Lexapro - page 5

Is anyone here taking Lexapro? Care to share you expirences with it, any s/e? Thanks!... Read More

  1. by   ZZTopRN
    Quote from Lawnurse
    Tracy - yea for less smoking!! That's great! :hug

    Movingalong - actually, my unusual reaction to Ambien was really funny...My bf called me "ambi-girlfriend" when I was on it because it made me so strange. While it was really entertaining, it didn't help me sleep because when I was "high" on it, the last thing I cared about what getting sleep...too busy drawing murals on the bathroom walls, etc. :chuckle I guess I'm lucky I didn't do anything dangerous like try and drive a car...
    Lawnurse: You are so funny! Drawing murals on the bathroom walls.

    mv
  2. by   elizabells
    I think the most important thing here is that meds are different for everybody. I'm cyclothymic; at first they put me on Wellbutrin, and it made me absolutely bat*beep* loony. Lost 30lbs in two weeks, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, doing drugs, sleeping around, all the classic manic symptoms, but worse than with no meds. I switched to Lexapro and it has been great. The best part is that I still have NORMAL feelings, unlike the zombie-ness I found with drugs like Zyprexa and Seroquel. The sleeping thing is tough; I switch between Xanax if I'm really fretting about something and Tylenol PM if it's just one of those nights. The only rough thing I've found with the Lexapro is that if I miss a day, the bounceback can be kind of rugged. But hey, it's made me more responsible about meds, and that means I take my OCPs every day too, so yay!
  3. by   neuronursein06
    I've been on Lexapro for 16 mo....it's been a miracle drug for me. I'd done the psychologist route before that for 2-3 yrs, then had a nervous breakdown after a Micro test last Oct- couldn't concentrate, would cry at the drop of a hat...dropped the class and went on Lexapro. There is no way I would have been able to get through the past yr of nursing school without it. My boyfriend doesn't know me "pre-Lexapro", and keeps asking why I need it- well, he got the hint end of last week, when I had a panic attack at the med school library, and was "in the dumps" until Sunday. There is no way, had I been off Lexapro, that I'd be "fine" now.

    What is right for one person definately isn't right for another- and remmeber, just because I do well on it doesn't mean it will affect someone horribly tomorrow. (I do have wild dreams and some insomnia; 3 mg melatonin helps the Insomnia though- and I'd rather be an insomniac in nursing school than drunk!)

    :chuckle
  4. by   Tinkerbell2
    My physician gave me some samples of Lexapro about a year ago. Prozac was no longer working for me and Paxil had given me violent headaches when I tried it years ago.

    Anyway, I was only on Lexapro about a week. I started having really bizarre nightmares and feeling a little paranoid. I was disappointed, b/c otherwise it seemed to be working. Needless to say, I reported it to my physician and have not taken it since. I am currently on no anti- depressants. I"m not saying that I don't have depression. I just fight it off the best I can, along with prayer. I just wish that I could find something that works.
    Last edit by Tinkerbell2 on Feb 23, '05
  5. by   rnparrot
    i started out taking paxil years ago, switched around to all the different ones: zoloft, effexor..they all worked with minimal s/e except what seems to be the common one. but i started lexapro about a year ago. i take it for anxiety and mild depression. with the insomnia i take ambien 10mg q hs. without it i would never sleep. it shuts my mind down. my mind races when i need to sleep, so that helps. i have neuropathy in my legs which makes my legs very sore at night so i also take neurontin which makes me sleepy. so we all seem to have some common things together here...but here is a question for you that nobody has asked. has taking the lexapro, or other ad's affected your sex life at all? this was a great post for me, to see that so many other nurses are having the same problems as me, and that they all experience the same things...that is why i ask my question, because my sex drive has decreased to almost zero, and i am thinking it is from the meds i take, but specifically the ad's. thanks for your answers!
  6. by   elizabells
    Quote from rnparrot
    has taking the lexapro, or other ad's affected your sex life at all?
    For me, not in the slightest, but I've always been a little above average in that area anyway, and since cyclothymia has hypomanic aspects, my experience may not be typical, your results may vary, etc. When I'm not on meds my sex drive is out of control, so on them I think it's more "normal", whatever that is.
  7. by   Tinkerbell2
    I took Prozac for years. It decreased my sex drive quite alot. That is one of the reasons that I weaned myself off of it. It was not effective on my depression anymore either.
  8. by   Tinkerbell2
    In addition, I believe that the Prozac contributed to the weight gain in the most undesirable place. If it had given me a nice tush, I would not complain, but of course, I put on weight in the abdominal region and I cannot seem to get it off.
  9. by   SaderNurse05
    As a matter of fact, is has decreased....but I think mine is more hormonal. I am 42. Also, I am in nursing school and that does not help!


    Quote from rnparrot
    i started out taking paxil years ago, switched around to all the different ones: zoloft, effexor..they all worked with minimal s/e except what seems to be the common one. but i started lexapro about a year ago. i take it for anxiety and mild depression. with the insomnia i take ambien 10mg q hs. without it i would never sleep. it shuts my mind down. my mind races when i need to sleep, so that helps. i have neuropathy in my legs which makes my legs very sore at night so i also take neurontin which makes me sleepy. so we all seem to have some common things together here...but here is a question for you that nobody has asked. has taking the lexapro, or other ad's affected your sex life at all? this was a great post for me, to see that so many other nurses are having the same problems as me, and that they all experience the same things...that is why i ask my question, because my sex drive has decreased to almost zero, and i am thinking it is from the meds i take, but specifically the ad's. thanks for your answers!
  10. by   Tinkerbell2
    I have no hormones b/c I had a total hysterectomy with bilateral ooperectomy in 1994. I am 42 years old and waiting for our local community college to start their nursing program. I have taken alot of the pre-reqs already. I attempted to go to another local nursing school ("nursing school from Hell" - hence their team name is the Northwestern Demons- (appropriately fitting), however due to a stress related illness and heavy load at another school, I had to drop classes at nursing school (was not in clinicals yet). Hubby is now pressuring me to get a job, which does not help my anxiety or depression either.
    Last edit by Tinkerbell2 on Feb 24, '05
  11. by   sashibeak
    I was on Lexapro for a year. It did wonders for me and I am back to my normal happy self now that I am off it too!

    The only side-effect that I did have was that my libido decreased dramatcially. But it is back to normal now.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from Tinkerbell2
    In addition, I believe that the Prozac contributed to the weight gain in the most undesirable place. If it had given me a nice tush, I would not complain, but of course, I put on weight in the abdominal region and I cannot seem to get it off.

    Hmm...Prozac actually HELPED helped me with my weight...helped me control my compulsive nibbling. I have gained 20 lbs since going off it and of course, am crying/depressed/negative again.

    Prozac was a good drug for me in many ways...helped me with overwhelming /disabling emotions during a difficult time in my life(loss of parents, bad job situation).

    Later it again helped me during perimenopause and mood swings...not getting upset about little things; it helped me cope. I would still be on it, but after several years off and on it, my anxiety/panic became a worse problem so I'm having to take a hard look at myself. I'm now taking a 'holiday' from Prozac, will find a new therapist in my new locale, and see what's up.

    Good luck to everyone here.
  13. by   littleplaynurse
    I feel compelled to jump in here after reading all these posts. Like many of you, I too struggle with depression/anxiety. I've tried to "go it alone" and not take anything, but I always end up in a really dark place. Since I'm a Type AAA personality - of course I have felt at times that this is a "character defect" of some kind, and I should just suck it up and pull my bootstraps up. Right. The last time I went of my meds and ended up back in the darkness, the psychiatrist said to me, "What the hell were you thinking??! You're a nurse. You should know better....." He was right.


    Trying to make a long story shorter - over the years I have been on Tofranil, Zoloft, Ativan - with either no effect or too many side effects. 8 years ago I started taking Prozac. I felt it was the best thing that had ever happened to me. The unfortunate thing is that after awhile, it's not effective anymore and needs to be increased. A few months ago it was necessary for another increase - now on 60 mg. per day (80 is the max I think). The side effects were marked and severe. I would wake up from a sound sleep with an "electric zap" in my head. It was frightening. Did some research and found that it is a side effect of Prozac, and that it is referred to as a "brain shiver". What was more frightening to me was that it was felt that this was a precursor to seizure activity. No thank you. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 12 years old and was started on a small nitely dose of phenobarbital. It worked fine. When I was 22 my PC decided that I didn't need it anymore. I thought "Great! No more pills". 8 months later I had my first and most severe grand mal seizure. I nearly died, and spent a week in ICU........

    After that I was started on Dilantin and it really never kept me seizure free. I still had at least 1 or 2 a year. Wanted to get pregnant again and was told not to while I was taking Dilantin (d/t possible birth defects). Was put back on phenobarbital and all was well once again. The dose was increased during pregnancies to compensate for wt. gain - and to this day I remain on 180mg. (90mg. bid) and have been seizure-free for 24 years!! Even at this dose, my drug levels run at a low therapeutic level.

    During one of my now yearly visits with the neurologist - I asked him about Wellbutrin (not only for the depression - but as an aid to quit smoking). He said he would rather see me smoke than take Wellbutrin. He then went on to tell me a couple of horror stories of 20-30 yr.old patients (previously healthy without seizure disorders) who had taken it for the same reason and had massive grand mal seizures. One of them had such a severe seizure that he ended up with brain damage). Needless to say, I have been scared s***less to take it.

    Now back to the real reason I'm writing this unplanned saga: I am now off the Prozac. I desperately need something to replace it. I am concerned about the seizure risk.........can anyone offer some input on this??? I am due to see the psych. on Tuesday (who, by the way, feels that there is no reason I shouldn't take Wellbutrin - despite what the neurologist said). I just want some info from anyone who is willing to give it before I have this appt. Thanks to all of you for listening.....

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