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4 weeks off and feel profound sadness/fear
I am a 52 year old female that has been on these type of meds for 25+ years. I feel eventually, they become less effective and after my Dr added Buspar to the mix- to relieve anxiety I was feeling while just on Lexapro, I decided to stop all medications like this and see how I do/am. Buspar made me flat/blah, not good. I now have been dealing with sadness and fear that I can't explain. Wondering if it's partially hormones or actually 'me' with out drugs. I go to the Dr again today and I'm sure she will suggest another medication. I don't mind suffering through if eventually I can adjust my life/stress level, etc. to be w/out these type of medications. Anyone have any thoughts/comments/suggestions? I'd appreciate it. ## You need to switch to a different medici...
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Lexapro Brand versus generic escitalopram
I have taken 30mg of Lexapro for past 4 years. After the deaths of my son and his wife in a plane crash the depression and anxiety were more than I could bear. This past May I was changed to the generic escitalopram. God Forbid!!!! What a nightmare. Within three weeks I was suicidal, I was going through SSRI withdrawals which are vicious. I am now paying over $225.00 per month for Brand Lexapro as my insurance will NOT cover it even with prior auth or any other reason. My Medicare Advantage plan leaves a lot to be desired even though I pay a $152.00 per month premium. Has anyone else had problems with the generic Lexapro? My pharmacist said I am not the first. ## I've been on Lexapro for 4+ years and got switched to generic as well. Initially the generic just didn't work (it was...
Updated 2 days ago.
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drinking on Lexapro
I was just wondering if anyone has drank with this med and were there any side effects ? I've been on lexapro 10 mil for a month and am feeling great but I am petrified to even atempt to drink alcohol,but would like to try . So if anyone could help that would be great. ## I have been on Lexapro for 3 years. I drink about twice a week and everything seems to be fine. I have noticed that if you drink heavly for a few nights in a row you will feel a slight depression. Just don't over do it. I was worried at first also. ## Lexapro is an antidepressant. Drinking alcohol is not recommended, as alcohol is a major depressant, and undoes the work the medication does. ## Never do that! I was on that medicine for 2 years, and I was never able to drink! the first time I drank when I was on ...
Updated 4 days ago.
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does anyone get the zooming effect from lexapro
I got off Vybrid long ago, mainly because of the dizzy-zooming effect. I know lots of people posted the same problem. I'm starting that again recently on Lexapro. Does anyone have the same symptoms ? ## Hello, Jeff! How are you? I'm sorry that you're having a problem. However, those aren't actual medical terms, so I am not sure what you're talking about. Could you please post back and try to clarify? Be more descriptive of the issue? Thanks!
Updated 6 days ago.
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generic lexapro cause false positive on drug screen
I have a family memeber that has a history of cocaine abuse. They are prescribed generic lexapro. My family member recently had a positive drug screen. Could the generic lexapro cause a false positive if so for what ## It shouldn't. An older class of antidepressants known as TCAs (Tricyclic Antidepressants) would, but not SSRIs or SNRIs. There's a fairly good Wikipedia article on what's included in a standard drug panel: However, you should be aware that the "poppy seed" myth, isn't a myth. If you're subject to random testing for opiates, just stay say no to that poppyseed bagel. ## I just read an article from a medical study saying that lexapro (or escitalopram oxalate) can cause false po...
Updated 8 days ago.
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Lexapro Withdrawl after only 3wks?
Need some reassurance, please! I am a 27 year old guy and have quit Lexapro after only having been on it for 3 weeks or so. After my first ever panic attack experiences, I was given 10mg of Lexapro by my doctor. He also have me 0.5 of Klonopin (as needed) and a very low dose of a blood pressure med. I am off the BP med. Lexapro made me scared and made me feel just "not right". I always felt medicated. I came down to 0.5 Lexapro for a few days and then down to 0.25 for a few days after that. The doctor ended up saying "you can just stop taking it". Here we are now. This is my 5th day with no Lexapro and I feel pretty crappy. Woozy sometimes, head in the clouds, shallow breathing, and rapid heart rate. All of this is come and go, but I rarely feel good. Started a new job a...
Updated 9 days ago.
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Extremely tired
I have started Lexapro about a week ago. I was naseous the first couple days but have noticed I am extremely tired everyday. I take the pill at night and currently only a half pill and will start taking a full pill next week. Will the tiredness eventually go away? I can't function like this everyday. ## Hello, Nugget! How are you? Yes, it should taper off, after about 4 to weeks, once your body adjusts to the medication, but it will most likely recur for awhile any time you raise the dosage. You may also experience headache and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 9 days ago.
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lexapro withdrawal and dizziness
Hi, I am currently in my 4th week of being off lexapro. I had all the horrific withdrawal symptoms which most have subsided. The only one I have left is the dizziness. Its not an all day dizziness like it was but waves of dizziness that come and go. Has anyone else had this side affect for this long?
Updated 12 days ago.
Lexapro versus generic escitalopram
I don't normally visit these forums but I was interested in experience generic escitalopram versus Lexapro. I find the generic works better than without anything but am thinking of trying Lexapro to see if it works better - I first started with lexapro a couple of years back so I just don't remember. I am concerned there are so many comments about generic escitalopram having bad side effects - given they both have the same chemistry, it does not make sense to me ## I had been taken the generic lexapro and it just didn't work. My depression came back, I was having suicidal thoughts, my anxiety returned and was becoming very OCD again. Even though the generic brand is free, I have decided to take the brand name Lexapro. I am feeling much better now, even though I have to pay $...
Updated 15 days ago.
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Lexapro Withdrawal
I have been taking Lexapro 10mg once a day for about a year. I have had many unwanted side effects which according to my doctor there are very few side effects from Lexapro. He says it is a clean drug. Wrong. It did nothing to help me and I want off. My doctor refused to give me anti-anxiety meds to help with the withdrawals from Lexapro because once again, there are no withdrawals from Lexapro. Why do doctors lie about this. Why do pharmaceutical companies lie about this? I have read so much about people just losing it while trying to stop taking Lexapro. I have not taken it in about ten days after weaning off for about two months from 10mg to 2 mg a day. My nerves are a wreck, I am extremely irratable, and have slight headaches. This is a horrible drug with many long lasting withdrawa...
Updated 15 days ago.
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Is this Lexapro withdrawal ? Horrific !
Hello all :) I have been desperately searching for information & reassurance as to why I am experiencing such a nightmare ordeal after being taken off Lexapro by my doctor, cold turkey. I have been taking 10-20mg for years. This week (since cessation - 10 days ago) I have been to the doctor 3 times and the hospital on Thursday night - convinced I am dying! I feel SO tired that I can barely lift my head at times. I have horrible headaches - frequent "brain zaps" (thought I was having a stroke). I was throwing up and lived next to the toilet for 2 days.... I get "rushes" of what feels like adrenalin (?) that crawls down my arms and then tingles in my hands and finger tips. I am dizzy - I am aching (joints) - I feel like my head is clogged and I have a horrible flu viru...
Updated 19 days ago.
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Lexpro affect
I have been on lexpro (generic) since 2011 and due to insurance switching suddenly was off of 30mg all at once and made it through.... 2 weeks ago I was started again at 30mg all at once. I am realizing that over the last few days for sure I am not myself. I have been struggling leaving the house, etc. Has anyone had this experience of starting at such a high dose all at once and know how long it may last?
Updated 1 month ago.
My doctor wants to start me on Lexapro
I lost my brother last year and we were less than eleven months apart and have always been extremely close. Then exactly to the date a year later my mom died and then ten days later my mother-in-law passed on Thanksgiving. It has been so overwhelming to me. I cannot sleep and I know I have all of the symptoms of depression and my doctor wants me to take Lexapro but reading all of your comments has me terrified. The side effects sound awful. Has anyone had ANY success with it at all? Frankly, I cannot take on more mental and physical issues at this time. ## Hello, Elaine! How are you? Something that you have to remember, when you're reading such posts online is that those are actually from a very small percentage of people who specifically went looking for a website like this due to ...
Updated 2 months ago.
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oval white pill scored with b 3, c on other side
labeled Lexapro, small white oval scored with b on one half, 3 on other. Turn over C on other side ## Hello, Sue! How are you? Yes, this is a generic for Lexapro, it contains 10mgs of Escitalopram. It's side effects may include nausea, dizziness, weight changes and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 2 months ago.
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Do the sexual side effects go away?!?
I just started taking Lexapro 10mg and within the first 3 days, I haven't been able to climax during sex... this is very disheartening... does it go away or should I find something else?!?! ## It'll go away. They use the drug to treat those who pre-maturely ejaculate...hence why you cant climax.
Updated 2 months ago.
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My car got broken into last night and they took my whole purse that had my 10mg of Lexapro which I just started 4 days ago inside. I had called the police and they have me a case number to give to the doctors so that I can hopefully get a refill. It is anxiety meds and I was highly advised by my doc to not skip any days or else I will have bad withdraws and side effects. I left many messages but today is Saturday and the next business day is Monday. Is my only option waiting until then or is there a way I can get my pills back sooner? ## Hello, Sara! How are you? Very sorry about what happened. Were there any refills on it? If so, they'd be on file at your pharmacy and you should be able to pick up a new bottle there, once you inform them of what happened. It isn't a controlled ...
Updated 2 months ago.
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Generic vs. brand
I was on brand Lexapro for about eight years with great success. My pharmacy switched me to generic and I was happy to be saving the money, but within a few days, I was nauseous and dizzy, having nightmares and hot flashes, and suffering from depression again. It took me about a month to realize the cause was the generic, and I decided to pay the difference to get the brand. When I asked the pharmacist if this was common, she said those who start on the generic seem to do well, but those who switch from brand seem to have difficulties. Not too long after switching back, I was doing well again. In answer to a few other people who posted, you can not quit lexapro cold turkey, you must wean yourself off!!!! I stopped taking it for awhile by tapering off and had no issues, but after my depress
Updated 2 months ago.
Lexapro question
Hi all, I started taking Lexapro about 4 months ago. I was really stressed and my doctor suggested taking this. It has helped me a great deal. But about 3 weeks ago, I just decided that maybe I don't need to take them anymore. So I started taking them sporadically. May every three days. I guess I was going to wean myself off. But about two weeks ago, I really started to have sexual issues. It is hard to get aroused. Hard to get an erection. Only way I could do it, was to masturbate, but has become harder and harder. Really frustrating my g/f and I. The last few times I ejaculate before becoming fully erect. It just dawned on me, that maybe this is a result of not taking Lexapro daily? Anyone ever here of this???? I didn't know what the heck was going on until I thought of this.
Updated 3 months ago.
3yrs on Lexapro
3yrs down on Lex after severe depressive, anxiety episode--life changing. Took long time (3mos) to adapt to drug (brain zaps, sleepyness, fog) with initisl 20mg. 10mg per day is my dosage now. Call it my happy pill...given me new lease on life, sleep, etc. If just starting out, keep faith, side affects subcide and body adapts. Never thought depression when happen to me...wrong ## Awesome! I am very glad that it has worked so well for you. And yes, that is correct, side effects will normally subside after 4 to 6 weeks, when your body gets used to the medication. I'd also like to add that if one medication doesn't work for you, there are others that you can try. Are there any questions or comments?
Updated 3 months ago.
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First Time Lexapro User
Hey all. 31 male here. Prescribed Lexapro about four months ago for depression and PTSD. 5mg for a week, then 10mg for three weeks, now 20mg and sitting pretty. Here's the run down on what I've experienced: At first the obvious side effects included immediate 'fogginess' of vision and a strong sedative effect. If anyone's ever taken Molly it sort of feels like the come-on of that (with no peak obviously). That was the first few days. I also noticed an almost immediate drop in libido that has progressively gotten worse. Normally I'm a 'once a day' guy at least. Now I'm more like once a fortnight, and when I do get friendly with the girls, it can take up to an hour to climax (if I don't give up). The foggy vision and drowsiness has since cleared, bu...
Updated 3 months ago.
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