I have been diagnosed with GAD and Panic Attacks and I currently take klonopin 1mg morning and 1mg at night .My doctor wants me to take escitalopram 10mgs but every time I read about the side effects I really freak out ..My bp goes up because of my anxiety but when I'm relaxed it goes back down like yesterday 129/97/My other doctor gave me Zoloft 100mgs at one point and I had the most horrible side effects and with being said I'm pretty terrified of being on this Lexapro 10mgs - I worry that it will make me go E.R or some terrible side effect and if my doctor is not around what will I do ? I was told to maybe start at half a pill a day or night for about 5 days and then bump it up to 10mgs ..Wouldn't it be better to just take 5mgs a day to see how my body reacts ??/what is your opinion and I feel so scared the doctor says just take it it will be OK but not that easy to do ?
Babysitter; This problem is common they put way to much stuff in the patient package and it scares you from taking it But if you read the Klonopin or on Aspirin you would not want to take those either. the best way would be to do what the doctor said take just 1/2 a pill for 1 to 2 weeks that is the period that you normally get some extra anxiety or feeling a bit ill etc Or you may be one of the lucky ones and not have any problems with them but these side effects go away after about 2 weeks then slowly from that point you should be taking the whole pill about the same time each day. And as I was saying after the first two weeks they slowly start to kick in and lower your anxiety and get to where you feel better. and by the time you get to 6 to 8 weeks you should have the full blood level and be feeling better. This one is used by so many people and very little problems you can't believe everything you read. So know that they are not going to do anything for you in the bottle and if you want to get better your going to have to take them. And remember any side effects that increase your symptoms can happen the first couple of weeks but they go away. The starting of these is the hardest part but these have been very effective for anxiety, Ged social anxiety. you just have to get started with them. good luck Chuck1957
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