I took Citalopram 40 mg for 7 years. Dr. tried to switch me to Fluoxetine & failed. My constant anxiety came back! He tried to put me back on the Citalopram & it didn't work. I've been on 20 mg of Escitalopram for 4 weeks exactly & I'm still having anxiety. Mornings are horrible! Has anyone ever been on 30 mg of it? And has anyone switched from Citalopram to Escitalopram & had it work even if the Citalopram didn't.
Hi generally Escitalopram is favoured for anxiety over Citalopram (preferred for Depression), so i would have expected you to be experiencing some relief by now... however, the 4 week mark is a guideline, and sometimes it can take up to 6 weeks to reach full effect... give it a bit more time & hopefully you will find you are benefiting from it. Hope you are feeling better soon!
I have been on Lexapro (20 mg./day) for many years. My pdoc (been seeing him before Lexapro was even available) has told me there is no extra benefit really seen over the 20 mg. dose of Lexapro.
I had tried Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft & Effexor previous to Lexapro.
I found Celexa to be more sedating than Lexapro; it was great for helping to control over-ruminating and hyperactive/racing thoughts for me.
Being only name brand for so long, Lexapro was very expensive as I had to pay full cash price. So a few years ago I asked my pdoc if I could try Celexa again (the generic version was only $4/month). Unfortunately, I had some very negative side effects right away. The only reason behind it was to save some money, but I couldn't justify being miserable for less money than feeling good on Lexapro.
So within the same week I switched to Celexa, I called him and asked to be switched back to the Lexapro! To be honest, Zoloft was the best SSRI for me until I was put on Lexapro. Good for anxiety, too--have you tried it?
Are you waking up with panic? When you said especially mornings, I had to wonder about that... perhaps you would benefit from a low dose mild benzodiazepine when needed? Has your doctor mentioned it to you?
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