What is the length of time for Lexapro 10 mg to take effect? My doctor and the accompanying info from pharmacist said it takes 6 weeks to kick in, on this site people are saying it took just a few days to kick in. I’ve been on Lexapro for 28 days (4 weeks) and haven’t felt any noticeable effects, good or bad, so far.
Lexapro: 6 weeks or days to feel any effects?
Question posted by minsmowers on 24 April 2022
Last updated on 9 May 2022 by LouAnnP
Hi—for me it took 3 months for Prozac to kick in. Same for another drug. Can’t remember it may have been lexapro. That’s how long it takes for me bc my psych says it takes that long for some brain changes to occur; increased neuron connections etc.
But there are other things you can do. These are things that have helped me over the years that really do help.
1. Green drink. Fill nutribullit blender with spinach and add a fruit. Ex blueberries and water. Blend and drink.
2. Drink some ensure in the am. Then more in the pm. May also need a multivitamin.
3. Take methylpro. (. It’s methyl folate. A b -vitamin ( a methylated form of folate. ) methylpro.com
4. Eat veggies, fruits, fish, nuts. Don’t wait till late in the day to eat.
5. Amino acids: I take an egg white protein shake. Egg white and some vegetable protein shakes have the highest amounts of amino acids. (But for some reason egg white makes my anemia and tiredness worse if I take it any more than every three days. )
6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Or a book called The Feeling good handbook by David Burns.
8.. A book called the Good Mood Diet.
There are also other add on meds. So talk to your doc if you’re not feeling better.
This blurb may help explain some of the confusion:
"When you take Lexapro (or its generic version, escitalopram), your body metabolizes it and changes your brain function in a matter of hours.
Physiological effects begin almost immediately, and some people notice a change quickly.
Even though the medication begins to take effect from the first day it’s administered, people may notice the results of its effects at different times.
Different people notice changes after differing periods. Most people report that they feel the effects of their medication after 4 weeks of consistent treatment.
For people who feel the effects of Lexapro quickly, it may be due, in part, to a placebo response.
When someone feels very strongly that the medication will be helpful for them, they may notice changes within days or even hours after taking Lexapro.
Other people may not notice the influence of Lexapro for up to 6 weeks.
This does not mean that the medication is not working, but rather that some people take longer to notice a difference.
If you feel worse after taking Lexapro or notice no change at all after this time, talk with your doctor about the next step.
Best regards and I hope this helps.
- Lexapro uses and safety info
- Lexapro prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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