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.
Did you feel ok when you took during the day? I'm curious why you changed the time. Lexapro is generally taken in the AM. Talk to your dr about it, before you cut the dose in half. If its really helping you, it needs to be figured out so you're not so tired.
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 just started on Lexapro. Not sure yet if it's helping my Depression and anxiety, but this tells me what I suspected.
I'm having difficulty staying awake.
The other posts have helped me confirm my suspicions that it is the Lexapro causing this.
I'm glad I read your question.
I recently started taking lexapro also and can barely stay awake at work. It is a hazard for me to drive. However I am also taking wellbutrin so I am not sure if it is the Lexapro alone. Is it better to take it at night?
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 think the clonopin makes you tired. I have taken both and the clonopin made me really tired.It is suppose to relax you so you don't have panic attacks and it does
bREATHE2; yes it is posible to have this side effect longer than 4 weeks but it is supposed to get better. Give it a bit longer and if it continues Check back with the doctor you may need the dose adjusted or even changed try and hang in there a bit yet if you can. CHUCK1957
Loxapine is a miracle for me. I've even stopped buying my nails. In exchange for the chance to live again and be social I'm ok with the tiredness. (It does get better with time)
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.
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