I Take Lexapro

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 160 People

    Weight Gain And Lexapro

    I have been taking lexapro for 3 years and feel great on it except the weight gain and find it hard to lose the kilos
    patelliott48 patelliott48
    Mar 8, 2012

    I started off at 10mg

    as a mood stabilizer to help fight side effects i had from taking Vyvanse. I think it is the fact that these can have worsening side effects when taken together that made me hate lexapro. I went from sad to sad, angry, and scared. My heart rate was was too high and irregular and...
    chemically99 chemically99
    18-21, F
    Jul 1, 2014


    I'm on the 10th day of taking loxalate which is the Australian version of lexapro I'm finding it so hard ATM my bad moments are just horrible My anxiety is worse an I am more moody Just hoping this wil pass The symptoms all left after 3 days like the zombie out of it feeling...
    Han1990 Han1990
    Apr 9, 2012

    About To Begin Treatment

    I have a 15 year old son who suffers from Social Anxiety. Our Dr. prescribed Lexapro 5 mg for him. I am really reluctant to start giving it to him because of all the horrible side effects I'm hearing about and because he is only 15. However, we have exhausted all of our...
    aspimom aspimom
    3 Responses Jan 4, 2013

    Day 1

    I just took my first 10mg dose about half an hour ago. I'm scared that I'm not going to be "me" anymore. After having my daughter in December, my doctor thought it would be a good idea to try it because of some things I've been dealing with. Not sure if I am happy to have...
    sub916 sub916
    Feb 20, 2012

    3 Weeks In

    I started taking Lexapro 20 days ago for major depression (MDD), generalized anxiety (GAD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I started week one at .5 mgs. Then, moved up to .10 mgs. on week two. The first two weeks i noticed i wasn't hungry and thinking about food all...
    lexapro2011 lexapro2011
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Feb 28, 2011
    VerucaRose VerucaRose
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 8, 2014

    Ups and Downs

    http://www.qlife-medical.com/Home.html   I started taking lexapro to treat OCD and social anxiety about a year and a half ago. At the moment Im on 30mg.It was all good at the start. It worked brilliant for me, and i had very little symptoms to start out with. My first...
    PioraRua PioraRua
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 18, 2009

    I used to take 20mg a day.

    .. But it didn't do much...
    Catho Catho
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 25, 2014

    Day Three

    So I've struggled with anxiety my entire life, my first extreme panic attacks starting at 7. I'm now 21, married,in college full time with a 5 year old and we are expecting a baby the end of March. My anxiety is to the point of disrupting my life and ability to function. I have...
    Makeitrahne Makeitrahne
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2013

    The Monster Is Gone

    I really didn't want to go on an anti-anxiety medication, but a few months back my husband made a comment that really hit home with me. We were on our way to an enjoyable day at the nature park with our son and I was in a pissy mood, as usual. I didn't really have a reason for...
    infinitedreamer infinitedreamer
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 18, 2008

    Switching Meds

    I am switching from zoloft to lexapro. On zoloft I felt so incredibly numb. I would laugh on the outside but on the inside I wouldn't be laughing. It's almost like I'm observing myself. Its a weird feeling. Has anyone switched from zoloft to lexapro? I'm also on vyvanse.
    HalfSickOfShadows HalfSickOfShadows
    18-21, F
    Nov 2, 2012
    Soozkat Soozkat
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 30, 2014

    I'm On Lexapro Again.....

    Well, I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression because of it.  I was on Lexapro about 4 years because I was going through a divorce and it worked great, maybe too great.  I felt euphoric, maybe even manic now that I think back.  I was a little...
    vil1074 vil1074
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 28, 2009

    Started Today

    Finally worked up the nerve to go get meds for anxiety, only 5mg but totally having anxiety about anxiety. The thought of meds scares me but knew I had to do something when the benefits finally out weigh the risks :(
    Cmcol99 Cmcol99
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 28, 2012

    Help With Lexapro...ssri's

    Hi, I started on Lexapro about 6 years ago because of major GAD. I found that Lexapro helped tremendously for a while with the racing thoughts, anxiety etc. About a year ago, I started to notice a decrease in it's effects. I am back to feeling very anxious, nervous, panicky...
    whyanxiety whyanxiety
    36-40, F
    Oct 1, 2013

    I just started lexapro 5mg,

    I'm 14 and suffer from anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. My symptoms seem worse than before right now but I have been told that your symptoms can get worse at first but get a lot better as you take the medicene. Is this true? Has this happend to anyone else?
    braxton264 braxton264
    18-21, M
    Jun 7, 2014

    Only Made Life Better

    I do love lexapro. It has so far only made a positive impact in my life. I hope more people join this group I'd love to share my story in more detail.
    maynard1 maynard1
    6 Responses Jan 13, 2008

    I had to start taking it about 6 months ago

    because of pervasive anxiety and a loss of touch with reality. It seems to be working well for me in that I no longer have panic attacks, but still deal with depressive thoughts.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    Oct 31, 2015

    Good & Bad

    I just started to take lexapro about a week ago for my anxiety. I love it, it has calmed me down but I am having side effects. Which are muscle aches.. I had a feeling of food stuck in the back of my throat but it went away[thank god, because that was awful.] & I feel...
    lovemeforme lovemeforme
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2008

    Upped Dose With New Side Effects

    i have been on lexapro for nearly 5 years now.  it was wonderful at first, with very few side effects...but over the past year or so i've noticed that it doesn't seem to be doing it's job anymore...i feel incredibly apathetic about everything in my live, and have no...
    petalsopentothemoon petalsopentothemoon
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 25, 2010

    Now Off Lexapro

    This summer I started feeling bad.  Just never felt quite right.  Had severe naseau and dry heaves almost daily. Lost 15 pounds and went to every docotr under the sun.  They all told me nothing was wrong.  All my "tests" and bloodwork were...
    betternow betternow
    2 Responses Jul 31, 2009

    8 Years.

    I've been taking Lexapro for anxiety since I was in 4th grade, and I'm now a Senior in High School. I really don't think I need to be on it anymore, but I can't wean myself off of it.. It's I'm my head that I need to take it every day.
    MecalaChambers MecalaChambers
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 1, 2013

    Switching From Weed To Lexapro

    I had been a regular pot smoker for about 15 years, whenever I could afford it and it was available, I would keep myself high as much as I could. I quit smoking about two and a half months ago. I was in danger of losing my job because my co workers were all suspecting me of being...
    JonDoh JonDoh
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jul 12, 2012

    So if you red my depression experience then you

    already know I take Lexapro. Lexapro is an anti depressant pill that I was prescribed from my psychiatrist. So, I'm feeling horrible because I ran out of it and I can't see my doctor until Monday afternoon which ****** me off. It's not easy for people like me to just stop taking...
    foreverisabella foreverisabella
    16-17, F
    Sep 6, 2014

    I've been on 60mg for years

    and everybody says it's a very high dose but its what helps me. it's the one that works for me.
    Viciouspistols Viciouspistols
    26-30, F
    Jan 23, 2016

    40mg Of Lexapro For Ocd

    I'll make this short and sweet.  I take 40mg of Lexapro for my OCD and I have been taking it since I was diagnosed with OCD about 4 or so years ago.  My dose started out at 5mg and has fluctuated up and down but I went from 15mg to 40mg over the course of a couple months, after...
    SaveWorldSaveMyself SaveWorldSaveMyself
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 17, 2011

    I'm Quitting Lexapro

    I have been on Lex for about a year at 10mg a day (starting at 5 then up to 10 about five months ago). I have gained about forty pounds during this time and I have been finding it impossible to lose the weight. I have worked out for the past three weeks almost every day for...
    olcasbaen olcasbaen
    5 Responses Jul 12, 2009

    Going To Start

    I have been off meds for a little over 1 year. I tried three different ones Effexor, celexa and I think abilifi, my depression and anxiety have not been very good this past couple weeks and have broken down crying just wanting to run away from the world and everyone in it. I am...
    Srching Srching
    1 Response Apr 23, 2012

    I hate the side effects!

    ! I sleep all day and get super dizzy and I've been on it for at least a year now. Has anyone gone off of it and can tell me how it was? I can't stand it anymore!
    Taylorm1234 Taylorm1234
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2015

    Lexapro Story

    Hi All.  I take 20mgs of Lexapro @ bedtime, have been taking it for approx 2yrs.  Recently, I've developed nausea for no apparent reason, went to primary doctor, he ran bloodwork, had me get ultrasound of my abdomen, and referred me to G.I. doctor for endoscopy, which turned up...
    CindyFinn CindyFinn
    51-55, F
    1 Response May 3, 2011


    sooo here it goes.... i was diagnosed with anxiety/depression 3 years ago dr put me on 10mg of lexapro... had muscle twitches and insomnia and tightness in forhead... it went away and then i had to up my dose to 20mg took that for a while and it was good... then i got over my...
    kacieconine kacieconine
    22-25, F
    Mar 24, 2011

    I have been taking lexapro 20mg

    for about two years and I switched from taking it in the morning because it made me sleepy to taking it at night. I wasn't expecting it to be such a big transition. It took me awhile to adjust. I felt so different during the day. Anyone else had that issue?
    bowm1501 bowm1501
    22-25, F
    Aug 4, 2015

    Weird Side Effects

    This may sound REALLY weird. I have been on Lexapro for about 1.5 years. I have been on almost EVERY anxiety medication since the age of 11 (I'm now 26). My anxiety has never been more manageable than it is on Lexapro, although environmental and other factors could play a role...
    SarahHhhhh SarahHhhhh
    1 Response Dec 17, 2012

    30 Days On Lexapro

    started with a very low dose...now up to 7.5...still very tired... taking it for anxiety...have suffered with anxiety for 15 years..since my mid 40's... anyone out there have good results on Lex?
    amanda565 amanda565
    56-60, F
    Dec 9, 2009

    How Do You Know If It's Working?

    I've been taking L for about 3 months. Before that I was on one thing or another for about 8 years but never felt much different.  That is unless it made me feel worse.  I started out at 10mg and now take 20. I wish there was something ya could take that would make you say...
    veiledsadness veiledsadness
    56-60, F
    Aug 31, 2013

    Lexapro &Amp; Me

    about eight months ago I was very sick and alone in my hostel. Due to prolonged sickness I had panic attacks and my GP put me on LEXAPRO 10 mg, it helped me in controlling anxiety and depression but now after 7 months I can't sleep at night my have gained nearly 20 pounds, feel...
    dexterpro dexterpro
    26-30, M
    1 Response Apr 19, 2013

    Day 1

    I took my first dosage of Lexapro today. I was supposed to take 10 mg but I only took 5. I have anxiety disorder and I HATE that I have to be on meds. I own a company and speak in front of hundreds of people with no problem. I attend games and concerts with ease. BUT, I won't...
    ksb1908 ksb1908
    1 Response Feb 18, 2012


    i have been taking lexapro for about 2 years... i was on zoloft before and prozac for a year also. i was swithced off of prozac because i couldnt sleep on it. so now that im on lexapro i can sleep. i jus feel that i hav to b dependant on it now. because there are lots of times i...
    loveholli loveholli
    3 Responses Jul 18, 2009

    Switched From Celexa About a Month Ago

    I've been taking anti depressants on and off since I was 28 (I'm now 36). The first one I took was Zoloft, and it was a crazy experience. I became somewhat manic -- more extremely happy and bouncy than I'd ever been in my life. And I dropped about 20 pounds in a month. I was...
    travelbug travelbug
    8 Responses Jul 2, 2009

    Feling Better Already

    I have suffered with severe depression for 15 years was diagnosed at 28 now 35 tried luvox didnt work then cipramil felt worse and then effexor at 300mg which I was on for 3 years. High dose brought me down severely and started lexapro 10mg a week ago. mood has lifted already and...
    maxy78 maxy78
    36-40, F
    Sep 4, 2013

    Lexapro Day 1 And 2 =/

    Day 1: March 2, Friday Dose 1 10mg at 11:30 am I feel like i'm in a haze today. I had violent mood swings ranging from "base-line" mood to anger, all the way to extreme sadness. I don't see how this drug is suppose to help me with anxiety if all it does is make me a social...
    Compromise Compromise
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Mar 3, 2012

    I recently switched from Celexa to Lexapro at a

    higher dosage. No difference. I hate this.
    randompanda18 randompanda18
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jan 27, 2016


    i've tried several other antidepressants. they all screwed me up. lexapro works, so i'm sticking with it.
    desikitteh desikitteh
    3 Responses May 9, 2008

    I Took This Med.

    I went to a psychiatrist or psychologist, Im not sure what she is.. Forgot? urrggghh!! A specialist!! Why do I always make things complicatedd?? Okayy.. A specialistt. after the interview, she had diagnosed I have anxiety and depression, she then prescribed me this medicine...
    janks01 janks01
    18-21, F
    Oct 14, 2012

    Four Days Without Lexapro and No Withdrawal Symptoms

    Last Monday I had my appointment with the psychiatrist and during the interview I told him how I was feeling and how I was responding to it and  I talked about the decreased libido and I that I wasn't able to concentrate at all.  Surprisingly he...
    jc2009 jc2009
    41-45, M
    May 1, 2009

    Read This If You Need Help Getting Through It!

    Hi everyone, This is the first time I've ever written on any of these sites. Before I began taking Lexapro I was having such horrible anxiety I could barely get through dinner or let alone a nights sleep without waking up and making myself sick to my stomach. I lost interest in...
    NextToNormal NextToNormal
    22-25, F
    9 Responses Dec 18, 2009

    It'S Been Nearly 5 Weeks On Lexapro 10mg And Still Nothing

    I've only noticed a slight change in anxiety but the rest is all the same is that all this drug can do ? arghh
    stanley333 stanley333
    Feb 26, 2013
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