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  1. Mr Kane, I agree with Shiznit that what you're feeling is normal for this med. It's an awful adjustment period but you should start feeling a lifting of the anxiety and dark thoughts soon. The med worked on me faster than normal. I started catching some feelings of what I think of as a serotonin sun-shower after a few days and then actual improvement around 2-3 weeks but it was another two weeks before the benefit really kicked in. I can say that in my case that it was worth it. And I was one who wanted to stop after a couple days. My doc didn't give me any Xanax either which would have helped.

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    Hey Birch, cool you're still here, how you been getting on?

    Happy Holidays??? If only lol

    How have I been getting on? Truthfully, I feel like I'm coasting. I have some motivation to work and that's a plus compared to where I was but I don't have excess energy to exercise daily, reach out and socialize or take an interest in hobbies. So, I'm not "happy" but I'm getting on. The awful, anxiety-filled days when I didn't want to get out of bed thre whole day are still fresh enough in my mind where I think this is a big improvement. Hah.

    hey Birch, the last week has been a bit of a slog to be honest. Anxiety has flared up and depression is lurking also, think may need up my dose from 10mg, what dose you on now? Sounds good you're coasting, i was too for 3 months then seemed to have slumped. Very frustrating. Just wish those 3 months would have continued over Christmas at least. This has always been a dodgy time for me, for no real reason other than i seem to get anxious about being anxious! Horrible feeling

     

    I'm sorry you're feeling anxious again. I think that is one of the worst symptoms ever.  You mentioned this time of year has been worse for you previously so it will probably pass. It's just hard getting through it.

     

    When I told my pdoc how I was feeling he said I still sounded depressed even through my anxiety was lessened greatly. He recommended I go from 20 mg to 30. I tried it for almost a week but it knocked

    me out. I slept through 3 alarms and was still foggy headed all day. After I reduced my dose back to 20 I still felt fatigued for a few days but I adjusted. My doc is all for "aggressive" treatment with higher doses or switching meds to another SSRI but it's all such a crap shoot and I hate the days lost to fog. If you do end up upping your dose I can say honestly that for me the side effects were minimal going from 10 to 20. Barely noticed it.

     

    Good luck to you.

  3. Hey Birch, cool you're still here, how you been getting on?

    Happy Holidays??? If only lol

    How have I been getting on? Truthfully, I feel like I'm coasting. I have some motivation to work and that's a plus compared to where I was but I don't have excess energy to exercise daily, reach out and socialize or take an interest in hobbies. So, I'm not "happy" but I'm getting on. The awful, anxiety-filled days when I didn't want to get out of bed the whole day are still fresh enough in my mind where I think this is a big improvement. Hah.

  4. After a mild couple weeks of rain now it's dreary with snow flurries and 21 degrees F dipping down to 10 F tonight in the Twin Cities. Typical. Bleh! :yuck: I'm wearing fingerless gloves to type this in my office in my new apartment that has lots of old leaky windows. Time to invest in some window plastic.

  5. Hey Shiznit. Happy holidays. :-)

    Good to see you here although sorry it's because you're feeling down. I hope the feeling passes. The holidays and cold weather, darkness seem to make us more vulnerable to depression. I've also read that alcohol conflicts with the med so that could be what's temporarily brought you down. In my case (and you remember I started the med a little before you) I still have occasional days where I feel down but not to the same degree of anxiety, guilt, vague feeling of doom I had before starting the med. I keep in the back of my mind that it will almost certainly stop working eventually (could be months or years) and then I need to decide if I want to try another brand. I think it's good that you're paying close attention to your emotions and not letting depression sneak back in unannounced. If it doesn't let up soon, talk over your options with your doc.

  6. Hey RDM,

    You could be having a bad reaction to the drug. Since the symptoms came on after you started taking it that seems like a good possibility. Sorry your doctor is dismissing your request for help with "Oh, it's just anxiety." If the lex were working for you properly it would be lessening your anxiety after 3 months, not making it worse. Indeed, it could be something else causing the tremors. In either case, if your doc isn't recommending any changes ask for a second opinion, even if it's him/her consulting with a colleague. This sounds very disruptive to your life and you deserve help and answers.   

  7. Aloha, Aloha!

    I agree with each of Lauren's points (and not just because she's a wise woman around these parts). Your Lexapro should have kicked in by now alleviating your guilt/anxiety. My anxiety manifests itself as guilt so I think they're closely related. I'm on 20 mg of Lex now, up from 10 when I started in July. But even at 10 I had some noticeable relief within 3-4 weeks. Maybe you should ask your doc about upping your dose or trying something else. 

     

    Keep checking in if it helps. :-)

  8. Hello yrb856,

    First, welcome to DF.

    Sorry you are in another rough patch in your life.

    Many here can identify with what you're going through right now.

    Please stay around and talk it out.

    As far as mentioning your new feelings to your counselor -- I think you should.

    Sometimes when I have difficult things I need to tell my doc I write my thoughts down first.

    It helps.

    Again, welcome and glad you are here.

  9. Glad to hear from you too, birch. And glad that things are going well for you.

     

    Do you have anxiety along with depression? Do you find any seasonal variation in anxiety if you do experience it? Have you tried light therapy?

    When I experienced SAD most of my life it was depression but not anxiety. That came later. Never tried a light but considered buying one at one time. So far this fall the lexapro seems to be keeping the SAD at bay. :-)

  10. Okay, wow. This is Day 3 of the switch to brand name Cipralex, and I'm experiencing heightened anxiety and depression just like I did with dose changes on the generic. Is this all in my head or an effect of the med change? I knew to expect a resurgence in side effects, but wasn't expecting this. I'm getting the hot flushing again that I haven't experienced in a long time too.

    I wouldn't have expected that either. Did you up your dose, too, or just go from generic to brand name? Hope it evens out quickly.

  11. Hi Zoot!

    It's great when people check in. I'm here a lot less often than I was at the beginning of treatment but I still scan the forum at least weekly.

     

    I'm a long-term SAD sufferer. I've fallen into mild depression each fall for as long as I can remember. I think the escitalopram may be helping with it this year. I've continued to feel some anhedonia and occasional fatigue since I started it (back in July) but haven't forgotten how much worse it was with anxiety and extremely dark thoughts I had prior to starting on meds.

     

    I'm doing much, much better at being able to start, finish and take on new work. Glad to hear it's going well for you, too.

     

    I personally believe that brand names and generics can vary by quite a bit, despite what the generic manufacturers and individual docs might say. If I had a choice, I'd be on the brand name. I understand that generics can legally vary a certain percentage (20%?) from the brand name. Depending on the individual, that can result in a radical difference in how you do on the med.

  12. Thanks.. I have read on other forums some people experiencing this.. It just makes my anxiety worse right now because now Im worried something is wrong with my bladder... Im glad I have a Doc appointment on Thursday.. hopefully we can figure it out...

    Yes, it's good you have a doc appointment this week. People with anxiety don't need new things to feel anxious about, especially if it comes from something that is supposed to help manage it! Speaking for myself, before I broke down and got medical help I was so anxious about everything that I felt one new "issue" would break me. It was rough going at first due to fatigue and what-not but I'm sailing along pretty good most days.

     

    The timing of your bladder problem strongly suggests the medication is the cause of the new symptom. Hope you and your doc can get it sorted.

  13. I am having very very bad anxiety. Like impossible anxiety. I went to the ER last night and they gave me valium. That knocked me out for about 4 hours (5 mg) and then I woke up in a panic and have been anxious ever since. Is this normal? I'm talking MAJOR anxiety. Worse than I've ever had. I'm posting this on anther thread too, so I'm sorry about the duplication but I'm desperate to know if this is normal.

     

    I am having very very bad anxiety. Like impossible anxiety. I went to the ER last night and they gave me valium. That knocked me out for about 4 hours (5 mg) and then I woke up in a panic and have been anxious ever since. Is this normal? I'm talking MAJOR anxiety. Worse than I've ever had. I'm posting this on anther thread too, so I'm sorry about the duplication but I'm desperate to know if this is normal.

    Whoa. That does not sound like an anxiety blip. Have you called your prescribing doctor? Maybe lex isn't right for you. I can see putting up with some temporary side effects but not long-lasting, high anxiety that drives you to the ER.

     

    As an aside, I noted your earlier post about taking lex at night. I had to switch to doing that after 2 days of taking it in the morning. I've been taking it at night ever since. It works as a sedative on me most of the time.

     

    Hope things get straightened around for you e_j sparrow. Let us know how you're doing today.

  14. My worst side effect was fatigue. I'm a morning person generally but after I started I was extremely tired. I even slept through two alarms in the mornings. The same thing happened when I temporarily increased my dose. It would take a few hours before I felt awake. Not fun.

     

    I saw a lot of people on here saying they had bouts of increased anxiety initially. Hang in there! It should pass.

  15. Hello! :) I have been reading this thread over a period of about a week and have finally made it through all the pages. :) I started 10 mg Lexapro on Sept. 19th, so I am currently on day 26. Haven't seen any side effects other than slight fatigue, jaw clinching and yawning. None of these bother me - I'd much rather deal with these than go back to my anxious, depressive state. I take Lex around 8 in the evening and it knocks me smooth out by about 11 and I do find it a little difficult to wake up in the morning, which is typically 7 am, and though I've always had difficulty getting up in the morning, it seems a little harder now.

     

    This may be a long post. Sorry!! Let me just give a background here: around the first of September, I started feeling noticeably anxious and depressed. I didn't realize that it was depression that I was feeling, though. I just knew I had a terrible, dark feeling of despair coupled with terror. I was pretty much beside myself. I thought that this hit me out of nowhere but looking back, I've been on this downward spiral for awhile. I've always been an anxious person but it's like a switch was flipped and things took a nosedive within 2 or 3 days. I finally figured out what I was experiencing and went to see a doctor who obviously diagnosed me with anxiety and depression and wanted to immediately prescribe me something. I've always been extremely wary of medication, so I declined the meds and opted to see a therapist instead. That evening I talked to my sister, who is a physician, and she recommended Lexapro. At that point, I decided I'd take anything anybody threw at me. I just wanted to feel better. So a couple days later, on Sept. 19th, I started Lexapro and have been taking it since. Almost immediately, I started feeling noticeably better. Like many people have mentioned, my mornings were rough but I started feeling better as the day went on. About a week and a half ago, I started noticing that my mornings were anxiety-free and that I felt like my normal self pretty much all day. About 4 or 5 days ago, I started noticing that the anxiety would creep up on me during the day but I'd be able to shake it. A couple days ago, I started having rough mornings again, where I feel foreign to myself and extremely anxious. The anxiety comes and goes throughout the day, though I'm able to shake it pretty quickly. I'm wondering why I seem to be almost declining instead of getting better. I have a one-month follow-up appointment with my primary care physician tomorrow so I will address this with her and see if she thinks I should go up on dosage. What do you all think, based on your own experiences?

     

    It's been great reading through this thread and feeling like I'm not alone. Thank you all for sharing!!

    Welcome, e_j sparrow! There do seem to be a lot of ups-and-downs with this med at the beginning. It's great you are seeing some positive change, even if it isn't all at once. I started lex a few months ago to deal with some bad anxiety, too. The first time I woke up anxiety-free it was like I could breathe clearly again. I also recall the feeling you have, of being able to "turn off" anxious thoughts or release them without much effort. I hope things continue to improve for you.

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    Well, I got a bump up to 15mg for the fall and winter seasons. Hoping this does not bring back the good ole side effects.

     

    How's everyone else doing? 

    I had been doing fine on 20 mg but my pdoc encouraged me to go up to 30. I assume that's because I told him although I am free of anxiety (and very happy about that as it was quite a dominating emotion), I've still been feeling less than enthused or energetic about things.

     

    Long story short, I've been titrating up to 30 for a couple weeks but not seeing the benefit. No horrible side effects except I can't wake up in the morning! I've slept through my alarm 4-5 times in a row and I'm groggy till afternoon. Normally I am an early bird and this messes up my day. I think I have to scale back to 20 and stay there. I wish my pdoc would listen when I tell him I may need something to address my dopamine levels and not simply an uber dose of lexapro.

     

    OOoo! :yuck:

     

    See, I'm afraid of the fatigue setting in again. When I first started on lex, it wiped me totally out for two weeks. I certainly don't want to go through that hibernation anytime soon. So, we'll see. This is day one.  

     

    I hope you don't even notice a change. When I went from 10 to 20 it wasn't bad at all. I think I have to stay at 20 though.

  17. Well, I got a bump up to 15mg for the fall and winter seasons. Hoping this does not bring back the good ole side effects.

     

    How's everyone else doing? 

    I had been doing fine on 20 mg but my pdoc encouraged me to go up to 30. I assume that's because I told him although I am free of anxiety (and very happy about that as it was quite a dominating emotion), I've still been feeling less than enthused or energetic about things.

     

    Long story short, I've been titrating up to 30 for a couple weeks but not seeing the benefit. No horrible side effects except I can't wake up in the morning! I've slept through my alarm 4-5 times in a row and I'm groggy till afternoon. Normally I am an early bird and this messes up my day. I think I have to scale back to 20 and stay there. I wish my pdoc would listen when I tell him I may need something to address my dopamine levels and not simply an uber dose of lexapro.

  18. Can I ask for some advice here? When I meet my new doctor and his staff what do I say? Do I tell him it's just a bad anxiety or call it a phobia? It's really both for me, but I'm afraid to scare off another doctor.

     

    If it were me I'd say you have high anxiety surrounding dental work but that your last experience was  positive. (You shared that here and I was very happy for you!)

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