after taking it for 3 months...slowly increasing dose from 5 mg to 25 now. She has been having terrible trouble sleeping for weeks, AND just last night I noticed a patch of hair missing from her scalp. Another important thing is that she's been having nightmres when she DOES sleep.
Looking further, she has 5 such patches (dime to nickel sized~most are hidden under her hair, but if it becomes any worse will be visible), AND was so manic last night that she wasn't sleeping at 3 am! I've never seen her quite so revved up. She said she felt manic.
She also had the same issue the day before (no sleep, but went shopping for hours w/a friend...and still had energy/didn't sleep but 3 hours that night) She went an entire day without a nap, and continued to have a lot of energy despite this lack of sleep.
She takes this med for depression and anxiety per dr. and it's the first one she's tried. She is 19.
Before this week she was pretty depressed, and sleeping at odd times due to sleep disruption. The hair loss may have been there, but not visible. Nothing else has changed in her meds except the Lexapro dosage increase.
She has just gotten a second interview for a job, and I'm concerned about this manifestation of manic behavior and the hair loss...and that it will affect her ability to get/hold this job.
I know she can't just go off of it, but since she just upped the dose this week, I asked her to go back down to the previous dose until she can talk to the Dr.
Anyone care to weigh in on these side effects?
Asked by Anonymous at 8:45 AM on Jun. 30, 2013 in Health
Answer by Crafty26 at 11:04 AM on Jun. 30, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 3:49 PM on Jun. 30, 2013
Answer by gdiamante at 5:39 PM on Jun. 30, 2013