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one week of hell
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I took 5 mg for one week. Day 5, 6, and 7 my depression and anxiety increased. On day 8 I took 10 mg as directed by my Dr. Oh my... The anxiety was awful. An empty void in my soul - all day. Like I was drowning. And I had shaky hands. Next day I am 90% better. Feel great - started on wellbutrin (generic) for my mild to moderate depression. I am 45 and don't have a history of taking anti depressants. Last few years I had mild depression- and mild anxiety thru most of my life.
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Lexapro Brand versus generic escitalopram
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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 3 days ago.
Lexapro Withdrawals
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I have been off Lexapro for almost a week now (1 year on 20mg) I am having horrible withdrawals eg. Feeling like Im being zapped through my head chest & arms, especially when I move, insomnia, feeling obsessive, feeling manic, no concentration, feeling like I'm not myself and so on.. I'm just wanting to know if there is anything I can do as I am so close to just starting back on them, I don't know if I can handle this
Updated 11 days ago.
Indianapolis Dr Psych willing to prescribe benzodiazepines
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I had a tremendously horrible up-bringing. My parents werent physical, with me, but the verbal abuse was so intense that I can no longer take it. I worry non-stop then I worry about why I am worrying about so many things. Takes me forever to fall asleep, then I get up tired. I just completed 6 weeks of Lexapro, & sure, it helps...but only just very slightly makes me feel happier. Ive had Effexor XR, Zoloft & Abilify. All of it makes me weird & extremely tired. Not a good pride to pay for the very minute feeling of happiness. And yes, I let them run their course for 3-4 weeks. I cannot handle it anymore. I cant even look for them off the street now because i cant chance a random UA at my job. I have zero self-esteem, have a hard time communicating & i just want it to go a...
Updated 13 days ago.
looking for doctor in winsboro tx
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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 16 days ago.
stopping lexapro (concerns, advice?)
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Hello All, I was prescribed the generic for lexapro at 10mg daily about a month ago. The first week I felt an increase in anxiety symptoms but after about 2 weeks I felt that the drug was working for me. However, recently events have transpired in my life that have greatly affected my overall anxiety/wellbeing due to someone I care about finding themselves in a horrendous situation. Since this circumstance, I have found that I am in a constant state of worry and fixation on the event, with crying episodes happening frequently. Because what I am going through at the moment, I am choosing to stop lexapro because it is having no effect on my mood and I do not think any drug could influence my mood positively because it is from an external source. I am starting to believe I may not even hav...
Updated 18 days ago.
will lexapro show up on a drug test
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I just started this med so I would like to know because I take U.A
Updated 19 days ago.
benzodiazepine and lexapro withdrawl
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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 20 days ago.
Lexapro and Panic Attacks
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Hello All, I was taking Lexapro for 3 days and on the third day, I was experiencing problems simular to a panic attack. I have not taken the medicine in 3-4 weeks but I am still having panic attack when I take vitamins. My family doctor has said that Lexapro is out of my system after a few days. Did I just rewire my brain to panic attack after feeling different from vitamins and other OTC meds?
Updated 20 days ago.
drinking on Lexapro
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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 21 days ago.
Lexapro works!!
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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 26 days ago.
Escitalopram Withdrawal Symptoms????????
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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 26 days ago.
Lexapro for anxiety on benzo withdrawal
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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 27 days ago.
lexapro withdrawal and dizziness
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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 27 days ago.
Lexapro Withdrawl after only 3wks?
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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 27 days ago.
Lexapro Withdrawal
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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 27 days ago.
Lexapro and What You Can Expect From It
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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 29 days ago.
1st 2 days on Lexypro for anxiety
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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 1 month ago.
round white pill split on one side 20 on the other side
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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 1 month ago.
depression & anxiety resistant to anti depressants
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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 1 month ago.

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