I'm hoping for some advice. I started on Zoloft about 6 weeks ago and felt terrible and had no relief from the constant anxiety and mind games within myself. I switched yesterday to Lexapro 10mg and am in a complete haze and is this normal and how long does it last?
Hi, going! Yes, some people experience side effects like you describe when first starting antidepressants. Generally, they only last from a few days to a week or two as your metabolism adjusts to the medication... and it usually gets better every day. I remember about three days and then I felt fine after that.
These medications don't work immediately so try to be patient and give your medication time to become fully effective.
"Some side effects of escitalopram may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Escitalopram (Lexapro) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
Best regards and I hope this goes as smoothly for you as it did for me. I can't say enough good about Lexapro! Wildcat
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