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Lexapro is a drug that was released by the Forest Pharmaceuticals corporation aimed at fighting depression. The FDA approved Lexapro in August of 2002. Lexapro is a member of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family, which increases serotonin levels in the synapse by blocking serotonin reuptake into brain cells.Official Lexapro Website
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I would like to know how to get off of Lexapro, have been on it for about 7 months, I have been skipping day's for over 1 week. How do I finish tapering. I was getting electric zaps today, so don't know what to do. Need help

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:10 PM

I have found your website informative and even enjoyable...I wish that I read some of it before I began taking lexapro(the new craze for 'doctors' to prescribe)

Posted by: from prior site at November 27, 2003 12:10 PM

Has anyone else experienced extreme and uncontrollable anger and rage as a side effect of Lexapro?Please contact if so @billmilroy@charter.net or post here

Posted by: William L. milroy at January 11, 2004 6:59 PM

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months. I have trouble sleeping because I wake several times a night, however, I am sleeping 10-12 hours a night. I have also experienced problems with clinching my jaw at night. I am not going to continue using Lexapro.

Posted by: Laura at January 15, 2004 5:48 PM

Lexapro has worked fairly well for me, other than I feel more tired and the effects on anxiety have worn off on me... I have taken it for almost a year now... IMHO, I think that it worked for a bit, lost its effectiveness, adn has contributed to other health problems I have.

Posted by: Steffi at January 28, 2004 7:18 AM

Rage, anger, tiredness, weight gain, and no end in sight for the depression either. I'm going back to the celexa and walking 5 miles a day (treadmill).

Posted by: sindy at February 27, 2004 11:01 PM

I was prescribed Lexapro today for depression and I was wondering if there are any significant sexual side effects. I already have a low libido from being depressed; will this drug help me out at all or just make things worse?

[moderator comment: since you left no contact details I can only answer you here and hope you later read it. Some people notice sexual side effects when using SSRI drugs such as Lexapro. The effects vary from person to person and are non existant in some. I personally recommend trying natural alternatives before taking any prescription drugs though.]

Posted by: anonymous at March 3, 2004 10:28 PM

I've been on lexapro for 2 months I sleep all day up all night. I grind my teeth all day,lost of memory, swollen eye lids ammonia smell in my urine. I have to start to wean myself off this medicine. If there is any one out there with these symptoms please let me know.

[moderator response: I am not sure about the pee stuff. I can comment on most of your other side effects though. I would state that you are being overprescribed medication or are being prescribed medication you do not need.
Using the street drug ecstacy can cause overly elevated serotonin levels which cause people to forget things and grind their teeth. This is what really leads me into believing your are being overprescribed - that you have some of these shared symptoms.
As serotonin levels increase you may have such a high level of background noise that it becomes hard to think. This same artificial increase in serotonin level does not increase your melotonin levels and may throw off your circadian cycle, which will make it hard to get quality sleep.]

Posted by: Lu at March 8, 2004 1:21 AM

I was taking lexapro and seroquel together and i stopped because of this extremely disturbing side effect I get and I would be so happy if some one new about what it is. Every time I get tired or sleepy I get these strange shocks of sorts every 5-10 seconds in varying levels of strength. When I stopped taking the medicine( i was only on it for a very short while) the symptom got worse and it has been happening for 4 days. I hope I didn't hurt myself permenently with this because I don't even want to sleep anymore the symptom is that disturbing. I was taking valerian and kava with the seroquel so maybe I shocked my body temporarily, as it strangely enough only happens when I get tired. Thanks.

Posted by: sanjuro at March 25, 2004 5:41 PM

this is only my second day on lexapro i was switched from cylexa i also take welbutrin i feel as tho i could just sit here and "zombie out" i just feel dead, i been on almost 30 different meds and to be quit honest none of them have helped me cylexa helped for a while but my doc said they are pullin it off the shelves soon... i dont know whats worse feeling depressed or dead. i have gained 70 pounds since i have started meds 8 years ago for bipolor and again i would rather be depressed!!

Posted by: dianne at March 25, 2004 6:37 PM

I've now taken Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro, and have to say that Lexapro seems to be the easiest to tolerate. With Prozac, I gained 15 pounds and couldn't sleep, with Zoloft, I had sexual side effects, constant diarrhea, and couldn't sleep. With 15mg/day of Lexapro (1.5 pills), I have some insomnia but no other noticeable side effects; some fatigue may be due to the meds but could also have other causes. Regardless, my doctor has given me Ambien to use as a sleep aid and that has done the trick -- although Ambien is apparently habit-forming and most doctors won't prescribe it for more than a month.

Posted by: Dave at April 6, 2004 8:51 PM

As for me, I've been on Lexapro for a while... it hasnt seem to help mystate of mind AT ALL but I have most of all side effects that you can have! So the side effects make me feel sick and therefore I feel even worse because I'm not up to doing things... so what is really the point of taking this crappy medicine? Anyone... anyone?

Posted by: Stacy at April 16, 2004 2:39 PM

I have used lexapro now for about 3 months. I noticed I have started to clench my teeth at night. I have also been extremely fatigued. I think I will be going off it soon.

Posted by: at April 21, 2004 12:54 AM

I have used lexapro now for about 3 months. I noticed I have started to clench my teeth at night. I have also been extremely fatigued. I think I will be going off it soon.

Posted by: at April 21, 2004 12:54 AM

I have been on Lexapro for only one and a half months. I was put on it for anxiety, not for depression. I am going through a huge custody battle with my ex. I have to say that I agree with the fact that it makes you feel like a Zombie. I don't laugh like I used to, but I also don't get anxiety attacks. I have been weening myself off it by taking a pill every other day, because I have gained weight and I am too tired all the time. However, now I am getting really dizzy and I feel really disoriented. My jaw hurts and I have headaches which leads me to believe that I may be grinding my teeth at night. Any other suggestions on what to take for anxiety???

Posted by: Leanne at April 22, 2004 11:23 PM

I was prescribed Lexapro about 60 days ago for anxiety and panic attacks. It took about three weeks and those symtoms went away most of the time. Much Better, but at times I see to lack the motivation to do too much. I am not sure if that's the medication or just my life and my evaluation with circumstances.

I read, meditate and do deep breathing exercises and that seems to help with my focus. At times I still feel overwhelmed to the point of just sitting in the bath tub.

I don't like taking medications. I have lost about 20 pounds, which in my case is a positive. No other side effects really...

I went to the web hoping to see more positive results about Lexapro, but see so much negative results that it makes me question the real benefits of Lexapro. For me, I am much better, but hardly back to my 100% self. I don't want to become dependent on this or any other drug. My Doctor says to say on it until spring 2005, then get off of it slowly.

Funny how the mind creates such issues in the physical relm. I wish you all well (and me too.)

Posted by: F. Saeks at April 24, 2004 6:54 PM

I've been on Lexapro for 2 weeks . No side effects so far. It's helped me a lot, I feel less irritable, more engaged in social activities, more energy at work; I even sleep better.

Posted by: Claudia at April 28, 2004 7:05 PM

I take lexapro every morning 10 mg and I get sleepy when there is nothing to keep my mind occupied. When I take Lexapro now I have to eat something because if i don't it makes my stomach burn. I feel that my therapist or a pharmacy should of warned me of this side effect. A warning to all of you make sure you eat.

Posted by: shanina at April 29, 2004 2:54 PM

My physician put me on Lexapro and within a week I was having my kidneys spasm. My doctor said this was not a side effect of Lexapro but within a couple of days of stopping it the spasms stopped.

Posted by: Nancy at April 30, 2004 7:45 PM

I have been taking Lexapro for several months. I've been on a lot of other meds in the past, including Prozac, Welbutrin, Paxil, Serzone, and Zoloft. I honestly can't tell where Lexapro is helping me. I'm tired a lot and can sleep for about 10 hours, sometimes more. My dosage was increased to 20 mg. about 2 months ago, but I'm still tired most of the time and just don't have the energy to do things I used to do (before the depression got so bad). While I was on Zoloft I gained 30 pounds in a short period of time. I seem to be maintaining the same weight with Lexapro. Welbutrin helped my libido a lot, but I had a seizure on it and now can't take it anymore. My doctor told me that Lexapro and Celexa are the same thing, just different names.

Posted by: Tammy at May 2, 2004 8:51 AM

I've been taking Lexapro for about a year now. I am really happy with my mood change...I am not as anxious and irratible as I once was. I don't cry as much! I am more numb, I guess, which is better than being over-emotional. Unfortunately, I am not sure I can continue to take it...I hate the feeling of being bloated and having diarrhea and gas. It's very embarassing waking my fiance up with the smell! I am also tired all the time. I have fallen asleep during training at work, I yawn all day, and fall asleep at 6:00pm if I don't force myself to stay up. I don't get a lot of things done, my motivation is going downhill. I guess I need to find a new way to control my emotions!

Posted by: anonymous at May 2, 2004 10:37 AM

Nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, blurred vision, decreased sex drive, weight gain of 15 lbs. with less food intake, lethargic, unmotivated to cook and clean, or be productive. Took this med for 7 weeks.

Posted by: anonymous at May 3, 2004 5:15 AM

I took Paxil in the past & had the same "shock" type symptoms as well as a few others. I was switched to Lexapro & I thought at first it would work but w/in a few days I was having trouble sleeping, w/in a few weeks I felt "numb" emotionally, no motivation & began having suicidal thoughts which REALLY frightened me. I still have not regained my libido. I stopped taking it & felt better w/in a few days. I have used St Johns Wort since & have had no problems & am making an effort to get out & walk. I know many, many people are helped by antidepressants but for me at least Paxil & Lexapro are two I will stay away from.

Posted by: Chris at May 3, 2004 6:57 PM

I think this is among the most dangerous drugs out there. Four months ago I started taking 10Mg of Lexapro to help treat mild depression. I have since felt extremely out of touch, and have lost "emotional proportion." I now have a hair trigger temper, I have lost all my friends, and I'm close to losing my wife. I was not like this before! I was happy-go-lucky, and nothing bothered me much, If anything, I would get tearful and sullen. Not now. Since I started Lexapro I've felt like Michael Douglas in "Falling Down," minus the large ammunition expenditure. I realized it was Lexapro doing this to me about fours days ago. I quit cold turkey three days ago, against doctor's advice (Hell, he was sure wrong on the treatment, why should I trust him again?). While it might be too late to save the relationships I've damaged on this drug, at least I might be able to find myself again. I'm in a dark place still, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by: anonymous at May 3, 2004 8:00 PM

I've been taking Lexapro 20mg daily. I cannot orgasm no matter what I do ever since I've been taking Lexapro.

Posted by: E at April 26, 2006 3:40 PM

After reading this, I think I see why I'm having insomnia problems, can't orgasm, and have been feeling exhausted all the time. I thought something was wrong with me, but all these symptoms started once I started taking Lexapro

Posted by: at April 26, 2006 3:47 PM

Broke tooth out 3 night on lexapro. Feel like I have lost all hope in life. Was ok till Dr put me on lexapro and seroquel.

Worst crap I have ever taken!

Posted by: Bad divorce at April 26, 2006 3:50 PM

Straight A student + lexapro = FFDFFD thanks doc

Posted by: steve at April 26, 2006 11:00 PM

i have been taking lexapro (20 mg) for about 9 months now. everything had been fine (no serious side effects, made me happier, not as emotional) until about 3 days ago. i woke up and felt completely disoriented. i have felt this way ever since. to be more specific, i can't really focus on anything, have a hard time remembering things, stare off into space, have an overall feeling of lightheadedness, can't really feel any emotions. i only took half today, after thinking that these feelings may be caused by lexapro. i still feel the same way as i am typing, and it's hard to type and it's even hard to read these words. if someone, anyone could tell me that this is normal or that i'm not DYING! that would help. thankyou.

Posted by: casey at May 2, 2006 7:54 PM

My grandfather who is very elderly is taking Seroquel for off and on dementia. We believe it to be Lewy Body Dementia. A month ago he broke his hip and another doctor put him on Lexapro while in the hospital. Ever since he came home, he is having extremely strong hallucinations and paranoia, every 72 hours or so that last about 36 hours and he will not sleep during this time. I take Lexapro and have no side effects other than weight gain, but is it possible that Lexapro is not supposed to be taken along with Seroquel? Are there any known problems with the elderly taking this drug? (he is 102 yrs old but in surprisingly good shape otherwise)

Posted by: Susanna H at May 3, 2006 11:23 AM

have not gotten a reply. i'm actually losing my mind. please reply.

Posted by: casey at May 4, 2006 4:39 PM

I've been on Lexapro for 2 months now. It's had a great effect in lifting my mood, helping me deal with anxiety, and generally making positive changes in my life.

There have been two side effects that concern me though. The first is with my GI. I have a lot of gas and black diarrhea since starting the drug. The second is that it's become much more difficult to orgasm.

After reading the posts here though, I'm concerned about unexpected side effects when I go off Lexapro.

Posted by: manny at May 7, 2006 12:01 PM

i'm on lexapro and busporne. i have been takeing leapro for almost2 years and busprone for 9 months. i have been on prozak,paixil, wellbutirn, zolof, and busporn before. inhe past 4 months i have gained 35 pounds. i exersize more and eat a lot better but each month i gain at least 5 more pounds. my parents think there is somethign wrong with me. i am going to be giong off the medication in a week. will the weight be lost easyer when i'm off themedication.?

Posted by: sandra at May 9, 2006 5:11 PM

I've been on lexapro for about 2 years now. I take 10 mg, though I have been at 20 mg. I find no difference in increased dosage. My depression is almost non-existent now. The only feeling of sadness tha remains is when something bad happens, I just want to be alone and sulk. It is harder to cry, to concentrate. I feel spacey and forgetful, though the forgetfulness was a lot worse at the beginning of getting on it. I grind my teeth a lot at night, and I know several other people who are on Lexapro who also grind their teeth. I want to get off these meds, but I am afraid of a relapse in my depression. At 20 years old though, I feel as though I have grown in many ways since 18, and perhaps I have grown out of depression that I once knew it. I'll never know until I get off though. Beware of a feeling of despondency and teeth grinding. Also, it is much much harder to achieve orgasm. I can only do it alone, trying with a partner is a joke.

Posted by: B at May 16, 2006 8:32 PM

I wanted to know specifically about what are the neurological effects of seroquel such as how it works on the synapse, metabolites and receptor sites. Also I need information concerning the agonist and antagonist of seroquel

Posted by: Anthony Lightfoot at May 17, 2006 5:06 AM

Started taking Lexapro two weeks ago, and have experienced worsening of symptoms. I was depressed before, but the affect has been that everything feels like it's ten times worse. Screwing up at work for the first time in two years, can't sleep at night but I'm tired all of the time. I also want to eat all of the time. It's been hell.

Posted by: Wendy at May 17, 2006 3:16 PM

I started taking lexapro 2 months ago for anxiety. I had taken it a year or two ago for the same reason, then stopped for some reason.

Last weekend, my partner and I came home from a party where we were drinking fairly heavily. I don't remember much, but we fough about something stupid and I went beserk. He said it was like a totally different person. I was slamming doors and screaming at the top of my voice. I even broke a door.

I'm so glad I've found this site. I'm weening myself off this right now as I can't bear this rage side effect.

For anxiety, is there anything out there without this aweful side effect?

Posted by: Todd at May 18, 2006 10:50 AM

I have been on lexapro for 5 weeks. I have to say that this medication is unbelievably good. i went from no motivation feeling sorry for myself, living in the past all the time, i couldnt seem to get over the hump, depressed, anxiety attacks.
now everything is clicking, energy is much higher, no depression, no anxiety. Side effects: much deeper sleep sometimes hard to get up, but when you do all is well, a little harder to finish off so to speak sexually. I find it much better if you eat before you take it.

Posted by: Derek at May 20, 2006 3:04 PM

I've been on Lexapro for 9 months now. The 1st 2 months I was on 20mg, and the last 7 have been 10mg. The results have been really good for anxiety and depression, but it took a while to kick in.

Initially I had some dizziness and teeth grinding but these went away after about 2 to 3 months.

Since then, the only persistent side effect I have is lack of energy/drowsiness/spaciness. I usually get so sleepy that I have to overload on caffiene at work just to make it through the day. Exercise helps too, but I seldom have time for it. If I'm at home, I almost always end up taking a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.

I'm fed up with the sleepy feeling so I'm dropping doewn to 5mg and will wean completely if my energy level doesn't pick up.

Posted by: dahbuldee at May 22, 2006 3:20 PM

I started Lexapro about 4 weeks ago, and I feel like it's a miracle drug! My depression and anxiety lifted almost immediately, and hasn't come back at all. The only dissatisfaction I have with it is that I am tired all the time! I can sleep for 10+ hours per night and still have a hard time getting up in the morning. I have huge yawns all day long, and sometimes have trouble sleeping at night. Also, I've been having temperature control problems and some cold sweating. But for me, the side effects are worth it.

Posted by: sb at May 23, 2006 4:40 PM

My boyfriend is on Lexapro and we are on the verge of breaking up because of it. It has sent him into a manic state and he cannot see it. He has been extremely irritable, making poor decisions and very irresponsible with money. This is not like him. Fortunately, there have been no signs of suicidal thoughts. That is the only positive thing I can say. I am depressed and do not believe in taking medication for depression. Everyone that I have ever known that has tried medication has made them even worse! I think counseling is the way to go.

Posted by: Jana at May 24, 2006 3:45 PM

I was put on it for long-term mid depression that wasn't responding to councelling. I was skeptical as I don't like stuff screwing with my brain- every other part of my body's more okay but not the brain- but now I'm on it my life has improved dramatically.

The first hours were terrifying...my brain had to get used to not making my mood see-saw...once I got past that it's been a lot better. The first two weeks, the 'honeymoon period', was fantastic...I slept well, I was happy, I was on a seratoin high all the time, it gave me mild headaches. I had nauchia for the first week too.

Now it's pettered out a bit more, being on week six or so. Sure, the 'i hate me' 'I want to kill myself' voices are still hanging to kick me when I'm down about but they're not as powerful as they used to be, I can shut them up, and I can handle social situations a lot better now. My mood swings have diminished too- towards the point where I went to the doctor about it, any pleasureable time in a day would get mirrored by a depressive period (for no good reason), now I can be happy and not unreasonibly sad within a 24 hour period.

I have very bad days, and some good days, but overall things are better. My anxiety has died down a lot too and I'm a lot more relaxed and in control. I don't freak out if I don't have my tablet at the exact same time either, for the first month my body would panic but now I just 'remember' and go take it, maybe two hours later than I did the previous day and that's okay.

I put on weight for the first while, a Kg. I've since lost it (but with a struggle). I sleep ALL THE TIME- I get home in the afternoon and hit the sack for three hours, get up, work, then sleep again at 2am. Maybe this is just a shift in body clock as some friends do this too but maybe it's Lexapro, I'm not sure. I feel a lot more tired than I used to.

Not being a drinker is good because I hear it alters how much you can have. But today I had quad-strength coffee this morning and yesterday evening- I had a crazy dream last night, and just before I felt hyperactive with a headache. Drinking Coke and tea is okay, I guess just massive amounts of caffine are bad- don't try to fight the sleepyness symptoms with caffine in other words. At the moment I'm feeling anxious and a bit on edge because of the caffine and my appetite is gone.

Posted by: Marr at June 1, 2006 11:47 PM

I have had very bad withdraws from this drug. halluciantions, dizzyness, and isomnia. any advice????

Posted by: John at June 5, 2006 7:05 AM

I've tried repeatedly to read some of the information about negative effects, however it is impossible to keep the page on my screen. I don't know whether this is a malfunction or whether your site is designed this way purposely. It is annoying and certainly no help.

Posted by: at June 12, 2006 10:49 PM

how long does the sexual side effects last after stopping Lexapro. Please someone let me know.

Posted by: ken at June 16, 2006 8:05 PM

Background noise. I've been taking Lexapro since October '05, no side effects, positive results. Then, last month, background noise, like 'white noise', but in my head. At first I thought it was sinus or an ear infection, but not. Any one encounter this while taking Lexapro? I don't know if its connected or not.

Posted by: jean at June 27, 2006 3:42 PM

been two weeks. feel less fragile. but nose is constantly running. drives me nuts. also really crabby and quick to get angry. sexual side effects. jaw ache in the morning. don't laugh like normal. headaches.

Posted by: jprincess at June 28, 2006 2:20 AM

I've been on anti-depressants for as long as I can remember. Paxil made me go to the hospital with horrifying side effects and celexa wasn't strong enough. I've been on 20mg a day of lexapro for over a year and my anxiety is down and my depression is easier to handle. But the side effects make this drug not worth it! I have chronic migraines, nausea, my stomach burns, constant hunger (i've gained about 20 pounds) and I have the worst insomnia. I lie there all night, restless and trying to fall asleep but it never does any good. I'm seventeen and my grades have slipped dramatically last school year because I'm so tired in class. I always fall asleep in the middle of tests. I fell asleep during my final and earned a 43%. I also find that I've stopped caring about my grades at all. I find myself screaming at my teachers or having random outbursts at my mom or brother. The littlest things annoy me and I always make excuses to not go out with my friends. I think this drug has done more harm then good for me.

Posted by: Sara at June 30, 2006 4:12 PM

black diarhea , teeth grindin ,dry heaves, worst smelling gas ever, my second week on this stuff , sound familiar or am i dying

Posted by: slimm at July 1, 2006 8:29 PM

My doctor put me on Lexapro and said to take 10mg per day- I read all the horror stories and decided on my own after having the samples for a week to cut the pills in half(5mg).Dont know if it was a good idea but did it anyways. The first 2 days was so sleepy I could not get out of bed for more than an hour at a time. Now day 5 , actually my depression feels better already. I had not even gotten dressed till 3 in the afternoon or left my house for about 2 weeks prior to taking it. Seem to have increased appetite but am able to fight it- lots of headaches but they seem to be lessening- also cannot take on an empty stomache. Its early days but feel like the black cloud has lifted and am able to not let minor setbacks throw me into the arms of doom and dispair. Am terrified of side effects for discontinuation as I seem to be highly sensitive to anything I take. As long as I keep busy can fight the sleepiness. Does anyone have experience of taking wellbutrin or phentermine with the lexapro as a means to maintain/lose weight and or combat adverse sexual side effects? Also have had trouble sleeping- not getting to sleep but waking up several times throughout the night. Feel Ok when I get up in the morning though. Based on what I have read will probably have to increase dosage over time as effects may wear off but am doing much better for now.

Thanks. Everyone hang in there and find something that works for you. We are all different and if I had not been desperate would have not taken the lexapro based on what I had read but decided that I had to try something because what I was doing wasnt working for me.

Posted by: DeeDee at July 10, 2006 8:11 AM

I had been taking lexapro for two years. But a decided I am going to stop, it makes me gain too much weight, and my sexual life is going down the drain. It worked for me I feel no more depression. But the weigth and sex. I can not take it.

Posted by: Gloria at July 15, 2006 1:45 PM

I was taking lexapro 20 mg for 2 years and it helped me with my depression quite well without the nasty side effect of other antidepressantsm then . I had 2 seizures while still on it. I do not have epilepy but I was told never to take it ever again or the seizures may return

Posted by: TRISH CSASZAR at July 25, 2006 12:26 AM

i just started taking lexapro yesterday. so far i hate it! i didnt sleep at all last night. i feel so disoriented. i felt my muscles and joints were so tight. i kept clenching my jaw too,had dry mouth and i never felt this anxious before in my life. i had to miss work today because of it.
i called the dr this morning and she said to cut in in half and take half. i did that but a part of me doesnt want to take this anymore. they said it will take awhile to get into your system so i took a half today but the more i read about your posts the more i dont want to keep taking it.
i have never taken meds before so i dont know what it a good med or not.

Posted by: stacy at July 25, 2006 10:29 AM

I have been taking lexapro for a couple of weeks. It definitely has helped me overcome the depression and anxiety I have had. So much so, that I almost became complacent, and really felt ok about just zoning out on the sofa for long periods of time. People have spoken about the zombie effect. Also, although it takes longer to ejaculate I have felt my libido increase. I have felt more confident about going out to clubs and drinking. This has not been a good idea though. I have felt really de-motivated and not sure if this is the lexapro or booze. I decided to suddenly just stop taking it and the booze and cigs. After about two days, I felt moody and the little voice inside my head returned telling me I was worthless and ugly and my life was the biggest fuck up. I think the worst negative side effect was the drowsiness. I stopped taking it because of that mainly. I am going to start again but take 5mg in morning and 5mg at night. Good luck everyone

Posted by: tim at July 27, 2006 1:43 AM

Also, when I first started taking it, I did have a sort of wierd tooth ache. It went away though. Then after the next two weeks got sleepier. Did exercise every afternoon which seemed to help. Also, overall just did not seem to care that much about what happened in life, because I just felt safe regardless, and that everything would sort itself out. I did not feel like myself. As for laughing I did not notice anything different. I could definitely laugh if I had a drink with lex. Lexapro doesn't really interact badly with alcohol unless you abuse the alcohol which is what i did. But I did not do this the entire time I was taking lex, so i feel like i can judge it fairly. Now, after not taking it, I feel more anxious, less sexual, less interested in exercise, much less drowsy, and my apetite is about the same.

Did any other guys feel too sexually stimulated for a significant period of the day and which differed from their normal experience?

Posted by: Tim at July 27, 2006 1:57 AM

I only took it for a little over a month, but I gained 5 pounds. I hated it because it made me tired, sick to my stomach, and have headached all the time.

Posted by: Shirley at July 27, 2006 12:43 PM

I am talking to my doctor soon about going off Lexapro. I have been taking it for 7 months. It has greatly improved my mood, but I cannot afford to keep gaining weight. I have gained 15 lbs. and have absolutely NO energy. I feel lethargic after even 10 hours of sleep. thank you to all who have commented on this sight. I feel better knowing I'm not alone with the side effects.

Posted by: K at July 28, 2006 12:42 PM

I have just entered my fifth week of taking Lexapro. The only side effect I am feeling at this time seems to be the quality of sleep. I sleep, but do not seem to have the right kind of sleep. I wake up feeling tried. Any suggestions on how I can combat this side effect?

Posted by: Cindy at July 31, 2006 8:35 PM

I was on 10 mg Lexapro with none, or limited sexual side effects. I'm up to 15mg for OCD and I feel much better psychologically. I'm having a familiar experience, as soon as I feel great, come the sexual effects- less erectiom, very difficult to orgasm, less drive....I'm not going to give up, as my serenity is more important.

Posted by: michael at August 9, 2006 1:56 AM

The shocks can happen on any anti-depressant. My husband had them severly with Zoloft after being on it for over a year. I think anyone can side effects at any time. I have been on Lexapro (10mg) for a year and found that it really helps to take it at night before I go to bed. If I take it in the morning, I have very realistic nightmares and am unable to sleep. I don't know if it is b/c the levels are dropping until you take it again the next morning? BTW... I do not grind my teeth either. Hopefully some of you will try taking it at night instead and see if it helps.

Posted by: anon at August 10, 2006 8:33 PM

I have been on Lexapro for one month. I started taking it for anxiety. I do not have the anxiety but I do not feel anything.More of a numb feeling. I have no energy. Monday-Thursday, I get up at 6:00am with no problem. Work from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, but as soon as I get home, I put on my pj's, lay in bed, watch TV or nap. In other words, I have been very lazy. Have no problem going to sleep at 11:00 pm. I am 59 years old and do not like this routine. What should I do?

Posted by: Vicki at August 13, 2006 12:09 PM

I have been taking lexapro for two years and I went off the ,medication very slowly then starting having severe migrain attacks.Is it because I was taking this drug?Also I haven't taken the medicine in two days.What can happen?

Posted by: Celeste at August 13, 2006 7:19 PM

was on this crappy antidepressant which is called lexapro for only a month . had to stop it very adruptly because everytime i took it , the worst it made me feel . plus while i was not eating or sleeping at all when i was on it . my depression was worsening everyday while i kept on taking it . it was meant to make me better but it was making me alot more worse . i was even having thoughts of killing myself . if anyone is thinking of trying this antidepressant out , please don't do it . it will make you much more worse than you are now . it is pure hell in a pill

Posted by: susan at August 22, 2006 12:27 PM

I stopped taking Lexapro about 2 weeks ago because of the weight gain. I am 55 yrs old and have weighed 108 since the 8th grade. After being on Lexapro for 1 and 1/2 months I gained 12 lbs. which is not OK with me as I am a small framed person. Since I got off the Lexapro I have noticed these side effects:
1. A bad temper
2. Paranoia
3. Emotional
Is this a normal side effect of coming off of the Lexapro, if so how long does this take to go away. My biggest question is, how long before the weight comes off? I would appreciate your time and answers!
Thanks so much

Posted by: candice at August 22, 2006 4:28 PM

i have been on lexapro for about 3 years. i am getting ready to ween off of it and am very nervous. as for the people who have the "surges" or electricity that is part of anxiety and or a withdrawl syptom. very normal me and my sis experience this both on and coming off meds. dont know the reason tho sorry.i am also on 50mg of trazadone and have read the horror stories of coming off of it. it sounds like coming off of heroin. im very scared but my dr. says i shouldnt be taking all of these meds so long. i've been on trazadone for 6 years! also ive heard trazadone isnt addictive. sure sounds like it is. any ways any words of encouragement would be nice. take care everyone and remember you are not alone in this.

Posted by: dharding at August 23, 2006 8:35 PM

I started taking lexapro last week for depression and anxiety. So far, so good. No real side effects except dry mouth, and a little trouble falling asleep, but I hope these will pass. I have not yet experienced an improvement in my mood, but I do feel something is happening inside my head. Like I pressed the "mute" button on my brain. This is my first experience with anti-depressant medication, so I am hoping for the best, and wish you all good luck with whatever is troubling you.

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I was on Lexapro for about 3 mos. I didnt feel any change in my mood. I could not sleep at night and I clenched my teeth so much that sometimes I would sleep with my fist in my mouth. As soon as I began the meds, I noticed I had difficulty breathing...I would be out of breath after taking a few steps. This was not normal..as I am a healthy, active 19 yr old. I couldnt take much more of that...especially being a college student...it was so hard for me to just walk to class...that made me never want to leave my room..i couldnt breathe...sooo apparehently I had an allergic reaction..it felt as if my air tube had closed and I couldnt get air into my lungs..it was a horrible feeling. So i am through with Lexapro.

Posted by: Carlyn at August 28, 2006 12:10 PM

Lexapro causes brain damage! Do not take this drug!

Long term use of SSRI's causes the receptors in your brain to shrivel into corkscrews which don't function properly. Even after discontinuing the drug, the receptors have not been shown to be able to repair themselves. Some research shows that "brain shivers" or "shocks" are similiar in nature to epileptic absence seizures.

I've been off of Lexapro for a full month now and am still experiencing "brain shivers", and some dizziness. "discontinuation syndrome" (aka withdrawal symptoms) are physically brutal! Something this physically addictive should be outlawed!

Posted by: Katherine at September 15, 2006 4:35 AM

I have been on lexapro for a couple of months now, and am suprised to hear all of the negative feedback, for me it has helped considerably, no side affects yet,except for harder to orgasm. lost about 5 pounds, and for me I dont have to eat with it. I sleep well, and am not constantly thinking all the time, and not so snappy with the kids, and definatly have more patience, i'm not sure how long it is safe to take antidepressents, but as long as it helps I will stay on it. I also tried paxil in the past and hated it and gained weight on it also, and felt like I had no feelings at all, lexapro is much better for me...

Posted by: kelly at September 21, 2006 9:54 AM

I was given a prescription for 10mg of Lexapro in 2004. My doctor instructed me to cut the tablet in half. I didn't, took the whole tablet, and the next morning I was in the emergency room of a hospital with extreme anxiety, and had to be given a shot of Adavan to calm me down. No, I shouldn't have taken the whole tablet, but the experience left me rattled for a day or 2, and I just got totally turned off and discarded the medication - never to take it again. Thank God I'm now on a medication (Zoloft)that so far is working with a minimum of side-effects. Hope this will be helpful to someone.

Posted by: Roger Leonard at September 24, 2006 11:19 AM

I take 2.5 grams of Lexapro daily. I am highly sensitized to medicine so this dose is effective. I have been on this dose for a year. I do experience uncomfortable digestive issues, particularly bloating and flatus. Is this a side effect that many or some experience? Would it help to take it with or without food?

Posted by: Jane at September 25, 2006 10:30 PM

I have been on 10mg of Lexapro since May of 2006 for anxiety. About two weeks into it I started to develope GI issues (heartburn, bloating and general discomfort.) I asked my shrink about it and he said it was impossible to have these side effects from Lexapro and it must be from something else. I have IBS so I thought it might be this or (since I have an anxiety issue) something worse. Well, I looked it up on the Mayo Clinic sight and GI issues ARE one of the side effects. In fact, one of the common ones. Arrrg. Oh and I gained 10 lbs too. Not good for a vane guy like me.

Posted by: Phil at September 26, 2006 7:18 PM

My mother has taken a countless number of antidepressants. She finally has settled with Lexapro & Wellbutrin together. The Wellbutrin apparently counteracts the fatigue that the lexapro causes. She also says it has contributed to her weight loss. She seems to be doing better than I've ever seen her. I just started taking Lexapro 3 weeks ago. I'm feeling so much better. I was really tired the first week, but it wore off. Especially with 30 min. of bike riding everyday. I have to say exercise plus sunshine definetly helps if you have run out of ways to beat the fatigue. You gotta push yourself with this med before giving up. I'm at 10mg and am going to try to maintain that dosage. No plans to stay on it longterm.I will not let this med. control me like my mother has. Hereditary or not!

Posted by: Shellster at October 5, 2006 1:54 PM

I just started lexapro 2 weeks ago and am a little nervous after reading several chat forums...peopple donot sem to like it. I want to know about interactions...caffiene & lexpro, is that bad? Also why is it advised not to take asprin or ibuprofen? What can one take then? Any other natural supplememnts thatcould cause a problem, ie;chromium piccolate,magnesium,b complex,CoQ10? thanks

Posted by: sondra at October 5, 2006 3:28 PM

I just started taking Lexapro 3 days ago for a clinical trial for people with Major Depression, and already it's starting to kick in. It's weird, I've already felt an immediate and significant improvement just over the past few days. My head feels clearer and I feel more mellow... It's easier to pull myself out of that minus-10 state where I become so engrossed in my own pain and rage... I've been able to 1) recognize when I'm being irrational and 2) pull myself up. And this is just over 3 days of taking this stuff! Hopefully it keeps up...

As for side effects - I feel really nauseous. I had really awful gas yesterday morning. I could hardly sleep last night - WIDE awake all night. And my appetite is weird... It's like I feel hungry, but can't bring myself to eat. My mouth won't chew, food doesn't taste as good, my throat won't swallow, and I get fully really quickly. Meh...

Right now, the good is outweighing the bad for me. But I know 3 days is literally nothing in med-time... So we shall see.

Posted by: alison at October 5, 2006 6:24 PM

I have been on 10mg daily of Lexapro since August of 2003. at first, I noticed a significant improvement in my mood and outlook on life. Lately however, I have seen an increase in the side effects. Mostly I feel like I'm in a fog all of the time. I feel tired even though I get plenty of sleep every night. I have no desire to do the things I know I should do (clean, cook, etc.) I have also experienced severe teeth clenching, especially at night. The dentist told me last week that this is causing my teeth to wear down flat and is causing major problems to my jaw which may require surgery to fix. The problem is that I don't know if I am actually experiencing a relapse of depression and need to increase my dosage or if I need to slowly go off of the medicine all together. Has anyone else experienced these problems? What did you do to stop them? Please help!

Posted by: cici0767 at November 6, 2006 1:39 PM

Singer George Michael lends the piano on which John Lennon wrote Imagine to an anti-war exhibition...

Posted by: Oscar Soule at November 12, 2006 2:09 PM

Record company EMI sign a deal with the estate of crooner Dean Martin to use the singer's likeness...

Posted by: Jean Mcclain at November 12, 2006 7:50 PM

Taking 10 mgs lexapro in the morning, and 50 mgs desyrel/trazadone at night. Felt FANTASTIC first 2 weeks, since then it's been going downhill tho. Don't feel too bad but not gr8 either. Have noticed that i'm extremely irritable, more so than before, and fly into a rage easily (and i'm not someone who gets angry easily). As for insomnia, the trazadone really helps and i also take valium, xanax, clonazepam and flunitrazipam sometimes which i alternate. Lex causes constipation, at least me, but Movicol eliminates that problem + is safer than laxatives. As 4 sexual side effects, not really, seems my libido is actually returning (prozac really fucked me up sexually). Don't know yet if lex is the drug 4 me (i've only been on it for almost 2 weeks). Considering zoloft but worried about sexual side effects returning. Dunno.. Seems i was better off on st john's wort. Any good feed-back about 5-HTP? Only took it once but it caused really bad hallucinations and what almost felt a stroke (seizure?). Scared me!

Posted by: Andre at November 13, 2006 10:56 AM

I've been using Lexapro for a few years now.

And, yes, I still have the voices in my head saying I still don't want to be here.

I still start crying at the drop of a hat, even when my partner says something to me that probably gets to me more than it should.

I hate feeling like this, because I used to be such an outgoing, funny, girl.

My friends comment on it to me all the time.

My partner doesn't understand about depression, and I feel so very alone.


Posted by: Trish at November 16, 2006 7:01 AM

Gas, gas, and more gas. Yes, flatulence and other GI symptoms result from Lexapro. I was on it for two years, and when I passed gas, I could clear out a room. I have no idea why the drug causes gas. It's awful.

Posted by: Anon at November 19, 2006 1:45 AM

looking for natural alternatives to lexapro

Posted by: ROBERT at December 14, 2006 9:15 AM

i am going through withdraws my doctor took me off Efexor due to increase in my blood pressure
i have been taking lexapro for a month now "free samples " now i have a perscription for them and the insurance will not pay for them until the doctor autherizes them. i dont know call me stupid but isn't that what a persription is for?
well i can not afford the 100$ price tage for the meds so i had to go cold turkey for a week and a half now my doctors nurse will not let me talk to the doctor she said i had to call the insurance company. the insurance co. told me the doctor hade to authorize them. i am confused now the discomfort is setting in my head it feel's like its being zapped freqently every time i move my eyes.
not to mention my eyes are starting to watter up all the time. this is hell i am starting to get head ackes can any body help what can i do to control the withdraws .i may not even beable to work if this gets worse .

Posted by: UPHUNTER at December 18, 2006 12:39 PM

It seems to me that what goes up must come down. Had three rough weeks adjusting to 10 mg. Lexapro when I started. Sweating at night, fatigue, agitation, palpatation, dizziness, tremors, insomnia - had them all. Decided to stop after about 6 weeks when most the the side effects had ceased. On the 3rd day after a 2.5 mg. taper I started to get a little dizzy, some nausea and headache. But it wasn't until a week later, after I cut back another 2.5 mg. that the effects really kicked in.
I'm now at 3+ weeks after the 2nd taper and the dizziness, headaches and nausea are worse than ever. Each day I wake up hoping that it will be better than the day before, but it just seems to get worse. I'm very hesitant to cut back further until at least the dizziness resolves. I can treat the headaches and nausea but nothing stops the dizziness. I've learned my lesson - if I'm depressed or anxious again they will have to sedate me in order for me to take another antidepressant.

Posted by: Frank Benincasa at January 15, 2007 12:34 PM

I have been taking Lexapro (10mg)for a few months now and, although the depression lifts, it seems to irritate the IBS I am plagued with and I have been gaining some weight. Both side effects are devastating to me because I am a marathon runner, currently in training. Please help!

Posted by: heather at January 31, 2007 10:44 AM

I've been on Lexapro for about a year. I went on it for anxiety and anger. It took a couple months to notice a change but I have felt much better. I'm not as anxious as I was and I definitely am not as angry. The only thing I don't like is I have gained weight.
Of course when I was full of anxiety I could not eat so it's up to me to lose the weight if I want to feel good. And I love not getting angry or frustrated like I was doing. Others have noticed a change in me also.

Posted by: Dixie at February 7, 2007 1:50 AM

Get on an exercise bike 60 minutes per day and get off Lexapro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: mike at February 11, 2007 11:48 AM

has anyone gotten very bad smelling gas while on lexapro?

Posted by: kathy at February 18, 2007 4:45 PM

75 year old father-in-law has been on Lexapro 10 mg for 1 year, experiencing weight gain and some memory loss; also taking RX Prilosec. Mother-in-law concerned Lexapro causing/ contributing to dementia. Anyone have info about possible dementia/Lexapro link? Thank you so much.


Posted by: Raven at February 23, 2007 1:55 PM

lexapro is horrid. i was just on it for pms for 2 weeks/month and after the first week i realize that it is crap. i was already on wellbutrin for depression, then dr. put me on the lexapro for anxiety. it definitely quelled my anxiety...but also my desire to get up off of my butt for 90% of the day. i had major jaw clenching immediately, spasms, insomnia (even while taking ambien!), major sexual side effects, and absolutely no will to do a thing. i just wanted to sleep or sit around...nothing at all was appealing. i told my dr. and he said to take it at night at dinner. it made me get even less sleep.
so he said to take 1/2...no change except i got my short temper back...then i decided to do 1/2 in the morning, 1/2 at night...still i sat around on the couch and whined or napped.

the tiredness i have experienced before...ever so familiar when i took paxil over 10 years ago, and then zoloft. i'm pretty sure that i am not a candidate for any SSRI...however wellbutrin has been great at curbing depression. i think i can manage my anxiety issues so long as the constant desire to end my life is gone.

we'll see how it goes.

good luck folks...just saying SSRIs suck in general...if you had anything like i had above, try something aside from an SSRI...i swear it's better.

Posted by: yeah at March 14, 2007 9:36 PM

I have been on lexapro for 2 months now. tired all of the time and don't laugh anymore. want to sleep till noon everyday. stay up so late, i saw twin midget real estate tycoons on an infomercial two nights ago. They were like a shorter version of herve villachaise.

On another topic, my family has a history of alzheimer's. On another topic, my family has a history of alzheimers. Speaking of Lexapro, take with caution

Posted by: B at April 16, 2007 12:23 AM


I have been on Lexapro for over a year, but want to get off-I feel no need for it anymore, and I think it just makes me more tired, so I end up using a lot of caffeine to compensate, which is stupid. I think it has caused me to become more angry, gained some weight (yuk), and it makes me forgetful. I am going to wean myself off of it. Has anyone out there done this themself without any HORRIBLE side-effects? I have taken 10 mg. daily, and decided to take 1 every 2 days for a week, then 1 every 3 days for a week, etc. until my months prescription is gone. I really think if I can get through this, I will feel better all the way around. I have ordered a product called 'Anxius', from Canada, which I am hoping will work as great as all the testomonials I have read. I thought I would use it as I wean off the Lexapro-it's all natural ingredients & is supposed to be great for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.-and after a few months, I hope to be using nothing (my fingers are crossed!). Anyway, if anyone has weaned themselves off this crap (Lexapro), please let me know, and exactly how. THANKS!

Posted by: Jennifer at April 16, 2007 1:16 AM

I have been taking this med for about a month, ive seen impovements in my mood and outlook on life but the side affects suck. i slept for 15 hours today and still needed more sleep.
the tiny bit of my sex drive that was left due to depression is now gone. i takes forever to cum. i feel really cold when i come out of the shower and have headaches all the time.

Posted by: billy bo at April 28, 2007 10:55 PM

I've been taking Lexapro for about 8 months for depression with no ill effects. I was recently also diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been feeling so well we decided to try weaning me off the Lexapro. Did fine the first few days, but the last few days I've been experiencing extreme feelings of anger/rage. Anyone else experienced this? I've gone back to taking the dose I have been on.

Posted by: R. Neal at May 1, 2007 8:11 PM

my doctor just perscribed lexapro for menopause symptoms.. not being able to sleep and mood swings.. I took my first one tonight .. BEFORE I found this site...now I will throw them in the trash immediately! she swore to me there were no side effects.. that even nursing women could take it ! I am done with that dr.


Posted by: teri at May 20, 2007 11:15 PM

I have been on 40 millagrams 2 20 mil pills a day for over two years. rying to get off as my life situation has improved and I think 40 is excessive. I went off kind of fast and feel aggitated and angry . how should I get off it

Posted by: Peter Palladino at June 16, 2007 2:40 AM

I've been on Lexapro for about 5 months now. 10mg/day until 3 weeks ago. My feelings of well-being have greatly improved, and with a b12 injection a few months ago I was feeling a little more energetic. My Dr. said that Lexapro would help that out eventually, too. It really only seems to be getting worse. I don't have the energy to even sit up straight. Most of the time I'd rather just lay down until I fall asleep instead of doing anything. It really seems like it's causing me to do all the same things depression did. I have a doctor's appointment in 9 days, and I was just wondering if, besides telling her about the problems, is there anything else I should suggest to her. Anything that has worked for other people. I'm talking about medication, too. Alternative methods have failed miserably for me.

Also, I have a complete lack of interest in my marriage. I know it's the medicine.

Please email me about this if you know anything.

Posted by: t. a at June 19, 2007 6:44 PM

1 week ago I started having sudden and alarming bouts of RAGE/ANGER. Never experienced this in my life. Been on lexapro for 6 weeks. My mild depression, for which this med was perscribed, was gone within 1 week of starting regeim. I continue to have bizarre dreams throughout the night and feel "detached" from the world in terms of emotions. Basically flat emotions since about 2 weeks ago. The RAGE/ANGER thing is highly troublesome, and I am consulting with my doc today.

Posted by: Tachakawa at June 22, 2007 2:27 PM

I dont really feel depressed anymore but i can not sleep. Im the kind of guy that is usually in bed by 9-11 o clock but now i just cant sleep whenever i go to bed i usually just lay in bed for a couple hours before i do end up falling sleep. Anybody else happen to have this problem?

Posted by: TYson at June 27, 2007 4:17 AM

I have been on Lexapro for 2 months now. I cannot do anything at my job. I am slow and confused more on the Lexapro than when I was just depressed. Another side effect I have experienced is the the loss in ability to perform music the way I once did. It has killed my inspiration and my train of thought on everything. I pretty much don't give a crap about anything anymore, and that is a feeling that I don't like. I feel like I am experiencing life through a television set. I never feel like I am there. How am I supposed to hold down a job or keep my job with my band if I can't even think anymore. Also, with my new worries, my panic attacks and depression have worsened. How can I not feel this way when my 2 (necessary and much needed) jobs are in jeopardy? Another thing, I never have been able to sleep well, but now I cannot sleep at all. I don't drink or do drugs so I know that this has nothing to do with it. I just don't know anymore.

Posted by: Jim at July 9, 2007 1:17 PM

I a loss of memory a common side effect of Lexapro? Specifically, I've noticed that I'll have a conversation, and even just a few hours or maybe a day later, it will be dim and fragmentary memory. One friend of mine has mentioned a couple of times that I've called her on the phone to talk about something, and I really just very dimly remember it. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Posted by: P Brown at July 17, 2007 12:22 PM

i can say lexapro has worked for awhile ,but i just dont like the fact that i have to mess with my brain ,ever since i got on lexapro i wake up at night i sleep for like 6 hours or so but it has hyelped my panic attacks . im also tryin to stop im weaning my self i get bad brain zaps.

Posted by: deidre at July 19, 2007 1:44 PM

Daughter took Lexapro for 10 months. During this time she charged thousands on her credit cards, bought a new car, neglected her children, endangered herself and children. It was like she became a teenager all over again. At this point I insisted she visit her physician - HE LAUGHED AT HER AND INCREASED HER LEXAPRO IMMEDIATELY FROM 20 MG. TO 40 MG.. Within 3 weeks she was fired from a long term job and faces criminal charges for theft. She weaned herself off of the drugs (with all the horrible side effects). Within 2 months my daughter returned. She takes no antidepressant or any other drug and is totally humiliated by everything she did. This drug has horrible effects for some people.

Posted by: Paula at July 24, 2007 4:23 PM

I wanted to go off of Lexapro because I wasn't sure that it had really helped my pre-menstral,mid-aged mood swings. The really BAD part has been going off of Lexapro. When I stopped, I experienced serious dizziness and fatigue- which brought on crabbiness. yuck! Stay off drugs - I'm going back to prayer and some serious exercize

Posted by: sue ramey at August 7, 2007 2:27 AM

Lexapro has caused me to let go and say whats on my mind when im pissed. Thanks for the freedom... now I am getting demoted with loss of pay.

Posted by: Michael Jude Hughes at August 7, 2007 10:16 AM

Lexapro is great for menopausal depression and PMS!@!! No you can't stop depression by changing the outside world ...it's all inside.

Posted by: Joedee at October 23, 2007 8:37 PM

I have been on lexapro for about a year. I had some GAD issues, which lexapro seemed to address pretty well. There has been some weight gain and it is beginning to bother me a lot. My stomach also seems to be swollen. I'm at 20mg and am going to decrease to 10. I'm not sure what's causing the weight gain; if it's the drug itself, increased appetite, etc..Also, I have the feeling that the drug doesn't work anymore. Anyone have any insights I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Posted by: james at November 24, 2007 1:12 PM

Reading these comments, I relate to so many who have struggled with finding the right drug. I will say this thoughj for Lexapro - I take it for OCD and it has been the best thing for me to function normally. Now, I will also say this - I believe my doctor, who started me on this new drug when others were not working, is WONDERFUL! I say that because he wanted me to be on like 5 mg for 2 weeks and then 10 mg. for 2 weeks and then 15 mg for 2 weeks and finally to 20 mg. I didn't have alot of the "fuzziness feeling" or suicidal thoughts. I believe his slow introduction of the drug really helps you out alot!

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Posted by: jeff at January 10, 2008 9:17 PM

Off Lexapro!!!! I will never take an anti-depressant again!!! I started Lexapro almost two years ago. 10mg which helped for a while. Started feeling depressed and upped it to 20mg. After I upped it things got worse! Sleeping, sleeping, sleeping, not able to get up! Or a total insommniac! Almost lost my job! A few weeks ago I was running out and started alternating days then I just stopped. I feel better than ever!!! I haven't had withdrawal symptoms - yet - it's been a week and a half. I've accomplished more in the last two weeks than the last 6 months - since I upped my dose. I am motivated again!!! I've started taking B- complex, Folic Acid & Omega-3 which are supposed to help with depression. I had blood work done to test my thyroid and basic tests to make sure my levels are normal. I'm going the homeopathic route. If you go on something - don't stay on it too long. If it starts working then fades - do not up your dose - it is time to go off! Hope this helps

Posted by: drug free at January 24, 2008 7:45 PM

Hello Friends,
I'm writing now, becaus ethye say writing your thoughts helps you to fell better. We'll see. I've been living with depression since i was about 20, although i wasn't diagnosed until i was 27. I am currently on wellbutrin 300mg and lexapro 20mg. I feel so, tired and completely unmotivated all the time. I'm a professional composer that recently moved abroad to further my career. Musicians are generally very driven people and dedicated to our craft. i watch my friends around me, practice all day and study music...i used to, but haven't in years. I always get my work done even if it is the last minute, but its almost impossible to gt started. I feel like i don't care about ANYTHING. I feel fatigued all the time. Have no sex-drive or cannot orgasm even when i do. Are these medications supposed to help. I don't have panic attacks anymore, but i feel empty inside. For the past 2 weeks i've just been laying i bed all day, watching movies on my compouter. I have a deadline that is due in a month and haven't started yet. I feel lost. I've been a musician all my life and used to feel passion for it. Now i feel passion for nothing. Is this the medicine? Right, now, i'm actually running low on the meds now b/c i'm running low on cash, so that may be the problem. But since i've been taking this combo...about a year. I have had about 2 weeks total of actually motivation and energy...other than that. Nothin. Any advice would help or maybe just someone who beat this crap and can help someone else.

Posted by: sherisse at February 21, 2008 8:10 AM

I've been taking Lexapro since the beginning of January and I've gained 15 pounds. I just want to keep eating and eating even when I'm not full. MY GP prescribed it to me because I was having some anxiety and I had gotten very upset because I had to put my dog to sleep and I was very sad. Honestly I don't think I should have gone on it in the first place because I still feel anxious and I'm even more depressed now than I was before! Now I have withdrawl side effects to look forward to. I am not happy and I just want to eat. UGH.

Posted by: carly at February 27, 2008 7:25 PM

I'm on 5mg of Lexapro now, but am taking it with 100mg of Seroquel for GAD and Bi Polar. Yawn. I sleep alot, and when I'm not sleeping, I'm yawning. No anxiety though. I guess the Seroquel knocks me out at night, then I get up and take the lexapro which kicks me down again for a few hours. Again, no anxiety, but I could sleep for days... I've also noticed headaches and some kidney pain.

Posted by: Doug at April 7, 2008 9:40 PM

Lexapro caused insommnia with me. Sometimes I had to take two ambien to sleep at all. Getting off Lexapro was very difficult; everytime I decreased the dosage, I would get severe anxiety. I figured that maybe that was the manufacturer's intent, to keep me on the drug. I was able to get off it after many weeks, but it was an extremely traumatic experience.

Posted by: Jim at May 13, 2008 4:34 PM

Reading these posts is a downer as I started on 10 mg a day about 6 weeks ago. But I remind myself that people happy with the results aren't even aware of this blog, so we won't hear about the positive effects it's had on lives.

For me the worst thing has been sleepiness. I can sleep for ten hours and nap for another two.

Posted by: Uncle Darnell at May 21, 2008 2:34 AM

I have taken my first three days on Lexacor due to a panic attack and I feel terrible. The first 1/2 dose made me basically catatonic. I was chilled to the bone and had diarrhea every 15 minutes. The next night I knocked out; however, night #3 brought horrible insomnia. Not to mention the constant nausea and buzzing in my head. I was also prescribed Clonazepam which I can tolerate well--I think I'll stick with that. I am not even going to get to the point of weaning off Lexapro. I've had my last dose.

Posted by: no more Lex at May 22, 2008 4:55 PM

I took lexapro for a week and my doctor forgot to refill my prescription. I realized that the whole week I was taking the 10 mg dose, I was totally numb. After one day of no meds I began to feel again and I have been crying on and of for 3 days now. I don't know if it is better to be numb or to cry all the time. i went for a much needed jog to the beach. it seemed to help a little. i believe that physical activity is a natural anti-depressant. i'm getting my refill today. we'll see what happens.

Posted by: michelle at May 30, 2008 3:00 PM


I read all of your comments with great interest. I'm 44 yrs old. I began taking 5mg of Lexapro about a year ago. I was concerned about side-effects, such as losing inhibitions, saying what you think--loss of inner monitor. My psychiatrist, who is very well-versed in medications and dosages told me that if I take too much of this medication there would be danger of having the side-effects that I mentioned. I've had no problems with this medication. I feel good. I feel more confident. I feel less anxious.

I really think that the key to a medication working is 1) the right medication for you...you have to experiment to get the right one sometimes, but take it slowly! 2) the right dosage. I'm sensitive to medications, so a small dosage works wonders for me. A larger dosage would have negative effects. 3) If it makes you sleepy, take it in the evening before bedtime! 4) A highly-qualified, sympathetic, patient psychiatrist.

Best wishes to everyone out there. Don't give up. Medications don't have to be evil. Make sure that you find an excellent psychiatrist. He or she can make all the difference.

Posted by: Christina at June 3, 2008 9:44 PM

Who can help me?

The wothdrawal effects of Lexapro made me angry, irritated, frustrated and agitated. So much so that I hurt the closest person to me and I can't explain it to myself.

The office that prescribed the Lexapro double my dosage when I told them that my tolerance was building and I was having serious withdrawal symptoms. They told me to wait for my already scheduled appointment(more than 3 weeks later) with the doctor.

My e-mail is sunson006@gmail.com.

Posted by: Eric Antonio Morales at June 30, 2008 6:49 PM

I have been on Lexpro for a year now. I, unlike others, can be very HONEST about having depression with anxiety. All these posts about having "symptoms" of diarrhea and severe sleeplessness just make me ill - I would LOVE to be able to afford to sleep 10+ hours - I have a full time job and family as well as attend college.. I have to be able to function and be a responsible person. I do not have the luxury of laying around popping pills and getting on the internet to whine about their effects - tell me one RX that does not have an effect please?
Lexapro has been wonderful for me. IMO, several of the posts are way out of touch with seeing a Dr for true symptoms of depression or other issues in their lives...Depression will make you restless, sleepy as well as sleepless. Depression and anxiety can really pull a number on your body as well as overall wellbeing. And if you are going to a PCP that is giving you Lexapro, just because you are going through a divorce, or your dog died, or whatever, and letting you walk out the door and call for a new drug within a short amount of time - then that is your true problem.
Each person is different. But I see way too many people posting looking for a quick fix, with several different pills or taking it the way they want to and not the way it was prescribed.
My side effects have really only been the jaw clenching but that also could have started before with dental work I had done.
I found this website, mainly because I was looking for a natural alternative to Lexapro ONLY for the simple fact that my insurance has now changed to high deductible & it is $230 for 90 days RX and because I did not get on it to stay on it for the rest of my life.

Posted by: B at August 16, 2008 12:10 AM

I have been on Lexapro, and I am having lots and lots of gas it is so embarrising, I also have black stool which I think is caused by the iron tablet. Please help. THe Doctor has told me to start taking 1/2 tablet for 2 weeks than 1/2 everyother day. I also have gallstones. Any advice on if this is causing my gas problem.

Posted by: Joyce at September 5, 2008 11:07 AM

I have come off of paxil, zoloft, and welbutrin twice now without that serious of withdrawal effects. I am currently taking myself off of the POISON known as Lexapro, which I have been taking now since January. My very first day inside of my shrink's office he give's me a prescription for Welbutrin and Buspirone, probably within 7 minutes of the beginning of our session. Then he sent me on my way and told me to come back in a month. It is important to understand that I always ask about side effects and when I asked about any he said no worries, at the most dizziness for a few weeks and maybe some diarrhea for a few weeks. During the next month side effects weren't so bad. My biggest complaint was increased sweating since I was already a pretty bad sweater without any pills anyway. I go back into my shrink's office the next month and he adds Lexapro to the mix. I ask again about side effects, he says nothing too be too concerned about. Maybe some loss of sleep early on but should go away. He NEVER, EVER said ANYTHING about how must WORSE i would begin to feel while on Lexapro. I became a horrible human being who alienated ALL of my friends and loved ones. I recently lost my girlfriend who said she could no longer take my negativity. For the love of everything holy and good on this world, I swear I am not a weak man. I am a former Marine who always prided myself in self control. I could not for the LIFE of me control my anger, negative thoughts and just simply put my all out hate for the world and life. I became a walking demon. The worst part is, I never lived in denial about this. I saw what was going on, how I was acting, and what it was doing to the people I cared about and it was making me even more depressed and suicidal. I thought about putting my gun in my mouth probably somewhere in the range of 50+ times a day. I was living a nightmare that I was coming VERY close to thinking that offing myself would be the only solution. Then I read some blogs online where people were talking about their Lexapro side effects as well, and it may have saved my life. I found hope in the future now when I am clean of Lexapro completely. It's only been a week but I am optimistic. I am having HORRIBLE brain zaps and depression like I have never quite felt before. Funny how no matter HOW bad it gets I won't quit because I know it has to get better when I'm 100% medication free again. I must say, I have never been one to spout off about suing a doctor or a pharmacy, but I have changed my mind after this one everyone. This has been some of the most unimaginable suffering I have ever dealt with in my entire life. I have had two spinal operations, kidney stones, and a boat load of tattoos, so I know how to deal with the uncomfortable. But this is just almost unbearable, and like I said, I really was very close to checking myself out this world because I couldn't take the pain anymore. I always tell people that worst pain for me is the pain of soul sucking bottomless pit in the center of your gut depression, because it is felt by the entire body. So that being said, if anyone knows of a lawyer with a heart big enough to take on this case or a class action that is already in effect against the makers of Lexapro I would love to hear about it. I wish everyone else who is in the same boat as me the best of luck and just remember, it is better when you are off that poison.

Posted by: Chris at September 6, 2008 10:25 AM

HELP!!! I have been on Lexapro for YEARS, and aside from the lowered libido, which has become nearly non existent for me after all this time, I was told about NONE of these side effects! Reading what everyone is saying about these side effects is such a relief, but the problem is, I've been on it for SO LONG now, about 6 years, and it was given to me by EX family doctor, NOT a psychiatrist, who told me absolutely NONE of these things, and now after twice with my psychatrist trying to wean me off of it, and not being able to because of "shock" affect that does NOT go away, even weeks after I stopped it, I don't know what to do!! I want OFF this poison!! It was originally prescribed for my then mild agoraphobia. Has anybody else been on this horrible drug for years and managed to get off it?? PLEASE, if you have, tell me HOW! The "shock" withdrawl is beyond torture, I can't move ANY part of my body without that part and the surrounding area being affected. All this time I thought this drug was HELPING me, turns out it's been DESTROYING me! I am absolutely DESPERATE!!

Posted by: Kelly C. at December 2, 2008 11:56 AM

I began taking Lexapro last fall of my college semester and failed all of my my classes except one. I thought i would give the medicine a little longer but its getting worse. Tomorrow I'm to cut up the 10 mg tablets and wean myself off them. I have no motivation to get up and do anything besides sleep all day and night. That is the main reason I can't do well in school bc i dont even feel i can get ready or take a bath for several days.

Posted by: jess at January 27, 2009 3:28 PM

Lexapro works wonderfully for me. However, when I am on it for over a week I develop pain in my urethra, it spasms and then causes me severe pain and frequency of urination. As a result I have used 5mg tabs, but they don't work for the depression nearly as well as the 10 mg tabs. I have asked multiple doctors about this side effect and they have never heard of it. I am going to have to quit taking it again as it has become too painful for me. I used some pyridium over the weekend but don't feel comfortable using this for a long period of time. Please let me know if anyone else out there has this problem. My doctor has checked me for a UTI and did a urine culture, they have come back clean. It is depressing to have something that works so well for me but will have to stop it because of the pain.

Posted by: Susan Murphy at February 2, 2009 5:45 PM

I used to take antidepressants(including Lexapro) for depression.I have not been on any of these drugs for over two years now and besides the side effects of using these drugs I am doing better.I still have moments of rage and anger that are hard to control(this increased after using lexapro). I also have trouble sleeping and grind my teeth at night(this problem I did not have at all before lexapro).I also sweat now really bad in a high stress situation and I never had this problem before)I feel these drugs caused my problems to become worse and feel that just because things are not going to smooth in your life that these drugs are not the answer to your problem.The doctors today are worse than a drug dealer. I feel these drugs are being widely abused and this is a serious problem that we need to face and put a stop to. Especially are juveniles they are our future and personally i am really worried at the number of these kids who are on these drugs.

Posted by: beckinger at February 3, 2009 6:33 PM

Hello everyone.
I was just reading everybody's stories and decided to tell one of my own. About a month ago I had to leave work cause I had such bad anxiety I thought I was dying. I have been fighting anxiety for about 11 years. I told the Dr. that I had been having exceptional attacks all that week with symptoms like clenched hands and muscles and the thought of impending doom constantly. He gave me xanax for immediate relief and some samples and a script of Lexapro. This is the second time a Dr. had told me that I probably have mild depression and that causes anxiety. I never thought of myself as depressed but I know something isn't right and I can't be leaving work dying every day lol. I don't know if any of you has bad anxiety but I have and I am also a bit of a hypochondriac as well so after reading the side effects of Lexapro I was near paralyzed with fear of taking the drug and just the thought would throw me into a panic attack. But after long review of it's potential side effects I took a xanax then an hour later when I was good and relaxed I popped a Lexapro. First day nothing, Second day I felt like a zombie and like I cared about nobody and nobody loved me and I didn't care what so ever about it. Third day felt really high and happy and for the rest of the next couple weeks it was a series of highs and lows and a couple times I would get insanely angry about a little thing. So people I will not lie to you. the first couple weeks is side effect hell! I mean hell. But nothing some xanax and some rolaids can't get ya threw cause if you are tired of anxiety or depression running your life then don't be afraid to get some bumps and bruises in the fight to get your life back. I am now more balanced than ever and I am not afraid of everything like I was. This is no miracle drug, I plan on getting some counseling and getting to the root of the problams and I think this drug can help me do that for I don't want to be medicated forever. This drug may not work for you like it has for me but for the results I have I encourage you to at least take a go at it! If you want to know anymore specifics about side effects feel free to email me at chuckrice1@gmail.com

God Bless and good luck to us all!!

Posted by: Chuck at February 28, 2009 2:47 PM

Only used Lexapro for only three days, and on day three in the morning I nonchalantly wondered in my own mind what I migh want to get done today.....a voie breaks in says, "Kill Yourself" so this drug opens up vortexes for lower emergies/entities to affect us within our mind in what is more commonly known as a Psychic Attack, it's very dangerous amd might eventually lead to a full-on posession and the need to be exorcised by a religious repesentative!!!!!

Posted by: LauraLight at March 1, 2009 2:37 AM

I have been taking Lexapro for a week now. I have experianced all of the side effects there are such as: decreased appetite, dizziness, memory loss, headaches, felling like the world is fuzzy, restlessness, irritable, teeth grinding and I find it really hard to wake-up early. The doctor said that I will not be able to see the results of Lexapro for 1-4 weeks. Even though the side effects might seen harsh, I can already notice a difference in myself. The side effects were bad the first three days but they have already gotten better. My anxiety has decreased alot already! I find myself doing things I wouldn't do or going places I normally wouldn't go because my social anxiety and depression would overtake my life. Medicine like this is different for everybody, but I have already noticed a difference in myself and I am looking foward to how I will be a few weeks from now.

Posted by: Stephanie at March 3, 2009 11:13 AM

I started taking Lexapro just about a week ago.
It is the fist antidepressant pill I've ever been on. I see a big difference in myself already.
I wake up happy in the morning. I have more energy then every during school. And nothing seems to bother me anymore. The only side effects I've had, is i haven't been eating as much. And my pupils seem to be rather large. But other then that, It may be to soon to say, but i feel like a new person, and i love it.

Posted by: Kayla at March 11, 2009 5:22 PM

Did Lexapro ever cause increase anger problems?

Posted by: MaryAnn at April 27, 2009 3:35 PM

I have been taking Lexapro for about 8 or 9 months. I also have A.D.D and I have to take 3 different pills. My parents tell me if you do not think about the pills, anxiety, homework, and relationships you won't get sick in the morning and be so depressed. They do not know how to deal with medications. This medication is total bullshit!

If I were you I would compare my side effects with others to see if this pill actually works. I am 15 years old and I am in highschool. My parents can't help me with my problem because they can't tell if these medications the FDA provided actually work. The FDA is total goverment bullshit. They try putting all of these processed pills in your system and you get side effects. Put the side effects in bold print next time. I am failing all of my classes. I will never be able to focuslike any normal person. My parents and doctors still don't know what disorder I have. They tell me it's all in your head. "Bull Friggin crap". If I keep taking this I will kill myself of drug overdosses. I've taken approximentally 48,545 pills. Including the ones I took today. Please give me feedback?

Posted by: Peter Maxx Matlock at May 13, 2009 4:30 PM

At first Lexapro 10mg was working excellent for me. For the first few days I felt high, numb and as though I could feel/hear electric signals in my head.. along with a few other symptoms..
A few weeks into it, it started working effectively, more confidence, less anxiety, more hyper, energetic in the mornings and getting out of the house a lot more.
Although at times i did get horrible anxiety, anxiety that i didnt ever experience before I got on these tablets.. Anxiety that made me feel as though i had pins and needles, burning all through my body.. over heating and sweating.. It would come and go but eventually I convinced myself to remember that its 'just anxiety'! and it went away...
My birthday came along, and i wanted to drink alcohol, and so i did. I felt completely normal and fine, so i thought alcohol and this drug wouldn't be so bad after all.. It just made me hyper.. and happy...
Weekends that passed I drank then too.. everything was fine, until one night i had a tiny bit to drink and ended up very sick vomiting.. i continued to drink (what an idiot i know) ..and the next morning I woke up feeling like i was in hell..
I felt as though i couldn't move.. or do little things like make a salad.. But then i couldn't sit still.. I could barely walk.. I vomited when i tried to eat.. I felt like screaming and crying but couldn't do that either.. I was so shaky and i thought i was literally going to die..
I stopped drinking all together after this day, it was hell! Never drink on this drug! and if u do, make sure its a small amount, not over the top/over doing it with the alcohol! because it feels like ur in HELL!!
About 3 weeks passed and i felt back to normal again..
But lately i have been feeling depressed again.. anxious again.. and very dull.. each day feels so tedious.. boring.. and no motivation to do much.. to the point where i feel like im going crazy..
I dont know what else to do, iv seen a psychologist, a counciller.. then i resorted to this medication and iv only been on it for about 5 months.. my doctor says the minimum to stay on it is 6 months.. i want to stop taking it now! but im scared of the withdrawal symptoms.. actually terrified, incase it feels like i did the day after i drank..
Soon i will be seeing a psychiatrist.. but i want off this medication!!!!!!!!!!!! it was a miracle drug at first.. but now i feel like absolute shit!

Posted by: Experienced at June 18, 2009 10:04 AM

I have taken lexapro for 8 years straight. 10mg./day. I have never had to increase the medication and have been very happy with the results. The only problem is that it changed my personality drastically. I have felt great, but over the years I have become more and more careless. Its like I cannot worry at all, I have no anxiety to push me or give me drive, and nothing frightens me or shocks me! It has helped, but you must be cautious with the changes that it can have on your life and decisions.

Posted by: Heather at August 24, 2009 1:41 AM

Has anyone had rage side effects with Lexapro. I seem to be having these at times.

Posted by: julie at September 1, 2009 4:39 PM

Does Lexapro cause a 90 year old person to sleep most of the time including most of the day?

Posted by: Maria at November 3, 2009 12:11 AM

I just started lexapro about a week ago. So far, no really MAJOR side effects except the jaw clenching and the horrible gas. Also, I have little interest in food. Other then that, nothing too major to make me raise an eyebrow. I'm being treated for severe depression ( I got taken away from my parents when I was 16 and went through a long battle to finally get adopted by this amazing family and then not too long after my new father passed away), and before taking the meds I was an extreamly ANGRY and SAD person. I yelled at my boyfriend allllll the time for no reason at all, and I lost all my friends; literally ALL of them. I didn't know what else to do. But now, taking Lexapro I feel as if everything is getting better. Hope this helped!

Posted by: Danielle at February 3, 2010 10:10 AM

I have taken Lexapro for about 3 years for anxiety. It has worked for the anxiety but in the last year or so, I've noticed that I'm unmotivated and complacent. My attitude is, "oh, I'll get that done later." As much as I love not having panic attacks, I've backed off the medication and am going to stop taking it this week. If the panic attacks some back, I'll see if a different drug is available. But backing off the drug has helps a lot with getting more accomplished.

Posted by: sara thompson at February 12, 2010 12:03 PM

I have been taking 10 mg lexapro for about two years.
I was taking zoloft for a while, but began grinding my teeth in my sleep and would clench my jaw and wake up with a stiff neck. (I think I chipped a tooth in my sleep). I also felt I was gaining weight.
My Dr. switched me to lexapro, and I do not have a problem with teeth grinding or jaw clenching, but I suspect this is also causing too much weight gain. I have gone from about 170 to 215 in the past three years. I asked my Dr. if I could stop taking depression medication and she insists that I should keep taking it presumably forever. I am also tired every morning. I take it at night and never seem to get enough sleep. By the time Saturday comes, I often stay in bed all day because I feel so tired. I finally feel better on Sunday but by then the weekend is over and the whole cycle starts again.
I am afraid this obesity will cause a heart attack and now have arthritis in one knee because of the weight. Does anyone else have a Dr who insists you must keep taking these medications forever? I was not suicidal and am only on 10 mg. I was very depressed and could hardly function at times. I feel like she is a pill pusher.

Posted by: anon at February 24, 2010 3:39 PM

I called my doctor after being prescribed Paxil as it caused excessive gas and excessively smelly gas. He advised me to try Lexapro and I again have gas. I am done. Nothing will work without the gas and my job has zero tolerance for farts at work.

Posted by: Pam at March 31, 2010 8:37 PM

I just stopped taking Lexapro after 4 months. It helped me through a difficult period of uncertainty in my personal and professional life. However, I have had horrible gas, a toothache that my dentist said did not have a physical cause, an unusual urge to chew ice, difficulty reaching orgasm and weight gain of 16 lbs. After reading the other comments, I'm relieved to know it's all temporary.

Posted by: Donna at April 14, 2010 10:22 PM

I have been on 5mg of lexapro for 1 week and almost constant diarrhea...will this eventually stop or should I stop lexapro ?

Posted by: kk at May 4, 2010 3:35 PM

I am 20 and this moring was the first day i have taken this drug, i feel very weak, i havea headache and kinda lost in a daze, i have caught myself clentching my jaw really tight and stomic was upset but that went away, although my appetite is gone, i hope this will go away with in the next few days.

Posted by: katy at June 14, 2010 8:00 PM

I had anger control problems on it. Before when I would get angry I would be able to hold on to it. On it I would get violently angry without much provocation

Posted by: Canuck at July 2, 2010 7:31 PM

I have taken lexapro for about a year. The doctor started me on 10 mg then in creased it to 20 when i was taking 20 i felt good i was relieved to have no anxiety. But i had no orgasms it was very frustrating. I tried to wean my self off it with the brain shivers and so i would take mininal amounts to stop the brain shakes. I then started having anxiety again so i started taking 10mg again.. Im so tired i can barely function and find it still very difficult to orgasm but i dont want to feel anxious because i find it harder to cope with that the the drug...

Posted by: alos at July 14, 2010 2:41 AM

I have been taking lexapro for eight years and started seeing sexual side effects after for years. Delayed low intensity orgasms and low sex drive. Now that I'm engaged I decided to be off lelxapro so I will like having sex more. I've gonefrom 2o my to 5. My desire is higher but I my orgasms are getting less intense and more delayed. I can't even feel the clitoral pleasure. I'm confused. I thought it would get better. It has gotten worse: higher sex drive, less orgasm. Plus im more anxious because of lack Of lexapro. This. sucks. I can't win.
I'm on the ring too. Don't think that effects orgaSm though.

Posted by: Lexapro lifer at July 17, 2010 7:02 AM

I have been on Lexapro for over a year, I think. I am also taking Wellbutrin. Considering going off both of the medications. No sex drive at all so it's kind of taken something from my marraige. I also get that "zombie" feeling. I have the feeling of shocks while im falling asleep at times. I can't seem to loose weight. I started on antidepresants during postpardum depression. When I tell the PA who prescribes my medication that I want to quit, she tries to get me to stay on. I went off for a couple weeks and fealt awful, but that was probabbly withdrawl symptoms. I don't know how long symptoms last before I am back to normal again. Im taking 40mg of the drug! Plus 300mg of Wellbutrin! Im just tired of being so medicated! I can remember feeling ok some years back so I don't think this depression is a life-long condition. They have diagnosed me with Major Depressive Disorder, but, hey, I have been through some major trama growing up and I am working with my therapist to sort it out. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THERAPY! I believe it is the key to unlocking my destructive thinking so I can make some positive changes and be happy. Lexapro has made me feel kind of numb, and I feel it is hindering my therapy sessions. I'm going to call my PA who prescribes for me and tell her I am going off my medication and ask her how to taper off. I can't wait to feel like myself again! And I'll say it again: THERAPY IS SO IMPORTANT... DON'T QUIT TILL IT'S ALL SORTED OUT!

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Posted by: Jordan Rrtro 11 at August 13, 2010 9:29 PM

Mymother has dimetia should she be taking lexapro

Posted by: SHATOYA DOZIER at August 14, 2010 11:55 PM

I was put on Lexapro 20mg 3 years ago, and I did very well on it- but I stopped taking it 9 months ago because it was not working anymore. Since then, I started and stopped Prozac- hated it!! Now my doc wants to put me back on Lexapro- But i don't want to waste another 9 months to find out it doesn't work again. Any ideas on pairing it with another drug? Help!!

Posted by: rembabe at August 25, 2010 11:51 AM

Yes, it's my wife on a daily basies she will find any reason to scream at me and this started when she begain taking Lexapro. It was given to her by a doctor for pain mainagment and has been a very bad experiance

Posted by: John Scheuer at September 29, 2010 9:32 AM

I am a man taking Lexapro. When I have TRIED to have sex I have a small amount of bleeding from my Penis. The last time I did have ejaculation and there was blood in it. I think my partner and me are trying to hard and maybe a blood vessel is getting damaged. Anyone else

Posted by: roodeloo at January 8, 2011 4:48 PM

I entered this site in order to obtain some insight on the effects of anti-depressant/side effects. My mother, who is 84 was hospitalized for pnuemonia, afterwhich was transported to a "rehabilitation" facility to gain her strength. She has mild dementia, for which Aricept was described. 5mg. For the last six years she has had no problems until she began to take the dreaded cousin to Lexapro. Excitalopram. I noticed while visiting her at this facility "the house of the living dead"/elderly warehouse, that her thinking was very off. She remembered her birthday, but couldn't remember mine. Her long term thinking, which was once perfect has become distorted. I have come to the conclusion that this lexapro/Excitalopram cousin could possibly be the villain. At this point I do not trust Doctors. I trust my observations/instincts. I am going to delete this medication from her list of prescriptions. Once upon a time I took the anti-depressant Paxil. I was experiencing the happiest I had ever been. Then I woke up one day and wanted to strangle my "Boss." I started to think about every mean thing anybody ever did to me. Then I thought, "I should seek therapy while taking this." I did. Then after three months quit. I decided (for me) this did not make sense. After that I went to refill my Paxil and was told the price went up. I told them to "keep it!" I QUIT! I was so angry I never felt the side effects. Before when I tried to quit I felt shaky/trembles. I told myself, "you know what is bothering you idiot, so deal with it!" I did. I am still a work in progress. My life was going down Happy Lane and then I became a caregiver to my mother. LIFE JUST SUCKS SOMETIMES DOESN'T IT? So I make it a point to watch only Comedies and hang with only funny people. When life gets to be too much I talk to GOD. May not work for you, works for me. Drugs/Anti-depressants, are not natural. Trust your instincts, body, and mind. The way I see it, If I am going to take anything that makes me forget and stay pissed off, I'd rather smoke marijuanna (which God made in the first place!) and be happy and forget bullshit. Doctors give medicinal marijuanna a bad rap, then again, what the hell do they know. I don't smoke herb anymore, but it has gotten me over many bumps. Thank-you God! And Not the "Know it all" Doctors. One more thing. "Amytriptylene" is a fantastic anxiety anti-depressant. After not sleeping for 3 consecutive months,(20 years ago) a doctor prescribed "Amy". The best rest I ever had. This is the one doctor that saved me from death. Once I got my rest life made sense (pre-caregiving). After I started taking care of my mother I decided to take it again for my recurring insomnia. Why did I do that. The anger I had with the paxil returned. I warned anyone who crossed my path that I had taken my meds. They stayed the hell away. I stopped taking it. Was it the medication? Or is it unresolved anger/regret/issues? I am inclined to think it is both.

Posted by: Carly at March 6, 2011 5:53 AM

Been taking 10mgs. Lexapro for about two years and am weaning off of it now...have not had any for 6 days and feel horrible. so out of it ..fat..swollen ...disoriented...starving...headaches....numb....difficulty seeing ....irritable...pissed that any dr. would prescribe this poison to anybody!!!!! PLEASE NEVER GET STARTED ON LEXAPRO....YOU WILL BE SORRY!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rebekah Whitsett at October 6, 2011 2:58 PM

I haven't taken my lexapro in five days and I have been experiencing rage when the littlest things goes wrong. Thank goodness I'm retired and I can deal with it as it happens. I'm not married, nor do I have a significant other so the sexual side effects don't really count here. I've had several vivid nightmares in the last couple of days, and some bad night sweats. I feel tired and a little depressed. I'm going to keep logging my withdrawl effects and see how far I can go without having to reinstate the drug. Hopefully, I can make it....If not, Oh well....

Posted by: H. Smiley at October 15, 2011 8:01 PM

I was only lexapro for 2 years, it seemed to help for a bit and eventually had to increase dose...felt like it wasn't effective during my second year and didn't want to keep upping the dosage....my side effects were fatigue, lack of motivation and dizziness when a dose was missed. I reccommend tapering slowly if getting off of it. I felt horrible, dizzy, foggy for 2 months when I got off of it...it is poison. I am looking for a new depression med or alternative

Posted by: jimmy at December 13, 2011 5:46 PM

I am a 43 yr old female. Prescribed Lexapro for anxiety, working 2 jobs, money issues...so it's supposed to be a temp, like 6 mth thing.. So it's been 5 weeks....I am not a drinker nor a drug user, so any drug I would think I would feel the effects..for me, my anxiety is not less, I am sleepy, I sleep long hours, like from midnight to as late as 9-10 am....I gained a good 5 pounds I have been the same weight for 5 years...so the weight gain is noticeable and I eat right...I am not anymore happy, or motivated, I actually get sleepy during the day for hours. I'm cutting pils in half and weaning off after 5 weeks...no reason to take drugs is they do nothing I need...

Posted by: Christina at March 19, 2012 4:03 PM

I was on Lexapro for a while around 3 years and remember getting very gassy and farting all the time.. I

also remember the black stools and my memory was shit house to the point where I was thinking I was possibly a bit retarded.

I also had massive anger problems with it that I only noticed after I was off the drug and was completely oblivious to it while on the drug. I did meet some real pricks though on it but also sadly I did mistreat some people. It wasn't the 'normal' me though and nothing massive was done I don't think.

Posted by: David at June 19, 2012 2:46 PM

I was on Lexapro for a while around 3 years and remember getting very gassy and farting all the time.. I

also remember the black stools and my memory was shit house to the point where I was thinking I was possibly a bit retarded.

I also had massive anger problems with it that I only noticed after I was off the drug and was completely oblivious to it while on the drug. I did meet some real pricks though on it but also sadly I did mistreat some people. It wasn't the 'normal' me though and nothing massive was done I don't think.

Later on I switched to Avanza but have hair loss problems with it.

Posted by: David at June 19, 2012 2:47 PM

i loved lexapro it worked, but due to the diarrhea side effect that happened i had to stop it, i will try to start it again once i get a clean bill of health, really helped with energy, mood, i used to smile alot on it, helped with ocd, but the thing that totally took the benifit of the pill was the diarrhea.

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Posted by: MICHELLE TRISKA at July 3, 2012 6:36 AM

ive been off lexapro for a month new symptom rage i get so mad i cant even stand my self also panic attack for hours today help

Posted by: andrea at August 4, 2012 2:57 AM

Hello, My names shawna I have seizures every so often maybe once every other year not to long ago i had two in the same day, the doctor told me to go see a nureologist to get on desin or something like that, its been about two weeks, and well i am scared to go to the nureologist but i have been having dry eyes blinking a lot and grinding my jaws, i cant focus on anything in my sight because I blink constantly? Help please??

Posted by: shawna at August 15, 2012 6:08 PM

Has lexapro cause a person to be paranoid??

Posted by: Paulina at November 26, 2012 9:29 AM

I was resisting an anti-deppressant medication for a long time.I do believe that anti-depressant in congestiuon with psychotherapy are very effective in treatment of depression.
I know ethiology of depression, but thought that I was strong enough to cope with it by myself. When my depression started to effect my personal relationship with my fiance I finally asked Dr. to give me a prescription for Lexapra. I took it for 3-4 month, felt perfect with no any side effect, but decided to win myself of. After a short time my d3epression came back, even has worsened. So I am back on Lexapra. Yes, Lexapra suppress sexual libido, increases your appetite, I still ne4ed to take Ambien to have a decent night sleep, but I guess it worth to take medication. At list it forks for me for now.

Posted by: Mariya at December 13, 2012 11:22 AM

I am so desprete at this time. I made a decision in taking care of my aging mother who was diagnosed with dementia among other mental disorders. She is 83 years old and among Seroquel and Lexapro, at the moment other medication for heart illness and hypertention has been prescribed. I noticed that some of the side effects posted are just what she is going through. My mom also sleeps all day and up all night. So, she keeps me up at all hours of the 24 hour period. Last night I know she did not sleep and this morning she is restless, anxious and is hallusination...talks by herself and is confused. What can I do...anyone please help!!!!

Posted by: Maria at January 16, 2013 12:37 PM

I've been on Lexapro 4 months and I'm about to wean off it because I can't take it any more. My first dose turned me into a aggressive, suicidal, screaming, crying wreck (which is very out of character for me). During my time on the medication, I've experienced major loss of concentration and motivation (I nearly quit my job!!!!), crying all the time, loss of energy, would feel the effect of even the smallest amount of alcohol very heavily and quickly etc. Can't do anything at work - I have days where all I do is basically just stare at my computer screen and pretend to look busy if the boss comes passed. I also got spots/rash (which I don't normally get) and my stamina dropped off considerably. It also made my periods very late for the first two months.

Posted by: Julie at March 29, 2014 12:32 AM

I have been taking 10 milograms of lexapro for over a month, at first it made me feel better, but now I have know feelings except for rage, and have every side effect possible with this drug, is anyone else having anger issues with this, and do you recommend something different? Thanks, the help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Katherine at April 11, 2014 5:52 PM

I just started taking Lexapro for 3 days and I been having extreme anxiety and feel anger and rage. Is this suppose to happen right away.

Posted by: jen at April 22, 2014 9:09 PM

when i was 10 years old my pharmacy gave me the wrong prescription it was Lexapro i went to the hospital to go make sure i was okay they said everything was normal but now years later i'm getting symptoms that the doctor had described to my parents like-nervous, depression, pain in some body parts and get some headaches also...is it normal or is it the Lexapro?

Posted by: EJay at July 12, 2014 2:05 AM

My doctor my new shrink said I had bipolar type 2. I'm depressed from my cancer and the death of my mom who died In my arms at home she had llung cancer. And the death of my son at age19 he was only 15months old I had to
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Posted by: tammy at October 12, 2014 3:48 PM

Ive been on generic lexapro for about 2 months now. I was proscribed 20mg but I kept getting uncontrollable dihereah so I grabbed the pill splitter and cut them in half for 10mg doses. The dihereah stopped and I do feel a little more normal without the feeling of it hitting to strong when it kicks in but it doesnt feel like enough. Lately ive been getting feeling of this deep anger and rage like I want to grab a baseball bat and smash everything. I deal with a lot of shit though so being irritated isn't anything new.

Posted by: ranman92509 at October 25, 2014 2:21 AM

I have been taking escitalpram for 2 months and have gain 10 lbs. I have bloating and bad gas and fart constantly.

On the positive side, my anxiety is gone and I feel less depressed.

But I can't take the weight gain and smell. My boyfriend actually commented on it -- that most girls smell nice. And I am stinking up the tiny shared room I work in.

I have reduced my dosage to 5mg a day and may drop that to alternate days. I am hoping the side effects will go away with a reduced dose and that it may still be enough to dampen my anxiety if not get rid of it entirely.

Posted by: fearandloathing at November 27, 2015 1:27 PM

I've been on Lexapro for a few months now. At first all I did was sleep. Now I can't sleep at all. My body trembles, I'm forgetful, irritable, sex has become impossible now as I have zero interest in it - boyfriend doesn't mind, he doesn't have a very high sex drive - I have no energy as well. I've realized to that I have been grinding my teeth and clenching my jaw a lot lately too. I get a headache after wards.
Not likeling this medication at all. Going to talk to my gp about it.

Posted by: Kodie at January 10, 2016 6:53 AM

Sense I been on Lexapro I have really bad mood swings anger and rages against my husband I lash out at him.i sleep fine on it but my jaws ache from the medication cause I clinch my jaws allot.and the farts are toxic and don't even want to go anywhere.no hiding those farts.anyone else have these issues and what to take for the gas?

Posted by: Dana brown at February 8, 2016 5:39 AM


This will probably be buried at the bottom but I thought it would be worth sharing my experience with Lexapro. (I take the generic version, Escitalopam.)

I started taking it for depression. It has helped me greatly with subtly reducing my negative voice which has over the years become disabling and caused me to lose multiple jobs. In less than two months, I am doing much better at my current job and very happy about that.

As a side effect though, I noticed that it causes me to become much angrier, much more quickly than I do when I'm not taking it. I think I can learn to control this (or maybe it will reduce in time) but it a very important thing to be aware of.

Another side effect is that I get much sleepier during the day and especially at night. This is actually good news for me because I had a lot of trouble going to bed at night. I would just voluntarily stay up way too late at night even though I knew I needed to get to bed. This has been going on for years and I haven't been able to get control of it. So the lexapro is helping me with this, even though fatigue during the day can be tough to deal with.

Right now, I am very happy to be taking lexapro. I hope that helps!

Posted by: anonymous at March 21, 2016 2:14 PM

I am on my second day of Lexapro and I've NEVER been so angry in my life. I'm also so hot I can barely keep any clothes on and peeing about every 20 minutes with no significant increase in fluid intake. Are these normal reactions? I've read comments and I see some have experienced the anger but not sure of the feeling of being hot/frequent urination.

Posted by: Lulu at April 5, 2017 2:03 PM

I started Lexapro for 1.5 months then switched to effexor for 2 monthsto mitigate sexual side effects. That did not work but I was nicer and more patient. I'm back on Lexapro 5 mg and wondering about the short temper that I now have. Other Med ideas? I exercise, eat well, happy with everything except the short temper I have. And still have "busy brain".

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