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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2014, 06:15:26 PM »
I would really like to know someday, somehow there is light at the end of this tunnel.

For most there is. However, they need to be on the right train, and it seems the Lexapro Express isn't it for you. :(

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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2014, 04:52:41 PM »
Agreed, Ian, I cut my dose in half today and guess what.???  No debilitating headache.  Moving on.  Hopefully zoloft does the trick.
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2014, 10:24:52 PM »
OK, 2nd day on only 5 mg of lexapro and anxiety was markedly less today.  I know 5 mg isn't a therapeutic dose, but all
I care about is feeling better.  The doc gave me zoloft and I have them in my bathroom, but I'm sticking with 5 mg lexapro for awhile maybe that was all my system needed.  Any chance that's true?
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2014, 12:52:42 AM »
I'm sticking with 5 mg lexapro for awhile maybe that was all my system needed.  Any chance that's true?

Not usually, but stranger things have happened.

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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2014, 07:38:55 PM »
Back up to 10 and back to a headache.  It's not terrible, but it's pretty strong.  I haven't taken anything for a headache since last Friday.  I'm just trying to bear down and deal with them.  My Pdoc gave me some Methocarbomal at 500 mg and told me they would help loosen my shoulder and neck tension.  Since I'm now a full fledged hypochondriac with this anxiety I figured I'd come here and get Ian's opinion.  Is it ok to take. 

I'm really starting to feel at almost 8 weeks that I'm starting to get some anxiety relief with the lexapro.  I'm really too scared to change meds.  I've been thinking about this "kick in" that people talk of and does it actually exist?  Is the kick in a full ledger bang I have no irrational anxiety or is it a subtle "Hey, I think this is helping now"...  I'm thinking it's usually the latter.  I did have high anxiety in one meeting at work today, but I worked through it and survived. 

I'm laying at home in bed now.  I have the muscle relaxer but I'm scared of anything new. 

I'm currently on

Rabeprazole
Lexapro 10 mg
Clonazepam .75 mg

Will the muscle relaxer help relieve my muscle tension in my neck and therefore the tension headaches I'm getting in the back of my head?  I talked to my psych over the phone about my headaches and me thinking I'm getting them from Lexapro.  He simply said, I wouldn't blame the lexapro near as much as the extreme anxiety disorder you're working through.  That made sense and I went back to 10.  Yesterday I took 5mg upon waking and 5mg at lunch.  Headache was definitely less yesterday.  Today I took the whole 10 in the am and now I'm down for the count with a throbber...
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2014, 08:30:54 PM »
Is it ok to take.

Yes, but you may see an increase in dizziness and drowsiness, so avoid driving, or participating in potentially dangerous activities until you see how it affects you. So no skydiving or bungey jumping.  :angry-smiley-034: Sorry!  :( And no booze. 

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Is the kick in a full ledger bang I have no irrational anxiety or is it a subtle "Hey, I think this is helping now"...  I'm thinking it's usually the latter.  I did have high anxiety in one meeting at work today, but I worked through it and survived.

It can be either. For some it's an instant on, they go the bed anxious and wake to being at ease with the world. For others it's a gradual, barely noticeable from day to day, lessening in anxiety, which may include the odd setback.

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Will the muscle relaxer help relieve my muscle tension in my neck and therefore the tension headaches I'm getting in the back of my head?
 

If your headaches are caused by anxiety triggered muscle tension then yes, it may help.

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He simply said, I wouldn't blame the lexapro near as much as the extreme anxiety disorder you're working through.


If it methocarbomal stops the headaches then they are likely anxiety based, however, this doesn't necessarily mean it is the Lexapro if it doesn't. Methocarbomal might just not be effective enough on those muscles.

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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2014, 10:20:12 PM »
Thanks, Ian, you're a great help.  I took the muscle relaxer, not much relief.  I see the half life is like 1.5 hours so it's baby food...

I think I'll get an appointment at a chiropractor and see if they can help with the muscle tension.  My wife wants me to go get a massage too.  Never did that before, maybe that will ease some of the tension.
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2014, 11:26:59 PM »
Holy smoke am I glad I stuck with Lexapro.  I've had 2 days anxiety free.  I think this stuff is going to help me get out of this mess.  I honestly feel I could just stop the klonopin now (don't worry, I'll wean) But, Thank the good Lord this stuff seems to be my miracle it was a rough 8 weeks getting going but today is 8 weeks to the day and I just completed working a 15 hour day and had no issues.  Unbelievable!!!
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2014, 05:27:25 PM »
Another good day yesterday so I started my klonopin taper.  I took .25 at bed time instead of the .375.  Well, guess what...  Woke up at about 6 am with heart beating out of my chest and feared a panic attack was coming on.  Seriously a .125 cut?  I was having a dream that probably produced adrenaline so it could just be a coincidence, but I took .375 as my morning dose.  Do I go back to .375 tonight or stick at .25.  My plan was to go to .25 on nightly dose for a week and then .25 on am dose.  I'm 8 weeks into lexapro and feel it's starting to help with the anxiety, but I need off these benzos.  It's been 8.5 months and it's scaring me to death.
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Re: Xanax to Lexapro & Klonopin and a couple of questions...
« Reply #39 on: April 14, 2014, 05:16:19 PM »
Woke up at about 6 am with heart beating out of my chest and feared a panic attack was coming on.  Seriously a .125 cut?  I was having a dream that probably produced adrenaline so it could just be a coincidence,

It probably wasn't the dose reduction, but more your dream and some anticipatory anxiety. Klonopin has a long half-life, up to 50 hours so significant withdrawal effects within 24 hours are unlikely.

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