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  1. Trace

    I hope you have a fantastic day :)

  2. wheni started lexapro, i started on 10mg, and had the following side effects: severe insomnia, delayed ejaculation, increase in anxiety. i stayed on this dosage for 4 weeks, and i still had some minor insomnia, and delay in ejaculation. the 10mg wasnt working, so i got bumped up to 20mg. i experienced insomnia again for about 3 weeks, which then went away instantly. the only s/e that stayed were severe delayed ejac/inability to ejac, and lethargy. after a few months on 20mg, once my mental health completely stabilized, i went back down to 10mg (straight back, no tapering) and experienced no side effects, except delay in ejac. i staye don this dose for around 3 months, and just today i cut down to 5mg since im feeling very stable. it just depends how u can handle it. i had no problem making big jumps up, or big jumps down in dosage, but other people need to go up/down by 2.5mg - 5mg. just see how you go. all the best
  3. hey guys thought id just give an update, i posted earlier in this thread. im glad to say im still going very well on the 10mg lexapro, and after being on that dosage for around 3 months im thinking of cutting down to 5mg. my main reasoning is im still experiencing some sexual side effects, not as strong as when i was 20mg, but its still there. some days its barely noticable, somedays it can be rather annoying. i stil have some delay in ejaculation, some days alot more than others, and my libido is usually low. im hoping that dropped to 5mg will negate these side effects, and hopefully still do just enough to keep my head straight. i just got completed my CBT therapy, and im feeling good, so hopefully itll be enough to get me through. wish me luck guys, ill let yas no how im going in about a week or so. wish me luck! BTW, whats other peoples experiences like on 5mg of lexapro?
  4. Hi MAM, Saw my doc today because my 10mg dose didn't seem to be doing anything for my depression after nearly a month. It was helping with the anxiety though so she said it was worth sticking with a little longer. She's upped me to 20mg starting today, so I'll keep you posted as to whether I notice any difference or not :) THanks..I go back to my psych in a couple of weeks..I am trying to hang on until then.... 10mg to 20mg made a world of difference. im not gonna go into detail because its too long, but to put it simply: 10mg did nothing, 20mg changed + SAVED my life. only needed to stay on 20mg for a few months until i stabilized and was able to do what was needed and go through CBT, then i cut back to 10mg about 2-3 months ago and iv been fine ever since, pretty much back to normal before my severe depression/ocd/pure o ocd episode started. stick with it, it may be hard, but the payoff is 10-fold, well it was in my case anyway...all the best!
  5. i cut back from 20mg straight to 10mg not too long ago, its been maybe 2 months or more now? i didnt notice anything, except i had slightly more energy, sexual side effects lessened considerably, libibdo got stronger, more emotion (quicker to get angry, but also feel happy easier, on 20mg i felt ok, but very flat emotionally), feel more like myself. all in all i had a positive experience going down to 10mg =]
  6. lexapro caused me insomnia for the first 3-4 weeks on 10mg..then as it started to go away i had to bump the dosage up to 20mg. still had insomnia for a few weeks but then it went away completely. i used benzos during this time, and i quit em cold turkey after a while. didnt sleep more than 2-3 hours a night for around a week then i was sweet. about 5-6 weeks ago i dropped back to 10mg and my sleep has been fine, i think insomnia is just during the startup, because it didnt happen when i cut back the dosage. im pretty sure this issue should resolve itself, i remember being so scared of insmonia when i first started lex, its just the worst. all the best
  7. good to hear! i noticed when i went from 20mg to 10mg there was a big difference too. on 20mg i struggled to finish, sometimes i couldnt even. on 10mg its still delayed but alot easier. all the best mate!
  8. i may aswell drop my story in. i started off using lexapro after suffering from major depression (extrmemely suicidal, couldnt work, shcool, anything etc) very bad anxiety, insomnia and severe pure O ocd (im talking thinking the same s*** all day long, couldnt watch tv, listen to musci or anything. i always had pure o tendencies, but this episode occured after a period or extasy & illegal drug drug use, and due to extreme family circumstances (2 deaths in the family, one very traumatic one) plus unresolved childhood issues. anyway i started on 10mg lex for 4 weeks, didnt do much, bumped up to 20mg..slowly got improvement until the point i felt around 75% my self. stayed on 20mg for around 3-4 months then when i was stable i took the dosage down to 10mg and been on that for around 5-6 weeks. i feel around 99% normal now, living a good life. working, studying, going out with friends, pretty much normal again. its crazy to think a few months ago i was so close to ending it all. people can say what they want about lex, but to me its a lifesaver, literally. i just wish i started it earlier i was so hestitant and suffered for 4 months under those extreme suicidal circumstances because of people telling me "ohh the drug companies are evil" and al the bad experiences i read on the net. anyway here are the side effects 10mg (first time around): lost appetite, insomnia, increased anxiety, delayed ejaculation 20mg: insomnia for first 2-3 weeks, loss of appetite initially, extremely difficult to ejaculate, alot of times just couldnt finish 10mg (currently): delay in ejaculation, but its getting better and i take lex in the morning so by the evening its barely noticable. theres my story, hope it helps people out there =] overall so far very positive experience with lexapro. never thought id get so far =]
  9. hey guys yeah after i took the dose i got REAL sleepy and took a nap, not like me at all. felt lethargic the rest of the day and had a funny feeling in my head, not painful though just odd. anyway the next day i was ok still felt a little tired but thats it im fine again today. thanks for the input guys =]
  10. hey. just some background i was on lexapro 10mg for around a month, then bumped up to 20mg for around 3 months, then i went back down to 10mg and been on this for just ver a month, and doing well. anyway this morning i woke up and i was a bit sleepy and i forgot to break my 20mg pill in half...instead i necked the whole thing, taking a double dosage. how bad is this to do? will i be feeling different? or because its only one day will it not have an effect? because i have a few things today, including boxing training. also should i skip my dosage tomorrow? cheers
  11. good to hear its been smooth sailing. please keep us posted, as i polan to wean off in a couple months time...
  12. Why wife did not like the personality changes she saw in me when I was on Celexa (which is chemically closely related to Lexapro.) Also I has an intense difficulty staying awake no matter what I was doing. I kept falling asleep at work, and I suspect that's why I had a suspicious number of "random" drug tests that year. Also for some reason it did not seem to help my anxiety much. I would give the med just enough time to decide if this side-effect is going to stick around, unless it just too distressing. As always discuss w/ your Doc. -WS most likely the lexapro. i was on 20mg for around 3 months (was on 10mg for a month prior and was no helping whatsoever), and although the dosage did help me get through my problems at the time, i also felt very drained/sleepy/limp, and it affected my sex drive alot. i dropped the dosage to 10mg about 3-4 weeks ago, and im feeling better than ever, alot more energized, more happy, less zombie-like, and sex drive has returned somewhat. maybe the dosage is just too high. all the best
  13. i was put on lexapro for a depressive illness (never stated what type, but i was very suicidal at the time and extreme depressed, so i guess it was MDD), GAD and "pure o" OCD. started off on 10mg, did nothing, put on 20mg for a few months..did real well made a full recovery living pretty much normal again, so dropped the dosage to 10mg and iv been on 10mg for probably around 3-4 weeks now, feeling even better =]. thank god for lexapro, it literally saved my life.
  14. yes i asked my doctor he said it is perfectly fine, and i took it on both 10mg and 20mg lexapro doses. didnt take it for long though, valerian root does nothing for me. anyway my sleeps fine now without any meds/supplements, hope yours will fix up, messed up sleep is the worst!
  15. i think its ok to taper down quickly until you get to around 5mg, then take it slow from there. i started on 10mg lexapro for 4 weeks, bumped straight up to 20mg, stayed on that for around 4 months, then side effects were too much and i had developed coping skills, been therapy etc and so i just dropped straight down to 10mg, no taper and experienced no withdrawal symptoms, nothing. felt even better than before, more emotion, felt more like myself, and more energy. all the best!
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