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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2014, 06:24:31 PM »
Today was unusual  though.. I was anxious and thought notrip was making me anxious because of the increase. However, I took .5mg of Ativan around 2PM EST and much of the tension, and apprehension had slightly lifted. Strange reaction?

No, not strange, not even that unusual. All sorts of weird things can happen in the early days of starting an antidepressant, or upping its dose. They don't often indicate anything other than antidepressants can produce weird effects.

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I'm just hoping that the good feelings I had last week were not from the withdrawal of the Lexapro but the notrip itself.

All the Lexapro would have been out of your system within 8 days of the last dose so any withdrawal symptoms would have been apparent by then, however, I don't think it was the nortriptyline either as it's too low a dose and too early for it to have an effect. You just had a good week.

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2014, 06:33:45 PM »
Ian,

Thanks for the sobering comments. I guess then nortrip might not be good for me as it increases my depression worse then when I started it. I'm just hoping this med works as I have tried 6 SSRIs in the past 5 months with no relief. You kind of busted my bubble with the "feeling good" that week statement since I'm desperate for relief. I was hoping it was the nortrip making me feel better :(

Do you know by chance if it does get sometimes worse before better?

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2014, 08:31:22 PM »
Do you know by chance if it does get sometimes worse before better?

All antidepressants can make things worse before they get better and this includes anxiety and depression severity. What nortriptyline is doing now is not a guide to its likely effectiveness once you're stabilized at a therapeutic dose.

BTW-the TCAs often work better when taken in 2-3 divided doses per day. I take 75mg of mine in the morning, mid afternoon and just before lights out at night.

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2014, 06:55:04 PM »
Ian,

Day  7 50mg Nortip, total 2 weeks

I think that it's working for my depression.. Had a slightly better day then yesterday which was horrible. However, are there dose ranges that work for depression but not for anxiety? Also, are there properties within nortip which my exacerbate anxiety but helps depression, and vice versa?

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2014, 08:28:11 PM »
However, are there dose ranges that work for depression but not for anxiety? Also, are there properties within nortip which my exacerbate anxiety but helps depression, and vice versa?

No, on both counts. The various anxiety disorders and depression are driven by the same biological deficits. They are just different points of the spectrum. Some experience it as anxiety, others as depression and quite a few have both to varying degrees.

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2014, 08:37:35 PM »
Ian,

Thanks for the response.



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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2014, 04:59:40 PM »
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Ian moved over to 75mg today.. Just took the remaining 25mg after leaving the doctors office. I have noticed something though.. Seem with the increase comes the spaciness, and increases in DP/DR. I have noticed a slight lift in my depression the last 2 weeks but increase in anxiety as well. Do these side effects wear off in your experience or is there a possibility of notrip helping with just the depression and not the anxiety + DP/DR? What's been your experience taking TCAs?

People tell me it will improve my mood? I'm curious what that means? Does it mean it changes you? The only reason I ask is that I have always been on something my whole life and lived with it. But never and Anti-depressant..Any insight would be good? Also, I have always taken a benzo since my 20s to help with Anxiety..

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2014, 05:57:00 PM »
Do these side effects wear off in your experience or is there a possibility of notrip helping with just the depression and not the anxiety + DP/DR?

Possibly. But depression will often respond to antidepressants at lower doses than anxiety so you may need to take a higher dose to see an improvement in anxiety. But that is something to contemplate in the future if it becomes necessary. It is still early days for you so don't try crossing bridges you haven't come to yet, and may never do.

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What's been your experience taking TCAs?

I've never had a panic attack while on an effective dose. My last one was 18 years ago when I was switching to the TCA I'm now on. However, I have close close to having one a couple of times when I've dropped the dose to see if I'd be okay taking less. Apparently not.

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People tell me it will improve my mood? I'm curious what that means? Does it mean it changes you?

Sure, you will be changed by taking antidepressants. It's pretty much the point of taking them. Without your thinking being clouded by anxiety and depression you will become different. It is not so much the med changing you, as the absence of the destructive thought pattens it helps banish, though some do report a blunting of emotions which may be a direct affect of their antidepressant. But just how much of this is chemical and how much psychological is hard, possibly impossible, to judge though.

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Also, I have always taken a benzo since my 20s to help with Anxiety.

They will have also have changed you to some extent.

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2014, 06:00:07 PM »
Ian,

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Re: DP from Lexapro Does it go away
« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2014, 10:30:00 PM »
Day 9 2nd day on 75mg

Wow today I must have slept practically all all day. I guess the up dose has increased sedation and maybe somewhat of a zombie today. Zero motivation today just slept which is unlike me. The only issue I'm experiencing between up dose is derealization and lack of connectedness or spacey.

I guess I get confused on how I feel since there seems no stabilization on the dose. However, I'm concerned that the derealization will become a permanent future if the depression improves.. Though it might be unlikely I'm just hoping the medication connectedness feeling, dp/dr will eventually lift. The only thing that seems to assist with the spacey ESS feel is to constantly stay busy...

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