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I just took my first lexapro 10mg a couple of hours ago and the effects are horrible right now. I feel like complete crap... My whole body is shaking bad, so much that even my teeth are chattering. I'm really sweaty... I don't know how to explain how my mind feels right now but it's just bad... I feel really pale and overheated. I drank 6 glasses of water in the past 40 minutes (that's how long I've been feeling this way), and it temporary helps for a minute.

Are all these things completely normal? It just feels more severe than I imagined. How long does it last for as far as the rest of this day? I have a regular doctor's appt in 3 and a half hours and I don't know if I can go feeling like this.
Could you be having a panic attack? I know that sometimes taking medication for the first time can be scary and I was also told when I started Lex that in the beginning it can actually cause anxiety- I had a panic attack the third day I was on it. Did they prescribe you Ativan or anything to take with it at the beginning? You may want to try that if they did- otherwise hang in there, your Dr appt is soon and they can check you out. I am sure you will be fne :)
It really sounds like a panic attack to me too, but hopefully you went to your Dr. appointment so she could tell for sure. Lexapro is supposed to have very little side effects. I usually can feel every side effect that comes from a pill, and this one hasn't been too bad. Hoping it will stay that way. Today is my first day, and the most I've noticed is a headache and spacey. Let me know how you are doing. Michelle
Hey thanks for your replies... I'm feeling better now. It may have been a panic attack, but I've had two panic attacks (at least what I thought were panic attacks anyway) in the past 6 months and they didn't feel nearly as bad as today. And when I took the pill, I just kind of forgot about it, I wasn't worried about it or thinking about it at all. I was watching TV a couple hours after I took it... just enjoying the show, and all of a sudden BAM all of these effects start happening. But my mind wasn't getting panicky, I mean I kind of freaked out a little only because of the way I was feeling though. No they didn't get me any kind of benzo, it would have came in handy though. I'm just really glad I can go to the doctor now (it's 20 minutes away and I have to take the freeway, so I was really afraid I wouldn't be able to).

Thanks again!

Oh and are there different types of panic attacks? Like is an anxiety attack different than a panic attack?
Yes, there are different types of attacks, and anxiety and panic attacks can be different. And panic attacks themselves can be different, some more intense than others, some lasting longer than others. Panic attacks can occur out of the blue, when your calm even. It's horrible. I hope your Dr. gave you something for them when you went today. Mine gave me Xanax until the Lexapro kicks in, to help with the anxiety. I wish she would prescribe it long term, but she won't. Others here take it long term, but it is hard to find a Dr. who will do that.

How are you feeling now?
I'm feeling much better now, thanks. I was incredibly late to my doctor's appointment because I got lost... I did that thing where you think you went too far and turn around right before the street you're looking for... went back a few miles and reached another city, turned back around and finally found it (two blocks from where I turned around), but of course he couldn't see me so I had to reschedule.

I doubt he would've prescribed me something like xanax, just because he's a regular doctor and I've heard it's rare for them to do that. When I went and saw a nurse practitioner yesterday (my psychiatrist was out) he told me he's reluctant about giving me a benzo (like xanax) because I'm young and it's addictive. But he told me if by my next appointment (3 weeks) the Lexapro doesn't seem to help then he would prescribe me a benzo. I'm hoping that it does work and that I won't have any panic attack because of it.

I saw that you just started taking it last night, I'm glad to hear that you aren't having any side effects. Anyway, I'm going to keep at it... and I look forward to hearing about your updates as the weeks go by.
Well, I have a major headache, sinus headache. And I'm a little lightheaded and sick to my stomach. Other than that, I'm fine. The headache really hurts, but I don't know if it's from the med or not. I read the other people who started this said not to give up, that these do go away, so I'm going to pray that it does. I have side effects, and want to give up at the first sign.
I'm sorry you missed your Dr.'s appt, that is something that I would do. :)
I was going to ask, why you didn't take the Lexapro at nighttime? That way you would not have noticed any initial side effects. Plus, doesn't it make you tired?
Don't feel bad, my second dose is 3 1/2 hours away, and I'm already nervous to take it, haha. I want to be normal again!!!!
Take Care,
Xanax made me very anxious when I first started taking it. I had to go down to 5 mg/day just to work up to 10 mg/day. It made me sweat, gave me more panic.....but after one week it leveled out and I feel great. It really helps but it did take a few days to get used to it and see the full affect.
Good luck.
I have tried Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro. I was not able to tolerate the side effects of these drugs. My doctor put me on Effexor and Welbutrin. I am also taking Ativan. Your body may not be able to tolerate the Lexapro. These antidepressants work different for each person. If you can't deal with the side effects of Lexapro, I would ask my doctor to try a different med.
[QUOTE=tgrose]Xanax made me very anxious when I first started taking it. I had to go down to 5 mg/day just to work up to 10 mg/day. It made me sweat, gave me more panic.....but after one week it leveled out and I feel great. It really helps but it did take a few days to get used to it and see the full affect.
Good luck.[/QUOTE]
Man, that is a lot of Xanax to start with. Why did your doctor prescribe so much? The max that the drug company recommends for anyone is 10 mg, so that is kind of scary and it is an addictive drug. I only ask because I found relief from most if not all of my anxiety at 2mg per day as opposed to 5-10. I would seriously consider lowering your dosage if you can so that you don't have to deal with the horrible withdrawl someday or become seriously addicted.
Okay now I'm feeling really great... borderline-amazing kind of great, it's crazy. I don't know what happened, I was sitting there watching TV (I do this a lot)... feeling run-down due to my panic attack earlier. Then I went out for a little drive, and all of a sudden I'm singing along to the radio without a care in the world. I usually get really anxious when I drive and my mind starts to race... that was completely gone. I really didn't think I'd feel anything like this so soon, and at first I thought my mind was playing tricks on me... but I can't believe my mind could possibly do this. I'm going to go out with a friend... and I'm a little bit nervous, but I know once I get out there I'll be just fine. This is just so very unbelievable... I'm baffled.
I meant Lexapro! ;) duhhhh
I'm on day two and feel like crap. Headache, hot flashes/sweating, panicy very anxious, very very dizzy, nauseated and stomache. I couldn't sleep last night. But I'm going to stick it out, because it seems from you people that are on it, that you have to give it a week before side effects go away, is that right? They do go away, right?
Hey Michelle... I'm sorry you're having bad side effects... I'm sure they will go away, they usually do as your body adjusts to the medication. It'll get better.

My "good feeling" run didn't last very long last night. I went out with my friend, and within the first 10 minutes of meeting up I told her I had started medication... and she looks at me and says in a harsh way "Why?" She didn't want me to go on medication because she doesn't "believe" in it. I responded back in the same harsh tone "Because I wanted to". And then things started feeling awkward, and I resented her for it. We went to play pool, and we had to sit and wait. And as the seconds went by the feelings of "I don't want to be here" got worse and worse. It wasn't so much that I was anxious or worried... I just couldn't sit there. I got this intense feeling of boredom and it was irritating. We left and rented a movie, but when I got to her house I suddenly became very tired so I just went home. Wasn't as great as I was expecting, but it's a start.

Stick with it for at least 3 or 4 weeks. Are you working right now? Because I know that can be so hard. I'm not working or in school at the moment, I'm a recluse at home all day. I hope that I can start working and do school within the next few months with help from medication. I'm on day two also... just took my medication an hour ago and just sort of trying to prepare myself for another panic attack.
Well, I guess we can go thru this together. Is your stomache sore at all? Mine is, but I take other meds as well, so that could be contributing.
It stinks when friends don't understand and support you. I have some of them as well. I am a real estate agent, so I make my own hours and days. But I am not working right now, and have not for the last month. So I am a recluse right now too. If I'm not better by the end of December, I will be shelving my license for awhile. I also have a heart problem too, tachycardia and svt, so that has got me so scared to do anything, which is why I am on the SSRI. If I can just get back to the land of the living I'll be happy.
How did your day go? Mine got better, but still have the "swaying" feeling in my head. I'm going a full two weeks before giving up, maybe three, but definetely two.
My stomach hurt last night, and then I had the worst pains that came two times for about ten seconds each... just this sharp excruciating pain. Then I had a very unpleasant trip to the bathroom. I felt constipated for a few hours, and then when I finally had to go it was the opposite.

Today I've become a bit worried about some of my symptoms... one is that I felt almost as though I could not stand up... I just felt weighted down, and when I laid down it was so very hard to get back up. I just felt like dead weight. Another one, I don't know how to explain other than just my mind hurts. I just feel like it's not functioning properly. These things aren't ALWAYS occurring but they last for hours.

Like you, I've also had a headache for all of the second half of today, hot and cold flashes (alternating from what seems to be minute-to-minute), very anxious, dizzy (especially when I bend over to pick something up), nauseated and stomach problems. I haven't had a "BMovement" all day today. It's only been 3 days and it seems like forever.

I am thinking about switching at night now... it sounds like it'd be much easier than during the day. But I just kind of have this fear of sleeping on it for some reason. I know you said you were having problems with it the other night, how is it going for you now?
Yesterday was really good as far as side effects, I had hardly none. I was still very anxious and panicky, but strictly talking side effects of the medicine, it was very minimal. Now remember, I also have Xanax to take, which HELPS big time. Also, I had started out on 5mg to give myself time to build up to it.
Ok, so last night I decided to go up to my 10mg, and today I feel AWFUL. I am so anxious, feeling like I'm going to crawl out of my skin, basically on the verge of a panic attack. I am also very dizzy, headache, and tummy is a mess, hurts really bad. I'm very hot too. I took a half a Xanax so hopefully it will calm it down a little. I kind of wish I didn't take the 10 and stayed at
5, but I am hoping this is the only day it will be this bad, otherwise I'm going back to 5mg. I just don't know how much therapeutic benefit 5mg is?
Yes, my symptoms don't last constantly either, just comes and goes. Let's hang in here, together, and keep our fingers crossed we'll feeling really good in 2 weeks. Take your pill at night, it really does help. Could you call your Dr. and ask them to give you some Ativan or Xanax for a week or two to help you get thru the side effects? It will really help.
I literally had to make myself get out of bed this morning. I could just lay there all day, but I'm trying so hard to get better. I am going to go for a little walk too. I only take 10 minute walks, but that's better than nothing.
Off for now, talk to you soon.
How did you survive the day today? Mine got better as the day went on, but I was really tired all day tho. Due for dose number 5 in an hour. Michelle
I didn't take my dose this morning, changing it to tonight... so I didn't feel too bad today, but I was also tired throughout the day. I think I'm going out tonight, so I'll be taking my 4th dose when I get home (Just to be certain things don't act up on my outing). Hopefully I'll be able to sleep through everything... but I still am a bit scared to sleep on it. I don't know why, part me would rather consciously experience all the side effects, I guess I feel more in control that way... stupid anxiety! I'll let you know how I do tomorrow, hopefully all goes well for us.
So I took my dose last night, I think I like it much better at night... I slept very well. I had a short panic attack while driving this morning for a couple of minutes... I was able to keep it under control though, thankfully (for a moment I was really thinking there was something seriously wrong and that I needed to go to the hospital). When I got home though, those bad symptoms came up again... just feeling completely physically and mentally drained, but it only lasted for an hour this time and I spent the whole duration just laying down curled up. I started to wonder if I should still continue the medication. It's such a scary feeling, but I'm not sure if that's just my anxiety reacting to it. From there on I gradually felt better and better as the day went by. I'm going to give it a couple more days and if it persists I'm gonna call my psychiatrist about it. I'm just about to take my next dose. How are you feeling?
Same as you, off and on of feeling good, than feeling drained, then my afternoon I was feeling really good and very awake, almost like I drank a lot of coffee. I will be feeling fine and then all of a sudden feel really light headed. And my anxiety/panic is still here, I hope that goes away soon. Since going up to 10mg two nights ago I am more lightheaded, more anxious and really tired. I hope it's just my body getting used to an increased dosage. I know some people that do great on 5mg, so I hope 10 isn't too much for me. I am getting ready to take my 6th dose right now and go to bed. Talk to you tomorrow, Michelle
Hey Michelle, my side effects have seem to decrease... I'm loving taking it at night (I sleep like a log now). Took my 5th dose last night, I haven't had any problems so far today, and I have an increase in energy too.

Question though, how have you been eating on it? I can't seem to get myself to eat much, yesterday all I had was a bowl of cereal in the morning and a small dinner at night. I've lost almost 3 pounds this past week, which would be great for some people but not for me... I had already lost a lot of weight due to anxiety/depression, and my psychiatrist told me that the medication would help me with weight gain (I'm male, 5'10 and now down to 115#). Hopefully I'll be able to eat more this week, other than that it's going pretty good.

Upping a dose shouldn't take too much of a toll since you're already getting use to the medication itself (I mean I wouldn't imagine upping the dose would restart the way your body has already adjusted)
Hi there, I'm glad your doing better on it at night. I woke up in the middle of the night with bad chest pain, heart racing (but remember, I have svt), hotter than heck and thought I was having a heart attack. I ran to the bathroom and poured cold water all over me and it went down.
Today I can't wake up at all, and I"m cold and hot again. Still very dizzy. I'm going to post and see if it should still be going on like this. Today will be day 7 and it seems today is the worst as far as energy tired and lightheaded goes. I'm not noticing any differences in my anxiety or panic either. :( I hope it kicks in soon or I"m going to go crazy.
I'm not eating much either and have also lost weight. I could lose maybe 10 pounds, but no more than that. Sounds like you don't have any to lose. I'm glad your doing well! Michelle
Hey Michelle, it's been a few days... wanted to know how you've been doing. For me, the first few days of 10mg were bad... hopefully yours have gotten better. Sometimes I feel better, and sometimes I feel worse (I don't really have good days or bad days, just better and worse throughout the same day). Anxiety is still there, and I've actually been going out a lot less in the past week... maybe because when I do feel good, I don't know how I'll feel once I go out. I have an appointment with my therapist tomorrow, who I haven't seen since I started the medication due to the holiday... so I'm looking forward to that. Are you seeing anyone? I hope you are doing better.
Hey there, well it's much better as far as side effects. I don't have any anymore. I too still have the anxiety, although today was not as bad. My days are like yours, the better and worse thruought the day. My huge problem is I got my days and nights backwards, so for me, maybe I might need to take my pill in the morning. I am going to bed at midnight and getting up all thru the night and at 6am I am WIDE awake, and then about 8am to noon I am sleepy and sometime take a nap. Then around 4pm to 9pm I am full of LOTS of energy. Mornings are still really rough for me. I wake up still anxious, so I'm hoping it will soon fade. I read on anothers post that someone believes that SSRI's can cause tachycardia and palpitations, and I hope that won't happen with me, because my whole anxiety is over my heart condition. But I guess I will just have to wait and see. I think for me I really needed something to help me cope, I just hope this is the right drug. I really don't want to take it for two months and then have to switch to something new. I read that a lot on here, where people have to switch different meds before they find the right drug. I couldn't imagine starting over.
I am seeing a psychologist. I don't like going, to be honest, and I have to take a Xanax before I go. I feel like it's a huge waste of my money to go talk about how crappy I feel. He thought that was funny. He wants me to come weekly until I get some of my panic out of the way. So far I don't feel much from him, but he did say for me it was going to take some time because I obviously have a huge anxiety problem. He is hoping the Lexapro will work too so it can help me calm down to where I can let him help me too. I hope you like your counselor.
Off to bed for now, where I can lay and stare at the ceiling, haha. I'm glad your sticking thru this, as well as me! Talk to you later. Michelle
Hey Michelle... wanted to see how you've been doing since the end of November. I was definitely feeling a lot better during the 3rd week... but for a little more than a week now (since the very end of the 3rd week) I've been feeling the same way as before the medication, maybe even a bit worse. I had my follow-up appointment with the psychiatrist a week ago, about 2 days after I started feeling bad again, and told him that I was feeling better and that the medication seemed to be working, because I was hoping that I would start feeling better again. So then he wrote me a prescription (he had given me 4 weeks worth of samples before) and made an appointment for next March. I was thinking maybe I needed an up in dosage... I'm still on what I started, 10mg... but he didn't mention doing that. And I don't want to have to keep upping the dosage. I hope you've been doing better, let me know. I'm probably going to have to make an appointment for January if I continue to feel like I'm back where I started. I just hope this works... like you said, I'd hate to have to be on it for 2 months and then find out I need to "TRY" something else.

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