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HELP! I'm taking Lexapro and I can't sleep!

Posted by Sybill on October 23, 2003, at 10:31:39

I'm on my 4th day of Lexapro, 5 mg/ day with 3 more days to go before upping it to 10 mg/ day. I haven't slept for more than 3 hours a night since taking it and I'm not sure what to do! I started taking it in the AM, which makes me sleepy all day, but bedtime comes and I'm wide awake and staring at the ceiling. When I finally do fall asleep, it's for a few hours and then it's all over for me. I was thinking of taking it at bedtime, with hopes that it'll put me to sleep, but I'm getting nervous that if/ when I up it to 10 mgs, it'll only get worse. This is my first go-round with an AD, so I'm not feeling very confident with it yet. I'm still trying to get over that I feel this is a "crutch" for me and if I were "strong enough", I'd be able to overcome my feelings of panic and anxiety without meds. But, that's another issue... I really just wanted to see what the general consensus has to say. Should I take it in the AM or PM, and will the side effects (including headaches and nausea, along with the insomnia) increase when I increase my dosage? I hope someone out there can help me! My doc seems very confident that this will help, but I'm feeling nervous about this already!




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