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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This medicine has changed my life for the better. My anxiety became so bad that I couldn't sleep AT ALL. I became very obsessive with my worries and thought that everything was the end of the world. I was paralyzed with fear. When I started Lexapro I had A LOT of side effects that almost caused me to not continue...irritable, waking up in panic, night sweats, etc. After about 4 weeks I started to feel "normal" and calmer. I tried going off after two years which was a big mistake...back on and plan on staying on for a long time!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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!
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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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).
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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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: Worked wonders for stabilising my mood - and my ability to leave the house! Been taking it for about two years now. only thing I find is it starts to 'wear off' after a few months. My doctor has me come off them for a month and then go back on when this happens and I find this much more effective than upping the dose.
Main side effect for me has been insomnia. A small price to pay for the huge positive impact Lexapro has made on my life.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I'm 27 and have been on Lexapro for 8 months. I take 10mg/day (5mg in the morning, 5mg in the evening). I've been depressed since I was 14 and as an adult started having severe anxiety. I was in therapy for 10 yrs but still having a lot of trouble functioning. Lexapro has really made me FUNCTIONAL and happy, I enjoy my hobbies/friends more and I no longer obsess about things until I break myself down. MAJOR EFFECT FOR ME IS REDUCING OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS, cycles of worry/loneliness. I'm so happy with this medicine and want to be on it the rest of my life. My friendships, work, and romantic relationships are healthier. Only side effects are drowsiness (fixed by taking 2 small doses instead of 1 big one) and vivid dreams (awesome).
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Just wanted to thank you everyone who took their time to write these reviews. I was adamant I was going to overcome anxiety by myself but I lost more and more control. Lived in the constant fear of it and was obsessed. My life has been literally on hold for the last 8 weeks and my husband and children have suffered from it too. After reading your reviews yesterday I took my first Lexapro, didn't think it would work for a few weeks but actually the effect was pretty immediate, about an hour after taking it I went out and suddenly realized the world, the color, the people everything looked like it used too! Very little side effects so far, only dry mouth and poor appetite. So far so good.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was on Lexapro for 14 months, 10 MG. I was hungry every 3 hours and gained 8 lbs. After I stopped Lexapro the excessive hunger disappeared. Also while on Lexapro I thought I had developed irritable bowel syndrome but all symptoms stopped when I went off Lexapro.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: After transitioning into university I had a really horrible time with anxiety. I started to feel down all the time and couldn't stand it. First I was given 10mgs and I worked well for the first two weeks, then I just felt worse. Been on 20mg and that is the perfect dose for me. I feel normal again, it's great to feel the way I used too.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: 50 year old male with depression and anxiety from life changes and job. Resisted for a long time and judged others on SSRIs as weak. Finally crashed and admitted I needed help. Three months out now on 10 mg/day. Initial side effects were chills, yawns and slightly tense jaw muscles. All of that disappeared. Now I'm free of depressive bouts and greatly reduced anxiety. Has allowed me to enjoy things again and I get better sleep. I take it in the morning.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was prescribed 10 mg once a day for depression and anxiety. After 3 months, I did notice a change in my mood. I would say it took about 3 weeks for me to notice a difference. I wasn't as anxious, less panic attacks and I wasn't as "down in the dumps". However, for me the side effects nulled the good. My sex drive decreased a good bit which caused problems in my relationship. I also experienced increased headaches, brain "zaps" and I was ALWAYS tired. I would yawn all day long LITERALLY. Being a full time college student, this was not good. I was too tired to enjoy life. All I wanted to do was sleep. I am now on Prozac.
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