Starting Lexepro for my anxiety tonight!?
- 1 Mar 2016 by Snappy91
- 1 March 2016
- lexapro, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety and stress, nervous
I'm a little nervous, as I'm sure most people are when starting new meds. I have tried 2 other ADs for anxiety.. My most recent was paxil and I stuck with it for 3 months at various doses and my panic attacks stopped but the side effects never went away.
Anyone have good results with Lex? I know everyone is different but both my pdoc and therapist have high hopes that this med will work because celexa worked well for me about 5 years ago when I was in a rut.
I was wondering how long it might take to start feeling the positive effects? Could it start working pretty fast since I was just on paxil for a few months and the serotonin has already started to build up in my system? My doc said about 2 weeks, the pharmacist said 6 weeks, and my therapist said it could be a couple of days... so my answers are kind of all over the place.
I am hoping people with experience with this drug might have a more definitive answer.
Anyway sorry for the rambling and asking so many questions... I'm just nerous...
Im keeping my fingers crossed hoping that this med is the one! 3rd time is HOPEFULLY the charm!
Hi, Snappy! Yes, of course, everyone is different but Lexapro IS one of the fastest acting antidepressants. It was a long time ago, but as I recall I started feeling better in about 3 weeks. Very fast!
Don't feel frustrated and lonely ~ a recent survey revealed that over 2/3 of patients had to try 3 or more medications before they found the most effective one. Not that that helps your symptoms but at least you know you're in good company!
Good luck and please feel free to post with any questions or concerns you may have along your path. We'll be happy to share our experiences or just chat if you feel the need.
Best wishes, Wildcat
When I was on it, it took about 3-4 weeks to feel positive effects. It was good for my anxiety. Like WCV said it is suppose to be fast acting for an antidepressant. A read that it works well for others.
Lets us know how it goes. You are not alone on your journey. My thoughts are with you :)
Hello, I'm just over two weeks on Lexapro. That first week was really hard. Just get thru it. After that the start up side effects started going away. Then I had some pretty good days. Now I seem to have mostly ok day at day 17 but maybe some harder times in a day. It can take anywhere from 4-8weeks to really get into the system. Always remember you are not alone.
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