Hi, I am a 23 year old woman currently taking 10 mg of Lexapro a day. I've been on it for 2 years and my panic attacks and major depression has subsided. However, I am still feeling a major lack of motivation and disinterest in activities that used to engage me. I am able to go about my life which involves substantial responsibilities (I'm a psychology graduate student) and still have an active social life but I do not feel the "love for life" that I felt before the depression and medication. I am wondering if this could be a side effect of the medicine or if it is a residual of my major depressive episode. If anyone has had these symptoms while on Lexapro, advice/thoughts would be much appreciated.
5 Aug 2010
Hi anne9900, I was on Celexa for 5 years then was switched to lexapro and was on that for the past 5 years I went from getting up every morning and working out for 2 hours every day to taking a half hour walk every day. It has nothing to do with depression. I lacked motivation and felt removed (numb) all the time. I tried to come off it many many many times but, the withdrawal symptoms are HORRIFIC!! I finally found a remedy that's helped somewhat and even though it's only been a short period of time I'm already feeling more energetic!! I'm actual getting up before 9am!!! and not having to nap in the afternoon and staying up past 9pm!!! I know critics would say that my depression is gone that's why I'm more energetic, but I wasn't put on the Meds for depression, I was put on the for anxiety ... and just had to stay on them because I didn't hav the time it takes to go through the withdrawal symptoms...
well, I got laid off and decided it was now or never and I'm soooo happy I did it, now I feel like it's my duty to warn everyone considering this life stealing drug!! I'm going to try natural remedies and even then I'm checking all side effects and withdrawal symtoms before I sart anything!!! Good Luck!!! ">
12 Dec 2009
I have been on lexapro for a couple years now going from a small dose up to 40mg and am now back down to one and a half 20s a day. I have never had any problem with them giving me a lack of motivation. That seems like more of a problem that medicine isnt working for you but im not a doctor so i wouldnt reccomend you to stop taking them. But I have never had a problem with lexapro.
4 Jun 2010
I have been taking Lex 20 mg for one year now. For me, I have energy. When I first started with Lex, I had the urge to clean. LOL.. I know cleaning. uuhh. For me it was different allI wanted to do was clean. So I did, I also started doing home improvements by myself. I started a garden from nothing. I built a retaining wall. Made up my own designs. I have 2 girls and I keep myself busy by cleaning or gardening. I mean theres day I dont do the dishes but Im pretty motivated. I have other symptoms like terrible mood swings. I dont want to be bothered with at all. I wanna be left alone. Why dont you start doing something positive? Start something that you have never done before. Like I did. Hope this helps..
7 Jan 2006
after taking Lexapro for about 8 months I noticed that I was very disinterested in everything. I didn't have the energy for anything. The things that used to be fun for me were a chore. I was taking 10mg. for two months, then increased to 40 for two more months, and then to fifty for two more months. By christmas this last year, 2005, I felt so bad. I felt worthless, like my life was meaningless. My psychiatrist couldn't see me so I went to an urgent care facility and found out that the maximum dosage is usually 20mg for an adult. I couldn't believe it. It was making me suicidal. So I finally got in to see my regular psychiatrist and really didn't care to take me off of it. I told her I wanted to go off of it but she only decreased it to 40mg. I tried to quit cold turkey but the withdrawals are really bad so I have decided to do it slowly. I am feeling better now that I know what is going on. Before finding out about the Lexapro and the dangers of it I thought that I was going crazy. I hope that this has been a little bit helpful for you. I am sure the stuff makes everyone feel differently. It definitly made me feel blah!
1 Nov 2010
I was on Lexapro for about 3 months and probably needed it at the very beginning. I desided to get off for many reasons. I was somewhat motivated when on it, but then got unmotivated after being on it for 3 months. for 1 week swithed to 10mg. Started taking a multivitamin and vitamin D supplement. Started forcing myself into jogging/( aerobic activity) and eating some good complex carbs/fruits/whole grain cereal in the morning/lunch. so far so good. I have always been a healthy person. still not sleeping well though. was not even while on Lexapro. taking Trazodone 100 mg for sleep now. good luck. friendly advice. This was good for me. 46 years old.
26 Aug 2010
While I can not exactly say it's the Lexapro, I have pretty much sat at this computer for the past 1 1/2 years. I've been on 10 and then 20mg post surgery and have begun eliminating drugs over the past several weeks trying to find "normal". I'm in my first week without any Lexpro and I've started working around the house again. I'm 54 and won't make the conclusion that Lexapro alone was the problem, but I am feeling better. Please know, that any level of withdrawal from drugs like these is not easy or pleasant
10 May 2012
I've been on lexapro for almost a year now, and I LOVE that I can walk away knowing that someone is thinking something bad about me, maybe going to talk behind my back, and being able to stop thinking about it, let it go. Losing that anxiety has been a tremendous relief. However, I have gained 10 pounds and 10% body fat, feel tired most of the time, and have gone from an exercise fiend to this horrible lethargy. I'm starting to think it's great for anxiety, but possibly causing depression? I know when I was on anafranil I had the same problem--gained 40 pounds, and didn't realize until I ran out of my prescription and had to go without it for a weekend how much energy I had been losing. I remember being so excited, thinking, "Wow! I have energy! So this is what it feels like to be hungry!" because all I'd been doing had been eating. Now I have that feeling again, I am never hungry, yet eat anyway.
I DON'T want to go back to that anxiety, but going from a size 0 to a size 6 in 9 months is ridiculous. Does anyone know if l-tyrosine is a good replacement for lexapro? Isn't a doctor going to answer this question, because it seems like this is all just people commenting on the same problem. . .
9 Jan 2006
Hi. I'm a 54 year old male and I had a small stroke (no such thing) in August of 2005. I didn't lose the use of anything, and have still most of the feelings on the side (left) of the stroke. I was put on 10 mg of Lexapro while still in the hospital and almost started climbing the walls when I came home after the first week. I had to start taking Xanax (.5mg)twice a day to offset the extreme anxiety it gave me, but I also lost interest in most everything. I'm an active person who does a lot of customer interaction supporting computers. I have since changed meds, and am unfortunately still having problems, which I'm working with my physciatrist on, but wanted you to know that the loss of interest was something I also felt . Maybe you should consider a change of meds, and doctor if you don't feel happy. 23 is too young to be 'blah'without trying other stuff. I also have issues with depression and anxiety... don't give up, there are new meds everyday which may be able to help you... good luck... John
9 Jan 2006
Thanks for your responses, it helps to know that there are others who are feeling like me... I just cut back to 5mg a few days ago and haven't really noticed any changes yet but I know it takes a few weeks to get out of your system. I am going to make an appointment with a psychiatrist for next week and see what they recommend.
25 Feb 2011
I used to take Lexapro 10 mg, At first it went well and to tell you the truth, I LOVED TAKING LEXAPRO, and I never noticed any changes but my girlfriend started telling me I was changing and that I was becoming a "zombie" and when I think about it i was, I had no more motivation and I was just there. Thats how Lexapro made me feel, maybe its the same with you. I quit cold turkey and had a few major headaches and sweats, also had some trouble sleeping but honestly for me the depression came back but ive just learned to cope with it, I am diagnosed with clinical depression, the doctor said I would be bipolar but since my parents are not bipolar, He didn't "Bipolar runs in my family as well as Manic". Thats my opinion atleast
10 May 2010
I took Lexapro for 6 years and am currently back on it after a brief period of stressful events. I too had that lack of motivation and love for life you mentioned but found a really great cure for it too. I decided to add a lot of exercise to combat the weight gain and the love of life came right back. Something about getting out and burning calories makes that kind of numb feeling in the head go away. I hope this helps. Now that I am back on 10mg I am back on my bicycle every day.
13 Jan 2010
I have been on Lexapro 30mg for 4 years, supposedly for panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. after a university student put me on a written death list (along with 3 other professors) and the university did nothing to stop him. The other 3 teachers quit. The university said he was expressing his "freedom of speech" guaranteed by the first amendment, and after nine months of his following me around pointing his hand at his head like it was a gun, I had a breakdown and began having panic attacks so severe that I had to go on disability.
After I moved to another state, the psychiatrist here put me on Lexapro. For the past few years, on Lexapro, I've had no motivation whatsoever, I am more depressed than I've ever been, am constantly suicidal, and planning mass murder. Whenever I've told the Psych doc this, she laughs and says I have a funny sense of humor and need therapy. Guess what? I've been in therapy. I don't need therapy. I needed to get off the Lexapro. After fixing everything that was "wrong" with my life, there was only one thing left: the Lexapro.
I looked up the rare side-effects and guess what they were? Everything I was experiencing and the things you're experiencing. Then I found this group. After reading how to taper off and about the withdrawal symptoms, I began tapering off myself (it was the weekend, so I couldn't reach my doctor anyway).
The withdrawal symptoms weren't too bad. Not as bad as the side-effects of the Lexapro itself. And for the first time in 4 years, I didn't want to kill myself or someone else, and I felt enough energy to actually do something. When I called my doc on Mon, she was out of the office for two wks (again, she's just gotten back from a 3-weeker out of town), but I told her nurse than I was taking myself off the Lexapro so somebody better tell me how to do it. She consulted with another doc who told me to go down .5 mg a week at a time till I got to 10 mg, then add 50 mg Elavil, which is what I'd been taking before (my doc here wanted to try something "new") and take them together until my doc returned.
No way. After reading many medical site written by doctors, I learned that Lexapro, instead of keeping serotonin in the brain, as SSRIs are supposed to do, depletes it, causing all the bad feelings: lack of motivation, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. Each day I woke up, I felt better -- until my daily dose of Lexapro kicked in. It was horrible.
Today is my first day of no Lexapro at all. I took two day on 10 mg along with 50 mg of Elavil, then realized that if Lexapro is destroying the serotonin, I'm never going to feel good while on the Lexapro, so, today I took the Elavil without taking the Lexapro. I've taken Elavil before and felt wonderful (for depression & migraines, before I had panic attacks). I feel wonderful today.
And here's the thing: Lexapro is for depression and GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER, which I do not have, and which it doesn't sound like you have either. It is not for Panic Disorder. No where in the PDR literature or in the FDA literature does it indicate that Lexapro should be prescribed for Panic Disorder. My doc and I are having a serious talk when she gets back in Feb and I see her.
Your lack of motivation and depression are from the Lexapro. It is listed as one of the serious side effects that alerts you to "see your doctor immediately" no matter how long you've been on the medication in order to get off Lexapro as quickly and safely as possible. Do NOT go off Lexapro "cold turkey" as it can cause a heart attack or other serious fatal conditions.
Make your doc put you on another, older SSRI, one that's been around longer and which has more post-marketing data available for patients' reactions AFTER it's been approved by the FDA since drug companies are far too powerful and too quick to release drugs without caring what the drugs do to us.
Blessings on your path, as my Lakhota friend says, and I will send you healing,
28 Jan 2010
I have been on Lexapro for approximately four years. I have been on so many anti-depressant/whatever cocktails for my bipolarity (with mixed episodes) I can't remember them all. The majority of the anti-depressants didn't have awful side effects--some of them helped until my body simply became immune to them. (Those medications for other aspects of me being bipolar are mostly horror stories.) The Lexapro seems to keep my bipolarity at bay (I also take Lamictal as a mood stabilizer), but, I definitely feel the lack of motivation you are describing. Strange, I had never even thought that the Lexapro could be the culprit. I've had the best luck with it depression-wise, but, if I were able to get motivation back into my life, I think I would be willing to try something else again, though I am wary, after sooo many previous medications.So, thank you for your question and answers, as they have give me a clue as to my lack of motivation.
8 Jan 2010
i'm a 20 year old woman and this is only my first week of being on lexapro but i am already finding that i am way way less motivated and although i had no motivation anyway due to my depression, i feel that its getting worse, when i sit down when i finish work or college and i find that have no energy to move and before i know it its 6 hours later and i haven't moved a muscle, the tv isn't even turned on, im just sitting alone in the dark because the sun went down and the light switch seems so much effort to turn on. even when i get up in the morning for my shower, i end up staying in ther for an hour because i end up phasing out every 2 minutes.
but to me it sounds like its just whats left over from your major depression, i'd say wait another few weeks and see how it goes and if it doesn't improve, i suggest you see your doctor
good luck x
15 Jan 2011
every person is different I had the same thing but at the time I thought it was because I had been through such a rough time with depression, I think meds like this would have an effect or could like that if this continues to bother you just be safe and mention it to the doctor I know this may not have been much help but I want the best for you
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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