About three months ago, I began taking Lexapro even though I have Are there long-term risks of antidepressant use that we don't know about.
Unfortunay, I have tried Lexapro in the past and had horrific side effects from it. (auditory hallucinations) Effexor did help me greatly. I guess it just depends on your makeup whether a certain antidepressant will cause side effects.
Scatman – PLEASE GO TO http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ and do a search for "causes of depression." Over 84,000 articles come up, many of them showing DIRECT links to neurotransmitters in the brain and mental illness. I am happy for you that you were able to overcome your depression with exercise and other non-medication related treatments, however, not everyone is so LUCKY.
One off-the-shelf drug, bexarotene, which is used to treat a rare T-cell. that citalopram/escitalopram has the potential for long-term use to.
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Is it safe enough?
SSRIs and amyloid beta.
A big question now is whether a chronic, daily SSRI dose that is low enough to be safe in terms of side-effects can also reduce amyloid beta production sufficiently. Sheline and her colleagues have started a new trial that hopefully will answer that question, this time using escitalopram (Lexapro). The latter is identical to citalopram except that it includes only one of the two mirror-image structures (stereoisomers) of the drug molecule.
Your first impression may be: Lexapro (escitalopram) for life! Despite the widespread long-term use of antidepressants, surprisingly little is.
“Between 2000 and 2003, researchers evaluated approximay 200 participants at 28 centers in the United States who had responded positively to eight weeks of treatment with one of four different SSRIs: fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine or citalopram. This was followed by four months of treatment with escitalopram. These participants were then randomly assigned to fixed-dose treatment with 10 or 20 mg of escitalopram or placebo for one year.
First, discontinuing medication for one group and putting them on placebo is going to set up an increased rate of depression due to discontinuation/withdrawal from the medication.
“Patients who were switched to placebo showed a significantly higher rate of depression recurrence (65 percent), compared to those who stayed on escitalopram (27 percent),” said Kornstein.
Lexapro, known generically as escitalopram, is a drug doctors use to treat anxiety in adults and major depressive disorder in both adults and.
Sleeping difficulties, otherwise known as insomnia, occurs in 12 percent of patients, according to Schoenstadt. The most common signs of insomnia include difficulty falling or staying asleep and waking up too early in the morning. To help relieve these symptoms, patients should try going to sleep at the same time and waking at the same time each day. Exercise five or six hours before bed rather than two hours before. Take a nap no later than 3 p.m., and sleep in a dark room set at a comfortable temperature.
Patients taking Lexapro may suffer from long-term sexual problems, according to both Arthur Schoenstadt, M.D., of eMedTV.com, and Drugs.com.
Long term Lexapro side effects - posted in Antidepressants: I am in my mid-30s At least he stopped criticizing my use of the meds for now.
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