I posted a week ago about starting Lexapro to help my anxiety and depression and insomnia issues. I’ve noticed some changes in my anxiety and I’m starting to feel less anxious during the day, but I still have some really terrible days too. I’m not able to sleep still right now without taking Ativan to calm me into a relaxed sleep, even though I’ve tried meditation and everything. When do the side effects of panic and anxiety and intrusive thoughts start to clear up? I’m starting to have doubts because I just reached my two weeks on Lexapro a couple days ago and I just want to start feeling like myself again. Help! Any advice!? Should I keep going!?
2 weeks on Lexapro and I’m nervous?
Question posted by erinw14 on 29 Jan 2022
Last updated on 7 February 2022
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
The fact that you're having some improvement shows that the drug is beginning to work but it can take 4-8 weeks to feel the full therapeutic effects.
Erin, as frustrating as it may be I think if you give it just a little more time this medication will put you right.
I was on Lexapro for 1 year and it was very helpful for me, remember everyone reacts differently to medications. Having said that, usually one starts to feel better during week 3 to 4 and it takes 4 to 6 weeks for Lexapro to fully reach its therapeutic effect.
Side effects should start to subside within a couple of days, be patient, your organism is adapting to the medication and it does take time to build up in your system in order to start working fully, for me it did during week 5 to 6 and once you feel the full effects of Lexapro you will start to feel your normal self again, be patient Lexapro does work!
All the best, masso
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