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Lexapro Side Effects

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My doctor recently put me on Lexapro for depression and anxiety. I noticed a lot of posts about weight gain and mood swings. Has anyone else noticed any other side effects from Lexapro? Has your doctor prescribed Lexapro?
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July 17, 2006 at 10:34 am
(1) Carrie says:

I have been on this medicine since lastweekm I have noticed that it makes me shake! I have a very big problem with anxiety, and stress. Since on this medicine I have noticed that i am happier and have energy.

August 11, 2006 at 3:24 pm
(2) Alexis says:

I have been on this medication for five days and it makes me feel high at first, then super calm, then kind of numb, but it gets better every day…

August 17, 2006 at 3:19 am
(3) terena says:

I have been on lexapro for 5 days…. its made me feel very high and weird… I am being treated for both depression and anxiety.

August 17, 2006 at 8:57 am
(4) Marbee says:

Be very, very careful getting off of this drug. The withdrawal side effects are brutal. Ween yourself very slowly and even then you might not escape the effects.

August 26, 2006 at 9:00 am
(5) Kara says:

my boyfriend is being treated for both depression and anxiety, he has been on lexapro for about a month, since then he’s had mood swings, been anti-affectionate $ selfish. we had our first fight in 11 months and it was over the way we both act…. i think it’s making him worse

August 30, 2006 at 5:51 pm
(6) Alexandra says:

I also was just prescribed lexapro for GAD. I agree with the feeling “kind of weird” after taking it. Not in a particularly bad way for me personally, just kind of “blah”. I’ve also noticed I’m kind of sleepy as well. Other than that the only other side effect I’ve experienced is dry mouth. I know my Doctor told me most side effects would go away with time.

September 10, 2006 at 1:24 pm
(7) Lori says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 6 months. While I’ve been feeling great the two side effects that are driving me crazy are: excessive sweating and lack of libido. I will probably taper my self off because of the side effects

September 12, 2006 at 1:12 pm
(8) Grace says:

I’ve been on Lexapro several months and have noticed an unusual tendency to yawn. Two other people that I know are taking Lexapro have also noticed the same thing, just since starting on Lexapro. Has anyone else experienced that?

September 14, 2006 at 6:54 am
(9) Katie says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 4 months. With a patient spouse, I’ve overcome the libido issue but I’ve had problems with weight gain, no matter what I do.

September 21, 2006 at 3:50 pm
(10) Sarah says:

I’ve been on celexa for about a year and just switched to lexapro. I lost weight with celexa and am afraid of gaining weight with lexapro. Has anyone lost or gained any weight? Also, feeling tired and yawning a lot are common side effects that I experienced on celexa (it’s lexapro’s “sister” drug)–it goes away and yes, libido does come back.

September 26, 2006 at 9:17 pm
(11) frank says:

been on lexapro for 6 years for depression and ptsd,it works verry well for that.side effects for me are,hard to ejaculate,wait gain.long term i have noticed a loss in short term memory that has me verry worried.good luck trying to get off it,i have felt dizzy and shock like feelings after 2 days. not to mention the anger after a few weeks off.feel stuck on ot now

September 27, 2006 at 11:06 am
(12) tom says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 2 weeks after being on Cymbalta for over 4 months. The side effects for Lexapro are much more minor than Cymbalta. Cymbalta worked for my depression pretty well but I was always sleepy and almost always in a fog. Other effects would come and go. With Lexapro I am not sleepy, am much more functional at work although still feel numbness or heaviness in my head. I do have the yawning as well but all that is minor so far. I am somewhat forgetful but hope that passes.

September 27, 2006 at 4:06 pm
(13) kristin says:

Lexapro caused major weight gain for me(20lbs) I was always hungry, as well as just feeling blah and having no energy. I also had joint pain, shakiness, heart palipatations, and felt very angry with lots of mood swings. Coming off of it was very difficult.

September 28, 2006 at 5:09 pm
(14) terry says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3 years. I have never tried to stop because I beleive it has really helped. However, I am starting to realize a short term memory loss as well and it takes me forever to wake up in the morning. Terry

October 1, 2006 at 7:13 am
(15) Louise says:

I have been on Lexapro for approximately 4 years now. I have have a tremendous weight gain, constantly in a fog, weird nightmares, memory loss, feeling sluggish all the time, and lately I can only explain it as an electrical feeling – like being shocked periodically throughout the day. I want off – but the sides effects are horrible. Have an appointment with Dr. next week.

October 2, 2006 at 1:35 pm
(16) Tony S says:

I have been on Lexapro for two weeks and I have expierenced a serious lack of libido, also I have also felt a somewhat lack of emotion when it comes to sad situations, like its hard to feel empathy for other peoples problems. Dry mouth is another common issue, but its dealt with with a pice of gum. One thing that has improved was my sleeping issue. Before Lexapro, I was always tired, and now it seems i can get 6-7 hours and be alright.

October 13, 2006 at 9:19 pm
(17) Leo says:

taing Lexapro three weeeks now. First couple of days I felt like I ws on a cafein high whe I tried to go to slep, but it may have been MSG which I usually try to avoid, but ate canned soup based meal for lunch both days.
I have RA so tire very easily and I gradually have seemed to relax more and sleep better/longer, but think I sleep too much. Now, as before I started Lexapro, I fall asleep if I sit down to relax. Before I was like a pin ball bouncing from one project to another in the middle of projects, but now I almost don’t care if I start a project or not. Before I might work 12 -16 hr a day, many times not breaking, and when I got totally bone tired would take a break and fall asleep for half an hour-or maybe an hour and then up working on my little projects.again. I slept never any more than 5 hours a night if that much,wakening several times to streth my body to relieve the pain of the RA.
Last night I slept almost 9 hours with only a few breaks; some to move my body and once for the bathroom.
my mouth has been on the dry side from INSAIDS etc so can’t blame that on the Lexapro. So far I am fairly pleased with it; time will tell. I am 78 yrs old and in good physical condition otherwise. I do water walk which is good for the RA.
Leo

October 19, 2006 at 7:31 am
(18) Julie says:

Hi, I have been taking Lexapro for only about a week and yes, I am experiencing the yawning and “blah” like moods too….I am also extrememly nauseaus particulary in the middle of the night and first thing in the morning. I also am used to being a 8-hour-a-night sleeper and I have become very restless. Is anyone else experiencing these sorts of side effects?

October 20, 2006 at 2:35 pm
(19) Bella says:

I have been taking Lexapro for approx. 14 months for GAD. The biggest side effect has been weight gain (12 lbs.) No matter how hard I try I cannot take the weight off. Other than this,short term memory loss, very irritable if I forget a dosage and sleep a lot. I have started to ween myself off…

October 24, 2006 at 3:57 pm
(20) Donna says:

Been on Lexapro for just about a month. Depression and Anxiety are better, side effects, loss of appetite and weight, sick stomach, sleep apnea and then sudden sleepiness. No libido, no organisms, even when arosed. Menstrual cycle shorten by 2 days.

Dr’s appointment next week, not sure what to do.

October 31, 2006 at 10:23 am
(21) ML says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about two months at 5mg. I never went to the fully prescribed dose of 10mg because I felt 5mg was doing the job. I experienced naseau, dizziness, insomnia, and that electric feeling (people have mentioned) within the first two weeks. These symptoms slowly subsided after the third week. I have lost about five pounds since I’ve been on Lexapro.
My lack of concentration has come back and I’m having short term memory problems. I’ve increased the dose to 10mg in hopes that this will help. But now that some of you have posted that short term memory is a problem…this might not go away. Which isn’t good because it is affecting my studies.

November 1, 2006 at 10:16 pm
(22) Maddi says:

I’m on week three of Lexapro. No side effects apart from a headache 24/7 and a slightly upset stomach. My Dr says these effects will go away after a few weeks. Remember everyone, these tablets are not miracle pills straight away. You need to give yourselves at least 6-8 weeks to allow them to work. If I can do it, anyone can, believe me!

November 9, 2006 at 1:47 pm
(23) L says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for almost two years. The biggest side effects I’ve noticed: weight gain (40 lbs!!) and libido issues. The libido issues went away after the first month or two; the weight gain has been MUCH harder to deal with. As far as my symptoms – it hasn’t fully addressed my depression issues, but my anxiety issues are almost completely gone. So on a scale of 1-10, I would say that my satisfaction with it rates a 7.

November 16, 2006 at 12:10 pm
(24) heather says:

ive been on lexapro for about 3 weeks now…for the past 2 days ive noticed im hungry constantly..ill eat something and only get the full feeling for like 20 minutes and then my stomach feels empty again..i really scared of gaining weight..is this a normal side effect and is there anything i can do to subside it?

November 21, 2006 at 5:16 pm
(25) amber says:

I have been on lexapro on and off for two years. Trust me, if you go on it, do not stop unless your doctor tells you to do so. I am in worse shape than ever and trying to start back on a cycle again. It does work if you give it time though. Good Luck!

December 1, 2006 at 7:56 pm
(26) Heather says:

I’ve only been on Lexapro for 2 days but the yawning hasn’t stopped since about an hour and a half after taking my first pill. I also feel like I am walking through water or quicksand. I am so tired although a friend of mine says that this will go away after about a week or so. God I hope so and I hope I actually get some relief from this insaneness that I’ve been feeling for the last two years.

December 6, 2006 at 4:47 am
(27) Lil says:

I took my first dose of Lexapro, 5 mg, about 12 hours ago. I feel weird and sick: feel like I might stop breathing, heart palpitations, stiff neck, headache, short of breath. My feeling of depression is completely gone, but it’s been replaced with a feeling that I will soon die. I slept like I was dead for about three hours, but I’ve been up all night since. For the past four hours or so, I’ve been sitting on the couch massaging my scalp which seems to help until I stop. I will not continue this medicine. Depression and anxiety are much more tolerable. I guess, in the sense that I prefer to be depressed than take this medicine, I am cured.

December 6, 2006 at 8:58 pm
(28) erica says:

I took Lexapro a few hours ago. I feel really slow, shakey, numb, and (nobody else mentioned this) my hands are really sweaty when normally I don’t sweat at all, and especially never on my hands. It’s very disconcerting. I’m extremely nauseous — I can’t imagine this causing weight gain considering how nauseous I’ve been all day. Also I’ve noticed the yawning thing, and when I yawn it makes me more nauseous. I don’t know if I want to keep up with this if, as everyone says, it’s so brutal to come off of it.

December 7, 2006 at 1:43 pm
(29) Jenny says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for a week. Side effects so far…hunger, nausea, anorgasm, yawning, mood swings,fatique, zombie like feeling. I decided to discontinue today. I am on Wellbutrin for depression and my Dr. added in Lexapro for anxiety. There’s got to be something else. I do not want to gain weight and good sex is too important to me. Just celebrated 14 years with husband and was unable to orgasm – very unlike me. I want to quit before I’m hooked and it’s too hard to stop.

December 11, 2006 at 6:34 pm
(30) Jenni says:

Drs. are wanting me to take this drug. AFter reading all of this, I cannot feel positive about it. I am in a bad marriage with young children and experiencing alot of pain associated with raising them alone, and then a prospect of divorce, my husband threatening to take kids away. I want to deal with these issues but dont believe I need a drug to do so. I have had history of panic disorder all my life, but have always survivied. I want to survive this next chapter in my life but do not feel I want to take this drug, after researching what these side effects are.

December 13, 2006 at 8:21 pm
(31) Rosy says:

I’ve been on it for about a month. At first I thought I was getting better. But now I realize the headaches are worse, the nausea still exists. I feel like I’m always on a bad high, but not different than I am naturally. The anxiety is worse too.

December 15, 2006 at 8:16 am
(32) Lee says:

I was put on this med for hypertension & anxiety, not depression. My anxiety has much improved, but I have terrible numbness in my hands & joint pain. I just changed to Lexapro from Zoloft. Weight gain was horrible from Zolof. Has anyone lost weight from Lexapro???

December 16, 2006 at 11:05 pm
(33) Brandon says:

I feel like i’am losing my mind sometimes,lack of arousel also this sucks…

December 17, 2006 at 6:49 pm
(34) Carolanne says:

I have been on Lexapro for 8 weeks now and my anxiety/panic attacks are much, much improved. I have gained no weight at all, infact, have lost a few pounds! Thankfully, I truly have not had any of the side effects mentioned here. I feel “back to normal” for the most part. The anxiety is still there, but it isn’t as bad. The only thing I have noticed is my menstrual cycle went from a 35-day cycle (which was normal for me) to a 28-day cycle.

December 18, 2006 at 7:16 pm
(35) Janice says:

I’ve been on Lexapro off and on for about 6 months.The side effects I feel most are, very groggy when I wake up in the morning,even after 7-8 hours of sleep.Also sleepy during the day.Sometimes headaches and lightheaded feeling.But it does even out my perimenopausal moodiness.

December 19, 2006 at 4:14 pm
(36) Candy says:

I just began taking Lexapro yesterday. So far I have taken two doses (one yesterday after leaving the Dr. and one this morning). I have experienced nausea, racing heart and a metallic taste in my mouth. I am confident these will go away. I would much rather live with those symptoms than my crushing depression. Dr. told me to cut my dose to 5mg. I am going to try that tomorrow. I wish all of you a happy-as-can-be holiday.

December 21, 2006 at 2:27 pm
(37) Sonja says:

Started on Lexapro 2 years ago for PMS. My husband just recently began taking it as well. It helped both of us a lot at first, but as for me, it exagerrated some OCD tendencies and kept me awake at night. Best thing is to take it first thing in the morning if at all. I gained 20 pounds on this medication and lost my libido completely. I weened myself off by taking 5m every other day for a couple of weeks and then stopped back in November. My raging PMS hasn’t returned & I don’t miss the drug. I also had problems with empathy/emotional issues and experienced suicidal thoughts more than once. I am 40 yrs old, not a teenager.

My husband had one good month and has decided not to take it anymore either. He has had the to inability to ejaculate or even get aroused in addition to dark thoughts and obsessive tendencies. My opinion is that it just isn’t worth it.

January 6, 2007 at 9:10 am
(38) Suzanne says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 3 days. Very soon after my first dose (5mg)I became very shakey and a little nauseous. The 2nd day I was a little nauseous soon after taking the pill. Today I’ve been fine. I take it immediately after breakfast. The first night I experienced “restless leg syndrome” for a little while, but haven’t since. In reading everyone’s comments, my concern would be the weight gain and getting off the medication. I’m on it for anxiety (which I have experienced for years) and mild depression. So far, it has seemed to help – especially with the anxiety.

January 9, 2007 at 2:26 pm
(39) Jenn says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for a week now. The only side effects I’ve experienced so far are really strange dreams and a slightly upset stomach. I’ve actually found that it’s much easier for me to control my eating than before I started the medication. The feeling of hopelessness is gone and I’m praying that this will continue to help me.

January 9, 2007 at 3:26 pm
(40) Lopez says:

I was taking Lexapro for 21/2 months. Gained about 4 pounds, constant yawning in the first month. In the second month lost all energy, could sleep for 10 hrs straight, wake up and still want to sleep. Normally the type of person to clean the house and run errands on the weekend, but found myself sleeping through the entire weekend. My depression worsened and my feelings were completely dulled out. Stop taking it a few days ago and have terrible nauseau and dizziness. This drug did not help me at all. My dr. is switching me to Welbutrim tomorrow. Supposedly, Welbutrim is excellent for weight loss and excellent for people who do not react well to Lexapro. I looked it up and it seems to have less side effects as well. Wish me luck.

January 9, 2007 at 4:51 pm
(41) Michele says:

Ive been on this drug for 2 days now.
I have only experienced headaches.
The comments I’m reading sound scary
but Im feeling optimistic.

January 10, 2007 at 10:51 pm
(42) Barb says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for a little over a year for anxiety. It worked wonders for that, but I put on a lot of weight and it seemed like I stopped caring about things that were always important to me in the past. I initially had headaches and got extremely fatigued, but both subsided over time. I anticipated using it for a shorter period, but for various reasons stayed on for the full year. I’ve been weaning myself off (10 mg every other day) for a couple of weeks and stopped completely this week. The anxiety hasn’t come back and I feel so much more like the me I liked before I started taking it. I haven’t had any problems stopping so far. I hope the weight comes off now too!

January 12, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(43) Neely says:

My doctor suggested I take Lexapro at night. I woke up nauseaus, but it didn’t stop me from falling asleep. I have noticed a decrease in appetite, no yawning.
Studies show that the medicine either works or it don’t. Your symptoms won’t go away a little with a little bit of Lexapro, it’s either all or nothing. The dose would have to be increased if it is not working, for it to do ANY good. Good Luck all. Weigh your options carefully before starting any therapy. This drug is not habit forming, but it is strongly recommended to ween off of it. It is likely your body will pick up the slack and produce it’s own serotonin, unlike it did previously.

February 8, 2007 at 9:00 pm
(44) Laurie says:

My spouse just up and left our life. I’ve been forced into bankruptcy, we’re losing the house, the car everything. I just found out that he never refilled his Lexapro prescription at the end of October. Can the withdrawal from this drug create such radical and drastic changes in feelings? He told me he loved me (adored me, actually) almost every day, right up to mid December, then just left, saying his feelings had just “stopped” … Can it be a result of his not taking the drug? He was on it since summer of 2003.

February 13, 2007 at 8:08 am
(45) Karen says:

Been taking Lexapro for about 2.5 years now. Seemed to help for a while, but then stopped. Tried to get off and had a horrible time. Feelings of dizziness, being in a “fog.” The side effects of trying to wean myself were so bad that I decided I would stay on the medication just to avoid them. I have also gained about 13 pounds since taking the medicine.

February 14, 2007 at 1:48 pm
(46) nancy says:

I was on lexapro for just over six months and I had all kinds of strange things happening to me. I was tired all the time dizzy, feeling more depressed, weight gain, sick to my stomach ,feeling spaced out. I guess you get what I’m saying. Now I have been on other medicines and each one had some kind of reaction. I weaned my self off Lexapro, but I did consult my Dr. Coming off is hard, I’m having brain zaps dizzyness, electrical shocks going through my body. I did alot of research first. Omega 3 fish oils helping me through this,Vitamins. Not too much just enough to help all the symtoms of coming off. I really think its helping me. I told my Dr first. She is real supportive of me. I was afraid to tell her but she really listened to me. I’ve. been on medicines for 8 years now for OCD and depression which was caused by OCD I beleive. I wanted to know if I could be off meds.and become my old self. I’M hoping my disorder of OCD does not return. I would like to stay off these horrible poisonous meds. They took my symptoms of ocd and depression away but changed me. My personality and all the side effects of these drugs. Please pray for me, that my disorder does not come back and I will make it through this withdrawal period. Oh, I am exercising daily. On the tread mill and stretching. This also helps me get through some of the witdrawal symtoms. Withdrawal symptoms are real. My Dr say only for about two weeks. I’m hoping this is true. Some people say it took longer. I’m going to beat this and look at the bright side and stay on track with exercising and have a positive out look. Thank you for listening and praying for me. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

February 15, 2007 at 7:22 pm
(47) yasmine says:

Hi. I have been on Lexapro for around one year. At first i did feel that “out of it” feeling and feeling like im numb, but it goes away. My concern is getting off it, sometimes i dont refill my prescriptions in time. I know its the worst thing to do, but i didnt know the effects would be so bad. DO NOT STOP COLD TURKEY OR JUST SKIP TAKING IT FOR ANY REASON. I mean this stuff has me so hooked, that when i stopped abruptly I went completley up the wall. I would randomnley cry, pick fights with my husband, get severe anxiety and panic attacks, and just wanted to to end this life ….seriously, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!

February 15, 2007 at 10:49 pm
(48) dottie says:

Wow!My 13 year old son’s doctor prescribed this for his anxiety disorder today. He is to start tomorrow am – If I start him on this and he has these side effects and then refuses to take the meds and gets even worse side effects he will NEVER trust me again to treat him. I can’t start him on this drug I am horrified and very greatful that I found this site. God Bless all of you who took the time to write.

February 23, 2007 at 9:21 pm
(49) jeannie says:

I have been on lexapro for about one month. I have noticed also a decrease in libido,but I seem to be gaining weight in my boobs. It definately makes me sleepy and causes a pressure headache in the back of my head at times. Has anybody else experienced these affects?

February 27, 2007 at 2:34 pm
(50) vanessa says:

I’v been on Lexapro for about 1month for depression, so far I’ve had a slight upset stomach, don’t seem to be gaining weight. The 1st week I was on Lexapro I did have a very scary episode of a panic attack right before an important meeting with a client. I am sleeping a lot, which I dont mind. I don’t seem to have the problem of being drowsy durning the day. Short term memory loss? I’v always had a bad memory,so now I have an excuse.:0). Good luck to us all.

February 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm
(51) BARB says:

I was put on Lexapro back in May of 2006 (10) mg. and did okay for a short while, but the weight gain was getting out of control. I would go to bed at one weig ht, and wake up the next morning, five pounds heavier! I took myself off of it about 10 days ago, and did not have any problem doing so. I had foot surgery last year, and the weight gain did not help it. I only hope now that I can get this weight off without too many problems.

February 28, 2007 at 8:41 pm
(52) Karen says:

I have been on lexapro now for 6 mos and the only thing I have gotten from is the dry mouth. I dont have the problem when it comes to sex I have a high sex drive anyway. and as far as gaining weight well I dont feel hungry on it at all. I feel really great on it I am able to think and act comelly. The only thing I did notice is I can tell and everyone eles can is when it starts to wears off ,I get really high strung and get bitchie.I take 10mg But I take it at night and it helps with my insomia I have it bad and I also take vistaril 10 mg inhance the lexapro until my next dose. and that is all I can say I hope I was some help Becasue I have anxiety , depression , insomia and it cause fatigue bad I was on flexareal xr it was a time release but it cause me to be mean and hateful and tired all the time but I hope you all find somthing to work.

March 3, 2007 at 9:49 pm
(53) bett says:

I’ve been on 3 months, and I think lexapro is great. My only question, Can hot feet at night be a side effect?

March 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm
(54) Jennifer says:

I was on Lexapro for the past 2 years. It really helped with the depression & anxiety. I came to a point though that I felt nothing, I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t sad. I was even able to give the eulogy at my mothers funeral without crying, that’s when I got worried. I gained 40lbs in 2 years on Lexapro. I have since stopped using Lexapro and all my emotions are back, big time! I am not depressed anymore but I do find that I’m having to deal with emotions that I haven’t felt in 2 years. I’m also at the gym 5 days a week trying to take off this awful weight I’ve gained and it’s hard, really hard…Lexapro fixed my emotional depression but then I had to deal with the depression of weight gain…Mentally, overall I’m happy that I had it when I so badly needed it and I have no regrets other than the big booty that’s following me around… :0)

March 7, 2007 at 3:34 am
(55) Bridie says:

I have been on Lexapro on and off for close to 2 years. I have experienced an appetite decrease though friends on it have had the opposite result. I do feel the dizziness, the lack of labido issue went away after 1 month, no memory loss and it really takes the edge off. I am on a low does 10mg and would not increase it. I did develop a very bad cough but noone seems ot have had that symptom. I did yawn alot at first but have that under control

March 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm
(56) Lynnett says:

I have been on Lexapro for 2 years and for the first year it was great. I felt like I could live again. But for this second year, I feel cranky, tired, moody, and worst of all I have gained 45 lbs!!!! I had just lost all my weight and was at 125 finally when I started lexapro, so you can imagine my dissappointment.

March 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm
(57) Elizabeth says:

I have been on lexapro for a little over 3 weeks for anxiety and depression. When I first started taking it, I was constantly yawning. I am no longer doing so. On the positive side, I am not as angry for no reason, the panick attacks/feeling like i was having a heartattack from the stress have lessened considerably. However, today I started feeling “odd”- not quite all there- going in and out- dizzy and lightheaded- almost like i was going to pass out- I had to hold onto something to steady myself. I called the pharmacist, and he advised that these are classic/normal lexapro side effects- and that this is my body getting acclimated to the drug as it builds. He suggested that I take it at night to avoid these symptons- and then change to daytime over next month or so. I have never felt like I did today and it makes me seriously re-consder taking. p.s. i have also lost weight.

March 12, 2007 at 10:34 pm
(58) Kitten says:

As far as the hot feet thing goes, at nighttime I can’t stand to wear socks or even have my feet covered up. And I’ve noticed considerable weight gain but I’m always too tired to work out.

March 13, 2007 at 6:48 pm
(59) rj says:

Wondering if anyone is living with someone who is on Lexapro and has seen a huge change in their personality?He was always supper sensitive and now he is like another person. Constanly aggitated and doesn’t care about our relationship. Never was like that before. He went on org. for anxiety and ocd.

March 14, 2007 at 12:55 pm
(60) Paul says:

I have been on Lexapro for 10 days now. I have noticed I have more energy and my depression ‘seems’ to be abating (placebo effect?). Those are the good effects. On the negative side, I seem to have lost my appetite completely and I have had trouble sleeping through the night. Last night I woke at 2:30 and lay in bed wondering why I have unexplained weight loss and loss of appetite. I began to worry if I have a serious illness…so I want to thank everybody who has written in because now I see that about 1 out of 4 people who experience weight changes seem to lose weight and appetite. I would be interested to know if this will flip around later to weight gain…anybody know? All in all, I feel a little unusual, but if I keep busy and try to not be TOO introspective, I can pretty much ignore the negative side effects until I adjust. At least, that is what I am hoping. I send my best wishes to everyone here who are dealing with depression and anxiety.

March 16, 2007 at 2:45 pm
(61) Dina says:

I started Lexapro about 2 1/2 years ago. Had very good side effects in the first year. I was more focused, less emotional, lost weight, and more upbeat. I have attempted to get off of this drug two other times prior to this current attempt. You cannot go cold turkey as someone else stated. I have weaned myself and yes, exercise does help. Will also try Omega 3 fish oil to see if that helps as someone else stated. I wish to get off since the past 1 1/2 the side effects seemed to go from good to bad: weight gain, short term memory loss, shaking, reved up too much of the day, head in a fog, bad nausea, and lack of emotional response -unable to cry. It has been almost 2 weeks with this attempt to remove Lexapro from my life. I pray this is it this time.

March 28, 2007 at 4:20 pm
(62) Lissa Kopa says:

Hi I am 29 years old with two children. I have been taking Lexapro for over 1 year. I take 20 mg before I go to bed everynight so the side effects hit me while I am sleeping. This medicine has worked wonders for my anxiety. I do notice that shock like feeling in my body and it feels weird but it only happens once in awhile. I do notice just recently an increase in my appetite, I don’t ever feel full. This medicine has really helped me. Give it a chance to work. When your ready to go off have the doctor work with you. Good Luck

March 30, 2007 at 11:45 am
(63) Heather says:

I started taking Lexapro 2 days ago 10mg for anxiety. The first night I did wake up several times but I was able to return to sleep. today I feel kind of “out of it” and have a dry mouth. I really hope this work for me. Good luck to all!

April 9, 2007 at 10:33 pm
(64) h says:

I have been on it for 2 1/2 months. The first month was fine, but now my anxiety is back with an vegence. I don’t feel I am able to control my thought process as readily as before. I want off all of this business.

April 18, 2007 at 7:55 am
(65) Marjie says:

I started Lexapro 2 months ago as I was very depressed, not sleeping, bad dreams etc. I have been taking only 5mg daily as 10mg made me feel too ‘thick/heavy’. Talked to Dr start of April about coming off it – 5mg every 2nd day for 2 weeks, then stop. I am now stopped & getting the same side effects when I started it – bad dreams, poor sleep,etc. While I was on it I lost interest in sex and did put on some weight, but it did make me feel more able to cope with family & work. At present I am feeling really space-y, but looking forward to being totally ‘off’. Oh, yes, I did have nausea & dry mouth while I was getting used to it. Would I go back on it? Not if I could help it, although it did the job for me earlier. I would not recommend it to anyone.

April 22, 2007 at 1:23 am
(66) Paula says:

Started Lexapro 10 days ago. I have chronic fatigue and am hypersensitive to many meds. I also have been having the worst OCD and anxiety. The inside of my head felt like a train wreck. This Dr. wisely started me on 2.5 mg every other day and now I am on this dose every day. will see the Dr next week. Side effects are drowsiness, that Dr said may pass. I had initial aggitation with the first couple of doses which has passed. Since I have had a sleep disorder for years, fogginess, memory loss, fatigue, lack of libido and weight gain (eating too much for my diminished activity level) it would be really difficult to tell if I am having any of these side effects. So far this has had less side effects than other anti-depressants I have tried. The good news is although I am still anxious and OCD (I am sure I need to work up to a higher med dose) I am feeling calmer. The inside of my head still feels like a train wreck but I feel more detached from it. Good luck to all, this anxiety, depression and OCD stuff is really tough.

April 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm
(67) nikki says:

was on this last year for about 5 months and it worked for the most part and have been back on it for about 3 weeks now. my migraines have been a LOT worse and i have CONSTANT headaches—awful. but i think i’d rather have a headache than be stuck in a dark pit of depression and anxiety.

April 23, 2007 at 12:25 am
(68) alexis says:

I’ve been on laxapro for 4 days now. I, too, have been very tired and yawning a lot. Like others, I almost feel like I’m on a cloud…which I don’t mind :)

I haven’t noticed any dry mouth but I have noticed a decreased appetite, which I hope stays!

I’m on lexapro for anxiety and mild depression.

So far, so good. I just hope I don’t get the weight gain like others did….

April 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm
(69) Nicki says:

I have been on Lexapro now for about 3 months. I have noticed that my appetite has increased tremendously. I have gained about 15 lbs already. I was prescribed lexapro for my panic attacks. It has stopped the panic attacks for the most part, but the depression seems to be getting worse. Also, I stay so tired. I have no desire to do anything anymore. I wake up and just want to go back to sleep. I don’t feel like cleaning or cooking. I am usually a very outgoing, energetic person. I go to the dr. today and I am going to get off of this medicine and find something else.

April 24, 2007 at 9:31 am
(70) Karen says:

I have been on Lexapro for just over a year for depression. I, too, yawn all the time, though I don’t mind that as much as the feeling of being tired. The depression has all but lifted, but I have gained 20+ lbs on this medicine after holding the same weight for over 3 years. As I have blood sugar issues, I am weaning off Lexapro, because additional weight is a huge health risk for me.

April 25, 2007 at 6:05 pm
(71) Patty says:

I have taken Lexapro for 2 days now and I FEEL HORRIBLE! Haven’t gotten much sleep in 2 nights and when I was sleeping the 2nd night I woke up suddenly as if I was shocked in my sleep…then everything just started rolling…worst bed spins I’ve ever had in my life…I saw lots of colors too…scarey!!! Now I feel like the walking dead…can’t stop yawning and I’m achey too…my neck is killin me…my head is fuzzy. I will NEVER take this crap again…now I realize I didn’t feel so bad before…Time to suck it up and get tuff!!!

April 26, 2007 at 5:41 pm
(72) Melissa says:

5 hours into my first Lexapro, and I am high as a kite. Not anxious for the first time in 11 years. Works instantly!! Not looking forward to any of the wicked side effects that the others have spoke of. I feel very sleepy and stoned. Not bad, definetly not anxious.

April 29, 2007 at 10:11 pm
(73) Michell says:

I’m on my fourth day on Lexapro after two years on Zoloft. I’ve been having problems staying awake the last couple of months and the last few days that seems to have worsened. It’s probably too early to tell if I’ll have the same negative side effects as I’ve had with Zoloft – anorgasmia, weight gain, dulling, apathy. The SSRIs have helped immensely with the depression and anxiety though. When I forget my meds, I immediately get agitated and show signs of depression. I’ll be looking into dual-action drugs or talk therapy because I don’t think my depression is in remission.

May 8, 2007 at 5:38 pm
(74) christine says:

I have been on 10 mg since 1996. My doc tried to increase it and all I did was sleep. I want to try to stop taking it, as my entire life has changed and perhaps what was causing the issues is gone now – my husband! He wanted a divorce. I tried to stop…oh my God – it was awful. Now I am going to try to wean, but I am not sure how to do this and not suffer so!! But, I encourage people to use it for a while. It helped me for years deal with family dying all around me and I was able to help and be productive for all of them. Peace.

May 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(75) LISA says:

I came off of Zoloft because it was no longer doing its thing. I am considered dysthymic.Some recent career issues and work enviornment things had thrown me into double depression which as you may know is rotton. I was coming off “z” and began wellbutrin 150 am /150 pm. This coupled with gaufisan for congestion( sinus issues) , ok well i reslly became super psychotic for a bit-really really bad times. i called my dr and said there needs to be a change right now>!!!! I requsted lexapro , i had never tried it before. I began 10 mlg , she said to take at night along w/ 150 of wellbrutrin. things have calmed down so much more for me- the apathy is stll there which is ok-helps with my job. the focus is better, appetite decreased – but man alive can i sleep. I feel that is it working relativly good – i am still kinda numb feeling, but its ok- its better than acting like a train wreck as well as feeling like one. The sex part, no libibo, but its ok. Peace..

May 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(76) LISA says:

I came off of Zoloft because it was no longer doing its thing. I am considered dysthymic.Some recent career issues and work enviornment things had thrown me into double depression which as you may know is rotton. I was coming off “z” and began wellbutrin 150 am /150 pm. This coupled with gaufisan for congestion( sinus issues) , ok well i reslly became super psychotic for a bit-really really bad times. i called my dr and said there needs to be a change right now>!!!! I requsted lexapro , i had never tried it before. I began 10 mlg , she said to take at night along w/ 150 of wellbrutrin. things have calmed down so much more for me- the apathy is stll there which is ok-helps with my job. the focus is better, appetite decreased – but man alive can i sleep. I feel that is it working relativly good – i am still kinda numb feeling, but its ok- its better than acting like a train wreck as well as feeling like one. The sex part, no libibo, but its ok. Peace..

May 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(77) LISA says:

I came off of Zoloft because it was no longer doing its thing. I am considered dysthymic.Some recent career issues and work enviornment things had thrown me into double depression which as you may know is rotton. I was coming off “z” and began wellbutrin 150 am /150 pm. This coupled with gaufisan for congestion( sinus issues) , ok well i reslly became super psychotic for a bit-really really bad times. i called my dr and said there needs to be a change right now>!!!! I requsted lexapro , i had never tried it before. I began 10 mlg , she said to take at night along w/ 150 of wellbrutrin. things have calmed down so much more for me- the apathy is stll there which is ok-helps with my job. the focus is better, appetite decreased – but man alive can i sleep. I feel that is it working relativly good – i am still kinda numb feeling, but its ok- its better than acting like a train wreck as well as feeling like one. The sex part, no libibo, but its ok. Peace..

May 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(78) LISA says:

I came off of Zoloft because it was no longer doing its thing. I am considered dysthymic.Some recent career issues and work enviornment things had thrown me into double depression which as you may know is rotton. I was coming off “z” and began wellbutrin 150 am /150 pm. This coupled with gaufisan for congestion( sinus issues) , ok well i reslly became super psychotic for a bit-really really bad times. i called my dr and said there needs to be a change right now>!!!! I requsted lexapro , i had never tried it before. I began 10 mlg , she said to take at night along w/ 150 of wellbrutrin. things have calmed down so much more for me- the apathy is stll there which is ok-helps with my job. the focus is better, appetite decreased – but man alive can i sleep. I feel that is it working relativly good – i am still kinda numb feeling, but its ok- its better than acting like a train wreck as well as feeling like one. The sex part, no libibo, but its ok. Peace..

May 17, 2007 at 8:24 am
(79) lisa says:

I was on lexapro a few months ago and felt better so i stopped. Was okay for a while and then became severly depressed as before. seen Dr today who has told me to start again. Took first tab today again. I have runny stools and very light headed, dizzy and in a daze. I had these exact symptoms last time but i know they go. Symptoms last time lasted for approx 2-3 weeks. It helped me alot with my depression though. Oh i also have decresaed appetite as the same as previously too. I think the people who put on weight is probably due to the fact that you end up having no energy due to the lexapro therfore weight gain happens.

May 22, 2007 at 9:49 am
(80) tara says:

I never wanted to get anti-depressant drugs, but felt they were my last resort about four months ago, I was so down and exhausted from lack of sleep and stress. I was described Lexapro, they seemed to help in the beginning, but now I have noticed I’m going back being moody, have terrible muscle pains all over my back, I’m really tired and empty-headed. After reading all the comments about the drug and ist side effects and withdrawal symptoms I want to get off it now!! and not to go back, I don’t care what side effects I get, this drug cant be good for you????

May 22, 2007 at 7:03 pm
(81) Laura says:

I’ve been on lexapro and ativan for over a year now but my weight gain is horrible. It has helped me tremendously though as fair as my panic states. I’m almost back to normal.

I am just starting to feel awful because of my weight.

June 7, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(82) Bunny says:

I to was put on Lexapro for depression/anxiety. I already have a headache and am yawning like crazy, also seem to have a very sensitive gag reflex. I know these are not uncommon side effects and will go away. However I am concerned about weight gain. I have already gained 70 lbs. For a 5’1′ tall person this is not good. Also with all the other side effects listed and the headache I have right now I will cut this dose in half and stick with that for awhile. I do have the Xanax to fall back on for those extremely anxious days. As one a few others have mentioned God bless up all.

June 13, 2007 at 12:05 pm
(83) AMIE says:

i have been on lexapro now for a little over a month. i almost stopped taking it b/c of the nauseau, diareah, dizziness, shaking, yawning, tiredness..all the craziness. but now about 98% of the syptoms are gone and i feel great! i have even lost 9lbs because im not crazy and depressed and eating all the time anymore! i love it!

June 19, 2007 at 11:24 am
(84) Kelly says:

I have taken Lexapro for 4 days now. I am having headaches, fogginess and the worst diarrhea. I’m scared to continue because of the stories about getting off of it. I’m also really tired during the day.

June 21, 2007 at 10:51 pm
(85) Renee says:

Kelly – Let your doc know about what you are experiencing, and talk to he/she about your fear. The symptoms you describe typically cease in about 2 weeks – or sooner. Varies from person to person. You may simply need to stay the course and let your body adjust before dropping off of the therapy. Don’t rely on a web chat to make your decisions. Talk to your doc. Peace to you! T

June 25, 2007 at 1:36 pm
(86) Tanya says:

started Lexapro alomst 6 weeks ago, for major depressive disorder and genralized anxiety. It did wonders for the anxiety, but the depression is getting worse. I have had a terrible case of the “sads” for a number of weeks now. Its starting to get worrysome in that I felt a gun to the head would be better then how I am feeling. I have had zero energy and have gained 5 pounds with no change to my diet. The weight gain stresses me out horribly, seeing that I have been working really hard for the last year to lose weight via weight watchers.
I’ve been crying at the drop of a hat.

Called the doc to start weaning off and go back to prozac, plus something for the anxiety.

June 29, 2007 at 12:36 am
(87) Bunny says:

I have been on the Lexapro since June 9th. Since then the headaches have gone away, the fogginess is also better. No longer have the yawns like I did unless I am truly tired, then they seem to be a bit excessive. I did decrease 10mg a day to 5mg because of the side effects. Seems like 10 is just too much for me. The anxiety is more bearable and on the bad days I do take the Xanax. For me it helps. I have not cried once where as before I couldn’t stop. As for emotions, I think it has made me numb. Perhaps for not this is not so bad.
I am so scared though about the withdrawls once I stop taking this, which is one more reason I do not want my dose to increase. God Bless

July 1, 2007 at 9:34 pm
(88) jane says:

I have taken lexapro for four months for depression and it made me very sleepy and tired for the first month but I kept with it. around the third month things seemed better and still do although I have now gained 15 pounds. I stopped taking it for this reason and I have some of the withdrawal symptoms but at this point they are less important than getting my body back to normal. Good luck to those of you who are having successful runs. I don’t think I will take this again.

July 4, 2007 at 11:39 am
(89) Rick says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 1 month. I too felt a little wierd and anxious for the first week which subsided by early in the second week. I now feel normal again after several years of moderate depression. I never had anxiety though. I am still experiencing difficulty ejaculating. I hope this passes. One very unusual and disturbing incident occured today which may or may not be attributed to Lexapro. Uncontrollable handshaking came on suddenly while playing the guitar. This was a performance in front of a large audience. The shaking became so bad that I had to stop twice to recover. This has never happened to me before. I believe it was a combination of stress and Lexapro. Anyone else had problems with uncontrollable shaking?

July 7, 2007 at 2:04 am
(90) wayne says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 7 months at 20 mg/day. My side effects have been yawning, sleepiness, and weight gain. (It’s hard to exercise when you’re tired all the time). I experience the sudden muscle contractions (“shocks”) when trying to fall asleep and lately have had insomnia, some mood changes, and forgetfulness. **I did find that setting an alarm to wake up, take the pill, and go back to sleep for 2 more hours made it much easier to wake up. It certainly helped treat my depression and I’m glad I’ve been on it. Zoloft gave me restlessness, fidgeting, and memory loss (I felt stupid) a few years back. Good news for all is that all the side effects (like memory loss) went away after tapering off the Zoloft. Good luck to you all–it is a difficult situation but things can get better.

July 20, 2007 at 3:29 pm
(91) Jamie says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 6 weeks now…the first 2 weeks I found myself ajusting to the meds…I had mood swings…and considered taking myself off of it completely…but I’m glad I stayed on it…I’m doing much better today.

July 22, 2007 at 12:28 am
(92) terri says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 8 weeks.
The first week I had the headaches, nausea, lack of appetite and increase in libido! Now the headaches and nausea are gone. I have lost 10 lbs and we have more sex than before. I feel like the world is so much brighter. I can’t believe how long I/we suffered.
Good luck to those who are still looking for their cure. Don’t give up…

July 23, 2007 at 5:02 pm
(93) John V says:

I just took my first dose about 4 hours ago, 10 mg lexapro. I attended Colorado State back in the late 60′s when psychodelic drugs were everywhere. About two hours after taking the Lexapro I had an out of body experience similar to those back in my college days. It feels like I am on acid, laughing wildly at the postings I am reading on the website. I suppose the laughing is a good sign, I’m not depressed. My fear is the awful weight gain many have experienced. I can’t afford any more pounds. I will see how sleep is tonight; insomnia has always been a big problem, even on Temazepam. I should add that I was a smoker and drinker forever; I managed to quit smoking for 4 years, started up again, and now have cold turkeyed booze and cigarettes; it’s a nightmare but maybe the lexapro can help. Maybe I’ll just keep laughing and all will be well. Good luck to all of you; I wish you well.

July 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm
(94) Cathy says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for three years for anxiety and panic attacks. Although I love it,I’m finding it harder and harder to get through the day. I have gained about 40 lbs in the three years I’ve been on it, probably because of the constant feeling of sleepiness and lethargy has made me unable to exercise. I may have to talk to my doctor about going off of it. But knowing how I feel when I miss a dose, going off of it could be tough.

July 26, 2007 at 1:06 am
(95) Casey says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 2 days now. I notice that I am yawning constantly and my hands won’t stop shaking. I also have so much more energy and I am constantly wanting to tap my feet and move. I got sick a few hours after my first dose and have been feeling nauseous ever since.

July 29, 2007 at 11:03 pm
(96) lauren says:

i have been taking lexapro for about 5 months now. I take 20mg a day. I have been having very strange dreams and sometimes cant remember if the dreams were real things that have happened or not. I have gained about 20 pounds and never feel full and can eat all day. I havent felt as depressed or anxious but i have started to have panic attacks. I dont know whether to continue or stop the medicine.

August 9, 2007 at 9:59 am
(97) Melissa says:

I took lexapro for 1 1/2 years. While taking this medication I did feel less anxious with no depression. While taking it I noticed my insides would shake and I had an all over weird feeling. The withdrawl was the worst thing that I have ever experienced in my life. I vomited every day terrible headaches and dizzy spells. It took me 45 days to feel better and I did ween myself from 10 mgs to 5 mgs then to 2.5 mgs. I do not reccomend this drug to any one.

August 11, 2007 at 7:25 am
(98) sandra says:

I would just like to say to people who are taking lexapro stop reading the bad stuff, i have been on lexapro for 6 week and i have sweats and a bit of shaking i feel like my jaw is a bit locking when i sleep, but i am better and i want to go out now, i have anxiety and panic but i don’t care about it now and i don’t feel like i am going to die, its passes now, i don’t fell great yet but i do feel better, rather then having no life and not going out which i use too do, as for getting of them i will worry about it then as my friend said “people have come off worse drugs, my friend is on lexapro too she was a nervous wreck and now she gose to tafe and dosen’t worry about crap anymore she has been able to stop the methadom she was on for 5 years and now has a life she has been on lexapro for 2 years and has gained a bit of weight but she said its because she eats more because she is happy, i on the other hand have lost weight and although i ate lots the first week i am not feeling hungry or sick i have stopped smoking marajwanna and this is a big thing for me as i have smoked for 10 years i hate the way lexapor is making me feel but the good out ways the bad and its only been 6 weeks comming of might be hard but so is giving up a life

August 11, 2007 at 7:49 am
(99) sandra says:

also i would like to add that i would rather have to spend 45 days coming off lexapro then spend my life in a house not trying new things and not coping with stress crying and panicing about nothing worring about little thing i have been better just think what it alcoholics go through to get well or heroin addicts lexapor gives you brain what it is missing all drugs that alter the brain will make you feel weird but that is because your brain dosn’t make enough of it for you to feel right so stoping and starting is hard but when it
levels in your brain you will be right everything work diffrent on everyone some people will be good some bad and some will be slow getting there forgetting thing short team things can be from to much stress and just because you take lexapro dose not mean you wont stress and forget stuff if you rushing round you will forget stuff as i said before my friend has just completed a tafe course and past all her tests, every one is diffrent the brain can compensate
for short term memory lost anyway even alcoholics can become better after stopping other parts of the brain compensate for the loss ask your doctor
if you are worry about this and live people that what this is all about

August 19, 2007 at 11:16 am
(100) Michelle says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 5 years. My depression seemed to come with the onset of menopause.Lexapro helped me leave the house and start a new career. I was no longer afraid to fly.I accepted the weight gain. What I gave up were my emotions. I don’t feel happy or sad.

August 24, 2007 at 8:44 pm
(101) Helen says:

Thank you so much for your info. and comments. I told my doctor I wanted to get off antidepressants. I’ve been taking Wellbutrin for about 4 years and heard if was particularily difficult to withdraw from. I asked my doctor if I could switch from Wellbutrin to something that would be easier to withdraw from and he prescribed Lexapro.
Then I started reading about the bad experiences some people were having after taking Lexapro. I was rather shocked. I’m glad I ran across this info. so soon (I’m only taking 5 mg. and only for about 2 weeks.) I saw a sign several years ago (in a doctor’s office no less) that said “Your health is much too important to put in the hands of your doctor”.
I’m going to phase out this Lexapro starting today. Does anyone have a better suggestion as an interim drug. What about switching from Lexapro to Prozac and then withdrawing from Prozac. Would I be better off to just slowly withdraw from the Wellbutrin? Any suggestions. Again, Thank you so much for this blog.

August 27, 2007 at 11:32 am
(102) Liz says:

I have always been afraid of taking anti-depressents. I am going though a major struggle in my life and want to be able to think clearly. My counsler suggested taking lexapro this would help. I feel I need to have feeling not just shut down. I have taken three doses so far. Someone please help. The doctors say one thing and I feel God will provide.

August 28, 2007 at 8:44 pm
(103) Mary says:

Wow- I just took my first dose an hour ago. I am scared to death and I have a custody battle to be alert for,now I am wondering to stop it now. I have alot of major life changing experiences going on right now, I had just asked for some nerve pills and the doctor gave me sample of this. Plus I don’t want to gain abunch of weight!Don’t know what to do– I need to be thinking clearly!!

August 29, 2007 at 4:45 pm
(104) Pam says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 2 months. Best thing that ever happened to me! My anxiety attacks stopped and the mood swings are gone. The only side effect is the sweating at night, but then again I’m also menapausal. I was groggy the first few days on 10 ml, but Dr reduced to 5 ml and it’s much better. I haven’t experienced any weight gain, in fact I lost 10 lbs because I’m nolonger stress eating. Everyone is different.

September 4, 2007 at 10:01 am
(105) Heather says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 3 months now. I started on 10mg, but now has been increased to 20mg. My symptoms are including vivid dreams, pain in the left leg (which prior to my investigation on this drug I thought was due to my sciatic nerve), and strangely I cannot eat dairy products anymore, actually if it is not a whole food my body will not allow it. Meaning I feel bloated, gassy, and I get either constipated or have diarreha. And though the scale reads the same my clothes don’t fit right, I look bloated my stomach sticks out and I don’t understand, yesterday I was all “pooched” out and today it is flatter.

September 7, 2007 at 9:21 pm
(106) Lynne says:

My armpits are constantly soaked from lexapro. I hate it. Anyone else have this problem?

September 10, 2007 at 1:09 pm
(107) amanda says:

I have been taking lexapro for a few months and to me it isnt worth it at all! I was depressed and when taking this i felt many side affects like, lack of affection towards my boyfriend, bad temper, weight gain, tired, restless legs, and more..I tryed to go off of it with consent from my dr, and within 2 weeks the brain zaps were so horrible that I had to call a pharmacist and she told me to go back on it and it would take about 6 months for me to get off slowly and completly.. BE VERY CAREFUL GOING ON AND OFF OF THIS! I dont trust this at all, and wish that I didnt have to be on it any longer!!

September 14, 2007 at 5:54 pm
(108) Bunny says:

Well seems as if my body just could not handle the increased dosage from 5mg to 10mg. (which was originally proscribed) In July my Dr wanted me to try the 10mg again. So in August I was switched to Wellbutrin. The first week was really tough. Second week much better and so on. I am happy with the results so far. While on the Lexapro I did indeed stop the crying and was much more calm however I felt nothing. I did not care about anyone or anything. I was truly numb. That is not me or who I even want to be. I have actually lost a few pounds since the switch however one could say it is because I do more. I no longer feel like a zombie. My life is not perfect and a pill will not make it so, however since the switch I am much more able to accept my responsibilities and do what I need to fix me and my life. I also cry now. Which I think is good for the soul every now and then.
I wish all of you the best on your quests for happiness and peace.

September 16, 2007 at 7:54 pm
(109) Bernie says:

I have been on small doses of Lexapro for about 2-3 years. Lexapro was a life saver for me. I experienced trauma and was not able to sleep, had severe inability to digest foods and felt meals were dreaded to me. I was diagnosed as having Generalized Anxiety disorder and it was suggested I try Lexapro.
(*Please let me make a comment here: I was not “put on” Lexapro. People can always say to a doctor, I will research it and get back to you) But, I was so desperate I tried it. The Doctor looked me in the eye and said, “once you start the Lexapro you will have to be on it for the rest of your life.” I did not beleive her.
Very soon after starting treatment, I was able to sleep. Not long after that I was able to eat meals. My panic and anxiety were much less.
Very little side effects, except a small nervous feeling. I took some Xanax at night, until the Lexapro settled in and began to work.
That is the good part!
My next comment will be the not so good side-effects.

September 16, 2007 at 8:07 pm
(110) Bernie says:

Ok…so I have been on Lexapro for 2-3 years.
My entire life switched around. I used be very physically active. I gradually, day after day, became more and more comfortable – just spacing out. Mind you, I am only taking 1/2 pill of the lowest adult dose of 10mg. I take 5 mg nightly.
I beleive there is a reason that people have anxiety. anxiety is good, if is not extremely excessive(like it was for me 3 years ago when I could not sleep nor eat..)
But, even at the low dose of 5mg for 3 years, I just don’t worry about anything. I NEED to worry about some things: like my health, my finances etc.
And, I put on significant weight.

I do not want to supplement my Lexapor with another drug..and then another drug to aid with the side-effects of that drug. A never-ending list of drugs is something I wont to avoid.

Well, guess what. I am experiencing another side effect(my opinion) of the Lexapro. I have completely lost interest in writing and have completely forgot the point I was trying to get across. Yeah Yeah..I know..forgetfullness happens.
But, “I” know “Me” and “I” without the lexapro – is alert and ….
anxious. I guess.
I have tried to reduce from 5 mg to 2.5 and beleive me, it sounds ridiculous, but, I have major sleep disturbance and people just don’t seem to like me (LOL)because I get very self-protective and ambitious. (hmmm. good qualities) However, not getting sleep, just creates great fatigue in me and I can’t exercise anyway.

So, I guess my point is: I am stuck. I feel “addicted” to the Lexapro. I feel the Lexapro is hurting my overall health! But, it is the only drug that has ever given me sleep, reduced anxiety and good mood.
A trade-off I guess.
Catch up with up people later.
I hope I did not talk too long and talk nonsense.
Take care,
Bernie

September 16, 2007 at 8:11 pm
(111) Bernie says:

Uh, Question?
How do I get back to this discussion.
I do not see a Http:// up at top of this page?
Please email me and tell me ..someone? lol

September 26, 2007 at 11:35 am
(112) sarah says:

I’ve been on 15 mg lexapro for about 6 months for anxiety. i never experienced any side effects, even in the beginning, and i lost 10 pounds like i do every summer because i waitress (and living in maine, thats just the way we roll), so think about this – the people that write on these boards mostly compain because they have something to complain about, but the rest of us, with success stories, are out enjoying life :)

October 4, 2007 at 11:12 pm
(113) Michelle says:

I am a 30 year old stay-at-home mom and I’ve been taking Lexapro (10mg in the am)for anxiety for about 2.5 weeks now. I really liked it from day 1. The first couple of days I was like “oh well” which I have never been able to say or do. My husband got a big kick out of that. I was finally able to let the little things slide and finally RELAX. Before I couldn’t even sit on the couch in the evening and hang out-I had to be doing something. Also-my neck used to ache sooo bad (which I didn’t realize was from my tension and anxiety). We even bought a Tempur-pedic bed thinking that would help. It sounds weird but my neck felt instantly better from the first dose of Lexapro. I have noticed a little sweating on my feet and a little shaking in my arms, plus a lower libido but these side effects are nothing compared to how great I feel otherwise. I took Xanax the first few nights and slept like a baby. I am sleeping fine w/o the Xanax and feel like my old self again. I am curious how long I have to be on Lexapro and hope my anxiety is gone for good!

October 10, 2007 at 11:45 am
(114) miranda says:

hi, i wish i had read this before i started lexapro. i have been on it for years and the last two years things have gone from bad to worse. there are the nightmares, the lack of sexual desire, the lack of desire for life. i feel very unlike my old self. i even have thoughts of suicide, i can not control my mood swings.the list goes on and this drug was suppose to help? i would advise anyone not to take it and maybe do better research on some of the other anti depressents. i wish you well.

October 10, 2007 at 9:18 pm
(115) Lisa says:

My 7 year old son with Asperger’s Syndrome started Lexapro 5 days ago for anxiety. Since then he has been running into my bedroom at night complaining of bad dreams. In school it has gone from bad to worse…totally non compliant. I called the psychiatrist who prescribed it but he assured me these behaviors are not from Lexapro and encouraged me to keep him on it. I’m not sure what to do after reading all of this. He is just a child and he may not be communicating how he feels, if he as other side affects. I’m really worried now.

October 11, 2007 at 5:13 pm
(116) Linds says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 10 days for anxiety. I do experience the fatigue (especially in the mornings) and my appetite has decreased. I do also yasn (quite a bit), but I have a side effect that I can’t find on here… When I yawn, afterwards, it makes me clench my jaw. It only happens when I take a medicine that effects my seratonin levels. My doctor can’t esplain it, and my jaw and teeth hurt so badly that I am discontinuing my use of this medicine. I do wonder, however, if anyone else has experienced this? I almost feel like I am getting TMJ.

October 20, 2007 at 3:35 am
(117) Nicole says:

I just started taking Lexapro 10mg today. I have felt severe nausea and I notice that I did have a few headaches today which I attributed to not eating as much because I am nauseous. I have felt heart palpitations and anxiety as well from this drug today. But I have been feeling anxious anyway. I started taking this drug because I am going through major life changes and suffer from the loss of my mother. I have been battling going on something for the past 1 1/2 years. After reading what everyone has wrote I am very nervous. Any suggestions for battling anxiety/panic attack and crying?

October 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm
(118) Nicole says:

I first started on 10 mg of Lexapro about a yr ago. I was told to take it in the morning and noticed that the first few days my heart was racing and I felt sick to my stomach. I then noticed uncontrolable teeth grinding and difficultly sleeping. I then switched to taking it at night. I noticed that it definitely helped my anxiety, and gave me a ton more energy, but over the past 4 months or so, I have noticed that it is not working as well. I have been feeling more lethargic and “blah”. I seem to have difficultly waking up in the morn, but then I have a ton of energy until about 3 pm when I “crash”. By 8 pm I am absolutely exhausted. I have had extreme mood swings and just simply have not felt like myself. After reading all of these comments I am nervouse about getting off of the Lexapro. I am concerned that the bad side effects are outweighing the good.

November 8, 2007 at 11:36 am
(119) Jen says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 3 mo. and I’ve gained 10 LBS! I’ve been a consistent weight for the past 6 years and I eat a strict vegan diet. The ONLY difference in my routine has been the lexarpo. The med also makes me extremely tired so I started taking it at night. I’ve always been a morning person but I have had the hardest time waking up since being on Lexapro. I have cut my dose in half to see if it helps with these syptoms. I have read many blogs from people taking this med and about 90% talk of weight gain.

November 14, 2007 at 8:40 am
(120) Lillian says:

Hi, I have a question and a comment. Has anybody out there has taken this lexapro for 3 weeks (10 mg) and then quit cold turkey? I have not taken it for two days now and I dont feel any of the bad symptoms everybody is talking about, are they going to come later? Any info is apreciated. As for when I started it, I did feel the nausea and spacey feeling every body describes here, also the loss of libido wich is the main reason I’m quiting. Me and my husband were very sexual, with high sex drive and this is affecting our relationship, it did help my depresion but now I’m worring about my relationship with my husband, so the pill took away the depresion, but now I feel depresed because I might be losing my husband. Also another side effect is that english is my second language and I’m finding harder to remember how too spell words. i hope someone can help me.

November 22, 2007 at 5:03 am
(121) brenda says:

Man, I wonder if some of you were prescribed Lexipro for true clinical depression and anxiety? I was serverely depressed, anxious, and manic. I have been on nearly all the antidepressants, but found that a low dose of lithim and a higher dose of Lexapro helps me want to live. Really, true depression is the empty feelings, loss of interest in life, thinking that it would be better to die than live with the emptiness or pain. All the weight gain and other side effects pale in comparision to life with depression. I have been on Lexapro and Lithim for over a year, and although I do experience the “blaH” feeling, perhaps I had lived inthe high and low of manic depression so long that feeling normal feels “blah”. In this mode, I no longer have fears that keep me from doing things in life I have always wanted to do! I am happy to live today and look forward to adventures. To me, that is worth the incovenient side effects… So if you are thinking of taking any antidepressant, the diagnosis should be accurate so that it is really worth the side effects. Brenda

November 27, 2007 at 5:11 am
(122) Mick says:

I took Lexapro for the past 6 monhs due to anxiety, I felt it really helped me through a rough time. After consulting with my GP i was told i could just go ‘cold turkey’ VERY BAD AVICE!!!
I suffered a constant persistant headache, insomnia, extreme dizziness when standing and generally feeling unwell. I strongley reccommend that you do not stop taking this drug ‘cold turkey’ even if this is reccommended by your GP.

December 11, 2007 at 3:25 pm
(123) Abbie says:

This drug has caused me to gain 13 pounds in 2 months. I am so frustrated, aside from the lack of libido, crazy dreams that are confused with reality, yawning, cravings for sweets & carbs, tired, lazy, and feeling like I am in a fog. I started at 10 mg and went down to 5mg because I was expereicning anxiety attacks whihc i did not even have off the medicine. I had not had one in 7 years! I was on Zoloft 7 years ago which worked very well, aside from me gaining 20 pounds. And I am only 5’4, it was horrible and I got off it after 1year. I was fine for 7 years. I dont recommend LExapro. I just dont think the side effects are worth it! I just want to be myself again!

December 27, 2007 at 7:21 pm
(124) Marilyn says:

I have taken this drug for 2 years. People..you HAVE to give it time to work! Of COURSE it will have weird effects on you at first! It took me 6 months to get used to it but it’s WORTH it now. I almost ended my marriage because of my clinical depression, OCD, social phobias and panic attacks. My family couldn’t live with me. I’m a different person now! I still have problems with depression but usually that’s just during menstruation. I still am a tad OCD but it helps me to get things done! Yes I have side effects like increased appetite, yawning, fatigue and a few other things but it was WORTH the trade off for the horrible things I was going through. I alleviate most of those through EXERSIZE. People…EVERYONE needs exersize which helps a LOT of things, including increasing the release of seratonin (sp?), burning off the weight or possible weight gain, helps with energy levels and just all around makes me feel better the days that I do it. I think it’s ESSENTIAL that one exersizes with this drug. It helps! This drug is a GOOD drug! We are a happy family now. I seriously weigh a bit less than I did when I first started taking it. I think the weight gain is mostly by inactive people or people who aren’t CONSISTENT with good activity/exersize. It does make you more fatigued so do things that kick up your energy!

Anyway, now that I’m back in control of my life because of this drug then I can do nothing but promote the hype about it. I am just sick of the complainers who have only been on it from a few hours to a few months. GIVE IT TIME! Such impatience. I didn’t like it at first either. Remember what I said…it took me 6 MONTHS to get used to it but if you want your life to change then you’ll find patience. Good Luck and God bless.

December 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm
(125) maria says:

when i started lexapro 3 years ago, i noticed some blood in my stool. i did go to the doctor after about a month of this, was examined, and it stopped right after that. fast forward to this fall. i decided to wean myself off, so i took 10 mg every other day, for about 2 or 3 weeks. then i just stopped. wrong move. i was so edgy that after two weeks, i started again. i have been back on 10 mg a day for about 3 weeks, and have blood in my stool and am nauseous every time i eat. also have very bad smelling gas, but i think that is the blood in my digestive tract. has this happened to anyone else? i don’t recall the nauseous/gas from the first time i started it. also, can anyone suggest how long the effects last after stopping – i waited two weeks but it really did not seem to be getting better.

January 3, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(126) Gary says:

I’ve taken Lexapro 3 years now. I used to feel bad and paranoid all the time and lie around the house. This stuff is very effective for me. Stomach cramps are gone. Weirdest side effect is strange dreams. Also can’t drink alcohol – buzz never comes. I do okay in the sex department with occasional help from Viagra, so I’m pretty happy.

January 13, 2008 at 2:44 am
(127) Michele says:

After reading all these comments I am not sure what to think. I have been on Lexapro now for a month. I have never felt better. The only thing I find negative is I have bad pain in my fingers. I stopped hating my job, stopped yelling at the kids so much, stopped being so bitch to my husband, and am just much more tolerant. It takes me longer to climax but who says that’s a bad thing!!

January 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm
(128) Laura says:

I have been on lexapro for 2 years. I had a terrible time getting used to it but I was having such severe anxiety that I didn’t know if the side effects or the anxiety were causing my anguish. The immediate side effects are nausea, dizziness, crazy dreams,etc. After I got used to the drug, I became ravenous. My appetite is now normal. My dreams are occasionally crazy. I gained maybe 5-10 lbs total but I feel so good that I enjoy meals. I used to have such anxiety that I couldn’t eat. I used to have horrible raging pms also. I feel really good, calm, and much better with my kids and spouse. I am afraid to go of it so I don’t. I think you have to give it a lot of time to become adjusted to it. My husband also takes it. He yawns a lot! Doc said it was a side effect.

January 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm
(129) DeeDee says:

I started taking Lexapro today and my first side effect was that my entire mouth and throat went completely dry. I called the doctor who told me that there were no side effects. He in formed me to stop taking them for a few days. I probably won’t take them at all since I felt like I was going to choke.

January 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm
(130) Pete says:

I’ve taken this for three days now, in the morning. My doc told me to take 10mg and I did for the first two days, but WOW did I feel odd. I’d yawn ALL the time and everytime I yawned I’d shake really bad. Plus, I got the chills something fierce. Very unpleasant. Granted, my anxiety symptoms are nill, but I feel weird. Sleep is off, too. I have racing thoughts when I try to sleep…

January 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm
(131) maria says:

after the attempt to quit in december, i decided i didn’t like blood in my stool and wanted off. instead of taking 10 mg ever other day, i took 5 mg every day, then dropped to every other day. i haven’t had any lexapro or symptoms for the last 3 weeks. i feel great – like i just woke up from a long winter nap. good luck!

January 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm
(132) Debbie says:

Ive been on Lexapro for 3 months and im noticing little jots in my hands and legs. It only happens once in awhile but it feels like a nerve jumps. Has anyone ever experienced this?

January 30, 2008 at 4:23 pm
(133) Liz says:

I started with 10mg Lexapro about two weeks ago for GAD. My anxiety left right away. I had euphoria, laughing outloud at tv commercials and mania-cleaned my whole house, rearrainged cupboards- all the while talking constantly-I scared my teens! “Mom are you ok? you are so happy and busy!?” MY Doc told me to keep on it after a full week the sweating, jaw clenching, mania subsided, but the anorgasmia and apathy was too much for me. I really wanted it to work, I was really happy and getting a lot done. I spaced out at a traffic light with kids in the car and I called my doctor right away and we lowerer my dose to 5 mg. My libido and orgasms returned right away. I still feel energetic, but I more “normal” I feel some of the sweating again, and my period is kinda messed up and light, but I want to cook and clean again, and feel productive and have no pelvic pain which I had for a long time intermittely. And most of all, I am not constantly worrying about my kids and what if….circular thinking. So, even though all these comments scare me, especially the withdrawl stuff, I am going to keep on the 5mg. and add vitamin supplements(saw on some site)to help avoid weight gain. I will light a candle tonight at Church for everyone taking this medication. God Bless you all.

January 31, 2008 at 3:08 am
(134) Celeste says:

Three years ago I took lexapro for about 8 months. The first week I had really bad side effects. Then everything was great. When I decided to stop taking it I was nervous because I had heard that I would go through withdrawal and get sick. I stopped taking it cold turkey and was fine.
I just got a divorce and my depression has came back really bad. My doctor put me back on Lexapro and I have been taking it for almost a full month. This time I have had really bad side effects including nausea, can’t sleep, stomach cramping and pain, cold, increased heart rate, dry mouth, jaw clenching, loss of appetite, increased thirst, short attention span, have been forgetting a lot of short term stuff. The side effects are so bad I am missing a lot of work and have no energy to do anything. I have decided that I am not going to take this medicine anymore. I even cut back, I am only taking 5 mg a day and the side effects have not lessened.

January 31, 2008 at 10:36 am
(135) Justine says:

I have been taking Lexapro now for 10 days. I have not felt like my normal self for the past 5 days. My doctor only started me on 5mg and I was only suppose to take that for the first 8 days. I do not want to go up to the full 10mg right now because of the way I already feel. I am constantly exhausted, having stomach cramping, loss of appetite, really bad vivid dreams, can’t sleep, tired during the day….I normally work out 6 days a week, and have not worked out for the past 5 days. It is very aggrivating and I think I am going to call my doctor. I am wanting to get better, not feel worse. I am forgetting things lately, and that is not good. I will see how things go and give it a few more days.

February 3, 2008 at 11:10 am
(136) Jane says:

I come from a depressive family and have been depressive all my life; have tried many of the drugs from Elavil to Prozac to Welbutrin, most of which had unacceptable side effects. After losing my husband a year ago, I started on Lexapro. Didn’t notice any side effects: no nervousness, shakiness, or weight gain. I haven’t felt happy, but have been able to function somewhat better, and haven’t had the actual physical pain around my heart that accompanies severe depressive episodes. But, I recently have become alarmed about short-term memory difficulty and unusual lethargy, and not caring whether things get done or not. So, after reading all the remarks here, I’m going to try to taper off. Many thanks to all of you.

February 5, 2008 at 1:29 am
(137) Jen says:

I have been on this medicine for 6 years..I have you all beat! No complaints. I do believe this was a life saver for me. I am very thankful for my “happy pill” Even weight loss. But don’t you dare skip a day because it is very serious and dangerous. I can say I become a different awful person who challenges everyone who come in my path. So just remember to take it and it really works.

February 13, 2008 at 2:44 pm
(138) Donna Jo says:

Hello everyone…..today is only my 2nd day of this LEXAPRO. I was on EFFEXOR XR for about 3 years and took myself of tha drug because I had extremly bad reactions about suicide and being very mean towards my husband. So it has been a little over 2 years now since I have been on anything and I am a TOTAL WRECK, don’t know if I am coming or going and am always mad for no reason and crying. All of which I do not understand why I am going through any of this and do not want to say that I have a depression problem, but if runs in my family very strongly and I know I have one, but I run away from it. So now I am starting Lexapro 10mg. and tha only thing I have noticed is the feeling of sickness in my tummy, like I need to throw up all tha time, not so pleasent, but I can deal with it and I went to sleep and slept hard for like 6 hours and woke at 4 this morning and could not get back to sleep. They say there is little side effects and I do wanna believe that, but no matter what you take in this world….it all has it’s very own little or even big side effects, it’s weather or not you can tolerate them is tha question. I just really hope that this drug works like they say it does because I do now admit I need help badly with my depression. I wish you all tha best who are taking any kinda med’s for depression or any other problems accompanyed with depression *smile* it’ll all be ok. An tha thing is I’m just a 27 yr. old female who has been threw alot of this for most of my life, but I try to look at tha bright side and sometimes it’s really hard so like I said I just hope that it works.

February 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm
(139) Heather says:

Hi there! I have been on Lexapro for 4 months now and love it! I have been on 2 others prior to this one and it, by far, has worked the best. I had a few minor side-effects in the beginning, but they went away over 4-5 weeks. Just give yourself some time and let the medicine do its thing. You’ll feel much better! If not, make sure you are keeping in touch with your physician so they know what is working and what isn’t. Good luck!

February 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm
(140) Tammy says:

ive been taking Lexapro for a week and have experienced sweating especially at night, yawning, and sleepiness. The verdict is still out on this I will give it more time but I noticed that I have been excessively sleeping. Has anyone else experienced this as well?

February 26, 2008 at 8:33 pm
(141) mjg111472 says:

I need halp with the zaps…they are driving me crazy. Two professional Psychologists did not even give me the perverbial time of day when I brought up my biggest complaint of the Brani Zap. How can these professionals not know. I amgoing to see a GENERAL PRATICIONER, Whom I trust and have a good relationship. I am going to bring a load of printed copies from multiple forums of ordinary folks with this side effect. Maybe I will have some info that is usefull

February 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm
(142) Ang says:

I just took myself off of Lexapro. It helped me get through a really tough past several months. I’ve had about every side effect people have discussed. I have now gained so much weight and I can’t stand it. I have to pick my battle depression and a decent weight or depression and being obese. I don’t ever recommend going off cold turky like I did. Talk to your Dr. first and have a game plan. I hope I can find a “happy pill” that will stabilize me but not cause significant weight gain. Best of luck to everyone. I wish you health and peace!

February 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm
(143) Heather says:

I have been on Lexapro for about a year. I still feel the need to sleep ALOT (like 10hrs at a time) when before I could sleep 3 hrs and be fine. Other than that, I highly recommend this medicine. It works WONDERS…

February 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(144) Donna Jo says:

Hello everyone. Well it has been just a little over 2 weeks now that I have started tha LEXAPRO and it is working. I do have a few side effects like feeling sick here and there, but not always and headaches and I don’t feel hungry at ALL. Also I have lost weight really fast on this. I have just seen my doctor this Monday and I am doing good. I just hope that it will be a good med. for me to continue to take. I do wish you all luck with taking this medicine. As with any med’s there are so many scary things that happen with taking it and it can be very upsetting to read about others side effects, just remember that it effects EVERYONE diffrently…..SO GIVE IT A CHANCE… it really can help you and change your life. Of course that is why there are so many diffrent med’s out there cause not all them work tha same with everyone. Well good health and god bless you all.

February 28, 2008 at 8:19 pm
(145) mumofsevenkids says:

Someone Please Help me
I am a mum of 7 children !
I have depression and Anxiety.
My worst prob is I always get this shock feeling,
BUT it is not in the chest, It is in the throat,
It lasts for s couple of seconds then goes, it feels like i loose my breath for that couple of seconds.
I have heard of this as a feeling in the chest, but not in the throat..
Does anyone else have this problem with anxiety or stress?
I fear something else is wrong.
???

February 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm
(146) Michael says:

I have been on Lexapro for about eight months. I am sleepy all the time and have gained weight. I did not think Lexapro was the reason until a friend of mine told me they stopped for the same reasons. I have been off it for about a week. I feel much better and do not eat as much.

February 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm
(147) Kris says:

I started Lexapro last night. I didn’t sleep for even one minute. I feel so depressed today. I’ve been shaking like a leaf and am so dehydrated.

I’m nervous about being able to withstand the side effects and staying on the meds. I have been depressed pretty much all of my 23 years and I am worried that I won’t feel like myself, which is exactly my goal, but that it will make me quit. This whole road to recovery deal scares me. Scared to open the floodgates. Good luck to all of you. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

March 1, 2008 at 12:35 am
(148) Kathy says:

Hi–

I started the lexapro today – nothing yet. But I wanted to comment on you guys on wellbutrin. A few years ago they were marketing it under the name Zyban to stop smoking, and people were having seizures and some died from it (not many). Anyway they took it off the market and a few years later put it back on as wellbutrin (its the same drug). When it was zyban a friend of mine took it for smoking and said a stranger walked up to him at work and said “man, you look like a deer in the headlights!” I have depression problems so went and paid $100. for the zyban (back like 9 years ago still), and my brother made me throw it out. I wanted to warn you guys about that. It’s amazing what the drug companies get away with.

Kathy

March 2, 2008 at 11:05 pm
(149) Jim says:

I have taken Lexapro for 5 years, gained 40 pounds have most of all of the side effects listed they are most recently getting worse, I went of it for 3 months and lost a lot of weight, however it created home problems almost left my family, went back on it and everything was ok, however I am having blurred vision lost sex drive so I am now going to doctor to switch to something else, also I am looking forward to going off Lexapro the drive comes back after about a week, however the head achs and heart racing are bothersome, we will see what the doctor has to say first. DO NOT GO OFF WITHOUT YOUR DOCTORS HELP IT CAN HURT YOU>I learned this the hard way.

March 5, 2008 at 7:39 pm
(150) Lynn Allison says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 3 years. It helped me so much in the beginning to overcome a tragic ordeal. Also, it helped me sleep better (in the beginning). I was originally put on 10 mg at night, but reduced that to 5 mg on my own. On 10 I woke with powerful dreams. It was a goddsend in the beginning, not worrying about everyone constantly, not anxious all the time. But, now I want to try an get myself off it. Yes, I have gained about 15 pounds and figured it was due to my layed back attitide attributed to the medication. But now my worse fear and trama has been lack of concentratin and absorbing information and retaining short tern informatin. It’s getting harder to ignore, so I looked up the medication thinking I need answers. I am having trouble remembering things and feel I am suffering from short term memory loss. Loss of libido, too. I have got to try and get off of this slowly. For awhile I just blew it off as being a part of my aging process. But after reading what others are saying, I don’t think so. I am now taking 5 mg every other day. And will eventually cut back on that. I want my energy back.

March 6, 2008 at 4:27 am
(151) silvia says:

I am pissed. I should be sleeping at 3:30AM, for I have a big test tomarrow. I have been on Lexapro for around 2 weeks. Side effects = terrible for 3 days, but then nothing except very hard to fall asleep. Tonight especially. I really hope I don’t loose my sex drive or gain weight. Damn Doctor didn’t tell me about Lexapro’s side effects.

March 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm
(152) Bongo says:

This drug is crazy! If you feel crazy or depressed or anxiety you will only pray to feel like your old self again after taking this drug. I took it for five days and it was the worst poison ive ever put in my body. It made my stomach have this constant burning feeling..I never felt full yet I didn’t have an appetite. I had horrible head aches and I couldn’t even put a complete thought together. I would not recomend this drug to anybody.

March 8, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(153) Mombad says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about 2 years and have recently increased the dosage per doctor’s recommendation. Lately, it feels as if the back of my head is being slammed with a sledgehammer. This is not the best alternative to depression.

March 10, 2008 at 12:46 am
(154) dixon says:

I have been on Lexapro for almost 2 months now. I don’t feel totally changed, but rather, I feel it is the difference between having a solid piece of ground to stand on and being on a slippery, tippy, unstable floor with gigantic, bottomless potholes.

My questions for others out there are: 1) does it make you crave sugary, starchy comfort foods? I’ve been going crazy with eating–esp. at night, when I had made real progress on that front with behavior modification techniques. I’ve gained almost 15 pounds in 2 months–I’m so bummed.

Also, I’m experiencing unusual problems with my menstrual cycle. I use to be on an extremely regular 28-day cycle, always the same ‘symptoms’, but since on Lexapro, the cycles are totally irregular, very, very light, almost watery, with none of the usual cramps, etc.

Is anyone else having any of these problems? I was warned about the loss of libido/anorgasmic sensation, but even that is getting better.

Not so with the appetite and the menstrual problems. Is anyone else out there having this happen? On the whole, I’ll take the stability that the meds give, but the other two things are sort of getting to me.

Thanks for any and all help on this!

March 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm
(155) coco says:

Been on Lexapro about 4 months. Gaining lots of weight, feeling moody most of the time. I can’t seem to get enough food to eat. I want to go off. I’m tired all day long, and have no energy.

March 12, 2008 at 10:47 pm
(156) Leela says:

Been on this drug since 9 am this morning and I still feel awful.. I felt like I was going to pass out this morning with extreme waves of nausea. Burning feeling in my stomach, headache. THis is awful! I don’t think that if this med was any good for you that it would be this horrible on the first day. I am not taking this med. again. Will find other ways to deal.

March 22, 2008 at 1:37 am
(157) Lori says:

Been on Lexapro for almost 6 months. Although it helps with the anxiety I sometimes have – I am starting to experience sleeplessness I can be knock down dead exhausted – then get in bed and stare at the ceiling! Part of the reason for going on it was to help with the anxiety that kept me awake. It’s not doing that anymore – now also have to take Ambien to get to sleep. Also experiencing EXCESSIVE SWEATING – which as a professional woman… is extremely embarrasing! The hunger thing is bad too – eating constantly and never full! Definately have gained weight. Also have the nect, head and shoulder pain. I am so glad I found this site – I was starting to think I was losing my mind. Some forgetfullnes and a general feeling of “Whatever” – which is sooooo not me! I can’t seem to get motivated to do the simplest of choirs. I actually feel some depression (which I never struggle with) creeping up on me! I will be asking my doctor to wein me off.

March 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm
(158) donnak says:

Was on Lexapro for almost a year, with the last 3 months being a weaning off period. It didn’t help my depression/PTSD at all, although at first I thought it was helping. Realized later I was just feeling better as I worked through the grieving process. While taking Lexapro I had problems with memory and insomnia, screwed up menstrual cycle, and the blah, foggy feeling others have described. Weaning was tough too, but Omega-3 capsules and Evening Primrose oil (to get my hormonal cycle back on track) helped with that. Talk therapy, healthy diet and exercise have helped me now more than pharmaceuticals.

March 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm
(159) cyndi says:

I have taken Lexapro for 3 days now and I FEEL HORRIBLE! suddenly my head feel numb and when I lay down for bed everythings spins, and I feel so sick ÖmyÖmy head is fuzzy. I will NEVER take this crap againÖ my DR, wanted me to try this for my panic attacks well I have been on doxepin for years and will stay on it because it is a safe drug and because lexapro has made me feel not normal.. night now I do not feel normal and pray I will get back on track again

March 28, 2008 at 12:47 am
(160) Kim says:

I’ve been on it for 5 days now and continue to feel exteremly sick to my stomach. I am not sleeping well either but will continue to take for an additional week for side effects to improve….?

March 28, 2008 at 9:16 am
(161) Camille says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for one week now. I’ve also been taking Xanax too for one week, so it’s hard to tell which medication is doing what. I think it was the Xanax that was making me yawn and feel sleepy all the time. I don’t feel hungry at all, not yet anyway.

March 28, 2008 at 3:16 pm
(162) D says:

I feel like this drug has given me my life back. i’ve been on it for 2 months, and my long-term depression and mild anxiety seem to be GREATLY decreased. The only side effects so far are yawning (not too annoying), and I think that I sweat alot more when working out, but not when just doing daily activities. No weight gain either.

March 31, 2008 at 1:37 am
(163) stephanie says:

Today is my 3rd day on Lexapro. I am taking if for anxiety and moodiness. The side effects that I have noticed are feelings of lala-land, gitty, food doesnt seem to have as much taste as it did before, and yes I too can eat and not feel satisfied, no yawning during the day really but I yawned during the day before Lexapro too. My husband actually tickled me today and I laughed. That was my first time I noticed an improvement in my moods. So far, so good. I have tried Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil and none of them seemed to help. I am really hoping this drug is my last one to cure my horrific mood swings so I can get on with my life! :)

April 9, 2008 at 12:37 am
(164) Lesley says:

I took zoloft for many years for depression and gradually stopped about a year ago. Things did not improve as I had hoped and my Dr. put me back on zoloft however I became increasingly and cripplingly anxious, a physical and mental wreck not able to eat or function. It gripped me even before my eyes opened, to do anything I had to talk myself through it step by step, such as to get to work “ok, now just get in the car, you can do this ,just walk to the car” My Dr. perscribed Lexapro 2 weeks ago and I feel like a normal person. I had exhaustion from being so tensed up all the time, headaches, body aches, nausea etc and confused thought before I went on it and to date the only side effect is a slightly metalic taste in my mouth. No hunger issues. I feel for those it hasn’t worked for, and frightened about the consequences of withdrawl, but to not be crippled by my anxiety and depression is so liberating I am prepared to deal with the consequences as the time comes. I am 50, I reckon I’ve delt with worse. Go well and I hope you all find what you need to feel healthy, happy, strong and loved. x

April 9, 2008 at 9:30 am
(165) Diane says:

How does anyone ever really make a decision what to do. There are so many negative comments left. Where are all the people it has helped?

April 10, 2008 at 8:31 am
(166) shannon says:

okay… so i am extremely tired but cannot go to sleep! i just found this website, and i am certainly glad that i did.

let me tell you… i have been on lexapro for about 2 years or so. in that 2 years, i have had 4 hip surgeries which i had difficulty in dealing with, of course. i also had someone in my family that attempted suicide, and i didn’t take that one very well!
let me insert a note here…***everyone has SOMETHING that they have to deal with, you know? you can never compare your own pain to anyone else’s, don’t forget that… you are not them!!! :) :):)***

for obvious reasons, i have stayed on lexapro. i haven’t really had a lot of side effects… or SO I THOUGHT!

i just read several of the postings on here, and i am quite amazed at how many of the symptoms i have had all of this time!

i just thought that my weight gain was due to ONLY my inactivity. i eat really late, and i crave carbs, too. i can actually eat, and my stomach will still growl. it’s really weird. my ‘body-clock’ is all screwed up… i don’t go to bed until 5 am! i just looked at the clock and it is 5:25!!! ugh!!!

anyhoo, although my weight has been stable for a good while (though not where i would like it to be), i am now considering that i should gradually go off of this stuff. it’s not a good idea for anyone with congenital hip dysplasia to put on any weight, and top that with hypothyroidism and it doesn’t make for a good combination!

you know… we are fed this idea that all of these medicines will help us. not to say that they don’t, but what about when they start to lose their effectiveness? i have heard that you have to keep changing medicines… and now that i think about it, i have changed mine at least 5 times over the past 10 years or more.

i wonder why there aren’t depression medicines for short-term use? i never stopped to think about the fact that my life has changed, and i have changed. i have much better ways of dealing with stresses and losses than i used to.

yes… i think i will do this slowly and just see where it takes me. i have a good outlook. if i can deal with all of those hip surgeries and going off of narcotics by choice, i think i can put up with even the nastiest withdrawal symptoms!

wish me luck! i wish you all the best, and just because i am going off of mine doesn’t mean that you are any less of a FABULOUS human being if you don’t go off of yours!!! :) :):)

much love to you all!!!

April 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(167) Megzmom says:

I have taken Lexapro for just over one month. I have experienced the nausea, a heightened sense of smell, irritability and extreme mood swings, dark irrational thoughts. I have begun weening off it tonite by reducing from 10 to 5. I was originally on Paxil, but gained alot of weight so Lexapro was recommended by Dr. No thanks!

April 13, 2008 at 10:47 pm
(168) Jodie says:

Hi, I just wanted to leave a comment. I have been on lexapro for 4 years !!! although lexapro has many side affects to me the option of not having it is far far worse. I remember the days of sitting on the floor of the shower with a broken razor in my hand and blood coming out my wrist! Please people if you are depressed than you need help, living is worth so much more than any side affects ! I was depressed for 5 long years before I actually admitted to it and got help, its a hard thing to do especially when people are saying such negative things about drugs. But if you need them than you need them. No one knows really how i lived (no one knows your life either) i hid each day behind a fake smile. Days and years go by…
Anyway with that said yes there are side affects that i have had, dry mouth, the memory stuff drives me crazy hate that. the fact i cant think of more than one thing at once. delayed reactions to things too. Good things too though the fact i can actually get outta bed in the morning, to walk to the mailbox without looking down the street to see if no one is about. to go shopping and not worry. to enjoy my children not to be annoyed by them.. to be smiling while i write this.. the fact i can actually sit here and say i was really bad once ! Yea i wanna come off the stuff soon and i hope i can, but its gotten and me though 4 years which i am so very thankfull :) huge hugs all my fellow lexaproins!!!

April 16, 2008 at 11:50 pm
(169) Alice says:

I don’t want to sound like a pro, but I was on Prosac since 1991 and in 1999 switched to Lexapro that was supposed to help my fear of driving. Well 10 years later and I am really in a bad shape…Can not think clearly, have a constant feeling of a fog in my head, forget things, can’t function in bed, go to the store and forget what I have to buy… and so on and so on… I don’t even remember what is my real personality anymore… Tomorrow is my Birthday, today I got into fender bender… to summarize I don’t know what to do and how to stop to take this medication. I’ve been on this way too long to face consequences without fear. Help… Please…

April 20, 2008 at 12:04 am
(170) Michele says:

I have been on Lexipro for about 3 weeks now and I have had some really bad stomach issues lately. I am slightly nauseous, but the worst is that I feel bloated and full all of the time. Does anyone else get that feeling? As far as it working for anxiety it seems fine. I was taking Paxil CR before for a year and that was fine for me too, but I wanted to try something else with all the negatives on Paxil. However, I think the Paxil CR was better if this medicine is causing the stomach problems. Any thoughts? Thanks!

April 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(171) MamaG says:

My daughter took Lexapro for six months. She gained 40 pounds. She was always on the thin side and now she is a mess. She weaned off of it and it’s been five months now and she has not lost any of the weight. She also stopped getting her period, but all tests were normal. Did this happen to any other females also??

April 23, 2008 at 9:55 am
(172) Jim says:

Been taking Lexapro for 8 months. My doctor just told me the weight gain, 25 lbs (210 to start) was not due to the drug. Other side effects: always hungry, yawning and feeling the need for a nap mid day. It did calm my anxiety noticably, but now I am contemplating quitting so that I don’t have to rebuild my wardrobe. I work out all the time and keep a pretty low fat diet but this constant weight gain is driving me crazy. In my late 40′s I take the longer to finish side effect as a positive, although some days I don’t think my wife agrees.

April 27, 2008 at 5:44 pm
(173) Cari says:

Wow! Lots of negative comments! I’ve been on Lexapo for two years, and I am very happy with it. I have gained about ten pounds, mostly due to sweet cravings. I had really bad side effects (pretty much some of everything mentioned), but the doctor encouraged me to hang in there for a week or two, and I’m glad I did. The only side effect I’m really having now is yawning (which is tolerable), strange dreams (not nightmares, so it’s tolerable), and the hunger (less tolerable). Lexapro really helped improve my moodiness – which was like constant PMS – and made me be able to continue in my job and stop being mean to my family and friends. It sounds like some people had worse side effects, but that’s the way it is with drugs!

April 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm
(174) Nora says:

I was on the lowest dose and it seemed to work for about 4 months…no side effects; I felt a little better – but then anxiety and depression really kicked in. Doc increased dose to 10 and while I do feel better – here come the side effects….sweats as if I have hot flashes (at 43 I’m slightly young for peri-menapause and ironic that they just started NOW) and absolute insomnia; I have this weird tight clenched jaw/teeth and neck feeling which is very bizarre. I started noticing all of these side effects about 2-3 weeks after the increased dose. However, I am sticking it out for now because I feel better emotionally. Anyone have the teeth jaw side effect. its very wierd!

May 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm
(175) tammy gray says:

started lexapro today 5mg. felt dizzy, light headed, anxious and wierd around my lips and tongue. i felt sudden rushes of adreinaline that made me feel like i would pass out. i took it at 11:00 this morning still feel like i have a medicine head. my doctor said if this didn’t work i should try just taking Klonopin for anxiety. that is my major problem.. i feel like i forget to breathe, or over breathe. anyone else suffer with this? i will not take the lexapro tomorrow since i just started today. after reading all the responses i don’t think it is right for me. the only drug that has worked was serzone. but they quite prescribing it due to liver problems.

May 5, 2008 at 2:15 pm
(176) Tanya says:

I have been on lexapro since 07 after post partum depression and my husband leaving me…I LOVE IT…but ..I have just started birth control and HAVE not been myself…I feel like I want to be alone! NOT sure if it’s because the divorce finally went through! or it’s the 2 meds together!…anyone else have this problem

May 12, 2008 at 2:39 am
(177) Laura says:

I started on Lexapro about 4 weeks ago. I started on 10 mg a day, but went up to 20 after two weeks. The first week was all side effects-nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and that terrible locked up jaw feeling that some here have had. This was not new to me because it was part of my panic attacks, so I did the same yoga breathing techniques I use for those. After the first week, I felt somewhat better, then had a crash the third week, which is when the doctor inceased the dose.

I am glad I am taking Lexapro overall. I was very depressed, and now that I am feeling better, I can see that I have been depressed for a very long time. My depression was hurting my concentration (I am in grad school), but I just took a final this week and felt very sharp for the first time in weeks.

I do have problems with menstruation–light, thin period and skipped one–but I am also 47, and it may be the beginning of menopause. This is not a drug without side effects, but today I laughed at a funny tv show, and the sound of my laughter shocked me. I haven’t laughed much for a long time. The drug is helping, my doctor wants me on it for about 6-9 months to work through some issues and get more lifestyle changes in place. you have to weigh the benefits and the side effects, and for me, I am glad I am taking it.

In peace,
Laura H-S

May 15, 2008 at 3:44 am
(178) angela says:

I took my first half tablet of lexapro yesterday and let me say i WONT be taking any more. It was the most horrific experience. I felt instantly tired within half hour of taking it, then I felt very very stoned, unable to concentrate, and would lose what I was saying. Its 24 hours later and I still feel like this- i dont make any sense! Last night was horrific- i could not sleep for throwing up constantly and the most severe muscle cramps ever. I cant eat anything because i also have diarhhea. Im bloated, my stomach is still spasming. Sure this is not right! I think i will stick to herbal remedies
good luck all

May 16, 2008 at 12:40 am
(179) Rebecca says:

Hello I am 28 and recently took myself off Lexapro. I was on Lexapro for about 6 months. It might have been less or more than 6 months but I dont remember. I was a person who had an exceptional memory however side effects from this drug were memory loss ( can only remember few details if any from before I started taking the medicne and while I was on it), It it made be numb, no feelings could not cry when upset could not laugh when something funny. It was like I was here able to talk but had no emotion (BLAH person). Had some weight gain, sleep to much, headaches, feeling dizzy, dry mouth, NO ENERGY, no SEX at all had no desire for it. Still to this day now being off the medicine for almost 2 months I am having a hard time remembering anything like what happened while I was on it and even the things that happened before it. I even have a hard time remembering little words that we use on a daily basis.There were other problems but I cant remember. I took myself off this drug for the simple fact that this doctor tried to say I was Bi-Polar. When I heard that I knew that doctors jump at the chance to slap someone on drugs to get there money from these companies. I knew I wasnt Bi-Polar. I know 3 other people who were said to have the same thing and I know they don’t. One of them was depressed due to she just lost her 5 year old son. She too realized that she was not bi-polar. To this day she still suffers from memory loss. I dont mean to be so forward but I am just telling what happened and how I am feeling.

May 18, 2008 at 12:43 am
(180) Amanda says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 2 1/2 years. I really feel like it saved me. I am experiencing side effects such at major weight gain, memory loss, yawning and sharp pains in jaw, throat and leg. I also have really restless legs. Despite the side effects, I am still happy to have my anxiety controlled. I was terrified all of the time!! I couldn’t stand it and Lexapro was the only medicine that releived these issues. I do want to come off of it, but I am scared about the withdrawl and the fear of my anxiety returning. I feel like I could control my anxiety on my own now, but I want to be certain before I stop taking it.

I am so happy to have found this site. I often feel alone in my anxiety and my family and friends don’t seem to understand it. It is so nice to know that I am not alone. I am also really happy to know that so many of the issues I have been having are actually side effects. I thought I was losing it.

I will pray for all of you!!

May 18, 2008 at 7:01 pm
(181) Kim says:

I’m 19 years old and I started to take Prozac about 12 years ago. I had been taking it everyday all up to last year. My doctor told me to possibly try something different. He put me on Lexapro and now I have been taking it for a year and a half. It makes my mood feel a little better, but there are side effects that really made me overall become more depressed. I have absolutely no sex drive. I feel as if I could go without sex for the rest of my life I have no interest in it. It’s hard to be like that when I have a boyfriend. I have also gained 40 pounds since being on it, and I cannot lose the weight no matter what I do. There are also times where I feel I have no emotions towards certain things. I have some memory loss but it’s not that bad. I decided to try and come off of it a few weeks ago. My doctor told me to take it slow because with previous attempts to get off of prozac I was very unsuccessful. The withdrawl symptoms were so horrible I could not take it. I was on 20mg and he told me to go to 17mg for a few weeks, then to 15mg, and so on. So far its okay. I am a bit more moody and feel weak. I have also felt very sick and I constantly think about the medicine. So far I am doing good though, I’m really trying to get through it. I am currently down to 10mg and I am very happy for myself. It is still very hard. I really hope I have the strength to stick to not going back on the medicine. I want to finally be off of medicine after 12 years. If anyone else has been through this I would love to hear what happened after you came off the medicine. I am a little scared. I hope everyone else has luck with whatever they choose whether it is staying on the medicine or not.

May 19, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(182) Amy says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about a month now and it has changed my life for the better. Depression runs in my family and I’ve battled it for close to 20 years in varying degrees. I’ve also had issues with anxiety. Most of my depressions have been mild but they come in waves that can last for months. After work and on weekends I wouldn’t leave my apartment and couldn’t be bothered to shower until I had to get up for work on Monday. Housekeeping was non existent. I just sat around like a lump. I’d also go through periods of insomnia where I could only sleep 2-3 hours a night for weeks. At work I was moody and angry. During my last performance review, I was told I needed to control my anger since it was affecting the entire department. After years of debating about going on medication, I decided that was the sign that I need to try this.

After a month I feel like I have my real self back! I’m happy and in a good mood. I’m sleeping a lot better and feel energized during the day. Things at work don’t stress me out and I no longer snap at people. I get up on weekends and look forward to just running errands to get out of the house. My social life is on the way back. I’ve actually had people tell me they never knew how funny I am since I was always so moody, distant and generally pissed off. I’m making plans for the summer and looking forward to each day.

My doctor told me to expect weight gain but I have actually lost weight. I think it’s because I’m sleeping better and craving healthier foods. I want fresh vegetables instead of carbohydrates. I’m also getting out of the house and not just sitting around.

I have had some side effects. My stomach has been acting a little weird and I’ve had bad gas. That may be all of the vegetables I’m eating now! I also yawn a lot for about an hour or so after taking my pill. I can live with that though and will see what adjusting my diet does for the other problem.

My mother has been on 2 anti depressants before she found what worked for her. All of us are different and I think we need to remember depression and anxiety are due to a chemical imbalance. Lexapro happens to level me out and got me back on track. If this one doesn’t work for you, don’t rule these medications out entirely if you really need them. Find one that works for you. I feel like I got my life back, I have things to look forward to and for the first time in 10 years I am truly happy.

May 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm
(183) Joanne says:

Starting to come off Lexpro after 4 years.
It has helped somewhat, but not with everything.
Am coming off slowly(with doctor’s help).
I have GAD and was also taking for menopausal symptoms, stress, migraine and agoraphobia.
I am at 5 mg. now and have really had no bad symptoms yet.
I just decided I wanted to come off it and see how I do.

May 23, 2008 at 10:42 am
(184) Dianne says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 9 months now. At first it was great for the depression and energy level. Since then I am developing side effects like, panic attacks; sore neck/shoulders/back; irritability; insomnia and I also have frequent urination which some seem to get from this. I have decided it doesn’t seem to working anymore so I think I’ll ween myself off it. It doesn’t have fewer side effects as it touts it does, just different ones. If it helps the depression, try it for a while. I never gained a pound on it either.

May 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm
(185) Deborah says:

Began taking Lexapro 5 months ago. Have noticed a series of side affects: weight gain, INCREASED anxiety at times, mood swings, a STRANGE compulsion to SMOKE!! although I’ve never smoked; memory loss, insomnia, leg cramps, and more. Though it seemed to help at first with mood swings, now seems the opposite. I want OFF this drug. If I had known about the withdrawal issues-would NEVER have taken this. Withdrawal: dizziness, nausea, feels like brain is swishing around, headache to kill. It’s been 4 days. Hope this goes away soon.. UG!

May 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm
(186) Debs says:

I was prescribed Lexapro after succumbing to depression after my Dads passing. Along with some counseling , at first it seemed to be the miracle drug, stopped the anxiety and the feeling of being emotionally out of control. Then came the nightmare, sleeplessness, profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting, urinary incontinence, and most of all the weight gain. Have piled on nearly 20 kilograms in 6 months. I stopped going out ,seeing and talking to friends and became a virtual hermit. found myself getting nervy and anxious when i was near the end of a pack, worried that pay day wouldn’t come in time and I would run out of the pills, I decided to wean myself off it. I started by taking it only every second day , then every third etc etc until I was weaned off. I had a few scary moments of heart palpitations, but in all managed it well. I supplemented with vitamin b6 daily, and bachs rescue remedy if i felt out of control. I did not consult my doctor as she would have vetoed it, but hey I cannot understand why a doctor would have put someone who was already overweight and on the path to losing it , onto a drug which is known to cause weight gain. My opinion is that doctors are believing what they are told by the pharmaceutical companies and NOT doing enough research of their own before prescribing. I am well now, clear headed and feel back to my old self.

June 3, 2008 at 7:00 pm
(187) Susan Marantz says:

It is interesting to read all the comments from people who have suffered from depression and tried Lexapro to help them.

I have had two major and one minor bout with depression over the past 15 years. The first time I was given Elavil – now there’s a medication that makes you feel like you are a total zombie! But at the time, it saved my life – as some have mentioned, when you are in that awful dark place, side effects are nothing compared with the anxieties and misery that the medications take away. I went off the Elavil after about 9 months, but had a recurrence of the depression 5 years ago and this time was put on Lexapro. After two years and some of the symptoms mentioned (fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, inability to cry) I successfully went off Lexapro with no side effects last summer.

This past January I could feel the anxiety and depression creeping back and I had to go back on Lexapro. The side effects have returned – RATS – but trust me, they are much less damaging than the anxiety and depression!

Hope this gives encouragement to those who wonder if this drug is for them.

June 6, 2008 at 11:07 am
(188) Barry says:

Hi , I’ve been on Lexapro for ABOUT 3 years the mood and anxiety are under controle by that I mean (I feel cam and dont worry about everything all day long and dont get down )
So I would have to say it working great .
“BUT” let me know if others are feeling these side efffects : Every “Bone Joint” in my body akes as if I were hit by a truck Hard to sleep at night and I know others have this but I’ll say it anyway short term memory is messed up.
But the big thing is the joint pain let me know if others have this .

June 7, 2008 at 10:49 am
(189) lisa says:

Hi,
Hi have been on lexapro for over 2 years and can safely sat that it saved my life.
Before going on it I experienced severe panic attacks after my dads death and truly felt that life was not worth living.
The first 2 week of taking the meds was the hardest.I felt worse and extremely depressed but you have to give the medication a chance.
I have since finished my degree and masters. I could not of done this without lexapro considering that before the meds I was anxious leaving the house.
Over the past 6 months I have reduced my dosage from 30 mg to 10 every 2nd day. I hope to be off the meds within the next 6 months.As regards side effects I never put on any weight(actually think i lost a pond or 2) but did lose sex drive for a while.Despite that I got my life back.
As regards people on this forum who have just started taking lexapro. I remember that I was extremely fragile and reading anything negative about your condition or medication is unhelpful. My psychiatrist told me not to read any books articles etc on anxiety/ panic attacks until I was out of that fragile zone and feeling better. The first fews days/weeks are the lowest part but you just need to survive everyday and you WILL get better. My advice is to leave your research(on anxiety/ meds)until you feel strong enough to view it objectively.
Best of luck everyone

June 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm
(190) Martha says:

Reading all these coments is amazing. I have VERY bad depression (runs in family — only sibling committed suicide) plus anxiety disorder when under stress. I was on 30 mg. of Paxil, then 40 mg., then (and still) on 60 mg. (Paxil) My psychiatrist started me on 5 mg. of Lexapro., then to 10 mg, then 20 mg, then 30 mg. (noticed no difference) so went back to 20 mg. again. I’ve had no noticeable problems with. If anything, I have less appetite. No memory loss problems. The med that gave me *horrible, intolerable* side effects was Wellbutrin. It put my usual tolerable, sub-clinical off the scale. I know the electrical-zap-in-the-brain effect of going off SSRIs because I had an HMO with a lousy pharmacy and they would be out of Paxil for indefinite periods of time so I would be forced to involuntarily to off it cold turkey. Main effect of Lexapro plus Paxil is I’m not suicidal now but still too depressed to do much. Thanks for all your comments – it was helpful to read.

June 9, 2008 at 1:03 pm
(191) Sandy says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 8 weeks for GAD. Had terrible side effects first 2 weeks because I started at 10mg(constant dizziness, no energy, no appetite, shaking) but all anxiety was gone after 5 days. Went down to 5 mg and side effects were much milder. Please – stick it out because the side effects do go away. The only problem I have now is that I feel like I’m vibrating, sometimes my legs, sometimes my arms, around my mouth, or at the back of my head. It’s tolerable because it’s not painful but it is driving me crazy that it won’t go away. It didn’t start until about 2 weeks ago. Does anybody else have this vibrating feeling? It’s hard to explain/describe to doc. He suggest I either increase my dose to 10 or switch to different drug.

June 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm
(192) Kelsey says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 6 months for GAD. The first 2 weeks I felt that numb, “blah” feeling others have commented on, but after that I felt more like myself than ever. I lost weight (10-15lbs) in the first month. I wake up more refreshed than I used to. I did notice a decrease in libido, but that improved over the months. One strange thing I noticed was that I seem to sleep “deeper” and have more vivid dreams. Not a complaint–just strange.

June 17, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(193) susan says:

Started Lexapro yesterday. In a dream like state today. Very drowsy and clearly not fully functional. I am not taking another pill. I do not agree that individuals should take a drug that makes them suffer with egregious side effects. Trade offs exist to be sure. Nonetheless, the ones I have experienced and the symptoms reported on this message board are unacceptable. I question the sensibilities of individuals who believe they should suffer through such ill effects. It’s a sad commentary on reality if that is the case. Your body is telling you it does not like the drug. I suffer from depression. I know the trade-offs.

June 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm
(194) anonymous says:

I was on lexapro for about one year or maybe more and it was a real life saver for me. I had anxiety, depression and was dealing with some OCD. I was always worried and paranoid that my spouse was cheating on me and I was unable to concentrate. After taking Lexapro I was able to get over my depression, I was no longer paranoid, I was able to focus on my job, anxiety went away, I was able to fall asleep without my brain going crazy thinking about “stuff”. The only bad side effect I had was about 10 lbs weight gain which is the only reason I went off of the drug. When I first started taking Lexapro I did feel weird at 10 mg. the side effects were strong for me which is normal because I am sensitive to meds, but after a serious depression spell I started taking .5 mg and that is what I stayed on for the rest of my time on it. I recommend this anti-depressant to anyone and it doesnt make everyone gain weight. Now I am on Cymbalta for 4 days and I am going to have to reduce my dosage to 10 or 20 mg because it is making me feel very odd and my friends are asking if I am high. We will see how this one works. But I loved Lexapro and wish it didnt make me gain weight because it made me feel great.

June 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm
(195) constantine says:

I was so looking forward to taking this to feel better. Have taken lexapro for 2 days and feel strange and nauseated. Can’t do this anymore. I tried herbal remedies before but they only work great for a month of so…. any ideas?

June 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm
(196) lori says:

I`ve been on lexapro for almost 2 years now and yes it did make me gain weight 20 pounds which i`m not happy about BUT on the flip side i feel wonderful. when you do first start it it does sometimes make your symtoms seem like their 10 times the normal but it does go away and you start to feel better at least thats what happened to myself. yes you do feel a little lazy i think thats because your more relaxed, that also can be why you tend to put on weight. does anyone know if when you stop lexapro do you loose the wieght ???? and what is the best way to get off with the minamal amount of side effects >>>

June 25, 2008 at 9:07 pm
(197) Kat says:

I thought that I was just lazy and gluttanous lately but it is my Lexapro. Why aren’t they more forthcoming about the side effects? This drug did pull me out of a debilitating deep anxiety and depression but I can’t help feeling disappointed that the trade-off is being tired all of the time and weight gain. I can’t seem to get up in the morning and by early afternoon I am ready for a 2 hour ‘nap.’ My day is planned around eating and sleeping. I have started to force myself to work out even though I feel so tired and I haven’t seen any results, I just keep gaining. Sometimes I really get blown away by the freaky side effects of these anti-depressants…but I need them! Hopefully modern medicine will keep providing us with new and better alternatives as the years pass.

June 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm
(198) Happy says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 2 yrs now. I call it my “happy” pill. I suffer from depression. My depression symptoms were: being spiteful/hateful towards hubby and the kids; getting annoyed at the slightest thing; couldn’t concentrate at work; rushed home from work to do nothing; didn’t want to go out shopping for anything; suicidal thoughts; didn’t want to go out with friends; lack of emotions; cussed at red traffic lights. Actually that last symptom was what finally made me realized that I do need help. I was on other anti-depressants prior to Lexapro. I find that Lexapro is what makes me feel the most normal. I got my concentration back after being on Lexapro. I do experience short term memory loss, but don’t know if it’s related to age (I’m 45) or having had a hysterectomy (that I wanted). The worse symptom that I experience is weight gain or should I say lack of weight loss. I think it’s been about 5 years since I’ve been diagnosed with depression and I’ve steadily gained wait that I’m now about 75 pounds overweight. After reading just about all the above posts, I feel very comfortable continuing with Lexapro. As I’ve explained to my friends, my mental health is more important than my physical health.
A couple of months ago, I have started doing volunteer work at a hospital and I’m working on starting an exercise routine to try and lose the weight…also I’m trying to eat better. I use to have the determination to do something and did it…went from a size 16 to 8! Unfortunately I’m an 18w now, but am hopeful that I am mentally ready for exercising, eating nutritiously and losing weight.
Good luck to all of you starting on Lexapro.

June 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(199) mary says:

hey, im 14, and i am started Lexapro. and im kinda scared after reading all the comments. im on it for depression. if anyone around my age could email me with any advice, its maryeroo@aim.com plzz help me

June 27, 2008 at 5:35 pm
(200) Cece says:

I have been on lexapro 10mg for almost 7 mos. My life has completely changed I’m able to deal with my gad and depression. The side effects that our the most bothersom is the weight gain i have gained 15 pounds and it keeps going up i have battled with my weight and i just lost 35 pounds now i’m back into my fat jeans. I dont want to stop with this med because my condition was so bad I’m a 24yr old single mother of a young child but it really is worth it it works.

June 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(201) Colleen says:

I was on Lexapro for 3 years. I didn’t have any problems getting used to it or being on it as some other people have. I will say, now that I’m weening myself off I am feeling awful!! I’ve put on 10 lbs (put on 20 going on Lexapro initially) trying to come off this and have been throwing up, having diarhea, etc. If I weren’t trying to get pregnant, I would just stay on it because it does help!! Just a few words of advice to others: If you are going to discontinue from this drug, please be sure to see your doctor before hand and just be ready to have some ill-effects.

July 2, 2008 at 10:17 pm
(202) lynn says:

I work with a girl who was but on Lexapro
in December and since then it has drastically
change her personality. The once kind sweet
girl we worked with is self centered, obnoxious
and cares for none of her co-workers, and she
was never like this. believe me. I think this
drug should be researched more before giving it
to someone. She has picked up weight on it also, but no one cares about her weight it is
crappy attitude. I hope she sees this soon cause of right now she doesn’t and she is driving us crazy. and we really do like her we just don’t like the person she has become.

July 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(203) Mel says:

Today is my 4th day on Lexapro. I have bad nausea & some vomiting. I have a constant headache, having problems sleeping, constantly tired I feel some of my anxiety symptoms are worse. Im really worried about the weight gain because thats something I can do without!

July 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm
(204) Leila says:

I’m only on day three and this is awful! I can’t stop shaking, I’m not sleeping well, even with sleeping tablets (yet when I do sleep I get really vivid and disturbing dreams – weird as usually I have lovely dreams!) I feel nauseous and cant eat. My heart is constantly racing. I feel dizzy. Cant sit still. I hate this. I think I’m going to stop taking them. This isn’t for me. I’m not depressed, I’m just unhappy and lack self esteem.

July 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(205) pam says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 4 weeks now for GAD. I have noticed a huge increase in sweating. It’s horrible! The first few weeks, I felt extremely sleepy about 30 mins after taking it (good thing I was taking it at night), I couldn’t keep my eyes open. My main source of stress moved out of my house a couple weeks ago so I’m not sure if the Lexapro is working or if my stress is gone so my anxiety level is back to normal. I go back to the dr next week and think I may try and back off of it to see if I need it or not.

July 7, 2008 at 1:49 am
(206) Kenny says:

I have been on Lexapro for almost two years, started off at 15mg and have been upped to 30mg for about 4 months now. The decrease in libido has been the biggest side effect; that’s gone on since I started taking it and is surely frustrating. The sweating has been really bad since going up to 30mg, good to know I’m not the only one. Starting 250 mg of Wellbutrin in addition this week to take the “edge” off the nights because i get truly irritable as night goes on. Not working “like it used to”??? We’ll see – however, one word to anyone taking this medication on a full time basis: DO NOT JUST STOP TAKING IT!!!! The withdrawal effects are simply horrible – not worth anything. Do yourself a huge favor if you’re going to get off this medicine – taper off slowly. Not doing so will make you feel like you are going through hell on earth.

July 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm
(207) Charlene says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for almost a year and I’m very happy with it. My anxiety is almost completely gone. I can ride the train to work and not go nuts. I can be in crowds and not have panic attacks. I’m not screaming at my family for no reason. My kids don’t call me the “mean mommy” anymore. I’m much more relaxed — my husband sees a big different. As for side effects, I’ve gained a little weight (less than 10 pounds) and my libido is down, but it’s gotten better in the last couple of months. Fortunately no problems with orgasims!I don’t think I want to go off of this – ever – especially since I’m reading about bad withdrawal effects.

July 8, 2008 at 11:17 am
(208) Julie says:

I was on lexapro for nine months, after going throgh a realy bad divorce. My Doctor put me on it just to get through a rouhg time. I gained 12 pounds which was even more depressing to me. I stoped taking it the side affect were not too bad. It’s been three months and the weight is really hard to lose. I hate the weigh gain. I work out all the time and never had a problem with weight. How can this be a good thing. Anyway that’s my story.

July 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm
(209) Hallie says:

About 2 months ago, I started Lexapro. Since then, I have put on 15 lbs. But, I feel much better. My appetite has increased though. Lately, I have been getting back into biking. It helps with my depression, and helps me build muscle. I have excepted the fact that I may not be able to lose weight. Even though, at times I do get down with my weight gain.

July 11, 2008 at 2:03 am
(210) Devina says:

been on lexapro for a week now.. aside from the strang dreams i feel fine. every once in awhile i get cold sweats but i feel great! (10mg)

July 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(211) Jackie says:

DO NOT TAKE THIS MED. I first took this med. on 10mg. The first week I did nothing but sit on the couch cause I had bad nausea. I could not move. After that went away I noticed I was extremely irritable. I felt nothing but side effects. Depression didnt get any better so after 4 weeks my doctor put me on a higher dosage of 20mg. I have been on this med. for 2 months now and I cant take it anymore. Some of the side effects I had during the whole 2 months is nausea, irritable, and one night I was talking to my husband and I just all of a sudden passed out hunched over in a chair. My husband poked me and it woke me up…it scared us both. I have not had an orgasm since this medication. Do you know how it feels to have sex and never have an orgasm. No matter how hard I try it just wont release.

So I havent taken a dose in a week and OMG…the withdrawal side effects are horrible. For days now I have been either on the couch or in the bed. Im so weak, dizzy, blurred vision, crazy dreams, hard to breathe, urges to cry for no reason. Yesturday I was sleeping and woke up not being able to take a breathe. People these side effects are happening to a lot of people and doctors need to stop prescibing this horrible med.

This is the 3rd. depression med. I have tried in 3 years. This has been the worst one. Ive been on Prozac and Zoloft. Im ready to get of meds. completely. Im done and I hope these effects go away soon so I can have a normal life again.

July 16, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(212) anonymous says:

I love my Lexapro and hope I don’t ever have to stop. Have been on it over one year, and am so much happier. My dr. prescribed it for depression, although it has also helped with my anxiety. I find myself smiling a lot more, and for no reason other than I’m happy. Wish I’d tried this YEARS ago.

When I first took it, I woke up in the middle of the night with the severe urge to move. So I got up and scrubbed, scrubbed, scrubbed the bathroom. Was still feeling energetic and almost giddy by breakfast. Called the dr., but he said stay with it. I felt shaky the next day, but all was better by the 3rd day. Frequent, but not always, anorgasmia has been the major side effect, but I can live with that if it means I feel better overall. I should probably talk to my dr. about it at my next checkup. I have recently had more drowsiness and trouble getting up in the morning, but maybe I just need more sleep. Again, it’s worth the improvement in my mood. If you’re new to Lexapro, give it time!

July 16, 2008 at 10:03 pm
(213) Melissa says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 5 years now and love it. I’m on 20mg, and while it does take awhile to get used to being a bit tired, it’s so worth being on it. BUT, everyone’s body reacts differently to meds.
Lexapro has changed my life – I got my life back and can function now. This is one medication that I feel is a miracle drug :)

July 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(214) Audie says:

I’ve been on lexapro for over 4mon and I’ve had very similar side effects. I am alwayd tired, never have energy however I do still make myself work out 3-4 days out of the week. I also sweat alot especially when I wake up in the morning. I have also had wait gain but I think it’s because I don’t feel the same way I did before I got on Lexapro I’m much happier now. I have a doctors appt so I can get off these pills however I’m afraid now..

July 22, 2008 at 10:07 am
(215) Anonymous says:

I have been on this medication for five months for anxiety and depression and in addition to the short term memory loss, nausea, and bloating others have mentioned (scale reads the same but clothes are tighter) I have had two episodes of fecal incontinence. Has anyone else experienced this?

July 25, 2008 at 4:38 am
(216) no name says:

i have been on lexapro 30mg and wellbutrin 150mg for about 6 months. i have lost weight. i cant sleep. and my hair is falling out. i dont know if its related. is anyone else losing hair?

July 26, 2008 at 10:59 pm
(217) Becky says:

No, I haven’t lost any hair..if anything I have gained it, but It’s been VERY hard for me to keep weight off. I gained a bunch of weight a few years ago and it’s slowly coming off. I have to constantly work out. I have been on Lexapro for about three years now. It helps me out emotionally a great deal. I’ve been through the nightmare of trying to be weaned off of it, and then experienced the notorious suicidal feelings which are pretty intense if you have never experienced them before. I am not a suicidal person at all….I love life so I told a family member immediately so they could intervene. It’s important that you are monitored when you are being weaned….it’s some harsh stuff! My main issue is memory loss and slow recall and I have been discussing it with my Doctor and anyone that will listen to get this issue resolved. Has anyone tried an herbal approach to combat this issue?

July 27, 2008 at 1:33 pm
(218) Laura says:

I have been on Lexapro for 5 days now. It makes me feel high at first then super sleepy the rest of the time. I feel like I could sleep forever. I still don’t feel normal, though. I’m hoping it will kick in within a few more days. I had an okay day yesterday, and today, I feel like I’m worse. Does anyone know how long it really takes to kick in permanently?

July 29, 2008 at 11:03 pm
(219) Patricia says:

Laura,

I have been on Lexapro 10mg for a little over a year. I started on 5mg for the first week.
I think it is great only because I’m not a screaming bitch and I don’t constantly worry about everyone now. But, I have gained over 40 lbs since I started it, the doctor says I just like to eat. But, I am a diabetic and this med is not helping my blood sugars because of the weight gain. Now I’m depressed
about the weight and like all the others have said I have not been able to get it off. Now I have to take more insulin. So think realy hard about taking Lexapro. I have tried to cut back to 5 mg and I end up crying for no reason.

July 30, 2008 at 5:48 pm
(220) Star says:

I started Lexapro 5 mg yesterday in combination with my Wellbutrin. So far I haven’t had any serious side effects but I do feel tired but really no more than I normally do. From what I have been told Wellbutrin will counteract the loss of your sex drive and possibly prevent the weight gain. I hope so because if I gain one pound I’m stopping! I suffer from GAD, OCD and slight depression.

July 31, 2008 at 12:42 am
(221) deb55 says:

Yes, I’ve gained 15 pounds and have been swimming and biking to no avail. I find that the drug makes me feel nothing. I’m freaked out about the weight gain.

July 31, 2008 at 9:45 am
(222) Carrie says:

After experiencing anxiety attacks with Wellbutrin, my doctor started me on Lexapro (10mg) yesterday. I felt like a zombie all day, was very nauseous (but ravenously hungry at the same time), and even had feelings of apathy and hatred for my toddler. Needless to say, I’m definitely NOT taking Lexapro again today, or ever. I’d rather be depressed than feel crazy like that again.

July 31, 2008 at 11:30 am
(223) Susan says:

I have been on 10 mg of lexapro for over 1 year. In one year I have gained 20 lbs. Twenty pounds is significant. I am weening myself off and it has been extremely hard. I started with cutting the pills in 1/2. I did this 1/2 (5 mg) for about 2 weeks. Then, I started 2.5 mg for a couple of weeks and then none. But….the zaps in my head and the dizziness are extremely intense that I had to take 2.5 mg. the other day. Maybe I am not weening myself off slowly enough?? Nevertheless it’s pretty scary to have those feelings in your brain. I also have NO appetite which is scary also. I would not recommend this drug to anyone. If you can maybe take up yoga and exercise to combat your anxiety.

August 2, 2008 at 2:33 am
(224) Timothy says:

I’ve been on lexapro since May 07 and have had serious issues with my weight. I went from 65 to 80 kg in around 6 weeks and have not been able to move the weight. My waist went from 30 inches to 38 inches and just won’t budge. I take 40mg per day and have noticed that i am getting depressed even at this dose and experiencing anxiety, panick attacks and (although i’ve never had it before) paranoid thoughts. I also have developed a drinking problem. I want to get off the medication but am very concerned about the withdrawals.

August 4, 2008 at 8:22 pm
(225) Monica says:

My husband has been on this medication for almost four years now. In the last year he has gotten argumentative and disoriented with time. He was never like this before.has anyone had any experiences like this??

August 7, 2008 at 9:25 pm
(226) Karen says:

My third day…first day took 5 mg. and had a panic attack,(I am taking this for GAD!) call dr. told me to reduce dose to 2.5. Second day, was afraid to take, 3 day took the 2.5 dose and felt okay during the day, but can not relax at night..took a few Jack and Cokes and feel somewhat relaxed. Going to take this dose but somewhat concerned from what I read about withdrawl…any comments would be greatly appreciated.

August 10, 2008 at 2:58 pm
(227) Patty says:

About 4 years ago my doctor put me on 10mg of Lexapro for anxiety. I gained 10 lbs and expeienced some dizziness and headaches. After going through several traumatic circumstances 2 years later, the same doctor increased my dose to 20mg of Lexapro. I have a total weight gain of 25lbs. I am 41 now and I can’t seem to drop the weight, even with healthy changes in my lifestyle and diet.
I recently cut my dose back down to 10mg in hopes of dropping a few pounds.

August 14, 2008 at 1:56 am
(228) mark Barnowski says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for over 5 years. It’s been a blessing for depression, but has really affected, in fact stopped my ability to have a orgasm during sex with a partner. It’s like being on Viagra with no payoff. It’s hard to be intimate now.

August 14, 2008 at 7:41 pm
(229) andrew says:

i just took lexapro for the first time 3.5 hours ago, i am also on 900 mgs lithium and klonopin.

i feel itchy, pins and needles, acid reflux, confused, slurred disorganized speech, drunkish, agitated, and i keep feeling like i am having premature ejaculation, and have a little bit, with no sexual stimulation.

i have experienced NMS on the last three nuroleptics i have tried, one of which has left my right inner forearm numb for almost 3 months now.

anyway, i feel i should stop the lexapro 10mgs btw, but should i be concerned about the aforementioned side effects, as in call the doc, or just ride it out?

August 15, 2008 at 9:59 am
(230) Ali says:

I have been taking 10mg of Lexapro for only two days. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder but the Dr. said I sounded more like an aggitated depressive. About 3 hours after each dose I felt completely wired and like everything around me was moving in slow motion. I have gotten about 5 hours of sleep in the last two days and feel somewhat blah and numb. Now my biggest worry is becoming nocturnal again. If I start gaining weight I will immediately have to stop because that will only worsen my moods.

August 16, 2008 at 1:54 am
(231) Charlene says:

You are not alone in this! I’ve been on L for 1.5 years after 3 years of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 6 months of Homeopathy and every other kind of help I could find. I just did not want to live any more. I was abused and abused myself and did not want to continue with another drug. I had to face the fact that I would not live if I did not give up my pride and fear.

Take the drug if you’ve tried everything else–Including prayer! There is a purpose and a plan to your life. All the symptoms and withdrawl stuff are in the above postings. The things I can add are this: do life with others, love others and yourself (I’m not talking sex), stay active and get help **even if you take meds!** Talk with a psychopharmacologist–NOT a regular MD–for these issues!

I pray I can get off L someday but for now I am still alive, stopped cutting, drinking, smoking, wishing I was dead and working on my codependency. You are worth this and we can stop if we need to. Just be good to yourself when you do and have LOTS of support. Heck, do that anyway! Throw in extra Omega 3-6-9, B vitamins, get lots of hugs and call a friend when you can.
Love and blessings to you all…

August 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(232) Sharon says:

I started to take Lexapor about 3 weeks ago, for the first 2 weeks 5mg, then the Dr. said to take 10mg. I have been very tired and feel sad. I am not happy with Lexapor I may stop taking it.

August 20, 2008 at 7:56 pm
(233) Kay says:

I was on lexapro for 4 years for depression and anxiety. I actually lost weight on lexapro ( I was happier and not self medicating with food ) My panic attacks were few and far between, and my anxiety nearly dissapeared. The first week I experienced nausea, but after that the help lexapro gave me was well worth it.

August 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm
(234) Kensey says:

I know you’re supposed to wait a few weeks to see what happens with Lexapro.. but i’ve only been on it a few days, and already can’t make myself go on. I am sick. I feel like I am higher than a kite, unable to think and i zone off for up to 10 minutes at a time. I have anxiety attacks and depression, but right now, i feel nothing. I can’t laugh, cry, anything. I’m extreamly sick (nauseaus), last night i yawned atleast 100 times before i finally dozed off, and I really just want to sleep. My eyes are dialated and i have huge circles under them. I have short term memory loss, forgetting what i’m talking about mid-sentence.. basically, I feel like i’m on serious drugs. I hope this works out well for other people.. because I can’t do Lexapro anymore.

August 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm
(235) Jenny says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3 days and haven’t eaten more than a couple granola bars since my first pill. I also feel numb and yawn all the time and just want to sleep. I can’t do anything at work other than sit and stare at my computer (and I used to be productive) The side effects are a lot worse than my anxiety!

August 25, 2008 at 2:24 am
(236) Anonymous says:

I took one pill at 10 in the morning. Initially I felt shaky and my hands shook. I went to church, where I normally feel apprehensive around everyone – I felt fine, but I couldn’t concentrate on anything the pastor was saying – which NEVER happens at my church. EVER. I was less irritable all day, got along with my family, was very patient and happy and laughing a lot more. My stomach was burning and I couldn’t really eat anything all day though. I tried to fall asleep about 10 PM because I was totally exhausted, but it took me quite a while to fall asleep. Once I did I had scary dark nightmares and now have awoken at 2 AM and cannot get back to sleep at all. My stomach is burning and I feel more anxious than I ever have in my life. Needless to say I won’t be taking any more of these.. my daily anxiety is definitely worth this.

August 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm
(237) Anonymous Again says:

Following the above comment – I went into a state of panic, sweating, heart racing and nausea, and did not sleep until 7 AM. It was one of the worst nights of my life. Never again.

August 26, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(238) Sherrie says:

I have been on Lexapro for about a month and I started noticing that I was hungry all the time and I could not settle the hunger with what ever I ate. I just feel like all i think about is eating. I noticed that I have been more tired than ever and no energy at all. I also take Wellbutrin and at this point i think I will discontinue the use of Lexapro.

August 27, 2008 at 2:32 am
(239) ann says:

Take 10 mg of Lexapro every night. First two nights racing heart. First week shaky hands and INTENSE yawning. The yawning was miserable. On my third week now and I’ve gained 7 pounds. I don’t eat more, I think, so much as I have no desire to get out of bed. When I do have to get up to go to work or school, I motivate myself with thinking, “When can I take a nap?” I used to work out a lot for fun and now I have absolutely no desire to. My anxiety is much better but now I’m worried about the state of my body, internally and externally.

August 28, 2008 at 5:12 am
(240) Kathy says:

My doctor put me on Celexa last week for insomnia that came from anxiety. After four days, I was so nauseous, she switched me to 5mg Lexapro. I took it at 10pm, slept one hour (I was exhausted after only about 2 hours sleep per night lately), then I woke up and started shaking violently. I haven’t had a panic attack in years; my only problem lately has been a mind that won’t shut off and let me sleep. So, this was like the mother of all panic attacks for me. Luckily, my husband was there, and I asked him to get me to the bathroom because I was so weak, where I started throwing up. Oh, did I mention the burning sensations on my arms, forehead and back? Then came the diarrhea. I understand it may take a few days or more for symptoms to subside, but I don’t know if I can face another night like that. The worst part was the sense of terror inside. I HAVE to start sleeping at night. I start a new job next week, my first teaching position, and I’m so afraid I won’t be able to do it because I’m such a mess. I tried Ambien, but it only worked the first few times. I don’t know what to do. Praying really hard. Good luck to all of you. I’ll pray for you, too. At least I’m not alone.

August 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm
(241) John says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about a year and a half now, and although it did seem to help initially, I’m ready to jump ship and move on to something else. Weight gain-25 lbs.-blurred vision, strange dreams/nightmares, short term memory loss, sexual dysfunction, feelings of apathy in general-I just can’t continue feeling like this.

August 31, 2008 at 1:00 am
(242) Jessica says:

I have been taking lexapro for only 2 days, and so far, I dont like it at all. I feel really high and wierd. I cant even drive because I feel disoriented and kind of dizzy. It makes me feel absolutely exhausted, I literally slept all day long today and I’m still tired!!

September 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm
(243) Dave says:

I used Lexapro for about 3 months and I have to say that it really helped with my axiety. However, I did experience all of the well known side effects. When it was time to go back to the doctor to get a new refill, I decided to stop so I started taking it every other day instead of everyday (10mg) to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. To my surprise, I did not experience any major issues other than having a hard time containing my anger over every little thing for about 2 weeks and also some minor dizziness.
I have always been scared of developing a dependency of anti depressants, which is why I stopped.

September 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm
(244) Denise says:

Hi – I have bad anxiety and sometimes get depressed. The doctor started me on Lexapro 10mg and told me to take only half the first 7 days. I took my first pill at night and 4 hours later in the middle of the night I woke up with racing thoughts, My body was BOILING hot and sweating, and my heart was racing. I will not try another Lexapro – too scared. The doctor told me I should have taken a Xanax with it. I told him I wanted to try something else and I am about to try the generic of Zoloft — hope everything is ok

September 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm
(245) Gordo says:

My godfather was prescribed this drug.
My family wasn’t aware of the drug’s side effects. He encountered drastic mood swings which eventually dumped him into extreme depression. A few days later (yesterday), he committed suicide. Be very careful. It’s a decision you or a loved one will have to live with. I was researching the drug just to get an idea of what it was all about, and I thought this forum could use this tidbit.

September 4, 2008 at 8:49 pm
(246) Fran says:

I have been on Lexapro for approximately 3 weeks. At first I was a little zoned out~ but nothing bad. Then, it seemed better. My sleeping habits have improved, my anxiety is almost zilch the only kind of weird thing I’ve noticed is I yawn ALOT. Its a nice relaxing yawn but it just happens so much and I’m not sleepy!! Kinda weird. Otherwise, I’ll continue it because although I’m calmer, I still experience feelings that I don’t want to go away like every now and then getting upset that the house isn’t clean…. lol

September 5, 2008 at 10:35 pm
(247) Chris says:

I have been on Lexapro for a couple years now. I initially took it because of anxiety of having my firswt kid with someone who seemed like they weren’t getting divorced like they promised me. Lexapro does work!! But like you read – it works if you don’t miss a dose. There were times I misseda dose or two in a row, and I found myself unusually irratable at everyone!! almost all of my figts with my girlfriend has been because I misseda dose or two, or when I tried cutting back. I take 20mg. I can get by with 10 when life is “good” When there are other stresses, 20 seems to help a lot better. I have always had problems with anxiety my whole life, and this drug really does help. I was hoping I would be able to get off of it for fear of becoming addicted to medication! But my family can’t take me if when I did try to, so am stuck. At first I thought this was a bad thing, but after thinking about it, I am a lot better off taking it… for the rest of my life… or until I can have a month or so of alone time to get of of it without ruining any relationships! But overall I am happy with it. As for the other side effects mentioned here – weight gain – none to 5 lbs, but that’s about average for my age (36) with someone who now cooks for me the past few years!! :-) Am a little more tired, definitely cured the insomnia I used to have. Sexually – it does take me a little longer to ejaculate, but Iam more in tuned to the time ittakes my girlfiend now, so that’s not a bad thing. No problems getting erections… Slight dizziness from time to time but rare. NO stomach issues actually has helped some of the ulcers I think I used to have, but I also take Protonix too for that past problem. My recommendation – take it in the morning first thing. and a red bull in the morning will cure the yawning!! I’m not a coffee person. Good luck with this if you decide to take it – for me, it saved my relationships with my spouse, family and kid, helped me stay satisfied at work, and helped me get control of my finances and not worry about all the little things like I used to!

Also thank you to all who posted – itwas nice to find this to see that I wasnt the only person having the addiction issues to it!

September 6, 2008 at 8:59 am
(248) Diane says:

I have been on it for 5 weeks; feel I’ve LOST weight. Anyone else??

September 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm
(249) Kathy says:

I posted a little over a week ago about the horrible side effects I had the first night I took the Lexapro. (It’s only 5mg–I’ve always been very sensitive to medications.) Well, I stuck with it, and after about ten days, I’m doing so much better. My only problem had been that anxiety was keeping me awake at night, but when I took the Lexapro, I started having awful, awful anxiety and panic attacks. I used to have bad anxiety when I was a teenager and in my early 20′s, and I didn’t like the memories this brought back. But each day, the symptoms have been less and less. Now I’m sleeping through the night, and other than being a little jittery now and then and a little stomach upset just once in a while, I’m doing really well. So for anyone starting out who is upset by the side effects, if you can tolerate it at the beginning, it does get better. At least, it has for me. Although I know not every medication is suited for every person. Wishing you all the best.

September 7, 2008 at 3:58 pm
(250) Michelle says:

I have been taking 5 mg/1 a day at night before bed for about three weeks, with almost instant calming of my anxiety from day one. I am also losing weight due to lack of appetite. I am normally a grazer, and lately have been almost forgetting to eat. I also yawn all the time, and feel a bit lazy, a nice change from the boucing off the walls I used to do. I think this is doing what it is supposed to, and I needed to lose a few pounds of the stress weight I gained anyway.

September 8, 2008 at 11:58 am
(251) Miss MSG says:

I have been taking lexapro for 5 months now, I am surprised most of you were told to take it in the morning. I take it at night and have no weight gain issues, in fact I have lost 45 pounds! I suppose I just don’t feel the hunger pains or jitters etc while I am sleeping. I started off on 10mg’s and am now down to 5mg for GAD. I supplement that with Xanax as needed , but I have been panic attack free for several months now and as far as the sexual side effects, yes it does take a little longer for me to climax, but the orgasms are more intense. Hang in there !! This drug has worked wonders for me.

September 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(252) K says:

My husband has taken Lex for a year now. Only up to 10MG. I recommend never going higher until you know what it is changing in you! My husband before LEX: 24 yrs married, thin, dynamic, forceful, head football coach, a leader of young men, he had emotions and knew exactly what he was doing all of the time.

After about 6 months he started to drink socially with misfits from work and he created a “new” personality. During sex he could not ejaculate so he decided to see if he needed another woman.

He was so out of touch and numb to family. He did not care about our teenage son and how our day was. He started to live a second life.

He tried to coexist with having 2 personalities and 2 lives. When confronted he had no emotional response and no feelings showed. He DID nothing wrong and was convenced of it.

We are in the process of bringing the “old” person back and getting OFF this medicine.

BE CAREFUL when you wish to be like someone else. You may not approve of who you become!

September 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm
(253) Robert says:

I started Lexapro on Sept. 10. Two days later I was rushing myself to Emergency with a panic attack that was one of the worst ones I’ve ever had. Pins and needles, racing heart, with fear I’d be dead before I could finish the long drive. I grabbed a pill called Ativan just before I left home and within 20 minutes it started to calm me back down so I did not actually have to enter the hospital but sat in the parking lot where I fell asleep. I’m determined to stay on it because I can’t take the anxiety anymore. I’ve slowly felt a bit better each day since the hospital trip but do have the shaking and some yawning. I do work out so I’m hoping weight gain will be a non-issue. Everyone who suffers with this has my deepest compassion…I know first hand how hard it is to live like this. Keep praying and stay strong. Don’t give up no matter what, life is too precious to throw away. God Bless

September 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm
(254) Rachael says:

I have been on 10mg Lexapro for about a month now. At first I was only experiencing night sweats but now I have excessive sweating all the time. And I am only 20 years old at a University, so walking to school is TERRIBLE! I have decided to stop talking this because I can’t handle it anymore. I have also noticed a loss in short term memory… I will forget someone’s name almost immediately after meeting them. It’s scary but I am hopeful things will change. I am just glad to see I am not alone with these side effects, especially sweating.

September 8, 2008 at 7:31 pm
(255) amc says:

I gained weight with Lexapro. I workout often and never had weight problems until a couple months in to taking it. I am not weening myself off. It’s not too bad. I get these weird sensations in my face and a little split second dizziness. It’s takes just as long weening off as it does going on the medications.

September 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm
(256) rob says:

I’ve been on Lex for about 4 weeks, really feel much better, it makes “mole hills” out of my “mountains”. I sleep great without the constant anxiety at night. Don’t have the desire to drink alcohol as much. Decrease in libido but more affectionate, better balanced, no weight gain but I work out on a tight schedule. Have experienced some excessive yawning and body aches and when i skipped a day i was told I was my “old self”, which apparently was emotionally erratic. Have not interest in staying on the drug but for the balance it brings to the family life and the new sense of ease and focus

September 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm
(257) Susan says:

I started taking Lexapro in Jan, 2008. I stopped once to try Zoloft since I was always hungry and tired. Zoloft was better as far as no increased appetite or tiredness but after a week I got terrible migraines and was too sick to function. I stopped Zoloft for a week, problems stopped. I tried again, same thing. I went back to Lexapro but take it at 7pm. Still have unexplained weight gains such as 3 lbs in one day, then gradually lose it again. After being on Lexapro the first time, about 1 month, my mind was clearer than in years. I am trying to finish writing a book and the words poured out and my mood was better than in years. Then it all went away and I can’t think at all. The last 2 months I feel like I have alzheimers. I can’t remember what I’m doing or what I have done. I’m going to the dr. this week for advice before I buy more meds. After reading all the comments at least I know I’m not the only one. i started taking this because of vestibular migraine. It hasn’t done well for my dizziness but better than nothing. I did take nortriptaline which worked better but after 4 years I was tired of the side effects and suffering from an undiagnosed blood disorder that improved when I got off it. I don’t know what to do now. I can’t go back to taking nothing because my balance gets so bad I can even walk.

September 16, 2008 at 2:07 am
(258) Am says:

I am a 40+ female. I’ve been on Lexapro 4 years for anxiety and hypertension. The first week I used it, I felt giddy, as though I was drunk. That subsided. Overall, it made me less depressed and less anxious. I called it my “happy pill”. Unfortunately, I’ve gained about 40 pounds which I attribute to Lexapro. I started gaining weight immediately. Another symptoms were strong, vivid dreams but these have stopped in the last year. Recently, I’ve been very anxious and depressed. My dosage was cut in half. I’m now feeling much better. Hope this info helps.

September 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm
(259) Tammy says:

Well…I’ve been reading these comments and I’m a little scared. My Dr. just prescribed Lexapro to me today. I’m not really sure I want to take it now. This is so scarey to me…..Sounds a little tough to get off of. He said I only had to take it for a few months but not sure it’s worth it.

September 17, 2008 at 1:20 am
(260) Michael0523 says:

I have been on it for almost 2 years. No side effects that I can complain about. It has helped some because I actually do have good days and am able to put on a good show when I don’t.

September 17, 2008 at 11:21 am
(261) lesley says:

I was put on Lexapro in July for anxiety/depression. My sleep pattern immediately became disturbed- often awake all night.A week later I developed a pain in my sternum which my GP thought was an ulcer so I was put on an ulcer healing drug. The pain in my sternum was very sore and I was continually belching to relieve it.I then began having hot flushes and night sweats and was absolutely exhausted all the time. Then my menstrual cycle was affected big style – frequent bleeding for which I was prescribed more tablets.My GP also tried to increase my dose of Lexapro from 10mg to 20mg but I refused.
Last week I decided to stop the lexapro -ALL my physical symptoms have stopped and I feel so much better. I haven’t had any withdrawal effects apart from a bit of light headedness. I did lose weight on it but that was cos I couldn’t eat because of the pain in my sternum. I have never contributed to a site like this but I felt I had to express my view.
I will NEVER take Lexapro again. I am a mental health nurse and realise that there are times when SSRI’s are necessary but I don’t like this one. I am totally medication free now and my body feels better than when I was on the different medications.

September 17, 2008 at 7:56 pm
(262) Ronnie says:

After 5 days I am super tired and yawn all the time. I feel high, unfocused and weird. Today i had the first anxiety attack in a few months after taking midol with the lexapro, does this have anything to do with the caffine, or do I have attacks to look forward too?

September 17, 2008 at 8:34 pm
(263) Veronica says:

I am 15 year old girl and I have been prescribed lexapro for GAD, and my moody and “hateful” behavior towards my family. My Dr. thinks it will help but I don’t want to take it anymore. I have only been taking it for 6 days.
My sleep cycle is totally out of order, I used to get by on 7 maybe 7 1/2 hours a night but, now I can hardly stay awake in school, and I have been nodding off as I do homework. I had a panic attack the first time I took the pill but, there is no stress in my life right now so I don’t know what brough it on. I have had very vivid dreams, dry mouth, I feel high, I can’t focus on anything, I feel less myself than ever before. Does it get better with time or should I ask to switch meds?
My Dr. is also treating my mother for GAD, and she thinks she has responded well, but she has no emotions. My mom was one of the most passionate women I knew until the Lexapro. She no longer gets angry, sad, or happy she is just there.
With all my side effects will I also loose my personality?

Help I need answers and my parents think this is the only thing that will help, but I can’t function and they won’t listen.

Signed,
Scared to death of becoming a pod person

September 17, 2008 at 10:37 pm
(264) C says:

Today was day 3 for me. There will be no day 4. I was on 10mg and the headache alone was almost unbearable. the nausea and extreme tiredness kept me home from work today and in bed most of the time. I felt like I was in a zone…or high…or something. It was not a good experience for me and I’d rather be anxious than a zombie.

September 18, 2008 at 10:45 am
(265) Laurie says:

This is my 1st day on Lexapro 10 mg.; I took it last night before bed. Immediately started feeling a bit sick to my stomach. My throat feels like it has a lump in it. The frontal headache I had prior to taking the Lexapro has now intensified significantly. I woke up in the middle of the night for a while, which is unusual. However, I am already feeling not so depressed which is a relief! Was even singing along with the radio on the way to kids’ school at 7 a.m. today and felt calmer with the kids this morning before school. Still feeling a bit queasy, though – if I lose weight, that’s great.

Was married 13 years, divorced my ex-husband 2.5 years ago. Drank for 22 years to medicate for emotional pain, and quit drinking all together 6 months ago – which takes a lot of courage. I’m 40 years old. Work 30 hours a week, have 7 and 9 year old sons, no help from family, a crazy ex-husband, a big house to run, lots of responsibility, etc. Was having a hard time dealing with life on life’s terms without taking a drink, which I know is not the solution. Think I’ve been depressed since I was 5. Think my Mom is bi-polar. Pulled the Mayo Clinic’s symptoms for depression, and I have most of them. Have never been on anti-depressants because I never wanted to give up alcohol – until now. :-)

Am really hoping Lexapro works. When your 9 year old son tells you not to stress, to be happy and smile, and you can’t, you know something is sadly wrong. Am extremely afraid of weight gain. Had eating disorder when I was 19 and recently have gained a couple of pounds. I’m an “athlete” and do not want to lose interest in running and step aerobics.

Also concerned about the cost of Lexapro, compared to other anti-depressants and need to call health insurance to see how much it will cover, as it has 4 stars on price scale, compared to Zoloft and Prozac which have 1. Has anyone found a more reasonably priced, effective drug that will not cause weight gain? Sorry this is so long.

September 18, 2008 at 11:52 am
(266) skeeter says:

Started Lexapro one week ago, having nausea, medication has not affected my mental status yet! Concerned about weight gain but if this nausea continues this will not be an issue as I can not stand the sight of food. Has the weight gain been because of increased appetite or decreased metabolic reasons?

September 19, 2008 at 12:20 am
(267) Robin says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for a little over 2 months now for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I haven’t really noticed any bad side effects, except maybe slight weight gain, I thought it was just what I was eating, but my Dr. says Lexapro may be causing it.

September 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(268) Marion says:

Looks like I am the senior Lexapro taker. I’ve been on it for several years. Certainly 3, maybe more. I take 20mg in the morning. I have tried just about all the anti-depressants. I’m 62 years old, and have suffered from depression/anxiety since childhood.

Only one antidepressant caused weight gain for me, and that was Serzone. I liked that drug best, but a report came out that it caused serious liver problems, so I went off it.

I have not felt any notable side effects from any of them. I can’t say that any of them really helped much either, although it’s hard to tell how bad I’d be if I wasn’t on anything.

I do take Klonopin when I am especially anxious or can’t sleep. I know it is addictive, and I don’t really care at this point in my life.

Also, I have withdrawn from all the various meds I’ve taken without any problems whatsoever.

September 24, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(269) Kathy says:

I took Lexapro for 6 days and it was the worst drug ever for me. I started on 5 milligrams once a day, day 1 was great! Day 2-Day 6 side effects included, increased anxiety, severe thumping heartbeat, fast heartbeat, pulsing sensation in both sides of my neck, extreme confusion/delerium, feeling like I was going crazy, feelings of unreality, (like I wasn’t there), my face turned bright red while taking Lexapro, hot flashes (I’m NOT menopausal), delirium, shakes, inside tremors (very bad) complete loss of appetite but feeling SO hungry, diarrhea, crying spells, feeling like my skin was crawling- feeling the need to pace through my house for hours on end for no known reason, extremely sore legs- probably from all the pacing, do I really need to go on? I went into my dr’s office and he said I should have stopped sooner- he also told me these AREN’T normal side effects and that no one should live like this or be miserable.. he put me on Ativan (as needed) and yay, I’m me again-

September 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm
(270) chelle says:

After reading 2 years worth of comments…this is where I stand:Age, weight, dosage, diagnose and other individual history are all key factors to each individuals results. I recommend that when a doctor prescribes a medication, it is the patients responsibility to follow up with visits, coming equiped with notes as to when, how long, and what was observed. So for me, after reading all these comments, I agree with one persons comment ‘the negative are here complaining, while the majority of those it works for – are out having a life!’ I’m hoping that when I finish typing this, and pop my first Lexapro, I will have a life.
Will I come back? We’ll see. Anyways, in case I follow up (or croak), here are MY stats:
50 yr old female. 2008 one major crisis after another (job,family,romance & start of menapause?or just stress related menstrual screw up). I am 175 lbs to start, 5’6″. 50 of those pounds came on over the last 5 years, and in places i never had problems with before – age, life style, and eating habits are to blame. I could use a little weight loss as a positive side affect of Lexapro – we’ll see. Anyways, emotions are all over the board, I have no tolerance for other people to be human (human errors), i cry, be bitchy, give ‘motivational speeches’ to uninterested audiences, and basically feel like I’ve been treading deep water for a year now…I’m tired…the waves keep crashing over my head, one after the other, and I’m just too tired to mentally figure out which way the shore is, or physically to turn to look, and the thought of SWIMMING, on my own, towards it… oh, hell no! nah, I’d rather stay under my bed covers, wake me up when my kids are all grown, when the bill collectors give up, when our national problems subside…never mind, don’t bother to wake me up…’cuz I really don’t even see THAT happening in MY lifetime…and whoa to my children…ok, there, i’m blithering…ok, time to try mothers little helper…lets see if this ‘chill pill’ works for me…Dr. gave me 14-10mg tablets (sample box) with a prescription which I never even read…I will pick it up monday….Oh, and since I never got ‘written’ instructions with the samples, I went on line to ‘research’ and have decided to chop that puppy in half, start at 5mg for a few days. The only thing I’m concerned with,is that some medications when the tablet is tampered with (cut in half/smashed etc) the intake results are different – time release is screwed up….my doctor is not in today…so I’m taking it upon myself to do 1/2. If ANY of the afore mentioned ‘ickies’ happen when I take this, I will be sure to speak with pharmicyst on monday and or my dr.
Thank you for taking the time to read my 2cents. Hope for love and peace and content to all who read this post.

September 28, 2008 at 10:14 am
(271) Kathy says:

Good luck, Chelle. In my experience, the first night is by far the worst, then the bad side effects taper off (for me within about a week), and you start feeling much better. Yes, you can cut the tablets in half. I cut my original 10′s in half, also. If you’re ever unsure about anything about a drug and your doctor is unavailable, ask your pharmacist. I’ve found that they will often offer more information than the doctor.

September 28, 2008 at 8:24 pm
(272) Ginger says:

I am so happy I came across this site. I have been VERY forgetfull to the point of walking in a room and forgetting what for. My face is red and hot alot, I am starting to feel a little pudgy. I have feelings like I want to be upset or yell, but it just doesn’t come out like that. ( which is a plus ) I have been taking lexapro for about 2 months now, I switched from Zoloft on the advice of my doctor who said the side effects are less with Lexapro. ( no libido ) I did notice a change for the better, but not until my cycle would normally have me more frisky.

September 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm
(273) carla says:

I was on Lexapro for a year and weaned myself off a couple years ago. The withdrawal symptoms were uncomfortable but they went away after a couple weeks. During the time I was taking Lexapro, I lost 17 lbs. I’ve been going through some hard times and have had some trouble controlling my panic and anxiety so I’ve started Lexapro again. To those who have just started Lexapro, the symptoms do diminish.

September 30, 2008 at 11:42 am
(274) kren says:

I have been on Lexapro for about a week. The only thing I have noticed is diarehia that started yesterday and is continuing today. No yawning, no nausia, no feeling of blah. I am calmer. I don’t have the OMG feeling all the time anymore. I am taking the full dosage in the morning, but it does hurt my stomach if I don’t eat before. I have lost about 2 pounds so far, but contribute that to the diarehia. I am afraid of the weight gain and am currently in an exercise program and am really watching what I eat. Hopefully, the diarehia will go away, but the not feeling OMG all the time will stay.

October 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm
(275) Dawn says:

The “high” feeling goes away. It’s a side effect like things tasting bad or your hands feeling weird when first taking Topamax. You may also feel that “high” feeling if you stop taking Lexapro suddenly.
(been there, done that)

October 3, 2008 at 4:14 am
(276) Roxy says:

Ok. Today is day 1 for me and now after reading all these comments, i am panicing a little. I want to feel better, not worse than i already am.

October 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm
(277) Dottie says:

LMAO…as I read the comments, I wonder if some folks might feel better with a simple placebo?? I have clinical depression and have had it for years. When I take my meds, I’m feeling fine. I am a recovering alcholic so when I went to rehab 4 years ago, they gave me Lexapro. Good stuff. I don’t want to cry all the time and it has helped keep the valleys and peaks at more respectable levels. I have noticed some weight gain (didn’t think about it being from Lexapro) and the libido is pretty much kaput…

I suggest ANYONE who suffers from true depression to keep up with the meds. I like Lexapro. I am normally an up-beat person, and I feel like my self again.

October 3, 2008 at 6:18 pm
(278) bechatfriends says:

Hi All,

I have just started taking the lexapro from Yestarday Oct 2 2008 and after reading all this I have decided that I will stop taking it. I think it better not to start lexapro as it has lots of side effectes and It will be diffcult to withdraw the drug later. I think I will try myself to come out from the sleeping problem I have due to the OCD.

October 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(279) Joanne says:

I am finishing my 4th week of Lexapro (10mg) per day and my side effects began with a sick feeling, lack of appetite, and relief from the obsessive thoughts, of the depression and the anxiety. Currently, I am still able to eat less, I have lost some weight, but I am fighting the lack of energy (obviously this drug slows my metabolism) by exercising twice a day. I am much slower with my work outs than before. I have not had a problem with lack of libido thank goodness. ..so far so good. It’s better than wanting to die all the time.

October 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm
(280) george says:

i’ve been on lexapro for six weeks at 10 mg then up to 20 mg dose which seems to work for me. at 60 years old i wish i was introduced to it at an earlier age since anxiety, depression, mood swings and iritability controlled my life. since taking lexapro all these symptoms have virtually gone away. i experienced some weight gain and difficulty reaching orgasms. i’m told this will go away in time, but to be honest, even if it doesn’t, i don’t care because i feel SO much better and my life and outlook have tremendously improved. good luck to all who give it a try and my advise would let the drug ‘ramp up’ until you get the full effects.

October 7, 2008 at 10:25 am
(281) Kathy says:

To those worried about withdrawal, I took Lexapro (5mg) for about 5 months, stopping about a year ago. While I had trouble adjusting to being on it, I had absolutely NO withdrawal symptoms whatsoever when I went off it. Unfortunately, the symptoms that I originally went on it for have come back (anxiety and insomnia), so here I go again. This time though, I’ve had a lot of nausea, which I didn’t have at all last time. (Wonder if the Ambien I’ve also started taking might be causing that, maybe in combination with the Lexapro?)

October 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm
(282) Karen says:

I’ve been on it for 3 years now. Immediately felt better. Did notice that it kind of flannened out my emotions though – not too angry – but not too happy either. Also, stopped menstruating for 6 months. Once I started to get my period again, my symptoms of anxiety/depression started to come back. So increased dosage. And cycle started again. This happened again after 8 or 9 months. I’m at the point now where I need to increase dose again, but I think I’m at the highst dose – 20 mg. Any advice?

Only side effects are hot flashes (which subsided for a while, but are back in full force now) and dizziness if I miss a dose. No weight gain. I feel these side effects are worth it!

October 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(283) stephanie says:

I have taken lexapro one time for depression. I woke up feeling sick and now this morning I feel high. I feel worse than I was before and I don’t think the side effects are worth it. Exercise helps much more than this medicine. I can’t focus and can barly even type or have a conversation. This is the worst drug I have ever taken! Never again. One pill was too much!!!!

October 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm
(284) Lahselia says:

I have been on Lexapro for 9 hours and after about 8hrs I experienced this burning sensation all over my body. Have anybody experienced that?

October 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm
(285) Kathy says:

Yes, the first night I took it, I woke up with a huge Lexapro-induced panic attack, shaking all over, burning on my arms, back, and forehead, then throwing up. Absolutely awful! But I’ve stuck with it, and after a month, I’m doing pretty well. Strange, isn’t it, that a drug that helps anxiety can initially cause EXTREME anxiety. But just knowing it’s a temporary side effect helped me through it.

October 7, 2008 at 10:54 pm
(286) ana says:

dont take any form of chemical mind altering drug. its not worth it. it destroyed my dad and my family and it could do the same to you.

October 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm
(287) Janet says:

I have been on Lexapro for approximately 6 months now. Yes, I have gained weight, and find I am very compulsive when evening comes & I want to eat, eat, eat. Also, I beome nervous & find it hard to sit still in the evening at times, but since I am somewhat handicapped I cannot exercise, but feel like I want to run. I get tired easily (all of a sudden) & just cannot keep my eyes open. I take under 5mg a day. “Short term memory” is somewhat of a problem. My “bad” symptoms from this drug become less & less. I take Ativan in the evening to sleep. Basically, the quick temper, anxious feelings are gone now (had that in the beginning). I do not take a lot of this drug, nor do I want to take more because of the side effects….so I continue to take a small dose & it is working to take away most of the depression & anxiety. Wellbutrin stopped working for me, so, I shall stick with Lexapro 5mg (less than this amount actually) for now.

October 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm
(288) rodg says:

been on it for two weeks so far, no effects either good or bad.

October 9, 2008 at 8:46 pm
(289) shari says:

I’ve had a NOVA T put in for about 18mths ago after brith,and now I’m getting a discharge off and on about one week after my period. I’m fishing as to what can be the cause.

October 11, 2008 at 10:25 am
(290) kelly says:

I have been on Lexapro for three months and have gained about 20 pounds! I have even decreased my food intake and cannot quit gaining weight.

October 13, 2008 at 12:35 am
(291) Lisa says:

Lexapro has made me very sleepy, I think. Since taking it. about three months now, I can’t get excited about anything. Is that really helping? Also I still have random crying episodes. I take 10mgs in the am. I have been on effexor before and it is worse. Especisally with yawning and general nervous issues. Doe anyone have other/better experiences for GAD/depression???

October 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(292) Becky says:

I have been on Lexapro now for just over 3 weeks. I started taking it to relieve anxiety and I feel so much better. For the first week, I had nausea, diahhrea, a hand tremor, and hot flashes. These side effects all went away after the first week. Now I just have a reduced libido and am having issues with dry mouth but these side effects are worth it because the drug has gotten rid of my debilitating anxiety.

October 16, 2008 at 11:26 am
(293) Kelly says:

I was put on Lexapro a week ago. I had to stop taking it due to severe adominal pains, back pains, and diarrhea. I feel cloudy, fogging, and numb. I took Cymbalta for a while and I absolutely love it. Made me feel ten times better and took away the aches and pains that depression has caused me. I am only 21 and suffer from severe depression. I hate the feelings and thoughts that run through my mind. It’s like I have no feelings but self pity. The Cymbalta gave me energy but for some reason my ARNP took me off and put me on Lexapro and now I feel the worst I have in months! I have been in bed the last few days with terrible adominal pains, dry mouth, strange dreams, backaches, and loss of appettite. I have an appt tm and I am hoping she puts me back on Cymbalta. I do not recommend Lexapro.

October 16, 2008 at 11:32 am
(294) Kelly says:

I was put on Lexapro a week ago after being on Cymbalta for months. I love Cymbalta. It made my aches and pains go away as well as giving me energy. On this Lexapro, which I cannot stand, I am restless, cannot sleep good, have severe adominal and back pains, cannot eat anything without rushing to the bathroom afterwards. I have been clinging to my bed the last few days with strange side effects. I dont like the way this Lexapro makes me feel, gloomy, groggy, forgetful, and crazy dreams. I go back to the docter tm and I am hoping she switches my meds. After reading some of this stories, I believe I am not the only one who suffers from side effects.

October 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm
(295) Eve says:

I took my first dose of Lexapro 10 mg at 6 am today, by 7:30 am, I felt as if I had taken ecstacy, my throat had a lump in it and the street lights had tracers. I tried to eat when I got to work, but could barley get the food down due to the lump in my throat. Pupils were dilated and felt very weird. Has anyone experienced these unpleasant side effects and continued on with the medication ? Did these side effects eventually go away and the medicine do what it is suppose to ? I have already had severe side effects from Remeron, which is why the Doctor switched me to Lexapro. I don’t want to give up on this medicine too early if these side sffects are “normal”.

October 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm
(296) Erica says:

I have been taking Lexipro for a good 3 months, but will admit I have missed days throughout last month. I noticed that I have had the most horrific nightterrors since ebeing on this medicine. I constantly wake up because I’m screaming and yelling. I’m pissed every time… I don’t have these spells of screaming every night, but it comes in waves… I know it is the medicine, but really I’ve noticed knowone else really is complaining of an extreme case of nightmares in this blog. Is this abnormal?

October 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(297) kiley says:

I have only been on this med for a couple days but i am shakey as well and just feel out of it. Kinda dizzy and lathargic but not necissarily bad, just wierd! Will it go away with time?

October 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm
(298) d says:

took lexapro for a few years, weaned off, last dose 2 weeks ago….now Im feeling really weird…mood swings, irritability, anxiety. could this still be the drug wearing off or do I need to go back on it? I got off because of poor memory, fuzzy thinking, dizziness. I want to try to deal without it.

October 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm
(299) Jennifer Smith says:

I was on Lexapro for a year. I had no side effects and when I wanted to stop taking it, I just did. NO withdrawals. Well a few months ago me and a long term boyfriend broke up and i needed to go back on it and I had a craving for caffiene and cigarettes. I never smoked before that so i thought that was weird. I took the drug for a month a smoked for that month. i stop taking the lexapro and my craving went away and i quit smoking. no side effects this time either.

October 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(300) Julia says:

I have been on Lexapro about 6 months now.I lost 17 pounds on it as most of the time It makes me not hungry.The only time I eat alot is when I have PMS,which isnt anything new.

When I first started taking it,I was taking it at night,as told to by my doctor,and it made my insomnia worse! I would be up all night and barely getting any sleep at all,which made me pretty grouchy.
I switched and started taking it in the morning,and now I fall right to sleep at night!

I do notice I care less about things and feel less empathetic,but for me this is a good thing as I used to cry alot over seemingly silly things.
I have less PMS as well and am just generally happier.
I still have some anxiety,mostly in social situations,but I take xanax if I get really stressed which isnt too much now.

The only thing I hate about this drug is that I have no insurance so I pay 100 dollars a month for it out of pocket.So for me,that would be the biggest reason to try to quit.
I have missed a few doses here and there by accident and never noticed any withdrawls though.
It takes alot of trys with these medicines to find the right one for you,so if you have problems speak up and have your doctor put you on something else.

October 19, 2008 at 5:57 am
(301) Heather says:

After coming off other medication, I’ve found lexapro much softer on the body. I had trouble sleeping before going on it but now I don’t seem to dream when sleeping, nothing like I used which was quite vivid and fluid. I also find this makes me feel more tired, like I’m unrested. Anyone else?

October 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm
(302) chelle says:

Is pupil dialation a common side-effect that goes away? I took lexapro for a few days & had this happen & I ended up stopping the med.

October 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm
(303) Kat says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 5 years now. When I started taking it I noticed a significant weight loss (about 10 lbs). I also felt a lot better emotionally as well. Now five years later, I’m looking into more side effects of the drug and some of the items mentioned also have effected me more recently. I have noticed I tend to need a lot more sleep and still feel exhausted in the morning. Also in the last year, which would be year 5 I’ve gain about 15 lbs without having any major fitness changes or eating changes. I also feel like my anxiety problems are coming back. I’m planning on changing medication.

October 23, 2008 at 12:42 am
(304) Tom says:

I have been taking Lex for ten months for anxiety. I think it is great. I feel normal. I get more done. I don’t procrastinate as much. I tolerate my environment so much better. I feel in control. I still have moments of anxiety but they are so much more bearable. I can even put up with my kids legos on the floor:)

As to the libido issue. I think I have experienced some of that but who cares:)No weight gain. I have been able to drop some weight for the first time in my life. I have fallen off my work out program almost completely for the first time in 18 years.

For me – it’s a great pill.

October 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm
(305) Dawn- Daytona Beach says:

I have been on Lexapro for two years now. Gained 4 pounds total. I haven’t had the weight issues. I do have side affects if I do not take it religiously. I get dizzy, tired and still anxious. I feel Lexapro is the best out there. Nobody needs a drug to cure our fears. We have to face them and be able to handle it. It is very safe unlike others I have researched and causes no long term disabilities. I suggest anyone who suffers anxiety (depression) to take Lexapro and also seek counceling. It may take some longer to get past some side affects because of the amount of absent serotonin. Stay strong and have faith.

October 27, 2008 at 5:27 pm
(306) Cindy says:

I just started Lexapro 2 days ago. Took it at night before bed. When I got to work the next morning, felt very nauseous and sleepy all day. Also developed very bad heartburn after I ate and can’t get it to go away. Anyone else get bad heartburn from this med. I remember a few years back being on Effexor and having to be put on Nexium for very bad heartburn – I cannot go thru that again as it is a terrible feeling and you don’t want to eat as it makes it worse. After reading these other side effects – I may stop taking or cut it in half and try that.

October 28, 2008 at 3:14 pm
(307) Anne says:

I have been on and off Lexapro for several years. I have NEVER had any problems with withdrawal at all. That is not the case with Zoloft or other anti-depressants. The main reason I have stopped taking Lexapro include decreased libido. Zoloft has the opposite effect for me.

October 28, 2008 at 10:08 pm
(308) Courtney says:

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months now. I went off of Welbruitrin (bad med for me. I began Lexapro at 5mg and in about a month increased to 40mg (insurance company does not like that either).

Pros
Does WONDERS for my anxiety
Helped reduce my compulsion to self harm
I can actually make myself do things

Cons
I have gained oodles of weight, but that is probably from my eating disorder. i have had one for seven years and varies between anorexia and compulsive overeating-depending upon the year.

October 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm
(309) Archana says:

I have taken lexapro for six or seven years now. It is the best SSRI out there with minimal side effects. Withdrawal effects were pretty bad; dizziness and then after two months, panic attacks, heart palpitations, shortness of breath. I have started taking half the dosage again. Feeling much better now.

October 29, 2008 at 1:39 am
(310) twelch says:

I am having a similar complaint about pupil dilation. It seems to make things seem bright and hard to focus. I am on day two. Anxiety can affect pupil dilation with me anyway. I would like to know if anyone else has had this problem also.

October 30, 2008 at 10:26 am
(311) Jenn says:

I took my first pill last night (20mg). I woke up for about 2 straight hours in the middle of the night just feeling like my thoughts wouldn’t be quiet enough to let me sleep. I’m not sure that’s related to the Lexapro though being that it was the first pill. Today I feel a bit nauseous but again I’m not sure it’s related as I had some horrible Chinese food for dinner. I usually try to explore the other possible reasons for things like this rather than assume it’s a side effect.

Thanks to everyone who has mentioned the timeline thing. My doctor was very quick to mention that it’ll take at least 3-4 weeks for everything to normalize and to feel “good” like I should. Until then it’s normal to feel ups and downs just as I did before I started taking Lexapro. It’s leveling out the Seratonin in your brain and that takes time. So… my plan is to keep a journal of everything I’m feeling and experiencing and if at the 6 week mark the side effects outweigh the positive effects, I’ll taper off.

October 31, 2008 at 6:19 pm
(312) Mathew says:

I have been on Lexapro for a couple weeks and I have zero sex drive and feel tired all the time. This is very frustrating!

November 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm
(313) Betty says:

I have been on lexapro for about 3 weeks now. I feel much better but do not feel like myself.I have no sex drive at all. Can someone please tell me this is going to go away.

November 3, 2008 at 8:54 am
(314) david says:

I took Lexapro today for the first time and feel sleepy and yawny, but relaxed. Reading through the comments though, I feel I should stop it before it takes over. Who wants the side effects.

November 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm
(315) TCJ says:

I started Lexapro 10/29/2008 and INSTANTLY I noticed the difference!!!! I can relax!! I discovered last week, that I have panic attacks when I go to the doctor’s office. My blood pressure & heart rate was OFF THE CHARTS!!! I went to the emergency room & all of my numbers (blood pressure & heart rate)soon returned to normal, we figured that I have “white coat syndrome.” So these last 7 days on Lexapro for my anxitey have been a new experence for me. I feel at peace. People are telling me I even “look” relaxed.

I guess the biggest side affect for me the that I have NO APPETITE!!!!!!! I have barely eaten in days!!! Which is great for me; I need to lose weight. Also I do have the dry mouth & the foggy feeling. But this is a small price the pay to feel this calm peaceful feeling.

November 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm
(316) Dee says:

The first morning I tried Lexapro I was sick to my stomach and felt very tired. I decided to take the second pill at bed time. Despite feeling nauseous, dizzy, in a “fog” and extremely tired, when I closed my eyes to try and fall asleep I never could. I was up all night! I think I’ll pass on this medication!

November 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm
(317) Denise says:

I have been on 10mg of Lexapro for 6 years now and want to leave my comments for the people that are just starting out. Any medication takes time for your body to adjust so try to stay with it. Prior to Lexapro I tried several other similar medications and found their sides affects after 6 months never disappeared but they have with Lexapro. I found it is best to take it first thing in the morning and then it will not interfere with your sleep. The only side effect that I have is very intense yawning spells approximately two times a day, mid morning and afternoon that last about 15 minutes and I do feel like I will just pass out and go to sleep, but that’s never really happened. I suffered since I was 4 years old of terrible nightmares and sleep waking, none since I’m on this. I no longer have heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, or depression. Good luck to all of you. As I said give it time to adjust and you will feel better than you ever have in your life.

November 6, 2008 at 10:15 am
(318) linda says:

I HAVE BEEN ON LEXAPRO FOR 5 YEARS….FOR THE LAST 2 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN INCONSISTENT WITH TAKING MY MEDICATION. I WILL TAKE IT IN THE MORNING AND THEN NOT TAKE IT AGAIN FOR A WEEK AND THEN TAKE IT AND NOT TAKE IT AGAIN FOR 3-4 DAYS, ETC. AFTER SEEING MY DR. ON MONDAY I AM TRYING TO GET BACK ON IT ON A REGULAR BASIS BUT AM HAVING A HORRIBLE TIME. I HAVE NEVER FELT SO ANXIOUS IN MY LIFE. I AM SO SO ANXIOUS IT IS MAKING ME NUTS, I CAN’T EAT, CAN”T SLEEP, VERY AGITATED. ANYONE ELSE EVER FELT THIS WAY?

November 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm
(319) Laura H-S says:

I have taken Lexapro about 7 months now. I have depression and anxiety/panic attacks. It has helped tremendously with both. It has helped lift a very dark depressive episode, and I have only had about 2-3 panic attacks all summer.
There are significant side effects. My libido is pretty low, and I have gained weight. Periods are irregular, but that can be the onset of menopause at my age (47). The other physical side effects–upset stomach, tingling electric feelings in extremities and my face–have pretty much gone away with time. I am having joint pain, but I had that before the medication, so there is need to talk with my Dr.
I know someone else who was on Lexapro, and it stopped working. That can happen with any of the psychotropic drugs. If it stops, you have to wean off and try another drug. Also, meds are only half the way back. Lifestyle–healthy eating and sleeping, exercise, vitamins and Omega 3 oils–is essential. I mainly think the meds get me to the point I can function enough to do all those. They are strong drugs with side effects, but the alternative was lying in bed crying a lot, unable to function. It’s better with the meds, for me.

November 6, 2008 at 8:06 pm
(320) Jessie says:

I’ve been on lexapro for about 2 months now. At first, things were great and I thought everything was really funny for some reason, similar to the feeling you experience when high. But lately things have been awful.
Slight weight gain, 5lbs in 2 months.
Extremely sweaty palsm, 24/7.
Shaking, short of breath, about to faint.
Def, switching medication.

November 6, 2008 at 11:27 pm
(321) Lauren says:

After being on Zoloft for 5 years and it no longer working, my Doc. decided to switch me to Lexapro. I was on Lexapro for about 3 months to treat both anxiety and depression For the first two weeks, the drug worked great! My anxiety was non-existant, BUT the depression was still there. By the end of month three, I had a constant fuzzy feeling in my brain, and just did not feel myself (although the anxiety was so much better).I was having one good week, then one bad week and could not take the roller coaster. I made the choice to switch to Cymbalta.

November 7, 2008 at 9:21 am
(322) Wendy says:

I have been on Lexapro since my husband left without warning. I tend to overreact to things so being on this drug for 8 months has been a God-send! From the first 3 hours, I have felt very happy and have had almost no side-effects. I bounce off the wall laughing if on 20mg so I take only 10mg which seems to be a better dose for me. Over the years I had been on 2 other meds for situational depression. Didn’t like the side-effects so I didn’t stay on long. Lexapro does effect my short-term memory, leg shaking and libido (only climax, not desire) but the benefits outway these for me right now. I have been thinking of going off…but I hear so much about it I am nervous

November 7, 2008 at 4:33 pm
(323) Chloe says:

I am a 42 year old woman and I first began taking Lexapro about 3 years for depression. I have subsequently been on and off of the drug to deal with my bouts of depression. While on the drug, I experienced several side effects such as nausea (only in the beginning), that “electric feeling” (which I found kind of soothing), drowsiness and a lack of an appetite, especially after having coffee in the morning. The benefits that I later experienced was a decrease in anxiety (I noticed this after not getting upset over an issue that would have normally sent me in a tailspin) and the ability to sleep through the night. I subsequently stopped taking Lexapro because I never had an appetite and in a matter of just a few months; lost nearly 35 pounds from a small frame that initially weighed 140lbs.

November 9, 2008 at 9:46 pm
(324) Shannelle says:

I am currently taking Lexapro 10mg. The first few days were ROUGH, I was shaking teeth chattering, racing heart, pounding heart. I feel batter now but I do shake sometimes. When I wake up I feel weird like I’m in a rush. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, I take deep breathes to calm myself down. My appetite has decreased. I am nursing a 6month old boy so i have to remind myself to eat constantly.

November 10, 2008 at 4:53 am
(325) Rachel says:

i have been takign lexapro for two weeks at first i was really shaky and anxious for a few days.. i noticed an increase in my appetite and grinding my teeth… i feel paranoid.

November 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm
(326) Court says:

After reading all of this, I’m shocked to see how differently everyone reacts to Lexapro! A few years ago, I was diagnosed with having anxiety and mild depression and started taking Wellbutrin, along with Xanax XR and Ambien. The Wellbutrin was ok, but I always felt a little out of it (not good when you work in accounting). When I switched jobs (and insurance plans) I changed doctors and the new one prescribed me everything under the sun for depression, but I wasn’t really depressed. At one point, he also told me that I was bi-polar so that he could prescibe some new medication for it. (I read in an earlier post that some others had this happen to them also.) My company was later bought out and my insurance switched again and again I found a new doctor. I did a lot of research on my own before my appointment and realized that I actually had a form of ADD, which was causing the anxiety and the insomnia that I had for years. Once I began treatment for ADD, I no longer needed the Xanax or Ambien.
I have been fine with just taking one medicine until my boyfriend of three years broke up with me about a month ago. I asked my doctor if there were any anti-depressants that I could take with my ADD medication and right away he told me about Lexapro. I had heard good things about it, so I was excited to try it. I did not want this depression to take over my life and was willing to try anything.
I didn’t experience any side effects at first, at least, they were not noticeable or bothersome. My doctor told me to take it at night and it pretty much knocked me out, which was fine. I didn’t feel many physical side effects, except a few mild headaches. Mentally, I felt great, but sleepy during the day (which is very normal for me). My ADD medication helped with that, although, I do feel like I need to take it more than my usual 3 times a day. I think that I may have gained weight, but I needed to (don’t hate me – the other med decreases my appetite and I can’t eat when I am depressed). However, I ended up taking a couple of days off (from the Lexapro) after my 2-week sample ran out and I went to the doctor for a Rx. (I had been on about 2 weeks). Ever since then (about 2 weeks ago), I cry for hours at a time and have started having suicidal thoughts. My family just came down to visit, and I love them to death, but I just could not shake these crying spells even while they were here. Even my mom was at a loss for what to say to make me feel better. I’m tearing up just now (at work) thinking about it. My doctor said that it would be fine to just take it until I get over this break up to get myself normal again and I have heard it will take 4-6 weeks to really kick in, but I just feel horrible now. Nothing like a broken heart huh?
Anyway, I just thought I would share my experience so far. I will continue to take Lexapro, but I am curious to know if my 2-3 day break contributed to me feeling worse, or if that is normal waves of grief that can’t be controlled?
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I appreciate everyone sharing their experiences here. If anyone has advice for me on getting over a relationship, I would love to hear it!

November 10, 2008 at 5:49 pm
(327) Heather says:

Does anyone have any positive things to say? These comments are scary. My Dr just prescribe me Lexapro fro GAD

November 10, 2008 at 8:29 pm
(328) Sandra says:

I have been on Lexapro for 9 months. I first started on 10 mg and I had to go to 5 because on 10 I couldn’t sleep at all and was too hyper. I’m great on the 5 but I have to say I have gained more weight and my libido is gone. Thank goodness my husband is patient!
Anyway, I’ve been weaning myself off for the last 2 weeks. I’ve been taking 2.5 everyday and now every other day. The doctor told me I could go right off. No thank you. Can’t say how I really feel because I’ve been ill with a bad sinus infection. Hopefully when it’s gone, I’ll know how I really feel.

November 10, 2008 at 10:59 pm
(329) Shannelle says:

Heather:
It has helped me alot but I do still have side effects. I have severe anxiety so I will take the side effects over that any day.

November 11, 2008 at 8:47 pm
(330) lori says:

I have been on Lexapro for seven days now. I have had a loss of appetite which I don’t hate. I have also notice the yawning spells and the fog that don’t really seem to bother me. I am on 10 mg a day and it seems to be working. I wanted to post a good review b/c i am reading so many negative ones. It seems that it is not for everyone but if you are suffering from panic attacks like I have you will want to stop at nothing to put them at ease.

November 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(331) Barbara says:

I have been on Lexapro for a little over a year. I am having severe hair loss. It is not falling out, just not growing back in when i do loose one. I have lost almost half of my hair. This started last November. I had been on lexapro for about 3 months. I do not have any of the side effects i have read here. I am a little lethargic. Has any one else noticed hair loss. I am thinking of stoping lexapro and going back on prozac. I do not have anxiety, I am not sure I am even deprssed any more.

November 12, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(332) Brittney says:

I have been on lexapro (10-20mg) for four years. I love it! I have not experienced the weight gain everyone speaks of, but I also began exercising at the same time I began lexapro. I’d rather be fat and happy than skinny and depressed anyway.
I have noticed that every six months or so, I need to switch from taking lexapro at night to taking it in the morning. As long as you are consistant…
I definately recommend Lexapro. It saved me. But having been on many meds, and knowing many people on meds, I know it’s pretty much trial and error. What works great for one person may not work at all for another. Just keep trying and communicate with your doctor…together, you WILL find the right combination.

November 13, 2008 at 1:38 am
(333) Shannelle says:

For those that experienced the racing or pounding heart, how long did it last?

November 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm
(334) Robert says:

This is to Court. Don’t get too broken over a relationship that did not work. It is better to fail now than to fail in a marriage. Each relationship has a reason and you will learn from it and understand more of what you are looking for. God has the right person for you just don’t give up. Now as far as the Lexapro…I see alot of people pulling themselves off of it and if you don’t do that right that is the worst thing you can do. I started out on 10mg and had some side affects in the beginning but they went away. After about 7 weeks it seemed like my depression was returning so the Dr. upped my dose to 20mg. So far so good. The doctors told me to give it 8 weeks for exactly what to expect from the drug. For me it is such a blessing to have something to help those of us who are stricken. I had alot of head injuries when I was young and always wondered if it knocked a screw lose LOL. I’m sure Lex is not for everyone but don’t give up hope. Enjoy this life while you can and don’t mess it up by harming yourself. I have spoken with two different people who tried to end their lives and thank God they didn’t and I was there to help in there crisis. If they had ended it all they would have missed out on what I see in them today. One now is happily married and the other won a large sum of money in a lawsuit and regained custody of his daughter. If either of them followed through they would have missed those blessings. Take care all, Robert

November 16, 2008 at 6:23 pm
(335) Suzy says:

I’m in my third week of Lexapro. I started with 5 mg, was to increase to 10mg after 10 days. With the 5mg, there was an immediate decrease in my painfully constant cravings for carbs and decrease in obsessive daydreaming thoughts, but I notice some drowsiness and inability to concentrate on tasks at hand. My libido has completely disappeared and I’ve become anorgasmic. I yawn all day.

I increased to 10mg as prescribed. The effects were very negative! I was unable to think straight. The sleepiness increased until I was actually nodding off at my desk. I couldn’t concentrate at work at all, by the time I read the end of a sentence, I couldn’t remember what the beginning was about. All day I was asking people to repeat themselves because I couldn’t focus long enough to comprehend all of a question. I scheduled a meeting and then didn’t remember what I wanted to talk about. I got so little done that my boss repremanded me…of course, he didn’t know I was struggling just to comprehend what he was talking about.

When I went home from work, I literally was counting the minutes til I could respectably go to bed (after making sure my kids had dinner and were ready for school the next day). It was awful.

I went back to 5mg the next day and was less sleepy and a little better able to concentrate, but the libido is still completely gone. In a way, that is freeing, but it’s not so good for the other person inviolved. I also feel very chilly all of the time. Let’s hope it helps the depression and anxiety.

November 17, 2008 at 6:59 am
(336) Elise says:

I took my first dose of Lexapro two nights ago (10mg)before going to bed. I slept well but woke up feeling very sick, my muscles felt heavy and at times it felt like my legs would not support my weight. I am finding that I am tired and sleeping constantly (whereas before I was tired and would just doze occasionally). My mouth was dry and I felt kind of shaky inside all the time. I find it hard to keep my eyes focused at times.
My Dr told me to only take 5mg for my next dose which I did and today I have had all the symptoms above but worse and then I even started to panic about getting lost even though I knew where I was. I couldn’t stay away at work and even forgot an appointment (I never forget things). Today I find myself easily agitated and disconcerted but cannot even say why and I am responding to things differently to how I would normally. Dr has told me to take no more and I have booked in a proper appointment to see her again.

November 18, 2008 at 12:23 am
(337) Laura says:

I have been on lexapro for one month today. The first week i did feel a little odd, i found it hard to sleep, even harder to eat and felt sort of high. It was a little hard to sit still, my teeth grinded a little and god did i yawn but it wasnt anything horrible. Within the first week and a half i started to feel normal for the first time in a long time. Now thats it’s been a month i really do feel great i havent had any other side effects since except little to no sex drive. i now have energy and i dont dread everyday i would reccomend this med. to those who suffer from anixety/depression give it a chance its worth a try..

November 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(338) bob says:

I have been on Lexapro, for depression, for about three weeks now. I felt very nauseaus about an hour after taking it (10mg) the first two days, but not after that. After about two weeks, my depression had lifted and I had much, much more energy than before. I feel much better. My appetite has greatly increased (too soon to talk about weight gain). On the downside, I have experienced some loss of libido, and drymouth, mainly at night. Just recently I started experiencing pain in my elbow and knee, and this is starting to bother and worry me a bit. It started with my elbow — felt as if I had bumped it on something and bruised it. Then my knee — last night it throbbed and woke me up. I may try some over-the-counter pain relievers and see if that helps. Overall, my experience so far is good because it lifted me over a bad depression linked to being laid off and other bad breaks of late. good luck.

November 19, 2008 at 11:02 am
(339) Sisyphus says:

Today begins my third week on Lexapro. I have had CONSTANT headaches since I started. The pain is very consistent, although it has lessened a bit in the last week. Concentration can be difficult.

Has anyone experienced a persistent headache for this long?

If these symptoms subsided, when did you experience relief? Did they subside completely?

November 20, 2008 at 12:47 pm
(340) Casey says:

I’ve been on lexapro for about a year now. after my cousin died I experienced severe anger and depression, as well as stress and anxiety. It does help me, but it doesn’t make me happy. I think it just kinda numbs my emotions a little.

November 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm
(341) SharB says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 8 months now for GAD. The first 2 weeks were horrible – nauseous, shaky, no energy, no appetite, barely able to function(cycle of not eating= no energy). I was told to take my pill at night to “sleep through” some of the side effects. I was able to sleep without problems-no change from before. The next week, the side effects subsided a little, but I was ready to quit taking them because I was still having heart racing and anxiety upon waking (which was why I was prescribed in the first place). My doctor told me to hang in there – takes 4 to 6 weeks to get the full benefit. By the end of the 3rd week, it literally seemed to “kick in” and I have been doing very well since then. I have occasional yawning episodes about 2 hours after taking it – I still take it at night, so I just go to bed. I sleep well and wake up refreshed.
This drug has been like a miracle to me – my life is much happier and manageble. I think people with bad effects to the medication tend to come this site looking for answers – but people with positive effects don’t necessarily come to the site, therefore it seems to be more negative than positive feedback of the drug. The most important thing is to hang in there and keep in touch with your doctor so it can be adjusted or discontinued – but working with your doctor is critical to the success of any treatment.
PLEASE give it time to work.

November 21, 2008 at 9:53 pm
(342) Shay says:

I agree with SharB.

November 22, 2008 at 9:01 am
(343) Michelle says:

I took my first dose of Lexapro yesterday @ 0700. About 1230 i became really really sleepy so I took a nap. I woke up about 1530 to vertigo. The room was spinning like the hangover from hell, and when my eyes were open, I became very nauseous. I laid curled up in a ball for 2 hrs with my eyes closed and the spinning finally went away, but the nausea lingered a few hours longer. Let’s see how tomorrow goes.

November 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm
(344) Irina says:

I have only taken lexapro for one day. already i could tell a difference in myself. although I had a numbness feeling in my head all day. but it did go away. i didnt feel happy just like my feelings or emotions has lessened alot. I have been crying every day for 3 weeks and just dont want to feel that anymore. yesterday was the first day i didnt cry about the same thing. even when i tried to make myself cry i couldnt. so thats how i know that it had been working. even after just one day! the only thing i dont like is i noticed i cant orgasm as easily. and actually i cant orgasm at all. which really concerns me only after on day. i dont think i can deal with that. but i know there has to be compromises and giving up something in order to gain something else. and i dont like to cry and feel the way i have been. but i also dont like to not be able to orgasm. its frusrtating! and i would hate to take this for a month and then get off of it and then have issues having an orgasm. anyway i have not taken my second pill yet today and not sure if i even want.

November 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm
(345) Irina says:

This comment is going back to Court’s comment. I too have been trying to get over a breakup. I have cried every day for 3 weeks. my boyfriend decided to walk out of my life which was a shock to me since I thought things were going well. Before that I had been going to therapy for myself just to talk and work things out on my own. Now since the break up I couldn’t stop crying and all I could think about is the relationship. Among other things that have been totally overwhelming me(my job, and im still in college). So I decided to try to get on a medication to help relieve the emotions that I’ve been feeling. It’s the first time that I have ever even been on an antidepressant. But this break up has really thrown me over the edge in my life. I’m wondering if I should even continue taking the medication just to get over this person. if it’s even worth it. but it’s not worth the pain and sadness that I have been feeling. although I cant orgasm in just one day! and im talking making myself orgasm not during sex. anyway the point is I understand how much you must be going through because this relationship has really messed me up. just hang in there. i know its sooo cliche but time will subside everything. hopefully!

November 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm
(346) Christine says:

I have taken every Psych. drug none to man kind including Lexapro funny enough the reason I was put on it was because I was told by both a female therapist my male psycharistrist that it was bieng promoted as a weight loss drug but I as well gained a ton of weight but I had no problem getting off it. I am now on prozac tried and true. As for the female fans complaining of anorgasmic my fabulous gynecologist prescribed a cream to help arousal I have done a lot of research and this was the first time I have ever heard of such a thing maybe because its a female doctor? anyways you have to have a prescription and you have to get it from a compound Pharmacy its called L-ARGININE/AMINOPHYLLINE IN VANISIN C. APPLY 1/8 TEASPOON TO LABIA ONE HOUR PRIOR TO ACTIVITY I hope this helps some P.S If you any has questions about any other drugs feel free to ask. I am currently taking Prozac 80mg Seroqel 800mg and Topamax gets you skinny. But as I said I have taken them all:)

November 23, 2008 at 9:36 pm
(347) Mads says:

I have been on Lexapro for almost a month now. I feel like my old self again without the mood swings and anxiety. My husband is happy because he says I’m calmer now and even my closest friend says I sound much better. I do experience the sweating once in a while and it seems like I’m having a problem reaching orgasm during sex. But for some reason today I have been really hot and bothered so I’m hoping tonight will be the night things get back to normal there ! I do hope I don’t have to be in this medicine for long. I am afraid of the side effects everyone has mentioned with weaning but am more afraid of being on it forever. So I hope therapy is helping me learn new ways of coping with stress. Good luck to you all as well.

November 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm
(348) fatima says:

I also been takin lexapro and experiencing annoying yawning – so much that it hurts my jaw! I keep on getting headaches also and feeling fatigue -HOWEVER I’m no longer depress or experiencing any anxiety!

November 26, 2008 at 6:36 pm
(349) Helen says:

About five years ago, I was placed on Lexapro for depression. After two weeks on the meds, I ran to my doctor to be taken off of it. The medication did not work well with my body chemistry. I sank into worse anxiety. I wanted to kill everyone around me and myself. My nerves were a wreck. I could feel my body shake uncontrollably. Aggression is not my temperament. I must have been a wreck because the doctor gave me a hug while I cried my eyes out. He took me off Lexapro. I felt better in no time. I have heard of other people’s anxiety increasing to the point of wanting to do harm to others. Be aware when prescribed this medication. I have heard of more harm then good coming from the use of this medication.

November 26, 2008 at 11:58 pm
(350) chuck says:

I have been on lexipro for one weeks and the side effects have been awful! Suicidal tendancies and all the other. In an attempt to stop a huge anxiety attack, I went to the health food store and ask for something to relieve my issues. She highly recommended L-Theanine and I am so grateful ,I just can’t believe it! Minutes later I felt relief. It has been aprox. seven hours since taking 100mg for the first four hrs, then another 100mg and I feel almost no side effects. I am still going to take ambien to try to sleep tonight. Will follow up with more info in the morning. Good luck!

November 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm
(351) Jim says:

Started Lexapro yesterday, got no sleep at all last night. Went through the night with nothing but thoughts of my ex. Got up this morning with real feeling of suicide, I will probably not continue with this drug. I realize I have to be patient, but with thoughts like this, how can I make the 6 to 8 week period?

November 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm
(352) Amy says:

Is 10 pounds worth feeling better?

In my opinion it is. I read so many comments from people that stopped taking this drug because of a weight gain, I don’t think 10 pounds is significant enough to call it quits.

I am on day 4 with 10mg. I feel pretty damn good. I have a slight touch of nausea and a little sleepy today, but the benefits I’m noticing (after only 4 days) far outweigh the negative.

I noticed a decrease in appetite immediatly, I’m an emotional eater and I’ve totally lost the desire to eat out of boredom or “just because”

As far as being sleepy, I’m HAPPY that I’m sleepy! I had such a hard time shutting my brain off for such a long time that I would stay up till I was absolutly exhausted, just to get some sleep. I feel well rested and I’m actually able to take a nap now, something I have never done before.

So I am going to stick with it and see where it takes me. This is just the beginning and I am very optimistic that things can only get better from here!

November 30, 2008 at 11:53 am
(353) will says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 2 years. Started at 10mg for first year and increased to 20 mg in second year. You will get the best feedback on this blog from those taking Lexapro for at least a year. Those that are posting after taking this medication one day, one week, one month…give it a chance. It takes a few weeks/months for the drug to work the way it should. There are side effects (decreased libido, weight gain) as with anything else, but for me, the benefits far outweigh the side effects. This drug has worked extremely well with me for depression, anger and social anxiety. It has helped my marriage and professional life. I hate the fact that I have to take medication but at this point it is my best option. Good luck to all.

November 30, 2008 at 1:04 pm
(354) alana says:

been on lexapro for short time. feel blah, still depressed and anxious, also heart racing, shaky, nauseated and diarrhea. also gained a bunch of weight between this and remeron. tried to not take remeron once and ended up hallucinating. i want off all this stuff, but the effects of getting off are scary. this stuff is evil.

November 30, 2008 at 1:24 pm
(355) Laura says:

Hi all,

After reading everyone’s posts I thought I would contribute, since it’s been so helpful. I’ve just had changes: a move, a break up, a lack of employment, etc. that basically broke my not exactly strong mental constitution.

I’m on 10 mgs of Lexipro in the morning and a small dose of Remaron at night to help me sleep. Like many others it’s only been a week, but I was on Zoloft five years ago for one year, which worked wonders for getting me through a bad patch, before my life stabilized again. I did wean very very slowly after hearing horror stories. I was on a low dose to begin with, and actually shaved curls off the Zoloft pills with a razor, until I had tapered completely. And I had no withdrawal effects.

I will say after reading all the negative posts, I almost couldn’t bring myself to start the meds (after months of procrastination already), but I’m GLAD I’ve gone through with it. I’m very resistant to drugs, hating to even take aspirin, but after months (years?!) of uncontrollable crying, depression, insomnia and suffering realized I just couldn’t take it anymore, and would rather suffer a few side effects than live like that anymore. As for shaking, night sweats, pounding heart, etc. I was feeling like that stone cold unmedicated because of my anxiety. I hadn’t slept for six months and felt like I was slowly going insane.

The weight gain concerns me, but I plan on continuing my yoga regimen (I had begun going every day in an effort to fight my depression, but it just wasn’t enough). Also, I’ve began taking Omega 3′s and a B complex, and I plan on learning how to meditate. I hope someday to be in a stable situation again where natural remedies can work. It’s important to not ignore diet and health and exercise, thinking a pill will cure everything. Shrinks are med happy, and it’s good to be aware of that. Still, all these people who have gained weight, I wonder if they have paid the same attention to diet and exercise?

Back to the Lexapro/Remeron: Within one day I could sleep. Within 2-3 days I have had moments of thinking life might actually be worth living. I feel a bit fuzzy and I can’t concentrate very well, but it’s better than living life as a hot sobbing mess. I wasn’t exactly the productivity queen anyway because of all the anxiety. I remember going through this with Zoloft. If it takes drug to get me through this time so be it. I’m doing it! I feel MUCH better, although I will say so far (and it’s only been a week!) Lexipro has been better for anxiety than the depression.

November 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm
(356) Kathe says:

I have been on Lexapro now for 12 days. I take 5mg at night before bed. Makes me feel kind of stoned and sleepy. Never dreamt before due to mild sleep apnea, but now it seems to be taking that away. I sleep good, wake up feeling good and dream all night long. My Doc put me on 25 mg of Ritalin a day to contereffect the sleepiness, I have little ones, and it has been wonderful. My appatite started to wane on the ritalin, but 4 days later he added the lexapro and it went bye bye for a little while. I was able to wean off of caffine, excessive sugar, (up to 4 sugary sodas a day), and 10 mg ambien for 4 years, and I eat probably half of what I used to. I feel good. Sleep helps. The side effects for me were minimal and the ritalin probably helped with that. I have mild depression and am an over worrier, so this is good for me. I am happier than I have been in a long time. If you decide to go down this road, take at night and resign yourself to a week of getting used to it. Don’t know when I will come off, my husband says never as I am a changed person. Btw, lost 4 pounds in the 12 days as well. Hope this helps anyone.

December 1, 2008 at 8:18 pm
(357) Leanne says:

I started Lexapro 1 week ago in conjunction with the Wellbutrin I’m already on (as it doesn’t quite seem to do the trick anymore on its own). The first few days I experienced headaches and extreme fatigue – all I wanted to do was sleep! Then for the few days after that I felt kind of “blah” – was hungry, but couldn’t be bothered to eat. Weird! But I did notice my feelings of hopelessness had subsided which was the whole point of it all. Today, I’m now experiencing an array of side-effects that many other people have posted about — shakiness, feeling a little “spacey” and “out of it”, dry mouth, and excessive yawning. One other positive is that my cravings for chocolate and ice-cream (my comfort food) has subsided. My doctor said I might want to try taking the medication before I go to bed, so I’m going to try that now and see what happens. She also said to give it 4-6 weeks to see what it does for me, and if I don’t like it, we’ll try something else. Wish me luck!

December 3, 2008 at 1:40 am
(358) Bobbie says:

I tried Lexapro 1 year ago. I took a 10mg pill at 9 p.m. and about 10 p.m. starting having chest pains so I laid down and they went away. But I woke up at 3 a.m. soaking wet with sweat and my heart was beatng o fast an hard it felt like it was going tocome out of my chest. My whole body felt like it was on fire. Especially my face, hands, and feet. This happened off and on for the next 24 hrs until the drug was out of my system. The pharmacist and ER Nurse said the tachycardia and sweating were known side effects but they had never heard of the extreme burning sensation. I also felt like something was moving around inside my brain. I had a hardtime concentrating and speaking.

December 3, 2008 at 2:24 am
(359) Marion says:

Reading about Lexapro. Been on it for several years and it has been a live saver. Was on Prozac and had alot of suicidal thoughts. Very few with this drug. Take it with Prozac and now I am alot better. Have a problem sleeping and sleep until about 12 noon everyday. Am retired, so what the heck. Play on computer until 3 am . Biggest problem I am having is I’m on 20 mg. a day and Dr. must be out of town. Didn’t realize I was out of refills and I think I must be having withdrawal. So dizzy and head feels very weird. Gained alot of weight, but whatever. Had alot of issues in my life. Just nursed and buried my Dad a year ago and got through it. Son just diagnosed with terminal illness and I think this drug may help me get through it. However, this cold turkey thing is an issue. Guess everyone has to find the RX that works for them. Heard Selexa is pretty good and costs less. Son’s stepson is switching over next month. He is only 13, but has major issues. Lexapro seems to help, but they are switching because of cost. Lots of luck to you all. It’s been very informative.

December 3, 2008 at 2:26 am
(360) Marion says:

Sorry about previous comments. Don’t take Lexapro with prozac–I take it with valium. Sorry, didn’t want to misinform anyone. Still was having anxiety with Lexapro so taking the valium.

December 3, 2008 at 7:30 am
(361) Lori says:

My husband’s doctor prescribed Lexapro after his bypass surgery almost a year ago. There were no symptoms of any kind, but apparantly major depression is common following heart surgery. The doctor finally said it was OK to quit taking it, but didn’t say anything about “weaning” himself from Lexapro. My husband now suffers incredible mood swings and is often violently angry. He was NEVER unstable and now anything can set him off.

December 4, 2008 at 7:20 am
(362) Antoine says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 3 days for anxiety and depression. Side effects I’ve experienced are diarrhea, dry mouth, some agitation, and about 12 hours after the 1st dose, a feeling of calmness. On the 2nd day I experienced the side effects except for the calmness. I got aggravated over something with my “ex” and it took me 5 hours to calm down.

December 4, 2008 at 11:02 am
(363) Elizabeth says:

My doctor prescribed me Lexapro for anxiety disorder. After reading all of these comments, I don’t believe I want the weight gain & everything else. I will deal with it like I have. I don’t need the symptoms along with my Thyroid condition! Have a healthy holiday season!!

December 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm
(364) robby says:

I HAVE BEEN ON LEXAPRO FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW, THE YAWNING YOU ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT IS FROM TAKING IT NOT A SIDE AFFECT. MY SEX DRIVE HAS YET TO RETURN, AND I HAVE GAINED ABOUT 10 POUNDS AND ITS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. MY ANXIOTY ATTACKS ARE MUCH BETTER AND I AGREE WITH SOMEONE WHEN THEY SAID ITS HARD TO HAVE EMOTIONS, LIKE YOU JUST DONT CARE! AND PLEASE BEWARE YOUR SHORT TERM MEMORY IS HORRIABLE! I CANT SEEM TO REMEMBER ANYTHING ANYMORE, A SHORT TERM SIDE AFFECT….. NOT!!!!! I THINK IT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING FOR ME, BUT BY NO MEANS DONT DRINK WITH IT, DONT TRY AND SLEEP CAUSE IT DONT WORK. I FIGURED AFTER A MONTH OR SO THINGS WOULD GET BETTER BUT THERE NOT! I DONT KNOW IF THE GOOD OUT WAY THE BAD HERE, I KNOW MY PANIC ATTACKS ARE SO MUCH BETTER, MY DEPRESSION COMES AND GO’S BUT MY SHORT TERM MEMORY IS SO BAD! BUT WILL TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. GOOD LUCK ALL =)

December 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm
(365) Loopy says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 4 weeks and have noticed that overall I’m feeling better but when ever I drink alcohol I get high very too quickly and have terrible hangovers and night sweats after just a few drinks. I’m getting up much earlier and sleeping much earlier too. Not really a problem but come 9pm I’m ready for bed. I have lost 1/2 kg for no reason too, I guess that must be the extra engery that I have in the day time. I’m on 10mg and so far so good I guess

December 5, 2008 at 8:54 am
(366) Alex says:

Okay, i’ve felt a few but the one that is messing with me the most is the fact that i feel like i’m geeking about an hour or so after i take the pill, my pupils dilate, i get anxious somewhat panicky, then it subsides, anyone else deal with anything like that?

December 5, 2008 at 10:03 am
(367) Wisteria says:

It’s so easy to get frightened reading this stuff… After having been on many other depression/panic disorder meds for 20+ years, I have learned the following:
1) Everyone is different. They have different side effects, benefits, sensitivities, absorption rates, etc.
2) You may actually need a lower dose. Sometimes you need less over time; sometimes you need more because your brain becomes acclimated.
3) Most of these meds have weird side effects, but hang in there if you can. Try a lower dose. They take 3-6 weeks to truly build up in your system to get the final benefit.
4) We can’t expect a single medicine to solve our problems. If a medicine replaces one brain chemical, but you actually need a different chemical, a particular drug may not work for you. After having been on Tofranil, Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Wellbutrin and Lexapro, I was happy to discover that I feel almost normal taking not 1, but 2 medicines each day. I take Lexapro at night(10mg) and Wellbutrin in the morning (150mg XL). Wellbutrin was prescribed at way too high a dose at first and I thought I was dying. I cut the dose in half, and I was a happy camper. I lost weight on Wellbutrin and didn’t have the sexual side effects (if anything, I had more libido, not less). So it was a perfect complement to Lexapro, with its libido issues and weight gain.
5) I needed to improve my diet. I was more worried about the chemicals in pills than I was the chemicals I was ingesting every day. I went off caffeine, all sodas (diet soda has chemicals that turn to formaldehyde in your body), increased fruits/veggies, reduced white bread/pasta/chips, ate yogurt every day and drank lots of water. I also take B-Complex vitamins, Calcium (helps with PMS), Magnesium, Vitamin C. The vitamins have helped as much as any medicine, especially B-Complex.
6) Get counseling. Life is hard.
Good luck everyone!

December 5, 2008 at 10:52 am
(368) Christine says:

I suffer from GAD with a depressive mood. I am on day 4 of Lexapro, and not sure if I want to continue. I have been in a fog for the past three days – very lightheaded and dizzy. Decreased appetite, stomach issues, and I have been waking at night with severe panic attacks. I awake to a heart racing, shortness of breath, burning sensation throughout my whole body and fear that I’m going to die. Last night I had the worst panic episode that I’ve ever experienced. The anxiety would subside for a brief period of time, and then come back. This went on for over 2 hours. I am also nervous about long-term use and the terrible side effects that will occur when I attempt to come off it. I was on Paxil for 7 years, and even though I weaned myself off of it, I had the worst withdrawl symptoms. I don’t want to experience anything like that again.
Help!!!

December 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm
(369) Tammy says:

I have MAV and my doctor suggested that try Lexapro and i took it last night for the first time.

About and hour after I took it I was nauseated and felt very strange. Almost like I was drunk or hung over.

I laid down and woke up every hour until 2AM when I finally got up because I could not sleep , I was sweating, I was nauseated and had a splitting headahce.

I am in bed today which is where I will probably be all day. I am not taking any more of it I can not go through these side effects with the Vertigo issues I already have that make me sick.

December 5, 2008 at 6:01 pm
(370) Cat says:

This is my 3rd day on meds. I feel horrible. I also suffer from relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and severe panic disorder. I am taking this along with 1mg of clonazepam. Does anyone else wake up suddenly at night with dizzyness and nausea? I am worried that maybe I should stop the meds and just take the clonazepam. I am also yawning like crazy and it’s affecting me at work. I am an accountant and I am really unable to focus.

Any advice would be appreciated.

December 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm
(371) Sara says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 4 months. The first month I noticed the “electric” feeling when I yawned – i felt really foggy and clouded and numb. No weight gain or loss. All of my side effects (nausea, shaky hands, memory loss) has subsided, but I still can’t seem to get enough sleep and have trouble getting out of bed even after 10 or 11 hours of sleep! Will this side effect taper off? I slept through a lot of my classes this semester.

December 5, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(372) nancy says:

I have taken lexapro for 4 years now. I had severe panic attacks. It has helped with those 95% but i have gain 30lbs since starting this. I am deciding to come off the drug now because I feel I no longer need it. If I get off of it and need it at a later date, I wouldn’t hestitate about starting it again. You do have no sex drive at first but it will go away. I also remember having dry mouth too. All of these symptoms will fade but also remember you are taking it for anxiety and how much of that is the symptoms too. I had to realize that as well

good luck

December 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm
(373) ivabigun says:

I started this today. I think I will quit. Hand shaking ,Oh that’s good ,I’m a heavy equipment operator!I used to get drunk every day for 10 years. I used to smoke a lot. I feel high. Like I’m stoned. I went through a lot of effort to stay straight and this makes me feel like a junkie. I’m not kidding.From reading these posts, it sounds like a Pandora’s Box.Full of Evil!

December 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm
(374) Lindsay says:

I started taking lexapro a little less than a year ago for GAD. It made a world of difference for me at the beginning. Life without overwhelming anxiety was wonderful. However, now, even on 10mg, I seem to not really care about anything. I don’t just not worry as much, I don’t seem to worry at all. Even about things that a norma person should worry about! (classes, finances, relationships, etc). I haven’t taken a dose in about a week and the effects are AWFUL. Brain zaps every few minutes and bad headaches. I think I am going to fill my last prescription and try to wean myself off. BE CAREFUL getting off this med! It really is hell.

December 7, 2008 at 6:51 am
(375) kevin says:

ive been on lexapro for about two months. it has not quelled my anxiety and i still have to use xanax sometimes, but it is definately helping with my generalized social anxiety issues.

December 7, 2008 at 8:14 am
(376) cat says:

Been on lex ,2 mth’s as well,had similar side effect’s but one thing I cannot understand
Went out for wkend and had a really bad HANGOVER ulcer’s inside my mouth, this has never happened before.Has anyone else had shocking hangover’s,only drank 2 twice and felt like I was gonna die ,with the bloody hangover????

December 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm
(377) Tanisha says:

I took Lexapro for anxiety and irritability for 3 years (after being on Paxil for 3 years) and have been off it for 3 months. I couldn’t afford the cost of it and started to wean myself off. I noticed that I started losing weight after not taking the Lexapro. I started taking Lexapro a couple of months after having my third boy. I hadn’t lost all the “baby” weight yet and I started gaining a ton of weight. I never really put two and two together. I normally weigh 150 or less and I was up to 240! My doctor ran thyroid tests among others because we couldn’t figure out why I was gaining weight. I haven’t changed my eating habits or exercised more since I got off Lexapro but the weight has been coming off. I’ve lost 15 pounds already. I just feel like my body is alive again and I’m not as tired as I used to be while on it. I might be a little moodier (but my husband says that’s nothing new). So if there are moms out there that have had trouble losing weight and they are taking meds for depression or anxiety meds that very well could be the cause.

December 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm
(378) Robert says:

I was on Lexapro. After being on it a week, I felt great… THEN…. about 2 months after being on it, it took a total swing! I wanted to beat the first person that even looked my way. I flushed them down the toilet! Talk about a bad mood!

December 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm
(379) deb says:

For anyone wanting to come off Lexapro go to http://www.theroadback.org for info on how to do it gradually and with vitamin suppliments. very informative. Also watch the movie “food matters” as they talk about anxiety/depression and the natural way to combat this. Good luck!

December 9, 2008 at 1:32 am
(380) Patti says:

The first 2 days I was extremely happy and full of energy. The third day I was very low. The fourth day I was very calm. My hands and feet sweat. Nausea getting worse. Dizziness increasing. Headaches severe. Everything seems to be in slow motion. Walking is strange (like walking through quicksand) I have taken this drug before with few side effects. Im gonna stay on it and see if these things decrease.

December 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(381) Mike Smith says:

Lexapro…exessive yawning, weight gain and lack of orgasm…not good!! Been on it for 1 year and now am quiting it. Been 4 days, feel fine so far. Looking forward losing weight, feeling awake and having good sex again.

December 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm
(382) Beck says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3 months now. I started on 10mg and moved up to 20mg in two weeks. I love it. It has been a life savor for me. I no longer fell anxious or like everyone is out to get me. I actually can enjoy my family in the evenings when I get home from work. I can go in public places and not have anxiety attacks also thanks to zanax. I have had a few side effects both nothing compared to the hell I was living before I started taking Lexapro. It takes about four weeks max to feel the full effects of the drug. The symptoms you are experiencing in the begging I promise you will go away. I have had insomnia my whole life and now I sleep really well. Most weird thing I think I have experienced is itchy skin. I don’t ever want to imagine my life without lexapro.

December 9, 2008 at 8:30 pm
(383) CHRIS says:

I have been on Lexapro 20 mg for more than 3 years now for GAD. Some of the side effects I had at the beginning are gone now, because the weight gain wasn’t the fault of the mededecine it was my fault : i was just over eating but without the medecine I did not know.
I tried to stop lexapro progressively with my doctor’s help after 2 years, but I had to start again, life was hell , i was so nervous, so anxious, yelling at the kids, crying, so now I will not stop , even if I was against the idea of strating a medecine for your life when you are only in your early 40s.

December 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm
(384) Amanda Williams says:

I have been on Lexapro for about almost 3 months now. I went on the medication after losing my home in a fire at the beginning of August. I went on it with the idea that I would just take it for a few months just to help me maintain my sanity with everything going on. It helped ease my anxiety, nightmares and lack of ability to focus and concentrate. However, after not even 3 months, I asked my doctor to prescribe me a years worth. I feel so much better on this medicine. It has helped me extremely with my overall well-being.

I didn’t have any side effects except for the yawning, which is more annoying than anything and the gaining of 9 lbs in only 2 months. However, I am also on birth control which can also cause weight gain, so I kind of have two strikes against me. I would recommend Lexapro to anyone dealing with anxiety and/or depression.

December 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm
(385) michelle says:

i’ve been on lexapro for a year. i did a titration to slowly increase my dose (liquid form). we started with 1 ml and now i’m up to 9ml 1x’s a day. we also added deplin to increase the lexapro’s effectiveness. i had all the side effects listed in this blog: yawning, diarhea, stomach aches, fever, short term memory loss etc. A year later, the slow increasing of the dosage has made a big difference in my being able to tolerate lexapro to where it could become effective. i still have bad days…but the depression is managed. while i did gain some weight, that’s because i don’t excercise and eat too much. when i get to the end of the bottle, i’ve noticed that all these side effects return and I get flu-like symptoms. not sure why, doctor isn’t sure why–this isn’t a suspension yet I do shake it each time before dosing. like anything, do not adjust your meds, try to go off etc without medical supervision…this is something i noticed while reading the blog and you should never do that on your own.

December 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm
(386) Jane says:

Took first dosage of 5 mgs. Lexapro after leaving doctor’s office – just wanted some mild tranquilzers for anxiety. Am feeling very out of it and dizzy. WILL NOT take this crap.

December 11, 2008 at 9:32 pm
(387) Maddy says:

HELP

I’m eighteen. Been on Lexapro for two years. It really did help, I was truly depressed, running away from home but I believe its run its course but it’s been the worst month I have experienced.

The Process: I went from 10mg to 5mg for a week and a half and then from 5mg to a 2.5mg for another week and then 2.5mg every other day for a week but I’m constantly dizzy. Headaches, nausea, hot flushes and so damn tired.

Anyone who has come off lexapro, HELP I need some pointers as to what will help make this easier, I refuse to go back on Lexapro if this is what its like to come off it.

Happy to recieve emails, maddy_fletcher@hotmail.com

December 13, 2008 at 7:53 am
(388) Nancy says:

I have been treated for anxiety and depression for a year now i have tried prozac with buspar it worked well but i had to keep increasing my dosage of prozac which i didnt like and my weight gain was ridiculos. Then I switched to wellbutrin which i like but i started getting anxiety attcks so now ii am on lexapro and wellbutrin. The lexapro makes me yawn, i feel constanly blah and i have no desire to have any physical contact (ie sex) OH and i yawn ALL the time.. . Aside from all of that i have been able to keep it cool and spend quality time with my kids that is as long as i can stay awake. I dont know if i should keep taking it and see if the symptoms fade or if i should stop. Any suggestions?

December 14, 2008 at 9:34 am
(389) Monique says:

I stopped taking Lexapro 13 days ago. My doctor said it is fine to stop without tapering down. I respect his recommendation (he’s a board certified psychiatrist). I’m feeling fine, however, I’m not sleeping well. Any one else experience this after coming off? I was on 20mg daily (2 years?) for Panic Disorder. The Panic Disorder improved when things stabilized with son with Bipolar Disorder. He is twenty one… if he is not able to get on his own 2 feet and move out my anxiety/panic could resurface. I am open to going back on if necessary … I will tolerate the short term memory loss and few extra pounds. It worked great!

December 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm
(390) Jean says:

Been taking it for approx 6-7 weeks. My side effects NOW are occasional dizziness, and heart palpitation. Is this normal with this drug?

December 16, 2008 at 9:57 pm
(391) Kristin says:

i have been on it for 2 1/2 weeks now. I have actually lost a couple of pounds, but i have noticed that I yawn a lot, and I too feel very tired throughout the entire day. It has also messed with my sleeping patterns. I have always had sleeping problems, but this stuff makes me pass out around 8pm, i take it at about 7 am, but it makes me wake up super early. I also feel the heaviness in my head and sometimes feel like i can’t think/ comprehend things especially when i read. It seems like I have some sort of moodswings, because it seems like i snap at my boyfriend a lot now where as I would usually just shrug it off. It also seems like i am now just unmotivated to get my school work done, i think the head heaviness doesn’t help, but my overall complaint would have to be the sleepiness all day long. Is anyone else experiencing this type of lethargy?

December 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm
(392) Melissa says:

To Kristin and others who may be able to give me feedback:

I too have been feeling very lethargic. I am a full time grad student and I also work as a substitute teacher. I have been very lazy and not interested in working or going to school. I haven’t noticed a positive change since I began the medication 6 weeks ago. I just feel tired all the time and uninterested in many things. I did not feel like this before.

Other side effects that are bothering me are lack of sex drive and interest, extreme sweating at night, even in light pajamas, and I talk in my sleep ALL NIGHT! I’ve talked in my sleep before but my boyfriend says its constant and at a louder level than normal. I feel bad because I keep him up now. Has anyone else dealt with the talking side effect? Does it go away?

December 17, 2008 at 11:58 pm
(393) cali says:

today was my second day of taking lexapro for depression and i have only noticed the “high’ feeling, very ligh-headed. although, i already feel like i am back to my old self again. i took the lexapro (10 mg) at night and had a lot of trouble sleeping the past two nights. im skipping it tonight and am going to take it again in the morning for my third day. i hope it helps my sleeping pattern. im concerned about the sex drive everyone is talking about, not being able to orgasm would put anyone in depression! i’ve lost about 10 pound in the last year, so i won’t complain about a little weight gain as long as it doesnt get out of control. depression runs in my family so i’m really hoping that this will work for me, even though it sounds like everyone reacts differently. i just want to be my old happy self again! i’m going to stick with it until my follow up in 2 weeks hopefully with no more side effects

December 19, 2008 at 5:40 am
(394) Crissi says:

Hello, I have been taking 10mg of Lexapro for a week and a half now. Some side effects I have experienced:

Dry mouth on day two. This only lasted one day and I’m not sure if this was a side effect of the medication or caused from switching over to green herbal tea in hopes to eliminate caffeine from my diet for good. Due to the dry mouth I started to drink more fluids which my body lacked which eliminated the symptom. Before starting this medication I never seemed to get thirsty so my fluid intake consisted of three coffees a day. I notice I seem to perspire under my arms within minutes of having any caffeinated drinks.

First week on the Lexapro I experienced uncontrollable or constant yawning lasting roughly an hour, which would happen a few times a days. Over the past three days I have noticed I have had only five minutes of constant yawning only two times a day. These yawning fits are becoming less frequent and barely noticeable and I figure they will stop once my body adapts to the Medication.

Lastly, I feel extremely hungry and nauseous if I skip a meal or if it has been more than five hours between meals. I feel this has been a rather positive side effect as I often forget meals from lack of appetite when my anxiety levels are high.

Apparently the Lexapro will take 4 Ė 8 weeks to begin working so there is no telling if itís working at this point. Check back in a few weeks and perhaps I will have more information regarding my experience with this medication. I really was against the idea of taking medication because I fear the many side effects all drugs seem to cause with my body. I once tried Paxil and the side effects caused me far too much anxiety to continue the medication.

Over the past few months my anxiety seems to have become too much for me to handle on my own. After researching different drugs and finding this forum I came to the realization that perhaps my body just didnít agree with Paxil and there might be something else out there for me.

My body seems to be adapting to Lexapro with very little side effects and I hope to continue taking it to help manage my symptoms caused by anxiety until I learn how to control my anxiety through Therapy.

Best of luck and I hope you find a way to manage your own anxiety level be it drugs or no drugs.

December 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm
(395) Lisa says:

I was on lexapro for 5 days. I was prescribed it after being taken off of prozac due to inability to climax sexually on prozac. Lexapro made me moody, overly sensitive, and very angry to the point of starting arguments.

December 23, 2008 at 5:14 am
(396) Rachel says:

I’ve been on lexapro about a month. So far, I’ve been feeling a little sick, dry mouth-and I’ve fairly late on my period. (At least I’m praying that’s the lexapro!) I have had that weird electrical problem. It felt like my brain had been shocked. Appetite is strange, I felt great at first, but then very hungry-then when I ate just a little bit my stomach hurt-only to feel very hungry 20 minutes later. I also feel jittery. After time, I would hope this all subsides. My Dr says it should.

December 24, 2008 at 3:34 am
(397) Rash says:

I’ve been on this drug a few years, so obviously it has improved my quality of life in some ways. My anxiety and depression issues have greatly improved since starting lexapro at 10mg, but there are a number of side effects that I can directly associate with a morning dosage of this particular drug (Lexapro is just one of 4-5 medications I take on a daily basis). After taking the medication I get a feeling that I am “drunk”; I see double, I laugh a lot, my lips and the tip of my nose go numb, I get disoriented, but I do NOT feel nauseated. This generally only lasts for 30-60 minutes, whether or not I consume food, although there are random times where I do NOT get this side effect. I have tried to recreate the conditions later only to find that the side effect comes back. I have gained at least 20-40lbs since I first started Lexapro, but as I am on other medications that have the same side effect I can not be certain that this drug alone is to blame. I have NOT had problems with libido from this drug (although I had to cut my birth control medications due to libido problems). I vaguely remember beginning this medication and I do know the side effects were worse, and there were many side effects I no longer get.

Just as of 2 days ago, and with the permission of my doctor, I have begun to take 5mg in the morning, and 5mg in the evening. The previous “drunk” feeling has completely disappeared, but instead, late at night I become manic and anxious and tend to stay awake longer. This leads me to believe that the “staying power” of 5mg a day just is not cutting it, and it makes me wish they made a time release version of this drug.

I have decided I prefer the manic feeling over the “drunk” feeling and the current split dosage allows me to be more productive in the day, so I will continue along this path. My biggest fear of switching medications now is that THIS medication has made my life so much easier to live after YEARS of searching for a drug that would help and switching many times. I do not wish to take a step backward in my recovery, I just don’t want the sometimes debilitating side effects!

December 24, 2008 at 4:16 pm
(398) Jess says:

I started taking Lexapro yesterday. I am so nauseated, cant imagine gaining weight…hopefully I wont! I also feel exhausted and shaky. I am optimistic that these effects will go away with time, hope I am right!

December 26, 2008 at 9:12 pm
(399) Trish says:

I have been taking Lexapro for two months and feel great for the first time in two years! Previously experiencing GAD and depression symptoms. I had horrible nausea the first two weeks, gradually subsided; but, still have heartburn/reflux. Now taking Prilosec OTC for these symptoms, but would absolutely not stop Lexapro at this point. Hang in there, side effects improve and the Lexapro has been truly life changing.

December 28, 2008 at 5:03 am
(400) michelle says:

hi
have been on Lexapro 20mg for 6 months for anxiety. It was great for me because it took away all the anxiety and I could function as a person again instead of a worry wort and I was not focusing on all the bad feelings anymore. I decided to take myself of because I felt so great and didn’t need them anymore (so I thought) I must say the side effects coming of this medication are hell. Crazy feelings in my body that I can’t describe almost tempted to take tablet again so they will stop. I am going to try and stick it out as long as I can because I don’t want to rely on these pills anymore. They are great for what they do but are hell when you think you don’t need them anymore.

December 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm
(401) Me says:

I’m also trying to come off. I’ve been on 20 mg for a year. It was helping but now I want to try to live without it for a while. I’ve changed my situation in life and think I can live without meds for now. I did do some weaning by reducing the amount to 10 for a few days, then 5 for 3 days. I havent have any for over a week but still feeling zaps, nausea and light headedness. I found the website about weaning off with supplements and I just started those yesterday. It’s alot of pills (20 per day) but at least there is a chance it can help. I’ve gained about 20 lbs in the last 6 months, and I feel and look pregnant. Over the last few months I’ve been feeling twitchs at night throughout my body. The med was somewhat helpful when I needed it, but coming off it is hard. I went through this same thing with Paxil which I stopped cold turkey a few years back. I ended up in the emergency room and they didn’t find anything wrong with me and said coming off Paxil would not have caused what I was feeling. I believe today that has been proven false! Because of my personal experiences with these drugs, and withdrawals, I think I’m going to try some natural options (herbal and vitamin therapies) in the future first before going on another poison.

January 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm
(402) Dan says:

1st time I’ve ever posted a comment anywhere, but after reading the comments of others, I decided that I would give it a whirl. I am 52 and have a stressful job. After managing stress really well, one particular aspect of my job tipped me over the edge. My Dr. prescribed Lexapro 10mg but after 3 weeks there was improvement, in fact I got worse. Several weeks off work and upped the ante to 20mg and my life has changed drammatically for the better. It did take about 3 – 4 weeks to kick in, and haven’t had any bad side effects except for weight gain (8kgs)and tension headaches at the back of the neck. My libido is fine, no problems making love, but cumming can take a lot longer – not that this causes any complaints with the ladies lol. All in all, it’s the best I’ve felt for years and have only been on it for 5 months now.

January 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(403) TY says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro since July 2008 for panic attacks that had started becoming very frequent and depression symptoms that had been ongoing for about 10 years. I was very reluctant to start taking this medication at first. It took me a good week after being given the perscription to convince myself to go through with it. The truth was that I had to do something about the panic attacks that were becoming too debilitating.

Here is a summary of the good and the bad about my Lexapro experience:

The good: With Lexapro, my panic attacks have significantly diminished. I haven’t had one in at least two months now (after having at least twice a week before Lexapro). I seem to be somewhat more focused at times, and I don’t seem to get as rattled by negative things people say to me.

The bad: Initially, Lexapro increased my panic attacks (the first week of taking it). But these went away. My doctor said that this happens to some people when they first start taking Lexapro. Additionally, I’m gaining weight now. I’m more drowsy now than ever before. It takes me forever to get fully alert in the morning, and I feel like I experience a lot more daytime sleepiness than before. I yawn more than I’ve been used to doing. And every once in awhile, I’ll feel restless.

Sexual side effects – I can say that in the beinning, I definitely felt the side effects documented about Lexapro – decreased drive, decreased responsiveness, etc. These seemed to go away to a certain extent about two months after taking Lexapro. They re-emerged once again shortly after my dose was increased from 10mg to 15mg. Now that about two months on the higher dose, these side effects seem to be decreasing somewhat.

Some intesting things that have happened:

I remember taking my first pill in the evening in anticipation of the drowsiness that it might cause. I did feel drowsy and went to sleep. The next morning I woke up with this unusual feeling for me – a clarity of mind and a sense of focus that I had never felt. What made it even more unusual was the fact that it happened initally upon waking up. I was never used to feeling so clear, focused and alert then and ever. This feeling happened to me a few more occassions that first week after starting taking Lexapro, never to be felt again since then. I remember not needing to drink coffee to wake me up one morning because I felt so alert.

I continued, and about the fourth day, I started to feel alert but jumpy and anxious. This then progressed to a panicky feeling even though I was just at home watching television.

Before taking Lexapro, I had been having my panic attacks while driving my car and in stores. So this having a panic attack while at home watching television was somewhat different than what I had been used to, and it was a taste of some things to come.

I started noticing that was more restless than usual upon going to bed. Then, one morning at about 4am, I woke up suddenly with the ‘clear mind’ feeling I explained earlier. I remember laying there for a few minutes not knowing whether to cherish the feeling or to try to go back to sleep, when all of a sudden I had a feeling of nausea come over me and then anxiousness. It then progressed to a panic attack. The doctor had prescribed Ativan – which I took to counteract the anxiety. I went back to sleep about half an hour after.

There were several occassions where I felt panicky walking the dog around the block – never happened to me before. I felt more panicky than ever driving. I had to really prepare myself. With the Ativan, and with the fact that I was on vacation, I was able to get through this initial period of side-effects.

Thankfuly, though, I have not had the anxiety return to that extent again. It re-emerged somewhat in September, but the doctor has increased my Lexapro dose from 10mg to 15mg, and has helped in the anxiety department.

In all, Lexapro has helped a great deal for the anxiety – the primary reason why I started taking it in the first place. But, it isn’t a ‘cure all’ pill.

January 3, 2009 at 11:07 am
(404) margaret says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for over 16 months and have just found the side effect I’ve been experiencing for over a year on a list of side effects! I’ve complained of itching all over my body to 2 primary physicians, a nephrologist and a dermatologist – no help! I thought of Lexapro earlier but didn’t see “paresthesia” on a list. My next stop was psychiatry as it is truly driving me insane! Have used SSRIs for 11 years, never had this problem. Will get something different now!!

January 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(405) Betty says:

Wow, its a good thing I didn’t read this first, else I may not have started the meds. I was put on this four days ago, for GAD. So far, the side effects have been very mild, a slight headache, and some constant nausea, which have both passed already. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I do feel much calmer, and I am not constantly getting annoyed by small things. I am more able to take it all in stride. So, we are all different, and react in our own unique ways to meds. All I know is, I have gotten the best sleep in years after beginning this medication.

January 3, 2009 at 4:25 pm
(406) Susan says:

My experience with Lexapro is a combination of many of what several of you have wrote. I took it for a period of 11 months for anxiety and depression and I was tired all the time. When I started it, I did not really notice anything until about two weeks. I began feeling very energetic, not sleepy like I used to be, and I was very happy. My family immediately noticed how happy I was; always smiling. Nothing really bothered me. I did not gain any weight. Because of the energy I had, I began working out and became the most physically fit I have ever been in my life. I feel it increased my libido. I was numb to anything bad. This is what kind of concerned me about this since at times I almost felt I did not know wether I should be sad or angry about something or not. After 11 months, I decided to slowly get off it. I was on 1.5 pills a day, so I started to take away a half pill at a time. After the first two weeks I felt horrible. Very dizzy and lightheaded. Things around me seemed like they were shifting. It scared me at first so I immediately got back on to 1.5 again and it went away. Thats when I realized I needed to go through the effects of the withdrawal. This time, I took a half off every two weeks,l so in 6 weeks I was completely off. It was hard as I had dizziness and lightheadedness during this time. Even after I stopped it went on and slowly tapered off during the next month. I have been off it 5 months now. I have to say that it was very helpful for me during a time when I felt like I could not go on with life. All is good now and I have never had any more side effects. I think it affects everyone different.

January 4, 2009 at 10:12 am
(407) Regina says:

Started lexapro 10 mg qd 14 months ago prophylactically for SAD. Worked for that, and worked for my compulsive eating disorder (over 8 months I went from 172 to 150). Other effects? Libido went to zero, dry mouth. Without intending to, I stopped lexapro cold turkey 7 weeks ago when I forgot to bring it with me on a one-week trip. No immediate effects. After a couple of weeks I began sleeping a lot, resisting exercise, resisting for whatever strange reason wanting to brush my teeth (they felt normal dirty!), and overeating. Weight is back up to 176. Libido just returned. No more dry mouth. Will update this if I decide to restart an antidepressant.

January 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(408) kelly says:

I’ve been on Lexapro off and on for about 4 months. I noticed within 4 days of taking that my mood was much calmer and I was no longer sad…Then my menstral cycle changed. It went from 7 days long to 4 days in length. When I quit taking it I had a cycle that was 7 days again. After being off the drug for 3 weeks I resumed taking it and had a 2 week cycle then a week without and then I am on my cycle again. Is this normal?

January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am
(409) Jewels says:

I started Lexapro about a week ago and I slept for the first 3 days! It was great too, I needed some rest. I would wake up and feel so relaxed that I would fall back asleep. I am on it for anxiety and I guess my anxiety was so bad it took my body a few days to refresh itself. I now feel great and just relaxed and calm. I do find myself yawning all the time but, I’ve read that should go away and it is a sign that the medicine is doing its job. I haven’t gained any weight but I’m a small person so I don’t have to really worry about the weight gain. I’m glad after 2 years of going thru therapy for social anxiety that I finally decided to go on medicine. Lexapro has been great for me. My husband and my son also are glad for it too.

January 6, 2009 at 11:17 pm
(410) Megan says:

I have been on lexapro for about three months and i havent noticed any side effects at all im happier and feel great

January 7, 2009 at 6:22 am
(411) Yvonne says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about a month and a half and I’ve noticed serious issues with my sleeping. I sleep for about 12hours a night and I’m STILL tired in the morning and throughout the afternoon…not sure if this is because I’m holidays at the moment or not!? I also suffer with dizziness especially when I stand up, sometimes to the extent that I lose my vision. I’ll be bringing that up with the Doc though. I can’t drink alcohol anymore without feeling sick and dizzy and just awful which is a bit of a pain and I have the weirdest dreams…very realistic ones too. Does anyone else suffer from strange dreams?!

Apart from that the Anxiety and depression are improving alot and I feel generally more up beat about things. I’m going through a bad break up at the moment so I imagine I’ll feel even better when that’s out the way!

January 7, 2009 at 11:29 am
(412) Erin says:

This med is great for anxiety & depression and the weening is hard because I have had to do it before. You can take dramamine or bonine and it makes all the difference in the world. At least you will not be nauseous.

January 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(413) Jody says:

I’ve been taking Lex for 2 months. My moods and anxiety have really improved, however i seem to sweat in intervales throughout the day. Have anyone else dealt with this?

January 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(414) nancy says:

Have been taking for 2 months…feel alot better; however, i do get a day here and there where the depression seeps in. I too, as noticed in the previous comments, have occasional dizziness and heart palpatations. Overall, much better. Very expensive..is there a generic? One added note; i have occasional very wierd dreams.

January 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(415) Andrea says:

I’ve been on Lexapro 10ml for about a month. At first I felt like I was in “lala land”, had trouble falling asleep and concentrating. I am getting a lot better now. My eating habits got a lot better too, no weight gain:)

January 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm
(416) jeanne says:

I have been on Lexapro for about three weeks now proceeding the death of my beloved grandfather and in less than six months after that the sudden and unexpected death of my father. Also in the last year my son got into trouble and was sent to a residential treatment facility. I live in a town with no close family around me and very little support. After my father died I started taking Lexapro to “take the edge off”. when I talked to my doctor I burst into tears and she seemed sure that this would help me. After reading these posts and going through the last few weeks thinking something was wrong with me I have decided to just quit taking the pills. I am going to focus on diet, talk therapy, and physical activity. Since starting this medication I have been plagued with vivid and disturbing dreams nightly (I always have had vivid dreams and nightmares, but these are even more vivid and realistic and leave me wakening in the morning feeling intensely angry, exhausted, and snippy at everyone around me). I have also completely lost all sexual interest to the point that I don’t care if my boyfriend touches me or not and would quite frankly sleep alone in bed. I forgot a dose yesterday and man was I ANGRY. I am tired all the time and have developed a loss of emotions as well. Since I began taking the meds two of my girlfriends have passed and I did not attend the funeral of one and at the other I only went to the viewing, I did not cry and I did not feel anything but empty. That is NOT me, I am usually a very feeling person. Very sensitive and caring and I feel like I have become like an empty shell. I would rather be depressed and have a personality then take this crap and feel like the empty hull of a ship. Good luck to all of you – I quit!!

January 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(417) elle says:

Well, it’s kind of weird with lexapro.

I was on it for 3, 4 years or so. And when I was on it, it did make me happier, in a way. But it was odd, because I felt kind of numb – like all I could experience was being happy, but not actually happy. And I felt somewhat conceited while I was on it, and I was apathetic to a lot of things. But not being on it, I get some social anxiety, and just feel like crying sometimes. I never felt like I could experience a full range of emotions on it though, which was incredibly frustrating. Heh, I would want to be able to cry, but the tears just wouldn’t come. So, I figure it’s best to just deal with the issues if you can, because this will just mask the problems, but it doesn’t actually solve them. It can be quite frustrating.

January 16, 2009 at 9:01 am
(418) Cheryl says:

I’m taking Lexapro for mild panic attacks & GAD. I’m not depressed, but I have had a history of depression. My mother has been on Lex for a couple of years and LOVES the way it affects her mood, but she has had stomach issues the entire time she’s been on it. I just started taking it this week. It’s made me feel “high” and entirely lacking energy. I also go home after work and fall asleep and wake up in a daze, not knowing where I am or whether it’s morning or night. I normally have an extremely hearty appetite, but I just don’t feel like eating anything now. Several hours after I take it, my head gets hot and feels swollen like a hot air balloon, then after that I just get a bad headache, then I go to sleep. I know these side effects will go away so I’m sticking with it. It’s just hard at the beginning to believe in a drug that makes you feel this weird. My doctor said her patients love Lex and have had lots of success with it.

January 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(419) gurjot says:

all right guys most of these comments scared the hell out of me. i am taking this med from approximately 3 years now. and i feel pretty happy right now probably more happier than i used to feel before i was taking it.i am taking this lexapro 10mg for the treatment of OCD. i was in really bad pain. hated myself most of the time stayed alone in my room some time hours and hours.after i start taking this med i start feeling better i don’t know if it is because the med or i just start changing myself.this med does have side effects like any other med.but for me i am glad i took this magic pill.in my opinion its better to be little fat than sad or angry all the time because u know how hard is it to deal with any mental illness.i am 190 lbs 6feet tall i control my weight by exercise i don’t think this med has anything to do with weight loss or gain the only thing i felt that happen to me is that i just want to chill out all the time and relax. i am engineering major student in my last year and i am partying more than ever. i hope GOD will help you all

January 17, 2009 at 6:18 am
(420) Anne says:

I have only been on Lexapro 10mg for 6 weeks but I feel my life is better as a result…despite a few minor side-effects. In the first few days I suffered from a headache that seemed to travel around my head which was not pleasant but my head was ‘crammed’ before I started the medication so it seemed to get things moving in a good way. Four days after starting Lexapro I experienced a sharp pain in my jaw which did not ease and radiated pain into my ear and head behind my temple. The pain has continued (including throbbing at night)and I was concerned as the Pharmacist and Dr both doubted that it was to do with the Lexapro so I had Xrays and a dental examination to reveal no cause of the pain…which made me anxious that I had other health problems. Now after reading posts here I realise that others have experienced this jaw and teeth pain from teeth clenching and constant yawning. I had some massage and acupuncture treatment on my shoulders, neck and jaw yesterday and the pain has eased significantly. In the first couple of weeks on Lexapro I found it impossible to cry which was a weird feeling. I still yawn 24/7 (when I am awake!!) which aggrevates my jaw pain but I can sleep around the clock!!! All in all though I think emotionally I am coping better and I am feeling calmer and more in control of my life and feelings. Some posts are pretty negative about the effects of Lexapro but then most ppl with depression and/or GAD have a tendency to be negative too. My aim is to stay on this medication for at least 12 months, get myself sorted out, get my life back on track then hopefully get off the medications…but I am not going to worry about withdrawal side-effect til then…gee this stuff must be working if I am not worrying about things!!
I resisted going onto anti-depressant medication for years and now I am glad I did as life is so much better.Don’t be afraid of Lexapro as the vast majority of ppl get very positive results. DON’T LIVE IN DENIAL AND AVOID MEDICATION IF YOU REALLY FEEL YOU NEED IT!!!
Thanks to you all for giving honest info on the medication.

January 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm
(421) Steve says:

Ive been on 10 mg for 3 days and im stopping it as instructed by my doctor. It made me throw up

January 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(422) Steve says:

I have been on 10 mg Lexapro for 3 days now. I have been instructed to stop taking it by my doctor. The first day I was vomiting and had really bad diarrhea. The next day, no more vomiting but the diarrhea was even worse. And the insomnia? Oh my god. 10 hours of sleep in 3 days. This medicine isnt for me :(

January 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(423) Joanna says:

I went on Lexapro for two weeks and of for two weeks and really noticed how mucha dufference they made to my life. I went back on and have been on them now for a couple of months. It has changed my life. I am only on 10mg 1ce a day and am the person I want to be. I am happy again and my family sees the difference too.

January 18, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(424) bob says:

I feel like I drank 50 cups of coffee, I dont like this feeling. I thought is was supposed to relax you. Will this go away

January 19, 2009 at 2:02 am
(425) ANNETTE says:

I TOO AM ON LEXAPRO FOR 8 OR 9 YRS NOW. 1ST 5MG THEN 10MG. I SUFFER FROM CEREBRAL ATROPHY(SHRINKAGE OF THE CEREBELLUM)CAUSED FROM AN INFECTION OF THE BRAIN AS A CHILD.THE PROBLEMS I WAS EXPERIENCING PRIOR TO THE DIAGNOSIS WAS ALOT SIMILIAR TO THE SIDE EFFECTS MENTIONED. THE FEELING OF WALKING IN A FOG,DIZZINESS,FATIGUE ETC.SERVERAL DOCTORS ASKED IF I FELT THAT I WAS DEPRESSED AND I REALLY DIDN’T FEEL THAT I WAS. LONG STORY SHORT. SHORTLY AFTER BEGINNING THE MEDS THE FOG EFFECT SUBSIDED, THE DIZZINESS GOT BETTER(BUT AM TOLD I WILL ALWAYS EXPERIENCE COORDINATION AND MOTOR SKILL PROBLEMS DUE TO THE SHRINKAGE) BUT FOR THE BEST PART THE LEXAPRO HAS ALWAYS SEEMED TO HELP.DUE TO FINANCIAL ISSUES @ TIMES I COULDN’T GET MY REFILLS ON TIME AND MY SYSTEM ASSUMED I WAS GOING “COLD TURKEY” AND I TOO AGREE, IT’S HORRIBLE!!! AFTER READING ALOT OF THE COMMENTS I HAVE COME TO NOTICE THAT I TOO OVER TIME HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING THINGS THAT I DIDN’T BEFORE. LIKE WEIRD DREAMS,SLEEPING HARDER(I USE TO BE A LIGHT SLEEPER) THE YAWNING,HEADACHES,MORE FATIGUE,FORGETFULNESS, ETC. ALTHO FROM “THE GET GO” SEEMS TO HAVE MADE ME MORE OF “A HAPPY GO LUCKY PERSON”. SO APPARENTLY I WAS SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION. (SORRY THIS IS SO DRAWN OUT) BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION- IN BEGINNING LEXAPRO I DID NOTICE A CHANGE IN MY PERSPIRATION (AND IN AREAS NEVER BEFORE) AND CONTINUES TODAY. I’D LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE HAS EXPERIENCED A CHANGE LIKE THIS? KEEPING IN MIND THAT BEFORE I DID NOT PERSPIRE MUCH AT ALL. I WILL BE 45 YRS OLD THIS YR AND AM TRYING TO FIND OUT IF IT IS THE LEXAPRO OR A PRE MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOM. ANY FEED BACK IS MUCH APPRECIATED!! THANKS!!

January 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm
(426) Lanie says:

I was on Lexapro a little over a year. My husband and I recently decided to have a baby. I talked to my Dr about coming off the medicine. He told me that he’s had plenty of patients that stayed on it through the pregnancy and they all turned out fine. I didn’t want to risk it, so I just completely stopped taking it. I’ve been having heart palpitations ever since. I was just wondering if this is normal and if it is dangerous. I read that heart palpitations are normally not dangerous, but I just wanted to make sure.

January 20, 2009 at 6:45 am
(427) renai says:

I have been prescribed lexapro for treatment of several things, as i was told that it was a drug that could target anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. All of which i suffer from, but with less side effects.
I have been taking it for a week now and i have felt the following side effects: dry,metalic tasting mouth, headaches, feeling way to tired in the morning but feeling wide awake like on a caffine hit at night, during the day i have periods of exaustian,and then periods of an extreme rush feeling, like i have had way to many cups of coffee. My appetite has decreased,i yawn constantly even when i feel wide awake and rushed, i do get sore joints, I have little to no libdo.I am however been told i seem much happier, even though i do have foul moods. My depression has calmed down, as has my OCD. My anxiety has improved but only at times, sometimes when i feel rushed i feel confident, then other times i feel nervous and cautious thinking people can see how rushed i feel. In all it is better then endep thich i was on previously, i am taking 10mg of lexapro and i will keep taking it and keeping notes of my progress. Thanks for all your posts, it is good to see im not the only one experiencing these side effects.

January 22, 2009 at 11:56 am
(428) D says:

I took my first (and last) dose, 10 mg., approx 28 hours ago and am still feeling effects from it. Experienced headache, dizziness, throwing up, nausea all day, felt like my brain was on fire, yawning like crazy, exhausted, blurred vision and a very restless nights sleep. Today still have the blah feeling and blurred vision. I can see how some people think it helps them due to the “zombie like” state it puts you in therefore not aware of what your issues were before Lexapro. Not interested in finding out if the side effects will subside or not but glad to see it helps some of you.

January 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm
(429) chelsea says:

I just took my first 5mg dose of Lexapro yesterday before bed. I’ve been put on it for anxiety and depression. I got that “high” feeling and was really wide awake. After sleeping a few hours I woke up with my heart racing and was unable to get back to sleep. It almost felt like a panic attack. I also experienced some shakiness. I contacted my doctor about the “panic attack” and he’s going to call me back. I’m hoping i don’t experience some of the other side effects mentioned in the other comments. My prayers go out to everyone with depression and anxiety.

January 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(430) Sarah says:

Took my first pill last night. Felt fine for about 30 minutes, then like I’d been hit by a car…felt SICK TO MY STOMACH. This then progressed into shaking which then progressed to vomiting my brains out. Tossing and turning, could not get to sleep…started feeling anxious and OCD tendencies from childhood came up. THIS IS AFTER ONE PILL. I don’t think I will continue on this med.

January 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm
(431) tmlafor21 says:

Please, please if you are taking Lexapro, continue taking it for a minimum of 6 weeks. The first week or so is rough…nausea, sleeplessness, dizziness, yawning, etc. However, once your body adjusts, you will begin to feel so much better. Take this medication in the morning, this will reduce sleeplessness. Lexapro is a very beneficial medication when taken consistently. If you follow your doctor’s direction when it is time to stop taking this medication, the side effects will not be as dramatic as some would think.

January 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(432) christa says:

So yea I start my lexapro tomrow and I am nervouse now after reading all these comments anyone have any suggestions if I have any problems such as vomiting or anything like that please email me linnythepooh92@aim.com thanks bunches

January 23, 2009 at 7:40 am
(433) Moira says:

I have been depressed and having little aniexty attacks for the last couple of months,Dr. prescribed Xanax and Lexapro.I have taken Xanax before and not had a problem.
About 2 hours after taking Lexapro I had diaherra,dry mouth and than heart palpations that lasted for so long that I ended up in the E.R. I will not take this ever again.

January 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm
(434) Ricochet says:

I have been taking the Lexapro for about a week and a half now. Same side effect of dry mouth, but really for me that has been it. I have been treated for depression, ptsd & sometimes OCD symtoms for over a decade. I can tell you that even though it has only been a week and a half, I feel really, really good. Seriously. It was to the point that I didn’t want to leave me house, didn’t want to have to see or deal with anyone, wouldn’t even answer the phone. This last week has felt like a new lease on life. Just now I got back from the home improvement store. I know, doesn’t sound like much, but it is a huge deal for me. Before I would not have wanted to go, wouldn’t have wanted to deal with anyone and then it would have taken me forever in the store because I would get so overwhelmed by all of the choices that I wouldn’t be able to make up my mind. I know it sounds crazy, because it was. I would end up buying two or three of everything just because I couldn’t make up my mind and then have to come home and sort it all out in my house where no one could see me because, like I said, my actions were crazy. Seemingly easy things were like being in hell. Now, today, I got up & got dressed, decided I wanted to go and do some home improvements, went to the store, got exactly what I wanted and came home. I feel like a new person. I am so happy. None of the old anxiety and worries. I pray for everyone that suffers with major depression and I hope that everyone is able to find something that works for them. For me, I cannot say enough about Lexapro. I actually feel normal. I’ve not had any naseua or stomach problems and only one headache last week. My Dr. instructed me to take it in the mornings and I am taking 10 mg. I know that others have had bad side effects and I feel lucky to not have those. But, this new life is worth everything…I can’t believe I have been missing out on so much! I would say if you are suffering please try something to help you….this is almost like a miracle for me. May God bless us all.

January 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(435) George says:

This week I went to the doctor to tackle my ever-present elevated blood pressure. I’m 52 and it was time I took care of myself. The doctor started me off with a low dose of BP meds. However, when I mentioned to my doctor that I was having trouble going to sleep at night, he recommended I take Lexapro. I had been taking Benadryl to help me sleep before, which had worked just fine. So I left the doctor’s office with samples of BP meds and Lexapro. I took them both at 8pm that night and went to bed around 11pm. I’ve never felt such a lack of control of my body in my life! I tossed and turned all night. Any sound was amplified and was extremely annoying, The breeze from my ceiling fan drove me crazy. I was sick to my stomach and I felt horrible the next day from lack of sleep. That day I was jittery and could not concentrate at work. The next night I took Lexapro and also took Benadryl to (hopefully) help me sleep – it did help. But… the next day, I felt as high as a kite, all day! Again, I had trouble concentrating. It felt like I was on pins and needles, everything annoyed me! I felt dizzy and my mouth was so dry it was difficult to swallow. Simultaneously, while dealing with the Lexapro side effects, my blood pressure actually seemed to be getting worse! So, yesterday I called the RN at my doctor’s office and she told me to quit taking the Lexapro and come to their office today. When I went to my doctor’s office today, the Dr. insisted I continue taking Lexapro. Well, after reading some of the side effects from fellow Lexapro “users here, I have decided that Lexapro WILL conflict with my blood pressure issue (gaining weight, anxiety, etc.)! So, I’m going to listen to my body and not the doctor. I thank God that I have never had problems with depression, anxiety or any other major disorder. On the other hand, my daughter is taking Paxil and it works WONDERS for her!! I’m just going to take my BP meds and Benadryl (or other sleep aid) from now on. I’m also a smoker and the Lexapro made me so nervous I wanted to smoke more, too! The possible addiction to Lexapro and short-term memory loss mentioned by others, sealed my decision – no more Lexapro! I am happy for those of you that it does work well for…

January 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(436) Ginji says:

Male/51
►dosing 10mg Lexapro/day to treat GAD & possibly, pre-hypertension
►5th day on Lexapro
►continue to dose 108mg Concerta/day for ADHD

Situation
◄drowsy, sluggish, “desensitized” feeling (despite Concerta)
◄ejaculation requires SO MUCH EFFORT & CONCENTRATION – - -it is no longer any fun (question: is THIS why we have monks? or frustrated guys that can’t get off, so then they turn to a life of agression & violence to burn off their accumulated testosterone?)
◄motivation level zero
Query
♦Should I get off of this stuff now, before I don a clerical collar, and before I start getting a bad case of the DTs??
Thought
♦ The names of these chemicals should be descriptive of their effect: “Sleepy, Dopey, Horny” might be a good name.

January 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(437) Zanahorias says:

Taking Lexapro for about four months. 0.5 mg of klonopin at night — good combo. Good points: dramatically improved my overall depression; regained interest in hobbies; can hear music and taste food again; much better concentration. Bad points: sort of “zeroed out” emotionally; groggy and very hard to get up in the morning; don’t really feel like exercising (but have lost weight due to appetite loss and nausea). Dry mouth as well. Was worried about sexual side effects but sex is actually way better as I can ‘let go’ with partner and not worry about trying to hold off orgasm to have it simultaneously. This is actually the best side effect for me as I can really just go at it! Overall the positives outweigh the negs. I was deep in grief after my mother died and this pretty much took the edge right off the heavy grieving.

January 25, 2009 at 11:57 am
(438) Kayla says:

I am 17 years old and started lexapro for depression about 2 weeks ago. I take 10mg a day. I have many side effects from this drug, good and bad. I’ll start with the good ones first. I am no longer sad and living in a bad dream. Life seems to be a little more worth living. I used to cry alot for things that had happened in the past for me the things people say that will get better in time, like heart break, loss of love one…ect only get worse over time. I dwell on the past. I am also able to eat now which is good for because I would stop eating and became under weight. but sence Lexapro I have felt much better. My boyfriend has noticed a huge change and he likes it. But now it’s time for the bad side effects. I have the dry mouth and had it about a day after I started it. I feel the fog everyone is mentioning. I now have a very hard time staying asleep, I wake up at night alot, and I cant sleep in anymore even if I went to bed really late. Lexapro has made me so dizzy. I will randomly get dizzy expecually during activities. I have had very bad nausea starting 2 days after on it. Last night while in the shower I just got really dizzy and everything turned yellow, my hearing went away and I thought I was going to pass out. then after I could see/hear again I started to feel very sick I threw up and almost passed out agian. I hope this goes away. But all together I feel much better than I did before and people say the bad side effects can go away so I’m hopefull. thanks for reading. best luck to all!

January 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(439) mark douglas says:

this stuff made me feel real funny like i just wanted to flush my whole insides away and too think i was only testing this stuff for my mom and some days i would double up’all i know is that this is not the drug for me

January 26, 2009 at 6:33 am
(440) Samantha Rose says:

I’ve never posted on a board like this but wanted to share. It’s been affirming to read these comments because I wondered if I was imagining the weight thing. I’ve been on it four months, and it has helped me a LOT–I’m one of the lucky ones who did NOT experience many side effects in the first few weeks, jst a few relatively minor effects (some sleepiness in the afternoons, some of what they call “activation” or the skin-crawling wanting-to-jump-out-of-your-skin feelin which every SSRI apparently causes and every dr should warn about, and also something I havent seen on this board AT ALL: muscle tremors, like finger and eyelid twitches. I started at 5 and went to 10 after about 2 months, going up slowly frm 5 to 7.5 to 10.

Other than the minor effects listed above, I had nothing but help from the drug–I was suffering depression and PTSD after a series of too many major life traumas and changes, didn’t want to take drugs but really needed a bridge over the too rough waters. It worked fast for me. i felt better emotionally within 48 hours, sort of “restrained” from feeling the worst, and it’s helped me ever since (so I do think, so far anyway, it has been worth it). I’ve been overall much better, and better all the time. And I must be on the right dose, because I CAN cry and feel (sad,happy, angry, joyful, hurt)–sometimes I worry that i feel ‘too good” or not enough, but things do “break through” the shield if they are big enough, but there is a shield from feeling he worst of everything. Takes the edge off. Can still work on stuff in therapy, just not overwhlemed.

BUT–in the past few WEEKS I have gained so much fat that I can’t get into my clothes. It seemed to happen overnight. i have NOT been exercising and I should be, but I wasnt much before either and my body has stayed the same for years. I am vegetarian and eat super healthy, and take lots of supps, but like many have posted, I seem to be suddenly insatiable and especially at night! I’m always hungry and the old “I’m done now” signal seems to be broken. I hvent changed anything except I probably do eat more and dont stop when before I would. I am used to having a great body and it is weird to suddenly have fat thighs and nto be able to pull up my jeans oveer my butt over night.

I also sleep a LOT, like 9-12 hours at a time. This has been for a while. I assumed this was because I was catching up on sleep from the sleepless stress of before. It may be partly that, but sounds like many of y’all have the sleeping-more, hard-to-wake thing too.

Hope this helps. It’s gotten me through a tough time when things were overwhleming and I needed the help, but I hope to be able to start weaning off it soon now that things have stabilized. I may try exercising more and seeing if that helps.

January 26, 2009 at 7:12 am
(441) stacey says:

I started taking this medication around 3 months ago… the first few weeks i lost around 4 kilo’s but then i got my apetite back.
I used to cry daily and very frequently but since being on Lexapro i feel i cannot cry or have much emotion. I find this to be really frustrating sometimes as i can’t express or let out my emotions.
I am worried about stopping this medication as in the passed i have skipped the medication for a few days and ending up in a very depressed and dangerous state.
I must admit within the first 2 weeks, i definately noticed a major change.
Lexapro has actually changed my life and i’m glad i listened to my friends and family. Like i said before Lexapro gives you a sort of neutral feeling, sometimes i am so used to being upset that i miss it a little sounds weird but i’m sure some will understand……..

anyway everyone just have fun and make the most of life because you only live once :)

January 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(442) Will says:

This drug sent me on an emotional downward spiral that led to me becoming suicidal, losing my job, and now going through two months of emotional treatment to get back to “normal.”

I would recommend avoiding this drug.

January 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm
(443) heather says:

I have been on lexapro for a week now. i feel hungry a lot but nothing really satisfies me. feel like im tripping on acid sometimes. wierd electrical feeling. like im on speed or something. i have been on it before years ago and dont remember feeling like this… restless at night especially. but i do remember it really helping me after a few weeks. felt happier and it helped the anxiety

January 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm
(444) Laura says:

Thank you for everyone’s comments. Now I know I’m not CRAZY! I am a kindergarten teacher in an extremely difficult school and was experiencing so much stress and anxiety and some depression that I decided to go on Lexapro.

It did nothing but replace old symptoms with new ones! I have gained almost 20 pounds in 2 1/2 months that I’ve been on Lexapro. My doctor told me there is no chance for weight gain…I see a new doctor in my future. I’ve also experienced yawning, dizziness (thought I was nuts!), low libido and good-bye orgasms!

Lexapro helped me to make it through my days with less stress and frustration…except I’ll take better sex and being skinny any day over being fat and happy!

January 27, 2009 at 10:12 am
(445) Tom says:

I am 38 and have been on Lexapro for several years for panic disorder and some depression. It never occured to me to pay attention to the side effects. I have been having problems with marriage and career, etc. I have experienced the dizziness, I am clumsy, very forgetfull, trouble sleeping every night, and most of all I have no motivation. I have plenty of a sex drive but have trouble getting to orgasm sometimes. Oh…and I am very forgetful (a little humor never hurts). I am convinced I need to stop taking this drug before I am divorced, unemployed for life and living on the street. However, from what I have read here, I am scared to death to start the weaning process. My wife is on Cymbalta and she has even worse side effects. We are going to have to time our med changes differently. Otherwise we’ll be divorced in a second…

January 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(446) Tom says:

It also sounds like we all need a Lexapro support group! I had no idea that a lot of these symptoms I have been having for years were related to this drug. Sometimes we trust doctors TOO much. I am thankful for this blog…

January 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm
(447) Aimee says:

I JUST started taking Lexapro yesterday. And have to admit, all these posts are making me VERY nervous. But I am going to give it a fair amount of time to get past the side effects (trouble sleeping last night, sweaty palms, yawning, increased heart rate, nausea and the urge to dry heave, less appetite and food looks really gross). My doctor told me that once I am on this, it will probably be for life, and she gave me Xanax to help with the initial increased anxiety that was the be expected (and has definitely been evident, almost had a panic attack this am, first time in over a year). I have had mild depression that comes in waves since I was little, and just went through a program last year for anxiety (which worked very well, look it up: Attacking Anxiety and Depression by Lucinda Bassett, total life saver!. The program helped to rid me of anxiety (till I took the Lexipro yesterday..lol), but the Depression, while better and fairly manageable, is not gone. This is what lead me to asking for an anti-depressant. I have tried natural remedies, therapy, and so many self-help techniques, but nothing has been as effective as I would like, so anti-depressant meds it is. I hate taking meds, but have come to the conclusion that this is really my last option. My step-father is on Lexipro for anxiety, and it has helped him tremendously with little to no side effects. I hope once these side effects cease, that I will be on my A-game and able to finally focus, and maintain the motivation to make things happen in my life.

Everyone’s chemistry is different, and while some people may have horrible experiences on a drug, others may react to it quite well.

Fingers crossed I react well to it, and I wish you all the best of luck as well!

January 28, 2009 at 9:45 am
(448) ANNETTE says:

I was prescribed Lexapro yesterday. Took 1/2 a 5mg tablet. I didn’t feel any side effects until last night. I had intense diarrhea, nausea, sweating, numbness in my right foot, tingling in my left hand and I couldn’t sleep at all. Woke up this morning with a dull headache. I’ve never taken any meds like this before. I supposedly have a severe case of OCD and symptoms of anxiety. I’ve been dealing with my OCD for just about all of my life. I really don’t feel like I need to take this medication. I have 3 friends who referred me to this doctor and they all take the same meds he prescribed me. Kind of makes me wonder if he has a case of Lexapro he’s trying to get rid of. I can’t handle the effects of this medicine, so I will not take anymore. Maybe there’s something else out there for me.

January 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(449) Nicolas Wilson says:

i just noticed this is a womans blog, but i have been reading through the comments.. i just got this today i took it this morning.. i am literally on the verge of a panic attack just from taking this and i haven’t had one in awhile.. i feel dizzy, hot, stomach sick..which never happens to me.. just as i was typing this i had to run to the toilet to throw up.. it was a false alarm though.. if you need this that bad take it.. otherwise STAY away this stuff is horrible..

January 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm
(450) Stace says:

I’ve been on a 5mg dose for about a week and a half. I havent had any really bad side effects, except that i sometimes feel really nervous or guilty for no reason, for example i was watching tv and my mum walked in and i suddenly felt like i was doing something really selfish, even though i’d done everything i was susposed to. I’ve had a few trippy dreams, but nothing too scary, and i’ve been very tired. But it has also helped a lot with my anxiety/depression so for me the trade off is worth it and the symptoms are getting better so i think i’ll ride it out for the 6-8 weeks. Not having angry outbursts/moodswings is fantastic.

January 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm
(451) SnowCajun says:

Lexapro may be a good drug but it almost killed me! I had a negative side effect called Serotonin Syndrome which is potentially fatal if not caught in time. I was very lucky. Use it if you must, but be sure to monitor and immediately report any and all strange feelings brought on from the use of this medication.

January 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(452) lanetta says:

I have been on Lexapro for 4 days, i hav’nt notice anything yet. I was waiting for at least a week or two to past to see if i can detect any changes. with these comments i dont think i want any changes. i’m quiting!!

January 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(453) TCJ says:

Since the posting of my first comment (#315), I can still say that the period of “suffering though” the body’s adjustment to Lexapro is SOOOOO worth it. The only real side effect that I can see is the decrease in my appitate (YAY!!!) and the occasional metalic taste.

Lexapro has REALLY become my “HAPPY PILL”

January 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(454) Amie says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 5 weeks and at first I was prescribed 10mg in the morning and I felt extremely tired, dizzy, and yawned constantly. Now I’m taking 20mg at night and am feeling much better and it’s even helped with my insomnia! Only side effects I’ve noticed have been dry mouth and some yawning still.

January 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(455) Sharon says:

I started Lexapro 7 months ago at 10 mg. for preimenapausal depression symtoms and 3 months into it I started waking up about 1 1/2 hours after I fell asleep at night with a pounding, racing heart – like I had just run a mile. It was very scary, and I would just try to calm myself down, but the heartbeat and pulse would take 15 minutes or more to quite enough for me to go back to sleep. The incidents would happen once a week or so. I cut back to 5 mg, but the incidents continued for 3 months until I stopped the med, as directed by the Dr. Withdrawal was very unpleasant; lightheaded, super confused and forgetful, could not stay awake for two days. Have been off the med for 5 weeks. After discontinuing med, I had one bad incident of night waking, followed by three more, all lessening in intensity. Also, daytime palpatations are less. I am seeing an accupunturist now for depression and although it is probably too soon to know if it is helping, I still feel better being off the Lexapro.

February 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm
(456) Stacey says:

With any depression medicine you must take it every day like your doctor prescribed. you will build up a scale each day you continue to take it and when you don’t take it you fall three steps lower then have to build yourself up again. so be sure you are taking it everyday about the same time. Consult your doctor about your issues, it seems normal because your body is adjust to a new drug in your body.

February 3, 2009 at 9:57 am
(457) Molly says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 7 months now and notice a lot of side effects, itís almost like I am ‘not here’ sometimes and in my own world. I am always yawning and when I am not doing that I think I am hungry so I constantly eat, and can’t ever get enough sleep. Has anyone had problems with going to the tanning bed while on Lexapro? I have tanned in the past and never had problems but just recently started again and have been getting this horrible rash on my back and arms. It is raised, itchy and bumpy- I have even been been cleaning the bed myself with anti-bacterial wipes. If anyone can help me with the tanning issue or if you have any tips for me to ween myself off Lexapro I would appreciate it!!

February 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm
(458) renee says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about six months now, and have to agree that it has become my happy pill. My doctor suggested that I try it for situation depression, and I had heard of Wellbutrin being used in some cases to help with ‘mental fog’ from low and autoimmune thyroid condition. He suggested Lexapro. I had researched Wellbutrin, but not Lexapro. He said if I could at least give it a month. The first weeks were hard: headaches, sleepiness, yawning, high feeling, nausea, dry mouth, stomach problems, aches and pains at night (similar to fybromialgia, and restless leg syndromn). Wanted to sleep all the time. I usually didn’t sleep.

Learned to take it with food to stop the nausea. Chew gum and hot teas for dry mouth. No sex drive first four weeks, trouble reaching orgasm. Advil PM at night to sleep.

i would say that it took about three months for all the side effects to subside. Sex back to normal, dry mouth hardly ever. Sleep normal . Put on 10 lbs, but loosing it now. It happened overnight like someone else said. Learned from someone that it makes you crave carbs. It is best for me not to eat any carbs during the day, or I cannot stop. Only eat carbs at night. Gum also helps with the craving.
Exercise helps with drowsiness.

Now I cannot think of my life without it, and I worry that I was only supposed to be on it for a year or two, and I don’t want to loose this feeling. I was always a cup is half full in public, but I am obnoxiously that person all the time. I like being alone, taking up hobbies, and trying new things all the time.

hang in there if you can, it was not fun in the beginning, but now it is.

February 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(459) Joshua says:

I just started taking Lexapro (10mg) a week ago. Initially, I would already consider myself a pretty wierd person and now I just feel wierder and a blah feeling at that. My head is constantly pounding and I usually feel nausea at the sight of food. The stomach aches I get as well makes me want to just slouch and fall asleep and they always come at the wrong time. On the positive side, it sure helps with my anxiety but the side effects would sadly depress anyone I believe. Being still in my teenage years, I would recommend this to anyone my age at least. Thanks for all the great info and concerns. Good luck and peace to you all

February 5, 2009 at 1:23 am
(460) Kas says:

I started on lexapro a week and a half ago, i can’t stop yawning and when I yawn its so intense I feel like I’m gonna pass out! i can’t remember things, generally thinking alot slower and I can’t get up in the morning. I just feel like a zombie. I feel uncoordinated too. I really hope this passes, as I have become really unsociable at work and have no libido and my boyfriend thinks I think he’s unattractive. So far its really crap, but i’ll stay on it.

February 5, 2009 at 1:23 am
(461) Kas says:

I started on lexapro a week and a half ago, i can’t stop yawning and when I yawn its so intense I feel like I’m gonna pass out! i can’t remember things, generally thinking alot slower and I can’t get up in the morning. I just feel like a zombie. I feel uncoordinated too. I really hope this passes, as I have become really unsociable at work and have no libido and my boyfriend thinks I think he’s unattractive. So far its really crap, but i’ll stay on it.

February 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm
(462) Mikie says:

Thank you everybody who has commented! i have spent like the last hour reading all these comments and the cons of this pill out weigh the pros by FAR! i was givin this pill today, i am only 16 years old and i have anziety problems. but thanks to many of you i have decided to not even chance this pill! THANKS

February 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(463) Bethany says:

I have been on 5 mg of lexapro for only two days, but i have had a non-stop horrible headache, and have been extremely tired. The Dr. gave me this for general anxiety and depression instead of Zoloft because zoloft was giving me panic attacks, but I’m not takinng this either. It sounds too hard to come off of, and I would rather just try and exercise every day to increase my serotonin levels instead of taking this crap. Unless you need it….I wouldn’t take it (why pay money to feel like this)?

February 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(464) TERRI says:

I have taken Paxil for approx 10 years, and have decided to try a change. Dr prescribed Lexapro and I have slowly been going off Paxil,so taday I am on half of it and added 5 mg of lexapro. I am at work and I wish I wouldnt of done it. I feel as if I could have a seizure,SCRATCHY

February 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm
(465) Carol says:

i have been on lexapro for 2 years. I was put on it because of cancer, I am cancer free now but still taking Lexapro. I have started to have all kinds of side effects joint pain stomach pain, emotional upset for no reson. I will be takling to my doctor to get off the stuff, am a little concernd about the side effects of getting off. Is there anyone who has no problems getting off?
Carol

February 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm
(466) tina says:

hello e-one…I have been on lexapro for neally 12 months now.I was put on them for my anxiety and panic attacks.These have now settled right down but my side effects are mood swings,night sweating,weezing,palputations,weight gain and until i changed from taking the tablet from morning until night i was feeling hungry half hour after i’d taken 1 10mg tablet.I suggest taking this tablet just before u go to bed to stop some side effects.I do not suffer from insomnia.I also have nausea most days.I tried stoping this tablet for a week and i cried and cried for nothing for one whole week.So I started again not sure how i’m going to get off now, but i’d love to…

February 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm
(467) jay says:

been on lexapro x5 days- no weight gain only loss; feels like a boost of ephedrine, only without the effects of spastic mvmts. Would say no to this if possible- trying it for separated marriage- no real change- need to experience it personally/mentally/emotionally-but lexapro was quick fix- i say no to it- experience pain and problems, but then regroup yourself- not worth the time and effort(feel pain)

February 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(468) julie says:

people with anxiety disorders are always so wound up they are less likley to gain weight. taking ant-depressents doesn’t make you gain weight, it’s the more relaxed calm feeling you have that triggers your appetite.

February 9, 2009 at 3:08 am
(469) Bruce says:

My Fiance has been on this drug on and off over the last year. She says that when she takes it her legs get restless and she feels that “Blah” feeling Ive heard about here. She also said that she was having a problem with empathy and headaches. When she goes off the medication she has no libido and is hungry all the time. I’m not sure if we should try another medication but it’s so hard to get her to the doctor.

February 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(470) Jen says:

Well, After reading all the post and experiencing what I have on Lexapro I wish I would have read it before. At first My doc prescribed me 10mg which made me extremely blah so I only took 5 mg. now after 3 months I feel it is not helping, I am always hungry, have gained weight and my libido is horrible. I felt that getting off would not be bad since I was only taking half…well well well…I have headaches, a horrible temper and I never had this before. I am in Lexapro hell, Help!!!

February 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm
(471) Ricochet says:

I just wanted to update since my other post (#434). I feel really bad for everyone that has had such bad side effects. I think if I had those same effects I would have probably stopped taking it also. But, now it has been a month and I just really want to say that Lexapro has made such a difference in my ilfe. I mean, I still have the dry mouth, but that is it. Other than that, it has really been a wonderful thing. Like I said, I feel really bad for everyone that has had side effects. I think if I would have found this blog BEFORE starting the Lexapro I might have never taken it. I agree that everyone’s bodies are different and the side effects could be major or minor. I feel blessed that I haven’t had to go through the side effects described here. But I would also say to anyone who is suffering from depression/anxiety/ocd symptoms that this medication works for me. Dr has had me on so many different medications trying to get the right one and then, finally this one comes along. I had honestly thought that the life I was living was just the way it was going to be. Lexapro has shown me that it isn’t. There are so many wonderful things to experience out there and now I truly get to experience them the way I know other people have been for so long. I apologize for going on and on, I just wanted to say to anyone out there who is considering Lexapro and may be somewhat nervous about taking it that, believe it or not sometimes it’s not all bad. And sometimes it is the best thing ever. My life has changed for the better so much in the last month. My husband says I am always in a good mood and he loves it, my kids are so happy now that I want to go places and do things with them all the time. I don’t have any sleep issues. I truly can’t say enough about the Lexapro except I feel like it has given me my life back and I am so happy that we finally found something that works. I will continue to update as time goes on to see if it is still the same or if any side effects start. Until then, I wish everyone the best and I am so thankful that I found this blog for sharing and comparing experiences. I wish everyone the best.

February 13, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(472) navid says:

hi i hav been on lexapro for a week for anger problems. i have seen no result in success in making me feel calm and less aggressive. they only side effect that i hav noticed it that it is impossible for me to cum which is really annoying for an 18 in highschool. anyone noticed this drug’s lack to do any use?

February 15, 2009 at 12:43 am
(473) S says:

this is my eight day on Lexapro taking it in the am and each night it gets harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. the first three days I would wake up with a mild headache but that has stopped. I am only take 5 mil per day. I do feel one step remove from everthing giving me a more mellow response to things that would have wound me up and made me really angry. I am hoping the insomnia goes away

February 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(474) roody says:

I read every comment and I am a terrified of taking this med. I have a mild case of anxiety, maybe 1 or 2 times a month and can’t see taking this daily. I am sure my dr. will be annoyed at my not taking it, but I want to try other things before II get hooked on Lex. Any suggestions for natural help?

I realize now that this is a serious problem for so many of us. It is so sad to have to suffer with anxiety/depression while the rest of the world sails through.

My prayers are for all of us who need any kind of help.

February 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm
(475) K says:

I don’t feel so bad now

February 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm
(476) K says:

On the tail end of a 2 year divorce and other personal tragedies. Dr. put me on Lexapro to prevent me from going ‘postal’. Stuff works great after about 2 weeks of use. Calm demeanor has returned, not laying in bed stessed out all night hating, people not telling me to slow the heck down any more.

Too bad the evil side affect that will make me quit this stuff after my divorce ends. Sexual climaxing has almost become an impossiblity, and I am as active and healthy 39 yr old guy as they come. Those primal thoughts and feelings have almost vanished. Girlfriend likes the more affectionate me, but thinks the performance issue is because of her and I feel badly. I tried to explain, but still she doubts it.

February 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm
(477) KW says:

OMG…I was just prescribe Lexepro today by me dr. I found out my husband was having an affair and I was having panic attacks and have dealt with depression in the past. You all are really scaring me! I’m wondering now if I really should be taking it. I’m a scared 49 year old and now wonder if it’s worth it all. I had the libido problem when I was on Prozac 10 years ago…I went of of after one month and took Wellbutrin, that was a blessing.

February 17, 2009 at 7:32 am
(478) Jan says:

I’ve been on Lexapro- 10 mg for about a week now. I was switched to it from Effexor XR (weight gain), and from Prozac (made me way too dizzy) before that. The only side effects that I experienced so far are constant brutal headaches 24/7, as well as cranking up my heartburn.

February 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(479) RC says:

Hey Roody,
I would suggest a healthy dose of excercise for you. This med is for more serious symtoms than once or twice a month. Try booking a day at the spa. That helps as well. Good luck!!

February 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(480) Liz says:

First two weeks: appetite loss and felt a bit “shaky.” Also found that some of my anxiety was manifesting itself in some rather vivid dreams.
Currently (about a year later): some occasional feelings of apathy & sometimes anxiety manifests itself as an upset tummy and appetite loss in stressful situations (as opposed to my old neurotic behavior).

I may not exactly love Lex, and it certainly isn’t for everybody, but it has definitely helped me.
ē It seems to have helped a bit with my insomnia issues.
ē I had a fairly high libido to begin with, so it has leveled me out a bit there – which has actually turned out to be a good thing for my relationships! (OMG! there’s more to my boyfriend than just a penis!)
ē The fact that it makes the people I care about more comfortable to be around me since I’m no longer “a ball of moody or nervous energy,” makes the side effect worth it for me. I used to isolate myself a lot because I could sense that I made others uncomfortable. Now, I don’t feel like I have to be alone anymore.

BTW, EXERCISE really does seems to boost the positive effects of Lex and seems to help a lot of people with fatigue and sexual side effects. I figure it has to do with the fact that it boosts the “feel good” endorphins in your body’s own chemistry for the medication to work with. My doc actually prescribed yoga with my Lex and I can see why!!!
Nao git off yer bums & help Lex out a bit – don’t make the mistake of expecting a miracle without at least a little effort on your part besides just remembering to take a pill!

February 18, 2009 at 2:15 am
(481) Hoping to Help says:

I STRONGLY and I do mean strongly advise anyone who is going to try this drug to consider an alternative first. I was put on it for severe depression. I gained at least 10 lbs, and for the first month it appeared to be working because I had happy episodes. But then I realized that I would instantly crash (I mean within minutes) from being excessively happy to barley being able to stand up because I was so depressed and tired. I had memory issues, and because of the huge difference in my mood my mom said I seemed like I was drunk for an entire three month period. It made me sick and naucious a lot and it helped me sleep, but only in the sense that it made me so depressed I didn’t have the energy to keep my eyes open or even stand up. I had episodes where I completely freaked out and had a panic attack. I had been depressed for two years prior and this was my first medication so I didn’t realize that it was making everything worse. One night I experienced shortness of breath and had gone from what felt like the happiest moment in my life (for no apparent reason) to the lowest of lows. Suicidal thoughts rushed in and I had a seizure. They decided to keep me on it a little longer to see if it was the medicine giving the side effects (yeah smart move on the dr.’s part, NOT) I was in such a zombie like state that I can barley remember that summer but I did end up spending the end of it in a hospital. They switched my medicaitons while I was a resident there and being taken off Lexapro didn’t solve my depression but it took away all of those rediculous side effects that I just described. Another girl I met in the hospital had increased suicidal thoughts after being put on Lexapro too, honestly.. It’s not even worth the experiment. Try wellbutrin or lamectil, i’m on both and they have a nice balance to them but I sincerely believe that there is no cure to depression, but they do help with the side effects. I really hope this helped someone and prevent another seizure victim that ends up spending the end of the summer before her junior year in a mental hospital. Stay strong everyone. And if you are ever feeling down, check out a group called “To Write Love On Her Arms” they change lives without risky meds haha and they actually know what they are doing.

February 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm
(482) Frank says:

All medications have side effects! Even the natural ones can have side effects. Over the counter medications have side effects as well. e.g. Tylenol; liver problems… according to the AMA more people die from Tylenol associated cancer of the liver then Alcohol!!! I didn’t know this one until recently. I have chronic headaches! Of which Tylenol is the prime ingredient.

Cure the headache, kill the person. Lesson here take; keep away from Tylenol as much as you can. You don’t have to stop taking it. If you’ve been on it for awhile, have blood work up done.

All that aside here is my experience with Lexapro.

Me: I’m 70yrs young… 5’9″… 153 lbs.
My wife died of cancer 6 yrs ago, I was not exactly in a good frame of mind. My oldest daughter was and still is taking Lexapro suggested to me to ask the Doc about it as she was and still is on it and doing fine with it. So three yrs ago I went on it. I was on it for several months. Probably close to a year.

No weight gain or loss. No libido loss. No help for my insomnia at all. Problem sleeping since the age of 16yrs old. I still take a medication for the insomnia. Nothing out of the ordinary as far as side effects are concerned.

Maybe I did experience a slight problem taking Lexapro; I did complain to the Doc once I can remember “no energy”… “I don’t know if I can attribute that to the Lexapro or not. I have a sleep disability and sometimes I have periods I just don’t get enough sleep.”

10mg twice a day, for probably at least 10 months.

I felt it was a waste of money to be honest with you. I still felt the same, depression, I don’t care attitude.

I decided to quit and did. I had no withdrawal symptoms at all!

“I just stopped taking it, period. I had no withdrawal symptoms. None at all.”

I was on 10mg twice a day.

My oldest daughter has Sarcoma cancer and she has been on Lexapro since being diagnosed. Thank God this works for her! But she has had weight gain. But I do not know if this is from Lexapro. I’m sure the Lexapro has helped some with the weight gain after reading the comments.

My youngest daughter has been on Lexapro for about 6 months now. She still weighs the same and wants to put some weight on. She tells me she eats well, drinks milk shakes and still is not able to gain weight. She looks awesome, it must be nice being almost 40 yrs old and only look like your in the low twenties! Yesterday she called me (she lives in FL) and told me no matter what she does she can’t gain weight.AND the big thing now is she has no energy and is sleeping 14 or more hours a day. This only in the last 6 wks. she has always had more energy then she needed. (i think u can call it nervous energy)

An after thought about my youngest daughter the Lexapro has no effect with her libido!

Okay… three people in the same family taking Lexapro and all three with different tolerances and effects.

Me… no gain from being on it, no problem getting off it. (20mg total a day)

DAUGHTER 1… well “I do not want to see her off it! It has helped BIG TIME!

DAUGHTER 2… jury still out on this one.

I am going to call my youngest daughter and try to get her off Lexapro. It might be what is causing her loss of energy.

I should here mention that it has helped my youngest daughter with her depression. It has also helped my eldest who needs it most. (Look up Sarcoma cancer.)

To sum this up, “it’s going to be a big help for some.” “A little help for others” “And no help for still others”

And still for some others the side effects are not going to be worth them taking this medication!!

After a period of time I will again comment on how my youngest daughter is doing.

I will check back in two months.

If this medicine helps take it!
If this medicine has to many side effects don’t take it!

There are alternatives natural as well as prescribed.

I’ve had my depressions, anxieties, panic attacks in life. If there is any thing out there that will help YOU take it. Life is meant to be lived. Not depression, not anxiety or panic attacks. (panic attacks are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. (some doc’s don’t seem to know this)

Smoking pot helps some with nausea for example, it helps many other health problems also. If it’s legal in your state and it can help take it.

I hope this helps some persons. We are all different, even in the same family.

Frank…

February 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(483) Rachael says:

I just took my first dose of Lexapro this morning. I was worried yesterday, after having ready all of the symptoms listed here, but I’m doing GREAT!

I actually walked past a mirror without thinking horrible thoughts about the way I look.

I haven’t been hungry today, when normally, all I do is think about food.

As far as symptoms, the yawning thing is pretty hilarious, and I’m feeling the need to tap my feet.

I’ve never been able to just enjoy life, I’ve always been thinking.

I hope this continues to work for me!

February 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm
(484) Becky says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about a month now. My doctor prescribed it because I was suffering from depression and severe anxiety attacks because of stress I was having at work and difficulties dealing with a boyfriend. It got so bad that I was having trouble going to work and functioning normal, extreme bouts of crying and could barely leave my house.

I was given the medicine with a presciption of Xanax as well. Within 72 hours I noticed an incredible improvement in my mood and was able to return to work. I only took the Xanax for the first 10 days or so and don’t have a need for it anymore. Over the last month I’ve made a lot of improvements at work and don’t dread going in like I did before. The on-again/off-again boyfriend has also noticed an incredible improvement and we actually have more fun being around each other. He says it’s like I’m a different person now and likes to see me smile as well. We actually spend more time together than we did when we were dating. (we’ve broken up a couple of times and officially we’re not a couple anymore, but we still see each other a few times a week and still sleep together)

The side effects are like the others, tired, fatigue, yawning, nausea, loss of appetite, having incredible problems getting started in the morning and at first a lot of problems sleeping at night. A lot of that has waned by now. Some jitters and I find I’m always shaking my foot and leg a lot. No unusual dreams, but then I’ve had really vivid dreams and reoccuring dreams all my life. I’m not noticing any focus issues or memory loss.

However, over the last week or so, i’ve noticed the sexual side effects kick in a bit. My libido is just as strong as ever, but I find I’m not able to have an orgasm, even when I do it myself. Needless to say, the boyfriend has been feeling inadequate because of this and not sure he is seeing the connection with the medication. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow for a checkup and I’ll be able to discuss this side effect, so we’ll see. I’m feel encouraged since other ladies here say it’s been resolved after a month or so or by cutting down the dosage.

Has anyone found that the anorgasmia problem going away on it’s own or does is it definitely tied in to lowering the dosage? I’ve suffered depression since childhood and the anxiety for most of my adult life. I actually feel great on this medicine. I enjoy work and life again. I enjoy friends and going out and being active and productive again. I know this medicne doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me.

It should go without saying, not everyone will have the same possitive experience I’ve had, but that’s because everyone is an individual and medicines don’t help all the people all of the time.

I hope eveyone finds the medicine and dosage that works for them. I don’t want to stop this medicine yet, but the sexual side effect is a real bummer.

February 20, 2009 at 7:39 am
(485) Daniel says:

well from the looks of it i see everyone is talking bad about the sideffects and i have to take lexapro tomorrow or either monday. i used to take paxil and quit because of the side effects.

February 20, 2009 at 11:37 am
(486) Mike says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 3-4 years now, and it’s not easy to summarize the damage it has caused me, although I will admit it helped with depression. Yippee.

In the meantime I developed uncontrolled spasms of my neck and shoulder muscles that really got unbearable when I tried to go to sleep or otherwise relax (ever try to meditate while your head is jerking around?). I’m praying that this is not permanent, because it is a worse hell than depression itself.

I started tapering off two and a half weeks ago and today it’s been 3 days with no Lex at all. The muscle spams are worse than ever, brain shocks that go down to my feet, terrifying chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, difficulty speaking and forming words. All this *after* tapering the dose.

For everyone above reporting their experiences 5 minutes after taking Lexapro for the first time or whatever – don’t take anymore. Talk to your doctor, inform him that his drug rep is either an ignoramus or a liar if he said there are no side effects, or no withdrawal, and figure out some other course of action or medication.

Lexapro is a nightmare, IMHO and experience.

February 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm
(487) Tanya Shine says:

I have been taking lexapro for 3 years. Started on 5mg, then moved up to 10mg eventually 20 mg. The first side effect I noticed was a mild headache then cotton mouth for 6 weeks. The biggest side effect has been the weight gain. I gained 20 pounds and not happy with it. Told my doctor about it but she said “It’s happy weight.” Like that makes it any better. I also notice it makes me sleepy so I have to take it at night. I also have feeling of selfishness and I the “I don’t care attitude.” I have tried twice to get off this medication, as many of you have tried. I tried weaning myself off slowly that has been a nightmare. I have tried cold turkey which is where I am now, severe headaches, irritable. I am doing research into trying the more holistic approach. Like SAM-e, 5-htp, passion flower tea. I have to say that lexapro did help me dramatically with my sucidial thoughts and my severe anxieties that I was having but now 3 yrs later the depression has gone and the anxieties are slight. So I feel I need to get off lexapro and try a more holistic approach. Exercise, meditation, yoga, diet, natural homeopathic medicines. Nature provides, she always has, we have just forgotten about her.

February 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(488) Tanya Shine says:

Somethings I forgot to mention the first time around: I lost my sex drive and having an orgasm didn’t happen. Short memory, yawning, Although the loss of desire has since past, it definitely isn’t the same as it was. Orgasms resumed but not as frequently. I use to be able to have 3 or 4 a day now I am lucky if I have 1 or 2 a week. The yawning is annoying, as well as the short term memory. And the DREAMS or absolutely insane, freaky, crazy.

February 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm
(489) Lisa says:

I started taking Lexapro 4 days ago for stomach problems related to anxiety and cancer. What I feel is a dizziness, slight trouble walking, feeling out of it. I was not convinced it was the right thing but this has convinced me. I hope this feeling goes away soon.

February 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(490) tanya Shine says:

To anyone who cares….

Check out “The Green Pharmacy” by James Duke

A wonderful book on holistic healing.

Check out “Energy Medicine” by Donna Eden

helping alot

Good Luck Lisa with the cancer….. Check out the books you might be surprise by what is out there. I wish you the best

February 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm
(491) mel says:

I have been on Lexapro since December of 2007. Since Feb. 2008 I have gained 30-35 pounds. The thing is I don’t seem to eat much more then before. I sometimes have trouble concentrating on things and now since my weight gain I am even more depressed..If I don’t take my pill at a certain time, I have a deathly sick headache and feel miserable, sick to my stomach. After taking Lexapro, I feel groggy and very sleepy. I have thought about trying to wean myself from it. I am taking 20 mg a day. Any advice on how to do this without suffering would be greatly appreciated…

February 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm
(492) Tanya Shine says:

Mel, First, get the book “The Green Pharmacy” by James Duke. Really good with alot of info. Then start tapering down to 10 mg everyday then, after about a week or two, depends on you, go to 5 mg every week. Then do 5 mg every other day, then every third day and so on. Then go without and then start taking 5htp 50mg, once at night when you go to sleep. This is what I am doing. I have lost 4 lbs in the eight days that I have been off lexapro. Taking arnica, for the headaches, drinking passionflower and starting to feel better still having some withdrawals. I am more sensitive to others feelings now. Still happy as can be. Still have weird dreams. Sex drive way, way up, orgasms alot more intense and more often. Irritable but normal amounts. Not eating everything in sight, My cravings for sweets has pretty much disappeared. Loosing weight and loving it. My head is out of a fog. Trust in yourself and gather knowledge where you can. Good Luck

February 28, 2009 at 2:35 am
(493) Craig says:

Lexapro has taken away the feeling of “dread” that I feel every day when I go to work. Some people call it a numbness, but I find it just makes everything “OK” so I can just deal with it.
No real side effects except libido is reduced and a gradual weight gain that worries me considerably…25 lbs in 2 years that refuses to go away no matter what I do.

February 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(494) tanya Shine says:

Craig the weight gain is NOT going to go away and the libido isn’t going to get any better. Good Luck

February 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(495) Theresa says:

I am on my second day of taking 1/2 a pill. I was fine all day but then this night it slammed into me like a Mack truck. SEVERE panic attack- like feelings: heart beating out of my chest like crazy, severe dizziness, feeling like I’m going to faint, whole body gets hot then cold, shaking, out of body experience, and nausea. It’s flipping AWFUL. I called the pharmacist and they told me to stop taking it immediately since it’s only day 2, and to contact my physician on Monday. I’ll take mild depression ANY day over this. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

March 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm
(496) Elle says:

i’ve been on Lexapro for about a year, always under a doctor’s care, and recently
(2 months ago) my dose was upped to a “thereaputic” dose.
i am relieved to see that others are having the same side effects as i am:
-short term memory loss
-in a fog – “crap i missed my turn”, “did that really happen, or was it a dream”, daydreams, mind wanders, lack of focus, etc.
-weight gain and always hungry
-weird dreams
-dry-mouth

here’s my advice and coping strategies:
-get into therapy. depression and anxiety are only treated by pills, they are cured by therapy.
-never start or stop medication without your doctor’s advice and guidance. if lexapro isn’t for you, then express this to your doctor. if they don’t listen, continue to take it until you find another doctor who will.
-if you are on 5mg, your doctor may then up you to 10mg in a few weeks (and even to 15mg if he/she sees fit). NEVER skip a dose.
-carry around a pad of paper and a pen to jot down notes. i know this seems elementary, but for me it’s the only way i can continue to do my job without forgetting things.
-express self-control when it comes to eating. yeah yeah, i know it’s like a diet plan! i keep a shelf in my pantry with sweets on it, and eat one per day (if that, i’m not really a sweets person). i snack on healthy stuff like veggies and chips & salsa. i also work out three times a week – i am sorry to report that i only maintain my weight.
-chew gum and drink tons of water. don’t drink soda; the sugar in soda makes dry mouth worse, and the caffeine actually makes anxiety worse. this you should also discuss with your doctor as caffeine is a drug.

i have been on zoloft and klonopin, and lexapro is the best thing for me. those of you who have only been on it for 12 hours, 2 days, or a week, give it time, it takes at least 2 weeks to get into your system, balance out and begin to do its job. every time your dose is upped, it takes that long to feel the effect of the new dosing, too.

i hoped this helped, thanks for starting this thread way back when ♥

March 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm
(497) sheila10@mchsi says:

ive been on lexap for about 5years its been okay for the last 4 years.but ive been having alot of problemes latley wait gain my head to seems to be buzzing alot .and if i move my .eyes sto fast it about makes me sick i have depression bad .and exssesive compolsive dissorder and it has helped i just cant undrstand why ive been feeling this way we have increased it to 20millogram .and its got worse for me
.is ther
.any body that has the same problem i do please help thank you for just .listning to me

March 2, 2009 at 11:10 pm
(498) David says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for a little over three months. I still haven’t decided whether the positive effects (a generally pleasant, relaxed mood, with greatly reduced suicidal ideation) outweigh the negative (anorgasmia, loss of erection, excessive sleeping and resting, lack of motivation to do any real work, and constant vivid dreams).

Before the meds, I had lost my will to live and actively sought to die. Nothing brought me any happiness. For a few weeks I also had very little appetite and lost a lot of weight. Since I started on Lexapro, I feel as though I’ve transformed into a stoner– I lie around, eat and sleep a lot, and have a happy and goofy demeanor, but no drive or discipline whatsoever. I worry about failing out of grad school, as I’ve barely done any work this semester (previously I always did my work on time and always got A’s).

Which is worse?

March 3, 2009 at 11:54 am
(499) somene who cares says:

my wife has been taking this for a little over a year now and the doctor just doubled her dose to 20′s. after a few months of what seemed like everything was going pretty good she has decided to just up and leave and doesnt care about our marriage anymore. now for as long as i have known her she was always dead set that marriage is forever till death do us part. after reading all the stuff on here about the side effects i cant help but wonder if its not the lexapro taking over. looking back after reading all the side effects that others have posted i have realised that she has a lot of these: headaches, complaining about cramps (pms) irregular cycles, crazy dreams, always sleepy, complete loss of sex drive, weight gain, a lot of times at night i would roll over and cuddle with her and she would be soaked in sweat from head to toe, and over the last couple months i noticed a lack of emotions from her and others have noticed this as well. about 3 weeks ago she just up and left me saying she just didnt care about the marriage anymore. i want to try to save our marriage but i feel like as long as she is on this drug its not going to happen. can anyone give me any insight to this and how i could possible confront her about it? i have talked to her gyn doc about it but all he says is if there is a problem she needs to call. they wont even make a curtesy call to check on her. i thought this was supposed to be monitored closly? im going to see a physc shortly and will ask him about it as well. but if there is any input i can get from anyone please help.

March 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(500) tanya Shine says:

To “Someone who cares” I am going to make this short and to the point. The lexapro is making this happen.

Part of the reason I went off was because I really didn’t think I wanted to be in my marriage either on top of all the other problems I was having, dizziness, weight gain, no libido, no motivation, blood pressure went up, ibs, water retention, vivid and bizarre dreams, short term memory, cotton mouth, sleeping all the time in fact any chance I could, joint pain, stomach problems and so on. My husband and I just celebrated our 24 anniversary of marriage.

I knew something was wrong when my health was getting worse. Yes, Lexapro worked wonders the first year and half and then slowly the problems began, more severe, began to happen. For the last year I have been trying to get off Lexapro and it has been extremely hard. I am now in to my second week without it and withdrawal symptons are starting to get better, slowly but better. My weight is starting to come off, my sex drive has sky rocketed, My husband is having trouble keeping up with me. Orgasms have tripled. My marriage is beginning to repair itself and it is great.

I don’t know how long yall have been married, but the more you push the more she will move away. Why not let her read this web site and see if that doesn’t change her mind. I wish you the best of luck.

And to anyone else….. the answer to the most common question I have read here is “WHAT IS WORSE LEXAPRO OR DEPRESSION/ANXIETY” The majority has spoken in these 499 comments and the majority is saying “LEXAPRO” Good luck everyone.

March 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm
(501) David says:

I have been on Lexipro for 2 wks now and it has completely taken away my anxiety. I am absolutely thrilled with the results! I originally came to this site however about 10 days ago as I was having a lot of the symptoms mentioned on this site (pressure headaches in the temples, electric pins & needles up and down the body).

The symptoms disappeared into this air a few days ago and I am now left feeling fantastic. When I came to this site and read all the doom & gloom though I almost took myself off the tablets on day 3.

Thank god I stayed the course and persevered. I have since realised that people come to this site because they probably google “lexapro side effects” like I did. The people who don’t have any problems don’t come here at all. And I think for those that have side effects, once the side effects abate they forget about this site and get on with their lives.

I am returning to let you know that in my case the side effects went away and I feel a WHOLE lot better than I did before the medication. I can now take charge of my life again without being a victim of my anxiety and mild depression.

I just wanted to share my story and let you know that this drug definitely can work.

March 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(502) SharB says:

David and I had the same experience (see my original post #341)where we almost gave up because of the side effects in the beginning. It takes awhile for the drug to “kick in”. I have now been on Lexapro for about a year, and noticed it didn’t seem to be working as well as it did in the beginning. My doc increased the dose from 10mg to 15mg, and after a week of some mild side effects, I am back on track!! I also agree with David regarding the reason there seems to be more negative feedback than positive feedback on this site. I am sorry for those people that this drug does not work for, but like I said last November, you have to give it time to work! And work closely with you doctor!! Good luck to all!

March 6, 2009 at 10:28 am
(503) e-GAD says:

I have been on either Paxil or Lexapro for the better part of the last 10 years. For the last 4 I have been on Lexapro, which worked extremely well until my mom moved in with my family :-) I switched back to Paxil and went to a therapist for a few months. I felt I was ready to go back to Lexapro – it seems to have a lower incidence of side-effects (for me personally). My doc wanted me to combine Paxil w/Lexapro for 5 days to transition to just Lexapro. Due to pharmacy mix ups (darn Walmart!) I was completely out of Paxil for about 3-4 days and only taking Lexapro. What bizarre dreams!! I finally got the Paxil refilled and am following doc’s orders, so I will probably feel more normal in a few days.

One thing I have found since being diagnosed with GAD, is that whenever there is a change in meds, I get a little anxious wondering if it will work or if it will turn me into some mutant half-human. This has resulted in panic attacks more than once. One doc told me that the meds will not 100% prevent an attack, but will help take the edge off.

All of this is to say – sometimes it takes trial and error to find the right meds or combination of meds that will work for each individual. Therapy is a huge help as well. Some can wean off the meds with therapy, so far I haven’t been able to do that. The best advice is to hang in there and work closely with your doc (all of them if you have more than one – make sure they all know that you are being treated for GAD, depression, OCD, whatever.)

March 7, 2009 at 4:53 am
(504) bill says:

the office stress, had a real freeking jerk i was forced to work with, tried it for a year, desided not to kill the office jerk. But my sex drive died, wife thinks i’ve lost intrest. so been off it for 1 week, now i hear weird sounds, hammer wacking a plastic tub 100 feet away. sex drive is comming back, hurray for my marrage.

March 9, 2009 at 9:37 am
(505) Jackie says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 3 months now and am seriously considering getting off. I’ve been on 20 mg for the better part of the last 3 months and am starting to see some side effects. Most of my anxiety is gone now but I’m not sleeping at nite and feel pretty worthless during the day. I’m always tired as a result of restless sleeping and uncontrollable cold sweats at nite. I wake up completely soaked through every day and struggle with staying awake throughout the day.

I can’t decide if my anxiety is bad enough to continue to deal with this. I live in a house with my boyfriend and his 5 friends so I worry that if I come off the pill my anxiety will only escalate because of my living situation. As is I find myself reaching a breaking point every few days but haven’t had a complete break down which is probably due to my being on Lex.

*sigh*

March 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(506) Noreen says:

OMG, my doctor started me on 20 mg of lexapro. I took it at 11:00 am and seemed okay during the day. At 1:00 am I woke up feeling nauseated. I got out of bed and all of a sudden my whole body felt on fire. I headed back for the bed and prayed it would stop, but it kept getting worse. I called 911 and they said it was the Lexapro. It has been 3 days and I am still getting these episodes of this burning feeling in my arms and back…noooo fun. This drug is not for me. I was getting scared and then I read a couple of posts here of people who felt the same thing. I read only 2% of people get this burning feeling. I don’t know if the amount of my first dose had anything to do with it, but I have been reading that a lot of you were started on 5 or 10 mg, not 20. I only weigh 125 pounds…I am off this drug forever.

March 11, 2009 at 3:47 am
(507) Annie says:

I’ve been on lexapro for about seven months for depression and anxiety. I have actually lost weight while I’ve been on it because I don’t feel the need to ‘comfort eat’ all the time any more. The only major side effect that I have had from it is the loss of libido, which is annoying, but I would rather be on lexapro than feel like I did before I was taking it.

March 11, 2009 at 11:10 am
(508) Kara says:

Every drug affects every person differently. Period. Listen to your body, and talk to your doctor. I’ve had clinical depression my whole life, and also developed severe anxiety. My symptoms often worsen around my monthly cylce. I go crazy :) I developed severe post-partum depression last August, and Lexapro was a lifesaver. All antidpressants kill my libido, and Lexapro did too. This drug gives me tremors, caffeine-like high, slight nausea, and tiredness, but those go away after first couple of weeks. Never have been able to recover my libido while on an antidepressant, but I’m so up and down when I’m drug-free and depressed, that my libido doesn’t matter that much anyway. I’d rather stay alive and happy for now.

March 11, 2009 at 11:16 am
(509) Kara says:

…PS – And oh yes, WILD DREAMS! Never had dreams like that before…

March 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(510) Judy says:

I have been on Lexapro for four days for acute anxiety. My anxiety is less. I can still concentrate. It actually has freed my mind so I can work without feeling dread. The first night I took it, I woke up about 4 hours after taking the pill & couldn’t get back to sleep. The next night, I woke up in the first hour of sleep and then every hour after that. Then I began taking it in the morning. The first night I slept through, the second night, I slept for a few hours, woke up, but it was easier to fall back to sleep.
The only thing I can say is, this medicine is supposed to get you through a temporary crisis until you are strong enough to handle things. That at least is what I’m using it for. I plan to take it for one month and then get something milder until I am finally weaned off medication and can go back to my “normal” life, without meds. (This is the first time I’ve ever taken anything.)

March 13, 2009 at 9:23 am
(511) Brooke says:

Hi everyone. Well I have been on Lexapro for about two weeks now. Luckily I have not experienced any of the side effects besides dry mouth (which is not bad, it’s good to drink a lot of water to begin with) I have not noticed an increased appetite, actually it’s decreased a tremendous amount and when I was on prozac I ate so much and gained about 20 lbs. I have lost 4 pounds already in counting. :) You all cannot think about these side effects and think everyone is the same. Everyone will have a different reaction to different medications. This has been a success for me. I have chronic depression and anxiety. I have noticed an increased concentration, happy thoughts, energy and it is unnessary for me to sleep all day long now. (which I did for about three months when I went off prozac) As for the sex drive (because we all know this is important) it it still there, but I can’t say that it has changed much because when I am depressed the last thing I’m thinking about is getting into any kind of physical thing. Shakiness to me is probrably your body trying to fight the drug that is trying to overtake your nerves. Give this prescription a try and don’t think about these side effects. That’s part of anxiety is thinking about things so much that you make your body worked up and out of control. Relax let the pills work and go on with your life. You will know if you body is really rejecting it, but don’t overreact and don’t over think. I wish you all the best of luck and happy days. :) Life is very difficult nowadays and just keep yourselfs surrounded by nice friends and family. Happy St. Patricks day! :)
Love,
Brooke

March 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(512) Chris says:

I just took Lexapro for 1st time; experiencing nausea, dizziness, and more anxiety than before taking it. Thank you for your posts, after reading other posts, Im am taking myself off immediately

March 14, 2009 at 12:18 am
(513) Mike says:

Have been taking Lexapro for 4 years. Had anxiety and agoraphobia. For the 1st 2 years, took only 5mg. (now take 10 mg). Didn’t notice a change in feeling for 6-8 weeks. I’ll go as far to say that the drug helped me get a relatively normal life back. I’m not sure I’ve had any side effects. May have had a little weight gain…but also could be that when I’m more relaxed, I tend to eat more in a good way. I may experience a little fatigue, but again not sure. Frankly, once my anxiety got better, the sexual function and general happiness was definitely better. I’m curious as to the people that have had a positive experience on it and feel it makes them tired…

March 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(514) Nicole says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 4 days now for GAD and Depression and I can already see how it has helped. I am much calmer. The things tha usally upset me or make very depressed don’t. I have a lot blah feeling though.

March 15, 2009 at 7:21 am
(515) shera says:

I am not having any real side effects to lexapro, besides feeling better and as for the weight gain…well watch what you eat people it may not always be the drug!

March 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(516) Metalhead says:

I have taken half of pill one today, five hours ago. The side effects were almost immediate, within one hour of taking the first 5mg dose. It makes me feel even more anxious than I was before I took it, makes me feel volatile like I could blow up at any minute and feel like theres an explosive mood lurking beneath the surface. I also am breathing strangely. I can breathe fine, but it feels like I am inhaling when my body feels like exhaling and my breathing generally feels out of sync. I am sweating and feeling flushed for no reason as well. So after only one pill, I feel anxious, flushed and sweaty, volatile, am experiencing abnormal breathing and overall feel just INCREDIBLY STRANGE. All these unpleasant side effects are the result of a HALF a dose, and I don’t intend to continue, it seems the side effects are worse than my original feelings and Ive heard this is a hell of a drug to come off of and it has long term serious damage to your brain. I am not taking it anymore you can bet on that.

March 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(517) Sam says:

I have taken Lex for 3 weeks now. I am only taking half a pill every morning. Last week I took one each day and I was so drawsy and dizzy that my doctor told me to take only half. The half has done miracles. I am calm – not happy which is really not my goal either. I feel normal. I haven’t had any weight gains but I’m a very healthy eater and I excercise a lot. I have not idea if on the long run I will gain weight but it hasn’t happened till now.

March 16, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(518) Pam says:

I first started taking Lexapro 5 years ago. I had to go to a psych guy to get approval for gastric bypass surgery. After talking to him he recommended Lexapro because I was dealing with anxiety and depression and never really talked to anyone about my feelings. Thought all these things were normal. I have experienced so many side effects and dealt with it because other drugs could be worse. Constant yawning, sweating, pushing myself to do anything because I’m tired,electric shocks at night that make you jump off the bed, dizziness,nausea. Some of these things I attributed to menopause or my surgery. After I had the gastric bypass I lost 115 lbs. But, lbs were creeping back on and I wasn’t changing anything. I thought I would get a hold of this weight gain. Joined WW so I would get weighed every week and stay on some kind of program. Have been struggling for 1 yr. I got angry and stopped the drug cold turkey. Was taking 20 mgs. I am feeling terrible but have lost 11 lbs in 3 weeks. Went through this surgery and no drug is going to screw it up for me. Going to the psych guy in 1 wk for my regular appt. and discuss this whole mess. I’m sure that he is not going to be happy but he is going to have to find me meds that don’t cause weight gain. Finding something for my anxiety and depression is important but right now this weight thing is making me crazy.

March 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(519) Lisa says:

I slowly went off Lexapro reduced to 1/2 tablet a day for a month, the side effects were nausea, vertigo? Then 1/2 every second day for two weeks. I have been off all together for nearly a week and the vertigo feeling has increased to every five minutes. It is awful, like something is under my skin and heat flushes. Im to young for menopause. Has anyone else had this andhow long did it last?

March 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm
(520) Rachel says:

I am 17 years old and have been on Lexapro for about 1 1/2 years now. before taking lexapro, i was very depressed. crying multiple times per day, sometimes not even knowing exactly why! Now, I feel soo much better. almost 100%. I raely cry and i have a very postitive outlook on life! But one thing i will have to say is that i feel like i have no emotions. i never get upset, even when i should. im not able to be sympathetic towards people either. I also am way more tired than I used to be. a normal day for me now is waking up at around 8am going to school, getting home at 12ish then sleeping till 7pm , waking up for a little then going back to bed around 11. I have also experienced tremendous weight gain. I was 120 and at my highest, i reached 160. so i gained about 40 pounds. I have been dieting for about 3 months and have lost 15 pounds, but its been very hard. I also feel sick to my stomach alot.

March 18, 2009 at 9:58 am
(521) S. Ryan says:

I just started taking Lexapro 1 day ago. My doctor said that Lexapro is least likely to cause weight gain. I’m looking forward to feeling better. I am scared of the sexual side effects.

March 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(522) Sarah says:

For the yawning: drink a glass of water. It sounds odd, but it works. I’ve noticed for years that I yawn when I’m thirsty. I recently started taking Lexapro, and noticed I get yawning “attacks” — so I drink a glass of water, and they stop. I’m not drinking silly amounts of water, only enough to stay well hydrated. Bonus: it’s good for you!

March 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(523) Patty says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for over 5 years and, of ALL the ones I’ve tried, it has worked the absolute best. I take other meds so I’m not sure which one made me (and continues to make me) gain weight. I still yawn alot, though I’m not tired. My libido is nonexistent but I’ve learned to deal with it. (My husband is also on Lexapro!) But one precaution: I am bi-polar and without doc’s advice, decided to increase my lexapro dose to 20 mg. WARNING: it’s called “anti-depressant-induced mania.” Not pretty. Expecially with Lexapro, don’t mess with your dose. More is not necessarily better. for those who freak out about others’ side effects, please note that ALL anti-depressants have side effects (all drugs of all kinds do). For me, the risks FAR outweigh the benefits

March 19, 2009 at 7:17 am
(524) Wendi says:

My dr put me on Lexapro 20mg, I was on it for two years and I felt better than I ever remember feeling. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Basically, I have no meaning nightmares, get anxiety on things that happen throughout the day without even realizing it that it bothers me. On the medicine, I feel happier, more energy, better sex drive, and calm about everything I do or that happens day to day.

I got pregnant so I stopped taking the medicine without consulting my dr first. I started hallucinating, brain zaps, nightmares, etc. I called a counselor who advised me to ween off it by cutting back 5mg every week and it was easy to get off it with no side effects.

Its been a year since I was on it and I feel the need to go back on it. It worked wonders for me before.

I advise anyone to be carefully monitored while on it and if you decide to stop taking it, get the advise of a dr so you don’t have any complications.

March 19, 2009 at 7:42 am
(525) Bree says:

I was on it for a few years. But i only took 5 mg. I had a huge fear of taking meds after trying Cymbalta which freaked me out. So Dr told me to just take 5mg. I ended up staying with that. Im a petite person so i felt i didnt need as much. I think it worked great. Libido was down, but i did not gain any weight or have any other side effects. I got Preganant and went off it cold turkey. I think b/c i was only taking a small dosage, that it didnt effect me as much as it should have. I had dizziness and major mood swings, and a slight depression..cried a lot. But iw as also Pregnant which can bring those things on as well. All in all, I think it did wonders and i will consider getting back on it after my baby is born.

March 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(526) Mel says:

I have been on lexapro 20 mg for over a year. I was prescribed this for severe depression, anxiety and panic attacks. It seemed to work but there were several side effects, dizziness, confusion, lack of concentration, sleepiness, like everyone else, I felt like I was high, but the worst effect was the weight gain. I gained 40 pounds, and I can honestly say my eating pattern never really changed. Ok the weight gain is enough to make any person severely depressed..I just kept gaining and gaining so I decided to go off of them myself. I started just breaking them in half and taking 10 mg, well I did this for about 4 or 5 days then I just quit taking them all together. I have been off of them for well today is day 17. The side effects weren’t as bad as I thought they might be. I did have a very bad headache almost every day and still seemed “confused”. But now, I seem to have swelling in my left leg, sometimes my hands and smother alot. Which I didn’t do before. I do find that it don’t take much to get me ticked off, but I am hoping and praying that all of this will go away and I can get back to my life. I do have an important question for the people who have went off of this medicine…HAS ANYONE LOST ANY OF THE WEIGHT THIS HAS PUT ON THEM AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE BEFORE THEY STARTED ACTUALLY LOSING?? I don’t expect to lose any so soon, but there are days that I don’t eat hardly anything and I can’t seem to drop a pound. Just please give me hope that I can shed some of this. I will never go back on this medicine and never will suggest it to anyone. Good luck to you all who are on it. I hope it does help you and don’t cause all of these side effects on you..

March 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(527) Madison says:

I have been on lexapro for a month. I took Klonopin for over a year. I started for a week on 10mg and then to 20 per day. In the first two weeks i became crazy tired, drinking water constantly, yawning, and even gained 15 pounds. I HATE this medication. I am insomniac and take medication for that as well and as sleepy as Lex makes me, i can not for my life get to sleep or stay asleep!!!

March 21, 2009 at 12:26 am
(528) RBD 56 says:

I have been on lexapro for about 3 months. I have noticed that I don’t have the anxiety attacks, But I am gaining weight, can’t sleep and have jut flat out become lazy. Though I have not really lost my sex drive or able the to get erect or climax, I have noticed over the last week thatI have have blood in my seman and urine. The doctor says I have no infections and I have had been tested for everything known to man. Has anyone else out there had this problem

March 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(529) Kayla says:

I am 18 years old and I started taking Lexapro 3 days ago. The first day I was extremely shaky and had a fast heart beat and I felt really high. I felt nauseous and couldn’t eat anything. I also felt extremely dizzy and like I couldn’t concentrate. My mouth was extremely dry and I had to constantly drink water. The second day was the same and I was just feeling hopeless about the whole thing. I wanted to stop, but I knew I would feel even worse. Today, I took my fourth pill and I must admit that I think I am getting better. I can sleep for at least a few hours at a time and I ate today for the first time since I have been taking this medication. I still feel slightly high and I’m still really shaky, but I think that it’s going to get better soon.

March 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(530) Dan says:

I’ve been on Lexapro since last week. My anxiety seems worse than ever and mood swings are horrible. Feeling blah and can’t get a good nights sleep or get motivated to do anything.

March 25, 2009 at 5:56 am
(531) Neil says:

I had been taking lexapro for depression for over 3 years. I weaned myself off them over a 4 week period and it was the worst month of my life, within 3 days I was getting dizzy spells alond with the shocks and wierd noises in my head, massive anxiety attacks and total confusion sometimes. After 4 weeks I am still getting the shock and dizzy sensations.

While I was on the drug it did control the depression to a degree it was accompanied by the loss of libido, loss of sensation in orgasm, tiredness yet inability to sleep and weight gain.

My 10 cents worth is don’t bother with this drug and give your doctor a wack on the back of the head for suggesting you take it, 10 minutes on the internet will confirm this.

My condolences and best wishes to anyone trying to get off it, hang in there.

March 25, 2009 at 11:18 am
(532) carol says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 7 years, I now have terrible joint pain, swelling and heat in my joints, sometimes I sleep all the time sometimes I am so tired I can hardly stand it and I can’t sleep. I have a really slow heart rate now, shortness of breath, and when I try to go off Lexapro the brain zaps and the ringing in my ears are sooooooooo bad I can hardly stand it. I spend most days just setting on the couch, I have no life and didn’t realize this was all from the Lexapro till reacently. I take 10 mg and I don’t even take it everyday, I did for years, now I only take it every two or three days. It’s terrible stuff

March 26, 2009 at 5:04 am
(533) Kristy says:

Hello from Australia here….
I have been prescribed Lexapro 10mg once daily for the treatment of PMDD.
I have been on it only 2 days.
Day one I felt nausea and headache. Which I assumed would pass in a few days.
Day two was very different. Same symptoms as mentioned above but with more adverse effects.
An overwhelming feeling of doom, suicidal thoughts, uncontrollable shaking, hallucinating & crying for no reason.
Not to mention I would open my mouth to talk and a whole lot of gibberish would come out.

I knew that all of these were due to the medication as there was nothing to trigger these thoughts or reactions.
I was happily going about my motherly jobs and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I am off to see my doctor tomorrow for an alternative medication.

Good luck to each and every one of you.
Kristy

March 26, 2009 at 5:28 am
(534) Kristy says:

Sorry,
I forgot to mention the overpowering lack of energy.
Yawning all day and taking so long to complete what should normally be an easy task.
Kristy

March 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(535) Sherry says:

I have been on Lexapro for 4 weeks and have had shaking in my hands, heart palputations, extreme yawning, and some thoughts of sucide. I stopped taking it for a week with no side effects. For the last week, I cut the 10mg pills in half and I do not have the symptoms as with the whole 10mg. I am going to continue the half pill and see what happens. It has stopped the sudden weeping and stress.

March 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(536) Jim says:

I am on lexapro for a month now. I started with a quarter of 10 mg tablets for 2 weeks and half for 1 week after that I took complete 10 mg Tablet for 3 three days.
The side effects I have first dry mouth and lips, funny hart biting and losing weight libido issues. Second last three days when I take hall tablet makes shaking, anxiety and thought of suicide or afraid of dying.
Is that helping someone?
Jim

March 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(537) rae says:

it makes me shake too and figit constantly. i heard it only lasts for a few weeks though. as if that’s pleasant. it makes me so tired too. If i didn’t have to work I could probably sleep for more than 12 hours.

March 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm
(538) Stacia says:

Well, I have been taking LEXAPRO for about 7 years now… The only side effect that I have is a vertigo like felling in my eyes and head when I move my head quickly. That is the best way to explain it. That is usually when I forget a dose. A friend of mine just went off LEXAPRO because she became pregnant. She said that the “come down” was horrible and she was in bed for weeks. She can’t wait to give birth so she can go back on it… It works for me.

March 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(539) Stacia says:

I just read a post about a women who was on it for 7 years and does not take LEXAPRO every day and sometimes takes it every other day… This does not work. You need to take this med every day around the same time every day or it will not work…. Either slowly go off this med or take it right… I hope it works out for you..

March 29, 2009 at 11:50 am
(540) James says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for nearly 2 years now. It works very well but I do notice some short term memory loss. Anxiety is so much better but I do notice I still tend to worry somewhat but I don’t dwell on it like before. On a positive note I last much longer in the bedroom my erections last longer so it’s almost like a form of viagra!

March 31, 2009 at 1:26 am
(541) Kellie says:

I have been taking Lexapro for the past 2 months to counteract my depression and anxiety. I have taken wellbutrin (made me angry) prozac (made me vomit daily) and zoloft (made me totally numb to the world.) I absolutely love Lexapro, and for the first time in my life I actually feel capable to pursue the things that I have wanted to, and feel like I can handle adverse situations. I do not constantly worry over things, and I feel that I can be far more rational and productive. I have had no adverse side effects, except maybe a little memory trouble, but then again I have always had a bad short-term memory. I am not sure if it helps others, but it has definitely made a positive difference in my life and I hope that it continues to do so.

March 31, 2009 at 11:07 am
(542) eva says:

i was on lexapro a few yrs back and for the first year or so i felt great! yes, i did gain weight, but i had no more anxiety and depression..but then i felt like it stopped working, and i became very sluggish, foggy, and so i switched to wellbutrin…that alone worked good….i stopped it april 08 and in october 08 i had a major breakdown with severe panic attacks, constant anxiety, and depression…so after a few trials of other drugs like prozac i went back to lexapro and wellbutrin…it worked great for the first few months, now i’m foggy, groggy, and my anxiety is coming back…i don’t know what else there is to take for anxiety besides buspar which i tried, but only for a week-i felt worse!! i want off the lexapro since i have no energy to do anything and it seems to not be working anymore (again) any suggestions? please email me at em1122@msn.com. i almost had to take medical leave of absense at work last oct, but got better, and now i’m afraid its going to get worse like it did and i can’t afford not to work!! someone help!!!

March 31, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(543) melancoliquel says:

I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. A few months back I tried Lexapro as I have had chronic depression from quite a young age. I never wanted to take drugs thinking they were some kind of conspiracy to keep deep thinkers in line. Anyway I bit the bullet and decided I would give them a try as they say”if you can’t beat them, join them”. I took them for two weeks but I stopped taking them(with no side-effects) because I decided I was going to commit suicide so it didn’t matter. I did attempt suicide but it didn’t work(obviously). I still had a script left over so I filled it yesterday. I took 5mg’s yesterday and 5mgs this morning. I feel great! But it’s like I’ve had a bit of speed. I don’t feel sick .But after an hour of exercise yesterday the drug kicked in again, giving me another high. I know it’s early days, but I hope these are auspicious signs of a good drug. I so need it because I haven’t been able to work. I feel so anxious!

March 31, 2009 at 11:51 pm
(544) laila says:

this medicine does make u gain weight and it makes you have bad mood swings.i dont recommend it, but trileptal is a good medicine, but i dont think abilify is good.

April 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm
(545) Dee says:

I’m on day 1 of 5mg for anxiety/sleeplessness/mild depression – my first ever anti-depressants. After trying some natural things, exercise, St John’s Wort, I felt it was time to ‘cross to the dark side’ and seek medical help. Also I’d started smoking cigarettes again, which was ridiculous, considering I was too scared to take anti-depressants because they were unhealthy!!. I wanted to clear my head of foggy negativity and constant sadness. I was so flat I couldn’t do anything, and I have a job interview tomorrow plus uni assignments due. Well, the result? After 5mg last night, I had 8 hours sleep, woke up, took a shower, then went back to bed for another couple of hours. Now 1pm, I have a headache, neckache, dry mouth, my head is in a fishbowl, I want to sleep, and it’s been one of the most unproductive days of my life! I can’t move. I won’t take it again tonight, as I can’t afford this feeling tomorrow…. What a bummer, it looks like this drug isn’t going to work… Good luck, all.

April 2, 2009 at 7:41 am
(546) Lindsay says:

I was on Wellbutrin, but it wasn’t doing anything, so I started Lexapro last night. I took 10mg last night before bed and this morning I had to call in sick to work because I felt like crap. My jaw is really stiff and I have a dull headache. I feel really agitated and I feel neauseous. I’m probably going to take 5mg tonight and see if I feel any better. I was on this medicine 6 years ago when I graduated high school and I remember feeling awful the first two weeks. After two weeks I felt like I was floating all the time. Not sure if I’ll continue this.

April 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm
(547) Marizi says:

I have been on Lexapro 5mg for over 6 months now. The first couple weeks were BRUTAL. I had the burning sensation all over my body, my heart would race and I felt like I was high, I couldn’t concentrate at work or focus on anything for that matter. After being on the drug for so long now I have absolutely no sex drive whatesoever. I cannot reach orgasm either. I am setting up an appt with my doctor to see if he can put me on something else. It did help my anxiety a little bit but I have not noticed much of a difference after 6 months. Good luck to everyone.

April 3, 2009 at 12:16 am
(548) CHRIS says:

Have been on 30mg Lex for 6 months now for depression and panic and anxiety disorder. I would say the dep, and anxiety is 96% better now. However have had side effects. At first, was insomnia, shaking, inceased sweating, and anxiety. That went away after 2 wks, now I am just 20LBS heavier! Am getting married in 3 wks, so don;t want to stop/switch meds b4 the wedding, but will definatley look into it after. Though my Dr. has said some people take a while to lose the wieght b/c it effects ur metabolism & can take a while to get back to normal. Great! ;)

April 4, 2009 at 11:21 am
(549) Annie says:

I’ve been on lexapro for a litte over a month and I’ve notice that I’m happier and a whole lot less stressed, but I have an incredible lack of libido which makes me upset being a newly wed.But I fing my emotion being a whole lot less then what it used to be. More evened out and balance but then a little lacking with my husband. I love my husband very much so this isn’t good.generally though I feel much better. No wieght gain and more energy.

April 4, 2009 at 5:24 pm
(550) Cara says:

I have been on Lexapro for about three months now. I have been working with my Dr to gradually increase my dosage, and have noticed few side effects that were unpleasant. However, I am far more content, have energy, sleep through the night, and no longer have anxiety dreams or lay in bed thinking and overthinking situations. Negative side effects for me have been a decrease in Libido, extreme yawning/dry mouth (when on 10, am now on 15 and don’t yawn wierdly or have dry mouth), and constipation.

I have actually lost about 15-20 lbs, but have changed my diet and excersize daily (even if minimal excersize)in conjunction with the medication.

I have dealt with anxiety, which has been continually increasing, my entire life. My anxiety had gotten to a point in which it was so extreme that I could see no way out. I was certain that I would live inside of my anxiety for the rest of my life, be unhappy, mean, and uncomfortable for ever. This medication has changed my view of myself, others, and well.. life in general. I feel that the side effects are slim in comparison to the gains which I am currently living.

April 4, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(551) Alexa says:

I took my first 5mg Lexapro pill on Tuesday afternoon and felt pretty out of it for the rest of the day. On Wednesday morning, I woke up really nauseous, shaky and felt like a zombie, but that mostly wore off during the afternoon. I decided to wait until bedtime to take my next pill. I took it at midnight and, an hour later, started getting this dreadful burning sensation in my hands, arms, chest, face, throat, tongue and the back of my neck. This lasted for several hours, and the only thing that kept me from totally freaking out was the fact that I found this website and read posts from people who had similar experiences! Finally, I fell asleep and at 7AM woke up drenched in sweat, my body felt like it was on fire, and my heart was racing so fast that I thought it was going to explode. I cannot imagine ever going through this again — I decided to stop taking Lexapro.

April 5, 2009 at 12:16 am
(552) summer says:

I have been taking lexapro for 3 weeks now, the doctor started me on 10mg but said she will put it up at our appointment this week. for the first two weeks my deppression and mood swings really settled and i had appite loss (which was great as im trying to loss weight). But this past week Ive felt angry and eating all the time, im worried by reading everyones comments now. I in the middle of an assignment and cant focus on it at all!!!!!!! Im starting to worry about the libo loss that others described. I also had two drinks the other nite and felt like i was going to die!!!!! But the two weeks it helped were like heaven, i started falling asleep straight away and my house got clean!!!

April 5, 2009 at 10:57 am
(553) kendall says:

I have been on lexapro 10mg for almost one week and afew days and I all I do is sleep.

April 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(554) Shirley says:

I just started taking Lexapro for the 3rd time in my life. This time, I do not feel nauseous and my depression and anxiety has
been quickly disapperaring. My food habits are the same. Hope my libido will be okay, only more time will tell.

April 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(555) Rae says:

Been on Lexapro a month-Increased appetite, but I watch what I eat and dont keep chips or cookies around, so no weight gain. Night sweats are a definite, CRAZY vivid dreams, sweaty palms a little bit, a bit of shakiness, DO NOT DRINK WHILE TAKING THIS-Two drinks will make you black out and you will fall all over the place, even if you were a big drinker before. DONT SMOKE MARIJUANA while taking this medicine-You will twitch uncontrollably. (I’m in college, cut me a break.) Insomnia, so dont take afternoon naps!

I havent experienced anything really disturbing about Lexapro, except the drinking and smoking part, which I have learned very quickly.

April 7, 2009 at 2:44 am
(556) Abel says:

I’ve never been someoneo try medication. Have been dealing with anxiety and depression for 20 years!!! (Am 25) Came from an unusual upbringing that had a lot of emotional and physical abuse. Didn’t know what anxiety was until recently. Major complaints were always lack of ability to concentrate and remember things, moodiness, hypersensetivity and low self asteem. Thought I might have ADD, but tested negative. Severe anxiety turned out to be the culprit. Doctor hinted that some symptoms are similar to PTSD. Have made a lot of progress on my own, but the more I overcame the wall my anxiety had created the more I was dealing with a nagging moody depression. The ups and downs were getting nearly manic before I finally decided to go on the medication. After many months of being stubborn about any medication with my doctor constantly recommending this medication I finally tried it.

Even when I got the medication waited a week before actually going on it. 5 mg for a week followed by 10 mg.

Let’s start with the positive I’ve noticed a consistency in mood that has really helped me keep a positive attitude. I’m extremely proactive about overcoming my anxiety and depression but had a hard time wiling myself out of bad moods which is what made me decide to give this a try. I am much less sensetive than I was before, which is a good thing. I used to be so affected by certain things that they could trigger near panic. So it’s made me feel very evened out, and I’m hoping that the medication continues to aid me in overcoming depression and anxiety.

Other Side effects. I’ve noticed delayed ejaculation, but not a loss in libido. I felt a little “stoned” when I first started taking the medication and a slight hungover feeling in my head (I’m not prone to headaches, so this was significant). Nothing that really inhibited my ability to function, but noticeable. Worst side effect is fatigue. I constantly yawn and often get unexpectd drowsy spells that demand nap to recover. This side effect is very difficult since I am a busy student, and no amount of caffeine seems to get rid of this tired feeling when it comes on. Nearly fell asleep on the road today. Early on I switched to taking the pill in the night to deal with this but caused immidiate sleep problems. My body temperature seemed to fluctuate when I slept. I would fall asleep super cold, and wake up covered in sweat and take a while to fall relax and fall asleep.

I also feel a little bit twitchy. This is really irritating and I catch myself reacting to thigns and twitching my face, or feeling slight body twitches from time to time. As far as I can tell this is nothing that has been major, or noticeable to others, but definately noticeable to me.

Overall my mood has been much more consistent since I have upped my dosage. I do feel sad from time to time, but my emotions don’t preoccupy like they used to. I still feel anxious from time to time, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It has nto numbed me out. So far this medication has done exactly what the doctor said it would do. It has taken the edge off and given me some more room to more aggressively cope with underlying issues of anxiety and depression.

I don’t expect this medication to solve my problems for me, and hope to ue it as a tool to cope with long term anxiety and depression. If the fatigue continues to be a problem, I may ween myself off the medication, or start taking half of the recommended dosage since is the most inconvenient side effect. It feels like my fatigue is getting worse the more I take this medication. I have taken fishoil and flaxseed oil for a few years before I started taking this medication, but stopped recently to save a little extra money. I may start this up again to see if it helps with any of the side effects I’m experiencing.

I hope this helps anyone who has been recommended this medication.

April 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm
(557) Vic says:

After a couple of days, I developed a very itchy back, then my throat and tongue became very itchy. Finally my throat started to constrict and I was having problems swallowing. Taken off it immediately, for I was getting to a situation needing hospitalisation.

April 9, 2009 at 4:08 am
(558) jess says:

Hi I am 31 yrs old and have been taking Lexapro 10mg for 1 year. I was prescribed this med for PTSD after the sudden death of my husband last year. My entire life I have never had any problems with depression or anxiety whatsoever. The only med I had taken in the past was an occassional xanax for insomnia. 2 months after my husbands death I experienced my first ever panic attack which opened a flood gate to copious others. My MD prescribed Lexapro 10mg and Xanax.

Since taking Lexapro i’ve noted the same dizzy, foggy, lightheadedness, dreamlike state. I also have lots of headaches and an ache at the base of my neck in between my shoulders. My vision seems very different. Double vision and haziness esp in bright sunlight, at dusk and in stores or places that uses florescent type lighting. I also feel at times numb in my arms and legs. Like I know im standing/walking or holding something I just cant physically feel my muscles doing it. Some times I find myself having panic attacks because of the side effects. I will have to pop a xanax cuz my neck hurts, I cant feel my legs, my vision is so crazy it sets off the panic.

I have had no weight gain, no dry mouth, havent thought about sex yet, do have insomnia but that has been the one affliciton ive suffered with my whole life. No yawning, no ‘electric’ feelings. I have had memory loss and excessive sweating in hands and feet. Tonight I started halving my med to Lexapro 5mg to see if the side effects get better if not will try weening off slowly.

I notice alot of our side effects are the same but has anyone else noticed the vision changes, neck pain or numbness in limbs?

April 9, 2009 at 10:13 am
(559) jenn says:

I took it yesterday for the first time. I felt high, and weird and then instantly tired. I took it before bed so I fell asleep quickly. I woke up 4 hours later and couldn’t get back to bed, and was very nauseous. I’ve been yawning SO much. I’m going to give it a few more days.

April 9, 2009 at 11:51 am
(560) Mya says:

I started 10mg 2 days ago. I went to the doc because I can’t sleep, and because of this, I cry all the time. Well, I have felt like complete crap since I started taking it. Fell asleep quick last night about 11, but woke around 2 and could not go back to sleep. I am going to just quit, I hope that 2 days on it isn’t going to cause bad side effects, that’s the last thing that I need. I have 2 kids at home, and my husband in Iraq… I don’t need the drug! Stay off it if you can!

April 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(561) Susan says:

These comments are all so interesting. I think anyone taking these drugs needs to realize that part of what they experience may be driven by the nature of the illness they suffer – i.e., anxiety and depression, which is why we have all been put on this stuff in the first place. An unexplained weird feeling all over and other such things are classic anxiety and may not be the drug at all. Having said that, I have been on Lexapro for about a month, after a trial of Wellbutrin (a disaster) and quite a few years on and off of Paxil. So far the biggest positve effect has been on the anxiety – I no longer wake up in the morning with cortisol and adrenaline dumping into my bloodstream. I feel calm and don’t overreact to situations anymore. A small loss of libido, perhaps, but not horrible. So far no weight gain or unusual eating. Sleeping very well. BTW – stay off Wellbutrin if you have any kind of anxiety issue. I felt very unstable and like I wanted to lash out. Good luck to all.

April 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm
(562) Lynsey says:

I am taking lexapro for the second time for PPD. Last birth 2.5 years ago, I didn’t actually start until I quit breastfeeding at 6 months post-partum (I was in definite denial). I was past due on the meds, so it was really hard to tell the side effects. I didn’t have any problems weaning off it, I did it quite quickly without major problems. But I was also doing a wholebody cleanse, so i went off my migraine medication, my asthma medication, OTC meds for headaches, vitamins, etc….and then started over.

This time, I’ve been on since day of birth. I am noticing some more side effects, but they are hard to attribute to Lexapro. I have major night sweats, but thats very normal for 3 or more months postpartum due to adjusting hormones. I am starving all the time, but very common while breastfeeding as your caloric needs go up by 500 calories a day. I am SUPER tired…but I have a newborn and a 2.5 year old :) I have been doing ok at losing my pregnancy weight, so I don’t think weight gain is an issue yet. The only thing I find really annoying that has to be from the lexapro is dry mouth. It seems to only happen at night nad it drives me super bonkers…

April 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(563) hilde says:

I’ve been on 10 mg Lexapro for two weeks. I’ve been on Xanax for anxiety and Ambien for insomnia. Since starting the Lexapro, I’be been able to fall asleep but not stay asleep. I think I’ve experienced the electric shock feelings having been jolted awake twice. Once awake, I haven’t been able to go back to sleep. This has make me anxious and angry. Upon waking, I have numbness in my hands and a stuffy feeling in my head, like hearing throug a filter. I’m not angry as before I began Lexapro, nor have I noticed a weight gain. I’m feeling the side effects are not worth it. I see my doctor in two weeks. I’ll continue till then, but my get off.

April 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(564) James says:

lexapro can cause rapid cycling of mood swings. meaning going from hyper manic to depressed quickly.

if you are trying to ween off of lexapro, get the liquid form and decrease by .5ml per week.

April 13, 2009 at 10:30 am
(565) Aimee says:

Lexapro is amazing. A lot of the reviews I read were very negative and it scared me, but since medications effect everyone differently, I wanted to see how it would be for me. The initial side-effects were increased anxiety (which the doctor told me about and gave me Xanax in the interim), shakiness, excessive yawning, sweating more than normal and sleeplessness. After about a week, the sleeplessness went away, as did the anxiety and shakiness. The yawning and sweating lasted a bit longer, maybe a month. I’ve been on it a little over 2 months now, and my family and I see a big difference. I was treated for mild depression and anxiety. Both are practically gone. The doctor told me since I had been dealing with depression since I was in my early teens (now 30yrs old), that I would most likely be on this for life. I don’t mind, as this has helped me in so many ways, I am more motivated to do things (clean up, more productive at work, exercise and take better care of myself, finish projects) and my anxiety is practically gone (aside from normal triggers, i.e. lost purse). I take it at night, as exactly 2.5 hrs after taking it, I get very tired. My only concerns on this medication is when time come to have children, I would have to be weaned off it, and I have read that the side-effects coming off it are pretty bad. But again, medications effect everyone differently, so maybe it won’t be so bad. =) I would recommend to anyone dealing with depression to try this medication if you’ve tried therapy alone and it wasn’t successful. I have been through numerous programs to help depression as I did not want to take meds, and I finally came to grips that I had no other choice. I am very glad I made that choice.

April 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(566) JJ says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for one week, just upped my dose from 5mg to 10mg. I feel terrific, very buoyant, my mood is greatly improved. The first several days, however, I had a pretty much constant headache and stiff/sore neck all the way up the back of my scalp. Fortunately this has passed. It does seem to make me emotionally withdrawn, which I don’t mind but is difficult for those around me to deal with my apparent apathy toward what SHOULD be an emotionally distressing situation. I also seem to have a lot more energy and haven’t noticed any change in my appetite.

April 15, 2009 at 6:06 pm
(567) Jeff says:

I was on this drug 4 like a month. Hated it. It like zapped my energy. Took away my personality. I was like mr whatever. It was kinda like that song. cant get no connection. cant get thru. where r u. The only side effect was a sexual thing. hated that too. I like my personalities. Had to get off this drug. Good luck to others. Was in the twilight zone while on this drug. SERIOUSLY

April 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(568) lisa says:

on the first day i took it i was rushed to the hospital,by rescue w/a blood pressure of 198/110 and heart palps. i felt like i was high all day it came in waves. my doctors aren’t 100% convinced it was the lexapro but i am it was the only thing different i did that day. now i go to the gym 5 times a week and take .25 xanax once a day & feel much better, no antidepressants for me. anyone else out there get spiked blood pressure or more anxiety from it?

April 17, 2009 at 8:30 am
(569) Joanne says:

I have been taking lexapro for about two months. Rapid speech and short term memory loss. Don’t like it; am weening self off.

April 20, 2009 at 11:33 am
(570) julie says:

after reading all of this i dont think i wanna try this i already have problems and the reason im gettin on this one cause me and my bf want to have a baby and i want to get of my klons and if u get a caffeine high this aint for me my anxiety is way to bad for me to get on something thats going to make me uncomfortable when i already am ive been tryin different depression pills and my body reacts different like its to sensitive i cant even have benadryl or i dont drink pop or juice or have anything sweet jus so i dont overwhelm myself so i think i need to talk to my doctor again about this drug if most of you aint feeling good on it i dont want to bother cause im trying to get better not worse what would you do would u take it or try something else i mean i want of the klons and have a baby but after readin alot of ur stories im scared

April 21, 2009 at 12:46 am
(571) abby says:

I began taking lexapro two months ago after spending a night in the hospital with a full heart work-up only to find my heart was perfectly healthy. Doc said it was anxiety and gave me a list of anxiety symptoms. I only half agreed at the time, but now, after taking 10mg per day for 2 months, I realize just how anxious I was. I run my own company and raise three small children by myself. I also lost my dad to cancer recently, and felt I was losing my mind. I’ve never suffered from depression, but the anxiety crept up on me until my body overloaded.

Currently, I am loving the lexapro. I’m more relaxed with everyone, especially my children, and I don’t sweat the small stuff. I haven’t noticed any of the side effects until today when I felt dizzy 3 times for no apparent reason. No lack of libido and no weight gain. However, I do sleep well at night, and for the first time in 3 years I don’t wake up with a headache every morning. My TMJ is becoming less apparent, I can only assume because I’m not clenching my teeth all night long during my very restfull sleep.

Good luck to all taking or considering taking this med. I think it’s wonderful.

April 21, 2009 at 7:27 am
(572) paul says:

Well started a week ago and I feel a little floaty. More elevated awareness and energy but also kinda tired and yawning. Was tired a lot before though and sleeping during the day. Felt a bit high for two days then more flat. I’ve had a lot of problems with self organisation and tidyness before taking the drug and hope that I will become more focused as anxiety levels go down. Feel a bit quezy but this may be due to the neural transmiters in the stomach area changing as seratonin levels increase.

My level of depression is not that bad but it is not shifting. Took a course of prozac about 6 years ago. It had alot of side effects then but my level of depression and axiety was a lot worse. At the time I became more outgoing and able to connect with people. I was glad to get of prozac though as it caused inzomnia.

Fingers crossed this helps

April 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(573) bc says:

was very skeptical to try this, but my anger and anxiety got to the point where I decided to give it a shot. The first week was terrible, headaches, nausea, and very tired and out of it. However, the second week I started to feel pretty good, a little better every day. I only take 5 mg. Just wanted to write this for everyone having terrible first week/days symptoms like I did. It gets better and seems to work pretty well.

April 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(574) Jessica says:

Well I was on Lexapro for about two years with no side effects really, other than low libido, but who knows if that was psychological or biological. I have to say I stopped cold turkey “on accident” and never came back to it and experienced “zaps” and aggravation, the latter of which I took, frankly, as a good sign, after two years of never getting annoyed at anyone but myself. I just started back again and have had a headache all day, weird sleep patterns, and I’ve recently started laughing when I should be sad, which I find humorous, but everything seems a bit humorous right now! Aaaha! Ok but honestly, my anxiety and depression are lessened. So is my happiness and excitment. Who knows..

April 23, 2009 at 11:19 am
(575) daveydave says:

was on lexapro since xmas 08 for panic disorder. it done its job and got me back to normal, i am weaning myself off it at the moment and the withdrawal is terrible, cold sweats, nausea, stomach cramps, migraine etc. i would advise anyone to seriously consider this medication before they go on it long term anyways as its tough coming off it. best of luck to you all

April 23, 2009 at 11:47 am
(576) Lori says:

Yikes. After reading these comments, I don’t think I want to start this. I enjoy some beers now and then and do not want to gain weight. Was prescribed this yesterday for clinical depression/anxiety but I think I’d better deal with this in another way. Thanks!

April 23, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(577) Crystal says:

I have been on lexapro for two weeks. I noticed that the first week I was walking around as if I didnt have a care in the world and had NO appetite. This week a little better eating somewhat better..I hope i don’t gain….

April 23, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(578) Super-Gad says:

I suffer from Severe GAD/panic attacks/mild ocd. I am very scared to be taking any medications, especially everyday. I think the feelings are mainly because the problem we have is Fear and Compulsion (that is probably why we are glued to the computer researching every bit of infornmation we can get our hands on). I personally think my anxiety would go away if i could just forget about it. Seems I am caught in a loop. Does anyone agree? Anyway I could not function anymore being around co-workers as it would (trigger) bad anxiety/panic attacks and i felt as if everyone could tell, which increases the problem. The only answers I could come up are either suicide or medication, as i have been trying to deal with this for years and i have recently peaked. So i fugured I would try the medication thing first, lol.

I have been on lex for 4 days now, and symptoms are as follows: day one feels like i did meth, but only enough to make me feel bad.Very hard to sleep at night. Day 2: felt a little strange jittery, yawning slept good because exhausted. Day 3 Funny taste in mouth, less jittery feel like am in cloud little forgetfullness, BUT seeing improvements in ANXIETY. Day four: feeling very tired, no yawning,low anxiety, still in clouds.

Well we will see what the future holds and for me, i have to stay on them because I cannot take the anxiety anymore. Any thing is better than how i was. I would say to you, read the posts, then ask yourself which is worse the side effects or the anxiety/depression. For me it is a no brainer as i am not scared to wake up tomorrow and go to work.

Also for those of us that have major anxiety, I have ran across a website that has a book that seems to descrfibe me/my feelings about anxiety. I am not trying to promote it, as i haved not received it yet, but after reading the intro, I have hope that there may be other solutions for the long term.

Good Luck on your missions!!!!!

April 24, 2009 at 12:55 am
(579) Joanie says:

Oh boy.. been reading all your comments. LOL!! I’ve been on LEX for 10 years.. it’s an AMAZING drug for my panic attacks.. absolutely AMAZING. BUT.. there are certain side effects that i find not so great. No libido, no emotions.. Sure.. you put on your face for people.. but your aunt can die .. an aunt you’ve been close to your ENTIRE life, and you can’t cry a freaking tear. I’m on a whole load of other meds.. so dry mouth etc.. yeah, I’ve got it. And I’ve got fibromyalgia, so…that’s where the depression started from.. started back way back on Zoloft.. it worked fine but somewhere along the line I became horribly afraid of thunderstorms to the point I’d rather die than see one coming. They changed me to this WONDER drug and voila.. I can watch the lightning striking in my yard and take purdy pictures of it. LOL . Yeah.. it really .. desensitizes you to things. It’s a GREAT drug.. but you have to know..if you stop taking it for a couple days even, by accident even, heaven help you..lol..and help anyone you’re around. I’m a B#tch on wheels then. And the weight gain.. i’m also on cortisone for a cortisol deficiency but man oh man for weight gain!! SHEISH! 40 lbs.
Anyway.. any drug has it’s good and it’s bad, and your doc probably wouldn’t have prescribed it for you unless he or she thought the pros outweighed the cons (or unless he was getting a nice payoff from the drug company for prescribing it..lol)
Take care and remember to take your meds!

April 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(580) Carrie says:

I have been on Lexapro for 7 months and loved it! I had no side effects -accept for delayed orgasm, which once my body got used to the drug, that went away too in a few weeks. Really, Really helped with my anxiety. I am currently trying to wean myself off (2 weeks of weaning now) and I am not having any of the horror story withdrawl effects either, thank God! I just want to try and manage my anxiety / stress levels naturally, but I would def. go back to Lexapro in the future if I find I need it.

April 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(581) John says:

I’ve been on Lexapro off and on for the last 4 years. The first week was always a little rough, but after about the second day things always get better. It has worked wonders with my anxiety. I don’t seem to care much about things anymore, but not in an apathetic way, just a more focused way. The only side effects I’ve experienced have been sleeplessness, decreased libido, and MAYBE always being hungry. The sleeplessness hasn’t been terrible, it just takes a bit longer to fall asleep. I’m used to hitting the pillow and being out. The libido isn’t bad because it is only decreased, not turned off. I’ve gotten off this drug 3 times, and everytime I just quit, and it was fine. I wonder if some of the side effects people experience are gender related.

April 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm
(582) Sheila says:

This is my second day being on the drug, I woke up last night at 3AM could not go back to sleep. I have nausea really bad and feel and yawn all day long. I am going to give it 1 week to see if things improve if not I will stop taking it.

April 29, 2009 at 12:26 am
(583) Marye says:

Ive been on lexapro for a year now. Side effects can be annoying but i love what it has done for me! Totally worth it. My side effects include sweaty palms and underarms, loss of sexual drive,(which eventually came back in about three months…trust me :) )short term memory problems,naseua in the mornings and at night, insomnia, and weight gain

April 30, 2009 at 7:20 am
(584) angela says:

I have been taking lexapro off and on for a year and a half. i have hot flashes at night, when i drink coffee i feel a little shakey. my body dont hurt when i am on the Lexapro. My weight falls. i am only taking 10mg, which is great for me. To the lady with the kids and marriage that is not good. It really helped me, I have been in the same shape you have and I am doing fine. i also take my Lexapro at night right before i go to bed, wake up in the morning feeling great. i even walk up the street to meet my ride for work. Love Lexapro.

April 30, 2009 at 9:24 am
(585) Anton C. says:

Hello I’m posting a question. I’ve been on 10mg Lexapro for about 3 weeks now for mild anxiety disorder. Another reason I inquired about Lex to my doctor was that I have a problem with premature ejaculation. I wanted ask any guys out there if it helped you with that and how long it took to kick in? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

April 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(586) paul says:

i have also been takein 10mg of lexapro for 3 weeks and havein same problem, but now i am opposite have it hard to ejaculate

May 1, 2009 at 9:04 am
(587) rachel says:

I have been taking lexapro for 10 days now. I took it for a one year period about 4 years ago to treat post partum depression and anxiety. It worked wonders then and decided to take it again for a worsening GAD issue. I was prescribed a ramping dosage from 5 to 20 mg, but after returning to work on day 6 my anxiety symptoms were so extreme I was incapable of working. My dosage ramp was increased to get me to 20 mg by day 7. Day 7 I was feeling pretty low. (Lots of extreme mood swings by this point) Day 7 – 9 the shakiness and yawning was pretty bad but seems to be lessening a little every day. I decided to simultaneously kick the morning caffeine too to lessen my anxiety, so I wasn’t sure how much of my symptoms are from the drug and how much are from the caffeine withdrawl. By day 8 and with my dosage so high (and being separated from my anxiety issue–work) I was definitely feeling much better already. The racing thoughts have been supressed which is very comforting in itself, and I am feeling ready to get back to work. For me, any side effects from the lexapro are worth it, as nothing can compare to the pain I was in before. For me, the medication was the last resort.

May 2, 2009 at 8:07 am
(588) sam says:

I have been taking 20mg lexapro for about 2 years now and have had about every side effect mentioned. i recently stoped taking the pill overnight no weaning off. i am having some withdrawel issues at the moment which a basicly all the side effects multiplied by 10. i would not recomend this drug.

May 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm
(589) Kevin says:

Jeez…..I’ve been on 20mg Lexapro for a few months and I used to be on 45mg of Zispin (For my depression). I stopped taking the Zispin because it wasn’t benifiting me, but after reading a few of these 500+ posts I see that I should really try getting off the Lexapro too!

I stopped taking it a while back, but it causes me to shake violently and I also couldn’t sleep…..So I went back on it so I could get some sleep.

But the Lexapro is removing my sex drive, my ability to orgasm, my motivation, and it doesn’t stop all my sorrow!
And it’s also affectuig my sense of taste and smell! >

May 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(590) Shelly says:

I was on Lexapro about 4 months. I had the symptoms along with dark urine and really bad dizzy spells. Then I had a migrain or a TIA or minor stroke the doctors couldn’t tell me what it was but I stopped taking it and have had no problems since. I just figured the GAD was better then the side effects.

May 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(591) Amy says:

I have been taking 10 mg. Lexapro for 9 months. Since then, I have put on 20 lbs., lost my libido, am extremely tired and have been experiencing nocturnal panic attacks (jumping up out of bed, trying to catch my breath, “looking” for something that doesn’t exist). When I first started taking this drug for depression, I thought it was the one, but for all of its help in that department, the side effects are just too much. Spent this last week tapering off by taking 5 mg. Apparently, it can be uncomfortable to quit cold turkey.

May 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm
(592) Ivan says:

I have had nothing but misery from all these meds..especially klonopin. I suffered for three years from horrible withdrawal after being cold-turkeyed in a hospital!
My slant on this whole thing is…psychotropic
drugs are dangerous, and there is no scientific proof that they do any good. They seem to do more harm than good anyway, from my experience and what I’ve read hear. So, the latest prescription for lexapro goes in the toilet.I’ll just have to live with depression, anxiety and worry.

May 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(593) Julie says:

I was just prescribed Lexapro yesterday. I have severe depression and anxiety issues. After reading all of these posts, I cannot justify getting on this medicine…I’d rather be depressed about my past than depressed about turning into a fatso or not sleeping anymore…or not liking sex? I don’t need help in that department. I’ve decided to try Saint John’s Wart, Kava Kava and Valerian…all natural alternatives that I’ve never given thought too until now. I think I might try having sex constantly too, I hear it’s mood enhancing…and I’m afraid my fear of Lexapro has driven to the bedroom. I’ve decided that the side affects of life are depression and anxiety and that the problem is…I take a regular dose of it daily. Guess I’m in a pickle.

May 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(594) Julie says:

This drug has helped me so much – dont be afraid to try it! I have been super sleepy, in a fog, and cant wake up easily in the morning. Also I cannot orgasm. But this is minor as opposed to crying all day and feeling knots in my stomach and hopeless!

May 6, 2009 at 1:20 am
(595) Shari says:

I have been taking Lexapro for about a week now and have naseau in the morning and really bad cramping during the day. I also have the munchies like crazy, at night. I also have little to no mood really. I am always BLAH and don’t really care. I am also very tired in the morning. Sometimes I can’t even get up!

May 6, 2009 at 1:32 am
(596) Lindsay says:

Wow, I thought I was alone out there until I came across this. I have been on 20mg of Lexapro for over 6 months now and I’m a 20 year old female college student. My doctor diagnosed me with general anxiety disorder and extreme panic attacks (where I literally believed I was dying) and prescribed me to Lexapro. It has helped amazingly in the terms of no panic attacks, but I am extremely tired all the time and very unmotivated. I sleep all the time and somedays don’t even want to get out of bed. My class attendance has dropped very low to where my teachers are questioning what’s wrong.

I’ve been having very vivid dreams and have trouble distinguishing my dreams from reality. Sometimes I’ll question myself whether or not something happened or if I just dreamed it.

I noticed after awhile of taking it, whenever I would get down about something, I would get extremely down. I’ve never been so depressed or down in my life. I’ve started having suicidal thoughts and have actually started wrist scratching (taking scissors and scratching my wrists with them). I do this because I feel so numb and so depressed. I’m extremely worried about this, but don’t want to switch medications around and have my panic attacks come back. I would love to have some feedback or advice! You may e-mail me at lindsayhusk@yahoo.com

May 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm
(597) audrey says:

I was just put on Lexapro about a week ago for moderate depression and ptsd, my doctor advised me to start with only half of the 10mg pills and tonight will be my first full dose. The major side effects have been sleeping, I’m sleeping anywhere between 10-12 hours a day, queasiness, slightly elevated anxiety levels and sweating.

The sweating is the most annoying part, it’s not very enjoyable to wake up in the morning covered in sweat.

May 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm
(598) Rachel says:

I have been on Lexapro for about two months now. So far, it has really helped me. My appetite has increased, and I have more energy than before. I am far more productive and can process information much quicker. My debilitating depression has waned– however, I feel very “regulated” & “stabilized”. I’m glad it prevents me from slipping into depression, but I feel it also keeps me from getting too happy. Also, I feel completely asexual. So far, I’ve had good results with minor side effects.

May 7, 2009 at 9:21 pm
(599) Vicki says:

I’ve been on lexapro for close to 5 years. When I first started I was stressed out to the point I lost close to 50 lbs. Well I’ve gained those 50lbs back in addition to about 30 more. I lost my sex drive for awhile but got it back. What started getting to me is the fact that my memory was getting worse, I couldn’t remember what happened the night before or what conversations I had earlier in the day. I couldnt hold a conversation because I was confused and would confuse myself more so than those I was talking to. It started affecting me to the point I stop talking (only when necessary) I’m weining myself off but I dont like how I feel. I’m more depressed, agitated, irritated, nauseated, heart papulations. I’m NOT going to get back on it, I’ve gone from a size 8 to a size 16. That really doesnt help my depression at all! I’m going to try to find a herbal remedy.

May 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(600) RJohnson says:

Female, 25 years old; I was on 10MG Lexapro for 6 months then my doctor recommended I stop taking for 6 months. I had no withdrawl which I was really surprised about. Towards the end of the 6 month “off medication” I started to feel like I did before I started the medication so my doctor put me back on it which I have been taking for a year now. My initial side affects: decreased libido, weight gain, and increased underarm perspiration. After 2 months my libido has come back so my husband is happy about that but I still have the urge to snack all the time and underarm sweat is still a problem. I don’t think that I would ever recommend or not recommend a medication because everyone’s body reacts differently but my experience so far has not been a bad one.

May 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(601) hhart says:

I have been on Lexapro for nearly four years, and have a love/hate relationship with it. Frankly, it is the best SSRI on the market–you can overcome the anorgasmic issues, and it allows whatever is good and happy in you to show itself, over and above the dark side. The bad news is, Lexapro is like a beautiful, violent mistress who is fiercely possessive and keeps you chained to her at all times… I attempted to withdraw from it once, and now sadly feel completely dependent upon it…stopping this drug is a torturous, grueling process. Vertigo, overwhelming panic attacks, (I made the mistake of riding Space Mountain at Disneyland in the early stages of my withdrawal), electric shocks searing your brain, and a whole host of ugly side effects that others have also experienced, and shared. Sometimes it feels as though I’ve sold my soul, to be chemically becalmed, in this life. But at the end of the day, for me, anyway, the ability to enjoy the simple things and even forfeit some of the deeper emotions…is totally worth it. Just be prepared to commit.

May 12, 2009 at 1:56 am
(602) Marc says:

Yeas, I’ve noticed after over a month on it that I don’t feel depressed anymore, just REALLY tired all the time. Tired waking up, tired in the morning, tired in the afternoon, tired at night. I wake up feeling groggy. Also, I experience double vision upon awakening and inability to focus for quite a few hours after waking.

The worst is the emotional blunting. After a month on Lexapro, I realized that I haven’t FELT much of anything: neither love nor hate nor fear, nor anger, nor sadness… just… well, nothing.

May 12, 2009 at 10:14 am
(603) Kacie says:

Been on Lexapro for over a year. LOVE IT. Had the tiredness, but started taking them at 5:30 pm, makes me sleep great at night and wake up great in the am. No side effects that I know of now. Some dry mouth at first. Has not affected sex drive at all. No weight gain and my anxiety is gone (which is a miracle as I was extremely impatient)Just remember what my doctor told me “It affects EVERYONE completely differently, good or bad”.

May 12, 2009 at 10:18 am
(604) Kacie Melton says:

Start taking it at around 5:30 p.m. It has helped me fall asleep faster and sleep thru the night. Side effect of dry mouth only 1st two weeks. No change in libido at all.

May 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(605) Dannie says:

I’m on my second day of Lexapro and taking it for anxiety. Yesterday, about an hour after the first pill, my jaw started shaking, like I was shivering. I was as high as a kite. My jaw is really tight and a little sore today, but the only thing I’m anxious about is the weight gain and libido issues after reading everyoneís posts. Maybe I’ll get my boyfriend to take Lexapro for his depression and then neither of us will care if we have sex. :-)

May 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm
(606) debie turchi says:

I recently separated from my partner (against my wishes) 3 months ago, after 7 surgeries, and much depresssion. I was almost Baker Acted by my friends and family. I started taking Lexapro exactly a month ago, and suddenly today I am the person I was over a year ago. I was so weak and “pathetic” as I was called, however suddenly I am strong, as I usually am, and feel completely fine on my own. ( Had a 7 year relationship)

May 13, 2009 at 12:01 am
(607) Emily says:

I have been on a 20 mg dose of Lexapro for 9 months now. I have gained about 30 pounds and experience some sleepiness. Otherwise the drug has totally mellowed me out and taken away my anxiety. I really hate to have put on the weight though, that is the worst side affect.

May 15, 2009 at 11:49 am
(608) cookiechip59 says:

I was prescribed Lexapro about 2 months ago. I’ve experienced digestive trouble, insomnia, sleepiness, shaky hands, and increased sweating. I hate the way it makes me feel, and am working on weaning myself off it. As other posts describe, the withdrawal is awful. I regret starting this drug, as I believe that my original symptoms were normal under the circumstances, and don’t require medication. I was depressed and anxious because I lost my job and my husband of nearly 20 years left me – all in the same week. I believe doctors are very quick to prescrib meds for perfectly normal emotional reactions to life.

May 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm
(609) bc says:

i have been on it for a couple of months now and have not had any weight gain. if anything i have been getting to the gym and running more often. i think lexapro has helped me alot. i used to be angry all the time and i am not now. i notice that i am a tad more apathetic but i think this is helpful for me. i am definitely calmer and able to manage stress and anger better. i do worry that i will have to be on it forever which i dont want to do, but in the short term it has been good. also noticed less libido but no trouble with orgasm. also tried talk therapy but could not find anyone good.

May 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(610) bc says:

i agree with the posts that say take the pill around 5:30 pm. i take mine with dinner. i started taking it in the morning and was tired all day, and taking it at bedtime still made me tired in the am. taking it at dinner i found to be the best. not tired during the day any more.

May 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(611) Sheila says:

I have been on Lexapro for over 6 months now. Just been upgraded from 10 mg to 20 mg. I have been fighting with grogginess and weight gain (20 lbs. in 5 mos) It does help with my GAD and depression, and mellows me out, but I feel like I want to eat all the time and sleep more often.. which isn’t easy since I also just had surgery recently.. and have to take it easy. It is nice to know I am not the only one out there dealing with this. I wondered about weaning myself off of this, but am afraid of my GAD going into overdrive.

May 15, 2009 at 4:54 pm
(612) cfgrace says:

I have been taking lexapro for a couple of months now and feel more at ease than I did before. I call it my happy pill because I am not uptight or unhappy all the time now. I am more patient with my kids and my spouse thinks its the best thing as I am motivated to enjoy life more. I have lost weight and regulated in every aspect of being. 10mg of lexapro has been a good thing for me. As far as withdrawals I have not gone through that at this point, but decided to take Sundays off without taking any meds whatsoever and most importantly pray to not have this be apart of my life forever. To all of you stay stong and remember you are not alone.

May 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm
(613) kris says:

I have taken Lexapro for 5 years and I will never go off of it. It has literally saved me. I have experienced several side effects mentioned above such as loss of emotion and sex drive. I have experienced weight loss and gain and the only thing I can blame for the gain is myself. After reading many other comments I would not recommend or discourage anyone from trying Lexapro because everyone is different. Only you and your doctor can make that decision. I just know it has helped me tremendously and I can not function without. Good Luck to all of you

May 17, 2009 at 9:23 am
(614) sharon anzalone says:

i have read some of these comments and have just begun AGAIN on lexapro to help with depression, obsessive thoughts and terrible fatigue. the first day i took one ten mg. tab and it made me sick for four hours at work. i have a mind of my own and cut it back today to five mgs. just cut the thing in half. just because the dr. gives you a drug to take does not mean you have to suffer. if if causes more discomfort than your already in then do something different. get in touch with your body and the heck with the doctor. hes not suffering.he is not god. people have to start using their heads and stop putting ALL their faith in doctors. im not willing to take a pill and suffer on top of it. be your own man or woman and get on the internet and read. learn all you can about your symptoms and what you can do to help yourself.

May 17, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(615) lisa says:

help!!! finally got my spouse to A psych(it was that or divorce!), he was given lexapro, he’s acting like jekyl and hyde, and very verbally abusive!!!!! what can i do? mother’s day was a horror scene, yelling at me for no reason in front of the kids. i’m ready to call the psych and get a divorce. can’t do this. he’s acting possessed.

May 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm
(616) Gina A says:

All SSRI’s have side effects and different reactions for each person. Lisa, if you husband is worse on it and moody than he needs to try another one. Once for severe anxiety I was given Tofranil, the brand name of Imipramine,and went from very bad too unbearable in one day. The very next day they switched me to Pamelor. It was a God-send. I was so much better. However for my best friend, she found Tofranil to be the miracle drug and Pamelor horrible. (those were the days of the tricylics)So everyone is different. I really liked Paxil, and found that thus best drug so far for anxiety and panic attacks. The numbness and weight gain comes with almost all SSRI’s. need to titrate your dosage down, but talk to your Dr. First.

May 18, 2009 at 3:22 pm
(617) Gina A says:

Also, my sister is a psychiatrist and will tell anyone that YOU NEVER GO OFF SSRI’S QUICKLY. Very slowly. I weaned off paxil by switching to the liquid form and titrating down from 10 mg to 7.5mg to 5mg to 3.5mg to 2.0m to 1.0mg each at one to two weeks at a time. Took about 3 months and NO PROBLEMS. And Paxil is one of the hardest, next to Effexor to wean from. You just have to know how to do it. Please go very slowly.

May 19, 2009 at 11:38 am
(618) Adrienne says:

I took Lexapro in high school and got off it at the beginning of college. I didn’t notice any side effects when I got off it, which I guess is surprising considering many people say they need to be weened off otherwise they will bear the wrath of horrible side effects.

Anyway, I just started Lexapro again about a month ago (10 mgs). I strongly debated whether or not I should stay on it after the first night. I had a HORRIBLE first night. First of all, I decided to take it at night before bed because I heard it makes you tired. Well, I was asleep for about 2-3 hours and I woke up with A LOT of anxiety. I was surprised I wasn’t having a panic attack. When I’m really anxious I usually feel all my anxiety in my chest but this time I felt like it was running up the back of my neck. I felt like my muscles were rigid and tight and I felt like I was clenching my teeth. I also had manic thoughts for about 10-15 minutes. So during this time I’m trying to tell myself to stay calm. I’d forgotten to pick up the Ativan I was supposed to take during the first week to help with side effects. That probably would’ve helped. And if anyone is Rx’d ativan or something for the first week, DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE IT! Anyway, the anxiety started to dwindle down and calmed enough for me to fall back asleep after an hour, although I’d woken up again. That next day, I was fine except for the nausea. I debated again whether to stay on it but decided to give it another shot. The next few nights I woke up in the middle of the night, 2nd night with anxiety, 3rd just woke up, 4th just woke up. And after about 5 days, I stopped waking up, dilated pupils and the nausea was gone.

As for one month later, the only thing I’ve noticed is I occasionally have weird dreams, I clench my teeth at times, and I’ve lost about 5 pounds. Also, regarding my sex drive, I’d say that I’ve lost a bit of interest so I don’t initiate but my boyfriend usually initiates anyway, and once we’ve started I enjoy myself and everything is what I’d consider normal.

As for whether or not it’s helped me…hmmm…I’ve noticed I’m anxious less often and dark thoughts don’t come up as often…but it’s not quite enough. I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday and we decided to up the dosage to 20mgs. I explained my side effects from the first few nights and we decided I would go up to 15mgs this week and try 20mgs next week and on and see if that works. I noticed that going up 5mgs last night I woke up A LOT, was clenching my teeth again, had dilated pupils this morning…but all that stuff I described before wasn’t present.

Wow! I probably just wrote a novel. Hope someone finds my post useful.

May 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(619) Carolina says:

I was on LExapro for 5 months. Took myself of it because I had no appetite, lots of yawning lots of weigh loss( 20lbs in one month) and i had suicidal thoughts even thought before taking the drug i had never!!! I was put on it for anxiety. It worked great for the first few months but than the thoughts got really bad and i decided to take myself off it against my doctors orders. No libido problems if anything it went incresingly up!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T EVER DRINK ON THIS DRUG!!! I started getting really bad depression 2 days after i drank never had it before!!

May 20, 2009 at 12:56 am
(620) MH says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 2 years. I was weened off Paxil because I had extreme fatigue and weight gain. I lost the weight after going on Lexapro, partly because I’m an exercise fiend but then I was that on Paxil as well. So..no weight gain with Lexapro. On 10 mgs and it works great for my depression except for at menstrual time when I feel like I need a higher dose for a week.

My problems with Lexapro are extreme fatigue, loss of sexual drive, constant yawning and it has wiped out my creativity drive. I did a lot of art..now I do none. I was sleeping half my days away. I talked to a doc and she had me take Lexapro with Welbutrin. Now I’ve lost the fatigue and don’t even take naps which I’ve done for years although I’m ravenous constantly. (Here comes the weight gain again?) Welbutrin with Lexapro can cause headaches and insomnia at first which Iím going through but itís not enough to cause me to quit. I love being awake!

May 21, 2009 at 11:58 am
(621) Chrissy says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 8 months now. Since starting I have been much calmer, less anxious. My dosage was increased to 40mg day. I have noticed that my feet bake on fire sometimes at night, but my feet also are lacking circulation and my toes are purple alot with a numbing sensation. Not sure what to do?

May 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(622) Chrissy says:

Also Dont ever try to stop Lexapro cold turkey. This dug has wretched withdrawl affects. Missed three days on accident of 40mg. day and I was dizzy, my eyes were seeing spots to the point that I could barely see, I felt like I was slowly weakening & dieing. Was not aware idea till my mother asked if I had skipped my medicine. Luckily she works in doctors office and is aware. You are to be slowly weened off this medication. DOCTORS ORDER

May 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm
(623) Tee says:

I was on lexapro for three years for horrible anxiety and suicidal depression. It worked great for me, I did gain a little weight, but I also ran a marathon while on it! Libido was not great and some anorgasm problems, so i switched from 10 down to 5 and it was better to deal with. Hubby and I decided to try for a baby, so I came off of it over an eight week period, and followed the advice of my doc, with little or no problems.
That was a year ago, no baby, but depression and axiety really started creeping up again, and suicidal thoughts…. I’ve made a decision to go back on it. It is a drug that has helped me in the past, and in my opinion, if you do it the right way, it is not the difficult to come off of. But of course, everyone is differetn. Good luck to all of you!

May 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(624) Rod says:

After reading just about all of these posts I appreciate everyone sharing.. just wanted to post my same two cents.. Im a 40 yr old male, started Lex a little over a year ago, noticed the dry mouth (thought I needed to vaporize the room at night! DUH!!) and now some weight gain (or is it just turning 40 like my uncle told me years ago?)… Also the orgasm stuff.. can sometimes take 2 hrs to go! Dr says “Oh your wife should enjoy that” (Great, thanks doc, fact is, my wife isnt always home and I dont have two hours to get one out!)

On the other hand, this has helped my anxiety levels like others have posted, back to mole hills now, Ive noticed if I miss two days or so that I start to feel like even the little things freak me out again! So in that respect its good, esp with the kids and taking out the garbage! (usually nuts me out). Now I dont get care if it ever gets done! haha

I hope to not have to be on this forever but it seems to be working OK for now.. Good luck everyone…

May 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(625) Amanda says:

I took Lexapro for almost 2 years. That was the only DRUG I have ever used that I had DT’s with. I was no where near myself I even had the devil run through me before I got back to myself. (I quick cold, I lost my bottle while out of town) Please slowly stop taking them when you do deceide to stop. Other then that yes this helped me with my depression. After a few weeks (cause of the high it gives off)I would take it at bed time cause it did make me sleepy. Weight gain not really here, and I was so depressed it didn’t matter how my libido was.

May 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm
(626) Morgan says:

I’m 15 years old…and was perscribed this for depression, anxiety and bipolar after various mood stabilizers such as lithim, lamectol and abilify cause dangerous anxiety and depression…and I’ve been taking if for two days….after coming off of some aderoll and haven’t been hungry at all yet (which could of course be realted to aderoll) but I slept the entire night and day (which could be making up for a major lack of sleep) but the main side effect I’ve noticed (which could still be realted to outside effects) is the headache. major headache. that won’t go away!

May 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(627) Luboman says:

I just went to my doctor today, and he prescribed Lexapro for my mild anxiety, from which I’ve been suffering for almost two years now. I’ve always been highly skeptical of the benefits of psychotropic drugs, especially for manageable conditions similar to what I have. I still get up in the morning full of pep, even after long hours at the office or hanging out with friends. The anxiety I have has decreased my enjoyment of life, but I have continued doing everything I used to do. I have not allowed the anxiety to take over any aspect of my life. I will not allow it, because then I feel it will only get worse. It still means, obviously, that when things get stressful at work or in my life in general, my brain overreacts, but I am trying to deal with it with cognitive therapy and meditation. And sometimes I get attacks from out of the blue. But they always pass (with the weird head feeling persisting for a few hours). After reading a good number of these comments, though, I will not take a single dose of this Lexapro or any other anxiety medication. It seems that the cure is just as bad, if not worse, than the disease for a lot of people. That to me sounds counterintuitive. I will just stick with my slightly messed-up brain and deal with it any way I can. It’s cheaper and more convenient to meditate and do concentrated breath exercises than have to deal with electric shocks and terrible withdrawal symptoms. (And side effects that seem way too similar to what I am suffering from in the first place!) Thank you all for revealing to me what I had suspected all along. Non-drug therapies may not be 100% effective, but neither does it seem are the drugs.

May 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(628) Luboman says:

As a sidenote, does anyone on here know of any double-blind studies with large randomized populations (over 1,000) that are taking SSRI-inhibitors and other anti-depressants over a long period of time (for 5 years or so)? Something longitidunal? This type of study should also be from a rigorously neutral source, like a large Swedish university or the NIH. I don’t trust Big Pharma to be completely truthful about the long-term effects of their products, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a study or studies of that sort out there. Thanks!

May 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(629) Majella says:

I have been taking lexapro for about 10 months. I’ve experienced excessive night sweats and get an itch which keeps me awake. At first I felt ok with the meds but now Im prone to very low moods. Does it make anyone very slow paced, the more i try to do something quickly the slower I’m doing it.

May 24, 2009 at 6:06 am
(630) Anita says:

I was on Lexapro for about two and a half years. I gained 45 lbs over this time. my doctor said that was normal. Well, 45 lbs over weight is NOT NORMAL for me. It has been 3 years since I took it and I am still 40 lbs over weight with no luck in losing another ounce! My “short-term” memory loss seems to actually be worse. Please be careful when taking this. Whatever damage this drug does to the brain,it IS NOT short-term. I had to quit a very good paying job and take a lesser position because of my inability to remember even the simpliest things.

May 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm
(631) Elizabeth says:

I feel so lethargic on this drug and have terrible dreams. I stay hungry all the time and seem to care about nothing. I have been taking it for 5 weeks and the side affects aren’t getting better. I can not stand this another day. I would not recommend. My depression is worse.

May 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm
(632) claudia says:

I have been on lexapro for about 3 months now. For the first week I felt that “stoned” feeling. I was yawning a lot and when I yawned I felt a weird feeling on my face like a wave of something coming over me. That went away withing a week. Then I got the extreme dry mouth and was thirsty all the Itime…this has pretty much gone away, but do get really thirsty at night. I over all do feel much better. I’m no longer angry all the time. I’m more pleasant. I feel like I’m a better mother and wife and my marriage has really improved. I have noticed if I dont take it by a certain time I get very irritable and angry and will snap at people. The only problem I have now are the nightmares and the very vivid dreams that I wake up thinking did that really happen. On a good note I no longer have to take high blood pressure pills. I had really bad high blood pressure before…now my blood pressure is normal without meds…I do find I clench my jaw a lot and have stiff fingers,and I have gained some weight but do not excersize. Overall though I feel much better.

May 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm
(633) Leslie says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 3 months. I was diagnosed with situational depression and just plain ol’ depression. I felt the immediate high from Lexapro and leveled out by about the third week. I noticed the insomnia right away, but there is an over the counter drug manufactured by Tylenol called Simply Sleep. Its not harsh like Tylenol PM or Advil PM.

I have started to notice a slight ringing in my ear (which I heard could be a side effect).

I have gained approx 12 lbs in 3 months. I bought jeans in Feb that I cannot wear at the end of May. I feel this just increases the depressed feeling.

I have an appt with my Dr. to see about switching medications. I do feel that the Lexapro has helped me make great strides in overcoming my depression.

May 25, 2009 at 11:16 am
(634) Marlynn says:

I have been on Lexipro for 1.5 years now. Needed something after death of brother, mother, and father, my divorce and breakup with boyfriend I was CRAZY about. Side effects: All of them except the weight gain, I actually lost weight. But I have been in a fog, dry mouth, hair loss, hard to get up in AM, lack of empathy, memory loss, very HIGH in the AM, stay up way too late, stiff neck and other joints (hands, hips, etc), zombie-like at times, metallic taste in mouth. So, I think I am going to go off because I feel like crap and am not getting the sleep I need to function in the morning. Also, I am realizing that death is a part of life and I just have to move on with ex-husband, boyfriend that is playing games and take care of ME which is stopping this drug.

May 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm
(635) Lori says:

I have been on Lexapro 2 different times. Both times, at first I lose weight, then I gain it…this time I gained 25 lbs. in 3 months and can’t get it off. Am going off of it today. Also numbs me out after a while and
I have no energy.

May 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(636) jayne says:

that su snot my realy name or address, im on it, iv gained a load oaf weight

May 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(637) bc says:

I recommend ordering the Midwest Center’s program for anxiety and stress. (I am not interested in a debate over the founder Lucinda Bassett, just saying the program worked for me.) It may not be for everyone and it costs about $400 (cheaper on Amazon) but I never had another panic attack after I listened to the cd about stopping panic attacks. This was about 5 yrs ago. Started Lexapro recently after my anger was getting out of control due to anxiety over work, stress, etc. Have been on 5 mg for about 4 months. am feeling better, but am re-listening to the Midwest program as I think there are some really helpful skills anxiety prone people would benefit from learning.

May 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(638) Theresa says:

I started taking Lexapro 10 days ago and for the last two days I have had horrible indegestion, nausea and headaches. I spent all day on the couch, which I rarely do. I feel worse than I did before. Has anyone had the same side effects? Will it stop eventually?

May 27, 2009 at 3:28 am
(639) Rob says:

On my 7th week of Lexapro 10mg and have just been kicked up to 20mg for anxiety and depression. I haee experienced a lower libido and can only orgasm 50% of the time and I have had excessive yawning for the entire time. I mean like 30 to 40 times in an hour in some yawning attacks and then hours without. Yawning seems to come in periods of down time or when I am driving. I also experienced restless legs for a couple of nights last week but that disapeared thankfully. I wonder what 20mg will bring.
Good Luck to all.

May 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(640) fas says:

Started 10mg lexapro five days ago. I take it first thing in the morning. I’ve never been on any other SSRI.

Pros: seems to have put a floor on both depression and anxity. I feel disaffected in the right ways.

Cons: insomnia, brain zaps, restless legs, nausea and serious diarrhea.

I will try reducing my dose to 5mg tomorrow if I’m unable to sleep again tonight.

May 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm
(641) victoria says:

i’ve been taking lexapro for a year and have chronic pain. over the last several months my pain has progressively gotten worse with joint pain which i have never had before. i have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. my joints feel so painfully stiff all the time. i am considering getting off somehow. i have gad which it seems to have helped though.

May 28, 2009 at 11:43 am
(642) Erika says:

I’m taking this drug because my friend told me that her doctor prescribed her this medicine and that it made her feel high!
(so im just looking for a free high)
i took it last night…. so far im not liking the efects

May 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(643) Kristen says:

i was just prescribed lexapro today after being offered zanex which i refused to take after my best friends mom had commited suicide while being on zanex. I have horrible anxiety heart races cant breath dizzy nausiated panic, will this medicine really help me with these issues or should i just keep having them and do nothing about them??? just curious if the side effects are worse than the anxiety attacks?

May 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(644) Lani says:

I took it for the first time this am. In less than 2 hrs started feeling nauseated and congested. Now my heartbeat starts to become irregular. I was prescribed this med because I had some muscle twitching and the doctor thought it may be related to stress and depression. This med is making me feel worse!

June 1, 2009 at 7:02 pm
(645) Gina says:

I have been on lexepro for 4 years. My husband and I were seperated and it helped me to not repress on things and move forward. I did lose wt-about 30 lbs. I was on 10 mg a day. In the past year, I dropped my dosage to 20 mgs every 3 days-Man,everyone around me and myself can tell when I don’t take it. I get very irratible and have no patience. Mine was for anxiety. However, it makes me totally numb so I do take over the amount when i know i will have a difficult meeting..

June 2, 2009 at 11:11 am
(646) Carrie says:

Look – there seems to be a lot of negatives on this posting, and thats fine – its good to be informed either way. But I have been on Lexapro for 3 months following the worst depression of my life (my mother died very suddenly) and it has really helped! Sure, I have gained about 5 pounds, but I would rather be a little heavier than in the depths of depression. I no longer have such terrible mood swings and I can actually smile, laugh, and enjoy life again. For me the pros have far outweighed the cons thus far. Granted, this may change in coming months and the stories of how hard it is to come off Lexapro have me a bit concerned, but as another poster has mentioned, I would gladly deal with a few weeks of “coming off” difficulties for the very real benefits I have experienced on this drug.

June 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(647) Kelli says:

I have been on Lexapro for six days now and I am having trouble having an orgasm. Does anyone know if it will get easier?

June 3, 2009 at 10:34 am
(648) MAV says:

My brother, 50 yrs. old, committed suicide after being on Lexapro for five days. Five days to relieve anxiety/depression and now he is gone. That was his side effect.

June 3, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(649) erica says:

i have taken 10 mg of lexapro 2 times. the first night i felt extremely nauseous, with a sort of panicked feeling. the 2nd day i took it after dinner a couple hours before bed, i woke up at 2 am feeling nauseous and very disoriented not to mention the diarrhea. i felt better without it but have been told by my doctor to take 1/2 the dose. the day after i took the 2nd dose i was at work at felt very strange. very surreal, almost a tunnel vision feeling as if things are rushing by. i don’t know if i like these side effects. i am concerned with people talking of memory loss.

June 4, 2009 at 8:15 am
(650) FAS says:

Status update: Two weeks on Lexapro. The most severe side effects have subsided at this point and the drug is easing both depression and anxiety, though it hasn’t completely eliminated either.

So far, the worst side effect has been insomnia, which persists. I can’t sleep without the help of either Ambien or Xanax or both, and even then it’s fitful rest at best. I sleep for about four hours before waking up with my brain racing for the rest of the night. Oddly, I seem not to be so tired during the day as well.

Other side effects have included nausea, very bad diarrhea, brain zaps and feeling out of it or “not like myself.” These have mostly disappeared.

Another update in a week…

June 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(651) Katy says:

I have been taking Lexapro 10mg nightly for 3 Ĺ months now for anxiety and depression brought on by terrible migraines and S.A.D. this winter. I was depressed because of the migraines, felt anxious because I felt sick, and felt sick because I was anxious. It was a viscous circle. It has helped me greatly. My anxiety did not subside until about 3-4 weeks of use. During that time I took low doses of Lorazopam so I could calm down enough to eat. My migraines are now reduced by about 80%, am no longer anxious, and my mood is much more stable. I also take once daily Omeprozole OTC (generic Pepcid AC) for nausea and sour stomach. I was having anxiety related stomach issues before Lexapro. I only gained back the 10 lbs I lost when I felt so sick all the time. NO other weight gain for me, but I am fairly active, in my 20s, and have no history of fluctuating weight.

As for negative side effects, I have the foggy/fuzzy head, frequent strange vivid dreams, unemotional (havenít cried a tear since taking it), and even harder to wake up in the morning. Since I am feeling so much better otherwise, I am considering cutting back to 5mg to hopefully help with tiredness at work. Overall, it has worked positively for me, though as I see it is very individual. My side effects are much easier to cope with than the reason I started it. I wish all others out there lots of luck overcoming.

June 5, 2009 at 12:30 am
(652) David says:

I am 27 yrs old. I’ve been on Lexapro for about 3 weeks for anxiety and depression. I felt extremely tired and sleepy for the first 3 days as well as feeling high and giggly. I was walking around the workplace at a snail’s pace. Also, my libido was non-existant.

On the fourth day I had lost the feeling of hopelessness.

The depression had made me lose my appetite and I lost 10 lbs way too fast. On the 5th day my appetite came back and has stayed since. But I am hungry ALL the time now and do feel a bit of nausea. I gained back 7 lbs and I would rather have an appetite than none at all.

After a week the feeling of being high went away and I was able to function better at work. My libido came back aswell.

This is not a miracle drug, it does take time, just as others have said. Now, at 3 weeks, I feel like I space out a lot but it’s a much better feeling than worrying all the time. I still have nausea.

Doctor recommended that I stay on Lexapro for about 4-6 months. I will stay on the drug til I feel it’s time to come off. I am staying positive about coming off the drug, and I am confident I will get through it when that time comes.

Stay positive. And take care of yourselves.

June 6, 2009 at 10:54 am
(653) Joyce says:

I thought my weight gain from getting older; however, I do sweat a lot more. I take Lexapro before I go to bed at night, since it makes me sleepy, but in the morning I have horrible dull headaches.

June 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm
(654) Martha says:

Started Lexapro in hospital (mental) Its great on the aspect of stopping the contunious panic attacks because I have these now, after two weeks my side affects are hair lose 50 hairs in a combe at a time then contunial sweating, then diarea, then shaking and I have lost 5 kilos since I started – also a lack of appitite, my hands hirt from trying to type this. I would rather go back on zolof at these there was only one side affect – vomit.

June 9, 2009 at 9:44 am
(655) Felicia says:

I have been taking lexapro for about 4wks now, I experienced the usual side effects in the first 2 wks such as nausea & drowsiness. Although within a few days I definetely felt so much better, I had been suicidal for wks before starting on Lexapro and within just a few days those thoughts had gone! I still feel a little down and lazy every now and then but I get through. I feel so far- so good! I also feel Lexapro doesn’t let you cry much, even when I’m low I can’t seem to cry. Lexapro has saved me, I have been warned about the side effects of getting off the medication although I have been told by my Dr to stay on for atleast 9mths so I’m not worrying about going off them at the moment. I don’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life though so I’m taking councilling- I feel medication is a bandaid not a cure. I encourage others to get councilling rather than relying on medication for the rest of their lives, no complaints on Lexapro so far :) good luck!

June 10, 2009 at 9:45 am
(656) Maggie says:

I have been on Lexapro 20 mg for about 6 years. I want to get off it. I have started weaning myself by taking 10 mg a day for 2 weeks, then 5 mg. a day for 2 weeks then 2 1/2 mg. I have gained about 50 lb., but I have always battled weight problems. I am 5’2″ and currently weigh about 180. I blame my gain, not just on Lexapro but on all the other meds I’ve had to take over the past 10 years for Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Disease. I do worry about the withdrawals and the irritability (which is one reason I went back on it after being off before) but I am determined to kick this. Anyone else been on this for 5+ years?

June 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(657) Sarah says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about a year and have experienced EXTREME short-term memory loss… for this reason I’m going to wean off of it. It’s becoming very frustrating and annoying. When I started on Lexi, I lost about 15 pounds and experienced an ‘edgy’ feeling and naseau until it got into my system totally. But I know from forgetting it once or twice that the side effects of coming off the drug are almost worse than the side effects of the drug itself. I get extreme dizzy spells almost to the point of falling over and passing out.
I agree with other people saying it does not allow you to cry as much as your normally would. That was the good part and why I started taking it, but now it’s more of a nuissance because of my short-term memory loss, so I’m considering weaning off of it now.

June 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(658) Marie says:

I have been on Lexapro for apx 8 years, allways loved it, it gave me energy, slept well, could concentrate, reduced the chest pains and anxiety. I am currently going through some difficult times, my anxiety has increased I am pre-manoposal, at 46. My doctor increased my dose from 10mg to 20mg. Since then, I have gained more weight, even though I am not snacking and I am eating healthy. I have been having short term memory loss, I have been in a fog (My daughter accused me of closing the door on her and banging into her when I do not remember doing that or even seeing her behind me), I am getting blurred vision but never attributed to Lexapro until I started reading the comments, I backed into my friend’s car, I am not concentrating again. The last couple of days I started to decrease my dose back to 10mg. Will see how that goes.

June 11, 2009 at 5:09 am
(659) christi says:

I work in the mental health field. I am knowledable about most psychiatric meds out there. I had surgery last year which triggered depression. I started on Lexapro and felt like it was helping but still tearful at times. My doctor increased from 10mg to 20mg. I thought this would be ok. I put on some weight and started havinb horrible dreams and experienced some very close anxiety attacks. I decided to investigate and found that this med can cause anxiety attacks! I know not everyone has the same side effects and Lexapro is known as a very good drug, but I do not have a history of anxiety attacks or suicidal thoughts and this was scaring me. I will be titrate down off of this med and not take it again.

June 11, 2009 at 11:16 am
(660) barbara says:

I just recently started back on Lexapro. I noticed the first day that I was hungry even after eating breakfast, and stayed hungry all day.Then I discovered that my dr. gave me 20 mg instead of ten. I think that’s the problem. I am going to take only half a tablet daily.Lexapro really does help.It helped me with my depression and anxiety.I was singing all day and in a good mood and actually smiling instead of frowning.I guess it’s not for everyone, but I have to say it really did great for me.

June 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(661) Sandy says:

My husband went on Lexapro for depression…Since he started taking it 2 wks ago, he doesnt feel anything, we dont have sex, he used to hug me all the time and that has stopped,No kisses when he leaves for work. He used to talk to his friends on the phone not anymore psuhes ignore button. He just sits when hes not at work staring at tv.

June 12, 2009 at 9:06 am
(662) Sammy says:

I am 14 and have been on Lexapro for 5 months for depression. I seem to yawn more,have mood swings, and have less energy. It as harder to get to sleep as the months go on. I also noticed some of my symptoms of depression have not gone away. If someone could please list some of the symptoms that come along with trying to get off Lexapro, it would be much apperciated.

June 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(663) bc says:

to #648 no offense but your brother probably was not on Lexapro long enough (5 days) for it to have any effect and I doubt there is any causal connection between Lexapro and his suicide. If you feel there is a legitimate connection, you should speak with an attorney. otherwise it appears to be fear-mongering.

June 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(664) Ginger says:

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months and have NO weight gain issues and NO side effects. I think its everyone on body that causes side effects. Dont psyc yourself out

June 13, 2009 at 5:10 am
(665) Sarah MC says:

Hi everyone, my boyfriend of three years started taking this drug about 2months ago and before then we spent everyday together and were very in love. we loved all the same things and never wanted to be apart. Since taking the drug he became completely cold and didnt pay me any attention then broke off the relationship telling me he had no feelings towards me. i spent weeks crying down the phone to him and got nothing, like he was numb. My friends tell me im clutching at straws but i really believe that the lexipro is making him this way. he started on one a day then upped his doseage to two a day and was on it for severe stress and anxiety problems due to being in alot of debt, he always loved having me by his side and i wanted to be but now says he wants to ‘go it alone’. It has broken my heart. When i am around him i can see part of him still loves me but he is very distant. Any comments would be so appreciated I am so upset he was my world.

June 13, 2009 at 9:37 am
(666) tim says:

I have been on lexapro for 6 years I believe. The only ‘bad’ side effect I have had is when I sometimes have to take a over the counter pain med’s. to explain it mildly, that combination will let me get an erection but it won’t let me finish(no ejaculation).

June 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(667) Alena says:

I use to be on Lexapro two years ago. It really wasn’t helping my anxiety so they kept on upping the dosage. I was up to about 60mg which is waaaay above the reccomended amount. I got pregnant while on it and stopped it cold turkey. I heard a weird whooshing noise all the time and felt like I was becoming schizophrenic for about 6 weeks after it. Had the baby a year and a half ago and I’m hoping my brain chemicals have changed enough for me to take it again. I’m on day three. I’ve been in a bad mood so far. When i was on it two years ago I experienced severe memory loss, weight gain but not much, and complete lack of emotion for anything. We’ll see this time… if anything I have a 90 day suply of prozac.

June 16, 2009 at 2:13 am
(668) Kris says:

Hi everyone,
I have been on lexapro for 2 weeks (10mg/day), so far it hasn’t done much for me. The first 3 days made me feel dizzy, a little nauseaus and became tired around 2pm so I layed on the couch from then to 6pm as I felt like doing nothing.
Since then, I have been getting very little sleep and waking up around 4am each morning. I have also been feeling extreme tiredness all day, every day, but can never seem to fall asleep.
I don’t feel like doing much, don’t look forward to any activities which I used to enjoy, can’t focus and have trouble studying. My eyes hurt and I get headaches. I have also had a dry mouth and always seem to be hungry, even after eating a meal. I don’t want to put on weight, but my stomach alway feels empty and I feel I have to snack.
Friends don’t know I am on this med, but when I see them, they ask if I’m tired and say I look different and don’t act like myself anymore. They say my response is slower and not normal and it’s like talking to a brick wall.
I have not felt anything since starting lexapro, no happy or sad emotions. I cannot cry, smile or laugh. There’s nothing there, I feel empty.
I am hoping these effects will stop soon, as I still haven’t been on it for very long. I will give it some more time and have another chat to my doctor before deciding to wean myself off. The lack of energy and extreme tiredness is getting in the way of my everyday life and I don’t know how much more I can take.
Be careful, it may work for some, but not for others.

June 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm
(669) Rosanne says:

I have been on lexapro 10 mg for a year now and have gained 15 lbs. I too am having short term memory problems that is effecting me. Really bad mood swings, sweats and dry mouth. I have voluntarily cut myself down to 1/2 and will be off of it too. Good luck to everyone on this med.

June 17, 2009 at 9:52 am
(670) Kate says:

My doctor just presribed me to take 5 mg of Lexapro instead of 10 mg which I have been taking for 6 years now.

Some of the side effects I’ve been experiencing are chronic headache that won’t go away not matter how much advil or tylenol I take, and stiffness in my neck and back. I have lost 5 pounds already since being off the 10 mg. This is great for me since I couldn’t fit in my wedding dress. Now I will be able to lose weight. I was working out everyday like crazy and nothing would work for me. Now I know why!

June 17, 2009 at 11:42 am
(671) Jason Smith says:

I have been on Lexapro now for 2 days for anxiety and mild deppresion and have felt fairly weird the entire time. I have had a loss of appetite and am in a constant fog that I cannot seem to shake. I am also having issues with short term memory loss which is concerning me, I am wondering if this gets any better. I have also experienced a shocking feeling that goes all over my body leaving me very stressed. I have not seemed to have any issues with sleep, I am constantly tired so I sleep all the time. I would have to say if things dont get better soon I am getting off and trying something else. I hope this information helps, dont give up when one doesnt work there are other meds out there.

Jason

June 17, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(672) Wendy says:

Hey everyone,

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about two months now. I feel really good taking this med. I have no more depression which is great. I still get anxiety, but it’s bearable.

I’ve lost seven pounds and have energy coming out the ears. The only thing that is really concerning me is that I’m having pain behind my knees. Joint pain I’m assuming. This is not a side effect listed on Lexapro’s label.

Is anyone else having Joint pain?

June 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(673) Deanne says:

I have just started Lexapro for anxiety/depression and was on 5mg for 1 week and felt nauseas from day 1. Then the dose was upped to 10mg and I have had nothing but really severe nausea, chronic diarohhea, non stop frontal lobe headache, shakes, tremors, anxiety, no appetite, gagging when trying to eat and I feel awful. I am stopping this med but I will try something else as different things work for each of us but Lexapro sure doesnt agree with me!!

HAIR LOSS: Ladies if you do some studies on the net a rare side affect of SSRI’s can be HAIR LOSS and sometimes it is not reversable. If this is a side effect you are experiencing I would definitely talk to your GP.

So no I dont like this drug at all but best of luck to all of you who are doing well on it :) Wish I was!

June 19, 2009 at 9:03 am
(674) FAS says:

Update #3:
On Lexapro for a month now, but cut back dosage from 10mg to 5mg to help deal with relatively severe side effects. Nausea and diarrhea disappeared on the reduced dose, but insomnia and that feeling of a knot in my frontal lobe persisted.

Yesterday I skipped my dose altogether and got the first good night of sleep in a month. Within a couple of hours of waking this morning, however, I was back to feeling weepy and anxious, but not as severe as when I started a month ago.

Bottom line: lexapro works for me, but only on its own terms. At some point I will need to decide whether the emotional floor it provides is worth the bad/non-sleep.

One last thing: even though it gave me insomnia, I was never all that tired during the day. Only the night itself was unbearable. Once awake, I functioned perfectly normally.

Good luck to everyone else. Hang in there. You are not alone.

PS – If you have the chance, take a look at Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon.

June 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(675) Tom says:

I was on Lexapro for depression after a bad vehicle accident which involved the other driver dying very violently before my eyes. The Lexapro caused memory loss that termed as black outs. I would be watching t.v. and then be 10 miles down the road wondering how I got there. I also had uncontrollable acts of violence. I would recommend seeking a second opinion if put on this drug.

June 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm
(676) Craig says:

on Lexipro for 6 months 20 mg. got rid of that conscious anxious feeling. Have put on weight. Now having problems with numbness in leg and also stabbing pain in some joints. Anyone else hear of this???

June 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(677) Tina says:

Well, I’ve been taking lexapro for 5 days now and I haven’t really noticed ANYTHING. No side effects at all. Except maybe more vivid dreams, that’s all. After reading all this, which I started reading the night I took my first pill, I was convinced that I would experience everything from being high to having a panic attack to hugging the toilet…but there’s been nothing. At all. I’m a little disappointed actually. I definitely could have benefited from the extra energy some of you have spoken of, as I take 80mg of methadone daily for pain management and that completely zaps my energy. Of course, that probably also prevents the insomnia that seems to be common as well.

As far as the medication doing what it’s supposed to do, I’m not really sure. At times I feel like maybe it’s helping with the depression and anxiety, but other times when I allow myself to think about the things that cause me the most anxiety, I still freak out somewhat. All that being said, I have only been taking it 5 days and all the brochures say it takes at least 2 weeks to fully take effect. I am hopeful it will help me though. I’ve been living life just going through the motions for too long now. I get so irritable and stressed out at work for no reason and I run to the bathroom and cry. I just want to go home and I can’t. And I don’t know why I feel this way. I just don’t want to be there. I rarely want to be anywhere except home. And this isn’t something that would go away if I found a different job. I’ve been this way with every job I’ve had over the past 4 years. So yeah, I’m really hoping this med will help me to stop feeling this way. I dread waking up each morning bcs I know I have to leave the place that makes me feel the most comfortable and spend 8 1/2 hours somewhere I hate being. Just the thought of knowing that I have to do this almost every day of my life for at least the next 30 years or so is enough to make me cry. It’s hard explaining to people that I feel this way, there’s no sympathy. Just a response of “well yeah, we all have to work for a living, get over it”. So I pray, I pray so much that this feeling of dread and anxiety will go away and I will be able to just live my life happily.

To all of you who are experiencing these wild side effects, this medication probably isn’t right for you. But you have to be sure what you’re feeling is real and not induced by your depression or anxiety bcs you’re expecting something to happen. The mind is a powerful force to overcome. If you think deep down you don’t “need” this medication or don’t want to take it, you’ll eventually find a million reasons why you shouldn’t take it. God bless you all, know that you are not alone.

June 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(678) Shelly says:

I took Lexapro 10mg for about 18 months and then stopped about 2 years ago. I am starting it back up tonight.

Back then, I took it at night because it made me drowsy. It evened out my emotions and I don’t recall any adverse effects. Having read the posts, I am wondering if the “formula” has changed in the last couple of years. Also, what time of the day/night are you all taking it?

June 24, 2009 at 9:19 am
(679) Pamela says:

I have been on lexapro for 5 yrs now. My depression and anxiety has improved dramatically since before I felt hopeless and great despair. My anxiety has improved a little but I think Im just use to the drug now. I was instantly taken off due to insurance changes and for the 2 weeks I was not on it I was dizzy and very angry I cried constantly and I felt like I was going to kill someone. I felt horrible. I was also having panic and anxiety attacks real bad. So Yes do WEEN yourself off. The effects are horrible. I have had weight gain also. 40lbs. I have weighed 135-140 or lower my whole life. Now I weigh 180. And I cant get rid of it. But I feel so much better than I did without it. For the first month of taking it I was nauseated and had the “high” feeling and the shakes. It goes away. I do still “Yawn” no matter what though.

June 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm
(680) Tina says:

Well, I just took my 7th dose of lexapro and I’m still not experiencing any of those weird side effects. Or any at all really. But I did notice that yesterday and today I’ve been in an actual pleasant mood! The funk I have been in for the past…forever…is gone. I really really really hope this is the medication doing it’s job!! I had forgotten how nice it was to get through the day without crying.

June 25, 2009 at 6:33 am
(681) Derk says:

I’ve taken my course of Lexapro and completed it last week. It took 9 months, including 3 months of tapering off to zero.

I would like to warn people who read all the above comments. You can get the idea that everyone will experience severe side effects.

However, you need to keep in mind that the vast majority of people who take Lexapro have no side effects. For them, it works as intended. So they are quite unlikely to post here. It simply works for them, like it did for me and now I feel great.

Good luck to you all.

June 25, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(682) Brandy Von Doeren says:

what a relief to read a bunch of these. Really answered some questions for me. I’ve been on Lexapro for 8 days now and increased to 20 mg 2 days ago. I’ve started noticing increased appeaiate, sleepiness and having a hard time waking up in the morning, but I’m happy to report that my head feels clearer and the medicine has already started to improve my depression.
I’m a little concerned with everyone addressing a short term memory loss, I personally haven’t notice that for myself, but it’s too soon to tell.

June 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm
(683) sue says:

My 17 yr. old son was diagonsed with mild depression and has been on Lexapro for 1 week. He has had a terrible time with dizziness (I had to pick him up from work because he couln’t drive home), being in a fog and headache in the back of his head. I am taking him back to the doctor tonight and am thankful that I have come across this webpage and all of your comments about the side effects. I will keep you all in my prayers.

June 26, 2009 at 10:28 am
(684) Cindy says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 4 months – I have a headache all the time. My head feels weird, my hands and arms tingle and hurt all the time. It is very difficult to drive my car. I am sweating all the time. The weight gain is terrible. I have a call into my Dr. I will not take this medicine anymore. Also, I am having dark dreams and losing my short term memory. I work with a lady who takes this drug and she is doing great…No side effects for her. I guess it works great for some people, just not me.

June 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(685) Penelope Randall says:

I have been on lexipro for years now. I ran out of my lexipro 3 days ago. I had to get some today because the withdrawals have been awlful. Everyone tells me it safe to take longterm & that you shouldn’t stop taking it. I have felt dizzy, my lips have been numb, my teeth have hurt, my head is hot and my hands are cold. I fill sick and it is hard to talk because my words are slurring. It is like being drunk, but I haven’t drank anything. Has anyone else ever ran out of lexipro and suffered from similar side effects / withdrawal effects? It really worries me to feel this way. That is why I’m online searching for answers right now.

June 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(686) Janet says:

Been on Lexapro a little over 3 weeks. At first I felt nausiated most of the time and actually lost weight but that has changed in the last week and my stomache feels empty all the time. I take it for anxiety and that is much better but it has been replaced with light headed feeling and brain fog. Don’t feel like myself at all lethargic and no energy. Feel terrible today like I was going to pass out took blood pressure and it was 100/34 so I have taken my last dose of the stuff I don’t care how bad the withdrawal is !!

June 27, 2009 at 12:34 am
(687) Leah says:

hi, I’ve been on lexapro for almost a year. before that I’ve been on anxiety medication for over 6 years. I weened from zoloft to lexapro. Zoloft made me absolutely crazy and honestly it was the scariest transistion of my life. I don’t remember those 2 weeks of my life at all. I got off of Zoloft because it sent me into a severe depression. Also made me completely loony. Lexapro has truly saved me. I was able to live again. I dont feel sad at all. i don’t cry when I should it’s wierd but it’s ok i’ve learned to take advantage of it. One of the few negative things I’ve had to say is that I have short term memory loss. I started noticing it about 2 weeks ago. It is scaring the #### out of me but I will be talking to my doctor soon.

June 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(688) Lisa says:

Had to leave a positive comment. I have been on Lexapro for 9 mos. It helped me tremendously. You have to give it a good month to get past the craziness like what I called “skin lightning” but it gets much better. I too have gained weight with it but don’t know that it’s worth leaving a calm state to lose weight. Please give it time. You can’t tell anything in a hour, a day or a week.

June 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(689) Michele says:

I just got off this drug cold turkey. I knew it was going to give me withdrawals but I wanted out of this drug fog that I had been in for almost 3 years. I got on the drug after my son was born for post partum depression and stayed on it as I had undiagnosed depression previously.

Side Effects:

I could sleep for 20 hours out of 24 hours a day. This drug made me sleepy all day every day

Massive weight gain. Really bad.

I wasn’t able to perform complex mental tasks as fast as before. It seemed like I was in a constant fog.

Cold Turkey symtoms:
About 2 weeks of massive headaches and tummy upsets. But now that I am on the other side of it, I am excited to me my old self again. The weight gain is going to take a while to go away though

June 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(690) Rose says:

I’ve been in 10mg for depression for 9 months now, but I’m getting off it because side effects, specially the short memory loss and hair loss. Didn’t gain any weight. I hope isn’t that bad to get off it. Hope for the best

June 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm
(691) Sheila says:

I have been on lexapro for about 2 months or so, i feel so much better. I was just wondering if anybody has had a reaction to the sun, skin sensitivity,burn bad.I have lost weight in the first 6 weeks about 10 pds.I was very surprised, just didnt have much of an appetite. Just doing the 10mg nothing more. And my head and thoughts are very clear now. WooHoo

July 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm
(692) Mary says:

I’m about to take my first does of Lexapro tonight for anxiety. I hope it helps. I do wonder about drinking alcohol while I’m on this medication. I have a fourth of july party coming up. Can anyone give me advice from experience? Thanks

July 1, 2009 at 5:08 pm
(693) Kristen says:

I have been taking Lexapro 10mg and I don’t feel any thing. I don’t think its working for me. I still fell the same.

July 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm
(694) brittany says:

i hope i dont gain weight… i just got prescribed to lexapro today and i’m nervouse about taking it. i dont like to gain weight. weight is an issue in my family, and i’ve managed to stay thin, thanks to the meds i was on before, xanax.

how long till you gain weight?

July 1, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(695) Carrie says:

So I just started taking 5mg of Lexapro for anxiety (probably an hour ago). Since taking it I have noticed no head changes, nor any nausea (or on the oposite end) a stronger desire to eat.
I have some advice for anyone who’s worried about gaining weight on this or any other anti-depressant (this is not my first anti-depressant; I’ve tried maybe five or six different ones): PUSH YOURSELVES. Exercise, eat less/regularly… a lot of people are quick to use medication as an excuse for weight gain. Sooo, note to all readers.. it is controlable. Trust me. I’ve been on SSRI’s and the like since I was a teenager for depression/anxiety.

July 2, 2009 at 12:48 am
(696) shar says:

I started on 10mg of Lexapro 2 months ago for severe panic attacks and since being on this I have not had one attack. The only side effects I have experienced was in the beginning was trouble sleeping and mild headaches. Once in a while I feel a mild electrical shock like feeling in my hands only. My attitude had been more better and seem more relaxed and not freaking out like Im going to die all the time from panic attacks. I have also noticed my libido has decreased a bit but no effects of weight gain,, it takes about 8 wks to really notice a change,, Im happy,,good luck everyone!!!

July 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(697) Dorothy says:

I was prescribed Lexapro 10 mg several months ago, (for menopausal issues – slight anxiety, sleep issues). I am 48 years old and I noticed that I was starting to walk around like I was in a daze, with a “drugged” look on my face. I was not getting thrilled about things I should be happy about, but I was not too upset about things that would normally be upsetting.
I did drink wine several times and had no symptoms what-so-ever. I have had weight gain but I am not sure if that is associated with menopause or not.
I made my own decision to go off of it a few days ago cold turkey and I have not had any bad symptoms.
I am just going to try vitamins for now. These side-effects are just too scary.

July 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(698) Barbara says:

I was on Lexapro for about 1 year. I lost weight was still somewhat depressed BUT my worst side effect was RLS (restless leg syndrom). Was so tired and sleepy and was up walking the floor waiting for legs to settle down. Could not drink wine or have caffine as they contributed to my RLS as well.

July 3, 2009 at 8:16 am
(699) Kris says:

I have been on Laxapro for nearly 5 weeks now and I think it may just be starting to work. I am feeling like I do exist and not feeling as much in a daze like I used to.
But…
I have been feeling dizzy at times, and can happen when I am driving which is scary. This feeling will happen daily and can last for seconds or could last for hours. My head spins like a world globe and I feel like falling.
I have still been feeling extreme tiredness and now have sleeping pills to take a couple of nights per week until things hopefully settle, otherwise the Dr. will prescribe me something else as I’m just not sleeping even though I feel so tired.
I am trying other methods like muscle relaxation, hypnosis and art therapy to calm myself down and assist with improving my depression rather than just relying on this drug. I feel these techniques have helped my mood more than the Lexapro, which is why I may be feeling better as I’m getting things off my chest.
I did stop taking Lexapro for 2 days and I felt soooooooooo emotional. While on it, I cannot cry, but when I skipped a couple of days I could not stop. I had scary thoughts and felt terrible. I could not believe how not taking this would make me feel… so please listen to the advice given and don’t skip any days and wean off properly.

July 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm
(700) Benz says:

I just started on Lexapro and I have a big issue with anxiety and stress. Since i have been on this medicine, i have been yawning a lot as well and it makes me feel more calm. Not so much thinking, it makes my day so much easier and less stressful.

July 4, 2009 at 11:15 am
(701) Michelle says:

I have been on Lexapro now for one week and I think that it is working for my anxiety attacks. Some of the side effects that I have experienced are:
1. Weight loss (6 pounds in one week)
2. I have numbness in my fingers on one hand, which comes and goes. It really scares me and I am not sure if it is a side effect or not… any thoughts?
3. Difficult taking deep breaths at times. I am not sure if this is caused by my anxiety or if it is a side effect.

I am getting married in three weeks and I started to experience sever panic attacks, so my doctor prescribed me Lexapro and Xanax. During the first five days, I had such back panic attacks that I had to take a Xanax before I could actually breath. Yesterday was my first day not having to take one. Maybe it is working….

July 6, 2009 at 7:58 am
(702) Roxie says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 2 yrs. My doctor doubled my dose from 10mg to 20mg 3 months ago. I’m experiencing memory loss and substantial weight gain. I have the electrical feeling daily. I find myself shaking my legs or arms to get rid of the electrical feeling. I’m always hungry and I can’t afford to put on any more weight! I’m taking myself off slowly. The weight gain alone is causing me anxiety!!!

July 8, 2009 at 6:55 am
(703) Anne says:

I have been taking 20mg of Lexapro for 6 or 7 years now – i’ve lost count. It’s great have found this site and to read all the effects this drug has had on so many people. It’s also soothing and reassuring to find out that I am not the only one has great difficulty waking-up in the mornings, who feels sleepy all the time, exists in a fog and finds their libido drastically minimised! Not until recently had the thought occurred that these symptoms are not normal! Because this medication has been so effective in controlling my anxiety, there was never the thought of stopping taking it. I’ve now decided to see my doctor about reducing the dose and hopefully getting off Lexapro completely. I think it is worth seeing if I still need these meds.

This said, I would highly recommend this drug to anyone suffering anxiety. It may not work for everyone and some people may get undesirable side-efects, but I do believe it is worth trying if your doctor suggests it for you – just to see if it will be suitable for you. In my experience, the benefits have outweighed any side-effects.

July 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(704) Andy says:

been on lexapro for about 2 months….negative side affects for me are excessive sweating and lack of libido…..positive affects it curbed my munchies and lost 20lbs…..much happier……more mellow…..

July 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm
(705) Jerrh says:

My girlfriend has been really distant and its only since she began this medicine. She even started talking to her ex but says she loves and wants me that shes just confused and is always sad and talking about killing herself but then she tells me that I am the only thing that makes her happy so does anyone have any advice to help me weve been togather for four great years and I dont know what to do. Is it REALLY possible that this medicine caused her to be that confused and do something so hurtfull towards me? Please anyone who can think of anything to help me just let me know I am lost.

July 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm
(706) lala says:

after reading all of these comments i’am scared as hell to start taking this med. i just dropped of my prescription and i’m thinking about leaving it there. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

July 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm
(707) John says:

I have been using Lexapro for the last year and a half. The first 3 months were great. I noticed that my anxiety went down considerably, however, like others here, I started to gain tremendous amounts of weight. I gained 10 pounds the first month and it hasn’t stopped since. In total, I have gained 170 pounds using Lexapro. I was only 140 pounds when I started, and now I’m over 300! I need to get off this medicine!!!!!!

July 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm
(708) Brenda says:

I was perscribed lexapro about 2 years ago, so I have been on it for a while. I noticed swelling first in my stomach, then in my feet and ankles. The swelling became so bad I began to look like I was 10 months pregnant,
and my feet and ankles swelled to the point that I couldn’t walk. I slowly weinded myself off and amazingly the swelling in my feet and ankles has disappeared, and I have noticed a big change in my belly area. Please be careful if asked to take this medication. There are major side effects.

July 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(709) christine says:

Started 5mg on July 4. So far, dry mouth, heart palpatations and no appetite and very tired. I take this medication between 5 and 6 pm.I fell asleep last night a 8pm.

July 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(710) Lori says:

I started Lexapro, 10 mg 2 days ago. My Dr. has me take it at night, along with 10 mg Ambien. I’m sleeping great. The first day I woke up and felt for the first time in a month, alive. The second day, I couldn’t roll myself out of bed to save my life, and felt this “buzzing” headache. Not pain, but weird. I’m worried about the sexual side effects I read about. How likely is it? I guess I’d rather enjoy life again and miss a few orgasms, than continue how I’ve been feeling. Is that very common? My boyfriend is concerned about this as well.

July 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm
(711) shannon says:

i have been taking lexapro since jan.2009 and though it has made me feel better i have lost a lot of hair since taking this medication

July 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(712) Theresa says:

I have been on Lexapro (10mg) for 5 or 6 years now. It has worked very well for my depression, however it does cause mood swings. After reading other comments; I have suffered from other side affects that I didn’t attribute to Lexapro. I have gained 45 lbs, in the last 4 years, I have been losing hair for the last 5 years, (I’m actually going to HairClub), I’m tired right after I take my pill, but then can’t sleep at night and I’v had RLS. I have ran out of them before, but I have had no withdrawal symtoms, but my depression comes right back. Any suggestions? Different pill?

July 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm
(713) Theresa says:

Also, I have drank on my pills and it didn’t seem to do anything.

July 10, 2009 at 9:34 am
(714) xen says:

Began last week, yes I know it is too early to tell. Feels good so far. I yawn a lot, a whole lot and is a bit annoying but assume it goes away. Even for the short week I have noticed a decrease in appetite. Forcing my self to eat normally. Been tired but I am sleeping better as I am taking at night. No problems getting up in the AM but I am a quick riser. Sex? I haven’t noticed anything yet but I don;t have a super strong libido anyway and always takes me a while to orgasm anyway. Well not a ‘while’ but no five mins if you get what i mean. ;-) Keep the faith and keeping on it for now.

July 10, 2009 at 11:33 am
(715) Melissa says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 6wks and feel like it is the best thing that has every happened to me. I am not tired throughout the day and more motivated and active at the end of the workday when I get home. I am noticing that I have trouble waking up in the morning but have no problem falling asleep. I have no decrease in libido no am I noticing no effect in my emotions except that I have more patience and am happier most of the time.

July 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm
(716) Soliver says:

I have just been prescribed Lex and took a pill last nite felt shaky and jittery. Took another one this morning and started freaking out. Throwing up, shaking, shallow breathing and the anxiety was still there. The nausea didnt go away till 1pm today. Are these common side effects? And how long till I start feeling better?

July 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm
(717) sarah says:

these comments are a true godsend! i am 30 years old and i swear i was in the beginning stages of alzheimers because of the short term memory loss you all are talking about. let me just say that i feel for those of you who have this side effect of the medicine, because i know it is not fun, but i am so glad to know what is causing this! other definite side effects include apathy, dizziness, ringing in the ears, exteme fatigue and even a mild sense of paranoia. i am married with 4 children and can really feel the disconnected feeling with my whole family since i have been on this. prior to the lexapro, i was dealing with panic attacks and was on zanax for it and i think i might try that alone from now on. thanks again for these comments-it’s something not even a doctor would or could tell you! GOD BLESS!

July 11, 2009 at 10:42 am
(718) Soliver says:

Third day on lexapro. Im still scared, the anxiety is still there and Im feeling it at home in a safe environment. Im afraid to eat because of the fear of the pending attack. On monday i have to go back to work and am afraid i wont see any benefit from this med by then, just the side effects, which for me have been horrible. But i feel defective as a person so the shame I feel seems like I deserve these side effects. Hopefully it is a small price to pay to get rid of these feelings.

July 11, 2009 at 10:56 am
(719) Jennifer says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3-4 years now, for anxiety. My dosage is 20mgs. I feel great on this drug. I do have some side effects, that come and go. Dry mouth is one, and I get some dizziness and nausea. No libido issues, no weight gain. But dealing with those are easier than dealing with my panic attacks which debilitate me and make me not want to leave the house.

July 11, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(720) Soliver says:

Just got back from the doctor, and he reassured me that the medicine will work in about a week. So Im going to stick to his diagnosis. I am quoting him by saying, “if u look for a zebra you are going to find a zebra” so maybe i am over reacting. I did take two doses with 13 hours and he thinks that is why I may be feeling worse.

July 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm
(721) Fiona says:

I have been taking this medication for approx one year (20mg) and about 3 months ago I started to pile on the weight. I have tried everything to shift it but cannot. I also have trouble getting up in the mornings, whereas I was always an early riser. Must see doctor as I will be as wide and I am high soon.

July 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(722) Soliver says:

Just took a pill and im feeling fine. Maybe the worst is over. Im gonna try an keep this updated.

July 12, 2009 at 2:03 am
(723) Soliver says:

Im feeling fine now. I think I just took the pills too close together. As of now no side effects.

July 12, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(724) Soliver says:

Still having minor attacks, but not vomitting, so I feel the whole attack instead of getting a release. Im pretty sure it is working though, with relaxation techniques the attacks arent that bad or seem to go away quicker I dont know.

July 13, 2009 at 11:24 am
(725) Matt says:

I’m on my 5th day taking 10mg a day and have been having the same side-effects as everyone else. Anyone who’s been on it for a while know if that subsides any time soon? Not too excited to be nauseous, tingly, and dizzy all day.

July 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(726) Lori says:

I’ve just finished week 1. My son died last month, and the depression/anxiety was unbearable. This has helped some, the intensity of emotions has leveled. Each day has been sort of a different side effect that comes & goes. Initially nausea, then major anxiety & clammy hands, buzzing or a weird sensation in my head for a few days, and very difficult to wake up, and still having that problem. It takes a good 2 hours to be fully alert, but once I am, the day is more tolerable and I can focus a little more.

July 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(727) Staci says:

I am on Lexapro for Depression and Anxiety. I had 2 panic attacks, one of them i ended up in the emergency room, which soon made my doctor prescribe it to me. I have noticed that i have been really sleepy alot, and i just don’t have the same energy that i use to have, i also have been experiencing the naseua, and not wanting to wake up in the morning, I also realized that sometimes that I look at myself and feel fat, and i get irratiated really easy and i just dont have the patienance to put up with alot that i use to be able to. I am only 18 and it seems like i am about 65 (feeling wise not look wise)

July 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm
(728) Soliver says:

I had some attacks plus vomitting this morning at work. I feel ashamed that I have to take something, so its like I worry about people looking at me differently because of it, plus all the other crap. the shaking has gone away for now. and the lighthead is still there but not that bad. this is my 4th day. I think it is working though. Hopefully i will have an attack free day tomorrow, if so it will be my first in almost a year.

July 14, 2009 at 1:35 am
(729) Erin says:

I am taken Lexapro on and off for a year. Moved country and ran out of lexapro. I didnt take the meds for 4 month. During this time I felt angry and very depressed. Started this medication again and I can say I am very happy with it. I have no negative side affects and have lost weight. I gained a lot of weight when I came off the lexapro and now when I am back on it I am losing it fast. It has helped againt my depression and I feel like I am a loving mum and wife again. I am VERY happy

July 14, 2009 at 6:14 am
(730) Dave says:

I have been taking 10 mg for about 3 months now. I have had 4 side effects. For the first couple of weeks, I couldn’t stop yawning. It was crazy, my jaw hurt. Throughout the 3 months I have had a few headaches. But I also have kids, so it could be them causing the headaches :) . Third, I haven’t had any trouble becoming aroused, but it takes forever for me to climax now. I prefer that to not being able to perform, naturally. But several times now, my wife has had to ask me to stop because she was getting sore. And finally, I have put about 8 pounds on. Not happy about that at all. Other than that, it works fine.

July 14, 2009 at 12:54 pm
(731) Soliver says:

I had to leave work today and use the last of my sick hours. I went to a new doctor who gave me xanax go use will the lexapro builds up a halflife in my system. He also pushed me really hard to go to a counselor. So I think the xanax is gonna help till the lexapro starts working the way its supposed to for me. I trust this new doctor, and he said stay with the lexapro.

July 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(732) camberly says:

i’ve been on and off it, cause i feel im doing better so i stop taking it. It makes my jaw numb,… or rather im more aware that my jaw exists. my hands shake, and when i FIRST start taking it i am nautous, and have a very noticable dry mouth. but it honestly helps, and side effects go away after a week and a half.

July 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(733) TARYN says:

I’ve been on lexapro 10mg 2x day for a month & 20 min after i take it i feel nausus & numb..couldnt cry if i wanted to. It helps with the depression so im ok with that because nothing else has so far. The real problem is at night when I go to sleep I have terribly strange & vivid nightmares they go on like a movies & are very scary. Im talking leprachauns & warewolves chasing & killing my best friend. Being trapped in cole mine alone with a rapist etc. When I wake up it hard to snap out of it because it felt so real so I have to take xanax just to calm myself down. Anyone else having crazy dreams. Please tell me they do go away.

July 15, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(734) Lori says:

I haven’t had that problem. When are you taking it? I take mine around 7:00 but also taking Ambien to sleep. I sleep real well. My son died, and I’m using the Ambien to sleep obviously. We’ll see if nightmares happen when I stop the Ambien

July 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm
(735) Soliver says:

Now im taking Xanax with the lexapro. I dont know if the lexapro works, but the xanax is a godsend. So to everyone who reads these blogs, get xanax. It has changed me into who I want to be. When I run out hopefully the lexapro will have built up enough of a half-life to work, but I feel like my life has changed for the better in so many ways, and I believe it is the xanax.

July 18, 2009 at 1:34 am
(736) Shelby says:

I am on 5mg for about 3 years now. I can skip a day with no problem. I refuse to up the dose. I does not work perfectly. When my Mom died,I took a small dose of xanax to get me through.Ive taken paxil,prozac,zoloft,but I think I will stick with lexapro. I did find the initial switch from zoloft to lexapro hard,but it was just a short time. Keep up with therapy,helathy diet etc. Good luck.

July 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(737) Martie says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 2 days now and I must say, I have immediate results. Before I cried uncontrollably for no reason, overeating, I was restless and couldn’t sleep at all. Now, I feel I’m in more control and I’ve lost my appetite; however, for me that’s a good thing since I’m already overweight. I’ve tried other antidepressants such as Paxil, Xanax and Wellbutrin, but I like Lexapro much better. The key is to finding what works for you.

July 19, 2009 at 8:54 am
(738) Kim Matthiensen says:

I have been on Lexapro for almost 3 years. It has worked great for me up until the last year or so. Don’t get me wrong, it works great but I am now having side effects. I have HORRIBLE night sweats, vivid dreams (as the one lady described – some horrible) and I have parasthetia (the rare side effect where you feel burning/tingling all over your body). I only just found out what to call the last side-effect. I tried to explain it to my doctor and he had no idea but after doing some research online I found that there is a name and I am not crazy nor the only one who has experienced it.
Recently I ran out of my Lexapro (we are stationed in Japan and I can only get it through our mail-order pharmacy). It has taken almost 2 weeks just to fill the prescription (which is how much medicine I had left) and now I have to wait for it to arrive which could be another 2 weeks.
My worst fear has always been of running out of this medication and now I am experiencing it. The feelings are HORRIBLE!! I am so anxious and easily irritated. All I do is yell and feel like my mind is about to explode. I do not like feeling like this so I have to warn all of you who are just now starting out – always keep a reserve somewhere and don’t let your meds run out. And if you are taking it and need to stop, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ween yourself off slowly! My body has gone into some sort of shock and now I am having trouble sleeping.
Just be careful with these types of meds. They are awesome when taken correctly but not so good if not.

Also, just as a side note, I always take mine in the morning because I could not sleep well when I took it at night and I need the most effect of the meds when I am awake!

Hope to help someone!

July 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(739) Kim says:

I was advised by my Doc to take a B complex supplement 2/day while on Lexapro to receive the most positive effects of the drug. The Doc was right! The supplement has also helped stabilize mood oscillations.

July 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(740) amy says:

Ive been on lexapro for 3 years and love it! I recentely tried switching to celexa because it was cheaper for me, but it send my anxiety out of control. I never gained any weight or experienced any side effects. But this time around I am really tired everyday, but its only been 5 days so far. I know it will be worth it though! But for everyone out there who is willing to write it off so quick, just remember that every drug works differently for everyone!

July 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm
(741) soliver says:

Xanax has helped me, I am more focused and calm. The only fear I have is that I am going to run out of xanax and the lexapro wont work. Im reading the blogs and keeping the faith.

July 21, 2009 at 9:33 am
(742) Kris says:

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to keep up to date by reading everyone’s posts and making some of my own.
I too have also had a terrible dream, it felt so real and was uncontrollable and scared me very much. But that happened a few weeks ago and hasn’t happened since!

I am now onto about my 7th week of taking lexapro. If I miss a day, I will become angry and cry, which for me, these emotions cannot be expressed while on this med.

I did feel much better just before 10 days ago, when I went downhill after family issues. I am feeling that there is less on my mind, I’m not thinking about the horrible events that happened earlier this year as much. My mind is more clear.

I am still having difficulties getting motivated and can’t be bothered doing anything. I keep going because I know I have to get things done, but do find myself lazing around on the couch each day, which never used to happen. I really can’t be bothered going to dance classes anymore, which I know I love, but at the moment I’m just not feeling up to it.

In the last week or so, I have begun to shake lots. My legs have been feeling weak too. I’m not sure if this is the med. or my anxiety, as the stress has just piled on in the last week, returning to studies. Sometimes my head spins and I feel weak and dizzy, this may just be my anxiety too.

On the positive side, I have been finding it easier to fall asleep as there is less on my mind.

I haven’t yet drank while on this med as I know it’s not recommended, but for a special occasion 1 or 2 shouldn’t hurt, should it??. I read an earlier post saying that it didn’t effect them, but everyone reacts differently.
Has anyone had any negative side effects of drinking while on lexapro???

Thankyou and keep smiling :)

July 23, 2009 at 2:59 am
(743) Penny says:

I’ve been on Lexapro going on 3 wks now. I have had the very hot feet at night when I try to go to sleep. So bad that I put spray for sunburns on my feet just to cool them off. I’ve also had this awful cough. It feels like flem in the back of my throat and my throat has been really bad sore. I also have frequent urination that started when I started this medication. And the migraines are horrendous. Oh, and I have lost some weight too. Other than these symptoms I haven’t experienced any of the others

July 23, 2009 at 11:35 am
(744) Glenn says:

I am on my 7th week of Lexapro. Started at 10mg for 6 weeks and was upped to 20mg this past week. I am not experiencing any severe side effects. I do always feel tired, but I was like that before the meds. If I yawn, or breathe deeply I get nauseous but not so bad that I actually vomit. I’ve had a few interesting dreams as well. The one thing I was concerned about was libido, but that has actually improved drastically since I started the meds. I do have an issue with ejaculation taking a long time. My wife notices a difference in my general attitude and I have noticed that people at work seem a lot happier with my personality. So far I feel great. Thanks!

July 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(745) Jenny says:

I have been on lexapro for a little over a year now.When I first started taking it I had diaharea for a couple of days. The day after that I had a headache all day long. For proabably 6-8 months I was falling asleep at work on a daily basis.It made me incredibly tired. Also for the first 3 months or so I had serious trouble with orgasm, which is a problem I had never had before EVER. So this too was very frustrating. However despite all that in the first week I could tell that I was notably happier. Lighter. It took the edge off of every thing that would normally trigger a melt down leaving me curled in a ball on the kitchen floor balling my eyes out. Until recently I could tell if I missed two doses. But I went without it by accident for 3 days recently with no effects. My sexual side effects were gone almost as quick as they started to be really annoying. The sleepiness was helped by taking it at night with dinner or before bed, but didn’t really go away until I had been on it almost a year. My biggest complaint is the 40lbs I gained in the first year on it. I’ve began to lose some of that now that I’m working my butt off at the gym and eating better on purpose. You will have to pry the bottle out of my cold dead hands before I stop taking it. I’m also in therapy, there’s no magic pill for depression. It takes real hard work to deal with stuff, but until I’m satisfied with my progress I will continue to take it.

July 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(746) June says:

I have been on Lexapro twice for Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression.

The first time was part of a drug study. I started off at 10mg/day and gradually increased to 30mg/day. I was on it for about a year and a half.

Currently, I’ve been taking it for about 2-3 months, 10mg/day.

Both times, I noticed that I had dry mouth for the first 2-3 days while on it. I also have next to know libido at times. Those are the only side effects I’ve noticed, and the pros for the way it helps me far out-weigh the cons.

However, gradually, while on the 30mg dosage, I began sleeping more and more. At first I didn’t mind, because it cured my life-long insomnia. It eventually became too much though.

I would give more of a warning about the side effects that come from discontinuing the drug. I stopped the 30mg dose cold turkey, which was the biggest mistake ever. I felt “car sick” for about 3-4 days, beginning about 2-3 days after stopping the drug. From there, I started getting these “brain flashes” every few minutes. They’re hard to describe, but I’d liken them to the feeling of standing up too fast and getting dizzy, except that wave of dizziness is inside your head. I was also obscenely tired and continued to have that car sick feeling. The severe symptoms lasted about 2 days. I don’t even know how I functioned at work. It was borderline unbearable. The “brain flashes” lasted the longest though, probably about 2-3 weeks. They got fewer and farther between, until they eventually stopped.

July 25, 2009 at 1:53 am
(747) Ali says:

I started Lexapro four days ago for three reasons: depression being the main reason, also have alot of shoulder, back and neck pain and had heard that this drug tends to relieve pain problems and thirdly because I was told it has a side effect of making you loose weight. I weigh 240 pounds already, just lost 15 pounds recently and am trying to loose more not put it back on and possibly more.

I stumbled on this sight tonight because I had to google the side effects I am going through to know if I was the only one feeling this way or not. I know three people who are taking this drug and they all say they never had any of the feelings I am going through. I feel both relieved and alarmed to find all of these posts.

Within an hour of taking this med I started getting horrible bilateral knee aches. By the second hour I was feeling so weird, almost removed from my body at times, like I had been riding rollar coasters for hours but without the fun of the ride. As the afternoon went on I felt so high, like I was on speed but absolutely exhausted at the same time. I was definitely dizzy, lightheaded, headaches, yawning non-stop, got the shakes. There were these feelings i couldn’t really describe before, kind of like the world was going out of shift for a few seconds at time, like a broken picture on TV. I am wondering if this is what others were referring to about feeling like they were getting electrical shocks. (mind you this all happened at work, I do not recommend taking this the first time when you are away from home)

The Lexapro I was given is 10mg. I also take ambien extended release at night, 6.25mg, it always has helped me sleep, stopped the brain from running all night. First night with Lexapro taken at 12:30pm and ambien at 10pm, I never slept all night.

Like I said before this is day four now. The side affects are tending to weaken. Sleep is still not good. Took an ambien over an hour ago and am still wide awake but of course am yawning.

At first I was concerned I might have gotten the wrong meds from the pharmacy. I had never seen them before so I wouldn’t have recognized it if it was wrong.

No one ever mentioned to me the difficulty of getting off of this drug. I think I will cut back to 5mg until I follow up with my doctor. She said in a month, I am now thinking like next week after reading these posts.

I haven’t read all of the messages, but am wondering if anyone else is having problems with feeling like they are grinding their teeth or that their upper jaw is just super tense or locked up. It is so soar.I keep trying to get myself to relax but can’t.

I do feel the starving feeling that others talk about but don’t want to eat because of the upset stomach.

I have been noticing the colors and strange things while trying to sleep. I feel like I am a teenager again and got a bad hit of acid. Now I remember why I stopped doing stupid things like that back then.

I am very torn now whether or not to take this medication. Not that I want any of you to feel bad but I am relieved to see that I am not alone in this. thank you all for your posts.

July 25, 2009 at 4:03 am
(748) Peter says:

I have been on 20mg for nearly 12 months. It was prescribed for PTSD after coming back from Afghanistan to society. I have the following symptoms, dry mouth, short term memory loss, flatulence, slow in the morning and inability to show compassion to any other person about anything. I have tried to stop but also suffered 3-5 days of debilitating dizziness when I stood up or tried to walk along with bursts of anger and anxiety. I am now sleeping well, but also have a lowered libido compared to other more virile males. I am still not able to hold down full time work and have to take frequent days off due to headaches and tiredness in the morning. I would not like to have to take it for much longer, but have been warned by the doctor to NOT go cold turkey, but to half the dose over a period of time and reduce down. Good luck. I am better on than off.

July 25, 2009 at 10:03 am
(749) Michele Thomas says:

I have a bone disease called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses and High Blood Bressure and the meds that I am on cause a bit of Depression, but not super severe * i mean the depression isn’t super severe* ok…I am taking : Lyrica for Fibromyalgia and Oxycontin for pain in both fibromyalgia and bone disease (M.H.E.), I take Atenenol and Furosemide for the h.b.p., Lexapro for depression, Dulcolax at night, Zolpidem for unbelievable Sleeplessness, and I have 2 or three more meds prescribed but I quit taking! – Melexicam for swelling in my ankle and foot (caused by area of ankles filled with MHE and PAIN) being one of them.
I have dry mouth ALL of the SUDDEN after taking these meds for at least a year. By the way, they work pretty well, other than the fact that the Oxycontin is relatively new as of 3 months ago and I take it only twice a day.
WHAT CAN I DO AND Obviously it is the meds that are causeing the dry mouth. I WANT RID OF THE DRY MOUTH! can you tell me any over the counter help solutions to fix the dry mouth? I want to fix it and if one of these meds is causing it ‘mostly’ please tell me and I will ask one of my doctors what to do about it. I don’t even know which doctor to ask.
PLEASE HELP ME WITH SOME FORM OF AN ANSWER. Funny…the only way of finishing this letter is the thought in my head….Obee won kinobe you are my only hope! I have to laugh a little or I will seriously cry.
This is no laughing matter, I really need help. Thank you again.

July 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(750) Ali says:

To Michele # 749 – I so far am not having the dry mouth issue but seem to constantly want water now which I never drank before. However, in reading an article about the side effects of Lexapro, it stated the following regarding dry mouth – hope this helps: “Tip: If you experience dry mouth or mouth irritations due to medications or for any reason, try the line of products that include mouthwash and toothpaste, as well as several other oral health products for adults and babies called Biotene. I’ve used these products and can’t say enough about how well they work.” Good luck and thanks for the smile reading your Star Wars wordage. Good Luck!

July 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm
(751) Debbie says:

I have been on Lexapro for almost a year and have gained about 10 pounds. I do not eat that must because I am not hungry. Any suggestions to lose the weight. Taht is the only thing that I am having a hard time with this medicine. It is helping me.

July 26, 2009 at 12:58 am
(752) Jason says:

I have been on 30mg of Lexapro for about a year and I love this drug. It has had an extremely positive effect on my life. I sleep great. I no longer have deep feelings of emptiness. No longer have anxiety issues. I am comfortable with myself. I recently moved to NYC for a job. Being from the midwest, I thought it would be a rough transition but it has been a breeze mostly due to the drug Im sure. I was also on Clonazapam but after a while it became unnecessary as the Lexapro work well enough by itself. One concern I have is that I have not cried in about a year but honestly I like not having that feeling. I feel more confident and do not get as easily intimidated. The delayed ejaculation has kind been a benefit if anything. Women love my longevity and I notice my orgasms are more intense as a result. I have no intentions of getting off this drug.

July 26, 2009 at 11:47 am
(753) Zoe says:

I have been taking Lexapro for about five days and I know that is not much, but I read some of these things and I noticed that at night I feel kind of nauseous. Yesterday I forgot to take it and then morning I have been having a lot of anxiety. I”m wondering if this is normal.

July 27, 2009 at 2:14 am
(754) patrick says:

I have been taking 10mg for about a month now. I dont know why a lot of you are having all these side effects. I sweat a little bit more than usual, but other than that I feel less depressed than I have in years. Motivational levels are up drastically. No headaches, no nausea, no nothing. I’ve been pleased with the lack of side-effects.

July 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm
(755) Anita says:

I was on Lexapro for several months back in 2005 for anxiety and severe/major depression and SAD. It made me feel like a zombie: no energy and felt doped up, numb. When I got a new doctor, she suggested Wellbutrin to get rid of that feeling and to help with the weight gain and loss of sexual desire. I have been on Wellbutrin XL for 3 years now and have lost almost all the weight I gained on Lexapro. Wellbutrin works for me, so if you are gaining weight on Lexapro, it’s not your fault. I even changed my diet. I ate smaller portions, which is tough for the first 2 weeks. Then, it got easier. I am now hungry frequently during the day and eat small portions like 5-6 times a day. I lost 2 dress sizes. :) Eventually, I want to come off any meds because I feel like I don’t need it anymore. Withdrawal from Lexapro to Wellbutrin was a little tough. I find that I still have anxiety because Wellbutrin does not help that. However, my PMS symptoms are much less severe with Wellbutrin. Hope I can survive these mood swings without meds. good luck to us all :)

July 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(756) mary says:

Hello everyone…I’ve been on Lexapro 10mg now for 23 days for anxiety. The first night was the only night I felt weird, but I think I was just having anxiety about taking a new medicine. To be honest, I don’t think I feel any different. It does take me longer to wake up in the morning, but so far that has been my only side effect. I’m just wondering how long I’m going to have to be on this medicine before I actually feel it’s working. Any advice from people that have been taking it for a while? My doctor said 3 weeks, but I’m on week 4 now. :(

July 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(757) Liz says:

This is my third day taking Lexapro. The doc said I really wouldn’t notice anything for at least 10 days. The first day I took it, it seemed to work. (I dont know, maybe it was a mental thing) I felt extremely alert and happy. And VERY ENERGETIC! It was like I was on speed or something. I had a little trouble sleeping. I woke up the next day like a zombie. Ive never been more tired in my life. Not to mention I was yawning just about every other minute. And when I yawned I would get this weird clenching sensation in the back of my throat and would feel the urge to clench my teeth together…has anyone else felt that? Other than the extreme tiredness, things are going well so far. Im extrememly scared about the weight gain… we will see I guess!! Thanks everyone for your posts, they helped!

July 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm
(758) Toni says:

I have been taking 10 mg. of Lexapro for GAD for 8 days now. The side effects have been awful. I have had frequent bouts of nausea, stomache aches, headaches and my sex drive disappeared. I also get tired about an hour after taking the pill. I have also felt spacey at times. Additionally, I had a couple of weird experiences of waking up really early in the morning and obsessing about things and not being able to fall back asleep. (I read that it was better to take it at night.) Weight gain which didn’t happen since I was nauseous at times. I woke up today with a headache and that weird wake up early thing. I took two Tylenol’s and laid back down but couldn’t go to sleep. When I got back up later I still had a headache!! I was also a bit sick to my stomache. I am tired of feeling bad and having no sex drive. Meanwhile I have been slightly calm but not enough to warrant all of these awful side effects. Tonight I took 5mg. and I am probably going to wean myself off. I am also trying exercise and meditation as natural substitutes.

July 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(759) Nikki says:

I was on Lexapro for about three months and immediately noticed a difference. I lost about four pounds, had no anxiety and felt wonderful. However, I started having horrible dreams and night sweats that got so bad that I stopped taking it. Getting off of it was AWFUL, I had brain zapping, wasn’t able to stand up and just help terrible. It lasted for about three weeks and was truly unbearable. It’s a great drug but be careful of getting off of it.

July 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(760) Ryan says:

I was put on 10mg Lexapro today. I took my first dose shortly after leaving the doctors office and I definitely feel the “Zombie” sensation. About 3 hours after taking it I feel a very, very slight headache, only when I try to look up though. I will admit I do already feel slightly happier, but not that much. The Zombie feeling seems to go away when I stand up and move around, I get really zoned out if I sit down for too long. Other than that I’ve been perfectly fine. The thing that worries me the most is coming off of it, I already have anger issues, don’t need any more, I’ll end up killing someone. Best of luck to all.

July 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(761) Bernice says:

Been taking Lexapro for MDD for almost two years. While this drug has helped with my terrible mood swings/angry impulsive actions, and severe bouts of depression I have to say it has some bad effects also. My libido is gone completely and has not returned. I feel very neutral about everything and still uninterested in things I used to care much about. Also Ive gained a lot of weight since taking Lexapro. I would like to quit taking it but cant decide which is the lesser of two evils.

July 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(762) Jennifer says:

To the people who are posting after being on it for a few hours or couple of days…like any medication, it takes time to get into your system and have your body adjust.

The first couple of days I was on it I was very sluggish, which is normal. However, that quickly passed. I haven’t noticed any other side effects other than the occasional side effect. Although even those have gone away. I have been on it for around 4 weeks.

Give it and your body time to work together! If you feel like you are in a “fog” after a couple of weeks, you are either needing a lower dosage, or you need a different pill!

July 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(763) Boswell says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for over 5 years now and have just in the last year or so begun to experience some periods of prolonged apathy and lethargy. I initially started taking it for anxiety, stress and a bad marriage relationship. I am now wondering if it is time to begin to wean off because I am normally pretty self-motivated. I don’t feel like myself. Has anyone else experienced changes over time in the drug’s effectiveness?

July 29, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(764) Toni says:

I decided to get off of this drug for reasons mentioned a few posts up. To me it felt similar to what I imagine it must be like if I took Arsenic in low doses. I felt that bad. This is day two and I have had a couple of side effects since getting off. My bottom lip did this tourette’s like tremor for about 5 minutes today, then stopped. I have also had very slight nausea. I also have had itchy skin since stopping it and tossed and turned a lot last night. I think the symptoms of getting off of it aren’t as bad as those who say they have been on it longer since I was only on it for about 2 weeks. My anxiety was mild to moderate (at times) so I would rather deal with that than the side effects of this drug.

July 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(765) Ali says:

I wanted to post an update to my post # 747 above. I left my post on day four, I am now on day 9. While the extreme side effects I was feeling initially were getting less and less each day, I did decide to call the pharmacist on day 5. They thought I might have been experiencing seratonin syndrome. She recommended that I call the on call doctor for more advice.

I did call the on call doctor, she was very quick in responding and had personal experience with these types of medications.

I had been given 10mg pills to start, she recommended that I drop down to 5mg’s and try that a few days and then contact my regular doctor.

I also told her that since the speed feeling had worn off I wanted to move the time I was taking the meds back to the evenings with dinner since the yawning was not going away as quickly. She said that would be fine, that I wouldn’t notice the difference since I was so new on it.

On day 6 I did push back the dosage time by 6 hours. I did notice that once I was past the normal dose time that while I was inside an air conditioned home, I was sweating under my arms, breasts and between my legs. Once I took the dose that night the sweating did go away.

I did not however feel like I had taken any meds at all considering how the past few days had gone.

On day 7, I decided to go back to the full 10mg and did put a call into my doctor. I felt pretty good on it, I am barely experiencing anymore side affects compared to before.

My doctor called me back on day 8 and said that I should still go back to 5mg for a week and that it appears that I am just very sensitive to the medication. Then after a week go back to 10mg. She did not agree with the pharamist about the seratonin syndrome.

I will say that although I was told it would take at least two weeks to start working and not really kick in fully until sometime between weeks 4 to 6, I got say I feel a big difference already. Perhaps because I was so sensitive to it.

I didn’t even realize how much anxiety I was having until so much of it has disappeared now. I have not been depressed in a few days. I feel very positive. I have been laughing a lot. Having more patience and not getting so irritated to easily by others and random things.

I am still having a bit of a problem falling asleep but once I do I am sleeping better than I was first with this drug. I am taking ambien still.

If it was as bad as it was for me but can change this much in nine days, I would recommend hanging in there and giving it an honest go.

I may ask my doctor if I can stay on 5mg’s a bit longer if it keeps working like this. Saves money when the prescription lasts twice as long plus I am sure I will build a tolerance over time.

I have also noticed that I do not have as much back pain and neck pain, not totally gone but it is more manageable.

Finally, no weight gain so far, that could be a deal breaker for me. I have noticed that my tastes for food are changing and I am not craving carbs, soda or sweets anymore.

The on call doctor stated that when your seratonin levels are low people tend to crave those things to get that feeling. Since my seratonin is being raised, that is likely why I am not craving these foods now. I do crave water and juice now and have stopped snacking between meals even.

Hang in there if you feel it is worth the try for you. Everyone is different, I can only tell you that I have gone from one extreme to another and wanted to make sure I posted a follow up post.

Take care & best wishes

July 30, 2009 at 6:05 am
(766) Meg says:

i have been on 40mg (twice the recommened adult dose!!) for the last 10 months…to treat PSD…and i feel like my emotions have been stunted..cant cry and dont feel empathy like i used to. spoke to my Psych about it today, but she suggested that it was the stage of my PSD that was not letting me cry. after reading these comments tho i think there are vested interests at stake and they do not involve patient wellbeing!

July 30, 2009 at 10:47 am
(767) Wendy says:

I was on Lexapro for a little over a year about seven years ago. I was feeling like everything overwhelmed my senses; touching felt like an electrical shock to my body, and I am normally a touchy-feely type of person. I felt like I wanted to cry all the time and couldn’t focus on things well. After a sudden sobbing fit hit me out of nowhere while I was driving 65 on the highway, I knew I had to do something before I got hurt or hurt someone else. (I believe it was the beginning of perimenopause and my hormones and body chemistry were betraying me, but that’s just my own opinion. :) ) Lexapro worked wonderfully for me – I felt like “myself” again – normal ups and downs, but no fogginess or apathy others experienced – in less than a week (faster than predicted) and did not notice any side-effects that I can recall. After 7 or 8 months, I consulted my doctor and started to try to go to every other day. After about a week, I was starting to experience the original problems again, so stuck with daily for a couple more months, always in consultation with my doctor. After a couple more months I tried every other day again and this time it seemed to be okay. After a couple of months of that, I went to every third day. After another month or two of that, we finally decided I could just stop. By weaning off that way, I did not seem to have any problems.

I started taking Lexapro (10 mg) again about 5 months ago due to depression related to some life situations. This time I had trouble with nausea for about a week. I don’t know if I just got used to it, or if taking it after eating breakfast in the morning was better than taking it at night before going to bed. I have been noticing faster weight gain than I had been experiencing, but my weight had been gradually going up for the past 18 months, so I can’t be sure how much of the new gain is due to the meds. That’s why I came here; to see what other people have experienced along those lines. I have also experienced spells of extreme tiredness, but not every day.

I agree with the posters who say you need to give this (as most medicines) some time to work and time for your body to adjust. But the most important thing is to make sure you keep in touch with your doctor, especially if you are having side-effects that concern you, like heart palpitations or suicidal thoughts.

I also want to point out that in many of the posts I read where people said this was a hard drug to get off of, they sound like they just stopped taking it. From what I have seen and heard, that is not a good thing to do with ANY drug which addresses mental health. You should work closely with your doctor and wean off of it slowly so your body chemistry can adjust. I mean, even giving up sugar or caffeine abruptly can give people headaches or the shakes, so imagine what suddenly giving up chemicals like this can do.

July 30, 2009 at 11:56 am
(768) Ronda says:

I have been on lexapro for about 6 months the first month I experienced an extreme speediness Every one around me has said they notice I am not so anxious, but I almost feel like I don’t care one way or another I sometimes feel like a zombie who has no emotion but since my family likes me better now I guess I will stay on it although reading all these comments I am now starting to worry about coming off it.

July 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm
(769) venita sharon says:

i have been on lexapro for 2 1/2 years my doctor put me on it because my dad had just died and my mom was in the hospital dying. i have always had anxiexty issues so since my blood pressure was so high i guess she thought this would help. it did but now i can’t tell any different. i am edgy, and cranky like before. she recently gave me black cohosh for menopause and i think that is great. i had the libdo problem and i have gained 20 pounds. i have very strange dreams also and i am an insomniac. i have had excessive sweating but the doc said it was the menopause. i am trying to ween my self off this stuff now. it has only been a few days i am taking it every other day. i hope i don’t have the problems coming off this medicine like some the you. i never wanted to go on meds to begin with. now it is just one more problem to deal with. my suggestion to anyone who has a problem is to talk to an herbalist and also your doc about a natural remedy.

July 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm
(770) Shawn says:

My doctor prescribed Lexapro today for my hot flashes. I have no complaints of depression. I took 1 pill at work, and then got on this website when I got home. I do not think I will take any more of the pills, and I don’t seem to be able to find any reference to this drug being a treatment for hot flashes. I am very concerned about why my doctor would prescribe this medication. Does anyone have any ideas?

July 31, 2009 at 12:17 am
(771) marcia says:

i started lexapro on monday and let me tell you it scared the crap out of me i got hot flashes, couldnt sleep my mind was racing from thought to thought. I was very scared. I called the doc and she told me to hang in there. My first dose was at 10mg so since i freaked out on my first go at it i dropped my dose to 5mg. I wanted to just stop taking it after my first time. I dont like taking mind altering drugs but my depression and anx. were getting the best of me. Today i am on day 4. i woke up this morning worring about things i cant control. I hope when i wake tomorrow i am felling better. I have been sick to my stomache and i have to force myself to eat. I just want some relief. I hope i can sleep tonight. I tell you what the first week on this drug is rough!

July 31, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(772) j says:

I started taking Lexapro 4 days ago and it seems to be helping a little bit. I am sick to my stomach and have a headache but I need to do something about my depression. I’ve been depressed most of my life but for 18 years I covered it up with Heroin addiction. I am now 57 years old with daily suicidal thoughts.I’ve been taking Xanax and that helps but thats just another addiction and I keep needing to increase my dose. I can only pray that the Lexapro works for me and for all of you out there suffering from depression. God Bless you all!
I will pray for all of us.

July 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(773) RB says:

I reduced my Lexapro dosage from 15mg to 12.5mg over the last week because I’ve taken it for a long time and I seem to have become very apathetic and lethargic over the last couple of months. I initially started taking it for anxiety so now it seems to be working a little TOO well. Anyway, I have experienced a lot of the side effects in coming OFF of it that are a nuisance but not unbearable – a lot of dizziness, unclear thinking, yawning and tiredness. I have to say that I wish I had read a lot of these posts before I ever started taking it because I should have been better informed. I don’t like the side effects of coming OFF even with the small dosage decrease but am pretty determined to get off of it at this point. I have to agree with the post that advised herbal and natural remedies. These psychotropic chemicals are a little scary with what they do…

August 2, 2009 at 2:45 am
(774) jean says:

A few years ago I was on Lexapro for two years for depression. To be honest it was the best two years I had had in a long time. Great positive mood, tolerant. The only side effect I really had which persisited was being hotter than usual. All the initial side effects of nausea, yawning etc. disappeared after the first 4-6 week period. I came off the medication with the careful planning of my doctor. I did experience some dizziness and some nausea, but with proper steady planning over three months this all went well and I was off Lexapro. I have recently had problems again with depression, but this time with panic and anxiety. I had let myself get so low I was desperate, so I again went back on Lexapro as I had such a positive experience the first time. It is now really starting to kick in after 3 weeks and my panic is just about gone and my mood is much more elevated. Don’t let all the negative comments scare you. There are side effects with many medications, you always should speak to your doctor about these, but I just wanted to give my positive slant on this medication. No reduced libido as I was much more relaxed in general, but reduced sensitivity for orgasm. A patient husband made a difference here. All the best with your experience with this medication and I hope it works for more of you as it did for me, than not.

August 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm
(775) Dee says:

Started taking Lexapro 10 mg about 15 days ago for depression. First couple of days very anxious, not sure if it was for me. Day 5 & 6 felt great and thought this was the best thing ever. Had a very intensive therapy session on day 7 and have had insomia and felt emotionally numb since.

August 2, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(776) Glenn Carr says:

WARNING!!!!
Please be aware my best friend has commited suicide while on Lexapro……a Christian man.
My friend knows God well yet this Evil drug Lexapro has altered his mind to the point where he was not thinking of his wife, 3 kids, family and friends and he shot himself.
Please people WAKE UP!!
The drugs are the killers yet the doctors love to prescribe them because they make a buck along with the drug companies.
“JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS” should apply to prescription drugs as they are killing us….just look at all the advertised side effects they have to inform you of….the side effects are worse than the original ailment.
When deppressed, look to family and friends and God for the answer for depression is just Evil trying to bring you down and you win by praying to God and in time the Evil will move on(Probably to some one you know so please pass this meassage on).
God bless

August 3, 2009 at 10:11 am
(777) Mark T says:

I’ve had a few major depressive episodes in my life along with a life frought with anxiety. I self medicated through drinking, drugs, meditation – what ever it took at the time. With my most recent episode I felt that I no longer had the strength to work through it. I’ve been on Lexapro for 7 months now working my way from 10-15-20 mg. It first 10 mg help a little but leveled off quickly and bringing me to 15 mg. Still with a little edge (both depressive and anxious) my doctor moved me up to 15 with a warning of possible short term effects. I experienced mood swings, anxiety and momentary depressive bouts that could have easily put me over the edge had I not been aware of them. I have balanced out. My ability to perform sexually as well as my physical sexual desire seemed to take a nose dive at the beginning of this depressive episode and has worsened since shortly after starting Lexapro. Finally, while Lexapro seems to have gotten me to where I can sustain, I feel like the depression is not alleviated but I have the strength to manage it. The anxiety for the most part has been alleviated.

August 3, 2009 at 11:43 am
(778) kelly says:

I was on lexapro for (two days)and it made not be able to sleep, woke up with a headache alsot this medicine made me very angery one moment and crying the next. I stop the medicine and refuse to take any more.

August 4, 2009 at 1:57 am
(779) Lauren says:

I’ve been taking lexapro for almost two years for anxiety. My doc never told me there would be any side affects, and like a naive 23 year old I trusted him. I cannot tell you how much I regret ever taking that first pill. I’ve tried to get off of it at least 5 times before but always went back to it, not because I needed it for the anxiety, bit because I couldn’t deal with the withdrawls side effects. I’ve gained probably 10 lbs, am constantly exhausted, hve had severe stomach issues and nausea, and severe “brain shocks” and light headedness. I’ve decided to stop cold turkey as of two days ago. The shocks have began but icant go back. Does anyone have any feedbak on their experience with quiting
cold turkey? Thanks and God bless.

August 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(780) Stephanie says:

I have been taking Lexapro since the beginning of the year. The yawning doesn’t stop. The libido is completely gone. I did notice that I may be putting on weight as my clothes are getting tighter. There were periods where I didn’t want to be bothered with anyone or anything. The times of the month are unbearable. Lasts one day shorter but so much heavier….. I haven’t taken it in 3 days because I seemed to have misplaced it while relocating. I found it, but am seriously debating on taking it. So far, I seem to be a happy person without it.

August 4, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(781) Nancy McCormack says:

It never occured to me that the yawning was part of this! I am thrilled to know this. Have been on 10 mg over a year. @ 15 lbs weight gain, no sex drive, no empathy, short tempered but not as bad. Decreased motivation and concentration at work. Constant need to eat. Feel better mood wise, overalol, however I am doing this research as I was overweight to begin with from fertility meds.

Having wicked hand/wrist/ankle/feel pain and achiness. Not sure if that is associated with this whole thing. Difficulty falling asleep and wake up feeling hungover. I just went 3 days without it as I waiting for refill to come in the mail. It seemed to me like no adverse affects other than being bitchier then usual (could be PMS). Overall, still glad I am on it I think.

August 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm
(782) Donna says:

I was on Lexapro for 3 yrs and have recently wheened myself off. My side effect were a weight gain of 40 lbs, no sex drive at all, it helped with my anxiety and slight depression but I also felt motionless at times. Now I’m most concerned about my memory i cant remember Jack Squat! The med helped me not to feel overwhelmed and since i’ve gone off i get overwhelmed pretty quickly and I cant get focused and all those emotions are returning. I just hope I can get this weight off and regain memory that is the scariest feeling trying to have conversation with friends is hard when you cant remember anything and dont know if there is a vitamin I can take to help me with this does anyone out there have any information that can help me i feel like i have alzhimers. HELP!

August 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm
(783) Melissa says:

I haven’t experienced any side effects until I miss a few days. I have been on Lexapro for about 6 months now. I want to come off b\c I feel that I don’t need it anymore but I can’t stand the side effects of not taking it. I feel fine in a few hrs after taking it. I normally feel light headed, my lips go numb, and I want to eat all the time, I feel like I am gaining weight and I can’t stand it.

August 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(784) RB says:

I started tapering off of 15 mg about a week and a half ago. I definitely experienced dizziness, the brain spasms and just couldn’t seem to think clearly for several days. But it was making me so tired all the time, couldn’t wake up in the morning and couldn’t focus at work, I finally just couldn’t stand to take it anymore and haven’t taken any at all in a couple of days so we’ll see how it goes. It sounds like everyone has different experiences but I expect to be a little irritable at the least and am already having some difficulty sleeping. But unless I am just completely miserable, I am going to try to stay off of it so I’ll keep posting on how it goes…..seeing all the posts on this site has made me more determined and motivated for sure! It helped me thru a very difficult time but I finally feel like I’m ready to deal with getting off…but it’s been a long time coming.

August 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm
(785) Beth says:

I have been on Lexapro for years. I was originally given Lexapro for headaches. I had no idea at that time it was an anti-depressent and was not happy when I found out. However, when my daily headaches were gone I decided it was worth it. For about a week I had wierd side effects. The doctor did not tell me I would experience anything. So when I called him to say I was paranoid, couldn’t sleep and was anxious he said Yes you are having some side effects. They will go away. They did.
I no longer suffer from daily headaches. Life is good. I started going through menopause. Night sweats, depression, and be iritable are low. Compared to what I have heard from other women I think Lexapro has helped.
My only problem is when I miss more than a day I feel the side effects again.
I want to go off the drug since I have been on it for several years and am honestly afriad too. I remember the side effects and it freaks me out a bit.
For all of you who have just started taking it, the side effects go away after a week or so.

August 7, 2009 at 10:53 am
(786) Karen says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 3 years; I have experienced none of the symptoms others have. It has been wonderful for me; keeps me from crying a lot. The only symptom has been difficulty urinating…but only if I get up in the very early morning hours. I have weaned off of the drug once with none of the “horrible” side effects. I got back on it so I wouldn’t feel like crying and dwelling on bad past experiences.

August 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(787) belle says:

I have been on Lexapro for 8 years. I started on Celexa and changed to Lexapro after a year. It has been the best thing for me. The only symptom I have experienced was a decreased Libido. The positives definitely outway the negatives. I no longer want to go to bed and not get up again. I feel “normal” and am able to function everyday. I am able to do the little things in life without wanting to cry. My OCD has decreased as well.

August 9, 2009 at 6:50 am
(788) Louisa says:

I’ve just started today. How long do you think it takes to experience weight gain?

August 9, 2009 at 6:52 am
(789) Louisa says:

I just started today. How long do you think on average it takes to experience weight gain?

August 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(790) Trish says:

I have been on it for about six months. I notice the weight gain big time. I am taking it for all the things going on in my life and being depressed about it. Well, I have gained 15 pounds!!! Now I am depressed all over again. I didn’t change anything in my diet or anything. The only thing I can think of was lexapro. Now after looking on here I know for sure. I had a baby and then lost all the weight. I started this then 3 weeks later I started gaining and haven’t stopped.

August 10, 2009 at 12:46 am
(791) NT says:

I started Lexapro 3 days ago on 5mg and I’m having the strangest sensation. My arms/hands/legs feel tingly, numb and heavy. My head feels heavy and I can’t concentrate very well. I feel tired and lack energy/motivation to do anything. I feel dead. All I want to do is sleep but my mind is wide awake. Is this normal? With depression, atleast I can talk myself into getting up and doing things. But with Lexapro I feel really numb emotionally and physically. Should I continue it or not?

August 10, 2009 at 8:45 am
(792) Kris says:

To post 791,
I had exactly the same effects when I first began taking lexapro. Yes this is normal (although everyone experiences different effects) and it should get better. It took me about 6 weeks for these effects to stop and for the med to start working. I actually do feel better and didn’t think it would work. Give it some time to kick in or talk to your Dr.
Good luck!!

August 10, 2009 at 9:14 am
(793) Kris says:

To post 788/9
Not everyone will experience weight gain. My cravings started about 1 mth after starting. When I went back to my Dr. he asked me what effects I was experiencing, one of them was that I was constantly feeling hungry, even after eating a big meal, 10 minutes later (or not even) I was hungry again. I had to control my eating to prevent putting on weight, so i just put up with a rumbling tummy. I have never craved food before so I assumed it was the lexapro. But my Dr. said weight gain and cravings was not an effect, you can lose weight and stop eating, but not the other way around.
After reading these posts, I have seen that many people have gained weight, so I am convinced it is the med.
I have gained 9kg and am not very happy. I have recently joined the gym and am really trying to watch what I eat, hoping to lose it.

I have been on lexapro for nearly 3 months now.
3 weeks ago I stopped taking lexapro cold turkey because I didn’t think I needed it anymore as I felt much better and was unhappy with my weight. I have heard lots of terrible stories about stopping medication cold turkey, but surprisingly It didn’t really effect me much at all. I did get a bit dizzy for a few days after stopping, but that was it. I could also laugh and cry again, which on it I am unable to express emotions. Because being off it made me feel high I didn’t take any for 2 weeks. I know this was the wrong thing to do, but I felt much better being able to express myself. I thought I had better start taking it again thinking my mood might really drop very soon if I didn’t, but now I am back to square 1 with side effects, except they are not as bad as in the beginning. I would not recommend stopping this med cold turkey, please do it the proper way and talk to your doctor first. I am going back to my doctor in 2 weeks, I am not sure if I want to continue it or not, but next time I will wean myself off.

Good luck everyone!!

August 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm
(794) Andrea says:

Today (August 10) is my third day on Lexapro 5 mg. I took Effexor XR for about 3 years and quit taking it in June because I ran out of pills without a new Rx. After two weeks of 75 mg a day (half of the 150 mg I had been taking), I had headaches every day the next week, couldn’t sleep, was unhappy for no reason, and lost both my appetite and interest in the newspaper. It was obvious I needed to be on SOMETHING but I did not want to go back on Effexor because quitting that made me stop getting epileptic seizures. On August 3 I told my internist (I don’t have a psychiatrist) to give me another drug that will not cause seizures. I was told to take half of a 10 mg Lexapro tablet each day for a week, then increase the dose to 10 mg, and went home with free samples. I read online Lexapro’s side effects include seizures, so I wanted to verify my internist’s claim with my neurologist. She said I can take Lexapro and was right – no seizures so far.

Unfortunately, after my second dose, I woke up today before 6:00 a.m., 5 hours earlier than usual, with a bad headache and threw up about an hour later. I had the same problem when I started Effexor and was fine after that, so I am wondering if this is an isolated occurance or can be expected to repeat itself when I increase the dose to 10 mg. Does anyone know?

I noticed many people are giving up on Lexapro after the first time they suffer side effects without ever thinking about giving it a chance. Think again! Just one week is not enough to see if it works – no drugs start working perfectly immediately and side effects are most likely to occur when you first start a drug for anything. Also you need to remember NO websites, regardless what type they are or information sources they use, are meant to be subsitutes for your doctor and they ALL should or do have that disclaimer. Stop depending on the Internet for medical advice about a prescription drug or disorder that requires one. You can ask me what pain relievers work, but not if this drug or that drug is better for treating depression.

August 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(795) RB says:

I’m just wondering if there is anyone that stopped Lexapro (10-15mg) cold turkey and experienced really bad nausea and dizziness? And if so, how long did it last?? It’s been pretty bad, almost debilitating, for about 5 days now and I wish I had an idea of when it will stop. I absolutely refuse to take the drug again so going back on is not an option. Anything that makes me feel this bad coming off cannot possibly be good for me. I wish I’d never take it.

August 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm
(796) Lindsey says:

I was on lexapro for about 6 years, weaned myself off for about a year, but suffered from depression about 50 percent of the time, and then recently restarted it 3 weeks ago. in the last three weeks i have quit my job and do not feel like getting out of bed, i can sleep for 12 hours and then lay on the couch for 12 and then go back to bed. my anxiety is gone, could care less about anything, but my depression is worse- cryed in the shower this morning. don’t have any advice just thought i would share, reading about others proplems with it helps…

August 11, 2009 at 10:05 am
(797) Anne says:

i agree with Marbee…be careful when coming off it. i’ve unfortunately run out of my perscription twice and both times the side effects were pretty bad for at least 3-4 days – really bad headaches and feeling like i’d suddenly pass out.

August 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(798) RB says:

Lindsey: It doesn’t sound like the Lexapro is helping you at all. That lack of motivation and lethargy is exactly the reason I quit taking it. I had also taken it for about 5 1/2 years before I started to notice that it seemed to be MAKING me depressed. I forgot to mention another side effect of coming off of it and that is insomnia. However, I took two Benadryl last night and actually slept well so I was encouraged with that. Benadryl is also supposed to help nausea and that is better today too. I personally feel that I’d rather just cope as best I can with whatever undesireable emotions I might have than suffer the side effects of this drug. There is nothing wrong with “feeling” my feelings and I just have to remind myself that it’s OK to feel down or anxious sometimes if it’s not completely debilitating.

August 12, 2009 at 10:48 am
(799) Christina says:

After reading a lot of these comments, I am a little worried about taking this. I’m going to try and stick it out though. This is my second day and I definitely have the spacey feeling and a slight headache, but I get those a couple times a week anyways, so we will see. I’ve been depressed for a long time, and I have to get a handle on it as its been effecting my family. Not to mention the anxiety.

August 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(800) Lori says:

I’ve been on Lexapro now for about 2 months. I ran into some small annoying side effects when I started. At first I felt a strange buzzing in my head for a couple days, some restlessness at night, and a little nausea, but it all went away rather quickly. Other than that, it’s doing exactly what I’d hoped; took away the intense depressive feelings I had, made me not feel like I was hopeless and desperate over the crisis I have going on. The one thing I have noticed, as other people, it DOES smooth out the extreme negative feelings, but it also smooths out the good feelings, so I sort of feel very subdued. For example, I just got back from an excellent vacation with family and some of the activities that I normally would have been estatic over, I just simply enjoyed. But overall, I am functional again, can concentrate, focus, and not feel so overwhelmed, so I’m quite pleased with the results.

August 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm
(801) Sean says:

Been on Lexapro for six months. Was not aware of the weight gain, but that does explain why I did suddenly gain weight and can’t lose it. First eight weeks were hard. Vivid dreams, nausea, sleepyness were the big ones.

However, I will say I am more relaxed and my down periods aren’t so bad. But yes you have to wait the 6 to 8 weeks for it to kick in. Those eight weeks were hard, but now I will say I do feel better.

That being said, I would like to go to therapy to learn to handle the depression and anxeity without drugs. Taking lexapro for life does not appeal to me.

August 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm
(802) Ali says:

Hi this is a follow up to my posts # 747 and 765. I have been on this med since July 21st – so three weeks and a day. While I had a very hard time with this drug initially, I have to say that I haven’t cried even once in the past three weeks and before I was crying at everything, even at work, it was horrible. I am not as sensitive as I was before about people’s comments nor am I reading too much into them like I think I was before. I definitely have not been feeling depressed, my anxiety is practically gone.

I can say all of this while deciding two weeks ago to move and have since hard a yard sale, signed the lease this evening, have to finish packing by tomorrow and move this weekend. I really hope my sudden burst of life without depression and anxiety haven’t resulted in me making a decision I could regret financially but I guess nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I have noticed over the past few days that I am not quite as strongly affected by this drug as I was before. (Hence, a bit of doubt in making the right decision to move now that I signed the lease and it has been so much work and not over yet.) I hope this is a good thing. I definitely feel more even keeled, not all over the place like before, seem to be handling the craziness of my life right now rather well.

I am still yawning way too much and am so exhausted I can’t stand it but I am really hoping the exhaustion will subside once I finish this move and get settled.

Even though it was a very rough start with this med, I am happy that I stuck it out and so far am happy with how this has been working.

I am single right now so I am not sure how the libido is being affected still but sex is not on my mind like it used to be at all but I did get turned by this movie the other night so who knows about this issue yet.

Will check back in once I am settled. Wish me luck!

August 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(803) Kathy says:

I have been on Lexapro (on and off I must admit) for about 8 months. I was prescribed it to counter the effects of my breast cancer medication. It has helped with depression and hot flashes, but the big side effect for me, it makes me YAWN. I mean all the time. If I stop taking it, I stop yawning, when I start again, I yawn more. It sounds trivial, but it’s really annoying. Overall, the benefits outway the yawning problem. Does anyone else yawn when taking anti-depresents?

August 13, 2009 at 4:29 am
(804) tabby says:

i do not like this med. i have been on it for to weeks and i cant sleep and when i have sex i an unable to have an orgasm.

August 13, 2009 at 8:17 am
(805) kevin says:

hi.i’ve been on lexapro for just over 2 weeks.i have so far had all side affects.during the 2 weeks i forgot to take my meds for 2 days due to my memory loss.i got very angry and aggresive.the only good thing for me using lexapro has been it’s calming affect.i have read a few dozen comments on the side affects of lexapro but none of them have another side affect i have since starting lexapro. DIARRHOEA. i have it something awful and i am losing weight as a result.constant feeling of needing to be close to a bathroom. it’s awful. hope no-one else has it.

August 13, 2009 at 11:54 am
(806) patty says:

Hi. I have been on Lexapro for close to three weeks. I took 5 mg the first few days, then was switched to 10mg. Early side effects were only a little nausea and sleepiness.
HOwever, the last few days I started to experience this uncomfortable side effect off and on during the day. It feels like a slight trembling in my body, head included … also mildly electric at times. Has anyone else had this, and if so, did it go away?
I’m going to stick it out a while longer at least, because the Lexapro does seem to be lifting my anxiety.

August 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm
(807) Misty says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 2 weeks and am feeling much better. My doctor put me on 10 mg, but it was clear from the first pill that this was far too much. Like many others, I felt like a zombie. I ended up cutting the pill into quarters and took one quarter for a few days until my body was able to tolerate it. I’m now up to taking 1/2 of a 10mg pill (5 mgs), feel much better, and probably won’t go beyond this. The only side effects I’ve had are sleepiness and constant yawning; no weight gain or libido issues. So far, I’m happy with Lexapro and I’m happy with the way I feel.

August 13, 2009 at 9:01 pm
(808) Kristel says:

I have been on Lexapro a little over 3 weeks. I noticed that high for the first week, I even had huge pupils to go with it. I can’t blame my weight gain just yet on the lexapro but I have been able maintain my 139-141lbs for 2 1/2 years and now I am at 146. But I do get the Yawns about 4 hrs after taking Lexapro so I started taking it about 6pm and I sleep through the night. I was crying all the time, getting upset about little things and I have to say lexapro helps it almost too much now. There are things I should be worried about but I just don’t seem to have the emotions. I am talking to the Doctor tomorrow because I am really nervous about taking this after reading everyone post.

August 13, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(809) Karen says:

Ive bein on Lexapro on and off for 4 years.(10mg to 20mg)
I have experienced sever muscular cramps in arms, legs ect.. (similar to after excercize). Weight gain, weight loss, increase/decrease in appetiate. Sore jaw, griding teeth, sever tiredness, sleeping too much, insomnia ect..
To be honest I dont care, I see most of the above as part of my Depression Illness.
Anyone who cant get up out of bed, has constant negative/sucidial thoughts, no motivation to eat/wash/leave house. When I avoid family/friends ect. I have lost everything important to me like realationships, career, financial.
When your life gets that bad, who cares what the side effects of a Drug are? I agree they are uncomfortable, but they will gradually go. Just stick with it! Anyone who has lost their life to Depression will know, that side effects are a small price to pay.
Get your life back, alot of the time the side effects are part of your illness. Best of luck!

August 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(810) Bethany says:

For those who have taken 2 doses of Lexapro and are reading about the side-effects and want to take themselves off… give it a chance. If you are experiencing serious psychological issues (depression, anxiety that makes it impossible to function, PTSD, BPD, etc) they need to be treated. EVERY medication has some incidence of side-effects. EACH one effects people differently. Lexapro works really well for some. It doesn’t work for others. That can be said for every med out there. Additionally, the dosage can have a huge impact. Personally, I’m on Wellbutrin in the morning and Lex at night. Recently I was having increased anxiety problems, and my doc increased my Lex dosage. I went through an awful manic phase (I have BPD), was sleeping about 3 hours a night, was experiencing awful muscle twitching…. When I went down to the old dosage, all those problems disappeared and I have no major side-effects (there was an original weight gain of 5lbs, probably due to the increased in appetite that I had – when I was depressed I didn’t eat at all).

Don’t throw away the baby with the bath water.

August 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(811) Cheryl says:

I had minimul withdrawal symptoms coming off Lexapro after being on it for 14 months. I used the taper off method of 7.5 mg for 7 days, 5 mg for 7 days, 2.5 mg for 7 days and then 2.5 mg every other day for 7 days until I was off the stuff. The worst it ever was for me was brief nausea the first day or two after decreasing dosage. Lexapro was a life saver for me. It got me through one year of pure HELL working for an arrogant, crude, mean, abrasive, and totally abusive, bully boss. She has moved on to ruin other people’s lives. I no longer need Lexapro to make it through the day with her snorting down my back. The demon has been exorcised from the workplace. Now that I am able to feel again, I feel a moral obligation to warn the new organization and its employees of what they are in for! Stock up on the Lexapro and get the EAP number ready. You’re going to need it! Seriously, I have nothing but good to say about Lexpro. It was a life saver. It made me numb to feelings when I needed to have a thick skin. I would recommend it to anyone having a tough time dealing with anxiety, sadness, hostility, or toxic work envinroments.

August 16, 2009 at 3:12 am
(812) Helen says:

I have just been to my new dr. two days ago, and have been prescribed Lexapro 10mg. I used to be prescribed with Epival due to my manic depressive or bipolar syndrome, iv been on it for 2 years now. It really helps with the manic mode, but the depression mode it doesnt really do anythin on it, thats why my dr. prescribed me with Lexapro. I’ve been on it for just 3 days now. The first time i took it, i felt too sleepy and constantly yawning the whole time, and i feel like i have no energy at all, and i think i also felt the ‘blah’ feeling. I feel not normal, or not myself as soon as i began taking it. I used to be perky and cheerful, but recently i feel like dull. I haven’t felt any nauseous effect, but so far just those and i also felt that i lost my appetite recently if i eat or try to eat something i feel like im not hungry at all. I havent lost any weight yet but i might if the lost in appetite continues. But the negative thoughts and anxiety is actually gone, it just feels weird bec i dont know if this is how a normal person really feels, because i must say for me im pretty much bored with myself eversince i started taking Lexapro. But i hope it will be gone in a couple of weeks, bec we cant stop the medication once we started taking it. Im seeing my dr. after two weeks and hopefully he can either prescribe me a new one or explain more about this drug.

August 18, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(813) JC Kelly says:

I have been using Lexapro for almost two years due to anxiety and mild depression. I haven’t noticed any major side effects except to say that my dreams are different. THey are more vivid and sometimes scarey more so then they used to be. Also I have tried to get off of them and I have noticed that I get very irritable if I miss just one day. I have decided that it has made such a wonderful diffrence in my life that I am going to stay on it for however long I need too. Good luck!!

August 20, 2009 at 8:50 am
(814) ann says:

hi, i was put on lexapro 2 years ago after suffering from panic and anxiety as a result of losing a sibling, i think they helped me but not dramatically,i gained 14 lbs, at one stage i was increased from 10mg to 15mg, they cost £73 and i just could not afford them, so i told my self id change my lifestyle, walk 3 miles every day, took up saduko at night and generally train my brain to think positive and keep away from situations that stress me out. That was 16 days ago and iv done all of the above without lexapro, i stopped without weaning, i was fine except a bit sharp with the kids, im working on that tho. I have taken my life back, i can feel things, sadness and laughter, not going around feeling dopey all the time. this is just my experience not advise, because everone is different. GOOD LUCK

August 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm
(815) Dee says:

Been on lex for approx 4 wks, after 4/5 days felt great like my old self for about 3/4 days, then I had a very intensive therapy session, which put back to my pre-lex days. I find my moods up & down, with the up feeling anxiety and anger and the down a constant low mood. I’v begun crying again, but not as often as before. My therapist is annoying me with this bulls**t, about my inner child wanting to be heard. I’m due to go back to my GP next and she said if it has’nt started working she would increase the dose, I’m currently on 10mg. I don’t know if htis is a good idea or not, my only side efeect is very choppy sleep – any advice would be welcome on whether to increase or not!

August 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm
(816) Gail says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for over a year now. I’ve gained weight and developed Restless Legs Syndrome. I’m going to go to my doctor so I can get off of this medicine and try Wellbutrin. I dread getting off of it.

August 22, 2009 at 2:25 am
(817) Laura says:

after i was prescribed lexapro for GAD (mostly hypochondria) i researched everything about it before i took it and saw how horrifying some people made it sound. im 19 and was terrified to start it. but i still did and i love it. ive been on it for a month now. not only am i not worrying about about my health i dont even notice the things that bothered me before. i was able to fly without worrying, get a shot without my mom, things that as pathetic as they sound were horrible for me to go through. im so glad im on this medicine and its definitely improved my quality of life. the only side effects i got were dry mouth and shakiness the first night. after that i was perfectly fine.

August 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(818) Luke says:

Been taking 10mg of lexapro for 3 days now for anxiety/depression feeling very foggy/stoned have dull headache constantly and I look and feel very puffy in the face my insomia has got worse but anxiety seems less.I hope these side effects dont last long if I keep feeling like this I’m worried it might effect my work.Also seems to have effected my stamina I exercise alot very fit but on my second day on the meds i went for a jog and was exhausted by the time I got to the end of the street!but i’ll stick with it a bit longer hopefully side effects pass

August 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm
(819) Ali says:

Follow up to my earlier posts 745, 767 and 802. I have been taking this medicine for 4 1/2 weeks now. It is like night and day from the initial start of these meds and all of the side effects I was having.

I am down to mild headaches and yawning still a lot from this med. I had had a runny nose since I started taking these meds until two days ago, I sure hope that has really stopped now. Now if the other two side effects would go away I would be doing great.

My anxiety is 98% gone, haven’t been depressed at all. Only had one kinda panic attack but that was after I signed this new lease and decided to move which isn’t such an abnormal reaction.

I haven’t cried in over a month now which is shocking. I have noticed that by week four I had started to level out on this med and that some things that used to annoy me, but had stopped when I first started taking the med, were starting to annoy me a bit again but as soon as I realized it I was able to talk myself out of the normal reaction.

I have continued to LOOSE weight. I had lost right about fifteen pounds before starting this med and have lost another 5 since starting it.

It has definitely eliminated my cravings, my snacking between meals and I am liking foods I never liked before. Sweets are actually making me feel sick now.

I am happy I stuck it out with this medication and am going to continue it. It has made a lot of good changes in me. One added bonus is that my neck, shoulder and back pain are still significantly less than before and I can say that in the middle of moving right now. That is a HUGE deal!!

I wish you all the best!

August 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm
(820) Lynne says:

I had been on celexa 40mg since March, I recently went up to 60mg and started feeling shaky, a racing mind, and insominia. I thought I was anxious before but after 60mg it got worse. I Went to my doctor and she put me on 20mg of lexapro. I am now a little scared reading all these posts that say to start at 10mg because I am beginning on 20mg. I have been on the meds since Thursday, she also gave me some deptimal she says it is a booster to the lexapro, she also has me on lamictal. Starting yesterday I began to have stomachaches and feel very nauseous and fatigued. I guess I am just feeling like she is prescribing way too many meds, how do we know what is working if I am on so many things??? I am at the point where i want to take nothing and just see what happens.

August 24, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(821) Mary says:

I was on Lexapro for about 5 months. At first I was feeling really great about myself, and then all of a sudden I was starting to feel more depressed. I talked to my psych about it, and so he upped the dose. After upping the dose I had become more depressed & was having anger issues. I gained a crap load of weight while i was on it. I took myself off of it about 1 1/2 months ago, and now i’m back to square one of being depressed. I don’t know what to do. I do not want to go back on the Lexapro. I have SEVERE anxiety disorder/panic disorder, and major depression. They are trying to rule out bipolar depression…all i know is i can’t stand the way i felt on it & it’s worse now that i took myself off of it. Has anyone else felt more depressed or having anger issues while on Lexapro? Not to mention having severe migraines & feeling like I was not myself. I so need some advice here!!!

August 24, 2009 at 7:18 pm
(822) Ashley Marano says:

I started taking Limictal for the possibility of slight bi-polar disorder. That did nothing for me. So my doctor decided to put me on Lexapro as well, and it is amazing. I used to have panic attacks, cry for hours over essentially nothing, and literally go from one extreme to the next. Now, I’m a much more even keel. I have slowed down the emotional process a lot. I started therapy to start learning the tools I need to become more “stable” and I truly do swear by this medication.

August 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(823) Luke says:

Ok 6 days on lexapro 10mg up until yesterday was having major side effects was considering stopping but decided to start taking it before bed instead of the morning.Had a very strange experience last night was dozing off and I could hear somebody laughing it took me a minute to realise it was me!Very weird-then woke this morning foggy for first hour then cleared and I feel amazing!my anxiety is gone and I mean really gone Ive found myself smiling without effort or faking it for the first time in a long time and thats saying something considering the huge amount of stress in my life at the moment I can function again.They should put this stuff in the water supply

August 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(824) Marybeth says:

I have been taking for about 3 weeks now. I had the yawning for about a week and I have a hard time waking up in the morning. Libedo is shot. Having an orgasm is impossible. Going to stick it out though. Do these side effects go away? The yawning did so I am hoping the other effects will too.

August 26, 2009 at 6:28 am
(825) Berg20doe says:

Use Lexapro several yrs now-Dep/anxiety,PTSD. Good reaction to use w/Vyvanse-ADD. 3 days off Lex-depression hits-keep perscripts filled on time. Usually good sleep-stay on same schedule-aim for 6-8 hrs. Weight gain due to lifestyle changes-can’t honestly blame the drug. Lose weight when I eat & exercise. Dry mouth & memory problems are bothersome concerns. Frequent swollen tongue I think comes from the ADD drugs-happened with Ritalin, Adderall too.Can’t blame it on Lexapro-I dont think. Lex has worked better than Paxil, Prozac for me. Wellbutrin not good for me at all. Everyones chemistry is different. Good luck.

August 26, 2009 at 11:04 am
(826) LovesJ says:

I am a single mother of 5 kids (ages 16,14,9,8,and 4) Apart from dealing with the stresses of raising them alone, I suffer from extreme anxiety and depression. I was diagnosed with post partum depression in 1999 after my 3rd child was born. I was put on Celexa 40mg and the medication at that time changed my life! I was so much better, I was able to cope with life, sleep, and felt like life had meaning and purpose. This medication helped me for 8 years until last year early 2008, everything in my life was going well so I asked my doctor if it was possible to start weening me off the med. BIG mistake. I have to just deal with the fact I have a chemical imbalance and I will probably need this med for the rest of my life! Anyways, I was on 20mg daily and the time and started experiencing severe panic attacks in the summer of 2008. I was like this for months until I finally weaned myself completely off the med by cutting it in half to 10mg and taking it every other day and then to 5mg so on and so on. I went through a dark time for 2 months, I was having suicidal thoughts, depression, I couldn’t sleep, only because my depression was so bad and the anxiety was through the roof. I went to my doctor and she sent me to the behavioral health clinic. They put me on Lexapro 10mg, but I was still having panic symptoms, so we decreased it to 5mg. I have been coasting on 5mg for the past 5 months and my mood has improved, I sleep better, the anxiety is stable. I do experience the feelings of being spaced out like everyone describes, and disconnected from the world sometimes, which only happens on occassion, it freaked me out at first because it is a weird feeling, but I am learning to deal with it as well. It is important to have a good positive outlook, how we feel and what we think affects everything. The med is just to help with the chemical imbalance the rest is up to you.

August 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm
(827) Jessalyn says:

I have been on lexapro for 3 wks and before that i was on Prozac for 3 months. On the prozac I had a flatlined or blah feeling so i was switched over to the lexapro 20mg daily. It has helped a little but last week my bottle went missing and i have felt a shock-like feeling, or dizziness. I have also had a lack of sleep lately which hasnt helped. I go today to pick up more but i am not sure I want to start it again after reading the side effects on this page. Memory loss and weight gain are two things I can do without.

August 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm
(828) Lorene says:

I started Lexapro today – i am really a wreck about gaining any weight, i just quit smoking and gained 10lbs even with working out every day and eating good and i have busted my butt for 3 yrs to get where i am now physically and i’ve already told my Dr. that i wont continue it if I see that I am gaining.

Alot of the other side effects that everyone is talking about is kind of scaring me too – I’m taking this for depression and anxiety – i’m nervous now too about starting it and then trying to get off of it.

August 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm
(829) Renie says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about 3 years now for depression/anxiety. I really liked the results that I was getting from it. But my Dr changed insurance carriers and I put off getting a new one so I was left with the idea to go off the medication. OH MY GOSH the withdrawal is killing me. I never realized that what I was feeling at other times I let my prescription lag was the withdrawal. Over the winter I had pneumonia and went off my meds I thought the dizziness was the pneumonia not the Lexapro. Now that I see that the drug has such a harsh withdrawl I don’t want to go on it ever again. I realize from the other posts that things that I thought were just me getting old were actually the side effects of the Lexapro, weight gain, restless leg, OCD’s difficulty sleeping, no sex drive, memory loss. I did wean myself off slowly over two/three weeks or so but am still felling the effects, dizziness, ringing ears, loss of train of thought, word retrieval. For those of you that have gone off how long did the withdrawal process take? Did anything else you did make it better?

August 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(830) Marie says:

Hello everyone. I have been on lexapro for 4 days now. I take it at night, and when I woke up the first morning, I felt so high. For the remainder of the day I continued to feel/act high. Even my little sister noticed. Now today, I have felt so depressional that it freaked me out at first because it was such a sudden change. But, I was originally on zoloft and I know these things take time to work. The zoloft caused me to have terrible stomach issues. Now, I am still having major stomach problems. I have been extremely tired as well. But, the zoloft caused me to be very naseous and this lexapro doesn’t really do that! Going to give this more time to work, so we will see. Just concerned about getting off of this now after reading all the comments above. God bless.

August 29, 2009 at 7:15 am
(831) linda says:

hi any comments back much appreciated please.Im on lexapro 5 weeks now,taking 10mg and have only had one good week so far.I had a bad dy yesterday went out and thought i was going to vomit and pass out!I suffer with awful panick attacks and have been like this for 2 years now.IM due my periods and wondering if any other women on lexapro feel like there symtoms are worse time off the month?I feel like im never going to feel normal again and enjoy my life as panick attacks consume my life!!!!I have palm of hands sweating,soles of feets sweating,palputations,light head and nauses,feeling of sadness.I just want to feel n ormal again!!!!!!!

August 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm
(832) Kim says:

I have been on Lexapro 20 mg for six years. The doctor gave it to me after the birth of my second daughter for Postpartum Depression and General Depression. At first it worked – it took away the blues. But I wish that I would have stopped taking it MUCH earlier on. I am trying to get off of it now and it is awful. Has anyone had these effects from stopping Lexapro and if so, what have you done to alleviate it?
-Severe headache
-The strangest shaking feeling in your head and chest – I guess it feels like a hangover – but MUCH WORSE. It is like your brain is bouncing off the inside of your skull – does that make sense??? I feel shaky and I have this electric shock feeling. I have also gained a whopping 50 lbs since being on this med – I have been off Lexapro 20 for a week now and still have the electric shock/shaking/headache/hangover feeling. Also – I am HOT all of the time – I don’t have a fever – but feel like I’m living in an oven! Any ideas on ways to alleviate this? Does Fish Oil work? Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

August 30, 2009 at 3:20 am
(833) gkmb2001 says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about two weeks now. Dr. told me to take 5mg the first week and then 10mg afterwards. So far I’ve felt fine. The depression is gone. As far as side effects go, I’ve had some heart palpitations and sweating A LOT!!! I constantly feel drenched! Other than that, I’m happy with the results so far! =)

August 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm
(834) Bev says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for almost 2 months now. I feel that I have my life back!! It has really helped me and is worth putting up with the headaches now and then. I noticed that when I drink wine, the headaches get worse. I haven’t noticed any weight gain, actually lost a few pounds. Hang in there… it’s helped me a lot and my husband is a lot happier too!

August 31, 2009 at 10:49 am
(835) sheila says:

I have been on lexapro for a yr and a hf.I came on this sight trying to narrow down problems ive been having for about a yr..never thought it could be related to the lexapro until I started writing down all my issues & all the testing Ive been through..to narrow down or to rule outms basically…I had no physical problems in my life..Now I cant walk twenty feet without staggering and stumbling all over.My feet and legs to the knees are numb and have been for a yr.Causing me to fall when I stumble very often since I cant feel where Im stepping.I have a tingly disconnected feeling in my head.I could sleep 12 hrs a day and still think about nothing but sleep.My calves and feet ache horribly because I have to work constantly at just standing still.Yesterday a light came on that all of this started right after I started taking the pills..Is this too off the wall to be lexapro side effects????

August 31, 2009 at 11:03 am
(836) Sylenia says:

I am just over thirty and I have been taking Lexapro for 2 months now. I have gained almost 20 pounds while taking this medication. I have held the same weight for 3 years before starting Lexapro and I am taking to my doctor about taking something else.

August 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(837) Shelby says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 5 or 6 years. I decided to try to get off of it because of the cost. I am so grateful that this caused me to quit the medication. I almost lost the entire memory of my life. I gained 30 or 40 pounds. I quit cold turkey and so far the only thing that has happened is vivid, weird dreams. These are not dreams you wake up and forget before the day is over. I don’t mind this though because I am not depressed any longer. I was on 20mg – which I think is way too much but was prescribed by my physician. Think twice before you let a doctor prescribe this for you. This applies to any anti-depressant.

September 1, 2009 at 9:43 am
(838) e says:

i have been taking lexapro for 4 months…i didn’t even realize that all my ‘issues’ could have been caused by this drug until i started reading everyone elses comments. before lexapro i was an early riser…now i can’t get out of bed in the morning, i’m exhausted! i yawn all day, and worst of all – in the 4 short months, i have gained almost 20 pounds!! and nothing had changed in my diet or exercise plan! YES – lexapro works for my ‘mental stability’ and i can live with yawning and being tired…but not with the weight gain! i will be seeing the doctor to get off lexapro!

September 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(839) Hunter says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3 months now. It works for 2 months and then stops. I am really into working out and it has drained my energy completely in the gym. I have lost at least 50% of my strength and have to cut my gym time short some days. My advice is to get off it immediately.

September 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(840) rachel says:

It is interesting to read the comments — everyone seems to have a different combination of side effects. I was on Lexapro over the winter for SAD and just went back on for minor depression/GAD. I get sort of sick to my stomach for the first few hours and drink water/pee constantly. I also chew more gum because my throat feels so closed up. Definitely have weird dreams. However, I mentally feel so much better. More clear and focused, more energy but feel weaker. I am far nicer to the people around me. I was very angry/agitated before. The increased energy and sour stomach are keeping me from weight gain. If anything, lost a pound. It is worth it for me. I can be more productive at work and more engaged and happier at home. I am hoping the side effects fade, as they did last time.

September 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(841) Ann says:

I started taking Lexapro 2 weeks ago for anxiety and depression. The first few days I was extremely drowsy and had to sleep. The second week I’ve had blinding headaches, nausea and profuse sweating for 5 days now. Also trouble sleeping. My husband is out of town so I don’t know about libido, but I feel really wierd on this drug and these side effects are not worth it. I’m going off of it. There has to be a better way.

September 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(842) Vanessa says:

I’ve only been taking Lexapro for 4 day and already am not liking the side effects. So far I’ve been getting headaches at night, dry mouth, being tired, and yawning all day. I already take 5 different meds for seizures. Plenty side effects already. I also have trouble sleeping. I’m going to talk to my dr. about getting off it. There has to be something better.

September 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm
(843) Ryan says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 1 and a half weeks and dont really feel that different, but I do notice that I am tired earlier, yawn more, and on one side of my mouth my gums kill me, it feels like their rotting away but I dont know if its the meds or just a plain ache.

September 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(844) Cat says:

I took Lexapro for anxiety and depression for a lil over a year. I feel that it helped me get better control of my life in the end, but be careful taking this medicine without being monitored. The side effects are horrible. I started taking 10mg at first. I suffered from dry mouth, the shakes, loss of sleep, loss of libido and orgasm. These side effects went away with time. I felt great at first. For the first time in a long time I felt I was able to cope and live. I felt my anxiety and depression start to return after a few months, so I was prescribed 20mg. The anxiety and depression got better again, but I became irritable, angry, emotionless (good and bad), and impulsive. I quit caring about things that were important to me. I believe I have lost relationships that I cared about because of this. I also suffered from memory loss. I had problems with everyday thoughts and things that jeopardized my life, job, and school. I felt like I was going crazy. For personal reasons I decided that I was going to wean myself off Lexapro at the beginning of the year. When I quit taking it I became angry, depressed, couldnít sleep again, loss of energy and had headaches. It was horrible. I was scared and people were worried about me. I have been off of it for about six or seven months now. I have been doing better with handling my life now and I still have good and bad days. I started taking an herbal St. Johnís Wart supplement that I believe helps. I know that medicine effects people differently and I have heard good and bad things about Lexapro. I just want people to be careful taking this drug if you are not being monitored while taking it. If you or anyone you know has similar sever side effects talk to them or your doctor. I have gotten divorced and lost family and friends through all of this. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I am glad that most days I am able go overcome my insanity. I feel for anyone who suffers from anxiety and depression and has problems. I wish you the best.

September 6, 2009 at 1:09 am
(845) brandy says:

i was one Lexapro for close to 3 years. i decided after reading the side effects, that i would take my self off. all the side effects i read, i had! wait gain..i gained over 90 Lbs.i have chest pains that bring me to my knees. i have almost no desire to have sex, and when i do i can not orgasm. i break out in hives once every few months. i have excessive sweating in my underarms. all these codishtios the Dr.’s have not been able to help me.

September 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(846) Carole says:

I have been on Lexapro since ’03 after the deaths of my brother, father & sister in law, a 1st cousin and my aunt within a 5 month period. I have gained 20 lbs over that time, feel dull headed, lack of concentration working with spreadsheets, background noise is very distracting, facial and neck area break outs with watery and zit inflamation, dry itchy skin on arms, am sleeping far too much whole with 12+ hours not being unusal. I still have occasional anxiety bouts with palpitations, severe lack of energy, no stamina, no heat tolerance (absolutely zilch)with heavy sweating. Within the past month I have been having electrical shock sensations in my legs. After reading the postings, I now understand that my problems are probably Lexapro. I was concerned that I may have a thyroid problem. Thanks for your postings. I see that I am not alone.

September 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(847) Sue says:

Hi I was described lexapro, when I had suffered from depression for a number of months. I had the side effects described and thought they would subside and they did somewhat over time. But as I reached the third month sucicidal thoughts became very frequent untill a time when I couldn’t controll them any more, I was taken straight off this medication and only when I searched online did I discover the black box warning about Lexapro, I would advise anyone taking this medication to be extremly carefull.

September 10, 2009 at 11:14 am
(848) Hannah says:

I am a college student who has been taking lexapro for 3 weeks. Although I have noticed a decrease in my depression and anxiety, I’ve also noticed my inability to focus on school work. I’m wondering if my lack of motivation is a fair price to pay for the benefits of this medication. Any thoughts? Should I continue taking lexapro in hopes that these side effects will go away, or take myself off of it?

September 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(849) Lori says:

Hannah, it’s hard to say if the lack of motivation is from the Lexipro or just you. I am a very fanatic person in terms of having my house cleaned, being prompt in getting other things done, and constantly busy. While I have been on Lexapro I’ve noticed I don’t get as many things done. For me I don’t see it so much as being unmotivated, but I”m just more calm, rational, and things just don’t bother me like they did before. For example, if the kitchen floor doesn’t get scrubbed with Chlorox every night after dinner I don’t obsess about it. For me Lexapro was a lifesaver. It stepped in and calmed my emotions when life seemed unbearable. Right now I”m getting off it, which is somewhat difficult, but it was worth it. I’d use it again if my life gets as difficult as it was.
Good luck!

September 11, 2009 at 3:12 pm
(850) Sherri says:

I have been taking Lexapro for several years. I am bipolar. Lexapro is the only med that has made me feel better about myself. Totally cut down on manic episodes. I would not get off of it. It has saved my life.

September 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm
(851) Phil says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 11 months now. I’m 19 and am taking it for depression/ bipolar. At first the drug did wonders for me. My emotions were more in balance and was generally happy more often. Anorgasm was a problem, but the issue quickly resolved itself. I also noticed I was markedly tired and yawned constantly. Even though, I never had dry mouth, dizzyness, or any of the other side effects people have described.
However, after about 6 months on the drug my Dr. changed my medicine because of my lack of energy. I didn’t respond well to the new drug so I went back to lexapro. I began to have trouble sleeping, I would wake up in the night. I also began to have strange, vivid dreams. The drowsiness increased, as did the yawning. I also began to orgasm nearly instantly, will little to no feeling.
I want off lexapro to see if these new side effects go away. However, I’m nervous of the withdraw symptoms.

September 12, 2009 at 9:01 pm
(852) Kevin Zoback says:

I’ve been on lexapro for almost 3 weeks now…. My sex drive is dead… i can’t have orgasm.. i am constantly tired and have no energy…. i don’t even want to go to the gym anymore.. and i feel worse.. lol.. i thought it was suppose to help depression.. i have no energy whatsoever.. i am getting off this drug fast! i will stop taking it.. i had a better quality of life before takingi lexapro 3 weeks ago… forget it.. get me off… i sleep and am always tired and my dreams are crazy..

September 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm
(853) witchywoman says:

I took Lexapro 7 years ago. The only side affect I had was NOT being hungry. That helped me lose 40lbs.When I stopped taking it all was well. Started taking it again 5 days ago. My stomach feels yuck only when I eat. If I don’t eat my stomach feels fine. I am also having loose stools. Not as bitchy as I was before. I helped before and I believe it will help again.

September 13, 2009 at 3:45 am
(854) Joan says:

My husband has been taking lexapro for a little over a year and for about the past 6 months he is tired all the time, he comes home from work and sleeps.The missing labido is enough to drive me crazy,it was ok right after he started taking it and has tapered off since.If he forgets to take his medicine no one can stand to be around him, he gets very moody and irritable within 2 days and I know he forgot. Any suggestions on what we should do? Can you just switch medications?

September 14, 2009 at 6:01 am
(855) Joanne says:

I have been on Lexapro 20mg for just over a year now, for severe anxiety.due to a crazy ex stalking me constantly over a long period of time. I eventually moved states. I have gained a little weight, but i was previously under weight. I have no sex drive what so ever and i’m afraid it will affect my relationship, which make me anxious :) My anxiety has not been cured but lexapro has taken the edge off considerably. So far no short term memory loss. Drinking whilst on the meds wont make you feel much different but it will ultimately alter the drugs effectiveness. Reasearching physical reasons for anxiety helped a great deal. Now if i do have an anxiety attack I run as hard and fast as i can.this will help drain the adrenilin which would otherwise just circulate in your system.(RE: the fight or flight theory) Please research fight or flight. it will help, i promise. I’m thinking of weening myself off lexapro, i miss feeling feelings. I notice alot of people were presrcibed this drug for traumatic events. This drug is not for short term, if you dont have constant anxiety and you dont have an addictive personality ask your doctor about valium (Its not addictive but you do need more and more eventually to get the same effect) It’s a short term helping hand. Also for all you anxious people out there trying to get off lexapro you’d know that being scared of having a panic attack is 99% of the reason you will have a panic attack. So valium is very helpful,it works very quickly and just knowing you have it with you will put you at ease and it’s likely you wont even use it. Like i said, it’s just for short term but i’ve found it very helpful in the past. Thanks to everyone for sharing their experience especially partners of those on lexapro. I often wonder how my partner feels about it, he’s too sweet to ever complain but it really helps to hear from the other side. good luck everyone. take care of yourselves xoxox

September 14, 2009 at 11:42 am
(856) Kate says:

My doctor prescribed this medication for my OCD. After taking my first dose I noticed I felt extremely tired and zombie-like. By the second day I had all the symptoms I did the 1st day along with lower sex drive and nausea. The third day I still was experience the same symptoms but this time I had a terrible headache n found myself being forgetful. Today would have been fourth day, but I decided not to take it and I’m already feeling better. I’m going to try a different drug.

September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm
(857) Shelly says:

I don’t understand what is with all of the negative comments about Lexapro. I started taking this a month ago and am SOOO glad I did. yes, I have the yawning still, I’ve gained a few pounds (but I’m also pmsing right now), I do get sleepy from it and had the headaches the first week, plus sometimes my libido is there but most of the time it is not (that is my worst complaint)but the positives to me, which so far outweigh all the negative, is how good I feel emotionally. I have so much more patience with my husband and kids and I do have feelings still. I don’t have the numbness some of you talk about I just don’t have the anger and resentment I had before. So, yes I still have feelings. GOOD feelings for a change! I feel so much more positive and feel I ahve reason to get up in the mornings. Yes, I still have days. It’s not a miracle pill! But it’s close. People, give it time to work, unless your body just can’t tolerate it. I think you’ll see a difference.

September 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(858) Jay455 says:

Wow! I experience bouts of the “blues” and I am not particularly pleased with where my career/life is at this point. I thought I had ADHD so I went to the Dr. and went through a battery of tests only to be told I am probably not inspired on my job. I also told the Dr. I felt depressed and just wanted to be happier in life. He suggested that I talk with a life coach. I told him I wanted to try an anti-dep so he gave me a two month supply of Lex.

After reading all the posts on here and on several other boards, SCREW THAT! The risk reward trade off seems way too high for me. There is no way I am going to subject my body to that. I am just going to have deal with it another way.

I think I am going to try the life coach idea and a few natural herbs I have been researching.

Good luck to everybody that is taking it and who needs it. I don’t think I need it.

September 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(859) Theresa says:

Please do not be afraid to try this drug if you and your doctor feel it will help you. I have been on 20mg daily of Lexapro for almost three months now. The first month of side effects was tough, but then I truly started to feel better and now I feel great with no side effects at all. You have to give the drug time to work. Give it at least 4-6 weeks before you decide if it is working or if you can tolerate the side effects. They do go away for many people in time. I suffered from severe anxiety and depression after the loss of my father. I had terrible panic attacks and would just tremble on the inside all day long. I could not function. As mentioned above, the first four weeks of side effects were tough. Fatigue, dry mouth, a little diarrhea, loss of appetite, yawning and shaking were a part of everyday — but within a few weeks I noticed the severity of the side effects was waning. I feel so much better now and am able to work and live my life, even laugh every now and again. My grief is still a big part of every day, but this drug has helped. I was one of those people who thought I would never take an anti-depressant, I was too afraid to tamper with my “brain chemistry”. But now I would honestly recommend this drug to anyone who needs it. Of course watch for any unusual side effects and report those to your doctor right away, those warnings are there for a reason and I understand that some people do not react well. But for most, give the drug time to work, give your body time to assimilate the drug into your system. It can help you. You will most likely feel better sooner than later. Good luck.

September 16, 2009 at 4:45 am
(860) Bronwyn says:

I have taken my very first Lexapro tablet (5mg) about two hours ago to treat depression and axiety. I feel very sick in my stomach and I can’t stop gittering my leg. I also have a bad headache but that has been reoccurrung for weeks due to stress anyway.
I do feel a bit lighter in mood than I did earlier today but that might be because Im generally feeling fuzzy.
Reading the leaflet these are all “normal” side effects in the beggining. Im praying the sickness will pass soon.

September 18, 2009 at 6:51 am
(861) Bronwyn says:

Still no appetite. Headaches are still chronic.
My mood is very nuetral, i feel nothing right now which is depressing in itself. Lacking concetration and short term memory.
Have to make it through atleast two weeks to see if this is working for me.
I have this awfull chemical taste in my mouth that I can’t seem to get rid of, anyone else had this side effect?

September 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(862) Arwen says:

I have been on 10mg of Lexapro for over 2 years. For the past week i have had my panic disorder symptoms again. I’m angry and scared. My dr. has upped my dose to 20mg, one in the morning, one at night. I’m afraid of side effects i may get from increasing the dose, any thoughts?

September 19, 2009 at 5:35 am
(863) Bronwyn says:

f**k Lexapro, this has made me worse than before I started. I have had just about every side effect possible.
Im not taking another dose and am heading back to the GP.

September 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(864) amy says:

been on lexapro for only a little over a week and the only side effects as of now that are driving me effing insane is sweating profusely and for no reason at all, and annoying surface head aches… will this ever go away? because I can’t deal if it doesn’t.

September 20, 2009 at 9:40 am
(865) Mike says:

I have been on and off Lexapro since they came on the market. In short I find that they work for me. I was put back on them a couple of days ago after about a year of being off them. The only side effect I found is the dry mouth, but thats no harm as I never really drank enough water, and when getting off them I have to ween myself off them slowly or else I get dizzy. Not sure about the other side effects. I never noticed any of the other problems listed. I find they work for me and any side effects of them have to be better than the way I fell when I am not on them. Any one who goes through depression & Anxiety will know what I mean.

September 21, 2009 at 6:25 am
(866) rhonda says:

My husband is on Lexapro, and yes, there are side effects and withdrawls if he misses one dose. The side effects for him are not just decreased, but almost no libido and extreme weight gain. He has been on it about 3 years and has gained about 50 pounds. Also, he is very innactive and sleeps all the time. He goes to work, comes home, watches t.v. and falls asleep. That is his life, even on the weekends, he sits around and sleeps. His appetite is huge and he eats all the time. Almost like depression symptoms (sleeping, eating, no desire to do anything) have came!!!
And the withdrawl from missing one dose is aweful. I can tell immediately, within less that 24 hours if he missed a dose because he gets very cranky, moody, obnoxious, and tries to pick fights.
I have been telling him he needs to switch meds, and he talked to the doctor about it last time. They were considering Wellbutrin, but now, I am not so sure about that either. I have read many posts on here and am wondering if just lowering the dose might be all he needs to do. I don’t know. I do know, without it, you can’t stand to be around him. With it, it is like living with a zombie, someone with no personality.
Arggh!

September 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(867) Mike says:

Been on Lexapro for 4yrs. At first totally changed my life. I did experience the high, insomnia but the constant anxiety was gone. Now though my short term memory is gone. I feel scatter brained most of the time and it is affecting my work. Going back to the doctor for alternative’s and to begin the weening process.

September 22, 2009 at 12:22 am
(868) Jennifer says:

Wow I just started takeing Lexapro 5 days ago and am having all kinds of side effects: Bad headaches,not sleeping at night,not wanting to eat,dry mouth,yawning,high.I have read all these commets and know I am scared to get off of it.I am not even sure I want to keep takeing it.

September 22, 2009 at 5:07 am
(869) MICHAEL says:

HI AM 30 YEARS I’VE BEEN ON LEXAPRO FOR ONLY ONE WEEK,FELLING A LITTLE HIGH,INSOMNIA BUT IT HAS RELLY HELP ME WITH MY DEPRESSION DESPITE OF THE SHORT TIME THAT HAVE BEEN ON IT.BUT THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE LACK OF LIBIDO..E THE DIFFICULTY TO EJACULATE.I AM AFRAID I WILL COME OFF THIS MEDICATION DUO THIS SIDES EFFECTS.

September 22, 2009 at 9:59 am
(870) Rich says:

I’ve been taking 10 mg of lexapro for 3 weeks now and my side affects so far has been stomach ache, gas, loose stools, mild head ache, slight foggynest in the head, tiredness, but otherwise it has calmed me down, I suffer from anxiety, irritability and OCD also my wife aways complains that I repeat myself a lot, I notice at work when I get nervous the anxiety comes back so the doctor has upped the dose to 20 mg, I hope it works

September 23, 2009 at 8:15 am
(871) Taca says:

I have taking Lexapro since 2007. I have clinic gentic, enviromental anxiety and panic attacks and have suffered from chronic depression my entire life. There is a history of suicide from depression and gentic insantiy on my mother’s side and most of the family is very “functional- dysfunctional.”
I understand my gentics are rare as my blood type, AB-. I am American Indian and Irish.I lost my grandmother and two aunts in 3 months summer 2007, all sudden death in their sleep from cancer, enphazema and vascular issues, all my father’s side. only a handful of family are left that are the children and grandchildren of my father’s side from 3 teens and 4 adults, me being third to the oldest left.
My grandmother was 89, both aunts 58. The loss was overwhelming these woman were the mentors of the family and we expected my Grandmother to pass soon from age, but both aunts left us lost and shocked. My survivig aunt 5 years older than I, and my cousin the same age all started lexapro and therapy after in October 2007, for depression and other reasons. My aunt got married had support from her husband and weened off the lexapro with no serious side effects, in about 2 weeks after stopping. She is a fittness instructor and in great shape and had no weight gain.
My couisin also takes two other medications for depression and has for years. She is a zombie and seems emotionless and doesn’t talk to the family anymore. She was diagnosed with MS last year at 40 years old. She discovered this when she went temporarily blind in one eye?Don’t know what is realated to drugs/illness.
I stopped working and stopped functioning from depression in 2007, started therapy, counseling, lexapro and chlorazapam(anti-anxiety/anti-psychotic) I was crying uncontrollaby for 2 months before the drug and slowly stopped. I noticed dry mouth right away. I had no sex drive at all but that was the farthest from my mind and was not in a relatioship and haven’t been for the first time in my life since I was 15, I know now the lexapro must have taken my interest away. I felt very high and numb, I think form lexapro with a strange “artificial” feeling of well-being that I believe was from the other drug. I stopped the other drug in 2008 and the strange feelings went away. I gained 40lbs steadily, 5 pound every couple of months. I was constantly hungry and having very strong cravings. I slept all of the time and had no energy and very strong angry mood swings. If I felt threatened in anyway I ended friendships and refused any reconsiliation with no feeling of remorse. I have always had many friends and very sensitive. I have always been the person people call first for help.
I did not realize how strong lexapro affect my personality until I tried to ween off this year. I started weening in April, 2009 and in one week had migrains, and what I believe are called “brain shocks” it feels as if there is electricty “firing” through your brain from your central nervous system. As soon I feel it its gone! I had short term memory loss like small black outs that last for a few minutes at a time. I have diffuculty remembering names, dates, recent situation, directions, I have symptoms of what seems to be dyslexic and have lost my sense of direction. I went back on the lexapro after a week because the of the brain shocks because I could not drive. I weened off again but more slowly in July. I went through the same process but this time my DR prescribed valium 10mg as needed and that would relax me, take away my headache. The brain shocks have been diminishing and lately I have not felt one. Now, I get the “spins” if i get up too quickly or lay down/sit down quickly or move my head from side to side quickly.
I have “layers” of suppressed emotions “peeling away.” at first my libido went into overdrive, I felt like a teenager and was obsessed with sex and would dream about it constantly. It was awful! I was furious in an instant about minor issues and still have mood swings that make me feel as if I was another person during the reaction. That has been resolving but I have to have a lot of time alone. I started crying again about 2 weeks ago. It comes over me out-of-no where. I can be anywhere doing anything and suddendly I get this deep feeling of sadness that I have not felt since the deaths in my family just come over me without a thought of anything on my mind, the tears pour the mood gets stronger is increasingly lasting longer and the tears just start and I can’t stop. The longest episode was 2 hours so far!
I am an online grad student that requires essay writting. I work on team projects with people all over the country. When working on a project lately I typed a portion of a project, revised and spell checked and many words I thought I typed were missing and I had many mispellings and errors. I would look at the document read a sentance and it was perfect look again and it was different, words would be backwords out of place or missing, I was frightened, I felt crazy! Now, I am experience blurred vision and I believe agoraphobia, I do what ever I can not to leave my house and live only. My friends and some family come over, constantly invite me out but I avoid it and use school as an excuse not to leave, I feel impending doom when I think of leaving.
As soon as I do get up and go anywhere, I am fine and wonder why I felt so challenged to leave. I am now pushing myself outside and learning to cope with this. I live on a beautiful beach and have a wonderful view and am depressed again. I am afraid to take any more medicine and am still waitng to discover how many more symptoms will come and go. My friends and family say I seem like my self again after years but my mood swings of anger are still shocking to them and myself. Other than the sex drive I think the lexapro suppressed the stages of grieving from the funerals and which is why I seem to be going through those stages not that I am off the drug in stages “layer” and suppressed anger and sex drive are erupting because I have been a zombie since 2007! My therapist said the drug would make me feel like “oh you chopped off my arm…ok.” and it did.
I think a better option is to try to cope without lexapro, it seems to only postpone the symptoms of anxiety and depression you are having and the longer you take it the stronger the side effects when you stop!!!! I don’t reccomend lexapro to anyone. I was taking only 10mgs once a day!

September 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(872) EW says:

I’ve been on Lexapro since Feburary of this year, and the side effects were hardly noticable at first. I suppose I was just so elated to have the depression and anxiety relieved, that I didn’t notice them. I have horrible night sweats, hot flashes during the day, nausea, yawning (although it is better now than before) and I’m fatigued ALL THE TIME. I used to be a very active person, and now all I want to do is lay on the couch or sleep. Very much not like me. In addition to all of this, I have gained 25 pounds…I gained it over about a 3 month period, and I have been struggling to lose it. No matter how hard I diet and exercise, all I am able to do is maintain my 25 pound weight gain. There should be a warning label on Lexapro stating: Relief from depression is only temporary…it will worsen once you gain a ton of weight from this drug!!! I have been weaning myself from it very carefully (as I am a nurse and understand the ramifications from cold turkey cut offs) and it still has been very difficult. I have had psycho mood swings, and the other night I seriously was fantasizing about how to kill our horrible waitress! (ha) I am transferring to a different drug…I am talking with my physician about Prozac and Wellbutrin to determine which will be better suited for me. Whichever I choose, it will NOT have weight gain as a side effect! Ugh!! Good Luck.

September 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(873) Tori says:

I have been on Lexapro for 9 months and I think it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I wish I had been on it going through my divorce. I do not have severe anxiety, but it has helped me remain “even keel” with a demanding job and a single mother of 3. Libido has not been a problem, but I know that it can be for men, on a variety of anti depressants, not just Lexapro. I took well to the drug right away, but I do feel that some of my emotions are surpressed or I feel somewhat apathetic about things. Weight gain has not been an issue because I have always been a regular exerciser…but for those who are not, you need to be careful because if the drug makes you tired you will be less inclined to be active.

September 25, 2009 at 10:43 am
(874) Sandra says:

I want to thank all of you for your comments. I currently take Wellbutrin. Recent life events sent me into a spiral downwards and I experienced a real depressive period of about 2 weeks. I saw my therapist and then the med Dr. By the time I saw the Dr. that prescribes the meds I was coming out of it and feeling much better but she still suggested I add the Lexpro. Since I already suffer from migraines, she said it could cause headaches but if I could get through that adjustment period it should be fine. Well, I got a headache almost immediately after taking my first dose (10 mg) and it persisted with no let up. Yesterday was my 2nd day/dose and the headache got more intense. I have a stiff neck and dry mouth and for the first time in my life noticed I was shaking/tapping my foot. I took a migraine pill this morning and it did relieve the headache but I would rather go through an occasional low than have one more headache! I’m shocked at what I’ve read and want nothing to do with any of the other possible side effects. I’m so glad I read this. I won’t be taking one more pill. This drug scares me. I’ve never had side effects from anything I’ve taken in the past and the fact that this one was so immediate and severe has convinced me to stop before I am sorry.

September 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(875) Mary says:

I just started taking Lexapro this week. Feel a bit dizzy and some lose stools. I was on Zoloft for a while several years ago and got off ofit because of the weight gain. My Dr says weight gain shouldn’t be a problem with Lexapro. I have been feeling a bit sluggish this week, hope it’s not the lexapro. Has anyone tried the “natural” anti-anxiety medciation Serelax?

September 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(876) JR says:

I’m on Lexapro 3 months now for depression, had the usual side effects at the start, but am so so happy I was prescribed these pills. I’ve had no weight gain like some people seem to have had, and I finally feel like myself, I think this is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, and I certainly don’t want this feeling to stop. I’ve been on other anti-depressants over the years, and none brought me up to the level that lexapro does. The only negative, if it even is a negative, is it’s tough to cry in situations that should make me cry. But I can live with that for a happy life. :)

September 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm
(877) Pauline Bernadette says:

I have been on cipralex for 6 weeks now and have noticed a change in my hearing such as, ringing, swooshing and buzzing, in other words, tinnitus. These sounds appeared about 2 weeks ago and I attribute them to the drug as I have no idea why I have them. Has anyone felt the same?
I want off this drug if it means having to live this way.

September 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(878) Sue says:

This is day two of 10mg of Lexapro. Took it last night and fell asleep right away, but woke up a few hours later and could not get back to sleep. Finally, i dozed off, but it didn’t last. Woke up again!!! Had to get up for work and I felt like I could have stayed in bed all day. I forced myself to get ready and then I felt nauseated. Hot flashes followed.
It is only day two and the month 1 is the worst. I have to give my body time to get adapted to the drug and kick in. The symptoms will hopefully subside. Everyone needs o stay positive and give the drug time to do what it is meant to.

My anxiety has been out of control for almost 35 years and I finally concluded medication is what i need. I can not live with racing thoughts and worries all the time. So symptoms are the worst you have to deal with for a short time…. peace of mind is priceless!!!

October 1, 2009 at 8:09 am
(879) terry says:

can anyone tell me if lexapro change your feelings about there partner?

October 1, 2009 at 10:40 am
(880) Lori says:

Terry, I can’t say that it “changed” my feelings. But obviously Lexapro is there to suppress your feelings and reduce anxiety. If you had extremely elated feelings or horrible angry feelings towards your partner, they would be reduced in intensity. The medicine reduces the intensity of your emotions but does not change them. That would be a choice of your own. Hope all is well.
Lori

October 4, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(881) bill says:

Some people think it’s easier to come off street drugs than to kick the prescription addiction drugs.

October 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(882) Deb says:

I am not sure Lexapro made me gain weight but it certainly made me not care that I did and that led to 50 pound gain. It did get me through a crazy period of my life and I did praise the lack of anxiety. Suddenly, I realized all the things that were not getting done and how little that bothered me. I tapered off during a three week period. Now I face the weight loss problem but I have energy again and I cry at commercials.

October 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm
(883) Rick says:

Don’t know if this is a woman’s only board but I’d like to post anyways. So I’ve been on Lexapro now for a week. And yes I have noticed the “usual” side effects I suppose…decreased libido mainly which sucks..but my mood is way better! My emotions were out of control which has caused much pain in my life recently and I recently hit a BAD case of depression once my wife and son left because of my constant out of control emotions. I think the main thing that will bring people down is reading some of the nightmares which people post on here! Not good! I’m optimistic though! I finally got help and medication to straighten my life out in hopes to be with my family again. I can deal with the decreased libido as it’s not important at the moment. My goal is to become happy again! Then I’ll work on becoming a better person once I’m in the right state of mind. This drug is not as stated above a “miracle drug”! I think it is there to give you some motivation so YOU can start living your life! Which I think in my case WILL require some change! Stop drinking, and I quit smoking once I got on Lexapro! It was as if my mind was stronger and I didn’t need to smoke anymore. I’m less nervous and and I’m exercising constantly. No more computer games. It’s tough..but eventually I feel I can get off the meds..but I know it’s going to take a completely new UNLAZY lifestyle! So keep your head up people! And try not to worry too much of what they say on here. Hope this helps someone!

October 6, 2009 at 6:05 am
(884) Jess says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 8 months. For my anxiety and depression it has helped me immensely, and I would seriously recommend this medication to anyone who is willing to persevere. Do not miss a dose, whatever you do. If you forget- take it as soon as you reach it again, otherwise the withdrawal effects are pretty rough. I have not experienced weight gain, and I would recommend regular visits to the gym to prevent this (and experience the natural high from exercise release.)
Strange and very vivid dreams have been a huge thing for me, but I am used to it, and sort of enjoy it at times.
Just- to anyone- persevere with this medication, because it can do wonders. Don’t go wallowing in your minor side effects after a few days- this will occur with any medication. Just let it do its job and you will be fine :)
Good luck to all of you

October 6, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(885) Jimmy says:

I have recently moved from Germany to the USA. In Germany, I was on Cipralex, which helped me tremendously without any side effects. Now I have switched to Lexapro, which to my best knowledge and according to the docs is the very same drug as Cipralex, just in an American edition. However, I’ve suddenly started to experience the entire catalog of side effects, from nauseau, dizziness, fatigue to libido loss. Has anybody else had made similar experiences switching from Cipralex to Lexapro?

Thank you.

October 7, 2009 at 4:49 am
(886) Steve says:

I have been on Lexapro for 5 years with excellent results. I have bipolar II disorder as well as GAD and depression. The Lexapro made me a little manic on higher doses especially in the summer months when I am feeling the most manic for some reason. It has had the least amount of side effects out of the dozen other anti-depressants I have been on. I highly recommend this medicine to anyone who has had any negative effects from their current meds.

Steve

October 7, 2009 at 11:51 am
(887) brian says:

Very interesting comments about Lexapro.
Its the first anti depressant I’ve ever taken.
after a few weeks at 10mg the doctor increased to 20mg a day and I still dont really feel any differant. I suppose my moods are a little more even now but the ‘even’ is set at a low setting.
I hear side effects of sleeplessness, irritability and anxiety is strange because those and other are the same as my depression symptoms. thats what I thought i was being treated for.

October 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm
(888) diane says:

Been on it for one week, first 5mg increased to 10mg to start, per my doctor’s instructions. Today, extreme nausea on day 7, and sweaty palms. My weight has been down due to stress, and this medicine pretty much has suppressed what little appetite I have. Keeps me up, too. My doctor suggests reducing to 5 mg, which I will and I’m kind of ticked that I started this without much research. Yes, I’m anxious about moving after 21 years (better apartment), getting a new, challenging job offer, but also suffering through the deaths of several family members. I should have tried yoga, first!

October 9, 2009 at 10:56 am
(889) Danny Boy says:

A summary of my 4 months taking Lexapro, 20mg daily:
I’m a 35 year old male, with a history of mild generalised anxiety, two depressive episodes 5 years ago, for which I was on Effexor and Zoloft for 8 months, before stabilising again.

Recent pressures at work and personal life, and overcommitting to various projects, led to an increase in stress, a panic attack at work, and then a difficult 3 weeks with increased anxiety and disturbed sleep, with fears of another panic attack (which didn’t happen). I visited my doctor for sleeping pills, and he advised me (prematurely I now believe) that if things continued, to consider anti-depressants again.
That stayed in my head as an “easy fix”. Due to my impatience and “hurry-sickness”, I wanted an immediate end to my anxiety episode, so instead of working on taking a break/ relaxing/ reducing pressures, I was back at the doctors 4 days later, asking to be put on anti-depressants again. He recommended Lexapro which I’d never heard of. So started my Lexapro experience.

Week 1: Horrible. One of my worst weeks ever.
- Awoke the day after my first pill (started on 10mg for 5 days before being increased to 20mg) with feelings of unexplained doom, blackness, catastrophe, and hopelessness, twice as severe as what I’d been experiencing in the preceding anxious few weeks. Even some vague thoughts as to whether life was worth living at all! A real shock as I’ve always been a fairly happy person, despite my anxieties.
- Appetite almost completely gone, having to force myself to eat, mostly in the evening when I didn’t feel as bad.
- Sleep was terrible. Some nights I slept no more than 1-2 hours, tense and burning with anxiety, although I usually slept better the night after. Sweating easily.
- During the first few evenings I experienced some dream-like calmness/drowsiness described by others, which went away after a few days.
- Took the week off work sick. Spent countless hours obsessively combing internet chat sites (like this one) to read of others Lexapro experiences.
- Constantly changing my mind as to whether I would continue with it. I tried to focus on the positive Lexapro posts, so decided to stick with it.

Week 2: – Visited my doctor who advised me to be patient and stick with it.
- While not as bad as Week 1, still an awful week.
- Still no appetite, and still had to force myself to eat (bananas/ muesli bars/ a few eggs etc). By now had lost several kilos, and had forgetten what it was like to ever have an appetite (!)
- Heightened anxiety and nerves, although there were some stable days.
- Returned to work, but needed Xanax to make it through some days. Unable to focus. Withdrawn, self-concious, and very flat mood.
- Feelings of depression as there seemed to be no end to constant feelings of anxiety, and tension. At times wondered whether life was worth living if I had to stay like this. Couldn’t believe I was feeling like this, so unlike me.
- Loss of sexual drive noticed. Harder to get erections.
- Sleep still disturbed, although not as bad as Week 1.
- Convinced I’d made a mistake in starting the Lexapro as I’d never felt so low before. But determined to give it one more week, desperately hoping for an improvement.

Week 3: – Finally an improvement.
- Anxiety easing. Appetite slowly returning, which restored my hopes.
- Still some panicky moments, feelings of depression, but less in intensity. Sleep improving.
- Visited my psychiatrist who I hadn’t seen for years, and he explained the following:
(i) my local doctor (who I no longer see) probably prescribed the Lexapro to me too quickly, and increased the dosage too quickly.
(ii) about a quarter of people taking SSRI’s have INCREASED anxiety for 2-3 weeks (I was one of those). This increase in anxiety needs to be explained before commencing SSRI’s, and Xanax and sleeping pills used (sensibly) to manage the anxiety for a few weeks.
- Felt a lot better after seeing psychiatrist, and feeling optimistic about my recovery.

Week 4: – Things getting better, although there were some flat days, depressed feelings, as the anxiety still persisted at times.
- Appetite and sleep almost back to normal, but easily disturbed if I paid too much attention to them.
- I also paid too much attention to waiting for the anxiety symptoms to disappear, instead of keeping busy and focusing on other things.

Week 5: – A lot calmer. Less anxiety. Medication definitely working. Remembering what it was like to feel happy.
- Very glad I stuck to it despite those awful first 2 weeks.
- This week I stopped counting the number of days I was on Lexapro.

- 3 months later, I’m still on Lexapro but am very happy with my life.
- Lexapro isn’t a wonder drug, but it allowed me to stabilise after my recent episode, and it calmed me.
- As my psychiatrist calls it, it’s a “holding medication”. It calmed me enough to be able to focus on other ways to work on my anxiety: some psychiatric therapy/ relaxation exercises/ journalling/ CBT/ reducing life stressors/ better time management/ exercise/ slowing down my pace of life and reducing perfectionism and expectations.
- Feeling more confident and outspoken than ever before.
- My weight is back to normal. Energy levels are normal, so is sleep.
- I would forget that I’m on Lexapro, except for the only persistent side effect which unfortunately is sexual. Diminished libido, a feeling of numbness sexually, but this reduces with time. I’m single anyway, so am prepared to live with this for a few months.
- By now I’ve studied anxiety / panic attacks, and don’t fear them as much. I believe I’ve learnt better self-calming skills, and am learning to think more rationally, and to be easier on myself.
- I therefore plan to ease off the medication over the next month or so.

My thoughts are with you all going through this. I know its easier to say than do, but try and stay positive and be patient. Good luck.

October 12, 2009 at 6:56 pm
(890) Alicia says:

I have been taking Lexapro for almost a year and I am calling my doctor TODAY to find out the proper way to ween myself off of this medication. Before taking this medication I was depressed person but regardless I was a fighter. I’ve been very uncertain about everything in my life since I started Lexapro. My grades in school have gone down dramatically, my appetite increased, I sleep way too much and feel fatigue all the time. I also have no sexual inclinations physically. All in all, 2009 has been ruined for me because of Lexapro.

October 13, 2009 at 12:40 am
(891) Krystina says:

Ive been taking lexapro for about 6 months now, and my life has changed for the better. I find i dont get depressed, i mean i do have my down days occassionally, but never as bad as they used to be. Several people have commented on how different i seem, ive lost a fair bit of weight, and i do not have constant mood swings, that i suffered from before i got onto Lexapro. Im writing this here because i rememeber before i got on lexapro i did some research on the net, and to be honest i got quite scared and almost didnt try it, but im glad i did, because it has worked wonders for me. These kinds of sites are mainly plagued by people who experience extreme side effects, which are a small minority. However the people like me who have had a positive experience with the drug are out enjoying life. The other day though a friend talked to me about depression and i recommended she get on lexapro, and thats why im here, maybe to give inspiration to someone who could gain from using Lexapro.
Good luck to all out there using the medication or considering using the medication.

October 13, 2009 at 2:20 am
(892) Sam says:

I started taking lexapro (20mg) 2yrs ago when i was diagnosed with major depressive disorder & generalized anxiety disorder. At first the side effects were almost unbearable … extreme nausea, headaches, dilated pupils, feeling high then feeling extremely tired. At times my body would just shut off & I’d just sit & stare at the wall until I suddenly snapped out of it about 10mins later. And sleep – i had the most restless, sweaty sleep with awful nightmares. But my depression & anxiety improved immensely and most of the side effects wore off. I still got the sweats & nightmares at night but I had no weight gain whatsoever. I do NOT recommend drinking alcohol while on them – it states this on the pamphlet but I tried it a few times before learning that it brings the depression & anxiety back & leaves you dealing with the side effects all over again the following week.
After almost 2yrs on them I felt great & thought that maybe I could wean myself off them under my doctor’s supervision … big mistake! I felt fantastic for the first few weeks, slept like a log, realised sex was a lot better & i had a lot more stamina to get me through the day. But my mood swings, depression & anxiety were at their worst. I was having huge arguments with my partner, screaming & crying, didnt want to leave my room, starting hating all our friends and became exceptionally jealous & paranoid. It was only when my partner told me he thought I was literally going insane & was thinking of leaving me that I decided to write a journal of my thoughts during these dark episodes – and he was right. They didnt make sense & I sounded crazy when I read over it, I was either raging or suicidal over nothing!
I’ve now accepted that being on Lexapro is better than being off it … My mind didnt feel right before it & it didnt feel right when I stopped it. But while on it, I felt confident & outgoing & most importantly happy! Going off them for that short period made me remember what its like to be depressed, suicidal & afraid of people. I prefer to feel normal & comfortable with life than live through that hell. I guess its slightly different for some people but for me its worth being on it.

October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm
(893) REG says:

Krystina–

Funny that you mention that. I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for some time, but I am a lawyer that sues drug companies over bad drugs, and I was very, very wary to get on any prescription drug. The depression and anxiety, however, have gotten really, really, bad. So I went to my doctor about getting on something. I told her that I was very wary though, in particular as a result of reading sites like this. But I realized, and my doc confirmed, there is a selection bias to these sorts of sites. That is, that the overwhelming majority of folks do NOT have debilitating side effects, and are not on chat boards talking about the side effects. They have no side effects to report, so they don’t! Your post is a rarity.

October 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(894) Lori says:

Totally agree REG. I had minimal side effects, and quite frankly they are so insignificant they don’t even compare to the depth of depression and anxiety I was experiencing. I cut back once, and yes I had a little dizziness but nothing the stopped my daily life. Overall, I’m extremely pleased in my mood stabilizing out, not feeling controlled by my depression, and getting a break from the anxiety as well. When I”m able to go off, I will, but for the time being, I’m enjoying life again!

October 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(895) Courtney says:

Hi everyone! i’m only 15 and i just started lexapro about a month ago. my depression has almost completely gone away, when i remember to take my pills. but my dr. still upped my dosage to 20mg. i am constantly tired! even after getting a full night of sleep! then there are the mood swings. one minute i am bouncing off the walls from the adrenalin rush and the next minute i hate the world. but i can’t handle the depression….so what do i do?

October 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(896) Lori says:

Courtney, do you need to be on a full 20mg? check with your Dr. I started on 10mg daily, went down to 5mg because of some side effects and still have a great response to the Lexapro with no side effects. I do notice if I miss a day, when I take it again I’ll get tired. It’s a good medication for many. Perhaps you will still get the full antidepressant benefit at 10mg without the drawback of being tired. I did switch to taking mine in the am instead of bedtime and that helped as well. Some fine tuning of the med is probably needed.

October 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(897) Karen K. says:

My doctor suggested I try Lexapro in July to “jump start” me. I didn’t want to do anything. My side effects were mild insomnia and weight gain (25 lbs. in 2 months!). I didn’t notice that the drug helped me over a 3-month period, so I weaned myself off with no problems. I’ve even lost some of the weight. Guess this wasn’t the right drug for me.

October 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm
(898) Ed says:

BTW – regarding the post above about how only the very few people who have severe side effects post on these forums while the great majority suffer no negative affects and go on about their lives – smells of drug company boloney. A bit like how they will reword statements like “I felt suicidal” to “The paitient reported unpleasant feelings”.

I was on Lexapro once for about 6 months and went back on about 10 months ago after falling into a depression ( about my failing marriage ).

Both times I have gotten much, much more depressed and anxious than I was during the first few weeks of going on the medication to the point that I would definitely not recommend the drug to anybody who does not have people around to look after them.

I am surprised that some people state that they feel the beneficial effects within days and I can only ascribe this to placebo since it took more than 6 weeks to “kick in” for me this last time. I know that effectiveness varies but improvement in days seems unusual to me.

I have to say that I appear to be able to take life in my stride at the moment but I have also been in psychotherapy and started a disciplined meditation practice. If you are depressed and do nothing other than take your meds you need to ask yourself what will be different when you come off them. If you aren’t making lifestyle or major personal changes then you will likely end up on a medication merry-go-round.

I have sexual side effects that would definitely impact my ability to enjoy sex and “perform” adequately ( where I lucky enough to have a partner ) and I have reached the highest weight of my life 185lbs, despite being quite physically fit and having excellent blood pressure, low pulse etc.

I weaned myself off Lexapro once before without a problem but over a period of 2 months. I would probably got from 20 through 15, 12.5, 10, 7.5, 5 and 2.5 over up to 12 weeks and come up on St John’s Wort from about half way through that ( but hey, I ain’t no Docta! ).

October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm
(899) Dorene says:

Just came back from the Dr.’s with 4 sample packs of Lexapro. After reading all these posts about side effects, I don’t know WHAT to do. I told the Dr. I used to be on Wellbutrin, and I DO NOT want something that will make me gain weight, as I am already 50 lbs. overweight and definitely don’t need to gain more. I also told her I have three small children and a teenager at home and can’t be in a “fog”-I need to be on point; I’m a stay at home mom. She assured me that neither would happen…I’m wondering how she could say that when “weight gain” and “sleepiness” are two of the most frequent side effects mentioned here. I asked her for a pill I can take on an “as-needed” basis for when my anxiety is peaked but she wouldn’t give me Xanax or anything like it. The thing is, I don’t always feel ‘blue’, it comes and goes, so I’m wondering why I should take a pill every day for anxiety/depression that only happens once in a while. I really think I may be bipolar, but how does a person get a diagnosis of “bipolar disorder”? Do I need to see a shrink? Anyway I am gonna think for a while about taking this Lexapro…maybe I’ll give St. John’s Wort a try and see if I feel any better on that.

October 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm
(900) Lori says:

Dorene, remember that MOST people take Lexapro fine, and there are minimal if any problems. Of course they are not going to be logging into web sites and reporting that. Xanax is highly addicting. Many doctors do not want to prescribe it. I dealt with a LOT of anxiety, and I will say that Lexapro has all but eliminated it. I don’t have to wait for it to surface before taking a pill. It is prevented. Don’t assume you will have every problem that people talk about here. I feel absolutely normal taking it, just no long anxious, or controlled by emotions. I will say I get a little cloudy headed if I forget it, but as soon as I take it, it’s gone. Good luck!

October 21, 2009 at 6:21 am
(901) Greg says:

I spent over 20 years in the military and as a result of the experiences I went through I was diagnosed with PTSD. My doctor prescribed a number of different types of anti-depressants which had terrible side effects until I finally got onto Lexapro. I have now been on Lexapro for about 7 years.

I am on 30 mgs a day and it works very well for me.

However, if I forget to take them one morning by mid afternoon I am so light headed and dizzy it is hard to even stand up without having a fear of falling over.

I also find that virtually nothing will upset me, I have turned into a wimp. I need to take Stilnox (sleeper) every night to get to sleep. They are another story.

My other side effects are, a rash that will come an go a few times each year, no sex drive at all, heart palpitations, constant fatigue, and probably a lot of other things that I am now so used to that I don’t notice them anymore.

After saying all that Lexapro is the best of a bad bunch for me. Good luck all and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

October 22, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(902) Tina Johnson says:

This drug is so hard to get off of. Feel like I have brain sparks. So much anger and depression is worse even my periods is worse. but I am also on Wellbutrin and Topamax. When will the side effects end. I have gained so much weight I am tired all the time. My heart beat is abnormal and i have so much anger and numbness inside. i want to be normal. I have been off of Lexapro for a few months now. worked down from 20 mg to 10 to 5 mg then stopped. I have lost 4 lbs just from the stress it has caused me. I advise anyone who is depressed to go on a treadmill to work out depression. I believe these medicationsn are killing us.

October 23, 2009 at 3:11 am
(903) Katherine says:

I have been on 10mg lexapro for just over 6 months.

I am 23 years old.
Before I went on lexapro I was extremely artistic, convoluted, but more confused than anything. I would stress about everything. Even the lease that expired a year away. I would go stressed and finicky, I experienced panic attacks, which would end in tears and terrible thoughts. However, my ambitions were numerous (on my good moments) – I was experiencing success in art and music. I am travelled, my parents are generous and supportive, I have good friends; It must be a chemical problem, I thought.

I starting taking the drug and a lot of my personality changed. Anxiety was a major factor in my life that froze. It caused me to worry, not sleep and never eat. I now sleep very well (even allow myself to sleep in on weekends) and eat healthy meals. Depression was also a big problem. I would find myself crying hard for nothing really worth crying about, I would be really sad and dissapointed and feel guilty about little things I did during the day (when there was nothing to feel bad about). I now know this. I am now very good to myself.

This last six months have really allowed me to see a different side of life. I can now see past the anxiety and depression. I now find university and rational and structural proceedures easy to manage. I am actually topping one of my classes- something I could never do before because I would never believe in myself enough and worry far too much.I find it easy to be around people and not just anyone; I feel as though I am worth having good friends and good company.

However, there are some downsides. I was a very sexual person before, now not so much. And having an orgasm is hard. I find it hard to concentraite.

I was also very thin before (mainly because I found it hard to eat cos I rushed myself around and made myself too busy). But, without a doubt, I find it much easier to put on weight. I have put on a few kilo’s, but, as my partner agrees, I think I look healthier.

Another thing, drinking is not really worth it. It messes up the cycle and it can make you feel more depressed than before. Not a big problem – just take it easy- dont drink too much.

October 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm
(904) Rachel says:

HI,
I have been on lexapro for about 10 days and I am feeling like a completly different person but in a negative way. I am having really strange dreams and a constant rapid heart beat. There is also a tightness in my chest that hurts constantly. The anxiety is still there also and the nasty thoughts that I have are also still here but they feel different, like they are definite. Does anyone else feel this way? Is it normal and will it go away?

October 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm
(905) Lindsay says:

My feonce was taking lexapro for about 8 months. He got to the point where he could not afford it anymore so he just stopped taking it out of no where. After he stopped taking it he got really depressed for the first fews days. About a week later something snapped in his head and he commited suicide almost 5 months ago. Anyone who is on lexapro or any other antidepressents and you want to stop taking them please ween your self off instead of just quitting cold.

October 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(906) Jennifer says:

I have been on 1omg of lexapro for about 3 years and I do believe it has helped but not without recourse! I have gained 50 lbs. over the last 3 years and I have continued to be active, walk my dogs 3 times and day and dance..also my sex drive as dwindled which has been helpful since I am partnered with an older man that also has a dwindled sex drive so it makes the situation tolerable..I am working on completely cleaning up my diet now and the next step will be getting off lexapro which I know will be awful as I couple of years ago I went to
France for a month and forgot my pills and it took a week to have my boyfriend mail them to me in which time I had nightmares and would cry many times throughout the day over nothing, just thinking about my nightmare (losing my dog).. I really am worried about the long term effects and hormonal effects as you need about 30 years to really study a drug to understand it’s long term effects..

October 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(907) Nina says:

Been on Lex for around two years. My doc warned me that the first week would be HELL – and it WAS. But since then, I’ve been much better. Doctors need to warn about that first week. Didn’t gain any weight. Actually lost a few lbs. Actually lost a few too many pounds! Back “up” to my ideal weight now. Adjusted up to 15 mgs (one 10mg tab plus one-half) and am having “issues” again. Hoping they go away like they did last time.

October 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(908) George says:

Was given Lex yesterday by a doctor. Not feeling good. Took 1 pill yesterday and 1 this morning. Constantly feeling dizzy and like I am seeing things through fog. Hands shaking. Heartburn. Can’t concentrate.

Will not take any more! Calling my therapist now to say I am done.

October 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(909) Lori says:

George, give it time. The first few days feel a little “foggy” or strange as the seratonin levels build up again. I felt odd for 5 days, on day 8 I woke up and could literally tell it was working. Depression significantly diminished, anxiety gone, and life was smooth. Lexapro is a quick acting SSRI in that you typically feel a difference in your moods 7-10 days. It works well. Give it time.

October 29, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(910) Crystal says:

I have been on lexapro twice in my life, now being one of them. Each time I have started my side effects included, lock jaw, teeth clenching, headaches, and rapid thoughts for the first two weeks. After, I felt a wave a relief feeling “normal”, being able to cope with feelings I could not before. However this time I have been on it longer and have had EXTREME mood swings after 6months. I now have the feeling of being “crazy”. I believe lexapro is a temparary fix.

October 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(911) George says:

2 Lori >

Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I actually talked to my doctor and he told me to stop the medication immediately. I stopped it today, but last night I almost had to call the ambulance. My face was all burning, and I was feeling awful. My heart rate was about 200. I couldn’t breathe and felt that I was going to throw up any moment. Now I am feeling better, but in the morning I was hungover and then I felt terrible in the afternoon, as well. Sudden attacks of dizziness and fog in front of my eyes. I don’t want this drug. My depression is too mild to get hooked on something as severe as that.

October 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(912) Roommate says:

Just saw that my roommate had a stack of boxes of Lexapro so looked here for side effects. Sounds like you get fat, can’t sleep, feel stoned, and get cranky. Isn’t that part of the definition of depression? On top of that it sounds like the withdrawal is awful. Good luck to everyone here, sounds like a placebo with dopamine in it.

November 1, 2009 at 3:49 am
(913) Dee says:

Been on Lexapro for 3 mths now, I had the usual side-effects starting off, insomnia, anxiety and paranoia. But these faded after 6 weeks. I’v just completed four months of therapy and I feel fantastic. In my recovery so far I would say that therapy was 75% help on the recovery process compared to Lexapro’s 25%. I found that Lexparo is not a cure for anxiety/depression, it is only an aid, to help you get through it, you have to work with a therapist and put the work in yourself to find the triggers that cause this. I know my depression/anxiety is mild compared to a lot of people, but it still stopped me from functioning normally, I could’nt cope in my job and I alienated myself from my family. In summary Lexparo worked for me, it really speeded up my recovery process, but you cannot take this on its own and expect results, you should work with a therapist to really fight this.

November 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(914) Libby says:

I have to say that I love the Lexapro so far. I was on Zoloft for 2 weeks and exhausted all the time. I am not one to take meds so things have to be pretty dire for me to try anything. I should have started this (Lexapro) a long time ago!! I have no ill side effects except for occassional yawning within the first hour of taking the med. Other than that, mood significantly improved!! No mood swings noted. It has been great so far!

November 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm
(915) John says:

I have been on Lexapro for 4 years now. weight gain? – I didn’t notice it., Extremely weird & vivid dreams, old songs pop into your head., All these side effects will subside. I have however noticed short term memory loss, and very aggressive, and violent mood swings. My fuse is shorter than it ever was, and my mood can swing in an instant. I tried to get off of it a year ago, No luck- it was worse than being on it. The sexual side effects- I don’t think about sex much anymore, but I have no problems performing. This is odd, because I used to think about sex all the time., Maybe I’m just getting older??
Good luck to all !!

November 9, 2009 at 8:52 am
(916) Della says:

Greetings, Just wanted to add my experiences with lexapro. Quick history, tried every thing short of lithium. Lexapro the last meds I have been on. I took Lexapro for 5 years due to harassment issues in my workplace which triggered my PTSD. The lexapro worked in the beginning, but,gradually, started to experience a few side effects. Increased psychosis, incontenance which continued to worsen over the last 3 years on this med., painful urinary tract infections, dizziness, chest pains, shortness of breath. Now I cannot prove that the lexapro caused all this but funny how most of these symptoms seemed to disappear when I finally worked up the courage to stop the meds. I still have some dizziness. I am not trying to sell anyone on anything but, I want to tell folks that I started the truehope herbal supplements to “re-balance” myself. I am a huge skeptic, but, this stuff really has helped me. The racing thoughts stopped after 3 days, no joke, and I no longer need to take the stuff. Its been almost a year since my last lexapro dose. I was on 10mg daily. Please, if this drug is working for you, by all means, if it aint broke, dont fix, you know, but if you are not happy with the lexapro wagon, get off it. I did not even realize the lexapro was causing all the problems until I stopped it!!! Bless ums!!!!

November 9, 2009 at 5:43 pm
(917) t says:

I have been on Lexapro 20mg for about 4 months… very little side effects until this past weekend, I went out of town and forgot to take it for 3 days… Now I am experiencing severe headaches, extreme anger and agitation, on and off crying spells and over all lack of concentration. What has this medicine done to me?

November 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm
(918) Don says:

I too have to leave a negative comment on here. I finally broke down and saw a shrink a few weeks back after a really bad year for me. I’ve had horrible panic attacks and depression all year. Just wasn’t getting better on it’s own. I’ve always been leery of taking meds. So I saw the shrink at the local hospital. Not getting the same care as a private practice there. He listened to my story and said I should try Lexapro, my GP had also mentioned this and my endocronologist as well. Lex is the favorite child right now. He told me there were little to no side effects and the only thing I had to worry about was weaning myself off. So I nervously put off filling the scrip for a week and had a day where I was experiencing bad panic attacks and said “F it. I’m going to do it, I can’t go on like this”. So last night I took my first 10mg dose with dinner. Within an hour or two I start feeling sick and drugged. Nauseous and spaced out. Went to bed early and woke up today and my GOD! First off I had to call in sick to work. There was no way I could function, and it’s been hard enough with the panic attacks I’ve already been having. I haven’t been able to eat all day (it’s 8:30pm) my hands were trembling, sweaty, dizzy, spaced out and the anxiety was worsened not diminished. It took my existing problems and amplified them and added new ones. Oh and the sexual disfunction too. I was unable to function today, I felt absolutely horrid. Frightening. I am in no way taking this again tonight or ever. I don’t know how people can say to tough out these side effects for a week and then maybe you’ll feel better. I wouldn’t be able to work. I couldn’t even leave the house. I layed in bed in a dark room occasionally getting up to see if I felt better (which I did not). I can’t wait to get this out of my system. Back to the drawing board, disappointing I must say. I had higher hopes this would help. And I also had the numb empty feeling. Or non feeling I should say. If that’s what’s in store I’d rather hold on to having some emotions and not be a zombie. Glad this works for some of you but I can’t function on this drug, and getting off it now scares me too much.

November 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(919) Annie says:

I just started Lexapro yesterday and only slept 3 hours last night. I feel great today, but a headache has started, and the day is still young. I am concerned and have texted my doctor and await insight (lucky to live where doctors text back within a short time).

Very scared about all the negative side effects I have read and about the weaning process when you eventually come off it.

November 21, 2009 at 3:07 am
(920) Kylie says:

I was taking Lexapro a few months ago and I was taking a very low dosage, I think it was 5 or 10 milligrams a day. I had only been taking it for a month and one night I had the most vivid and realistic dream that I was being run over by some kind of machine. I could hear it humming as it rolled towards my body. I was on the floor scrambling to get away from it and then it crushed me, I could feel my arm breaking. I woke up standing with my arm completely twisted, screaming and crying in pain. I thought I had really been run over, my friend called 911 and I was taken to the hospital where I learned that my elbow was completely shattered. I had surgery the next day; 3 plates and 15 pins to put it back together. 3 weeks later I learned that I had also broken my wrist, another surgery ensued; 1 plate and about 7 pins to put that back together.

I really just want to tell my story to warn people about this serious side effect of Lexapro, do not take “abnormal dreaming” lightly. This has been the worst experience of my life and I got off of Lexapro gradually after the nightmare. I have been in physical therapy for over 3 months and have caused my parents A LOT of medical bills. Lexapro was a really bad decision for me and I really regret it.

November 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm
(921) Xanna says:

Been on Lexapro 10mg for about six weeks. Worked at first, then really depressive thoughts that Id never had before…leaning toward being suicidal. The doc ended up putting me back on Zoloft and weaning me off Lexapro. Side effects terrible! Dizziness, hot sweats mimicking menopause, nausea, foggy thinking, weight loss, loss of appetite. Stopped taking it yesterday but am glad to know what’s been causing all these sudden physical symptoms.

November 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(922) bob says:

i was on it for about 6 months i think this drug works for a few not for every one i came off it two months ago because my hair started to fall out over the last 3 months and i did not feel it was helping now iam not on anything my hair has came back the way it was it was not hard to come off drug i just stoped takeing it after a few days i was fine dont think i should have been on it at all .

December 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm
(923) J.R says:

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December 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm
(924) J.R says:

Hi everyone, this is my mini story…any input is welcomed! I have been suffering anxiety/depression for a couple of mths, with that is feeling of brain fog/depersonalization. After the usual slew of tests I got Cipralex 10mg…..had a horrible reaction after first dose which was yesterday..still feeling bad today, but not nearly. After the dose I had panic, extreme dizziness, blurred vision, made brain much worse, insomnia, and hot sweats at night.
Is there anyone else out there with similar problem, what other med have you tried?

December 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(925) wendy says:

I have been on Lexapro 20mg for about 4 years and i am also on Wellbutrin XL 450mg I was addicted to meth in 2001-2005 and after i quit I was put on meds to help me. I have never been a lazy person and never had a messy unorganized house and for the past few years I have just assumed me feeling lazy and not able to be closed in a room was because of the drugs. My mom is feeling depresed and stressed so I gave her some of my Lexapro and wellbutrin and she has been taking it for about 2 months and she realiazed she is letting stuff build up on her desk and not feeling like doing anything. So i googled the side affects on both meds and now I am sure that the lexapro is the culprit. I am going to slowly get off my lexapro and hopefully I can be the motivated and oraganized mom I used to be.

December 15, 2009 at 8:25 am
(926) billy says:

People need to understand that the very reason you are taking this drug is to combat the feelings of anxiety half of the responses on here are typical anxiety symptoms
That most people with anxiety would suffer from at one time or another. My suggestion would be to take the medication and try and forget about it without analysing every emotion you experience throughout the day only you have the power to change your thought patterns into something more positive the drug will not do it for you its only their as an aid.

December 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm
(927) Brandon says:

I have been on Lexapro on and off for a couple years. I have experienced a “brain fog” my short term memory is shot and when I come off the Lexapro I feel this intense anger. I am tired ALL the time and have to really do all I can just to get through my work day, then I come home and sleep. I have gained weight and at times have an insatiable appetite. I am coming off this med!

December 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm
(928) Brandon says:

I forgot to add that I could see someone run over by a car and I would just shrug my shoulder and move on…I feel like an emotional zombie…I dont care about life either way..and NO motivation…blah!

January 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(929) Celeste says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 6 or 7 months and started about a year after my son was born. It totally has helped me with my depression and I am feeling normal again. It has on the other hand been giving me regular headaches as of late. I also have been trying to loose my baby weight by exersicing and eating better and I am not loosing it. I think due to the meds. When I forgot to take my meds for a couple of days I got headaches that were almost migranes.

January 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(930) cindy says:

I started taking Lexapro Dec 15, 2009. It has been the best thing I could’ve done for myself.. Iíve had the depression /anxiety ever since my son and his soon to be bride moved back home to save for a wedding and home. This is when it all started for me.. Yes, the first 2 weeks I felt like my head was in the clouds and I was taking naps on the weekends. I also, have cut down on my eating that has decreased as well. (Which is good) I can think a lot clearer at work. Iím more relaxed and I donít let things get to meÖ Yes, I yawn a lot more but, Iím sure that will past. Also, I noticed the dry month and the sweating a little bit more, nothing to write home about.. Everything else is going great. I wish you all well that are on Lexapro. Lexparo has helped with getting me through what I need to get through. Itís okay if things donít get done around the house. If things at work donít get done so be it.. Thatís life. Iíve learned in a short period of time what happens, happens. I have no control. What I have control of is my life.. I now take one hour at a time and deal with it.

January 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(931) mich says:

Was on Lexapro for 2 months. The first couple days I kept see flashes of lights (like the size of pin dots). I became more depressed, put on 5lbs, couldn’t sleep, didn’t want to work, didn’t want to socialize, shower, clean, and deal with anything serious. Been off of it now for 2 days and I feel like life is coming back into me.

January 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(932) Judi Johnson says:

I’m 69 and have been using 5mg. lexapro for almost 5 years. After 3 years use, I went off because I no longer had a range of emotion. Didn’t want to laugh, cry, etc. Didn’t feel much of anything. Well…when I slowly tapered off, I sat and cried for days. Went back on and stayed on for another 2 years. Decided I didn’t need lexapro after all, so tapered off again. Felt really great and was doing great (I thought!) however, others were taking the brunt of my emotional outbursts. Difficult to maintain staying calm and anger flared….not good…. so…I’m back on it. Overall, I guess it’s the less of 2 evils. I do have headaches and sometimes I wonder if its the right, loading myself up on a drug. However, my quality of life is better and I enjoy my friends and family more and that’s reciprocal. That says it all. I advise staying in touch with your doctor while being on any medication. If your side effects are drastic it may not be the med for you. Talk to your doctor and don’t be afraid to let them know what’s going on with you.

January 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(933) D Adans says:

Your not going to find a lot of “happy” people here. If things are going well, why would you be studing the side effects of a drug? With that said, now my 5th day, I’m noticing quizzie stomach and reduced appetite. But understand this type site will bring out people “disappointed”. If your car runs well, why look for a mechanic? Understand?

January 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm
(934) Jessica says:

Ive been on Lexapro for about 4 months. Initially it was awesome. I loved how I felt on it. I probably lost about 7 pounds in the first 3 months and it made me crave sugar. In the past month though I have gained 15 pounds which has made my anxiety awful. I am so tired all the time and my short term memory is horrible. I always forget what I was thinking about. I have an appointment with my doctor in a few days because I want off of this. It’s not worth the side effects.

January 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(935) Bella says:

I have been on Lexapro for a year and 2 months. It helped me a lot. I’m hoping to wean off it soon. My Doctor prescribed it for anxiety disorder and mild depression. As far as weaning off it and the side effects well all medications have side effects and why be scared? That’s the reason why I’m on this drug in the first place because I’m always scared.

January 26, 2010 at 8:58 am
(936) Karen says:

I really need to know if anyone else experiences a burning sensation through the body like lava?

January 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(937) ms.lady says:

I have been taking lexapro for anxiety and depression for about 4 days. I have notice yawning like crazy and long. feel like something in my throat or jaws. Weird feeling. No numbness, good feeling, but sleepy.

January 28, 2010 at 12:35 am
(938) Mandy says:

I’m 25yrs old and being treated for sever depression and anxiety. I have been taking Lexapro for a little over a month now and i don’t like it! They first started me with a low dose of 10mg and just today raised it to 20mg. I have restless nights. I need to take a sleeping pill to be able to sleep and even with that I sleep only 4 hrs at a time. If I don’t take the sleeping pill I’m up all night and end up going to bed at 3 and 4am! I have had more suicidal thoughts then ever and have cut myself a lot more often then before. I have nightmares that seem so real. I dont even know there nightmares until I wake up! I have no energy to do anything! That makes it difficult for me to attend to my 3yr old. I still get anxiety attacks and some are worse then others. I feel like I have no control over my body! I zone out for 5 minuets at a time and sometimes dont even know it. I have experienced a lot of short term memory loss!!! I can start a conversation and sometimes in the middle of telling my story I forget what I was even saying. I have a shorter fuse to tolerate my son. It drives me crazy to hear him be loud or even cry! I have to leave the room and give myself ten minuets before I can go back into the room and deal with him. I am very emotional at times. I cry because I feel so overwhelmed with life and the side effects to this drug. I get very angry at times and take my anger out on myself. I’ve read stories about the withdrawal of this drug and I’m afraid to even get off. A lot of prople say it’ll get better but I’m still waiting

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January 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(941) Dee says:

Started on lexapro (10 mg) last July, after a few weeks felt great. Then around November had a relapse of depression, so my doc upped the dosage to 20mg in December. Have been on the 20mg for five weeks and I just feel I’m plodding along, so significant improvement. Is it a case the lexparo has stopped working for me or should I give it more time for the 20mg to kick in.

February 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(942) Anna says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for two months. It’s been a big relief with the anxiety and depression.

Side effects:
Sleepy
Short term memory problems
vivd dreams, nightmares
Constipation & major gas!

I am going to stick it out as long as possible. Been on Paxil and Zoloft. So far this one is the best.

February 3, 2010 at 4:23 am
(943) J says:

Karen – I’m on my first day and I also feel burning sensations throughout my body. Not sure what to tell you.

I was given lexapro for anxiety. I’m sensitive to meds and felt results very quickly. I started to feel kind of numb and my brain slowed down a bit. I would compare my initial feelings somewhat with being drunk. I went out in public and it was the first time in a long time that it didn’t make me extremely anxious and uncomfortable. I was able to talk and be around people normally. I was surprised and really pleased. All day I just felt more at ease and I just cared less about things but I wasn’t a “zombie.” Although I’m not sure how good it is to become more apathetic.

It’s now 4AM and I can’t sleep and am having the burning sensations all over my body. I don’t feel as “drugged” as earlier but I want a break from it and I simply can’t escape. It’s like I can’t come down.

Having seen what drugs can do for my anxiety I think I will try to switch to something on an as needed basis.

February 4, 2010 at 11:30 am
(944) Kim says:

I started taking 10mg of Lexapro 6 days ago. Some side effects were diarrhea, a little upset stomach and feeling like I drank a pot of coffee. I was optimistic that these would go away. Yesterday, however, I had a rush of heat all over my body, shaking so much that I couldn’t hardly walk, feeling like I couldn’t breath and sweating. I thought I was going to pass out. My feet feel like they’re on fire and some muscle cramping. I’m stoppping this medicine today.

February 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(945) Amy says:

Started taking Lexapro today. Wow I feel like I am in a fog. Couldn’t drive today, very sleepy, headache, heart palpatations. I hope it gets better

February 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(946) Chrissy says:

I just started Lexapro 5 hours ago. So far my heart is beating faster, my heads hurts, I feel like I could pass out, my hands are sweaty and I can’t stop yawning. Needless to say I’m not taking anymore of this medicine!!

February 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm
(947) Hazel says:

What is the best time of day to take Lexapro? I’ve been taking 5mg for 1 1/2 weeks. I am still experiencing anxiousness and nervousness. Should I increase to 10 mg…will this help these feelings go away?

February 18, 2010 at 10:16 am
(948) LYNNE says:

I have been on lexapro 10mg for about 2 weeks now. I first noticed the yawning and the gagging after a day. The gagging ended after a few days, but I’m still yawning. I had my first weekend of not wanting to commit suicide though, so that’s good. I noticed that I have been getting agitated though about little things, so I’m hoping these mood swings will subside. My doctor really wants me to try it for a month so I will stick it out. Your body is going to have side effects while it’s adjusting, so I will allow time for my body to adjust to it. I am taking lorazepam .5mg for anxiety as needed but I don’t feel any different. I still have panic episodes…we shall see…

February 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm
(949) K Taylor says:

My girlfriend started taking this medication Jan 1 2010. The initial reaction for the first three weeks was great on 5mg. Her doctor advised her to up it to 10mg after two weeks. A week after she upped it her personality started to dramatically change.

She doesnt seem to care about much of anything. She was intensely needy and very depressed and moody before I actually encouraged her to talk to her doctor, I almost broke up with her over her depression, only so many times you can take hearing someone talk about “well maybe I’ll kill myself then” because you want to get off the phone after being on it for 5 hours.

However the Lexapro while it helped her be more comfortable on her own it has been too much of a good thing. Now it’s like pulling teeth just to get her to hang out with me. Our phonecalls which were extraordinarily long and drove me nuts (shed be here for 2 days at my place then call me from the car on the way home talk to me on the phone for 5 hours then want to MSN me for another 4 hours and then call me before sleep) now I can barely keep her on the phone for a minute.

I try to get her to come over and when she does come over she lies down in bed and passes out for 12-14 hours, wakes up and then she has to go to work. We have now at this point had sex once in six weeks, it was a weird occurrence she just showed up wanting it and hard and fast a couple times. We used to have it 2-3 times most days.

I am missing the intimacy (both sexual and non sexual) and conversation, the things we used to do together. We used to eat dinner together often now she barely eats unless she’s at work, she’s lost 20lbs in 2 months! Whenever I see her she is exhausted and tired. When she is awake all she seems to want is “alone time” and she has picked up a nasty gambling habit too, gambling away twice her monthly income in the past three weeks.

In trying to get her to hang out with me when not sleeping she now says that I am acting too needy and it’s making her claustrophobic. She used to flip out if I didn’t want to stay the night at her house and she now doesn’t even want me to go to her house anymore. She values “alone time” and the “freedom” now above virtually all else.

I think that if anyone here has a loved one who has been prescribed Lexapro/Cipralex they really, really need to get involved in the treatment program and see the doctor with their partner from the outset! The personality changes can be very stark (my gf has done a literal 180) and the stupid GPs only have 10-15 minutes to talk about a whole month’s worth of psychological effects. My gf talked to her doctor after her first refill and she said she felt like he was busy and ignoring her when she talked about feeling really zoned out and having no sex drive.

The drug has helped her a lot she doesn’t fanticise about suicide anymore that I know of and her crying spells have ended, but she no longer feels much joy from being around me or anyone else for that matter, now she just wants to spend a lot of time alone. I guess other people have these “needs” and they get in the way; if she can’t feel empathy for them their “feelings” are just bothersome nuisances.

She used to call her children every day and she hasn’t called them in three weeks, her mother called her to get her to get more involved and she just tuned her mother out and then let her go. I feel like I get the same treatment. I try to talk to her and I get nowhere she either falls asleep or leaves.

I would recommend the following for anyone who has a loved one who is about to take this medication or who has just started.

1. Before they take the first pill, or right after they take it – insist on visiting their doctor with them so that you are involved in the treatment process. This is a VERY clean drug and the patient will not be able to tell what the drug is doing to them vs. who they really are personality wise. Once you are involved in the process you will be able to talk to the doctor – their general sense of “not giving a damn” will stop them from even questioning or insisting anything to their doctor.

2. Try to stick with the smallest dose possible. My gf was great on 5mg, and her doctor from the outset told her to to to 10mg, and that was when the problems all started, a week after the upped dosage. I have read about 6 foot tall 190 pound males taking 10mg. My gf is 5’1″ and 115 lbs. I just can’t understand how someone who is nearly half the body weight should be taking the same amount of drug as someone twice her size. Doctors just rattle off what they say – STICK WITH THE LOWEST DOSAGE POSSIBLE! The positive effects may not come as quickly but I’m sure there’s a threshold effect with these drugs.

3. Try to keep an open dialogue with your partner about how the drugs are affecting them. In my case we had a great open dialogue but then the “dont care” syndrome took effect and she barely wants to discuss it. It is difficult to point out to her how worried the personality changes make me and because she just doesnt care about much of anything its like she doesn’t want to have the conversation.

I will say that for partners the personality changes can be extremely disconcerting. Like the person you got to know and learned to love just turns into someone else entirely. My GF has only been on these meds 2 months now so I dont know if this will go away. For me, going from a girl who was so needy that I was ready to break up with her to a girl who calls me needy because I want to eat dinner and hang out with her while she’s awake which I haven’t done now in 3-4 weeks is very concerning.

I feel like my girlfriend is cheating on me or falling out of love with me. I dont think she’s actually cheating on me nor do I think she’s actually falling out of love for me but sitting in my seat it’s really difficult not to have those fears because of how she acts now.

March 8, 2010 at 4:56 pm
(950) Tammy says:

I started 20mg Lexapro three weeks ago for GAD and Social Anxiety, it is helping that very well, more every day. I had a headache for the first couple of days but that went away. I’ve had major increase in urination, I go atleast once or twice during the night and I NEVER did that before. The weirdest thing happened to me last night though, I’ve read about leg twitches, and in my sleep last night, both of my legs just bent one after the other and went right back in place, it woke me up. It was very weird and kind of creepy. I’ve also had a couple of vivid dreams, not night mares just very detailed. The medicine is great…defintely worth the few side effects for me.

March 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(951) kara says:

i just stared bleeding and im not supposed to get my period 4 another month or so and the inside of my vaginia is all weird and lumpy!!
i dont kno what it is or what to do help!!?

March 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm
(952) Randy says:

My doctors nurse prescribed lexapro to me because she believed that the heart palpatations, lightheadness and nausea light feelings I had been having were related to anxiety. (which they arent). I took the medicine for 2 days. On the 2nd day, symptoms started. Restless leg at 6am, leading into heart/chest/sternum pain increasing into severe uncontrollable random shaking of the body along with extreme confusion.

I am a very controlled person, meaning I do not lose my focus or ability to concentrate under extreme circumstances. This drug had me so confused, scared, in pain, dazed and out of control that despite trying to go to the ER, I never made it.

This side affect would reach its maximum plateau about 6 hrs after waking, then slack off in intensity for the next 6 hrs. by that evening I would be perfectly fine.

Upon contacting my doctors office about this extreme and dangerous side affect, I was told not to worry, that that was not the problem. These very same side affects are listed right on the drugs home page.

Be careful and do your research before taking any medicine.

March 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm
(953) kkr says:

okay, ive started taking lexapro yesterday. i was prescribed 10mgs but i took half the 1st day to see how i would feel. i was completely fine!!!!! so today i took the whole 10mgs, and still no problems! reading these comments can really make you panic! i was soooo scared to try this. im trying to get over my panic attacks. i have noticed that most people on here, are also taking other meds, have underlying issues, or are just “unstable” not be rude but geesh.. i havent had any side effects at all. and to be honest im not worried about that at all.. lexapro! i havent been worried about anything. i dont walk around zombie like, but i am nonchalant. not “unattached from my emotions” but im like..whatever. im calm. no mood swings. no sweating. no anything. just really calm. and im not complaining. maybe it will change idk..but if you are reading this and are very nervous about trying lexapro,..then remember you never know a persons medical background, so how one person reacts to this medicine doesnt mean you will react the same. breathe! just breathe! woo-sah its not that serious. try 1 half the 1st time. if you dont like it for whatever reason, then dont do it again! real simple! people on here just freak you out!!! so i had to say something.. fyi..i have no previous medical conditions. im mentally stable aside from the panic attacks lol im 24. 115 5’7 im hoping that this puts a little weight on me.. lol if i lose weight, then we have a problem! i will no longer use this. other than that. its alllllllllll gooooooood;) peace out

March 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(954) AshKash says:

i took lexapro yesterday for the first time. I went to the doctor because i had a shaking problem. he asked me if i was depressed, and i told him that i wasn’t because i am actually a very happy person. however my doctor gave me the lexapro pills and he never mentioned they were antidepressants. i am pretty sure that i have another type of neurological problem. anyway i took these pills and 15-20 minues after i took them i started having an upset stomach. Also i made a big mistake it was my first time and i took 10 mg of it, my doctor didn’t explain very well how much i should take at first he said 0.5 mg and i asked him i could take a whole pill and he said yes. 2 hours later after i took it i started feeling emotional and started to have a great fear. I started crying i felt so bad to the point that i fell to the ground and hurt my head. I felt like i wasn’t myself anymore. I started screaming at my sister and getting super agressive. i felt that i became insane for a few hours due to lexapro. My doctor gave me this pills lexapro to treat something that is not related to depression. So since my serotonin levels are normal the pills just increased the serotonin levels and i just ended up turning crazy for a few hours since it mest up my serotin levels in my brain. I hate that stupid doctor he automatically assumed that my shakiness had to do with depression even though i told him it didn’t. So those are the effects that lexapro 2 doses of lexapro causes to someone that does not need to take the medication. it was horrible. it was the worst experience i’ve ever had. Plus i didn’t know that people can become addicted to these pills. I am not taking this medication ever in my life, plus i don’t need them. i am just so upset that my doctor used me as a ginny pig. that’s why i don’t trust doctors

March 27, 2010 at 6:26 am
(955) Joe says:

Here’s the deal. Lexapro works— at first. Been on it for 3 yrs, definitely keeps you balanced, well focused, less anxious. After a few years, outside of the 5% body weight gain, I noticed it started having a numbing effect to everything, which at first was good. Then the anxiety returned. Bumped up to 20 mgs, no change. Here’s the kicker, been trying to get off, brutal side effects, don’t do it cold turkey. Side effects of w/drawal are going on two weeks. Talk to your dr if considering, you have get all the facts. Don’t worry about silly side effects at first, they’ll mellow out… Again, it was great at first, then, I assume your body becomes immune with no real effects. hope this helps

April 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm
(956) Stacey says:

My boyfriend began taking Lexapro about 8 weeks ago for anxiety, over the last month I have noticed a dramatic change in his personality. It’s almost like he is not the same person anymore, the sweet caring guy I used to know has turned into someone who doesn’t give a damn about anything, he doesn’t seem to want to spend any time with me anymore, he is not affectionate, he is very moody and obnoxious and barely speaks to me. He has also lost his sex drive. I tried telling him I think he should change medication for the sake of our relationship but he doesn’t seem to care about that either and bit my head off… He cannot see that he has changed, all he says is “why change medications when these ones are working?”. He is only on a 5mg dose. The way he has been acting I feel like he does not love me anymore, does not want to be with me, or is cheating on me – I know this isn’t so, its just the medication :(

I have also noticed a change in my mothers attitude and personality since she has been on Lexapro, she is quite nasty also. But again, she cannot see the changes in herself (but I do not have to put up with her on a daily basis as i don’t live with her, the boyfriend on the other hand, I have to deal with every day…)

April 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(957) Caitlyn says:

ive been on lexapro for 4 days. im pretty young to be taking it. ive noticed its working somewhat but im more forgetful, shaking involuntarily, sleepy, and have speech issues. i also have extreme highs after i take it and then later in the day extreme lows. is this normal?

April 27, 2010 at 8:37 am
(958) Allie says:

I have taken Lexapro on two different occasions, each for over a year, to treat GAD. The fogginess when you first start is normal. Don’t give up after 5 days! It takes at least 3 weeks for your body to acclimate and then it goes away. I only took 10mg per day and dropped to 5mg eventually. This really, really helped me and I had no other side effects from it. After a year of therapy I’m now going off. I’m experiencing a little insomnia, but looking forward to life without medication again. Hang in there – but the most important thing is to remember consistency is important with these drugs. If you’re going to go on, commit to it for at least a month before you decide whether or not it works for you. If you’re going to go off, consistently wean yourself off. And exercise! Helps so much! Good luck!

May 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(959) Jen says:

I have been on Lexapro for two years and hate it! Neither does it make me feel any better nor does it make life’s anxieties seem smaller. The only thing that it has done is make me FAT. I have put on 20 kgs!!! I used to be a slim, fit woman over 50, but now I look like a cow! NO WAY will I stay on it. I am going off today cold turkey and will deal with the side effects as and if they come. Life is too short! Be happy the pill free way!

May 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm
(960) dave says:

My son was on lexipro for 1 yr for anxiety. He also has crohns disease. He went in the hospital for an emergency operation for, 10 days he was in. we told the doc we were concerned about withdrawl.Nothing was done. Anyway when he was released he totally flipped out hated everyone ran away way tooo much to list. DO NOT QUIT COLD TURKEY ,YOU WILL END UP IN JAIL OR THE HOSPITAL ,,switch to depakote if its okay with doc you will get you

May 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(961) dave says:

DONT QUIT COLD TURKEY, switch to depakote if its ok with doc been there done that I witnessed the side effects of cold turkey in my son, FRIGHTENING to say the least. Loss of libido and strange dreams were common while on lexi. switch or get off slowly >>>a little less each week for a month or so. deffinately not cold turkey

May 5, 2010 at 2:03 am
(962) Stephanie says:

My doctor prescribed me lexapro in January and I was taking 10 mg for 3 months. I wasn’t really depressed and was seeing him to get adderall for my ADD but my 2 sisters were on it and he suggested I should get on it since depression runs in the family. He reasoned that it would just prevent me from getting depressed. Anti-depressant initially gives off the impression that it is going to make you happier than you are, so I guess I didn’t think about whether or not I really needed it. Who doesnt want to be happier-right?

Well, 3 months later I stopped taking it because I knew it wasn’t making me happier and I was too lazy to go to the pharmacy. I have now begun experiencing extreme withdrawal symptoms- nauseau, brain zaps, headaches, vivid nightmares, extreme fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, shakiness, heart palpitations, blurred vision difficulty breathing, and what seems like vertigo. I had to leave class early once because I felt like there was an earthquake but I realized I was just having jolts throughout my body.

Looking through blogs from lexapro users, I suddenly realized how wrong the drug was for me. For the past few months, I was unmotivated, lazy, apathetic, lost my libido, and couldn’t focus. Im a student at UCLA and I always get straight A’s with minimal studying, but this past quarter I study 24/7 literally and end up crying because at the end of the day I can’t tell you one thing I learned or accomplished. I had been wondering what is wrong with me- it feels like my brain just stopped working. I’ve never worked harder in school and never felt so behind.

Finally I realized the only thing different is that I had started taking Lexapro. I used to love getting dressed up and going out, especially because I love doing my hair and makeup but I think I have only put on makeup once in the past 3 months. I never change out of pjs, usually wear the same ones for a few days in a row, and stopped caring what I look like completely. When we have people over, my sisters will get all dolled up and I will be hanging out with everyone looking like a bum. I even stopped showering regularly, washing my face, using my skincare products, etc. When my dad told me that it looks like I am gaining weight, I shrugged and it genuinely didn’t bother me. I used to be opsessed with loosing weight!!! I stopped answering or returning calls from friends and just wanted to spend the day laying in bed. I started drinking A LOT, especially because white wine is the only thing that gave me energy. My boyfriend who I adore told me he couldn’t be with me if I kept drinking, and I was like “whatever, do what you want” and was apathetic. I didn’t care about anything.

These withdrawals are horrible but I am glad I am getting off this drug. I can’t wait to feel like myself again. I havent taken them in 3 weeks and my sex drive has returned but everything else is horrible. I am going to try to aid my recovery with some natural supplements suggested by others.

With all of this being said, I would like to mention that lexapro worked wonders for my sister. She was always an angry mean person, despite the fact that she was beautiful and had everything going for. She was the type of person you didnt want to be around because she would say hurtful things, embarass you in front of me, or just be flat out rude. When she began taking Lexapro, she became a totally different person. She is happy, she is generous, and totally more optimistic in life. She stopped being a sloppy drunk and now knows how to act classy and control herself. She also is finally in a relationship with a great guy which I never thought would happen. This drug works great for some, but people need to monitor their changes in attitude so they don’t spend time on this drug if they don’t need it. Trust me- these withdrawals are horrible! It is not worth a TRY if you don’t need it.

May 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(963) Jessica says:

I am 21 years old. I started taking lexapro about 6 months ago. My boyfriend of 2 years broke up with me because he said i was very “bitchy” and unstable. I was either extremely happy or extrememly mad. ANY LITTLE THING would set me off!!! I started takeing it and i could control my mood. Of course i would still get upset or sad but those emotions would not take over the rest of my day and i wouldnt blow things out of perportion. Lately though, i’ve noticed my sex drive has decreased and now thats caused another problem. Its llike, if its not one thing its an other. I don’t know what to do. I know i’m probably not the only one with this problem but has anyone figured out how to stay on lexapro and fix this problem?

May 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm
(964) tiffany says:

i have been on lexapro for 4 years now and i still have constant headaches and have gained about 80 lbs since i started it. i dont intentionally try to go off of it but if i forget to take it for a few days i have a huge emotional breakdown. it has helped me a lot though but sometimes i wonder if i should try something different. i know the withdrawal symptoms would be horrible though because im on 20mg of it! i just dont kow what to do.

May 9, 2010 at 12:36 am
(965) denise says:

Karen (1/10 post): I have that burning feeling too. This was the first time for me taking lexapro and this will be the LAST time. Have been on Wellburtin XL 300mg for over a year and although it had been great(never any side effects even the first day I took it), it seems as if the past few months it’s not as effective so I went to my dr. who gave me Lexapro to take along with it. He gave me 5mg but told me to only take half. I took my Wellburtrin today at about 8:30am and then at 1, took the half Lexapro. About an hour later, I started feeling weird-like very nervous with a bit of panic. I laid down and took deep breaths which helped a bit but now I keep getting waves of that feeling and it seems as if my heart skips/stops a beat but I don’t know if it really is or it’s me being paranoid causing the nervous feeling to be worse. So how long will it take for this to get out of my system? I hate this feeling. My head is killing me but I am afraid to take aspirin. I get that hot lava feeling Karen described and I am wondering what that is. I have been having neck/shulder problems so now when I get pain from that I panic because I think I am having a heart attack. The way my body reacted to this pill, I would rather stay depressed if I didn’t have my Wellbutrin. I know that people here have said that it takes time, etc, but there is NO WAY I would ever go through this again!

May 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm
(966) marie says:

3yrs ago i was put on lexapro because i was getting a divorce after 30yrs of marriage my choice.i didnt think i needed it because i wanted the divorce but the doctor kept pushing it.well it did help in the begeining but didnt have any emotions 10mg and i didnt care much about anything.i used always cworry about my bills and my job that stop to.well now i finished weening from 5mg for 30days still haveing some dizzy spells been off for 2wks.had few outbreaks of aguring with adult daughter but shes always been a problem child.one thing i noticed no more leg cramps thought the past few yrs was just cause i was getting older.but there gone now.i wasnt depresed when i started the drug just anzeity i met w wonderfull man and we agreed to have me try and come off.its had the side eddects are bad but im gonna make it off now.doctors are quick to push these antidepressents its normal for people to get sad sometimes.on lexapro u are numb no feelings no thanks.

May 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(967) beth says:

I have been on lexapro for 3 months, I was taken to the emergency room with sevre side effects. tightness in chest and shortness of breath made me think I was having a heart attack. Also suffered from very weird thoughts and no energy what so ever. I was told by doctors to immediately get off the medicine. very nervous about the effect. of getting off medicine. Any suggestions, please post.

May 15, 2010 at 2:15 am
(968) Linda says:

I was on Zoloft for 7 yrs, and switched to Lexapro for the anxiety issues. After 4 weeks, I had to go back to Zoloft. Even though it seemed to help with the anxiety, Lexapro made me so negative and increased my depression. I would also “zone out” with this medication…was very strange.

May 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(969) Ann says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 6 weeks and recently had no choice but to come off it. I developed a rash on my leg and at first I thought it was a mosquito bite but then the rash/hives are now on my neck and arms. The itchiness drove me crazy so I stopped taking Lexapro. I know they say that an allergic reaction is rare but I developed it.

May 28, 2010 at 2:15 am
(970) subdued says:

I have been taking Lexapro for more than two years. I used to have extremely severe social anxieties. My anxiety level has fallen to where it is comparable with other people’s. I can now function at work and am no longer going into flight, freeze, fight mode all the time.

Negative side effects are: loss of libido and needing lots of sleep. I will skip a doze every once in awhile. It helps reduce the need for extra sleep.

June 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(971) Leah86 says:

I’ve been on Lexapro 20mg for just over two years now. Before taking luxapro i was extremely sad all the time blubbering over nothing and feeling suicidal after a relationship badly. When i first started taking it i felt great plenty of energy, clear positive thinking. For the past year however ive been feeling completely numb, have gained 10kg and have no sex drive what so ever (is it possible to become a virgin again)… I skip a few tables from time to time but after just two or three days im all jumping and highly strung, tears in the back of my eyes constantly for no reason.
Im thinking about weening my way off but im on a large dose and if the withdrawals are this bad after only a few days im really scared to go much further. And if i do manage the withdrawals is it worth the risk of relapsing into my altra depressed/moody self worth it? All advice welcome!

June 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm
(972) KayJo says:

I started taking Lexapro Monday. i took my first dose (10mg) Monday afternoon, and my second dose Tuesday morning. Tuesday evening, i was exhausted. I couldn’t nap. But, Tuesday night, I was wide awake (which is strange because I have a routine of always falling asleep by 11pm). I tried everything possible to try and get me to fall asleep. I took Tylenol PM, and that usually knocks me out within 30 minutes. But somehow my brain would just not rest. I could not rest my mind whatsoever. My body was tired, but my mind was running a marathon. I thought about everything. I just switched from Paxil to Lexapro. And honestly, Paxil really worked for me. But, I’ve been hearing that Lexapro is better, and newer, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m really concerned about that weight gain issue. I’m going to try and prevent that. I have noticed that I have been drinking A LOT more water than usual, though. But, I’m going to continue Lexapro for a couple more weeks, and if I’m not satisfied, then I will switch back to Paxil.

June 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(973) Mimi says:

Was on Zoloft for a year and it wasn’t taking the ‘edge’ off.. So switched to Lexapro. Have put on weight, am exausted by 10 PM and find it REALLY hard to wake up in the morning. Massive night sweats and hot flashes during the day, dizzy spells (vertigo), heart palpitations constantly and the worst (surprisingly) is the short term memory loss. I feel like I have Alzheimers at 37!!!!!!!!!

June 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm
(974) cody says:

I don’t understand all of the negative comments about lexapro! I understand that medications effect people in different ways, but it has been wonderful for me. I am a 26yr old female and I’ve been taking it for three months. I was having HUGE problems with anxiety. I basically spent everyday terrified of everything. I kept telling myself that I was being irrational and to get over it. I was a flight attendant getting could sweats and a racing heart every time i stepped onto a plane! I was even having trouble eating for fear of choking. I knew these weren’t things I needed to worry about. I kept trying to talk myself out of my irrational anxieties. I was afraid to be on medication. I thought it meant I was weak. I know that’s ignorant. I am also very sensitive to most medications and was terrified that i’d feel weird. It was my parents who insisted I talk to my doctor and I am so glad they did. I told my doc about the thoughts i’d been having and my fears about medication. She told me I shouldn’t have to live that way and she thought i should try lexapro. she said it shouldn’t make me feel weird. she said the only difference I should notice was less anxiety. I agreed to try it and I LOVE it. I can’t believe I walked around feeling so anxious without help for so long. It doesn’t make me feel like a zombie, or any of the other complaints I’ve read. It just makes me feel normal and less anxious. My boyfreind has said that it evens me out. I agree. I haven’t been completely without side effects, but the good outweighs the bad by far. For the first couple of weeks I was very tired. I have had some mild stomach upsets, but that’s gotten better also. The only side effect I am still experiencing is dreaming. It seems like I dream all night, every night. My dreams are SO vivid and strange. I have always occasionally talked in my sleep, but now it’s nearly every night. Whole sentences. sometimes shouting. My boyfriend finds it funny….maybe annoying. Each morning I get the “what you said last night” breifing. I wouldn’t even consider getting off lexapro because of the dreaming. It’s not bad, just a little odd. Overall, my life is much better with lexapro and I would recommend it to a friend. I have read that many times, lexapro is only perscribed for a limited time. I am glad to have read all of your posts so that I know to be very careful when it’s time to stop taking it. I will be taking that advise

June 12, 2010 at 3:35 am
(975) David says:

Good to see I’m not alone!
Have been on Lexapro for mild stress and anxiety for about 10 weeks now. I firstly tries Avanza and was overcome with tiredness after just one dose. Started on 5mg of Lexapro and have increased slowly to 20 mg at night. I must say I do get quite a few side effects but these are generally mild. I yawn frequently although nothing like I used to when I started. I have never been a big sleeper but now I can sleep quite easily for 9 hrs and still feel tired. I dream each and every night and the dreams are always very vivid; to the point of me actually enjoying going to sleep each night. I also take longer to get aroused but am able to orgasm without too many difficulties.
Compared to what my life was like I am definitely better being on Lexapro, however it’s not something I want to stay on forever!

June 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(976) Candace says:

Hi all, I have been on Lexapro for about 3 months and I find that I’m doing very poorly at work (lack of concentration, forgetfulness, and easily distracted) has anybody had this kind of effect? I am about to quit my job and go on disability pension- yes it is getting that bad.

June 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(977) Me says:

Hi all. I’ve just started taking it today as prescribed for depression and anxiety, exactly 6 hours ago actually, and I feel very spaced and kind of high. I’m also very cold as well, since I got home and settled in. I did keep yawning about 10 times in a row 2 hours after taking my first tablet but that has stopped completely now. I’ve only cried once today as opposed to everyday and constantly as i’ve done in the past 3 months. I know that’s because I’m out of it and not because my problems have stopped bothering me, that’ll take longer than a day. reading this blog gives me hope, lots of you have had good results, so fingers crossed. good luck to all

June 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm
(978) Rita Bijland says:

I have been taking Lexapro for over three years after convincing my doctor that I no longer wanted to take Paxil which had been described 6 years prior during a difficult time in my marriage. The weight gain has been horrible (65 plus pounds). The weird dreams are present, I sleep like the dead and still want to sleep more. I sometimes sleep through weekends. I don’t care about all the things that once meant so much to me like my home, my family, my job. I rarely have enthusiasm for anything. The electric tingle is sporadically present. I have little to no empathy for anyone or anything. During the time I have been on Lexapro I have lost my son, my mother, and my best friend. My son’s death was the worst, but I still behaved abnormally about it. My mother’s death elicited nothing more than a belief that I needed to clean out her apartment in the four days following her death. I actually barely think about her. My best friend’s death found me faking sympathy so no one would noticed I wasn’t touched by it. I am afraid to talk to my doctor about weaning off the Lexapro because the wild side effects of hateful outbursts and suicuidal thoughts might be more than my family could stand. But, oh, I liked myself so much more when I felt human. HELP!!

July 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(979) angel says:

Was on Lexapro 10mg for 7 days. The first day, just a few hours after taking the drug, I felt like my brain was buzzing, extremely fatigued, then at night insomnia. During the week, buzzing subsided, but the daytime sleepiness and nighttime insomnia worsened, along with worsening of sleep apnea. I also started waking up at night due to involuntary jerky movements of my shoulders, feet and legs, as well as panic attacks during the night. I was unable to reach my Dr. for 3 days (I was out of town at the time) On day 6, changed from taking in the morning (as prescribed) to taking it in the evening, which brought back the buzzing, panic attacks and insomnia. I spent the night reading up on Lexapro side effects and decided to wean myself off (as I still was unable to reach my dr.), took 1/2 a tablet one day, then 1/4 and stopped after that. I think I was very lucky to escape serious withdrawal symptoms and will NEVER, EVER take any SSRI again. I’d rather cry my heart out for the rest of my life.

July 11, 2010 at 6:53 am
(980) Michelle says:

This drug is the DEVIL!!!! DON’T let them put you on it. if you are on it, I don’t know what to tell you. The side effects are very real and they lie about the numbers. Fatigue, insomnia, headaches, nasea, INABILTY to have an orgasm for women (actually makes me NUMB so I can’t feel anything during sex) , impotence for men, WEIGHT GAIN, a feeling of jsut living in the grey… Miserable and ADDICTIVE!!!!! Anything you can not just quit taking is addictive. That is the very definition of addictive! And the tapering just prolongs the misery. Don’t get on it unless u want to take it forever! yes they can cross taper you to something else which minimizes the withdrawl. But then you are on something else with terrible side effects! I just want OFF!

July 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(981) Rachel says:

I’ve been on lexapro for almost a year now. at first everything does feel more intense and worse but after about a monbth or so u start to ease into it.
I now dont find myself as anxious in the situations where I’d normally freak out, depressive falls are minimised, I am now able to cope with everyday life and have moods that pretty much ‘melt’ into one another rather than skipping up and down from being hyperactive to planning my suicide.
I do have a decreased libido, but its got better over the time, I’m generally a more happy person and can say I’m really enjoying life without all these harmful interruptions that dont allow us to cope with just ‘living’.

about 6 months ago I had got to a point where I said “well i’m feeling fine, what am I doing on this medication-its doing nothing for me now” so I stupidly stopped taking them n pretty much after a week without them I had fallen back into old habits, feelings n couldnt be around ppl, let alone myself. the best thing I did was go back onto them :) n I feel pretty good about myself n the life I have ahead of me. I’m generally more confident, n am now able to be the person I am supposed to be.

July 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(982) Karen says:

I am 44 years old and have been on Lexapro for 4 years. I almost immediately went from a size 8 to a size 14…. gained 30 lbs within 9 months…yet my diet didn’t change. Secondly, I have talked to my doctor about weening off of the lexapro and I was told that my body my have already adjusted to the synthetic “seratonin” and my brain may not restart making it if I stop taking Lexepro….the wishy washy feeling of reducing the dosage is the only side effects I have had so far besides the weight gain.I am down to 5 mg per day and have been a week so far with these side effects…will update in 2 weeks.

July 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(983) John the Baptist says:

My wife changed from her previous antidepressant to Lexapro around Christmas 2007. I watched her change from the woman I loved into somebody I barely knew. She had the toe-twitching, the inability to orgasm and then became increasingly nasty and irrational. In the end I arranged my work hours so that we wouldn’t meet so often. Then she demanded a divorce. We’re currently in litigation and I blame it all on blasted Lexapro. Don’t take this crap!

July 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm
(984) Eric says:

How long does this stuff take to kick in. I’ve been on it for 3 months, and can tell some difference.

July 31, 2010 at 2:45 am
(985) Bio major says:

This blog reads like a cross-breed of the DSM manual and a bad movie.
Listen folks, I’ve been on and off lexapro for GAD and dysthymia(mild depression). History 45yrs, male, college grad, majored in Bio and health. Quit cold turkey several yrs ago, had some minor side effects, but the major effect once off, was anxiety, hopelessness, and anger/irritability. These were the exact reasons I went on SSRIs in the first place.
Most peoples symptoms, in my opinion, are pyscho-somatic manifestations of stressful life conditions.
Divorce, death, financial troubles, job loss, self image stuff, etc. Does Lexapro work? For me it did. But I’ll tell you what, good exercise regimen did too. Releases seratonin and gives a general feeling of well being too.
So consider carefully taking this crap. As soon as I can get the guts, Im getting off this stuff and trying a novel idea – Life without pharmaceuticals ! Here’s a tip for all:
Quit eating chemical loaded and sodium rich Fast Food, that s–t is killing us! Quit smoking! Get off your lazy a–es and exercise! Use this mantra every morning in the mirror: “Im beautiful, Im sexy, People love me. Im good at what I do. ! Then maybe you’ll believe it and not need this stuff!

August 2, 2010 at 11:16 am
(986) Pixie says:

I have been taking Lexapro for thirteen months. My doctor put me on it last summer when I was having a lot of meltdowns, stress & anxiety, and my hair began falling out.

Since I’ve been on the medication I’ve noticed that stressful situations don’t really bother me at all. IE: Running late for work, finances, etc. Everything, as far as anxiety is concerned, is just pretty okay. At certain times after being pushed too far I have the tendency to snap and when that happens it gets very ugly.

I still feel very depressed and cry a lot. I have gained 40 pounds since I’ve been on the medicine. I can not focus or concentrate on anything. I forget things very quickly. I feel like I have ADD. I NEVER have any energy and sleep constantly.

I never noticed any feelings of weirdness or being high after taking the medication but I have experienced a few times the inexplicable hell that accompanies forgetting to take your medicine, or just running out of it. I do not want to continue on this medication any longer but I am terrified of coming off of it and what my outbursts will cause me to do… To myself or to someone else.

August 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
(987) 1234 says:

Been on this drug for 15 months now. My experience has been mostly positive. It has really helped me and now I can function as I used to before anxiety disorder appeared.

People need to remember this is not a miracle or magic pill. You should seek counseling in addition to using this medicine. I have gained weight but it is because of my lifestyle.

Many of the side effects go away after a while. I have been reading comments here people saying I have been on it for 2 days or 5 days and I hate it I dont recommend it or I tried to come off it and stopped taking and I felt like I am crazy.

People need to realise this is not a candy that you take a day and not the other day. You should always consult your doctor and for depression it is best to go to a counseller rather than just taking a pill.

Anyway I wish you all very good luck and quick recovery.

My experience with this medicine has been positive.

September 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(988) Daniel says:

after reading this blog I’m not sure Lexapro is for me. I was prescribed it 2 days ago on a 10mg dose. My anxiety and depression only started a few weeks back and has been gradually slipping into that feeling of darkness ever since. I think I agree with those few people who have said that with a change of lifestyle you can shake most of what your feeling. Im 20 and im pretty sure all this started when I started seeing and ex of mine. Im not prepared to go through even one of those side effects. I started seeing a pyschologist the other day and I think if I can solve what started this all then Ill feel better. thanks for the advice everyone

September 14, 2010 at 11:04 am
(989) mach says:

it makes me feel like im on extacey

September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(990) Jen says:

If you think you can beat your anxiety/depression without this drug… DO IT! I did. You owe it to yourself to try. I had panic attacks for no reason for a few days and doc put me on Lexapro, like a knee-jerk reaction. He didn’t try to help me get through it… just threw a drug at it. I was sick as a dog, arms felt like they were on fire (weird, rare side effect) which was unbearable at times. Nightmares, insomnia, I really felt depressed much worse off and I couldn’t take it anymore. I was on it for 5 days at 10mg/day and just quit it after a trip to urgent care. They gave me a form that described panic attacks and what they are and how to cope with them. They gave me a few Valium to get through for a day or so and something just clicked in my head. I CAN control how I’m feeling… When I feel one coming on, I know that is all it is… just a panic attack that I can control. My trick is I sing a song to get my mind off it and I’m fine. My heart is not going to explode and I’m not going crazy. Good luck to everyone! Try counseling before you go on this drug. I got through it and so can you!

September 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm
(991) amy says:

I have been on lexapro for 3 yrs now and have stopped taking it in the past because I didn’t feel it was necissary and the side effects are BRUTAL! Lost my memory completely at times so i went back on it and in the past 3 years, haven’t had a sex drive what so ever! Am afraid to veer off it for fear of losing my memory.

September 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(992) Fin says:

The side effects are harsh in the first week but if you can through it it is worth it. I feel like a new person and I’m nearing the end of my second week. I no longer have the side effects I got in the first week and am doing much better, quit drinking alcohol, started working out and have lost nearly 20 lbs. I think this drug goes one way or another for each person.

September 28, 2010 at 8:25 am
(993) B iri Deol says:

I have gained tons of weight and also dry cough is another symtom. I was offe it for a while and had no dry cough. As soon as i went back on lexapro, I am suffering from dry cough.

October 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(994) jim says:

Reading all these post I have to tell you lexipro is a tricky drug. I was on it for 8 years and things were great. I decided that I didnt need it and slowly started cutting the doses. What a mistake. Had intrusive thoughts of harming my kids. Fear of knives and that I would hurt someone. The withdraw was terrible. I went to the doctor and they increased my dosage from 10mg to 20mg. Been on 20mg for 3 weeks and it has helped tremendesly. If you have issues with anxiety and depression stay on the drug. Theres a reason you need it. I hope this helps someone out there. Hang in there and it will get better. It takes time.

October 5, 2010 at 12:28 am
(995) Amy says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for about 2 weeks now. No weight gain yet; in fact I feel my appetite has subsided a bit. I feel more awake, not jittery, just awake, alert and ready to go. I fall asleep quickly, but it doesn’t make me tired and when I wake up in the morning, I’m ready to get up and start my day. To me, this is a miracle drug!

October 9, 2010 at 6:19 am
(996) Rich says:

I take 1mg of Clonazepam and 20mg of Lexapro in the morning before I go to work it seems to work for me for OCD and Anxiety, but I did gain 12 pounds in the year I have been taking it.

October 14, 2010 at 10:29 am
(997) Court says:

Started Lexapro 1 week ago for anxiety. Symptoms include extreme dizzyness (like vertigo), some sleepiness and some upset stomach. Haven’t had any sleep issues or outbursts like other people have mentioned. It has helped calm me down. I don’t feel anxious anymore during situations I previously did. I still feel emotions just not quite as extreme as I did previously. Appetite has actually decreased.

October 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(998) florence says:

I used Lexapro for 1 year, in that time i felt like I lost myself completely, i lost touch of who i was. It made getting out of bed more difficult than it was when i was feeling depressed. It is a drug that doctors just use for a quick fix instead questioning what is really going on for the patient.I had no energy and felt extremely depressed so from my experience, I can advise people to try to stay off these drugs unless they are vital. Try to find inner strength in you somewhere to find the light at the end of the tunnel!

October 20, 2010 at 4:10 am
(999) Sarah says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for six months now, and I’m so in love with it. The side effects that I’ve had are decreased libido (but it’s getting better as time progresses), lack of appetite, weight loss, and dreams. I don’t get nightmares, but I get dreams filled with violence and death and anger. I suppose the content would be labeled as a nightmare, but they never make me feel fearful. Before Lexapro, I never remembered my dreams, but now I can remember my dreams almost every day and for weeks afterwards. However, my anxiety and depression are SO much better now. There is a physical change because of it, too. When I wasn’t on the Lexapro, I would sweat through numerous layers of prescription-strength deodorants, and when I was in stores I would get anxiety-induced hives all over. Now, though, I can use most “strong” deodorants (so much cheaper!) and they work, and my skin is looking completely normal in stores.
The first few months on Lexapro, my insomnia was terrible. It would take me 4+ hours to get to sleep. While I still have insomnia, it’s taken the shape of my pre-Lexapro insomnia, which I can deal with.

October 21, 2010 at 6:29 am
(1000) Joe says:

Lexapro left my wife with an “I don’t care” attitude. I’m a big boy and don’t care how it affects me, she has that attitude towards the kids.

It’s been 5 years, this drug did not work for her. And you know what, she doesn’t care.

October 22, 2010 at 12:28 am
(1001) John says:

Comment 1001 – a Spaced Odyssey! I have been on Lexapro for 2 years or so and similarly to lots of other commentors it was great at first – got rid of the anxiety issues and most OCD thoughts and actions. I did have the initial side effects like nausea, jawbreaking yawns and generally feeling crap but these passed in a couple of weeks. As I said, it did get rid of the issues but now after two years it has created other ones. I find it really hard to get out of bed or leave the house – I work from home (like being depressed without the depressed feeling!), I have no motivation and my erection seems to be getting smaller and smaller, ejaculation is getting harder and harder (quite an issue when trying for a baby!). I have lots of ideas about what I want to do but never seem to get any of them done – which I would have previously). I know I have to fight back against this lethargy but I think I should also cut back on the dose from 20mg to 10mg per day so will speak to my doctor about that next time I am there. I also meditate now which I think is a great help alongside medication. I was on Paxil a few years ago which left me even more spaced out and zombie like but also gave me mood swings. Lexapro is much better for me than that but I do want to start feeling more again so will wean myself off a little. I do get occasional side effects of restless legs, slight dizziness and lightheadedness (usually 90 minutes after taking the pill – very noticeable if driving at the time!), slight mood swings, but not serious, weight gain, etc. but the lack of libido thing is really annoying for my partner as well as me. Is there any advice of how to overcome this – I am going to try Viagra (and more sexy lingerie!) but I want to take less drugs not more. It seems to me from reading through the comments that Lexapro affects everyone slightly differently so it is great to have such a comprehensive list of opinions. Good luck everyone!

October 28, 2010 at 5:24 am
(1002) Caro says:

I have gained 5 kg since february when i started taking lexapro … I am going to the doc on monday to stop it. I am feeling OK overall, but the weight gain has really made my life crap. I am a competitive cyclist and I gained the weight even tho I cycled about 10000km this year. It has affected my performance hudgely.

October 30, 2010 at 12:00 am
(1003) Patrick says:

Uh Commentor 1001 if you’re doing transcendental meditation i can say from personal experience that it is contributing to your lethargy. Reduce your meditation from 20 to 15 minutes a day and realize you can do this without talking to TM teachers, if you cant then you’ve been indocrinated into then way of thinking aka don’t think for yourself or make decisions for yourself anymore.
As for all of you on anti-depressants – did you ever try a more naturalistic approach, such as a combination of CBT, consciously rewiring your thought processes with things like NLP and CBT, reconditioning your emotions through things such as incantations and engaging your physiology, and further, trying out things like multi-vitamins, b-complex vitamins (many emotional problems relative to depression if physical are sometimes traced back to lower levels of all B vitamins in the brain) and amazing vitamin and mineral supplements by visalus?
I was on Lexapro for 4.5 months, and by the end of it i gained 30 lbs in this short period of time – working out 1.5 hrs a day 6 days a week and healthy eating habbits – and starting to feeling the numbing effects and an overall contendedness that prevented me from growth and pursuing major goals.
I got off it, stopped smoking the dope, and sought all natural approach avenues. Today, I feel great from using a b-vitamin complex in combination with this thing called the vi-pak from a network marketing company called visalus – look up everything on it and you’ll see what i’m talking about. But if you dont want to buy the vipak from visalus then just buy a regular multi-vitamin and b-complex, these two should help a lot with your depression if it’s a physical thing in the brain.
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October 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm
(1004) kelena says:

l have been suffering panic attacks and socila phobia, my doctor perscribed Lexapro 20 mg, After taking one tablet l still have bad side affects after 3 days, l had the dry mouth, feeling shaky and aggitated, headaches,nausea, loss of appetite, it actually caused me to have panic attacks, l was so close to going to the Hospital l thought l was dying. I would not recommend it, but each person is different.

November 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(1005) Sue says:

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months now. It has worked wonders for me. I have anxiety issues that were intensified after the birth of my daughter in March. I can sleep at night (which I did not sleep for a month after my daughter was born). I worried about everything and second guessed myself every minute, it seemed like. Lexapro has decreased my anxiety significantly. I noticed some dry mouth and weight gain. But the weight gain could be due to me not working out at all (was 4-5 days a week before baby) and eating unhealthy. I have noticed fatigue lately and am not sure if it is because of the drug or because of the issues I have mentioned above. Could be a combination. I think every person is different and effects people in different ways.

November 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(1006) gioia says:

i took lexapro for 2days. 20mg. omg, i thought i was going to die. couldnt get out of bed and was extremely nauseas. and my head hurt so bad. the yawning was ridiculous. i think this medication is toxic and i would be extremely cautious if u r going 2 take this. i wanted 2 die by my 2nd day and had a horrible panic attack. took my xanax n said no more. i only take a xanax as needed. thought this was gonna help me but instead made me worse. i would rather be where i was b4 taking the medication. i can handle that way better. again, please please be careful. talk 2 ur doctor if u start feeling like u wanna die. please. this is dangerous medication. im more happy now that im off of it.

November 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(1007) mari says:

i have been on Lexapro for 1 week. I have been experiencing lots of sleepleness nights, blurry vision. Is this normal??

November 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(1008) mari says:

Hi everyone!! I have been on Lexapro for a week, and have been feeling very “loopy”. Has anybody experienced that?? Also,. whoever commented (912-Roomate) why were you going through things that aren’t yours??!!

November 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(1009) Keri says:

I think this drug is amazing. Yes, there are some side effects but they usually go away. I have been on and off for years and lexapro makes me feel normal, like I am able to handle things in life much better. I don’t worry for no reason or get short of breath from anxiety when on it. Yes going off sucks if you don’t wean, in fact it’s awful and I will never just stop again. Took first one today and yawned about 300 times but who cares, it goes away and so does nausea and headache. I never gained weight probably bc I cared about leaving the house and working out and feeling good which is the opposite when I am off it. Can’t wait for a couple more days till I feel happier :)

November 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(1010) Tim says:

Hello, im a hard working tradie who in the past throught im too tuff and that depression doesnt effect me. But due to sudden death in my family ive found it hard to be happy with life and im not the out going person i once was. I started on 20mg in the morning sweeted it out, had energy but pushed through the sick feeling til after work. Got home and crashed out on the couch and couldnt move til next morning. this went on for a week. Feel like a mute! cant function after work at all. didnt have energy to grump at the kids and found they didnt get on my nerves as much. Ive smoked the green for 10 years since my dad comitted suicide and found i havent felt like it or needed it to take the edge off at all since laxapro.
dicided to seek help from my doc after mum also comitted suiced in march this year. Last night a dicided without my docs advice because its the weekend and couldnt contact him that i would only take half and take it at night so im not smashed during the day.
Woke up to the worst nightmare of my life and wonder if its going to continue. after reading all these comments im a bit nervus on this drug. Hopefully the half dose will be better. To any one in my position i would suggest not to ignore the depresive feelings and dont think it cant happen to u. I wont to be happy with my family and have the drive to get out and expierience life again. I hope to one day have passion for things and wont to even have a hobby again. will stay intouch, Best wishes to all.

November 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(1011) peg says:

I had been on Wellbutrin for several years when January 2009 it seemed to suddenly stop working. I became suicidal in addition to hugely more anxious, having panic attacks and crying all the time. In March, my nurse practitioner suggested I add Lexapro to help “take the edge off.” I took one pill and quit because I didn’t want to be ADDING drugs. The depression and black, black days continued and the suicidal ideation became too frightening. In June, I begged her for something as I was in so much pain. She prescribed 10 mg. of Lexapro with the caveat that I also needed to go to a therapist. She said that it was very common to feel better in a couple of days and then after about a week to have it just seem to stop working. She told me if that happened, that I had her permission to increase the dosage to 20 mg. In fact, I did have this experience. So, I have now been on Lexapro about six months. The suicidal ideation has stopped. I do have the dry mouth. I have gained about 20 lbs – but I’m not sure it is due to the Lexapro. I do experience frequent memory loss. I’ll walk into a room and can’t remember why I went in there. It generally comes back to me when I concentrate but it is odd how frequently it happens now. Still, my pain was intolerable and I’m afraid that if I stop the Lexapro/Wellbutrin mix I will end up killing myself – something I do not want to do. I have MUCH MUCH less energy but again not sure it is related to the Lexapro and may be due to lack of exercise and the weight gain. I seem to need more sleep, as well and do feel tired, tired, tired by the end of the day – which leads to the poor eating.

So, here is my question. I take the pill in the a.m. as prescribed by my NP. Will the tiredness be reduced if I take it at night? Thanks in advance

November 30, 2010 at 10:12 am
(1012) Garnet says:

I just started taking lexapro and occasional ativan for depression and anxiety.. reading all these comments about side effects made me remember something. I have taken St Johns Wort several times over the last 20 years and each time I have started feeling better and without any side effects and it seemed to break the cycle and let me get on with my life.. now why can’t I simply remember to try that instead of going through all the hoops and loops of depression?? no clue but I’m stopping and getting some on my way home from work O.o It takes a little while to work but it doesn’t make me sit at my desk like a zombie wishing it were time to go home and sleep. I actually took a nap out in my car yesterday at lunch,, felt sooooo good but thats no way to get through the day

December 2, 2010 at 9:14 am
(1013) Grant says:

I have suffered from anxiety for a long time but never considered I had depression. Have had lots of counselling and tried all the self help things done the breathing, stretching etc. None of things actually cured my stress and my anxiety got so bad that even excercising caused me to get breathless as my body had become so tight and constricted. I had thought I had heart problems and went and had tests etc and decided to try medication after I had pretty much exhausted all other avenues. I have always been against meds but decided i had to give it a go. I was prescribed lexapro at 5mg for first 4 days then to go to 10 after that. I have suffered maybe a little nausea in first days do feel a little more tired but have always only managed 5 hrs sleep a night. Have been on lexa now for 7 weeks and I feel way better I can think clearer and it has given me the rationality to see my anxiety for what it is and also realise that I have had a low level of depression for a long time and its almost funny to hear my self laugh while watching a comedy. I think meds aren’t the be all to end all I still suffer from anxiety but its way more managable and all I can say is give it a go but try some therapy snd self help. Breathing is really important for anxiety i still shallow breath and hold my breath but im working on it. Keep a journal of how youre feeling before you go on meds amd then during it then you have something to measure it against. If you have bad side effects stop taking it and try something else. hope this helps but when I wasn’t on lexa I was moody snapped at my partner was dizzy spacy etc so I didn’t have anything to lose.

December 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(1014) Dottie says:

6 days and counting…..that is coming off of Lexapro after having been on it since around 2003 – Yep! 7 years. I went on Lexapro because I’m a Type I Diabetic, adult onset at 47, heart attack at 57. My doc said “Are you depressed”. I told him I didn’t think so but had never thought about it. He suggested I try Lexapro as it was a “mild” antidepressant and it had been “discovered” that diabetics suffer severe depression. I experienced no side effects and my hus band thought I was calmer. (Who wants to be calm?) Excitement is good for the body! There were side effects but came on slowly. After 7 years, I was sleeping lots, had no energy, teeth grinding (even chipped a new crown), wild, horrible dreams that were hard to tell if they happened or didn’t, never cried, never thought about sex, had little emotion when my best friend of 30+ years passed away, quit doing household chores, no longer went to my business, dropped down to showering every 2 to 3 days, had gained over 30 lbs. Ran out of Lexapro the day after Thanksgiving & my Dr wasn’t in. First time that had happened! I was terrribly bloated Thanksgiving day & upset about it. Decided to quit and two days later found this web site. I thought I was just getting old-didn’t know all of these things could be attributed to this med. Went off just like I went on – no side effects except GOOD ONES! Had no idea what I might have been in for. I still can’t believe I slept away my 60′s and took over 2500 pills when I wasn’t even depressed. By the way, I’m a healthy diabetic and the heart attack was probably caused by prempro. Have lost 3 lbs already.

December 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm
(1015) jim says:

Been on 10 mg Lexapro for 5 weeks. It has made a TREMENDOUS improvement in my anxiety complex. Feelings of confusion, helplessness, fear and tearful breakdowns are pretty much gone. I have actually encountered decreased appetite but do feel a little foggy at times. There is a drop in libido but it seems to be improving. Doctor says to give this thing at least 90 days to fully kick in and balance out. All things considered, thank God and my doctor for it. I was at wits end and feel back in reality. My wife and friends have all noticed an improvement in my mood, attitude and tell me I am back to my “old self.” I accidentally missed 2 dosages and was irritable and argumentative. Wife verbally kicked my butt to not miss any more doses. My general feeling it that, like all such drugs, it works wonders for some and has adverse effects on others.

Good luck to all of you similarly afflicted…God bless; it is nice to hear from all of you through this site.

December 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(1016) Kay says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 9 months or so. The only side-effect I’ve noticed is extra yawning – but not because I’m tired – I just need to yawn more. I’ve not had any changes in weight or libido, but my depression sure lifted. I’m very thankful. I’m on 15 mg.

December 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(1017) Barbara says:

Hi, I started from the oldest and read many, many comments. I have been on Lexapro for the last 13 years and most likely will always. I started on Paxil and only changed because of the difficulty(but not impossible) of orgasm. I then went to Celexa about a year later through my doctor’s recommendation and a year after that, Lexapro. My family history is of severe depression/ emotional illness. I feel I had been depressed all my life but it was not identified. Of course our life experience plays a part also.

In my late 30′s I began to have anxiety attacks; which expressed itself as paralyzing nausea(never went further, thank goodness). I was terrified to be on an anti-depressant. I feared being a zombie with no feelings (as I have seen people when perscribed incorrectly or dosage wrong). I am very happy to say that I still am a very feeling person; just not ready to weep ALL the time or feel like it.

I finally felt I needed a better quality of life. Deep depression is like being in a hole of hopelessness; tears were always just on the surface! It is horrible. I was a wreck the first month on an anti-depressant. My fear of becoming an unfeeling human peaked. But after about a month, month and 1/2, I began to feel like a normal human being. ha! whatever that is = )
Seriously, being able to have hope is paramount; to function, to bring out more positive thoughts and not live in complete fear of life.

I take 20 mgs. I have the “yawns’ on occasion;seldom though. I have libido, and that’s after a full hysterectomy in 2008. (I’m 57 going on 25 in spirit). I can get sleepy during the day. I take it at night about 7-7:30 so I am not as sleepy during the day. I feel it more the next day if I take it later. I’m sure I’ve gained some weight – but the trade off is something I can live with.

December 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm
(1018) Rvthy says:

I was first prescribed Lexapro in August of this year after experiencing, yet another, tragedy in the family. I’ve always been one to seek natural remedies for any physical, chemical ailments, read life coaching books and live an active life, however, I felt a dramatic change in my body after my Step father ended his own life, that I HAD to seek further help. I only lasted 3 weeks on Lexapro, as I had experienced the “severe” side effects. So, I decided to go off it and detox – mind, body and soul. It worked, until another event along with the ongoing heartache of a long-distant relationship, once again, induced depressive behaviour within me. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me, again, with the dreaded Lexapro. I told him of my previous experience with the drug, but he just said he’ll start me on a lower dosage.. I have only been on it for 2 1/2 weeks and what I feared – it happened! Insomnia, impulsive behaviour, suicidal thoughts, violent dreams, severe mood changes, a feeling that I have nothing to lose, intense emotional outbursts, shakiness, confusion, bizarre behaviour, chest pain, headaches and loss of appetite. I haven’t been able to go to work, I ended a treasured relationship then continued to destroy it with emotional outbursts.. I didn’t tell him that I was on Lexapro again, as I was ashamed that I felt as though I “needed” extra help.. I am just exhausted from life, however, I know God will get me through this, and I am ready to go all natural again and do my UTMOST to maintain a healthy lifestyle! All the best! Be careful on this drug.. PLEASE. It ruined the best thing that ever happened to me!

December 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(1019) rvthy says:

I failed to add something of dire importance: if you do decide to go on Lexapro, no matter what – DO NOT neglect to inform your loved ones!!! I would also recommend printing out information on the drug’s side-effects to give to your family members.. Not only so they know what they may very well have to deal with, but so they can monitor any shift in behavioural tendencies and keep a close and caring eye on you. Also, know your body and its limits… I knew that it wasn’t good for ME, however let the dr. convince me to give it another shot! AAGH!

December 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(1020) Rob says:

Has anyone experienced hearing things? I think I hear my name being called, but no one is talking to me. This evening I just kept hearing wierd sounds and couldn’t shut them out. Been on Lexapro i week.

December 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(1021) Ern says:

Been on Lexapro for 8 weeks. Horrid medicine. No sex drive – Tired all the time – The yawns are crazy – Heart palpitations scare the crap out of me and my wife says I have changed – no affection – Numbness and I feel like I am in a haze…10mg daily

December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(1022) shane says:

kara,
my girlfriend is the exact same…been with her 13 months and since she’s been on these drugs 2 weeks…since she stared taking them it seems like she’s had a grudge against me or something…and she wants me out of her life…for no reason at all…is your boyfriend like that at all??

December 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(1023) Stephanie says:

I have been taking 5mg of Lexapro for about 2-3 months now. The depression has been lifted and I feel SO HAPPY for life now!!! It’s been wonderful. The only side effects I’ve experienced are lack of appetite, I can sleep for 8+ hours and I’m more groggy in the morning (but it goes away once I get up and going), and I’ve noticed a little bit of the stiff neck and clenching of my teeth (but it’s very minimal). I’d be willing to guess that maybe some of the people having more extreme side effects may be taking a higher dosage, is that true? 5mg is enough for me. The side effects are WAY better than the depression.

December 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm
(1024) Mike says:

Been taking Lexapro under a psychiatrist’s orders for four years now 20mg. I have gained about 25lbs., but I’m a much easier person to live with & be around.

December 21, 2010 at 11:10 am
(1025) katy says:

Started taking this medication yesterday after being on prozac for about 5 months. A little worried reading some of the side effects. With the prozac, i occasionally had panic attacks and would take 4 or 5 at a time convincing myself this would help. (didnt tell my doctor about this). Prozac didnt seem to stop the sucidal thoughts so i changed to this instead. Only been 2 days. Having some side effects, very tense body, and keep feeling like ive forgotten how to breath, my jaw hurts from clenching. Better than wanting to commit suicide tho.

December 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm
(1026) Lisa D says:

I was just given a 5 week set of samples at 5 mg of Lexapro. I have read quite a few of the comments here and for me, I would say that so many of those side effects are what I have been dealing with for about the past 4-5 years. In a way that gives me hope, perhaps with this medication I will be done with those effects. I have gained over 100 lbs in the past 5 years and have the twitches, tensing of muscles, feeling like I must remind myself how to breath. Kind of makes me wonder what really is wrong with me, but I am hoping that perhaps this will sort of cancel out what I have been dealing with.

I took my first dose about half an hour ago, and every time I have read the word yawn I have yawned. My neck is feeling stiff, but that could be from being on the computer and it is getting close to my regular bedtime anyway. If anything changes I will make an effort to come back and write about it.

January 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm
(1027) Liz M says:

I have been on Lexapro for a few months now. For the first few days, I felt a little bit “weird”. Kind of like I just wasn’t all there, my mind was a bit fuzzy. I also had some stomach problems and decided to start taking it at night after having a meal. All of those effects only lasted a few days, though. So don’t feel too concerned for the first week or two of taking the medication. I found that my body just had to adapt and now I feel completely normal. I did gain a little bit of weight, but that may also be due to holiday eating.

I have to say that Lexapro has had an enormous effect on my anxiety. My anxiety was becoming a daily hurdle to overcome. I couldn’t take public transportation or eat in a restaurant or even leave the general area of my apartment. It was debilitating. I often had panic attacks and literally felt like I was losing my mind. Since starting Lexapro, my life feels normal the way it used to before I had anxiety problems. I can work and socialize without feeling anxious. I recommend to anyone to give it a few weeks to see if the side effects subside. My only complaint now is that for the past two days I have had a bad taste in my mouth (sort of bitter/metallic), but I’m hoping it goes away and regardless I have an appointment with my doctor next week and plan to ask him about it.

January 12, 2011 at 9:57 am
(1028) Ryan says:

I’ve been on 5mg for the last week. I feel like I’m on a bad acid trip, everything is a delayed reaction and I’m so tired I fall asleep at work and can hardly drive the 45 minute drive there and back without falling asleep.

I find myself swerving on the road like a drunk….

I called my doctor today and he told me I must be taking something else because Lexapro does not have these side effects.

I’m done with it, I’d rather have panic attacks.

January 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm
(1029) Mike says:

Wow very interesting comments! Been on lexpro for 1 year biggest issue is tired feeling all the time! Any ideas on feeling not so tired all the time take 20mg at night. pleae email if any suggestions jackson3750@sbcglobal.net God Bless

January 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm
(1030) angel says:

I took Lexapro in 2005 and quit late 2006. I experienced the weight gain 20 lbs, severe sweating, lack of emotions or empathy and bad dreams, but the worst effects were later into the year when I started feeling suicidal, that scared the crap out of me. I immediately stopped taking it. That was the worst, the side effects of coming off the drug were unbelievable. Those “brain zaps” as ppl refer to or i called them electrical shocks, were really scary. I wasn’t sure if i would ever be “normal” again! It did take about 6 months after stopping for those to disappear. I still have the weight and nothing helps, not even diet control or exercise. I still have trouble with my short term memory and now feeling loss of some of the long term memory as well. My husband thinks it’s funny that i can watch a movie and then a year later forget that ive seen it, it’s like watching a new movie again….I regret having taken it at all, as I cannot remember any details from that year even about my small children or their milestones…..it’s like i have lost that entire part of their lives, and they were with me every day! I do not have anything good to say about this drug having experienced it first hand. I hope this helps someone. Also if there is any medical link to this memory loss could someone please share. thanks!

January 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm
(1031) Dutch says:

I have been on Lexapro about 4 years. 10mg daily. Huge drop in my libido. I was prescribed the drug to help me cope with a chronic pain issue. Tried to stop by tapering over time, but my mood darkened and I became hidiously sarcastic and cynical, almost impossible to live with; engaged in arguments with people at work, and lashed out at people. Back on 10 mg daily, feel good now. Has anyone experienced hair loss after starting this medication?

January 20, 2011 at 2:20 am
(1032) David says:

WOW I am totally blown away by the candid comments of everyone, it makes feel that I am not alone in my life if nothing else . I have literally just taken my first dose of Lexapro. As instructed by my GP 1/2 10mg tablet for 4 to 5 days then one a day for 2 weeks and reassess. My GP refused to give the box and info leaflet coz she knows if I read it i would just flatly refuse to even try. Given my situation I will give it a go and see what happens. Thank you to all of you for sharing it has given me a good insight as to what to expect. I will revisit and comment next week.

January 20, 2011 at 4:03 am
(1033) Fiona says:

I have been on 30 milligrams of Lexapro a day for the last 6 years. I also take .5 of Xanax 3 times a day. I can even take Lexapro on an empty stomach and it does not make me feel sick. Before I started Lexapro, I had tried celexa and zoloft and both made me sick. I honestly feel like Lexapro saved me. I can now go out and about, my anxiety level is under control and I no longer have any panic attacks. So I wish some of you the best of luck in sticking through the first sign of side effects. They will go away in a week or two. Stick with it, its the best on the market although very very expensive and I am on Medicare.

January 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm
(1034) Kayla says:

I am taking it for anxiety. I have been on it for two weeks- and so far I have been drowsy all day, trouble going to sleep and STAYING asleep, yawning, dizziness if I close my eyes when standing up, and my concentration has gone out the window. I have gotten a migraine ONCE so far from it. Wasn’t the most horrible, but it wasn’t fun either.
My first dose of 10 mg had me much calmer, and I rarely had any urge to panic.
My only real problem is the fatigue. I can’t work when I’m this fatigued all the time.
I suggest Xanax as a temporary relief. It has done me more wonders than anything. Ever.

January 30, 2011 at 8:06 am
(1035) june says:

i’m on lexapro and i find that if i drink alchohol
i black out and become violent.
i also can’t remember a thing.
i cry a lot afterwards and become panicky.
has anyone experienced these side effects.

January 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(1036) Rinaldo says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for a week. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Lexapro has been a blessing for me. I’m able to concentrate at work and actually complete assignment.
The side effects I have experienced are loss of appetite and going to sleep and not staying asleep.

February 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(1037) Rachel says:

I have been taking Lexapro for a week so far. I’m really shaky and I get that electrical feeling people are talking about on here. I also have really bad migraines for about 16-20 hours a day because of it. My teeth hurt (probably from the migraine). I felt nauseous the first couple of days but that went away. I haven’t gained any weight from it. I feel like I’m on crack. I can’t stop fidgeting and shaking and my head and teeth kill. And I don’t think it’s helping my anxiety because it made my heart race, which freaked me out. And I don’t think it’s helping my depression because I can’t feel anything at all, like I’m not a person.

February 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(1038) jim says:

This is my update since Dec 6th….. Have been on Lexapro since Oct 29th. Early on, fuzziness, tired, somewhat lethargic and low libido. 3 months into it, libido improved much, still a little tired. However, anxiety symptoms nearly gone…..I am again fully functional and family and friends and co workers notice it. No more tearful episodes, fear or shakiness. I am on 10 mg per day. Make sure you do not skip doses, it will make you somewhat nervous and shaky. I am sure that this drug if properly taken and coupled with exercise and good nutrition is of tremendous help.

God bless all of you fellow sufferers of anxiey and depression……Will update again this Spring.

February 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(1039) Janice says:

I have been on Lexapro for many years and Wellbutrin for a few years. I can’t remember exactly how many years because I can’t remember anything. The side effects for me have been extreme exhaustion, dizziness, fogginess, forgetfulness, inability to get up in the morning, lack of interest in everything, restless legs and depression. I do have vivid dreams, too, but this I love. I take Lexapro for my anxiety and Wellbutrin to counteract the dullness I feel from the Lexapro, but it is not working.
I am very afraid to go off of the medications. My anxiety is not a pretty sight–I overreact, freak out, yell at people, etc. However, I have to get off this medication. I really cannot take this exhaustion and lack of energy anymore. My husband says he will be supportive, so I am going to give it a try.
On your advice I will cut down gradually. I have missed taking my pills periodically but have not experienced any side effects, so I am hopeful.
Wish me luck. And good luck to all of you as well!

February 8, 2011 at 8:59 am
(1040) MF3452 says:

10 M Lexapro has been the ultimate catch 22 for me. After appendix cancer almost 6 yrs ago, I was put on Lex. I have been on and off since, but mostly on as it works well for anxiety. I decided to get off again last Sept w/ a slow taper because of weight gain and possible long-term effects. I’ve gotten down to a quarter of a pill for the last few weeks, but am now experiencing what I think is vertigo and an overall ill feeling and increased anxiety. I’m also trying to stop prescription Prilosec for acid reflux. The Lex withdrawl began to get worse after I stopped Prilosec. I guess I’m going to be one of those people who just can’t get off Lex.

February 15, 2011 at 6:55 am
(1041) Jen says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 3 weeks. The first night was freaky. My pupils were dilated and I felt so high. I sweated and felt sick and couldn’t sleep. Now I feel so tired about an hr after I take my pill in the morning, but it doesnt last all day. I was 65kg when I started taking it and am 61kg now. Having some trouble passing urine too.
Lexapro feels like a dud ecstacy pill!

February 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm
(1042) Mandy says:

ive been on lexapro for around 8 months, i have put on about 7kgs, have a sore jaw, constant yawning and headaches, not to mention the decreased libido. i am seeing my dr on monday to try and change to something else. it worked for me in the first 2 months but now the side effects are too much.

February 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm
(1043) Rita says:

I say that I must warn you
The side effects are bad
Far more traumatic
Than your molesting dad
Even Diet Pepsi
Can trigger epilepsy
While shopping at Ikea
Explosive diarrhea

February 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm
(1044) elise says:

lexapro doesnt make u gain weight..
only if u let it
it actually releases seratonin and seratonin will make u lose weight if you dont succombe to the temptation of the incresed appetite and excersie.

February 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm
(1045) rick8080 says:

took it 10 hours ago i feel asleep about 3 hours after i took it. to wake up lost and out of the box feelin went away after a few mins but was not fun now just feel high. on 10mg might try to take 5mg next time

March 25, 2011 at 6:20 am
(1046) Marion says:

I started taking LEXAPRO for severe anxiety. Initially I took CYMBALTA but it gave me severe nausea and dizziness. LEXAPRO doesn’t make you gain weight in fact I have lost 14kilos since I started taking it. The only symptoms that I have experienced are a dry mouth initially, night sweats but they seem to subside after a few weeks. LEXAPRO has saved my life and my marriage. I seem to much more calm and certainly happier. My family love the new me… You can take it for 6 months and not really have severe withdrawl symptoms if you wean of it slowly… I had a break & then went back on it when I felt my anxiety returning….

April 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(1047) mariah says:

i started taking lexapro about 2 weeks ago, side effects were loss of appetite, sweating, shaking specially my hands, libido issues , very dilulated pupils dry mouth.
i dont know why everyone is talkin bout wight gain cuz i defo lost my appetite big time..

April 9, 2011 at 2:03 am
(1048) Rod says:

I was born with a condition called klinfelters syndrome in witch i have really bad depression anxiety panic attacks that ‘stop they were just full on all the time i also had acrophobia as well.
My Dr put me on Zoloft that is such a crap drug if i wanted to be that high all the time id of smoked pot and enjoyed the experience.
Finely my Dr put me on a drug called aropax it was grate i stopped having my panic attacks i also stopped having depression and anxiety as well as the acrophobia went as well brilliant drug.
I was on it for 7 years the only prob i had with it was weight gain after 7 years my body got used to it and i started to get my problems back.
So i went to the Dr and he put me on efexor-xr over the next few months i dropped 70 pounds 32 kilos.
Ive been on it now for around 2 years its OK but because of what i was born with im tired all the time and efexor-xr seems to add to it witch isn’t good.
my sister is on lexapro and she said its a wonderful drug and that it makes her really happy as they call it the happy
Please see below for other half>>>

April 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm
(1049) anna says:

I took one pill of zoloft about 2 months ago and flushed the rest down the toilet. I had awful side effects but had hoped that it was just the wrong type of medication for me. Had a session with a new psychiatrist who prescribed 10 mg of Lexapro. I just took it today in the early evening and will flush these down as well. I feel so awful. I can’t stop yayning and I have this tense feeling like im on speed or like im coming off of an acid trip. The world seems far away and i am in a fog. Healthy healthy diet and excercise is now my only option for feeling better.

April 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(1050) jlynn says:

thanks to everyone for your postings…the comments regarding lexapro have been helpful to support my choice to leave lexapro in my rear view mirror…sooooo tired of living with lethargy…weight gain…and a complacent attitude towards life in general…just to name a few!!!my physician had prescribed 5mg of xanax 3x’s/day for anxiety and six months ago prescribed 10mg of lexapro for depression…not once has he suggested seeing a counselor/pyschotherapist during the past three years…certain people in my life like it best when i am not cleaning weekly…not showering every day…not expressing my opinion…i feel so relieved and excited to have found this website…i am sooooooooo excited to get out of my bed and off of my sofa and get on with living life:)

April 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm
(1051) Chris-PeEZy says:

(PART1) Lexapro is junk I took it for awhile for depression/bi-polar/anxiety/ they dont really know whats wrong besides the anxiety part. I have a hard time going into stores to even buy a soda if I DON’T take my anxiety medication which right now is .05 mg of Klonopin 3x daily. This helps so much and is alot better then Lexapro, on Lexapro my depression didn’t feel better it felt like it worsened maybe a little bit and I was taking it daily and for about 4 months then decided to stop because i really don’t like SSRI’s or MOAI’s especially for anxiety this drug garbage. On a Benzodiazapine I feel 100x better anxiety wise but I still like to take something stronger for anxiety cause I feel as if it could be better. I am male and while taking it I didn’t notice any problems ejaculating or with libido it actually might have raised it and I continually got her preggo while taking it. I stoped taking it and started to feel better and i really have no faith in a Anti-Depressant making someones anxiety better it prob just has a placebo ecceft for some people. I took this drug 4 years ago when I was 18 and i have been taking just benzo’s and stuff to help me sleep at night I have terrible Insomnia( have always had it but I am also a Suboxone user now which has a side effect of restlessness after long periods of taking it.) I Plan on being on SMT for the rest of my life it helps so much with cravings and even when the dope is in front of me I know I can’t use because of the Naloxone(Narcan) which blocks all opiate receptors in brain. Lexapro is no mearical drug by long shot,

April 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm
(1052) Chris-PeEZy says:

(PART2) but if you have problems with opiate dependence and anxiety I would DEFINITELY get on Suboxone the drug has honestly saved my life and turned it completely around from being a junkie to being clean and sober w/ no cravings which IMO is the best part of it all because the drug really does CONTROL you after awhile of physical and mental dependence. Also NA is great for support too. But as for Lexapro I would not take it again although my doctor keeps trying to push it onto me i just tell him no SSRI’s or MOAI’s just benzo’s and something to help me sleep which i have been on just about EVERY medication for and so far nothing has really worked that would keep me alseep. I just changed over to Sonata and have yet to try it tonight will be first dose. Before sonata I was on Doxepin and Remron for sleep. Neither worked unless used together with a normal dose of melatonin. Worked great but was always really groggy so I’m trying Sonata which is a old drug that works really quick for only about 3 hours but I have a problem getting to sleep not staying asleep except when I was on Trazadone which made me wake up pretty much every hour on the hour exactly a hour each time was kinda creepy so stopped. It also almost killed me when I didn’t use for 2 days and took my normal dose +50 mg which i took the night before but i think the pills were old and expired cause the next night when I took it when it almost took my life I took 150 after taking 150 the night before and before that I didnt take for 2 days. During this time my head was clouded and I had tunnel vision and for ten minutes it just got worse and worse until it got to the point where my life was flashing before my eyes and I could hardly make it to the sink(with Garbage Disposal) to make myself through up, on way to sink I was stumbling and falling over(couldn’t make it 20ft.) and i was about to permanently black out but without time to make salt cocktail to throw up

April 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm
(1053) Chris-PeEZy says:

(Part3) I just gagged myself and throw up most of the pills and i felt 80% better was just then tired, but i don’t understand how such a small dose would do that to me it was scary and i have been in 4-5 life threatning situations to shattering my femur in the middle of a lake to getting hit by a car to having guns put to my head. Just a heads up for anyone looking into these medications especially if you have anxiety I would NEVER take Lexapro for that I mean it can help a bit but thats what Benzos are for and thats why they have the highest percentage of success rate the only downside is addiction to benzo’s is as hard if not harder then the detox from Heroin which some of you may know is nearly impossible without medication to help with withdraws because they are like (imagine the time you were the most sick and times(x) it by about 2k and thats the feeling you have along with pain in every part of your body and no position is comfortable. Just a insight to this drug and others you may be considering taking, just be careful and dont get involved with hard drugs was worst decision of my life because now I will probably have to take Suboxone for life(which I am okay with.) It’s just that if i could go back in time and not do it for the 1st time i wouldn’t think twice about it because having cravings everyday and thinking about it to the point where it really controls most of your life is not a fun position to be in. Ask your doctors about Zyprexa(if you have insurence its a newer tricyclic antipsychotic I think they call it. Helped me sleep wondering was on the highest dose (20mg) though and it would stay with me for most of the next day and zombi-fy me which i didn’t like, I however did not have any weight gain issues with this drug and it is NOTORIOUS for making people gain ridiculous amounts of weight lucky for the 2 years I was on it,

April 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm
(1054) Chris-PeEZy says:

(Part4) it did nothing besides make me super tired and since I was always tired I was obviously in return more calmed down because of this. A lower dose like 5-10mg would be right for most people i believe just talk to your psych about it but make sure you have insurance cause it’s NOT generic and is very pricey for a medication, Suboxone still takes the cake though price wise but I have insurance and get free cards from my doctor and are like from the company Reckitt Benckiser which saves you money on your scripts but these cards if you are insured take care of copay so most of the time I am getting about a 2k$$$ script for free and the card is paying my copay which is awesome because like i said before the stuff has truly changed my life and is MUCH MUCH better then methadone treatment although methadone is very cheap because it’s been around since like the 30′s I believe and the withdrawals from Methadones can easily kill you. It almost killed me once when i was inexperienced with the drug and took about 25-30 in a period to 5-7 days the next day not taking it although I had some was the worst withdrawals i have ever had and almost died I couldn’t Move unless it was to make it to the toilet and throw up which I did honestly around 50 times in 1 day which was making me horribly dehydrated. Hope this helps someone out there and always look into medication before you take it because a lot of things as stated above are hard to get off of and can even put you into a more worse spot then you were in before. Just a heads up for everyone and some info about my prescription background which is very extensive I have honestly taken every old and/or new antipsychotic/antidepressant I could try and really none of them worked i actually think the zyprexa made my emotions worse and about 6 months after I stopped taking my 20mg dose i honestly started to feel like myself again and i felt like i wasnt always.

April 18, 2011 at 12:38 am
(1055) Chris-PeEZy says:

(Part5) always in a fog and half asleep, which many people would comment about and I didn’t enjoy that because it slowed my speech and just about everything it could slow down but I just think the dose may have been too high although it help me sleep WONDERS but like I said above it has many, many side effects a lot of which scare people off from taking it. Tricyclics also for some reason don’t make things like LSD or hallucinative drugs not work one bit blocks their ability to work because these medications change your brain chemistry so much. For other dope addicts i would not recommend taking naltrexone which is naloxones sister drug but if suboxone isnt for you and you want to be clean and have a VERY VERY hard time doing it consider the Naltrexone shot Vivitrol which stays in your system for around a month give or take a little and there is no way to get it out of your body which is the good thing because most addicts will just be on Suboxone and/or Methadone and just take it when they are withdrawing from dope and don’t have the cash for another bag. I WOULD NEVER recommend taking opiates and Suboxone or Methadone together because if you don’t wait long enough you will be wishing you did because it will throw you into a precipitated withdrawal that you couldn’t even begin to fathom. Kicks the opaites out and binds to receptors not letting other opiates work on the brain however you can still OD you just won’t be getting high off the drug. But make sure before you take either of those drugs you have not dosed for 12-24 hours and you ARE feeling some withdrawals from the opiates you took, just remember they will make you feel worse then you already do but the Nalxone in Suboxone is wonderful, its hard to tolerate at first but once you are used to it, it is amazing because you wont have cravings and wont get high

April 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(1056) Mel says:

I was on Lexapro twice in my life, most recently quitting cold turkey 5 weeks ago. The two main side effects that I had were long term: they didn’t show up after just a few days or a couple weeks. I had weight gain (roughly 15 pounds) that was impossible to take off, no matter what I did. I also had a decreased libido. Quitting cold turkey is tough (dizzy, displacement, foggy, forgetfulness/confusion), but I did it and feel “back to normal” now. I have lost weight relatively quickly since being off Lexapro. I will say that Lexapro was great for helping me with my anxiety issues. I hope to combat those with supplemental daily vitamins; just need to research to find the right one. Good luck to everyone!

May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am
(1057) Angela says:

I used to be on Effexor and that was crazy. Major side effects and I was a total mess. So my doctor switched and i’ve been on Lexapro for 2.5 months now. At first I felt awesome! But going into the third month, I yawn all the time and i’m exhausted. I can sleep all day and night. (I tried it last weekend. Slept all day Saturday). I have fallen asleep at work a few times. It’s hard for me to wake up in the morning. By the time I get home all I want to do is sleep. I’ve tried B12, Vitamin D & E, Coffee, even 4 hour energy. Nothing works, still yawning and tired. I’ve gained a ton of weight, a total of 21 pounds between the two meds.
After reading a lot of other comments, I know i’m not alone.
I have a lot of the same symptoms/side effects, etc. Just wondering if anyone has any tips for energy, weight loss while on Lexapro? Thanks!

May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am
(1058) Judith says:

I have been on Lexapro for about 6 months, and as I read all about the side effects, I can say I have experienced pretty much all of them, especially a serious lack of libido and weight gain, and this last one is very stubborn, no matter what I do it doesn’t work, I go to yoga at least three times a week, to the Gym with trainer three times also, walk…you name it.. eat super healthy, low fat, low glycemic, etc…nothing works.
I also experience short memory loss, which caused me to have some problems at work. I want out asap… :(

June 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(1059) Lindsay says:

I have been on Lexapro for 3 months. Mainly use this product for anxiety. I have not experienced 3/4 of the symptoms. However, the first night I took Lexapro I went to bed at 11pm and woke up at 3AM and stayed away until 7AM. I felt like I could run a marathon. That has been the only weird encounter I have had with this drug. I like how I feel, the “little things” don’t bother me anymore. I used to be a very aggressive driver, ever since I started taking Lexapro I have calmed down tremendously while driving. The one complaint I have as of now is the decreased libido. Its really upsetting, especially when I am active with my boyfriend and I cannot achieve an orgasm. It used to be easy for me, but now I am having a lot of trouble. I am contemplating on weening myself off this drug to regain my libido back as well as my sex life. I have put on a couple of pounds, but however, im not sure if it is from the medication or not.
Good luck everyone!

June 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm
(1060) Anon65 says:

I wanted to come back to this thread after having read a lot of comments when being prescribed Lexapro. Having never taken anything like this before I was concerned and Googled and came across this thread which if you read the comments here, one would very easily be scared into NOT taking it. Can I just say this. When things dont work out for people, naturally they investigate and voice their opinions hence a lot of unfortunate experiences mentioned in this thread which I am sure are all legitimate, but the positive experiences aren’t necessarily here because these people aren’t having problems with their meds and therefore probably aren’t googling and chatting about it. Just my 2c. I have only been on Lex for 3 weeks and I cant tell you the big improvement this drug as done for me already. Yes I had a bit of dizziness and nausea the first few days and these days I get mild headaches a few hours after taking it but my wellbeing has improved like I could not of imagined. I feel alive again. I am not dragging my feet or struggling to exist like I was before. Everything was such an effort .. mentally and physically. I wasn’t functioning and I was a wreck. I didn’t realize how much the depression was effecting me in day to day life. I can only hope that Lexapro continues to help me in the way it already has. From the very first dose I was overcome with a feeling of calmness. The chip on my shoulder vanished. I am such a better parent, enjoying my kids again and it’s obviously been so long since I laughed about a week after taking Lex I caught myself laughing!

June 6, 2011 at 12:22 am
(1061) Lexapro for headaches says:

When I first started lexapro I felt really strange. I called my Dr, he told me it was normal. It would be nice if they would tell you when they prescribe the medication. It was wierd. After about 5 days I felt normal. I suffer from chronic headaches. My Dr. said I have a melentonin deficiency. I had been on lexapro 10mg (low dose) for over 2 years. I now live a headache free life. I feel fantastic. I know if I ever go off it, it will suck or so I have heard. For now I love not having headaches!!

June 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(1062) Janette says:

well Im sitting here with my script for Lexapro and am now thinking I will just put it in the rubbish bin!
I have a close friend taking this who recently upped her dose from 5 to 10mg but she seems to like it because it helps her anxiety/panic disorder. However she did warn that when first taking it she would get a ‘drugged’ out floaty feeling soon after which was kind of freaky.
I think I prefer to live with the anxiety and panic for now but I think if my condition worsened I would consider maybe just the 5mg dose that my Gp has recommended.
However for now I will say No.
Thanks and God bless you all for your sharing your experiences with this drug you have all helped me xx

June 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm
(1063) cidney says:

I have taken Lexapro two times in my life. Once 2007/2008 during a horrible period at work. After things calmed I weened off slowly. Shortly thereafter a had a new tyrant boss and went back on11/2010. Both times started slow 5 mg then 10 mg eventually to 15 mg. I was currently down to 10mg when I mentioned to my hubby that every morning I’ve had terrifying nightmares – very disturbing – very realistic. He thought a co-worker had also mentioned nightmares on Lex. So I found this sight and read through everyones comments WOW! So the extra 40lbs I carry around now and the complete lethargy, memory loss and no desire for sex could all be because of Lex? I am now going down to 5 mg with the idea of getting off for good. Thank you everyone

June 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm
(1064) Matt says:

For severe depression, I’ve been taking Lexapro at 10mg/daily for 2 weeks, but still uncontrollable crying every day. So–my doc upped my dose to 20mg/daily, which is pretty hardcore. I’m also on Wellbutrin, which he says is a good synergistic combo. I’ve been on antidepressants for about twelve years–sad, I know, haha. So far with Lexapro I haven’t experienced any terribly noticeable side effects, other than feeling especially more “activated,” and perhaps a bit more restless. I’m also having some trouble sleeping through the night. The key with any antidepressant is that it allows YOU to better take control of your life situation–and ultimately I think things are up to you.

June 27, 2011 at 8:00 am
(1065) FoggyDaze says:

Thank God I came across this blog. I was recently prescribed Lexapro by my GP last week. I read about the possible allergic reaction to this drug so I started with a 1/4 (5 mg) of my prescribed 20 mg dosage. No effect so the next day I took 10 mg then on the 3rd day another 10 mg. I stopped cold turkey because as I read most of this blog, I experienced the same symptoms as others out there (feeling high and in a foggy daze, dry mouth, teeth clenching, empty head feeling, increased anxiety, loss of appetite, minor heart palpitations, hard time swallowing, and most of all, the shaking and tremor-like symptoms I could not shake off). Short term memory loss was something I experienced as well b/c I would drive and not know how I ended up at Point B from Point A – weird, eh?

Good luck and I pray for all those who have been on this med. My GP did not tell me about these side effects, although it is spelled out on the script of what I could experience, which I totally understand. I do have GAD and take ativan for moments of high anxiety but only on a as-needed basis. Nothing tramatic in my life for the root cause other than maybe I thought I had a good handle of work and general life stresses that one day took over me (had a major panic attack 2 years ago and thought I had a heart attack).

Take care all. Your input here made my judgement call on getting of Lex a valid one.

June 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(1066) Nick says:

Escitalopram oxolate (Lexapro/Esipram etc) can cause weight gain. This is through two mechanisms. Firstly, these drugs make you less anxious and depressed, so people find they have a greater appetite. Secondly, alot of SSRI and antipsychotic agent affect metabolism via their effects on serotonin and dopamine. As a result, metabolism is reduced. When going off Lexapro, just as it takes up to 6 weeks to fully work, it can take up to 6 weeks to come off. You will lose the weight and gain your libido…but even with exercise and proper diet, this will not happen for 6 weeks. Be patient and tough in withdrawal (the brain zaps suck), but it does work…in the end.

June 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm
(1067) Irina says:

I am so glad that I am not alone out there. I have been going through many life stresses lately, like my mom who is my best friend getting diagnosed with cancer, two little kids, having my own business to run, my uncle passing away recently from cancer and my 4 year old getting diagnosed with epilepsy last year and being put on the medication. I always thought of myself that I am very strong person and anything that life throws at me I can handle. However, I have been getting a lots of panic attacks, fear of dying and a lots of anxiety, trouble breathing. My dr has prescribed me the lexapro 10mg. He has not warned me of any side effects. Being stupid and not having done any research on this med I had popped my first pill in the morning while running my errands and going to work. Big mistake! I felt foggy, anxious, disoriented, could not talk, could not eat, everything was in slow motion. I had to pull over the car for a couple of minutes b/c I felt like I was completely losing it. Afterwards I felt completely numb with the periods of shakes. Oh and did I mention that I had to go to the bathroom like six times. I called the dr and he told me to hang there that these symptoms might last for a couple of weeks. I am not taking another pill again. How can you live with these side effects for a couple of weeks? How can you go on with your life and your responsibilities?

July 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(1068) mark narsarma says:

Lexapro doesnt work

July 11, 2011 at 10:32 am
(1069) karlaj says:

I’ve been on Lexapro for 2 weeks. It was prescribed for GAD and IBS. So far, it has made my IBS much, much worse. I have had diarrhea every day, and I feel nauseous almost all day every day. On a positive note, it hasn’t caused the weight gain I worried about. So far, I’ve lost 8 pounds.

I’ve noticed a mild difference in my anxiety level — but the digestive issues are wearing me out. I’m also having trouble falling asleep — but when I eventually do get to sleep, it’s very difficult to wake up. I slept for 11 hours on Saturday.

I took this medication 4 years ago and it worked very well for me — improving both the anxiety and the IBS — so I’m hoping these side effects are short-lived and I start to get some positive effects from this medication. I’ll give it a few more weeks.

July 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm
(1070) Elizabeth says:

I have been taking Lexapro since 2009, before Lex I was using Amitriptyline (Tryptanol) for almost 1 year and a half. I took Lexapro in an intermitent way. I took it irregularly at 2010 and since 2 months ago, I am taking it again.
I have read the posts and I do a agree with many of the side effects (gain weith 22 pounds) cause I do enjoy eating and felt as I can eat more and more. I feel I have problems with memory and after reading the posts I must say i have problems with memory. I have to say, before I used to be thinking all the time in many things and getting worried about them, now I just dont think. At first, I feel weird cause I have used to be that way: thinking too much all the time.
My diagnose is dystima and OCD. Chronic procrastinator as a result…
Now, I am taking it again (2 months by now) I feel very lazy, and I could sleep almost all day. I was just feeling bad about it cause at the begining I thought it was cause of living at another country and it was jet-lag but after reading this webpage, it probably is the medicine.
The medicine worked well for me before, that’s why i am taking it again… I think I have to be patient with the side effects… I stopped it before cause I have that memory problem, the feeling of not getting worry about things, and the problem of getting easily bruising all the time at the body. I have to say, that I lost weight after doing an strict diet (lost the gain weight) and walking 40 min a day.

Hope this helps. I have to say, I would give it chance but besides the side effect I honestly dislike a lot, It worth since I feel much better… however, the laziness situation doesnt like me now but Feel much better it was not me at all but side effect of the medicine…

July 24, 2011 at 2:05 am
(1071) Erica says:

First of all I wanted to thank you al for your helpful comments. I started taking Lexapro about 3 months ago and it has only helped me slightly. At first I was really nauseous ( I have a weak stomach anyways) and was yawning constantly. Over the last 3 weeks I’ve noticed that I’ve become so tired, sleepy, and lazy. I lack motivation to get anything done and it is affecting my entire life. I can’t work properly, I can’t study ( I am a grad student studying for board exams) and it is painfully difficult to get up in the mornings. I have an increased appetite, but I control it by eating veggies and working out a little longer every day I am managing it. No sex drive at all. The hardest part for me is the constant exhaustion and a complete inability to focus or retain information when studying. I would tell all students who are studying to NOT start this drug because it will affect your grades and work.

Another warning – my first month, i had to wait 4 days to get my re-fill (insurance issues) and they were the worst 4 days of my life. I couldn’t drive because I Was so dizzy, I couldn’t think, I cried most of the time, and i had these brain zaps that went away immediately after i got back on. It was very scary.

As for now, I’m very tired, I don’t sleep well at night, I have nightmares almost every single night and have started taking melatonin to help me with my sleep (it’s not really helping though). On the other hand, I’m less anxious and depressed, and I’m able to function kind of normally instead of being bed ridden with depression the way I was before I started. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions!

Good luck :)

July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm
(1072) Lindsey says:

I have been on lexapro for about 2 months now. I have noticed that my anxiety is not nearly as bad nor my depression. I do however feel very tired lost most others. Does this go away with time? I am able to go to work and do the normal things I do, but just without as much energy. I also noticed that I have had very bad indigestion and a lot of stomach pains. I have always had a pretty tough stomach, but not lately. Has anyone experienced stomach issues?

July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm
(1073) pandaroo says:

Hi, Been taking lexapro for 3 days now 10mg for postnatal depression. I so want off this drug. I have a 8 week old baby but I can’t function on this drug. I can’t sleep when I do fall alseep its for 1-2 hrs and then I can’t get up to my little boy. The vomiting is terrible worse than when I was pregnant My hands won’t stop shaking and I just can’t function. I was driving with him yesterday and had to pull over as I felt like I was on some kind of high and just felt abnormal. I will be taking the rest of this box and flushing them down the toilet. I’d rather deal with my depression in otherways than live like this, My bub is better off with out me taking this drug thats for sure.

July 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(1074) Nick says:

Ive been on Lexapro for a week, i was going to stop after the first few days as it honestly felt like being on a mild long lasting E which is ok for the odd party but not 24/7! I had dry mouth, difficulty sleeping and nausea. After a week, i feel normal, not anxious, sleeping semi regularly again and slight dry mouth, my advice, give it a week or two.

August 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(1075) Elizabeth says:

Hi Erica, I am a grad student too and I need and have to prepare for the some exams too. How are you doing now about that? I mean, what is your strategy now? are you change to another medication? my psychiatrist suggest to take it for 2 years more in my case, but honestly I am not sure about it. What do you suggest?

August 5, 2011 at 2:40 am
(1076) Note says:

I’ve been on Lexapro just for 5 days. Have many side effect but it’s better in every single day. 1st day i got Nausea, Diarrhea, headache, hand shake, insomnia and loss of appetite. in the 2nd day Diarrhea has gone away. the 3rd day hand shake was gone, and insomnia is getting better. I want to share experience with some of yours. feel free to e-mail me at pawares.w@gmail.com

Thanks,

August 8, 2011 at 11:45 am
(1077) Angel says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 3 days now. Maybe I should have taken it at night but I had started taking it at 8 in the morning. Along with Xanax in the evening. Today is my first day at work and I’m in a fog. I should have not taken it until I got home but I was fearing I would not get thru the day. I have dry mouth and a little upset stomach. But I hadn’t been eating since before taking Lex. So I’m assuming it was for that reason I still wasn’t hungry. I have this tingling feeling all over me. I fell sleep with no problem but that could have been the xanax and yawning all the time. I just want to go back to bed. I do wake up in the middle of the night but go back to bed easily. Thank God. I’m only taking a 10 day supply to just get me through this depressive state I’m currently in.

August 10, 2011 at 2:21 am
(1078) Jasmine says:

I started taking lexapro about 5 months ago for anxiety and depression. i remember feeling nauseous for the first few days about half an hour after i first took it but it soon passed. was always hard to wake up in the morning, but could usually wake up ok within an hour or so. came off lexapro about a month ago as i fell pregnant, did not experience any physical side effects and thought i was fine. when my pregnancy failed, within a week i was having insane bouts of anger which are totally out of character and actually scared me. first 10mg of lexapro taken again last night, felt like i was going to be sick for about the first hour and then that settled, but fatigue and “spaced out” feeling remained all day. luckily i know that these things subside within a few days, however side affects came on stronger the second time around.

August 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(1079) Takin charge says:

Has anyone tried not taking a Rx for depression and tried healing the problems in the brain/body? Have found alternative providers to be of great benefit but there is no one size fits all adn some were just plain dunmb. Worth the time and effort and no crappy side effects. There are things you can do to help the brain with Seratone and Dopatonin that take longer rx but it actually heals what ails you does not mask whats wrong. anyway, i’m for it and after reading all the problems so many folks have had not going to do this any other way.

August 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm
(1080) Teresa says:

I have been on Lexapro for 2 years. Over the past few months I have been experiencing pain and inflammation in my joints. Has anyone else experienced this?

August 19, 2011 at 1:03 am
(1081) Kim says:

I have been taking lexapro for about a month now. I had taken it years ago and gave up after I gained 20 pounds and had anorgasmia. I resumed it though just now after getting out of a bad relationship and having terrible PMS. This time around, I’m taking Buspar with it though too. Guess what?, the SSE are pretty much gone, in fact if anything my drive is up even though I’m quite depressed about losing my relationship. It’s quite odd to have a sex drive and no one to have fun with it. Darn! Side effects include feeling spacy initially but it goes away and then dry mouth, some insomnia. I am drinking so much more water than usual. I wonder if that might cause the weight gain, as in sometimes when you crave water you mistake that for hunger and overeat. I have gotten hunger pangs, drank a bunch of water and felt normal again a half hour later. I’m getting about 5 hours of sleep at night but I am really upset I have to mention. I do always nap after getting home from work though for about 45 minutes. Even with the Lexapro and buspar, I’m prone to crying and feeling very down. I’m just not absolutely despairing and wishing I were dead. Weightloss so far and my skin looks nice due to drinking so much water. I’m on 5mg Lexapro and 5 mg buspar when I’m pmsing and then I either don’t take it when I’m not pmsing or I take 2.5 mg lexapro and a crumb of buspar. it’s hard to cut those pills accurately,even with a pill cutter. The plus side, I’m chattier, able to concentrate at work. I’m not in tears all day long, just sporadically and I can usually catch myself. I’m more outgoing and less prone to obsessing. Still, even with these pills, I’m quite down. I just know it’s helping me move forward day by day. It also makes me crave alcohol though, that’s a bit concerning. Though if I weren’t on antidepressants right now, I’d probably be too drunk to type this.

August 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm
(1082) Amy says:

I had a VERY negative experience with Lexapro. My doctor put me on it to try and overcome sexual dysfunction from other anti depressants. Lexapro immediately caused even worse sexual dysfunction. In a lot of cases these sexual side effects DO NOT go away after discontinuing the medication, but the doctors will tell you that it’s all in your head because the medication is out of your system. I stayed on Lexapro for a very short amount of time, and the horrible side effects lingered for more than 3 years. That’s when I started taking fish oil and a whole bunch of other vitamin, minerals, herbs, and amino acids which have helped a lot. Other side effects I experienced from discontinuing the medication are emotional flatness, anhedonia (being unable to feel joy), intense anger, and loss of the ability to remember dreams. The information tells you to NEVER discontinue the medication without aid of a doctor, but they don’t tell you why. This is wrong!!!! I know of many others who have had similar trouble when quitting antidepressants cold turkey. Please research this online or ask your doctor before you just discontinue on your own!

August 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm
(1083) Ann says:

Was on Lexapro for about 3 months and got off it due to weight gain (about 7 lbs) and was constantly tired and sleepy. At first it did wonders for my insomnia but after a while became too much and I couldn’t get out of bed in the am. I don’t feel it did anything for depression as I still felt sad. Didn’t help inability to concentrate either. Definitely caused problems with libido almost immediately. I went off it gradually and didn’t have any major symptoms, just these weird “brain zaps” as someone put it which is like a split second of disequilibrium. Would not take an anti-depressant again.

August 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(1084) Lola says:

I took Prozac (Liquid form) for 10 days and felt elated, solid and ‘Happy’ for the first time in as long as I can remember. I was good. BUT I suffer from Anorexia/Bulimia/Manic depression, so I researched and spoke with my Doc about Anti depressants/SSRI’s least likely to create weight gain, as this has always been the reason I would stop taking AD’s in the past.This time I REALLY wanted to get happy/Cope/Try to work through the depressive feeling. I was ready to accept I needed a helping hand to balance out the chemical reactions in my brain, and that it would/could pass. (I know it’s obvious, many people had told me for over a decade that depression was an illness that could be cured/helped, but sometimes people just need to ‘click’ and then it sinks in) So my doc suggested Lexapro, or Escitalopram as they refer to it in the UK. I started it 5 days ago and the first 2 days were generally ok, although the Prozac was MUCH more preferable in the happy feeling department, with no side effects. I am hyper sensitive to meds and Doc prescribed 10mg – I thik they prescribe a medium dose and then expect to go from there depending on patients feedback. I am clearly not good with 10mg as I have slept 19 hrs yesterday and 21 hrs today – I accept the adjustment period but this is too much. I wouldnt be able to work and that the one essential part of my daily life. I am choosing to go to 5mg (I’m 5″2 and weigh 110Lbs) so part of my reasoning is that I am small and my dosage is too high on an obvious physical level aside from anything else.

August 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(1085) Lola says:

Side effects mirror most others – Slight nausea, utter stoned zombie feeling, inability to exercise or see anyone due to feeling so stoned, clenching of jaw endlessly and yawning. It seems overall this medication can go one of 2 ways, make you excessively sleepy and lethargic and not ‘feel’ or ‘care’ Which I don’t currently, OR it can make you lack sleep.
Overall the feeling of less to no emotion, and tiredness with jaw clenching and yawning (also real feeling of needing to stretch muscles but inability to actually do any excercise due to sleepiness) seems to prevail. I want to persevere but will see how the next week goes on 5mg if not lower and go from there. Support of family and friends, therapy, exercise and socialising are my key suggestions for depression. The basics of the human need/life. Also excessive appetite swinging rapidly to lack of it and scary sleepiness.

August 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm
(1086) Lola says:

Oh also, the last 3 days I have left the house without my keys, then wallet, then ipod. I am so far from forgetful it’s silly (Mild OCD) so it’s not great. I have to say though that everyone of us is so different in ur chemical make-up and as individuals we need to try to stay aware of any adverse effects but also have friends and family keep an eye on us. It’s not easy to accept or adjust to taking medication and travelling back up to a better way of living so accept support where you can and don’t necessarily take someone else’s feedback as gospel. Just be aware of any overwhelming symptoms or side effects

September 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(1087) Amber says:

I have been on Lexapro for 9 days now for depression. before i started taking it i was on the verge of a breakdown i was sooo depressed i didn’t want to live anymore. i didn’t think anything could make me feel better. All i could think about was negative things and feel super bad about it. WELL i have to say that after about 3 days of taking Lexapro i started to feel alive again think better not so negatively. IT WAS A LIFE SAVER to me:) and 9 days later i feel great:)) the only side effect is low libido but i don’t care..because after feeling the way i did im just happy to smile again!!!!

September 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm
(1088) alexis says:

I have been on it for 2 days now and remember y i stopped taking it a year ago after 1 month. I have the urge to clench/grind my jaw, sometimes i have to remind myself to relax my jaw. I was put on it for anxiety , i have vowed to stick with it this time. it does work i just hate the first couple of weeks.

September 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm
(1089) Nick says:

Ive been on Lexapro for 8 years now, My Dr started me on 10 mg a day and had all the side effects, I now only take 5 and am doing great. I find it better to take it in the morning, because if I take it at nite, I cant sleep

September 14, 2011 at 12:41 am
(1090) amy copelnd says:

be sure to consult your physician before you stop taking lexapro, and tapper off of this drug. side effects i had when tapering off was what has been called ( brain zaps) its what feels like an electric shock, or convulsion. don’t worry it doesn’t last forever, if you tapper off of lexapro using a doctor it will only last a few days after lowering each dose. but don’t get discouraged, if you don’t really need this antidepressant, then the feelings you will finally feel when you are done weaning off will be completely worth it. hang in there. i just took my last 5mg 3 days ago and i am experiencing the shocks right now but i know what i have to look forward to when i am completely off of lexapro i went from 20 mg to 10 mg and did experience the shocks alot at first then they stopped then i went down to 5 mg and did not experience the brain zaps at all and the feelings i began to feel were wonderful i never realized how much the medicine actually numbed me and did not allow me to feel my feelings completely. im super pumped and excited to finally be done with this. hang in there if you are in the process of getting off lexapro, it will be worth it and the brain zaps are not forever. good luck,

September 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm
(1091) Raquel says:

I took Lexapro for about 9 months in 2007-2008. I took 5mg. It kicked in within a week and I felt great. I had no side effects, other than the “blunted” feeling that might be common with a drug like this – it kind of locks down emotions, but I didn’t suffer tremendously from this. I was just relieved to not be anxious and depressed every day. My plan with my psychiatrist and therapist was to be on it for 6-8 months. I was not dating during this time, but I did meet someone 2 months before I stopped taking it and noticed a drop in libido that took quite a while to come back (I’ve often wondered if it had something to do with my partner too, just not “clicking” with him). I also gained weight. I weighed myself at my doctor’s office a month after I stopped and was shocked to see I was 10 pounds heavier. Lexapro stopped my panic attacks about 85%. When I did plan on stopping, I was told to cut my pills in half for 2 weeks. You can not just stop taking this cold turkey. During that time, I had a weird dizzy feeling in my head, but it wasn’t debilitating or overly annoying – I realized it was from tapering off the medication. It went away quickly. I can’t offer any feedback for the people who developed adverse symptoms within hours of taking their first dose – I thought it took a period of time for it to take effect?

September 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(1092) Joyce says:

I have been on Lexapro for three years.

September 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(1093) Joyce says:

I have been taking Lexapro for three years.

October 7, 2011 at 11:10 am
(1094) Jess says:

Started taking Lexapro a few weeks ago. I’m 33 and have never been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, but I’m currently going through some major life changes which seems to have brought it out. My doctor first prescribed 10mg Lexapro (along with .25mg Zanax when needed), said I’d probably have some nausea the first few days so I should take it with food. He insisted I take it with breakfast or lunch though, and not at night because I’d have trouble sleeping. Guess what? Even taking it in the morning I have trouble sleeping. About 1/2 hour to 1 hour after taking it I feel like I’m going to collapse. You’d think I’d have better luck taking it at night if I want to sleep then. Anyway, first few days I took the 10mg dose, I had terrible nausea. I couldn’t keep any food down. Dr. told me to stop taking it a few days, I developed a fever and body aches. He insisted it couldn’t be due to Lexapro, but that I had a viral infection. I was off Lexapro a few days to get over whatever I had, then went back on it a few days ago. This time I cut the pills in half and only taking 5mg. So far I don’t have much nausea, although I feel hungry quite often. Still have trouble sleeping so I’m thinking about taking it at night instead of morning. I know everyone says it takes a few weeks for it to kick in so I’ll give it a shot. Just hoping I won’t regret it.

October 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm
(1095) Gina says:

I’ve been on Lexapro 10mg for a year. I had no initial issues but now have short term memory loss and menstrual cycles of 2-3 days.

I was on effexor for 6 years before that and had excessive night time sweating, lack of ability to organism, excessive sleepiness and mood swings and still have those on Lexapro.

Weening off the Effexor and onto Lexapro was not hard. I am considering maybe getting off completely. Sigh.

October 12, 2011 at 2:18 am
(1096) Gail says:

I have been on Lexapro for 2years and I feel great the only side effect is a little weight gain (only because I have become so relaxed so I should try harder).

October 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(1097) Danielle says:

Does anyone notice that their eyes are dilated? I have been on Lexapro for about a month now and my eyes have been extremely dilated every day since I started taking it

October 20, 2011 at 6:56 am
(1098) Ric says:

Well i feel like ive been living in a very dark world for a couple of months now . finaly cracked it at work today just said to a work mate i gotta go sort my head out . went and saw the doc . and he’s put me on 10mg of lexapro and i have to go back in a weeks time to see how im going . I hope this helps me out . took it about an hour ago and i can feela sligh headache but hey if i get a headache thats nothing compared to the hell thats been going on in my head .. Ric > Austalia

October 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm
(1099) Sally says:

Second day on generic Lexapro. After reading all of the reviews, I gotta say..is it worth it? My anxiety attacks were increasing and my OCD antics extremely annoying but is it so bad that I need a drug with all of these unpleasant, unwanted side effects? My counselor said several of her patients enjoy it and have noticed an increase in libido…which spurred me on because I already have female sexual dysfunction..how can my non existent libido get even lower? ugh. I promised my husband I’d give it a try- short term. Im already disappointed I wont be able to enjoy the holidays with a nice glass of wine :(

October 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm
(1100) Ric says:

Well it’s day 3 for me now and i must say i feel much better
up top , you know thinking straight and my silly head not darting off here and there . I have had no more headaches though the 1st morning i did feel a little blahhh for a why in the morning .

I am going to give this a good go plus i think it helps to have a positive outlook towards taking it . I am going back to work on monday . only had oneday off though i was never really having any problems at work . Things do seem more clear and brighter to me now thats a bonus .. ill post back here in
a few days goodluck guys … Ric

November 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm
(1101) a3330579 says:

I’ve said that least 3330579 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

November 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm
(1102) worried says:

I was just prescribed this for depression my ex husband was on this and many others meds I told the doc I was scared to take it because of the side effects my ex had thats why we are no separated and getting a divorce he changed so much I then figured maybe it wasnt the lexapro until I read all of the posts and it is dead on with symptoms he has I already have vision problems trouble sleeping day time fatigue dizzy feelings ect ect and why would he prescribe something that causes symptoms I already have? I am scared to take this stuff now I am about the put it in the trash I am depressed because the doctors have no clue whats wrong with me I have lesions on the brain ect antidepressant for freeken everything is their answer I was hopeful and now forget it I now remember what it is like

November 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(1103) Debra d says:

I have been on lexapro for over 2 years n

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