about 5 months ago I was given an rx for Lexipro -5 mg once a day- I took it before bed. I woke up @ 2 hours later with a feeling like I had 5 cups of coffee- it was horrible. I was almost hallucinating...I immediatly stopped the drug.
I do take xanax - 1/2 a pill at bed time usually, and occassionaly once during the day as well, depending on my anxiety level. My dose is to break a .25 mg tablet in half. And believe it or not, .125 works for me. I have an unusually low tolerance for all drugs and alcohol so it never takes much to kick in for me.
I was given another rx for 5mg lexipro and told to give it a try- I was told to break it in half- and take 2.5 mg once a day. I am on my third day on half a pill and I still feel like I am speeding - I feel hyper -like I am on the verge of a panic attack -but luckily, so far, it never materializes. although - it seems my stress/depression related symptoms (heavy legs, occasional paralytic swallowing like thingy, and SOB) have subsided. AND... it also feels like my sympathtic nerve response has been put to sleep- which is a good thing because as you all know that little nerve can completely unnerve somone with an anxiety disorder.
My concern is that all I see here on this site are people talking about brain fog, and/or sleepyness. I have the opposite. I feel like I need to take half a xanax to calm me down mid day... which I do- but is this normal? Should I keep taking this drug? I would liek to know your thoughts..
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When I frist started Lexapro I too had a problem with sleeping and feeling hyper as well but in time it went away and I now feel much better on it as it dose tend to take awhile for it to full kick in, I hope this helps some.
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One of the reasons that many doctors like Lexapro is that sideffects are supposed to wear off fairly quickly (2 weeks?). I have not had problems with sideffects so I can't really speak to that issue. I have been on 10 mg for about 2 months. I noticed a tendancy lately to be sleepy so I cut it back to 5 mg and have been just fine.
Meds are different for everyone though. Talk to your doc.