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After trying to bear this anxiety and depression the natural way, I have decided to start Lexapro. The natural did work a little, but I need something better. My doctor just sent it the subscription to the pharmacy. I am scared about starting it because I have tried for so long to use natural products, and stay away from medication. I have read a lot of success stories of people who have found relief with lexapro, so I can confident it will work. But I am really nervous about the side effects.

Have anyone had any serious side effect or just side effects that lasted a long time? and how long does it take to start seeing a little improvement?

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Hi stovall1992, sometimes we need a little extra help to get us through.

It doesn't mean that we can't use alternative methods as well. (I don't mean

holistic meds) Self Hypnosis, Meditation, DeepBreathing, Mindfullness, CBT etc.

These along with medication and therapy can prove very beneficial.

As for the Lexapro, it has been god sent for me. I got off my Benzos and have

only been on Lexapro for the last 5 years. I only have good things to say about

it, such as I don't even realize that I'm on medication. I'm clear headed and

not tired. I wish this for you as well. Good Luck xx

P.S. If the dose is not changed, it can take from 4-6 weeks to reach full

efficacy. Keep your doctor updated and stay positive.

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That give me such hope! Thank you so much. do you have any side effects? My friend who was on Lexapro said it really worked for her, but her anxiety increase a bit

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No side effects. No increased anxiety.

It's so worth a try Stovall. Each one of us responds differently

and you may just be the person who is helped by it. Good Luck xx

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oh nice. I guess I need to try it out and see how I respond to it. Thank you so much!

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If you start on 5mg for 4 weeks then go up to 7.5mg for two weeks, then 10mg you be fine, it’s the best AD for no side effects in the range.

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okay i like that idea. my doctor prescribed me 10mg to start, so can I just cut it in half?

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Yes just pick up a pill cutter from your pharmacy store, you will be ok maybe try 2.5 mg for 2 weeks then 5mg for 4/5 weeks then 7.5mg for 2 weeks then up to 10mg you will NOT have any problems

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that was the first medication i tried for my depression/anxiety. unfortunately it really reduced my libido and ability to get pleasure from sex. i wasn't ok with that and i've now switched to wellbutrin which gives me better results all around especially for my depressed mood. see how it works for you and just be aware of how it affects you in case you need to try something else. good luck

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venusianlove, any of the SSRIs can have that effect.

It depends how we respond as individuals.

I'm glad you found Wellbutrin. :) x

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Well I’m single, so that won’t be a problem lol. but I appreciate your response. how did wellbutrin work for you?

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I’ve noticed an improvement in my mood and energy levels with wellbutrin.

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All SSRis are the same Lexepro is one of the best

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Just to be clear wellbutrin is one of the few antidepressants that is Not an ssri. It’s in a class called NDRI.

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Oh my goodness I'm experiencing the same symptoms. My libido is gone. Lexapro has done wonders for me but not sure what to do. My husband is not a happy camper but very understanding. But realistically it will eventually cause some issues in our marriage. I'm so torn and confused. I will certainly ask about my doctor wellbutrin. What are known side affects with this medication?

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I have been on Lexapro since April. It’s helped a lot for both my anxiety and depression. Although I still have days where I don’t want to do anything besides lay on the couch, today being one of those.

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nice! I really appreciate your response. How long did it take for you start seeing some results?

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I would say at least a month. The changes aren’t drastic either it just helps you manage better.

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okay cool. did you have any side effects?

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Yes, at first increased anxiety and no appetite (only lasted a week). Now, constipation and low libido

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Same here. Didn't know that also constipation was aside affect to this medication.

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oh okay. So I guess once your body got use to the lexapro, the anxiety and appetite symptoms went away

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Yes, it can make your anxiety worse at first but just know it’s the meds and hold on.

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ugh that’s what I was afraid of. but considering what I have dealt with for months, I guess I can handle it

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Yes, exactly.

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can you take something to help with the symptoms like cbd or some calming medication that will decrease your symptoms?

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I would check with your doctor. I was switching meds from Wellbutrin so maybe that’s why my anxiety was ramped up but it only lasted a few days...

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okay, i’ll do that. thank you!!

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I agree with that Coralrose5

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I take lexapro been on this med for over 10 years. The only side effect I had at first was loss of appetite. I take 10mg a day.

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has it help you a lot?

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It’s helped but not a miracle worker. I don’t know but I think after being on this drug for so long maybe it ‘poops out’ (if you know what I mean) after so many years taking it. It will help you though. Take care keep us posted on how it’s going.

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oh okay. hopefully I won’t be on it too long. but that you for the information!

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I’ve been taking this for almost 3 weeks. I did have side-effects between days 4-11. Mainly excessively yawning, foggy head, unable to concentrate and mouth dry and generally felt pretty rough. These side effects now 90% gone - still a bit slow to get going in the morning (I take 10 mgs after lunch) but generally feeling loads better. Certainly sleeping better. Still wake up a few times but much more relaxed. Hope it works for you. Give it time. I’m hopeful this medication is good for me. Good luck!

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oh wow, sorry you experienced those side effects. Did it affect your blood pressure in any way? I have a semi-low blood pressure (103/63 most of the time), and it’s because of my iron-deficiency anemia (lab result confirmed my ferratin level was a 4). I’m already fatigued and sluggish and I take iron pills now, but my doctor said the lexapro won’t affect the iron pills.

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No didn’t affect my bp but I take medication as I have reverse issue. Hypertension! But my readings are the same as before starting escitalopram (Lexapro).

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Lexepro is the most prescribed AD In England, as it has less side effects then the other ADs.

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yea my doctor said that Lexapro is one of the best.

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I’m due to start it on Thursday so following xxx

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I’m going to start today. please let me know how it goes for you!

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I wish the homeopathic way worked for me. But there’s a lot of hype about this

Industry, prescription drugs the same

Unfortunately.

I can see your hesitation. You should be proud of yourself! Too many people grab

For the quick fix! That’s human.

Stay under your doctors care and let him

Know of all your concerns! If you need it try it, it’s not forever. We all have rough

Patches in life.

I really admire you! Thanks for sharing

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there is so much hyped around homeopathic. I really wanted it to work for me as well.

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Also I would highly recommend therapy

The two go together

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I agree. I’m in therapy now.

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Hi

You are taking a big important step that will help you if you are able to stick with it.

Very good luck, my thoughts are with you, feel free to message me anytime.

I have had major positive results from antidepressants, transformed my life but I did need 3 dose increases so I am on a fairly high but not top dose by now. I wanted to leave some room to go up if I needed to

I am on Velafaxine which is an SNRI not an SSRI.

Very good luck.

Kim

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I’ve never heard of Velafaxine, but I’m so glad you had positive results!! I hope Lexapro can do the same for me

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I've been on lexapro 20mg for 6mo now it's been a blessing and I've had no side affects. Give it time to kick in you will feel the difference. At least 2 weeks. Never give up!

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Great! Thank you so much! I start today.

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I have been on Lexapro for 6 months now. No side effects and it took about a month before it seemed to work. I started off with the lowest dose and had to slightly increased it once. I hope it works for you.

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Glad you didn’t have any side effects. Was the lowest dose 10mg or 5mg?

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I started with 5mg and 2 months later started on 10mg which seems to be enough for me.

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okay. i will definitely start off small and work my way up.

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Let me know how it works out for you. I have been taking it and also going though talk therapy, it has really made a difference.

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oh that’s good. Hopefully it can work for me. I’ll keep you updated!

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I started on 5mg, then increased to 10 then 15. I have depression too and i needed a higher dose for it.

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okay great. I have anxiety more than depression, and it’s mostly the anxiety symptoms that get me. But I also thinks the symptoms are due to my severe iron deficiency anemia.

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Hi! Congratulations on taking the decision to start the medication, it takes bravery for sure. I have been on Lexapro for about 3 months and I am doing very well. I have anxiety and anxiety attacks and Lexapro has done wonders keeping my mind at ease. When I first started Lexapro I was sleepy, not to the point of passing out anywhere (quetiapine did give me this horrible effect) but at a point in which you are just sleepy, functional but sleepy. It took about a week for me to get rid of the sleepiness altogether however, each day was better. For the full effects I could probably say for me it took about 2.5 weeks, but each day I feel a bit better little by litte. Good luck!

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oh wow, that’s great! I’m glad it worked for you, and I’m glad you don’t have any serious side effects.

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Did experience increased depression or suicidal thoughts while taking this? I just got my prescription and i’m reading the medication guide. I know everyone is different when it comes medication, but I was just curious if anyone experienced this?

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I have not had any adverse thoughts on Lexapro. You will be okay but it's only going to

be as good as you taking it. I would suggest as I do with a new medication, to take it

when someone is home with you. Write down the name of the drug, the dose and the

time you took it. Tell that person as well as us if you want (we'll help you through it)

The important thing after that is to go on with what you would normally do. Do not read

the pamphlet anymore or look it up on google. You can play a big part in the medication

working by not fighting it with "what ifs". Good Luck Stovall. You are about to change your life for the good. Stay Positive, You've Got This :) xx

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thank you so much!

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No increased depression or suicidal thoughts, and I had suicidal thoughts before I started taking it. I agree with agora, write down the date, time, medication and any side effects on a notepad. I did this when I started my meds because I was worried of side effects.

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The first time I tried Lexapro I did great and after a while decided to come off it because of the weight gain. The second time I went back on it, it was horrible. The side effects were so bad that I ended up in the hospital. I haven’t taken anything in a year now. I found other ways to manage my anxiety and depression through natural supplements and I have a doctor now that doesn’t want to put me on anything. Good luck to you

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I’m so sorry you experienced that. My friend was talking lexapro and while it did work for her, she’s taking natural supplements now. She trying to make sure I make the right decision of taking lexapro because she knows I really wanted to stay away from medication. What natural supplements do you take and how has it worked for you?

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Hello,

While going through a divorce, I needed help to manage the sadness and anxiety that came with the territory. My Primary Care prescribed Lexapro. She immediately set me up with 20 mg. It left me feeling like I had concrete blocks on my head and seltzer water going through me body. Bottom line, she started me at too high a dosage. It was very scary. In the the end, I found a specialist that solely work with prescribing meds and offered therapy and monitoring of my new medication intake. Celexa worked best for me but I started at 5 mg and worked up slowly with her guidance and support. I am no longer on this medication but it helped me cope for the 2 years while going through a difficult time. Coming back off the medication was also a slow, weening process. Also, the Calm app changed my life by helping me with breathing and bringing my mind back to center during difficult moments. Exercise and friends too.

Good luck and remember.... your are never alone.

Janet

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I was prescribed Celexa at one point, but didn’t take it. The medication that my doctors have recommended me for so long is Lexapro. I guess because it has the least amount of side effects? I don’t know. I have the calm app and I tried it, but my anxious mind got in the way, and I became discouraged.

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Does Lexapro work to get rid of physical symptoms of anxiety or it just help increase serotonin in the brain?

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I think it helps the physical symptoms as well but you can still feel anxious if you get worked up enough (like in response to a situation that actually warrants a reaction versus uncontrollable random physical symptoms).

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Hi! Have you started the Lexapro yet? How’re you doing? I’m a month in (started 5 mgs increased to 10 mgs after 2 weeks and doing well! Feeling better each day. Good luck 😉

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Hi! I haven’t started yet. I’m about to switch to a new therapist, so I kinda want to want and see how that goes first.

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Have you had any side affects

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Days 4-9 were quite bad. Almost stopped taking it as felt vacant, fuzzy headed, excessively yawning and just not with it. Pretty much all side effects now gone and definitely sleeping better. Still waking up a few times but more gently rather than how I was before starting which was usually with a start after a nightmare. Only thing is that I am still a bit low when I wake up but I feel better after a shower! I definitely feel calmer and less stressed out about everything. I’ve now been taking 32 days and on 10mgs which I take lunchtime. How you doing Chrispali?

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The same I still haven’t started them because I am scared!

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If you’ve been prescribed them, you should go for it! But give it a couple of weeks to kick in. I’m still standing!!

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Is it worth it

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Depends how bad you were before. Presumably you were diagnosed and prescribed these to make you feel better. I do feel better than before so I’m pleased that I have so worth it for me. 😊

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