Hi, I'm mid 30's female, have social anxiety since childhood, and have had periods of severe depression (once every decade starting at age 8) I never had any help with this problem until in my teens I started looking for help for SA, I wasn't very successful but eventually in my 20's with CBT, self help etc I made a bit of progress, last year I became ill due to complications with Type 1 diabetes, I got better physically after a few months, but went into a severe depression, couldn't lift my head up to get out of bed, and just cried non stop for weeks, eventually went to my doctor who was amazing, I was put on lexapro 10mg and made an appointment with a therapist, over the course of about 2 weeks on the meds I began to feel human again, connecting with people and feeling less anxious than before, I felt joy and a positive about the future. In August of this year my pharmacist gave me the generic form of lexapro. I'm not sure of exact dates but around this time I began to feel anxious again and things which were not a problem started becoming big problems, I started to obsess and be negative again even though I was doing therapy, meditation, exercise etc. I went to my GP in Sept and increased the dose to 15mg, I have gradually gotten worse. I googled the affect of the generic compared to the brand name of the drug and see that there can be a big problem! I have been taking the brand name lexapro again now the past 20 days, but still crying for nothing and feeling super anxious. I had a holiday in the sun which would usually relax me but felt huge anxiety and fear for 10 days as if I could stand to be in my own skin, the only thing that calmed me was xanax and even then not like it would usually, I keep bursting into tears constantly through the day. For people who have had a negative experience with the generic lexapro would 2 months on the generic bring me back so many steps? And should I be feeling the benefits of lexapro again after 20 days? Feel really disspondant and afraid I might fall back into a bad depression like I did at the beginning of 2014, the anxiety is really high at the moment and feel so on edge. Looking for advice and opinions of people with experience. Thanks
Give it a little more time. Then if its not helping see your dr for an increase. You are taking a low dose. The generic can so that to you. Many people find, particularly with antidepressants, that the generic does not work. They can have different inactive ingredients, and this can make it absorb differently.
Hi thanks for responding, I'm back on brand name now 20 days (15mg). But still feeling crap so was wondering if this is normal after being on generic or should I feel it sooner. It originally took me two weeks on 10mg to notice improvements, but now it's three weeks on a higher dose and no improvements :-/
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