For those on Lexapro or a generic form of it, if you suffered side effects, how bad were they and how long did it last? Could you go to work and live your life regularly on your first week or two of taking it, even with the side effects? I am thinking of finally taking my Lexapro medication, I just don't want the initial side effects to affect my job performance. So I was going to ask my doctor to write a note for me to get a week off work while I start my medication so I can see if there are any side effects, then adjust to them and to the medication itself, hoping the effects will go away or get less bothersome in a week. (Taking two weeks off would be pushing it.) I know everyone reacts differently to these medications, so you can't guarantee or answer definitively, but from what I've read, on average most users say they only lasted a week or two, though some do say they came back later or lasted a month or more. Again, I know you can't answer definitively, this is like a poll: I just want to get an average here on answers. Once I start Lexapro, I don't want to stop because I don't want the withdrawal symptom of the feelings of electric shock in my brain and body. So this is not a test: I can't start it, hate the side effects, and stop. Once I'm on it, I'm on it. Please, any insight, any of your experiences will help. Thank you.