Lexapro -- what to expect?

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   Posted 3/15/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am starting on Lexapro tomorrow.  I have never before taken an SSRI.  I am sure each person reacts somewhat differently, but I am interested in what I should expect.  Am I likely to feel totally different?  React to people differently?  Will people likely notice a difference in me?  Or are the changes more subtle?  
My doc says likely side effects are a minor headache for 20 minutes or so, the first couple of times I take it, and maybe a slightly upset stomach for a few days.  Does that sound about right? 
I have read the package insert, so I know the statistical information.  But just looking for anyone's personal experiences.
Also, I asked doc if I can drink alcohol while on Lexapro.  I am not a heavy drinker, but I have a nice wine collection  and I really enjoy my one glass of red wine a night, with dinner, and an occassional beer out with friends.  Doc said "don't drink at all the first week; after that you can try a glass of wine one night and see how you feel -- some people find they can't drink on it, while many others find one drink a night fine."  Any experiences on this?

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   Posted 3/16/2012 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there, jamie here.

was put on it some yrs ago.(a trial, whilst in hospital) my shrink told me it is the mother-ship of anti-deps. he was right, it was too strong. got intense brain zaps. i wish you well. keep following your doctors advice.
take care, jamie



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   Posted 3/16/2012 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Just want you to know that alcohol is a depressant. An occasional glass of wine or beer may not bother you but it may make your depression worse. So follow doctor's orders to the tee. Be careful.

I truly hope that the medication works for you. It does take six to eight weeks to reach full potential. So be patient with it. I hope you don't have the side effects.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/16/2012 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   

I have been on Lexapro for over a year now and have found it to be a good AD. The first couple of weeks I had a few side effects but nothing major it is the strongest of the ssri's and the max dose is 20mg. It is best to avoid alcohol as Karen has all ready mentioned it is a depressant. I have had occasional drinks and have not found it to be a problem but I do my best to avoid.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


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