Lexapro takes about for
to six weeks to work, and it does take time when you up the dosage
. Usually modern dosing, to play it safe, is to go up by 5mg increments, 10mg for depression, 20 mg for anxiety. I agree with the above, it's always better if you can solve the problem without medication because medication just covers up the symptoms, but if you can't solve it any other way and need medication you do have to give it a chance and you do have to put up with side effects.