Hi, blaa!! How long have you been taking it total and what side effects are you experiencing? Is your doctor aware that you're having a hard time handling it?
Best wishes, WCV
Sorry to hit you with a barrage of questions. It just helps to know details so we know exactly what you're asking. Thanks!
I have been on it for almost 2 months. Started at 2.5 mgs for 3 weeks, then went to 5 mgs for 2 weeks, the 7.5 for 3 1/2 weeks. Now 10mg today. I have weird headaches, my gums started bleeding daily, feeling detached. My psych and psychologist both know these symptoms but reassure me that this means they are working. I also get tightness of the chest sometimes.
blaa; this is common and every time they up you dose the side effects kick in again maybe not as bad but they do for around 2 weeks sometimes a bit less when you are already on it.Try to maintain for now and the latest dose should peak out in about a week.or at most 10 days and this takes about a month to reach a full benefit of this medication.And you should be getting better.and if not then they may have to change the medication.
Yes it does work and it did for the first 2 strengths then you have an increase in dose again and now you have to adjust to the new strength again. your going to have to get by for another 7 to 10 days. to get a steady blood level again. all should be okay and enjoy your day just do your best to relax.
However, starting up lexapro was not easy at all for me!!!
I have now been on Lexapro now for for 18 days and am at 20mg. I started with 10mg for 3 days then my psychiatrist upped it to 20mg. The first week was pure hell. I was very depressed and very very anxious. For some people it makes them feel a lot worse before the effects kick in.
When I was really anxious I took 2.5 mg of valium/diazepam but never took more than 5mg a day. On some days I didn't take the diazepam not because I didn't need it but I didn’t want to become dependent on it.
By day 7/8 the depression was definitely reducing but the high anxiety was still there. Today is day 18 and it is the second day I haven't taken diazepam or even needed it. Yes I am a little anxious but it is not controlling me.
2 weeks ago I was in a bad state that I couldn't even imagine that I would be feeling this good today. I am not cured but I am definitely at a better place and feeling better and hopeful.
I always read people saying "give it some time" and I would be thinking "yeah yeah yeah" but I am glad I didn't quit!
Chances are you will feel better even though the waiting game is hell - your body just needs time to adjust to it!
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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