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Re: New to Lexapro and feeling awful -- Missy K

Posted by BobYuma on January 16, 2004, at 8:16:13

In reply to Re: New to Lexapro and feeling awful -- Dana, posted by Missy K on January 16, 2004, at 7:30:58

>>>Hi everyone. I started Lexapro a week ago to treat SAD. My second day I started having trouble sleeping and I've woken up every day this week with horrible anxiety attacks and nausea. I've read a few posts here and see that anxiety is a side effect? Will it go away quickly? I'm not sobbing anymore but I almost preferred that to the anxiety and nausea. I always feel better by late afternoon, but I need to know this is not going to last...I've never taken antidepressants before, this is a very new experience for me.>>>>

Hello, Missy.
If you're really having anxiety attacks, I think you should notify your doctor. Whether it's stemming from the Lexapro or not, your doc can give you something to help that. I found that Lexapro makes me feel very wired, almost hyper at times. I hate that feeling, so I take Lorezapam, usually at night, which allows me to "calm" down before going to sleep.
Perhaps you should also ask your doctor about something to help you sleep. Sleep is imperative when your body is in stress.

As far as the feeling of nausea, that's also a side effect that some have. I never had that one, so I can't really relate to it, but I'm sure that some others on the message board can help you with it. I believe I've read that some people take Benedryl for that, but you may want to wait to see what others say about it, or even ask your doctor about it.

I'd be interested in knowing the amount of Lexapro your doctor has you taking. It seems that poeple have fewer and less bothersome side effects if they start off with just 5 mgs. Also, what time of day do you take the Lex?

By the way, all the side effects will go away. It's just a matter of coping until they do.
Remember, we're all here for you anytime of day or night.

Take care and God Bless.




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