Changing time of day with Lexapro

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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone-I'm new. I started on Lexapro last night-the doctor said it would make me sleepy, so I should take it at night.
Guess what? I was up all night, and now I'm shaky and my head feels foggy. I need to change the time of day that I take it, but since I took it last night at 8pm, I'm afraid to take another so close to that time (It's 9:30 am) Is it safe to take now, or should I wait until noon? My husband is working close by right now, but has to work in the city tonight, so I'd like to take it while he's close if I need him.
(I have an 11 month old, so I have to think about being able to take care of him-my older kids are at school until 3:30)
I was on Lexapro several years ago, and it worked well, but for the life of me, I cannot remember when I took it! At the time I had been taken off of Effexor to go on Lexapro-Effexor made my skin crawl.
I need to lie down, but I'd like to know what anyone elses experience's are with changing the time of day with Lexapro.
Thank you so much-I'm so grateful I found a place that I can ask these questions

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   Posted 9/27/2006 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mamaof4, welcome to healing well forum we are happy to have you.  I dont see why you couldnt take another now and skip your bedtime dosage...But you may want to give your pharmacist a call and check with them that it would be okay.  Also if your still having the complaints that you posted in a few days you may to call your prescribing doctor and inform them.

We are always here so feel free to keep posting.

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   Posted 9/27/2006 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mamaof4,

Welcome to HW!

Wow -- being a mama of 4 is enough to keep anyone awake (I'm one of 4 children)!! But seriously, I agree with Elisha that you should be able to take another one today and keep taking doses in the morning from now on. Meds have a funny habit of affecting different people differently -- typical that you're told it may send you to sleep and it does the opposite! -- I do feel for you hun! This should calm down after a few days to a couple of weeks, but do keep an eye on it: if it's disruptive for any longer, do make sure you chat with your doc about the situation.

Hope it goes well today -- and keep us posted!

Rosie x

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When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...


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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there!
Lexapro affects people differently. Some it makes sleepy and some it makes more alert. Each person has to see how it affects them and then decide when to take it. You can Google to find more info on Lexapro or try the WebMD site and look under the A-Z Guides where you can look up medications and all their side effects, treatement uses, etc. You can do a search by medication or by condition; it is very informative and helpful!
Good luck to you. I hope you do well with the Lexapro and feel better. Remember to give it some time to achieve its optimal effect and for your body to adjust.

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   Posted 9/28/2006 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the responses and the welcome!
I took the Lexapro yesterday at around 10:30 am, and I slept pretty well last night! (A little tossing and turning, perhaps a vivid dream or mind working overtime-but nothing like the night before) I just got up and I took another (day 3) so, hopefully tonights sleep will be a good one as well.
I really hope it works for me-I hate changing up and then feeling like garbage for a few weeks thing. I'll give it several months, and along with therapy I can climb out of the abyss.
Thank you again.
I know God won't give me anything I cannot handle, I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
-Mother Theresa

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   Posted 9/28/2006 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mamaof4

My wife has been on Lexapro for 1 month (I know that because from work I need to pick up her refill)and the majority of the time she was taking it as part of her morning meds.

She was feeling exhausted, and she is not one to read about side effects, she did not realize exhaustion was a common one. She experimented with different times of day for 7-10 days, but she is back to AM, and her body seems to be adjusting to it.

Best of luck


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   Posted 9/29/2006 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there . was on lexopra 10mg myself but only for a month . stopped it very adruptly 5 weeks ago because it worsened my depression and made me very suicidal as well . could not sleep at while i was on it . the withdrawals are pure hell and seem to go on forever . this was my very first time being on this drug . never again . told my so called about what the drug was doing to me , i totally ignored by them . am on remeron now . been on this one before . it did not work the last time . don't think it is going work now . good luck . from sue

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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
My girlfriend and I went on L about the same time. I noticed an improvement in my mood imediately, but have had a noticable decrease in energy and sex drive since. My friend was very suicidal for a while, but after a few weeks she felt wonderful. I'm still on it... but after about 8 months and a move and a bunch of other stresses my depression was starting to creep up on me again. I bumped up my dose to 10 mg and my dr. also put me on Lamictal - so far i've been a bit worse- but I've been reading that the first few weeks can be crazy on new meds. Please keep us updated on how you are doing.
Good luck.  =)
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