I was on Trintellix 10 mg. Wasn’t doing it for my anxiety and panic attacks. My doc started me on 5mg generic Lexapro for the first 5 days then 10mg after that (currently on day 6 of 10mg) until my next visit in 2 weeks. and weening me off Trintellix. I feel like I have increased anxiety, but I check my pulse and it doesn’t to seem be racing. Looking for any opinions if anyone else is going through this and how long should this last. Thank you
On day 6 of 10mg Lexapro after starting with 5 days of 5mg Lexapro?
- 3 Oct 2018 by Qcc8811
- 6 August 2020 (7 weeks ago)
- lexapro, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, generic, trintellix
Added 3 Oct 2018:
Also, doc has me on 1mg of Klonopin to help me sleep and .25 morning at breakfast and .25 at lunch time. I am only getting 5 hours, if that, sleep with 1mg, and wake up with anxiety. Maybe my Lexapro needs to be increased. How long before the lexapro kicks in where at least I don’t need the klonopin during the day and maybe be able to get a better more restful sleep
Hi, Qcc! Sorry for all the copy/paste but these excerpts from the literature on Lexapro (escitalopram) may address your questions. As for side effects:
"Very common (10% or more of users): Insomnia (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10% of users): Abnormal dreams, agitation, increased anxiety, nervousness, restlessness"
"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."
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Escitalopram (Lexapro) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
Hopefully, this helps but if you have further questions or concerns always feel free to post again, okay?
Best regards, Wildcat
PS, in clinical studies and by user reviews Lexapro was rated in the top three antidepressant/anxiolytics for depression/anxiety disorders.
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