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Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE ginger C

Posted by oldhand on October 18, 2003, at 22:55:26

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE PHV, posted by ginger C on October 18, 2003, at 9:18:08

> I have been taking lexapro for a year and I haven't noticed the mood swings but I have felt bloated. Some of the time I get a little depressed or irritable but not like I do when I'm having a bipolar episode.

Postmenopausal here. Just get the hot flashes from the Lex.
Shelley

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by Scribbler on October 19, 2003, at 9:20:33

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE ginger C, posted by oldhand on October 18, 2003, at 22:55:26

And I've found the Lex has stopped my hot flashes. Go figure...

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler

Posted by JohnR on October 19, 2003, at 12:02:50

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler, posted by Scribbler on October 17, 2003, at 16:51:51

Scribbler,
Thank you for the encouragement and sharing with me.

Have you started getting hungry again yet?

John

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler

Posted by Scribbler on October 19, 2003, at 13:11:06

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler, posted by JohnR on October 19, 2003, at 12:02:50

> Scribbler,
> Thank you for the encouragement and sharing with me.
>
> Have you started getting hungry again yet?
>
> John
>
YES! I just polished off a chicken sandwich with a good helping of Cheetos. It's like my taste buds have clicked into action after six days of fasting and everything tastes soooo good. Thanks for assuring me I'd be able to eat again, John; I think I've lost about 5 lbs since last Monday. Now if I could only keep it off...

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by PHV on October 19, 2003, at 14:35:34

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE ginger C, posted by oldhand on October 18, 2003, at 22:55:26

Hot flashes are another thing I experience quite frequently. I'm always a cold person - and thanks to you folks, I have been recognizing that I am having hot flashes - when it's not really hot! Very strange sensation for me. Thanks for sharing your comments and making me feel like I'm not going crazy - since I'm usually freezing when it's 80 degrees outside!

Patty

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite

Posted by Sherrie309 on October 19, 2003, at 14:39:33

In reply to Lexapro Loss of Appetite, posted by Scribbler on October 17, 2003, at 12:59:03

I have been on Lexapro for about 2 months and am doing extremely well with little or no depression and anxiety but the problem that I am having is that I have no desire for sex and I can't have an orgasm. Does anyone else experience this? My doctor has prescribed wellbutrim to take away the side effect but can't get them until my insurance approved it first.Has anyone else been given wellbutrim for the sex side effects from lexapro?

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by ginger C on October 19, 2003, at 17:48:09

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE, posted by PHV on October 19, 2003, at 14:35:34

ey I thought I was the only one who wore fur coats during the summer. My husband laughs at me because I stay cold all of the time. I tell him to just wait till menopause and he'll be the one freezing when I turn up the air.

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by ginger C on October 19, 2003, at 17:52:42

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE, posted by Scribbler on October 19, 2003, at 9:20:33

Now that I think about it I was having sweats during the night and would have to get up and change into something cooler or just kick the sheets off. Since I started the Lexapro Now that I think about it I haven't had any more of them.

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite

Posted by PHV on October 19, 2003, at 19:42:24

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite, posted by Sherrie309 on October 19, 2003, at 14:39:33

> I have been on Lexapro for about 2 months and am doing extremely well with little or no depression and anxiety but the problem that I am having is that I have no desire for sex and I can't have an orgasm. Does anyone else experience this? My doctor has prescribed wellbutrim to take away the side effect but can't get them until my insurance approved it first.Has anyone else been given wellbutrim for the sex side effects from lexapro?

I've been on Lex just over three months now. Sexual SE's were horrible early on. I had absolutely NO desire for sex and orgasms were impossible. I noticed great improvement during month three of my treatment. I think as a result of no sex for two months, I really began missing being intimate with my boyfriend - and that's when my desires came back into play. Absence makes the heart grow fonder - so perhaps it will increase as time goes on.

Pleae keep us posted. Good luck.

Patty

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Sherrie309

Posted by JohnR on October 19, 2003, at 22:30:23

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite, posted by Sherrie309 on October 19, 2003, at 14:39:33

Hi Sherrie,
I'm having similar trouble. I started taking Lexapro about two and a half weeks ago. FYI, I'm a single male in my mid 30's.
The very next day after taking the first pill the problem was apparent. Although I still get aroused/erect just as before, getting to an orgasm has changed dramatically. It's still possible but takes a very long time, typically more than an hour. Im certainly glad its still possible, but over an hour is difficult. I not sure what Ill do when I have a partner.
Scribbler gave me some encouragement by letting me know these things can be worked through with someone that is really special to you. Im sure shes right about that.
Wellbutrin isnt an option for me. I have epilepsy and its contraindicated in people who have a history of seizures.
There are some indications its getting a little better for me though. This may be too much information, but today I managed to get there in about twenty-five minutes. Yippie!
So, whatever happens Ill try to be patient and hope to find someone that doesnt mind working with my special needs. After all, there must be some ladies out there that would like a man that can go for hours. : )

Good luck,
John

 

Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler

Posted by JohnR on October 19, 2003, at 22:49:43

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler, posted by Scribbler on October 19, 2003, at 13:11:06

That's great news. If you respond like I did your tummy should be ok from this point forward.

I lost at about five pounds too. If I'd lost much more I think people would have started talking about me having an eating disorder. I'm about six feet tall and I dropped under 140lbs during my Lexapro induced fast. Now I'm back to 144lbs which is about normal for me.

The stuff certainly does make for a great one-week rapid weight loss system.

John

 

Re: Carb cravings

Posted by nemo kitty on October 20, 2003, at 1:59:15

In reply to Re: Carb cravings, posted by ANXIETY ANN on March 24, 2003, at 10:42:52

> > Hi all, I think the carb craving thing is a side effect. I had that on zoloft, after being on it for about 4 months, I started craving Lucky Charms cereal. My hubby would stop on the way home from work and get me a box. A box would last me about 21/2 days. It was crazy, I would carry the stupid box around in the living room! He told his work buddy about it and he didnt believe him until he walked in our house and there were the lucky charms beside of me. I went from 102lbs to 125lbs in 5 to 6 months on zoloft. I saw a little booklet in the grocery store by the counter about SSRI's and carb craving but didnt pick it up as I was already off the zoloft when I saw it. I also believe I read these meds can affect our sugar levels and it seems I read they may even cause a temporary type of diabetes. I didnt pay much attention to the info because I thought I would never take these meds again. I guess the craving and eating too much sugar might alter our sugar levels. I am hoping the cravings dont hit with lexapro. I have been on a little over two months and so far, so good. I am sleeping too much but am not anxious or as depressed.
>
> hi Donia,
> Its been a while since I posted on this site. I have been on Lexapro for about 6 months. I am taking Lexapro for Anxiety and panic as well as some depression. Before Lexapro i took effexor for about 1 year. while I was on effexor I went from 125 to 140lbs which made me more depressed because no matter how much I exercised or how little i ate i couldn't lose weight. Now its starting again with Lexapro. I got back down to 123lbs but since Ive been on Lexapro i've gained about 5 lbs in 6 months not only that but I have terrible cravings for sugar (my favorite is mentos; I eat them packs at a time!)I can't take any of the weight loss meds(anything over the counter with caffiene) because it makes my anxiety much worse. I guess what I'm complaning about is this: Its too bad that it seems as though we have to trade being less anxious or depressed for being chubby or fat. It doesn't seem a very good trade off does it?
> ANXIETY ANN


It is true!! I also have been on Lexipro for 3 weeeks now. I want to eat everything...especially candy, doughnuts, chips...everything junkie!! This is VERY unusual for me. I was on Wellbutrin sr and ate very well without crazy cravings!
*Nemo Kitty

 

Re: Carb cravings

Posted by PHV on October 20, 2003, at 6:53:59

In reply to Re: Carb cravings, posted by nemo kitty on October 20, 2003, at 1:59:15

Carb cravings are driving me crazy. I sat home all weekend w/ nothing to do - and ate more pasta than a person should eat all week. I've been on Lex for three months and have had to buy an entirely new winter wardrobe because I can't fit into my clothes from last year. I started gaining weight from my depression - and it continues w/ the Lex. I was really hopeful these carb cravings would go away once I started the Lex - but they only seem to have gotten worse. I've had to cut out the caffeine as well - because it makes my anxiety levels out of control. I am not happy putting on so much weight. It is VERY depressing . . .

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by Wildflower on October 20, 2003, at 8:51:25

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE, posted by ginger C on October 19, 2003, at 17:52:42

I haven't had any different PMS symptoms but I can tell you that my period has actually gotten heavier since starting Lex. Is anyone else experiencing this?

 

Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE

Posted by ginger C on October 20, 2003, at 10:08:52

In reply to Re: Ladies - Any PMS Type SE, posted by Wildflower on October 20, 2003, at 8:51:25

I have noticed that my periods seem to last longer than before I started on Lex

 

Anxious because I still am.

Posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 14:57:52

In reply to Re: Lexapro Loss of Appetite Scribbler, posted by JohnR on October 19, 2003, at 22:49:43

John, thanks for your concern about my appetite. I seem to take two steps forward and one back -- a strange dance -- because today I'm all gurgly inside.

I'm wondering if it makes a difference if you take Lex WITH food or WITHOUT; i.e. on an empty stomach or after a meal? Anyone have any ideas on this? I've tried both. The literature says it doesn't matter.

Also, this is Day #8 for me and I'm still feeling anxious. I have two public speaking engagements this coming weekend and one is with a banquet (yikes!). So, okay, I managed to eat like a pig when we had guests for dinner this last weekend after a week of nausea, apple slices and orange juice, but what are the odds that I'll soon not dread this coming Fri/Sat? Sure, I can get by with a little Valium like I always did, but isn't this what I went through the disgusting side effects of last week for? To calm down? Maybe I'm rushing things, looking for results too quickly. Like I said, it's a strange dance. The nice part is, we're all holding hands.

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. Scribbler

Posted by Esmarelda on October 20, 2003, at 15:08:03

In reply to Anxious because I still am., posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 14:57:52

Not to be discouraging, but it took about 5-6 weeks for Lex to abate the anxiousness and depression for me. It was well worth it. I would have some good days and bad days. I wish you well this weekend.

 

Re: Anxious because I still am.

Posted by hockeygirlcanada on October 20, 2003, at 15:19:05

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am. Scribbler, posted by Esmarelda on October 20, 2003, at 15:08:03

> Not to be discouraging, but it took about 5-6 weeks for Lex to abate the anxiousness and depression for me. It was well worth it. I would have some good days and bad days. I wish you well this weekend.

Hi,
are you taking Lexapro primarily for anxiety or depression? And how does it work for you. I have been on every different kind of med now, no relief.
any info would be great!
Thank You

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. hockeygirlcanada

Posted by Esmarelda on October 20, 2003, at 15:25:57

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am., posted by hockeygirlcanada on October 20, 2003, at 15:19:05

I am taking Lex primarily for depression, but I had severe anxiety in the mornings that went hand in hand with the depression. The knots in the stomach and feeling like I couldn't face the world. Lex is the only thing that has ever helped with that feeling. It worked on the depression, too. I rarely feel even a twinge of anxiety any more and can actually get out of bed every morning. I think it is a miracle drug. The depression, however, was my main focus. I hope this has helped and hope that you do well on it!

 

Re: Anxious because I still am.

Posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 15:28:21

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am. Scribbler, posted by Esmarelda on October 20, 2003, at 15:08:03

Esmarelda, that's not bad news, actually -- in six weeks we're flying west for a visit with family members in Arizona and I haven't flown since before 9/11. Of course I have been dreading this trip Big Time since we made our reservations, so knowing there's a prospect of feeling less anxious and depressed by then helps me relax just a little bit. Thanks!

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. Scribbler

Posted by Esmarelda on October 20, 2003, at 15:37:32

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am., posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 15:28:21

Just relax and have fun! I have flown hundreds of times since 9/11 even out of the country and even to Arizona with no mishaps whatsoever. You will be fine -- just remember to pack the Lexapro!

 

Re: Anxious because I still am.

Posted by Mariposa on October 20, 2003, at 16:26:17

In reply to Anxious because I still am., posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 14:57:52

Have been on Lex since Feb. DX - depression and PMDD. Lex has also been wonderful for me, lost 10lbs. and went from a 10 to a 6 - and the weight NEEDED to come off, I was overweight. I can get up in the morning and go to work without thinking about calling in sick. I don't get customer complaints and write ups like I did before Lex. Lex has essentially *cured* my insomnia - which I have suffered most of adult life. Had it rough in the beginning w/bad se's. Only se I still experience is slight clenching. Do have some down days, but I get through them and then the next days is better...Recently flew to see Mom for her 73 Birthday, hadn't flown in about 7 yrs., HATE to fly!


Currently @ 20mg.

I can only hope everyone has as good results, and that they last (NO poop-out!!!)- Best of luck to us all.~~~8|8

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. Mariposa

Posted by hockeygirlcanada on October 20, 2003, at 17:01:28

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am., posted by Mariposa on October 20, 2003, at 16:26:17

Did you have problems with anxiety? I have severe Generalized Anxiety.

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. Scribbler

Posted by JohnR on October 20, 2003, at 17:25:51

In reply to Anxious because I still am., posted by Scribbler on October 20, 2003, at 14:57:52

Hey Scribbler,
I'll bet you a nickel your upset stomach takes care of itself in short order. Like you said, **two** steps forward, one step back. Anyway you look at it you're headed in the right direction.

I've been taking mine in the mornings on an empty stomach. I typically don't eat breakfast. I've thought about taking it at dinnertime but haven't tried that.

John

 

Re: Anxious because I still am. hockeygirlcanada

Posted by Mariposa on October 20, 2003, at 17:44:34

In reply to Re: Anxious because I still am. Mariposa, posted by hockeygirlcanada on October 20, 2003, at 17:01:28

> Did you have problems with anxiety? I have severe Generalized Anxiety.

I had several anxiety attacks around wk. 4-5, none since then. Taking Lex for depression.~~~8|8


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