I've read pretty much everything I can about Escitalopram. I've never taken anything for anxiety and depression although I've had it my entire life. My doctor prescribed me this after my mothers passing. I am very nervous. Thanks PTSD! Is this a good first time medication? It's 10mg.
Hi, cat! Lexapro is one of the gold standard medications for depression/anxiety and is a very effective treatment for most people. It can take up to four to eight weeks to feel the full benefits of the the drug but many people people report feeling better within just a few weeks. You should know that antidepressants can make your symptoms worse during the first few weeks of adjusting to them (i.e. INCREASED depression/anxiety) and a few people experience mild to moderate side effects like headaches, nausea, dizziness, and sleepiness or insomnia. These are generally mild, go away in a few days to weeks, and can be managed with home remedies like ginger ale, soda crackers, Tylenol, Dramamine, relaxation/meditation, and exercise.
Medication alone is not the end all though. Caffeine and alcohol will make your symptoms worse. Try to (even if you have have to force yourself) eat a healthy, balanced, low carb, low fat diet. Try some exercise even if it's a walk around the block or a few minutes of yoga. Re-invent a hobby, read a book, cuddle with your pets or kids, join a support group, talk with your pastor/rabbi/priest. All these things will help give you a more positive outlook and feel better about yourself.
There are dozens of non-professionals here with experience in using Lexapro and they'll probably be chiming in shortly with their experiences.
Good luck, best wishes, and always feel free to write in with any questions or concerns you may have along the way, okay? Wildcat
So sorry to hear about you loosing your mother.
I have PTSD and was prescribed Lexapro. I had taken it before and it did help with my sleep and anxiety. It made me drowsy during the day. It can, as WCV said, make things worst before better. Keep in mind that it may take weeks before helping your symptoms. Therapy is recommended combined with meds for PTSD. It can be manageable. Let us know how it goes. You can always reach out to people on this site. It is helpful to know that you are not alone. My thoughts are with you.
- Escitalopram Information for Consumers
- Escitalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Escitalopram (detailed)
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