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Old 07-26-2006, 04:32 AM   #1
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Antidepressants and thyroid

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?

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Old 07-26-2006, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: Antidepressants and thyroid

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.


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Old 07-26-2006, 09:25 AM   #3
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Re: Antidepressants and thyroid

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

Old 07-26-2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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Re: Antidepressants and thyroid

Are you anticipating the depression or is it just the doctor who expects it?

Unless you have a history of depression I wouldn't suggest taking an anti-depressant as a prophylactic.

I know depression is common with hypothyroidism but it isn't universal. I had absolutely no problems with it after my TT and before the RAI when I was forced into a deep hypo state.

Old 07-26-2006, 02:38 PM   #5
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Re: Antidepressants and thyroid

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.

Best wishes.

Old 07-27-2006, 07:04 AM   #6
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Re: Antidepressants and thyroid

Hey Sheila,

I took Synthroid and Lexapro for years with no adverse effects in any way. (I gained the weight after my insurance company made me take a generic instead of my Synthroid.)

Good luck with everything!!!!!!

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