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I'm on my 3rd day of lexapro, 5mg for anxiety. I've not had issues with this for ages but it's back now and got pretty bad recently so I got help from my dr. He prescribed Lexapro & Lorazapam. I took the lorazapam the 1st 2 nights and slept GREAT, woke feeling great too, had no anxiety through the day AT ALL. Mine seems to be worse in mornings. I also have a thyroid issue which is what my dr thinks may be behind my having anxiety now and I'll be working with another doctor to deal with that in the coming weeks.

day 1, no side effects except for a couple urges to puke... were over quick though and i didn't puke.

day 2, I noticed I was not thinking about negative things... possibly placebo effect since so early on. 3 hours after taking it, i got a little sleepy/drowsy that lasted for about 4 -1/2 hours then completely went away and I felt normal, pretty good.

day 3, took it at 2 PM. 3 hours and 26 minutes later, I started to feel tired, muscles felt a little weird, kind of a mild burning/fatigued feeling. I layed down and it got a little more intense. I got up and did things around the house and though I was tired the weird muscle feelings went away. As long as I stayed up doing things it was vague aside from feeling sleepy and mildly dizzy off and on. I also had the urge the puke again a few times but this doesn't seem to be a problem cause it lasted only a few seconds each time. Overall the feelings today were worse than yesterday but all passed after about 3 - 1/2 hours, including the sleepiness. As for anxiety, I did have some this morning but it was short lived. I did not take the lorazapam at bed as I had been doing the first 2 days. It's 11:23PM right now and I don't feel bad, don't feel great... No big aha moment as of yet. I think I'll skip the lorazapam again tonight and see what happens in the morning. If I wake with anxiety again, I'll take it the next night and see if I wake feeling ok.
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..........
End of day 7.
Well I never had a chance to get out of the house as I had mentioned I would like to do. Between 3 to 5pm I got very tired/sleepy. It was pretty bad. Made me think if I am going back into a slight hypothyroid faze again cause that's how tired I'd get with it before. In the last year or so, I've had 2 hyper-thyroid spells, the 1st one was followed by a hypo-thyroid spell. I have anti-thyroid antibodies and possible hashimoto thyroiditis so my thyroid is a bit out of whack. I figured my recent onset of hyper-thyroid symptoms were the cause of my anxiety and they probably were but I can't do any synthroid for it till the hyper faze is for sure over.

My dr said thyroid issues make any underlying anxiety issues way worse and blown up emotionally.

Anyway, about lexapro... so today, very tired for a few hours, and a yucky battery like taste on my tongue, a little sweating. I'll be taking 5mg lexapro again tonight at 11pm. I have not needed any benzos at all for a few days now so this is 95% or more gotten rid of my anxiety. I've not had a big wow moment yet though like I hear some do.... They wake up and feel like WOW life is GREATTT... Not yet for me. But life is great I'm just not like overly excited about how great I feel. I feel more on the level, smooth, normal side which is pretty great I guess.
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.
Keep posting I'm interested in how you are doing. I am thinking about going back on it but it made me clench my jaws alot which was painful and I also didn't want to get off the couch. But I was on higher dose. My sister is taking it (15mg) along with seroquel and she is very tired. We just switched the lex to night time for her so maybe it will help.(I am her guardian, she has mild retardation at mood disorder). Good luck
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.
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.
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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