Hi, I've searched for this but can't find any answers. Saturday was my day 21 on Escitalopram and prior to then I've gone through the worse side effects of increased anxiety, I'm still having insomnia in waking up at around 330am every night and some difficulty in falling asleep, I've gone through the runs. Friday night I never slept until after 5am so was feeling horrible on Saturday & should have been able to sleep. Saturday night the Escitalopram seemed kick in for about four hours and I felt amazing, like I should feel. Sunday I woke up feeling back to feeling blah and no improvement as of Tuesday today. I know there's an adjustment period but I was wondering if anyone else has felt better then worse again before the Escitalopram starts fully working.
I experienced similar symptoms. I'm a week into my 3rd month on Escitalopram. My symptoms have balanced out now. But my doctor also prescribed trazodone for the insomnia, and I think that's what has helped balance things out. Do you take your medication at the same time everyday? I take mine at 6am.
JACKIE SOUNDS PRETTY NORMAL SO FAR. WHAT THEY DON'T ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE IS FOR 1 TO 2 WEEKS SOMETIMES LONGER AND OTHER SHORTER. THAT THESE MEDICATION INCREASE THE ANXIETY AND OTHER SYMPTOMS THAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH. IF YOUR STILL HAVING PROBLEMS IN ANOTHER WEEK IT SHOULD Have SETTLED DOWN BY THEN CHECK WITH THE DOCTOR ALSO TO REACH THE PEAK BLOOD LEVEL OF THIS MEDICATION IS 6 TO 8 WEEKS WHERE YOU SHOULD BE FEELING MUCH BETTER IF THIS IS THE MEDICATION FOR YOU. HOWEVER, AS YOUR OTHER POSTER SAID MANY TIMES THEY USE MORE THAN ONE MEDICATION ON US. HOPE YOU GET TO FEELING BETTER SOON. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND SO IS THE TIMING.
Hey there, IT IS normal, i'am currently on week 2, almost reaching 15 days. it's been a rollercoaster, ups and downs, and so on, BUT, everytime getting a little better, keep track of those minor improvements.
For me it was like that, panick attacks and side effects would lessen, then the next day i would feel a little worse than the day before; after that a little better than the last "good day".
To be clear i would put it like this "every other day, i would feel better".
it will pass, actually on day 12 and already have none to very small side effects, and anxiety comes and goes but has been noticeably reduced.
I stress again, KEEP track of improvements, as minor as they look, they stack up and add to longer-lasting periods of wellness.
Hope you get better rapidly, all the best
Hi, I've recently posted a similar question Jackie. The only difference being that I have been on Escitalopram before and for many years. Having this year tapered off them I've sadly had to go back on them when the anxiety and depression came flooding back with a vengeance. I can't remember how coming back on them was like, but initially I did improve as I increased my dosage. Yet now on 20mg which was my original dose I find I've become more anxious and depressed. The usual ugly characters of lack of sleep, lack of appetite and constant ruminating and panic are back. I think this is a normal adjustment. Although as anyone who has experience of this condition knows, that's easy to constantly question when you are suffering
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