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Is anyone here taking Lexapro? Care to share you expirences with it, any s/e? Thanks!... Read More

  1. by   pootypootwell
    I started taking Lexapro last winter when my mother went into a nursing home. That, along with some other personal crap, and the winter blues was more than I could cope with so my doctor started me on it. I didn't notice any side effects whatsoever. I did start out on 10 mgs but increased to 20 a couple of months later and that did it for me. I have much more patience with my patients now. Pun intended. Everyone's different so who knows how you'll react until you've tried it.
    Good luck.
    Stephanie
  2. by   TracyB,RN
    Lawnurse... I noticed in your first post on this thread, you mentioned very vivid dreams. I started the Wellbutrin 2 weeks ago, today, to stop smoking (after having tried umpteen times, with various methods).
    But, the dream thing just jumped out at me, I have been having totally bizarre dreams since I started this, but it has DEFINITELY helped with the smoking.. I have gone from 1.5 packs per day, down to 6.5 cigarettes in 48 hrs. I feel more energetic & have not had any problems with s/e, other than the dream thing, a decrease in appetite (which is totally OK with me, LOL) & the obvious, the decrease in smoking.... My friends are already commenting on how I don't smell like an ashtray anymore, (I never could tell). My sense of smell is already improving. So far, so good.
  3. by   ZZTopRN
    Quote from Lawnurse
    thanks for the reply -

    I took ambien for awhile will I was on effexor. Instead of putting me to sleep, it make me "drunk." I did some pretty crazy things on ambien (including getting out of bed and 'decideding' i need more ambien, and taking even more of it, hiding things form myself, telling my bf we should think of names for our unborn children, drawing on the walls with markers, etc. :selfbonk: ) and it made me not care about going to sleep. I also used Trazodone for a long time, but the effect wore off. Two MDs told me Trazodone wears off after a while.

    I'm back to Benedryl 50mg hs, which is just not effective enough.

    Anyone know anything about hydroxyzine for sleeping? Is that used?

    Lawnurse:

    How awful scary that must have been when you were taking Ambien. Using these medications are so different for everyone. I was on Trazadone for a short time and the nausea was so bad I couldn't tolerate it.

    Right now I am decreasing to 1/2 of the Ambien. Started last night and still feel pretty good. Hope this continues so I can stop taking it. I am trying to get my energy back so I can start working out again. Once my brain starts working again and I can do that it helps me sleep.

    Good luck to you and hope you find something for your insomnia. It is so horrible to not sleep, but be so tired you cannot do anything but still cannot sleep.

    mv
  4. by   A476
    Quote from jaimealmostRN
    Is anyone here taking Lexapro? Care to share you expirences with it, any s/e? Thanks!
    NOW THIS MAY SEEM TO BE A STRANGE QUESTION TO ASK YOU GUYS AND GALS. WHEN IN YOUR CAREER DID YOU REALIZE THAT YOU NEEDED MEDICATION, SUCH AS ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? OR WHAT EVER IT WAS TO GET YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY OR NIGHT? WAS IT WHILE YOU WERE IN SCHOOL? CLINICALS? OR IN THE FEILD DUE TO NOT FINDING YOUR IDEAL JOB THAT YOU HAVE? I'M READING ALL OF THE THINGS THAT'S WRITTEN ALL THE TIME AND I'M TAKING IT ALL IN. IT MAY HAPPEN TO ME AND IT MAY NOT. WHAT WOULD BE SOME OF THE TAIL-TAIL SIGNS THAT YOU NEED TO SEE A DR.? I DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL I'M READY TO CRACK LIKE A EGG. THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL INFORMATION YOU GUYS AND GALS. I REALLY TAKES GUTS TO SAY THAT YOU NEEDED HELP. . WHEN IT'S MY TURN AND FEEL LOST I KNOW THAT I CAN COME HERE AND I YOU GUYS AND GALS THAT'S HONEST. I LIKE THAT. WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU STICK WITH IT. NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS SAY.
  5. by   Lawnurse
    Tracy - yea for less smoking!! That's great! :hug

    Movingalong - actually, my unusual reaction to Ambien was really funny...My bf called me "ambi-girlfriend" when I was on it because it made me so strange. While it was really entertaining, it didn't help me sleep because when I was "high" on it, the last thing I cared about what getting sleep...too busy drawing murals on the bathroom walls, etc. :chuckle I guess I'm lucky I didn't do anything dangerous like try and drive a car...
  6. by   mattsmom81
    I just want to add my thanks to A476's...the honest responses here make it easier for those of us suffering in silence to seek help.
  7. by   rn4babies67
    i have been taking lexapro now for 2 years - it has been a lifesaver!! after my husband was laid off, life took a downward spiral and i was clearly depressed. my dr put me on this and i will always be grateful to him. i did not suffer from any side effects except for headaches when i first started - they weren't even that bad. to me, the end result was worth a couple of headaches. i am bale to be a part of life and not just sick back on the side lines.
  8. by   anichols
    i have met many who benefit from lexapro, but.... my husband was prescribed lexapro for stress d/t new house/new job/car wreck all in a 2 week period. while we have friends who reported nausea etc with it, he had no adverse effects and it did great at mellowing him out and getting him to sleep. things calmed down and he decided to go off it slowly titrating down... he went ballistic, couldn't sleep, and became irrational. the md response was there's no side effects and he must obviously have a psych disorder. we searched for the pharm company website and found all these to be common side effects and that like many drugs it hasn't been tested much for long term or withdrawal. they finally had to put him on a different drug to subdue the withdrawal and basically use that to wean him from lexapro and then wean him from the secondary drug. now all's well but he's sworn he'll never use any similar medications in the future no matter how great the need, all because of the hell he had to go through with the lexapro.
  9. by   wannalearn
    Quote from Lawnurse
    fortunately, is is not anxiety waking me up. the Lexapro makes me feel wide awake and it carries over into the night, even though I take it in the early morning. I am very happy with the increased dose, and I won't decrease it just because of the insomnia because it has made such a difference, but I would like to get some sleep!
    You might try taking a low dose of Benadryl before bed. I wasn't taking Lexapro, but Paxil (which turned out to have way too many s/e) but taking one Benadryl tab before bed took care of my insomnia and restless legs. Good Luck!
  10. by   ICUsleep
    Quote from mjlrn97
    Paxil has literally saved my life.

    I've been on it for 4 years now, and have only had to increase the dosage once. I get pretty weird if I run out of it and don't get to the pharmacy within a day or two........I've learned that the side effects of sudden withdrawal are far more unpleasant than those of the drug itself.
    I can relate to this! I felt loopy after not taking Paxil for just ONE day when I was on about 2 years ago, and I do feel that it saved my life (I was in a MAJOR DEPRESSION at the time).
    The only side effects it had effected my boyfriend at the time more than they effected me...I never wanted sex, I was a bit goofy for an hour or so after taking the meds, he would have to constantly repeat things he had just said 5 minutes earlier...:chuckle
    I went off of Paxil after about one year, because I basically thought it had done what it was going to do and that I didn't need to be on a med for the rest of my life...and I couldn't afford it or my psychiatrist anymore.
    I did half my dosage trying to wean myself off, but that withdrawal was PURE HELL!! Has made me very hesitant about starting any brain-effecting drug again, but I will seek help if I ever again feel that I just can't go on living, but only then. I have found that most of my depression clears up withing a certain time frame regardless and that diet and exercise and taking mental health breaks (and avoiding alcohol while depressed) helps me....what I am saying is not meant to discourage others from getting help.
    I think if someone is so far down they can't get up they should certainly get help, meds, whatever. Just do yourself a favor and do some research on drug CESSATION before taking any long-term drug (which is what all antidepressants are), because most docs do not do much research on the drug cessation. Please don't see a general practitioner for mental health needs; PLEASE see someone who specializes in psychiatric disease and medicine.
  11. by   jmaf
    Quote from a476
    now This May Seem To Be A Strange Question To Ask You Guys And Gals. When In Your Career Did You Realize That You Needed Medication, Such As Anti-depressants? Or What Ever It Was To Get You Through Your Day Or Night? Was It While You Were In School? Clinicals? Or In The Feild Due To Not Finding Your Ideal Job That You Have? I'm Reading All Of The Things That's Written All The Time And I'm Taking It All In. It May Happen To Me And It May Not. What Would Be Some Of The Tail-tail Signs That You Need To See A Dr.? I Don't Want To Wait Until I'm Ready To Crack Like A Egg. This Is Really Helpful Information You Guys And Gals. I Really Takes Guts To Say That You Needed Help. . When It's My Turn And Feel Lost I Know That I Can Come Here And I You Guys And Gals That's Honest. I Like That. Whatever Works For You Stick With It. No Matter What Others Say.

    I knew I was depressed but tried to fight it off myself, no such luck. I quit my job to go to school after being out of school for 25 years. One of my best friends died, and a few other life changing events that went on. I was to the point of crying at the drop of a hat. I felt like I was watching the world pass me by. I did not feel like I was a part of it. The best way to describe that feeling for me is: I could picture my self sitting in a barren room all by myself, no doors, only windows. I could see the world go by. I would wish a tractor trailer truck would hit me so I wouldn't have to keep fighting to keep myself going. Also I had other symptoms. Luckily I had some great friends in school who could see the change in me. They encouraged me to go see my Dr. I was put on Zoloft at first and had some s/e, those went away then came back. I was put on Lexapro with no s/e. I am glad I am on it, I don' want to go back to that dark place again.
  12. by   gwenhyfar
    It has been a miracle drug for my daughter. I was wide awake and productive for almost 72 hours after 1 dose. The point is, if you need it, and it works for you, do it. I wish it was as easy for my son---
  13. by   countryhick
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    My 15 year old takes 10 mg Lexapro QD for depression. The only side effect has been increased sweating. The doctor says that an expected side effect, also some loss of appietite is normal in the beginning. We haven't noticed that. He looks and feels great. He also takes Strattera on school days. He's a totally different child than he was several years ago and has gone from failing to A & B's in honors science, history and english and is in ROTC.

    We had been the therapy route since he was in the 4th grade and at times it got better and then again it would get worse. The depression started taking over his personality in a big way once he hit middle school. Now he's in high school.

    I have suffered from depression but not ADD since I was about 12. I've been on Zoloft for 8 years. I wish there had been help around for me when I was younger. I resisted putting him on medication because of his age but it sure has made a tremendous difference for both him and us.

    I would not discourage anyone from trying an anti-depressant just because someone had a bad reaction. For every drug in the PDR there have been bad reactions so there's no case there. The only advice I can offer is only take an anti-depressant prescribed by a psychiatrist. I do believe they should be the only one's legally allowed to prescribe anti-depressants because they are the only one's who should be diagnosing mental illness. I know that won't change but as much as I trust my Internist I wouldn't let him prescribe the anti-depressant.

    yes, i take it right before bedtime and in about 30-45 minutes, wake up drenched with sweat. It seems like what a hot flash would be like. initially, I would experience ''waves" of nausea, but that has passed. otherwise, i cant tell that I have experienced any side effects.

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