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Re: New to Lexapro and feeling awful

Posted by KathrynLex on January 15, 2004, at 11:53:11

In reply to Re: New to Lexapro and feeling awful, posted by Danab on January 14, 2004, at 22:44:44

Hi Dana,

Welcome to Lexapro. I was scared too when I began taking it. For those of us with anxiety it's not good to see a long list of awful side effects! If you do experience side effects, and not everyone does, they are temporary. I'm on week 4 of 10 mg of Lex and most of them are gone now.

You might want to give your doc a call and ask about dosage. Or, if you're comfortable increasing it yourself I would recommend taking 5 mg for 2 wks and then increasing to 10 mg if 5 isn't working as well as you'd like.

I take my Lex at night. It makes me a little groggy so taking it before bed lets me sleep through that. Although, some people find that the Lex makes them hyper and prefer to take it in the mornings. If you don't have any trouble sleeping, keep taking it at night. Start taking it in the morning if it's causing you problems. I was taking it in the mornings, but like I said, it made me a bit tired.

I haven't read anything specific about Lex and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I do know that Lex has helped a great deal with my negative thinking patterns. I don't catastrphize every little thing, and my anxiety levels have gone down considerably.

I hope this helps. Give lex a chance. If it's the right drug for you, it will be worth waiting a few weeks to see if it works.





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