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lexapro and trouble sleeping

Anyone ever had sleepless nights while on lexapro? I have been on lexapro for 3 weeks now and it has completely ruined my sleeping patterns .. the first night I noticed it I could not fall asleep my body was tired. I wanted to sleep but I couldn't so I layed awake all night when I went to sleep the following night I slept til 3 pm the next day.  Since then I wake up at around 1-3 pm sleep through my alarms and get tired at 4 in the morning  its driving me crazy!!
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I have heard this could be a side effect. Do you take it at night? If so think about switching to the morning.
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Sometimes people get very stimulated by antidepressants, as they were all invented to treat depression, not anxiety.  This may be a side effect that passes, or it might mean this isn't the right medication for you.  Only time will tell. They can also be very sedating.  It sounds like you're getting both effects.  But three weeks is enough time for the side effects but usually not enough time to notice if the drug will work or not, so I'd give it a couple more weeks.  If the problem persists, again, this just might not be your drug.
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I had that problem on it had to.switch to wellbrutrin
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I would be even more careful with wellbutrin if the main problem is anxiety, as this is an intentionally very stimulating antidepressant.  When it works for anxiety it's probably because depression is the main problem and the cause of the anxiety -- a lot of us unknowingly suffer more from depression than anxiety but the anxiety just feel so much more powerful and disabling.
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