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Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:13:24 PM »
I started taking 10 mg Lexapro yesterday. When will it start to work? And when will the dreaded side effects begin?
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 08:10:00 PM »
I started taking 10 mg Lexapro yesterday. When will it start to work?

As with all antidepressants, some 3-12 weeks.

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And when will the dreaded side effects begin?

They may not. Not everyone experiences them and for most they are relatively mild. Lexapro and its parent compound citalopram (Celexa) usually are the best tolerated SSRIs.

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 09:20:17 PM »
Asterix I'm finally feeling better and it took me 11 weeks. Yes, it was a very long time but today was the first day that I felt normal again. It's not an overnight fix so don't give up. I think Im probably in the minority on it taking 11 weeks but after feeling the way I did for so long, I'm grateful for today.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 12:28:41 AM »
I have diarrhea now. It's happening, isn't it? The side effects are beginning.
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 05:59:00 AM »
I have diarrhea now. It's happening, isn't it? The side effects are beginning.

In the absence of other potential causes, probably. Diarrhea tends to be relatively short-lived. The gut has its own nervous system which uses nearly 50 times as much serotonin as the brain and SSRIs can sometimes disrupt it for a while. Eating high fibre foods will help.

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 11:56:21 AM »

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Eating high fibre foods will help.

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That is unexpected advice. I would have thought that eating low-fiber foods, like plain white rice, would help. Isn't that what is normally recommended for an episode of diarrhea?
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2014, 04:27:25 PM »
I would have thought that eating low-fiber foods, like plain white rice, would help. Isn't that what is normally recommended for an episode of diarrhea?

It depends on which *'expert' you listen too. Fibre will bulk up stools reducing 'accidents.' This isn't normal diarrhea caused by bugs or intestinal inflammation, but the gut temporarily not processing food effectively so it doesn't need coddling/soothing. It is more about managing the problems it causes than fixing it. But if you prefer the low fibre route then go for it.

* http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/diarrhea-diet-facts-about-fiber

* http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/fiber

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 05:37:14 PM »
Ian,

I am on day 4 of Lexapro.  I have had acid indigestion problems before starting it, but they have worsened considerably the last couple of days.  I started at 2 - 2.5 mg on Thurs and to about 4 to 4.5 mg today (slowly increasing).  Will this worsened symptom go away or likely to stay?
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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 06:55:07 PM »
I started at 2 - 2.5 mg on Thurs and to about 4 to 4.5 mg today (slowly increasing).  Will this worsened symptom go away or likely to stay?

It usually goes away after a couple of weeks, however, it tends to return each time the dose is increased so you may not see an improvement until a few weeks after you reach and maintain the target dose.

Given you have a preexisting GI issue I suggest you discuss the current problem with your doctor as there may be ways of limiting the impact.

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Re: Lexapro: When will it start to work?
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2014, 07:44:43 PM »
He's out of town this week, but I might take a visit to my regular doctor about it.  I do take it with food each day if that helps at all.  My current dosage is so low, but I guess that is still enough to impact?
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