Yes - there are still some very positive effects from some older medication. It's a case of no-one reacts identically to a medication, and as a result these older ones could prove to the be Godsend that we are looking for.
This is an old topic but I just want to echo that Lexapro is a very refined and targeted drug. It has little to no side effects and did its job well for me. I had to go off of it because of insurance and cost. If I could go back on it I would!
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I definitely agree that each person responds differently to any given medication, but one definite advantage of Lexapro is that it's a fairly "clean" drug -- there aren't a lot of active ingredients in it and so for most people, the side effects tend to be minimal.
I was on it for about two years and it helped my depression a lot, without too many side effects (other than the first two weeks, but that's pretty normal). I ended up switching to Cymbalta about a year ago because it worked better to control my anxiety as well as my depression.
You'll have to discover for yourself whether there are pros or cons to any med. Some people respond well to a particular one, others don't. Some experience a known, even expected side effect for a short time, others find a side effect doesn't pass.
Your doctor likely has told you some of the known side effects of lexapro. Let him/her know if you experience any or if you experience any changes that he hasn't mentioned or are not mentioned on the circular you'll receive from he pharmacy.
My own approach to new meds of any genre is to rule out any known side effects that scare me too much. Then I won't read the circular unless I notice a change. That's because I suspect I may be suggestible at times. If I experience no changes, I'll read the circular in order to be aware of whatever there is to be aware of.
Edited by: SYLPHINPROGRESS at: 9/16/2012 (22:32)
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Hi - I haven't been on this so can't comment specifically from experience. Instead I will say this - medications, particularly p.meds, react in different ways for different people. What could be one person's poison might just be the life-saver for another. The only way we can find out how it will affect us, whether it will be any good or not, is by trial and error. Even the Psychiatrists can't tell you. This is one of the reasons why when you are first put on meds, or there are alterations to them, you really need to be closely monitored by your prescribing Dr.
I wish you well for a successful outcome - keep in touch and let us know how it goes!
I used to be on Lexapro - I was on it for about 2 years and it helped with the depression. If I'm remembering correctly, I believe I stopped taking it because I thought it was causing shoulder and neck pain. But I've also been diagnosed as having fibromyalgia, so that could have been causing the pain.
Medications react differently with everyone, so just because someone else may have a problem with it, that doesn't mean you will. For example, my daughter used to take Zoloft with few, if any, side effects, but I couldn't take it at all. Everyone's different. In my experience, you just have to start off with a medication, give it a chance, and see how you and your body and mind respond to it.
Good luck! By the way, medication for depression, anxiety and OCD has made my life, and my daughter's life, so much better!!!
Edited by: MILLER-S at: 9/16/2012 (20:10)
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