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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
8:39 pm
I'm so happy I found this community.

I was taking lexapro for over a year now and I stopped recently due to a dramatic weight gain.
I at first did not think it could have been the drug until I read into it and I found a lot of people had gained weight from the drug as well.
And it sucks.

I went from 111, to 130.

I've never weighed over 120 in my life until now.

Losing the weight has been the biggest challenge in my life but I stopped taking the drug cause I feared that I would keep gaining weight.

Now I don't know what to do about my anxiety.

Has this happened with anyone else?

thank you <3

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
5:44 pm
Has anyone here switched from lexapro to another anti-depressant/anxiety and had success? I am currently on 20MG of lexapro. I took a break in my treatment a while ago, and when I went back on the meds, there were more side effects than before, and I was much more tired and less motivated. I'm thinking maybe another medication would work better for me. And advice?
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
12:29 am
Question about being off meds
Within the last few months I have tapered off and now (within last 3 weeks) have been off my regular 10mg dose. Within these last three weeks I have (on occasion) been getting the most gruesome migraines I think known to man...just wondering if anyone had similar issues once being off meds or if it's just a weird coincidence.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
8:55 pm
Hi all
I took Lexapro a few years ago and have been off of it for a couple years and now I'm on 10 MG of it. I remember when they upped my dose last time I got really sleepy, like I am now. I want to sleep all the time and I am constantly yawning. Plus it seems like my eyes are slightly dilated and I have a headache. What does everyone else do about this if this happened to you?

Current Mood: blank
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
2:20 pm
I have been on effexor for only about 4 months, at 75mg (after trying lexapro and having a terrible experience with that). I have decided for the second time to stop. The first time I just gave up because my mood swings in just one day of withdrawal was too much. I am now on my 6th day without it and i feel absolutely awful. The vertigo and flu-like feeling is almost debilitating, I feel so nauseous and my head aches so severely that I just want to stay in bed all day. Also, everything puts me on the verge of tears. I am surprised how bad my withdrawal is for such a low dose at such a short length of time. I originally went to the doctor because I was vomiting with hot flashes/night sweats and was convinced I had the flu.

I know there are other people who have had this terrible experience of withdrawal from almost every antidepressant/anxiety medication. My question is, what EASES it? I have heard those detoxifying kits may be helpful, but I don't know if I buy into that. The only thing that seems to help is my migraine medicine.. which is SUPER expensive and mega strength so I dont feel comfortable popping one every day for this reason. Are there any foods that ease the vertigo/nausea/head pain? I am just looking for anything, ANYTHING to help me get through this. I don't know how long it's going to last but I don't know if I can put up with it for much longer!!
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
10:12 am
should i ask my doc to up my dosage?
i've been taking lexapro for about 2 months now and things were really good for a while. i mean, excellent. i felt better than i ever had before. then came the sleepless nights. my doc put me on lunesta to help me sleep, but even with lunesta, i find myself waking up in the middle of the night frequently, and am tossing and turning restlessly all night.

i have also noticed that the lexapro seems to be ... waning. i dunno, i'm just not feeling the affects of it like i did at first. it's not because i'm just used to it now, i honestly feel like it's being retroactive. like i'm feeling a little more depressed than usual. i wake up in a funk and and HORRIBLE bad mood often. at work i'm cranky and short with people. i didn't even have this problem before i took the lexapro. now i'm very angry and sometimes depressed. depressed to the point that i just sleep sleep sleep.

now, i really liked the initial results of the lexapro. i was given 10mgs. do you think i should ask the doc to up the dosage to 20mgs or do you think i've hit my lexapro plateau and might need to just try something different?

all advice is welcome. thanks guys.
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
1:15 pm
My Intro:Collapse )

My BURNING question:
Ok so I have been seeing this psych for almost a year...and I am really beginning to question her judgment when it comes to my meds. I am currently on 80 mg of Lexapro and from what I understand that is a BIT high. So high in fact my pharmacist has pulled me aside twice to discuss it. I am so tired all the time. I am wondering how much of this has to do with the Lexapro. Has anyone else been on a higher dosage of Lexapro? Is this dangerous?
Friday, September 8th, 2006
4:37 am
Really weird one here...but i've been on Lexapro for about 3 to 4 months now, first 3 months on 10mgs, then last month on 20mgs. It's almost like being on 'ecstacy' since i've started taking the 20mg's. Honestly, usually after i've eaten in the evening, I start feeling really 'peaky' & the only experience I can liken it to is taking 'E's' many years ago!
It's not unpleasant, but obviously it's not too pleasant either, as I have a life to lead...is this the Serotonin messing with my brain?
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
5:07 pm
I was wondering how long it takes for lexapro to ware off...i was on it all school year but it upset my stomach, made me insanely hungry, and gave me mania so i switched to lamictal. it was amazing for my depression and anxiety however.i was wondering how long it takes lexapro to ware off cuz i am on a really low dose of lamictal because I am having trouble tolerating it. i am soooo scared i will start getting really depressed because in one month i go to college so I want to know how i am going to feel. it's been a week and a half without lexapro and so far i feel fine. any insight would be great. thanks! and if anyone has any experience with lamictal i would like to know that too.. thanks alot!
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
12:49 am
I'm new, so I thought I'd share
Earlier this year I was diagnosed with panic/anxiety disorder and along with severe bipolar depression.

I first took it when I completely broke down and went to my GP and she recommended it for anxiety and depression. At first it was alright. I lost weight. But I always had such a weird sensation in my brain and body. It almost felt like they're pulling on each other.. To me it felt like my brain was trying to be nervous/depressed, but I couldn't. But as I kept taking it, it gradually kept getting worse and worse.

Then, when I went to my psychiatrist, when I was diagnosed as bipolar and P&A disorder, I was prescribed depakote and lexapro. It was the most awful thing in the entire world, I thought it was the depakote. But I would wake up and see and hear things that weren't there. I'm the type of person that can jump in the car last minute and drive to California, and I was so terrified leaving out of my front door. I couldn't attend school or barely make it to my Dr. appts. I'd feel so awful, I almost commited suicide. I couldn't handle the way it made me feel.

Around May, I was admitted into a psych ward for attempting suicide. I was curently just taking lithium and klonopin. My psychiatrist there had me take lexapro a second time for my depression. I took it at bedtime. It gave me the worst anxiety, I would hear things, I was scared about everything going on around me. It gave me the worst nightmears possible. I also cried and cried because of the way it made me feel. When I took it, I lost about 10lbs. I was always sick to my stomach, I could never eat. It also made my anxiety worse than it was before. So as soon as I was out of the hospital, I stopped taking it, and I felt wonderful.

All in all, Lexapro has been the worst medication I've ever taken.

Current Mood: okay
Saturday, July 15th, 2006
1:25 pm
I was on Lexapro in the early spring, but I didn't like how it made me feel and I didn't like the practical nurse I was given to talk to. So i slowly weaned myself off of it with help from my mother. I have recently started taking birth control that can cause depression and I am getting ready to go to college. I have noticed the same symptoms. My boyfriend's ex-girlfriend who he is still friends with, drives me nuts. I get headaches, I feel weak, I cry. I don't want it to come back and I don't want to go back to my "therapist" I am just waiting til college to do anything. So I thought that I would just write something see what you have to say.
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
8:06 pm
Hi. I'm new to the community and wanted to introduce myself. I've been on Lexapro for several years, and although it's helped me a lot, I think I'm hooked, and that kind of scares me. I cannot physically function without it. My doc and I both think I've built up a tollerance to it, but when we tried to titrate me off of it, I got physically ill. It's possible that it's withdrawl, but it's also possible that I felt that awful all the time before the meds and I've just grown accustomed to not being crippled by my illness. Anyway. Hi.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
6:58 pm
I've been on lexapro (10mg) for almost a year now...and lately I've been getting really awful migranes. Now I'm not positive that the cause of these are from lexapro but there were days I missed taking my meds and I didnt get mirgranes but on the days I took it I got one. Anyone experience anything similar?

Current Mood: Concerned
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
2:03 pm
is anyone aware of any problems with taking Omega-3 with Lexapro?
Thanks for any input anyone may have!
Thursday, June 1st, 2006
7:32 pm
I'm not going to live with the 40+ extra pounds gained from Lexapro. Soon, when I get enough courage up I'll switch to Zoloft. I'll be thin again. I swear it.

(I just hit the street to do my running and this old fat guy comes up to me and says, "I remember when I first met you, two years ago. You looked so good! Now, girl...you better stop sitting on your ass before you get any bigger." This is the same guy, who two months ago said: 'wow, i didn't recognize you...you've gained weight!')

Anyway, I told him that's why I was jogging. And I ran away from him. Fast. I would've told him to suck my left one, but--he is right.

I have got to stop the Lexapro, it's just that it works. It makes me very very fat, but it IS working.

Has anyone else gone from Lex to the Big Z? Anyone gain as much weight as I have from this? How do you get it to stay off?
Friday, May 26th, 2006
11:56 pm
I really can't take this Med anymore! ARGH!
I've been taking 10mg of Lexapro for exactly a week now for depression and I really can't stand the way it's making me feel...so tired and like my brain is all fuzzy- like I have cotton in my head preventing me from thinking clearly- I can't even type correctly anymore, esp. 30min-2hours after I take it. I know that the first couple weeks can suck and I should wait it out but I'm really really hating being in my own head right now- even though I was really depressed before (still am) at least I could clear my head and didn't have these headaches and clench my jaw so tight all the time.

sorry for the rant, but I have an appointment on monday morning with the doc that practically threw these samples at me without telling me a single side-effect and I want her to help me get off this stuff, the thought that I have to keep taking it another two nights makes me feel even worse, if I had any strong emotions right now I would hate lexapro.

anyone dealt with anything like this? I don't know what to do but try and muddle and sleep my way through the weekend before I see the doctor- this is FINALS week at my college too, great timing!

Current Mood: distressed but lost
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
9:50 pm
How did you end up with Lexapro?
I started Lexapro about a week ago but now that I've had a chance to read up on several antidepressants, Wellbutrin sounds a lot more like what I need. Also Lexapro is making me feel really tired/weird and I've heard so many people say that it has made them gain weight (I'm already easily 50lbs overwieght so am scared of that). Did your doctors suggest the medications that you are on, or did you ask them about it?
I'd like to ask my doctor about changing but don't want to seem like I'm playing doctor on myself, you know? Is it all right to suggest/ask about certain medications for yourself?

Thanks a lot - I'm new to taking any medications really so don't know how this works!
Friday, May 19th, 2006
8:46 am
I am CRANKY today.

I have decided to get off lexapro THIS WEEK. When I miss may daily dose... I can get weepy, cranky and crazy. So since I'm home alone this week and only the pets will have to put up with me.

I think it helped me when I needed it and along the way but I think it's not doing much for me now.

I'll update soon.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
9:58 pm
i got prescribed lexapro over a week ago.
...still haven't taken any yet.

been on 9 different psych-meds within the past 3 months, all side effects have been horrible.

what do i do?
give it a try?

tell me your stories....

Current Mood: nervous
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
3:18 pm
i've been on it for about 3 weeks.
it's okay.
just okay.
has me on it with xanax which again annoys me
b/c i shouldn't have panic attacks if i'm taking
30mgs of something for anxiety.

anyone else tried cymbalta yet?
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