I am hypo thyroid and am getting ready for a hysterectormy in about a month. The doctor suggested I start a med now to help with anxiety and the depression I will feel afterwards (it will be kinda like post-partum I guess). He suggested Lexapro.
Has anyone who is hypothyroid taken Lexapro? I took Celexa for years and put on about 30 lbs that I've never taken off! Lexapro makes me feel the same, relaxed, not a care in the world way and I'm afraid it would just make me even fatter - except I wouldn't care! Yikes!
Does anyone have experience taking Prozac? If I take that in low doses it does help with happiness along with Klonopin for anxiety?
Hi Sheila ~
What thyroid med are you taking? Some antidpression/anxiety medications don't mix well with thy meds. They can either work together & bring out the BEST, or like in my case, bring out the WORST in each other. My bad combo was Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid) & Zoloft. I did much better after switching to Wellbutrin. But my REAL ray of SUN LIGHT is Cytomel.
Since I started taking it 3 months ago, under Dr's care, we've discontinued my taking ANY anti-d meds And I'm doing great!
Basically, I think you'll just have to wait & see what effects you may have. Sorry I don't have experience with Lexapro.
Hi Sheila, I take 10mg of Lexapro and started 25mcg of Levothyroxiod about 3 weeks ago. I have not had any side effects so far but I haven't got my bloodwork done yet to see if the Levo is working yet. I have lost 12lbs since being on Lexapro (iv'e been on it a year). I don't think you will have to worry about weight gain especially it you watch what you eat and exercise. Good luck on your surgery! Jules
I would make sure all the docs know all the relevant history. Thyroid, psych, & gyne.
Are you having a total, tossing the ovaries as well? Could that be part of the reason for the pre-emptive AD? You want to think estrogen replacement issues through carefully if that's the case.
Personally, if I had to do this I think I'd stick with something that had a predictable response, something I was familiar with. Then get over the rough patch, trauma of surgery, etc. When you're back on your feet, if you want to mess with a different AD, that would be the time to do it. Otherwise, if the new AD doesn't work, has side effects or whatever, then you'll experience a sort of trifecta of suffering.
What works for any given individual isn't a matter of a poll on a forum; it's how the person's unique physiology meshes w/the drug.