How long to take lexapro for mild depression

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Avatar f tn I don't know but you should consult your pharmacist to find how long Lex takes to get max effect, and see if your dosage needs to be corrected. Perhaps you should take it at a different time of day. Lots of side effects go away with time. Your unmotivation sounds like depression, so you could also try that community. Can you paste your previous comments to this thread? Otherwise no one will look around to read them.
Avatar n tn I got perscribed to Lexapro(10mg-now 20)about 3 months ago for Depression & Anxiety... but now my therapist is saying I have OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder too.I feel like my Lexapro is working, but about once a month I have a huge break down and feel like the medicane is changing my personality to much and that I'm not myself anymore. Im scared that I'm going to have to be on medication for the rest of my life and I dont want to have to rely on it.
13762830 tn?1431386999 Hi Leila, How long have you been on the Lexapro? While it can take up to 4-8 weeks to reach the FULL effect, some people have felt results much sooner, like within a week. Try to stay calm as you can, Lexapro will kick in soon for you and you will start feeling better. If you start to feel a panic attack come on, you can always get on here and talk to someone as you go through it. I know how terrible panic attacks are....most of us do.
404138 tn?1308945256 Particularly when I left the Lexapro at home for that week because I was intending to follow the instructions for cold turkey. The symptoms from Lexapro were much more mild than the effexor withdrawal, mainly being the brain zaps, dizziness, and some nausea. Effexor was hellish. I realize I sound incredibly vehement, but it's something that should at least be researched heavily before deciding to try it. I had no idea when I started it and I really wish I had at least been warned.
Avatar n tn Before I begin taking a drug I go on this site to see the bennies and bads. I have been on lexapro for 2 months now. I seem to be having some reaction to it. Violent body jerks happen at really odd times. It like the way the body twitches when you first go to sleep. Secondly, I was getting ready for my day when my hands began to shake. Not just a little but violently and I couldn't stop them.
Avatar n tn It is possible that your doctor can increase the dose and that will take care of the depression. I plan to stay on my anti-depressant for several months after treatment(6 weeks to go) to let the drugs get out of my system and to let my body begin to work right again. My doctor has been very good about treating the side effects so I imagine if I had trouble after treatment, he will help then too. Hope you feel better.
Avatar n tn , in two months, couldnt take showers for very long, couldnt bring myself to do normal things, like washing the dishes or even getting outside. When my phone rang it made me sick to my stomach. Truthfully, I know I was in pretty bad shape before the lexapro, and although the lexapro messed with my psychi while getting adjusted to it, I am glad I fought through and held on, because now I am great.
Avatar f tn A word of warning though - Effexor, which I was on was great for depression and anxiety but it is a beast to withdraw from. That is why it took me 10 months to withdraw. I have read on this site the struggle other people have had to withdraw from Effexor. It worked well, but I did put on a lot of weight. So if your doctor suggests that - you may have already tried it - just telling you how it is. At the moment I am well and hope it continues.
Avatar n tn I feel like I want to talk to you personally about this but don't know how to do that without posting my email address for all to see.
Avatar f tn said for one week to cut down effexor to 37.5 and take half a 10 mg. Lexapro. Then second week to take half the 37.5 and 3/4 pill of Lexapro, then stop effexor completely and take the full 10 mg. of Lexapro. I also take 1 mg. Klonopin three times a day and 50 mg. Tenormin for the MVP/anxiety. For the first 10 days I felt great. Very relaxed, sleeping great and no anxiety at all.
Avatar n tn I was perscribed Lexapro by my doctor last December for clinical depression. This was after a lenghty discussion on how I did not want to see myself on this drug long term. He promised that with monitoring and all things going according to plan that I should be of this drug within one year.
Avatar n tn I would start with the lowest dose possible at first to see how your body reacts. I don't know how long these symptoms last but they should go away over time, gradually.
358304 tn?1409713092 Perhaps she/he will recommend you take a mild anti-anxiety med to get through the Lexapro come down, if that's what it is or maybe she will recommend some chicken soup and a couple days of bed rest for the flu. Either way, I strongly recommend you take all this back to your doctor. Good luck and please keep us posted about how you're doing! We're always here and we care.
Avatar n tn My Successful Lexapro Withdraw Story (April 2008) I decided to take the time to write this because I had a very hard time finding anyone with similar withdraw experiences as me. I had an even harder time finding a successful taper schedule that minimized the withdraw side effects. What little information I found was a tremendous help in getting me through this challenging time. The piece of mind that “what I was experiencing was normal” was priceless.
411389 tn?1230128077 So, I guess my GP wasn't aware that my anxiety had spiralled and i basically took it upon myself to increase the dosage as 5mg is by no means a strong dosage and like anything when you take it for so long, the system becomes somewhat immune to it. Initally, it was a godsend, when i first stared taking it I felt I could face anything as my anxiety levels were not as severe or as life altering as they are presently.
847195 tn?1296175247 Aw I feel so stupid I forgot to take my Lexapro tablet to and now have the worst headache in the world and my globus hystericus is really acting up, just writing this I have to make myself swallow, I just took the tablet now but it's 5 hours late, would this do anything to my?
Avatar n tn How long did it take for your inital side effects of lexapro to stert to go away? I have been a a low dose for 8 day and yesterday seemed like the turning point, the sides really went away.
Avatar n tn I am unable to refill my prescription this month because it is just too expensive I had to choose between the lexapro and the meds I take for for a heart condition (cardiomyoathy). The withdrawal symptoms are terrible I was on this med for general anxiety disorder I feel so bad now I can't decide if I am having a mild panic attack or if this withdrawal is really going to give me a stroke or a seizure or something.
396099 tn?1216258586 It depends on a number of factors to include the dosage, how many times a day you take it and how long you've been on it. If you crave more or take more than prescribed. I can't take it for more than a few days without be hooked, although I can take diazepam without a problem and I've been taking it long-term.
Avatar n tn Thank you. I was on the Lexapro you know how long it is before the Wellbutrin relieves the side effects of the SSRI?
535882 tn?1396580285 Can't tell if it's from the meds or the anxiety. Don't know it 10 mg is to much or not enough? how long did you take it before they lowered it to 7.5 an ddo you take it in the AM or Pm . Do you take it with an other Med . Wife is 68 that made have to be considered.
Avatar m tn I know this is an old question, but it's one of the questions I found when Googling how to get off Lexapro myself about a month ago. I was on 10mg Lexapro for about two years and decided on my own to taper off on my own due to many of the same factors others have stated.
Avatar n tn I take Lexapro for a condition called neuro-cardiogenic syncope. Nothing to do with mood, depression, anxiety, etc. I've had terrible memory problems (to the point that I went to get myself a glass of water, poured it then with a tiny distraction walked away and forgot it for 2 hours). My memory is at the point that I feel like I've got early onset alzheimer's (not exadurating). I've wondered if it could be because of the medication and after reading these posts it seems possible.
Avatar f tn Although, when I was working out a lot for 6 months I don't remember this issue. I started on Lexapro yesterday for my depression and only took one 5mg dose. I woke up nauseated, dizzy, pupils dilated and having panic attacks. I went from feeling happy to full panic attack back and forth. I was wide awake. Trying to sleep gave me weird closed eyed imaginations and racing thoughts, which I have had with anxiety attacks before. At work later everything looked different.
Avatar n tn My head won't stop hurting, I have palpatations, and a pain in the right side of my neck.. HELP!! What can I do.. I'm not taking that stuff again! how long will it take to get out of my system? 10 mg for 4 days.. can't take that long to get out.
Avatar n tn I am only taking 5mg and I have been really emotional. I am nervous. Does it take a long time for it to start really working? Or am I maybe on to small of a dose? Thank you for any advise.
Avatar n tn // (This site is neither for or against the drugs, it is merely the listed documentation on the drugs) Once there, do a search on 1) Lexapro (which is also known as Celexa, and is an SSRI) 2) Lamictal ( which is also known as Lamotrigine and is an anti-convulsant) 3) Wellbutrin (also known as BUPROPION and ZYBAN and is in the aminoketone class of antidepressants). DON'T STOP TAKING ANY/ALL OF THE ABOVE COLD TURKEY. All have a warning to wean off gradually.
Avatar f tn told me that the serotonin was the cause of the burning sensations, but how long will it take to go back down to a normal level? If there's anyone out there who has suffered similar symptoms from only one dose of Lexapro please share your experience and how long it took to feel like yourself again!
Avatar n tn alot of times you just have to take these meds to see how you react to them... everyone is different and as long as your doctor is there to help you monitor it ... i wouldnt be afraid.....
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