Im usually just a lurker but had to post here. I have been on Lexapro for almost a year now.
I started on Celexa in November/December of 08 and it was awful for me. I ended up on even more meds to help me sleep and I decided to try different meds. I ended up on Lexapro and couldn't be happier. Its like a sister drug to Celexa and has a lot less side effects. I was on Celexa for about 6 weeks before I switched and literally within a week of switching I was so much happier. I also weaned myself off the other meds that were helping with sleep and now Im just on 10mg of Lexapro (lowest dose) and very happy.
The only downside for me is that my insurance fully covered Celexa but I have a $20 co-pay for Lexapro because there is no generic
Also another thing to remember is that Lexapro does not stay in your system for much more than 24 hours. If you miss a day you will very likely notice a change in your behavior. For me I get very irritable and just miserable to be around and I don't want to be around others either. I basically am a much much happier person on it.
And on a side note--I have not had to give up alcohol completely. Not that its an important part of my life but I enjoy a drink every now and then. As long as I take my lexapro in the morning before I go out with friends I am fine to have one or two drinks. (I do get drunk quicker though so I almost always stop at 2.)