Lexapro and drowsiness

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Avatar f tn i am on lexapro and wondering if this dizziness has lasted long for anyone... i dont like the feeling of it... and wondering if its worked very fast for anyone..because i feel a lot less stressed after two days of taking it... also does the drowsiness go the hell away.. i hate that too!!
Avatar n tn Sometimes it can take a little while for the body to adjust to the medication in my opinion, but SSRIs like these can cause drowsiness in some people. First of all, does it work? If so and this is your only side effect have you tried taking it at night? It may actually help you sleep. However, if these side effects bother you, I always suggest talking it over with your doctor.
Avatar m tn It takes a little while for Lexapro to build up in your system and become effective so I would definilty give it more time and never stop a medicine like Lexapro without talking to your doctor because you can have withdrawl symptoms from stopping it too quickly. After about 7 or so days you should start feeling better if you don't feel better after 2 or 3 weeks then I would go back to your doctor for further treatment.
Avatar m tn I feel that you should wait longer. You haven't been on the medication long enough to experience its true effects. Antidepressants are not magic pills. You are not going to gain improvements instantly. I learned from my psychiatrist that it may take several weeks of treatment before full beneficial effects are seen. Additionally, it is very normal to experience negative outcomes at first. Also, it is important that you are not depending solely on lexapro to feel better.
Avatar n tn Despite being very happy with the medication overall, I continue to suffer from drowsiness and the need to sleep more - up to 12 hours a day compared to my normal 7 hours a day before I used to take cipralex. I am sure this is directly due to cipralex even though the side effect is not listed as a common side effect of taking cipralex.
Avatar f tn It depends on how the Lexapro is affecting the person. Some people report drowsiness after taking it, in which case, obviously a bedtime dose makes more sense, whereas some report feeling more "up", energized, so those people do better with a morning dose. If you feel that you'd do better with a different administration time, ask your doc, I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem. It doesn't hurt to try something like that.
681888 tn?1272925909 hi my question is i have just started on my new meds and i would like to know if anyone on mh is on lexapro ,..if so can you tell me if they agree with you and if you find them good , and one other thing i would like to know is do they make you sleepy ?
345124 tn?1234486878 so i was wondering, could a chronic painless migraine have anything to do with the dizziness and head pressure and drowsiness accompanied by imbalance, since the meds seem to be making a visible change as far as my sinuses go? will taking an antidepressant help with the migraine if thats what it is? i heard they help the symptoms. any input would be appreciated. btw she didnt feel the need for a ct scan or mri, or bloodwork.
Avatar m tn Hello and welcome! Your doctor prescribed you a common regimen. The Lexapro is an SSRI antidepressant that will take some time to become effective (typically 4-6 weeks, sometimes up to 8 weeks, especially when starting on a low dose as you are). The Xanax is a benzodiazepine, anti-anxiety medication that is being Rx'ed to treat the symptoms of anxiety while you're adjusting to the Lexapro, and waiting for it to become effective in reducing your anxiety.
Avatar m tn Which, btw, you should have been well informed of when it was being prescribed to you, or when you were told to read the patient information leaflet. The PDR states that normal side effects of Lexapro include drowsiness, fatigue, sedation and apathy. These symptoms are similar to almost all SSRIs and they should subside once your body adjusts to the medication. You've only been on it a few days, and that brings us to...........
Avatar f tn They're just different from person to person. Did they start you with a low dose of Lexapro and work up, or just start you out on a high dose? And are you seeing psychiatrist or just a doctor -- psychiatrists are pretty clueless about these meds, but primary doctors are completely clueless. Whatever, if the symptoms persist, then this may not be the med for you. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, therapy is essential for any cure, though no guarantee. Meds just treat the symptoms.
396099 tn?1216258586 I'm staring to come out of the initial side effects I think. There's really no anxiety and the drowsiness is fading a bit. I got a good night's sleep last night which helped a lot. So far, this is a really positive experience that's going about like expected it would. I'm hopeful that by next week I'll be "in the groove".
Avatar m tn is lexapro meant for anxiety cause my doctor give me it and is it good for sleeping?
Avatar n tn The drowsiness does seem to subside for many patients a few weeks after starting the medication or after the dosage increase. Taking Lexapro at bedtime may reduce daytime drowsiness. If the drowsiness does not resolve, your physician may change your prescription to a less sedating antidepressant.
Avatar f tn Well the day after i stopped it i started my mentral and have been a little extra moody and emotional and i dont know if its a side effect of getting off lexapro or just my woman issue??? I assumed taking only 5mg of lexapro wouldnt be that difficult getting off of, am i wrong?
Avatar m tn Some common side effects of Lexapro include nausea, difficulty sleeping, increased sweating, and drowsiness. Bleeding is a less common side effect, but can occur. It is important to let your health care provider know if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you take blood thinners, NSAIDS (such as naproxen or ibuprofen) or aspirin since this can increase the chances of bleeding. There is nothing wrong with exercising while taking Lexapro.
Avatar n tn I am 28Yr old male in good shape other than my depressive and anxious thoughts. I visited a pdoc and was initially started on lowest dose of lexapro. Wellbutrin quickly added on for motivation. This mix seemed to work for me all except the ED I was experiencing from the Lex. This is a big problem for me. I then tried generic Remeron for about six weeks along w the generic wellbutrin. Side effects of the remeron I experienced made me very drowsy as well as an increased appetite at night.
Avatar f tn hi i am currently taking lexapro (depression/anxiety) and seasonique (birth control pills) i was wondering if anyone could offer advice on allergy meds that do not cause drowsiness or dry mouth/throat? my eyes tend to get really red itchy and sore..sometimes puffy. and my skin gets dry and flaky and itchy. i get breakouts frequently also. i noticed this since ihave been taking these meds.
Avatar n tn I am coming off cipralex and I am soooo itchy especially my hands and neck. Has anyone had this withdrawal symptom? If so what can be done about it. Hand cream doesnt help.
Avatar m tn Hello, So i've been on Lexapro 10mg for about 4 weeks now and since a couple of days ago i've been feeling very tired and sleepy to the point that all i want to do is sleep. Will this effect go away or am i experiencing the true effects of Lexapro? Thanks.
Avatar n tn I've heard taking prozac before coming off Lexapro helps.I think I should add that I am 62 yrs. old and was taking Lexapro for social anixety and hot flashes. I want to get off because of the weird dreams and deep sleep I have and it doesn't seem to help with the hot flashes as much any more. Please advise me on what to do.
Avatar n tn Lexapro generally doesn't cause "brain damage", and while going cold turkey isn't generally the best idea (weaning off of it tends to minimize side-effects), it generally doesn't cause very adverse symptoms. Xanax is a cousin of the benzodiazepine family, which is what kind of concerns me when you say began drinking heavily concurrently with your meds. However, you were probably taking a small-enough dose to minimize any potential long term damage.
Avatar f tn I took Lexapro for about 12 years and had recently stopped. After being off of it I noticed I didn't have to urinate during the night and urges during the day weren't as immediate. Have since gone back on Lexapro and within two months now have to get up during the night and my bladder is weaker during the day.
Avatar f tn I'm afraid to take antidepressives. My biggest fear is increase in anxiety and dizzyness. Do most people experience this when they first taking these drugs?
Avatar f tn It suggests that perhaps you should have started with a lower dose of Lexapro and worked up. The drowsiness could be due to the combination of medications you were taking. the nausea was probably just the Lexapro. In summary, if you try it again I would start with a much lower dose... which will mean using a pill splitter.
Avatar n tn - not just here and there. I also became more irritable and angry for no reason. As soon as I got off Lexapro - I returned to normal. This is just a warning to anyone considering allowing their endo to prescribe Lexapro to combat Diabetes Depression/Burn out.
Avatar f tn Hopefully these symptoms go away soon, before i convince myself there's something else going on. I already had enough anxiety before the lexapro.... and now this. Sheesh.
Avatar n tn I had the weirdest feeling of not being dizzy but feeling out of it and weak and tired all the time. I personally didnt like lexapro it made me feel more stressed and angered.
380558 tn?1309045987 But I was a lot better 6 months later. And one year and a half I was very close to being back to normal. Prior to taking Lexapro, I couldn't walk into a supermarket without having an anxiety attack, I couldn't stop worrying and I stopped sleeping for two days. I said I'll be dead if I don't get help. I couldn't stop worrying about dying a a state of panic type situation.