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Unread 09-10-2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Best time of day to take Lexapro?

So, my doc has prescribed Lexapro (10 mg) for my depression and anxiety. My sleep in the last few months has been lousy, and I've often had to take zopiclone or .5mg ativan to sleep.

Just wondering what is the best time of day to take this stuff- a.m. or p.m. Will it make me drowsy or keep me awake? I know that the product monograph says either could happen, just wondering what others' experiences with this stuff were like.

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I'm not a medical doctor, but I think Lexapro has some positive results for most who take it. Why not try it at night before bed and see if it helps you sleep better? If there are other side effects, they might be less noticed if the med is taken at nighttime I think.
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Hi BETosca,
I started taking 10 mg Lexapro a couple of weeks ago, and my pdoc told me to take it in the morning with food. (Last week he increased it to 20 mg, still in the AM). It does not make me drowsy at all.

I've read that Lexapro can cause difficulty sleeping - i don't know if that is true. I do have a lot of trouble sleeping, but the insomnia started before I started taking the Lexapro. I can't really tell if it's gotten worse because of the Lexapro.

My pdoc also prescribed Klonopin, which I take before bedtime, for anxiety and to help me sleep. The Klonopin makes me very sleepy! But I still wake at 2 or 3 am.

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My dr suggested taking my Lexapro at night before bed. For a couple weeks I tried taking it in the morning just to see if I felt any different. I think I felt sleepier during the day, so I went back to taking it at night.
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When I was prescribed Lexapro, my doctor said that it affects individuals differently.

For some, it wakes them up so they are advised to take it in the morning.

For others, it makes them tired, so they are advised to take it at bedtime.

So, see how it goes for you and how it makes you feel, then take it at the same time each day at whatever time works best for you.

Did your prescriber advise you on the time of day to take it?
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When I was prescribed Lexapro, my doctor said that it affects individuals differently.

For some, it wakes them up so they are advised to take it in the morning.

For others, it makes them tired, so they are advised to take it at bedtime.

So, see how it goes for you and how it makes you feel, then take it at the same time each day at whatever time works best for you.

Did your prescriber advise you on the time of day to take it?
Nope. My doc said "you never know" so he left it totally up to me. I ended up taking at bedtime, hedging my bets that it would make me sleepy. I've had no trouble *getting* to sleep (esp. since I am still taking the zopiclone with it), but I am waking early, at 5:00 a.m., which sucks because my anxiety is worst in the morning. As far as I am concerned, the more of the morning is taken by sleep, the better it is for me.
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Lexapro worked best for me taken at night, for my ex-fiance in the morning. Also, I gained a lot of weight on it. I hope it works well for you.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) works better either morning or night so for me it doesn't really matter what time I use to take them morning or night (sleep like a baby) it still works for me.
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When I first started taking I would take it at my bed time (I work nights so I sleep during the day, and I am awake at night so I always try bed time first). However it caused me to have restless sleep and the medication IMO works better when you get up because the effects of it last all day while you are awake.
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understand why you tried different ways taking your medicine. For me now I'm not taking my medication due to fears of taking them I guess you would say I'm pessimistic which is true 'fearing the worst what could happen if I continue taking them'. In the beginning I use to stop and start last for 3 days and stop. And start again. Escitalopram worked few minutes after taking them they were a pro worked great but why I am so scared is because of negative information about antidepressants on the net. I've always had depression since primary school. Today as you know I still have depression and I want to be relieved by taking medication as they do wonders with me but I'm just so scared to stick to the course of the medication. Although the meds help me but wonder how long the good effect of the drug will last and that's my problem why I won't stick to taking the meds.
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