Lexapro 20mg - Day 17 - Anxiety is back?
- 7 Dec 2014 by LexaHelp
- 8 Dec 2014
- klonopin, lexapro, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
I have been on 20mg Lexapro for 17 days. This is after being on 15mg for 30 days. I take that along with 1mg/day of Klonopin (I have been taking this level of Klolopin for almost 7 months). 5-6 days into the 20mg, I noticed the anxiety is so much lower and almost gone. I felt almost normal and was enjoying myself, that is not to say that I was 100%, but I felt much better and I almost did not need the klonopin, but was taking it to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
As of 2 days ago, I noticed the anxiety is back again at a lower level. I have been having night sweats for the past 3 nights and wake up anxious again. I now take the same amount of Klonopin, but I take it because I NEED it to calm my anxiety down. Is this up and down normal? Am I in the adjustment period of Lexapro? If I felt good for 5-6 days, is that a good indication? I really want to feel good again after dealing with this for 7 months.
I have to add that I did reduce my Klonopin from 1.0mg to 0.875mg a week ago since I felt like I did not need it. I then reduced it to 0.75mg for one day before the anxiety returned, could this be a withdrawal symptom of Klonopin? I am back up to 0.875mg again as of yesterday. Also, weekends are my triggers since I live alone and I like to have my weekend filled with activities.
Any positive response is highly appreciated
Not likely that the increase in anxiety is from the minor decrease of Klonopin for one day, though the decrease for one week could play into it. Klonopin has a long half life which means it leaves your body relatively slow. I suspect you are still adjusting to the Lexapro. Remember, there are still going to be triggers in our lives and the anxiety may surface at those times, just not as bad as without the medication. I worked on recognizing my triggers and learning to adjust my life style accordingly and the anxiety is less.
In a nutshell I would say it's still the adjustment period. How is the Klonopin prescribed? As for the Lex, another 10-14 days will tell the tale, super important to keep all the meds on a steady schedule so any conclusions after the additional time conclusions will be clearer.
My doctor tells me to take 1-1.5mg Klonopin/day to keep me calm. However, as I mentioned, for the first time in 7 months, I felt like I did not need it. I normally take 0.5mg when I first wake up, then 0.25mg around 2:00 pm and another 0.25mg around 7-8pm. So the past week where I felt very little anxiety, I took the first 0.5mg at around 2:00 or 3:00 pm, then another 0.25 around 6 or 7:00 pm and the final 0.125 (I reduced it myself) before bed time. So took a slightly lower amount and a different schedule. I am not sure if that screwed me up. I was so hopeful that I finally got to the point where I felt productive and did not need Klonopin.
I just hope that Lexapro is still working, I am so desperate honestly. I have to admit that I am in a much better place than I was just 3 months ago, but I was at almost normal place just last week. Any ideas why I would fine for an entire week and then the weekend, I am anxious again?
Thank You for your support
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