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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2014, 08:32:55 PM »
Fibre will bulk up stools reducing 'accidents.'


Well, I could see how "accidents" might happen. This doesn't seem like the usual case of diarrhea. I hope this doesn't last long. I will go eat an apple now.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014, 10:12:27 PM »
He's out of town this week, but I might take a visit to my regular doctor about it.

S/he is probably best placed to advise you.

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I do take it with food each day if that helps at all.

The case for taking it with food is not as clearcut as with other SSRIs such as Zoloft where absorption rates differ depending on how they are taken. Therefore, it may not make much difference, but any positive effect is more likely to come from taking it with food rather than on an empty stomach.

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My current dosage is so low, but I guess that is still enough to impact?

It seems so, possibly because of the preexisting problem. Lexapro and Celexa are less likely to affect the gut than other SSRIs, but if your gut is sensitive to SSRIs then there will probably still be a reaction.

Ian
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014, 10:09:53 AM »
Guys

I am at 1 month exactly....things are really good for me.  I can't be 100% sure it is the medication only...but I have to imagine it is really starting to work well.

That being said...the sexual side effects for men are very real and I had a lot of difficulty with reflux and nausea....starting to subside finally.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2014, 10:38:47 AM »
It took four full weeks for my body to adjust to Lexapro, and my side effects were brutal......nausea, couldn't sleep, couldn't eat....and other symptoms as well.  But, once I made it past that, the effects were amazing!!  I've often said Lexapro saved my life, and it's true.

Hang in there!!  I know it's hard, but please give it a chance to work.  I almost quit taking mine after a few days because i felt so bad, but a friend begged me to continue, and I did.  Best decision ever.

Good luck to you all!

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 02:18:02 PM »
He's out of town this week, but I might take a visit to my regular doctor about it.

S/he is probably best placed to advise you.

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I do take it with food each day if that helps at all.

The case for taking it with food is not as clearcut as with other SSRIs such as Zoloft where absorption rates differ depending on how they are taken. Therefore, it may not make much difference, but any positive effect is more likely to come from taking it with food rather than on an empty stomach.

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My current dosage is so low, but I guess that is still enough to impact?

It seems so, possibly because of the preexisting problem. Lexapro and Celexa are less likely to affect the gut than other SSRIs, but if your gut is sensitive to SSRIs then there will probably still be a reaction.

Ian

Went to general Dr. today.  He kind of left it up to me, but I decided to stop the Lexapro for now and see what happens especially since I have only been taking small doses for the last 4 days.  He also put me on Protonix which I briefly used a while back and found it more effective than the Prilosec I have been taking.  He also said something to the effect that Prilosec can increase the Lexapro concentration or something?  So, I will see what will happen with my stomach.

Are there non-SSRIs that won't effect stomach as much?
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2014, 03:07:03 PM »

That is unexpected advice. I would have thought that eating low-fiber foods, like plain white rice, would help. Isn't that what is normally recommended for an episode of diarrhea?

That's specifically for infectious diarrhea, viruses and such when the colon is actually inflamed. Fiber is actually a remedy for both constipation AND diarrhea. It pretty much helps the colon maintain optimum functioning either way.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2014, 04:16:48 PM »
Are there non-SSRIs that won't effect stomach as much?

The SNRIs and tricyclics tend not to affect the stomach much, however, they often produce ongoing constipation, though YMMV.

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2014, 11:42:32 PM »
The diarrhea seems to have vanished. But now I seem to have the sexual problems the doctor mentioned. This is day four of 10 mg of Lexapro daily.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2014, 01:15:24 AM »
For my aunt it started kicking in at around 2 weeks
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2014, 05:32:15 AM »
now I seem to have the sexual problems the doctor mentioned. This is day four of 10 mg of Lexapro daily.

It may not be as quick to diminish as the diarrhea. If it lingers you may find this useful.

Ian
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.