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re: LEXAPRO 15 MONTHS

Posted by BLKVETTES on April 29, 2004, at 12:14:24

In reply to re: LEXAPRO 15 MONTHS BLKVETTES, posted by lil' jimi on April 29, 2004, at 1:02:44

> hey wayne,
>
> it's been just over a year on lexapro for me ... still at 10 mg a day ...
>
> wayne, i am so sorry about your dad, man ... ...
> my dad was 83 and my mom 81 when they both died in an auto accident in june of 2002 ... ... i know how hard it can be ...
>
> lexapro let me look at how i felt about things in a way that i couldn't before ... ...
>
> i am glad you're getting through it so well ... ... and grateful that i caught you when i happened to drop by just now ... ... i haven't been here in a while either ... ... glad to read you man
>
> TAKE CARE !!!
> ~ jim
>
> p.s. anytime you want ... my yahoo account is yellowdogjim ... any time
> ~ j

Hi Jim, I was hoping you would still be around. I may just email ya!!! Glad your hanging in there!!! I am hanging in there despite the loss of my dad!!! Bought a new vette lol!!! Its not black so I may have to change my user name. I am still taking 7.5mg and have been at that dose for a long time. I miss your humor!!! TAKE CARE!!!!
WAYNE <:-)

 

re: Not a BLACK 'Vette?

Posted by lil' jimi on April 29, 2004, at 13:04:14

In reply to re: LEXAPRO 15 MONTHS, posted by BLKVETTES on April 29, 2004, at 12:14:24

> > hey wayne,
> >
> > it's been just over a year on lexapro for me ... still at 10 mg a day ...
> >
(that's my "med page" disclaimer there ... ... ha!)

> Hi Jim, I was hoping you would still be around. I may just email ya!!!

... i AM going to email you, dude ...

Glad your hanging in there!!!

... you too, man ...

I am hanging in there despite the loss of my dad!!!

... i know it can be rough ...
here's one for you:
for as hard as losing a parent can be, it is easy to see that losing a child would be worse ...
and we have spared our folks that grief because they died before we did ... and in this small way we did our duty and honor them by outliving them ...
they want it this way ... we must also ...

Bought a new vette lol!!!

... YEAH! ... way to go man!

Its not black so I may have to change my user name.

... WHAAAAA ??????? not black?
well, man, what is your color? ... is it a '04?

I am still taking 7.5mg and have been at that dose for a long time. I miss your humor!!! TAKE CARE!!!!
> WAYNE <:-)

... as i have been at 10 milligrams for more than a year now ... and i have missed you too .. email on the way

TAKE CARE !!!!
~ jim

p.s. i built an open yahoo group you might post to me at ... it's not real active and suffers yahoo's server service (poor) and yahoo's ad sludge ... ...
... oh, i put in an age-restricted area so the language police wouldn't bug anyone ...
try
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/psychoSchmabble

~ j

 

re: lexapro vs buspar

Posted by shadows721 on April 29, 2004, at 18:53:13

In reply to re: lexapro vs buspar, posted by cpallen79 on April 29, 2004, at 8:52:42

I have read that about the weight gain too, but I have never heard anyone report it. It does cause an increase in appetite about 30 min after taking it. It does pass. I have also heard that it helps the sexual side effects with Prozac, but not the other ssri's.

 

Re: TYLENOL/acetaminaphen ! =( Shelbynan

Posted by Escher Dementian on April 30, 2004, at 5:09:27

In reply to Re: PANIC attacks! =(, posted by Shelbynan on April 28, 2004, at 8:26:02

> Escher,
> I did not see the post previous to yours. Can you tell me more about the problems with tylenol/acetaminaphen? Is it bad by itself, or just with lexapro? Can anyone else offer any info? thanks SK

Hi SK,
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you~

Tylenol is a challenge and/or compromise to the liver in and of itself. Rule of thumb: Think of it as same as alcohol; taken on occasion and in small doses, a healthy liver can process it without taking on damage. Think of continuous or large doses like an alcoholic's threat to the liver using alcoholic beverages. And especially consider it's 'long-remaining' presence as unhealthfully synergistic with other liver challenges.

Lexapro i do not think of as a compromise...
It's side-effect profile is amazingly clean. But then, i also take any USA phamaceudical company's profile info. to both MDs or to public in general with a very cautious guard. i tend to look at anecdotals and non-USA pharmaceudical company research results more and more, these days.

A post of interest:
BLKVETTE's anecdotal experience:
http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20040423/msgs/341004.html

Personally, i am one who cannot take Tylenol/acetaminaphen anymore without actual liver _pain_ and swelling, because of all the times/years taking the med before knowing the damage it was causing. i was taking Tylenol as opposed to Aspirin/ibuprofen groups of meds because i have an anaphalactic shock reaction to the 'aspirin' and anti-inflammatory groups.
My personal research of above is necessarily vast and informed. (At least, the last time i updated) ;-)

Hope this helps~
Escher

 

Re: Tylenol ~ OOOOPS! wrong link

Posted by Escher Dementian on April 30, 2004, at 5:22:53

In reply to Re: TYLENOL/acetaminaphen ! =( Shelbynan, posted by Escher Dementian on April 30, 2004, at 5:09:27

Sorry, try this one, instead:
http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20040423/msgs/341008.html

And just in case i get it wrong again(i can be a techno-tard):
BLKVETTES said
>>I suffered panic attacks and went through the ER thing many times while they tried to figure out what was wrong with me. I finally ended up in the mental ward for 24 hours. They did a lot of tests that night. They did blood tests and one of the tests they did was the liver function test. I think there were 3 different enzyme counts and they were all normal. I got diagnosed by a psychiatrist the next morning. I started paxil and was on that for about 8 days or so. It made me very sick so we switched to zoloft and I was on that for about 3 weeks. Well I was still very sick and truly thought I was dying. I called my psychiatrist and decided to stop taking the zoloft. I ended up in the ER with severe stomach pain. They did the liver tests again. They were sky high. They were talking hepatitis or liver tumor. I even ended up having a liver biopsy done. Everything came back negative. My family doctor and I got all my tests from 3 different hospitals. She saw the before meds test of my liver and the after. It was the meds causing my problems. It is a rare side effect. I am fine on the lexapro!!! Reading some of the other posts about tylenol. Tylenol can be very dangerous as can aspirin. People dont realize how dangerous they can be.
>>WAYNE <:-)

 

lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??

Posted by want info on May 4, 2004, at 12:13:30

In reply to Re: Paxil VS Lexapro, posted by ednababish on April 12, 2004, at 10:15:56

hi all. i need some advice. i just spoke to my pdoc...as a reminder ive been on lex for 3 months total, a month on 20mg after building up. prior to this i was on 20mg paxil very successfully. my anxiety is better but i feel spaced out and "foggy" a lot of the time. she suggested i go back to 15, which i didn't feel was really working before. i was only on it for 2 weeks though. i really need advice!
thanks
emily

 

Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP?? want info

Posted by Mariposa on May 4, 2004, at 20:41:17

In reply to lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??, posted by want info on May 4, 2004, at 12:13:30

> hi all. i need some advice. i just spoke to my pdoc...as a reminder ive been on lex for 3 months total, a month on 20mg after building up. prior to this i was on 20mg paxil very successfully. my anxiety is better but i feel spaced out and "foggy" a lot of the time. she suggested i go back to 15, which i didn't feel was really working before. i was only on it for 2 weeks though. i really need advice!
> thanks
> emily

Spacey/foggy feeling goes away, have been on Lex 15mos, currently at 30mg. I don't remember how long it took, but all se's did go away.

Are you a coffee drinker? I found coffee really helped a lot.~~~8|8

 

Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??

Posted by want info on May 5, 2004, at 8:52:16

In reply to Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP?? want info, posted by Mariposa on May 4, 2004, at 20:41:17

thank you. doesn't 3 months seem like a long time to not have had this side effect go away?

 

Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??

Posted by Mariposa on May 5, 2004, at 16:51:44

In reply to Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??, posted by want info on May 5, 2004, at 8:52:16

> thank you. doesn't 3 months seem like a long time to not have had this side effect go away?

Not necessarily, seems like jaw clenching lasted a long time for me, and occasionally I still feel a little *vertigo* after taking dose, but not nearly as bad as the beginning. It may just take a little longer, for me I think it was 6 mos. befor my body really adjusted to the Lex. Hang in a while longer, but if you feel too uncomfortable, you should discuss w/pdoc.~~~8|8

 

Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??

Posted by BLKVETTES on May 6, 2004, at 11:33:09

In reply to lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??, posted by want info on May 4, 2004, at 12:13:30

> hi all. i need some advice. i just spoke to my pdoc...as a reminder ive been on lex for 3 months total, a month on 20mg after building up. prior to this i was on 20mg paxil very successfully. my anxiety is better but i feel spaced out and "foggy" a lot of the time. she suggested i go back to 15, which i didn't feel was really working before. i was only on it for 2 weeks though. i really need advice!
> thanks
> emily


I bet I changed doses 50 times before I hit the right dose. Work with your doc on the dosing and you might hit it just right. A few mgs. can make a huge difference.
WAYNE <:-)

 

RE:: wow quiet in here

Posted by mystic on May 9, 2004, at 18:16:03

In reply to Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??, posted by BLKVETTES on May 6, 2004, at 11:33:09

Hey quiet in here where is everyone??...this will be an voided post pretty soon if there isnt any activity...man..oh..man...I'm just trying to figure out how many people are helped by 15mgs from 10mgs and if they had any s/e or weigth gain..but I wont hold my breath waiting for people to answer this is like a dessert...(spelling)...Take care everyone..Mystic

 

Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP?? BLKVETTES

Posted by want info on May 10, 2004, at 9:15:27

In reply to Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP??, posted by BLKVETTES on May 6, 2004, at 11:33:09

thanks wayne...what dose are you on now? im trying 17.5

 

Switching from Paxil to Lexapro

Posted by silvertonguejen on May 11, 2004, at 8:40:12

In reply to RE:: wow quiet in here, posted by mystic on May 9, 2004, at 18:16:03

I have been on Paxil for about 7 years, went from 20mg to 40mg a few years ago. The side effects of continual weight gain, extreme fatigue and lack of a sex drive brought me to my doctor yesterday to see if there is an alternative with less side effects. She is weaning me off Paxil and then I will start Lexapro in about 2 weeks, starting at 10mg. How does 40mg of Paxil compare to 10mg of Lexapro? And does anyone have info on comparing the two SSRI's? I am nervous about going thru the "Paxil withdrawls". My doc said to cut my dosage in half for the first week, then cut that in half (to 10mg) for the week after that, then begin the Lexapro. Why can't you start on one while cutting down on the other to reduce withdrawl symptoms? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

 

Re: Switching from Paxil to Lexapro silvertonguejen

Posted by want info on May 11, 2004, at 9:03:30

In reply to Switching from Paxil to Lexapro, posted by silvertonguejen on May 11, 2004, at 8:40:12

i switched from paxil to lex after 8 years. i was on 20mg paxil with no problems. i weaned off it like your doc suggested and gradually added lex. ive been on lex alone now for 3 months. i was at 10mg and found it wasnt enough. it seems to be the consensus on this board and other places that lower doses of lex (5 or 10 mg) are effective for depression and higher doses (15 or 20) for anxiety. i was on 20 but was feeling foggy, so i'm now on 17.5. hope it helps!

emily

 

Re: Switching from Paxil to Lexapro

Posted by aspensm0mmy on May 11, 2004, at 11:50:19

In reply to Switching from Paxil to Lexapro, posted by silvertonguejen on May 11, 2004, at 8:40:12

Hi!!

I was taking PaxilCR 37.5 for 14 months. I had the same type is side effects that you've described plus some! I was extremely tired all day, had difficulty sleeping or difficulty waking up, excessive sweating (eeewwww), absolutely no sex drive. . .I was a walking side effect list! About a month ago I just swapped out my Paxil for 10mg of Lex. LOVE IT!!! I don't know if it is from withdrawing from Pax or adding Lex but the libido hasn't been better! Less sweating (thank heavens), normal sleepiness. I did experience a foggy feeling on Paxil and didn't really care about things that I should have cared about. With Lex I care about missing appointments. . .it's a good thing. I just jumped over and I did experience some "brain shocks" but no more than when I was on Paxil and missed a day or took my dose late. Hope that all goes well!!!

 

Re: OCD's worse on Lex?

Posted by Mariposa on May 11, 2004, at 12:37:15

In reply to Re: lex REDUCING dosage...HELP?? BLKVETTES, posted by want info on May 10, 2004, at 9:15:27

At 30mg Lex, have been taking fro 15mos.

Recently have had trouble w/nail biting - cuticle destruction. Had it pretty much under control for years, but now I find I'm doing it again, and have trouble controlling it. Besides, it drives hubby NUTZ. Any one else experience this?~~~8|8

 

Re: Switching from Paxil to Lexapro

Posted by ednababish on May 11, 2004, at 13:57:47

In reply to Switching from Paxil to Lexapro, posted by silvertonguejen on May 11, 2004, at 8:40:12

Jen,
I don't think that weaning is absolutely necessary--I know plenty of people who cut the dose for one while starting on the minimal dosage for the other. I went from 25 mgs of Paxil CR to 10 mgs of Lexapro in December, and I took my last Paxil on Thursday and my first Lexapro on Friday. What to expect? Some blue feelings, potentially a lot of anxiety, but not out and out despair. Good luck.
Edna Babish

 

RE:: Hey Jen

Posted by mystic on May 11, 2004, at 18:25:22

In reply to Switching from Paxil to Lexapro, posted by silvertonguejen on May 11, 2004, at 8:40:12

Hey Jen...I was taking Paxil 10mgs from 30mgs but I was weened to the 10 for a about 3 years but I also did well on the paxil but the weight gain was bad 45lbs...but it worked really really good...SO anyway then when I started to get really stressed again and have panic attacks so decided well I didnt decide my dr decided for me to try lexapro so he just had me take the paxil one night and the lex the next no more decrease...It was not too bad the depression goes away first but I did have a lot of anxiety in the beginning it sure does take a while and I'm still struggling to increase to 15mg but i have a terrible phobia of meds so that takes time..I hope that you have good luck with it but just take time and you have come to the right place for support I wouldve never made it without these wonderful wonderful people..we are also in a more social site which is Redirected Lexaproers you might want to come on over and check it out..It is more for when you dont want to talk about the direct meds but how you are feeling...SO take care and hope you do well...Mystic

 

Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by chloe16 on May 12, 2004, at 7:31:51

In reply to Re: New to Lexapro, posted by brandij on April 29, 2003, at 10:20:32

I have been on 10mg for two months and was just upped to 20 because it wasnt working like it had the past few weeks. I am now having major night sweats, anxiety, mental confusion and severe bruising. Has anyone experienced this. Maybe I should go back to 10 but I just wanted to feel as good as I had in my 6th week.
Thank you!

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by Mrs. C on May 12, 2004, at 7:56:27

In reply to Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by chloe16 on May 12, 2004, at 7:31:51

I just increased to 20 about 3 weeks ago. I did have night sweats and a little bit of increased anxiety but those have subsided. I feel pretty good now and the side effects I felt were very mild. How long has it been since you increased. I say give it time unless you are very uncomfortable, then call your doc. Mrs. C

 

RE:: my mouth feels hot and horrible???

Posted by ramsea on May 12, 2004, at 13:30:31

In reply to RE:: wow quiet in here, posted by mystic on May 9, 2004, at 18:16:03

I would be grateful for any clues. My mouth has felt just awful for two days now. Kind of like if you wake up after a night of sickness and your tongue feels thick and a little sore, coated, and kind of dry even after lots of water. Also kind of hot, so that I have been sucking on frozen raspberries which stops it for a few minutes. Eating will change the mouth environment for about 20 mins. but I have been overeating in an effort to stop it.

My teeth are well brushed so that's not it. It's just a nasty feeling and having it 24/7 ain't nice. Any one know anything like this???? I do take lithium and low-dose Seroquel, with Kemadrin for SEs, but only 5-10 mgs. Yuck. Oh yeah---Please don't remind me to have a doc check it out or dentist---I do know, thanks!!!!!! I'm just curious if some of you experienced souls have a clue about this.

 

Re: OCD's worse on Lex? Mariposa

Posted by lil' jimi on May 12, 2004, at 15:06:06

In reply to Re: OCD's worse on Lex?, posted by Mariposa on May 11, 2004, at 12:37:15

hello Mariposa,

.... .... i haven't been so ocd as anybody has ever mentioned it ... but i could see where that more buzzy/speedy feeling (epinephrine?) from lexapro could fuel nail biting kind of stuff ... but i would theorize/expect/hope that any extra epinephrine levels would subside with time ... ... what do i know?

i'm still doing my ol' 10 milligrams of lex a day now for more than a year ... ... i remember that buzziness, but i haven't felt it in a long time

take care, sweet Butterfly,
~ jim

 

RE:: my mouth feels hot and horrible???

Posted by Mrs. C on May 12, 2004, at 21:29:07

In reply to RE:: my mouth feels hot and horrible???, posted by ramsea on May 12, 2004, at 13:30:31

Hi, I did have some weird feelings in my mouth but not really what you are describing. Mine was from clenching my teeth. My teeth and jaw ached and my jaw felt very strange. I still get the feeling from time to time and I still clench alot. Wish that I could help more. Hope you find some answers. Mrs. C

 

Re: OCD's worse on Lex?

Posted by Mrs. C on May 12, 2004, at 21:33:02

In reply to Re: OCD's worse on Lex? Mariposa, posted by lil' jimi on May 12, 2004, at 15:06:06

Mariposa, You must be very frustrated. I dont really have any experience with that form of OCD. Mine is more of an obsessive thought kind of thing. I still do it alot but I seem to deal with it better now that I am on Lex. Therapy is supposed to help with it too but I just started that and haven't really seen any results yet. Are you biting more when nervous or do you do it without even noticing that you are doing it? Sounds like a question for the pdoc if it doesn't stop. Good Luck, Mrs. C

 

RE:: my mouth feels hot and horrible??? Mrs. C

Posted by ramsea on May 13, 2004, at 3:13:32

In reply to RE:: my mouth feels hot and horrible???, posted by Mrs. C on May 12, 2004, at 21:29:07

Thank you, Mrs C. I have also had this jaw thing, which is med related. You might try the night mouth guard that TMJ people use. But thanks anyway.


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