My main issue is GAD, with some depression. I was a long-timer on Zoloft but it stopped working for me. I've was on Lexapro 5mg for 4 weeks, 10mg for 4 weeks and now have been on 15mg for 4+ weeks. Things have gotten a little better, I've had a couple stretches of 4-7 days where I felt awesome and normal. But now I'm mostly anxious and depressed again. I've read some accounts where going up to 20mg was *the magic bullet*. I'm afraid to increase because every time I've increased I've had a couple weeks of worse anxiety and depression... and what if 20mg DOESN'T work for me? Any success stories or experiences to share?
Has anyone had success with upping dose to 20mg Lexapro for anxiety and depression?
- 28 Dec 2014 by NervyCat
- 17 Mar 2018
- lexapro, zoloft, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dosage
Added 29 Dec 2014:
Yes, I am working with my psychiatrist through this all. I guess I'm just looking for some anecdotal encouragement that 20mg might be what I need, and I'm interested to hear people's experiences with Lexapro in general.
Well, it should be stated this is a decision made by the prescribing Dr after what is hopefully an ongoing consult. I can say increasing is not always the best thing to do, and at best most of these meds make the anxiety feel worse, also, this higher the dose the harder it is to decrease or quit, a lot of time has to go into that and again it's the Dr who should be calling the shots. Beware just because someone online posts a magic bullet scenario, especially if they self-medicated w/o the Dr involved and again, these med especially differ so much just for us, let alone for someone else.
I'd get with the Dr and recite all you posted so he is aware of the concerns, we certainly wasn't you feeling better than this without consequences.
People tolerate medicine differently. My Pyschiatrist told me that 110lb female might need the max dose of 20 mg of Lexapro to achieve full benefit. A 220lb male might be able to get theraputic benefit at 10mg. It all depends on how your body metabloizes these types of meds. I would strongly encourage you to talk with your doctor about increasing your dose. I've been on 20 mg of Lexapro for 9 years and have tolerated it quite well and it has worked for me at the 20mg dose. Unfortunatley I've had to add another med with the Lexapro because my body has gotten so imune to the med that is not working as well. After a long time on an SSRI, I understand this can happen. I believe they call it SSRI poop out (for a better terminology) Again, we are all different plus this med takes 6-8 weeks to get fully on board. Remember if he increases it to 20, you need to give it time to see if it works for you. Good luck. I hope you get to feeling better soon.
I also have general anxiety. I had been taking Lexapro 10 mg for 8 years. A few weeks ago, after massive amounts of stress, I ended up in the emergency room with a severe panic attack that I could not control. I think that my body got too used to that dose. My doctor upped my Lexapro to 20 mg about 4 days ago. I'm feeling a lot of anxiety. I feel as if I have good days and bad days. Is this normal? To feel more anxious with the upping of the Lexapro? Has anyone had this problem?
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