Lexapro dosage increase

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Avatar m tn Hey there, is it not going well? I thought 20mg was the max dose on Lexapro? I gave it 8 weeks!!
Avatar m tn Then see how you feel after a couple weeks if you feel a small amount better... increase the dosage. If you feel great!... leave the dosage where it is and try it for a few months. If you feel worse... than that drug is not for you. Doctors tend to over prescribe some meds. My personal experience with Lexapro is that I felt terrible up to 10 mg.. went down to 5mg, and felt slightly better but still some anxiety and side effects. Now I've been taking half a pill (2.
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.
Avatar m tn HI, just was wondering about an increase dosage of Lexapro. I started at 10 mg and my doctor increased it to 20 mg. I've been taking it for 2 1/2 weeks and have noticed an improvement over the 10 mg. I've been having more good days then bad which is great. Will it take 4 to 6 weeks to receive the full benefit from the Lexapro from the increased dosage? Thanks for the help.
Avatar m tn Normally, after about 6 weeks your doctor will want to see you to determine how well it's working and if you need an increase in your dosage. If you don't feel like the Valium isn't working, let your doctor know this. You always want to work closely with your doctor regarding medications, they are used to getting a lot of questions so never hesitate to call him with any concerns. Why are you having trouble leaving the house? Is it anxiety or lack of motivation?
233622 tn?1279338505 I asked for something other than Xanax last August and my doc put me on Lexapro. I'm on a low dosage (10 mg). I take it for anxiety/panic attacks. I am now in the process of tapering off of it. In spite of increased exercise and no change in diet, I have put on a large amount of extra weight (that I never needed in the first place :-( ). My stomach has also been starting to bother me within the last couple of months as well.
Avatar n tn Recently I started to get depressed again and my Doctor put me on Lexapro but that has also caused the same sexual side effect. He suggested I change the Wellbutrin SR to XL and increase the dosage to 450mg a day and stop taking the Lexapro and if I have anxiety I could take the Klonpin during the day.
10962624 tn?1421807972 I've been on Lexapro for almost two weeks now for anxiety and depression. The first week and a half I was on 10MG and for the past four days it was bumped up to 15MG. I would say I am LESS anxious than I was two weeks ago. I have a good day followed by a really good day then followed by a BAD day. Is it normal to have that happen? I read somewhere it should be a subtle increase in positiveness. I don't understand why I'm having bad days following good days.
Avatar m tn Day 5 since I upped my Lexapro to 20mgs per doctor and seems like I have had an increase in tiredness and anxiety? Is this normal for any dosage change? Dang, I had a pretty good weekend.
Avatar f tn Hello there, The reason why a doctor told you to take half the pill if for a smoother start. You will eventually increase dosage but it is more easy on your neurotransmitters to start slowly and therefore, it is my opinion, you should take half the pill for a week. Generally i would be telling you listen to your doctor but there seems to have to much contradictions so I'm unable to do so and will use my knowledge based opinion/suggestion on the topic.
1198633 tn?1341185988 I've heard nothing of a twitch that either my family or friends have seen and I've asked them multiple times if they've ever seen me do it. Anyway since having my Lexapro dosage cut in half my withdrawal symptoms seem to get worse daily, if that is indeed what they are. I've been having bad indigestion and heartburn around the clock, palpitations (skipped beats) way more often than I normally was.
535882 tn?1396580285 A classic case was a man I saw in follow-up, a couple months after starting Lexapro. He said the the Lexapro wasn't doing anything for his anxiety or depression. As we talked for awhile, he mentioned that he had started exercising; I pointed out that he hadn't exercised in years, and wondered if it was from the medication; he said no, the meds weren't doing anything-- he just felt like exercising. He then mentioned that he had joined a bowling league.
Avatar n tn Going from 5 mg Lexapro (took for 8 days) Weaning schedule 2.5 mg Lexapro (for 2 weeks) 2.5 mg Lexapro (for 2 weeks every other day) 2.5 mg Lexapro (for 2 weeks every 2nd day) Does this sound like a good slow schedule for weaning, considering I took Lexapro for 2 weeks total (2.5 mg for 6 days, 5 mg for 8 days)? Also, for Ativan, I will take it slower: Going from 1 mg daily (took for 16 weeks) Weaning schedule .25 /.25/.25 (.75 mg daily for 2 weeks) .25/.25 /.125 (.
Avatar f tn I stopped Lexapro two months ago because of side effects. My anxiety is back severely. I'm going to restart it tonight. Forget the side effects I need the medicine. It didn't help me as much as I'd like but it obviously helped me more than I thought. At some time I might switch to a different medicine but current day I'm getting back on Lexapro. I just refilled it & they gave me generic. I've been on name brand. Will I tell the difference? Will it work again?
Avatar f tn I am also on lexapro.. and I have noticed a increase in smoking with me.. it seems like I can never have enough and I am also jittery.. do you seem to have the same symptoms or.. is it just me?! lol..
Avatar f tn How long will she be on this dose before there's an increase? Or, have you talked about an increase yet? I only take 5 mgs and have for awhile now. I also take an anxiety med along with the Lexapro. The reason I take a low dose is because a higher one made me so tired all the time. I'm really hoping this med works for your daughter. In my opinion, they should'nt have started her off on Prozac first.
Avatar n tn I started out on 10 mg and then it went up to 20 mg. I hated the idea of having to increase the dosage and when I started noticing the rapid weight gain I cut back to 10 mg again. I noticed a few withdrawals even then and decided to get off of them completely and try to find some kind of normalcy without drugs. Do you feel like you can have a normal life without antidepressants? Do you have any advice other than exercise and eat right to help keep my mind healthy?
Avatar m tn It's common to have to increase or decrease our dosage once or twice but not as often as you have. I would call your doctor and ask him what you should do at this point, and go from there. Then never adjust the dosage without the advice of your doctor, it just creates too many problems that you don't need. I hope this helps.
Avatar f tn I am currently taking zoloft originally it was for severe pms now for that and drpression. I have been on lots of them. paxil, wellbutrin, lexapro , cymbalta. all had side effects I could not handle. I was started on zoloft about 2 months ago. at first i was doing well. no side effects and still none but I continue to have depression, crying ect. so my physican increased my dose from 50 mg to 100 mg. I am alittle scared to do it but I do want relieve.
Avatar m tn Should I, increase the dosage to 20mg or I should wait a little longer for the full effect to taker place. Your comments would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
2129933 tn?1335507205 Sometimes a dosage increase is needed. It usually depends on how much stress you are under and how you are handling it. For me, when my stressors increase, so does my anxiety even though I'm on meds. It just really depends on HOW much stress I'm under. Also, our bodies change as we get older and stay on meds so sometimes things just need to be tweaked. This is not something to worry about. Just knowing that the medication helps should alleviate your anxiety.
Avatar n tn Hello, I was taking 5MG of Lexapro for anxiety and had ups and downs so my doctor decided to increase the dosage to 10mg. The first day after increase I didn't feel the best but then I had about a week of feeling great! Now the last 5 days I haven't been feeling the best, slowly getting better each day. Been on 10MG for 2 weeks and 3 days. Does anyone know when you increase your dosage does the clock restart for the 4-6 weeks for the side effects? Please any advise on this would be very helpful!
Avatar f tn They normally start you out on the lowest dosage, then want to see you back in 6-8 weeks to see how you are doing anyway. Usually an increase in the dosage is needed, so if this happens, don't let it scare you, it's very typical. Stay with the medication, it worked wonders for me. Take care...
Avatar n tn I have been weening off lexapro for a few weeks and I have muscle pains, and im tired , dizzy electricution feeling in the head my eyes hurt, im sensitve to light and I suppose to stop taking it all together tommoro i have a feeling this is going to hurt alot more..
Avatar n tn My doctor told me that the 50 mg is a low dose, but it has always worked well for me and I haven't had to increase or decrease the dosage. There are others who are on different anti-depressants and they seem to work well for them also. Good luck with the 'not decreasing' the dosage. Seems as though you have mild or very few sides so I agree, why decrease at this point.
7827044 tn?1399395043 I was started on Zoloft 5 weeks ago at 50 mg and was doing great at week 4 - at that time Zoloft was increased to 75 mg and I have been taking that dose for 7 days and I feel agitated and anxious. I am not sure how long I should give the dose increase side effects to go away or just go back to taking 50 mg, I was doing very well on 50 mg. I called my mental health facility but there is not a nurse there today.
709686 tn?1277435759 I have a few question I was hoping someone may be able to answer. 1) If I want to increase my doseage what increments shoudl I increase by? 2) If I wanted to incrase to 20mgs daily do I take two 10mgs tabs at once or should I take one 10mg tab in the morning and one in the evening? 3) Can SSRI's cause constipation? 4) If you are taking an SSRI...what is your current doseage. Thanks in advance for any response.
Avatar n tn Blood pressure has been stable since Feb. 3rd due to increase dosage of Enalipril. On Jan. 15th, my doctor gave me Lexapro and new problems started. I took 10mg for the first 6 days then went to 5mg/day until Feb. 3rd. The reason for the change was because of severe side effects. Dizziness, tremors, jaw pain, loud ringing in ears, nausea were the main issues. Now being off the med for 13 days, and have been off of work since Feb. 3rd, I continue to have problems.
Avatar f tn i do have 1 mg xanax that i take at night regularly. and i also take the lexapro in the evening too. i just want to be off the lexapro because even though it helped when i had my "episode" a few years back, ive never really been myself since ive been on it. its hard to concentrate, i have brain fog, and no motivation to do much of anything. i do know that the doses for depression and anxiety are different, but also people are different in the doses needed to deal with their issues.
1295419 tn?1276826472 I too have noticed a pretty high increase in blood pressure with the increased dosage from 10 to 20 mg. Unusual for me, but it's the only thing I can attribute it to. I am also really like the benefits of Lexapro, and would hate to switch......again. I am checking with my GP and Psychiatrist today just to make sure. I'd watch it, take it again (or buy a cuff) and let your doctor know if you don't see a change.