It took me a while to feel better on Lexapro and I'm finally there and have been on 10mg for the last 3 months (total 8 months on and off). I started taking it to combat anxiety per my doctor's recommendation because I'm pre-menopausal. My psychologist thought it would be a good idea to get on it, if it helped with mood swings and generalized anxiety. They both highly recommended this medicine and I hate taking any medicine. After experiencing many side effects, I'm now okay and feeling good but, as they say, you can't get off of it just because you're feeling good. My doctor says that I should take it until I go through menopause because then I could get hormonal treatment. That's in about 10 years from now! I would like to see permanent changes to my anxiety so I don't have to go through this again but how long do you have to take Lexapro to see permanent results? Or once you stop taking it, you stop feeling its effects?
Hi, kdahl. Antidepressants don't cure disorders like an aspirin cures a headache or an antibiotic cures an infection, but rather they control the symptoms of your underlying disorder.
For most people that means taking their meds regularly and permanently.
Sorry for the bad news but mental health is more important.
Best wishes, Wildcat
Everyone is different as to how long before you notice permanent results however on average anywhere between 1 - 3 months. If you ever decide to wean off Lexapro it definatley has to be slowly. Once you are completely off it will be about day 2 that you start the withdrawal. Depending on how long you take Lexapro will determine how long the withdrawal symptoms last. Just as an approximate guide, for every year you are on it, it takes about 4-6 weeks before you start feeling better. I wish you the best.
My psychiatrist told me that everyone is different however you should stay on them for at least 12 months, 2 years is better to see a permanent change. It this is not everyone - some people need to be on them forever. I was on Lexapro for 10 months and went off it because I had been feeling good for a while. I started to back slide a bit. Not dramatically and my anxiety was nothing like before, nevertheless I was better on Lexapro so I went back on it. This time I will stay on it for at least 2 years.
To the ladies thinking of going off of Lexapro. Just from what I have seen most that try to go off of Lexapro because the feel better be it 1 year or 5 years almost all end up going back to it and then they can't get a good blood level of it and end up bouncing around to many different medications and side effects to find the one that might work for them. So I say as long as it's working well don't mess with it. And when it comes to taking Lexapro vs Hormone therapy I think your better off taking the Lexapro which is a chemical our brain makes but not enough all the time. And better for you than the risk they have these days with all the different hormone therapy's Best of luck
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