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  1. by   Pete495
    Your neurologist is right, unfortunately. Wellbutrin lowers your seizure threshold, and may cause more seizures than you already have. It's also primarily used to quit smoking, and considered a very weak anti-depresant. The SSRI's are generally good drugs, as is Venlaxafine, with a smaller amount of side effects. However, each drug is different when it comes to the anti-depressants, and many people I know have said that it is basically a crap shoot to find whichever drug fits you the best. You just need to do your research before you take something, and you will find that the research on wellbutrin does lower your seizure thershold, so just be very careful. Also, it sounds as if you've been on prozac a long time. Maybe it is time you tried other means for coping such as therapy, relaxation, exercise, etc. As for the seizures, you definitely need to take your seizure medication without question.

    Hope it works out.
  2. by   littleplaynurse
    I'm afraid I agree with you Pete. I trust my neurologist more than the psychiatrist........ It seems that all antidepressants carry some side effects (to include lowering the seizure threshhold) - that was also an issue with the Prozac, but I managed to do well with it for 8 years until this latest increase....which is why I've stopped taking it. I have tried other alternative therapies over the years. I've been to more stress management seminars and classes than you can shake a stick at (not to mention imagery, gentle yoga, hypnosis, acupuncture). I'm not happy at the thought of being on any kind of med for the rest of my life, believe me. I really don't have any choice with the phenobarbital - and I'm beginning to feel that I don't have a choice about whether or not I need to take an antidepressant. I initially responded to this thread because I've heard so much about Wellbutrin, but it seems that there seem to be even better reports from the people who are taking Lexapro.......any thoughts there????
  3. by   dawn1971
    Wanted to throw in my 2 cents in about going off Lexapro.... I have a bad habit of not getting my refills, my doc gives me samples since I am still in school and sometimes I will be out for 3 or 4 days until I get some (I know, stupid....). Anyway, on day 2, I always get very dizzy. It was so bad last time my boyfriend drove to get my Lexapro. Last month I knew I wasn't going to be able to pick them up until I was out for a few days, so I started halfing them until I could pick up some more and I was fine. Also, it used to affect my sleep when I first went on it. I would have to take it first thing in the morning or I couldn't sleep at night, now I have to take it at night because it makes me tired....
  4. by   littleplaynurse
    Quote from dawn1971
    Wanted to throw in my 2 cents in about going off Lexapro.... I have a bad habit of not getting my refills, my doc gives me samples since I am still in school and sometimes I will be out for 3 or 4 days until I get some (I know, stupid....). Anyway, on day 2, I always get very dizzy. It was so bad last time my boyfriend drove to get my Lexapro. Last month I knew I wasn't going to be able to pick them up until I was out for a few days, so I started halfing them until I could pick up some more and I was fine. Also, it used to affect my sleep when I first went on it. I would have to take it first thing in the morning or I couldn't sleep at night, now I have to take it at night because it makes me tired....
    Do any of you have anything to share about coming off Prozac???? What were the side effects, etc???
  5. by   debree2
    Quote from jaimealmostRN
    Is anyone here taking Lexapro? Care to share you expirences with it, any s/e? Thanks!
    I am a 28 year old male and I have been taking lexapro for 31 days. It has been very effective in reducing my depression and axiety levels. However, I experienced some side effects the first two weeks:
    -sweaty palms and feet
    -vivid dreams
    -appetite decrease
    -mild constipation
    After two weeks these side effects subsided and the relief from depression and anxiety have continued.

    I am going to my psychiatrist tomorrow to give him an update on the side effects. I would like to continue taking Lexapro if he approves. If the side effects had not subsided, he told me he would prescribe Prozac or Zoloft.

    Don B.
    M.S. Student
  6. by   littleplaynurse
    Quote from debree2
    I am a 28 year old male and I have been taking lexapro for 31 days. It has been very effective in reducing my depression and axiety levels. However, I experienced some side effects the first two weeks:
    -sweaty palms and feet
    -vivid dreams
    -appetite decrease
    -mild constipation
    After two weeks these side effects subsided and the relief from depression and anxiety have continued.

    I am going to my psychiatrist tomorrow to give him an update on the side effects. I would like to continue taking Lexapro if he approves. If the side effects had not subsided, he told me he would prescribe Prozac or Zoloft.

    Don B.
    M.S. Student
    Thanks so much for the input on Lexapro. The side effects seem do-able. I believe this is another SSRI(?) such as Prozac.....Have to wonder if I may still be able to take another antidepressant in this category. I guess I'm wondering if the Prozac became ineffective after 8 years, and I've such marked S.E.'s trying to come off it - would taking a DIFFERENT SSRI be a viable option for me? I would prefer not to take any of the MAOI's (sp?) if possible........
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from littleplaynurse
    Do any of you have anything to share about coming off Prozac???? What were the side effects, etc???
    I just got depressed and started nibbling again...but I was on the lowest dose.
  8. by   galenight
    I took it for about 6 weeks. I had several minor side effects, but the major one I had with lexapro was pure and total apathy. I didn't care about squat. I couldn't even make a decision about whether or not to continue the drug or try something new. I then tried Paxil and had such trouble sleeping and quite an increase in appetite I decided to stop taking that as well. I am just trying to deal with my crying episodes and depression one day at a time. I also wonder if it's not situational depression since I was recently diagnosed with MS. That's what I think it is anyway. Good luck to everyone
  9. by   wnicj
    Quote from jaimealmostRN
    Is anyone here taking Lexapro? Care to share you expirences with it, any s/e? Thanks!
    I have been taking it for two years and it has been the best thing for me.
  10. by   ZZTopRN
    I started on Lexapro 3-4 months ago at 10 mgs a day. It was great and I felt calm, less angry, and everything seemed normal. However, it has been losing its effect, or I am becoming tolerant to it. The doc just upped the dose to 20 mg a day so I don't know how I will react to that. I haven't been feeling very good since the dose was upped because of stomach cautery, so I guess until I feel healthy again, I won't be able to judge if it was good to up it to 20 mg.

    That would be good if the increase in dosage takes me back to feeling as good as I was before the 10 mg pooped out on me. However, even if works with the increase to 20 mg I am concerned the dose will wear off and I will have to have it increased again. Then maybe it will get to a point it can't be increased anymore.

    I had this experience with Wellbutrin. It dropping off and each time it was increased until a dose of 400 mg was reached, at which time I had to go off it.

    I am hoping I can reach a dose on the Lexapro that I won't be tolerant to. It has really worked well for me. I can't bear the thought of ending back up in the depths of this &^% depression! Any thoughts? Thanks.
  11. by   JentheRN05
    Quote from littleplaynurse
    I'm afraid I agree with you Pete. I trust my neurologist more than the psychiatrist........ It seems that all antidepressants carry some side effects (to include lowering the seizure threshhold) - that was also an issue with the Prozac, but I managed to do well with it for 8 years until this latest increase....which is why I've stopped taking it. I have tried other alternative therapies over the years. I've been to more stress management seminars and classes than you can shake a stick at (not to mention imagery, gentle yoga, hypnosis, acupuncture). I'm not happy at the thought of being on any kind of med for the rest of my life, believe me. I really don't have any choice with the phenobarbital - and I'm beginning to feel that I don't have a choice about whether or not I need to take an antidepressant. I initially responded to this thread because I've heard so much about Wellbutrin, but it seems that there seem to be even better reports from the people who are taking Lexapro.......any thoughts there????
    Lexapro increases your chance of seizures. I have a friend who is also epileptic, she went on it and within a couple of days had several grand mals. I personally think it's a wonder drug, but I had to switch to cymbalta because I couldn't afford the lexapro on my insurance (40 copay)
  12. by   elizabells
    Quote from JentheRN05
    Lexapro increases your chance of seizures. I have a friend who is also epileptic, she went on it and within a couple of days had several grand mals. I personally think it's a wonder drug, but I had to switch to cymbalta because I couldn't afford the lexapro on my insurance (40 copay)
    If you're taking lexapro (or any SSRI) and your doc puts you on a tricyclic as adjuvant pain therapy, DON"T DO IT and run to a different HCP. That little combo landed me in the ER...
  13. by   lsyorke
    Quote from EricTAMUCC-BSN
    I have to agree with movingalong that often times it is hard enough to get someone to admit they are depressed and even harder to get them to help themselves. Any remarks discouraging medical intervention should be avoided.
    The comments made about the potential for bad side effects of any drug is NOT discouraging anyone. It's informing the patient about potential adverse reactions that can happen with any of the antidepressants. Since when do nurses only tell the "good stories" about any drug?? If a patient is informed about ALL potential adverse effects they can advocate for themselves with the doctor. There IS a suicide warning out on all of the ssri's from the FDA, with future hearings being scheduled. It amazes me that an adverse reaction to an ssri is treated with increasing the dose, instead of recognizing that they drug may not be the right one for the specific patient. What good does it do the patient deny the "new" thoughts that they are having?

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