... suffered from general anxiety most of my life and recently hit a point where it wasn't becoming manageable. Combined with my counseling my doctor thought that a low dose(10mg) would really help with the anxiety. I know that this medication takes about a month to fully work but I have had a bit of a rough time getting used to the meds thus far. I have been feeling very anxious( jitters,shakes,shortness of breath) while also feeling tired and a loss of appetite. I am hopeful that this medicine will help and my body is just adjusting. I was hoping that I could hear some of other people's experiences that have been through a similar journey. Thanks!- Katie
It's true, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 for some folks. Every dosage change starts you from scratch again. I know this is a horrible feeling, especially when the expectation is to fell better, and we're used to meds helping us feel better right away, not so with this class of meds. Hopefully that knowledge will lessen the anxiety over the medication's initial reactions.
I am also relatively new to Lexapro due to anxiety issues. I have been taking it for 34 days now. I too, was afraid to take it at first and have to say that the first few weeks were not that pleasant. Plenty of ups and downs. Loss of appetite. I had doubts about it not working for me. But just as my doctor and others have stated, it really takes 4-6 weeks. In my experience it kicked in at around day 28 to the point that I feel I can now start working again. It has really turned things around for me. My next step is to get counseling for the cause of my anxiety. Hang in there!
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