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 4  depression jaw clenching, dry mouth, short term memory loss, irregular libido. initial antsiness. Upset stomach? Drowsiness? I had the usual side effects initially -- jittery, dry mouth -- but nothing better or worse than other drugs. In general, i feel it has helped me. I am also on Wellbutrin, but need another drug to get me at full strength. i've tried Prozac(no libido) and Effexor(didn't feel effective after 8 months). I'm not sure if the upset stomach and drowsiness are side effects -- i have always had stomach problems, but i only get them at night now. And the drowsiness has only shown up in the last 4 months, so i'm not sure. I am happy with this medication. i take 15 mg each day. Started on 10mg. In terms of libido loss, my doctor suggested that i skip a dose if i know that i will be with my partner the next day. i have found this effective in the right way. F 35 1 years
5/4/2008

 4  Anxiety, weight loss, insomnia A few night sweats and nightmares, sometimes more than one a night. Dry mouth at first. Took 10 mg/day for 2 months, then gradually phased it out under doctor's supervision. Took a week to kick in, then my appetite returned to near normal. M 49 3 months
5/4/2008

 4  Bipolar Depression Killed my sex drive. No libido whatsoever. Emotionless. It helped my depression tremendously, but sexual side effects are severe in my case. M 49 4 years
4/24/2008

 4  Anxiety induced IBS / Panic First week: Day 1 extreme nausea, no appetite. Increasingly Better days 2-4. I can immediately tell my anxiety is gone. The side effects of this drug are horrible to start. I'm sticking with it since i read so many reviews on this site about all going away in 1 week or so. I still feel jittery and weird but definitely feels like my body is adjusting to the drug. I will post again and let you know how things are later. M 28 4 days
4/5/2008

 4  situational depression, anxiety stomach pain, headaches, constipation, some insomnia After having had a terrible experience with Wellbutrin, I was quite nervous about trying another drug but needed some relief from anxiety. Started with 5mg for 2wks, then jumped to 10mg. The results? Much better experience for me! Yes, my weight gain happened but I had lost so much weight before taking the med that it was OK with me to gain back some of it. Felt like I could deal with the enormous stress I was facing and was a HAPPY MOM again...a huge relief! Am back down to 5mg and am hoping to stop taking altogether soon now that life is getting back to a new normal. Hang in there, the side affects are temporary and I felt "normal" physically and emotionally in about 6 weeks. F 46 6 months
3/31/2008

 4  Stress, moodiness, nervousness, dep None so far I've been taking Lexapro for one week. I feel more calm and happier. The situations that would normally stress me out have not fazed me much, so far. As far as weight gain with Lexapro, I've not experienced that yet. Hopefully, my appetite will stabilize now that my mood seems more balanced. One of the results of my depression was that I would lose my appetite or lose the desire to eat, therefore losing weight. As far as decreased sex drive, I don't know. I'm celibate. F 35 8 days
3/28/2008

 4  Anxiety Lots of startup symptoms: Insomnia, yawns, jittery jaw After the startup I unfortunately can not limit myself as well with food and alcohol.After observing me on Lexapro for a year my wife decided to try it to help with her anxiety and had a severe reaction after one day and stopped: insomnia, upset stomach, paranioa Felt 10mg the first time I took it. Many benefits that my family has noticed: Increased patience, control over anger. I have less of a sense of urgency (which can be good and bad) M 35 16 months
3/28/2008

 4  GAD, anxiety induced depression Migraines, weight gain, and severe back acne, ocular migraine, memory lapses The first day I took the medication, I experienced a severe drop in blood pressure (scary) in the middle of the night. I have had more frequent and severe migraines, and have gained 15 lbs the first 6 months. I now have that under control with strict diet...ON THE BRIGHT SIDE this medication worked VERY fast. I felt 110% better by day 4, and this is the first anti-anxiety medication that has NOT interfered with my sex life, and the only one that has not caused me to have that detached, uncaring, unfeeling mood. Recently I missed 2 days (by accident), and the severe migraine that I experienced left me worried about what coming off this drug will do. Basically, I went from suicidal to normal in less than a week, and that is a very good thing. F 39 270 days
3/26/2008

 4  OCD, Depression Sweating, vivid dreams, tiredness (want to sleep ALL the time), loss of sex drive. It seems to have helped with the OCD symptoms and depression. Unfortunately, the side effects are not mild and they have not gone away over time. F 40 6 years
3/24/2008

 4  Anxiety Weight gain, vivid dreams & dry mouth. I was first on Effexor for a few months & it made me so tired i couldn't get off the couch or have the drive to do anything. Plus i was still getting anxiety attacks. My doctor switched me to Lexapro 10mg. Its worked so well & so fast. After 3 months i felt like it was fading & i gained about 10 pounds. I just went back & he changed my dose to 20mg. I'll see how this works. He also said NO medication makes you gain weight. Since your content you eat more. So im heading back to the gym! F 25 3 months
3/18/2008
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 4  Depression/anxiety Only in the first 2 weeks on 5mgs, I had periods of sweating, jaw clenching, insomnia, skin "crawling" intermixed with periods of feeling extremely AWARE and almost high. This went away, and now I feel no scary SEs whatsover, just lethargic. My libido was non-existent before going on the drug, so i have no idea if that's been affected at all. Lexapro has kept me on an even keel the last 4 months. I don't have the panic and anxiety I used to have, and my outlook on life is generally more positive. If I start obsessing about something I can usually stop myself more easily now. Lately, the "self-hate" self talk has returned, so it might be that I need to up my dosage from 10mg to 15 or 20. (I've tried 15 before and it makes no real difference that I can see.) My doc has recommended that I add Wellbutrin to help with the lethargy. I'm going to try that. I've read that it can be a good mixture. I need to get back to the GYM and right now I have no get-up-and-go. I guess you could say it's worked on the depression (at least 40%), but made me more apathetic and less motivated. F 37 4.5 months
3/15/2008

 4  depression & anxiety on 10mg no side effects at all. On 20 mg experienced extreme nausea daily, sleeplessness, nightmares, decreased concentration, diarrhea, mood swings, extreme fatigue, no sex drive. while taking 10mg of Lexapro I was very happy with the results and had no side effects. I had some adverse life events and the doc and I decided to up the dose, after 3 months of being on 20mg still having all side effects. adjusting back down to 10mg. F 23 2 years
3/9/2008

 4  general anxiety disorder Stomach pain I started taking Lexapro to reduce symptoms of anxiety, and it certainly helps with that. However, I've found that I cannot tolerate anything more than a very small dose of this medication: anything more than half of a 5 mg pill makes my stomach hurt terribly. (If it were not so difficult to split the pills, I would try a lower dose.) Additionally, I've had problems with interactions between Lexpapro and Ibuprofen (which are actually common problems with SSRIs and NSAIDs), so be very careful about taking this with pain medication. M 33 2 years
3/4/2008

 4  chronic pain management nothing significant I was taking this for pain management in conjunction with Lupron for endometriosis. I was hesitant to take antidepressants, but my dr explained that Lexapro was to be taken for a short period of time, and it also helped raise pain tolerance. It did help me, but I only took it for about 6 months, and not for a mental health condition. F 37 6 months
2/29/2008

 4  ANXIETY TIREDNESS, ANORGASMIC, RESTLESS SLEEP I'VE BEEN ON LEXAPRO FOR 2 WEEKS AND I AM EXTREMELY TIRED ALL THE TIME. I'M USUALLY ACTIVE AND ENJOY WORKING OUT. I'M TOO TIRED TO WORKOUT AND I LOOK AT IT AS A BURDEN NOW. I'VE STARTED TAKING VITAMIN B12 FOR ADDED ENERGY. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL HELP. I SEEM TO BE SLEEPY ALL NIGHT AND I DON'T WAKE UP AND WORRY ABOUT ALL I HAVE TO DO OR SHOULD DO. I DO WAKE UP ALOT AND NOTICE MY LEGS ARE ALWAYS TENSE AND MOVING. SEX CAN FEEL MORE INTENSE BUT TAKES LONGER TO CLIMAX. I FEEL BETTER MENTALLY ON THIS MEDICATION I JUST HOPE THESE SIDE EFFECTS SUBSIDE. F 36 2 weeks
2/27/2008

 4  depression and anxiety constipation, fatigue, weight gain, blocked tears and sad feelings that still existed inside of me I took Lexapro together with Wellbutrin to "correct" concurrent depression and anxiety. At the time I started the drugs, I was in a major depression. Wellbutrin helped immediately to let me think entire thoughts again (without interruptions in my thinking because I felt so sad.) Adding Lexapro improved my mood. I started at 5 mg and worked slowly up to 20 mg. After 2 years at 20 mg, my thoughts became bitchy and impatient again. My psych recommended increasing the lexapro dosage to deal with it. I chose the opposite path: I tapered off both Lexapro and Wellbutrin and am focusing on nutrition and exercise to keep my mood steady and generally positive. Psychiatrist disagrees with my approach and says Lexapro is a drug for life. I am sleeping more deeply now, without the intense anxious dreams that I had on the drugs. I will go back on them if I have to, as they did keep my super sad thoughts at bay. Personally I think these drugs were a life saver to get me through F 46 3 years
2/24/2008

 4  Anxiety/ low grade depression At first: Headache, nausea, trembling belly, loss of appetite, nervousness (All went away in a few weeks.) I'm also on Xanax (have been for many years). 10mgs daily Lexapro has helped my anxiety and has chilled me out. I don't get as upset about things nor do I worry myself crazy anymore. I am, however, TIRED! Then again, with Xanax and Lexapro, I suppose anyone would be. Vivid dreams but not nightmares. Libido is low but orgasm is possible. Considering adding Wellbutrin for some energy and to counter slight weight gain. My mood is definitely lifted although my energy is really low. F 47 7 months
2/24/2008
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 4  Depression, Anxiety Decreased sex drive. Delayed ejaculation. Lexapro helped me to get my life back. It turned it around 180 degrees. The orgasm problems are a bummer, but my girlfriend actually likes it. M 39 8 months
2/21/2008
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 4  Depression Somnolence & lethargic. Slowing down my mood and having difficulties at work where I cannot do deep thinking & strategic analysis. It stabilizes anxiety and slowly I can grip control of my emotion. M 33 6 weeks
2/18/2008

 4  Depression a day and a half of nausea - that's it I suffered from depression since high school but was able to function very well/my feelings got hurt easily and my depression worsened before my period/over the last two years my depression became a daily hindrance with a lot of crying and negative thinking...I never took any meds and was scared to death to start/but I did (5mg)/after two days, my feelings improved greatly/bad things just slide off my back/I feel like a new person F 47 10 days
1/25/2008

 4  depression, anxiety, ptsd the first three days I had a headache. Feel a bit neausous and can't remember words for a few seconds. I have only been on 5mgs for one week. however it has helped me feel less raw and uninsulated to lifes blows. I like felling a little more flat about a breakup which was bothering me tremendously. so far I like this drug alot. I was unable to tolerate any other anti depressant. I tried many and always got intolerable side effects. The side effects of the lexapro are very easy to deal with. I admit I am new to this drug so I will post again later. Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences. F 49 7 days
1/22/2008
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 4  Depression; anxiety Jaw clenching; difficulty achieving orgasm; fatigue Very pleased with Lexapro. Most of the fatigue passed after a week or so. I've found that the side effects are tolerable in exchange for the remarkably stable feeling I have and the absence of any depression or suicidal thoughts. M 45 4 months
1/20/2008

 4  Anxiety / Pannic Attacks The first night I took it, I took it a few hours after taking 1mg of Ativan (Lorazepam) and I fell asleep about an hour later! I couldt NOT stay awake any longer. This is a GREAT pill and at FIRST the side effects are HORRIBLE. I couldnt sleep for the first week or two. Id be up till 4 am and get almost NO sleep for work. All of this and the other bad side effects will pass. You HAVE to give your body a chance to get used to this drug. After that its great. I think the wait is worth it. M 22 2 months
1/18/2008

 4  OCD Day 1: I felt weird, shaky, a little brain-foggy, almost like a bit of a cold/fever Day 2: Not so bad. Very occasional and short periods of nausea. Some shakes around 20 hrs before the 1st dose Day 3: still some nausea & shakes but less in frequency and strength Day 4: same but less again Day 7: no nausea, no shakes. All seems well. When I first started Lexapro I found this site and got really nervous! Luckily all seems ok after the first 3 days. And IíM LESS HUNGRY and losing weight (I think Iím obsessing less about food!). If things change, I'll post again. Good luck all. F 40 7 days
1/17/2008

 4  Anxiety and Stress The two most frustrating side effects for me are weight gain of about 30 pounds over 2 1/2 years and decreased sex drive. I got frustrated with the weight gain and stopped taking it for about a month and realized that I started getting anxious and angry again. So back on it I went... The decreased sex drive is frustrating since I was 28 when I started, and I also feel somewhat "emotion-less." I don't cry like I used to but my PMS has lessened. Also, I have recently noticed (and confirmed by my eye doctor) that it is affecting my vision, so that it seems blurry or like I can't quite focus. My eye doctor said that can be caused by the Lexapro. This drug has changed my life. I'm a teacher and the stress can become OVERWHELMING. I was constantly doing more, feeling more stressed, getting anxious about not getting my work done which caused more stress and anxiety. This medication helped subside all of those feelings and made me feel more in control of myself, my reactions to things, and my life. I also learned that the anxiety affected many things when I was younger like stage fright or performance anxiety. I have gained an enormous amount of confidence because I am no longer nearly as anxious. The most frustrating is the wieght gain. I'm an active person and I eat fairly well, but it just keeps adding on. My new doctor didn't seem to think it was a problem or offer a solution other than a food diary (which I've done before). It's sad, but I wish there was another drug to take to counteract the weight gain. F 30 2 years
1/16/2008
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 4  Panic Attacks/GAD/Mild Depression Weight gain, dry mouth, loss of libido, blurred vision, bloating and other stomach issues, dizziness and clumsiness This medication really helped with my panic attacks and seemed to level out my mood overall. However, I am now having issues from the weight gain; ALL of my clothes are tight and many don't fit at all, and I work out four days a week! I am very uncomfortable and it seems like everything I eat just clings to my body. I've had no interest in sex for months, and I chew gum frequently for the dry mouth. I am now starting to taper off on the dosage so I can stop taking it altogether. I've been taking 10mg and am now on 5mg, but I am concerned about the withdrawal symptoms I've been reading about, as some of them seem quite serious and scary. F 39 10 months
1/16/2008

 4  anxiety, depression at first, a little tired. Vivid dreams, lack of libido, increased appetite This definitely helped me through a difficult point in my life. OCD-type thinking diminished, anxiety much less. zero sex drive, weight gain (about 1 lb per month), and lack of energy were not so great. I went off of it for these reasons, but also b/c the stress & crisis in my life resolved itself. F 40 8 months
1/16/2008

 4  GAD, panic attacks. The usual ones mentioned. Mild or non existant now. Is helping so far. I wonder how many of the negative reviews are by rival drug makers. Don't believe everything you read...a lot of these posts are phony. M 34 6 weeks
1/14/2008

 4  anxiety I do notice I sweat more easily. Also seem more groggy in the morning. (I take 10mg at night.) But NO sexual side effects, which is great. I was on Celexa for one month before this and it was hard to have an orgasm. Works like a dream. Really keeps me on an even keel. I feel calm and like I can manage my life. But I admit, after reading some of the other comments, I am a touch concerned about the transition to not taking it any more. But that's several months away probably so will talk with my dr. F 39 30 days
1/9/2008

 4  post partum depression Insomnia, lack of sex drive F 26 8 months
1/7/2008

 4  anxiety Side effects started with a loss of appetite (not such a bad thing really), slight nausea (gone now), chills (gone now) and difficulty reaching orgasm. Twenty-four hours after switching from 5mg to 10 mg I had burning and prickling sensations in my hands (thankfully that only lasted around 24 hours). I've had some strange dreams--one's that cause me to awake suddenly (often flailing around a bit). Just today I noticed some muscle twitches in my legs and feet, which is a bit worrisome. The side effects make me worried I have some other affliction causing them. The drug has been decent in dealing with anxiety symptoms. I had been on Paxil, which produced far less side effects, although it stopped working for me after a few years. Lexapro seems to cause more side effects although they aren't too difficult to deal with. M 44 11 days
1/6/2008

 4  anxiety nausea , difficulting urinating, headache loss of libido works good for anxiety.Taken for a year 10mg I have found taking supplement called MACA has returned libido to normal even higher. Headache are the side effecct that sticks around and nausea. Good luck! M 29 1 years
1/4/2008

 4  anxiety, social phobia only the first month or so, it seemed as if it wasn't working but slowly i started feeling better This drug has given my life back. I can socialize again without being worried about what other people think of me. I used to have a short temper that seems to have lessened alot and now i feel more confident. I have been on this drug for 1.5 year and although the beginning was difficult it has payed off big time for me. Life is too short to just seat and worry, i hope this drug works for you the way it did for me. M 32 1.5 years
1/1/2008

 4  Depression/Anxiety Itching!!!! Some blurred vision, night sweats. Taking 5mg for two weeks and then going to 10 mg I dont know if itching is common I think I only saw 2 other people w/ that side effect. Only on my 2nd day. Other then the itching other side effects are mild. F 23 2 days
12/11/2007
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 4  depression Did not notice any side effects while taking this medication. I have taken Lexapro for 4 or 5 years now. Stopping this medication is a whole different story. Even not taking it for as much as a week at a time has devestating effects on me. I can not discribe the horrible disorientating feeling inside my head. Its a kind of dizzy, change in internal pressure, elevator feeling. I hope it will pass. Has anyone stop taking this medication after a significant period of time and gotten back to normal? I never had problems with anger before taking this only depression. Now I have to be very careful to keep from flying into rages. I feel like I am recovering from an addiction. F 35 5 years
12/10/2007
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 4  Anxiety It helped my Anxiety GREATLY! But caused weight gain (about 20 pounds while being on it for 2 years). and It made me very tired and lazy...didn't get much work done and it was hard to get out of bed, but I loved not being full of anxiety. F 2 days
12/8/2007

 4  anxiety, mild depression Nothing too note worthy for the first four years, but this past year I have had unbelievable sleepiness, weight gain and forgetfulness. I was moved on to Lexapro when Celexa stopped working for me - it seemed to be really grand, and I had no idea about the dependency issues at the time or how difficult it might be to leave it. Worked my way from 20 to 30 mg over the years, always at night because it makes me drowsy (and I had insomnia, so perfect!) But this past year I have experienced near narcopleptic sleepiness, short-term memory loss and weight gain of 20 lbs. Am transitioning off the Lexapro and on to Wellbutrin now, and it's freaky! Cracked out one minute, sleepy the next. Is this the phasing out of the Lex or beginning of the Well? Can't say. Lexapro is better than trying to live with anxiety attacks, but I wish I had known more about it getting started. F 36 5 years
11/22/2007

 4  Severe depression/ PTSD/ anger Jaw tremors, anxiety at first, tired a lot, SWEATING! The worst: lowered sex drive. I love this drug but I do notice that I get sweaty more and my sex drive always goes down no matter what SSRI I take. But without this drug my mood swings are so bad! Used to be suicidal for five years on/off. I used to be a "cutter" also. I still have a lot of body dismorphic disorder problems while taking this drug but I really like lexapro. I only take 5 mg because if I was to take more I feel like a zombie. I hate having to depend on meds but I have gotten in trouble with the law because of my anger issues (I black out when I go in a "rage") I have taken Lexapro on and off for three years. Whenever I feel better I think it's ok to go off it but then all HELL breaks lose. It's great everyone here is taking care of yourself! love you all! happy thanksgiving. F 26 2 months
11/21/2007
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 4  Depression Initially extreme fatigue but that was gone within the first two weeks. I've been on 20 mg for 3 1/2 years now and I've gained 30 pounds in that time. I've never had a weight problem in my life and now I'm FAT. I've been down to 10 mg for 6 weeks now and haven't lost any weight but my moods are still stable. I want to get completely off of it to lose weight as nothing else seems to get it off. Literally changed my life. I've been on a ton of different anti-depressants for the last 15 years and this is the first one that treated my symptoms of irritability and agitation. I never even knew those symptoms were from my depression, just thought I was a "you know what". I feel like I have to chose between being fat or being patient and nice. Hard decision. F 39 3 years
11/17/2007

 4  Anxiety Weight gain, severe jaw clenching, decreased libido Of all the SSRI's I've tried, Lexapro makes me feel the most like myself. It takes away the edge but doesn't overpower your emotional state and make you feel like a "zombie." However, I have severe jaw pain, and my hugest problem of all is WEIGHT GAIN! To be fair, my diet has not been phenomenal, but over these past years on it, I have gained 35 pounds. This is what did me in, and I am considering stopping taking it because of that. Since side effects differ, I would recommend trying it if your doctor suggests it. It has worked wonders for me mentally, and has helped me through very rough times and huge decisions. F 21 3 years
11/16/2007

 4  social anxiety, depression, OCD Tingly sensations all over, yawning a lot for the first few weeks, dilated pupils for the first two weeks, some insomnia, feeling tired throughout the day. The side effects weren't too bad but by far the worst one is loss of libido and difficulty achieving orgasm I started to improve a lot when I went onto 20mg, I felt a lot happier in myself and more relaxed but a bit less motivated and less energetic, found it difficult getting up in the mornings and found it hard making myself get round to doing my studies, felt a bit lazier about things. Less worrying and thinking. I love the 20mg, I wish I could stay on it but I'm trying to ease of because of the sexual side effects, I really miss my libido, which feels almost non-existent on this. I'm mixing 10mg with 20mg right now and I've felt some withdrawal symptoms: insomnia has come back, a couple of headaches, tingly sensations have come back, weird dreams, a bit of depression, worrying coming back, was really emotional on one of the days and couldn't stop crying but hopefully it'll all balance out again. It's helped me loads, just hope I can keep it up once I've stopped it. F 20 1 years
11/14/2007

 4  Depression, mild anxiety Sleepiness I've been taking 20mg Lexapro for three days now. Overall, I feel a little better. I've been getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, whereas before, I would sleep all day. I don't have any other side effects other than sleepiness during the day. M 22 3 days
11/12/2007

 4  GAD, mild depression For the first week, I had a very difficult time sleeping. A few nights I would wake up with night terrors. Luckily, my sleep returned to normal after about a week. Overall, this medicine has greatly improved my life. I am no longer having panic attacks, and I have a much more positive outlook on life. I would definitely recommend lexapro for anyone going through a difficult, stressful time. F 23 1 days
11/11/2007

 4  Anxiety Took a few weeks to get used to, excellent results after that! The change was so gradual that I didn't even notice it happening. A few weeks after starting it one of my friends mentioned how much more relaxed and happier I seemed (she didn't know I was taking anything). The only negative side effect I've had is a decrease in sex drive. For me it's worth it. F 23 1.5 years
11/7/2007

 4  GAD Jaw clinching,anxitey at first but whent away,mental fuzz at first whent away,increased iching i have been takeing lexapro for about 7weeks and it has taken my anxitey completly away and has made me happy but the first 3 or 4 week was bad i had anxitey and panic attaks and felt mentally strange but after the first 2 or 3 weeks it was ok i feel great i am haveing a life with my daughter and my old lady has seen a change in me i am like i was before i had the anxitey BUT everybody reacts differnt so dont look at all the comments and think that u will have the same exprience M 26 7 weeks
11/7/2007
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 4  Depression, then migraines Very sleepy, some nausea, anorgasmia, headaches, vivid dreams I started on 10 mg after depression set in. I had a full blown panic attack (1st ever) three days into it. Very scary, but my MD kept me on the Lexapro & gave me addt'l meds so I could sleep and ride out the panic. Then things evened out. I was thrilled how I felt. Sleeping better too. But migraines were getting worse. I went to a new neurologist who said Lexapro can help with migraines. He upped my dose to 20 mg. I had four days of a terrible headache. Called and he told me to up my dose to 40 mg! That made me too wiped out (tired) so I cut back to 30 and take it before bed. My migraines are much improved (down from 10-12/mo. to 3-4 per month) and I feel great...except for the anorgasmia. Tough tradeoff but for the time being I'll live with it. F 43 4 months
10/30/2007

 4  Depression, anxiety Insomnia, sweating, anxiety, fatigue I have been on lexapro just over 3 weeks, and I believe my body is adjusting and the side effects are at a minimum. I was also taking ativan/loreprazm for sleep, and I noticed that my fatigue and depression was worse after I would take the nerve pill. So, I haven't been taking it and just taking the lexapro, and I'm not have as tired or depressed. Read the side effects on the web about it. It helped me sleep, but I think that was the pill that was giving me more of the negative side effects than the lexapro. F 42 3 weeks
10/26/2007
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 4  Anxiety/Panic Attacks Feeling high for the first few days, but that went away. Now I feel tired more frequently and I find myself not caring about many things. Very vivid dreams!! Sex drive down sometimes...some depression around the time of my period. Overall this medication has changed my life. I have experienced EXTREME anxiety and panic attacks since junior high and this medication has made them almost completly disappear. Some of the side effects are a little bothersome but in comparison to what I was feeling before they are all worth it 100%! I can acutally live my life with out being in fear all the time. F 18 5 months
10/25/2007

 4  Major Depression; Suicidal ideation Nausea, diarrhea, cramping, fatigue, joint aching, headaches I've been taking this medication since I was 16 for severe depression after wellbutrin did not work for me. I started with 20 mg and had horrible nausea which left in a few weeks, cut down to 10mg this summer and was fine. Then a week ago I went back to 20mg and I've had miserable stomach upset and overall discomfort as if I had the flu. Mood wise, this medication works very well for me and helps keep me from going back to a depressive episode in difficult situations. I would recommend trying it because the side effects do leave and lexapro provides lasting depression relief. F 19 3 years
10/22/2007

 4  Anxiety 10Mg...first 2-3 weeks, very tired, spacy. Got over that. Have gained weight @20#'s. Get light headed, eat something and feel better...theres your weight gain. Wierd dreams at night. Was on it for a year, weined off for 3 months, anxiety started coming back...life was better on it. Decided to go back on. Very happy with the drug. Don't have to take Xanax for those "emergencys" anymore. Yes there are some minor side effects..but you have to weigh your options. My life is much better (normal) being on the drug then off. M 30 2 years
10/17/2007

 4  anxiety Initially jaw clenching. Over time weight gain. The Lexapro started working on my anxiety within days. It completely saved me from debilitating panic attacks and insomnia. I worked up to 10mg (had to go slowly because of bad jaw clenching) and stayed there for over a year. I am now down to 5mg. I take it in the morning to reduce chance of insomnia. Never had any tiredness or spaciness on it. I also did not experience serious sexual side effects. The biggest issue has been weight gain. I have to diet in order to maintain my weight and if I stop dieting I gain weight. It's such a drag because otherwise the medication is great. F 43 3 years
10/14/2007

 4  Depression Drowsiness, anorgasmia (which may cause me to add or switch to Welbutrin) Saved my life. Feel good for the first time in 20 years. F 35 15 months
10/14/2007

 4  Grief and Post Trauma Anorgasmia (inability to reach orgasm)and nausea were the two side effects. The ffectiveness was amazing. Within 3 day s the deep pain and sorrow that I have had everyday for more than a year, disappeared. I felt like I was finally back to what I know as normal. However, the side effects I experienced created a big concern for me. F 53 9 days
10/10/2007

 4  depression Very few so far ... I've only been on it a week. It is replacing Celexa, which had completely stopped working. While I am tired and sleepy, I've had this problem on and off for years and it may be the result of painkillers I'm currently taking. No insomnia, no other side effects. I will have to watch for the weight gain, as I'm already heavy and can't afford to gain more. This is REALLY working for me after I've had poop-out syndrom with lots of other antidepressants. I'm with the person who said that people SHOULD NOT tell others not to take this drug. As with any drug, the side-effects vary widely, from virtually none (me) to very severe ones. My side-effects on Wellbutrin were so severe I had to stop very quickly, yet most people seem to do pretty well on it. Don't try to judge for others what drugs they should take. Leave that up the person and her doctor, please. F 48 12 days
10/9/2007

 4  Bipolar Start up side effects was while tapering off Paxil. ONLY way I could get off Paxil (THAT one is a PAIN to get off). So start up was simultaneous with drawdown from Paxil and was very easy. Long term effects - headaches, nausea, vertigo. Lexapro has been good for me but its getting to the point where I have to hibernate when the headache/nausea/vertigo kick in and its using up alot of my sick leave. So I guess I'll have to try another anti-depressant. Bummer. It did the job - the side effects are just starting to outweigh the benefits... F 42 2 years
10/6/2007

 4   M 39 6 months
10/2/2007

 4  anxiety Since starting the Lexapro diet about 1.5 yrs ago, my mood is better and I am much more relaxed. Before I was very short tempered and could not sit still for 10 min. at a time. My family is very happy I am taking this prescription. Side Effects: I have gained 25 lbs. I have severe restless leg syndrome. Very little sex drive and I sweat a lot. M 39 1.5 years
10/1/2007

 4  Depression/General Anxiety Sleepiness,Weight Gain,Decreased sexual desire. I took Lexapro for a little over a year and it helped a lot for about the first 10-12 months. After that I noticed I was having a hard time getting motivated in the morning and was sleepy on and off throughout the day. I still felt much better than i had though. The weight gain was what did it for me. I think I gained about 20 pounds and couldnt take it anymore so I started to ween myself off of it. That wasn't to bad it only took a few weeks and being off of it I still felt good so maybe I didnt need to take it anymore. A year and half later Im feeling depressed again and Im thinking about going back on it along with talking to a professional. F 27 15 days
9/30/2007

 4  general anxiety disorder none I have been on 10mg for a year since panic attacks started after the death of my son. Just recently I had my first panic attack in 11mos...out of nowhere. I upped my dosage on my own (I'll tell the doc next week) to 15mg and am considering adding L-theanine to my daily routine. I like it; I haven't noticed any side effects, but perhaps that is b/c I was only on 10mg? F 33 1 years
9/29/2007

 4  Depression, OCD, GAD nausea, increased anxiousness (temporary) I began taking Lexapro two days ago for my anxiety. The side effects so far are not significant, and I'm already feeling a noticeable improvement in my mood. M 18 2 days
9/26/2007

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