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    Old 12-05-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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    Lexapro & me -- not myself!

    Hi all,

    I have pretty severe health anxiety. Rightfully so... I was diagnosed
    with high blood pressure when I was 19, and thereafter, saw
    Cardiologists, Nephrologists, Neurologists, and specialist after
    specialist while my college buddies were out partying.

    I've always had sweaty hands and an irritable stomach. I am a somewhat
    anxious person, but always happy. Never ever really sad. Sometimes
    just frustrated by my increased pulse and increased blood pressure.

    As far as medical tests go, I have a slight thickening of my heart at
    23. My walls are 1.1 and 1.3, and they should be 1.1 or less.

    My doctor told me I have severe health anxiety and put me on lexapro.
    The second I started taking it, within 5 hours I noticed decreased
    sweating and a more "relaxed" feeling. At the same time, my blood
    pressure dropped slightly overall. However, I don't feel myself on it.
    I feel medicated: I THRIVE off of the fact that I can make myself happy
    just by listening to music, or playing the piano, or dancing. I
    exercise a lot, and exercising actually makes me 10 times better anxiety
    wise.

    This medicine is making me drowsy, slightly dizzy, and not feeling like
    myself: there are no ups or downs. The music doesn't make me extra
    happy like it used to, but it doesn't make me sad. I just feel like
    "blah". I also can't have any kind of sexual activity of ANY kind in
    the slightest.. I'm completely dead in that zone.

    Since I don't have depression (no where NEAR and my doctor knows this),
    I'm considering not taking lexapro anymore. I'm seeing a
    psychologist for the health anxiety, and I am moving out of my parents'
    house next week, which my doctor thinks is at least 50% of my health
    anxiety (my mom is a wreck and INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLY anxious of a
    person).

    I want to be able to have sex, and I want to be able to feel myself.
    Granted, I am still losing weight (down to 220 from 270) and I am 5'
    9", so I am well over my desired "body weight". I am a big guy bone
    wise, but I do have a lot of extra fat on me, which I think is part of
    the reason I have a fast pulse all the time and slightly high blood
    pressure.I do get panic attacks though. When I'm doing things, like
    meeting up with women on a first date, I get really nervous and my
    pulse can jumpto 120-130 just while driving there. I think this is what
    my doctor was mainly trying to control with the lexapro.

    I like who I am. I like that I was always a bit "anxious". I like that I am type A and always feel like i need to be everywhere at any time. I didn't like the fast pulse that I got. But I have severe paranoia about "altering" a person --- I don't want to take lexapro for weeks or months, then try to come off of it, realize I can't, and then be dependent on a drug for the rest of my life. The only reason I am on BP medicine is because I hope, once I lose this last bit of weight, I will be much better and can come off of them.

    Any comments or suggestions? I originally wanted to try the lexapro
    for 6 weeks or so, which would give me time to move, give me six
    sessions with my psychologist, and see how I feel, but I'm afraid of
    being dependent on medication and I really don't like how I am on this
    medicine: I'm not happy, and I'm not myself. It almost makes me
    depressed!

    -Matt

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    Old 12-05-2006, 11:54 AM   #2
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    Re: Lexapro & me -- not myself!

    All I can suggest is Inderal would probably work better. It's just a blood pressure med that slows the heart beat and lowers blood pressure. It's not an anti depressant so it won't make you feel emotionless like Lexapro does. I take Inderal LA which is the extended release formula so I only have to take 1 a day but regular Inderal you take twice a day and is much less expensive. It also helps with anxiety. It's a Beta Blocker that lowers the amount of adrenaline in the body which is what makes you feel nervous.

     
    Old 12-05-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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    Quote:
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    All I can suggest is Inderal would probably work better. It's just a blood pressure med that slows the heart beat and lowers blood pressure. It's not an anti depressant so it won't make you feel emotionless like Lexapro does. I take Inderal LA which is the extended release formula so I only have to take 1 a day but regular Inderal you take twice a day and is much less expensive. It also helps with anxiety. It's a Beta Blocker that lowers the amount of adrenaline in the body which is what makes you feel nervous.
    How are your sexual side affects with Inderal?

     
    Old 12-05-2006, 12:03 PM   #4
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    I've never had any sexual side effects from it. I've been taking it for about 6 years.

     
    Old 12-05-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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    What is your gender?

     
    Old 12-05-2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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    I am female

     
    Old 12-05-2006, 12:25 PM   #7
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    Quote:
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    I am female
    Oh okay

    I am male and from what I understand most beta blockers carry that side affect. I am 23.

    Thank you,

    -Matt

     
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