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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Been off and on Lexapro for 4 years now. I dread having to go back on it as the side effects make me feel lousy - headaches, nausea, jittery, insomnia, lightheaded and anxious. After a week though I feel back to normal and my energy and love for life returns. Being a person who prefers not to take medication I know that sometimes you can fight too long before you need a helping hand - Lexapro helped me. If you do get side effects at the beginning I advise you to go with the flow, understand that it's the medication working & think positive - take care to you all.
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Review by Edward Scissorhands (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 250lbs, 6'2, male.. Am taking 5mg Lexapro for about a week, and either it is this or the Lamictal (100mg), but I've experienced reduced anxiety, I was wondering if it just reduces the Anxiety or also reduces the symptoms because I still get pounding and increased heart beat, my blood pressure is usually 20 points high, I take Lisinopril and used to get 120/80 , now I get 140/80 with the lisinopril, Lexapro and Lamictal. Other things I've heard is if you go off Lamictal cold turkey, you'll get seizures. I'm staying on 5mg, I figure if the dose is upped, it overloads the system and is maybe what leads to tolerance, so I'm staying with a small dose until I feel ready to up it.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I've been on Lexapro for two months now. The first 4 weeks I had very minor side effects. Dry mouth, dilated pupils, etc. VERY minor and only lasted 2 days each. Two months later I can tell you this medication is amazing. I suffered from very periodic anxiety which turned into panic attacks on some occasions. It was always in the back of my mind as to if or when it was going to happen. That's no way to live. I feel focused with clear thought now. I still laugh and feel every emotion...I just don't worry about things like I used to before Lexapro. I'm happier and have a more positive outlook on difficult situations in my life now. I find myself being much more social now too. Miracle medication for sure!
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Review by Dstwalley44 (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I've been taking Lexapro for a week now to help me keep mellow like jello. I'm not taking anything else. I work 3rd shift. So my nights are days. And days are nights. This makes makes me extremely sleepy by the end of the week. I have only been on it for a week. This last Friday after I got off work. I fell asleep in recliner from 8:00am to 1:00pm got up ate a bite. Went to bed. I woke up to go to the bathroom a few times. But didn't get out of bed till 11:00pm Saturday. I have not left my bedroom, or ate anything. I don't feel like doing anything or going anywhere. I will be calling my doctor Monday and talking to him about how it makes me feel.
escitalopram for Depression: I started to suffer from depression and bad anxiety which I've never had before, I decided to get help as it was really impacting my life. I started taking escitalopram with the belief that these things don't work, honestly after 3 days I started to get up and enjoy myself out of the house more, I soon felt like a normal person not over the top happy but certainly not anxious and depressed FAR from it. I had the slightest headache barely worth mentioning, same with being nauseous. The worst part for me was feeling tired but it was easy to over come by taking the tablet at night, which also solves the nausea and headache.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was diagnosed, with a panic disorder. I was always well traveled, worked hard and had a great social life, then my life changed over night. You can't explain to anyone the feeling of complete helplessness unless you are living it. Anyway long story short Lexapro saved my life, even though could not orgasm while taking it and gained 10 kilos, but I was able too come off it after a year. And now I'm living a normal life again.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was started on Lexapro for Generalised Anxiety Disorder because the Xanax I've been on for the past few years is now Schedule 8. I have been on it for 10 days now and I hate the side effects so I will not be taking any more tomorrow. I started out on 5mg for five days and felt nausea, intense headaches, excessive drowsiness, tremors and total lack of concentration. Then I was advised to up the dose to 10mg and things are worse as I feel extremely anxious and haven't left the house all weekend. Another side effect is extreme muscle jerking through the night. Definitely not for me.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
escitalopram for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Escitalopram at 5 mg once a day has absolutely saved my life. I had severe PMDD -- mood swings, anxiety, etc. My gyno was trying to prescribe a very high dosage, but I got really good advice from psychiatrist to start with the lowest dosage possible and titrate up from that. The medicine worked within 3 days (this fast result from an SSRI is only seen in patients with PMDD). I have never needed to increase the dosage, 5 mg works just fine. The mood is even, relaxed, but by no means, apathetic. My personality has not changed, but the severe mood swings, rages, are gone. It is amazing how a little pill can help so significantly. Side effect: Difficulty in reaching orgasm - although this is not consistent.
escitalopram for Bipolar Disorder: Have been on escitalopram for 4 years and it's saved me from anxiety and depression, take 15 mg and in the summer come down to 10 mg this medicine is one of the best on the market.
Review by maam madames (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Lexapro made me crazy. Everything from dry mouth, violent nightmares, violent kicking in my sleep, suicidal feelings, weird brain twitching, and many more symptoms. I started taking this medicine because it was deemed as the "miracle pill", however my experience was not pleasant. However, I have personally seen friends of mine use it and it has changed their lives..
escitalopram for Anxiety: I'm 48. First time I had an anxiety in the grocery store, and a few other times, it scared me, did not want to feel that feeling again. I checked with my Doctor and he prescribe me this medication. I was very nervous to take such a thing, because I've never been on this or any other medicines. So he started me on a small dose. I've been on for 4 weeks now. The first 2 days I had some side affects with a headache and not sleeping. On the 3rd day the side affects went away. The 5th day I started to feel good to go outside, walk the dog, just to get out of the house and get back to normal things that I used to do. I'm very happy that I started this medicine. I'm hoping that I won't have to take it for long. The medicine is awesome! Wish you well!
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Sexually frustrated me and I was a little bit aggressive coming onto it. EVERYONE has a specific anti-depressant that will work for them. It's all trial and error. However, even though it didn't work for me, I'm a fan of the medication. Prozac, however, did the job.
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escitalopram for Depression: I'm only on day 4 and already feeling a difference. I'm a 33 year old male and have been depressed for about 5 years and also suffer from anxiety in the form of being a chronic worry wort. I would find things to worry about. It's almost ended my marriage. I was brought up in a world where therapy and medication was taboo. At the urging of my wife, I saw my physician this week and she put me on 20 mg and therapy. I'm only 4 days in, but already noticed a calming effect. The only side effects I've noticed thus far is drowsiness, but it seems if I take a quick 5-10 min nap after feeling drowsy, I'm good. My physician says it will go away after a few weeks. Haven't had sex yet so I can't comment on sexual side effects.
Review by lkgrkjtewllkflvrhmhthtrkjfdmdlf (taken for less than 1 month):
escitalopram for Anxiety: I started taking Cipralex 3 weeks ago for depression, severe anxiety/social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder-like behavior and an eating disorder.
I know it's only been 3 weeks but I cannot even BEGIN to describe how thankful I am that I finally got the help I needed. I feel FANTASTIC. The obsessive, anxious thoughts have gone away, and the giant hamster wheel spinning in my head at 1 million miles per hour has finally stopped. I can think, I can breathe, I can function.
Thank you Cipralex.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I've been taking Lexapro for about 2 months now. I have suffered from social anxiety all of my life and finally went to the doctor to get help. It was the best thing I ever did. I now can function and feel normal. I didn't have any bad side effects from the medicine and have been very pleased with the results. My day to day life is not filled with me avoiding many situations and I now feel "normal". I never expected this medication to work. My only regret is I didn't get help sooner.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Searched for balance for years. Tried a lot of different meds. Lexapro made my life normal. Take 20mg and .5 mg of clonazepam at bedtime. I am in sales and people never would think I deal with anxiety and depression.
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escitalopram for Anxiety: I feel compelled to share my experience because I know there are others out there like me. I have suffered with panic disorder with agoraphobia for the past 10 years. It has slowly taken my life from me. On top of it all I have a huge pill phobia. I tried Prozac, made it 2 days and tried Zoloft, made it one day. Therapy alone didn't help. I decided I had to do something. I tried Lexapro. Yes, there are side effects in the beginning. Yes, the anxiety gets worse (take Xanax). Yes you feel nauseous (try Cola and crackers). Yes there's trouble sleeping (watched movies). Yes, theres a headache (took Tylenol). After six days the side effects began to lift. I know its a long road to go but I'm feeling better. If I can do it anyone can.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have suffered with anxiety and agoraphobia since I was 6. Since the age of 19, I never went more than 45 mins from home. I started on Lexapro and an anti-anxiety medicine in 2009. I have made it to a beach that I hadn't seen since I was 14, I am now 60, and have been 7 times since 2009. The drive is 1 hr 30 mins from home. I go every summer, more than once, and sometimes stay a few days, one time staying 6 days! This medicine is a God send, I wish they had it 20 years ago.
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Review by Poshbird1971 (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I used to be on 200mg of sertraline but after 12 years on this medicine I started having severe problems with anxiety after a good friend's death, this eventually led to a near breakdown 3 years later when my anxiety became so bad I could barely function. My Dr suggested I switch to escitalopram. I was terrified of making this switch & put it off for weeks but eventually decided to 'take the plunge'. 4 days later and my anxiety levels are already reducing HUGELY! I wish I'd taken this sooner & can't believe how easy the switch was. I literally stopped taking my 200mg of sertraline one day and started taking 20mg of escitalopram the next. This stuff's a life saver!
21 users found this comment helpful.
Review by RandomGuy1381 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
escitalopram for Anxiety: Upon first starting escitalopram I experienced some mild side effects of insomnia, jaw grinding, and a small increase in anxiety. After a week the symptoms pretty much subsided. I took it for 6 more weeks at 20mg and felt no difference in my mood or anxiety. Only the insomnia remained. So I stopped the medicine. Nothing positive, nothing hugely negative.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I'm 30 years, have been suffering from depression on and off for years. This year, I came down with a hard case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which rendered me a useless ball of fear every day from the afternoon onward and eventually led to other problems (digestion, neurological, and otherwise).
My doctor prescribed 10mg escilatopram. Goodness, I wasn't expecting much, but I feel absolutely fantastic now. I'm happy and can focus on daily activities, even in the dark winter evenings.
Also, I've been on it for almost 2 months now, and I haven't noticed any side effects! No digestive or sexual problems which seem to be not-so-rarely reported.
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escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: For years I have been struggling with constant Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with periods of deep depression. I finally stopped trying to "put up with it" and blaming myself, and went on Cipralex. I started at 5mg and I am at 20 now. The first few days, I had a weird mixture of dry mouth and hypersalivation, felt fuzzy, lethargic, and SO hungry for salty/greasy food. The unpleasant effects have subsided although I do sometimes feel extra sleepy still. My Generalized Anxiety Disorder has been reduced drastically, I no longer ruminate and obsess to the point of feeling paralyzed, when worries come up I can let them go with greater ease and do what I need to do. HOWEVER my OCD (skin picking) has not improved at all, which is strange!
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