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bluntforcetrauma
02-20-2008, 11:42 AM
Reading online, I find that Lexapro causes weight gain and drowsiness! I'm so mad I could bite nails. And to top it off it takes 3 months to get off the crap. It's going down the toilet right now. I'm done with the medical profession.

Cassiopeia
02-20-2008, 12:14 PM
be careful. going cold turkey can be really rough. just cut back slowly.

i understand how you feel. it's difficult at best to trust doctors. there are alternative so anti depressants. they just are a lot harder. and take more time.

kristie911
02-20-2008, 12:49 PM
Don't go cold turkey! It took me about a month to wean off it completely.

Also, it made me drowsy when I started taking it but that only lasted a week and I didn't gain any weight. Not to mention, the stuff helped me so much I nearly wept at my doctors feet.

bluntforcetrauma
02-20-2008, 05:10 PM
be careful. going cold turkey can be really rough. just cut back slowly.

i understand how you feel. it's difficult at best to trust doctors. there are alternative so anti depressants. they just are a lot harder. and take more time.

I've never trusted doctors. Heck, I was on it for only one day. I don't think there'll be many side effects from withdrawal.


Don't go cold turkey! It took me about a month to wean off it completely.

Also, it made me drowsy when I started taking it but that only lasted a week and I didn't gain any weight. Not to mention, the stuff helped me so much I nearly wept at my doctors feet.

I don't like feeling tired or drowsy. Can't they just make you eat something natural, like... umm... rhubarb pie? May not help, but it tastes good.

rhymegirl
02-20-2008, 05:28 PM
What's Lexapro?

bluntforcetrauma
02-20-2008, 05:34 PM
What's Lexapro?

My doctor prescribed it to me for depression. I'm throwing it out and climbing back aboard the short bus with my protective head gear.

Cassiopeia
02-20-2008, 09:45 PM
Um from your initial post I thought you'd been on it for awhile. I had a friend who was on Lexipro and she actually lost weight. If you take it before bed, it might be a great way to get sleep. Now I'm not a huge fan of medications but if you wanted to try it, why not give it a chance?

writerterri
02-20-2008, 10:53 PM
Give it a chance first? You may feel better. Mine is the same type. I can't miss a pill or I feel strange. But I feel better when I'm on the med than when I'm not.

It's up to you though. Maybe you could try something at a health food store. Those have to be watched as well.

Good luck!

stormie
02-20-2008, 11:07 PM
Bluntforcetrauma, please, don't stop it. Give it at least two weeks. I know. For instance, Depakote for many people makes them gain weight and feel tired. Three people in my family have been on it for one thing or another. Two had to switch, but the third person is fine with it. No weight gain, no more sleepiness after a week.

PM me if you need to, okay? Please give it a chance!

Soccer Mom
02-20-2008, 11:28 PM
Yes, please don't rush off to quickly. Give it a chance first.

Shwebb
02-21-2008, 12:32 AM
Truly, it's worth sticking with for a little while. I've had weight gain with a few of the meds I've been on in the past, but I can say I'd rather deal with a few extra pounds than to feel I'm stuck in Hell inside my own head, wondering if this is the bottom or if I'm going to fall even farther.

And if Lexapro isn't the med for you, there are still others to try.

Don't give up hope, Rick. :Hug2:

Pat~
02-21-2008, 01:01 AM
Reading online, I find that Lexapro causes weight gain and drowsiness! I'm so mad I could bite nails. And to top it off it takes 3 months to get off the crap. It's going down the toilet right now. I'm done with the medical profession.

Rick, they ALL say that in their literature. They have to if anyone at all in their studies reported that as a symptom. It doesn't mean that you will necessarily have that problem, though. Trust me, I know. (I've tried a variety of depression meds.)

Shadow_Ferret
02-21-2008, 01:34 AM
I've always trusted my doctor. If something didn't work for me, I discussed it with him and he'd recommend an alternative.

Never have understood this doctor bashing stuff.

And all medications have side effects. However, those side effects don't effect everyone. They simply have to list them. My HBP meds give some people coughs or muscle spasms. I haven't experienced either at all. Whereas my cholesterol meds caused my legs to swell (NOT a listed side effect, but it happened anyway) and we switched and everything was fine.

bluntforcetrauma
02-21-2008, 02:24 AM
Sorry for getting all riled up. When I take something and it knocks me out, I freak. I don't like feeling tired.

I'll give it a little longer, then make a decision. In the meantime, I'll get back to each of you with reps as soon as time permits.

Love you all.

Soccer Mom
02-21-2008, 03:45 AM
It's okay, Rick. It will take time for the meds to help smooth things out. It was just a temporary panic. Feel free to panic here anytime. We're here to support you.

Serenity
02-21-2008, 04:04 AM
I'm going to reiterate what others have said here, just because it's listed as a side effect does not necessarily mean that it is one. My cousin is a pharmacist and said that when they do trials, they have to report and list anything that happens to the subject as a possible side effect for basically a CYA reason.

And I'll also second the suggestion to try it at night until your body adjusts to its presence in your system, then maybe an hour or two before your bedtime to see if that drowsiness is still a side effect, then talk to your doctor and voice your concerns.

I'm sure you will be fine!

stormie
02-21-2008, 04:06 AM
Whew. And here I was having a panic attack myself thinking "Too late! He flushed them down the toilet!"

It takes time, believe me. And yes, Melissa's right. Take them at night if you can. At least eight hours before you have to get up in the morning. And it might take a week or two for your body to adjust to them.

kristie911
02-21-2008, 06:51 AM
By the fifth day on Lexapro, my drowsiness was totally gone and I didn't experience any other side effects. I know I said it once but seriously, it made me feel so much better I would have taken some of the side effects. I couldn't believe what life was like once the anxiety was gone.

bluntforcetrauma
02-21-2008, 08:01 AM
It's okay, Rick. It will take time for the meds to help smooth things out. It was just a temporary panic. Feel free to panic here anytime. We're here to support you.

Just wait till tornado season. I panic like as little girl.


I'm going to reiterate what others have said here, just because it's listed as a side effect does not necessarily mean that it is one. My cousin is a pharmacist and said that when they do trials, they have to report and list anything that happens to the subject as a possible side effect for basically a CYA reason.

And I'll also second the suggestion to try it at night until your body adjusts to its presence in your system, then maybe an hour or two before your bedtime to see if that drowsiness is still a side effect, then talk to your doctor and voice your concerns.

I'm sure you will be fine!

Thanks. Once again, the pill knocked me cold. But I'm hanging in there.


Whew. And here I was having a panic attack myself thinking "Too late! He flushed them down the toilet!"

It takes time, believe me. And yes, Melissa's right. Take them at night if you can. At least eight hours before you have to get up in the morning. And it might take a week or two for your body to adjust to them.

I only sleep a couple hours a day. This is gonna really mess with my schedule.


By the fifth day on Lexapro, my drowsiness was totally gone and I didn't experience any other side effects. I know I said it once but seriously, it made me feel so much better I would have taken some of the side effects. I couldn't believe what life was like once the anxiety was gone.

But what about those times I feel so ecstatic that I know I'll take off through the stratosphere? Is that gonna be gone?

Shwebb
02-21-2008, 08:32 AM
Rick, when you described your mental symptoms to the doc, did you mention periods of euphoria, those feelings like you could take off through the stratosphere? That sort of extreme ends points to the possibility that you are bipolar. If he did not know that info before, please call him tomorrow and find out. There are meds for that sort of specific problem that help to stabilize your emotions.

Let us know how that goes, please. We care about you and are pulling for you, with you--for you to be healthy, to feel healthy, again!

Sean D. Schaffer
02-21-2008, 08:55 AM
Reading online, I find that Lexapro causes weight gain and drowsiness! I'm so mad I could bite nails. And to top it off it takes 3 months to get off the crap. It's going down the toilet right now. I'm done with the medical profession.


BFT,

Don't go off the med until you've had a chance to see if it works for you or not. Also, the weight gain and drowsiness are side effects that some people get, and some don't. You have to take that into consideration, because medications are not like, say, stereos or computers. They don't all work the same for all people.

When I started on anti-depressants, I started on, I think, Zoloft. That med gave me night terrors, so they put me on something else. They continued treating me with differing meds until they found one that worked well with my brain.

My point is, don't give in to the hype. Just because some people gained weight and got drowsy on Lexapro, does not mean you will. You have to experience its effects for yourself, or the doctors won't ever know what will work and what won't, for you.


I'm sorry you're feeling bad about this situation, but please, look before you leap, because what the sites say is not always what's going to happen.


--Sean

benbradley
02-21-2008, 10:20 AM
What's Lexapro?
It's one of those recent "SSRI" antidepressants. Prozac was the original, or at least the "big seller" about 10-20 years ago.

There was a recent thread in which these were discussed, but I hesitate to point it out...

stormie
02-21-2008, 10:42 PM
That drowsiness will go away as your body adjusts. Give it some time. Keep in touch with your doctor.

III
02-21-2008, 11:00 PM
Lots of great advice and experience on this thread. I have nothing to add except "hang in there and we're all pulling for you Rick!"

writerterri
02-22-2008, 01:00 AM
And I wanted to add that when you feel your worst, even while on the pills, you MUST walk for an hour. The endorphins will kick in a lot better than when you're not on the meds and you'll get a kick out of the good feeling from a brisk walk. I have to walk a lot around my period time and it gives me a real boost. Before I was on the meds I didn't feel the effects of the walk. It's almost a manic high I get from walking while on antidepressants. Weird, huh? But I like it. I get a lot done and I am not gaining weight as the pamphlet said I might.

Best!

bluntforcetrauma
02-22-2008, 01:32 AM
Rick, when you described your mental symptoms to the doc, did you mention periods of euphoria, those feelings like you could take off through the stratosphere? That sort of extreme ends points to the possibility that you are bipolar. If he did not know that info before, please call him tomorrow and find out. There are meds for that sort of specific problem that help to stabilize your emotions.

Let us know how that goes, please. We care about you and are pulling for you, with you--for you to be healthy, to feel healthy, again!

I told her, but she called it depression.


BFT,

When I started on anti-depressants, I started on, I think, Zoloft. That med gave me night terrors, so they put me on something else. They continued treating me with differing meds until they found one that worked well with my brain.

My point is, don't give in to the hype. Just because some people gained weight and got drowsy on Lexapro, does not mean you will. You have to experience its effects for yourself, or the doctors won't ever know what will work and what won't, for you.


I'm sorry you're feeling bad about this situation, but please, look before you leap, because what the sites say is not always what's going to happen.


--Sean

I have problems with leaping before I look. My sister was onall kinds of these drugs. She's a complete basket case now. Worries me a bit.


It's one of those recent "SSRI" antidepressants. Prozac was the original, or at least the "big seller" about 10-20 years ago.

There was a recent thread in which these were discussed, but I hesitate to point it out...

Oops. Shoulda checked the thread out first.


That drowsiness will go away as your body adjusts. Give it some time. Keep in touch with your doctor.

Can't wait. This sleeping 6 hours a day is wasting my time.


Lots of great advice and experience on this thread. I have nothing to add except "hang in there and we're all pulling for you Rick!"

I can't lose with support like this.


And I wanted to add that when you feel your worst, even while on the pills, you MUST walk for an hour. The endorphins will kick in a lot better than when you're not on the meds and you'll get a kick out of the good feeling from a brisk walk. I have to walk a lot around my period time and it gives me a real boost. Before I was on the meds I didn't feel the effects of the walk. It's almost a manic high I get from walking while on antidepressants. Weird, huh? But I like it. I get a lot done and I am not gaining weight as the pamphlet said I might.

Best!

Aarghhh! We're all junkies! Thanks for the comforting words.

bluntforcetrauma
02-22-2008, 02:28 AM
If you're a ghost in your house all night long, that's not exactly a good sign.

Been that way all my life.

Shwebb
02-22-2008, 03:29 AM
And unfortunately, some doctors will see what they want to see, regardless of what is really right in front of them. I've often said that I feel like I'm an elephant in a room full of blind men.

If you don't feel like the doc is treating your problems completely, get a second opinion. Truly.

William Haskins
02-22-2008, 04:04 AM
quitting anti-depressants cold-turkey will lead to a host of physical and psychological side effects.

bluntforcetrauma
02-22-2008, 04:10 AM
Oh, God...YES. Always important to get a second opinion. I once had a doctor tell me to exercise. That was the cure for all that ailed me. I was on death's door, lost...and he told me to exercise. Even in my state, or perhaps because of my state, I knew he was a flake who knew nothing of mental illness. A pompous flake. But you can find a doctor you can put your trust into, if you look.

She said I was depressed. I asked for a second opinion. She said I was ugly too. Uhh...sorry to say, but I chose my doctor because she was cute. Duh...

bluntforcetrauma
02-22-2008, 11:09 AM
Great news! I managed to stay awake after taking the med this evening. Knew I could beat it!