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Re: Lexapro positive responses?

Posted by sip on March 16, 2004, at 14:37:39

In reply to Re: Lexapro positive responses?, posted by vjw on March 13, 2004, at 18:18:18

I haven't been here for some time. I posted here in December seeking other people's experiences with Lexapro and got some of my questions answered. I thought I'd swing by and see how folks are doing, but I am overwhelmed at how active this board is!

I did want to put out a few words about my 3 1/2 months on Lexapro.

I haven't fallen into depression the entire time I've been on Lex. I have had days, sometimes a few at a time, where I've felt down. I've come to see them as part of normal -- that is, it's possible to experience a range of feelings and moods without getting stuck in one. I used to get stuck in negativity and depression a lot. I've become more flexible and less scared when I feel blue. It's simply become one moment/feeling that will pass or transform. This is very new for me. It's also new for me not to get freaked out when I start feeling down; I used to immediately think the Lexapro had stopped working!

I haven't noticed any weight gain... knock on wood.

I have noticed that my libido is lower, my sexual response is slower, and my orgasms can be slightly mellower (OK, all that rhyming was unintentional!) I was going to try Gingko Biloba but I had a bout of gastritis that was very painful and didn't want to introduce something new to my stomach. I may try the Gingko Biloba in the near future. I haven't felt *devastatingly bad* sexual side effects. This was one of my biggest fears that nearly stopped me from going on Lex. (BTW, I'm female).

I cannot get away with less sleep anymore. I used to be able to get by on fewer hours of sleep. While Lex doesn't make me drowsy (it did in the beginning and I still take it at night) if I am not well-rested I am utterly exhausted and can't push through it.

I had some fogginess in the first few weeks as well as emotional flatness. Those are gone.

My emotional symptoms of PMS have lessenedl; the edge is off although I am prone to be more sensitive and depressive those days. I still have major cravings!

I am in psychotherapy (have been for some time) and think that being on Lex and in therapy works really well together.

I'm so grateful I finally went on meds and that I've had such a positive experience on the first one I tried. I was on 5 mg for the first month and switched to 10 mg -- my current dosage.

So, there are positive experiences with Lexapro! I wanted to add mine and wish new Lex users luck. I'll try to come back and post updates because I found these sorts of posts helpful when I was a newbie.




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