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Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 22:30:42

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg Mrs. C, posted by want info on May 21, 2004, at 14:27:42

> i agree totally mrs c. side effects come to everyone differently. there's no evidence that twice as much medicine = twice as much side effects. i went from 10 to 20 and felt very spacy. im on 15 now and feel good. everyone is different. trust your body.
> emily

I didn't mean to sound beligerent; but as a former nurse practitioner (now stay at home mom) I have seen the "spin" that the drug reps can put on the medicines and how the providers can buy into unproven information. As for evidence, in the package insert for Lexapro it clearly states that in their clinical trials there was no greater efficacy of the 20 mg dose over the 10 mg, but the side effects all doubled when the patients in the trials increased the dose from 10 to 20. I was only wondering why a doc would then increase the dose if there was no proof of greater results, only greater side effects? I'm glad to hear that you have done well with this increase and I agree that everyone responds differently to medicines. For me, Effexor has been a life saver when the SSRIs didn't work!

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg

Posted by Mrs. C on May 21, 2004, at 22:43:39

In reply to Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg, posted by nanooch on May 21, 2004, at 22:30:42

I apologize too. I didn't mean to make you feel defensive. I have just had such a good experience with Lexapro and wanted to share that with everyone. Have a great weekend. Mrs.C

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by Surfurgerl on May 22, 2004, at 0:06:16

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I gained 40 pounds on Lexapro in about 5 months.

 

I lost weight at 5mg, gained at 10mg! (nm)

Posted by theo on May 22, 2004, at 15:29:38

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by bride2be on May 20, 2004, at 19:28:11

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by sexylexy on May 23, 2004, at 10:22:36

In reply to I lost weight at 5mg, gained at 10mg! (nm), posted by theo on May 22, 2004, at 15:29:38

Hey Ya'll
After college I lost about 25 lbs. I kept the weight off for over a year. When I first got on Lex, I lost a good amount of weight. Now when I increased my dose to 20 I saw about a 5 lb weight gain and now am up to 8. Some of this is my fault because I have been vacationing and not working out. I feel like I am hungry more often and also can eat more...I just joined my new gym and am going to start working at it so I will let you know how it goes. Weight gain is AWFUL. yuck
all the luck
lexy

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

In reply to Depression and early menopause, posted by ayuda on January 14, 2003, at 9:54:30

I have been on 10 mg Lexapro since October for anxiety and depression. this month around my period I became terrified, paranoid and depressed. It has passed. My pdoc suggested taking 15 mg's lex a few days before and during, then going back to my 10. Has anyone tried this???

thanks!

Anjul

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by mystic on May 23, 2004, at 16:22:35

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

Anjul...A lot of people on the posts have problems with the pms part...I am on 15mgs now and not having a good time with it..Not sure if only a week would make a difference but it sure hasnt...My dr suggested the same thing to go up to the 15mgs at the time of my period but thought better of it since I get the s/e from going up and didnt see the point of yo yo ing like that when I already did..I was hoping that the 15mgs were going to do the trick all the way around so still waiting..Hopefully you will find your way as to what to do...Mystic

 

Re: Weight gain

Posted by Mrs. C on May 23, 2004, at 18:39:41

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by sexylexy on May 23, 2004, at 10:22:36

Lexy, don't forget, when we are happy and content we tend to eat more. Just a thought that your weight gain is a sign of good mental health! Mrs. C

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Mrs. C on May 23, 2004, at 18:47:51

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Anjul on May 23, 2004, at 14:39:06

Anjul, I haven't tried that but I know all about PMS and Lexapro. Mine feels like it stops working the week before my period. I hope this works for you. Mrs. C

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Mariposa on May 23, 2004, at 20:11:19

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Mrs. C on May 23, 2004, at 18:47:51

Have been on Lex 15 mos. DX = PMDD and depression. Currently @ 30mg. Started period yesterday and have been *grouchy* about 5 days already. Today I'm feeling like I want to!!!!!!!AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!! Seems like Lex quits working for me too this time of month.

As for all the comments on increasing.... started @ 5mg and have increased always on pdoc's advice. Doubled dose only gave me relief, had no bad side effects after initial bout.

Best of luck to all!~~~8|8

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by mystic on May 23, 2004, at 22:03:03

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Mariposa on May 23, 2004, at 20:11:19

Mariposa...You said that you didnt have any s/e with increasing....How long did it take for you to feel the effects if they were positive...You also said that you had been on the lexapro for 15 months...have you had problems with your period for the whole six months or just recently..I have upped my dosage to 15mgs and it has been a week i have been on the lex 10mgs for hmmmm maybe 3 months and still waiting to see if this going to work for me ....and still very discouraged...Thanks for your input..Mystic

 

Re: Weight gain sexylexy

Posted by want info on May 24, 2004, at 9:22:06

In reply to Re: Weight gain, posted by sexylexy on May 23, 2004, at 10:22:36

hey lexy...i thought you went back to 15? i went from 20 to 15 and now i feel a bit funny...i may go back? what did you do?
thanks, emily

 

Lexapro and blood sugar/pressure

Posted by wanted:mind on May 24, 2004, at 10:43:25

In reply to Re: Lexapro update pharmrep, posted by Anyuser on July 31, 2002, at 9:11:22

Has anyone noticed a connection between Lexapro and either blood sugar or blood pressure? I am not diabetic but noticed my glucose levels fluctuating significantly while on the drug. I gradually got off the Lexapro, stopping a few days ago. My bp has been unusually low as well the last week or so. It's likely that all this is due to other causes; I'm just trying to rule out the med as a cause.

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by Anjul on May 24, 2004, at 15:05:03

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by mystic on May 23, 2004, at 16:22:35

Mystic, thanks for you r response. you said you were not having a good time with 15mgs. Were you feeling better on 10? What are yo noticing with the increase?

Anjul

 

RE:: Hey anjul

Posted by mystic on May 24, 2004, at 20:42:20

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by Anjul on May 24, 2004, at 15:05:03

Hey Anjul...I'm not really having a fun time with 15mgs..but I have only been on the 15mgs for about 1 1/2 weeks..I'm not sure what to do I really expected to have more relief from upping my dosage by now but maybe it take a little longer...Anyone out there have any ideas.??... I think that if the 15mgs doesnt work I'll quit the lex and see what happens not sure what else to do...Mystic

 

RE:: Hey anjul

Posted by trucker on May 24, 2004, at 21:26:46

In reply to RE:: Hey anjul, posted by mystic on May 24, 2004, at 20:42:20


when this happens i hear that you should have went to 20 mgs because the inbetween makes ya feel yucky. either 10mg or 20 mg no inbetween

trucker

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> Hey Anjul...I'm not really having a fun time with 15mgs..but I have only been on the 15mgs for about 1 1/2 weeks..I'm not sure what to do I really expected to have more relief from upping my dosage by now but maybe it take a little longer...Anyone out there have any ideas.??... I think that if the 15mgs doesnt work I'll quit the lex and see what happens not sure what else to do...Mystic

 

RE:: Hey anjul mystic

Posted by want info on May 25, 2004, at 9:02:47

In reply to RE:: Hey anjul, posted by mystic on May 24, 2004, at 20:42:20

hey mystic. 15 isnt working for me either. 17.5 seems to though. just a thought. EM

 

Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????

Posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 11:25:23

In reply to Re: Any significant weight gain or loss on Lexapro????, posted by Surfurgerl on May 22, 2004, at 0:06:16

I too gained on Lex: 25 lbs in 5 months on 20 mg of Lex. I didn't gain anything on 10mg. I went up to 20mg after about 10 weeks at 10mg. I am not normally heavy & nor do I gain weight easily, so this has been a big shocker. My therapist said it's been her experience that it's a 3-way split: 1/3 gain, 1/3 stay the same & 1/3 lose.

Good luck!
~ Lynne
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I gained 40 pounds on Lexapro in about 5 months.

 

Re: Lexapro - 10mg to 20mg chloe16

Posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 11:34:14

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

Hi Chloe -
I haven't been on in a while so I'm just catching up on posts. I went from 10mg to 20 mg after 10 weeks on 10mg.

I had some side effects, but not as bad as in the very beginning. In total most of them only lasted about 10 days - a bit of nausea, some anxiety, brain fog (trouble staying on task, coming up with words, etc.), definitely night sweats, a bit of a headache if I didn't take it at the right time, some insomnia & daytime sleepiness. The only s/e's I still have are the sleepiness/fogginess and occasional night sweats (but I'm pre-menopuasal).

I've been on 20mg since January. I still have depressive symptoms about 10 - 14 days before my period - but not as bad as I was on 10mg. Good luck to you!
~ Lynne
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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 and blood sugar/pressure wanted:mind

Posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 11:37:01

In reply to Lexapro and blood sugar/pressure, posted by wanted:mind on May 24, 2004, at 10:43:25

Hi -
I've been wondering the same thing - about blood sugar. My BP is okay. I've been on Lex for 7 months (2 months at 10mg and 5 at 20mg). I think my blood sugar is off and need to have it checked. Let us know if you find anything that confirms Lex can effect it!
~ Lynne
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Has anyone noticed a connection between Lexapro and either blood sugar or blood pressure? I am not diabetic but noticed my glucose levels fluctuating significantly while on the drug. I gradually got off the Lexapro, stopping a few days ago. My bp has been unusually low as well the last week or so. It's likely that all this is due to other causes; I'm just trying to rule out the med as a cause.

 

Re: alcohol versus lexapro

Posted by Marilyn44 on May 25, 2004, at 12:10:26

In reply to Re: alcohol versus lexapro lil' jimi, posted by oldhand on June 12, 2003, at 12:16:18

I have only been on Lexapro for 3 weeks, but am really hoping what you guys are saying is going to work. I am also an alcoholic so that would be incredible. I still want beer so it may just be too soon for me.

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS mystic

Posted by Mariposa on May 25, 2004, at 13:03:46

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by mystic on May 23, 2004, at 22:03:03

> Mariposa...You said that you didnt have any s/e with increasing....How long did it take for you to feel the effects if they were positive...You also said that you had been on the lexapro for 15 months...have you had problems with your period for the whole six months or just recently..I have upped my dosage to 15mgs and it has been a week i have been on the lex 10mgs for hmmmm maybe 3 months and still waiting to see if this going to work for me ....and still very discouraged...Thanks for your input..Mystic

Felt positive effects within a few days. The problems around period vary from month to month, but each time that I've had consectively worse problems for 3 months, my pdoc increased my dose. I think I agree w/trucker in that 5mg increases did NOT work for me, I went from 20 to 25 with no improvement for 3 months, and bumped up to 30 in March. Now I'm having trouble this month! But I also have switched from taking Yasmin to the patch (in Jan.) so not sure if that has something to do with it as well.

Hope this helps!~~~8|8

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS Mariposa

Posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 13:11:22

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS mystic, posted by Mariposa on May 25, 2004, at 13:03:46

Hi Mariposa - Good to hear from you! I am curious to hear how the patch goes with you - to see if it changes your mental state around your period. That is still my troublesome time & I'm at 20mg. I'm on a low-dose pill, but the convenience of the patch sounds wonderful!

Thanks,
Lynne
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> Felt positive effects within a few days. The problems around period vary from month to month, but each time that I've had consectively worse problems for 3 months, my pdoc increased my dose. I think I agree w/trucker in that 5mg increases did NOT work for me, I went from 20 to 25 with no improvement for 3 months, and bumped up to 30 in March. Now I'm having trouble this month! But I also have switched from taking Yasmin to the patch (in Jan.) so not sure if that has something to do with it as well.
>
> Hope this helps!~~~8|8

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS

Posted by ednababish on May 25, 2004, at 13:18:56

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS Mariposa, posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 13:11:22

Just so you know, I had hormonal related problems with the patch--swelling, headaches, gas and bloating. I looked forward to my period to take the thing off for a week!
Edna

 

Re: Lexapro and PMS ednababish

Posted by LynneDa on May 25, 2004, at 13:25:42

In reply to Re: Lexapro and PMS, posted by ednababish on May 25, 2004, at 13:18:56

Thanks! I haven't spoken to many women who've used it so it's good to have your feedback!
~ Lynne
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Just so you know, I had hormonal related problems with the patch--swelling, headaches, gas and bloating. I looked forward to my period to take the thing off for a week!
> Edna


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