Lexapro approved for teens

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by totoro, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    This is an interesting article. Don't really know how I feel about the 2 trials they are basing this on? If I read this right?
    It helped husband pretty well, for a short period.

    We have not had to use an AD on K. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
    Does anyone have their kids on this? If K was I would jokingly ask our psychiatrist for some of her kick backs... LOL ;)

    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  2. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Is it an online article you can post the link to?

    difficult child 1 has been on Lexapro for almost three years now and it's helped his anxiety quite a bit. Especially his needle phobia. I don't think it's managing it ALL, but he's functioning okay. I may need to take him back to a therapist for CBT to address whatever other issues he may have in this area -- we'll see after his neuropsychologist evaluation in a few weeks.
  3. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

  4. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    Since age 11, my daughter A has been on Lexapro along with Lamictal. It helps her anxiety and depression quite a bit.
  5. C.J.

    C.J. New Member

    When N* was 13, we tried Lexapro for depression/anxiety. Within a few days, she was hallucinating, seeing demons telling her they would kill her/me/others. Right around that time, there were published reports of higher incidences of suicidality among teens on anti-depressants (early 2004).

    ER visit required, admitted to psychiatric ward, took off Lexapro (at my insistance) and hallucinations disappeared until she was put on a sleeping aid a year or so later- she didn't see demons, but it was still spooky.

    She's very leery of medications now.

    I don't discount that the Rx can be beneficial. My advice is watch closely for changes in behavior when a new drug is introduced.