Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 109458

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Re: Exercise, Dosage Changes and Therapy

Posted by captain on June 17, 2004, at 12:19:29

In reply to Exercise, Dosage Changes and Therapy, posted by MoTucker on June 17, 2004, at 10:50:39

Well - they do say it takes 2 weeks to start a habit and 3 weeks to break a habit! It's always good to get yourself involved in something that you HAVE to work out for. For example, I started teach at my gym 2 years ago because I knew that it would make me lift weights more while I taught the class because I never lifted enough on my own.

I have also signed up for small runs like 5k's, although recently did a 10K, because then I paid money to be in this race for a good cause, so I have to work towards building up my ability to run.

Setting small goals makes working out so much more fun - and especially having a partner to do it with!

 

Re: Day 8, new dosage?

Posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:22:32

In reply to Re: Day 8, new dosage?, posted by Tweek on June 16, 2004, at 15:37:10

Tweek, my opinion is that 8 days is not long enough to say whether the med is working or not. You need to give it at least 4-6 weeks. In my case I did not feel full effects until 9 weeks. The side effects go away after a few weeks. You are thinking too much. Give yourself some time, please. Mrs. C

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:24:33

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by Allie26 on June 16, 2004, at 13:05:27

I have lost weight since starting Lex too but even if I didn't I would rather be a little bit overweight and happy! Mrs. C

 

RE::: LExy

Posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:43:31

In reply to RE::: LExy, posted by mystic on June 16, 2004, at 22:08:23

Hey everyone, I tried weight watchers too. I did loose weight but it was almost impossible for me to stick with the plan. I just couldn't do it. Atkins has been much easier for me. No counting points or anything like that. I do cheat from time to time but I am still losing. Today I had a difficult day at school and came home to my computer and a bowl of fruit loops without the milk. Comfort food!

Congrats Anakin, Hi Jlynne and trucker, good to hear from you guys. Bride, you must be getting anxious and excited. Lexy, I hope that you are doing well. Hi Lynne, Mystic, and anyone else that I missed. Tweek, Motrucker and Nicko, welcome and keep posting. You guys are a great addition to our board. Simus, where are you? Drop us a line. Luv ya'll. Mrs. C

 

Re: Weight gain Mrs. C

Posted by captain on June 17, 2004, at 16:30:12

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:24:33

Hi Mrs. C,

Do you think you've lost the weight on lexapro because you have been less hungry? When I asked about the weight gain before I tried Lex (only 10 days today) - my doctor said it is different from paxil (that typically makes you gain) because the pill is released lower in your abdomen and reduces the carb cravings that other pills often give you.

I don't know anyone's history here because I am new - but I was just wondering if you have just felt less hungry. In the 10 days I have been on this, i have been much hungrier than normal (But it has also been the week before and week of that time of the month :) )

Sorry for the extra info - haha - just curious!

Captain

 

Re: Weight gain captain

Posted by LynneDa on June 17, 2004, at 16:45:46

In reply to Re: Weight gain Mrs. C, posted by captain on June 17, 2004, at 16:30:12

Hi Captain -
Hope you don't mind my chiming in. I've been on Lex for almost 9 months. I started at 10mg and 135 lbs. (I'm 5'7") - which was about 5 lbs over my "normal" weight. In January I went up to 20mg. After a month or so I started steadily gaining 1 to 2 lbs per week. And my appetite has grown!! I've always been underweight. I've never been a gainer, could always eat what I wanted. I am now up to 152 and holding. I've dosed down to 10mg, just taking 20mg when I ovulate and about 10 days before my period - both times when my emotional state becomes unstable.

Having said that, I will add that I don't work out regularly and I'm 40 - 2 factors that contribute to weight gain. But, it does seem too coincidental that I gained that much in such a short time!

I have cut out almost all junky/snacky/high fat foods. I'm still very tired all the time - from the Lex I think, but will go to my doc tomorrow to discuss. Fatigue contributes to my lack of exercise!

I recently read a report published several years ago stating that weight gain is not listed as an s/e of ADs because research is only done on s/e's occurring in the first several weeks of usage. Weight gain seems to come later - after a month or more of use.

One other tidbit to share: my therapist has found among the women in her practice that about 1/3 gain, 1/3 stay the same and 1/3 actually lose.

I know this is really long, but wanted to share with you what I've learned. Everyone else on this thread has probably heard this from me many times already :-).

Bottom line: I partially agree with Mrs. C. - better to gain a little weight than to be the depressed mess I was . . . but my weight is definitely depressing as well!
~ Lynne
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Hi Mrs. C,
>
> Do you think you've lost the weight on lexapro because you have been less hungry? When I asked about the weight gain before I tried Lex (only 10 days today) - my doctor said it is different from paxil (that typically makes you gain) because the pill is released lower in your abdomen and reduces the carb cravings that other pills often give you.
>
> I don't know anyone's history here because I am new - but I was just wondering if you have just felt less hungry. In the 10 days I have been on this, i have been much hungrier than normal (But it has also been the week before and week of that time of the month :) )
>
> Sorry for the extra info - haha - just curious!
>
> Captain

 

RE::: LExy

Posted by trucker on June 17, 2004, at 17:47:42

In reply to RE::: LExy, posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:43:31

hey missed ya too... hope ya are all well

trucker

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> Hey everyone, I tried weight watchers too. I did loose weight but it was almost impossible for me to stick with the plan. I just couldn't do it. Atkins has been much easier for me. No counting points or anything like that. I do cheat from time to time but I am still losing. Today I had a difficult day at school and came home to my computer and a bowl of fruit loops without the milk. Comfort food!
>
> Congrats Anakin, Hi Jlynne and trucker, good to hear from you guys. Bride, you must be getting anxious and excited. Lexy, I hope that you are doing well. Hi Lynne, Mystic, and anyone else that I missed. Tweek, Motrucker and Nicko, welcome and keep posting. You guys are a great addition to our board. Simus, where are you? Drop us a line. Luv ya'll. Mrs. C

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by trucker on June 17, 2004, at 17:50:55

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:24:33

i second that... after all i have been through i am a different and happy person usually looking forward to the next day instead of the negative.lex has worked wonders for me.. it took a little time to feel full affects but the wait is worth it in the end

trucker

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> I have lost weight since starting Lex too but even if I didn't I would rather be a little bit overweight and happy! Mrs. C

 

Re: Weight gain Mrs. C

Posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 18:41:02

In reply to Re: Weight gain Mrs. C, posted by captain on June 17, 2004, at 16:30:12

Well to be honest with you I have lost weight because I have been working at losing weight. I think the Lex motivated me to finally get off my former big butt and do it. I eat when I am stressed out and that was alot before I started lex. Now that there is less stress there is less eating. Plus I have cut back on my carbs and have given up sugar completely. I have never felt or looked better since I was 25 years old (I'm 38). Good luck to you. Mrs. C

 

hi all..

Posted by want info on June 18, 2004, at 8:55:49

In reply to RE::: LExy, posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 15:43:31

hey guys. i know i've been MIA. i've been so busy at work! i'm feeling pretty good. i've been cutting down the xanax and switched to the morning. i'm on 17.5 now. i still have a bit of fogginess (it's been about 4 months now) but feel better than i had. i'm not in a constant "what if i freak out" state." as far as weight, i've stayed about the same, but i can lose or gain weight as i always had (as in, if i work out i lose, etc)...i tend to think that with ssri's the weight gain or loss isn't as much about the actual meds as it is about the emotion that comes w it...ie some ppl eat more when they feel worse, some eat less, etc. anyway, i hope everyone is well! xox E

 

Re: Weight gain Lex

Posted by Scribbler on June 18, 2004, at 9:32:06

In reply to Re: Weight gain Mrs. C, posted by Mrs. C on June 17, 2004, at 18:41:02

You guys are an inspiration. I initially lost weight on Lex, because I had no appetite and felt nauseated. Then I gained those 7+ lbs back and now I waft back and forth, about 10 lbs more than I'd really like. It's not the Lex, it's Me: I've gotten really lazy; I used to go for a 2 mile walk every day but haven't for about a year. Captain's encouraging info on exercising in early morning is going to be taken to heart, and I also like the idea of no carbs at night. My husband does the grocery shopping and gets candy and Cheetos, things he knows I like, altho I beg him not to, and then (not to hurt his feelings and because I crave that junk) I eat that it so it won't go to waste. What a crazy, vicious cycle, huh? I thought that maybe if I made a pledge right here and now to all of you that I'm going to work harder at exercise and diet, it will mean more (guilt is a great motivator!). I'll report back next week. Have a big Class Reunion this summer and I really really want to dump those 10 lbs. Or at least 5. After I've exercised I always feel so much better about myself!

 

Re: Weight gain Lex Scribbler

Posted by LynneDa on June 18, 2004, at 9:53:12

In reply to Re: Weight gain Lex, posted by Scribbler on June 18, 2004, at 9:32:06

Way to go Scribbler!!! You can do it!!! A reunion is a great motivator, isn't it? I accept your pledge and will be looking forward to hearing how you're doing (no pressure, eh??). Take care and tell your husband thanks but no thanks :-)
~ Lynne
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You guys are an inspiration. I initially lost weight on Lex, because I had no appetite and felt nauseated. Then I gained those 7+ lbs back and now I waft back and forth, about 10 lbs more than I'd really like. It's not the Lex, it's Me: I've gotten really lazy; I used to go for a 2 mile walk every day but haven't for about a year. Captain's encouraging info on exercising in early morning is going to be taken to heart, and I also like the idea of no carbs at night. My husband does the grocery shopping and gets candy and Cheetos, things he knows I like, altho I beg him not to, and then (not to hurt his feelings and because I crave that junk) I eat that it so it won't go to waste. What a crazy, vicious cycle, huh? I thought that maybe if I made a pledge right here and now to all of you that I'm going to work harder at exercise and diet, it will mean more (guilt is a great motivator!). I'll report back next week. Have a big Class Reunion this summer and I really really want to dump those 10 lbs. Or at least 5. After I've exercised I always feel so much better about myself!

 

Re: Weight gain Lex everyone!

Posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 10:17:37

In reply to Re: Weight gain Lex Scribbler, posted by LynneDa on June 18, 2004, at 9:53:12

Hey guys! Good for you Scribbler! It really is a committment. I had to teach a weights class at 6am this morning, and the ONLY reason I went is because i HAD to as the teacher! Getting up and out the door is truly the hardest part. I am always so happy afterwards and I have seen so many people losing weight and looking and feeling great in my class. There is no feeling like it.

If I were to recommend ANY program - it would be Bill Phillip's Body for Life - you can get the book almost anywhere. It is NOT a diet - it is just the most sensible way of eating and working out and it works. It is a 12 week committment.

Scribbler - check in next Friday - let us know how your week went! Get your husband to join in on the no carbs at night - team efforts help a ton!

Have a great weekend all! -- captain :)

 

Anxiety/Caffine Question

Posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 10:36:09

In reply to hi all.., posted by want info on June 18, 2004, at 8:55:49

Hey guys - I am on day 11 of Lex for Generalized Anxiety and I have a question for you guys. I have basically suffered off and on for years with anxiety attacks. Not panic attacks, but anxiety where I feel kind of disoriented, a sense of things not being real, shallow breathing and just a general bad feeling. I have xanax for when they come on. (I am a 28 year old girl by the way) They have usually been perpetuated by major life changes or anxiety over my health. I certainly qualify as a hypochondriac! (but fortunately i can laugh at my self!)

I don't suffer from depression at all but I was wondering for those of you that have anxiety issues, do you drink caffine? I have always been a huge coffee fan but because my anxiety attacks have been so frequent lately (thus trying the lex), i had cut it out all together. It would bring on an attack ASAP. Do you think I could drink it now that I am taking the lex? Perhaps I just won't have any attacks because of the meds?

Just curious! Thanks guys!

 

Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question

Posted by platinumbride on June 18, 2004, at 10:51:31

In reply to Anxiety/Caffine Question, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 10:36:09

Hi,

If I were you, I would wait a few week before going back to coffee - just till u have enough of the med in your body. Then I would test the waters with decaf for a few days (still has some caffeine in it) or tea before daring to try the hard stuff again ;-).

I know how you feel about the anxiety and coffee. For a while I was teriffied of coffee, but once I felt fewer instances of panic and anxiety, I was able to go back to one cup/day. Then again, my one cup is really a mug full of espresso, so that might equal 4 cups of american dirty dishwater.

Good luck,
Diane

> Hey guys - I am on day 11 of Lex for Generalized Anxiety and I have a question for you guys. I have basically suffered off and on for years with anxiety attacks. Not panic attacks, but anxiety where I feel kind of disoriented, a sense of things not being real, shallow breathing and just a general bad feeling. I have xanax for when they come on. (I am a 28 year old girl by the way) They have usually been perpetuated by major life changes or anxiety over my health. I certainly qualify as a hypochondriac! (but fortunately i can laugh at my self!)
>
> I don't suffer from depression at all but I was wondering for those of you that have anxiety issues, do you drink caffine? I have always been a huge coffee fan but because my anxiety attacks have been so frequent lately (thus trying the lex), i had cut it out all together. It would bring on an attack ASAP. Do you think I could drink it now that I am taking the lex? Perhaps I just won't have any attacks because of the meds?
>
> Just curious! Thanks guys!

 

Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question

Posted by MoTucker on June 18, 2004, at 11:07:02

In reply to Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question, posted by platinumbride on June 18, 2004, at 10:51:31

I gave up caffiene when I started on the lex. I think it was important for me to get the confidence that the medication was working. Then I slowly brought it back. I make sure I don't get hooked on it, though... and try not to drink it daily and not ever more than one cup. It's the constant drinking of caffiene all day that leaves your blood pressure up for long periods of time that makes me feel like crud.

Also I'm a big drinker. Always a couple of drinks a day. They tell you not to do it on the meds. Well in the last week I've conducted an experiment to cut out the alcohol. I think it helps. My anxiety is tightly coupled with depression, however, so the effect of the "downer" of alcohol is probably more significant for me than the "upper" of caffeine.

M.T.

> Hi,
>
> If I were you, I would wait a few week before going back to coffee - just till u have enough of the med in your body. Then I would test the waters with decaf for a few days (still has some caffeine in it) or tea before daring to try the hard stuff again ;-).
>
> I know how you feel about the anxiety and coffee. For a while I was teriffied of coffee, but once I felt fewer instances of panic and anxiety, I was able to go back to one cup/day. Then again, my one cup is really a mug full of espresso, so that might equal 4 cups of american dirty dishwater.
>
> Good luck,
> Diane
>
> > Hey guys - I am on day 11 of Lex for Generalized Anxiety and I have a question for you guys. I have basically suffered off and on for years with anxiety attacks. Not panic attacks, but anxiety where I feel kind of disoriented, a sense of things not being real, shallow breathing and just a general bad feeling. I have xanax for when they come on. (I am a 28 year old girl by the way) They have usually been perpetuated by major life changes or anxiety over my health. I certainly qualify as a hypochondriac! (but fortunately i can laugh at my self!)
> >
> > I don't suffer from depression at all but I was wondering for those of you that have anxiety issues, do you drink caffine? I have always been a huge coffee fan but because my anxiety attacks have been so frequent lately (thus trying the lex), i had cut it out all together. It would bring on an attack ASAP. Do you think I could drink it now that I am taking the lex? Perhaps I just won't have any attacks because of the meds?
> >
> > Just curious! Thanks guys!
>
>

 

Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question

Posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 12:01:56

In reply to Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question, posted by MoTucker on June 18, 2004, at 11:07:02

Thanks for the feedback you guys! I was wondering about drinking because I am going to my ten year high school reunion this weekend and I was wondering if it would take less alcohol than normal.

I have enjoyed not having anxiety attacks for the last full week, so I am not going to try the coffee thing just yet I suppose!

Thanks again - this really is a great network.

 

Sorry - one more question!

Posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 12:05:37

In reply to Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 12:01:56

I never knew (before this site) that people up their dosage of lex from 10 to 20. I only take ten and that is all my doc said to take. Do you think this is because I am just being treated for GAD and not GAD & Depression?

Just curious..thanks!

 

Re: Sorry - one more question!

Posted by sexylexy on June 18, 2004, at 12:44:06

In reply to Sorry - one more question!, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 12:05:37

Hey Captin,
The research for lexapro said that 10mg was an effective doseage. While it is an effective dosage to help peoples symptoms, most psychiatrist (I am a therapist) I work with have seen improvement on 10 but it is not the miricale the literature seems to make it out to be. Personally, 15 was the best dosage for me at the time when I was struggling (anxiety/depression)...20 made me flat and irritated, but the differnce between 10 and 15 was night and day. If you are feeling good on 10, I would stick with it, for the most part I think we want to all be on the least amount of drugs we can, if 10 does not do it for you (after a good trial time 7/8 weeks) you may want to up your doseage! Good luck
Lexy

 

Re: Anxiety/Caffine Question

Posted by sexylexy on June 18, 2004, at 12:48:54

In reply to Anxiety/Caffine Question, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 10:36:09

Hey Captin,
I had the excact same problems, caffiene brought on anxiety attacks much like you described. In graduate school, I did my single subject design requirement on the effects of caffiene on myself. Sure enough there was a huge amount of literature and a huge correlation in myself.
After being on lex for a while I wanted to try coffee again because I love it!. I started out drinking thing like latte and cappicino (sp) because they are mixed, I did find with those and have incorperated good ole black coffee back in the diet. I tend to not get anxious from it unless I get careless and drink too much or am in an anxiety producing situation.
Again, Good luck!
Lexy

 

Re: Sorry - one more question! Lexy

Posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 13:32:42

In reply to Re: Sorry - one more question!, posted by sexylexy on June 18, 2004, at 12:44:06

Thanks to both posts! Good info to have! I would like to stick at just 10 because like you said, we all want to be on the least amount as possible I am sure. I have never taken anything before and I have read horror stories about upping the dosage. I will give it the full 7 weeeks before making any decisions anyway I am sure!

Thanks again!

 

Re: Sorry - one more question! Lexy

Posted by sexylexy on June 18, 2004, at 15:58:46

In reply to Re: Sorry - one more question! Lexy, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 13:32:42

Hey Captin,
As of now I am down to 5mg. I had depression brought on by the birth control pill and made much worse because I was in grad school 9 hours away from my family, boyfriend and best friends. form me at the time 10mg was just not enough to deal with the bad depression that would turn into anxiety ect. I am doing 1000X better than I had originally thought. I am a 24 year old female and until this past year had never had a depressed day in my life. This too was my first experience with meds. I don't like them but I thank God everyday that we have them because for a while I was in a very dark place. It is a blessing to see the sun again. I know how hard it is to be in the waiting period, if you have any questions feel free to ask. Over in psycho-social-babble is a awesome group of women all on lexapro, we are sooooooo supportive of each other and have had a lot of lex experiences. Feel free to join in with us!
Lexy

 

From Lex to Wellbutrin SR ednababish

Posted by LynneDa on June 18, 2004, at 17:00:56

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

Hi all -
I am going to be switching from Lexapro to Wellbutrin. I can't seem to get through the fatigue and fogginess after 9 months on Lex, so my doctor thought maybe a switch is in order. I'm willing to give it a try because I'm not at all ready to stop taking an AD - it's working quite well for the depression and anxiety.

Sooooo.... anyone have any stories about making the switch? Things to look out for, ways to make the transition easier, thoughts on Wellbutrin????

Thanks everyone! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in Babble-land :-)
~ Lynne

 

RE::: Hey lynne

Posted by mystic on June 18, 2004, at 19:22:15

In reply to From Lex to Wellbutrin SR ednababish, posted by LynneDa on June 18, 2004, at 17:00:56

Hey Lynne...Went to the drs myself yesterday and she is going to check with another dr about maybe switching to something else also..I hate to do that being med phobic and all but the lex just doesnt seem to be helping although it is only a week sunday that I have increased to 17.5 but my memory is horrible and that might go away but feel the weight starting to creep up also...Wellbutrin will be interested to see how it goes..When do you start to take that?...My dr is going to call on monday or tuesday and tell me what to do ..for now still taking the lex and hoping some miracle happens and I am fine by then but she was thinking of me going to go see a psychiatrist but with my experience they always want you to be on so many different meds or over medicate ...We will see..Hope you have a great weekend...Your friend Mystic

 

Re: Sorry - one more question! Lexy captain

Posted by Mariposa on June 20, 2004, at 8:37:58

In reply to Re: Sorry - one more question! Lexy, posted by captain on June 18, 2004, at 13:32:42

> Thanks to both posts! Good info to have! I would like to stick at just 10 because like you said, we all want to be on the least amount as possible I am sure. I have never taken anything before and I have read horror stories about upping the dosage. I will give it the full 7 weeeks before making any decisions anyway I am sure!
>
> Thanks again!

I had to comment on dose increase.....horror stories??? I read here regularly and don't remember any of those??? I started at 5mg and had a really rough time of it, but hung in there with a LOT of great support from Babblers. At 5 weeks I increased to 10mg because I was experiencing anxiety attacks and horrible depression. I did not experience terrible se's, only some dizziness and vertigo, and I had to go to week 9 before I noticed *improvement*. Since then I have increased to 20, and then to 30mg, without any noticeable se's.

COFFEE......I'm a JAVA JUNKIE!!! Since starting Lex I have started drinking more coffee without increased anxiety. It helps me motivate through the Lex *lethargy*.....for me the tiredness evaporates if I ignore the brain telling me it's tired and it wants a nap. If I get moving, get involved in a project, etc. the tired feeling goes away.

Good luck to us all!~~~8|8


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