What are likely effects after 5 days? 10 days? 20 days? 40 days.
During my first few weeks on Lexapro (10mg daily & taken in the morning), I experienced some lethargy, heavy eyes, yawning & hot flashes. Then I experienced increased energy levels & while the hot flashes continued. I started taking my Lexapro closer to bedtime, had some mild sleep disturbances (more active dreaming)... but that seemed to taper off after another couple of weeks. My daily energy levels remained increased, and I felt like I was running more "hot blooded" than usual... but that is normal for me (with or without medications).
I have been on 10mg of Lexapro daily for about 3 years now (which was prescribed for my OCD and GAD). I would suspect that after 2-3 months, your body will acclimate to the medication, and most of the immediate side effects will subside. If you find it works to treat the symptoms it was originally prescribed, the only adjustments you might have to make (depending on your experiences with the side effects, if any) would be whether to take it before bedtime, in the morning, or midday.
If you find this medication is ineffective for you... my only words of caution are this... DO NOT DISCONTINUE this suddenly... and without consulting with your prescribing physician. If you decide to try a different antidepressant... be sure to talk to your doctor about tapering/transitioning from Lexapro to another antidepressant. There are some very unpleasant side effects to "suddenly" discontinuing Lexapro, even if you have started another antidepressant.
You should also keep in mind that most antidepressants can take 4-6 weeks before you notice any real improvement in your symptoms. You may notice some uncomfortable or noticeable side effects within days or a couple of weeks... but these usually subside after a few weeks. However, if the side-effects are very noticeable or very hard to tolerate... talk to your prescribing doctor immediately.
Best wishes to you in your endeavor to find the right antidepressant that works for your particular symptoms/diagnosis.
It may take 1 to 4 weeks or longer before you feel the full benefit
Lexapro is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer)
Good luck my friend, as we all suffer some kind of emotional problems
My husband was prescribed Lexapro for anxiety and stress. Six weeks later he killed himself. I have lived with my husband for nearly 17 years. He has always had a little stress and tension in his life. Mostly due to caring for his parents, children and grandchildren and constantly worrying about his siblings. He was a true family man. The day before his death he had canned green beans and tomatoes. He took his grandson for a haircut and got one himself. He did a little work for an elderly couple a few miles down. He worked in the garden when he got home. We had a spat. I figured he was hot and tired due to working outdoors in 90 degree weather. But nothing really different than any other. I figured it would all blow over just like all the others have before. The next morning he was gone from a gun shot wound to the head. The day of his death, was the same day as his nephew's birthday party. He worshipped his parents and his father's birthday was the following day.
Their 50th wedding anniversary is next month. My husband and I have been planning a party and looking at new wedding bands for over a year now for his parents. We had planned to take the kids to Coney Island that week. He has a new grand baby due in October. He was a wonderful man who looked at least 10 years younger than he was. He had energy and stamina and would help anyone who needed it at any time. And just like that he is gone!
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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