Like most people posting to this forum I had to deal with the dry metalic mouth, lack of sleep well I already wasn't sleeping well My had doctor told me that if, in 3 weeks I didn't see improvement in anxiety to increase the Lexapro up to 20mg. I did that and still had anxiety problems, so I went back to the doctor and he pushed me up to 40mg. So the doctor pushed me up to 60mg and cut the Wellbutrin to mg, and added 1mg Klonopin twice daily, for six weeks.
The Klonopin helped me sleep normally even better than Ambien , but left me sleepy, yet full of energy all day and reduces my coordination. As far as anxiety went though I felt more normal than I've ever felt even as a I child I always thought I was more anxious than everyone else-when I was 5 I was predicting I would probably have an ulcer by age It's really exciting to actually be able to do things instead of spending time worrying about doing things.
After two weeks I began to get tolerant to the Klonopin, so I could only get 7 hours sleep a night, and felt more tense. As far as anxiety goes, however, I'm doing well. I went to the doctor today and he took me off of the Wellbutrin, changed my Klonopin dosage to 2mg once a day at night, to help me sleep , and added ABILIFY aripiprazole which is supposed to help with the tension, insomnia, and hypomania, so I can eventually get rid of the Klonopin. Russ at October 22, 1: Placibo effect or not, the first day did begin with a small improvement, but I became very exhausted.
I've been taking it at night, about 30 minutes prior to bedtime and fall asleep within 10 minutes. Now I'm emotionally "stable" compared to my down, grumpy, hopeless personality before. I've returned to the person I was a decade ago. The interference in ejaculation is only a minor problem since my spouse enjoys the extended sessions we now have, and she's more accepting of having them due to the change in my personality.
I let the petty stuff roll off my back, I'm motivated again, and my spouse and I have a revived romantic and intimate realtionship. I am concerned about withdrawl symptoms when I reach that point of stopping, but at this point in time, I have no desire to quit Scott at October 23, 6: Carrie at April 27, Very light-headed and can't concentrate. I think I will go back to my drug of choice Frank at May 9, 8: However, recently I feel that it is becoming less effective. I feel the anxiety creeping back.
Also, some self-loathing and feelings of rejection. This is the longest anything has worked and I can feel a physical sense of anxiety slowly peeking through. Should I increase the dosage? Should I supplement with something else? Should I change to something else? I use Librium if it gets really bad or if I can't relax enough to sleep but I have been starting to take it every night for the past few weeks and sometimes even during the day, which makes me tired.
I just want it to be like it was for 2 years. Nothing has changed in my life. If anything, things are going better than ever. I really feel that the Lexapro is just not working as well any more. Has anyone else experienced this? Prior to this, I had minor success with Luvox for 1 or 2 month intervals but then the night sweats would take over and it would no longer be effective for me. Lexapro has been the only one that allowed me to feel normal - not overcome with anziety or obsessive thoughts or depression.
The only negative is that it has such a sedative effect, dry mouth and I may have gained a little weight but I was willing to live with these things because the anxiety was so under control.
I feel like I am speeding up you can tell from my rambling e-mail! Any advice or shared experiences would be most appreciated!!! ChattyCathy at May 18, 1: Crystal at May 18, Before Lexapro, I took Zoloft for three years which had too many unpleasant side-effects. While I can only speak for myself, I think there may be some insights that others can use from my approach used in taking Lexapro. First, Lexapro is not a cure all.
That is, I treat Lexapro as a means to make further changes in my life. Taking Lexapro allowed me to change my cognitive habits; thinking more positivley, not thinking the worst, reacting to frustration with patience and not anger as I used to react to frustration.
Changing my cognitive habits for the better has worked, but I have a ways to go since I had been depressed for most of my life prior to taking antidepressants. Second, I have increased my exercise routine by playing tennis, singles, hard, for one or more hours a day for at least 5 days a week.
During the weekend, I am always physically active doing things in the house or outside working in the yard. For me, physical work improves my spirits and I just feel better, separate from the Lexapro.
Third, I have developed a couple of other hobbies besides tennis. Since I have a two hour commute, one hour each way, every work day, I listen to books on CDs or jazz. Since my drive is 90 percent open highway, the CDs do not distract me. I know we live in busy times and many of us have very demanding jobs, family, etc.
But my point is, I have fit some hobbies into my life which have enriched it and helped me keep the depression away along with the lexapro.
Last, I focus more on other people's wants and desires, both professionally and personally, and paying more attention to others helps me keep the depression away along with the lexapro. I am also involved with a service organization and have more friends than I ever had before I started taking antidepressants. My depression is caused by both environment and genes; depression runs in my family.
By making small but important steps in enriching my life and taking Lexapro, I have stopped the depresssion. Eventually, I want to stop taking Lexapro just because I hate taking any medicine.
But for now I still require it to help me dissipate my depression which I have not had for years. So far so good. Good luck to all. I would not wish depression on anyone, but at least we have more help SSRIs than prior generations had. This is my first antidepressant drug.
Lack of labido seems tobe the only side effect so far. No one seems to have any thing good to say about it which concerns me. I have heard some good things about Wellbutrin but there is not much feedack on it. My depression has been on and off for about 10 years and I have finaly decided to take it on.
I am seeing a psychologist and have decided to entertain the idea of medication because depression seems to run in my family. This whole process is very confusing!!! Just looking for a little advice!
Brett at July 7, 4: I really started feeling good the second day. Now I feel the depression al over again. It does happen with all antidepressants. They work well at the beginning and then soon after they stop working. Am I taking the wrong dose? Do I need more or less? Maria at July 7, 7: I was on all the rest and paxil devil0 made me more suicidal and hypomanic as hell.
I am a 30 year old male. I have been on Lex for 9 months now and it has been my best friend. To each their own. GLT at July 20, 5: How do I do that without have problems? Nancy at July 23, I think part of the initial period of adjusting to this drug, was due to discontinuing use of alcohol,extremly high heat, and adjusting to a drug. No sleep problems, a little unsteady ejaculation problem only the first couple of days.
Feel kind of flat, but it is somewhat of a relief from the anxiety. Have first appointment with shrink next week. David at July 27, 1: I can not really say if my anxiety is subsided.
I also find myself loosing focus with my vision and getting slightly dizzy.. Was dizzy during the day, but attributed it to having not eaten. Went to dinner and was unable to finish it which is totally unusual for me. I asked for something to help me focus, so that I could actually finish some tasks in my life I go from thing to thing without actually finishing anything.