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Old 08-22-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
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Smile Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

Hello All,

I was just diagnosed with mild depression and my doc has prescribed Lexapro/10mg. I have had depression/anxiety on and off for a few years. About 3 years ago I was on Paroxetene (generic for Paxil), and it did help me. It did work fine, but in February of this year I weened off of it. Now, in August, with a few "issues" constantly on my mind, I decided to back on an AD. I am nervous to start taking it. I would love to hear from people currently on Lexapro.

Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

I've been on Lexapro 10mg for about a month now. I am thrilled and very happy with my new outlook on life. It does not solve situational problems, but gives me a tool to cope and move forward in my life. Of course, that's just my experience.

 
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

I would think about going back on Paxil if it worked fine. Finding one that works without bothersome side effects is a challenge imo.

 
Old 08-22-2008, 07:38 PM   #4
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

I've been on Lexapro for almost two weeks and I've noticed a big difference already.
I actually smiled and joked while getting ready for work this morning. I don't know- I feel like a weight has been lifted.
I own a business and lost a "renter" Wednesday. One that pays me 600.00 a month.
Normally that would have sent me into a major tail spin. Crying and unable to cope.
Now I feel like it is what it is..I'll find someone else or figure out a way to deal with it. It's not the end of the world. I don't need to medicate myself to sleep so I don't obsess over it and my husband isn't suffering for it.

I'll be honest- the first week I felt horrible. I ached all over and felt a little more anxious than usual but that passed..and I'm starting to feel like the old me.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do...

 
Old 08-23-2008, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

lexapro is great...i was on paxil at first but the weight gain and sexual side effects made my depression worse...lexapro doesn't do either to me...as a matter of fact i am losing weight(i am trying to, it's not a medical thing) try the lexapro...

 
Old 08-24-2008, 03:06 PM   #6
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

Hello Newbie43:

My psychiatrist always said each person is a case study of one. Every person will react differently to a drug. What is important is that you and your doctor are willing to keep trying until you find something that does work for you. If you are seeing a general doctor I would strongly suggest seeing a psychiatrist -- they are trained specifically for mental disorders and the medications that can help or hinder.

It has taken me two years and a great psychiatrist to finally find the "right mix" of medication.

Good Luck.

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Old 08-25-2008, 05:27 AM   #7
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Re: Diagnosed with Mild Depression - should I take Lexapro?

Great. I love hearing good news about an AD instead of reading bad things, which makes a person very nervous. Today is my 3rd day and other than minor gastril problems I am doing ok.

Thank you~

 
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