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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: Lexapro saved my life pure and simple. I was 42 years old and worked many years in the financial industry. One night before I went to bed right after X-mas, I had a severe panic attack and for three months I suffered unbelievably. I tried dieting, meditation, vitamins, exercise, you name it. Nothing worked. I first tried Zoloft but the side effects were awful. Next I tried Lexapro. Side effects were bad for 2 weeks and then after a month, anxiety reduced by 80%. Still have some but 100% better than before. Another key is to meditate, eat right, exercise and connect spiritually. Lexapro for the brain and meditation for the soul!
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Review by Imaginaryhero (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I've suffered with extreme anxiety and moods swings daily, fatigue and depression and I can tell you two weeks on Lexapro and the difference is like night and day. The anxiety improved about 2 days in and almost all sides are gone on the 8th day. The first week is the worst with tiredness and increased anxiety and moodiness and nausea but the benefits are worth it completely, I can now tolerate stress so much better. Tips: Always take it after breakfast and it prevents nausea. No problem with sleep so far for me.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Had horrible anxiety upon waking up for the first two months. But it took Lexapro (15mg) 3 months before I got the full effect and am much better now! Dr also prescribed Seroquel to speed things up. Give this medicine time, it takes longer than the average 4-6 weeks as stated. I felt a difference within a few days.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Sweating and constipation are my complaints. I was on citalopram for years but stopped working. Two days later, on Lexapro, I'm feeling much better. I have more energy and sleeping much, much better. Two weeks now, I'm fine.
57 users found this comment helpful.
Review by inkspot100 (taken for 10 years or more):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was on Lexapro for over 10 yrs. LOVED it. Made me feel normal. I finally knew what people were smiling about on a spring morning. Long story short, had to say goodbye to an old friend. Lexapro worked great but stopped working after 10 yrs. Looking for a new friend. Just met Citalopram. Start taking tomorrow. 40 mg. Could be my new best friend.
33 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Hello to everyone reading this. In the summer of 2012 I had the worst panic attack. I thought I was having a heart attack and immediately rushed to the hospital. Long story short, I was prescribed Lexapro since I was not progressing and had lost 40 lbs in less than a month. I spent nights crying asking why me. Within two weeks of taking 20mgs, I felt like my old self again. I was no longer socially anxious when it came to conversing with people and was thankful to be alive. The depressed and anxious me stayed home all day and lay in bed, but not anymore. Been off it 3 months now but advice to others is not to research 100 different sites for side effects.
91 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
25 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
54 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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!
43 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I was very depressed for at least 8 years. After barely being able to do my basic mom duties, I decided to get help. My GP suggested Lexapro and I haven't looked back in 2 years. My overall mood and outlook on life have dramatically improved and now, not every little mishap sends me to bed for days on end. I still have struggles as we all do, but this medicine has really been like the hand of God touching my life. Please don't wait as long as I did to change your life and get back to your wonderfully made self!
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Bipolar Disorder: I wanted to give this medication a go, but was pretty scared at the same time. The reason for that, was because I had used Zoloft (another antidepressant medication in the same class) before with severe anxious mixed manic psychosis.
Me and my doctor agreed to be very careful and increase the dosage in small steps.
What happens? It brings me complete depression relief and improves all of my anxiety (social anxiety in particular).
In the beginning there was some sleep disturbances and initial anxiety, but it subsided quickly.
It began to work very fast for me, but maybe it took about 6 months before full effects had come into play. I've never had any episode since then, and no sign of over stimulation either. Great experience!
18 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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!
30 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Feelin' Better (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I have taken Lexapro 20 mg for many years for depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Only side effects (male) are unable to achieve orgasm, which can be frustrating if you let it. But, I tried Viibryd which was to "improve" Lexapro (no sexual side effects and no weight gain - which I never had weight gain anyway). Viibryd was awful. Did not help depression OR anxiety, and I was ravenously hungry. I insisted on going back on Lexapro. It is tried and true for me. Stick with it; it takes 6-8 weeks to be fully effective.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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!
44 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: 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!
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