I started Lexapro six days ago for Health Anxiety as I suffer from a chronic gut disease. I am taking 5 gr in the morning with some food. Day 1: drowsiness and diarrhea. Day 2, 3 and 4: dizzy, general feeling of unwell, lose of appetite due to nausea. Day 4: all the above plus a slight headache. Day 5: all of the above and a tight neck and shoulder. That night around 8.30 pm I totally crashed. Exhausted, nauseated, dizzy, blurry vision, extremely unwell. I was able to fall asleep around 10.30 pm but woke up at 6 am and it felt like I was going to have a panic attack. Took Ativan 0.5 mg but I was weak, shaky, cold with sweaty hands, dizzy, hungry, blurry vision, just very sick like I was coming down with a stomach flu. It felt like all the side effects decided to 'attack" me at the same time.
I decided to phone my family doctor and she gave me a choice: stop immediately or continue and we will talk about it next week (when I have an appointment).
My question: what is wise decision? Do I stick with it in the hope that I'll start to feel better, or do I stop and recover from the past six days? I've already lost 64 pounds in the past 5 months and I am pretty sure I've lost some more these past six days. What to do, what to do?