Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 109458

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Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl lil' jimi

Posted by trucker on July 10, 2003, at 20:38:04

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl trucker, posted by lil' jimi on July 10, 2003, at 2:51:44

> hi trucker,
>
> thank you for your post ...
> you wrote:
> > i switched from zoloft 200mg to lexapro 20 mg.
> >
> > i wasn't informed of the way it would affect me.
> >
> > this thing is screaming feed me all of a sudden and before i had NO desire at all. now its almost out of control. my other half is still use to no not interested and i am trying to get him to give me some. if you catch my drift. i am more like my younger years at this point. hope i stay like this. this is my experience!
>
> and i'm writing this:
> i hear what you are saying ... i have had similiar experience with lexapro ... .. ... i have asked our lex posters before if anyone else experienced beneficial sexual side effects with lex and a few responded positively ... ... i initially suffered anorgasmia as a SE from lex, but after about a week that went away and things changed for the better ... ... well, and even better ...
>
> how long we're you on zoloft?
> how long have you been on lex?
> how was your transition like?
> how has your other half adjusted? yet?
>
> thanks again for the positive post ... never get enough of those here ...
>
> good luck !
> take good care!!!
> ~ jim
>
>
> on zoloft almost two years.
on lex 1 1/2 months to two months.
in the beginning i didn't have adverse affects at all (10 mg), then that thing woke up screaming feed me!!! then bumped to (20 mg)now i am a little sluggish but i was sick with sinutitus so it isn't fair to say which one is the culperate.
the other half, well he hasn't adjusted, he thinks its to good to be true and doen't know if he should try to touch me. (HA!) my luck, day late dollar short.

take care,
i'll be away for awhile so it may take me awhile to answer you. like my name i am a trucker, 48 state and two providences i've seen, i await to see northwest canada.
i will be back 2wks to a month from my last post.
take care, i was alittle ashamed of my reply, however it is true.

 

Re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO, LILJIMI BLKVETTES

Posted by trucker on July 10, 2003, at 21:01:42

In reply to SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO, LILJIMI, posted by BLKVETTES on July 10, 2003, at 14:20:39

> Hi Jim, I guess you saw Donia was back. She had been here in Florida getting some of my sun. She reported that she was feeling great. There has said to be a link between sunshine and depression. I have been laying by the pool this week and I feel great. So get some sun, eat some chocolate and take your lexapro of course. TAKE CARE!!!!
> WAYNE

my favorite!!!walking in the sun!!
(releases endorphines) which will help the depression.

chocolate (any kind for me) is sex in a bowl!!!
(sorry folks)

and then there is lex. we are still rasseling with each other to see if we like each other.

so far my three favorit things.
take care.
trucker

 

Re: Lexapro Dosing...10 mg or bust?????? tm

Posted by trucker on July 10, 2003, at 21:04:08

In reply to Re: Lexapro Dosing...10 mg or bust?????? McPac, posted by tm on July 10, 2003, at 15:58:00

> > Thanks for ALL responses! Much appreciated!
> > So it DOES seem like some (perhaps many?) DO get better results at doses greater than 10 mg.
> > Been on Lex now 9 days (still at 10 mg's) and I have been getting the "panicky" feelings from the med........I get them strong when I first wake up...once I've been up for a while, and have eaten, they seem to subside....hopefully that panicky feeling will go away someday soon......I was wondering if Celexa caused those same panicky feelings? Thanks!
>
> I take .5mg Xanax for times a day to help with the panicky feelings. I don't always need it but the doc wants to make sure I stay panick free for a few months before reducing my Xanax.
> Take care Tim.
>
>
xanax made me suisidal
i didn't like that one at all
good luck, take care
trucker

 

Re: Alternative pumpkin

Posted by trucker on July 10, 2003, at 21:12:21

In reply to Re: Alternative, posted by pumpkin on July 10, 2003, at 16:01:41

> Dear T,
>
> I'm just browsing around the posts, and came
> across yours. My heart goes out to you, I
> lost a full term son (my only-I have all girls).
> I've had a heck of a life too! I won't go
> into it, but the "church" (I left it), told me
> that my "problems" were because of un-submissiveness (if they only would have investigated what was REALLY going on)! Anyway,
> another time-another post perhaps. I'm here.
> It has been mans choices for me, but NOT the Lords
> for alot of my life. Stand firm- you get alot of
> crap. Ever wonder why? The Lord loves us ALL-
> no matter what we've done, or will do! The cross-
> just you and Him, not others!
>
> I've been off Lex now for over 3 weeks. I'm tired
> of being "vulnerable" and drugged. For the first
> time in over 12? years- I'm med free and trying
> to see what is what. I'm not saying that meds
> aren't good, but I had to do this, and I don't
> regret it one bit. I'm doing what I want to do
> for a change, which I don't think is "unhealthy"
> a bit! Still fighting depression (on or off meds)
> but haven't had "panic" attacks yet (bracing
> myself somewhat). Dealing with memories (bad)
> myself, and praying for the Lords wisdom in all
> this. I now know that the ECT messed me up
> perm.. I warn people, and am getting actively
> involved especially with the vulnerable, and
> elderly.
>
> Will try to post down the line, and nice to see
> some posts from the oldtimers!LOL!

thankyou! i hope you can remain med free and be happy and enjoy life alot. i went off zoloft and stayed off for a couple months and every major problem came back. the main one that drove me insane was i couldn't think to funtion, the simplest things like taking a shower, mking supper etc, i couldn't remember how to do them. my brain was miss funtioning. i told my doctor after i finally found one my brain wasn't working right. (it took me three days and alot of distress to find a doctor) thank GOD that is over.

good luck take care and GOD bless you!
trucker

 

re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!

Posted by Donia on July 10, 2003, at 21:14:12

In reply to re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate! BLKVETTES, posted by lil' jimi on July 10, 2003, at 15:29:30

I always seem to feel better in the summer and worse in the winter. When I do get off meds, I let myself get so down before I get back on them. So far my major depression has been event related, usually do to some trauma with my boys. My youngest son has Legg Calve Perthes Disease which sent me into a breakdown. Then my oldest sons appendix ruptured, then my youngest had a severe reaction to we think penicillen called HSP. Pretty scary looking but he made it through ok. I have talked with Wayne and others here about this, but dont know if the newbies know. I have always had mild to moderate depression since I was about 10, but events like these with my kids really send me downhill. My sister is bipolar and I think this stuff runs in the family, we just have to keep fighting and helping each other. I would really recommend some Florida sunshine!!

 

re: lexapro urination

Posted by BLKVETTES on July 10, 2003, at 21:18:47

In reply to re: lexapro urination, posted by bruce_w6 on July 10, 2003, at 20:10:57

> > hi bruce_w6,
> >
> > > I remember seeing posts in the beginning about urination habits changing when on Lexapro. How do I find these posts? Has anyone noticed their urination habits changing since taking Lexapro?
> >
> > this is another initial side-effect i had that went away in a little more than a week ... i have posted about this, but i can't remember what subject line i used and i don't recall that anyone responded ...
> >
> > when this was happening to me i had to take a very deliberate appraoch to peeing .... ... whereas it was an autonomic point and shoot before, it became a much more elaborate challenge, which sometimes caused a series of attempts to get my bladder really empty ... ... after a about 2 weeks this problem was completely gone ... .... but it had me a little worried there for a while ...
> >
> > take care,
> > ~ jim
>
> I started having these same symptoms shortly after starting Lexapro in December 2002. I am still having them. I had my prostate checked and it is ok. I urinate frequently and it is kind of an effort to empty my bladder.
>
> Any other feedback would be appreciated.

Have you had a ct scan done on your lower body. Is it possible you have a kidney stone stuck there. I say this because this happened to me years ago. Just something to consider.
WAYNE

 

re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!

Posted by BLKVETTES on July 10, 2003, at 21:27:24

In reply to re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!, posted by Donia on July 10, 2003, at 21:14:12

> I always seem to feel better in the summer and worse in the winter. When I do get off meds, I let myself get so down before I get back on them. So far my major depression has been event related, usually do to some trauma with my boys. My youngest son has Legg Calve Perthes Disease which sent me into a breakdown. Then my oldest sons appendix ruptured, then my youngest had a severe reaction to we think penicillen called HSP. Pretty scary looking but he made it through ok. I have talked with Wayne and others here about this, but dont know if the newbies know. I have always had mild to moderate depression since I was about 10, but events like these with my kids really send me downhill. My sister is bipolar and I think this stuff runs in the family, we just have to keep fighting and helping each other. I would really recommend some Florida sunshine!!

Hi donia glad you had a good trip!!!!!!!! Your son and the penicillen thing. Im allergic to it and know I almost died when just a toddler I guess. My mom just remembers me being very sick but cant recall details. What happened with your son if you dont mind. THANKS!!!
WAYNE

 

re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!

Posted by Donia on July 10, 2003, at 21:39:34

In reply to re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!, posted by BLKVETTES on July 10, 2003, at 21:27:24

Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.

 

re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!

Posted by BLKVETTES on July 10, 2003, at 21:51:29

In reply to re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!, posted by Donia on July 10, 2003, at 21:39:34

> Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.

My mom remembers me breaking out all over but not more than that. You have been through your share with those kids. Thanks for posting back!!!!
WAYNE

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 1:55:23

In reply to re: SUNLIGHT AND LEXAPRO and Dark Chocolate!, posted by Donia on July 10, 2003, at 21:39:34

hi Donia.

thanks for your posts ....

> Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.

yikes-a-moon-doh, momma! ... ... hijo lo! ... i feel for you! .... .... our little hero is only 4 1/2, but our worse fears are always for him
... ... you've made me extra grateful that he is so healthy ... ...
thanks for checking in here
and
massive blessings to you, sweetie!
~ jim

 

re: trucker

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 2:21:38

In reply to Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl lil' jimi, posted by trucker on July 10, 2003, at 20:38:04

hi again trucker (where ever you may be!)

> > hi trucker,
> >
> > thank you for your post ...
> > you wrote:
> > > i switched from zoloft 200mg to lexapro 20 mg.
> > >
> > > i wasn't informed of the way it would affect me.
> > >
> > > this thing is screaming feed me all of a sudden and before i had NO desire at all. now its almost out of control. my other half is still use to no not interested and i am trying to get him to give me some. if you catch my drift. i am more like my younger years at this point. hope i stay like this. this is my experience!
> >
> > and i'm writing this:
> > i hear what you are saying ... i have had similiar experience with lexapro ... .. ... i have asked our lex posters before if anyone else experienced beneficial sexual side effects with lex and a few responded positively ... ... i initially suffered anorgasmia as a SE from lex, but after a

bout a week that went away and things changed for the better ... ... well, and even better ...
> >
> > how long we're you on zoloft?
> > how long have you been on lex?
> > how was your transition like?
> > how has your other half adjusted? yet?
> >
> > thanks again for the positive post ... never get enough of those here ...
> >
> > good luck !
> > take good care!!!
> > ~ jim
> >
> >
> > on zoloft almost two years.
> on lex 1 1/2 months to two months.
> in the beginning i didn't have adverse affects at all (10 mg), then that thing woke up screaming feed me!!! then bumped to (20 mg)now i am a little sluggish but i was sick with sinutitus so it isn't fair to say which one is the culperate.
> the other half, well he hasn't adjusted, he thinks its to good to be true and doen't know if he should try to touch me. (HA!) my luck, day late dollar short.
>
> take care,
> i'll be away for awhile so it may take me awhile to answer you. like my name i am a trucker, 48 state and two providences i've seen, i await to see northwest canada.
> i will be back 2wks to a month from my last post.
> take care, i was alittle ashamed of my reply, however it is true.
>

...
... i admire your modesty, but i really appreciate your honest posts more ... ... in this struggle with meds against poor neurotransmitters, we need all the information we can get ... ... you (we) are helping others by sharing ... ... thanks!

and congratulations on having your healthy libido back ... ... a sure sign of improving psychic health ... ... good for you!!

my friend leeran recommended the Hitachi Magic Wand once ... ... in fact Hitachi went into the subject line more than once, so we should be able to search for it ... ... but that's not neccessary, unless you'd like to read how funny leeran is!

... ... anyway if ol' other-half ain't up to speed yet ... or whatever ... ... leeran promises that the Hitachi will take care of business ... ...

... besides, we get to act as if we are all adults here and since you're offering your med-related experiences, (which is why we are all here) ... ... then everybody's benefiting ... ...

thanks for your reply,
drive safely,
and
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!
~ jim

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears

Posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 6:52:44

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 1:55:23

> hi Donia.
>
> thanks for your posts ....
>
> > Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.
>
> yikes-a-moon-doh, momma! ... ... hijo lo! ... i feel for you! .... .... our little hero is only 4 1/2, but our worse fears are always for him
> ... ... you've made me extra grateful that he is so healthy ... ...
> thanks for checking in here
> and
> massive blessings to you, sweetie!
> ~ jim

I've been reading a lot of the conversation here, and was hoping there would be more references to s/e's regarding lex, in particular sexual desire/dysfunction, etc. I have been on Prozac and Effexor in the past and had to quit them both due to this s/e. The depression i have is not worth giving up that part of my life, which is fantastic. I just started Lex yesterday, at only 5mg qd for 4 days, then dr said to advance to the 10mg qd. I'm so scared this one will have the same effect, yet hoping it won't!! Does anyone have any experiences regarding this they'd like to share? Thanks.

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears

Posted by BLKVETTES on July 11, 2003, at 7:14:38

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 6:52:44

> > hi Donia.
> >
> > thanks for your posts ....
> >
> > > Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.
> >
> > yikes-a-moon-doh, momma! ... ... hijo lo! ... i feel for you! .... .... our little hero is only 4 1/2, but our worse fears are always for him
> > ... ... you've made me extra grateful that he is so healthy ... ...
> > thanks for checking in here
> > and
> > massive blessings to you, sweetie!
> > ~ jim
>
> I've been reading a lot of the conversation here, and was hoping there would be more references to s/e's regarding lex, in particular sexual desire/dysfunction, etc. I have been on Prozac and Effexor in the past and had to quit them both due to this s/e. The depression i have is not worth giving up that part of my life, which is fantastic. I just started Lex yesterday, at only 5mg qd for 4 days, then dr said to advance to the 10mg qd. I'm so scared this one will have the same effect, yet hoping it won't!! Does anyone have any experiences regarding this they'd like to share? Thanks.

Hi there, dont want to be rude but dont feel you have read enough of the posts if you dont think side effects are not talked about here. You can do a search on this board and find everything you want to know about lex and sexual dysfunction. There is no one that can tell you if you will have this side effect. Were all different and you wont know till you try the lex. Part of your problem may be mental also. If you expect dysfunction and keep thinking about it good chance it will happen on its own. Maybe stay at the 5mg for awhile and build confidence and then move up. If you do get the dysfunction a lot of times it goes away with help from your partner. TAKE CARE!!!
WAYNE

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears

Posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 8:29:04

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by BLKVETTES on July 11, 2003, at 7:14:38

Thanks for all your insight and support, Dr. Wayne.

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears

Posted by BLKVETTES on July 11, 2003, at 9:18:20

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 8:29:04

> Thanks for all your insight and support, Dr. Wayne.

Your quite welcome and good luck!!!
WAYNE

 

re: lexapro sexual side-effects Hoping

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 9:21:04

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 6:52:44

hi Hoping,

(love that screen-name!)

Hoping has written:
> I've been reading a lot of the conversation here, and was hoping there would be more references to s/e's regarding lex, in particular sexual desire/dysfunction, etc. I have been on Prozac and Effexor in the past and had to quit them both due to this s/e. The depression i have is not worth giving up that part of my life, which is fantastic. I just started Lex yesterday, at only 5mg qd for 4 days, then dr said to advance to the 10mg qd. I'm so scared this one will have the same effect, yet hoping it won't!! Does anyone have any experiences regarding this they'd like to share? Thanks.

me, replying:

... .. ... i bet Wayne (you're the Man, Wayne!!) has already given you our low-down on how-to-increase-your-lex-dose:: SLOWLY ... ... easy does it ...
... ... that and our (i fight depression, Wayne fights anxiety/panic disorder as well; but we agree a lot about lexapro) standard advise about waiting out the initial side-effects ... most of us have to be patient ... it takes time ...

... ... so i'm going to address your concerns about sexual dysfunction SEs:

now, you could search the lex thread for this in the subject lines, but from my ever so imperfect memory, it seems to me that ... generally... there is MUCH less concern from lex users in this regard than from other SSRI users ... there would be exceptions of course.

... however, short term, the initial side-effects have included every possible kind of symptom ... ... i suffered anorgasmia for a little more than a week, but it went away completely ... (more than completely!) ... ... BUT once we get through the adaptation SEs, there is almost always complete recovery ... ...
... ... trucker's recent posts are about as encouraging as anything in this regard, although her lex experience is a rare one ... ...

HANG IN THERE
and
TAKE IT EASY!!!
~ jim

p.s. there are more than just a few lex users who have reported beneficial sexual side-effects from lex ... ... like me!
~ j

 

re: Searching for Specific Information on pBabble Hoping

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 12:09:18

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 8:29:04

hi again there Hoping!

as in, Hoping-for-No-Sexual-Side-Effects:
> Thanks for all your insight and support, Dr. Wayne.

... .. ... anyway i just thought i'd ramble on here about some of the fundamentals i've discovered since i've been here that hardly ever get posted to the newbies, i guess because everybody just expects us all to know them ... ...

one of the most powerful tools available here at our good Dr. Bob's pBabble is the ability to do searches .. ... .. there is so much text here that even just browsing you can discover a lot of information ... if somebody has the time and patience .... .... doing a targeted search can get you specific reports/subjects ... much faster than asking folks posting on the thread ... ... like sometimes Wayne and i aren't online ... ... could take days for someone with your answers/useful-replies to read your post and reply ... ...

you can use a regular google search by entering your search terms separated by commas and after the last term, a comma and 'dr-bob.org' ...

... for instance, at google's site we'd enter, say, "sexual SE, lexapro, dr-bob.org" (without any quotation marks)... ...
says here it took 0.16 seconds to get 168 posts ... ... second example of using this technique: always consider variations on your search terms, even little variations can be significant: i'm trying "sexual, lexapro, dr-bob.org" (no quotes) this time ... ... and we notice it took 0.08 seconds to get 522 reports ... ... see what i mean about a difference? ... leave out the "SE", get 354 more reports ... ... try to give the search engine every option to find the good stuff, if you can ...

now that search begins at the google site ... ... of course Dr. Bob (hi, Dr. Bob!) offers us a few search options right here in pBabble ::

one is the "Find messages specifically for you" : this is where a poster has responded to your post and they have checked the "add name of previous poster" option, which automatically generates the ">> Hoping" tag on the end of the subject line ... ... (like i did on this post) ... ... ... and this search option just uses '>>Hoping' as its search term ... ...

... ... (there are a WHOLE lot of other USEFUL links near the top of each of the board pages, in particular, the
....
F A Q
...

that Dr. Bob has provided us, in his insightful consideration ... thanks once again dr. bob!) ... ...

... now somewhat lower on the top of the page, Dr. Bob has disguised ... er, i mean, designed for us two search engines sharing one term entry window ...

... ... clicking the "Using Google" button on the right ... uses Google ... pretty much like i showed in the first option, but from inside pBabble, only you won't have to enter the "dr-bob.org" term because it does that for you ... in fact, it enters "site:dr-bob.org" for you And the comma separators ... so if i enter "sexual lexapro" (note: no commas and i didn't use quotes in any examples) and click the "Using Google" button, i get ... 512 reports in 0.62 seconds ... ... and they are brought up in a new browser window at the google site ...

(Hmmmm ... ... this makes me wonder about including the "site:" part of the term ... but it is only 10 fewer reports and one would have to compare them all to see why these ten were left out ... ... so no significant loss anyway.)

... ... then there is the Psycho-Babble Search:
using the "Search" button on the left invokes the pBabble Search "for the last year" ... ... these results are displayed on a page in its own window from within the pBabble domain... ...

... now using our standard search terms "lexapro sexual" and clicking the "Search" button we get 1090 matches, but it looks to me like we've fished out every page with EITHER "lexapro" OR "sexual" ... .. ... which may be a little too inclusive for us ... ... so we can scroll on down to the bottom of the results page where we will find ... a box with the Search Options for both pBab Search and for Google (there's also the link to these search options at the search term entry window where we started) ... and now i can see that the pBabble Search does have its "any term" choice checked, which i will deselect by checking the "every term" option ... ... and now i hit pBab "Search" again .. ... .. and now we get Only 19 matches ... ... not so many, and we notice that none are from Since June 27, 2002 .... ... .... seems like this was explained by a format change for the posts, on that date, has fouled the search engine's criteria / ability to recognize / means to do a search / something, ... and that maybe for the time being our pBab Search really only works for posts from before June 27, 2002, maybe? ... ... and it is more of a challenge for our lex users, since the long lexapro thread only began in june of 2002. ... .. ...

... ... finally, there is my favorite technique for searching: using your browser's FIND function ... ... this one has real limitations: it only searches the contents of the page currently opened in the browser AND it only searches the text in the window, which means it will use just the subject lines, posters', postees' names, etc.. to search ... (google and pBab search will search the text of each post for matches as well) ... ... But if we, say, load the whole lex thread to our browser, starting at the ol' :
Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl
Posted by Dr. Bob on June 11, 2002, at 7:52:48
(http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20020609/msgs/109458.html)
.... .... then click your browser's Edit menu and select "Find in This Page ..." ... ,which will bring up a dialog box where you can enter search terms ... ...

so

even with the limitations, these search options can put us in charge of mining our own information out of all the reports within the marvelous resource .. .. .. most sincere praise be unto Dr. Bob for the benefits pBabble has provided ...

TAKE CARE,
~ jim

p.s. i went a little ocd when i came here ... ... i began by reading ALL of the posts in the lex thread ... this took about as long as my SEs lasted ... around a week of my "spare" time ... ... i fly the ssri express without a pdoc and our fellow posters here have been a immense blessing to me ... ... so i try to give a little back ... ... and i need to support our buddy WAYNE! ... ... he can't do it all, anymore than i can ...

peace,
~j

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears Hoping

Posted by trucker on July 11, 2003, at 12:27:32

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 6:52:44

> > hi Donia.
> >
> > thanks for your posts ....
> >
> > > Oh my goodness, it was awful. He got dime size red spots on his legs where his reaction caused his small blood vessels to burst. He got temporary arthritis from it. Couldnt walk on his right leg for three days, vomited for four days straight. He also urinated blood for a day because it can affect the kidneys. It can cause permanent kidney damage, but thank goodness this did not happen.
> >
> > yikes-a-moon-doh, momma! ... ... hijo lo! ... i feel for you! .... .... our little hero is only 4 1/2, but our worse fears are always for him
> > ... ... you've made me extra grateful that he is so healthy ... ...
> > thanks for checking in here
> > and
> > massive blessings to you, sweetie!
> > ~ jim
>
> I've been reading a lot of the conversation here, and was hoping there would be more references to s/e's regarding lex, in particular sexual desire/dysfunction, etc. I have been on Prozac and Effexor in the past and had to quit them both due to this s/e. The depression i have is not worth giving up that part of my life, which is fantastic. I just started Lex yesterday, at only 5mg qd for 4 days, then dr said to advance to the 10mg qd. I'm so scared this one will have the same effect, yet hoping it won't!! Does anyone have any experiences regarding this they'd like to share? Thanks.

my side effects are a desire that is pert near out of control. this thing since leaving zoloft and welbutrin, and been on lex for 1 1/2 to 2 months this has woke up and started screaming feed me!!! my other half thinks to good to be true. so far it is still hungry and (forgive me for this one) i have wet dreams. this is so embarrassing. it works better than the other stuff i have been on. i feel normal except that hungry thing down there... sorry.

PS DON'T LAUGH!!! YOUR LAUGHING!!! BAD BABY!

take care
trucker

 

re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears Hoping

Posted by KimberlyDi on July 11, 2003, at 12:39:26

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears, posted by Hoping on July 11, 2003, at 6:52:44

Hoping,
I'm currently on Effexor researching Lexapro because p-doc might switch me to it. My impression (from reading hundreds of posts) is that there are less sexual SE's on Lexapro than on Effexor. For those who start off experiencing the sexual SE on Lexapro, many report that it goes away. While on EFFEXOR, if you experience sexual SE's, then you are just SOL.

Keep reading the posts, you'll find the information you want. Many of us are constant posters and evolve into a support group for each other. There may be some personal stuff mixed with the medication feedback. You'll have to weed through it if you don't like it.

Good Luck!
KDi from Texas

 

Re: Anyone switched to Lexapro? ggrrl

Posted by Donia on July 11, 2003, at 12:52:29

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

Hello, almost all anti depressants have the negative sexual side effects, at least at first. I am a 31 year old woman. I was on zoloft for about six months about two years or so ago. I had the sexual side effect problem from it for about 3 months. With alot of help from my husband this went away. Also with the lex I had this problem for a month or two. It seemed as if it went away sooner with the lex. A little extra time and help and it is gone now also and everything is back to normal.

 

re: howdy to texas ... ... from texas! KimberlyDi

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 13:19:42

In reply to re: your penicillin nightmares = my fears Hoping, posted by KimberlyDi on July 11, 2003, at 12:39:26

hi KimberlyDi,

you say:
> I'm currently on Effexor researching Lexapro because p-doc might switch me to it. My impression (from reading hundreds of posts) is that there are less sexual SE's on Lexapro than on Effexor. For those who start off experiencing the sexual SE on Lexapro, many report that it goes away. While on EFFEXOR, if you experience sexual SE's, then you are just SOL.
>
> Keep reading the posts, you'll find the information you want. Many of us are constant posters and evolve into a support group for each other. There may be some personal stuff mixed with the medication feedback. You'll have to weed through it if you don't like it.
>
> Good Luck!
> KDi from Texas

let me say ... ...

"i'm on lex going on 5 months: 4 mg for a month; .. 10 mg the past 3 1/2 months .... .... and my gr has usggested effexor for me if the lex isn't working ... ... i said maybe later!"

... ... so i won't have to be redirected ...

... ... because i really wanted to just be social and say hi to a fellow texas resident! .... Hello and howdy! ... .... ... i would not want you to compromise your privacy, so please don't feel like i want you to reciprocate, when i tell you i live in Austin ... ... i work at the university as an electronic technician ... ...

... ... i just felt like saying 'hi' when i saw your signature, ....

take care,
~ jim

 

Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?

Posted by tenacious on July 11, 2003, at 14:13:48

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

Hi, I just found this forum after searching for how to wean myself off of lexapro. Does anyone know how I might go about it? Should I take a 1/2 dose for a few days? Has anyone done this?

I feel really bad on it, almost in a dream state, drugged out, and tired. I don't like it. I was perscribed it for sleep and depression due to fybromialgia.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

tenacious

 

re: It is really Not okay to JUST stop Lexapro tenacious

Posted by lil' jimi on July 11, 2003, at 14:30:52

In reply to Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by tenacious on July 11, 2003, at 14:13:48

hi tenacious

> Hi, I just found this forum after searching for how to wean myself off of lexapro. Does anyone know how I might go about it? Should I take a 1/2 dose for a few days? Has anyone done this?
>
> I feel really bad on it, almost in a dream state, drugged out, and tired. I don't like it. I was perscribed it for sleep and depression due to fybromialgia.
>
> Any info would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Thanks!!
>
> tenacious

... ten, it just all depends on you .... are you sensitive to med changes?
.. do you tend to have side-effect reactions to meds in general? ... to SSRIs? ...
... ... but even so, we just can't be sure ...

... so, Caution advises, go SLOW ... ... decrease your dose a little bit ... do that for a week ... decrease a little more ... do that for a week ... et cetera .. .. ....

some folks call this titrating down ... ... ... this is the best way for lots of folks ... ... then there are the exceptional cases:
they quit all at once cold turkey and then have no problems ... ... i'd have to say that they are EXTREMELY rare ... ... good luck ... post how it's going, please ...

and

TAKE CARE !!!!
~ jim

 

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

Posted by theo on July 11, 2003, at 15:51:21

In reply to Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by tenacious on July 11, 2003, at 14:13:48

I still had these side effects after 11 weeks and had to stop Lex. I was on 10mg and just stopped since this is the minimum dose, started Effexor XR the next day and had no major problems.

 

Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?

Posted by Donia on July 11, 2003, at 16:29:28

In reply to Re: Is it okay to just stop taking Lexapro?, posted by tenacious on July 11, 2003, at 14:13:48

Hello, I also have fibromyalgia. I mostly have the terrible fatigue and occassional flare ups in my upper back and now sometimes my lower back. I weaned myself off of zoloft. I first tried to quit cold turkey. I got those weird "brain zaps" and figured out I needed to wean off. I cut the pill and took 3/4 of it for a few weeks and then cut it in half for a few weeks and then took just a quarter of it for a few weeks and had no real problems doing it that way.


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