Was just prescribed Lexapro for Anxiety ver. XANAX works UNDERSTAND THIS

I don’t see why these psychiatrists don’t understand this. I’ve been Xanax for 3+ months and its been a godsend to me. I can function and leave my house without and panic attacks. It works fairly quickly and just gives me the edge to go about my day and get my shit done.

I don’t understand why they prescribe SSRIs with worse side effects whereas the Xanax just carries possible dependency issues w/ taking it (also nasty withdrawals symptoms, ect). I’m not really clinically depressed, just depressed because the anxiety takes hold of me and I am not able to function at my best due to it.

Can’t these guys just give me the shit that I know WORKS FOR ME and stop throwing worse shit my way?

/rant

not really addicting though you do get withdrawal symptoms after prolonged use when taken off it. it works so well if you truly suffer from anxiety you will develop a dependency because its just that damn good.

no i don’t believe so. its classified as Anxiolytic; Sedative; Benzodiazepines.

I have friends that are very much in this class.

Never ever will I get started on that shit.

ya i understand. lots of people have been taking it for years with no more over 2mg max a day. i could definitely live off that. these SSRIs scare me though. they seem to carry more side effects over any benzo i’ve seen. benzo’s only seem to carry dependence/withdrawal symptoms whereas SSRIs have withdrawal + other more severe side effects.

I don’t see why these psychiatrists don’t understand this. I’ve been Xanax for 3+ months and its been a godsend to me. I can function and leave my house without and panic attacks. It works fairly quickly and just gives me the edge to go about my day and get my shit done.

I don’t understand why they prescribe SSRIs with worse side effects whereas the Xanax just carries possible dependency issues w/ taking it (also nasty withdrawals symptoms, ect). I’m not really clinically depressed, just depressed because the anxiety takes hold of me and I am not able to function at my best due to it.

Can’t these guys just give me the shit that I know WORKS FOR ME and stop throwing worse shit my way?

/rant

This is why you aren’t a doctor. Lexapro is VERY effective for anxiety, and you won’t abuse it like xanax. I took lexapro and it took care of my anxiety. It will take some time to work, it’s not going to make you instantly drunk.

ya i’m gonna give it a shot. he said hell still give me xanax since i do get slight headaches / dizziness when i don’t take it.

hopefully it works.

ya i’m gonna give it a shot. he said hell still give me xanax since i do get slight headaches / dizziness when i don’t take it.

hopefully it works.

You’re going to have to give it a month at least, maybe two, but one day you’ll realize that you’re doing something you never would have been able to do before.

are you still on it?

ya i’m gonna give it a shot. he said hell still give me xanax since i do get slight headaches / dizziness when i don’t take it.

hopefully it works.

So you are taking xanax and lexapro? God help you if you decide to get off of those two in combination.

Also doesn’t lexapro come with strong tendancies of suicide the first few weeks/month?

So you are taking xanax and lexapro? God help you if you decide to get off of those two in combination.

Also doesn’t lexapro come with strong tendancies of suicide the first few weeks/month?

More misinformation. When I got off lexapro the doc told me I could quit cold turkey, but to be safe, cut the pill in half for three days. And I was very suicidal at the time and it made me much better.

I had to switch to something that would work better with my mood stabilizer (I’m bipolar.) But for general depression and anxiety it was fantastic. No side effects and weight neutral.

Ya I understand its going to take some time to reach its full potential.

However, since I started taking Xanax my general anxiety disorder has been totally stomped to the ground. And it didn’t take weeks to work – the effects work in < 30m and I can continue about my day free of worry and be totally efficient.

Quick questions for you if you don’t mind. After you were taken off the Lexapro was your anxiety still present? Is the new medication you are on now working just as well?
I take Lexapro and have GAD, and it’s worked wonders for me. I hardly ever worry about random BS anymore.

Ahh. I thought they didn’t give out SSRI’s to young people becasue of significantly increased thoughts of suicide for an initial period.

Can you drink while on SSRI’s? Does it tax your liver too much or is it just because it affects the seratonin levels, thus the effectiveness of the drug.

You’ll find drinking + SSRI’s = blackouts and/or frequent memory loss.

Most people who drink when on SSRI’s will be active and function okay, but will wake up with no memory of what happened the night before.

You’ll find drinking + SSRI’s = blackouts and/or frequent memory loss.

Most people who drink when on SSRI’s will be active and function okay, but will wake up with no memory of what happened the night before.

Holy fuck that’s terrible. Do you get drunk faster? I’m just curious becuase I had the option of taking Effexor for something unrelated to anxiety or depression and I passed, taking the non drug route and I’m starting to think I made the right choice (Beer crew, homebrew crew, whiskey crew). Although it’s an SNRI it acts in a similar way and has similar side effects.

Didn’t they also find that Prozac’s and similar anti depression drugs benefits were largely a placebo? I believe I read it a few months ago.
while xanax is addictive SSRIs can be just as bad if not worse. The side effects of SSRIs make them totally not worth it for me. No doctor will prescribe me xanax though so I just have to deal with my anxiety/depression like everyone else.

lemme rephrase…..

are you still taking anything now for your anxiety?
Just to explain what I took in the place of the SSRI’s and SNRI’s and the things like Prozac and the like, I went on 5-HTP and Rhodiola. I took 50mg of 5-HTP in the evening and at night and Rhodiola in the morning.

I know that the above two, or maybe tryptophan in the place of 5-HTP, is just as effective, or moreso than most antidepressants and anti anxiety meds. Without the harsh side effects and at much less cost (Most health plans will cover them and all will if you have a doctors permission).

If you want a viable alternative please look into it. I know a few people that have weened themselves off of things like Paxil, etc… with ease after taking this and thier sypmtoms actually improved greatly vs. the drugs. They said it was like taking MDMA the whole day, but with full functioning.

Bonus is that there is little to no alcohol troubles.

Holy fuck that’s terrible. Do you get drunk faster? I’m just curious becuase I had the option of taking Effexor for something unrelated to anxiety or depression and I passed, taking the non drug route and I’m starting to think I made the right choice (Beer crew, homebrew crew, whiskey crew). Although it’s an SNRI it acts in a similar way and has similar side effects.

Didn’t they also find that Prozac’s and similar anti depression drugs benefits were largely a placebo? I believe I read it a few months ago.

I don’t know if you get ‘drunk faster’, as most people drink the same and act the same. They just wake up with no memory of the night. It’s not that they get so drunk they have a blackout and fall on the floor, they just do as they do normally, but something with the medication makes them forget what took place hours before they went to sleep. It affects everyone differently.

Anti-depressants will definitely have a placebo effect on people who are really wanting to get better. Those who don’t believe the pill will help whatsoever will either complain about being ‘numbed’ out to where they have no emotion or don’t think it’s helped at all and try finding other ways to help their depression. Obviously the placebo effect wouldn’t be as strong as the SSRI itself. I’m sure there’s been many studies with giving someone a sugar pill claiming it was zoloft and giving others zoloft.

I highly recommend trying 5-HTP for those for depression. It has been studied to be just as or even more effective then SSRI’s for many people with little to no side effects.

I don’t know if you get ‘drunk faster’, as most people drink the same and act the same. They just wake up with no memory of the night. It’s not that they get so drunk they have a blackout and fall on the floor, they just do as they do normally, but something with the medication makes them forget what took place hours before they went to sleep. It affects everyone differently.

Ah I see. I’ve never had a blackout drunk episode before, even when I almost had to go to the hospital when I was young and stupid so the thought frightens me.

Obviously the placebo effect wouldn’t be as strong as the SSRI itself. I’m sure there’s been many studies with giving someone a sugar pill claiming it was zoloft and giving others zoloft.

You would be surprised. I believe the studies were that a placebo was just as effective as an SSRI. I’ll try to find it but my only source right now is pubmed. In it they said that while the SSRI affected the reuptake, the placebo affect actually increased the amount of seratonin, much like 5-HTP.

I highly recommend trying 5-HTP for those for depression. It has been studied to be just as or even more effective then SSRI’s for many people with little to no side effects

Yep. Tryptophan got a bad rep becuase of one tainted batch. It’s actually very effective but far less effecient than 5-HTP (1% conversion to seratonin vs. 98%) and the latter is one step closer to seratonin so it makes sense. It’s much like MDMA. It was a safe and effective drug but people started abusing it and making it in home labs and they banned it.

It’s funny becuase most of us are depressed because of things we can change: our enviroment, friends, diet, exercise, etc…. yet we just get prescribed drugs to mask it instead of changing. I doubt there was this large a percentage of people depessed 50 or 100 years ago and the only reason why it was never an issue was becuase of diagnosing limitations.

This has been proven wrong. Since they stopped giving SSRI’s to young teens, suicide rates have gone up.

Just to explain what I took in the place of the SSRI’s and SNRI’s and the things like Prozac and the like, I went on 5-HTP and Rhodiola. I took 50mg of 5-HTP in the evening and at night and Rhodiola in the morning.

I know that the above two, or maybe tryptophan in the place of 5-HTP, is just as effective, or moreso than most antidepressants and anti anxiety meds. Without the harsh side effects and at much less cost (Most health plans will cover them and all will if you have a doctors permission).

If you want a viable alternative please look into it. I know a few people that have weened themselves off of things like Paxil, etc… with ease after taking this and thier sypmtoms actually improved greatly vs. the drugs. They said it was like taking MDMA the whole day, but with full functioning.

Bonus is that there is little to no alcohol troubles.

interesting… I’ve tried 5-htp before and I love the stuff but I’ve never heard of rhodiola. I’ll have to give it a shot when I have the money.
rhodiola is like a counter to 5-HTP but they work together if that makes sense. It stabalizes mood like nothing else, gives you insane focus and combats fatigue. It works on seratonin but does so much more. It also works on pain via opiod receptors but have none of the bad consequences of morphine.

They did some double blind placebo studies and it significantly reduced the symptoms of moderate depression.

It’s incredibly popular in Asia, Germany, and many other areas but it’s really hard to grow(You need a really cold climate and 4 years) but it’s going to be more popular in North America I suspect as the gov’t of Alberta is doing a project right now to grow it up here and increase the world supply by 30%.
so i just started reading people have been gaining an excess or 20lbs or more over the course of a year taking lexapro.

most physicians/psychs say its not a side effect but so many people on the meds are reporting this.

lots of people are saying its either due to slowing down metabolism or once your anxiety is gone you burn less calories as opposed to when you are feeling very anxious.

anyone here have any personal experience?

I don’t see why these psychiatrists don’t understand this. I’ve been Xanax for 3+ months and its been a godsend to me. I can function and leave my house without and panic attacks. It works fairly quickly and just gives me the edge to go about my day and get my shit done.

I don’t understand why they prescribe SSRIs with worse side effects whereas the Xanax just carries possible dependency issues w/ taking it (also nasty withdrawals symptoms, ect). I’m not really clinically depressed, just depressed because the anxiety takes hold of me and I am not able to function at my best due to it.

Can’t these guys just give me the shit that I know WORKS FOR ME and stop throwing worse shit my way?

/rant

Nobody’s requiring you to accept the prescription from the doctor. If you tell the doctor "I know from experience that Chemical X works just right" and he refuses to prescribe it, tell him you’ll take your business elsewhere. He might be working in your best interest, but he still needs to get paid.

so i just started reading people have been gaining an excess or 20lbs or more over the course of a year taking lexapro.

most physicians/psychs say its not a side effect but so many people on the meds are reporting this.

lots of people are saying its either due to slowing down metabolism or once your anxiety is gone you burn less calories as opposed to when you are feeling very anxious.

anyone here have any personal experience?

If it’s a cortisol suppressant, then it will definitely increase your appetite and decrease your metabolism.

Whenever I get into a relationship with a woman, I get what basically amounts to a sustained panic attack that lasts for a couple of weeks, and I lose a good 20-25lbs as a result of no appetite and burning off energy by sprinting as fast as I can on my bike for an hour a day. I had my cortisol level measured once when I was going through that, and they said I should’ve been dead from it.

I was very hungry when it wore off.
lil update –

went back for my follow up appointment. he said he could see signs that I had ADD/ADHD and prescribed me adderall xr 20mg. Wow is all I can say. The clarity the drug provides is just incredible. All I wish is that I had this 3 years ago in college, wouldve aced everything.

I feel like a new man on it. Feels good to be normal again.
I hope that works out for you… personally I would stay away from using amphetamines no matter what the dose.

Thanks.

In all honesty I believe the Adderall works better than the xanax on so many levels.

I’m sure my anxiety was caused by the racing, unclear thoughts that plagued my mind. On adderall im focused and my mind is crystal fucking clear. Might even drop the xanax all together and stick on the adderall.

I’ll keep some updates after my best session but for the most part, I feel reborn.

exactly. I have awful anxiety, and lexapro has done wonders for me. It took 3 months about, but i havent had a hardcore panic attack or break downlike i was having before. Anytime u take a drug it will have side effects. Personally havent had any bad enough to consider stopping medication

so i just started reading people have been gaining an excess or 20lbs or more over the course of a year taking lexapro.

most physicians/psychs say its not a side effect but so many people on the meds are reporting this.

lots of people are saying its either due to slowing down metabolism or once your anxiety is gone you burn less calories as opposed to when you are feeling very anxious.

anyone here have any personal experience?

no weight gain here.
kinda makes sense tho, the idea that u dont burn as many cals because ur body isnt always in overdrive so to speak

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