Why I Love Lexapro
Posted 14 April 2009 - 04:28 PM
After what this drug has done for me, I think it very fitting to give something back to it: a good review. I'm hoping this review will help others who are thinking of trying Lexapro and also offer some of the good side, as the people who antidepressants work for are usually less likely to spend the time getting online to talk about it.
In the last two years of my life I was suffering from pretty bad anxiety and fatigue. Perhaps some depression, too. MIs seem to run straight down my family line. In fact, my grandma, father, and brother have all taken Lexapro at some point. Our genes must all be very similar because it has worked for all of us, especially my brother and I who both have anxiety and are both on the same dose of Lexapro right now.
I started with 10mg in about January but had to move up to 20mg then 30mg because it would work for a little while then level off at the lower doses. I'm not sure how long I've been on the 30mg, but I'm sure it's been at least two months. For me, being on Lexapro is like complete normalcy and an absence of all those anxious feelings. My life feels like it did before the anxiety finally. I'm also completely convinced that this would not have been possible without the Lexapro. No matter what I did in those two years, no matter how much stress I got rid of in my life, no matter how well I took care of my body and life, I could not get rid of the 24/7 fatigue and worry. It was uncontrollable and it did not come from my own thinking, as many people ignorant of MIs often think. I took Pristiq for six weeks prior to the Lexapro, but unfortunately that seemed to have little to no effect on my condition.
Here is a list of the effects and side effects, good and bad, that I have felt on Lexapro. Obviously this is just my body everybody is different.
-My constant fatigue is gone. I actually wake up refreshed from sleep. I was feeling pain in my wrists and that is gone, too. The constant vocal fatigue I was also getting is completely gone. As an aspiring opera singer, this was probably the best effect of all. I love energyyy.
-Absence of the worry, nervousness, social anxiety, irrational fears, obsessing, stressing, &c. No longer have to figure out what's up with my mind.
-My metabolism had slowed down during the disorder. Surprisingly, though ADs usually cause weight gain, I have lost weight. I didn't have an appetite before. I have a very strong one now, but fortunately have had good effects despite eating more.
-My insomnia that I've actually experienced all my life is gone. I can go to sleep pretty quickly.
-Funnily enough I think it increased my bra size from a B to a C? Maybe it's a coincidence since I'm 19 and should be growing anyway. Hey, I'm not complaining.
-Clear skin? I guess stress causes breakouts.
-Sexual side effects - not too bad, though. I suppose this was inevitable.
-I now talk in my sleep at night and grind my teeth loudly. No worries. I'll just buy a mouthguard one of these days.
If I can think of any more later, I'll add them to the list. I threw this together pretty quickly. If anyone has any questions, I'd love to answer them. =] I owe a lot to Lexapro, so I'm happy to talk it up like a pharmaceutical rep!
Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:18 PM
Effexor worked for me. But looking back, it might have worked a little too good. I might have gone a little too up. But just wanted to add that for a drug so many hate, effexor did help me a lot for awhile.
I had sexual side effect on it. Seems like I have sexaul side effects on all the serotonin reuptake drugs.
"My working Dx is Bipolar. Yes, there seems to be some HFA traits." ~my pdoc
Possibly BP II ~a Psy.D
AM Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Ritalin LA 30mg, Klonopin .5mg,
PM Geodon 160mg, Klonopin 1mg
Dx past: BP NOS w/ schizoid tendencies, Double depression, MDD or something
Rx past: Lithium+prozac, tegretol+paxil, effexor+wellbutrin, lexapro, cymbalta, provigil,
zoloft+ strattera, abilify (twice)+wellbutrin, lamictal+wellbutrin, risperdal, trileptal and a dash of xanax and klonopin
Posted 15 April 2009 - 09:07 AM
Great idea with the post! Hopefully your success can throw a little hope someone else's way.
Wishing you continued success
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams - this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
-Don Quioxite, The Man of La Mancha
Posted 15 April 2009 - 06:19 PM
Diagnosis - Depression
Current psych meds - sertraline; zolpidem PRN
Posted 15 April 2009 - 07:51 PM
Thank you for your post. It's great that you posted when things are going well.
I just started Lex last week, mostly for anxiety. (I take Wellbutrin for depression.) I split the 10 mg. in half for 5 days and have been taking the whole 10 mg. for 3 days. I feel nauseous, tired all the time and irritable. I am also having a hard time falling asleep. I am hoping these side effects will cease soon. I am very wary of this drug probably because I have read far too much on the web about it. I am also determined to stick to my 10 mg. because I am panicked about weight gain. It is unbelievably hard for me to lose weight as it is.
so for now, let's hear it for WellLex! Rah rah!!
aplenzin 522, lexapro 20, restoril 7.5 prn, valium 5 prn
Sensitive dependance on initial conditions
Small disturbances, big repercussions
We are all so vulnerable.
Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:08 AM
Tried: Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Buspar, Zoloft, Xanax, Paxil, Seroquel, Lunesta, Ambien
Currently: 1/2 to 1 Unisom nightly to sleep, if that doesnt work then 1/2 to 1 Xanax or Ambien
Posted 19 April 2009 - 04:24 PM
An interesting drug interaction: I took an Ultram (painkiller) for a migraine and woke up in the middle of the night feeling WAY too happy, what I imagine feeling manic might be like. Luckily I was able to tell myself "it's only the drugs interacting" so I didn't panic and felt much more normal in the morning.
Meds : Lexapro, birth control
"yeah you do the walk, you do the walk of life..."
Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:28 PM
Water, that's interesting. I've heard the opposite: that it usually makes people tired. I surprisingly didn't have any startup side effects, though I did switch straight over from Pristiq. Perhaps I should add that to the list. Hopefully you are sticking to whatever your doctor said, though, since those usually go away! I know the annoying ones I had on Pristiq did.
I've never heard of Ultram. Good warning, though. Glad it's working for others!
Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:31 PM
Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:26 PM
I too tried Pristiq and had HORRIBLE side effects. Like I was on illegal drugs of some sort Same with zoloft and paxil. So I was really scared at trying another BUT had major irriatable/stress issues that were only getting worse with time. And when I started yelling too much at my kiddos I knew I had no choice but to try, try again.
THANK GOD I did!!! Lexapro had few side effects such as sleepiness and dry mouth, stomach issues @ first but very mild.
I take mine at night per my doc as it helps sleep.
I am so different in the morning, I dont dread waking up to the "Momma, momma, momma" 's.
I am so much more laid back and relaxed. Now I have gained about 7 pounds BUT I do this often and just found out I am hypothyroid as well, so hopefully synthroid will help...I dont now.
Either way its worth it in everyway. I in no way feel "drugged" I only feel normal again, still able to feel emotion, just not OVER emotional
Good luck to all and I hope everyone finds there "cure"
(10 mgs of Lexapro, started 5mgs for a weeks then went to 10)
Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:52 PM
Rx: Seroquel 350, Lamictal 125. Klonopin .5 bid, Fish Oil
Previous Rx:Lexapro, Zyprexa (I'm off the Z, finally I can eat like a human again!)
Remeron, Trazodone, Celexa, Topamax, Depakote, Propranolol (for the shakes)
Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:22 PM