Lexapro vs effexor

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I am in the process of changing from 75 mg. Effexor to Lexapro after 4 months on effexor. My Dr. said for one week to cut down effexor to 37.5 and take half a 10 mg. Lexapro. Then second week to take half the 37.5 and 3/4 pill of Lexapro, then stop effexor completely and take the full 10 mg. of Lexapro. I also take 1 mg. Klonopin three times a day and 50 mg. Tenormin for the MVP/anxiety. For the first 10 days I felt great. Very relaxed, sleeping great and no anxiety at all.
I have tried Lexapro, Zoloft, Abilify, Risperdal (which I was allergic too) and a whole sleu of other anti-depressants. I finally ended up on Effexor XR. In the beginning it seemed that all is well. After almost 3 years fo taking Effexor Xr I've been getting nothing but worsening sypmtoms. Anxiety, DEPRESSION 10 fold. My social life if gone, due to my fear of people. I had a Dr. appt. yesterday and asked to be switched backto Zoloft.
the weight gain with effexor and then even more so with lexapro. I was on effexor for approx a year+, then on lexapro for only 3months...I started to gain weight and it's taken me 7 months after not taking any of the meds to lose 7 pounds. I've always been obsessive with excercise and dieting, yet none of this has helped....soooo frustrating. I just got back on prozac and the weight is starting to drop...
Another antidepressant good for anxiety is Effexor. This is an SNRI which is slightly different from Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac, etc. It is both a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor which acts as a dual combatant for anxiety.
I have tried weaning off the effexor XR a couple times and have gone into Panic Attack mode when I do. I only will get a panic attack maybe 2-3x a year, so I know that the medicine has helped (for 6 years), but I have to say that it definetly has decreased my sexual relationship with my husband (I have heard this is a common side effect). I have heard that lexapro or wellbutrin do not do this.
i took it for about a year and then got off it because one side effect was increased appetite and I gained like 20+ pounds. So I then went to Effexor, Lexapro, Remron, and I am now on Pristiq. SO far the prestiq has helped my depression. I got severely depressed a few months back because I was not doing anything. I would just lay in my room all day because of the fear of my panic attacks. Anyway lets just say that I am getting back to my old and happy self.
There really is nothing that needs being done about it. It's no secret that SNRI drugs such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta do have a higher risk of what is called Discontinuation Syndrome. SSRI's can also be nasty buggers to discontinue. Paxil being one of many. I hear a lot of people complain about antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, but I never hear then speak of the flip side. I used to take Effexor XR at 300Mgs a day for about 4 years.
I know it has the s enhibitors and the r. The lexapro I want to take has a lot of the r enhibitors. I can't afford lexapro its 90 a month. I got 2 free samples that are good for 2 weeks and then i can get one month of a prescription for free. but the Celexa is only 10 dollars a month. So my question is what should i get on for my anxiety? I also have pre mature ejaculation and im wondering what is the best ssri for that?
I am here to tell you ALL my HORRID experiences from Lexapro withdrawls. OH my God... where do I begin? Ok...I started taking Lexapro in Octorber of 2004. Also was put on klonipin. Because what I have is Depression/Anxiety/panic attacks. Yes I have all those 3 wonderful traits. My psychiatrist started me on 20 mgs of Lexapro, then my sex drive dissapeard..( not good). So he lowered it to 10 mgs, then my sex life was back to normal.
Hi. I'm on tamoxifen so I can't take any meds which inhibit cyp2D6 enzymes. I've been on almost ALL SSRI ( Effexor, lexapro, celexa, nortriptyline, fetzima, & viibryd) & my depression worsens with them (suicidal thoughts, etc). The only one that has helped is remeron but every time I've had to return to remeron I gain weight. I'm usually 110-112 and eat very well & workout almost everyday.
My husband will be going on antidepessants and I would like comments on Lexapro and Lexapro vs Effexor Xr. All comments are heplful. Thank you!
Has anyone taken Effexor and, if so, did you experience any weight related side-effects. I am worried about gaining weight and will not take this medicine until I find out. I'm just scared because SSRIs cause gain. Even though this is not an SSRI, it could cause weight gain.
Granted, we are all different, but with that being said, I had virtually no side effects from Lexapro. Celexa is very close in chemical makeup, but that one didn't work well for me for my anxiety. I know it does for others, with minimal side effects, so it may be a good choice.
Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, amitryptiline, Paxil, trazadone, Serzone...all but MAOIs. They either had no effect or the averse effects outweighed the positive (zoloft kept me afloat by making me numb to all feelings altogether). Finally, in 2003, I was in a study for treatment resistant depression and Lexapro quite literally saved my life. I was later switched to Celexa for financial reasons. I had no problems transitioning and have taken it for the past six years.
When I was on effexor alone, I became suicidal (never before), cut myself(never before) did sexually provocative things( my husband loved that) and as an artist, became more creative. Was this just effexor....or do other anti depressants do this to bipolars? I read that effexor was a medication that increased serrototin and neoriprimine( you know what I am trying to spell, right?) and that because of the increase in these two neurotransmitters, dopamine is bombarded and basically suffocated.
Can I react differently to the Celexa than the Lexapro? Is it possible that with the Celexa I will have less side-effects since it's a more dirty version of the Lexapro it's suppose to have more side-effects no? Also, the only one SSRI who work in the past for my panic disorder is the Paxil... but hte Paxil do nothing for the social anxiety, like all the antidepressant meds I try...
I just tried Wellbutrin because I read that it had fewer side effects than others and may help lose weight (and I had just tried Cymbalta and Effexor and didn't like the side effects)...I was a little hesitant to try Wellbutrin since I had success with Prozac in the past, which works on Serotonin (like Zoloft) and Wellbutrin works on Dopamine (a completely different drug)...
I've gained over 80 lbs. in 3 years. The only changes that I have are the lexapro 20 mg/day. I've gone to the gym and work out 5 days a week and can't lose more than 5 lbs in 3 months? Lab for thyroid came back ok. Anyone else have this problem, can it be the lexapro or my age(36)? Please help.Thank you in advance.
i am scared to death to start on an antidepressant after reading some of these posts. my MD rxed Lexapro 10 mg. yesterday and i almost took it but stopped after coming across this site. the withdrawal sxs are horrific. but i also feel horrific right now--what do i do? have you heard of these natural txs--Amoryn, Seredyn, Mindsoothe, Anxius, and Deprex? they all have similar yet different ingredients such as St. John's Wort and Tyrosine and 5HTP. have these worked on anyone?
I talked to my doctor and she disagreed with putting me on Ativan. She recommended Lexapro. I went to the pharmacy and my insurance wound up not covering it (it was a hundred and something dollars!). They contacted my doctor and she faxed over an authorization for a generic prescription for Paxil. Well I got it filled and later that day I made the mistake of taking the Paxil a couple of hour before bed (I slept for 4 hrs).
on the possibility of the long-term use of klonopin possibly CAUSING my problems. They just added Lexapro, which didn't work, as all anti-depressants make me extremely hostile, which isn't good. I feel so dizzy, chronic headache, never leave the house because I have no energy, blah blah blah. So, in answer to your question, the transition from Xanax to Klonopin went pretty well, but now, 25 yrs.
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