Friday, August 22, 2008

More on depression...

Carlina was prescribed lexapro today by her nurse practitioner. Since she is losing practically 2.5 weeks out of the month to pms, depression and anxiety, I am so hopeful that this will make a difference for her. The nurse also said that she would be more prone to ppd and depression as an adult...well, duh?!! I will not hesitate to go back on something if ppd rears its ugly head this time. It takes so long for those medications to begin to work, you can't wait a minute for something that takes 4-6 weeks to begin working. 24 hours after birth is when I feel totally devoid of those good hormones that kept me going for 9 months. It's too bad they can't hang on a bit longer....maybe 3 months until that 4th trimester ends.


Debbie said...

((((hugs to you both)))

Anonymous said...

My name is Lisa Carter and i would like to show you my personal experience with Lexapro.

I am 39 years old. Have been on Lexapro for 2 years now. This medication had an almost immediate positive effect on my life. Within 2 to 3 days of starting Lexapro, there was a noticeable lift in my general mood. A WARNING ABOUT STOPPING OR WEANING OFF LEXAPRO: I started taking 10 mg daily a couple of years ago for about 2 months, then decided I just didn't want to take medicine every day. So I weaned myself off over a 2-wk period, first reducing the dose to 5 mg/day, then 5 mg every other day before I stopped altogether. I figured I would be able to tell if my mood was going downhill and I would just restart if it did. Well, there was no gradual decline. I was careful to monitor my mood and thoughts every day and everything went great for about 3 months, then C.R.A.S.H!!! I mean it hit me like a WALL, very very suddenly! Despite exercising 4-5x per week, healthy eating, etc., I hit an all-time low.

I have experienced some of these side effects-
Constant dull headache, jittery in the morning if taken before bed, dizziness. These negative side effects subsided within a week or two. Other side effects have continued, including sleepiness and yawning, apathy, vivid (but great) dreams. My libido died and never came back.

I hope this information will be useful to others,
Lisa Carter

Lexapro Prescription Information