Lexapro dosage for gad

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1295419 tn?1276826472 Hi, I have been taking Lexapro for severe GAD for the last 3 weeks. I do notice a difference and I have not been obsessing over things as much as before. However I still do have anxiety, especially in the mornings. In others experience, does this continue to get better? I know it can take 4-6 weeks to reach optimal effects. I just didn't know if the Lexapro would only take the edge off and I would still continue to have anxiety. Any input would be appreciated.
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 You said you have only been on it for 2 weeks, you should know that it takes a FULL 4-8 weeks for Lexapro to even take effect in your body...with that being said, I would look into other things that could be affecting your sexual dysfunction. Hope this helps any.
Avatar f tn After trying Lexapro for probably 8 months, I was switched to Effexor 75mg. Just prior to leaving, he upped the dosage to 150 mg. My first appointment with the new psychiatrist, only 15 minutes, he upped the Effexor to 225mg and gave me a script for Klonopin (.25 mg to take twice daily as needed). I was a bit shocked he would prescribe Klonopin after just meeting me. Over the last 6 weeks I only took it 3 or 4 times and didn't really notice much of a difference.
358304 tn?1409713092 Nice to meet you...Chris..i have GAD ..so i know what you're going thru....it seems to me,this all started when your grandma pass away..and having your first child..btw good luck...when anxiety and stress builds up it could be for a few weeks ,months or years..nobody knows for sure...maybe to many things going on with your life all at once,sometimes the mind is overloaded.....you're young and maybe you're thinking of the future..you know with a new baby,takes alot out of the parents...ok..
Avatar f tn I started taking anti depressant meds a few years ago to combat GAD and panic disorder. I took lexapro for a while but have been taking effexor for the past couple years at 225mg. Recently, my anxiety level has been terrible and I can't even make it through the day so my doctor gave me lorazepam for the attacks. In the past week or so it's gotten so bad that in addition to my nighly meds, I'm taking 2mg of lorazepam 2-3 times a day, which is making me loopy and exhausted. What do I do?
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar f tn Hello, I have a teen with GAD and beginning lexapro. I'm hoping some here could share experiences while taking this drug, i.e. especially bothersome side effects? how long before you felt a little less anxious? sleep disturbances? Thank you in advance.
Avatar f tn Are you taking any other medications or just the Lexapro? I came off of Lexapro cold turkey, but I was on 5mg. It wasn't pleasant for about roughly a week. I was dizzy, experiencing brain zaps (where it literally feels just like it sounds. Almost like your brain got shocked and is resetting itself) and some upset stomach. If you are trying to quit ALL medications, this can be a bit trickier. Therapy is crucial, but it all depends on why you have anxious thoughts to begin with.
Avatar m tn At the beginning of last year I was at one time up to 3mg Xanax a day but over the summer felt better and managed to taper down to 1mg a day. (during this whole time I am in therapy for GAD and PTSD). The anxiety used to manifest itself in the form of "motor in chest" feeling and lots of nausea. Well this time around I don't have nausea really, it is now the chest feeling and come and go lightheadedness. Under Dr direction I brought Xanax back up to 1.
Avatar n tn She will work a 5-6 hour day then come home and not e able to get off the couch. Before Celexa she would come home, nap for 15 - 20 min then we would both go workout. For this reason we have been researching different types of medication and therapy. It seems that the use of several meds may be benefitial for her. I would like to her more from people who may be going through similiar things.
Avatar m tn This is the common way to dose Lexapro. 10mg is the manufacturer's suggested dose for depression, and 20mg for anxiety. Your psychiatrist was working up slowly to see how you reacted. Give it some time and see how it works; if the problems don't go away, perhaps this isn't your med. It made me pretty weird, too, at times, but as far as antidepressants go wasn't too bad for side effects. Just didn't work well enough for me.
Avatar n tn For me, whenever I started/stopped/adjusted dosage of an SSRI like Lexapro, I would always be a little more on edge for awhile. When I first started, it really took me about a month or so to actually feel a little more relaxed. Many times, your doctor will prescribe a benzo like ativan to use while you are starting an SSRI on an as needed basis which can come in handy...
5342561 tn?1366668482 I started with ativan and lexapro. Lexapro at first did nothing for me except kill my labido. The ativan worked great by killing the anxiety. And I did end up getting physically dependant on ativan of 4 years use. So I'm glad you are being careful with the xanax, because xanax and ativan are basically the same thing, except I think ativan is stronger. So take the xanax ONLY when you need it. Lexapro should be doing its thing in about 2-4 weeks. Sometimes 6 weeks.
1295419 tn?1276826472 Hi all-- I started taking Lexapro last week for severe GAD and have noticed that my blood pressure is a little on the high side after taking it and my heart rate it a little higher as well. It seems like every time I stand up my heart rate increases, even from that minimal activity. I like the effects of the Lexapro mentally, but just curious if anyone else had similar side effects and if so, if they went away or you had to start taking something else?
Avatar f tn How good is Lexapro for anxiety? How long does it take to work? Does it cause gastrointestinal problems? It is difficult to stop when the time comes? Is valium better? Any help and comments will be greatly appreciated.
Avatar m tn I am a perfectionist, and starting to second guess my life choices (which I just started seeing a school psychologist for). I have had such GAD/Panic issues before, but it has gotten disruptive so I decided to start up on some meds again. I have tried Zoloft, Celexa, and Paxil but each made me slightly foggy headed in the long-run and gave me severe insomnia while starting out. I would guess that they helped mood wise. My psychiatrist has put me on Lexapro 10mgs once a day.
Avatar n tn Klonopin works wonders for me but may not for someone else. I've never taken Lexapro but it works for a lot of women w/ post partum depression. See your doctor, I suggest a psychiatrist b/c they can get your meds regulated.
Avatar n tn And by the same token, if one works for you, another may not. As far as the lexapro, if it was working for you and you go back on it, talk to your doctor about the dose. Many people are on 15 or 20mg. I just posted under another thread in this forum, please look for it and read my suggestions for counseling and educational resources. Good luck!
Avatar n tn my GAD is like having an electrical short. Never fully conecting. For once in my life, I am functioning properly. I am sorry to hear if Lexapro is not working for you. Cuz I think it is wonderful.
Avatar n tn So, to anybody whose physician is considering putting them on Lexapro for GAD, try to find another alternative if available, or be prepared for a long weaning period. I'm currently looking into homeopathic remedies that hopefully will ease the transition a bit (Deprex looks compelling, but I'm still researching it). I just wanted to offer my $.02 to this discussion.
Avatar n tn Oh man. Glad I found this site. I stared on 10mg daily of Lexapro by my prescription happy DR. in June 2005 for GAD. He also scripted me .5mg pills of zanax for "whenever" I needed it, almost immediately I started feeling tired all the time. I constantly yawned all day long. I noticed that quite quickly (7-10 days) my GAD lessoned but also my drive for just about everything else lessoned as well and I started drinking very heavily almost every night.
Avatar n tn This March (2004) I began taking Lexapro for depression and general anxiety. I started with 5mg for a week then move up to 10mg for a month but this had no effect on my depression. So, my doctor increased the dosage to 20mg, hoping that the increased dosage would help me. Well, I took the medicine religiously hoping the medication would reduce my depression and help me have a peace of mind.
Avatar n tn Have you asked your doctor about maybe trying a small dosage of Xanax for a week or so until the Lexapro kicks in? I know sometimes you have to "play around" with different meds until you find the right combination. And different meds work on different people. For example, I took Paxil for awhile, and while it helped with the panic and OCD, I was ALWAYS extremely tired. Plus, I also gained weight.
Avatar f tn I'm taking Rivotril (clonazepam) on a regular basis--actually increasing the dosage steadily for the past week--but I want to start Lexapro (escitalopram) and try to reduce the clonazepam. I want to hear from those of you who have taken this antidepressant for anxiety disorder and sleep issues and see if it's a good choice.
Avatar f tn He is introducing this slowly this week and we will eventually be fading out the Lexapro in time. While on the Lexapro I was also give Kolonopin .25mg to take at night for jaw clenching and excessive dreaming. My Dr. has given me the ok to start taking .25mg in the morning as well to help with the anxiety during the change from the Lexapro to Zoloft. I have read so many posts regarding Kolonopin and how helpful it has been to others and also how hard it has been to get off.
Avatar f tn Would you say that the side effects you've experienced at the beginning of Lexapro are worth it? I'm supposed to be taking it for GAD but scared of the sides.....don't need anymore anxiety, weight gain, or headaches.
Avatar n tn I should mention, I am a 25 year old male.