I am currently weaning off of Lexapro- almost done.
It did not cause insomnia in my case. The psychiatrist also said I could take Trazadone (which I was already taking for sleep prior to Lexapro) the whole time I was on Lexapro b/c it can cause insomnia. I didn't need the Trazadone after a while.
So for me, Lexapro had no side effects beyond the first week of starting it. I didn't even know I had taken anything. Weaning off has been OK, too. I have weaned VERY slowly.
I started on Lexapro at the same time I was diagnosed with hypothyroid because of panic attacks and anxiety - and a lot of shortness of breath. Had to yawn a million zillion times 24/7 making weird yawning faces to "fill up". My doctor separates the two conditons - the thyroid is thyroid, and anxiety is anxiety. Whatever.
Anyways, I take a VERY small amount of Lexapro. The doctor says it's about "one whiff of the opened bottle every day." I cut a 5mg pill in half and just take a half (2.5) at bedtime every night. I, too, had a few side affects at the beginning - a stomach ache and about an hour after I took it I'd feel the need to breathe weird - like I was sniffing something rhythmically - and that lasted for, oh, maybe fifteen minutes or so. Those side affects passed quickly and after that I never had any other ones that I know of. If anything, I slept better after I started on it.
After reading all the posts on this thyroid forum, I really believe now that my feeling of well-being returned because of the synthroid and not so much the lexapro. I believe that the anxiety was not from GAD like my doctor thought, but from being hypothyroid.
BTW, I was against taking anti-anxiety meds and it wasn't until my symptoms got really bad that I gave in and agreed to try a low dose. Maybe if you decide to try a med, you can start with the rock bottom dose too and see if it's enough to take the edge off your symptoms.
I was severly hypoT and had very square headed doctors prior to changing.
No one informed me of my TSH levels except "they" said I was normal. we'll I wasn't and the anxiety was chalked up to depression.
I was given Lexapro and Xanax ( together) and I was a walking zombie for over a year. GAined 30 pounds and was miserable still.
Slowly - I weened off all the anxiety meds and continued thyroid medication.
Finally after 6 years - the anxiey and insominia is gone. I still have a "zap" of anxiety in the early morning - but I am attempting to control this on my own now. I do have a prescription of Xanax that "if needed" as the bottle says I can take it. but I have found I only used it once since my TSH has been restored. AND when I used it I was able to cut the pill in 1/4 of a half tablet to get through the crises.
When your TSH is not right - this is a common symptom. The anxiety meds mask the symptom but not correct the real issue. If your TSH is above 1.5 your symptoms may continue until the TSH is brought down to a number your body likes.
There are four major components that balance us hormonally. The pitutary, thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones. When one is fowled out the rest suffer. BAlancing the hormone that is "off" is critical to you returning to feeling well.
Good luck with your "two whiffs" of lexapro! (I'm giggling) 5mg. is a teeny tiny amt. from what I hear.
I put on 30 pounds in about a year and a half before I was diagnosed with hypoT and after I started on the Synthroid my weight gain immediately stopped. But, it hasn't budged in the downward direction either (humph.) I am wondering if it has anything to do with my whiff of lexapro every night....
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