average time for depression
How long does it take for lexapro to work?
Added 5 Jul 2011:
i have come off 3 tablets of efexor 150mg each been through that hell. now on 15mg of laprexo been 4 or 5 weeks no affect only deep depression
cant do anything except sleep shocking stress headahes. i am bi polar would increasing tablet by 5 mg help or send me up. very tricky
5 Jul 2011
Yes dealing with bipolar and antidepressants is very tricky. The maximum recommended dose for Lexapro is 20 mgs though research failed to show a benefit of the 20mgs over the standard 10mgs a day dose. So you are really at a max dose. If you are still depressed after 5 weeks of Lexapro, then it is possible that this is not the antidepressant for you.
Effexor affects two brain chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine while Lexapro only effects one, serotonin. You may benefit from an antidepressant similar to Effexor such as Pristiq. It affects both chemicals. I take Pristiq with excellent results, though as you know, everyone responds differently. Unfortunately, one size does not fit all when it comes to an antidepressant. It is a trail and error sort of deal. I think since you have been on the lexapro for 5 weeks then you may want to discuss alternative antidepressants with the doctor.
You could also consider adding a medication such as Abilify which enhances the antidepressant and controls mood swings. I take Abilify with my antidepressants and it works very well. I no longer get mood swings and have been stable for a long time.
Just my experience. Best wishes,
5 Jul 2011
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29 Jan 2013
i dont know but i just started on it and was told a week or two but i feel a bit better already after 3-4 days on just 10mg (20mg broken in half) in the morning after breakfast.
Before I was on Avanza (Mirtazon brand seemed the best to me) 30 mg and for a while on 45MG but 30 worked well I think - taken at night it makes you sleep and sorts anxiety but I put on about 10K which came off pretty quick after I stopped it in October - and having taken it for about 10 or more years -
I hope this helps: John
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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