It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Mental Health Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-21-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: frisco, tx
Posts: 2
dynasty32 HB User
i've been on lexapro for 5 weeks but I'm still feeling anxious

i've been prescribed lexapro for 10mgs for anxiety and it has made my anxiety worse, or it did nothing for my anxiety and my anxiety was inevitably getting worse. It's about the 5th week and couple of days on lexapro, i haven't had much side effects except drowsiness. I want to try xanax, and i really don't care if i get addicted to it as long as it treats my anxiety that's all that matters.

Should i stay on lexapro for few more weeks and see if i can any results and just ween off it if it doesn't do any good for me?

Should I try xanax right now, or should I wait to see if lexapro works for me?

do you think i should go to a psychiatrist to get the xanax? because lexapro is easy to take and it's daily, but i heard xanax dosage differs alot.

if xanax works for me would it be safe if i can take it everyday? also, if xanax did work would it make my irrational fears go away?

also if lexapro won't work, would it be easier to get off it, since i didn't exprience much side effects?

or should i take a different antidepressant medication?

Last edited by dynasty32; 03-21-2009 at 01:32 PM.

Old 03-21-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 51
WantToManage HB User
Re: i've been on lexapro for 5 weeks but I'm still feeling anxious

Hi -- I also started taking Lexapro recently (10 weeks now). I started at 10mg too but felt that wasn't doing the trick, so I spoke with my doctor and we decided to ramp up the dosage. I did 15mg for a couple of weeks and now I'm at 20mg. The plan is to stabilize at 20; we'll see how that goes. It's definitely helped curb my anxiety.

One of the ironies of Lexapro is that it can make you more anxious before it makes you less anxious. And I'm told that happens each time you adjust the dosage. That seemed to hold true for me -- I had my first panic attack right after I started Lexapro 10mg and my second when I went to 15mg. So far so good at 20mg....

Before quitting Lexapro, I would suggest discussing with your doctor the possibility of adjusting your dosage; maybe you just need more to feel the full effect.

Re Xanax, my understanding is that this class of drug (benzo) is better used on an as-needed basis in conjunction with an SSRI to get you through tough periods, rather than on a daily basis by itself, because benzos are addictive.

Last edited by WantToManage; 03-21-2009 at 07:05 PM. Reason: Left out a word.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Anyone know the difference between Zoloft and Lexapro? miche31 Anxiety 5 11-16-2006 07:23 PM
What's your lexapro dose-fear of upping mine KArast Mental Health 1 09-05-2006 10:44 PM
What 's your lexapro dose-scared of upping! KArast Anxiety 1 09-02-2006 08:23 AM
WHat's your lexapro dose-fear of upping it KArast Depression 3 08-31-2006 08:45 AM
1st day on Lexapro Halo2760 Anxiety 17 05-17-2006 05:24 PM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.


There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added

Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to for complete list)
Klonopin Lexapro


flamesabers (13), w2bh09 (7), Tori41 (5), GatsbyLuvr1920 (4), opple (4), writeleft (4), Administrator (4), Seraph (3), jennybyc (3), Leo123 (3)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (670), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:27 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!