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Escitalopram

Has anyone been given these and did you feel bad on them at first and is is best to them at night ot daytime?????

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‘Escitalopram is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ‘

Have you recently been prescribed this anti depressant pen1966? Have you taken an antidepressant before?

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Pen1966 in reply to Buddy195

Just been prescribed never taken any antidepressant before

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Buddy195Administrator in reply to Pen1966

Increased anxiety has been the worst symptom of having a thyroid condition for me and it is always worse if thyroid medication or key vitamins (ferritin, folate, vitamins B12 and D) are not optimal.

My GP initially said I had ‘ health anxiety’, suggested I saw a psychotherapist & offered me anti depressants. Joining this forum helped me realise that my symptoms were related to being under medicated and I followed forum advice to improve this.

The psychotherapist encouraged me to take up mindfulness. I got a lot out of following guided meditations by Danny Penman/ Mark Williams (Mindfulness in a Frantic World). Mark Williams also has an app with short guided meditations, which is great if you need reminders to practice daily. I was also encouraged to use a ‘guided journal’ to practice positive thinking, which also helped.

I try to limit sugar and avoid caffeine in an afternoon, as this can make my anxiety worse. I eat an anti inflammatory diet, avoid gluten & I supplement with turmeric, omega 3 & magnesium.

Sending you best wishes Pen1966 🦋

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Pen1966 in reply to Buddy195

Thank you going to try magnesium and tumeric next my gp also said i have health anxiety and said I have FND lol

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Buddy195Administrator in reply to Pen1966

FND?

Rest assured, Pen

1966 your anxiety levels will improve when thyroid medication & key vitamins are optimal. Your TSH needs to be below 2 & I didn’t feel well until mine went significantly under 1.

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nellie237 in reply to Buddy195

Functional Neurological Disorder. I saw somebody else post this a while ago......googled............I was appalled to read this:

This problem has been around for a long time, for most of history it was called “hysteria”

nbt.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z....

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Buddy195Administrator in reply to nellie237

Thanks for the link; it truly is shocking!

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Pen1966 in reply to Buddy195

I know its awful I don't have any real symptons of that but CFS yes bloody gps another MUS diagnosis 😱

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Pen1966 in reply to Buddy195

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Pen1966, I can’t see the results clearly enough. Sorry, I’m using my phone today as not at home/ no access to pc where I could enlarge the image. I recommend you start a new post eg ‘comments on my results’ and type them in (with ranges in brackets). This will also alert more members to advise.

Pen, I was on it for years. I had anxiety and panic attacks. I was very undermedicated, though I didn't know that at the time. My body kept me going by topping up my low level of thyroid hormones with adrenalin. It was not a good way to be .The leaflet with the tablets should tell you that when you start the tablets things can get worse for the first few days. It takes 10 weeks for the dose to build up in your system. I remember it being a rough few days at the start.

Because the drug alters serotonin which is in the gut it can affect levo. This means that some folk need a slight Inc in levo as a result. It should be taken well away from levo. It doesn't matter when you take them.

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Pen1966 in reply to Lalatoot

Don't think I will take them trying magnesium first and tumeric

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Lalatoot in reply to Pen1966

Hope things improve soon .

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Pen1966 in reply to Lalatoot

Thanks x

Have you ever tried 5-HTP? If not you might find this link of interest :

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

And check out reviews on Amazon.

You would have to stop the escitalopram before starting 5-HTP, if you decided to give it a try.

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Pen1966 in reply to humanbean

Not taking Escitalpram yet

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humanbean in reply to Pen1966

Then, assuming you aren't taking any other anti-depressants, it is well worth an experiment, in my opinion.

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Pen1966 in reply to humanbean

No I cannot cope with any more side effects and fatigue issues

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humanbean in reply to Pen1966

5-HTP has few side effects for most people. If taken at night it helps a lot of people to sleep. But obviously the decision is yours.

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Pen1966 in reply to humanbean

I will try them buy they have biotin in them and I have bloods next week

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humanbean in reply to Pen1966

There are loads of brands of 5-HTP for sale on Amazon and Ebay. I've never seen one with biotin in before.

What were you thinking of buying?

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Pen1966 in reply to humanbean

These do

5htp gummies
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humanbean in reply to Pen1966

I must admit, I wouldn't buy those.

How about these instead :

ebay.co.uk/itm/321829533861

I've bought them before and they were okay (I'm not loyal to one particular brand for 5-HTP)

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Pen1966 in reply to humanbean

Will take a look xx

I took them briefly when diagnosed with anxiety but they made me feel awful and I stopped.

How are your thyroid levels? I found that when I got mine to decent levels my anxiety calmed down.

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Pen1966 in reply to Localhero

Tsh 5.23 0.27 to 4.2

T4 18 12 to 22

t3 4 3.1 to 6.8

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Localhero in reply to Pen1966

What thyroid medication are you taking and how much? Your TSH is above range and your T3 is low in range.

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Pen1966 in reply to Localhero

Please see latest new post

Hi

I've suffered with chronic, unexplained dizziness since April. Had lots of investigations and they still don't know what it is. I asked to trial Sertraline, another SSRI, as dizziness, anxiety and depression are strongly linked.

I certainly wasn't depressed or anxious before I got this but nearly 3 months of dizziness which has had a hugely detrimental impact on my life will make anyone anxious. I really didn't want to take it. I have Fibromyalgia and have tried most antidepressants in the past to help with pain or sleep. I already knew plenty about potential side effects.

And as expected I got them, nausea,headaches, sweating profusely and insomnia. I lasted for about 5 or 6 weeks and couldn't stand it anymore. I came off them, they made zero difference to the dizziness and I had that plus the side effects.

The thing with side effects is they have to list them, no matter how rare. Not everyone will get them, some people seem to get away with minimal problems or none. I've always been sensitive to medication so I'm probably just unlucky but personally I would avoid taking them again.

Thank you i will have to try and work through my anxiety along other lines hoping that thyroid levels will sort themselves out and that may help x

I take it. I was given it just before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I take my levo in the morning and escitalopram before bed. I can honestly say I feel loads better (about 12 weeks in) but it could well be down to the levo.

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Pen1966 in reply to Harribear

I have been hypothyroid for 32 years now and my levels are off atm so want to get them right and dont want to rely on anti-depressants as i have to be able to drive and work i also have CFS

Hi there they used to make me yawn! Otherwise nothing else ❤️

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Pen1966 in reply to Doris11

They affect everyone in different ways i guess i just dont want to be reliant on pills all the time which is why i have not taken yet

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