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Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin want info

Posted by trucker on March 31, 2004, at 13:30:44

In reply to Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin Gator, posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 12:52:38

HEY FOLKS I HAVE BEEN ON LEX FOR 1 YEAR + I FEEL GREAT AS LONG AS I DON'T FORGET TO TAKE MEDS OR START TAKING THEM AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE AT SAME TIME OF DAY... GET INTO A ROUTINE AND STAY THERE. 3 MONTHS AND YOU WILL BE PASSED ALL THE SE'S AND IT WILL BE WORTH IT... THAT IS MY TWO CENTS... HOPE YOU STICK IT OUT... I AM ON 20MG OF LEX....
TRUCKER

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> hi gator. i went to 15mgs about 2 weeks ago and just started 20 a few days ago. my doc has also been very adamant about increasing the lex rather than trying another med. i think we would all like to see results more quickly than we can expect with this med. those who have had the best results, at least on this board, seem to be those who've been on it the longest. people struggle for the first few months (i know i have been, but im trying to stick with the lex!)
> in other news, did you go to univ of fl by any chance (bc of your name?)
> EM

 

Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin

Posted by Gator on March 31, 2004, at 13:36:29

In reply to Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin Gator, posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 12:52:38

EM,

I've been on the Lex since October and I have been feeling pretty good, but still have times of deep sadness and increasing anxiety. So I do need a boost. The reason I asked for Wellbutrin was my Mom is on Paxil and Wellbutrin and does well on the combo. You were only on 15mgs for 2 weeks? The dr. told me to go up to 20mgs when I felt ready. I guess I will have to see how it goes. Gator is a nick name that I married into. My last name is Gates and all of my husbands friends called him gator since they were in high school. Now I'm know as Mrs. Gator to all of our friends and my kids are called little gators. We have Gator on our license plates and I get the question of all time of the Fl connection.


Take Care!!

Gator

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> hi gator. i went to 15mgs about 2 weeks ago and just started 20 a few days ago. my doc has also been very adamant about increasing the lex rather than trying another med. i think we would all like to see results more quickly than we can expect with this med. those who have had the best results, at least on this board, seem to be those who've been on it the longest. people struggle for the first few months (i know i have been, but im trying to stick with the lex!)
> in other news, did you go to univ of fl by any chance (bc of your name?)
> EM

 

Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin

Posted by KathrynLex on March 31, 2004, at 14:01:00

In reply to Lex and not Wellbutrin, posted by Gator on March 31, 2004, at 12:39:03

Hi Gator,

Good luck with the increase. When I went from 10 mgs to 15 mgs the side effects were pretty minimal. It made me slightly more tired than usual and felt a little out of it, but other than that I didn't have any problems. The side effects wore off pretty quickly.

I hope it works out for you.

K.

 

Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin

Posted by Gator on March 31, 2004, at 14:09:44

In reply to Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin, posted by KathrynLex on March 31, 2004, at 14:01:00

Thanks K,

I think everything will go o.k. The fact that it is spring, getting warmer and everything is turning green will be a big pick-me-up too. Spring is my favorite time of the year!

Gator

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> Hi Gator,
>
> Good luck with the increase. When I went from 10 mgs to 15 mgs the side effects were pretty minimal. It made me slightly more tired than usual and felt a little out of it, but other than that I didn't have any problems. The side effects wore off pretty quickly.
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> I hope it works out for you.
>
> K.

 

Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:05:08

In reply to Re: here we go on 20mg... want info, posted by Magdalena on March 29, 2004, at 16:42:18

well, i was doing great the past couple of days. probably b/c i went out of town with my fiance! a much needed vacation! :). anyways, today is not so good, i feel a little angry and alot of anxiety! did anyone else go through spells in the beginning of good and bad days? i go to the doc on april 20th, i wonder if she will up me? any opinions are welcomed! pleeeease! thanks guys. i love yall so much!

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be

Posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 16:10:13

In reply to Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:05:08

hey bride...day 10!!! so normal...i am at almost 8 weeks and still get those spells. im just starting out at 20mg (started on 10, then went to 15). 10mg is not that much. i feel MUCH better on 20...but you may want to wait it out. also if it is your time of the month lex tends to lose its effectiveness around then. id hang in there. these things can take up to 3 months to take full effect...emily

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by ednababish on March 31, 2004, at 16:12:20

In reply to Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:05:08

That's completely normal--the bad spells will get shorter and shorter, then you won't dwell on it as much. Onward and upward!

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:14:52

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be, posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 16:10:13

i am suppossed to start my period in a week, maybe thats my problem. i guess i will keep taking 10 until i go to the doctor. do you think i will feel better in 4 weeks? what was your experiance. i just feel discouraged and kinda like 10 is not enough. but what else can i do but wait it out! it really sucks! i am in such a bad mood!

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be

Posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 16:42:19

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:14:52

i'd say give your doc a call. are you seeing a psychologist or a regular doc? i know my psych. was basically telling me the whole time i was on 10 that she didn't think it'd be enough and that 20 was what i should be on. i've just started 20 and feel better already. i KNOW the waiting is frustrating...ive had major ups and downs as you can see if you look back a few posts! and so have many others here. you'll be ok :)

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:11:25

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be, posted by want info on March 31, 2004, at 16:42:19

i am seeing a regular doc. i have been going to her for more than 10 years though. how long did you take the 10 before you switched to the 20. so, i should call her and not try to stay on the 10's until my 4 week mark. i know your not a doc, i just want your opinion. thanks

 

Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:46:41

In reply to Lex and not Wellbutrin, posted by Gator on March 31, 2004, at 12:39:03

GOOD LUCK GATOR! LET ME KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!

 

anyone been on 10's long?

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:56:24

In reply to Re: Lex and not Wellbutrin, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:46:41

i was wondering if anyone has been on 10's for a long period of time. (only lexapro 10's, nothing else). i want to know how it worked for you and why you never had to up your dose? just curious about the length of time a 10 can work. your story and side effects would help me out alot. thanks!

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by KathrynLex on March 31, 2004, at 18:00:53

In reply to Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:05:08

Hi bride2be,

When I first started on lex (at 10 mgs) it took until week 4 for my mood to even out and things still get a little bumpy around my period. At week 6 I increased to 15 mgs to get rid of the last little bit of anxiety I was having and now I feel great.

I hope your mood evens out soon!!! That emotional rollercoaster can be SO exhausting.

K.

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 18:10:10

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by KathrynLex on March 31, 2004, at 18:00:53

thanks lexy! YOU HAVE BEEN REALLY HELPFUL. I THINK I WILL STICK IT OUT UNTIL MY NEXT APT AND THEN SEE WHAT MY DOC THINKS. THANKS AGAIN!

 

RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps

Posted by mel_light on March 31, 2004, at 19:49:58

In reply to RE::: Hey Everyone, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 18:37:08

Has anybody had leg cramps and soreness as a side effect? The back of my thighs are so sore and my calves keep cramping???Just wondering if this is just a side effect. I think I'm fixating on it because I just went up about a week ago to 10mg of lex and now anxiety is starting again....big sigh...

 

RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 20:10:15

In reply to RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps, posted by mel_light on March 31, 2004, at 19:50:42

Mel-i have not had leg cramps, although i have been on 10's for 10 days and i do get numbness in my feet sometimes. who knows why? if it persists i would contact your doctor. sorry you are not feeling well.

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by susielalala on March 31, 2004, at 20:15:07

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by ednababish on March 31, 2004, at 16:12:20

It will get better. I am on day 29. I have gone thru hell and back. The first 2 weeks were the worst. I had the worse anxiety and nervousness. The depression is alot better but I still have anxiety and nervousness, but not as bad. I can deal with it better now. I think the lexapro is strting to kick in. At least I am hoping so. So hang in there it really does get better. Also I want everyone to know that I am praying for us all daily. I may not post alot but you are all on my mind and in my prayers. God bless you all. And Mystic hang in there friend you are gonna get better!!!!

 

Re: anyone been on 10's long?

Posted by Mrs. C on March 31, 2004, at 20:57:05

In reply to anyone been on 10's long?, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:56:24

Hi Bride,
I began taking 10mgs in October and just increased to 15 the beginning of March. So I guess it was about five months before I felt like I needed an increase. Hope that helps. Mrs. C

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 20:59:54

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by susielalala on March 31, 2004, at 20:15:07

thank you all for your answers and advice! i dont know what i would do without you. you guys that have been on 10's for a long time make me want to stick it out! i am not going to try and up it so soon. you guys are wonderful! much love, bride2be :)

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be

Posted by jlynne on March 31, 2004, at 21:02:42

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 16:14:52

> i just feel discouraged and kinda like 10 is not enough. but what else can i do but wait it out! it really sucks! i am in such a bad mood!

Bride, I was at 10mg and started feeling my symptoms return full force after about 5 weeks. I didn't wait for my doc appt the following week - I called him and he okay'd an increase over the phone. I went up to 15mg and have been there for a couple weeks. The s/e's came back just like when I first started, but they have started to back off a little now. My doc is leaving it up to me to decide if/when I want to increase to 20mg. I take 1mg Lorazepam at night to help with the insomnia caused by the Lex.

Good luck:~)

...jlynne

 

RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps

Posted by jlynne on March 31, 2004, at 21:08:13

In reply to RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps, posted by mel_light on March 31, 2004, at 19:49:58

> Has anybody had leg cramps and soreness as a side effect?

. . . come to think of it, I had a couple of really big foot cramps last week. I never really considered that it might be my meds . . .

I think I heard of someone else on another thread complaining of muscle soreness, though. Have you talked to your doc or pharmacist about it??

Good luck:~)

...jlynne

 

RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps jlynne

Posted by trucker on March 31, 2004, at 22:40:26

In reply to RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps, posted by jlynne on March 31, 2004, at 21:08:13

legs achking, are you taking a vitimin A suppliment? i was told that it will make ya hurt like you never hurt before because it sucks the calcium out of your body esp. your bones. i was told no one should take a vitimin A suppliment. more detimental than helpful. my two cents...

trucker

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> > Has anybody had leg cramps and soreness as a side effect?
>
> . . . come to think of it, I had a couple of really big foot cramps last week. I never really considered that it might be my meds . . .
>
> I think I heard of someone else on another thread complaining of muscle soreness, though. Have you talked to your doc or pharmacist about it??
>
> Good luck:~)
>
> ...jlynne

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please????

Posted by ednababish on April 1, 2004, at 8:45:34

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be, posted by jlynne on March 31, 2004, at 21:02:42

Bride2be--Very few who post here have found 10mgs to be adequate--fifteen seems to be the lowest dosage which has positive effects. When I remarked about this to my pdoc, she wholeheartedly agreed. Lots of people who post here have discovered that an increase usually helps, even for those people who question how well the drug is working at lower dosages. Good luck--Edna

 

RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps

Posted by ednababish on April 1, 2004, at 8:49:45

In reply to RE::: Hey Everyone/ leg cramps, posted by mel_light on March 31, 2004, at 19:49:58

I have had stiffness in my feet and ankles early on each time I have taken a new AD--even if I have changed horses midstream, as it were. Might be the same variety of muscle tension that is factor in jaw-clenching and headaches in early treatment. EB

 

Re: Day # 10... advice please???? bride2be

Posted by want info on April 1, 2004, at 9:20:39

In reply to Re: Day # 10... advice please????, posted by bride2be on March 31, 2004, at 17:11:25

hey bride. this was my experience. im 26 years old. i have been on meds for anxiety (no depression - that can be key in what med you take)since i was 18. i was on paxil for 8 years. i started feeling more anxious and my regular doc said to go up to 30. i had massive anxiety when i did that and went to a psychopharmacologist (i see a social worker for therapy but she cant prescribe medicine). she said id been on paxil for so long and shed like to start me on another med. my bro had had success on celexa and she thought id have success on lexapro, which is similar. i was on 10 mg for 5-6 weeks and realized i was still extremely anxious, even when i combined it with a little xanax. i increased to 15 but my doc thought the increase from 10-15 was negligible and that i should really go to 20. i fought that for awhile until i had a panic attack last week and decided to try it. it may be taking me longer to adjust to the lex than it might take someone else bc my brain was trained to paxil. i'm now in my 8th week total...first week of 20...and feel pretty good. hope this helps...EM


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