Hi All, just thought I would give you my Lexapro experience. I started on it in March for depression and menopausal symptoms, and GAD. The only start up side affect I had was nausea for the first week, and then that went away. The very next day after I started on it, I felt 100% better, like my old self - or better than my old self, because the anxiety I always had near the surface was pretty much gone. I was calm, could deal with most anything that came along without freaking out - which was a big change for me. The night sweats and hot flashes went away also.
BUT.... I gained weight, stayed hungry all the time, and my sex life went down the tubes. I couldn't handle either of those side affects anymore, so I started on Wellbutrin XL last week. I went down to 5mg for a week, and then forgot to take it the next day, and just started on the Wellbutrin the day after that. So far have felt great, except two days ago I was extremely agitated and irritable. But, today I feel fine again. I do have the brain zaps but they only were bad for maybe two days.
All in all - the Lexapro I would give a 9 as far as handling the anxiety and depression though. It worked great for me, but I am not willing to give up my sex life any more, I wanted it back!