side effect from lexapro? please answer asap.

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   Posted 5/6/2005 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
anybody who is taking this, do you ever feel your muscles tighten up in your stomach and chest from using lexapro. i don't think it's heart related, as i can sometimes relax both muscles, and i was a bit emotional thinking it might be heart related, and both seemed to loosen up after crying. but i am just wondering if anybody has this feeling when they take it. im on my 2nd day of 10 mg usage, and have been taking it since last saturday. it was kinda freaking me out as the muscles won't seem to relax at all, and i've been taught to believe that if you feel tightness in your chest that thats a warning of a heart attack. but i have had this feeling for a week, and can breathe fine with no closing of my throat.

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   Posted 5/6/2005 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't take Lexapro but it sounds like you may be having anxiety symptoms which is common in the first days of a new anti d. I would consult with your doctor though just to make sure that it is nothing else causing these problems.
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   Posted 5/6/2005 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
im going to make an appointment now. i did take 2 of my anxiety pills, and having been practicing a breathing excercise, and it seemed to calm me down. i have just been really stressed out with the whole anxiety thing, plus i quit smoking weed so that makes me stressed and depressed, and to top it all of i work graveyard at walgreens which i can't stand. so all 3 of those combined make me pretty pissed off while at work, and stressed out. i feel fine right now. and i can sometimes relax the muscle, but it takes alot of effort to keep it that way. stomach muscle gets easy after about 6-8 hours after taking the lexarpo, but the chest muscle is different. i can calm it down, but alot of work to do it.

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   Posted 5/6/2005 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sober,

Glad you are talking to the doctor. That will be one less thing to be anxious about. I do take lexapro, but never had that as a side effect (I did though have that side effect with Paxil . . . where my muscles would be tense . . but it was more an all-over feeling and especially in my arms and hands).

I like to start on a half dose for a couple days just to allow my body a chance to adjust. If I switch meds, I go off gradually and then grandually go on the next med (but you can't do that with time-released pills because your not supposed to break them).

I think if it is a side effect of lexapro, it will diminish in a few days. Let us know what the doc says.
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   Posted 5/6/2005 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
i have my appointment in about a half an hour. i just get so jumpy because of my dad dying, that it just isn't worth the risk i think. i wrote down questions i have, along with what medication im taking. my chest isn't all that tight right now, but like i said it's better to be safe and look stupid then be sorry and die or have something bad happen. i am sure it's nothing, but i had to go back to him anyways to give him my blood pressure results anyways, so might as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone on this one. im gonna bring my cholestrol results as well, and see if there is anyway i have anything to worry about. i'll post my results when i get back.

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   Posted 5/8/2005 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
i went to the doctor and he said im fine, that it is just the anxiety. good news is i am actually feeling happy while at work. i use to dread going there, but now i don't mind it. i also found a way to make the night go by faster. i use to try and get all my work done asap so i could kinda relax the rest of the night, but then that would make me worry that my co workers would get mad if i took long breaks, which i can do because i have no manager at night. but now i just take my time and do everything slowly. usually all of my anxiety things go away if i stop thinking about them. like if i totallt ignore them, i feel like myself. but then it's hard to always do that, because it's a condition and i want a cure, so i check to see if its bothering me and that when they hit again. it really sucks that our own brains would do this to us. kinda pisses me off.

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   Posted 5/8/2005 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sober,

If I am anxious over things, I try to write a list . . . I have grocery lists, to do lists, etc. Somehow, if I write them down I don't feel compeled to replay them in my head. Don't know if that's the type of anxiety you have . . . but checking off these lists is thereputic for me.
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