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IMMORTALDEBRA SparkPoints: (26,110)
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12/11/13 3:30 P

Ive been taking Celexa for about 4 years and I find no side effects at all. Lexapro is better but my insurance wanted me to take Celexa. It must be cheaper. Dont be afraid, the medicines were invented for a reason.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/10/13 11:03 A

I agree with trying to find a distraction. However, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes my mind completely takes over my body.

And I hate that feeling when you can't breathe. And when you can't breathe, it scares you and only makes the attack worse.

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
12/10/13 7:46 A

I get anxiety attacks sometimes, usually whenever I extract close to 4kgs during dialysis. Usually some time during the final hour. Then the attack will last like a few hours. I will feel that I can't breathe and my chest is tight. And my tongue gets weird. That's if it's a bad, full-blown anxiety attack.

I haven't had a bad one since a couple of years already. But I still get a mild one occasionally. I chose not to take meds but just to wait it out. I distract myself with my Samsung tab playing games or needlework. Anything to get my hands busy and to distract my mind from that awful feeling!

I also have bipolar, for that I'm on a regular dose of 10mg of Zyprexa. It works well for me. I've heard bad things about it but it works well for me!

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/9/13 9:49 P

Thank you, DANYLEIN, I appreciate the advice. However, not so sure it's a genetic thing. Some say it is, some argue it isn't. Whatever the case, it's the weirdest thing I've ever experienced in my life. "Mind over matter" is an over-used phrase and much easier said than done. In some cases, your mind controls YOU - not the other way around. It's actually quite scary just how powerful the human mind really is.

I'm sorry to hear about your son. That must be hard to deal with, a child going through that sort of thing because I'm the type of mom who can't stand to see her kid suffer.

I've heard great things about yoga and have actually wanted to try it, but my bones and joints are so stiff and sore (most days I hobble around like I'm 90 years old) that just getting back up off the floor is work and it hurts like he** to even sit Indian style. Maybe some mild yoga would help, something that doesn't require me to get into positions I'll probably never get back out of, LOL

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12/9/13 4:14 P

Lexapro is a great drug for anxiety. My son has many of the symptoms you have described including ER visits. Lexapro has helped tremendously. I also recommend yoga. I have anxiety although not as bad as you and my son. Yoga has done wonders for it. Try it.
I really wish you all the very best! Remember, it's NOT your fault It's genetic. Take your meds and get yourself healthy..

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12/9/13 2:16 P

It is likely that you are going to need to take drugs no matter what, but making sure that you are treating the right thing is a good place to start in making sure that your experience is positive. You don't want to add unnecessary frustration to the situation.

I hope that you get some relief soon!

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/9/13 8:14 A

No, I haven't had a psyche evaluation, but it might not be a bad idea. Because, truthfully, I'd rather handle this myself than mask it with drugs. Which is why I took myself off the Celexa in the first place.

Good suggestion, thank you.

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12/8/13 10:22 P

I have never taken anxiety medication, so I can't give you a first-hand account of what this medication is like.

I am wondering though, if you had a full evaluation by a psychiatrist recently. This doesn't quite sound like pure anxiety. Could you have something else/new going on?

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12/8/13 11:39 A

I do have anxiety but learned ways to deal with it without medication.

I have friends on such meds and sometimes it seems to me they can cause more problems than good. Especially if they missed doses, etc.

I imagine some people cannot live without the meds.

I am caretaking for mother and such drugs the doctor tries makes things worse for her
and dimentia.

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12/8/13 11:26 A


LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/7/13 10:32 P

Thank you for the replies.

It's not that I don't trust my doctor. Doctors can only recommend if they haven't taken the medication themselves. She hasn't been there... I have. So she can only make suggestions and, again, everyone's mind is different. What affects me negatively may affect someone else positively.

That's why I'd like to hear from those who have been or are in my shoes. The mind is a very powerful thing and it blew me away at how much it can control your physical being. And it's not fun. While I'm afraid to go back on anti-anxiety meds, I can honestly say that I miss not giving a @$#!.

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12/7/13 9:06 P

I've never taken Lexapro, but I wish you luck and I will be praying for you!!!!

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12/7/13 8:56 P

I don't take either of those medications so no real advice there.

But, I'm thinking that you either trust your doctor or you don't. If you believe that your doctor knows what she is talking about and is willing to work with you to help you feel better then you need to follow her advice.

If you don't trust her then find another doctor.

If you start the medication, keep track of your symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor
What you are going through right now sounds horrible. I wish you the best..

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
12/7/13 8:04 P

A brief background first: about 5 years ago I was diagnosed with GAD. It was so bad for a while that I literally had panic attacks and I even ended up in the ER assuming I was dying. My doctor put me on Celexa, which I took for about 3 years before weaning myself off of it (I've been off of it for about 2 years now). The Celexa definitely worked to relieve my anxiety, but the side-effects I went through for about the first month of taking it were awful. However, I felt the Celexa served its purpose and got me through a rough period of my life, but I eventually decided to come off of it. I slowly cut myself back, a little at a time, until I came off completely.

But now my anxiety is coming back. It's not quite as bad as it was 5 years ago, but the constant [irrational] worry that pounds my skull pretty much 24/7 is driving me crazy. I really don't feel like getting into it right now, but let's put it this way - I know what people mean when they speak of the 'little voices' in their heads. I can't shut my brain off and I'm so tired of this. I'm tired of constantly worrying about things that may or may not ever happen. And the older I get, the worse it gets.

I spoke with my doctor about it and she prescribed me a low dose (10 mg) of Lexapro because I told her about the problems I had with Celexa. However, remembering what I went through with the Celexa chickened me out of getting the script filled. I'm prescribed Ativan, which I love, but that's for as 'as needed' basis only. Sometimes I'll need 1 or 2 in one day and then other times I can go a whole week without needing any at all. I only take it for those jittery moments or when I'm feeling particularly anxious. However, they're just a relaxant, they're not for fixing your head long term.

I've done some reading on anxiety boards and quite a number of people swear by Lexapro, saying it's a "cleaner" SSRI, as compared to its cousin, Celexa. Not as many side-effects, some say. One person said they only need one 10mg pill every other day and that it's just enough to take the edge off of their anxiety, but keeps them under the threshold of experiencing the usual side-effects of the medication.

So does anyone here take Lexapro? If so, did you experience side-effects? I know everyone's brain is different and what one person experiences, another may not, etc. But even my doc told me that Lexapro doesn't create as many side-effects as Celexa. However, I'm still paranoid. The three years I was on Celexa, I never went over 20mg a day and I was still a complete mess physically. Or, if you take something other than Lexapro, what has been your experience with it?

I'd really appreciate any input :)

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