Posted 9/13/2006 4:48 PM (GMT -6)
Hi guys,

I only really get this drowsiness when I'm depressed or bad with the anxiety/panic. That said, Venlafaxine made it much worse. When I switched to citalopram I got my life back. Sadly now I have so much going on and not helping me boot the depression and a/p that, after a few weeks on citalopram this time round, I'm not really back to ok. Things are better, but not great -- anxiety's flaring up again, and the depression and blankness, but I think the thing that really told me it's not worked out for me yet is that my sleep patterns are all over the place -- and I'm back to "needing" daytime naps... .

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Posted 9/14/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -6)
I'm rethinking my answer yesterday concerning my wife. yesterday she slept until 1PM. (She usually wakes between 9:30-11:30. Then when I came home from work at 5PM, I napped. At around 6PM (after only being awake for 5 hours) she napped with me. We both woke up around 8:45.

I immediately started thinking about this thread, and the fact I mentioned she had been on Lexapro for around 1 month. Then I was thinking that is usually the time frame for antidep meds to kick in.

Now I'm thinking that she is experiencing exhaustion with Lexapro. She kept wondering why she was so tired. As I mentioned, she does not read side-effects info. I did not want to mention this info to her.

I will keep you posted as to her behavior over the next couple of weeks.
Posted 9/21/2006 11:28 AM (GMT -6)
just wondering about your wife's progress with the lexapro and exhaustion...
Posted 9/22/2006 3:08 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Marez
I think I eventially mentioned to her that this appeared to be a normal side effect of Lexapro the next day.
Since then she is fiddling around with the time of day she takes it. We tried a week at nighttime with her normal Trazadone. She was actually having trouble sleeping. Today we (she) are going to start taking it around 5PM in hopes of exhaustion kicking in around midnight. Her pdoc gave her full permission to try taking it at different times.
I hope you are feeling better. Hang in there
Posted 9/23/2006 3:40 AM (GMT -6)
I've never taken Lexapro. But, when I started taking Paxil 30mg. plus Xanax three times daily. I felt very sleepy, no energy to do anything else but sleep, since I had no experience with antidepressents, I blamed the tiredness and sleepiness to my depression.
The crying had stop, but I just wanted to sleep. Had no interest on working on my garden, going shopping or anything else, So, my dr. increased Paxil to 40mg., plus Xanax three times daily. six months later, dr. switched me to Paxil 25mg. CR. - This dosis seems to be working and I only take 1/2 of Xanax or more as needed.
Posted 9/24/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)
I too was wondering if the Lexapro made me tired or if it's the depression/anxiety making me tired or all the stressful things going on in my life that make me tired. I was commenting to a friend who also takes Lexapro that I have never been so tired in all my life. But really, I've never had so many stressful things going on at one time.
Have had a lot going on at work and home -- I soon will have a few concerns resolved one way or the other and then maybe I can figure out what to do with my life.
I think sometimes I would rather sleep than try to deal with problems that are beyond my control.
-- MK 
Posted 9/25/2006 8:51 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Marez,
I am on lexapro 20 mgms. 2 years now. It's worked wonders for me. I wish I knew about it years ago.
I take it after dinner so if I do get tired at least I know its almost time to go to bed.
Try taking it at night if you aren't already. Good Luck....

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Posted 11/4/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -6)
Was looking for a topic about Lexapro. I am taking 10mg. of Lexapro and 150 mg. of Wellbutrin. I YAWN all the time now - the kind where you have to catch your breath. Anybody else experience this?
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Posted 11/6/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -6)
I've been on laxapro 10mg for 3 days now. And I do find myseld yawning a lot throughout the day.  My appetite has diminished, to the point that I don't even think about food now. I drink tea when I feel sleepy, that helps with the yawning.  I also drink a lot of water because of the dry mouth lexapro causes. Haven't had any trouble sleeping.  So I guess, besides this annoying yawning (that was hard to say ;-) ), so far so good. I wonder if lexapro will give me any energy boost so I can feel motivated in general?
Posted 11/6/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -6)
wow, sounds like a lot of people are taking lexapro, I too am.  I took it a year and a half ago then went off to try to have a baby, after a horrible bout of anxiety and depression I went back on about a month ago.  the first 2 weeks we tried my original dose of 10 and I seemed to get more anxious so went down to five for a few days then to 7.5 and now to 10 again for the last few days.  I am wondering if it is normal for the anxiety to increase and for how long when you change the dosage.  I too am tired however like someone else said I think the depression in itself causes exhaustion mentally plus I think that these side affects do subside after a couple months if you can hang in there.  I have been posting alot on the anxiety page but am starting to realize they go hand in hand.  hope all of you are on your way to better days.
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Posted 11/7/2006 9:54 AM (GMT -6)
I have been taking 10 mg of Lexapro for about three months (got the prescription from my family doctor) and finally went to a psychologist for some counseling. My symptoms are going from anxiety to depression and she thinks I might actually need a higher dose... or maybe even a different drug.
I wonder what that will be like. Right now I am trying to find a psychiatrist with decent hours. I want to make sure I'm really on the right stuff, and I don't know that the family doctor is the best person to see. The psychologist was saying that Lexapro is a hot item right now, it's very widely prescribed because it has few side effects.
Posted 11/10/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -6)
I have been on Lexapro for about a year now and require a nap every day.
Posted 5/18/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)
Hi all, I have have been on Lexapro for depression for 5 months now and am exhausted. I yawn constantly and my sleeping patterns are all over the place. I was great for months but the weariness is bringing me down. I've taken to drinking coffee which helps perk me up for a while but I really don't want to be drinking gallons of coffee a day.
It's a pretty heavy side effect but I'm nowhere near as depressed as I was before going on it. I guess a few naps is a small price to pay, I don't know.
Good luck!
Posted 5/18/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)
Bluesaway, have you experienced any weight gain or increased appetite from lexapro? 
Posted 5/18/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Bluesaway,

Welcome to Healing Well.

It isn't normal to feel so tired, you should discuss this with your doctor and see what they say. You might need a different med or a stimulant to get you going.

I wish you luck with this, keep posting.

hugs, Karen
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Posted 5/18/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks Karen, I will pop into the doctors :)

AmericanDancer, I haven't noticed any difference with my appetite since taking lexapro. Have you?
Posted 5/18/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)
I don't take lexapro.  I was taking cymbalta, but my doctor wanted me to stop and try wellbutrin xl instead, because I kept having high blood pressure readings.  Needless to say, the wb is not the greatest for me because I have anxiety.  I was curious about lexapro.  I tried it in the past and it made me itch so my doctor went ahead and took me off of it, but I really don't think it was an allergic reaction.  I may ask him about trying it again.
Posted 5/19/2008 5:05 AM (GMT -6)

Hi there,

There is a non-pharmaceutical solution which works for some people. I know this sounds completely backwards but if you exercise regularly every day (even if it is just a couple of laps of your block... I think thats what Americans call housing estates) you release endorphins which make you feel better and also your body prepares for a lack of energy which is KNOWS cant be solved by sleeping so it makes you change your reaction to the exhaustion.

RE: Getting a stimulant from the doctor... Coffee is one thing but pharmaceutical stimulants are quite another (in my opinion) and I completely disagree with using them. If you use them for any length of time you can get a dependence on them (not an addiction but similar) as you use them as part of your daily routine. When you start to come off them, your daily routine gets interrupted and your body finds it hard to cope (in the short term at least) without them so you are back at square 1. Thats just my personal opinion and it doesnt happen to everyone but I wanted to share my 2 pence worth with you as well.

All the Best


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Posted 5/19/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)

Your two pence is worth a lot. I guess because I have to take them to function (due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue) that always comes to mind. But that would only be a last resort for somebody who can't get above it. I am sure there is a better medication for Marez that would help her not to be so exhausted. Beatind depression on it's own could help. Since fatigue goes along with the depression. Thank you for your opinion. I respect that so much.

Luv and hugs, Karen
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