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Anxiety board

Good morning everyone.

I am in need of some desperate advice. I have been dealing with some health issues for several months. I finally cracked under the pressure last week. In a previous post I told how Effexor didn't work for me and I am now on Lexapro.

It has helped a bit so far with my constant worry but I still feel like I am a wreck on the inside. I was shaking a crying all day and just thinking the worst outcomes of my illness. I try to tell myself over and over to stop doing that but it of course is not working.

My family doc prescribed by Lorazepam 1 mg. He said I can take it up to 3 times a day. I took one yesterday morning and I felt pretty good until about 8 p.m. Is that when it would start wearing off?

I have this terrible problem of waking up at 5 am every morning in a panic. I am not having an anxiety attack, I just can't stop worrying about my unresolved medical issues. Is it okay to take a Lorazpam in the a.m. every time I wake up like that? I don't want to be addicted to it.

Today is only my 8th day of Lexapro. Is is normal to need to take something like Lorazepam to help you get by?

Thanks for any help. I feel so scared and hopeless right now. I just don't know what to think or do anymore.

I am also on Lexapro and it takes at least 6 weeks to really start working. I had to take xanax along with it at first and that is normal. I don't take the xanax much at all now, but my doctor said it is ok to take it as needed. How much lexapro are you taking? I took 10 mg at first, but I was getting breakthrough panic, so I went to 20 mg. and it seems to take the edge off. I still feel a little anxious at times but nothing like before. Hang in there.
Thank you,

I am taking 10 mg. of Lexapro. I am really trying to hang in here but it's tough. I went through this 9 years ago and it wasn't this bad. Thanks for the advice.
I have gone through it also off and on in my life and this lastest bout was the worst for me. It's very discouraging, but these boards have been very helpful to me knowing that I am not alone. Be patient and give the lexapro a chance to work. In the meantime, if your doctor says its ok to take a benzo, by all means, do so. As the lexapro starts to work, you should not have to take it very often. If after a few months you don't feel any better, you may need a higher dosage of the lexapro. This is what happened with me. I have been on paxil (hated it) and zoloft also, but lexapro seems to have the lowest side effects for me. Hope you start feeling better soon! :)
Thank you. I guess will continue taking the Lorazapam. It does make me feel better, almost normal. I thought by now the Lexapro would have kicked in a bit but I guess it will be longer.

I am glad I found this site. It makes me feel not so alone.

Have a good day :)
lexapro takes 2 to 6 weeks to start working, your dose may need upping later