Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 109458

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RE:: Lavell

Posted by mystic on May 15, 2004, at 11:35:38

In reply to Re: New to Lexapro and feeling awful jjana, posted by worrywort on May 13, 2003, at 12:43:06

Lavell..thank you so much for sharing you may be right...it is the fear that gets to us all...I'm starting on 15mgs today..I had wished to get by with just he 10mg but just dont think that is going to happen..I'm very med phobic so this is a hard step for me but will wait it out and see if it helps...Thanks for sharing it is always great to hear from someone new and to see other views...Mystic

 

Re: Lexapro and Wellbutrin SR

Posted by trucker on May 16, 2004, at 13:58:24

In reply to Re: Lexapro and Wellbutrin SR, posted by socalkris29 on May 14, 2004, at 0:19:44

YES ITCHING YES I TO HAVE THIS EFFECT... DRINK MOLRE WATER.. AND SEE IF IT HELPS I NOTICE THAT IT DEHIDRATES ME SO I ITCH!

TRUCKER

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> I have just started taking 150 mg Wellbutrin XL in addition to my usual 10 mg Lexapro. At day 17, I started itching like MAD!!! Hands, fingers, scalp, back, neck, feet, etc. Feels similar to the itch of athlete's foot. No rash, hives, or skin irritation (except for my constant rubbing raw of the itchy areas). On day 19 I decided to quit taking the Wellbutrin, and believe it or not, that is also the day it finally kicked in and I have A LOT more energy now.
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> So, I started taking it again, and I'm wondering if there are any others out there that experienced the itching and if/when it stopped? I'm really pleased with my mood now and am hoping the itching will pass...
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> Thanks in advance for any replies.
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> > Wellbutrin never did anything for me when taken alone. In combination with other drugs, it amplified the negative side effects.
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> > If it works for you and you have a health plan that covers some of the expenses, count your blessings.
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> > > Is anyone on the combination of Lexapro AND Wellbutrin SR/ I am on 10mg Lexapro and 150 mg os Wellbutrin Sr. I like combining them because of the sexual side effects of the SSRI and I think Wellbutrin enhances it---anyone else trying this???
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Re: OCD's worse on Lex?

Posted by trucker on May 16, 2004, at 14:10:24

In reply to Re: OCD's worse on Lex? Mariposa, posted by lil' jimi on May 12, 2004, at 15:06:06

JIM ARE YOU THE ONE I USED TO SPEAK TO A YEAR5 OR SO AGO?

TRUCKER

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> hello Mariposa,
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> .... .... i haven't been so ocd as anybody has ever mentioned it ... but i could see where that more buzzy/speedy feeling (epinephrine?) from lexapro could fuel nail biting kind of stuff ... but i would theorize/expect/hope that any extra epinephrine levels would subside with time ... ... what do i know?
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> i'm still doing my ol' 10 milligrams of lex a day now for more than a year ... ... i remember that buzziness, but i haven't felt it in a long time
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> take care, sweet Butterfly,
> ~ jim

 

re: trucker

Posted by lil' jimi on May 17, 2004, at 3:12:58

In reply to Re: OCD's worse on Lex?, posted by trucker on May 16, 2004, at 14:10:24

hi trucker!

yes ... this is me
... how you doing?
... i'm okay here ...

i've been on 10 miliigrams of lexapro a day for the past year now ... (gotta make like "med" talk here on the med page like, eh?)

take care!
~ jim

 

re: trucker

Posted by trucker on May 17, 2004, at 10:40:16

In reply to re: trucker, posted by lil' jimi on May 17, 2004, at 3:12:58

hey glad you are still around. come to social babble. we can talk there. or come to babble open the chat room. glad to kmow you are out there. GOD bless>on 20 mg of lex and 150 mg of welbutrin

trucker

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hi trucker!
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> yes ... this is me
> ... how you doing?
> ... i'm okay here ...
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> i've been on 10 miliigrams of lexapro a day for the past year now ... (gotta make like "med" talk here on the med page like, eh?)
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> take care!
> ~ jim

 

Paxil dosage?

Posted by katia on May 17, 2004, at 14:37:57

In reply to Re: Lexapro and Wellbutrin SR, posted by ednababish on May 15, 2004, at 10:05:45

What is the average dose for Paxil? I'm on 1/2 of 12.5mg a day and am wondering if this is too low to do much?
Katia

 

Re: Paxil dosage? katia

Posted by want info on May 17, 2004, at 14:49:45

In reply to Paxil dosage?, posted by katia on May 17, 2004, at 14:37:57

most ppl on this thread arent on paxil so you may not get many answers here...but that's a very low dose. 20 is the most common.

 

RE:: Hey katia

Posted by mystic on May 17, 2004, at 18:35:51

In reply to Re: Paxil dosage? katia, posted by want info on May 17, 2004, at 14:49:45

Hey Katia..I was on 10 to start and then went to 20 then to 30 and stayed on 30 for hmmm 4 years..it was great for me but gained a lot of weight and after I went off of it I realized that I was pretty numb those years...but I might not have stayed on it so long maybe that wouldve been better but at the time it was a lifesaver and that is what I hope happens with the Lexapro...Good luck and take good care of yourself...Mystic

 

RE:: Hey katia mystic

Posted by katia on May 18, 2004, at 14:50:47

In reply to RE:: Hey katia, posted by mystic on May 17, 2004, at 18:35:51

> Hey Katia..I was on 10 to start and then went to 20 then to 30 and stayed on 30 for hmmm 4 years..it was great for me but gained a lot of weight and after I went off of it I realized that I was pretty numb those years...but I might not have stayed on it so long maybe that wouldve been better but at the time it was a lifesaver and that is what I hope happens with the Lexapro...Good luck and take good care of yourself...Mystic

I was just wondering because my pdoc had me start at 1/2 of 12.5. He even said that some people even benefit from 1/4 of 12.5. My system is sensitive so I think I'm staying at 12.5mg. I just went up to that yesterday. I'm also on 450mg of Trileptal and 15mg of Seroquel for sleep. (BPII)
Part of me wonders if it's helping at that low level or if it's just my BELIEF that it's helping that makes it help.
Katia

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by Stesslo on May 18, 2004, at 20:15:44

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro???? AnnieJ, posted by Mariposa on June 13, 2003, at 11:45:36

I started Lexapro on 4-12-04 was on 10 mg for the first 2 weeks then went to 10 twice a day and I just started wellbutrin 150 a week ago and am now taking 300 in the morning. I've lost 33lbs and 2 1/2 inches since I started treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. I've also started an exercise program which includes 30 min of aerobic 3 time a week and power walking a mile every day and weight lifting two days a week. So I cant say that the Lexapro alone has caused the weight loss. But it has made me feel like living and that is the important part. The only side effects that are remotely bothersome are the increased sweating and the delayed ejaculation. And I'm not really complaining about the later... However the wife is now concerned that she is inadequate and I have to reassure her that it is the medication. What used to take 10 to 15 min now takes an hour or more..

Stesslo

> > I just started 10 mg of Lexapro about 2 weeks ago. I was on Paxil CR and my doctor eventually weaned me off. I found that when I was on the Paxil my appetite had increased...I was curious if anyone noticed any significant weight loss or gain while taking the Lexapro???? I'm trying to lose about 20lbs and I don't want anything to hinder that??? Any comments would be really appreciated!!! Thanks a bunch!!! mzanna
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> I have been on Lex almost 5 months. I lost 10lbs. during the first month and I have not gained it back. I did not TRY to lose, I just found my appetite was less and I ate less. I'm still about 5lbs. overweight and would like to lose them but I have not been trying to.
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> I should add though that a lot of people have also posted in previous periods that they have gained weight while on Lex.
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> Best of Luck to you!~~~8|8

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by Stesslo on May 18, 2004, at 20:15:44

i have been on lex for 3 months. i have had no weight loss or weight gain. maybe i am one of the lucky ones. dont worry, you should be fine. good luck!

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 8:30:02

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by Mrs. C on May 12, 2004, at 7:56:27

If you read the package insert for Lexapro, you can see that in the clincal trials, increasing the dose from 10 mg to 20 mg made no difference in symptoms of depression, but did cause all side effects to double! My question to your doc would be, what is the basis for increasing the dose when the trials proved it would do no good for depression symptoms?

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by Mrs. C on May 21, 2004, at 14:15:03

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 8:30:02

I'm sorry but I have to disagree with you. Everyone is very different in their needs for meds and in their reactions to them. I have recently increased to 20mgs and have never felt better. I did not experience any differences in side effects, in fact I hardly noticed the increase except for my better mood and abilities to cope. My advice to anyone is to listen to their doctors. If the increase is not for you, you will know pretty quick. Mrs. C

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg Mrs. C

Posted by want info on May 21, 2004, at 14:27:42

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by Mrs. C on May 21, 2004, at 14:15:03

i agree totally mrs c. side effects come to everyone differently. there's no evidence that twice as much medicine = twice as much side effects. i went from 10 to 20 and felt very spacy. im on 15 now and feel good. everyone is different. trust your body.
emily

 

Re: lexapro withdrawal

Posted by anonmom on May 21, 2004, at 16:57:33

In reply to lexapro withdrawal, posted by Morree on April 23, 2004, at 20:47:46

I, too, went off Lexapro cold turkey after 5 months. The nurse thought cold turkey would be OK because it takes a long time for the Lexapro to build up in one's system. I wanted to go off it because I started feeling groggy and like I couldn't wake up. After I quit it the grogginess did go away. Lexapro made me feel very competent. I got shingles a little over a month after I quit taking it and in the first few days of the shingles experience, I hyperventilated for the first time in my life. Any relationship(s) between all of this?

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by Simoncat on May 21, 2004, at 18:27:40

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

> i have been on lex for 3 months. i have had no weight loss or weight gain. maybe i am one of the lucky ones. dont worry, you should be fine. good luck!


I haven't noticed any gain. I have noticed a loss but I am on Topamax as well so I attribute the loss to that more so than the Lexapro.

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 22:30:42

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg Mrs. C, posted by want info on May 21, 2004, at 14:27:42

> i agree totally mrs c. side effects come to everyone differently. there's no evidence that twice as much medicine = twice as much side effects. i went from 10 to 20 and felt very spacy. im on 15 now and feel good. everyone is different. trust your body.
> emily

I didn't mean to sound beligerent; but as a former nurse practitioner (now stay at home mom) I have seen the "spin" that the drug reps can put on the medicines and how the providers can buy into unproven information. As for evidence, in the package insert for Lexapro it clearly states that in their clinical trials there was no greater efficacy of the 20 mg dose over the 10 mg, but the side effects all doubled when the patients in the trials increased the dose from 10 to 20. I was only wondering why a doc would then increase the dose if there was no proof of greater results, only greater side effects? I'm glad to hear that you have done well with this increase and I agree that everyone responds differently to medicines. For me, Effexor has been a life saver when the SSRIs didn't work!

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by Mrs. C on May 21, 2004, at 22:43:39

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 22:30:42

I apologize too. I didn't mean to make you feel defensive. I have just had such a good experience with Lexapro and wanted to share that with everyone. Have a great weekend. Mrs.C

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by Surfurgerl on May 22, 2004, at 0:06:16

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I gained 40 pounds on Lexapro in about 5 months.

 

I lost weight at 5mg, gained at 10mg! (nm)

Posted by theo on May 22, 2004, at 15:29:38

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by sexylexy on May 23, 2004, at 10:22:36

In reply to I lost weight at 5mg, gained at 10mg! (nm), posted by theo on May 22, 2004, at 15:29:38

Hey Ya'll
After college I lost about 25 lbs. I kept the weight off for over a year. When I first got on Lex, I lost a good amount of weight. Now when I increased my dose to 20 I saw about a 5 lb weight gain and now am up to 8. Some of this is my fault because I have been vacationing and not working out. I feel like I am hungry more often and also can eat more...I just joined my new gym and am going to start working at it so I will let you know how it goes. Weight gain is AWFUL. yuck
all the luck
lexy

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

In reply to Depression and early menopause, posted by ayuda on January 14, 2003, at 9:54:30

I have been on 10 mg Lexapro since October for anxiety and depression. this month around my period I became terrified, paranoid and depressed. It has passed. My pdoc suggested taking 15 mg's lex a few days before and during, then going back to my 10. Has anyone tried this???

thanks!

Anjul

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by mystic on May 23, 2004, at 16:22:35

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

Anjul...A lot of people on the posts have problems with the pms part...I am on 15mgs now and not having a good time with it..Not sure if only a week would make a difference but it sure hasnt...My dr suggested the same thing to go up to the 15mgs at the time of my period but thought better of it since I get the s/e from going up and didnt see the point of yo yo ing like that when I already did..I was hoping that the 15mgs were going to do the trick all the way around so still waiting..Hopefully you will find your way as to what to do...Mystic

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by Mrs. C on May 23, 2004, at 18:39:41

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by sexylexy on May 23, 2004, at 10:22:36

Lexy, don't forget, when we are happy and content we tend to eat more. Just a thought that your weight gain is a sign of good mental health! Mrs. C

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Mrs. C on May 23, 2004, at 18:47:51

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

Anjul, I haven't tried that but I know all about PMS and Lexapro. Mine feels like it stops working the week before my period. I hope this works for you. Mrs. C


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