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

  1. by   debree2
    Where there is love of medicine, there is love of humankind.

    -- Hippocrates

    I am currently taking Lexapro and Wellbutrin and I am no longer having SE. My mental state and energy levels are at an all time high. I am 29 years old and I have about the same energy levels I had when I was 18. With this in mind, I think these meds are working just fine. However, for the first 4 to 6 weeks when I added the Wellbutrin to my med regime, I had severe headaches and nausea. The dosage I adhere to is 10mg Lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin q morning at 8:00 a.m. I am particulary disciplined to take the meds at the same time each day to maintain adequate blood levels. I have to admit that occasionally I slip and take an extra 150mg of Wellbutrin to experience that jolt of energy it gives me. This is an interesting aside: After a llittle research in an Economic Botany Textbook, I realized that Wellbutrin acts on the same neurotransmitters as cocaine. I confirmed this with my pscychiatrist. Interesting HuHHH. I hope these meds work for you all. Good luck. In my opinion Lexapro and Wellbutrin are the ultimate combination and they are not contraindicated.

    Don. B. @ library studying hard for ANATOMY EXAM!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. by   kacdeb
    I was on lexapro for anxiety and it helped tremendously. When you are put in situations that usually give you anxiety you don't feel it. You start to realize that you should feel anxious and you don't. It was great. My fiance' at the time could tell when I didn't take it and actually most of my family is on it for one reason or another and everyone has a had a good experience. I didn't even have any major s/e.
  3. by   lsyorke
    Quote from debree2
    . I have to admit that occasionally I slip and take an extra 150mg of Wellbutrin to experience that jolt of energy it gives me. This is an interesting aside: After a llittle research in an Economic Botany Textbook, I realized that Wellbutrin acts on the same neurotransmitters as cocaine.
    Those two comments should make you think twice.
  4. by   maureeno
    if anti-depressants are over used?
    why cognitive-behavioral therapy is not first choice for treatment?
    if perhaps our lifestyles are making us sick?
  5. by   lsyorke
    Quote from maureeno
    if anti-depressants are over used?
    why cognitive-behavioral therapy is not first choice for treatment?
    if perhaps our lifestyles are making us sick?

    Absolutely therapy should be the first option. But it's not since most insurance companies won't pay for it. So instead of therapy to deal with a transitional situation(alot of depression is situational) we alter brain chemistry. I don't deny that there is a small percentage of the population with depression that doesn't respond to therapy, but it should always be the first choice.
  6. by   maureeno
    it is macropsychiatry which interests me most now

    human experience has always included conditions of pain, depression,stress
    but today we look to diagnosis only the suffering individual as sick

    we overstate and oversimplify our knowledge of brain chemistry
    we offer pills so people can maintain in a dysfunctional environment

    too much complication and contradiction overwhelms
    too much feeding not enough nutrition
    too much stimulation not enough rest
    too much running around not enough excercise
  7. by   Tinkerbell2
    Hello
    Does anyone here receive the e-mail newsletter regarding responses to
    this forum, and if so, did anyone receive a graphic and totally inappropriate
    e-mail today, regarding a posting (which I have yet to find on this forum) by a person going by "javina" ?
    Last edit by Tinkerbell2 on Nov 9, '05
  8. by   lsyorke
    It was a post(made on multiple threads) that I reported early this am. The Mods handled it quickly!
  9. by   lucianne
    No, but report it to the moderators and they'll take care of it.
  10. by   Thunderwolf
    It was taken care. Report any bad posts via your red triangle which is found at the left of every post. Staff will address quickly as previously mentioned. This is what maintains the quality of our board. Thanks for reporting it.

    Wolfie
  11. by   Louisepug
    Hi. I've tried multiple anti-depressants, and so far in my opinion, lexapro has been the best for my anxiety=depression. It does make me VERY tired, so my doc switched me from taking it in the morning to taking it at night instead. It also has caused sexual side effects, but it seems like they all do. That whole thing is a vicious cycle. Go off the anti-depressant=orgasms, but anxiety/depression. Stay on the medication=no orgasm, but calmness in life. Oh well, I think we all know that life ain't a bowl of cherries. I'd like to eventually be off anti-depressants all together and see if I can handle life drug free.
  12. by   dbzro9
    my experience w/lexapro:

    i began taking lexa this past june for what my PCP described as 'general anxiety disorder'. Despite my effort to steer him in a different direction, he is the doc.. so i figure i'd roll with it.

    i started first on the 10mg pills for about 6 weeks and then moved up to the 20s. the side effects i had with the 10mg: severe jaw clenching, decreased appetite, and those horrible never-ending lawns. i felt 'ssri'd' if that's an acceptable term. these side effects remained with the 20mg dose, and began to be accompanied by severe bouts of paranoia and hopelessness. i threatened to take my own life twice.

    eventually.. for lack of a better term.. lost it. ended up on 72hr lock down and after talking with the staff psych and the social worker assigned to me, they almost immeadetly diagnosed me as type 1 bipolar (which is what i argued with my doctor and anyone who'd listen to the past 5 years).

    since then (early september) i've been ramped up to 200mg/day of Lamictal and I can wholeheartedly say that I feel better now than I have in years.

    i was always skeptical of lexapro from the get-go.. seeing that it is basically a giant marketing scheme Forrest Laboratories concocted to counteract their patent-expiration on celexa.

    i've spoken with several other individuals who have had similar experiences (good, goooood, GOOD......................BAAAD) with lexapro and have read in numerous locations all over the web that Forrest actually sort of 'faked' a lot of their lab tests that lead to this not only getting FDA approval, but the stats they can use in promotional materials touting it's 'excellent' results.'

    personally, i'd steer clear.
  13. by   lucianne
    Your situation is what is maddening about PCPs prescribing antidepressants--they generally just don't take/have the time to do a thorough evaluation and get a good history. You most likely would have had a bad experience with any SSRI you were given without a mood stabilizer as well. I'm glad the Lamictal is effective for you.

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