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Reviews for Lexapro to treat Anxiety
Review by jrk1212:
This medicine is great for anxiety, but within first month noticed weight gain and has increased significantly over past 10 years, cannot seem to lose weight only lost 5 pounds on extreme diet/exercise.
Lexapro is a double edged sword for me. I can finally live, now that I have it, free of anxiety. However, I can no longer live without it. I have tried numerous times to wean, all to no avail. So far after about 6 years of use, my labworks are still all fine and normal. Hopefully this will never change.
My doctor prescribed 10mg Lexapro for severe anxiety about 5months ago. The first 4 weeks were really rough as the side effects almost caused me to discontinue the medicine. By the 4th week, I had insomnia. I couldn't sleep for several days. I felt like I was on speed. So, I cut the pill in half and the next day I felt a difference. I've been on 5mg for the last 4 months. And, I must say that it has changed my life for the better. I no longer have those negative thoughts or bouts of anxiety. Its amazing. The only side effects that continue are: clenching of the jaw and weight gain due to an increase in appetite. If you take Lexapro, give it 4 to 5 weeks to work before giving up. Best of luck.
11 users found this comment helpful.
I suffered from anxiety disorder for 5 years without knowing what it was and after seeing numerous doctors and undergoing numerous medical tests and scans, it all came to naught. The symptoms were very vague and debilitating such as overall weakness, trembling, dizziness and even the simplest chore of lifting a pen results in strange feelings in the body.
Finally a doc gave me Lexapro 10mg and my life was saved!
Since then I have taken Lexapro (6mths) and stopped and it has relapsed twice and the longest time I survived without Lexapro was 1.5 yrs. Now I believe I have anxiety disorder and need help and Lexapro really helps.
Being in the army the stress level is always there day and night. Then one day bam hit me like a bullet, got real dizzy, light-headed, heart racing. In reality it was an anxiety attack. Out of all the stuff I've been through this is the one that scared me. After, I ran to the docs at the hospital they gave me Lexapro. Been on it for two months now and I feel fantastic. Still a little tight in the chest and small heart beat skips but still on track and loving it.
I took Lexapro for 14 months, on 10mg for 12 and then 5mg for two. The month after I came off it was hell; anxiety returned. I was prescribed it after a severe panic attack where I became severely overwhelmed by life effects and I wasn't responding to talk therapy so it was felt by my doctors that the depression was more clinical and needed a chemical to lift me out of it. Lexapro brought to the fore my issues with alcohol as it mixes really badly with alcohol so it made me finally curb my drinking. Lexapro made me forgetful and unable to remember the word I was looking for mid-sentence or sometimes I'd say weird things which had never happened before. Overall it helped me make the positive changes I needed to get better so it did work.
First, the positive. I've suffered from anxiety my entire life. This medication helped tremendously in that it was under control while I was on it. If you suffer from anxiety, you know how wonderful this can be.
The negative. I gained 20 pounds quickly that I couldn't get rid of. I decided to get off of the medication because I was trying to get pregnant. The withdrawals were really bad. I had brain zaps non-stop, couldn't stand up straight because of dizziness and extreme confusion. Now, keep in mind I tapered myself slowly off this medication, per doctor's orders. It took 5 months before I wasn't experiencing these withdrawal symptoms. Horrific.
After dealing with generalized anxiety for most of my life, I suddenly began to have severe panic attacks. After 2 years of suffering in silence, I addressed this problem & my general doctor gave me Lexapro and I began with 5mg daily. The side effects included drowsiness and frequent yawning. BUT, finally after 2 - 3 weeks I felt like a %u201Cnormal human%u201D again and still suffer from absolutely NO side effects. After 2 months of taking this medication (I have stayed on 5mg/daily), I am back to my productive and excited self. I have been able to do almost everything again and have not suffered from any panic attacks since I began the medication! STAY STRONG and HOPEFUL!
14 users found this comment helpful.
I am a mom to two sweet, high energy toddlers that challenge me every minute of the day. I did start feeling on the edge and extremely stressed with my older son. Now I have been on Lexapro for almost two months and so far I like it- feel more patient and calmer, but not a Zombie. I was very scared to gain more weight on top of my remaining pregnancy weight, but actually I started losing weight since my appetite decreased. I hope it continues. I am on 10mg. The side effect- super low libido and possibly feeling a bit more tired. If that's all I am going to experience, I will stick to it for for another 5-6 months. Overall it is way better than Celexa or Zoloft for me. Good luck!
12 users found this comment helpful.
I had mild anxiety and was having a difficult time controlling it. I felt overwhelmed and out of control, although I looked fine on the outside. I was prescribed Xanax for panic attacks, but was having to lean on it too much to curb my anxiety so my doctor put me on Lexapro. It's fabulous--my Xanax is practically untouched since the Lexapro kicked in. It took about three months, but then I looked back and realized I hadn't been anxious in months. I feel like the 'old me'. Side effects - had jaw clenching the first few weeks, which was really weird. But it went away. Now the only thing is if I forget to take it, I'm a mess! I feel very confused and the world doesn't feel real to me. Take it at the same time each day and always have some on you.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Hey Everyone! I am going to try and make my story short. I am 26 years old and did not know what anxiety or an anxiety attack was until I turned 25. I was driving to lunch one day and for no reason at all it hit me. I felt as if I wasn't in control of my own body. I felt like I was going to pass out at the wheel, my heart began to race and my arms and legs went numb. I drove myself straight to the ER. The doc told me it was an anxiety attack. After that first attack I could not leave my house for two weeks in fear that I would pass out or lose control. I was then put on Lexapro, the first two weeks I felt the side affects..AFTER THAT A true BLESSING!! NO ANXIETY OR ATTACKS IN 2 WEEKS! I FEEL LIKE ME AGAIN!
22 users found this comment helpful.
My experience with Lexapro has been a positive one. I've been on it after my social anxiety became intolerable and I'd hit the lowest low of my life -- had a few anxiety attacks and was doing horrible at work. I wasn't able to keep anything straight, was disorganized, forgetful, anxious, irresponsible, irritable. I felt high anxiety in making simple decisions, writing, communicating, asserting myself, the list goes on. I started Lexapro and it took a solid 2 months for it to really start working effectively. At that point, I became much more calm (much less anxiety), organized, together-with, and punctual (qualities I had never achieved before in my life!). I've started to eat healthier, work out, work harder, and have joined some social clubs. Success!
24 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro has changed my life. I am now able to participate in so many activities that my anxiety wouldn't allow me to do prior. There is side effects. I don't sleep great and have crazy dreams. Dry mouth, skin and eyes is noticeably worse. Sexual feelings came back after a few months. Plus have more gas and stomach upset. But even with the side effects, my life has greatly improved.
25 users found this comment helpful.
I was prescribed 10mg for 2 weeks, then up to 20mg. Originally prescribed for anxiety, I also suffered from severe depression.
Within 3 weeks, I could see an improvement. My crying stopped, things were looking better!
Been on for 2/3 months now, and I feel amazing! Back to my old self. I love this medication!
28 users found this comment helpful.
I started 5 mg two days ago and I feel better already. No more sweaty palms or burning forehead due to high anxiety! I take it in the morning so I am able to sleep at night. I tried Zoloft and Celexa and could not take either one for more than two days! Horrific side effects for me! I pray each day gets better and better! This is my first time taking an antidepressant. I highly recommend for people with anxiety! Good luck
24 users found this comment helpful.
Gained about forty pounds, became more depressed, slept all night and half the day, was always tired, getting off of it was horrible. I had headaches weird feelings like I wasn't even there, weird pains.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Having started a business in a high stress field, I experienced episodes of stress and anxiety that interfered with my sleep, ability to concentrate and that began to manifest physically with chest pains, headaches, etc.
The first 10 days were a nightmare. I had a terrible spike in my anxiety and stress levels. I considered bailing on the medication and even my business, but my wife pressed me to continue. After 10 days I started to see an improvement. The anxiety improved and so did my mood. By day 14 or so I was transformed. I completely stopped having anxious thoughts. My entire demeanor changed. I am now like Teflon- stress does not stick around for more than a few minutes. This medicine was a lifesaver and my business is great.
40 users found this comment helpful.
To make a long story very short, I've been struggling with perfectionism, chronic stress, anxiety, compulsive thinking, depression (Especially with nightfall) and a fear of sleeping. There has been a wide variety of physical manifestations such as Irritable bowel, fatigue etc..... So over all it's been a real nightmare.
The 10mg dose of Lexapro was to high for me and I had a bad reaction my first time. I'm now on 5mg and so far it's relieved just about all my problems but my memory is clouded, takes more time to orgasm and I space out a lot. To have the most success with feeling better you need to also make an effort to change your life. Just keep that in mind.
22 users found this comment helpful.
I was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. I had crippling depression, could not sleep, eat, get out of bed or interact with anyone. I cried uncontrollably and did not know why and if that was not enough I was having frequent panic attacks (more than one per day). My PDoc tried several meds and Lexapro 20mg is the best. I also take Clonazapam 0.5 mg, and Wellbutrin 10mg for sexual side effects. For the first time in my life I feel normal, having never felt this way before. I do not like the sexual side effects so that is why my doc prescribed Welbutrin. It doesn't seem to make any difference. I am drowsy and forgetful and lack motivation. I will ask my doc if a withdrawal from Wellbutrin or Clonazepam will will help.
Review by Texasgal86 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Completely removed my anxiety! I had panic attacks every single night prior to taking Lexapro and after the first few weeks of the Lexapro getting into my system, the anxiety has stopped altogether. I've never felt better in my life.
36 users found this comment helpful.
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