Does Lexapro help anxiety?
- 20 Oct 2016 by Violet89
- 25 Oct 2016
- lexapro, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
I am currently taking 20 mg of Lexapro for anxiety. I also have depression but anxiety is my main issue. I started taking 5 mg for a week then increased to 10 mg for a week and now I have been on 20 mg for a week. How long does it take Lexapro to start working ? I've noticed some improvement but I'm hoping it will help me more.
Any feedback is appreciated. In the past I have taken Zoloft and Celexa and they weren't helpful. I take Clonazepam 1 mg a few times a week but my doctor said Clonazepam can't be taken long term for anxiety.
My main question is: Does Lexapro help anxiety and how long does it take to work?
Absolutely it does! I was on Lexapro for post natal anxiety and my anxiety was BAD! The highest dose I was on was 15mg. It kicked my anxiety in the butt! Took about 8 weeks to really feel better, but around 6 weeks to notice that I was getting better. I came off Lexapro about 6 months ago but then realised I was better on it so I'm in the process of getting back on to it. I have now been on my full dose of 10mg for 2.5 weeks and I'm starting to have a couple of good days... I was told that it can work a little quicker the second time as your brain can recognise the drug. All the best.
Violet; Yes Lexapro well help even more the good new's is your through the worst part which is the first 2 weeks and that is as your body and you adjust to the medication. Now as you said you are starting to feel a bit better and that we'll continue right up to 6 to 8 weeks and that is when you have reached the full blood level of the Lexapro.But right about the time you are at now is when your start to feel the benefits more and more as far as the anxiety and depression go. But it should level out a bit more at 3 to 4 weeks most start to feel quite a bit better. Good luck and stick with it. Chuck1957
Hi, Violet! Lexapro worked wonders for my depression/anxiety and in my opinion it's one of the best medications available.
Some people report improvement in the first couple of weeks but it generally takes 3-4 weeks for the full effects. At 6-8 weeks you'll have full therapeutic blood levels.
Good luck. be patient, and I wish you all the best. Wildcat
In my personal experiences, I have found Lexapro to be one of the most (in my case the most) effective anti-anxiety/ antidepressant medication curgently on the market with the least amount of side effects ( none in my experience). I have suffered immensely from severe depression and anxiety for many, many years. I was immediately placed on the 20mg dosage, therefore my own immediate response will differ from yours since you're on a titration. I literally noticed a difference the next day. I too had been placed on Zoloft for about 5 years, however after the first year its therapeutic benefits significantly decreased. This has not been an issue with Lexapro at all during the 6 years that I have been on it.
While perhaps not the case for everyone I, my brother who started taking it a year before me, and my sister-in-law who's just recently started taking it for PPD all have considered this medication as a game changer. Lexapro is a bit different from other SSRI's in that in does not only increase the amount of serotonin available in the brain, but also has been shown to have minimal effects on norepinephrine and dopamine re-take. As with many medications, the body does need some time to adjust; typically for this medication and others like it you can expect to see the full therapeutic effects ointment about 3 months. It is very important that you take this and all medications exactly as prescribed by your dr. to receive the most effective, safest treatments.
Long term treatment of anxiety disorders with benzo's is typically not recommended due to their high risk of dependency; however with that being said I am currently on Klonopin and have been for the past 9 years without incident. Make sure that you are open and completely honest with your doctor concerning any previous history of drug abuse and any concerns that you may have. Only your commitment to work as a team with your medical professionals can help determine if these medications are best for you as the benefits will be compared to the potential costs/ risks associated with any treatment options..
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