QHi, Dianne here, age 46, long time sufferer of anxiety/depression.?
I've upped my Lexapro from 10 mg to 15 mg. I've been on the 15mg for about 3 weeks. Still very depressed, won't go out of the house, can't go to work. Lexaporo's pamphlet says to take 10mg for severe depression. My therapist says that I might need to be on 50 mg? I am afraid of all the weight gain etc. I was on Paxil for 17 years for anxiety with great success, but it stopped working. Anyone have any suggestions.....I really don't want to be on anything. I have such bad symptoms that I can hardly function. I am in a bad marriage and I'm going through memopause. I have a clean bill of physical health????
Any suggestions......I am so afraid of weight gain. Should I give the Lexapro more time......I've been on it since Dec. Hormones are "within range" which sounds silly to me since I'm menopausal???
I'm a 24 year old recovering bulimic with depression, anxiety and OCD. In the beginning of my recovery I was doing amazing. It wasn't until I went to a undereducated Psychiatrist that I started getting severe anxiety and depression. He put me on Lexapro then took me off for a period then put me back on. Lexapro made me feel completely helpless and emotionless. I never wanted to leave the house and at one point when I was taking a shower I thought I was a demon. It made me think incredibly dark thoughts and I became suicidal. My usual therapist sent me to a Psychiatrist because she wanted me on Adderall, not depression meds. I'm now on Adderall and doing much better. But now I suffer from anxiety because of the experience I had on Lexapro. I get scared if I have the slightest bit of foreign feelings because I think I'll have a dark spell again...the anxiety kicks in real fast. Please ask your doctor if there are any other types of meds you can take. I would never suggest Lexapro to anyone. A lot of my friends have taken it and they've all said that it too was a terrible experience.
If you've been at it since December without any results , then it's time to try something else . My sister took Lexapro ( or something similar) and did gain some weight. This affected him deeply , and basically do whatever .
I have very severe depression / anxiety ( sister has severe depression ) . We have been in and out of various medicines and are not the same . Each individual has a different chemical imbalance and have different reactions to medications.
I stopped wanting to meet friends and had no motivation to go out and get a job or join some groups for fun . (Now I'm in college ) I stayed inside the house and went to sleep . In the last month I have been able to overcome this with the help of the medications I am .
I am currently in the highest dose of Effexor and Paxil . I am also taking Xanax . It is excellent for calming nerves and make you feel very relaxed . It can become addictive , but that's true for almost every depression med .
I know you do not want to be on drugs . (I know I do not! ) But first get drugs to get yourself on the right track to recovery. Then , as you continue working with your therapist and doctor , it may take to be able to gradually reduce the dose or even stop altogether .
Dianne , I think if you get marriage counseling or if absolutely necessary to leave the marriage , can help your anxiety and depression . I'm sure you've heard that before, though. my mother is going through the same thing. even though I have 35 years , stresses me know that my mom has to go through these things . I'm so sorry you are going through this. maybe if you changed medications . maybe something like the old school as Prozac . I had no weight gain with that. everyone is different , however . Menopause causes weight gain so it is difficult to know whether it would be drug or menopause . you are in my prayers .
Their concerns are unfounded . Many studies show greater efficacy with the addition of a second antidepressant instead of merely increasing the level of one. This is also more efficatious if drugs are in different classes with different action mechnisms . Lexapro effectiveness based linearly only 30 mg per day. Somewhat greater than this would not be beneficial . I've never had anyone to take more than 20mg/day before adding another drug . Lexapro may not be working so well for you , since it belongs to the same class as Paxil .
A very good antidepressant that works well with the SSRI class that is Wellbutrin Lexapro belongs . Studies have shown a marked response regarding depressive tendancies when Wellbutrin was added to another antidepressant . Wellbutrin is well tolerated and not associated with many side effects . The increase in weight is minimal, if any. The only side effect to worry about is if you smoke . Smoking lowers the seizure threshold. Smoking while taking Wellbutrin may predispose someone to seizures . Wellbutrin also makes an ER (extended release ) , the formula should only be taken once daily . I have seen very good results from this combination . Talk to your therapist about this option and see what they think . If you still have questions , contact your doctor for more answers .
Hope this helps
Good Luck !
Hey , Dianne , menopause could be aggravated his depression ? My understanding of menopause ( and I'm only in my 30s , so I have a few more years to go ) is that your hormones go a bit crazy . And you can gain weight from that, too.
If you're so bad it can not work , being in medicine that allows a measure of normality is better than being incapacitated . Maybe if you find the medicine that helps enough , you can add an exercise program ( even if it's just walking) to offset the weight gain .
And being in a bad marriage can also exacerbate emotional problems , too.