i have been using Celexa and klonopin for 10 years. I finally got up the nerve (remember I have acute anxiety) to ask for a change, since they are no longer working. I now have Lexapro and Ativan. Anyone with this combo, or know about Lexapro and how it works with anxiety? I hope I didn't make a mistake...
since you have been on these combinations for that length of time then I am not going to tell you that it was a mistake to ask for change, sometimes we just have to, when things no longer work then it wears you down I have taken both Lexapro and Ativan, the Ativan did a good job with the anxiety, the Lexapro worked faster for me than what is is suppose to work, this may be one of the better combinations that you could have been changed to, give it some time and keep hanging in there, it will as you know take time to build blood levels meanwhile just know that I among many care a lot
It sounds like this may be the right combo for you! It's one of those things, with some it works, others, not so much. I was prescribed the Lexapro after effexor. I didn't respond very well to it and switched to another one, can't think of the name right now. Maybe Elavil?? Point is, if it seems to have a good effect now, maybe it's the right one at last. I think posting here has done more good for me than any med so far (besides pain meds) a positive release for me. I know it can help you too, Cathleen. There's times where hubby will say, "Shouldn't you be on Drugs by now?" Meaning this site, obviously I must have been a burr under his saddle about something. Oh well. Stay in a positive mood, don't let hubby get under your skin, and keep on posting. I really hope and pray this is the right meds for you. You deserve some happiness and peace of mind my friend.
I was on lexapro for anxiety and ativan/lorazepam to sleep and for "panic attacks." But I really didn't think the lexapro did anything, that may be because I was into other drugs, though. It worked for my friends mother, but not for my friend, so give it a shot. It can't hurt.
I agree with the general concensus..As far as anti-depressants having different effects on different people. Our bodies are these unique chemistry labs constantly changing and adapting based on our diet, exercise, sleep patterns, and obviously any medications we may be taking. I took Lexapro (10mg's if I remember correctly) a few years back and I honestly couldn't tell if I felt any different! I didn't feel any worse, so I guess I can't complain lol..However, if I didn't take it for a day or two, I would get a dizzy,vertigo type sensation when I moved my eyes from side to side. It must've been some type of withdrawal symptom. Anyway, due to that I stopped taking it b/c I just wasn't being responsible enough with the dosing schedule and since I really didn't feel any differently, I decided to just leave it.
I also have issues with anxiety and was taking Ativan at the time as well which did help with my anxiety, although I didn't take it everyday. I took it more as needed at the time, but as I mentioned that was years ago..I currently take 1mg of Xanax twice daily and 50mg's of Vyvanse which obviously isn't meant to be an anti-depressant, but certainly helps me in many ways. What I do know about Lexpro is that it's the same as Prozac, but made with an oxygen molecule instead of a hydrogen molecule which causes it to take effect faster; 2 weeks, I believe, instead of about 4 weeks for Prozac. I've also heard from several people that Lexapro makes them tired, so it may actually have a synergistic effect with the Ativan to help you with your anxiety. Just my 2 cents.. I hope everything works out :)
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