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. Chuck1957
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. Chuck1957
Blaa; Yes I have and I was lucky I had very few side effects but we are all different, mine were real tired, dizziness, nausea, headache but as it said I got rid of these with in about 12 days. Chuck. and yes most of what you are saying are listed in the common side effects. Chuck1957
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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