I have had extreme anxiety that left me in a non-functioning state I have tried several pills and nothing helped until Lexapro! I have been on 10 mg of Lexapro since February 10th. I started taking it around 10am, this last week I started taking it at night. I feel awesome but I also feel like I could sleep 24 hrs a day! I've read where some people were over the fatigue in 4 weeks, has anyone had it longer? Should I cut it down to 5mg? Will this extreme fatigue ever war off? I am on Klonopin, but I have cut the dosage way down. Could someone please help. Also, please no negative feedback, I don't need that in my head.
I have long term experience with Lexapro. I first took Paxel which made me sleep to no end. I found out that Lexapro was created to minus out the side effects that were going on with most other drugs. I took it for 3 years. However, this time it makes me tired all day if I take it in the morning. If I take it before bed I don't get sleep at night and I wake up tired. Therefore, I am going to go into the Doctors office as soon as my new insurance kicks in July 1, 2014. I think I remember being prescribed Wellbutrin to offset the sleepiness with Paxel. I dislike taking medications at all but Lexapro is something that is important for those of us who suffer from anxiety disorder or Bi-Polar/manic mood disorders live a more balanced life and have better interpersonal relationships.
Also, cutting the dosage down does not help. I tried it, and it only made a small difference but it did not make me feel I was in complete balance. You take away from the benefit of it.
I hope this helps.
Hi Breathe2 I'm wondering if you are still sleepy or what happened? I have been on lexapro for a few years. It has totally helped my debilitating anxiety!! But I'm sleepy all the time. I could lay my head down and be asleep whenever wherever. Did cutting your dosage help?
I am on week 6 of Lexapro 10mg. I'll add it's the brand name for now until that runs out, then generic. I'm so sleepy in the morning. I have to force myself out of bed. Somedays I go to work a half day. There seems to be no end to feeling tired in the mornings. It's been longer for me than 4 weeks. Will this extreme fatigue ever ware off?
I also am very sleepy and have no drive while taking Lexapro. I started 5mg in January, while also starting therapy to deal with anxiety. I also take 450mg of Wellbutrin for depression. They recommended 10mg of Lexapro, but it made me nervous so stuck with 5. I've taken zoloft prior to deal with a stressful job, and gained a lot of weight due to having no drive or energy. Lexapro did the same thing. It was very helpful in curbing my very high level of anxiety. I would strongly recommend going to a therapist while on it. My therapist helped me understand the root of my anxiety, and also a lot of techniques to deal with it. I developed trichotillomania at age 25 due to a very stressful job at a law firm, so now at age 29, went to therapy to understand why and to help to stop.
After seven months of therapy and Lexapro, I found myself having almost zero anxiety and also stopped the hair pulling. Now that I've completed my therapy, I've weaned myself off of Lexapro over the last three weeks. I started taking 2.5 mg daily for a week, then every other day, then every third day, and am now done.
I find that I have more energy already, and know it will continue once it is fully out of my system. This is the same experience as when I went off Zoloft. I found in the past week that my anxiety levels have increased (since not on Lexapro) but I'm able to deal with it from what I learned in therapy. I feel very "normal," and it's great. I know I will always have to process anxiety in a certain way, but I find that understanding it through therapy has been life changing. I also simplified my life A LOT.
Hope this helps and that you can find a balance!
I was given lexapro on Feb 3 2016 I have not filled it yet I wanted to see side affects i have severe panic attacks they get so bad it kicks in my asthma and have ended up on life support I have very bad insomnia so this will not make my insomnia worse will it i asked my doctor he said he said he didn't know if it would so i thought i ask people on here who are taking it if anyone knows can you please let me know thanks
This is my exact same reaction to lexapro too! I found it kept me awake the first few days though and after that the fatigue slowly crept in. I feel like I can sleep at the drop of a hat, anywhere and anytime! Now I sort of just deal with it unfortunately but make sure I take it at night not morning so I can semi-function the next day. After being on 10mg for 2 years I have dropped down to 5mg just over the past week to help give me more energy. Has worked a little I think. Still tired but can cope a few hours longer during the day.
I started 5mg Lexapro (generic) 3/1/16 for major panic/anxiety that leaves me non-functioning. I also have Adult ADHD and am taking 10mg Adderall. I cannot stay awake to save my life. I am sleeping 9-12 hours and have no drive or motivation. This is just as bad as shutting down from panic and anxiety since I am unable to get anything accomplished.
I was supposed to goto 10mg after a week and I stayed with 5. I took it the first week in the morning and was falling asleep after work for 1.5-2 hours (seriously) and then fighting to stay up until 11pm. I wake up around 7 and it is so hard to pull myself out of bed.
I started taking it at night and it has the same effect (5mg).
The fact that I am on 10mg Adderall for ADHD and I'm still falling asleep -- surprised me. I forgot to take my Lexapro one night by accident and I was able to stay awake the next day no problem -- that is why I know it is the Lexapro.
I let my Dr know and I will let them know again today about the lack of motivation and drive. I cannot function like this, I have too much I need to get accomplished.
It has worked great on my panic and anxiety, because I really don't have the energy to expend on a panic attack.
I've been on and off lexapro for 5 years, weaned myself off when I became pregnant twice. It works great for me. The initial fatigue went away after the first 2 weeks I would say. I take it at about 7:00 at night so by the time I'm in bed I am ready to zonk out because it does make me a little sleepy still. I feel refreshed and energized when I wake up and am very productive through out the day.
I've been on Lexapro (generic) for 10 months now. I started on 10 then went up to 20 and then 30. I felt amazing! So happy most days that I didn't care about being tired until I sat down at my desk at work. I would be in the middle of an email and drop into sleep and start to dream and then a moment later wake up and see a sentence that made no sense that I had just typed. I dropped my dose down to 20 mg and I feel good and a lot less tired. I'm still a sleepy person but I was sleepy before I ever went on Lexapro. I hallucinate at night off Lexapro and I still do on it but it seems to be less. A glass of wine or OTC sleep aid helps to go to sleep and stay that way. I take it at night too, which seems to help.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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