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Women's Health Forum: "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?..."
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April 25, 2006 at 3:25 pm
(1) Judy says:

I have actually lost weight on Lexapro but had gained with Zoloft, Prozac and Effexor. Yes, and I am more moody.

In addition to a low libido, does it just bother anyone to be touched, on the hand, the head. I find it annoying. I also seem to just do less – less exercise, less social functions. But that has always been with my antidepressants.

May 5, 2006 at 6:37 pm
(2) BOO says:

LISATX1 PRAYER JUST MADE MY BELLY JIGGLE, LAUGHING…KEEP THAT GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR..IT HELPS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT HURTS MOST. I WOULD RATHER LAUGH THAN CRY AND NO ANTIDEPRESSANT IS GOING TO BE PERFECT JUST LIKE THERE IS NO PERFECT CHURCH BUT LEXAPRO HAS HELPED ME A LOT..I AM ON 20 MG FOR ABOUT 2 YRS NOW AND CAN SAY IT WORKS BUT IS NOT A COMPLETE ANSWER..I HAVE TO PUT A LOT OF THINGS IN GOD’S HANDS AND REALIZE HE IS MORE ABLE THAN I TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE SO WHEN LEXAPRO IS NOT CUTTING IT FOR ME, I CAN JUST RELAX!!!AND LEAVE IT TO HIM. I DO THANK GOD FOR GIVING SOMEONE THE ABILITY TO MAKE MANY MEDICATIONS WE DID NOT HAVE YEARS AGO.

January 19, 2007 at 2:55 am
(3) CC says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about a year and a half. It’s definately the best anti-depressant I’ve taken; however I have gained weight. Unfortunately it’s not perfect.

May 5, 2007 at 4:25 pm
(4) JT says:

I’d suggest you reseach about the MAJOR weight gain from Lexapro. I’ve never taken an antidepressant before and my doctor never mentioned this. I had been at the same weight for almost 13 years and upon beginning Lexapro 6 months ago, I gained a quick 12 lbs and couldn’t figure out why until I did some online research. I have stopped Lexapro, despite the side effects, as the weight gain has made me more depressed than when I started.

June 27, 2007 at 2:24 am
(5) Albertina Washington says:

I just started taking Lexapro, it caused my heartrate to increase and and increased in my blood pressure. I will not continue to take Lexapro because of these side effects.

July 14, 2007 at 3:49 pm
(6) tonya says:

I have been on Lexapro for 2 years. I have gained 50 pounds. I did not know why. From reading these comments, I am getting off of it for good.

November 26, 2007 at 3:01 pm
(7) Sheanean says:

I took lexapro for a whole 3 days. The first day was great. I was in a beautiful, happy place all day! Second day, not as good, but better than I had been. Feeling a little more distant and dragged down. Third day, I felt like I was completely seperated from the world and everyone I loved. I didn’t want to talk. By that evening, my head hurt so bad that I couldn’t even cry about it. All I could do was lay there quietly. I couldn’t talk. The next day, I was tired and my head still hurt. No more lexapro!

February 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(8) Andrea says:

I just started Lexapro. I was on Prozac 20mg. and swung right into lexapro 5 mg. When I took it, about 30 minutes later I couldn’t stop laughing. I laughed for at least 40 minutes. Today, I had a hang over and headache. Going back to Prozac.

April 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm
(9) Karimonster says:

Lexapro has worked WONDERS for my depression and anxiety. I’ve taken it for a month now. However, its not without side effects. The most troubling I’ve experienced is total Anorgasmia. At the same time, I’m not at all experiencing a decreased libido…I just can’t reach orgasm, which makes it exceptionally frustrating.

Has anyone who’s experienced this found their anorgasmia eventually resolving while they continue to take the medication? Or am I doomed?

September 19, 2008 at 7:56 am
(10) hmmmm says:

i’m surprised some of you have said you felt effects within a few days. the doctor and medication itself actually says it will take a minimum of 2 to 6 weeks to do anything! so perhaps the initial feelings you all had were psycological moreso.

the other thing to remember is that a side effect of lexapro is Anxiety…if you start off at too high a dose. so it can in fact make you worse (for those with panic anxiety)…so makesure your doc starts you off on a low dose first and then slowly build up to the higher dose. and don’t stop taking it even if you feel good! as you have to come off it slowly!

September 19, 2008 at 10:51 am
(11) malikah says:

We I have been taking Lexapro for about 2 weeks and I have lost 10 pounds. HoweverI just canít reach orgasm, I will hvae to speak with my doctor about this!

November 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm
(12) Erika says:

I have been taking 10mg Lexapro for about 2.5 months now. I have noticed a change in my ability to sort out issues in my mind, and I have actually experienced an INCREASE in my libido. I have no trouble reaching orgasm, either. However, I have gained about 15-17 lbs (which on a small frame like mine is astronomical) and I’m not sure I can handle that side effect. I seem to eat EVERYTHING in my path!

I’m beginning talk therapy this week to try to get to the bottom of my ‘issues’. I think it will be what actually helps me the most.

December 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm
(13) Jt says:

I have been taking 10 mg of Lexapro for about 8 months now. My sex “drive” is fine – but I almost never climax anymore. Like others, I have gained about 10-15 lbs. due to eating everything I see. Now that I know this could be a side effect of Lexapro, I think I can better control my eating. Although I’m not quite sure how to tackle my orgasm situation…

February 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm
(14) Kellie says:

I have been on Lexapro for two weeks now and I have lost my appetite and feel tired alll the time,, I feel alot less anxiety and havent had any panic attacks( thank god ) But i seem to be more depressed. Cry alot more and feel really out of touch..

February 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(15) karea says:

hi i have been taking lexapro on and off for about two years. was wondering if anyone have been having problems with their teeth? have been having alot of toothaches since ive been on lexapro

February 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm
(16) shan says:

i’ve been taking lexapo 4 some time now and my biggest complaint is that i have memory loss from it… i gained about 10-15 pounds and my dr is now going to add welbutrin to it for the memory…

March 21, 2009 at 12:19 am
(17) Anonymous says:

I took Lexapro for 3 years after my only child moved out (empty-nest syndrome). I was only planning to take it for the 8 months recommended but continued taking it because once I had missed a pill and I had a major anxiety attack. I was afraid I couldn’t stop taking it. After months of wanting to stop I consulted my physician and was told I could start weaning myself off of it by taking my pill every other day for a month or so, than every 3rd day and so on. I took the pill every other day for 2.5 months and finally stopped cold turkey a week ago.

I haven’t noticed adverse side effects but have noticed I think clearly and don’t feel spacey or like I’m in a fog anymore. I didn’t realize the effect it was having on me after all this time until finally getting off of it. I have experienced a considerable amount of memory loss…prior to Lexapro I was told I had the memory of an elephant. I am not sure but hope my ability to remember things comes back soon.

I feel quite well, taking vitamins and eating healthy. I notice I’m not as tired as I while taking it and don’t feel so ‘lost’.

I would not advise anyone stopping their medication without strict guidance from the prescribing physician.

I hope this helps someone considering stopping taking the medication.

May 10, 2009 at 2:20 am
(18) Lee says:

Pardon me a guy leaving the note on the women’s forum but did want to share my view. My wife encouraged me to get medicine as she wisely knew I was depressed. Took Lexapro and within two days began to develop a sense of feeling like a zombie. I would stand in the kitchen and stare knowing in my head I had to do things but could not get my body to engage with my mind. I also developed extremely painful abdominal cramping and loose stool. Now you women are kind of use to the whole abdominal cramping thing… but not me! I could not take those two main side effects and took myself off after only 5 days. It took me three more days for the GI tract to resolve and the abdominal pain to diminish.

Ah, didn’t tell my wife I took myself off and when I did she laid into me, well… strongly encouraged me I mean to call my doctor for different med. Got on Prozac for three days now and have zero negative side effects thus far.

We are all different chemically so keep testing and find what works well for YOU! Even if Prozac works for me, it may be terrible for you. Take care of yourself and don’t give up.

May 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm
(19) Elizabeth says:

Why would women be used to abdominal cramping? I assume you are talking about stomach cramping which is not the same as the occasional menstrual cramping some women experience.

June 5, 2009 at 9:00 am
(20) NG says:

Have been on it for 18 months. First few weeks were horrible. i had every side effect possible. I nearly quit every day for a month! I still don’t take the full 10mgs cos it made me spaced out and forgetful. I take 5mg one day and 7.5mg the next. I have lost 4kg. I have not had a major anxiety/depression lapse in about a year. Though libido and orgasm is compromised. I recommend sticking through the first few weeks. Taper on slowly if you have to and take the lowest effective dose. I don’t think it’s a one size dose fits all kind of med. Good luck!

June 24, 2009 at 2:52 am
(21) EK says:

I just started taking Lexapro 10 mg 2 weeks ago. The doc said it would take 2-6 weeks for the medicine to get in my system, but within the first few days I noticed a difference. I wasnt as jittery and was actually calm for once. HOWEVER I went on a MAJOR eating frenzy and have been eating everything in sight. In just 3 weeks, I gained 15 pounds. That is NOT normal!. Also, this medicine keeps me from sleeping. I am going to talk to the doctor and get off this medicine! I wouldnt recommend this medicine to people who are self conscious about their weight

July 6, 2009 at 1:48 am
(22) Emma says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for about a month and a half now. I actually didn’t have any side affects from the medication, and noticed it helped me after a few days, and i’m only on a 10mg dose. But I was wondering if it’s possible for the medication to affect my period cycles? I haven’t had one since I started the medication, and I know for sure there isn’t another reason for the absencse of it. anyone else have this problem?

July 11, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(23) britt says:

i have been on lexapro for 9 days now and i havent gone a day w/o debating weather to stay on it or not.i have had side effects everyday

the first few days were hell. ifelt like i had the flu i ached and i couldnt sleep.i had chills and a head ache

after a few days i felt a little better but i still cant sleep. every morning i get woke up from the small amount of sleep i get with stomach cramps and loose stool. i still debate stopping everyday but i am afraid to because of the withdraw side effects..

does anyone know if you can have withdraw after a week and a half on it?

August 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm
(24) marcia says:

i am quitting lexapro just after 6 days. I have never in my life been so sick and scared. I am not sure about withdraws but anything is better then the side effects i was getting. i am going to change my diet and try a more natural approach. F**K this to scare for me. I dont like being a zombie. I would never recomment Lexapro to anyone.

August 12, 2009 at 9:29 am
(25) Shelley Feller says:

I can’t believe some of these comments. I’ve been on Lexapro for 4 years. (20mg) Lexapro does not have the time to adhere to the neurons in your brain within a matter of hours or even days. I have not experienced negative effects. I realize that some people do, but NOT within the short time frames mentioned in this blog.

October 2, 2009 at 12:05 am
(26) Colee says:

I have been on lexapro for a month now. 10 mgs. It seems to be working very well for depression. I havent experienced any of the side affects except I feel shaky and nervousness. On the lexapro website, they say that weight gain is not a side affect. I have not gained weight on lexapro. I gained weight on prozac–20 lbs, ugh, that was horrible, I hated that. Paxil was good, no weight gain from that one. If I continue to feel shaky though, I’m going back to Paxil!

October 2, 2009 at 12:12 am
(27) Colee says:

And youre right shelly…its impossible to feel any antidepressant work in hours or even a few days. It takes any antidepressant between 1 to 4 weeks to work. Its not a “happy” pill and its not a muscle relaxant like valium, which does work immediately. Anti depressants dont work like that.

October 6, 2009 at 4:32 am
(28) Jill says:

I am sorry to disagree with you folks who think you cannot feel the effects of lexapro within hours or days. I took my first dose around 4pm yesterday and started feeling like sh*t around 8pm. I may have a hypersensitivity to this med because I have had almost every side effect mentioned and more. For one I have not been able to sleep yet and it’s almost 4:30 am. I had an incredibly scary anxiety attack worse than i ever have had in my life, i thought i was going to have a heart attack because my heart rate was racing so fast. I have been having nausea for hours and frequent urination followed by loose stool. I am also having a dry mouth and shakiness i can’t control. The scariest thing though seems to be a burning sensation at the stem of my neck and in my brain like every nerve ending in my brain has been supercharged. I cannot wait for this med to get out of my system because I feel crazy!!! I know people have different reactions, but thought i would share my story since I have been up all night. I am contacting my doctor as soon as the office opens!

October 29, 2009 at 10:15 am
(29) Lynn says:

I’ve been on Lexipro for 8 days now and have definitely experienced most of the side affects. Maybe it’s placebo affect, but I did feel much better the first few days. My mind wasn’t racing with what a “horrible person” I am, which was my major depression issue. Yesterday was the first day that I actually felt depressed again. But last night was also the first night I was able to sleep. The first 3 days I did experience bad headaches that went away with some Tylenol, but it was worth it not to be so sad. That subsided the 4th day. I’m still having the dizziness when I stand up. I haven’t tested out the libido or anorgasmia yet, we’ll see. Anyway, I’m definitely going to give it at least a few weeks to see if the side affects subside. If I start gaining weight like crazy, I’ll definitely quit. That would depress me for sure. Good luck everyone.

November 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm
(30) Donna says:

My neurologist put me on Lexapro 6 days ago because I suffer from chronic headaches. I am only on 5mg to start. Anyway, last night was one of the worst nights ever. My headache was so strong it woke me up and nothing I take makes it go away (motrin, tylenol). I am so frustrated. I know it takes time for the meds to work but am thinking about throwing in the towel. Not sure what else to do. Anyone else suffer headaches as a side effect of this drug? Did they go away after a week or two?

December 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(31) Gail says:

I started Lexapro a couple of weeks ago. I’ve lost 4 pounds from lack of appetite. I also felt very tired all the time with no motivation to do anything, sleeping over 10 hours an night. I started to itch, which I first thought was from the dry fall air. After slathering on moisturizer the itching got worse. I stopped taking it and within 48 hours the itching was gone. Back to the drawing board.

December 15, 2009 at 6:31 am
(32) Roberta says:

I’ve been on lexapro for about 3 months. And I feel great! I haven’t gained weight. I feel pretty upbeat most of the time. When dramas do occur in my life, I don’t freak. I am a compulsive gambler and after many years of trying to quit. With the Grace of god and lexapro I haven’t gambled in over 2 months. After YEARS of the cycle between gambling, depression and anxiety I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from me.

December 29, 2009 at 2:54 am
(33) Lexapro 10 mg says:

I am 20 years old. I use lexapro for two monts i must say great anxiety and depression are gone. I found Lexapro online on google i must say great medicine also for young people.

December 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(34) Katie says:

With the country in a huge recession I bet the doctors are giving these meds out like candy. Unbelievable! However, don’t be strong …just buy the “happy pill” and suffer other problems that come alone with it. Laid off? Well, you’ll be happy about it but suffer these small symptoms.

Life is full of joy and sorrow naturally. To bypass the sorrow with a pill is living a lie. Be strong and get yourself off these meds that were easily push on you. I do believe there are some out there that really need to be on mental medication but a very large percentage of people are under the scope of an easy way to make money and do not really need all the meds. I now ask you this, what did you have to go through to get your flavor of “happy pill”? 1,2,3,4 or more doctor visits? Take care of yourself and others.

January 11, 2010 at 12:26 am
(35) kay11 says:

Sometimes I wish these blogs didn’t exist because then maybe I wouldn’t be researching the crap out of every medicine that was ever prescribed to me. I honestly think that the only people who bother to post their thoughts on these drugs are the extremists; this way, we are unable to acknowledge the population whose lives are single-handedly being saved with Lexapro. Of course, every medication is going to have side effects, but at the end of the day, you always have to look at the big picture. There’s obviously a reason we all bother to put in our two cents on this topic; we need help. Just ask yourself, how bad does it have to get? Your feelings may be temporary; it’s normal to get down every once in a while, but if the ‘feeling’ never goes away and your life starts to be taken over by constant panic/depression/anxiety/stress, there comes a point where you need to just let go and accept the help that’s being offered to you. You’re only hurting yourself. Your life CAN be better and no one deserves to suffer like this. Sure, some drugs can make you gain/lose weight, but so can depression and anxiety. Every human being has a different brain chemistry. No medication can possibly have the same effect on every person. I’ve never found the ‘answer’ because I’m too busy stuck inside my own head. I can’t find it in myself to trust a doctor and take the medications as prescribed because I’m too busy worrying about the side effects. Even though I may not be happy with the results, trying and failing is way better than failing to try. If something doesn’t work for you, try something else. The most important thing is just to never stop fighting, and never give up. We all have the ability to live happy, successful lives. Be good to yourself and get the help you need.

January 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(36) Sarah says:

I’ve been taking Lexapro for 2 months now and lost 10 pounds I’m very skinny and dont eat much because of the slight nausea. I’m very dragged down, sleep alot and most of all I cant feel my vjj lol I was a very sexual person and now I have no feeling down there. I wanna take it and help myself because I’m alot calmer, no mood swings so on but not sure if it’s helping me. But if someone was to ask me if I’m feeling good.. Honestly I feel like Lexapro is like a big happy blanket over what your really feeling. I feel like I’m dying from the inside.

I dont want to scare anyone just wanted to share how I feel. Lot’s of luck.

February 7, 2010 at 1:13 am
(37) arios says:

I switched from Prozac to Lexapro 4 wks ago.I’ve gained 13lbs (The Lexapro DOES mention wgt gain as a side eeffect) and just recently have noticed several other side effects. Sleeplessness,tremors,horrible nightmares (when I do sleep),headaches,loss of concentration,loss of strength in my legs and loss of balance,dizziness,nose bleeds,headaches,and in the last few days hallucinations that are very disturbing — Yes, I did take LSD in the 60s so I know what they are like. Will see my Dr. next week
and in the meanwhile I am weaning myself back on to Prozac. I’ve never have been so afaid of a medication !

March 6, 2010 at 12:12 am
(38) Cindy says:

I am 18 years old and have been taking lexapro for 3 years. I’m on 20 mg and it has helped me tremendously! I experienced no side effects when first taking but now if I forget for a day or so I get shocks or chills in my brain. I only feel those when not taking eat and it is increased when I excercise. If you are experiencing side effects this pill probably is not for you, i had a very severe chemical imbalance though so that my be y I didn’t experience side effects. If the pill is working for you I recmmend staying on it I can honestly say I would not be alive today without it. My birth mom suffers from bi- polar disorder and I believe I have inherited some hemical traits and lexapro has levelled me out greatly.

March 25, 2010 at 4:18 am
(39) Megan says:

I started Lexapro a week ago, yesterday. 10mg once a day. Don’t say it’s impossible to feel something in the first few days. It’s definitely not. The day I started taking it, I yawned constantly. And not the little yawns, big yawns that you can’t get out of. Every two minutes, or so, at least. They were really weird yawns. After I yawned I had to swallow some air or it felt like I just wasn’t going to stop yawning. That hasn’t exactly gone away, but they’re just deep yawns, now. I’ve kind of gotten used to it, though I feel rude because it’s so constant.

About an hour after I take it, I’m so tired I almost can’t function. By the end of the night, I’m exhausted and falling asleep while doing homework. I’m a college student, so this isn’t good. I can’t afford to do poorly on my school work. After the second or third day of taking it, I noticed how calm and somewhat out of it I was.

I also have loose stools and frequent urination. I haven’t noticed my appetite changing at all, really. Though, I feel like I’ve gained a few pounds. I haven’t weighed myself since I took it, so I can’t say for sure.

Today, I was about 45 minutes from home at the mall with a friend. I actually completely forgot I was on it, so it wasn’t psychological. We were looking at t shirts and all the sudden my whole body, starting from my hands and feet going all the way up to my neck felt like it was on fire from the inside. It started with a cold sweat and suddenly I thought I was going to die, right there in the store. We went out and sat down for a minute. The feeling went away, but I was still shaking and sweating, my pupils were pretty dilated. My mouth was dry and I had a bad taste in my mouth. I was having problems breathing. I believe at the same time this was happening, I was having a pretty bad anxiety attack. My heart was racing and I felt really weak. I went to the restroom to calm down, came back out and seemed to be okay. As we started walking, it happened again. I got some water and we left. It happened twice more when we were leaving.

We got to the car and it happened two more times, again. I wasn’t sure if it was from the medication (after I remembered I was taking it) or if something was really wrong with me. We debated going to the hospital right there, but we weren’t sure where the closest one was. We also debated calling 911. My heart was racing so bad and it wouldn’t stop. We decided to try and get back home. It happened at least three more times on the way home. I expected it at that point, so I relaxed. No anxiety, but the burning sensation and my heart was still racing. I was still shaking and still felt weak. I got home and I was pretty much okay the rest of the night. I laid down on the couch and it happened again once, but lasted quite awhile. Knock on wood, I’ve been okay since then.

I can honestly say it was one of the scariest feelings of my life, especially being that far from home and it happening. I felt like an idiot and I think I freaked my friend out. I go to college and work full-time hours at a group home for people with disabilities. I can’t deal with all of these side effects. Especially at work. I really wanted this medicine to work, but I am going to go off of it after only a week. I could deal with the tiredness and the yawning, but the rest of it, I cannot. I am currently on Lamictal 100mg and Klonopin 0.5mg. Lamictal to control my moods and Klonopin to control my anxiety. They have been an awesome match, up until recently. I have taken them for two years and it felt like they stopped working, plus I started getting some side effects from Lamictal.

I’m really worried nothing is going to work for me. I’ve been on Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor XR, Paxil, Remeron and now Lexapro. Within the last two years. I really wish the Lamictal didn’t have all the side effects that it did, but they are all way more bearable than these Lexapro side effects.

I really, really don’t think it’s all in my head. Especially since I wasn’t even thinking about it. Has anyone else noticed it through their whole body, not just their head or hands or feet?

April 2, 2010 at 2:41 am
(40) yee says:

I’ve been taking lexapro 10 mg for over a year…they added sequonal & I gained 14 lbs in 1.5 months…….def not my norm. they tried abilify & I just didn’t feel any diff so i went off that. I am now considering going off lexapro completely cuz no matter how much i work out the weight is not coming off……..i’m wondering if lexapro might be the problem & since I’m on such a low dose thinking cold turkey. libido still there, def no O’s tho……..so that def affects my decision too. i have skipped pills & no issues so gonna try to go off lexapro & just have my xanax ready if needed for my anxiety & sleep issues. I also started having tremors in my arms, not sure if this is a factor or just a pinched nerve. either way i am gonna try to go off it & see what happens. it did def help me last year pull myself outa depression…so i’m not knocking it but my belly & other things now r telling me to try w/o it. wish me luck!

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May 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(42) Eva says:

This is in reponse to #28, Jill. Although I give a positive thumbs up to Lexapro when I took it for 2 years in the past, the negative side effects of Lexapro are bad. But if you do only get a few of the bad side effects, then Lexapro is miracle drug — and it is NOT a happy pill (as already duly noted).

Jill, you went through all the negative side-effects of taking Lexapro, followed by Lexapro “withdrawal,” all within hours! I can relate. You must have felt Horrible.

Jill’s description of how she felt after a few hours on Lexapro,
“in my brain like every nerve ending in my brain has been supercharged”
is a perfect description of how I felt when I slowly was weaned off Lexapro after 1-2 years. I experienced Lexapro withdrawal. I could never verbalize the feeling, let alone as well as Jill did.

While on Lexapro, which very much helped my depression, I had had bouts of nausea and loose stool, just as Jill describes. My estrogen patch increased the side-effects of Lexapro.

May 19, 2010 at 11:42 am
(43) Shari says:

I have only been on Lexapro for 2 days. I have to admit that a little today my head was tingling. Yesterday I did have the yawning episodes that someone else had mentioned.
But I am curious about those of you that have had weight gain or weight loss. This is something that I don’t want to experience.
Weight gain: do you exercise regularly? Are you feeling happier and maybe celebrating by going out to eat more or just eating more since you aren’t depressed?
And weight loss: are you exercising? But did you before?

May 30, 2010 at 7:24 am
(44) brigee says:

My physician put me on lexapro 10 mg, I was previously taking 100 mg Zoloft, however was having some major depression with an emotional divorce. I took Lexapro for 3 days and by day 3 I was a complete basket case freaking out and almost smacking everyone in my path. I went out in public with a crazy hairdo and was screaming at people (while driving in the car with the windows rolled up.) I threw a glass at the wall, and ripped all of the clothes off the hangers in the closet. I PROMISE all of these behaviors are not the norm for me, I was just crying a lot and having trouble keeping my emotions under control. With the lexapro I also felt like vomiting, urinating, and just not comfortable in my own skin. Since my MD is out of the office for the holiday the pharmacist said to go back on the zoloft immediately…….these were definitely scary behaviors for me……..I think it was a bad reaction.

June 4, 2010 at 1:30 am
(45) Missy says:

My doctor gave me Lexapro to help me through my divorce as I expressed suidical thoughts with him. He told me they weren’t addictive and that they would make me rest well. After my April divorce, that December I had to have a hysterectomy. Just by me taking a 30 day supply and taking some sparingly due to my father’s death and recent job loss, I’ve noticed weight gain especially in the mid section. I also noticed my hair thinning in front. I stopped taking them. I was already overweight and now I have to exercise PLUS watch my diet just to get back to where I was last April. I gained 24 pounds.

June 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(46) Kelly says:

ive been on lexapro for 3 days and i hate it…all i want to do is lay around i feel like a zombie…one min ill be fine and the next im spaced out in another world…My mom said its starting to scare her with the way im acting i wont talk to anyone and ive been having the worst panic attacks ever so im def. gonna stop taking it ill keep taking my klnopins but the lexapro has got to go..

June 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(47) Mizmarilyn says:

I have been taking Lexapro for about 6 months or so. The side effects (at 20mg) for me are very minimal and I have actually LOST weight. A lot (for me). I think, for me, the Lexapro lets me slow my thought process enough to keep me from that “refrigerator search” mood that sent me to eat. I know everyone is different. I am trying 30mg presently, but may go back to 20 as there seems to be no increase in effects (positive) and maybe some hot flashing (I’m in my 60′s)… I do credit the Lexapro for an ability to look at eating differently, and then allowing me to stick to it.

It’s not the ‘happy pill’, but it does keep me from the sadness and EXPRESSING the anger well. (I was chasing down people to give them my opinion (grin)).

All in all, I’m very happy on this antidepressant, but for those of you who are jumping on and off several different kinds and trying things for “a week” and then thinking it isn’t working, you are cheating yourself out of help. NOTHING works (good or bad) in a week. That’s why I’m staying on the 30mg until I figure out just what effects it is having on me. Then I will decide.

OH… side note… the doppleganger (Citalopram) did have some rather nasty side effects for me.. mostly gastrointestional.

June 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(48) Sharon says:

I’ve been on Lexapro twice. I feel great emotionally and mentally. Physically, is another matter. In response to another’s comment, yes my teeth ache and that’s because I am clenching them. This is confirmed by my dentist as I have teeth symptoms to indicate this. I sweat and cannot stand the heat. I have low energy and muscle weakness that is not mentioned on the web site but is indicated on my pharmisist info I receive. I have gained weight again after starting a second time. I also have more muscular pain. I had lasik surgery and the first time I went on this med, I went off because of the change in my vision. My optomitrist was baffled as to my changes. But I feel so good that I decided to try it again and again my vision changed. Do I stay on because I am mentally feeling good and feel bad physically? That is the question I am trying to figure out. I have tried many antidepressants in the last 13 years and it gets old being a “guinea pig” .constantly.

July 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(49) denice says:

I started lexapro march 2010. It has changed my life completely. im feeling so much better. im on 10mg. gained 10lbs which is great for me. libo is fine. im hoping to come off in 6 mths.

July 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(50) Jeni says:

YUCK! I started lexapro 5 mg 1 week ago for GAD: The first 2 days I felt fantastic. I was laughing at things, smiling to myself. Then I started to feel “strange” and by Monday morning I was crying like a fountain with terrible sensations throughout my body, intense panic attacks, nausea, strange ideation, paranoia, insomnia…and apparently now I’m withdrawing from it and getting head “pangs”, chills and still can’t sleep even though I’m on a benzo too! Horrid stuff. I’ve even taken it once before for 4 months and did great on it. And no, I’m not on any other meds (no drug interactions). I’m happy I can coherently type right now-a huge improvement from earlier today.

August 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(51) Shelley says:

Just started lexapro after 6 weeks of insomnia and anxiety after a wicked case of steroid psychosis from a dose pak! NEVER again!
Anyway, I felt sleepy for the first time as I have been taking ambien and klonopin for occasional jitters, especially when I awaken. First morning felt tired but by 10 am was belly laughing and felt amazing….that night went to sleep before I took the ambien….amazing for me, but at 3 am, it was like a switch flipped and I had a horrible jittery sensation for several hours, more pronounced that usual; not tachycardic, but no fun just the same. Took a low dose klonopin and made it through the day. MD said I was very sensitive and not to take it tonight but resume tomorrow. Really worried. Never had a problem in my life with anxiety, depression, nothing before the steroids. Oh well, we will see. It has absolutely taken my summer and my job away from me. I am praying I can go back to work in the next week or two.

September 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(52) Heather says:

I started Lexapro 6 days ago for GAD. I have always had severe panic attacks and anxiety everywhere and anywhere I go throughout my life. I have been on several antidepressants throughout the years and I have gained about 60 pounds on all of them collectively,aside from Prozac. I lost quite a bit of weight on it and got quite thin,but then started Effexor and gained it back plus some. (Effexor was the best as far as antidepressants go but I got so heavy on it my health was declining). Long story short and a few different prescriptions later,I decided to wean off of everything and try to deal with the anxiety on my own. Everything was going well about 8 months and then it started creeping up on me again. So here I am again. The nurse at my doctor’s office coincidentally discussed being on Lexapro and how it’s been a miracle for her which made me feel so much better when my doctor suggested it for me. She gave me a 2 week sample of 10 mg and asked to see me again in two weeks. Here is what I experienced:

Day one…Took a whole 10mg tablet,4 hours later I was hit with a wave of fatigue I haven’t felt in years (which was a relief actually-I had been unable to sleep for a week up to this day). Woke up later that evening to go to work (night shift),horrible dizziness and nausea from hell. Panic attacks. Took extreme effort to shower and get to work on time. Extreme irritability,moody,hating life. As the night went on I felt better (surprisingly lol).

Day 2…Cut tablets in half to 5mg. Felt a calmness. Felt positive. Felt pretty good and evened out. Work goes well and I am happy. Mild anxiety.

Day 3…5 mg again. Still feeling more calm,however my senses are heightened. Lights are extra bright and burn my eyes a little,every loud sound scares the crap out of me. Had to put forth effort to keep my wits about me. Extremely panicky off and on and even when I feel calm and relaxed I have strange panic attacks that feel like my back is on fire. In my head I am thinking,”what the hell?? I am not nervous!” but my body is going crazy. I deal.

Day 4…5mg again. Not so bad today. A little anxious. Feeling calm and optimistic. Sleeping very well.

Day 5…Decided to try and ease up the dose to 7mg (as my doctor prescribed 10mg) and was nearly comatose I slept so hard. Woke up with difficulty,did fine until I got in the car and drove to work…that’s when the one of the scariest experiences happened in my life. It was dark of course as I work nights,and all of the lights felt like they were burning my eyes literally. Like fire. Everything-every sound and movement scared the living crap out of me. I drove 25 minutes to work in a sheer state of terror. When I tried to look ahead at the road it felt like my eyes would not look straight ahead. The road was rocking back and forth. It was absolutely HORRIBLE. I wanted to pull over and run away from my car it was so bad. I made it though. I got to work on time and talked to myself the whole damn way there to keep myself calm. NOT doing that mg dosage again anytime soon.

Day 6…Today. Taking 5mg and letting it ease into my system as I am apparently hypersensitive to Lexapro.

I have been on a bunch of different medications for GAD,and they all have side effects similar if not worse than this. My experience in the past has helped me get through this week of adjustment and I expect even more fun from my Lexapro. Contrary to a lot of people’s beliefs,it DID make a difference for me the first day I took it and I am thankful. I plan to stick it out. Side effects be damned. :)

September 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(53) Chase says:

Well if you want my opinion.. all this talk about weight gain is more than likely not a side effect.. its more than likey the fact that your actually happy… and when your happy you feel like eating more.. just as simple as that.. when your upset or depressed and heart broken from being depressed.. you don’t feel like doing anything.. much less eating.. now of course there are the acceptions out there.. that have the absolute opposite effects when depressed they eat like crazy! I just think its that the medicine is working and your actually coming back up to a weight that is in your genetics. :) God Bless..

September 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm
(54) Kirby says:

Lexapro doesn’t work instantly. It took about 3 weeks before mine started to even work. I’ve been on it for about 2 months now. So all the comments that say ‘When I started Lexapro, first day I felt great’ no. It won’t. And my teacher also takes it and said the same thing I did. That it didn’t even effect me until 2 or 3 week. But I’m on the 10mg. And I feel like they aren’t strong enough. I still have depressed thoughts.. I still have days when I’m really down. And I still have days where I don’t want to talk to any one or be involved in any activities with friends. And since Lexapro, I have seen a lot of mood swings. A LOT. I’ve bitched my boyfriend out and had no reason to do it..

October 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(55) Angie says:

I have this Lexapro waiting for me at the Pharmacy right now!! And reading all these blogs is really making me nervous about starting them!!!!

October 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(56) TinaA says:

Hello,

So I’m on my second day of Lexapro. I have the 5mg tabs, but I’ve taken 2.5mg yesterday and once today.

I’ve had nausea and been feeling super tired. And it’s such a tiny tiny dose! I’m pretty tiny myself (4’11″ and 100lbs) so this might be somehow of the reason. Anyway I fam scared to stay on this stuff! Is it possible to be ok only taking 2.5mg everyday?

November 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(57) nic says:

Man….I have been on 10MG of lexapro for two days and I could feel it not even an hour after I took it. My dr.said it would take a few weeks to get in my system….but shortly after i took it, it hit me like a tun of bricks. I felt my heart racing,shaky feeling, lots of evergy but with an over whelming calming sensation…almost like a heaviness on my chest. I had trouble thinking. My head was tingling and I must say,I felt high. I have not cried at all like i do normaly everyday, but i have been up all weekend on this stuff. I also did not eat the first day bc i lost my appetite and i am a little nauseous. I feel like I want to sleep but I just lay there never actualy sleeping. I would say that this is like taking an exstacy tab. I feel not normal…just high and deffinately not grounded.and my jaw wants to chatter..like i feel like that in my whole body. Kinda feel like I need a message to relax me. I think my dose is way too high for me bc i have never taken an antidrpressent before. I dont know what to expect….wasnt expecting this though.

November 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(58) Claire says:

I started Lexapro (10 mg) in April, 2010 for severe depression and anxiety. The first week, as the drug worked its way through my body, I experienced nausea, headache and fatigue. I was warned by my doctor that the first couple of weeks could bring those symptoms, so I was prepared.

After about six weeks, the depression and anxiety started to lift, almost without my noticing it. So Lexapro has really done what it was supposed to do for the conditions for which it was prescribed.

Lingering side effects, for me, are a tendency to wake in the morning with what I can only describe as a “hangover” type feeling – headache, fatigue. This goes away after a few hours, but it is quite annoying.

I am also experiencing the teeth clinching problem that others have mentioned. I am in the process of getting a mouth guard through my dentist for the nighttime teeth grinding.

I haven’t gained weight, but having been aware that weight gain from increased appetite was a possible side effect, I’ve been very mindful about my eating habits.

For me, Lexapro has been an excellent medication that helped me tremendously. The side effects, although a bit annoying (especially the waking up with a “hungover” feeling), have been minimal when weighed against the good Lexapro has done for me.

December 6, 2010 at 4:44 am
(59) val1 says:

been on lexapro for over 2 years find the drug great but sex life went down hill. i ran out of medication and couldnt afford more so came off them not because i wanted to. i felt dizzy, cranky and was snappy and tearfull for about 2 weeks but now i am enjoying having my sex life with my husband back!! i feel like a teenager again and he isnt complaining!!! in some way i am comforted about being able to cry again trouble is i cry at small things like adverts on tv either happy or sad!! i feel at this point i should seek counselling to help me through some minor stuff that is going on for me and try to work and live without chemical medication. let me add at this point we are all different and should take a doctors or psyciatrists oppinion rather than a person on a website these sites are for comments and chat only and should not be used to direct a person in a medical way at all god bless and good health to all

December 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(60) daisey says:

I have been taking Lexapro 10 mg for two months now and I am very happy with my results. I believe I have been suffering from mild anxiety for most of my life and didn’t realize it until my relationships were suffering from it. I am very happy that I have started this medication. My OBGYN said she would have suggested this prescription also.

My only side effect is weight gain but I have also not been very careful when I eat my meals. I know that I have to start to exercise again like I did last year and I will hopefully lose the weight. I only gained 5lbs the first month.

I am sure the results will be different for each person so at least give it a try. I was a believer that it was always in their heads –their issues. Now I am a beleiver that some things are necessary to help calm the soul and ease the anxiety that many people suffer from.

Good luck.

January 17, 2011 at 9:15 am
(61) j says:

lost mi brothr 2 yrs ago i tried 4 other meds jus a few dys ea all awful 2 strong scary symptons b 4 lexapro took it 4 a yr n 1/2 voracious appetite put on 20lbs had migraines seizure like but felt ok otherwise tradeoff is now considering going bac on during divorce ugh,,,,,,,

February 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(62) layla says:

I just took one lexapro for the first time on a Saturday morning, its now Sunday 11 pm and I still feel like a zombie! I don’t feel like myself at all, yes I’m calm I still can’t sleep well and I feel like this drug should be illegal, I don’t recommend this drug at all

March 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(63) Cristen says:

I have been taking Lexapro for 4 weeks. I am still able to achieve orgasm, which was a big thing for me. I have not gained weight yet, but do notice increased appetite. I have night sweats, randomly, noticed bowel changes, not terrible.
The nausea went away after 2 weeks. I sleep great, no need to take any supplements. I am more tired than usual especially getting out of bed in the morning! I am happy with the effect on my mood and anxiety. I let more things roll off my back than usual, less of a hair trigger. My anger issues are better too! I have not noticed any impact of drinking alcohol, keeping it to 2 glasses of wine, everything is normal. I have not gotten any feedback from family or friends yet….

March 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm
(64) kacie says:

i have been on lexapro for almost 3 years… worked great i was first put on 10mg then they uped it to 20mg then that had helped but then it made me see things moving that werent suppost to move… so i went back down to 10mg i was very good on 10mg… then i had gotten really sick and stressed out because i wasnt getting better… so i was worried… and which that made me go to panic attack and then depression again… then i went and uped my dosage to 20 mg again… and it has helped with depression… but now my pupils are dialated and i see all the movement bc of how much light i can see…. i also am very irritated…. anyone have these symptoms with uping there dosage? and did they go away? please please comment back on this if u can… i need toi know so i can put my mind at ease. thanks so much… kacie

May 24, 2011 at 2:32 am
(65) Sara says:

I am one of the people who it affected the first day. Day One I felt AMAZING hours after taking 5mg of lexapro. Honestly I felt like I had taken extacy. I was laughing & smiling and being silly. Felt like my old self! It was great! Day two was the same.

Then Day 3 & 4 I feel flat, sooooo tired and starting to feel discouraged again. This Blah Zombie feeling is terrible. I wish I could feel that happy Lifted mood I felt the first two days. It wasnt placebo effect because I have been depressed for a long time. I am a very real person…. couldnt fake a smile if I tried. and I was laughing and telling stories to my Boyfriend. He couldnt believe how happy I was. What Happened???!!! :(

September 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(66) Liz says:

Just started Lexapro 10 mg 10 days ago. At first high anxiety. Now extreme depression & irritation. Went off of effexor after several yrs. because therapist & I didn’t think it was effective. I have no energy except to cry. If this doesn’t improve I don’t know how long I will stay on this medicine. I am clenching my teeth like never before, which I think is a sign of anxiety, which I thought this medicine was supposed to help.

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