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    Old 05-13-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
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    Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    I've had increasing Anxiety due to a physical ailment over three months ago. I was on Xanax (.5mg) to help me get to sleep, but never got more then two hours of sleep at a time then would be up fighting to get back to sleep (most of the time needing more Xanax! This condition has progressed to GAD and I've become so bad, I'm pacing the house day and night in a horrible state of anxiousness, panic and totally stressed and tense constantly! Where as I've only been on the Xanax for sleep at the beginning of this all, as of the past month and a half I've also needed it during the day! I'm currently on about (.75mg-1mg.) total and I'm afraid of getting more on it and never being able to get off it! I've tried cutting the dose a little but it's really hard fighting the feeling inbetween.
    I've just started Lexapro that my G.P. gave me a months samples of. I've been putting off taking them for over a month due to all the negative things I've heard about ADS. I also don't want to be dependant on these indefinately as it seems MOST people who get on them are! It seems anybody who's on them for a while, can't get off without HORRIBLE side effects and then going back to their previous state before getting on them. Then there's the problem where alot of people only get partial relief and need to be on a "multiple barrage" of drugs to synthetically induce "LIFE" for them!!! If this Lexapro does'nt work for me,, I'm not going through the Hell of trying various other ones, as so many do,, in search of the "magic" one that does work.
    I've already lost (30) pounds, so I don't need to lose any more weight (normally I'm 185, I'm also a middle aged male). I have'nt slept in almost four months, so I don't need any more INSOMNIA (it's taking it's toll on my sanity and health). I know the side effect are different for everyone (mostly).
    Modern science is WONDERFUL!!!! They create medicine that gives you WORSE SYMPTOMS FOR WEEKS then you're already suffering, with the 50/50 chance it may or may not work for you, then if not,, you become a GUINEA PIG for them to experiment on while they're scratching THEIR UNINFORMED HEADS!!! You can see how FED UP I am with the DRUG PUSHING companies and the Medical profession that's TOTALLY IGNORANT of what any of this stuff does or does'nt do!!! As long as they all get RICH over our MISERY that's all they care about!
    So,, with all my fear of getting on these "wonderful" ADS (especially after reading and hearing of all the people who CAN'T WAIT to get off them) I need advise on taking the plunge into this "Lexapro".
    I started today at a VERY SMALL dose just to see what effect it would have. I took a quarter of a 10mg tab at noon. Twenty minutes later I went for a walk and my legs felt like they had heavy weights tied to them! Shortly after, I felt like I was in a fog, slightly dizzy, very groggy, and where as, I've had problems trying to catch my breath (due to the GAD) before taking the pill,, Now it was twice as bad, it felt like someone was standing on my chest while I was trying to catch my breath!! About five hours later these effects wore off and I went into my usual Anxiety, queezy feeling and ultra high nervous feeling that's been worse daily as this thing progresses.

    I'm afraid if I immediately jump to .5mg I'll be hit worse and will just quit trying! Also, what experience has anyone had with taking these things for a short time and getting off it without residual feelings or falling back into their "old" previous condition? I've heard that happens often and then you can't get back on the same AD because your body is then immune to it (so starts the re-experimenting with other ADS) It's all a NIGHTMARE TO ME!!
    Any advise on how long I should stick with a quarter of a pill (or if that's even going to help me wean on)? How bad will it be then going to a half,, then a quarter and finally the whole .10mg? What are the odds of this stuff helping me get off the Xanax and get my sleep pattern back? Any feedback on any of this is appreciated since if this does'nt work,, I've tried natural/herbal supplements and cures, but nothing else helps this feeling. I'm getting worse daily and can't contend with the injury that still drives me insane and which was the cause of all this horror!!!

    Thanks for any advise or feedback!!

    MMS1

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    Old 05-13-2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    Hi MMS1,

    I was also very resistant to start Lexapro, but when I couldn't stand that shortness of breath feeling anymore, and asthma meds weren't working, I decided to finally give it a try. AND I am so happy I did!!
    I have been on Lexapro now for about 2 mos and still only take a half of the .10 pill. I can take deep breaths now and feel the air going into my lungs so I now know that this problem was definelty due to anxiety. NOT ASTHMA!!I just hope it continues to work at this low dosage. I did have terrible insomnia the first 3 nights, but not anymore. That was my only side effect. I think you should give it a try you may have some side effects at first, but you will feel great after that.
    If I may ask, what happened to you to start all of this crap??
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    Old 05-13-2005, 06:28 PM   #3
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

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    Hi MMS1,

    I was also very resistant to start Lexapro, but when I couldn't stand that shortness of breath feeling anymore, and asthma meds weren't working, I decided to finally give it a try. AND I am so happy I did!!
    I have been on Lexapro now for about 2 mos and still only take a half of the .10 pill. I can take deep breaths now and feel the air going into my lungs so I now know that this problem was definelty due to anxiety. NOT ASTHMA!!I just hope it continues to work at this low dosage. I did have terrible insomnia the first 3 nights, but not anymore. That was my only side effect. I think you should give it a try you may have some side effects at first, but you will feel great after that.
    If I may ask, what happened to you to start all of this crap??
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    Hi cshore,
    I have another post on under the Anxiety heading of this board which only got one reply. That's why I re-posted this new one. Anyhow, the other post is currently on page (3) and titled "Really Scared, Need Advise On Lexapro"! If you read that post, it'll give a whole run down on what led up to this NIGHTMARE I'm living day and night ever since!!
    Also, did you start on .5mg? What time of the day do you take it? I was afraid to take it in the evening due to that reason,, I've heard too many have had Insomnia as a side effect, and that's my biggest fear on these things,,, I need to figure out how I'm going to get my sleeping pattern back again "naturally". Then there's the concern that the phyical problem which caused this and still exists (see the other post) will continue to feed the anxiety and insomnia as it has from the beginning. I'm worried that even if the Lexapro gets rid of the anxiety and depression,, it will be a never ending battle to keep me level as long as I can't contend with this condition!

    Thanks for your reply and concern,, hope you stay well and keep in touch!

    MMS1

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    Old 05-13-2005, 07:22 PM   #4
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    MMS1,, thanks for replying so quickly.. I will try and find your other post after I reply to this message... yes I do take .5, I have never taken the whole pill... and I take it between 5 and 6 PM, That was when I was told to take it.
    I have since seen that you can take it in the morning, I don't have the insomnia anymore from Lexapro so I am going to continue to take it at dinnertime. I hope you feel better soon!!
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    Old 05-14-2005, 03:56 PM   #5
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    I have been taking Lexapro for almost a month. I too was terrified to take this stuff but I have to tell you I am so glad I did.
    I too started small cutting the half of ten in halfs. Now I am up to 7.5 and the side effects are pretty much all together gone.
    My Psychiatrist told me of all the meds. he has seen the best results from lexapro and also the least withdrawl.
    Now the first week and a half was not good for me and many days I said forget it and wanted to stop. Someone posted about riding it out to get to the other side and I did. My anxiety is so much better and I sleep like a rock at night.
    Some days I try to figure out , what about the way I feel is different? I can't pin point it but all I can say is I feel like Me just better. Something I normally would freak out of will confront me and I seem able to just cope. My Dr. said Lexapro stops the "obsessive thought process" which is what I had "what if"!
    There are some great people on these boards to chat with and we will support you In what ever you decide to do hang in there...

     
    Old 05-14-2005, 03:57 PM   #6
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    PS I take mine in the morning. I split the dose and take the rest around noon.

     
    Old 05-14-2005, 04:36 PM   #7
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    Hi Bell99,
    When you say you cut the dose and take half in the morning and half at noon, how much are you taking each time? How long are you staying on each dose before you move to a higher dose? If you feel better now,, is there any reason to keep increasing the dose?

    Thanks,

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    Old 05-14-2005, 04:43 PM   #8
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    Re: Need doseage advise on starting Lexapro.

    All together I take 7.5 but he wants to get it up to a even one pill a day 10 mg. It is kind of a hassle to cut it in quarters etc.
    I have had bad reactions in the past to Zoloft and Elavil so he wanted me to take it slow and monitor me on it. I started on 5 mg cutting it in half.
    Now I talke a half of the ten mg first thing in the morning and a half of the other half around noon. Does that make sense? I took 5 mg for about two and a half weeks and it will be two weeks almost on the 7.5.

     
    Old 05-14-2005, 06:34 PM   #9
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    Bell99,
    What kind of side effects did you experience? I just took a quarter of a tablet yesterday. It made me a little dizzy, felt like I was in a fog, had heavy feeling in my legs. That subsided by late afternoon giving way to my usual depression and high anxiety. I felt unusally calmer by bedtime, although I had an impossible time falling asleep and was up like every fifteen minutes! Even the Xanax I've been taking to get me to sleep did'nt help!!
    today I took another quarter and had virtually no side effects. I'm wondering if just taking a quarter of a pill all day is going to have any affect in getting weaned up with little side effects? In other words,, I wonder if by just taking a quarter of a .10mg pill all day,, if it's not doing anything.

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    Old 05-14-2005, 10:01 PM   #10
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    MMSI ~ I've been taking Lexapro for a couple years now ~ I took 10mg at 1st, that didn't seem to make much of a difference for me so my doctor tried upping me to 20mg and that has helped a lot ~ I don't remember any side affects from when I first started taking it, but I was going through a divorce and lots of other changes so I was probably too distracted to notice ~ before I was on the Lexapro my sleep was awful! I had such a hard time falling asleep, I woke up many times in the night and had a very hard time falling back to sleep ~ ever since shortly after going on Lexapro I sleep so well and so soundly! I fall asleep fast, I barely ever wake up in the night and if I do wake up, I fall right back to sleep ~ it's so much better! and I take mine in the morning

     
    Old 05-15-2005, 05:31 AM   #11
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    MMSI. My Dr. said we all respond differently and that some people can get by on 5 mg a day. I had a horrible time on Zoloft with hives and horrid anger etc. so he wanted me to start slow and work up to 10.
    As far as side effects..... Well the first day he told me wait until you are home for the day and take 5 mg. I got both my kids home and was home for the rest of the day, or so I thought!
    I took it at 3.30 and at four my 6 year old announced her ear hurt real bad!
    I called my husband and he came home and drove us to the Dr where I got stuck for 4 hours!!!!! I thought I was going to jump out of my skin and go A wall. I became so agitated and jumpy and dizzy. I told the Dr. what happened and he said take half of the 5mg then wait till the side effects subsided and take the other half. For me this was about 4 hours later. I also didn't want to eat and didn't sleep a wink that first night.
    Now I feel great Thank God! Like I said in my first post I almost quit taking it several times.

     
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    I was also given lexapro and when i took it my heart would race it was up to 188 beats per minute and I went to the ER and I was told I had a allergic reaction to the drug this was the secon time I took it and the second time I had this same reaction it took 2 days of my heart racing form 188 to 145 steady then on the third day it finally went back to normal. So I will not take it at all anymore!!

     
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