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Lexapro works!!
I suffer from anxiety and depression. It wasn't until I found myself sitting at a traffic light and wincing from the overwhelming feeling of sadness. I was well aware that I came from a high anxiety family and was certain I inherited that from my mother. What I didn't realize was how depression had slowly creeped into my life. I had no reason to feel depressed. I have a good job and wonderful family. No real money problems just the usual bills yet I had an overwelming feeling of sadness. I schedule a physical and went to see my doctor. During the physical he asked if I had anything to complain about medical or otherwise. So I told about the feeling at the traffic light and all the rest. He offered me lexapro after questioning me about a family history. He explained the there is ...
Updated 16 hours ago.
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Escitalopram Withdrawal Symptoms????????
MY doc and I have recently decided to try to come off of the generic version of Lexapro, Escitalopram. I was taking 10mg of the stuff for about 10 months. So he took it down to 5mg only five days ago. I'm not sure if what I'm feeling is withdrawal symptoms/pains or if I should go to a doctor for this?! Directly under my chin, where one would say a double chin is, I have a dull achy pain. It's almost like something is putting pressure around my jawbone/chin. Has anyone experienced or heard of such a thing? Am I losing it? I'm experiencing dizziness also, which I know is a major side effect possibility of coming off certain or maybe all SSRI's. Thanks in advance if you can offer any words or advice. ## Hi, I have not experienced withdrawal, but I have experienced the c...
Updated 1 day ago.
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benzodiazepine and lexapro withdrawl
Help! I have been free of lexapro for over a year. Benzodiazepine Cree for 9 months after a very slow taper. I still suffer from anxiety like I never had before, insomnia, chronic pain, irritability and brain fog. Please warn folks not to take these drugs. I want to die almost every day. I am unable to do much. I have been working very hard on this recovery. Thanks. M W. ## Hello, Madeline! How are you doing? I'm very sorry about the problems that you're having. However, neither of those medications is a cure, so it's highly possible that you still suffer from anxiety and it may have gotten worse with time. While withdrawal can cause some rebound effects, it wouldn't last for 9 months, especially after having done a very slow taper. Have you tried anything else to treat ...
Updated 1 day ago.
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Lexapro for anxiety on benzo withdrawal
I am on a valium taper for withdrawal of Klonopin which I took for over 20 years. I am one year off of the Klonopin I am down to 5 mg of valium and almost finished with the taper. Although I am better, I still have anxiety, angry outbursts, "brain fog," insomnia.. The dr. had me on Wellbutrin for mood swings. The Wellbutrin seemed to cause my anxiety to be worse and cause my hypomania to return. (I was dx with bipolar II many years ago and that was why I was on Klonopin) . Both my dr. and therapist have suggested I am NOT BIPOLAR. Have a MOOD DISORDER. Until the benzo withdrawal I had several years of stability while bipolar. My question is this: In spite of withdrawal symptoms (which are far less after one year of tapering off of Klonopin), I am basically depressed and the dr. ...
Updated 2 days ago.
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lexapro withdrawal and dizziness
Hi, I am currently in my 4th week of being off lexapro. I had all the horrific withdrawal symptoms which most have subsided. The only one I have left is the dizziness. Its not an all day dizziness like it was but waves of dizziness that come and go. Has anyone else had this side affect for this long? ## Hello Wendi! How are you? Yes, I actually had that when I stopped Zoloft, after being on it for several years due to a misdiagnosis. It lasted about 8 weeks, before finally stopping. Has it improved any? I just kept noticing a gradual improvement, until it finally stopped. ## Did you do a slow taper down on dosage? In my experience you cannot taper down too slowly. ## Lexapro for many years and every time go off terrible dizziness -- more of a labrinthitis so I feel the dizziness when I ...
Updated 2 days ago.
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Lexapro Withdrawl after only 3wks?
Need some reassurance, please! I am a 27 year old guy and have quit Lexapro after only having been on it for 3 weeks or so. After my first ever panic attack experiences, I was given 10mg of Lexapro by my doctor. He also have me 0.5 of Klonopin (as needed) and a very low dose of a blood pressure med. I am off the BP med. Lexapro made me scared and made me feel just "not right". I always felt medicated. I came down to 0.5 Lexapro for a few days and then down to 0.25 for a few days after that. The doctor ended up saying "you can just stop taking it". Here we are now. This is my 5th day with no Lexapro and I feel pretty crappy. Woozy sometimes, head in the clouds, shallow breathing, and rapid heart rate. All of this is come and go, but I rarely feel good. Started a new job a...
Updated 2 days ago.
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Lexapro Withdrawal
I have been taking Lexapro 10mg once a day for about a year. I have had many unwanted side effects which according to my doctor there are very few side effects from Lexapro. He says it is a clean drug. Wrong. It did nothing to help me and I want off. My doctor refused to give me anti-anxiety meds to help with the withdrawals from Lexapro because once again, there are no withdrawals from Lexapro. Why do doctors lie about this. Why do pharmaceutical companies lie about this? I have read so much about people just losing it while trying to stop taking Lexapro. I have not taken it in about ten days after weaning off for about two months from 10mg to 2 mg a day. My nerves are a wreck, I am extremely irratable, and have slight headaches. This is a horrible drug with many long lasting withdrawa...
Updated 2 days ago.
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Lexapro and What You Can Expect From It
Hi People, I see that there is a lot of confusion and anxiety out there about Lexapro (and SSRI's in general). So many questions. So many hopes and fears. I decided to share my experience so that maybe I can help someone searching for answers. Firstly, Lexapro effects will generally depend on why you are taking them. For me, I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder back in my early 20's. I'm 43 now. So I have lived with this for a looooong time. I never took an antidepressant for more than a month until I hit age 35. This is because I was an alcoholic in denial. A binge drinker. And you really can't mix antidepressants and booze. If you have a drinking problem then you need to address that before you can ever battle anxiety properly. I know how difficult it is to quit drinkin...
Updated 3 days ago.
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1st 2 days on Lexypro for anxiety
Today will be my 3rd day on Lexypro. My anxiety is down but I feel like i want to lay on the sofa all day and don't want to make a decision and just don't care. My stomach feels hungry and empty a lot. Feel lazy and unmotivated and disconnected. ## Hello, Leno123! How are you? Lexapro contains the active ingredient Escitalopram, which is an SSRI antidepressant that can also help with anxiety. Those are all fairly typical side effects for when you just start such a medication, you may also experience dizziness, headache. dry mouth and weight changes. They should improve after about a month, once your body adjusts to the medication. If they don't, then you should speak to your doctor as it might not be the right medication for you take. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 9 days ago.
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round white pill split on one side 20 on the other side
The pill is small white and round with the number 20 on one side and a split down the middle of the other side. When split in half with difficulty the pill seemed to have a wrapper-like material around it. ## Hello, Johnnie! How are you? That's most likely an enteric coating to protect the stomach or a time release coating. So far, I've not found anything that matches this description, but that does give more ideas of where to look, so I'll keep looking and post back, when I have information for you. Does anyone else recognize this tablet? ## Maybe 20mg lexapro best depression pill out...
Updated 15 days ago.
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Lexapro Brand versus generic escitalopram
I have taken 30mg of Lexapro for past 4 years. After the deaths of my son and his wife in a plane crash the depression and anxiety were more than I could bear. This past May I was changed to the generic escitalopram. God Forbid!!!! What a nightmare. Within three weeks I was suicidal, I was going through SSRI withdrawals which are vicious. I am now paying over $225.00 per month for Brand Lexapro as my insurance will NOT cover it even with prior auth or any other reason. My Medicare Advantage plan leaves a lot to be desired even though I pay a $152.00 per month premium. Has anyone else had problems with the generic Lexapro? My pharmacist said I am not the first. ## I've been on Lexapro for 4+ years and got switched to generic as well. Initially the generic just didn't work (it was...
Updated 18 days ago.
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depression & anxiety resistant to anti depressants
i had depression n anxiety 10yrs ago. Was given Seroxat n had very good results. Been off meds since then. Now depression n anxiety has returned (relapse). Been given Lexapro, Luvox, Prozac. No results at all! Seems resistant to anti depressants. What is happening? Do i go for only benzos to treat anxiety bcos anxiety is main problem not depression. appreciate any help. Thx. ## Please I need EVERYONES ATTETION I BEG OF YOU!!! I have never taken drugs my whole entire life I was very against them and always degraded and very judgmental toward ppl that even took them ;( sadly to say I GOT A ROUGH AND RUDE AWAKENING .... I got hooked 4 years ago to hydrocodene ;( even though I was born and raised in a Christian home and always good environment something inside me went wrong!!! I listen to s...
Updated 19 days ago.
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drinking on Lexapro
I was just wondering if anyone has drank with this med and were there any side effects ? I've been on lexapro 10 mil for a month and am feeling great but I am petrified to even atempt to drink alcohol,but would like to try . So if anyone could help that would be great. ## I have been on Lexapro for 3 years. I drink about twice a week and everything seems to be fine. I have noticed that if you drink heavly for a few nights in a row you will feel a slight depression. Just don't over do it. I was worried at first also. ## Lexapro is an antidepressant. Drinking alcohol is not recommended, as alcohol is a major depressant, and undoes the work the medication does. ## Never do that! I was on that medicine for 2 years, and I was never able to drink! the first time I drank when I was on ...
Updated 19 days ago.
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discontinuing lexapro
Discontinuing lexapro. 10 year old is having violent episodes. He has been taking for four months. Violent episodes started when began lexapro. Recently weaned from abilify. ## Hello, Diane! How is he doing? It would be best to consult the prescribing doctor for the best way to wean off of it and what to replace it with, if he still needs a medication. There can be some withdrawal and rebound symptoms that could make things worse, if he is tapered too rapidly and, at is age, it is best to let his doctor handle the situation for his health and safety. Rebound effects may include nausea, diarrhea, headache, irritability and insomnia. What dosage is he on and what condition is being treated?
Updated 22 days ago.
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looking for doctor in winsboro tx
My doctor moved. I need a doctor in Winsboro Texas who will prescribe my current meds. ## Hello, Yvonne! How are you? What type of doctor are you looking for? What medications do you take? This information will better enable people to make suggestions for you. ## I take medicines for anxiety chronic pain panic attacks and depression. Lexapro Xanax lamictol pramipexole and norco. ## Thank you for posting back, Yvonne! And yes, that does change things. Due to the new regulations that were put in place last year, if you require controlled substances on a long-term ongoing basis, such as the Norco and Xanax, you'll need to see specialists now, to have them prescribed. A general practice physician won't be able to prescribe them for you. This was done try to curb over prescribing and...
Updated 26 days ago.
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Panic attacks complex regional pain syndrome migraine lexapro amitriptyline
My daughter is 13 yrs old. She was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome last year. She started having panic attacks around the beginning of September. We didn't know that's what she was having. Three weeks ago the doctor told us that's what it was. They put her on 10 mg of Lexapro. She hasn't had any more panic attacks. But she started having a severe headache seven weeks ago that hasn't let up for a second & then she started having severe pain in her stomach. We brought her to the doctor yesterday & they put her on 10 mg of amitriptyline. So now she's taking both Lexapro & amitriptyline. She's only thirteen. I hate her being on all this medicine & I've read all the side effects but I don't know what else to do. I just want th...
Updated 29 days ago.
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Generic Lexapro Side Effects
Hi all, I was wondering about the side effects from the generic Lexapro: Escitalopram 10 mg/daily. I used to take clonazepam for a few years and then switched to escitalopram, which I took for about six months when I dropped in cold turkey last year. Now, I am back on it, and the side effects are awful. I don't remember them being this bad. The dizziness, nausea, inability to concentrate and drowsiness is beyond belief. Is anyone else having the same problems? Do the dizziness and drowsiness ever go away? I have a very upbeat job and can't afford to not have energy during my 10-12 hour shifts. Also, I keep falling asleep during the day and I never take naps! I was put back on for my anxiety, not depression, and now I feel numb. Can someone relate to anything I'm saying? ## Y...
Updated 1 month ago.
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Lexapro side effects
I have been on 10mg for 4 days.. Terrible nauseau , diarrhea, clenching jaw. Has anyone felt this? Also my hands are lightly shaking. Wondering when it will stop? I do not feel better yet at all. I was prescribed it for depression as major anxiety ## HI, Kelly! Sorry that you're feeling so awful. Side effects that severe are not normal and you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. I think this just may not be the right medication for you to take. Some mild nausea and diarrhea are normal, but not severe nausea and the clenching jaw can sometimes be the sign of a severe reaction. Learn more Lexapro details here. Are there any other questions or concerns? ## I had the same reaction, even to the point of possibly being hypomanic, but I enjoyed it. my pupils dilated, sweat cons...
Updated 1 month ago.
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nausea and headaches
Hello all, have been taking aropax (paroxetine) since 17y0. I am now 32 and a nurse. 5yo approx the govt stopped funding the aropax brand tried generic did not work. Paid a fortune for the apropax brand.Due to this have switched to escitalopram 10mg now for 11 days. I feel so nauseated and have a constant headache. Will this go away ## Hello, Sarah! How are you? You are most likely dealing with some withdrawal from stopping one, as well as side effects from starting the new medication. You may also experience dizziness and dry mouth. It should improve, after a few weeks, once your body gets used to the medication. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 1 month ago.
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generic lexapro
I was switched from lexapro to escitalopram when my insurance stopped paying for the brand name...within the month I was suicidal, halucinating and very very depressed, something has to be done about the terrible effects escitalopram causes, my MD tried many other types of antidepressents but only lexapro worked on me, the insurance and the pharmacist do not give a crap just pay up and get out of their face. Yet, viagra is fully covered, what kind of idiocy is that???? ## Hello, Cindy! How are you doing? I am very sorry about what happened to you. However, the coverage is decided by your insurance company, not the pharmacist, your doctor or anyone else. Nor is it the same for all insurance companies. What type of doctor have you been seeing? You may do better with a psychiatrist that kn...
Updated 2 months ago.
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