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Old 09-21-2004, 05:09 PM   #1
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Help Lexapro

I really need some help

my doctor has put me on lexapro (only a 1/2 tab a day) for social anxiety but i really do not want to take it. I have read about the side effects and i feel that it is not worth it. Do i have any hope of getting better with out medication


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Old 09-21-2004, 10:41 PM   #2
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Re: Help Lexapro

try the lexapro as it will be a big help when and if it works properly for you, it usually takes 2 to 6 weeks, until then, early side effects can be a nusiance but are reduced by valium which unfortunately many docs dont think to prescribe

the main alternative is just valium or similar meds , but a long term supply can be difficult to get, IMO they are best taken only as needed rather than daily

with all meds it also helps a lot to learn CBT methods about coping with social anxiety from books, courses or perhaps a therapist

recovery from just CBT with no meds is possible but usually slow and difficult, very good and understanding friends and family are needed, which sadly we seldom have

Old 09-22-2004, 10:48 AM   #3
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I held out from taking meds for 10 months after being diagnosed with GAD, but now I'm on Lexapro. I tried to do it with CBT and exercise, and the occassional Ativan, but it got to be too overwhelming.

The Lex is difficult in the beginning. At first, it made me think I was getting worse, not better. Problem was that I started on too high a dose. My Dr. prescribed 10 mgs, I started with 5, and that was too much. Best to start, if you do, with 2.5, and take that until you feel no or little side effects. Then slowly increase it over a few weeks. Going through the side effects (mainly, for me, increased agitation) seems to be worth it, as the Lex has kicked in and seems to have calmed my anxiety considerably. And I'm finally, after 4 weeks, up to 5 mg.

Also, have a prescription for a benzo to get you through it. It helps.

Good luck


Old 09-22-2004, 12:27 PM   #4
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The lexapro saved my life. I have GAD, and it was completely out of control and running my life. I was on Paxil and doing fine, however the weight gain was obvious and happened really fast. So, my dr. got me off of Paxil and immeidately on Lexapro. You have to be patient until your doctor gets you on the correct dosage for your problem. Currently I take 60 mg a day. That is a higher dosage, but it works and like I said before, it saved my life. With the panic attacks, I didn't want to live.

I guess it depends on each persons scenario - you have to decide what is more important. Living with the anxiety or not.

Old 09-22-2004, 01:28 PM   #5
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Wow, John--it's good to hear that your anxiety is being helped at 5 mgs of lex. I am doing exactly what you are doing. I'm currently on 2.5 and working my way up to 5 mgs. I hope that this smaller dose can alleviate my GAD.

When did you start feeling the positive effects? I've been taking 2.5 or 3 mgs for 1.5 weeks.

Continued luck to you and everyone else trying to overcome this awful anxiety.

Old 09-22-2004, 01:34 PM   #6
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I agree 100% with HRY33! It will help you but not overnight.I started at 10mg's/day and now take 20.That along with the occasional Neurontin has really helped me.Everyone is so different but I am a believer in SSRI's and other anxiety meds when properly supervised.Good luck!

Old 09-22-2004, 01:55 PM   #7
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Re: Help Lexapro

Originally Posted by holst
When did you start feeling the positive effects? I've been taking 2.5 or 3 mgs for 1.5 weeks.
I didn't feel like it was working until 3 weeks went by (last week, actually). I had bumped it up from 2.5 to 3.3 mg (which is difficult the way the pill is scored) but once I was on 3.3 for about 5-6 days, I started feeling good, and the agitation went away. I've only been on 5 mg for about 4 days, and I'm beginning to feel that maybe I should increase it again, because the morning anxiety is still there to a certain extent.


Old 09-23-2004, 04:50 AM   #8
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Re: Help Lexapro

I just took my first dose of Lexapro this morning and now I am worried as I popped a 10 mg pill as the MD ordered. I was on Zoloft 100 mg and am switching over without completely weaning from it. I have both depression and anxiety and the Zoloft was not helping with the anxiety anymore and it is driving me crazy (is there a drug for that???
What are the main side effects?? With Zoloft I just had some tummy upset in the beginning. I am also not wanting to gain weight after losing the 6 lbs I gained while on Paxil awhile ago.
Thanks so much. This board is a lifesaver.

Old 09-24-2004, 04:33 PM   #9
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Re: Help Lexapro

thanks for the advise

How many mg is a half a tab of lexapro (that is what my doctor wanted me to take). Also my anxiety is not too bad and I dont really have full blown panic attacks. I am wondering if I can manage it with just therapy, because I am very concerned with starting a medication like this.

last question, if I do start taking lexapro is it better to take it at night or in the morning

thank you all for taking the time to help

Old 09-28-2004, 04:30 PM   #10
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Re: Help Lexapro

My Dr. started me off on 10 mgs of Lexapro
I've been taking it for a week and feel horrible.
Tired and foggy and just blah.
I switched from Pacxil I heard really bad things about Paxcil (when you come off of it that it is really hard) I have heard good things about the Lexapro but so far nothing

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