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Old 06-20-2005, 12:15 PM   #1
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Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

I have been on Lexapro for 5 weeks now, and overall I like it. I have been an anxious person my whole life -- I just chalked it up to being a type A personality. Since taking Lexapro, things have definitely slowed down for me...I don't have racing thoughts (day and night), I am not always in over-drive, etc.

One interesting thing happened to me during week 3...I slept like a log (first time I can remember sleeping through the night!) I had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning...I was just so tired. I felt like I had finally gotten sleep for the first time in my life. This sleep pattern lasted about a week, and started to go away last week. I am now back to my broken sleep patterns. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this?

 
Old 06-20-2005, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

Yes me too! As a matter of fact I had to resort to a sleep aid some nights. At first it kept me up at night then I was sleeping like a rock then back to broken. It comes and goes. I imagine it's not all the Lexapro though just Life and our minds being too busy perhaps?

 
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Old 06-20-2005, 04:28 PM   #3
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

I am glad that I am not alone here! In all honesty, I never realized how my mind raced around until I started to take the Lexapro.

 
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My Mind has slowed down, is that what you mean? I notice my obssesive thought process has stopped Thank God!

 
Old 06-20-2005, 07:00 PM   #5
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

i take a different drug called cipramil and i sleep terribly. I wake up atleast seven times during the night sweating profusely and having extremely vivid nightmares. THe thing is though- i think the drug is great for controlling my anxiety during the day- but i cant sleep properly at night. So i continue to take this medication hopinmg that one day i will just start to sleep normally.

 
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

Nicole, my mind didn't race until I started on the Lexapro. It was hard to concentrate at first because it seemed like my mind was going 100 miles an hour. I couldn't sleep well at first either, because I was taking it at night and it made me nauseated. Both symptoms went away and now I sleep well most nights. I do have very vivid dreams every night tho. I think that is a side affect of the Lexapro. All in all - it is working great for me too.

 
Old 06-20-2005, 08:23 PM   #7
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when i took lexapro, i slept good but had a hard time waking up. It took me like an hour to get up and get going or i'd feel dizzy, overall this drug worked good

 
Old 06-21-2005, 01:10 PM   #8
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

Thanks for your replies!

My dreams are very vivid too -- I like that!

Bell99 -- I guess that my obsessive thoughts have slowed down since on the Lexapro -- although I never considered them obsessive. I always figured that I was just a little more high strung than other people. I thought everyone had all of these thoughts racing through their minds. I can honestly say that I like being on the Lexapro -- I can concentrate SO MUCH better now. I wonder if I had been on something like this in under grad, if I would have gotten a higher GPA and in turn gotten into a better businiess school???

One other question...I am a total control freak...is that typical with anxious people?

 
Old 06-21-2005, 02:25 PM   #9
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For sure Me too!!!! Lots of my anxiety comes from NOT being in control.

 
Old 06-21-2005, 05:59 PM   #10
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I have the most vivid dreams on the Lexapro too! I love it! They are so interesting...LOL!

Overall, I love the Lexapro. There haven't been significant side effects except a calmness and less panic attacks...which, of course, is a good thing!

 
Old 06-22-2005, 04:43 AM   #11
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

What dose are you guys on?
My Dr. said less is best and won't up mine I am on 10.
Some day's I feel fantastic and others just tired and unmotivated.
The day's I feel fantastic are more which is a good thing.
I was prescribed it for panic disorder and agoraphobia. It has helped a lot with panic yet I still don't want to leave town?

 
Old 06-22-2005, 09:31 AM   #12
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Re: Lexapro and Sleep Patterns

I am on a 5mg dose. It seems to be working well, so no need to bump it up to 10mg. I was prescribed it for panic disorder -- I feel like I have a mild case of social anxiety and agoraphobia -- but the Lexapro is helping with it all. This anxiety stuff is all new to me -- I can definitely pin point when it all began which was in Feb '04. Life's stresses finally got to me -- and in Nov '04 I had my first panic attack at an industry conference -- it was a lovely experience

 
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