Lexapro how long to work

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Avatar f tn I have been on Lexapro for 11 yrs now. I have tried to stop taking Lexapro three times before but unsuccessful. This time I tapered down, finally stopped but have a ha for 6 days now. I work in medicine and am maried to a Family Practitioner but feel it is important to get opinions from other with experience in this. I am only 1 week out being completely off but inquiring about the length of side effects. Can anyone who has personally encountered this withdrawal tell me how long these s.e.
Avatar m tn I'd wait to see how it goes longer-term. Remember, the side effects start long before the effects. I wouldn't want to suppress what I'm feeling at this point so you can make an enlightened decision about whether this drug is right for you. If it starts to work but you still have side effects then it's time to ask your question again.
Avatar m tn Your pharmacist can give you good info about this med.
Avatar f tn Yes, it takes up to 6 weeks for this type of medication to reach a therapeutic level in your body. You could talk with your doctor about a quick acting anxiety medication to help with the panic attacks in the meantime. Always work closely with your doctor on your medication, so call him and let him know what's happening and see what he suggests. Know that every day gets you closer to feeling better, so hang in there.
Avatar n tn How long have you been taking Lexapro? Sometimes it can take a little while for the body to adjust to the medication in my opinion, but SSRIs like these can cause drowsiness in some people. First of all, does it work? If so and this is your only side effect have you tried taking it at night? It may actually help you sleep. However, if these side effects bother you, I always suggest talking it over with your doctor.
Avatar m tn On the the other hand i forced myself to go out yesterday and didn't do too bad. So today I decided to go to work to see how that goes. I got half way and felt i needed to turn around and go home but i continued on. I had to have a Valium to calm me down but im doing quite well so far. Maybe the Lexapro is starting to work. My anxiety seems to be at its highest in the morning as soon as i wake up. I take the Lexapro at 9 am everyday, maybe i should take it at night. Any ideas?
13762830 tn?1431386999 My name is Leila i joined this website today hoping i could get some advice. My doctor says i have anxiety and she's put me on lexapro she told me they will take a while to work. Which im dreading because i had a panic attack with breathing difficulties about 4 months ago and I'm feeling like another one will come one soon but the lexapro hasn't started working yet. I dont know what to do i am 20 and i don't live with my parents.
709686 tn?1277435759 So none of us can tell you how it's going to affect you. However, the side effects of Lexapro tend to be fewer than other ssris, at least by reputation and hype. I've had side effects from it, but they're not as bad as from other meds; on the other hand, it hasn't done what I'd hoped, either. The really bad things you read about these meds is from those who have trouble stopping them.
212161 tn?1537898045 jusy got home from dr , my stress level is out site wake up so stress everyday, the dr not my cardio wants to put me on lexapro for 6 months to help me get passed the stress am in. its 10mg a day does anyone take this and how have you been on it, i also take atenolol 25 mg a day will it mix with that .
Avatar f tn I really recommend that if you decide to stop Lexapro, to talk to your doctor and do it slowly! I'm suffering bad withdrawals! My anxiety is awful and to the roof! Which is causing stomach issues... I've been tapering down, but did it too fast, within 3 weeks- which ideas it, it could take up to 6 months to safely tapper down. My last half pill was on October 31st, today 15 days later, my anxiety is almost unbearable....
232264 tn?1191252080 has anyone used lexapro ? if so can you tell me how it made you feel and how long you were on it and did it work? is it one of the good antidepresents?
Avatar f tn i have huge mood swings during treatment, mostly i am able to control. also i fear that being on AD for so long would be hard to quit after i finish treating. sometimes, life is all about attitude. try to take a positive attitude while you're at it, you'll be surprised by what a huge difference it can make. but whatever choice you make, i believe it will be the right choice.
Avatar n tn The "zombie" feeling you describe is a very normal response to anti-depressant/anxiety medication - regardless of which one you are taking. This experience occurs because it usually takes a while for your brain to adjust to the chemicals in these meds. As a very general rule, this SHOULD settle down a bit in 3 weeks. Because everybody has a unique reaction to SSRI's (and others) you may find this feeling lasts a little longer than that.
681888 tn?1272925909 My doc increased the dose to 30 and that did the job. It takes 8 weeks for the full effect but 6 is practically long enough to know how it will work. My pharmacist said Celexa kind of speeds you up, so there were certain painkillers to avoid when I had a headache. Based on that I doubt that it makes you sleepy, but be sure to check with a professional, as side-effect advice on this board should be regarded as anecdotal.
404138 tn?1308945256 but I have to go to bed I have work early . Thanks again...Im going to give the lexapro a try again im just worried about getting started on it and all of the problems that can possibly come from meds...but im at my breaking point and have to try something anything. You said your weaning off of it....and I hear alot of having to up the dosage bc your body becomes immuned and then it doesnt work any more..and then you switch meds....
Avatar n tn I just wonder how bad their symptoms are as mine are pretty bad, shaking and not able to eat, don't even know how I get out of bed to be honest. I do know this helps, to have people to talk to so stay in touch, hope you feel better soon. don't worry you will though. that is why we have doctors and friends, they are great too however I feel that I am frustrating them they just want me to be me again. good luck, talk to you soon.
Avatar f tn But I would also have to ask you how long your boyfriend has been taking Lexapro. This factor is key, because if he has been taking it for a very long time there is a 20% chance that the active ingrediant in Lexapro which is "Escitalopram," has lost it's effectiveness for him. I pooped out on Lexapro in 2 years. That's why some people like us make med changes. Because we "poop out" after long periods on the same AD medication.
Avatar n tn Hello how long did it take for the lexapro 20 to help you. I started in 10 did if for like 2 weeks it’s now been 3 weeks that I am on lexapro 20 but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Dictir added buscopine 5 in Thursday and hoping and praying they help me. I have been dealing with this anxiety since August 12. Please I need good advice and good vibes.
Avatar f tn If you ever do pursue a cure in therapy or some other way and decide to stop the Lexapro, you have to do it carefully and slowly taper off of it at a pace that suits you.
Avatar n tn My neurologist doesn't know why or how it happened but he does believe it was the lexapro that did the damage to me. He said HE didn't even know how this SSRI worked in the brain. I was perplexed at this specialist being perplexed. My doctor had thrown this free box-o-lexapro at me like it was candy. I have talked to 2 other people who had this same reaction to the lexapro. Both said it took 2 years before they were completely healed. WOW, what a coincidence.
Avatar f tn I have been trying to wean my wife off Lexapro. Presently she is on 5mg daily. Originally she was on 20mg daily. As I understand the withdrawal regiment as one should not reduce the dosage until the patient is stabilized on that particular dosage. Since she has been on 5mg (2 months) we have experienced several symptoms and they have dissipated, however one symptom has lingered for three weeks. This one is absolutely driving her nuts.
Avatar n tn i don't look for an answer to that, but that is one of the many wonders now. how long has it been now and how are you feeling?
Avatar n tn she says it's probably a drop in my blood pressure and to have that checked...either way, isn't that also related to weaning off of lexapro??? any ideas on how to curb this vertigo would be appreciated....and if anyone knows if it can creep up after a week and a half, let me know! thanks.
Avatar m tn Namaste Lexapro is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lexapro affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression or anxiety. Lexapro is used to treat anxiety and major depressive disorder. Like most SSRI's it usually takes several weeks(up to six) to realize the full benefits of the medication.
Avatar m tn Ever since i started the lexapro i feel a lot better than before, a lot o the prior symptoms gave vanished but i'm still struggling with spaciness and some detachment. How long will it take to get back to 100% normal? I don't even know what normal feels like anymore. Will I ever fully recover?
Avatar f tn I'd say you should notice a subtle change within a week or two, as long as lexapro is a medication that is going to work for you. Give it 4 to 6 weeks to really see a difference. I really like lexapro. I haven't had any side effects unless i miss a dose. Good luck, I hope it works well for you!
Avatar f tn It is the newer version of Effexor, is very strong, is a very stimulating antidepressant so isn't usually used if anxiety is the primary problem unless all other meds have failed to work, and can be very difficult to stop taking.