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Lexapro
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:01:38 PM »
Hi, I just wanted to say that I have been on many different meds through the years and the one that has helped me the most has been Lexapro. The one the I couldn't tolerate and that helped me the least was paxil. I still have some anxiety on Lexapro but it is much more bearable than without it.
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Re: Lexapro
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 01:39:33 PM »
Hi Barb...

Lexapro is an excellent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), anti-depressant.  I am glad to hear that it is working well for you.  How many mg are you on?

I am on Celexa (Citalopram), which is Lexapro's sister drug (they are basically the same medication).  I am on the lowest therapeutic dose of Celexa, which is 20 mg, and that is working very well for me.

Good to have you as a new member, Barb.  The very best to you!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: Lexapro
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 01:46:06 PM »
Welcome.... :action-smiley-065:

Good news to hear that Lexapro is working for you.

You will find many caring and helpful members here!

We are happy you are joining us.  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: Lexapro
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 10:23:00 AM »
Thanks for the welcome. I am on 5 mg of Lexapro most of the time. If I hit a ruff spot I bump it up a little. I realize this is a very low dose but I am very sensitive to meds and so that helps me. Nice to meet you all..
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Re: Lexapro
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 11:02:09 AM »
Hi Barb...

Barb, the anti-depressants are a classification or medication that one really doesn't want to play around with.  For the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) Lexapro, 10 mg is considered the lowest therapeutic dose to be taking.  It is doubtful that the 5 mg you are taking, would be helping you much, in fact, at lower than therapeutic doses, the body may end up rejecting the medication all together.  Also, one should never play an up and down game with anti-depressant.  In other words, one should not increase the dose when things get a little rough, and then back off on them again.

Anti-depressants work by encouraging the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus region of the brain.  Cells in this region can become damaged or destroyed by stress hormones that we produce, such as cortisol.  In order to stimulate this growth, one must take a certain amount of the anti-depressant prescribed. 

I would really suggest that you consider going up to 10 mg on the Lexapro, and staying there.

As always, the very best to you, Barb!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: Lexapro
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2014, 01:44:56 PM »
Hi MobileChucko. That is very good information to have about Lexapro. I am between doctors right now but as soon as I get my new one I am going to work with him or her on bumping up my dose. Thank you!
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