs to hear about this if they are still struggling to just survive SEs to get to lex's benefits.

(now way TMI? ... i'll try to quit)

more good news: i have read few (very few) posts about other sexual SEs: erectile dysfunction or loss of libido, EXCEPT when folks are on constellations of meds for specific symptoms, such as ... anxiety disorders, OCD, panic attacks.

and, Mysterious, this may be you (?)... your tachycardia and dizziness along with the klonopin Sound like your fighting the anxiety fight ... ... i would *SPECULATE* that the short term (initial SEs) would tend to make these kind of symptoms worse AT FIRST ... ... then (a number ? of weeks) we should be able to expect the relief to begin, if not sooner.

there are a fortunate number of folks, like me, who have done very well with lex (Hi, Mariposa!), some of whom have toughed it out through long and intense initial SEs, only to recover really well.

i have been in lex 3 months, the 1st month 5mg and last 2 at 10mg .... only a week of SEs with no on-going side-effects ... ... i have been diagnosed with depression and i definitely feel much better now.

(TMI, jim!!!)

sorry my reply has been so long .... i only hope it is some help to you .. ... .. i try to repay the support that i have received here by trying to help others ... ... dr. bob's web space has been immensely beneficial to me

i hope you can get some relief from your suffering,
and please do keep us posted on your progress.
thanks
and
TAKE CARE !!!!
~ jim


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