First of all, many people who experience weight gain and sexual dysfunction switch to Wellbutrin. Many of the side effects you described may indeed be from withdrawal, but as you have pointed out, it is hard to separate from the original condition. YOu might try a safer way of withdrawal. Go down to ten, then take ten every other day for a week, every third day for the next week, then stop. Yes, the weight will come off.
Thank you for the feedback. It is nice to know from an MD, at least I assume so from your nickname, that the weight issues are not permanent. Many people have no idea just how much this added weight can actually contribute to depressive conditions. I will discuss the alternative meds with my pychiastrist.
Please understand that I did not intend slam the entire medical profession. It is just that my personal experience has somewhat jaded my views. I also have a daughter that is going through her own set of psychological difficulties. We have reached a dead-end with her meds and treatment, as well, and she is only 10. Puberty is just around the corner, and it scares the **** out of me.
In spite of what some folks may think, we have a loving family, and both my spouse and I want to make the situation better. There are so many families in pain due to these types of conditions. What is going on in this country? Are they putting something in our water? Just kidding, but what is causing this "silent" epidemic?
I share your experiences with doctors. Of course, their skepticism would be the sound scientific approach, but we should all remember previously undocumented side-effects are discovered during the course of clinical use of drugs. Vioxx, if I recall correctly, for example, was withdrawn due to the documenting of new side-effects doubling stroke risks.
Regarding Lexapro, which I believe is the US brand name of what in Sweden (I'm swedish) is known as Cipralex (active substance escitalopram), and actually also paroxetin (Paxil), I share the experience of stuffy nose and the runs, but both during regular use.
It is good to hear somebody else has the same issues with lexapro. I have been on 10mg since february. It has done wonderful things for my anxiety however i have gained 20 pounds. I am active, eat well, maintained the same weight for years...coincidence? So i decided 8 days ago to stop. And now for 2 days i have been feeling "weird". Dizzy, nauseated, jittery...I do not have anymore of the pills and do not want to go back to them. I just don't think it is worth it. How long will it take for this sensation to go away? Is this dangerous? Any thoughts are great.
re: the "epidemic" of "depression" (et al.)
Although the incidence of depression and related illnesses is probably increasing due to what the world and culture has become today and people's dealings in it and with it, I think there is also a 'problem' with people not self-medicating like they always have. Usually with alcohol, because it is legal, but also other illicit drugs, and this is not as acceptable today as it was even twenty years ago. (alcohol mostly, including drunkeness, alcoholism, DUI/DWI, etc.) And the stigma on mental illnesses is also lessening, which allows people to seek help and discuss their problems openingly. SO it is probably some of all of these issues that makes it look like an epidemic is occurring. That's my theory, anyway.
It's been over a month since you posted that you'd just bought
Deprex. I'm weaning off Zoloft and looking for an alternative to prescription antidepressants too. I'm wondering how the Deprex has worked out for you. And incidentally, I feel your 20 lbs of pain, and raise you another 30! I was encouraged to see that the weight gain ISNT permanent. Cuz man, if I wasnt depressed before, I am now! By the way, again, since it's been a month since you first posted...has any of the weight come off ? Thanks for the info
I have been taking lexapro 10 mg for the last six months,and I have noticed I have gained around 12 pounds.The Doctor asked me to take a medicine called Topomac 25 mg X 2 a day,to counter the weight gain.I haven't started.
Regarding tapering I heard tapering by 10 % every two weeks,is a better methosd.