Low dose antidepressant for stress/anxiety?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
651 posts
Busy bee

I think I took 5mg of lexapro for ~1.5-2 years before asking to be taken off since I felt I was “reset”. I had severe panick attacks where I couldn’t breathe and depression.

That was the goal, though. Went to a my GP and she said to start on it slowly (to get my brain chemicals back in balance) then we can discuss getting off in a year or so. I was a little dopey feeling starting out… now my only other symptom was being hot and sweaty feeling all the time but that is a rare one… then when she weened me off I had zero side effects (brain zaps or whatever). 

I still have occasional anxiety which is normal amounts I believe now. 

Post # 3
9154 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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rendezvous89 :  A lot of anti-depressants have an unwanted side-effect of increasing anxiety, oddly enough. I think the prozac family is worst for this. Wellbutrin is a different type and worked great for me. I recommend asking your doctor about it and giving it a chance if it seems appropriate.

Post # 5
11139 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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rendezvous89 :  

Celexa is one of the SSRIs that works well for anxiety as well as depression.  I took it for many years with good results.  Hopefully, it will give you the balance that you need.

Post # 6
5020 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have been on numerous different anti depressants/anxiety and mood stabilizer medications.  The last two I had good experiences with were zoloft and cymbalta.  There are plenty of options out there and it may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you.  It’s okay to need support to get you through a difficult time.  No shame in that, in fact I think it’s commendable to take control of your health.

Post # 8
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I agree with PP about Prozac. When I was a teenager I went on Prozac and not only did it not help my depression, it made me suicidal. I am now on Wellbutrin which has worked really well. It has lowered my anxiety to what I feel is a normal range and my depression is more or less gone. No horrible side effects with it that I have noticed, no weight gain. The only thing I’ve noticed is if I’m on too high of a dose I’ll get a sort of numb feeling, where I’m not depressed but I’m not happy either. I’m just sort of a robot. So it’s important to find the right dose for you.

Good luck to you. I hope you’re able to find a good fit for you with your doctor. And don’t feel alone: many, many people have depression and anxiety. I’m sure people you know deal with it everyday.

Post # 9
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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rendezvous89 :  Celexa is my favorite! I have been on varying doses for a decade now, sometimes with other medications and sometimes without. I have zero side effects, don’t worry! Hope you start feeling better soon, bee!

Post # 13
5081 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I was prescribed Paxil for combined anxiety and depression. It worked ok, but it was not worth the side effects. My hands shook to the point where it was hard to do my job, I had horrible night sweats and completely lost the ability to orgasm. I weaned off of it after a while, which was also a process. Next, I tried Lexapro and that was terrible, I only took it for a few days, but didn’t sleep at all despite being exhausted and my anxiety was through the roof. I gave up after that. 

What worked best for me was just xanax when it was really necessary and learning some better coping mechanisms. That said, Lexapro was a godsend for my mother for her anxiety. Everyone is different. 

Post # 14
4235 posts
Honey bee

I’ve been struggling a bit with post partum depression, and when I finally reached out my doctor prescribed citalopram as well- I’m on 20 mg. The bad part is, it takes awhile for them to kick in so you won’t see results immediately BUT just the act of “doing something” about how I’m feeling has helped a lot. So far I haven’t had any negative side effects. Sometimes I feel like I should feel embarassed I can’t cope with stuff that other people seem perfectly fine with. Have you looked into counselling? That’s another avenue I’m going to persue once I can get scheduled in, I’m hoping that will help with more “in the moment” stuff.

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