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I"ve been on Lexapro since it was introduced. Had been on Celexa(it's chemical cousin)..and other SSRIS before that. My problem is that I don't tolerate side-effects very well..and for me in the normal doses, ALL of them caused shakiness, that cotten-headed feeling, some tingling.etc. Everyones experience can be different. The usual starting dose is 10mg once a day. I only take 5 & it's worked well for me without all the unpleasantness. The downside is I've gained SEVERAL pounds(well..actually about 30! since I started the SSRIs in 1998. I've always been a little guy..only 5'6'', & NEVER weighed more than 129 in my entire life. Now I'm at about 155 & feeling like a middle-aged PIG! haha! I also take 3.5 mgs of Klonopin everyday..& that could contribute to the weight gain also. I'm hungry all the time!!!!! (But who cares..I'm 51 now, & the Panic Attacks, depression & anxiety are under control so it's a trade-off.) Frankly I'd like to go off the Lexapro just to see now I feel..but I didn't take it one day(in error)& I felt HORRIBLE the next day. Even at that small dose it packs a wallop! I've been on Klonopin for 15 years...don't have any short term memory left..(uh where was I????), but it's much better than Xanax I think...& VERY effective. Take Care!!!!
Hi everyone. I suffer from anxiety and depression. I am on Welbutrin which doesn't do anything for anxiety but doesn't cause the weight gain or sexual problems. I was on Paxil and it is a miracle for me! But I gained 30 lbs and am getting married next year and want the weight off. So that's why the Welbutrin now. But I don't find it works as well as Paxil. So my doctor told me about Lexapro that has the effectiveness of Paxil but without the weight gain like Wellbutrin. But I have read that it really does a number on your libido and sexual functioning. Does anyone not have the horrible sexual side effects who takes Lexapro? I really don't want to mess with my libido as it is not great as it is. I would really apprciate and love to hear your experiences.
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[QUOTE=E1979]Hi everyone. I suffer from anxiety and depression. I am on Welbutrin which doesn't do anything for anxiety but doesn't cause the weight gain or sexual problems. I was on Paxil and it is a miracle for me! But I gained 30 lbs and am getting married next year and want the weight off. So that's why the Welbutrin now. But I don't find it works as well as Paxil. So my doctor told me about Lexapro that has the effectiveness of Paxil but without the weight gain like Wellbutrin. But I have read that it really does a number on your libido and sexual functioning. Does anyone not have the horrible sexual side effects who takes Lexapro? I really don't want to mess with my libido as it is not great as it is. I would really apprciate and love to hear your experiences.
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I started on Lexapro 10mg back in March of this year. I am going through menopause and had gotten very depressed and anxious. My GYN put me on Lexapro - and it worked great for my depression and anxiety. In fact - it worked for me right away. I had slight nausea during the night so I switched to taking it in the a.m. with breakfast and I was fine. BUT - I stayed hungry - gained weight, and it definitely messed me up sexually. My libedo was the same, but I couldn't orgasm any longer and it was causing problems in my marriage and frustrating to me too! So - I switched to Wellbutrin XL back in August, and slowly starting to get my sexuality back. Weaning off the Lexapro was really hard, I thought I had the flu or something! Finally got through that, and feel good most of the time, althought not quite as well as when I was on Lexapro.
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what day are you on with the Lexapro? I'm on day three and so far dont' notice much of anything. I have had headaches and a little bit of feeling sick to my stomach but so far thats all.

I was just curious to see where you are on this.....I'm hoping I continue to have good success with Lexapro as I had a horrible experience with Paxil. Hope you're doing well.....
so u really cant orgasm from the lexapro? that is horrible if its true.........
[QUOTE=bkm4673]so u really cant orgasm from the lexapro? that is horrible if its true.........[/QUOTE]

BKM - I could not when having sex with my hubby - but I could bring myself to orgasm, it took longer - but I could do it. But - I disliked not being to climax with him. Some people can't do either :eek:
[QUOTE=bkm4673]so u really cant orgasm from the lexapro? that is horrible if its true.........[/QUOTE]
I really think it could be the dose your on if u can't get the good feeling because I'm on the lowest dose 5 (mg) and I can still get there if ya know what I mean. I think it could take longer I am no expert but if this is a real important thing to u which it is for alot of us then u might want to try something else. Lexapro is a great one for alot of us but can definetly have some downfalls the sexual one is probaly the biggest one next to weight gain. :o Jules





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