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#1 In_Remission_obvious

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 06:44 PM

My SO takes Lexapro for depression. He takes 10mg once a day. He's tried taking it before bed, and he's tried taking it upon waking. No matter when he takes it, it causes him to be extremely sleepy for the entire day. He'll fall back asleep about an hour after waking and sleep for another few hours. Then he'll wake up for an hour or two, then take another hour nap. Does anyone else experience this? He's trying to get ahold of his doc to switch meds. The first time he raised concerns, he was told to change the time of day he took the pill, but that did nothing. Could he be over medicated? Or is the drug simply the wrong one for him? Other than sleeping all day long, he doesn't have any other side effects.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:01 PM

I'm having the same issue with Celexzzzza which is aparently an older model of Lexapro. A friend of mine had this on lexapro too, although she previously had insomnia, so this side effect is a missed blessing. I guess some questions to ask are, how long has it been? (Some side effects go away after a few weeks. I am biding my time until exactly 28 days before I give up). And, what else have you tried? As far as being "over-medicated," it's all relative and you won't get an answer here. Could just be a particular person's reaction to the drug. From what I know about Lexapro 10mg is not unreasonable.
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#3 In_Remission_obvious

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 05:57 AM

He's been on it for 2.5 months, IMHO, well past the break in period. Even my Cymbalta only took 6 weeks to break in. He's still trying to get an appointment with his doc, in the meantime I feel so bad for him sleeping all the time. His life is passing him by just as it did when he was depressed.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 05:07 PM

I just restarted the lexapro after having a very horrible time with cymbalta. I was having sleep probs in the form of not being able to sleep at first then after 2 days I couldn't get up. I decided to just cut the pill at the score, 5 mgs, and work my way up to the 10. I figure once my body adapts to the 5 I be able to maybe tolerate 10 a little easier. I have had to do this with pain meds so I thought why not, I've seen others post who were only on 5 mgs. My doc is just throwing whatever she has in samples anyway I figure this may be a little safer than pumping all kinds of chemicals in my system blindly. I did note that after 24 hours I noted a difference already. I was still depressed but I actually got up and made myself function. Just my two cents.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 05:42 PM

I had the same problem with Lexapro. I was on 20mg for about three months and would sleep about 18 hours a day when I didn't have to work and was extremely tired when I was working. It didn't do jack for depression, but it did wonderful things for anxiety (when I was awake at least).

And, for me, coming off Lex was extremely annoying. The brain shivers and dizziness lasted for about a month after I stopped taking it (and that was after working down from 20 to 5mg every other day over the course of a couple months).

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:05 PM

Forgot to mention - I also tried taking it at different times of the day. Taking it before bed was the worst, barely slept at all had some wicked night sweats. In the end I just took it in the morning.

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 06:45 PM

I had this problem, but with Prozac -- would get 10 hours of sleep, be up for three or four hours, then need to take a nap for three hours. Oddly, switching to Lexapro has helped. I think it's just one of those idiosyncratic things about how different people process different SSRI's.

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 02:52 PM

Lexapro is the only SSRI that did this to me. That's pretty much all there was to my lexperience
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:47 PM

I had the problem of sleepiness as well as increased appetite with my lexapro. I discovered really "by accident" that the decongestant I take for help with my allergies also helps greatly with the lexapro side effects. Although I take it as zyrtec-D, it's just the 12-hour extended release sudafed. I did not get the same benefit on the plain 10 mg. zyrtec.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 03:30 PM

I've experienced the extreme sleepiness for years now. In fact, I just woke up from a 12 hour "nap".

My experience with sleepiness hasn't been all bad. For the most part I can stay awake using sugar free energy drinks if its coming on really strong and I can't afford to give in. It seems very cyclic to me, weeks of extreme sleepiness followed by weeks of wakefulness. It can be very relaxing to sleep for 14 to 16 hours in one day, in my easy chair, listening to the baseball games in the center of town. It certainly does a lot to ease my stress.

My other celexa effects have gone away, this is the one that still strikes me. It's one I can live with and may even be a beneficial effect depending on how you think about it.

My partner does worry about it too. She's extremely active and always doing something so its hard for her to understand how I can just sleep. I do feel guilty because I can't give her the attention she deserves. She's a wonderful, beautiful and fun person (and tolerant) and she deserves someone who can play with her more often. When I'm in one of my sleepy cycles, and she really wants me to do something with her, she surprises me with a tasty mocha or a smoothie loaded with energy powder.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 11:31 PM

Yup, me too. I've tried it for over a month and the sleepiness hasn't subsided. Also, my Adderall doesn't seem to be working anymore. Time for a new AD.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 02:44 PM

I was ready to switch to another SSRI/SNRI because of the sleepiness, but my doctor decided to add Wellbutrin instead. So far, the combination has been working for me pretty well. (I'm taking the "crappy" generic "Wellbutrin"*; I've never been on the real thing, so my body doesn't really know the difference.)

*I'm not saying that all generics are worse than all brand name meds. Hell, some may even work better, but there's an excellent chance that they will be different in their effectiveness. "Wellbutrin" is thus far only made by a single generics company, and this particular "Wellbutrin" is known to suck with respect to the brand name stuff.
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 06:24 PM

Lexapro is also making me extremely sleepy. It also makes me kind of not care about anything. I'm highly unmotivated to do anything other than lay on the couch all day long.

I'm not taking it for depression. I'm taking it to counteract the agitation and irritability from topamax. My doc did not think cogentin or artane were good ideas, and he actually wanted to switch me from topamax to something else, but I begged him not to. So, he suggested the lexapro because it is fast acting, until I see the ndoc on the 15th.

But lexapro is not helping with the agitation at all. I'm not being as mean to people, I think because I don't have the energy for it. But inside I still feel like I want to jump out of my skin. And this whole teeth clenching/grinding thing from the lexapro doesn't really help things. I've been on lex for two weeks now. I thought the lethargy might get better once I adjusted to the med, but the longer I'm on it, I feel more tired. So, I think I will call my doc on monday and ask if I can d/c lex. People will just have to deal with my bitchiness until the ndoc figures something out.

If my doc says it's ok, can I just stop the lexapro? I'm on 10 mg. Or will I have to taper down?

EDIT: I forgot to mention that lexapro is also giving me awful headaches. And since I'm on topamax for headaches, it doesn't make any sense to stay on lex.
I feel like I'm running around in circles with all these SE's, and I'm only on two meds.

Edited by Mrs. Singer, 05 December 2008 - 07:45 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 07:23 PM

I had crazy bruxism on Lexapro. I don't know if that's common; I'm just saying.
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Posted 05 December 2008 - 08:10 PM

But lexapro is not helping with the agitation at all. I'm not being as mean to people, I think because I don't have the energy for it. But inside I still feel like I want to jump out of my skin.

Heh. I've been on Celexa a little over two weeks and while it seems to have stopped me sitting around being anxious, I'm incredibly jumpy. SO rolled over and began to snore, I startled so hard I threw myself out of bed. Now I no longer find myself thinking, "Oh my god, the telephone might ring at any moment," but when it does ring I jump and then stand there panting for about thirty seconds, heart racing. But then answer it without any feeling of dread. This is weird, but kind of funny, and an improvement.

Celexa did the sleep-all-day thing to me for a full two weeks. It's only really the last four days that getting out of bed and going to the bathroom isn't so exhausting that I have to lie down again and sleep for another six hours.
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