I've been taking Lexapro for 5 years now, started it after having severe postpartum and Zoloft was tried first and didn't work. For several years Lexapro was my "life" pill - I had my life back. I'm normally a very happy person, high energy, can walk & chew gum, etc. For the last year or so I've done nothing but go to bed as soon as I get home from work. It's all I can do to get out of bed in the morning.
I started taking Savella last year and, OMG, I was on cloud 9 all the time. So much so, I stopped taking my Lexapro. Well, two weeks later I'm in the ER thinking I'm having a gall bladder attack. The pain was excruciating and we soon discovered it was a result of my poor judgment - quitting Lexapro cold turkey.
I called in sick yesterday (which is RARE) and slept all day and all last night and that just isn't me. Finally I had an epiphany and I'm starting to realize that the Lexapro just isn't working anymore. If anything, it's making me sick. I went to my primary care physician today and she wanted to put me on Wellbutrin BUT wants me to quit Lexapro all together before I start it. (She talked about weaning myself off for a couple of weeks... )
I'm looking for advice from people that have been where I'm at. I feel like I have the flu all the time (body aches & pains), I'm tired ALL the time (never wake up feeling rested), nothing makes me happy, etc. I've gained 45lbs since I started taking this medicine too and it's not because I eat like a pig. Last but definitely not least, I have NO sex drive. Thank God I have a loving, supportive husband. :o)
If you've been on Lexapro a long time and have switched to another anti-depressant, I would love to hear from you.