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Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro

Posted by vandy on October 13, 2003, at 22:32:39

In reply to Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 13, 2003, at 21:23:16

I'll tell you....it gets better. Now to the real nitty gritty: how do you take a pill tomorrow? Here are some suggestions:

1. Put the pill on the counter top and leave the room. Put a handkerchief or a scarf over your nose and mouth and sneak in, grab the pill, stuff it in your mouth, rip off the scarf and laugh fiendishly as you swallow it with a soft drink of your liking.

2. Cut it in half, find two yummy morsels small enough to swallow easily but big enough to taste. Stuff the half a pill in each morsel. Swallow one. Wait a delicious interval. Swallow the other. You could laugh fiendishly here, too. But it would probably be better to grin.

3. Get a piece of salt water taffy, chocolate fudge or something that makes your mouth water. Take pill. Eat reward. Smirking is appropriate with this approach.

4. Get some green jello and use the powder on your face to look like Hulk. Snarl at pill. Curse it. Wolf it down.

I'm sure this is only a start. If you come up with better ones be sure to share. I can only think of these because I waited 84 days for the Lex to get me home. I could never do it when I felt like you do. I can't wait for you to join me.

Keep the faith..
Love and Kisses from Vandy

> I took my first Lexapro today for anxiety and by tonight felt really weird, light-headed and nauseated. Threw up dinner. Tell me this gets better; how can I take another pill tomorrow?

 

Patty visited her doctor

Posted by PHV on October 13, 2003, at 22:43:14

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

Hi all -

I went in for another visit w/ my doctor over the weekend. I wanted to follow up with her after 30 days of anxiety resulting from Lex. Since I'd seen somewhat of a significant decrease in the anxiety from 10 mg Busbar - she increased the dosage from 15 mg to 30 mg twice daily - topping out at no more than 60 mg daily of Busbar, if necessary. I initially thought 15 mg 2 x daily would suffice, but anxiety levels have risen greatly and I've been at 30 mg 2 x daily w/ effective results. I had to take .5 mg of Xanax yesterday - as it was just a bad day for whatever reason. Due to lack of sleep issues that I've been dealing with for years - she put me on 10 mg of Ambien to try to calm down my evening anxiety. Along w/ the hope the 60mg of Busbar daily will lower the anxiety levels too. Thought I'm starting to feel somewhat like a "junkie" I'd like to share some of my happier moments that I can now face in my life as having made some achievements.

I finally wake up every morning with a positive outlook on life. I am noticing the beauty of the simple things in my life that mean so much. I actually went to church today to thank God for the many miracles in my day to day life that I have overlooked for so very long.

But the best and most significant part of my Lex treatment is . . . I don't go to bed each night begging for God to take me during my sleep. I would wake up every morning so angry that I was forced to live another unwanted day. It just recently occured to me how long it's been since I've had those thoughts in my head. I hope that others can find that peace within themselves as well.

After reading others posts, I'm grateful that I have a doctor who is willing to listen to my body and work with me very closely until we find a treatment that works perfectly for me.

I hope you are all doing well.

Regards,

Patty

 

Re: Strange Weekend Thing

Posted by KimberlyDi on October 14, 2003, at 9:48:06

In reply to Strange Weekend Thing, posted by bruce_w6 on October 11, 2003, at 17:47:27

I don't have a computer at home anymore. Only internet access is at work. I don't work for a drug company or pharmacy.

KDi in Texas

> I have noticed a sharp decrease in messages on the weekends (Saturday & Sunday). I would hate to think that most of the posts are from companies (9-5 Mon-Fri workers) that want us to keep going on the meds. Anyone else notice this drop off?

 

Re: Strange Weekend Thing

Posted by Wildflower on October 14, 2003, at 11:42:04

In reply to Strange Weekend Thing, posted by bruce_w6 on October 11, 2003, at 17:47:27

I don't work for a drug company either. For me, it's much easier to post at work. After sitting in front of a computer all day, the last thing I want to do in my spare time is be online. :-)

 

Lexapro with Welbutrin results?

Posted by Gza on October 14, 2003, at 12:10:45

In reply to Re: Strange Weekend Thing, posted by KimberlyDi on October 14, 2003, at 9:48:06

Seems many people have had good results with adding Welbutrin with Lexapro. Has anyone had bad, or no, results from that mix?
My posts have posted 2x every time. Don't know why, I'm only clicking on "submit" once... Sorry about that.

 

Re: dutch

Posted by dutch on October 14, 2003, at 13:14:28

In reply to Re: dutch dutch, posted by oldhand on October 12, 2003, at 21:29:09

hey shelley :) NO i do not get enough exercise! my doc has been bugging me about this lately, because of the weight gain etc. sigh, i guess i have to do something other than change the channel on the tv!

 

Re: Strange Weekend Thing

Posted by Esmarelda on October 14, 2003, at 14:29:10

In reply to Re: Strange Weekend Thing bruce_w6, posted by Arrianna on October 11, 2003, at 20:05:21

As for me, I only have a computer at work. I have access to the internet at home, but chose to spend my weekends living life at the lake instead of inside on a computer. No hoax here. I was down and depressed and am still on LeX!

 

Re: Social Anxiety and Lexapro Mariposa

Posted by Esmarelda on October 14, 2003, at 14:31:13

In reply to Re: Social Anxiety and Lexapro, posted by Mariposa on October 10, 2003, at 19:05:34

Sorry you are having such a rough time right now. Hang in there. I have had a rough couple weeks with situational upsets, but, thank goodness -- no depression! Let us know how you are!

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro Scribbler

Posted by Esmarelda on October 14, 2003, at 14:40:43

In reply to Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 13, 2003, at 21:23:16

After I had taken Lex about one week, I had a few days of a nausea and threw up a few times and then no more. So, it should get better. I, however, welcomed the loss of appetite. I needed to drop a few lbs. Hang in there!

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro

Posted by dob on October 14, 2003, at 15:20:37

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by vandy on October 13, 2003, at 22:32:39

try taking lots of Tums when taking these meds, also take with food.
Tums does the trick for me.

 

Re: Patty visited her doctor PHV

Posted by Arrianna on October 14, 2003, at 17:30:19

In reply to Patty visited her doctor, posted by PHV on October 13, 2003, at 22:43:14

It was really good to hear from you. Your post meant so much to me!! Been suffering from lack of sleep and too much stress lately! Your warm post offered me hope and gratitude. Thank You.

It's also really great to hear the joy and enthusiasm that you seem to be experiencing. Good for you. What a blessing these drugs can be.

You reminded me of the days that I used to go to bed wishing that I wouldn't wake up the next day - the suffering was just too great. Things can seem bad today, but they are not near as bad as they could be or have been! Hallalulah.

Anyway, glad you are finding peace in your life and that things are getting so much better for you. Your post was an inspiration.

Looking forward to the weekend - have 4 days off. I can't wait!! Hoping to find some peace within myself, too.

Stay in touch, and keep your spirit bright!!!!
Arrianna

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro

Posted by Scribbler on October 14, 2003, at 18:39:28

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by dob on October 14, 2003, at 15:20:37

Well, Day#2 was, as predicted, much better. Thanks for all of your reassuring words! I have had a slight headache but no nausea (hooray!) and am so pleased that I found such a supportive group to share our progress toward happier days. Has anyone used Imitrex with Lexapro? I saw something about mixing the two and potential problems. So what do you do about a migraine when you're taking Lex?

 

Re: Lexapro with Welbutrin results?

Posted by EscherDementian on October 14, 2003, at 20:16:14

In reply to Lexapro with Welbutrin results?, posted by Gza on October 14, 2003, at 12:10:45

That combination caused a terrible ear screeeeing sound that got louder and louder until it was impossible to know if there were any benefits at all. i couldn't hear myself think over the loudness, and since it was the sound that fingernails make down a chalkboard, as you can imaginge, it did nothing for my sense of wellbeing.

 

Re: dutch dutch

Posted by oldhand on October 14, 2003, at 23:02:54

In reply to Re: dutch, posted by dutch on October 14, 2003, at 13:14:28

> hey shelley :) NO i do not get enough exercise! my doc has been bugging me about this lately, because of the weight gain etc. sigh, i guess i have to do something other than change the channel on the tv!

Well Dutch,
I sure don't get that much exercize either, except for running up and down stairs, but I really do feel better when I do. I even have a big dog who really loves to be outside. A daily walk with her would do us both good. So I keep trying and the meds work better for me.
Good luck and peace.
Shelley

 

Re: Strange Weekend Thing Esmarelda

Posted by oldhand on October 14, 2003, at 23:08:35

In reply to Re: Strange Weekend Thing, posted by Esmarelda on October 14, 2003, at 14:29:10

> As for me, I only have a computer at work. I have access to the internet at home, but chose to spend my weekends living life at the lake instead of inside on a computer. No hoax here. I was down and depressed and am still on LeX!

I also am not from a drug company. I took a disability retirement from Social Work administration for this clinical depression in 2000. I had been trying all kinds of AD's and combinations for years. Lex works for me, too.

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro Scribbler

Posted by oldhand on October 14, 2003, at 23:17:48

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 14, 2003, at 18:39:28

> Well, Day#2 was, as predicted, much better. Thanks for all of your reassuring words! I have had a slight headache but no nausea (hooray!) and am so pleased that I found such a supportive group to share our progress toward happier days. Has anyone used Imitrex with Lexapro? I saw something about mixing the two and potential problems. So what do you do about a migraine when you're taking Lex?


I also was concerned with this caution about Imitrex. I was given Maxalt to replace the Imitrex for migraines but I have only had ONE since taking Lex and that night I drank some cheap wine. Probably my own fault I got the headache, but essentially I have been migraine-free for 10 months. I hope you will have the same experience as I have had .
Shelley

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro Scribbler

Posted by Mariposa on October 14, 2003, at 23:49:49

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 14, 2003, at 18:39:28

> So what do you do about a migraine when you're taking Lex?

I had several really bad mig. first week or so, took OTC stuff. ~~~8|8

 

Re: Lexapro with Welbutrin results?

Posted by Gza on October 15, 2003, at 12:11:59

In reply to Re: Lexapro with Welbutrin results?, posted by EscherDementian on October 14, 2003, at 20:16:14

> That combination caused a terrible ear screeeeing sound that got louder and louder until it was impossible to know if there were any benefits at all. i couldn't hear myself think over the loudness, and since it was the sound that fingernails make down a chalkboard, as you can imaginge, it did nothing for my sense of wellbeing.

Were you also intaking caffeine? I noticed caffeine kind of does that to me.
If my post gets posted twice again (has every time so far), could anybody tell me why? I only single-click when I submit it. Thanks.

 

Re: SSRIs and Beyond

Posted by mchappy on October 15, 2003, at 12:34:15

In reply to Re: SSRIs and Beyond » oldhand, posted by theo on September 22, 2003, at 8:12:48

Hi,
new here and just cking on wellbutrin XL that my doc put me on 2 weeks ago. I've been taking 10mg Lexapro for about 18 months and I just wasn't totally back to my old self and absolutly no sex drive to brag about. After 2 weeks I feel a significant change in both my "happies" and the sexual side effects also. Happy to report positive results of the mix.

 

Re: SSRIs and Beyond

Posted by ginger C on October 15, 2003, at 14:33:27

In reply to Re: SSRIs and Beyond, posted by mchappy on October 15, 2003, at 12:34:15

It may take a while for you to adjust to the Lexapro and welbutrin but the side affects do begin to subside after a while. For a while if anyone had asked me about sex I would reply what is sex? Hang in there.

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro

Posted by Scribbler on October 15, 2003, at 17:32:15

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro Scribbler, posted by Mariposa on October 14, 2003, at 23:49:49

Day #3 on Lexapro: I still have the headache I had on Day #1 but, to be fair, I had it the day before I began taking Lex and have been trying to cut back on caffeine so who knows what's going on with that. Otherwise my appetite has slightly improved and the nausea is gone. I have this strange other-worldly feeling, though, as if I'm not quite in balance, spacey, not quite in touch with the world. Is that typical? Will it go away? Do I still sound anxious (ha!). I'm trying to take this one day at a timeand am sleeping a lot. Thanks for your encouragement! Scribbler

 

Great! Glad to hear that:-) mchappy

Posted by galkeepinon on October 15, 2003, at 18:55:08

In reply to Re: SSRIs and Beyond, posted by mchappy on October 15, 2003, at 12:34:15

This is wonderful!! Sexual side effects are not fun~obviously :-(
Lexapro didn't *steal* mine:-)
I wish you the best in the future with your new *mix*
Best wishes.


After 2 weeks I feel a significant change in both my "happies" and the sexual side effects also.
Happy to report positive results of the mix.

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro

Posted by Mariposa on October 15, 2003, at 19:59:00

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 15, 2003, at 17:32:15

> Day #3 on Lexapro: I still have the headache I had on Day #1 but, to be fair, I had it the day before I began taking Lex and have been trying to cut back on caffeine so who knows what's going on with that. Otherwise my appetite has slightly improved and the nausea is gone. I have this strange other-worldly feeling, though, as if I'm not quite in balance, spacey, not quite in touch with the world. Is that typical? Will it go away? Do I still sound anxious (ha!). I'm trying to take this one day at a timeand am sleeping a lot. Thanks for your encouragement! Scribbler

I felt the same when I started Lex, and the headaches and *funny* feelings did go away by the end of 2nd week for me. Hang in there and keep us posted!~~~8|8

 

Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro Scribbler

Posted by Arrianna on October 15, 2003, at 20:39:27

In reply to Re: Help! First day: Nausea and Lexapro, posted by Scribbler on October 15, 2003, at 17:32:15

Hi Scribbler:

Just wanted to let you know that I also had lots of headaches the first couple of weeks. Actually, it just felt like one huge headache that didn't disappear until after week 2 or 3. For you, it may be a combination of cutting out the caffeine, too. Caffeine withdrawal is known to give headaches.

I also felt "not myself" periodically at first. It will go away for you. Sounds like you're handling it well - taking it "one day at a time"!! Since you just started Lexapro, your body and brain are trying to adjust to having it in its' system. It will balance out for you as your body begins to accept it.

Hang in there. Stay positive.
Arrianna

 

Dosage

Posted by tah54 on October 15, 2003, at 23:49:12

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

I've tried several other similar medications but they made me feel heavily drugged at their lowest standard dosages. With Lexapro I started with a ten mg. dose and giggled the evening away. Fine short-term fun, but I can't operate like that. The main thing I noticed was that I didn't feel in a stupor. So I split the pill into five mg. halves and have been taking that for a month now. My wife has got the guy she married back; I don't want to strangle rude idiot drivers; I'm more organized in my daily activities and am not tied up in knots all the time.

The thing I'm wondering is whether others find the 'standard' dosages of medications too much for their system. I'm sensitive to Allegra and have fine results with 30mg instead of the normal 180mg dose. I don't know if I'm particularly sensitive, or if everyone else has simply learned how to maintain the outward appearance of normalcy while taking these medications. In my experience the pharmacutical industry is pretty heavy-handed with dosage; perhaps to keep up with the over-the-top lifestyle of most Americans - mega everything in the eXtreme. Or, maybe I'm just a pharmacutical wimp.

Your thoughts?


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