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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I am a 26 year old who has had anxiety since I was a child. I've gone through rough spots on and off throughout my life where I would feel extremely anxious and nauseous all of the time. I finally decided to do something about it when I started experiencing panic attacks on top of it all. Lexapro along with seeing a psychologist saved my life. I went into this knowing there is no "magic" pill out there - I still have good and bad days like everyone, but NOTHING like how bad I felt before. When I initially began taking the medicine, it made my anxiety worse - I told my doctor and he adjusted the dosage to a smaller amount. I felt tremendously better in just about a week, and have continued to feel better and better.
Review by Prplreign (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I have suffered from depression for years. At first I was a little apprehensive to take any medication but I had reached a low point. Everyday I woke up with a storm cloud over my head, I was irritable, quick to anger and always grumpy. I could literally feel the weight of my mood on me at all times. I barely laughed anymore, I didn't find anything enjoyable. I have been taking 10mg of Lexapro for three weeks now and I am floored by the difference it has made. It's like I can feel again. I know this sounds cliche, but everything is more vivid, more colorful, more lively. I didn't experience any side effects other than loss of appetite.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I suffered from anxiety, obsessive thoughts due to anxiety, and depression as a result. I had thoughts in my head that I tried to suppress and the thoughts just came back stronger. I thought that I was completely helpless and began to have suicidal thoughts. I started on Zoloft (first on 25mg then 50mg) and it helped with my depression and anxiety, except it made me really sleepy. My doctor suggested Lexapro at 10mg and I have been on it for about 5 weeks now. My condition has improved tremendously! I am happier and my thoughts aren't overpowering my life. I started CBT and that has helped as well. DO NOT GIVE UP. Things will get better, I promise. I thought the medicine wouldn't work for me, but it does.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Lexapro seemed to do some things to help with the negative thinking I had from depression, but it had the side effect of making me extremely tired all the time, which was enough to counteract any of the positive benefits I was getting from it. Zoloft ended up being the better medication for me.
escitalopram for Anxiety: I am 23 years old and have been on Lexapro for 7 months for anxiety. I decided to come write a review because I remember when I was first prescribed Lexapro I was in a bit of a panic. I didn't know rather or not to take it and looked for as much information as I could. Most of the review I read were negative but I was in such a bad place that I chose to still give it a try. So, I want there to actually be a good review out there for people to see and read. I can say that Lexapro changed my life. My extreme anxiety is gone. I sleep normally and I feel like a new person. The only complaints I have, is that I am always tired and it KILLED my sex drive. Love it.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I am a 30 year old female who has suffered from depression and anxiety my entire life and it got worse after I had my daughter. Two years after she was born, I couldnt take it anymore and I had to get help. I talked to my doctor and was put on Lexapro, 10 mg. I hated it at first. I was dizzy and "swimmy" feeling, couldnt sleep, couldnt eat, felt out of it, couldn't care less about things that were going on. This only lasted about a week! Then, I could gradually feel myself getting used to it. My next appt, my dosage was upped to 20 mg (he started me on 10 because he wanted to ease me into it knowing I was a mom and worked full time; i still needed to function). Let me just say that Lexapro SAVED MY LIFE!! I love it and swear by it!
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escitalopram for Depression: Thought I would share my experience about Lexapro here. After transitioning from year 12 into university I started to feel down. I felt anxious throughout year 12 but nothing like how I was feeling in March. I was at my lowest and I wasn't enjoying any of my normal activities I was literally getting up to live a hopeless day. I knew that this feeling wasn't right so I got help. Doc prescribed me 20 mg of Lexapro in combination with counseling. Worked for three months now I'm feeling the side effects. I feel there is a cloud over my brain. I can't feel the emotions good and bad. I can't cry, when I feel I need to. It's stunted my emotional empathy. I also feel extremely tired on it.
Review by contrabandit (taken for less than 1 month):
escitalopram for Depression: I dont know if I like this or not. Taking it for depressiom and anxiety disorder and I have add too. The issue with me, is wherr with add and anxiety I wouldnt act up as much because I was too nervous, now I basically have no filter mechanism and I just say whatever pops into my brain. Its weird. Im not angry or anything. I also have major problems sleeping, but if I lay down I can sleep, but im kind of restless and just want to wander around. Im also kind of more forgetful on it and still have bad focus issues. I just dont care about the focus issues like I used to. I still need that fixed...but onw thing at a time I guess.
So the first few days I really didnt feel different, aside from being more pleasant and chatty.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I suffer from SAD and in the winter it sometimes felt like I could actually feel the darkness, especially on dreary days. I've been on Lexapro for 3 years and it has worked great. I only feel a tinge of "heaviness" if it stays dreary for several days, but even then it is nothing like it used to be.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Male, late 40's. Earlier summer events created extended stress that eventually broke me. Every morning I'd wake with sweat rolling down my neck, lost my appetite and the worst-case scenario of everything played in my mind. I'm normally the "rock" that everyone turns to. Started with Wellbutrin for 2 weeks but that left me with heightened anxiety. Spent a couple weeks on Propranolol / Klonopin but that 's not a long term solution. Started 10 mg Lexapro (generic) and after 5 1/2 weeks, nothing but crazy emotional swings. Switched to 20 mg and after about 2 weeks noticed a distinct change. Greatly reduced symptoms so far. Skeptical as I was, this stuff actually works.
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escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I suffered from acute anxiety and panic disorders my entire life and had no idea of how much it was crippling me until my late 30s. I have been taking Escitalopram for about a year now and I am a new person. Small challenges would throw me into a tailspin of constant thoughts and hyper-anxious reactions and I would end up just wanting to stay in bed. I am a new woman and take 20mg *faithfully*. What I love about this medication is that I still have the same concerns but they do not "spin me out" - I handle them and move on. I am not hamstrung by my thoughts and fears being out of control anymore.
escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I was on Lexapro for a year and decided to come off because of weight gain. The weight gain was mostly the result of not really caring about working out and the food I was eating. I'm sure that could be controlled with a little more willpower on my part. Other than that this medicine saved my life. I have had several episodes of depression with significant anxiety. I tried other SSRIs and experienced terrible side effects, mainly increased anxiety and severe insomnia. While Lexapro did cause some increased anxiety for the first few days it was manageable and after about 7 weeks I felt great and back in control of my life. I have been off of it for 3 months and my symptoms are returning. So I am going back on it and plan to stay on it.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Lexapro SAVED MY MARRIAGE...to my husband of one year. After a few bad years of terrible MOOD SWINGS, verbal and Physical abuse[he battered his kids mother years ago and was jailed], irrational behavior, defiance, his obsessive *porn* addiction, lying about $$/secretive personality.. I am finally able to say that this medicine has CHANGED him and he is NOT a MONSTER anymore..His obsessive nature is GONE. I cried the first week he got on it and thanked God over and over..We tried two rounds of counseling combined with going to church and the rage wouldnt go away so a relative of his suggested he take Celexa because he had the same disorder..He was put on Lexapro instead..I am VERY HAPPY now..
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I am a 60 year male who became disabled 14 years ago. Every since I was unable to work or even walk I have been very depressed and had severe anxiety. Once I was started on 20 mgs of Lexapro I felt like a new person. It took a week or so for the full effect to come on but have had no problems with side effects at all. Thank God for Lexapro!
escitalopram for Depression: Took 10mg last night for the first time. Felt drowsy after an hour. Thought this was a good thing because I have trouble sleeping, but when I went to bed and started my usual worries, my heart started pounding in my throat and I felt like I couldn't breath deep enough. It was a struggle to sleep all night and woke up from weird dreams at 3am and was WIDE awake. It is now almost 11 and I feel like I am trembling internally. I will not be continuing this medication. I wonder if it is because it is a generic? I have heard patients have more issue with generics.
escitalopram for Depression: I have been dealing with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I'm in college now, and finally coming to terms that I have both. I have seasonal depression. I tried several other big name medication since I came to terms with my depress.and anxi. Escitalopram has made a huge change in the pass few weeks of taking it. Even my professor said I look so much happier. I'm not pulling at my hair(anxiety) and only reason why I wont get out of bed is now b.c I'm sleepy in the morning and not sad. I have more energy now and much happier in general. Beside yawning*sideeffect... I'm doing well. week 4.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Lexapro is extremely helpful in reducing my generalized anxiety disorder. I need to take a Xanax very very rarely in case of panic attack or severe anxiety that the Lexapro doesn't cut it but 98% of the time Lexapro knocks out my feelings of rumination from generalized anxiety, panic and fear.
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Review by Life changer (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
escitalopram for Anxiety: Escitalopram stick with it. I went on 10mg for my anxiety. I'm 47 years old and I have never taking anything before but it was time to live my life without anxiety. I felt tired, really weird for about 3-4 weeks. I didn't know if I could live feeling like this on escitalopram. Needless to say after a couple months all the kinks worked themselves out. I wake up feeling like I have never felt before. Relaxed, happy and ready for anything. I cannot believe I lived so long itch the anxiety because now I feel great.
My advise is to keep with escitalopram because it takes awhile but when your body chemistry accepts it. Your life will change.
escitalopram for Depression: I started on cipralex 10mg about a month ago then increased to 15mg 2 weeks ago. I have Major Depression and Social anxiety disorder and have for many years untreated. Although the first day on cipralex I did notice the side effects a great deal such as, dizziness, unable to focus, thoughts were running a mile a minute, couldnt sleep, nausea(no vomitting), felt extremely anxious and just had a all around body high (trembling and sensitive skin) I would not recommend taking cipralex FOR THE FIRST TIME on a day you need to do anything.I literally laid in bed for hours feeling very weird and thinking very weird thoughts. But after first day side effects left and have noticed I am actually happy again no low moods all around feel hopeful!!
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was only on Lexapro for 2 weeks but in that time, I had a headache everyday, would get extremely tense muscles and the back of my neck, was very drowsy (took a few 2+ hour naps), felt dizzy (had some vertigo effects), couldn't focus on anything, and completely lost the ability to orgasm which caused my partner a lot of stress and made sex frustrating instead of enjoyable. I was on 5mg for a week then 10mg. It just wasn't worth it for me. I'm now taking Wellbutrin SR and like it so far (only on my 3rd day).
escitalopram for Anxiety: Great reduction in symptoms. I have virtually no anxiety symptoms at all now. Am in the process of weaning off now. Have taken 10mg for 6 years. Went to 7.5mg for about 2 months and now down to 5mg. No negative side effects with weaning off this slowly.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I was experiencing a lot of anxiety and depression and panic attacks. My first reaction to my anxiety was to drink alcohol. Since alcohol is a depressant, that made everything worse. Now that I am on this medication, I feel like I'm back old self - and I have no desire for alcohol (which should not be taken with this medication anyway). I started with 10mg initially and had a lot of side effects (nausea, diarrhea, etc.) and was very lethargic, so I cut it in half and tried again. I can't tell you how much this medication has helped me. Remember, our body chemistries are all different, so sometimes adjustment have to be made initially. Now I'm on 10mg and I feel like a new woman.
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escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Day 5 today, my doctor prescribed me this for mild panic attacks I have when at work. So far it has not been to bad, slight headaches and I am finding I am having trouble with my sleep. Its either a broken sleep, waking up a lot or sleeping but feeling like I'm not asleep (if that makes sense). However I have found that it has slightly worked so far, have had my thoughts of stopping because of the sleeping thing, but will keep at it after reading the reviews, seems to work for most people.
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