how long does it take lexapro to start helping with depression ive been taking it for alomost 2 weeks and no help yet
17 Oct 2012
I am 15 and I've got irritable bowel syndrome & am in the process of being diagnosed of endometriosis. On top of all that, 7yrs ago i lost my dad, & this year, I've had a niece born, gained a stepdad, a nephew, & 3 stepsisters, just so much stress. I've been depressed for about a year & had anxiety for as long as i can remember. I just started counseling a few weeks ago & today i started Lexapro(10mg) & i don't know if its just in my head or what but i felt a difference just a few hours after taking it. i think it just depends on the person and how bad their problem is.
24 Aug 2010
It can take up 6 to 8 weeks for the Lexapro to reach its "fully effective" level in your system.
I know that seems like a long time, and even longer when you're waiting for it to work, but when you feel it beginning to work you will feel a lot better.-
Take care my friend and be patient.-
24 Aug 2010
Hello, Everyone has a different system of tolerance and absortion rates. The standard is 3 to 4 weeks. I was prescribed Lexapro for 90 days to see if it helped. I never actually felt any better but not any worse either. The Dr. changed me after that saying that if it was going to work it would have within 3 months. Tige
26 Aug 2010
Hey there! I kinda disagree with most people on this. i asked my theropist who was once a phyciatrist and he said it is the most unique anti D cause it has the least amount of bad side effects and starts working literally within 6 to 8 days. Plus its your mindset also. The med is not a cure it just helps, you also need to think more positively and become more active. i know people who are depressed and lay in there bed all day, so they go to the doc and get an anti D (Lexapro) and then they go back and lay in there bed and expect it to work. its about changing your lifestyle as well. Good Luck I wish ya the best!
25 Aug 2010
Be so careful with this medication.
My husband was prescribed Lexapro for anxiety and stress. Six weeks later he killed himself. I have lived with my husband for nearly 17 years. He has always had a little stress and tension in his life. Mostly due to caring for his parents, children and grandchildren and constantly worrying about his siblings. He was a true family man. The day before his death he had canned green beans and tomatoes. He took his grandson for a haircut and got one himself. He did a little work for an elderly couple a few miles down. He worked in the garden when he got home. We had a spat. I figured he was hot and tired due to working outdoors in 90 degree weather. But nothing really different than any other. I figured it would all blow over just like all the others have before. The next morning he was gone from a gun shot wound to the head. The day of his death, was the same day as his nephew's birthday party. He worshipped his parents and his father's birthday was the following day. Their 50th wedding anniversary is next month. My husband and I have been planning a party and looking at new wedding bands for over a year now for his parents. We had planned to take the kids to Coney Island that week. He has a new grand baby due in October. He was a wonderful man who looked at least 10 years younger than he was. He had energy and stamina and would help anyone who needed it at any time. And just like that he is gone!
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