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Day 5. Last night I took lexapro 5mg around 11PM. I couldn't fall asleep till about 2AM. I didn't notice any feelings of the side effects. I slept pretty good but woke around 8:30AM and had anxiety for just a few minutes this time and it went away so that was great. It's 1:23PM and so far I'm feeling normal, no moodiness, no anxiety, no high or low energy, just normal and level all around so maybe this med is going to help after all. Still a little early to tell but we'll see.............

One thing's for sure... Taking it at night a couple hours before bed, for me, was way better than taking it in the day because I didn't feel any side effects as I had doing it in the day.
one thing i forgot to mention..... i did sweat a bit last night and today. i read that can be a temp side effect of lexapro. so far it's not been a constant thing. just off and on.

On the up side of things... Today, I noticed that as the day went on, I was more patient with everyone and everything, handled things more calmly, with ease emotionally. Didn't seem to be bothered or nervy over stress and have enjoyed my interactions with family more. Caught myself smiling a bit more.

I have a toddler that's going through the temper tantrum faze. Before today, it would make me feel a bit stressed and I'd get a little bit of chest pain, you know when you're sitting there and say, something loud falls or someone screams in your face, how you get a bit of shock, or feel jumpy for a second or two when you're an anxious person and we get a bit fixated on the physical symptoms then they escalate into anxiety... Tonight, it didn't happen at all. I was as cool as a cucumber. So far I still have a normal range of emotions... Just more "normal" ranther than all over the place and anxious.

Speaking of anxious.... Aside from a few minutes this morning when I woke, I have not felt anxious one bit today.

I'll be taking lexapro tonight at 10:30PM instead of 11:00PM to see if maybe that'll help as far as giving a little bit more time for side effects to wear off before I wake.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow and to see how I feel............:)
The end of day 6.

Around noon I got a little tired, yawning a lot... probably from only getting 5 hours of sleep last night. I slept a couple hours around 5pm and had a terrible nightmare.

It was so vivid, I thought I was awake in the dream, my mouth was very dry, I lost my voice but was trying to scream for my husband but only a whisper would come out, was twisted up in the sheets, couldn't get up, the lights wouldn't turn on, my cell phone died as I was dialing my husband who I could hear with my son in the other room and then I acutally did wake up and was fine in the exact spot I just dreamed all the above. What a WEIRD dream. It took me a minute after I woke to figure out it was just a dream because it was so real to me. Scared me enough to almost say -forget this lexapro crap!! But after I got up, I was over it although I was a little uneasy taking my lexapro tonight at 11pm due to possible bad vivid dreams like that.

Other than the very vivid nightmare, I was a litle tired today, no sweating as before. I had a GREAT morning but after noon was just nothing to brag about. No anxiety at all today, no obsessing/worry/etc... My mind and thoughts have been level and ok today as well as no anxious body sensations.

Guess I'm another day closer to finding out if this is the one for me or not.

We'll see..........
bp, I'll read into the night terror thing...

Day 7. Took me a long time to fall asleep lastnight but I did sleep pretty good once I did and I slept in a bit to get a full 8 hours. No nightmares.

Once again, I did not wake having even the slightest bit of anxiety which is great.. So far today, I've been patient in situations that would normally kind of stress me out. Not worrying about things. More focused and enjoying the moment I'm in. No what if thoughts or negative self talk taking over.
I am sweating a little again today which I normally don't do unless working out or something physical to make me sweat so it must be a side effect of lexapro.
I am feeling a little indifferent today even though it's been a decent day so far. I think it's time for me to get out of the house and do something fun. What, I have no idea since there is snow outside but I'll figure something out. I'm kind of feeling cooped up I guess but lacking the motivation to get out due to cold weather..........
Day 8.
Just want to hop on here for a sec to write about my day.
Last night I took lexapro at 11pm. I could not for the life of me sleep till 4AM and my son woke me at 6:30AM. I stayed up with him till 9AM to let my husband sleep in since he never gets to and then I went back to sleep for 2 more hours.

I did not have any anxiety this morning or at all the entire day. Usually when I have very little sleep like today I can not function AT ALL but I was fine. It's now 10PM and I'm still fine. I was not tired at all today, no sleepy/drowsy spells at all. We went to church at 5pm, then toys r us, then out to eat, then grocery shopping. We're back at home, baby's asleep and me and my husband are relaxing and enjoying our night together.

At this point, I'm sure lexapro is working for me and so far today I have not had any side effects. No sweating, no bitter taste in mouth, no sick stomach, no sleepiness, nothing. I weighed myself today and I have some how lost 4 pounds! I last weighed myself the day I went to the dr to get lexapro for my anxiety.
I feel that emotionally I'm more able to handle pretty much everything so far, I'm not worried in general as I was before, I'm easily able to be more soft spoken, patient, and relaxed with my son, so I for sure feel like a better mom and am enjoying it more. I'm just not anxious, nervous, worried, negative, etc., anymore... well so far anyway. This has been a pretty great day and I'm excited about how I'm feeling & functioning!

I still can't believe lexapro has kicked in so fast. I was on zoloft I think it was about 6 years ago, can't remember exactly... Anyway, it took about 2 whole months before my side effects went away and it never did make me feel this good. I was on it for about 6 months and then another 6 months tapering off.
Day 12, 13, 14, were all about the same. No anxiety. I do feel I could use a little more mg's though because I'm not as easy going as I was in the start now that my body has adjusted to the meds and stuff....

Day 15. Today I have felt nauseous off and on most of the day having the urge to puke but not puking, queasy stomach, and a few hot flashes. It's not the right time in my hormonal cycle to have them based on my period and I'm for sure not pregnant.

I've been taking the lexapro around midnight or so every night and still having trouble getting sleepy when I need to go to bed.

Other than that things have been ok.
Day 16 & 17.

I've continued taking lexapro at night around 11 to 12 midnight.... I'm still having trouble falling asleep so I'm going to try over the next few days to take it an hour earlier each day to see what hour is best for me to get to sleep at a reasonable hour yet not have to go through any of the side effects I was experiencing around 3+ hours after taking it in the day. I'm not sure if I'll even have any side effects at this point but for sure taking it at night has gotten me past the very sleepy, fatigued stage I was having while taking it in the day. As I said before, while taking it in the day, it would come on after 3+ hours of taking lexapro and then pass after about 4 hours and I'd feel mostly normal.

Day 16, I hardly got any sleep at all and was still able to function the next day some how. I did get tired a little earlier that night than I normally do but still had things to do so I couldn't hit the sack around 9pm as I would have liked to. I had a fairly good amount of energy after 3PM though and was able to help my sister load a large truck of junk from her garage. I was pooped after that though! Mood wise, I do seem to be getting back to being a tiny bit less patient which is another reason I think I will add another 2.5mg in a week or two to see if it helps. No anxiety AT ALL and in a pretty good mood overall.

Day 17, I couldn't sleep till around 2AM but I did get to sleep long and good thank goodness! It's been taking me a little longer to get motivated in the mornings.... Like my bigger energy don't really kick in till after 3PM but I'm in the mood for things more after 1pm. Not really a tired feeling... Just kind of a lazy feeling, like I need some chillout time/me time. Today around 1PM I had enough energy to help my sister again, haul off that truck load of junk and unload it. Not very fun but good exercise and I was in good spirits.

I have noticed something new... I've been getting a little forgetful & saying things backwards for the last 3 or 4 days, or not pronouncing things right for example, husband every now and then comes out as huband, or morning comes out as moring and so on, as if to be tongue tied. I've only ever had this issue once before when my thyroid was going back into a hypo faze so can't say for sure what's causing it. I see my dr soon and will see what my thyroid numbers say.

My husband's been calling lexapro my "happy pill". He thinks I'm in a much better mood and seem to be enjoying life and people more than before.
Day 19, 20, 21, 22.

All of these days were fine except day 20 I had a LOT of sweating and day 21 I woke feeling very tired with fatigued muscles which may or may not be due to my thyroid. I've still been having trouble falling asleep at night every night. Other than that, things have been feeling pretty decent.
Days 23 through 29, I've mainly had insomnia every night this week. The last couple of days I have been sweating more. It's the week before my period and I've been getting hot flashes so all of this added to the sweating I get from lexapro has been wetting the under-arms of my shirts for 2 days now. I've had some grouchy moods as well which is the usual for me the week before my period. I figured lexapro might help with that (grouchy PMS) but it's not. It is helping with everything else though. No anxiety. Not as tired/sleepy during the day as long as I get enough sleep.

I'm still taking the lexapro late at night between 11:00PM and midnight. I did take it one time around 8PM thinking I may be able to get to sleep earlier but I still couldn't sleep before 2AM. Maybe I need to take it around 7PM for a week or two and see if that helps with the sleeping issues........ I've not had anymore crazy dreams, thank goodness! On the 18th, I'll be upping my dose of lexapro from 5mg's to 7.5mg's.
days 30 through 36, I've been wetting the armpits of my shirts from sweating so much even though I'm not hot or anything that should cause this. I'm still having trouble falling asleep before 2AM every night...
Had my 1st period since starting lexapro and it was not the norm at all. All my life, most of my periods are about 5 days long. This time, the 1st day I only spotted very little, the 2nd day was VERY heavy with a lot of clots, the 3rd day I spotted very little and it ended half way through the day. Something is for sure odd with that....... The week before my period I had a tiny bit of mild anxiety/restlessness for a short while. Last month though before starting this med, it was the week before my period when I had an anxiety melt down and had to go on something. I guess mine tends to get worse the week before my period. Other than that, I've been fine. I still have not gone up to a higher dose yet.
day 37 to 40....

Last week I nearly sweat myself to death which is weird for me cause I never used to before lexapro... For the last 2 days though I have not been sweating so I hope it's not here to stay. I'm still having trouble falling asleep at night. No matter how tired and sleepy I feel I have not been able to get to sleep before 1 or 2AM and this last few days has been more around 3AM. My moods have been stable, I'm more tolerant of situations and certain people who used to get on my nerves and stress me out. As for motivation, I'm still no super woman but I do enjoy getting out and doing things. I've not been having sleepy spells through the day. I'm 100% enjoying motherhood more. It's feeling less hard, I have a healthy outlook about it..... Lexapro so far the pro's are it's made me feel easy going and relaxed. The con's for me have been insomnia and sweating. I've heard about it making people grind their teeth, causing jaw pain but so far it's not done that for me but I'm only on 5mg's..... I still have not gone up to 7.5.....
day 41 though 47...

I've been on lexapro for almost 7 weeks now....

I only had one new thing happen that I thought was weird.... One day I got very hyper/over excited for around 1/2 an hour about something that was exciting but not THAT exciting. The same thing happened to me ages ago when I took too high of a dose of zoloft..... Anyway, I'm not sure why it happened now out of the blue?? It did subside and has not happened again so far.

This past week, all the sweating and other side effects I've had since starting this has stopped. I've still been having trouble sleeping. It's taking me about 2 hours of laying down to fall asleep so I've started going to bed earlier in order to get enough sleep and still be able to get up when I need to. 2 nights ago I skipped taking my lexapro at night and took it the next day at 2 pm to see if it would help with the sleeping issues and see if I would feel any side effects as I did in the first few weeks. I did not have any odd feelings or side effects from taking it in the day. It didn't make me sleepy or anything at all and I was more tired by midnight than before.

I'll see if taking it in the day helps with falling alseep faster at night over the next week. I'll be picking up 5mg lexapro instead of the 10mg and splitting. I was going to split the 5mg's and take 7.5mgs..... I'm feeling pretty good on 5 now that I have adjusted to it so I may not up my dose. I've heard that you wont really know the full effects of SSRI's till after 2 months of use and I'm glad I have waited this long before upping my dose or else I wouldn't have had a chance to see how well I'm feeling on 5mgs!





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