I keep reading and reading reviews, I was prescribed 10mg Lexapro for my anxiety, but I am really nervous to take it. I've never been someone to take pills, even for a headache. I feel as if I start on it, I wont ever be able to get off of it. Has someone taken Lexapro, and not need it anymore at some point. I got really nervous driving after a panic attack, doctor told me 2 months of Lexapro and he thinks I will be able to drive and come off of Lexapro.
Personally, I would avoid taking Lexapro/Escitalopram (or similar) if at all possible. If it works well for you (and it doesn't suit everyone) it's wonderful at first, the problems start when you want to stop taking it - which I know from my own experience can be far more difficult than many doctors realise.
Have you considered other possible anxiety management strategies that don't involve medication? How serious is the problem, and how much is it affecting different areas of your life (work, family, social etc)? Bear in mind that SSRIs like Lexapro often have negative side-effects (such as inability to orgasm, for example) which can also negatively affect your lifestyle.
My own view is that these drugs are not to be taken lightly and should only be used as a last resort in very serious cases, and not as a kind of "pep-pill" to help people get through tough periods in their life (which is how they tend to be "sold").
As I said, this is my personal opinion based on my own experience and also on what I read when I discovered how difficult it was to quit. Others may well think differently, it's also true that some people have no problems at all.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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