I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder not too long ago, and I’ve been taking Lexapro. This is my first time ever taking a medication for anxiety, and it’s been helping out a lot. I believe I shouldn’t be taking it at noon. When I take it at noon, I feel very tired for a few hours, and then I am extremely wide awake for the rest of the day. I’ve been avoiding caffeine and extra sugars, and I make sure to get light exercise everyday. However, this medicine is causing me to have insomnia at night. I can’t aleep for more than two hours at a time which is very unlike me. Before the medicine, I would get at least 7 hours normally. I know if I take it before bed, I’ll be able to at least get some sleep and hopefully fall back into my normal sleep cycle. How do I safely start taking it around 9 or 10 PM instead of at noon? Can I just wait to take it, or will the side effects be too much (9 hours difference)? I was thinking about taking it at 3 one day, 6 the next day, and 9 the day after that. I’ve been getting about 2 hours of sleep at night, so I need to get it sorted out ASAP. I would just take it an hour later everyday, but I’m unsure if I can wait 9 days with the amount of sleep I’ve been getting.
Hi, gabby! It would be just like missing a dose... take it ASAP as long as there are eight hours before the next dose is due. So just do the switch.
Glad to hear the Lexapro is helping you!
Yes, I have changed times I took it and tweaked it to work at night when I needed it the most.
I have the same problem of insomnia, and was taking Escitalopram in the morning, yesterday I decided try take it at dinner time, and I slept well, finally, and without having to take Diazepam to sleep.
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