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