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494087 tn?1257796807

can anyone tell me anything about lexapro?

I went back home to my Family Dr.  He knows my whole history, drug abuse, my heroin addiction, anxiety, social and panic anxiety. He knows me and my health history, I am very comfortable talking to him.  If you havent been reading any of my post, just a quick update,  I am having a very hard time finding a good psychatrist and GP where I moved to.   My current psyc Dr doesnt really listen, he prescribed me remeron 60mg and klonopin 2mg to take at night to help me sleep  I think the klonopin is working but the remeron is all wrong for me.  I am NOT depressed but I think the remeron is making me feel that way and very lathargic and morbid thoughts.  I think the remeron is also making me gain weight, does anyone else think that or feel taht way from remeron?  The klonopin however is perfect for me and my family dr back home agreed so he gave me 60  2mg  klonopin to take in the morning and in the evening with 3 refills and 30 .25 klonopin dissolving wafers to take when I have an attack, which has been happening more than usual lately.  The dr I went to before I went to my family dr prscribed me xanax for my panic attacks and of course they worked but because of my substance abuse past I would have taken them only to get a buzz and I know that so I decided not to put myself through that and find another option.   And I have to say I am proud of myself for turning them down, the old me 2 years ago would have took them in a heartbeat. Needless to say the whole bottle would have been gone in a matter of days.  But having said all that my family dr took me off the remeron, changed my doses of klonopin around, added the wafers as needed, and put me on something called lexepro 10 mg, take one tablet by mouth one time daily.   I have not tken one yet, does anyone think I would benefit from them after reading a little bit about my pill history.  I know in the pamphlet that came with the lexepro it says they can increase anxiety.  But other than what I read I know nothing about them,  could someone please tell me what they are for?  obvously my dr can see I have grown up and can take resonsebility for my own medication or he would not have trusted me with the klonopin.  I basically just need some feedback, am I doing the right thing stopping the remeron?  Because I do HATE it.  thanks for reading and I hope some one can relate to my problemo!  THanks
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432009 tn?1304753441
I can only provide some insight about Remeron and weight gain...I'm currently taking it - 30 mg., which is the average therapeutic dosage, and I've gained 15 lb. in the last year. That's one of its biggest disadvantages, plus the sedation. You really have to watch the scales, because you keep getting the "munchies" on it - you just can't stop snacking...it's endless.

I hope lexapro proves helpful to you...I can't provide you any info. on it, as I wasn't able to tolerate it. I took it for 1 or 2 days...felt too "weird" on it.

If you feel that you are not depressed and only need something for anxiety, I think that's important to reinforce that position with your Dr. Have you tried Klonopin by itself? Why can't you do a trial run with that alone? Remember, it will take time for the dosage to reach its peak serum levels for you to know its full effects.

Good luck to you, and be proud of yourself - you've come far!!!!!!
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xan
476009 tn?1211470589
Lexapro is a ssri anti-depressant that is supposed to help somewhat with anxiety also.  My daughter (21) has been taking it since 10/07 though is tapering off now.  It is one of the newer ADs and is a refined version of Celexa.  If you do some web searches you will find those that love it and those that hate it.   The standard dose is 10mg, my daughter's pdoc says that she takes some patients up to 30mg though. It can have side effects.

If you decide to try it be forewarned that you should do a slow taper to get off it as some people have nasty withdrawal.
480448 tn?1426952138
As hope said..it is an SSRI anti-depressant (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)...that works to treat depression and anxiety.  It is actually a combo med...a combination of the components of Prozac and Celexa (two other SSRI's).  MOST SSRI's tend to cause some initial increase in anxiety and feeling of "jitters", but that usually subsides fairly quickly...within a week or two.  Some people have a rougher time with the side effects than others....some have none at all.

I personally am taking Lexapro 40 mg a day (higher dose...starting point is usually 10 mg) and it works great for me.  I have taken it before, years ago also.  Also, SSRI's take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to really start doing its thing where you will notice some improvements.  Sometimesl, dosage adjustments are needed to get the maximum benefit from the med.  Also, if there ever comes a time where you are going to no longer be taking it...be sure to taper off of it under the care of your doc.

Finally.....way to go...you should be SO proud of yourself...you have really made some big, positive changes in your life....and they must really be successful..b/c you said "no" to the Xanax.  Be very proud of yourself.

Keep the lines of communication open with your doc....and be sure to give the SSRI type meds a chance to work...and by all means...please keep posting here....we can help you through a lot of this garbage.  :0)  Plus, everyone here is so supportive...it's a great place to be.

Good luck, let us know what happens, ok?
494087 tn?1257796807
Thanks for your input,  Do you know if lexapro makes you gain weight? I just wanted to add hat I am proud of myself for turning down the xanax, that was a very big step for me.  Thanks for all your help.
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I am thinking of lexapro too. I do not want to feel anxious though. My doc recommended the old prozac. she said it won't make you gain weight and it won't cause jitters.
476009 tn?1211470589
Yes, you should be proud of yourself!  

From the reading I've been doing weight gain is one of the reasons given by people wanting to get off Lex. Some seem to complain especially about weight gain in the tummy area.   My daughter lost weight initially on Lex and is just putting a bit back on now that she's tapering off.  (She is tiny so weight loss was bad).  Everyone is different I guess.  In her case she may not have been on it long enough to encounter that side effect.  
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