I've been on Lexapro for about 3 weeks now, started on 5mg and now on 10mg. I know that it takes 2-4 weeks to build up in your body and then there's always a steady amount of it in your blood stream. I also take Ativan for immediate relief when necessary (usually once a day during the evening).

My question is, once Lexapro has been fully built up in your system (after 2-4 weeks), do you feel the effect of each individual dose? Or dose that dose simply 'maintain' the levels in your body and keep the stream going?

Essentially, I'm hoping that once it's fully built up the effects will be similar to Ativan (immediate relief) but I'm guessing it doesn't work that way?