Lexapro and insomnia

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They are VERY addictive!!!! AND...you build up a tolerance so you have to take more and more to get the same effect, AND you wake up groggy, i.e. feeling like you didn't get enough sleep. (At least, this was my experience.) Hope I helped. Good luck to you. P.S. I you don't think Lexapro is working after 2 months (and you've already upped your dosage) try something else! Take care.
I had a prescription for flurazapam for years but about a year ago stopped taking it and finally slept on my own. Back in July I went on a cruise, came back and the insomnia hit again worse than ever. I went to a sleep clinic where I slept for 40 minutes in 8 hours. ( I don't remember sleeping at all) They said I have sleep apnea and gave me a CPAP machine. There is no way I can fall asleep wearing that, and the doctor wanted to stop giving me anything to help sleep.
A few months ago the insomnia didn't bother me that much, but I told a family doctor about it and he gave me Lexapro which had a very negative affect on me and caused me to feel really nervous and shakey. The Lexapro is out of my system by now, but the anxiety is still here. I don't know why he prescribed an ssri for insomnia, unless he thoutht I was depressed and that depression was causing the anxiety.
Then I read all these posts and there is a lot more to come. And sleeping takes weeks to return to normal? So what do you do? Just deal with it and walk around feeling brain dead from sleep deprivation for months? I have to work. Go back tomorrow. Right now, I'm feeling this sense of all is wonderful which I know is going to be a momentary feeling due to actually making it this far and it will pass. What will I have then? And I want to quit smoking too. How long should I wait?
I have been taking Zoloft for four years and its been fine, great for the first three. Recently I've beeen getting more anxious so I'm weaning off of it and trying Lexapro. now at 5 mg and in one week 10 mg. I have bad insomnia with it and alot of anxiety. I have a little nausea but thats fading. Is it normal to feel alot more anxious when starting this med or should I contact my doc? I feel most anxious at night after I take it and in the am.
Lowering the dose will help, and is a good strategy against your fear of a relapse, so experiment with a lower dose, and then move to discontinue altogether and rely on your intensive therapy and yourself.
Lexapro affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety. Lexapro is used to treat anxiety and major depressive disorders. The best advice is to taper off slowly instead of going “cold turkey.” It is important to develop a specific tapering schedule with your health care provider to minimize Lexapro withdrawl symptoms. Anyone discontinuing Lexapro runs the risk of suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
If you've read my previous comments you'll see my quest to find the SSRI to help my anxiety and depression. I am 3 and a half weeks into taking Lexapro. I am feeling unmotivated to do anything. I wake up and want to go back to bed. All I want to do is sleep any chance I get. This is not like me. Is this a start up side effect or a long term side effect?
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
so I plan on tapering off the Xanax very slowly and after that my doctor says Lexapro is just ONE of the meds that controls GAD. and I have been told of the insomnia with Lexapro by several people...so when the time comes I will discuss my options as I PLAN ON doing plenty of investigating on my own to see what is best for GAD. I have been riddled with insomni since the age of 5 and I am a miserable B when I loose sleep....
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
I'm currently on lexapro 10mg a day and I had that same exact effect just make sure you take your medication everyday and it should withdrawel within like 3 weeks / month max. My problem with the zombie effect was I couldnt think at all I couldnt make decisions or anything and have learned I got this after I took the medicine also try taking it at night because it helps you sleep easier usually.
By using cognitive behavioural therapy, I was able to work with the Lexapro and soothe my anxiety. It might take some time to kick in.
Lexapro did not make me gain weight. That's a lie. I'm 115 lbs. I've been on LEX. Since I was 11. I started on 5mg daily, then increased all the way to 20mg over 6 years. My depression is strong and I needed more. I went to 25 mg, but that made me have such extreme headaches and worsened my depression. I do Not Recommend anything more than that. I ended up switching medications because after a while, the lexapro (serotonin) was not enough and died out.
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
i have taken lexapro before and had no problems with it (i had problems with some other ones). if the anxiety is interfering with your life, and you want to do something about it, i would recommend the lexapro. i didn't have any problems while i was on it, or when i came off of it either.
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
I just wanted to share my story about Lexapro. I took one 10mg Lexapro pill and 8 hours later had a severe adverse reaction to the drug. My life was about to become a nightmare.(This incident happened 14 months ago) My experience is rare but it is important to stress the dangers not explained by professionals in the field and there are many similarities between my experience and that of those who experience terrible withdrawal symptoms from SSRI's.
we'll I wasn't and the anxiety was chalked up to depression. I was given Lexapro and Xanax ( together) and I was a walking zombie for over a year. GAined 30 pounds and was miserable still. Slowly - I weened off all the anxiety meds and continued thyroid medication. Finally after 6 years - the anxiey and insominia is gone. I still have a "zap" of anxiety in the early morning - but I am attempting to control this on my own now.
So back to strattera, but now after stopping the lexapro 10 mg 6 days ago, I have nightmares, insomnia and depression. However in back on strattera which worked before. Here's what I don't understand. Why atomoxetine, an ADHD med at 120 mg for GAD which my doctor said should also help depression. He said it was similar to effexor. Also Is the depression just from discontinuing the lexapro and how long if so can I expect to start feeling like I did before the change to lexapro?
I'm also taking 10 mg. of Lexapro daily and 20mg of Omeprazole daily, plus calcium vitamin D and a multi-vitamin when I remember. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Of course, I plan to follow up with my doctor, as I said this is very early on, I only started this med six days ago. Thanks.
5 mgs of clonazepam and 10 mgs of Lexapro nightly in order to sleep. While I don't think I suffer from chronic depression, panic attacks or abnormal anxiety, this seems to be the only combination of medications (aside from heavy-duty rx sleeping pills) that enable me to sleep. My psychiatrist and I came upon this combination after more than 10 years of working with doctors and specialists to help me with this insomnia, which has plagued me since I was a teen.
It seems like you have tried several of the medications conventionally used for insomnia without help. Insomnia is defined as the inability to initiate and/or maintain sleep. Occasional insomnia is very common and is usually transient. However, chronic insomnia, such as yours, is as you know very disabling.
After reading your post I thought you sounded a lot like me and it has been only about a month since my first full blown panic attack I feel like I'm getting better quicker than the last two times I had episodes. I attribute it to the trazadone and er xanax combo for sleep and the 20 mg of lexapro for the stabilization but the therapy and acupuncture are making me feel more well/normal faster - please don't be afraid of your drugs you need to sleep.
Insomnia, tiredness, and all the symptoms you just described are classic signs of bi polar and even though your on medication for depression ( which is a part of bi polar) then you need to talk to your Dr about something to help you sleep. Ambien works well, but it can be addictive. You could try Lunesta.
This is one of those common sense things...of course it can. And anxiety can cause insomnia as well. It can be a vicious cycle. ANYTHING in our lives that makes us feel less than at our best (or as close to our best, or norm as possible) has to potential to trigger, or exacerbate anxiety in someone who is prone to it. Even people without a history of anxiety will experience fleeting anxiety in those kinds of situations.
When we oversimplify complicated life processes into diagnostic labels like depression and insomnia, we lose the real opportunity to do something successfully. Depression, anxiety and insomnia are symptoms of distress. They come in dynamic patterns. If you are sleep deprived and then sleep well because of a medication, your mood and energy and self confidence will increase, as they have. If something bothers you enough and keeps you up, the medications won't work and the cycle starts again.
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