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    Old 04-25-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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    Question switch from Lexapro to Celexa (And Lexapro and Trazodone)

    About a month ago I told a friend that I was thinking of killing myself. (I think I knew deep down that I needed to do something.) It was one of the hardest things I'd ever done. About a week later things got out of control for me and I hit bottom. I had nothing left to hope for. I wanted it to be over. My friend became very concerned about me after several emails back and forth. And while at the time I didn't think I'd do anything, he did. And he stepped in. (In hindsight, I probably would have done something stupid if he hadn't gotten involved.) He called me over and over and over till I finally answered. He gave me the choice of going with him to get help or he was calling the police. He would not give up on me no matter what. He then sat with me for 5 hours till I could be seen. (To see the look of concern on his face, for fear I do something, helped me realize that there are people who care about me. Care enough that even if I hated them for what they did they would do it anyway.)

    They wanted to admit me that night. I didn't want to stay. I was worried people would find out. We were able to come up with an alternate plan. I got to go home and to work like normal. But I had to report to my friend (kinda like parole.) And I had to make an appointment to be seen by a doctor at the clinic within 2 days.

    They put me on Lexapro 5mg. It the last thing I'd ever thought I'd be doing. But I know that this is what I have to do. I'm not saying that everything is perfect now, because these things take time. But as time has passed I have begun to see just how many people care about me and would have been deeply hurt if I had killed myself.

    I've now been on Lexapro 5mg for 3 weeks now and it hasn't really seemed to help my depression. I'm maybe a tiny bit better, but not really noticeable. (The suicidal thoughts are almost gone. Which is good) Went to the dr today and asked for my dose to be upped. I am now to take 10mg for the next 10 days then up it to 15mg if I don' t think that is working. My sleeping has been horrible for a while now and since starting the Lexapro I find that I only sleep a few hours at a time and wake up several times during the night. So the dr also added Trazodone 50mg at bedtime. I am to take 1/2 a tablet and see how it goes. If that doesn't work I'm to take the whole tablet.

    Has anybody had any experience with these 2 drugs, especially the Trazodone? The side-effects scare me, and I have to watch for interactions with my other medications for asthma (Advair, Asmanex, Spiriva, Albuterol). The dr does know all the drugs I'm on because it has made it much harder to find an AD that won't cause problems with the asthma meds.

    I've also run into a problem with being able to afford all my prescriptions due to a change in my medical coverage. I still have Rx copays but they've gone up considerably. Has anyone gone from Lexapro to Celexa? I know most people go the other way, but Celexa would only be $4 while the Lexapro would be $60.


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    Re: switch from Lexapro to Celexa (And Lexapro and Trazodone)

    I started Celexa a couple of days ago. I only took one pill 20mg. It was the most horrible day I had. I felt totally freaky, out of touch, anxious and all around rotten. I haven't taken another one since then. I will make it through my blues without this crap. But the deal with me, is that I am never suicidal. That isn't the depression I have, I am just worried, worried about bills and dying or catching something. So for me, I think I need counseling and a xanax now and then. But for you or anyone who is suicidal you may want to stick with the med (antidepressants) to level you out so you won't have those thoughts. Definately follow your doctors advice. I just hate the feeling those darn pills give me. They make me feel worse. I was on Celexa 8 years ago for 6 months and weened myself off. I am not sure what the Lexapro is like. I heard it is good, but if it isn't working for you most definately have the doc get you on a different one. Good luck! Keep your head up! You WILL make it!

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    Old 04-29-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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    Re: switch from Lexapro to Celexa (And Lexapro and Trazodone)


    I take both Lexapro 10mg daily and Trazadone 25mg as needed for sleep. About a year and a half ago I went into a major depression and also started having horrible anxiety. I went to see the psychiatrist and he put me on Effexor, which was horrible for me. After a number of different meds and different psychiatrists I ended up on Lexapro. It does take a while to get into your system and in the beginning I felt worse before I felt better. I stuck with it and I after about 5 or 6 weeks any side effects went away. My sleep improved dramatically. I still have occasions of sleeplesness and that is why I was prescribed the Trazadone. It works wonders for me when I need it. No side effects and non addictive. Hang in there and remember not all meds are right for everyone. You WILL eventually find the one the right one if Lexapro is not for you.

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    Re: switch from Lexapro to Celexa (And Lexapro and Trazodone)

    I took lexapro for 3 weeks. I felt jittery and my blood pressure went up significantly. I also lost 9 lbs but I'm not complaining about that. I changed to celexa. I had been on it previously ( 20mg) for about 4 months. I am only taking 10 mgs now. The worst side effects were hot flashes around 4 am. But my doc told me to take an antihistimine at night and a xanax. After about 4 days that went away for the most part. I still wake up about 4 hours after I go to bed and feel warmer than normal but I can go back to sleep with no problem. Hope this helps.

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