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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2014, 08:21:16 PM »
I just wanted to say that i started lexapro 4 weeks ago and finally I am starting to feel a little bit more normal. I see a big improvement in my moods and outlook in life in general. I was a BIG mess 4 weeks ago and I am already seeing the benefits. I am SO glad I decided to start lexapro. I was worried about it, but I couldn't live with anxiety any longer. HA was literally ruining my life.
Yes I did have some increased anxiety the first 2 weeks but nothing too bad.

Give it a try, you may find that taking it was the best decision you made! Good luck  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2014, 10:22:14 PM »
Thanks  all for your replies. I will start tomorrow evening and report back along the way to help anyone else who may have apprehension about starting. *fingers crossed*
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2014, 10:26:30 PM »
Thanks  all for your replies. I will start tomorrow evening and report back along the way to help anyone else who may have apprehension about starting. *fingers crossed*

Good luck. I did 5 mg for 1 week and then increased to 10 mg!
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2014, 11:28:31 AM »
So I started lexapro 10mg last night. Wasn't too terrible. Only had intense anxiety for around half an hour where I had to lay down and massage my head. Otherwise I just had extreme dizziness and some nausea. However, this morning has been AWFUL! As soon as I woke up my head was on fire, I was so dizzy I could barely walk, and I feel so on edge and lethargic at the same time. I'm hungry but don't want to eat, my muscles keep tensing up, and I've lost three pounds overnight with all the diarrhea. Can someone convince me to take this another night? I don't know how I'm expected to make it through work tomorrow.
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2014, 02:07:50 PM »
So I started lexapro 10mg last night. Wasn't too terrible. Only had intense anxiety for around half an hour where I had to lay down and massage my head. Otherwise I just had extreme dizziness and some nausea. However, this morning has been AWFUL! As soon as I woke up my head was on fire, I was so dizzy I could barely walk, and I feel so on edge and lethargic at the same time. I'm hungry but don't want to eat, my muscles keep tensing up, and I've lost three pounds overnight with all the diarrhea. Can someone convince me to take this another night? I don't know how I'm expected to make it through work tomorrow.

break the pill in half... start with 5 mg the first week and then increase to 10 mg.
you may have been experience anxiety from taking the pill rather than side effects of the meds.
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2014, 05:16:41 PM »
I'm sure a lot of that was from my anxiety just skyrocketing. Luckily I was off work today because I've literally been sleeping all of it. I still feel dizzy but the nausea has subsided. I'll try just 5mg before bed tonight and hopefully I can function tomorrow. I have a valium I've been saving for emergencies I could maybe take at work if it becomes too much. :/
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #16 on: July 03, 2014, 06:39:17 PM »
Hi, I just wanted to say, I would have started on a much lower dose..... 5mg.----even 2.5mg., just to have the least amount of side-effects.

Take care :)


P.S.  Back in 2002 I first started taking Celexa, and started on 10mg. my side-effects were through the roof, but I stuck with it and it helped me immensely (anxiety).  So, don't let the side-effects scare you because they will diminish after a while.
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2014, 07:26:28 PM »
Thank you for the reassurance everyone. Maybr my Dr just didn't realize how bad my anxiety really was because she was all for me starting at 10mg with no backup benzos or anything. I will try the 5mg tonight and hopefully work will go smoothly tomorrow. I'm determined to make this work for me.
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2014, 09:15:59 PM »
So its day 3 and I had to leave work early because I couldnt handle the way I was feeling. The dizziness and nausea in the mornings has been overwhelming. Ive lost 5 pounds in this time because I can't eat, and my anxiety has multiplied immensely. I'm still hopeful that maybe this stuff will help me but damn this is quite debilitating. I can't keep leaving work like this.
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Re: Terrified to start Lexapro
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2014, 11:06:04 PM »
So its day 3 and I had to leave work early because I couldnt handle the way I was feeling. The dizziness and nausea in the mornings has been overwhelming. Ive lost 5 pounds in this time because I can't eat, and my anxiety has multiplied immensely. I'm still hopeful that maybe this stuff will help me but damn this is quite debilitating. I can't keep leaving work like this.

Do you think you can call your doctor and have them prescribe you a lo dose benzo?

If your appetite is bad, get some Peppermint Tea. It stimulates the appetite as well as calms the stomach!

Hang in there. Oh, can you take anything for your stomach? Pepto, or something anti-nausea?
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