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  1. FatDuke -- The start-up side effects you are experiencing are very standard. They can be unsettling, but they're usually transient. You're doing the right thing by giving your Lex a chance to adjust. The first couple weeks are generally the toughest. Hang in there! Best, HopefulOne
  2. Burgers! Happy birthday, baby!

    God, I wish good things for you!

    Be good to you!

    xoxo, Hopey

  3. Hi Heather I just popped over into this forum to see how you're doing with your adjustment to Effexor... Sounds like you may be off to a decent start! I'm entertained by your description of surrounding strangeness! You're a trip! (Pun fully intended!) For what it's worth, the sensation of noticing brighter and more colorful surroundings on Effexor is nothing to be alarmed by. I had this happen when I started both Celexa and Lexapro. I remember feeling like the sun was suddenly brighter (I found myself squinting more!) and the colors in my surroundings were more vivid. Chances are, if you take a look at your pupils, they may be dilated a tad more than usual, but there's no reason for concern. The sensation of hyper-brightness will normalize and will pass as you continue to adjust... Keep on rockin', Heather! Best to you -- always! Hopey
  4. When I started Lexapro last November, I felt like I had the hardest time stringing 3 words together. I had a great deal of difficulty concentrating and struggled with uncharacteristic forgetfulness as well. As you continue to acclimate to the medication, these issues should pass, scottybear. They're a nuisance, but they're generally transient. Hang in there. Best, HopefulOne
  5. *SNIFF* All up in your grill, man! xoxo!

  6. Week 6! You've come a long way, baby. I do hope that you're feeling more and more improvement with each passing day. No matter how subtle the positive developments -- because they ALL count. I had a noticeable dip in depression with some break through anxiety around weeks 6 and 7 of my adjustment. There seems to be *something* about that week for many of us. Try to keep in mind that AD adjustment isn't always a linear process at the offset. Frustrating? Absolutely. But the ups and downs should continue to moderate and smooth out gradually with time. Keep pressing on, phorts. I had fatigue for several weeks during my adjustment, but mine improved bit by bit. Do you feel your fatigue lessening as time goes by? I increased my dose of Lex from 10 to 20 mg. at week 12 and it was then that I began to finally completely emerge from my fatigue into the clear. I can't be certain if that was due to the increase or if there was any significance to the 12 week mark. Some folks continue to battle fatigue and end up adding Wellbutrin to counteract it. It's a popular, effective combo for many. My sense as a peer on this med? If I were you, I'd probably go ahead and increase to 20 mg. Particularly, if you're still combating anxiety at this point. Then reassess after a couple weeks on 20 mg. If your fatigue is still brutal, I'd recommend talking to your doc/pdoc about where to go from there. Hopefully, increasing your dose a bit will give you the boost you need -- in both your anxiety and fatigue levels. Be well, phorts! Continued Best, HopefulOne
  7. Happy B-day, Isabeau! Best to you! HopefulOne

  8. Wow, Rainey... That's a hugely positive personal message. Your words reflect a sense of encouragement, gratitude and relief so clearly. Glad to hear that you're doing so well. It really is amazing how much difference the right AD can have on your quality of life. I echo your sentiments. Continued best! HopefulOne
  9. You may acclimate to Celexa sooner, Hayley! Everyone's experiences vary -- my most recent build up on Lexapro was a difficult one. Wishing you a speedy (and smoother!) adjustment period... Best, HopefulOne
  10. Welcome to DF, Hayley. I understand what you're describing. Your description of the "awareness" of your heart beating is the clencher... It feels like a pronounced pounding, right? Like your heart will beat right out of your chest? (Or worse, produce a heart attack?) These are palpitations and are a standard side effect of anti-depressants. And yes, they can be alarming! But try to relax. Many people experience an increase in anxiety when starting an AD. Your palpitations may be a function of anxiety -- they often go hand-in-hand. Palps are largely sensation and nothing to be overly frightened of. I had palpitations with both Celexa and Lexapro during my adjustment periods on both. Once I had acclimated to each medication, the awareness of the pounding (and the perceived quickening of my pulse) subsided. I also experienced a slight increase in blood pressure in the beginning. That too has stabilized and I'm back to my "normal" baseline. For me, it took about 12 weeks for the palps to pass. Keep an eye on them and don't hesitate to consult your doc if they become too disconcerting (or if you notice a truly high, uncharacteristic heart rate -- i.e. over 100 beats/min.). Hopefully they'll pass sooner than later! I found Celexa to be a very effective AD for anxiety and depression. Hang in there. Best to you, HopefulOne
  11. phorts Give yourself some BIG credit for weathering the first couple weeks of SEs. The hardest part is over, phorts. I know you're undergoing a lot of personal transition in your life currently and feeling so sick with SEs can only add to the existing heap of stress. But from here out, it just gets better. I had lingering anxiety symptoms for several weeks of my adjustment period, but they progressively faded and disappeared. Each day became more and more manageable for me and should for you too. Personally celebrate the subtle signs of good progress you see every day and draw encouragement from those. They pull you though it. Hang in there. The fogginess and fatigue should dissipate with time too. Give yourself some grace to feel unwell for just a bit longer -- b/c it's only temporary. You deserve the best of you and so do the people who love you. You'll get there. Take care of you, k? Best, HopefulOne
  12. reklawyad -- It's encouraging to hear of your success with Lexapro in recent months. That's excellent news. Since there isn't mention here of how long you've been taking it overall, it's hard to say, but any AD can poop out after a while. My thoughts would be to keep an eye on things for just a bit longer... If the current despondent feelings become a prolonged struggle, as a peer I'd recommend consulting your doc/pdoc. All you may need is a simple adjustment in dosage? (A temporary increase to get you through this especially stressful time?) Switching meds completely may not be necessary just yet... Hope you're feeling better again soon. Best to you, HopefulOne
  13. phorts heather Rahul Ohhh... you guys. Thanks for the kind words, each of you. When I started Lexapro last fall, I was experiencing the first major depressive episode of my life. It was unquestionably the darkest, most personally frightening stretch of time I've ever known. I didn't recognize myself and the level of despair I felt transcended human description. My adjustment to Lexapro was very, very difficult -- but I warily stayed the course and have no regrets. When you're scared, overwhelmed and obsessesed with side effects, it can be hard to see beyond the hour hand of your own watch. The assuring insights of experienced Lex users here on the boards at that time gave me the broader perspective and encouragement I needed to keep pushing ahead. They saved my butt and I'm ever grateful! That's what these boards are for.... Continued best to each of you guys -- and pay it forward, k? Warmly, HopefulOne
  14. phorts -- I have some occasional *light* night sweats with Lexapro from time to time, but nothing like I experienced with Celexa. (With Celexa, I recall waking in the night with a soaked pajama top -- many, many, many times.) I understand your frustration, phorts! As I think back, I remember a period of time during my first month of Lexapro where I noticed lots of thermal-type, bodily temperature fluctations during the day hours -- where I'd be hot and sweaty one minute and then freezing with chills the next. During that same period, my sleep at night was rough with lots of tossing and turning and noticeable, "harder" sweating. But once I became fully adjusted to Lex, I began sleeping more soundly (without the Ambien I had been relying on for several months!) and the harder night sweats lessened in intensity. I only occasionally awaken now from light sweating. At the two week point, you're likely still emerging from the hardest stretch of side effects, phorts! Keep on keepin' on and wait to re-evaluate when you've had sufficient time to acclimate (around 6-8 weeks). SEs can really rot, but you may find yourself free of the aggrivating night sweats when you're adjusted. (I sincerely hope so!) Best, HopefulOne
  15. Hi Chel -- I, too, had uncharacteristic bruising when I was initially getting adjusted to Lexapro. It seemed as though it barely took contact to produce some awful looking marks! It's a documented SE. However, I don't specifically recall having welts. For me, the bruising passed after 8 weeks, when I was fully acclimated to the medication. Best, HopefulOne
  16. Can worry make you sick? Oh heavens, yes! Anxiety (worry) can definitely manifest itself physically -- making you ill. Primo case in point: when I'm anxious, I carry my anxiety in my stomach. It churns up my stomach acid. Stomach acid has ripped up the lining in my esophoghus (sp?) which is what produces the feeling of heartburn (acid reflux) and indigestion. Heart burn can also mimic chest pain (or tightness) which leads many to believe they're experiencing a heart attack. Anxiety puts your body into a stress response and can certainly weaken your immune system... and yes, even your heart muscles (you mentioned having a heart condition). If you can learn to manage your anxiety (through diet, exercise, therapy, positive self-talk and/or other active outlets) you'll be doing your physical health a HUGE favor in the long run! Mind over matter, they say -- easier said than done, I know! It all takes practice... Best, HopefulOne
  17. Ohhh 2sided... I hope you're feeling better today. You're experiencing start-up side effects for sure. Nausea is standard at the offset, but if you're still actually vomiting today, I'd recommend consulting your doctor to apprise him or her of the situation. Nausea and dry heaves are one thing, bad vomiting should be addressed. My heart goes out to you. I had a rough adjustment to Lexapro. I previously took Celexa (citalopram) and found it to be a very effective medication for both depression and anxiety. I hope that you'll ease through these initial side effects quickly and find Celexa to be beneficial to you too. Hang in there! HopefulOne
  18. Scotsman -- Sorry to hear that you're experiencing these frustrations. Agitation and sleep disruption are standard start-up side effects. I had both. I would encourage you not to toss in the towel yet -- to do so would be very premature. As a general rule of thumb, the first couple weeks of AD adjustment are the hardest, but most (if not all) SEs pass within those first weeks. Anti-depressants aren't magic bullets like aspirin to a headache. By nature, they require time to build up in your system. Did your doctor prescribe you a benzo (Xanax or Klonopin) to help you with sleep and possible added anxiety during your build-up phase? Benzos can help get you over the bumpy adjustment hump... Food for thought. Hang in there. The start-up SEs can rot, but they're generally transient. Best to you, HopefulOne
  19. Hi Nole -- This is a good question. Since you're not taking Lex for depression, per se, your answer may be different than for someone who does. I increased my Lexapro (for depression) because I was still struggling with consistent despondent feelings after being on 10 mg. for about 12 weeks. I increased gradually to 15 mg. first... and then up to 20 mg. a week later. 20 mg. popped me out of my misery. Keep in mind that anti-depressants won't prevent you from feeling sad -- they only moderate the severe lows to bring you into a more "normal" range of emotions. You may feel some situational sadness -- that's normal. But if your sadness is prevailing and relentless, you may want to consider an increase in dosage. Increasing dosage is generally easier than the initial start-up of the med -- the side effects (if any!) are usually milder and last shorter in duration. I didn't have any side effects when I increased my dosage and I was feeling the difference in about a week. Food for thought. Best to you, HopefulOne
  20. rosa -- Welcome to DF The boards here seem to have hit a quiet lull... perhaps people are starting their summer vacations. At any rate, yes, you are correct -- the Lexapro (or Celexa) / Wellbutrin combo is VERY common. I don't currently take Welly along with my Lexapro, but I've heard good things from many here who do. Hopefully someone here will chime in with their personal experience before long. You might also visit the Wellbutrin forum here to pose a similar question. (In the meantime, if it helps, when I stared Lexapro I had the same gastrointestinal symptoms you've mentioned here -- mine were fairly severe -- but they did increasingly improve each day as my body adjusted to the medication. It took about 6-7 weeks for my system to get back to a normal level, but it did. You, too, might be somewhere who needs a bit more time. In the beginning, it was frustrating to wait it out, but I'm glad I stayed with it. I'm in my 8th month of Lexapro now -- 10 mg. -- and I feel very good. And for what it's worth, your loss of libido *may* be transient too. Some report that it returns after their systems fully adjust to the medication. Food for thought...) Best to you, HopefulOne
  21. Hi KC1 -- Sorry to hear you've been suffering with nasal congestion. As a fellow allergy sufferer, 'I feel your pain'!! Once in a while, I see a post like yours pop up, so I know there are folks out here who experience the same side effect. Of all the numerous start-up side effects I had when starting Lexapro, I can say that nasal congestion was not one. But my sense is that it's one of those SE's in the transient category. You might try doing a topic word search here on this website if you haven't already. I don't think you'll find that people complain of it as a long-term issue. Hope it passes soon for you! Best, HopefulOne
  22. Mochashello -- Welcome to DF The boards here look like they've been quiet since my reponse is the first. Perhaps there's been a bit of a summer lull (vacation times, etc.)? Hope you've been doing OK. I'm currently taking Lexapro (10 mg.) and have found it to be very effective for my depression and anxiety. I too have have experienced some minor, occasional, short-term memory loss and weight gain, but nothing too terribly extreme. The trade offs are worth it for me. It's hard to say what you *should* do as everyone is different. Prior to taking Lexapro, I was taking Celexa. While the two meds are essentially comprised of the same chemicals, I've had a much harder time with side effects on Lexapro than I ever did on Celexa. Go figure. But I was a bit younger when I took Celexa and my body was in better shape physically -- so that could have something to do with why I tolerated it better. Unfortunately there are no certainties when it comes to AD's. If it has any bearing on your decision, Celexa is far cheaper in cost. Hope you can find the right med and begin feeling better again soon. Best to you in your decision, HopefulOne
  23. I'm sorry to hear of your struggle, aries woman If you discontinued your Lex about 1 week ago, my sense is that you *should* be feeling relief soon. When I discontinued Celexa, it took me a week or so to feel as though it had finally left my system. GI upsets are common on AD's -- unfortunately. Even discontinuation of them can cause ripple effects, as you can clearly see. It's not clear what all of your "horrible" side effects were, but it's encouraging that you are beginning to notice that you are feeling a bit better. Try to hang in there. I don't think there are any magic remedies to help with coming off AD's, unfortunately. Allow yourself rest as you need it and be kind to yourself. Take the space you need to recoup. Hope you'll be feeling better soon... Best, HopefulOne
  24. bluedays -- GI upsets are standard in the beginning. I was nauseated, severely fatigued and headachey initially too. As Burgy said, these issues are generallly transient. Hang in there. They will pass. Best, HopefulOne
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