Is Lexapro at 7.5mg effective and should I wait 3 weeks?
Question posted by LexaHelp on 14 Aug 2014
Last updated on 27 June 2019 by stanislavski66
I am on 7.5mg Lexapro for 6 days now, could this be effective should I not wait and just goto 10mg? Positive responses please. I started Lexapro about 20 days ago at 5mg. After about 2 weeks, pdoctor increased it to 7.5mg due to my sensitivity to Zoloft that I was on (weaning off currently and down to 12.5mg). I lived a very happy and anxiety free life with only 50mg Zoloft and 0.5mg Klonopin for 12 years. I have been on 7.5mg for 6 days now, 20 days on 5mg, and I feel a bit better, but now sure how much better I feel. I still have worries about getting back to my life and work (I look off of work since my anxiety got pretty bad and it has been 3 months now). Anyone experienced positive results with less than 10mg? How long before I would know? And also, how do I know I am better? Worries about going back to work after 3-4 months are somewhat normal, but should I be worry free in order to know I am good and at the right dose?
I was on 5mg Lex for 8 years (2006 - 2014) It worked great. It pooped out in May 2014 and since then, I've been getting progressively more miserable. All the other SSRI's I've tried gave me bad side-effects and didn't work. I decided to go back on Lex since it's been five years now and my body will likely perceive it as a "new" drug. 10mg was too much (anxiety through the roof), I scaled back to 5, which helps but leaves some residual depression and anxiety. I'm trying 7.5 now (only my second day) There's no reason to believe it won't be effective. What the manufacturer recommends (20mg) as a therapeutic dose would be WAY too high for me. Good luck (although I'm replying to an old post :-) )
15 Aug 2014
I am going through the same thing like you I switched form 50 mg Zoloft to 5mg lexapro for 3 days now I feel like taking 10 mg sometimes thinking it's gonna work faster I been feeling a little weird. I'm off work to now going on two months. I'm also scared on when will I feel better. Or if I'm already feeling it.
14 Aug 2014
I was on this maintenance dose and it did work for me. My personal rule of thumb is 2-3 weeks before making any decisions on meds like these.