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Back in August, my doctor started me on Lexapro for anxiety. I had the same reaction to this med as you, in that I couldn't sleep. My problem was that I couldn't sleep at all . . .ever. My mind would just not shut off and let me go to sleep. It didn't matter if I took the Lexapro in the morning or in the evening. I still wouldn't sleep. My doctor also gave me Xanax which would put me to sleep for a couple of hours but then I would be wide awake again. I also tried Lunesta. Same thing, a good couple of hours of sleep and then awake. After 15 days, I had enough and stopped taking the Lexapro. The lack of sleep caused worse anxiety than I had originally had. I had to take Ambien for about four days to get myself to go to sleep and finally my sleep schedule went back on track (sort of). I can now fall asleep again on my own, but I wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning. I can relate to your frustration!!

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