I just started on Lexapro 5 days ago. The doctor prescribed 10mg but told me to break it in half and take 5mg for the first week. She told me I could take it in the morning, but that it might make me feel tired and if it did I could just take it at night. So I actually just began by taking it at night since I didn't want to feel sleepy at work. I'm also taking Vyvanse for ADHD, but I've been taking that for years. My question is how long until I start to feel better? I'm feeling anxious and worried pretty much all the time, but I notice it gets especially bad in the afternoons and evenings. By around 2:30pm every day it gets so bad all I want to do is go home and lay in bed. My relationships are suffering and I really just want to feel normal. I'm trying to be patient and give it time to work (I know it can take up to six weeks to be fully effective). I just wanted to hear from someone who had been there and maybe could give me some advice. I know what works for some people may not work for others. Help?
10 Dec 2014
I relate to so much of what you said. My anxiety is HORRIFIC in the afternoon, I've recently cut off caffeine which seems to help a little. I've been on a lot of medications for anxiety, and lexapro seems to help the most. I did stop taking it and just recently got back on it, and already I see the difference after not taking it long at all. I was on 40 mg at one point, but now I'm just trying 10 mg. There's moments every single day I want to give up and just quit my job and I feel like I'm better off being dead then dealing with this mental illness, but I get through the panic attacks everytime and I'm still here. There must be a reason for that.
17 Nov 2014
OP I know the drill, sort of. I was diagnosed with ADHD recently and am taking concerta and lexapro. I never knew Lexapro makes you sleepy though. This whole time I've been drinking coffee to make me feel awake enough to go to class. I start getting kind of panicky and nauseous though. I've started to pick my skin in the afternoons because I get so anxious once I get home and have nothing to distract me. I have ugly scars on my face now, and I bite my nails & they're so short sometimes I can't do dishes or hold a pencil... Anyway... I think I'll stop drinking coffee and take Lexapro at night so I don't feel tired at school.
23 Sep 2015
Lexapro worked great for me, and believe me, I've been there. I had a complete nervous breakdown. But I was really afraid to start taking any meds. In fact, I started taking it for a few days, and then I would quit for a few days and start again because at first it made me jittery. With the help of my psychologist, I finally decided to take it two weeks straight without missing a day. I am glad I did. It helped my depression some within a week. It took longer to help my anxiety. By six weeks, it helped a lot. I used to feel so anxious and worried about every thing, every little pain I had. I was so depressed too. Lexapro helped all that. Now I feel so relaxed. Hang in there and give Lexapro a few weeks. I have to add I did pray a lot. Thank God and Lexapro I'm almost back to my old self again.
17 Nov 2015
I struggled with the lexapro - it gave me too many side effects that never went away (jitters, extreme nausea, worse anxiety) even at 5mg, where I started. I stayed there for a week even tho I felt awful. My doc actually upped it to 10mg thinking it help, but it was worse. After 3 days on 10mg I decided it wasn't for me. I've been on a few SSRIs all with bad results. If you're able to go about your day, you're doing better than I did. I took a leave of absence from work. I'm now on Remeron, which so far has been ok. Everyone is different with these meds. Hopefully you have some Xanax or something to help you through the rough patches. Good luck to you. Remember, anxiety can't hurt you - it is a just a feeling - uncomfortable, terrifying and crippling at times. But it isn't forever. I've found if I confront it, and busy myself with something else, I can get through those moments easier. This too shall pass.
8 days ago
It took about 4 weeks for the Lexapro to start to kick in... I was started on 10 mg but had to reduce to 5 mg for a week before going to 10 mg because of nausea & I was taking it at night too. I did not find it was helping my anxiety during the day when I took it at night so I tried taking it in the morning (10 mg) but I was so dopey & drowsy from it there was no way I could take 10 mg in the morning. It took about 3 hrs for this drowsiness to happen but I could not function. I am now taking 5mg in the morning & 5 mg before bed. My anxiety during the day has decreased & I am not nauseated or drowsy. It has taken time to figure out what works best for me but I thought I would share my experience with you. I had to buy a little dosette med box to remind me to take the morning pill as I don't usually take pills in the morning. Hope this helps you out.
27 Oct 2013
I don't actually have a good answer for you. But your situation is so similar to what my daughter is going through I felt compelled to share what I know. She is also just starting lexapro at the half dose. she has taken Vyvanse for years for adhd, but she really struggles with time management, perfectionism, and anxiety. I did not want her to take antidepressants, but she is becoming so overwhelmed that we decided to try. The Dr first prescribed Zoloft but we changed within 2 weeks because it made her so tired. She is now beginning lexapro and I hope we see improvement soon.
18 Dec 2015
Ok here we go. I started Lexapro 2 weeks ago and I suffer from depression and anxiety but anxiety is what I suffer from mostly. However, the first day i took Lexapro I noticed myself sinking into a really bad depression and my anxiety was increasing big time. By day 7 I felt the depression subside but the anxiety was still there so i started taking up to 5mg of diazepam./valium to combat it.
Today which is day 17 I didn't need to take any diazepam and am feeling that the anxiety is much more manageable. 2 weeks ago I would never have thought I would feel this good [yes I am still anxious but its contained and I feel depressed] but it is manageable and I feel positive.
I have tried around 10 different antidepressants over 20 years but I must say the first week on this was sooooooooo bad that to people who are feeling bad IT DOES GET BETTER WELL IT DID FIR ME. Stick in there and good luck!
21 Feb 2015
When I took Lexapro it took 4 weeks to finally kick in making me feel like myself again. However , I think it's a personal deal. what works for me is not necessarily what will work for you. Do you know that if you feel you aren't feeling better / or the same after taking a few dosages of Lexapro you may ask your Dr. to change meds? My Dr. always used to get samples from his pharmaceutical sales guy so he would give me those to try before I paid for a prescription... Whatever you decide though you do have to be patient and let the meds work if they are going to. they will anywhere between 2-4 weeks I've been told.
23 Jan 2016
I have been on 10mg of Lexapro for 5 weeks now. The first few weeks I suffered from nausea day and night, couldn't eat or sleep well as the nausea woke me up. My doctor put me on Lexapro to eventually rid me
of my severely chronic anxiety and panic attacks, my depression is mild. I had been taking clonazapam for years to hell control my anxiety.
She told me I would still need to take antianxiety meds until the Lexapro became effective. I went online to find out about this new
"Wonder drug" and was shocked at all the side effects and worse than that people I read about and those who I spoke with were supplemented with anxiety meds including Xanax!!
I honestly don't feel any better on Lexapro and know it's the Clonazapam that lets me virtually function day to day.
Medication reacts differently on people with the same symptoms
but it seems we are having the same reaction with heightened
anxiety, I feel you should see your doctor and explain how you
are reacting to the meds and be totally honest on how you are suffering
from your anxiety symptoms. I'm sure she doesn't want you to
suffer. I truly hope you find peace very soon ~Joanna Hampton
31 Jan 2015
I have anxiety disorder, PTSD, and severe depressive disorder.
I also take Lexapro (20 mgs) for the depression. I take it at night, because it definitely makes me tired. I take Klonopin (2mgs), 3 times a day for the Anxiety,
And I take Seraquel for the PTSD (at night, as well, because that REALLY makes you sleepy.
The Lexapro seems to work very well. I have not had a panic attack (but that's from the Klonopin), and I don't feel depressed at all, thanks to the Lexapro. I have tried other antidepressants, but nothing seems to work for me as well as the Lexapro. If I were you, I would take the Lexapro at bedtime.
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