I'm just wondering if anyone have any tips, advice, warnings, comments etc. things like when is the best time of day to take it. Should I start with 5mg then go to 10mg. I'm taking it for anxiety. I've had a few panic attacks. I get pretty anxious now. Especially in public. I'm also taking clonzepam as needed. Thank so much guys.
Well I am taking Effexor at 150mg XR to affect the reuptake of both serontonin and norepi It works best if taken in the orning
Your generic Lexapro will probably take 4 weeks or so to really kick in..when it does..it it causes anxiety..or is energizing take it in the morning... if it akes ou sleepy... take it at night
Hope this helps
Just read about you starting on 5 or 10mg I have anxiety issues also it took me a while to go from 37.5mgXR of Effexor to 75mgXR..then not so long to go to 150mgxr
I think starting at 5 mg for a while would be helpful
I've been on a similar drug in same family of SSRI Antidepressant, Celexa, for my social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety, and panic disorder. My psychiatrist started prescribing me this in 2010. Those doctors always start their patients on antidepressants for these diagnosed conditions. It takes over two weeks before the medicine is supposed to start working on relieving the symptoms, but I can't tell if there's any difference in the way I feel nor do I feel like my depression has gotten any better. I still can't be around alot of people and go into a store unless it's very early or late at night. Still don't like to get out of my house let alone my bedroom. So I had to ask my doctor to put me back on my Valium to take along with my Celexa to help alleviate more of my conditions so I can be able to cope and get myself out the door to have a life.
I along with others with the same thing also found that the SSRI's alone do not really help at all unless they too are taking a Benzodiazepine with the SSRI. Many people will just refuse the SSRI's because they don't feel at all like they're depressed, so they would rather use the Benzodiazepines alone. I really do regret having to take the SSRI Antidepressant now because I am now way to dependent on them SSRI's to the point where if I ever tried to just get off them, I would have a terrible time with all the unwanted side effects such as, severe insomnia, rebound anxieties and panic attacks, severe mood swings, being so angry, irritable, no appetite, flulike symptoms, chronic fatigue, suicidal tendencies, negative thoughts, ECT.
Nice thing about Lexapro is that it works a little quicker than other similar antidepressants. You should notice a difference after a couple of weeks. You may experience some mild side effects in the beginning, but these should subside in a weeks time. Otherwise, unless you are elderly, starting at 10mgs is fine. Give it a month and if you have no improvement, there are many others to try. Use the clonazepam sparingly as your body can become dependent on it.
Your anxiety may get worse before it gets better too. Hang in their, it could be worth it if you can wait it out until its working right.
One thing that is very important when taking Lexapro is to continue taking the medication as prescribed. If you miss a dose, double up on it the next time. If you stay off of them for any amount of time they will become less effective. Good luck and they are great so stick with them. The only side effect that I experienced was a decrease in sexual desire. I know that maybe something that you don't want to hear but it does go away after a prolong amount of time taking it. Once again Good luck!
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