Was prescribed 5mg of Lexapro for a week and then upped to 10mg for the past 5 weeks, for mild depression and anxiety and panic attacks. I had vivid dreams for the first week as I adjusted but no other side effects. 2 weeks in I became even more emotionally unstable than usual, having longer lasting and more intense panic attacks that were always accompanied by uncontrollable crying fits. Afterwards I felt extremely down and depressed for a number of days. My paranoid thoughts have somewhat been reduced (I always was convienced my family and friends hated me and I wasn't good enough for anyone etc.) I have extremely low confidence despite all the love and support I get from friends and others. Recently in the past two weeks (3 weeks into 10mg lexapro) I have felt hopeless, down and cry all day. It is getting embarassing as I break down in college and work and it just is not sociably acceptable. My panic attacks cause me physcial pain in my chest and I feel like i am going crazy. I feel worse and more anxious now than i did before i started lexapro. I also loose my temper easily and get angry at those around me, then tearful. Should I up my medication or switch to a different one? Or is it worthwhile still trying to wait it out and maybe i will be ablee to be happy
Hi, user! Sounds like you experienced many of the side effects of starting an antidepressant but hopefully those are resolving.
"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"
It also sounds as if you've seen some improvement, but at 5 weeks you probably should be feeling a little better than you do.
You should consult with your doctor for professional advice as to whether to wait a bit longer or consider switching to a different medication. I know it's hard to try and wait it out but many people stop too early without giving the medication a really fair trial.
Best regards and I hope the Lexapro works out for you... I took it for several years and loved how it finally worked for me.
usernameannon: Sorry you are not getting any relief. But you're just 3 weeks away from giving Lexapro it's fair shot. If you still aren't feeling great in 3 weeks you could always try going to 15 mg and it shouldn't take another 8 weeks at that dosage to know if it's going to work. 4 more weeks should be adequate. If 15 mg doesn't work I wouldn't bother going to 20 mg. But if Lexapro end up not being for you take heart. I was on 3 different anti-depressants before I found Viibryd - which was the first anti-depressant that I could actually feel working. We are all different and our body chemistries' respond differently to different medications. Keep trying until you find a medication that works for you.
Take care for now.
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