Lexapro for postpartum anxiety

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Today I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety. I was wondering if anyone else was proscribed Prozac for this and if it helped?! Would like to see the light at the end of this dreadful tunnel. I also posted this in the forum but noticed no one has posted in there since July so I thought I would get a better response here.
Has anyone ever experinced postpartum anxiety to entremes of panic? After I had my daughter I didn't sleep for like four days. I had heart palp. And believed that I would die from lack of sleep. Finally doc.presribed me a lunesta and some xanax. Knocked me out for 12 hours. Then I was fine. Nine months later the anxiety slowly creeped back and I started to lose sleep little by little, till I wad so panicky at bedime that I couldnt sleep at all.
I currently have postpartum depression and anxiety and am taking medication for this. However, my ruminating thoughts are still haunting me and I wanted to know how I can help cope and heal. Ever since, my baby's birth, I've been having thoughts of being homeless and constantly worrying about this to the point it makes me physically ill and depressed. My psychiatrist says the medication should help with the thoughts and it has in intensity but these thoughts are still there.
This is my first pregnancy and my doctor has warned me that I should taper off my Lexapro at 20 weeks. I have a pretty severe anxiety disorder and Lexapro saved/changed my life. I don't want to endanger my baby but I am wondering how other moms coped with this. Thanks!
I have done VERY well on lexapro for almost 3 years now. No heart palpilatations, no more of the anxiety for no reasons, etc. All of a sudden last Sunday I started feeling like I had an anxious feeling but it passed by Monday morning. For the next few days I felt out of it but that was probably due to hormones cause I was going to get my period towards the end of the week. I also came down with a bad cold/flu. I did not want to smoke so I maybe smoked a whole cigerette out of 4 days.
Its very common and easily dfagnosed by either a conselor or even your ob/gyn. Lexapro is a great medication for PPD and it worked for me. Life is much more enjoyable now. i have energy and its not miserable to get up every morning. I dont cry over everything and find anxiety over things like I did. Talk to your Dr.
I have been taking lexapro 10mg for 8 months for postpartum anxiety and depression. After 6 months of talk therapy and some lifestyle changes I have felt like stopping the lexapro. My dr. said I would not have any side effects from going cold turkey off of 10 mg. I stopped a week ago. I have been exhausted all week and yesterday started feeling some extreme vertigo, hot flashes and nauseousness. I called my psychiatrist and they cannot get me in for 2 weeks. Infuriating.
I was put on lexapro 6 days ago by my PD for anxiety. I have also been on Xanax 1MG XR for 10 days. I took 5mg Lexapro for 4 days. Each day I felt very anxious, as if I had 20 cups of coffee, I had a difficult time focusing and I felt like I was in a complete fog or intoxicated. Needless to say, this was horrifying and I quit taking it after 4 days. 1 day after I quit taking the drug a very scary incident occured.
feeling that others are describing here. The Lexapro has done wonders for the depression and anxiety, but I can't stand losing my wit and creativity like this. Is there *anyone* on this list that posted previously, has gotten off or reduced their dose of an SSRI, and has noticed a marked improvement in memory or cognition? Is it worth trying, or should we all just kiss our short term memory goodbye? Thanks!
I experienced Postpartum Depression after having my baby by c-section. I was given Lexapro to treat it. After a week, the depression subsided, but I started having health problems that I believe are allergic reactions to the medication. I took the medication a little over a month and was told to stop taking it. I did, but here it is three weeks later and I am still having the same problems. First, my tongue swelled, and then my throat swelled up. It caused me breathing problems.
I took Lexapro for many years. If you were put on Lexapro for depression and are now pregnant, I believe that once you are in your second trimester, it should be safe to go back on it, to treat your depression. Of course, ask your doctor. Never take a non-medical person's advice. If you start a pregnancy already depressed, the chances of post-partem depression are even greater. I would talk to your doctor about this.
You may want to talk to your dr about some anxiety medicine. I had horrible anxiety after i had my first son. I thought i was going to lose him and my husband and i was scared to leave the house because i was afraid we would get into an accident or something bad would happen. I never thought anything of it until it got too bad so my husband told me to see my dr and she prescribed me lexapro and i only needed it for two months and i was back to my normal self.
My experience on Lexapro was a good one. It worked well for my anxiety/panic disorder for a long time. It did eventually stop working and now I'm trying Zoloft. Zoloft isn't working yet but it has only been 3 weeks so I can't give it a fair assessment. If you really need meds to control your disorder, think about giving the Lexapro a try. Xanax isn't meant to be a maintenance med. I hope you get to feeling better soon.
I've weaned off and now completely stopped Lexapro for 5 days. Yeah, I'm secretly hoping for the weight to drop off but I highly doubt that. What a huge drag! I conquered an extra 30 pounds about 4 years ago and was really proud that I had a fit pregnancy and only gained about 33 pounds. I thought my weight issues were behind me but no such luck. I am comforted by the fact that my daughter and I are both happy and healthy. Good luck to all!
has anyone suffered from these postpartum? THank you for ALL responses.( Oh and I'm not breastfeeding bc baby Daryck wouldn't latch on:( --- just for those who want to know bc i'm taking medicine)..
Over the years i have been on several meds for anxiety. After 4 years of xanex and a nasty withdrawl, i have stayed off all meds for the last year. a month ago i was given lexpro but had a reaction so was taken off it. Then was given Wellbutrin (generic) 9 days ago. I have called my doctor today as i am experiencing worsened anxiety symptoms, severe sweating, shortness of breathe, facial twitching... etc. They are taking me off of this as well and trying prozac.
Though it was not planned, my boyfriend and I beyond happy and blessed that I have a little bun in the oven. Anyways, I've been taking medication for anxiety and depression the past 4 years (Valium, Lamictal, Zololft), and just yesterday my phsychatrist told me to stop taking the Valium and Lamictal, but stay on the Zoloft, because I am not able to function without it. I'd be having panic attacks all throughout the day, and have terrible depresonalization.
I almost feel as though I am an expert on anxiety as I have been dealing with it for years. Most of my anxiety is under control thanks to Prozac, but I do still get it at night. I either get it while trying to fall asleep or after I have been sleeping for awhile. The only thing that seems to help is taking Ativan before bed. If I do this I never get anxiety during the night. I also have a problem with a racing resting heart rate.
(shes now 10 months) they figured it was postpartum depression. I am on Zoloft for it. For the most part my depression is under control there are times when I have bad days mood wise but I can usually snap out of it quickly (I also have firbomyalgya and thats another huge reason for the depression) At first I felt the same way that you did about taking the anti - depressants. I didn't know what it would do to me and I didn't know if it would make me a different person.
Anti-depressants ( preferably SNRIs like Cymbalta and SSRIs like Lexapro ) are widely used to treat anxiety and they can be the first logical choice for a doctor for a LONG TERM treatment. Short term treatment includes benzodiazepines like Bromazepam, Ativan, Xanax. Anxiety is closely related to depression and even if the patient have no symptoms of depression. Anyway it is always better to consult a therapist before going on meds of it can cure the problem without the need of any medication.
I tried starting a daily long term manager for them, but after finding I am allergic to both Lexapro and Celexa, I've given up on sheer fear of having a severe allergic reaction from any other one that is suggested for me to try. Why is this? Is there anything I can do for it at all? I really would love any suggestions and information on controlling it. It's completely different from the withdrawal anxiety I get when I need a pill, that one I can cope and function with.
I have suffered severe depression and anxiety for about 3 years.. Once i knew what the source of my anxiety was, i felt better.. I also spent 6 months on paxil and had prescription adavant on hand at all times. I hated being medically dependant. I saw a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Neither helped. as far as your irregular cycles go, medication can definately be playing a part in that, as well as stress. Find something to do that relaxes you.
Do you ever feel relaxed?? Or are you always up tight and tense. If you are always up tight and tense I would say that the Prozac may be causing some of these symptoms. SSRIs can be very stimulating or they can be just the opposite and it is not the same for every person. The SSRI that I remember trying in the past and don't remember making me feel on the edge was Zoloft, but like I said, it is not the same for everyone. I am currently coming off of Paxil because of this stimulating effect.
So, three weeks ago I did and they put me on Lexapro 10mg for anxiety and Protonix 40mg for stomach problems that go with my anxiety. So, now I feel better but I wonder if I could avoid all this by stopping the birth control pill. What other options are there for a 20 that doesn't want to have kids for at least 5-8 years?
Therefore, I am going to share with you all what *I* know about these phenomena, and hopefully reassure some of you that this is par for the anxiety course...it while irritating, maybe even maddening...it is totally harmless. Derealization and depersonalization are two terms that are sometimes used interchangably. Truth is, they DO vary a little bit in their presentation....but overall, they also are VERY similar.
Yes I always felt anxiety mostly around day 3 - 4 bad. Then lower anxiety for up to 3 weeks, then fine. I came off it in the end. I think most peeople need a much lower dose than prescribed. But you were on it for a very short time.
I take Ambien and that helps me sleep, but am switching to Lexapro for my anxiety as Celexa didn't really work me. I have been having SEVERE hypo problems for 8 yrs and no one can figure out what is wrong with me. So hang in there!
I went to a psych around 6 months postpartum and was changed to Lexapro which I did ok on till I tried to go up from 10 to 20 mg. it made me jittery and worse sleep problems etc...Psych then added Risperdal which I don't want to take and made me nervous after reading it is used for bipolar and schizaphrenia. After my last appt I was put back on Zoloft with the Risperdal which I'm not taking like I'm supposed to. AND I just found out I'm hyperthyroid. So....
Does anyone what think they are suffering from postpartum depression...or know they are? I'm pretty sure I am. I put a post like last week and a nurse on Herr said that's what it is. Haven't been to my doctor yet but when I have to go back fir my six week check up I'm going to talk to her about it. I just don't feel like I did after my first. It's hard for me to just be happy. I love my girls so much...With all my heart abd soul..but I'm just not happy...
Mine caused terrible anxiety too, and I couldn't break the anxiety/PVC cycle so I started taking Lexapro. I have to say it helped me a lot and hopefully that continues. I never tried beta blockers so I don't know too much about them. Certain ones can slow the heart rate, and for some people like me PVCs are more likely to occur at a slower heart rate. So they, or at least certain ones, are not always helpful. My EP tells me there are some that do not slow the heart rate though.