I’ve been on Lexapro since Dec 2017, increase my dose to 15mg 11 weeks ago. I was feeling pretty good, no anxiety or panic. The anxiety has started to creep up on me again. (Fear, fluttery stomach, anxious). Should I increase to 20mg? I just want to feel good again!!!
Ask your doctor, but sometimes an increase can help. Although i just upped mine to 20mg and am having terrible anxiety now. I am talking to my doc tomorrow to make sure this is normal and to see how long this crap will last. Some people do not get Increased side effects, maybe you will be lucky, but be prepared. I am now taking Xanax, which I don't want to do but have to to keep sane for now.
Anxiety is an ongoing menace to have to live with! In my case, when my antidepressant seems to not be keeping anxiety in check, (after a period of time), I have had to go up on my dosage. Unfortunately, for me, that involves going through all the start up anxiety problems all over again!
Sometimes I just stay at the current dosage and tolerate it until, with time, the anxiety returns to a tolerable level (or even completely under control). This happens sometimes because of situational anxiety or depression, when another situation is added on top of the problems we usually have to face (such as a death in the family, the loss of a job, etc.) when this passes with time, it resolves itself, but not always. Tweaking the dosage is a necessary part of the process.
I dread the increase in dose, because it involves that anxiety increase, temporarily, until my system gets used to it. But when I feel bad enough at the lower dose, then waiting it out at the higher dose is worth it. Just try to keep your mind occupied with other things while going through the process. Your doctor can help you to decide what dosage you should be on. So much of treatment for anxiety is trial and error.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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