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Snookuums
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   Posted 6/22/2005 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i'm new to Lexapro. I've been on it for a week now. I would like anybody who is on it or has been on it to let me know if they experienced any side effects while taking it. I've been in a zombie state ever since i took my first pill. If you've had good experiences or bad experiences please let me know. Any information i can get whether good or bad will be very helpful, Thanks!!!
 
 
Tina yeah

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/22/2005 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tina!!

I take Lexapro. I have really benefited from it and have had minimal side affects. I think it interupts my sleep . . . but insomnia was something I dealt with before the anti-d's too, so I'm really not sure. Anyway it helps me feel like "ME" again.

I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes it can take your body a while to adjust . . . but if you don't have improvement from that zombie feeling, you should talk to your doctor.

Blessings!
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MercyFound
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   Posted 6/22/2005 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Lexapro and I have had no ill side effects. After the stroke it was as if someone had broken the stop button on my emotions. The lexapro seems to help me control the every 5 minute crying jags. Though the sadness remains, and sad to say I've battled suicide thoughts. My friend who is a nurse has suggested the medication isnt working. I do have an appt with my doc in early July and intend to talk to him about it.
Cindi
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MainePam
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   Posted 6/23/2005 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Lexapro for just about 3 weeks. It seems to be working for me.
I hate to change med's but my celexa didn't seem to be helping my depression any more.

Pam

colohiker
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   Posted 6/24/2005 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi: I just started taking Lexapro Tuesday, so this is day 4 and I have the same spacey feeling others have talked about, as well as the nausea and insomnia. My doctor prescribed Ambien last night to help with the sleep and it did the job. I'm just wondering how long this crappy feeling will continue...

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/24/2005 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Hiker!!

Are you a hiker??? I love to hike!

I didn't experience any side affects with lexapro except some insomnia . . . but I suffer insomnia anyway so I never know if it is the lexapro or me.

Most people take a couple weeks to get by the side affects that will go away. . . but your doc will probably have a better idea.

Welcome Hiker!!

Blessings!
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Snookuums
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   Posted 6/24/2005 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies!!  I havent experienced any more side effects for the past couple of days.. It's not working yet but hopefully it will kick in soon. :-)   I've been on it over a week now and the doc told me it could take up to a couple of months before i start seeing a change.  It seems so far away.Well good luck everybody who's new to Lexapro i hope everything works out great for you..
 
 
 
 
Tina

colohiker
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   Posted 6/25/2005 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your replies, and yes I am a hiker, having lived in Colorado for 30 years.  I was scheduled to do a hike today but the Lexapro has got me feeling weird physically so I cancelled.

My doctor assured me that these side effects would leave in 1-2 weeks.  I actually thought I felt a little better yesterday, not quite as spacey.  It's good to know there's relief ahead! 

This is a short term treatment plan for me because my depression has been brought on by the death of my wife 7 months ago and my therapist thought I needed something for 6-12 months.  I've never had depression in my life but this event took everything out of me...

 

Chris

 

 


RunningOnEmpty
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   Posted 6/25/2005 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.

I have been on Prozac, Effexor (taken off due to HBP), Wellbutrin, and Zoloft. As I no longer have insurance during to being laid off, my doctor allows me 15 minutes med visits when I can afford them and he gives me sample. I thought the Zoloft/Wellbutrin combo was as good as fit as any, but I've never really had any GREAT results or horrible side effects. The last time I saw him, he was out of the Zoloft and gave me Lexapro instead. I'm just starting this new regimen, so I don't have anything to report as of yet. I will be taking the Lexapro also in combination with the Wellbutrin as one anti-depressants doesn't seem to do the trick.

I will check back with my results once I have a full regimen going.

I'm truly loving this board. It's nice to not be the "odd man" out all the time or have to explain about mental illness and depression.

MercyFound
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   Posted 6/25/2005 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Chris -
So sorry to hear of your wife's passing. Please accept my sympathy - Welcome to the forums. May you find help and understanding here.
Cindi
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craftyemc
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   Posted 6/27/2005 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   

hi snookums -  i have been on lexapro for a little over a year and although the first month or so was up and down with various side affects, most of which were better then the major depression i was dealing with in the first place, i would go through them again to feel as good as i do today.  i am 45 yrs old and have been depressed most of my adult life.  this is the first time i can remember ever feeling almost normal.  i still have my ups and downs but i am more level then not.  if lexapro is the right drug for you give it time to work you won't regret it.

good luck and good health

craftyemc :-)


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/29/2005 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Chris, I'm sooo sorry,

Having been widowed with two small children, I can truly relate. All I can say is God laid his mighty hand on me and pulled me through it. I think I was motivated by the needs of my children.

Fast forward 28 years and I have celebrated my 26th anniversary to a man who is a gift from God. I never thought I would marry again . . . but I did and we now have four adult children and are recent empty nesters.

Even after all these years and a wonderful, loving husband . . . I have to say that I still think about my first husand almost every day. Its ok because I have a very special place in my heart just for him.

Please know that I am very sorry you are now in the widow/widower's club. You are in my thoughts and prayers Chris.

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie      "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
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UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, Plantar Fasciitis, Inflamatory Arthritis, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
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colohiker
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   Posted 6/30/2005 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everybody the kind comments...and your words of encouragement.  I actually have met a wonderful lady that I am planning a long-term future with and she has been incredibly understanding.  But I also know I have to take care of this grief process and depression before I can be a viable husband.  Thank God she understands this and is supportive.

 

This is day 10 with the lexapro and I've been experiencing major mood swings day to day.  Monday I was on top of the world, Tuesday in the dumps, Wednesday in between, and today I feel reasonably good.  I still have no appetite and a bit of nervousness but that's it.  Is it normal to be all over the place like this?? I guess it beats being down all the time...I just never know what to expect.

Thanks again everybody, I really enjoy this forum and your support.  God Bless!

 

Chris

 

 


wifey
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   Posted 7/1/2005 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Running on Empty,.  boy do I understand your predicament.  My hubby is on meds.  We are self employed and pay cash for all apts and meds.  I would love to help you find generic inexpensive meds to try.  We have been playing the med game and up to 4 or 5 perscriptions at a time for him ranging from 11 bucks a month to over 450 per 30 day supply.  How long have you been depressed and do you have panic attacks or anxiety that goes with it.  My hubby does.  So he has meds for them all.  Good luck,  Wifey

MindsEyeOpen
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   Posted 7/28/2005 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Lexapro before and found it was the best med out all I tryed for me. Sometimes with these meds you feel weird in the begining, but as your body gets used to it and the levels of the meds in you normalize those effects should go away. Lexapro always put me to sleep so you might want to take it in the evening or before bed so as not to notice the tiring effects as much.

maudie
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   Posted 8/1/2005 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I ussually just check out the anxiety forum but latley ive been feeling blue, ive been on lexapro now for a month, and my mood swings are horrendus,one day on top of the world, next day cring jags, followed by the zombie mode,my poor coworker is never sure what to say to me anymore,and its getting her down, I feel really bad for her as whatever she says, could, set me up, and make me laugh,or make me angry, or cry, its so hard i have no control over my feelings its a day to day issue, ive tried explaining to her, but she thinks since im on meds i should be normal, but whats normal? and the worse thing ive found, is when she brings her 4yr daughter in to work and she annoys me i have these horrible images in my mind of really slapping her, i know thats a terrible thought but it comes to mind, have a docs app in 2 weeks where i will disscuss these issuses anyone else had them

Gpro
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   Posted 7/10/2006 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Snookems,

I Started taking lexapro for aniexty last eight days ago. For the first five days i felt awful but now I'm feeling much better and finally am starting to feel like my old self again. Stick with them cause it takes a while to get into your system.

Best of luck


edf1956
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   Posted 7/10/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking 10mg of Lexapro for about 6 months. I remember having a few mild side effects for the first couple weeks. It took about 6 weeks for it to have full effect. I usually post on the Crohn's page but have suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Tried a drug called Buspar several years ago which didn't seem work very well. I really like Lexapro, my anxiety is almost total under control and I'm not so depressed. Best of all I don't feel drugged all the time like Buspar. I can't really tell I even taking anything. The big test will be when I have surgery for my Crohn's here in about a month. I anxiety use to be so bad I couldn't hardly manage a blood test little lone surgery.

LondonGirl22
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   Posted 7/10/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I ve been taking lexapro for two weeks now and did have side effects in the beginning which are now slowly fading but I am sticking with it. I had palpitations and a strange feeling in my head but I was told that could happen and my body just needs time to adjust to the drug. I have tried other ssri's and have had awful side effects so have had to switch and this one, for me, has had the least side effects out of the ones ive tried.

Hope you start to feel a bit better with them soon, the side effects should pass.

Victoria

stronglady4me
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   Posted 7/11/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new here and have been lurking about until now.  I just wanted to add that I have been on Lexapro since last October and have had nothing but good results and no side effects that I know of.  My shrink/counselor and I think that I have genetic tendencies toward low grade depression.  I have had three episodes in my life when I have hit the wall.  It is usually when 4 or 5 stressors gang up on me and it just becomes too much to handle.  The first time it happened was during the first year of my marriage (I won't go into the details) but after 3 months of trying to figure out what was going on, and thinking I must be dying, I ended up in an ER on a military base.  Well, let's just say that I was a low priority (if the military wanted  you to have a wife they would have issued you one, LOL) and I sat around in the ER while gunshot victims and victims of fights and training accidents whirled around me until a doctor was free to see me.  I married a wonderful man but we both had adjustment issues to deal with.  When I saw the doctor I told him everything.  He was very thoughtful and listened very carefully.  At the end he looked at me and said, "This is stress."  I literally went home, told my husband it was his problem (which it was) and that I could not fix it for him and he would have to get into some therapy and deal.  Bless his sweet heart, he did.  By that time I was a borderline agoraphobic, leaving the house was hard but I made myself.  I began an 8 year journey toward health (did pretty well too but with no assistance) and that was 24 years ago at a time when everyone thought you were nuts if you had depression.  I didn't even hear the word depression until that gang attacked again about 8 years ago.  I immediately got help, surrounded myself with professionals that I trust and life has been great. For me the key is having realistic expectations of myself, realizing no one is perfect and absolutely refusing to be in denial about any parts of my life.  I won't, I mean I WON'T let conflict run my life, and I know what is my responsibility and what loads I don't have to carry.   I know that it doesn't always turn out that way but hopefully a good story will inspire/give hope/renew commitments/give strength, whatever we need to support each other.  My ID is in honor of all of all the ladies here who are reaching out. Even if you don't feel strong right now, know that you are because you have taken first steps/refused to give up/share in the support of others.  Here's to you ladies.

LESLIE A
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   Posted 7/23/2006 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
just thoght i would let some of you that are taking lexapro and are having trouble sleeping.......i also take lexapro and my doctor has added lorazepam to help me to sleep. it works great!!!!! no problems taking both together. i used to take ambian but was doing things and not remembering and that's not a good thing.......ask your doctor's about the two medication's together because i sleep like a baby on them and i have always had trouble sleeping my entire life. hope it works out for all of you!

leslie
 
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sexysue
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   Posted 8/24/2006 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
 was put on lexapro for a month and had stop it very adruptly about 5 days ago because it was making me feel a 100 times worse everytime i took it . it also suppressed my apetite and gave me severe insomnia . the dose i was on was 10mg . the withdrawal symptoms are very severe which includes severe burning sensations all over your body , severe agitation and anxiety , suicidal thoughts and impulses , extreme fatigue , extreme pressure in your head , headaces , no apetite , feelings of terror , mood swings , crying spells , feelings of being detached , visual distrubances , panic attacks , severe aches and pains , dizziness , migraines and memory loss .

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swedish fish282
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   Posted 8/24/2006 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
when i first took lexapro... i kept getting numb and weak. so we called the doctor and the doctor said that it would kick in and things would get better in like 4 or 5 weeks. so we waited that long.
i wasnt numb anymore and i didnt feel all floppy. but i was still really depressed and everything...
lexapro didnt work for me, so we got it changed. but that is just me. *sigh*

stronglady4me
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   Posted 8/24/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Lexapro seems to be everywhere! Is it just new or just highly effective? My doctor said that she liked it because even though there are side effects they seem to wear off pretty well. She said that it has a high effecacy rate. Since that time I have come to see that she really doesn't listen very well (wow, imagine that in a pdoc?) and I wonder if she has a group of drugs that she just likes and prescribes widely. She did say that if Lexapro gave me sexual side effects (it didn't) that we would talk about something different. Her something different was to take Ginko which did make me dizzy and fuzzy headed. Go figure.

sexysue
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   Posted 8/24/2006 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah , it a very new drug . just came out . meant to be good as prozac but works much more faster . scool
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