I was on Lexapro for one year and it worked fine. Then I got back my anxiety. The Doctor upped the dose to 20mgs and I took for 2 weeks and it did not work. Of course, he was on vacation; so I suffered. Then I found out on medicine.net that generally Lexapro only works with 5mgs and 10mgs and most times taking 20mgs is like taking 10mgs and I guess it is the same with Celexa. So why did he not know that? I am realizing that lots of times they want to give you an add-on, perhaps more money for pharmaceutical companies. It is so sad that pharmacists are not even aware of this. We need to let the public know. Why put someone on a higher dose and let them think it is fine. When are other drug companies going to step forward and put more ssri out; one that do not need so called add-on.
They never tell you that Lexapro perhaps will not work at 20mgs?
- 4 Sep 2014 by Maggietherese
- 5 Sep 2014
- lexapro, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dosage, doctor
You are so far wrong I don't know where to start. All medications have a max dose and over that there is no evidence it works better. Lexapro clearly states under dosage that 20 mg might not work any better. That info is available online and in med books. They know that but sometimes it's worth a try before your med is changed. The add ons are used when a person doesn't respond to the Ssris alone. There are many pills that are Ssris. You're not stuck to lexapro or celexa.
Hey Maggie, it seems a pointless question as you start saying by saying it doesn't work and then: it worked fine for a year. Also, 2 weeks to guage the effect of an SSRI just is not enough (I appreciate you are angry and frustrated; this is common when you are mentally exhausted). Everyones mileage varies and if we all had identical brain chemistry medication wouldn't be needed; however it is, so some people do well on SSRI monotherapy while others need add ons. Sadly, it takes time but brains can't just be messed with and adjustments take time (especially when too much can be a problem).
Good luck finding your combo.
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