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Re: lexapro and that time of the month

Posted by Anjul on April 4, 2004, at 21:41:25

In reply to lexapro and that time of the month, posted by KathrynLex on April 3, 2004, at 22:22:01

Does anyone take more Lex during that time? Zoloft is used to treat PMDD and is prescribed for the last two weeks of the month. i talked to a pdoc about increasing Lex the last 2 weeks (like from 10 mg to 15 or whatever) and he said that that would be a fine idea. It wouldn;t help depression, but would help the PMS/PMDD he said. Anjul

 

Re: lexapro and that time of the month

Posted by mel_light on April 4, 2004, at 22:00:37

In reply to Re: lexapro and that time of the month, posted by Anjul on April 4, 2004, at 21:41:25

I just went up from 5mg to 10 mgs of lex last week (my last cycle) I couldn't stand it. Now I'm feeling ok but I wonder if that's just til my next cycle again. I did take xanex during my period which was very helpful...

 

RE:: mel_light

Posted by mystic on April 4, 2004, at 22:03:23

In reply to Re: lexapro and that time of the month, posted by mel_light on April 4, 2004, at 22:00:37

Hey Mel_light ...glad to hear you are doing good..I'm still thinking of increasing to 15mgs my last cycle was brutal and still really havent come out of it yet...But had some things going on so might be that..But with my phobia of meds it isnt easy increasing as always hoping that just what I'm on is going to work but I'm at almost week 9 on 10mgs..Hey you should come over to redirected lexaproers which is a social site ...Take care of yourself and hope you continue to do well...Mystic

 

Re: lexapro and that time of the month peace123

Posted by trucker on April 4, 2004, at 22:16:43

In reply to Re: lexapro and that time of the month, posted by peace123 on April 4, 2004, at 10:39:21

i'll let ya know when that happens, i have been under allot of pressure and out of the blue (AND I MEAN BLUE) i started my period. and folks that only occurs once every 13 months... thats right 13 months... sometime its fourteen months, i allways forget since its such a long time inbetween periods. any way i have been on 20 mg of lex for over a year and it definately feels like i not taking nothing since the onset of period... i see sdoc tomorrow and will ask about a boost in meds. i hate to see a trucker cry on top of all the other stuff. the aniversary date of when my dead baby should have been born, instead he came early alittle and dead. plus much much more, this, i want a break...
there must be allot of truth to it.


trucker


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> things seemed to be going well on lexapro( i just finished up my third week ) until i got my period last week, ever sense then it feels like this medicine has stopped working.
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> Has anyone else experieinced this happening?
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> and if so, how long does it take to start working again ?
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Re: I am back and feeling good! bride2be

Posted by jlynne on April 5, 2004, at 0:40:49

In reply to I am back and feeling good!, posted by bride2be on April 4, 2004, at 14:47:25

Welcome back, Bride. Did you have a nice vacation?

Just wondering, how are the s/e's since you increased to 20mg? I am hesitating the jump to 20mg because I am worried about increased s/e's. [I am at 15mg now]

I hope you have an easy time with your period; I don't have them anymore, so can't give any input on that.

Good luck:~)

((((Bride)))) ((((sunshine))))

...jlynne

 

Re: I am back and feeling good! jlynne

Posted by want info on April 5, 2004, at 9:10:32

In reply to Re: I am back and feeling good! bride2be, posted by jlynne on April 5, 2004, at 0:40:49

hey jlynne...just wanted to jump in here. i increased from 15 to 20 (10 for 6 wks, 15 for 2, now starting my second week of 20) and didn't have bad side effects at all. a few headaches adn tiredness but nothing i might even have noticed otherwise. emily

 

RE: Alida

Posted by Alida on April 5, 2004, at 9:14:13

In reply to RE: Alida, posted by mystic on April 4, 2004, at 21:06:22

No lexapro, just effexor. Am I on the wrong thread? Sorry if I am.

> Hello Alida...Are you on lexapro right now?? or any other meds for anxiety/depression??..mystic

 

Feeling like poop myself II

Posted by ednababish on April 5, 2004, at 10:43:04

In reply to Re: Now I feel like poop, posted by mystic on April 2, 2004, at 16:31:37

Dear Folks,
I have a couple of questions about increasing. I am not feeling fantastic, but more importantly I have been having some anxiety problems lately. I am still at 15mgs, but have been cleared for 20 if I need them. I was prescribed lexapro for anxiety and panic with depression. I had a panic episode--my first since august--in my evening class Weds. I lost my train of thought and then a wave of adreneline hit me: the lights got brighter, my stomach turned over and I felt like you do when you've almost been in a wreck--shaky and disoriented and woozy. Two factors worth mentioning: I take 50 mgs trazodone for pain mangement but have halved my dose because it makes me too groggy and it's hard to wake up. I had been using the birth control patch, but I had odd side effects like thickening, oily hair, bloating and gas, and headaches, so now I'm taking my first pack of a pill. I was mid-cycle when this happened. I have been more irritable than usual, but with good reason--massive stacks to grade before a conference on Thursday, packing to do, a husband working overtime as I try to get this all done, and while he is home he's taking on all of these monumental (and non-essential) tasks that preclude the child care I need for him to cover while I try to get all my ducks in a row. Then I will be staying with my mentor and also my closest friend from graduate school who gets on my nerves not just a little. And the conference, which I am not completely ready for, is in New Orleans, where I've never been and I hate going places on my own that I am not familiar with although I do it very well. SO my question is this: how do you know when you are ready to increase? How do you decide what is just situational and what is the underlying disorder? How much do these other factors play into how I feel right now?

Help! Edna

 

Re: I am back and feeling good!

Posted by KathrynLex on April 5, 2004, at 10:57:43

In reply to I am back and feeling good!, posted by bride2be on April 4, 2004, at 14:47:25

Hi Bride2be,

It's so good to hear that you're feeling better! Sounds like a vacation is just what you needed. (That and an increase to 20 mgs.) I really hope things continue going well for you.

K.

 

Re: lexapro and that time of the month

Posted by KathrynLex on April 5, 2004, at 11:03:03

In reply to Re: lexapro and that time of the month, posted by mel_light on April 4, 2004, at 22:00:37

Hi,

I really appreciate the feedback on this subject. It's just so strange that Lexapro is less effective during my period, not to mention frustrating. My period is almost over and I'm starting to feel a little bit better but I do NOT want to go through this again next month.

I discussed this with my pdoc and he's asked me to get some blood work done to check my hormone levels. I'll do this around the end of the month. If anything useful comes out of the blood work I'll be sure to let everyone know.

In the meantime, you guys are all fabulous and I feel very lucky to be part of such a fantastic support network.

K.

 

Re: I am back and feeling good!

Posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:31:00

In reply to Re: I am back and feeling good! bride2be, posted by jlynne on April 5, 2004, at 0:40:49

jlyne-----since the boost in meds i feel much better. i am about to start my period so we have to wait and see how that goes. the 10's just did not seem to work very well with me. my depression is gone and the azxiety is getting better everyday. talking with you guys really helps though. nobosy else can really understand, ya know? i am glad that i went up to 20 and i think i will get better each day. my mood swings are better too, i have not snapped at my fiance in a week, and he likes that! if you have any other questions for me, feel free to ask! good luck!

 

Re: Joint Pain with Lexapro

Posted by Cairo on April 5, 2004, at 12:35:13

In reply to Joint Pain with Lexapro, posted by linnie on April 2, 2004, at 13:22:47

Every time I start on an SSRI, I get terrible muscle aches and joint pain. I attribute this to the muscle aches contributing to my already tight muscles from Fibromyalgia which put a strain on the ligaments and tendons, pulling the joint out of whack slightly. I'm currently trying Prozac (after trials of Effexor, Celexa and Lexapro), and once again I got terrible muscle aches, but I'm sticking with it longer this time to see if the current jaw, neck and shoulder tightness will decrease with time. I've been on Prozac for 2.5 months. We're trying Prozac due to extreme fatigue and weight gain on the others.

Cairo

 

Re: Feeling like poop myself II

Posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:36:41

In reply to Feeling like poop myself II, posted by ednababish on April 5, 2004, at 10:43:04

edna---i was on 10 for 10 days and i felt like my anxiety was getting worse. i just felt like it was the time to go up to 20's. my doctor thought it would be fine. if you feel like what you are taking now is not enough, then you may want to talk to your doctor about an increase. you will know when the lexapro is not doing its job. i starting 20's on friday and experienced NO SIDE EFFECTS. i mean i yawn alot, but i was doing that before the increase. talk to your doctor and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask me. good luck. we are all rooting for you!

 

STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!!

Posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:38:53

In reply to Re: I am back and feeling good!, posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:31:00

does anyone yawn alot on lexapro. does it go away after a couple weeks? i am on my third week and i feel like i yawn a billion times a day. i sleep fine at night. does anyone have an input on this? does the yawning stop after a while?

 

Re: STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!!

Posted by KathrynLex on April 5, 2004, at 12:53:07

In reply to STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!!, posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:38:53

Hi Bride2be,

Don't worry, the yawning will go away in about another week or so. When I increased to 15 mgs I was yawning every 5! It was strange. But like I said, it goes away and it's a pretty common side effect from what I hear.

K.

 

Re: Feeling like poop myself II

Posted by KathrynLex on April 5, 2004, at 13:00:24

In reply to Feeling like poop myself II, posted by ednababish on April 5, 2004, at 10:43:04

Hi Edna,

Situational stress is tolerable, but if it leads to panic attacks then it might be time for an increase. In my opinion medication should help you to tolerate stress and anxiety in a normal fashion rather than have it lead to an attack. Increasing might will probably help you cope with your situational stress a little better.

I have anxiety/panic and depression also. It seems like lower doses of Lexapro work very well for depression but higher doses are needed to help with anxiety. I suggest starting 20 mgs. (I'm thinking of increasing too.) I hope it all goes well for you!

K.

 

Re: STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!! bride2be

Posted by trucker on April 5, 2004, at 14:34:43

In reply to STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!!, posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 12:38:53

thats a side effects take 3 months to get thru them all

trucker

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> does anyone yawn alot on lexapro. does it go away after a couple weeks? i am on my third week and i feel like i yawn a billion times a day. i sleep fine at night. does anyone have an input on this? does the yawning stop after a while?

 

Re: STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!!

Posted by bride2be on April 5, 2004, at 15:07:59

In reply to Re: STOP YAWNING!!!!!!!! bride2be, posted by trucker on April 5, 2004, at 14:34:43

THANKS FOR THE IMPUT! I AM JUST SICK OF YAWNING ALL THE TIME, BUT IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT IT DOES GO AWAY EVENTUALLY!

 

RE: Alida

Posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 18:22:09

In reply to RE: Alida, posted by Alida on April 5, 2004, at 9:14:13

No Alida..not on the wrong thread think they all help....just was curious...Take care...mystic

 

RE: Alida

Posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 18:22:33

In reply to RE: Alida, posted by Alida on April 5, 2004, at 9:14:13

No Alida..not on the wrong thread think they all help....just was curious...Take care...mystic

 

RE::: WOW edna

Posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 18:30:12

In reply to Feeling like poop myself II, posted by ednababish on April 5, 2004, at 10:43:04

Edna...I would definately say mostly situational...We do have to understand that there are times when the stress are going to get to us and that the meds arent enough for this one thing...You might have to come over to the social one because think I will get in trouble for not talking meds...redirected Lexaproers is the thread..please come over...But you have to give yourself a break and realize you have a lot on your plate and you are doing awsome just to be able to get through everything you are...SO give yourself a pat on the back and keep talking so that we can help you through...But think you have to come on over to the other side...redirected lexaproers...Take care my friend and good luck...Mystic

 

RE::: WOW edna

Posted by sexylexy on April 5, 2004, at 18:46:38

In reply to RE::: WOW edna, posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 18:30:12

Edna...
I feel your pain. I am in my last 19 days of graduate school and trying to finish my thesis, my hours for my internship, find a new place to live in a different state, get rid of all my stuff here, pack, go to class and keep my sanity. I moved up to 20mg and was feeling pretty good. I had a crash on last friday and cried for about two hours straight, just sobbing Felt a lot better after getting it out. I wrote my P-doc in a panic (my p-doc is great, she is bi-polar (mostly depression) and so she knows a lot about the diease) She said that its really hard for us when we have been feeling good then start to have some bad times. She said the best and worst things in life come with stress...weddings, graduation, divorces ect. She said the important thing was to take it day by day and not think just because you are having a hard time right now that "it" is coming back.
Good Luck, God Bless,
Lexy

 

RE:: Lexy

Posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 19:22:32

In reply to RE::: WOW edna, posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 18:30:12

Hey Lexy...was hoping that you were feeling much better today...and it is soooooo good that you have a great pdoc to help you and talk to you when things arent going so well ...a lot of people dont have that luxury...For me i have a wonderful dr but she is out of the country when i need her most for 3 weeks cant wait until next week she gets back....I hope that today was better than this weekend...couldnt really figure that out...I know you said after you cried you felt better so hopefully the stress is subsiding...Shoot think I'm gonna get in trouble for not talking meds so here goes...How is the increase to 20mg going..I am really trying to get to a place for me to go up to 15mg takes me a while to finally get there but thinking maybe this weekend....Take care lexy we all love you...Mystic

 

RE:: Lexy

Posted by sexylexy on April 5, 2004, at 19:37:21

In reply to RE:: Lexy, posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 19:22:32

Thanks Mystic!
The increase to 20 was going AWESOME until this past week and I had my breakdown. Now, I am just feeling really unconfident, its hard to go from really feeling like "YESSSSSSS this is finally going away." but then this creeps up on me... hopefully I will be on the up swing again soon.I am wondering if it maybe my body adjusting to the new dosage? Its strange I had my period last week but feel like I have PMS this week. Who knows! My Mom is coming to visit me on Thursday to help me pack and hopefully a little shopping too. Good luck...5 1/2 half weeks till the precious baby joins the world.
lots of love,
Lexy

 

RE:: Lexy

Posted by mystic on April 5, 2004, at 20:18:24

In reply to RE:: Lexy, posted by sexylexy on April 5, 2004, at 19:37:21

Hey lexy...i was just talking to my sister this morning and we were saying how it is weird that we are worse after our periods are over than before or during..I have tons of energy during but after is when I dont feel very good..She is also on lex 10mgs it works good for her but she went on it just to even out her moods because she felt she was yelling at everyone too much..not because of strong anxiety/depression..but just an FYI..you are not alone...Mystic


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