Coffee and lexapro?

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cmarie171
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   Posted 9/21/2016 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking 10mgs of lexapro about 5 days ago and really feel like it's helping me with my anxiety and depression ALOT! I was on Zoloft for 2 weeks and it made things worse. I'm thankful for lexapro, but can you drink coffee while taking it? I heard it may increase anxiety? What are your thoughts/experiences on it. I feel like I'm in need of coffee lol.

AnxiousTexan
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   Posted 9/21/2016 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coffee while taking it and it seems ok, I just limit it to one cup (maybe two) spread out over the work day.

For me it can ramp up anxiety over time (which it did even before taking Lex), so when it does I just lay off the coffee for a day or two.
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cmarie171
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   Posted 9/21/2016 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh okay awesome! Thank you! I'll be trying coffee this weekend, hoping it goes okay.

AnxiousTexan said...
I drink coffee while taking it and it seems ok, I just limit it to one cup (maybe two) spread out over the work day.

For me it can ramp up anxiety over time (which it did even before taking Lex), so when it does I just lay off the coffee for a day or two.

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   Posted 9/21/2016 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
CM,

As far as no know, the only restriction I know of, is simply how you feel. If you get jittery or nervous, than it would be counterproductive to have caffeine....but otherwise, it's not off the list.:)

I am really glad to hear that your med switch is working for you! Great job on hanging in there through the process of finding the right Rx for you...and may it continue to go well. :)

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cmarie171
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   Posted 9/21/2016 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! I'm excited to try coffee.. I haven't had it in awhile so I was just covering my bases lol. I'm glad the med switch worked as well.

Scaredy Cat said...
CM,

As far as no know, the only restriction I know of, is simply how you feel. If you get jittery or nervous, than it would be counterproductive to have caffeine....but otherwise, it's not off the list.:)

I am really glad to hear that your med switch is working for you! Great job on hanging in there through the process of finding the right Rx for you...and may it continue to go well. :)

S.C.

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   Posted 9/22/2016 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I have always drank coffee whilst on medication and had no problems so i'm sure you will be fine. I can't function in the morning until I have had to cups of coffee lol but I never drink it after 4pm.

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cmarie171
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   Posted 9/22/2016 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Awesome thanks for the reply! I have definitely felt that I've needed coffee lately lol

Hibee said...
Hi

I have always drank coffee whilst on medication and had no problems so i'm sure you will be fine. I can't function in the morning until I have had to cups of coffee lol but I never drink it after 4pm.

Hibee

Restokley
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   Posted 9/22/2016 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coffee throughout the day, and usually I have to tale a xanax to get to sleep at night. Probably should slack off the coffee. Not to mention that I have applied for disability, which can take over a year to get. Heck some people would just give up because it takes so long to get it.

Restokley
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   Posted 9/22/2016 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm back and I am drinking coffee and feeling lonely.

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   Posted 9/22/2016 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Restokely and welcome!

I am sorry to hear you are feeling lonely. ..but glad you've joined us. You can share, and expect support form our community anytime!

Wishing you the best on your disability claim...it can be a long process from what I hear. :/

Check out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material. ..

...and start a thread of introduction for yourself anytime you feel comfortable doing so. :)

Talk soon,

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Wes Hightower
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   Posted 9/23/2016 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink a half cup of decaff every morning while on Lexapro but decaff doesn't count I guess. They say even decaff does have some caffeine in it but I've had no bad experiences as of yet.

cmarie171
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   Posted 9/23/2016 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great to hear. Thanks!

Wes Hightower said...
I drink a half cup of decaff every morning while on Lexapro but decaff doesn't count I guess. They say even decaff does have some caffeine in it but I've had no bad experiences as of yet.
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