I started Lexapro three weeks ago. I was on 5 mg for one week and then 10 mg for the last two weeks. I’ve had maybe three good-ish days in the past three weeks but that’s it. I have depression and GAD at the severe end. I’m still experiencing horrendous morning anxiety when I wake up. I don’t feel like doing any of the things I used to enjoy and have to really push myself.
I’ve never been on an SSRI before, only an SNRI (Effexor XR) for many years. I weaned off that drug to start Lexapro in November. I had a terrible time withdrawing from the Effexor and ended up stopping that and the Lexapro until three weeks ago when I realized I needed to start meds again.
My concern is that maybe this drug won’t work for me. Shouldn’t I be feeling better by now? I could really use some advice and some positive stories. The thought that it may not work is really causing me a lot of anxiety.
Hey, there! Many people will start to see some improvement in the first 1-2 weeks for for some it takes a little longer. I'm wondering if the low initial dose wasn't enough to really be therapeutic for you and you may not have been on the 10mg long enough to see significant improvement. Remember that it can take 6-8 for most people to feel the full benefit. I took Lexapro for over 7 years and it truly was life changing for me. I loved how it worked for me! Unfortunately after all those years it "pooped out" on me which happens quite often with antidepressant/anxiolytics. If it hadn't stopped working I'd still be on it for sure. Ironically, I switched to Effexor and took that for many years too. Try to be patient and see if you don't start feeling better soon but don't expect an overnight miracle to happen. And don't let your anxiety prevent you from seeing the positives in the near future. Try not to dwell on only the negative times. Take care and hang in there. The best is probably yet to come! WC
20 Mar 2021
Hello, SSRI’s such as Lexapro take a while to reach it therapeutic level to become fully effective. It may take 6-8 weeks. These medications work by altering brain chemistry, so it’s a process that takes weeks to months. Therefore, giving up during the 3 weeks mark won’t consider a fair trial, so ill suggest you give it more time to work. Lexapro is a good choice for depression and GAD. Also, Lexapro tend to improve depression symptoms a little fast than anxiety. Don’t let your anxiety control you or the medication won’t work. Try to stay positive. You can try to distract yourself by reading, listening to music, taking walks etc. I have my fingers crossed for you. You will get better soon. Tyrese
21 Mar 2021
Hi! Omg I can do relate to you right now. It takes time. I’ve been on antidepressants most of my adult life and they’ve all worked! I was on Prozac for years then it just wasn’t giving me full coverage for depression and anxiety. I switched to Zoloft which was awesome for 5 years. Then, it just stopped. Depressive symptoms came back. Soooooo, Dr switched me to Paxil since my sister, mom and daughter all had great response with it. So now, I’m having some acute anxiety with my old depression symptoms, and geez you’d think I’d know it takes time for the therapeutic response, up to 6-8 weeks! But noooo. It’s the nature of the illness—I want to feel better NOW! But, we have to wait it out to see and feel results.
I have EVERY confidence it’ll get much better, but it’s hard to feel that when you’re in the throes of anxiety... but it will! Give it some more time... I’m right there with you. We will soon feel relief-it WILL come!
23 Mar 2021
I can totally relate! It took until about week 4-5 for me to consistently feel better. My psychiatrist prescribed Mirtazapine for me to take in small dosages at night to help me fall asleep. I'm at the 7 week mark and things are much better than when I was at week 3! Reading some of the success stories on this site helped for sure...