This is my first go around with antidepressants. I started off with 5 mg of generic lexapro 5 days ago and on the 3rd day my psychoatrist upped to 10 mg. i have been feeling anxious and more depressed but she says that thats how they make you feel in the beginning. Is this normal? Do they typically make you feel worse at first and then start to work?
It is very common to feel worse while you adjust to anti depressants. This can sometimes be bad anxiety, or worse depression.some other side effects are dizziness,drowsy,insomnia,dry mouth. Unfortunately until the levels reach "therapeutic" you may feel worse at first.make sure you keep your doctor aware of your side effects. Typically, starting,increasing, and tapering from the medication is when side effects are most likely to appear. Good luck:)
Hi, B! Many people report feeling a little worse and possibly having some minor side effects for the period of time while you're reaching your therapeutic dose. The first few days to a week are the worst until your body adjusts to the the medication and you may start feeling very positive effects in 2-3 weeks although it takes 6-8 weeks to feel the full effects.
Hang in there and if you have questions or concerns feel free to write. We're not doctors, just people like you and we're happy to offer our thoughts and advice.
Best wishes, WCV
I felt shocking when I started on Lexapro! I was on 5mg for a week then I went on to 10mg and my anxiety peaked at around the 2 week mark. But at around week 3 I started having a few good days. Them by week 4 I was having more good days than bad. Then at about week 6 I felt pretty good. Hang in there! It's a great antidepressant!
Hi, yes that's true ! Same happened to me, after one week I started feeling less anxious but yes in the beginning made me feel worse but just stick to it and also the side effects will start desepearing ! It's been a month for me and it's definitely better ! Good luck and let me know if you have other questions !
Hey guys. I'm new to online threads and new to antidepressants as well. I started Lexapro 5mg about 5 days ago for anxiety and mild depression. It's been a rollercoaster, some good times and bad. I've noticed the good will come in waves throughout the day, but I have been able to manage. I plan on sticking with it because I've heard from everyone that it can take a while to start feeling better. The only concern I have is I have noticed the onset of intrusive thoughts which I dislike, and as a result causes anxiety. I'm trying! I hope you all are doing well and thanks for reading!
Yes that's what happened to me ! I felt more anxious when I increased to 10mg! So hang in there ! I took some Xanax to help me get through ! And exercise and distract yourself ! Stay with people ! I know is so hard but it will start working after 2 weeks! You won't feel perfect but at least a little better ! And now after 2months taking it, I am much better but I still have bad days sometimes! But be patient ! And ask me whatever you want !
Also my first go-round with anti-anxiety. I'm approaching the end of week 2 on the Lex generic (10mg) and I don't feel great either. Panicky, shaky, twitchy, tingly, ears ringing. I can't tell if it's the effects of the drug or the anxiety I'm trying to cure. I've also heard it takes 3-4 weeks to build up a good level in your system and feel better. Hoping that is true, else, I actually do have the terrible disease that sent me down this path in the first place. UGH!!
Omg I’m 6 days into an increase to 10mg and I feel like I’m going bananas. Increased anxiety, I’m feeling down, a bit spaced out. Just plain yuck. I’m back to my GP tomorrow so hoping she can tell me this is normal. Does anyone remember if the first week was the worst? Thanks in advance.
Thanks cherub I appreciate it. I have been on lexapro before and have been on 5mg the last 4 years.
I do not remember feeling this bad the first time round. But I also didn’t have 2 kids to look after. I’ll stick the 10mg out for another few weeks. Fingers crossed I’ll be on the up soon. Just maddening feeling so horrible. X
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