Have you had any experience with Lexapro?

I would like to know any info or feedback you might have on lexapro.

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Though neither Erika or I has had much experience with Lexapro, I was able to hunt someone down who has! Thanks for your help Kaley!!!

Dear Lexapro,

Yes, I have had experience with Lexapro.  Before I was diagnosed as Bipolar, my psychiatrist thought that I had Panic Disorder.  Lexapro is used for several things, including anxiety disorders and depression.  It is a member of a family of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.  They help your brain slow down the absorption of serotonin, which can help with anxiety or depression.

I am guessing that you are Bipolar as you are asking a question on this site.  Anti-depressants can work in Bipolar patients, especially if you are also taking an anti-psychotic medication (for example, Seroquel, Risperdal, Geodon, or Abilify).  They work because they protect you from becoming too low and too depressed, while the anti-psychotics protect you from getting too high or too manic.

Lexapro is only one medication is a very large family of SSRIs, and unfortunately many times you and your doctor can end up playing a game of “guess and check” until you find the right one.  Lexapro was not the right one for me.  I had been on five different SSRIs before I took Lexapro.  The worst side effect I had on it was it made me gain weight.  It wasn’t a lot, but enough that I wasn’t happy about it.  Other than that, it did little for me.  I still felt anxious and I knew it was not working.  I was on it for about four months, so I genuinely gave it a fair chance.  At the time I was also taking Xanax XR (again, the doctors thought I had Panic Disorder, not Bipolar).

What ended up working for me was a very close cousin of Lexapro—Celexa.  Celexa is a precursor to Lexpro.  Once Celexa’s patent ran out (you know those pharmaceutical companies) the manufacturer changed one molecule with and remarketed it as Lexapro.  Celexa worked for me, and it’s new and improved version did not.

Medication is such a personal thing that what worked for me may not work for you, and vice versa.  The most important thing to do is have open communication with your doctor and keep track of your moods.  Make sure you follow the instructions with the medication exactly and take it at the same time each day.  Please understand with medications such as Lexapro that it can take up to several weeks for it to fully get into your bloodstream.  You probably will not feel immediate results.  Be patient and know that if Lexapro is not the medication for you, there are countless other options out there.

For further information on Lexapro, here is a link to the National Institutes of Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000214)

Good luck!

Kaley

3 thoughts on “Have you had any experience with Lexapro?

  1. I also had been part of a medication combination experiment. I was first being treated for depression and an ongoing eating disorder. I was on Zoloft, then Wellbutrin, then Lexapro. Lexapro seemed to be helpful for a while, but then I was having manic episodes, but was just thought to be anxiety. So, I was given Xanax with the Lexapro. Then, with unstable moods, my doctor added Depakote. Then, I went into the hospital for the first time and I was switched to Effexor XR, Lithium Carbonate, and Klonopin and diagnosed Bipolar. I was hospitalized a second time a few weeks later and they added Seroquel to my list. That combination seemed to work wonders. I went off the Seroquel after several month, but now, 3 years later, I am still taking Effexor XR, Lithium Carbonate, and Klonopin. It really does depend on your own body and your own experience with different medications. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor if one medication is not working or is having intolerable side effects. There are so many others out there and so many other combinations. It may take some time, so you do have to be patient, but once you find the correct combination for your own body, it will do more for than you could have ever imagined.

  2. I am currently on Lexapro and have been for about a month and a half. I have not seen any change yet. They have the Lexapro paired with Seroquel atm. I have tried Nortryptiline, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Effexor, and now the Lexapro. I am hoping to see some changes with my depression symptoms soon, but so far no such luck. I have yet to find one that will work for me.

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