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Blackingout
Been on lexapro 10 mg for a little less then 2 months for general anxiety. Had a full panic attack where the emts had to be called. Since this attack I've been experiencing black outs/fainting for up to 2 hours at a time. After lots of neurological testing and appointments it has been determined it is the lexapro causing these symptoms. I am scared to drive or go to work for fear I will faint there. Pretry sure I am going to lose my job because of this.

Mkm212
Leg cramps
This is the first night I'm on lexapro, I woke up in the middle of the night freaking out with leg cramps and bursts of energy. I am a 21 year old female, does anyone know if this is concerning? Should I seek immediate medical attention?
July 10, 2015
It takes a week or for the drug to build in your system/system to get used to it. Tell your doctor if you haven't already so that they know.

Rvck
Cipralex and taxol
Does cipralex have a bad reaction when being treated with Taxol

Bluelady
Lexapro and Breast Enlargement
Due to my personal history of depression icw SSRI and SSNRI mediications, I have used Lexapro on 3 different occasions (as well as trying a wealth of other similar meds) and each time on the drug, I have experienced breast enlargement. I am a woman and above middle aged. The increase is perhaps not noticeable to others, yet I certainly am aware of the increase in size. It is not a condition I find "enjoyable" as I am already "healthily endowed". My doc raises his brow in reaction to my report but finds it not important. Otherwise, I have had no seriously bothersome side effects with Lexapro other than periodic "sweats". Cymbalta is a drug I had a very bad reaction to and would not favor using it again.

Mary
I'm taking 10 mg of Lexapro and 0.5 of Sanax, should I replace them for one of 50 mg of trazodone ? my major concern is insomnia
August 19, 2015
Trazodone causes major drowsiness and strange dreams.

Terri
Sun sensitivity
Can lexapro cause sun sensitivity? I just stated taking this med last fall. I've always tanned easy rarely ever burning. In the last few weeks I've noticed if i spend any time outside I've been experiencing itching and burning of my skin. I'm not talking about a sunburn.sunburn. It's a tingling burning feeling.
May 3, 2015
After 8 years with Parkinson's I have developed a skin rash in areas most exposed to the sun (lower legs & arms). Would appreciate advice on relief until I can schedule a dermatologist visit.o

Geogirl
Been on lexapro for 12 years. It's a wonder drug for me. It's given me a shot at living a quality life. The problem--weight gain! Argh! I'm up about 50 pounds from when I started it. If I could do away with the weight gain....my life would be even more awesome than it is right now!

London
Fainted after 4 days on Lexapro
Beware! Ambulance took me to ER yesterday when I fainted while having lunch with my Mother. I had taken Lexapro just 4 times. I also had a small dosage of Ativan (for anxiety) that may have contributed to my dehydration. The combination of the two drugs apparently don't agree with my system. Scary stuff! I had blood tests, etc. done and was treated with IV fluids in ER - then released, stopped meds until I meet with my doctor in a couple days.

miss dinguette
Lexapro, sleepwalking state and alcohol
I drank more red wine than usual traveling with a friend. I took Lexapro in same time frame. In the morning, my friend woke me up, saying, "Turn over, you're snoring." I was sure I was awake because I could hear him clearly - 3 times! - and I replied clearly that I wasn't snoring; I was awake. He said no, you're not. I don't think I was paralyzed, because I turned onto my back finally. But I never heard myself snoring. (I may have sleep apnea, too.) Sound familiar to anyone? First time, btw.

Lauren
Lexapro and Hiccups
Okay so I started taking Lexapro and Wellbutrin in the summer and started having a bunch of random hiccups. I didn't really notice it until a few months ago. I asked my doctor if he thought it could be a side effect and apparently yes, it is. This is do weird to me but..yeah.
Jamie
April 21, 2014
Yawning is a side affect because of oxygen intake changing so the hiccups sounds normal when thinking about that. Any time I have to restart Lexapro I yawn soooo much.

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Blackingout
Been on lexapro 10 mg for a little less then 2 months for general anxiety. Had a full panic attack where the emts had to be called. Since this attack I've been experiencing black outs/fainting for up to 2 hours at a time. After lots of neurological testing and appointments it has been determined it is the lexapro causing these symptoms. I am scared to drive or go to work for fear I will faint there. Pretry sure I am going to lose my job because of this.

Mkm212
Leg cramps
This is the first night I'm on lexapro, I woke up in the middle of the night freaking out with leg cramps and bursts of energy. I am a 21 year old female, does anyone know if this is concerning? Should I seek immediate medical attention?
July 10, 2015
It takes a week or for the drug to build in your system/system to get used to it. Tell your doctor if you haven't already so that they know.

Rvck
Cipralex and taxol
Does cipralex have a bad reaction when being treated with Taxol

Bluelady
Lexapro and Breast Enlargement
Due to my personal history of depression icw SSRI and SSNRI mediications, I have used Lexapro on 3 different occasions (as well as trying a wealth of other similar meds) and each time on the drug, I have experienced breast enlargement. I am a woman and above middle aged. The increase is perhaps not noticeable to others, yet I certainly am aware of the increase in size. It is not a condition I find "enjoyable" as I am already "healthily endowed". My doc raises his brow in reaction to my report but finds it not important. Otherwise, I have had no seriously bothersome side effects with Lexapro other than periodic "sweats". Cymbalta is a drug I had a very bad reaction to and would not favor using it again.

Mary
I'm taking 10 mg of Lexapro and 0.5 of Sanax, should I replace them for one of 50 mg of trazodone ? my major concern is insomnia
August 19, 2015
Trazodone causes major drowsiness and strange dreams.

Terri
Sun sensitivity
Can lexapro cause sun sensitivity? I just stated taking this med last fall. I've always tanned easy rarely ever burning. In the last few weeks I've noticed if i spend any time outside I've been experiencing itching and burning of my skin. I'm not talking about a sunburn.sunburn. It's a tingling burning feeling.
May 3, 2015
After 8 years with Parkinson's I have developed a skin rash in areas most exposed to the sun (lower legs & arms). Would appreciate advice on relief until I can schedule a dermatologist visit.o

Geogirl
Been on lexapro for 12 years. It's a wonder drug for me. It's given me a shot at living a quality life. The problem--weight gain! Argh! I'm up about 50 pounds from when I started it. If I could do away with the weight gain....my life would be even more awesome than it is right now!

London
Fainted after 4 days on Lexapro
Beware! Ambulance took me to ER yesterday when I fainted while having lunch with my Mother. I had taken Lexapro just 4 times. I also had a small dosage of Ativan (for anxiety) that may have contributed to my dehydration. The combination of the two drugs apparently don't agree with my system. Scary stuff! I had blood tests, etc. done and was treated with IV fluids in ER - then released, stopped meds until I meet with my doctor in a couple days.

miss dinguette
Lexapro, sleepwalking state and alcohol
I drank more red wine than usual traveling with a friend. I took Lexapro in same time frame. In the morning, my friend woke me up, saying, "Turn over, you're snoring." I was sure I was awake because I could hear him clearly - 3 times! - and I replied clearly that I wasn't snoring; I was awake. He said no, you're not. I don't think I was paralyzed, because I turned onto my back finally. But I never heard myself snoring. (I may have sleep apnea, too.) Sound familiar to anyone? First time, btw.

Lauren
Lexapro and Hiccups
Okay so I started taking Lexapro and Wellbutrin in the summer and started having a bunch of random hiccups. I didn't really notice it until a few months ago. I asked my doctor if he thought it could be a side effect and apparently yes, it is. This is do weird to me but..yeah.
Jamie
April 21, 2014
Yawning is a side affect because of oxygen intake changing so the hiccups sounds normal when thinking about that. Any time I have to restart Lexapro I yawn soooo much.

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