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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2014, 07:50:51 AM »
2 weeks in and I've had a wide variety of anxiety levels over that time. Shortly after taking the full 10mg dose, I felt great for a few days. Since then however, my anxiety seems to have returned to its pre-medication level. I do feel like the meds are taking a bit of the edge off, but most of the symptoms I was dealing with are still present. I know that many people say it can take 4-6 weeks for the medication to work...anyone have similiar experiences?

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2014, 05:41:23 PM »
2 weeks in and I've had a wide variety of anxiety levels over that time. Shortly after taking the full 10mg dose, I felt great for a few days. Since then however, my anxiety seems to have returned to its pre-medication level

That is fairly typical with the good days probably the placebo effect in action. Antidepressants do not work directly on the way benzodiazepines do where there is an immediate chemical effect. They work by promoting the growth of new brain cells to replace those prevented from growing or killed by chronic stress hormone exposure. It is the new cells which provide the therapeutic effect and it takes some weeks for them to become functional.

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2014, 03:10:28 AM »
Hello :action-smiley-065:

I too suffer from GAD and PD. Lexapro was the very first medication given to me. After just the third dose my panic was actually 1000 times worse than it had ever been. I went to the emergency room twice in a 48 hour period. I didn't honestly know what was going on, where I was, or what was going to happen to me. I never for the life of me thought that a SSRI could do such a thing. They say I just reacted badly to it. I have never tried another SSRI because I am obviously terrified (they still insist to this day). I suppose some people do very well with it and some are just not meant to be. Yours does not sound as severe as mine, but just listen to your body and make sure you don't push it too far. I would say if you feel uncomfortable let your doctor know.
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2014, 11:52:36 AM »
Day 18 and my anxiety is pretty bad today. Have had quite a few panic attacks. Too soon to start thinking about upping the dosage to 20 mg or switching meds altogether?
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2014, 03:23:38 PM »
Day 18 and my anxiety is pretty bad today. Have had quite a few panic attacks. Too soon to start thinking about upping the dosage to 20 mg or switching meds altogether?

Lexapro will still need more time before it kicks in, but you will definitely feel it, as your panic and anxiety will be quickly reduced (from my experience with Lexapro)  -  It is way too early to discontinue or switching, need to give it a chance to get into your system.  As far as increasing the dosage, you need to speak with your Doctor and increasing the dosage.   
 
Here is some information from Drug.com:
If the dose is increased to 20 mg, this should occur after a minimum of three weeks. - http://www.drugs.com/dosage/lexapro.html


The Good news, you have already completed 2 weeks!!  Hang in there for 4-6 week recommendation, I know it so frustrating - but I think you will be very pleased with results.   :action-smiley-065:

Keep us updated... 
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2014, 06:11:48 PM »
Day 18 and my anxiety is pretty bad today. Have had quite a few panic attacks. Too soon to start thinking about upping the dosage to 20 mg or switching meds altogether?

Yes, way too early. Antidepressants typically take 3-12 weeks to kick in once you're at a therapeutic dose.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2014, 10:08:35 AM »
Thanks for the feedback. I guess I was thinking I would feel better by now but apparently I am just being impatient.

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2014, 01:45:06 PM »
I am on same boat. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks on lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg. My moods are a tiny bit better but today I have tons of anxiety and depression, probably because a friend of the family past and my grandfather's sister died today as well.....  anxiety is the worst. I cannot wait to go away!
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2014, 07:51:24 AM »
More than 3 weeks in now...I've also began therapy for a long lasting recovery plan. The last few days hav been ok. I've not been without panic or dizziness but they seem to fade just a bit quicker these days. Not sure if its the meds, the therapy, or my pursuit of a more positve outlook....either way, for the first time in a long time my outlook is optimistic. (At least at the moment  :winking0008:)

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2014, 11:13:50 PM »
Hi, I'm trying klonopin myself.  Day 5.  I know there can be a mellow kick in but not sure I've felt it this time.
Am I stressed?  No.  Am I depresed?  No.  But still looking for that extra something that I've felt from klonopin before.
Ah, the waiting is the hardest part, isn't it?
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2014, 12:26:20 AM »
Dres,  How are you feeling now?  I've been on Lexapro for just over three weeks with no relief yet.  My anxiety is still through the roof and I am super nauseated.  I've taken nauseated in the past, so I know it works, I just don't remember it taking this long to kick in last time.  It's misery.  I appreciate others who have posted on this thread.  It reminds me to be patient, but dang, it's hard.

Hope you are feeling better-- keep us posted and I'll update too!   :(
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2014, 07:35:08 AM »
Today is day 26, I think. (Day 19 since I started taking a theraputic dose, 10 mg) and I have good days and bad. I haven't seen a significant improvement overall, at least not yet. I am extremely nauseated in the mornings and it lingers a bit but the headaches have stopped for the most part. I am not sure if you feel the positive affects all of a sudden or it is a gradual thing? I am trying to remain patient...other people's feedback is so helpful and is much appreciated.

Stay tuned,

Drew
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2014, 08:12:06 AM »
I am not sure if you feel the positive affects all of a sudden or it is a gradual thing?

It can go either way, Drew. Some people wake up into a whole new world one morning. For others it's a process of gradual improvement, an hour or two here, half a day there sometimes followed by the occasional setback, over a period of a few days to a week or so.

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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #28 on: June 25, 2014, 09:49:45 AM »
It took me 5-6 weeks to level out on Lexapro. When it did, it indeed blocked my ability to go into panic mode at 10mg. It pretty much did that without me noticing. I could get anxious to the threshold, but would not go into full panic. I found it good for depression and pure panic for sure. It didn't seem to help the GAD much, but I think modified with Buspar or Klonopin it would have done the trick. Hopefully it works out for you! Hang in there!
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Re: Lexapro (Day 3)
« Reply #29 on: June 25, 2014, 11:47:40 AM »
dbirm77 - I am on Lexapro and it took a long time to work for me.  I would say months.  But once it did, its been totally worth it. I figure, I have anxiety anyway so what's a little more for awhile when there is a benefit at the end?  :laugh3: Definitely I took/take increased klonopin to deal with the initial side effects but now I take less. 

The problem for me with meds is I was anxious about the side effects.  So of course we analyze every little change in our mood/bodies when we start, before they start working.  Just give yourself a deadline of 2 months (or thereabouts) and reassess how you are feeling.  But the increased anxiety should definitely go away!
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