Hello. I am a 22 year old female and I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I also deal with some persistent OCD. Over the past winter, my anxiety has thrown me into a mild depression. I have been going to a Psychologist and she recommended Lexapro when I asked her about medication. I talked to my primary doctor and she prescribed me 5mg for a week, then start 10mg. With the 5mg, I was having mild side effects: (tiredness, increased anxiety, night sweats, and some mild nausea). I take my dosage a few hours before I go to bed and last night I started my 10mg at 9:00pm. I woke up at 1:00am in a complete panic mode. I was sweating and very nauseous... I almost felt like I could throw up but I did not. I woke up this morning around 7:30 feeling off. Just felt like I could lay in bed all day, sleep, and my stomach still feels off. I also deal with Emetophobia, so the nauseousness is not fun for me. I just want to know:
How long till I feel better? Will these side effects disappear?
Hi, katie! Sorry you're having such a rough time of this (and I especially empathize with your emetophobia!!). Because you've already been taking the 5mg for a week you should be adjusting to the higher dose rather quickly. For most people these side effects only last a few days to a couple of weeks so relief may be in sight. Meanwhile, home/OTC remedies can work very well ~ ginger ale, soda crackers, ,milk or yogurt, dramamine, meclizine, etc. Emetrol is fantastic for actual vomitting. Lexapro is one of the fastest acting antidepressants/anxiolytics. Many people report positive benefits within 3-4 weeks although it may take 6-8 weeks to attain full therapeutic levels. Try to hang in there because this should get better every day. When the Lex fully kicks in you'll be surprised at how good you feel! Please feel free to post here with any questions or concerns you may have along the way. We'll be happy to lend what support and advice we can. We've been there! Best wishes, Wildcat
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