Lexapro (escitalopram) is a type of antidepressant, which is classified as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Generally, Lexapro is used to treat people that have some type of depressive disorder, especially people going through major depression issues. It is thought to positively affect communication between nerve cells in the central nervous system and/or restore chemical balance in the brain. Doctors also prescribe Lexapro to treat other types of disorders such as: social anxiety sisorder, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder.
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Sleep, appetite or energy may show some improvement within the first 1-4 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Lexapro comes in tablet form, in 5, 10 or 20mg. It also comes in liquid form. Generally, the effective dose of Lexapro ranges from 10 to 20 mg daily. People usually take Lexapro once a day, either in the morning or at night, with or without food. It is very important that Lexapro pills be swallowed whole and not chewed, broken, or crushed.
Venlafaxine, also known by its trade name as Effexor, is an antidepressant. It is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders, and specifically for generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Physicians are becoming more likely to prescribe Effexor to treat other symptoms and conditions as well. Since Effexor works by regulating serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, it can effectively help treat pain caused by severe migraines and diabetic neuropathy. This tablets is available on prescription only.
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While symptoms of depressed mood and lack of interest in activities may need up to 4-6 weeks to improve; disturbances in sleep, appetite or energy may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working.
Effexor comes in immediate-release tablets of 25 mg, 37.5 mg, 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg, and in extended-release capsules of 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg, and 225 mg. If taken as an immediate-release pill, the dose is usually split up and taken two or three times during the day, with food. If you're taking the extended-release capsules, take your dose at breakfast or dinner, ideally at the same time every day. You need to swallow the capsule whole: do no crush, chew or place it in a liquid.
Took Lexapro after a serious bout of depression and anxiety. The Drug helped me a lot in the beginning. Got me through a rough patch. However, after 8 weeks of taking, the side effects started to pile up. I remained lethargic during the day yet unable to sleep through the night. The Stomach Upset and Constipation caused bloody stools. It's a cost-benefit analysis. If you bottom out, this drug may help you get through it. I couldn't and wouldn't take long term.
I thought the medication did an okay job. My anxiety never entirely disappeared, but there was a noticeable reduction. The medication would probably have been more effective had it been combined with a talking therapy, but it was not. The treatment had no significant side effects, aside from a little bit of nausea during the initial day or two. None of the more serious effects listed on the bottle were ever a problem. Basically, I had anxiety attacks and was prescribed Lexapro. I took the pill once a day every day for about a year, when I was weaned off. Apparently, if you don't wean yourself, you can experience withdrawal.
My physician started me out on 37.5 mg/day for 1 week then increased the dosage to 75 mg/day for another week and, finally, to 150 mg/day. After taking 150 mg/day for about a week, I felt it was too much... my heart was always racing, I couldn't sleep, and I generally just felt "nervous". My physician dropped my dosage back to 75 mg/day and that seemed to work best for me. I absolutely feel that the Effexor helped lift my depression. However, I eventually chose to stop taking it because of the sexual side effects. After being on Effexor for about a year, I both wanted and needed to have a healthy sexual relationship with my husband again. I dropped the dosage back to 37.5 mg/day for a week, then one every other day for about another week before stopping altogether. I don't recall having any "withdrawal" symptoms. Within a few days of the last dose, all sexual functions were back.
Effexor helped me immensely with pulling out of a very long/recurrent depression. I think I started at 75mg, and had mild side effects that pretty much went away. Some people cant tolerate it at all, but if you can, it can be very effective. I maxed out at 450mg for something like 6 months and while it was great for my depression, it never helped with my anxiety problems. After my first several-days-long hypomanic episode though I'm rediagnosed bipolar ii and coming off effexor. And thats where most of the effexor horror stories start - a lot of us get withdrawal symptoms. I had no problems tapering back down to 150 but get "the zaps" and nausea etc below that. But there are ways to manage and reduce it. Overall, even though the med has some downsides, its definitely been a positive experience for me.