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i dont know what to do
i have both
taken the xanax LOVE IT...only taking one a day now .25 might go to two a day...they help me
should i start the lex or go with the xanax
dr. said xanax shouldnt be used long term BUT yet i know many ppl he prescribes it to LONG TERM...
i just dont know what to do
xanax is habit forming and very quickly you need to up the dosage to get the same effect. Antidepressants are designed for long term use

take care
trg247
well can i use the xanax UNTIL im ready to start the lexapro...i just cant get the courage up to use it just yet...
IM SCARED...
i dont know...but even ppl who take anti-depressants still take a benzo usually...so i mean i dont know what the dif. is
better to be on one thing or two ya know...?
Whatever you do, do not stop taking xanax cold turkey.. It's really dangerous, tell your doctor before getting off.

I've been on xanax for 2 years now and stayed at the same mgs so that is possible. I also took them with anti depressant (Prozac and Lexapro)..

Of course I'm no doctor so I suggest you give him a call..

Good Luck!
[QUOTE=Dee-nah;3078714]Whatever you do, do not stop taking xanax cold turkey.. It's really dangerous, tell your doctor before getting off.

I've been on xanax for 2 years now and stayed at the same mgs so that is possible. I also took them with anti depressant (Prozac and Lexapro)..

Of course I'm no doctor so I suggest you give him a call..

Good Luck![/QUOTE]

as of now im ok cause i havent been taking it everyday...the most i have ever taken is two days in a row at .25 mg. ONCE so im not at that withdrawl phase as of yet
Hey your from PA, me too!

Hope everything works out for you, keep me posted!
Lexapro is an anti-depressant med. Xanax is an anti-anxiety med. Which do you need???

I've been taking Xanax .25/day (1/2 am and 1/2 pm) since my diagnosis 12/12/06. I'm pretty prone to anxiety; and it keeps me from wringing my hands and pacing the floor. Good stuff.

The nurse practitioner at my oncologist prescribed Lexapro a few months back. When I saw her on that day I was sick (chest & head congestion). I was also feeling pretty bad from chemo treatments (hurt a lot). The combination had me more than a bit down in the dumps. She read that as depression and wrote a script for Lexapro. I told her that I had never fared well with anti-depressants but she assured me this was [U]the [/U] new and improved anti-depressant. At the time, I was being pretty authoritarian submissive, so I filled the script and took it per script for about 5 days. I made me feel just like all the other anti-depressants I've tried in the last umpty-ump years---lousy.

I'm sure there are lots of people who fare well with Lexapro and other anti-depressants, I'm just not one of them. But the bottom line here for me is: I have cancer, not depression. The two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand.

I intend to keep taking Xanax as long as my doctor will continue to prescribe it.

jg
first of all i wish you well with your cancer
basically i have anxiety...that is my major issue but i get depressed due to it ya know...they say lexapro can help with the anxiety but i dont know if i have enough courage to find out
i am also scared my dr. will cut me off from the xanax...i talked to him and told him it helped me but HE REALLY wanted me to try the lex...but then said if the xanax is working that is all that matters
half of a .25 didnt do much for me so i have been taking the whole pill the past two days and it helps ALOT..might add another later in the evening...i dont know...
i do obsess ALOT...and they say the lex can help with that to
Hi all,

I have had similar thoughts on this as well. Xanax (1) .25mg tablet, 3-4 times a week seemed to quell my anxiety but I was so afraid of becoming addicted to it despite my limited usage, that I visited my doctor and went on Lexapro 10mg. back in Oct. '06. Initially the Lexapro sent my anxiety thru the roof! I was so anxious I did nothing but pace and thought I would die. At this time I wasn't using the Xanax in conjunction with it at all, but soon was instructed to take .25mg. tab, 3 times a day which I did for about a week, until the Lexapro started to kick in. While on Lexapro there have been days when I've taken a half of a .25 mg tablet but that is a rarity. Since starting the Lexapro, I have gained almost 10 pounds and have begun, in the last couple of months, to lose alot of hair...I have been feeling good, things are going well so I've begun to wean off the Lexapro which has been going fine so far.
I'm down to 5mg. and plan to be off it by Aug. 4th. As far as the Xanax vs. Lexapro debate, from my own personal experience, I think the Xanax helped me more in that it just made me feel "normal".... the Lexapro put me in somewhat of a brain fog and I almost felt my emotions shut down. I've stockpiled my Xanax and take it so rarely these days in such small doses that I think I'll take that as needed.
[QUOTE=Myspirit4;3079727]Hi all,

I have had similar thoughts on this as well. Xanax (1) .25mg tablet, 3-4 times a week seemed to quell my anxiety but I was so afraid of becoming addicted to it despite my limited usage, that I visited my doctor and went on Lexapro 10mg. back in Oct. '06. Initially the Lexapro sent my anxiety thru the roof! I was so anxious I did nothing but pace and thought I would die. At this time I wasn't using the Xanax in conjunction with it at all, but soon was instructed to take .25mg. tab, 3 times a day which I did for about a week, until the Lexapro started to kick in. While on Lexapro there have been days when I've taken a half of a .25 mg tablet but that is a rarity. Since starting the Lexapro, I have gained almost 10 pounds and have begun, in the last couple of months, to lose alot of hair...I have been feeling good, things are going well so I've begun to wean off the Lexapro which has been going fine so far.
I'm down to 5mg. and plan to be off it by Aug. 4th. As far as the Xanax vs. Lexapro debate, from my own personal experience, I think the Xanax helped me more in that it just made me feel "normal".... the Lexapro put me in somewhat of a brain fog and I almost felt my emotions shut down. I've stockpiled my Xanax and take it so rarely these days in such small doses that I think I'll take that as needed.[/QUOTE]

ive never been on lex so i cant really say but i do agree that the xanax makes me feel normal...i mean i dont wanna get addicted and i havent taken it more than two days in a row EXCEPT FOR TODAY...is the third day
i tried to go without it but my daughter was stressing me out (she is 4) and i felt dizzy and just anxious so i had to take one...and i felt badly bout it but im like what else can i do
the lex has worked for many ppl and i guess i can do like you and give it a try...and if it works GREAT...if not it wont HARM ME...correct???
did you have any side effects???when you first started...i can handle ten pounds but no more of a gain...the other thing is im gonna start at 1/4 of a pill and work my way up if i start at all
The only side effects I really had initially was that it made my anxiety worse until it started working, though I have noticed in the last couple/few months that my hair is really falling out and I seem to be sweaty and previously was never one to sweat at all. Don't feel bad about taking a small dose of Xanax is what my doctor told me...if it helps, take it. I think, like me, you are so aware of your usage and are concerned about becoming dependent on it that you will try other avenues if you feel you're relying on it too much for your own comfort. I don't plan trying another medication...I have been listening to and practicing guided meditation CD's and they have helped tremendously! Breathing exercises and repeating positive, powerful messages to myself when I feel panic coming on has been so, so helpful.
[QUOTE=Myspirit4;3079838]The only side effects I really had initially was that it made my anxiety worse until it started working, though I have noticed in the last couple/few months that my hair is really falling out and I seem to be sweaty and previously was never one to sweat at all. Don't feel bad about taking a small dose of Xanax is what my doctor told me...if it helps, take it. I think, like me, you are so aware of your usage and are concerned about becoming dependent on it that you will try other avenues if you feel you're relying on it too much for your own comfort. I don't plan trying another medication...I have been listening to and practicing guided meditation CD's and they have helped tremendously! Breathing exercises and repeating positive, powerful messages to myself when I feel panic coming on has been so, so helpful.[/QUOTE]

i dont wanna have worse anxiety...but i guess if i have the xanax then ill be ok
was it all day long type of thing or just when you had an attack it was much worse????
i def. need something...i really feel i have some imbalance of some type
i dont think normal thoughts...i obsess...today i bought two waters cause the one i opened and it seemed to open too easily so i got paranoid and the other looked like it has stuff floating in it...I KNOW THAT ISNT NORMAL NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH THE WATERS but to me i cant take that chance so i bought another until i was happy and felt safe with that one
FOR THAT i need some type of anti depressant ...guess lexapro...
the xanax can only do so much
Because my anxiety got worse, that doesn't necessarily mean yours will...the anxiety got worse the day I started it. I just had this feeling like "the plane is going to crash" and though I would sleep great at night, but would wake up with my hands and feet sweating and I just felt like I was in a plane that was going down....it was awful. I tried to walk outdoors but found I could barely walk, but pushed forward anyway and it did help.
About the water...I can understand that...I have done things like that in the past, way before I had panic attacks/anxiety. I think especially in our times now with the things that happen in the world, we find ourselves being over-cautious about things like that. To me that is a total rational concern.
My anxiety started a year after moving 800 miles from home two years after my divorce...my dog died, I had one whack-job boss after another and was miserably homesick despite having wanted a new start somewhere totally different from where I was from...which was so out of character for me, but I did it anyway. Needless to say, I've moved back and do feel better! :)
yeah im overly paranoid though
i mean if im at work and i go the bathroom and leave my drink out...BEHIND the counter...i still wont feel comfy drinking it...i just am so paranoid someone put something in my drink
but then again i have had that happen to me before so maybe that is why...all our fears are founded i guess
so what would you suggest
ride it out with the xanax for awhile or start the lexapro...like i said im gonna start at a small dose
what dosage did you start at
the xanax just makes me feel LEVELED out if the lex can do that then that would be great...but i dont know...i dont wanna have to get worse before i get better...its a tough call
lots of ppl i think get more anxiety after taking anti depressants cause they are nervous bout it
i know first time i took a xanax i freaked out...even the second and third
im just not getting used to it and know it wont hurt me at my small dose
i took it like two hours ago and feel so good right now...
ppl dont understand...they think its a high but its not...its just like how you USED to feel before all this started
FEELING NORMAL TO US ...IS LIKE A HIGH I GUESS...lol
I would talk to your doctor and see what he/she suggests. I didn't find myself being paranoid so much about things like that but about my health, my family's health and I wasn't sleeping and when I would have a panic attack I would get this buzz in my head and be extremely dizzy and feel shaky, etc...one time after having a minor disagreement on the phone with someone the buzz was so bad I ran outside trying to escape it. Afterwards, my entire body was shaking and I couldn't stop it on my own so I took a Xanax and wha-la!, the shaking stopped. Its true...I can't imagine feeling "high" on Xanax, it just makes me feel myself again! I compare it to going from choppy waters to a calm, motionless lake.
Try doing some meditation when you can...relax, breathe from your belly and tell yourself that you will get stronger and better everyday as you practice this exercise...I only started doing it recently and it has been a big, big help.
I felt a panic attack coming on at work the other day and could feel my arms and face getting all tingly and I went into the bathroom and just took deep breaths and talked myself out of it. It worked, I was thrilled not have reached for a Xanax!
i had a typo...i mean im just NOW getting used to the xanax..instead of NOT which is what i wrote
i did talk to him...he said xanax shouldnt be used long term due to addiction but said if it helps then that is good...that is the goal...he said go ahead and take one a day or two...i dont know
i mean just now i took my daughter to the store and had no anxiety...she was being bad and yes i yelled at her and smacked her before we left cause i told her like ten times NO and she didnt listen...but i didnt get all nervous and anxious...felt like i could handle it
the lex though i want to level me out...i am sad sometimes and depressed
the doc said to try the lexapro...
so there is nothing to be scared of then??
There's nothing wrong with trying the medication (Lexapro) to see if it helps. It might be the answer for you....but you won't know until you give it a try.
well i took a lex...wish me luck
Good Luck! Let us know how it works for you....give it a good 4 weeks to get a good idea.
IM HAVING A BIT OF ANXIETY NOW BUT ITS JUST MY MIND AND NOT THE PILL...im sure...
Please keep us posted with how the Lexapro is going. I'm supposed to be starting on it in a few days and I am nervous about the anxiety, hair loss, weight gain and loss of sexual drive. =\ Why do we have to suffer that crap when the panic is bad enough?
[QUOTE=mysticohl;3091932]Please keep us posted with how the Lexapro is going. I'm supposed to be starting on it in a few days and I am nervous about the anxiety, hair loss, weight gain and loss of sexual drive. =\ Why do we have to suffer that crap when the panic is bad enough?[/QUOTE]

well the first few days on the lex were fine...i used the xanax only once a day NOW however i have used it twice a day
i can FEEL when the xanax is gone out of my body..i get real anxious and i dont know if that is my regular anxiety or the lex making me more nervous
i feel bad taking a pill like xanax when i used to be so scared of it..now i treat it like its nothing...WHICH SCARES ME...i mean id never take more than i should but its something ive gotten used to...i just wanna taper off but if i have to use it till the lex works then i will i guess
[QUOTE=zeyavia;3093309]well the first few days on the lex were fine...i used the xanax only once a day NOW however i have used it twice a day
i can FEEL when the xanax is gone out of my body..i get real anxious and i dont know if that is my regular anxiety or the lex making me more nervous
i feel bad taking a pill like xanax when i used to be so scared of it..now i treat it like its nothing...WHICH SCARES ME...i mean id never take more than i should but its something ive gotten used to...i just wanna taper off but if i have to use it till the lex works then i will i guess[/QUOTE]




Thanks, zeyavia, I was wondering, what mg you are taking of Lexapro and how long have you taken it? I have heard it could take a few days OR SO to get used to it, then people report feeling good. I hope it works for you. I am still waiting on mine to get to me in the mail. The psychiatrist told me to take my xanax 3 times a day to keep even instead of the 2 (when I get up and when I go to bed unless there are panicky moments during the day and then I grab one!), so I don't wait til I panic to take it. That could be to combat a bit of anxiety that SSRI's give to some people. I dunno. BUT, I will be taking 5 mgs. when I do get them. She wanted me to take 10 but I told her I was sensitive to meds, unless I am panicking and then it's Xanax central. haha.....Anyway, appreciate the reply and please keep them coming!! I need the reassurance. OCD, you see....=\ But the Lexapro is supposed to help me with that too. ;)

PS--Please don't feel badly about taking your Xanax. If it helps, then so be it. I have for 11 years now. I have taken lots to get through the day for awhile and then none. It just depends. I would suggest to keep up with your minimum, but don't torture yourself (I know how that works. You feel brave and less addicted if you try to wait, even with people saying JUST TAKE IT! Even though you don't feel brave in the world...but trying to.). Also, the psychi. doc told me that for now take more Xanax and then with a bit of time on the Lexapro, I would feel less of a need to take the Xanax, and according to some threads on here that I have read, that is right.

Good luck to us both! Keep me posted! =)
well let me tell you whats been going on
i have been on the lex for a little over a week...last night i upped my dose to 5 mg...was taking a quarter of a pill...doc said that wasnt enough
so far so good BUT i do have more intense attacks...not more of them really but when i do have them they are WORSE
i told him the xanax just isnt working the way it used to...i am only taking .25 mg and havent been taking it that long at all...or that much of it...so he told me to start buspar instead of upping my dose of xanax...which i was a little surprised...i think im a just pass on the buspar and take the xanax
buspar takes awhile to get in your system and help and i need relief NOW
i was thinking of taking a pill and a half of the xanax and see if that helps me any...but then i feel like im upping my dose and isnt that what addicts do but at the same time im thinking that isnt even that much anyway and at once or twice a day its not even a while mg. of the xanax
and yeah just to get me through till the lex kicks in
let me know what you think and how you are doing
[QUOTE=zeyavia;3078583]i dont know what to do
i have both
taken the xanax LOVE IT...only taking one a day now .25 might go to two a day...they help me
should i start the lex or go with the xanax
dr. said xanax shouldnt be used long term BUT yet i know many ppl he prescribes it to LONG TERM...
i just dont know what to do[/QUOTE]




And so how are things going with the Lexapro? You mentioned you were on it a week now. How much are you taking daily? Are you glad you are taking it? I am wondering that if I start mine, if I will have a hard time stopping and if the anxiety will come back when I do get off of it. Is this something ELSE I will have to take for the rest of my life? I am also still so concerned about the side effects. Have you had any?

Still haven't taken mine...but almost did yesterday and almost did today. I wanted to see what you had to say first.
i would take it if i were you...i mean i havent really had any bad side effects
like i said i had a headache the first few days but you can take aspiren with it...and so i did...plus the headache could have been due to other things...i also was very tired...but once again other things could have contributed to that as well...
i would start off with 1/4 of a pill...even though ppl told me that was nothing...i got that advice from someone who takes lexapro now and is well into it...and started that way....if you do this then the side effects wont really be on your mind so much
now after a week im taking half a pill and who knows when i will start taking a whole one...im to take 10 mg....what bout you???
anyway i mean i feel ok...it takes a month or two to have the max benefit...i still have the xanax to help me...do you have a benzo to go with it???i did/do have increased anxiety but when ppl say that i think they mean ALL THE TIME...ALL DAY and for me its not like that...its just when i DO have an attack...its sooooo much worse...but i have gotten through them and didnt even need a xanax the other day...
[QUOTE=zeyavia;3078583]i dont know what to do
i have both
taken the xanax LOVE IT...only taking one a day now .25 might go to two a day...they help me
should i start the lex or go with the xanax
dr. said xanax shouldnt be used long term BUT yet i know many ppl he prescribes it to LONG TERM...
i just dont know what to do[/QUOTE]

I've been on Lexapro before, but I don't remember how I felt when I was on it. Also I have been taking Xanax too, it does help you feel more relaxed.
You can probably take Lexapro and Xanax together for a while, then go off the Xanax. But the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about the medication and see what he says, because like another poster said you can't quit Xanax cold turkey. That is true. So I would talk to your doctor about this, and see what he says. That's what I would do.
I believe Xanax as all Benzo's, just mask your symptoms. You can also become addicted to them very easily. SSRI's such as Lexapro actually help change your brain chemistry, which is probably giving you your problems in the first place.





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