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Re: Lexapro! What do you think of it? Need support

Posted by KathrynLex on March 29, 2004, at 18:27:43

In reply to Lexapro! What do you think of it? Need support, posted by deepdarkhole on March 29, 2004, at 12:42:37

Hi Deepdarkhole,

I've been taking 15 mgs of Lexapro since December for depression/anxiety.

A few recommendations:

- If you're sensitive to meds start at a very low dose. Try taking 5 mgs (cut the 10 mg pills in half) for two weeks and then start taking 10 mgs. Starting at a low dose will allow your body to adjust to the meds and you won't experience as many side effects.

- Lex can sometimes cause anxiety for the first two weeks that you take it. If the anxiety becomes uncomfortable ask your doctor about Xanax, Klonopin or Lorazepam. Any of those meds can help with the anxiety that Lexapro might cause.

- You might feel a little out of it or unfocused for a few weeks. It's a normal side effect that goes away.

- Remember that most side effects are temporary and will go away in a few weeks. In my experience, most of my side effects were gone by week 5. Lexapo acts faster for some people, as you can see from the post above. It really depends on the individual.

- The tiredness goes away eventually. If it doesn't you might try adding a low dose of Wellbutrin. That's what I've had to do and it's been very helpful so far.

- The tremors will subside. My hand still trembles from time to time, but it isn't a big deal.

Try to hang in there because Lexapro is a wonderful medication and is worth the wait because the results are terrific. But above all else, listen to your body and what it tells you. Best of luck!





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