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  1. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

  2. Been on 10mg of Lexapro for 6 weeks now... I wrote a 1 month update expressing that my anxiety was all but gone, but was feeling EXTREMELY fatigued..more so that before the Lex (and why i started taking it along with GAD) Yesterday i started feeling some anxiety creeping back...and this morning upon waking up.. it's the same feelings i was having when ramping up on Lexapro...only not as bad..more like towards the end of the ramp up as the anxiety was disappating. So, my question still remains. Has anyone experienced extreme fatigue while on Lexapro? Now that my anxiety seems to be creeping back (and i'm doing everything that i know of to keep it at bay with relaxation techniques, etc) is there anything else I can do? Should i up my dosage to 20mg? Has anyone experienced this before and found releif from their fatigue/anxiety by doing anything? I just feel like LExapro isnt helping and upping to 20 is just wasting my time..but now i'm afraid to get off of it cuz i just dont want to deal with the anxiety i dealt with while ramping up on it... ugh... i just hate this..... sorry for the negative post, usually i'm positive and optimistic but it's just so mentally exhausting to have no answer in sight.. thanks for any and all help as it's always so empowering and helpful to hear from others like me. thank you...
  3. Thanks again for taking the time to reply. I'll try to answer your questions. I do take the 10MG at bedtime, and havent tried taking it in the morning but cant imagine that will help as usually people report the opposite. Before my panic attack (why i went on lexapro) I was always pretty tired and generally anxous..not so much that I was thinking about it, but I would get startled easily, I would fidget constantly, and would get anxious about upcoming situations/events... or as they like to call it.. "anticipatory anxiety". I always related my anxiety to sleep deprivation as oposed to the other way around. Partly due to my sleep apnea..so i've just been used to a certain amount of fatigue/sleepiness throughout the day. Some days are better than others (i sound like an old man!). But now, the fatigue is deblilitating and everything associated with a poor night's sleep is excacerbated. Headaches, muscle tension, slow vision, slowed motor skills, muscle weakness, memory loss, inability to pay attention, no motivation, depression, etc, etc, etc.... I was on Zoloft for 5 years..all through college, it helped me "get by"... and for that I was thankful, but it made me an apathetic zombie.... I was not going to go back to Zoloft. That was 6 years ago when i stopped.... shortly after i was diagnosed with sleep apnea..so yeah... i know that a good portion of sleepiness is due to that, but nothing has changed on that front, so i can only attribute this next level of fatigue to the medication. So, i'm just hoping someone out there has experienced an increased level of fatigue that has noticed it subside over time... thanks for all your replies and concern....
  4. if your not taking it at night, try that. i started paxil after years of taking lexapro. i used to take my lexapro in the am and i was always fine that way. but with paxil, it was making me groggy so i changed it to the night time and its really helped alot. Thanks for the quick reply and advice. I did forget to mention that I do in fact take my lexapro just before bedtime (around 11pm). I was waking up multiple times throughout the night with either night sweats or just for no reason. I havent been as of late...but it seems to not be making a difference in my sleepiness. I also have been taking a B Complex vitamin every day to help with energy/nervous system functionality... also, no help..
  5. Hey guys, I just wanted to give everyone an update on how i was doing. This week is the start of my 5th week of 10mg of Lexapro. The first week was hell with the anxiety, sweating, lump in throat, heavy chest, numb arms, severe night sweats, etc...but almst all of those symptoms are all but faded. Except i still get sweaty very easily..but no night sweats in a couple weeks. Anxiety is still there but more as a background noise then the forefront of my attention at all times, so i'm thankful for that...but what's really bothering me is that I am outrageously exhausted from the moment I wake up until I go to bed... i'm used to being tired and having low energy and bags under my eyes, but now i look like i got in a fight with how dark the circles are. I have very very little energy. my brain feels like it's asleep. I cant remember anything, it's terrible. it's like, i'm too tired to be anxious. This is not a trade off i'm willing to deal with. Although at least I can function with extreme fatigue vs anxiety.. Has anyone experienced this level of fatigue while on Lexapro? And if so, has it gotten better over time? I'm eating better and excercising pretty regularly. I'm turning 30 in 1 month. I have mild sleep apnea so i'm used to being tired, but this is unbearable. Thanks for your sharing, caring and support! Keith
  6. Not as bad today but I had a major anxiety attack last night.... :-( I also had nausea about an hour after I took my first 10MG of Lexapro. I didnt have anything to eat with it. I now take it right before bedtime. The first week was by far the most difficult (in my 4th week now). I was in a high state of anxiety most of the day, especially when first waking up in the morning. I had an incredible amount of nervous energy running through me...my arms...and i couldnt shake it. I felt like I needed to run a marathon to expell some of the energy, but I was so physically fatigued that I couldnt. Now the morning anxiety is gone and anxiety in general is gone. I'm still dealing with extreme fatigue and the occasional night sweats...but the worst is over. As you'll find the mantra is here.... stay with it... just recognize and accept it's your mind and body adjusting to the medicine...and not anything else. You'll be OK. So how long before it started to work? First week was dreadful. Woke up in a state of panic nearly every morning that dissipated only slightly throughout the day. 2nd week was a bit better as the anxiety wasnt as crippling, but still a shell of myself. 3rd week has just passed and anxiety is all but gone, although I still feel my mind wanting to drif tthat way when i think of anxious things (getting married, turning 30, mortgage, etc).... but am learning to snap out of it quicker... I'm on my 4th week and, well I dont feel great..but i'm not suffering from anxiety... my main problem is that I am dealing with EXTREME fatigue... I also have sleep apnea so this could be a contributing factor. I take my pill right before bed... i wake up a few times in the night either sweating or just have to go to the bathroom or whatever... so far no miracles for me... but i knew going in that my anxiety/depression was more of a result of sleep deprivation than anything else...and needed the Lex to get me through the really rough patch(es) I am(was) having...
  7. Not as bad today but I had a major anxiety attack last night.... :-( I also had nausea about an hour after I took my first 10MG of Lexapro. I didnt have anything to eat with it. I now take it right before bedtime. The first week was by far the most difficult (in my 4th week now). I was in a high state of anxiety most of the day, especially when first waking up in the morning. I had an incredible amount of nervous energy running through me...my arms...and i couldnt shake it. I felt like I needed to run a marathon to expell some of the energy, but I was so physically fatigued that I couldnt. Now the morning anxiety is gone and anxiety in general is gone. I'm still dealing with extreme fatigue and the occasional night sweats...but the worst is over. As you'll find the mantra is here.... stay with it... just recognize and accept it's your mind and body adjusting to the medicine...and not anything else. You'll be OK.
  8. So i just finished my 2 week sample pack of Lex and went to go fill my prescription yesterday, only to find that my insurance won't cover it! (Blue Cross Blue Shield New England). Awesome! So i called my PCP to have them get me a prior authorization but that was denied as well. Apparantly the insurance company wants me to FAIL on a generic SSRI before they'd authorize to cover the Lexapro (since there's no generic version of it yet....). So, that makes sense. Start me on Lexapro and THEN tell me to switch to another SSRI after 2 weeks? I dont freakin think so pal! So, after much arguing i told them i needed some more Lex right then cuz I was out, so they gave me another 2 week sample of Lexapro. They then told me the trial period the insurance company wanted to put me through was 2 weeks. Hmmmm.. I told them to hook me up with the script for Citalopram and I'd give it a whirl. I'm just gunna fill the script, but never take them and just keep taking the lexapro from the 2 week trial pack I got, and tell them at the end of the 2 weeks that Citaloram sucks. I love a good scam. God I hate Insurance companies!!!! I hope noone else has had to deal with this.
  9. Your words are like a breath of fresh air. Honestly. It's like you are experiencing my troubles and are speaking to me from a brighter future... are you even real? Seriously. I find it so difficult to beleive that someone can be this insightful, helpful, positive, reasonable..... it's almost scary how true and real your words are to me. I click on these forums and come straight to here and when i see you've been the last to post in a thread i've also posted in... i already know i'll find words of wisdom and care within....it's like receiving a letter in the mail from a long lost friend... it just warms me and gives me hope.. so yeah..if you ever need any kind of ego boost..like ever.. then feel free to email me (phorts@hotmail.com).... And as soon as this hellacious ride is over for me... i'm gunna keep on giving hope and light to those who seek it here.... I can only hope I can speak be as articulate and insightful and exude the same amount of care and hope that you do. Like I said before, I wish there were more people in the world like you.... ;)
  10. Thanks James. I ended up taking an ambien last night around 1 (bed at 11) because I just couldnt fall asleep. No sweating though so i'm very thankful for that. I did wake up in the middle of the night with some light sweating but it quickly went away and I was back to sleep. Hopefully this trend of decreasing sweating and anxiety will increase. I would've figured after not sleeping the night before that i'd be pretty good to go last night.... but after the clocked ticked 1 I was all set with waiting it out any longer. Feeling "better" today... come on light... I can see you!
  11. HopefulOne, I can't tell you how much your posts have helped me through this very difficult time in my life. I made a post dedicated just to thanking you, "To Hopeful One" that I hope you have read... Only it only begins to speak how thankful I am for your support and selfless contribution to this forum. Thank you. Thank you to you and to the other people who take the time to respond to the many people here even after you've found releif... you give us the gift of hope. Ok, so your experience with the sweating and body temperature fluctuations is exactly how i'm feeling. I truly hope that my SE's follow the path they took with you and subside quickly and permanently. So far most all of my more crippling SE's have subsided (heavy chest, lump in throat, major anxiety in AM, naseau, dizziness, etc..) The sweating continues and general fatigue, brain foginess, general anxiety and others still plague me... Thanks for the positive outlook on the future... i also hope this goes away quickly.. thank you
  12. Just wanted to throw my hat in the ring here. I just started Lexapro 10mg (taken before bed) exactly 2 weeks ago and last night i couldnt sleep because I was drenched in sweat. It's just from my waist down. I get heat waves throughout the day and I sweat MUCH MUCH easier when doing any activity, especially when it's warm out. I've lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks from loss of appetite and sweating profusely, but last night was the first night that it truly started to effect my quality of life. I called out of work for the 2nd time in 2 weeks due to me not being able to sleep one single wink due to sweating. I would sweat, kick the blanket off and cool down by way of the fan i have on all night, get the chills, put the blanket back on and sweat again. It's a vicious cycle! I want this to work so bad but I can NOT afford to not sleep as this is the #1 cause of my anxiety (sleep deprivation). I know plenty of people on Lex have been plagued with increased sweating, but I would REALLY like to know if anyone has experienced a decrease after time? This, to me, is an intolerable side effect if it doesnt decrease.. please...anyone.. some hope? Thank you for taking the time to respond.
  13. Thanks for replying everyone. An update on how i'm feeling. Yesterday I woke up with pretty much the same nervous energy that i've been waking up with since being on Lex... but I was able to get through the day, albeit with some episodes of hot flashes and a heavy chest all day. Dry mouth is rampant and no amount of water I drink is quenching my thirst... but water is good, so that's ok. After work I was actually able to go out to a restaurant where my friend was having a going away party.. i stayed for awhile, had a sprite and chatted it up with some friends for a couple hours. Although I was feeling tired and fairly spacey, I wasnt feeling anxious or overwhelmed and got through it pretty smoothly. I'm glad I was able to go because I would've felt terrible had he left without me saying goodbye. I then went home, hung out with my girlfriend and roomate for a couple hours chatting outside... went to bed...actually had SEX! And fell asleep soundly. (I havent had ANY trouble sleeping..this stuff + Anxiety is enough to exhaust the heck out of me). This morning I woke up, some anxious energy but not as bad as before.. I'm at work now writing this and I feel alot better (compared to recent days) and am starting to feel some releif from the SE's an Anxiety symptoms... Still with me is the tiredness, yawning (although I agree with the previous poster that it seems to be a way to relax...it feels so good to yawn!), still have a lump in my throat (classic anxiety symptom)... My clarity is better and my overall mood is better... Hopefully i'm on my way out of the woods.... I feel like I can see the light. I was also able to eat a sandwhich (cucumber sandwhich yum!) which I was actually hungry for. My appetite has been COMPLETELY SHOT this past week and as a result i've lost nearly 10 pounds despite having drank about a gallon of water every day. I'll keep posting how things are going... for me...it really is getting better. But I have a lot of work to do yet.... and will start excercising, eating better and dealing with the stresses in my life... thank you everyone.
  14. I just typed out a long private message to you HopefulOne that didnt appear to go... So i'm making a point to rewrite and post here in hopes you'll find this: I just wanted to send a note to thank you so very much for sharing your story with the people of this board. It gives me great hope that I will break through from this curse of anxiety and enjoy the benefits of life once again... I've been on 10mg of Lex now for 7 days and am all Side Effects and NO releif. But I will push on... I wish there were more people in the world like you. It's so easy to leave the boards after you've found your answers and releif..but you continue to help day in and day out and I just wanted you to know that your help is so very greatly appreciated. i posted my story here in the Celexa/Lexapro forum if you're interested. thanks again so very much. much love, Keith (Aka Phorts)
  15. Just an update. Again woke up sweating feeling anxious and tossing and turning with thoughts racing. It seems i'm waking up at 6am every morning. I took Lex again at 8:30 and it pretty much knocked me out by 10:00.... My arms are still real numb and tight and kinda even feel like my muscles are burning a bit... meanwhile my girlfriend is really having a hard time with this and has exiled me to the guest bedroom and is contemplating leaving me because she can't handle it. Right now i'm just trying to cope with the anxiety... i'll deal with that later.. I really hope these SE's go away and I start feeling some releif from my anxiety soon.... I could use some words of support.. thank you everyone
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