For anyone who took this med how long did it take? I find no joy in anything, fear everything and feel disconnected to the world. Any similar experiences?
I take it for panic and axiety. I took it for almost 9 years. when I first took it I was not have panic attacts much at all so I did not really know what to expect so I just went on a really great!
Around November of last year my insurance changed but I cannot see my doctor anymore so he started weaning me off because I had no insurance with him. Christmas day I woke up in a total panic. I have no more medication. I could not see a doctor until January 28th.
All that time with no medication. xanax I have left over didn't even work. I still have to go to work and I couldn't bare it. I started taking the medication on January the 29th it was 5 milligrams for 2 weeks. the 10 milligrams thereafter. I was in such a panic in a hurry to make it happen to make it work for me I called the doctor so what's going on why isn't working.
she told me that it takes up to four weeks even 6 weeks. I did start to feel better but in the meantime I started going to classes. they use the cognitive behavioural method.
bottom line medication alone is not going to cut it. I'm finding that out after all these years. I have panic disorder since 1979 and this is the first time that I've ever dealt with and took any action to change it.
please ask your dr. for classes that teach the cognitive behavioral method. changing the way your mind reacts to anxiety and depression.
I have been on Lexapro for almost 7 weeks and not getting any relief either from the anxiety (which has increased dramatically) or the depression. Think I'm going back to doctor ASAP this week to get this changed, which sucks, cause I don't want to go through any withdrawal or new side-affect stuff since I'm getting ready to start a new job. This is so scary!
Theresa06, I have just recently started taking lexapro again too about 2 weeks ago, but have taken it many times in the past as a kid and a young adult, which is why I chose to go back on it. I am currently 25. I suffer from PTSD mostly, but also depression and anxiety, and it is pretty evident in my every day life. The first thing to be aware of is that these are not magic pills, they can only help you achieve so much, as I've found out as a young man around age 16. Most of what will help you to heal is time, positive thinking, and effort. My current bout of PTSD started 7 years ago when I felt I was under attack in my own home from so called "friends" that I knew from high school at age 18. They would come over, enter my house and bedroom, call incessantly, and pretty much dictate and control my entire life obviously without any of my consent.
I have since been on an off medication but struggled day to day and saw little improvement, so ultimately decided it just wasn't my time yet. I do believe God has helped me in a lot in my struggles and pulled me out of a lot of the dark times and periods I went through. I still struggle (PTSD) on a daily basis thinking about what these guys did to me and the pain i've endured as a result of them. With all of that being said, the first week of retaking lexapro recently I did feel everything getting worse: anxiety (which was already horrible so may have remained the same), depression, distrust and worry of the medicine, I also lost all of my energy and became fatigued, and my constant stomach ailments from stress. However, like a trooper I continued to take the medication knowing some of these things could just be in my mind and as a result I have been feeling better. Although as i've stated the PTSD, which is the main problem, remains and can only see that discontinuing with more positive motivation as i'm in school and working so have been more focused on those aspects. Hope this helps.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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