waking up with anxiety is the worst

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superanxious
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
      Every morning I wake up with anxiety and have to take 1 mg of adavin. Its always around 6 and I dont have to get up until 7 so I am restless for an hour...not a good way to start the day. Not to mention I am practically driving off the road on my way to work from the drowsiness. This is terrible and to think I was completely normal a month ago. I'm losing confidence in the Lexapro 20mg even thought this is only my 2nd week on it. I just dont feel ANY different. I also have to have a couple of glasses of wine to fall asleep at night. I feel like such a mess right now. Please I need some word of encouragement!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there
The med could and may take a full 4 to 6 weeks to reach its full effects for you
DO NOT give up you will get there I promise you that as long as this is the med for you ....IMHO it has not had nough time to work as it will YET....

If you are driving and tired then how about taking half of the ativan til you get to work and then take the other by the time you leave you will be fine

I use to have this same dang kind of Anticipatory Anxiety every morning dreaded waking to a new day
Took to doing CBT and other self help techniques and now I make self wake thinking it WILL be a good day ....

I have not been disapointed alot this way either and at 53 I want to live my life happy and yes I have anxiety and panic and many other disorders BUT the A/P doesnt have ME anymore
Fight a good fight and dont let it bring you down as it tries all the sneakiest ways there are ....

Give the AD a bit more time have faith in yourself and your abilities and KNOW we are here for you at all times

Take care and let us know how you make out
Hope I have helped a bit .........

LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I am in full agreement with the wise lady that post before me, Lyn.  The Lexapro needs more time and it will not be like waking up one morning and just going  aha I am cured so don't expect to notice anything like that.  You just gradually start to realize one day that the anxiety is less.

The 1/2 Ativan is a good idea and take other half when you get to work.

Take care and stay with us.  We support you and care about you.

 


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superanxious
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy to have found this site. I haven't gotten off of it in two days. Its so comforting. Thats a great idea about taking the ativan that way. Not too much longer with this job anyways as Im going to go to nursing school in the fall. I'm praying for the lexapro to take effect and that I can wean myself off the ativan. My mom is a nurse and doesn't like the idea of me on it cause its a dependency drug. My dad got dependent on it last year and had to go to rehab although he was drinking on it too. Is it ok do you think to drink wine at night...since I only take the ativan in the morning?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/30/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
AHA...you have posted with 2 nurses lol answering you
I am happy you have chosen this career path it has so so many rewards ....

I have been off this site prolly in all totallity about 14 days in the years I have been here...the longest was just a bit ago whilst moving and Kitt ( lil Sis) was looking after all here

PERSONALLY I would not drink with ativan or Lexapro AT all the lexapro is in your system and it is working but you have yet to feel anything as it takes time to manifest into your total body system and of course into your brain......
With that said even though you are taking ativan in the am's the Lexapro is still in your bloodstream....

I may be more biased about drinking I have to admit as I am a recovering and still sober alcoholic since 1979 and am not for booze at all.Mind you ppl are fine drinking around me its been long enough that I can deal with that but the thoughts and knowledge of what can or may happen mixing the 2 (drink and Lexapro) is a big NO NO in my opinion.....

I am glad you have come to HW and you are finding the support you need
This is a great "family" here and we are all here to help you out as well as get your input on posts

Stay with us and have pride in Becoming a Nurse......
Lyn
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superanxious
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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree. I am going to try to stay away from the wine tonight...although I am going to my parents house and my mom loves her wine and its hard to resist...my dad is a recovering alcoholic though coming up on a year sober so its not all about booze in my house. The ativan is what really scares me though in that thats what sent him to rehab last year when he started mixing that with vodka. If I am going to drink wine I try to make sure theres no ativan in my system. I was on lexapro for a short while in college and drank on it all the time...its just so hard cause theres so many social situations with alcohol like the wedding I am in next weekend. Do you think alcohol decreases the effect the Lexapro has on you?

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I would believe so as both are depressants .........I am sure that those on Lexapro can let you know better than I

I have been on ativan for well over more yrs than I can count mixing the vodka with it prolly is what the biggest issue was and again some JUST cannot tolerate ativan.........just take as RX you are not on a big dose of it IMO and I woulld not worry too much if you plan on weaning off once the Lexapro kicks in
Actually you are lucky to a point many or some docs will not give you anythng until the AD has time to kick in and that causes many to just give up on the AD...........
I can take one or when broke out in Pyoderma I am supposed to take 3 a day plus Valium to keep me totally relaxed and stress free
I dont hardly take either now just when needed for breakouts or high anxiety modes and I have no probs but all are different

Just hang in there hun we are here okay

Talk to you again

Luvs
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