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Am I Bi-Polar ... or is Lexapro causing symptoms

Posted by Temmie on October 12, 2003, at 14:08:22

Help -- am I bipolar?

1. Is Lexapro the culprit?

2. Are folks with bipolar ultra-sensitive to caffeine? How do we know what's what?

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After the reading I've done online here about Lexapro, I'm wondering if my UNBELIEVABLE inability to sleep at night (and occasional racing thoughts) aren't a result of a recent increase in Lexapro from .25 to .5 ....

We all have such varied histories here, and the different combinations of meds we're using makes tracking results (or figuring things out) truly challenging.

I am using only 200 mg. Serzone for depression with accompanying Lexapro. I take Synthroid for hypothroidism -- and other than that -- have tried everything for sleep -- from Alprazoline to Neurontin and Seroquel to Sonata. I also use Xanax, when nothing else works. And often that doesn't help either. I'm up every two hours no matter what I do.

I'm just wondering if my recent experience with racing thoughts and inability to sleep hasn't been the result of Lexapro ...

... sure hope I can hit upon a solution before I try another litany of drugs for possible bipolar.

For now? Sleepless, but resolved to sticking with the more benign Tylenol PM and curling up with a good book as needed.

Oh -- before I go -- does anyone who's managed to read this far get a KICK from caffeine? It seems to trip me into too much of a high (but is often so needed when I struggle with waking in the morning). Then I'll (occasionally) need Xanax to calm down. Hmmmm.

Can hypomania be triggered by caffeine?


I'll shut up now and listen. Thanks, Temmie




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