Has anyone been on Lexapro for years and is it still working for you? I have tried almost every antidepressant out there and Lexapro by far has been the best one. I have depression, anxiety and panic attacks. It has helped me regain my life but now I feel like it has either stopped working or I am having break through anxiety. I’m dealing with grief over my mother passing away 2 years ago. I have no idea why I’m just now trying to come to terms with it but I would say it was because I was drinking wine every night. My doctor added klonopin to help but even that doesn’t seem to take everything away. He doesn’t want to take me off Lexapro because it has worked so well and during a time when I’m unstable he doesn’t want to switch me because you have to go through so much. Thoughts please?
Lexapro for 8 years, need advice?
Question posted by Jujubeaner45 on 9 June 2022
Last updated on 24 July 2022
I have been on Lexapro for 8 years too. It never stops working like other psych meds i taken before. I believe its breakthrough anxiety and real life stressors that over power the meds. Suggest increasing Klonopin dose by your doctor or changing to Xanax XR and your good to go. All the best!
Unfortunately I was on Lexapro for over 7 years before it "pooped out" on me... the same thing happened with Effexor after years of use. The problem is that's it's the drug itself that becomes ineffective and the drug is the same in the name brand and generics.
When I was on Lexapro (I took the generic escitalopram) an increase to 30mg did help for a couple of years but then we added Abilify to booster it's effects. Rexulti is another option you could discuss with your doctor.
Congratulations on your sobriety... self medicating only leads down a crooked path.
Don't give up hope before you look at other ways that may get you through this!
PS, have you tried therapy... CBT or CPT? It's done a world of good for me.
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. It makes sense that your grief is manifesting more now since you mentioned you previously were coping with alcohol.
Regarding Lexapro, I too feel it's the best one available, especially for panic disorder. I took it for several years, and sadly had to stop because I gained 100lbs, experienced nightmares, and suffered myoclonic jerks. I was on 20 mg.
What dose are you on? I honestly see where your doctor is coming from. Starting a new med during a difficult time could do a lot of harm in the beginning. Is he able to just increase your dose of Lexapro?
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