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    Quote Originally Posted by maliafee View Post
    I took Lexapro for quite a while (six months) and my dose was low, 10 mg. It helped me with my depression but had a few annoying side affects. I got diagnosed with a couple anxiety disorders and my psychiatrist doubled the dosage. Within four months I had gained almost 40 pounds!!! Also, when I decided to quit, I went through at least 6 months of MISERY quitting the drug --> vertigo, nervous brain "zaps" where you feel like you're rebooting, numbness and tingling, sexual side affects, nausea, weakness, exhaustion/fatigue, clumsiness, crying jags, bad mood swings. REALLY effective drug to take, horribly upsetting weight gain, and really annoying side affects to quit.

    I am now on NOTHING and all is fairly good.
    OH MY GOODNESS. I had NO idea Lexapro had such major side effects. It has a weight gain profile similar to Valproic Acid/Depakote. That's really rough, I'm sorry you had to deal with that.

    You're on NOTHING! Good for you! You have guts and determination. I take Xanax occasionally, most of the time it's when I can't sleep, maybe once or twice per year I have a really tense/stressful day and it helps then too, but that's about it. The rest of the time I just stick with two glasses of red wine per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    OH MY GOODNESS. I had NO idea Lexapro had such major side effects. It has a weight gain profile similar to Valproic Acid/Depakote. That's really rough, I'm sorry you had to deal with that.

    You're on NOTHING! Good for you! You have guts and determination. I take Xanax occasionally, most of the time it's when I can't sleep, maybe once or twice per year I have a really tense/stressful day and it helps then too, but that's about it. The rest of the time I just stick with two glasses of red wine per day.

    I would LOVE xanax. I used to take it occasionally as well. But my prescription ran out and I want to have babies in a couple-three years so it's better to be on nothing now. Plus, I get migraines so have to take medicine for that as it is. :P

    Thanks for the encouragement/support. It was SO hard to quit Lexipro. But if a person wants to be on a drug indefinitely for anxiety or depression, I recommend it (it can make you MORE anxious for the first couple days/weeks, however).

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    Has anybody tried Celexa? A friend of mine was doing well on it, but lately has been on a terrible downward spiral and is considering changing drugs. Frankly, I am skeptical about the drugs and think what he really needs is to fix a few underlying issues in his life before anything can really help him. But maybe he has a point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maliafee View Post
    I would LOVE xanax. I used to take it occasionally as well. But my prescription ran out and I want to have babies in a couple-three years so it's better to be on nothing now. Plus, I get migraines so have to take medicine for that as it is. :P

    Thanks for the encouragement/support. It was SO hard to quit Lexipro. But if a person wants to be on a drug indefinitely for anxiety or depression, I recommend it (it can make you MORE anxious for the first couple days/weeks, however).
    I was originally prescribed Xanax for insomnia. My doctor initially prescribed Ambien and it turned out I am allergic to it, my uvula sweeled to the size of my tongue and I had to go the ER to get shot up with epiniphrine, decadron, and 1,000 mg of Benadryl (A weird buzz that was!). Since I almost died from that he switched me to Xanax to be safe as it is pretty harmless.

    I've had migraines since I was a kid, on and off. A few months ago I got a combination headache (migraine, sinus, and tension headache all at the same time). I went to the Urgent Care clinic of my HMO. They shot me up with three things (my butt hurt for a week!): (1) Stadol, (2) Decadrom, and (3) Caffeine, Butalibital, and Acetaminophen. Immediately after I got the three shots I was ordered into a wheelchair. Immediately after I began to verbally protest such said order the meds kicked in. I was ZONKED. I was babbling to the staff and my wife and the nurse who wheeled me to our mini-van basically laughed at me the whole trip to the car. When we were in the mini-van a little girl and her mom crossed in front of us (in the sidewalk) and it was night time. The little girls looked at me, her mother disappeared before my eyes and the girl sprouted angel's wings and dissipated into a cloud of bubbles that floated up into the sky. I have NEVER seen anything like it. Then I told my wife I was hungry (big surprise) so she stopped at Wendy's and I got a triple bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a Dr. Pepper. I couldn't even see the sandwich, all I could do was look at the wrapper, open it, and feel the weight and the warmth of the burger. I just dove into it and ate bite by bite until it was gone (maybe 2.2 minutes) and then got into the fries. My wife said I looked like a 2 year old with food all over his face by the time we got home. She wiped off my mug and pointed me toward our bedroom. I collapsed onto the bed and did not wake up for 14 hours.

    Now I have a Rx for Fioricet for migraines. It works wonders!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    I was originally prescribed Xanax for insomnia. My doctor initially prescribed Ambien and it turned out I am allergic to it, my uvula sweeled to the size of my tongue and I had to go the ER to get shot up with epiniphrine, decadron, and 1,000 mg of Benadryl (A weird buzz that was!). Since I almost died from that he switched me to Xanax to be safe as it is pretty harmless.

    I've had migraines since I was a kid, on and off. A few months ago I got a combination headache (migraine, sinus, and tension headache all at the same time). I went to the Urgent Care clinic of my HMO. They shot me up with three things (my butt hurt for a week!): (1) Stadol, (2) Decadrom, and (3) Caffeine, Butalibital, and Acetaminophen. Immediately after I got the three shots I was ordered into a wheelchair. Immediately after I began to verbally protest such said order the meds kicked in. I was ZONKED. I was babbling to the staff and my wife and the nurse who wheeled me to our mini-van basically laughed at me the whole trip to the car. When we were in the mini-van a little girl and her mom crossed in front of us (in the sidewalk) and it was night time. The little girls looked at me, her mother disappeared before my eyes and the girl sprouted angel's wings and dissipated into a cloud of bubbles that floated up into the sky. I have NEVER seen anything like it. Then I told my wife I was hungry (big surprise) so she stopped at Wendy's and I got a triple bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a Dr. Pepper. I couldn't even see the sandwich, all I could do was look at the wrapper, open it, and feel the weight and the warmth of the burger. I just dove into it and ate bite by bite until it was gone (maybe 2.2 minutes) and then got into the fries. My wife said I looked like a 2 year old with food all over his face by the time we got home. She wiped off my mug and pointed me toward our bedroom. I collapsed onto the bed and did not wake up for 14 hours.

    Now I have a Rx for Fioricet for migraines. It works wonders!!!
    Wow what a tale!!! :P

    My migraines used to be so bad I'd get a 2 1/2 day-er every 6 days and they were incapacitating. So bad to the point I considered going on disability. But I've been taking a whole bunch of supplements (my INFJ mom is very into holistic treatments and my doctor has approved the supplements I'm taking) and now they're down to every 2 weeks and a lot milder pain. I take Relpax for them.

    What's Fioricet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by InaF3157 View Post
    Has anybody tried Celexa? A friend of mine was doing well on it, but lately has been on a terrible downward spiral and is considering changing drugs. Frankly, I am skeptical about the drugs and think what he really needs is to fix a few underlying issues in his life before anything can really help him. But maybe he has a point?
    I had two friends complain of similar side effects when they were on citalopram (the tradename was different) and in the end had to change medications due to condition worsening. Personally it worked well for me during depression, but I only took a small dose due to medical sensitivities.

    Underlying issues should be fixed, it's not like meds fix it all, just make it more bearable. Depending on issue though, they may very much be required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sade View Post
    I had two friends complain of similar side effects when they were on citalopram (the tradename was different) and in the end had to change medications due to condition worsening. Personally it worked well for me during depression, but I only took a small dose due to medical sensitivities.

    Underlying issues should be fixed, it's not like meds fix it all, just make it more bearable. Depending on issue though, they may very much be required.
    Really? I just started on this thing like a week ago. I guess I better keep an eye out then.
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    I'm on Wellbutrin...definitely the best antidepressant I've ever taken.

    It has helped me get out of my shell and has worked wonders for me.

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    Since you guys are on the subject . . .

    What's the Paxil replacement drug? In other words, I think they discontinued Paxil because of the side-effects *head twitches* and I was wondering what those folks transitioned to?
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    I've been taking paxil forever (pretty sure it made me fat). It helps though. I also took zoloft at one point, but it didn't help as much.
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