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Old 08-09-2007, 11:28 AM   #1
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Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

I have tried taking Lexapro and it just makes me so tired, I can hardly function, not sleepy,TIRED!! Does any take a medication that does not cause fatigue, and tiredness?

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

I was on Prozac for eight years, and I'd say at least 90 percent of the time I had to take it in the morning because it gave me insomnia if I took it at night.

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

You should talk to your doc for suggestions, too. Some ADs are considered more sedating while others are more stimulating. I believe Lexapro is one of the "sedating" types, and thus, why it is usually effective for anxiety.

Good luck.

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

When i take lexapro in the morning i practically fall asleep driving to work and want to sleep all day. I take it at night now and im not as tired during the day. I would still love to take a nap as im still tired, but just not AS tired...It is very frustrating though!!

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

Both Effexor and Wellbutrin are stimulating to the point where if you take it to close to bedtime you won't sleep.

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

A short while ago I was sleeping for 12 hour periods or longer for weeks at a time and the meds I was taking did nothing. A month ago I started Wellbutrin, my dr. said it would give me energy and it has, so far I'm back to a more normal sleeping routine 8 to 10 hours. Prozac didn't cause me tiredness either. Talk to your dr. and hopefully you will find what works for you!

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

Thanks so much to all that replied. I greatly appreciate your willingness to share information. Lexapro is the first A/D I have ever taken for depression. I have never been depressed before but have been now for about a year and have decided I need to do something.

I did in the past try Effexor (but I was being treated for headaches, not depression) and I just remember it make me YAWN, YAWN constantly, but I know all meds effect people differently.

I am extremely sensitive to meds, but am determined to get this depression under control.

Thanks again

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Re: Depression meds that don't cause fatigue?

Thank you for your post. The doctors are doing all sorts of medical tests to find out why I have NO energy, No motivation, and sleep 12 hours a day. My psychiatrist feels it is depression and wants me to start Wellbutrin in addition to paxil to give me a lift. I got scared when I saw the seizure side effects and did not start it yet. I am also waiting for the medical tests to come back. My best friend insists the fatigue is due top all the meds I am on.

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