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    Hi,

    I have been taking Lexapro for about 1&1/2 weeks. I reluctantly went on it as I am anti med, after years ago taking Celexa and having violent nausea from it and then hives from Effexor. But I was so depressed this go round that I decided it was better to take something than to feel depressed.

    It has made me feel so much better mentally already. I feel a little more motivated and happier. Although my anxiety has not improved much, but I think some of the things I'm going through would make anyone anxious (work issues that have recently come up.)

    Anyways, the side effects that I have encountered are upset stomach in the beginning. Now I still have: major insomnia, gas, and jaw clenching. The 2 that I really can't deal with are the insomnia and the gas! I have read that a lot of people experience insomnia with is but haven't read about gas, embarrassing though it may be. Does anyone have advice for either?

    I have Ambien but feel like it is eating away at my brain. I can't remember things like I used to. Plus I am scared to mix the 2 drugs, but I do it anyway out of desperation to sleep and to "turn off" my brain.

    And the withdrawal stuff I have read here scares me!!

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    Hey,

    I found Lexapro to be a great drug, while I was on it. Coming off it has been an entirely different story. The first 3 times the withrawal symptoms were so bad I had to go back on it. Now 3 weeks after weaning off the drug completely, most of the worst symptoms have passed (electric jolts in my brain, nausea, fevers, dizziness, etc.) But I have a few new symptoms. Nothing major.

    Other people have not been so lucky. Almost no research has been done on this drug or its lasting effects, so there's been no warnings of any kind to speak of. Doctors think there are no side effects because it's so closely related to Celexa, a drug that's had plenty of research. Be warned. There are plenty of effects. Definitely don't take it if you're pregnant, so at least you won't pass the withdrawal symptoms to the next generation.

    The sneaky b*st**ds at Forest Pharmaceuticals even try to con you in the literature you get when you first start taking the drug. In most places in that pamphlet (it's online at www.lexapro.com), notice that they are talking about citalopram (Celexa), NOT escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro). Yes, they are close chemically but not the same thing, and apparently a little bit can make a huge difference. The longest study they did was about 4 years, and that was on rats. On humans they tested all of 12 weeks. They didn't follow up to see what happened to them after the study. And, even more interesting, they only tested the drug on people who were "normal," not people with serotonin problems, you know, people like you and me with anxiety or depression. So how can they know it is safe for us, inhibiting the reuptake of seratonin in the specific way that it does on people with serotonin trouble to begin with? Simple answer is they can't. But it got the FDA's rubber stamp anyway.

    In the General Discussion Boards on this site, look under "Featured Conditions" for "Lexapro Withdrawal" to read our stories. You will see that it's one of the hottest topics in the entire forum.

    Best wishes. Lexapro got me through some rough spots and for that I'm grateful. I just wish someone had told me about the whole picture and that I would become a worthless blob and be unable to work while coming off of it. I am doing better, and at least I'm not depressed anymore.

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    quote:Originally posted by 4everISOinfo

    I want to preface this by making sure that everyone understands that this is pure hearsay and that I myself have never taken Lexapro, nor am I qualified in any way to make any recommendations in regards to it. Okay? Good!
    What I wanted to share with everyone is a very exciting and encouraging thing that has happened to one of my very best friends after taking Lexapro for just a couple of weeks. Prior to being prescribed this drug, he was always depressed and discontent and reported that the only time he ever felt happy and content was when he was using crystal meth (snorting "ice"). He had begun seeking it out as often as possible and it was having an increasingly detrimental effect on his life. His work performance was suffering and his 28 year marriage was falling apart, as well. Within the first 2 weeks of being on Lexapro, he completely lost his desire for crystal meth!!! It has been over 3 months now and, not only does he no longer seek out "ice", he has no problem whatsoever in passing it up whenever it is offered to him! I am simply thrilled for him---and floored, to say the least!!!
    Anyway, once again, I must remind you that I am not trying to say that this is a benefit that can be expected from this new drug, Lexapro. I am only reporting one single instance of what my close friend believes it has done for him so that it might give some hope to others suffering as he was and perhaps motivate them to investigate the possibilities further.
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    Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know it was nice to see that not everyone had only negative things to say about using Lexapro. I have been on it for 3 months; my doctor prescribed itfor me becuase of GAD ( Generalized Anxiety Disorder). 10mg once a day. I did have a few side effects, even the low or no sex drive; dry mouth and not being able to sleep, but after about 4 weeks, everything went back to pretty much normal. The positve effects definitely outway the negative. I have always had this anxiety problem I think, I just began to get worse with age. My husband says I am a joy to be around now. Every little thing worried me, or upset me to the point of tears. Now I take each day as it comes, and my worries are minimal. I had never been on an anti-depressent before, so I don't really know how well the others work. Lexapro has changed my life.

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    quote:Originally posted by peroxide

    Hi,

    I have been taking Lexapro for about 1&1/2 weeks. I reluctantly went on it as I am anti med, after years ago taking Celexa and having violent nausea from it and then hives from Effexor. But I was so depressed this go round that I decided it was better to take something than to feel depressed.

    It has made me feel so much better mentally already. I feel a little more motivated and happier. Although my anxiety has not improved much, but I think some of the things I'm going through would make anyone anxious (work issues that have recently come up.)

    Anyways, the side effects that I have encountered are upset stomach in the beginning. Now I still have: major insomnia, gas, and jaw clenching. The 2 that I really can't deal with are the insomnia and the gas! I have read that a lot of people experience insomnia with is but haven't read about gas, embarrassing though it may be. Does anyone have advice for either?

    I have Ambien but feel like it is eating away at my brain. I can't remember things like I used to. Plus I am scared to mix the 2 drugs, but I do it anyway out of desperation to sleep and to "turn off" my brain.

    And the withdrawal stuff I have read here scares me!!

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    Hi Scamit,

    Ambian should not be taken withLexapro..there is a drug to drug interaction involving the Cytochrome P 450 system in the liver and this could be dangerous.,,,,,,,,,,,,VERY.

    Look up Flockhart P 450 Drug Interaction.
    You may try benydrl to helpp with sleep.

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    Hey everyone. I am completely new to the anti-depressant scene and to taking any medications at all actually. But after doing a little to much cocaine (which i will never touch again in my life) and freaking out that i was having a heart attack and I had a brain tumor at the same time I was diagnosed with GAD. I have had some mild depression after breaking up with my girlfriend for two years but I mostly just wanted something to control the anxiety attacks. Well i took the drug for a week and found the side effects annoying so I stopped. 3 days after I stopped I probably felt the most disoriented and f'ed up ever in my life. Accompanied by the worse nightmare I've ever had in my life that night I decided to go back on. I am currently on my 4th day agian and I seem a little tripped out but I guess this goes away. The good news though is my anxiety has been minimal if there at all after minimal use, but all this reading on here has freaked me out to continue or to stop. I had that awful day with that awful nightmare and it seems like I was already having withdrawal symptoms. Does this seem far-fetched to anyone? Well anyways I think im gonna try it out casue the anxiety is unbearable, especially when im sitting in a 2 hour lecture! Ive read some success stories for anxiety treatment which makes me feel better, but does anyone have any idea how long you should take this stuff before you try to taper off. I wanna use this drug, but for as little as possible. Also this is kind of a funny question but does anyone know if smoking weed or drinking has any effects while your on this stuff? Im a college student so give me a break. Anyways I like this site a lot, but I got a lot of questions of what im doing wiht myself because I had about a 15 minute meeting with a random doctor and he just gave it to me after I took some stupid test for depression. But i went with it cause im very uneducated about this stuff. Well if anyone could help me out that would be awesome. Thanks!

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    Augusto99:

    Was it a psychiatrist who diagnosed you with GAD and depression? Neither is a medical disorder, yet are treated as such under the biomedical model that assumes all problems in living have a biological basis. GAD is one of a bewildering array of diagnoses--including such handy ones as "antisocial personality disorder," "social phobia;' "hypoactive sexual desire disorder," "substance abuse," and "pathological *** disorder"--that could be applied to just about anyone a psychiatrist might encounter. The biomedical model deployed by psychiatrists presumes that psychiatric disorders are brain diseases similar to diseases of other bodily organs.

    If you must, choose weed over the drugs. Even opium in small doses is safer over a long period of time than a complicated organic compound such as Lexapro. Not implying that you would necessarily end up in a similar state, but you might want to read this short tale of yet another murderous rampage by a patient on SSRI antidepressants as you weigh your options. (See: http://www.kangaroocourt-blog.com/bl...ives/2005/10/9)

    Best of luck!

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    Geeze Miles that sounds scary. I don't think im gonna go crazy like that though. Do you have any idea why the lexapro did that to him? I mean it sounds like he was on a few other drugs also. Well anyways do you have any information if I decide I want to get off the drug soon after taking it and the withdrawal effect. Like i said Ive only taken it a little over a week but I did stop for like 3 days and on the 3rd day i felt like i was goign crazy, coudlnt sleep and had an awful nightmare. If i go off it soon should I taper down or could i just go cold turkey? Thanks!

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    Augusto99:

    He may have been on other drugs as well, but bizarre side effects are clearly associated with Lexapro alone.

    All the SSRIs are dangerous. A steady drip of studies have challenged the "serotonin did it" hypothesis. A 2003 mouse experiment suggested that SSRIs work by inducing the birth and growth of new brain neurons, not by monkeying with serotonin. In March, a review of decades of research concluded that something other than "changes in chemical balance might underlie depression." And as the authors of the review noted, although ads for SSRIs say they correct a chemical imbalance, "there is no such thing as a scientifically correct 'balance' of serotonin."

    There is little doubt that the SSRIs do what their name says, keeping more serotonin in the brain's synapses. But the fact that SSRIs act on the serotonin system does not mean that clinical depression results from a shortage of serotonin. No more so, anyway, than the fact that steroid creams help rashes means that rashes are caused by a steroid shortage.

    A clue to how SSRIs do work comes from how long they take to have any effect. They rarely make a dent in depression before three weeks, and sometimes take eight weeks to kick in. But they affect serotonin levels right away. If depression doesn't lift despite that serotonin hit, the drugs must be doing something else; it's the something else that eases depression. The best evidence so far is that the something else is neurogenesis -- the birth of new neurons.

    Some 19 million people in the U.S. suffer from depression in any given year. For many, SSRIs help little, if at all. To do better, we have to get the science right.

    I believe it would be best to stop now. No need to taper after one week of use.

    Best of luck!

    Miles

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    Thanks again Miles. I was taking it for anxiety, but I think I should stop. Its actually been two weeks now. Do you still think that it would be safe to quit cold turkey. Im still having anxiety attacks and I just want them to stop. And when i tried to stop after only 4 days of taking it on the 3rd day I had some reallly wierd effects. Like blurred vision and insomnia and some terrible nightmares. You said its safe to stop but arent those side effects of withdrawal from the drug. Thanks again

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    Just wondering if any Lex users here have tried Viagra or Cialis to help overcome the common "sexual side effets" of this drug. My sex drive is essentially dead, but I don't like the idea of fixing one drug with another - as it seems to be an endless cycle.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    OE

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    Hi There.
    I went through exactly what you did going on it pretty much at the same time as you. I've been happy and great on it. My doctor told me
    to do 20 mg, but i was so sick, i trusted myself and said let me do 5 mg. and that's where i've been for 8 months. so, you have to just trust yourself. noone knows you better. btw, i could use some support ya'll. It's my first week coming off the lexapro. I went from 35 mg. a week, to 30 mgs. Next week, I'll do 25 a week. I think the secret is coming off it really really slow. Wish me luck everyone!!! So far, no side effects.


    quote:Originally posted by labamba

    HI all!
    I am glad as well to see some people discussing lexapro. I have been on 10 mg for 3 1/2 weeks and have to say that it had some unpleasant side effects in the beginning but they all went away after about 2 weeks. The first 9 days I was always dizzy, especially when I moved my head to fast. It was a kind of dizziness I have not experienced like this before. Somehow as if my center of balance was off and that made me stumble a little through my day. In the first week I was also quite tired, especially the third day, I had to leave work to lay down at home. I also experienced tummy cramps and slight nausea. This all went away after 9 days. Then I had an episode of 3 days where I felt my blood pressure was increased (it was a little higher than normal) and my heart felt like it was racing. All those effects have gone away after 12 days. Altogether I felt more awake and had the feeling I could laugh more. I was prescribed lexapro for a low level depression I have had over several years as well as for worrying a lot and some slight obsessive compulsive behavior. One of the reasons I finally was ready to take something was that I have trouble going to sleep. Not sleeping itself though. Althogether after 3 weeks I have only felt a subtle improvement in my daily mood and I feel if I feel down I can get out of the valley a little faster. Talking with my doctor she had the opinion I should see more positive effects and put me on 20 mg now. I started taking this today and experience dizziness again, although a little less so far. I am not sure if the 20 mg is the right way to go, especially after I read about the "emotional blunting".
    If anyone has some remarks or experiences or comments, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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    Augusto99,

    Every person reacts differently to every medication and drug out there. There is no perfect medicine, or SSRI in this case. Dependent upon the severity of your anxiety, you should weigh the pros and cons to continuing or discontinuing your treatment.

    Typically, someone taking a 10mg dose of Lexapro does not require a person to down titrate to avoid withdrawal. Not to mention, from my exp withdrawal is not a common side-effect. Typically withdrawal is seen w/people taking prozac and effexor...two other antidepressants.

    Hope this helps.

    quote:Originally posted by Augusto99

    Thanks again Miles. I was taking it for anxiety, but I think I should stop. Its actually been two weeks now. Do you still think that it would be safe to quit cold turkey. Im still having anxiety attacks and I just want them to stop. And when i tried to stop after only 4 days of taking it on the 3rd day I had some reallly wierd effects. Like blurred vision and insomnia and some terrible nightmares. You said its safe to stop but arent those side effects of withdrawal from the drug. Thanks again

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    Hi All,

    I recently switched Zoloft to Lexapro for treatment of generalized anxiety and depression. I had been taking Zoloft for over 3 years and I think it had lost it's effect. In any case, I've been on the Lexapro for about a month now, and I think it's working quite well! I'm on 10 mg--and my mood is relatively stable and I don't seem to get as anxious about day-to-day situations. However, for me, the interaction with alcohol has been very strong. I don't drink excessive amounts of alcohol, but I enjoy having a glass or two of wine when out to dinner or an occasional cocktail with friends. I was able to drink just fine on the Zoloft, but with the Lexapro I get *very* sleepy and my head starts swimming after just a few sips of wine. Both medications warn against using alcohol in combination, so obviously I should avoid it. I also take Depakote for a seizure disorder, but have always been able to have a few drinks with no problem. I'm just wondering if others have had similar experiences with Lexapro? Thanks!

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    quote:Originally posted by kristiakers

    Hello,
    I have been reading trying to find a clear answer for coming off lexapro. I tried coming of slowly then my prescription ran out so I just stopped. Been doing ok getting stuff done, have more energy but can not get rid of the dizziness. I have been taking BC Powder and Goodies, they seem to help some but my question is how long does this last. For me it has been a week of no meds. Please someone give me an answer!!!


    Thanks for reading and repling!
    Hi Kristi,
    I also recently came off Lexapro after being on it for more than 2 years. I weaned off for the first month but was still having the dizziness you mentioned. So I decided to stop it and see if that was better. The dizziness lasted 2 weeks after I stopped taking the last tablet of Lexapro. I have had no more problems with dizziness. So be encouraged....it does get better!

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    Hi.....I'm hopeful that someone can help me with some info. I have a history of being allergic to ssri's. Took Zoloft for 3 wks., had hives for 6 wks. Took 1 Prozac and my mouth swelled. I was on Lexapro for about 2 yrs. and thought "great", I found one I can take that I felt great. Around Nov '05 I got a small rash near my bra strap. I thought, "no big deal". Well, it started spreading so I thought "I bet it's the Lexapro". My internist didn't agree since I'd been under alot of stress. Still it persisted. I saw a dermatologist, he said the same thing, but ordered lab work. All was normal. I decided to start weaning myself off the Lexapro due to the misery of this terrible rash that's driving me crazy and irritable, and of course the misery from getting off the med. I've been totally off for almost 4 wks. I'm emotional, itchy and horribly irritable. My internist put me on a months leave from work. I'm afraid I'm going to get fired and I've worked there almost 21 yrs!! I do work for doctors and they are very understanding. I spoke to Forest Pharmaceuticals, but can't figure out how long rash might last. By the way, my internist decided, it does look like a med rash. Has anyone else had an allergic rash from Lexapro and how long did it last?? Please help, I feel like a nut case!!...............mumsy

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    I hope someone sees this soon...

    I've been on lexapro for about 1 year or so now. I don't even know what is normal or what isn't. About 2 months ago I decided to stop (without my doctors consent). The 1st 2 weeks I went off I went through horrible withdrawal, mainly abdominal cramps and sick stomach aches. After those 2 weeks I their was nothing. I don't regret going off of it because my goal is to be off of prescriptions for good.

    The thing that concerns me is how to approach my psychiatrist. I told her I wanted to be off but she told me to stay on because she still thought I was depressed. Ironically, I wasn't on it for depression but rather GAD. I don't know what to think or say. I would just avoid her and see a new doctor but I still need other prescriptions. Please let me know what anybody things. I need dire help on what to say.

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    Hi, I have had GAD for the past year, I went to a doctor today about it, because it effects me alot now adays, everytime I go somewhere I feel anxious, and can't really hold a Job. He gave me Lexapro to take daily, and Klonopin for whenever I need it. The more I read on here, the more it seems that Lexapro isn't really used for GAD. I'm not depressed, I just get panicky/nervous when I go places, sometimes hyperventilate, which is rare.


    Any advice, should I take Lexapro? or just take the Klonopin when I need it?


    Thanks,
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    Hi Matt-

    I too was just prescribed lexapro for GAD. They told me that it was used for this disorder, along with depression- but not necessarily together. Make sense? I just thought i'd share.

    Also, I was told to take 10mg every day for a week and then switch to 20mg. For those of you who are more familiar with this drug- is this right? Thanks!

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    does lexapro only helps improve the serotonin level of a person? how about other mental/emotional illnesses? is it basically an anti depressant of can it help improve the thinking of a person? how about when you are taking birth control pills? are there any side effects? your views and answers are deeply much appreciated.

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    quote:Originally posted by NILOUFAR

    Hi,
    I hope you are very well.
    I think it is much better to discuss the possible side effects with your doctor or pharmacist. people are responding quite differently to each drug and some people might experince some side effects while others might not!
    If you are worried that you might suffer from a liver disease later on in life you should have regular blood test.
    By the way, I am an undergraduate pharmacy student in uk, if you could give me the generic name of lexapro, i would be grateful to give you more information regarding the side effects.

    Hope you get better soon.

    NEL
    Well, there is no generic Lexapro. :-(

    I've taken it for the past year and took blood tests once every 3 weeks for 8 months, and only once had a problem. It caused my liver enzymes to skyrocket because i took 20MG daily instead of 10MG, it took about a week for my liver to get back to normal, now im down to 5 MG daily because it makes me feel .. "not-sober?" . Overall though, i think it is a good drug, as long as you never excede your dose.

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    generic lexapro - escitalopram (generic not available yet)

    if anyone is concerned with cost, Celexa (citalopram) comes in generic and is very similar to lexapro. Infact, when celexa is made , chemically it forms a mixture of two drugs (one is lexapro). the two drugs present in celexa vary only by chirality (big word). the two are the same drug, one is just "bent" differently. any rate, lexapro is an extracted version of the more potent of the two. the point is that they are basically the same drug -hence the similarity in the generic names.

    questor-
    yes lexapro works to inc serotonin levels to elevate mood. due to serotonin's effects, it can improve other condtions besides depression such as anxiety and phobias. it should not have significant interactions with BC pills.


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    quote:Originally posted by Peggy

    Wow, can't believe I finially found Lexapro topic page...
    My Dr. has prescribed Lexapro (10mg) to help with the "anger" phase of the task to stop smoking. After reading - and rereading - the side effect - not sleeping -- sleepy- loss of concenttration-SWEATS- and the very thing it is to releive ---- depression, I becam quite concerned and am not sure this is the drug to be using to help stop smoking. Any observations would be certainly appreciated.
    Hi, Peggy! My doc prescribed Wellbutrin to help me quit smoking, but it seemed to make me very irritable, although it did help me cut down considerably! I then saw the new drug out Chantix and I was the 6th patient to ask for it. I've been on this drug for two full weeks now and am only smoking 2-3 cigs per day, and usually only HALF of one each time! Also, when I do smoke now, they taste HORRIBLE and make my mouth just nasty!!! I'm sure they've always done this, but now I notice it and it bothers me, so I put the cig out! I am also not even craving or thinking about smoking nearly as much! One treatment pack lasts 4 weeks, and I fully expect to me cig-free in two more weeks!

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    Has anyone experienced ringing in the ears as a result off coming off Lexapro?

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    quote:Originally posted by redscorpio42

    Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know it was nice to see that not everyone had only negative things to say about using Lexapro. I have been on it for 3 months; my doctor prescribed itfor me becuase of GAD ( Generalized Anxiety Disorder). 10mg once a day. I did have a few side effects, even the low or no sex drive; dry mouth and not being able to sleep, but after about 4 weeks, everything went back to pretty much normal. The positve effects definitely outway the negative. I have always had this anxiety problem I think, I just began to get worse with age. My husband says I am a joy to be around now. Every little thing worried me, or upset me to the point of tears. Now I take each day as it comes, and my worries are minimal. I had never been on an anti-depressent before, so I don't really know how well the others work. Lexapro has changed my life.

    "Each person defines his own image of immortatlity"
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    quote:Originally posted by redscorpio42

    Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know it was nice to see that not everyone had only negative things to say about using Lexapro. I have been on it for 3 months; my doctor prescribed itfor me becuase of GAD ( Generalized Anxiety Disorder). 10mg once a day. I did have a few side effects, even the low or no sex drive; dry mouth and not being able to sleep, but after about 4 weeks, everything went back to pretty much normal. The positve effects definitely outway the negative. I have always had this anxiety problem I think, I just began to get worse with age. My husband says I am a joy to be around now. Every little thing worried me, or upset me to the point of tears. Now I take each day as it comes, and my worries are minimal. I had never been on an anti-depressent before, so I don't really know how well the others work. Lexapro has changed my life.

    "Each person defines his own image of immortatlity"
    Hi. I am new so forgive me for any mistakes. I too am on Lexapro 10mg a day and have been on it for about a year.I was working at a job that was really getting on my nerves. I was crying a lot and every little thing upset me. I have never been on anti-depressants before this either. Anyway, Mr. Dr. (a woman) prescribed Lexapro and my husband said I am much easier to live with now. Only problem is I am really tired all the time and have gained about 15 pounds. I still have a libido but not nearly like I did. It is OK I guess. I am 36 and married and have children. Oh, I also get really bad headaches sometimes but that happened before I took the lexapro too.It helps to know that I am not alone and that sometimes it is worth the risks to take meds.

    Randi

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    Im 17 years old. and i just got put on lexapro 10mg and adderall xr 10mg. and i realized i am grinding my teeth or clenching them tightly. is that normal ? because it is really annoying, and hurts after I realize I am doing it.

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    I have been on Lexapro for almost a year solid. I have gone from 10 mg to now 20 mg which seems just fine. I forget often what it was like before, but witness that life when I forget to take my pill from time to time. The pounding and raging in the car and ridiculous need to fight the fiancé return. Also comes the unedning tears for not good reason.

    My question is this, I have always been a social drinker. Go out maybe once or twice a week and have my fair share of drinks. Sometimes a few sometimes way mroe than a few.

    I have noticed over this last year that the results of my drinking have increased dramatically. I know we are NOT SUPPOSED to DRINK at ALL on Lexapro, but it seemed in the beginning like it was not a problem.

    Lately, however, blackouts have been occurring more and mroe frequently. I am not sure my Irish-German background could handle me bidding adieu to my ales and grapes forever, but quitting the Lexapro now does not seem to be an option either.

    So, has anyone noticed more extreme effects of drinking and/or MUCH more intense hangovers while on Lexapro.

    It's kind of stupid, asking if a drug-alcohol mix is a bad thing, but I am just wondering if this combination may be causing blackouts, or if it is my naivity and forgetting how many drinks I am imbibing...

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    Hi, I have been on Lexapro for about 6 months, and have had no adverse effects. It has helped my anxiety tremendously. I have read about weight gain while taking it, but I have not gained any. I have been trying to lose, and it has been harder to get off a few pounds than it used to be, but I thought it was my age.

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