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Re: frustrated newcomer

Posted by Sadsack on March 9, 2003, at 23:26:56

In reply to Re: frustrated newcomer, posted by maize1211 on March 8, 2003, at 19:30:56

Well, you may want to give 10 a bit longer before passing judgement. Most of the side effects go away in 2-8 weeks depending on your own personal make-up. It sounds like you are really struggling with the whole idea of antidepressants as well as how you feel. I felt that way. After they worked for me, I found myself in so much better shape that I don't think twice now when I need them. (I have a pretty normal life but a HUGE family hx of depression so it's a chemical thing). Anti depressants aren't for everyone and some doc's prescribe them like candy but if you quit them too soon you may never know if you really needed them or not. Does that make sense? With everything I've read on this site, I don't think 5mg will do much of anything. Good luck and I hope this all works out for you.
> > I am new to lexapro and to any form of anti-depressants. I started with 10 mg for one week and then increased to 20 mg. I have mild depression and was extremely skeptical about taking medication for it. I am usually active, energetic, and rarely nap. When I switched to 20mg I was extremely lethargic, wanted to sleep all day and could not wait to go to bed. I then experienced headaches and an inability to be productive at work. I decreased my dose to 10 mg for the past several days and have not been as tired and headaches have decreased. I did have an extremely vivid dream last night. I now switched to 5mg because I am uncomfortable with how I feel.
> >
> > Has anyone had positive experiences with lexapro ?
> > Has anyone found 5mg to be effective in treating depression or dose the dosage need to be higher ?
> >
> > Thanks
> I have been on Lexapro 10 mg for approx. 2 weeks. I am new to antidepressants. The first week on Lexapro I wasnt able to fall asleep until many hours after my normal bedtime. I also had a lot of energy and didnt need an afternoon nap (I would nap as often as I could before Lexapro- just part of my depression I guess) nor felt the desire to try and sleep late. The second week I seemed to have gotten used to the lexapro because now I can fall asleep at my normal bedtime. I still feel like I have a lot of energy and am starting to feel better about everything day by day. I actually laughed today without feeling like sighing- if you know what I mean. I havent had any negative side effects except slight insomnia the first week. I wish you luck on the Lexapro.




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