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Lexapro Users!!
Oct 12, 2005
I have a question. I'm on day 6 of taking Lexapro 5mg's. I have noticed a little improvement as far as my patience goes, but my anxiety has been getting higher in the last three days. My psychiatrist told me I could go up to 10mg after 6 days but I'm wondering if I go up to the 10mg, is that going to make my anxiety even worse? Will the side effects be worse too? I've been having headaches, tiredness, feeling sick to my stomach......today I had a little chest pain on the left side and freaked out thinking I was having a heart attack. Took a Xanax and feel better.

I'm just afraid of going up to 10mg's and feeling even worse. I called my psyhciatrists office but she wasn't much help. She just told me to play around with the dosage a little, so thats why I'm here looking for others with experience. I appreciate it.....
Re: Lexapro Users!!
Oct 12, 2005
Hi Sarah - My anxiety didn't really go away until I went up a notch to 20 mg, but I wasn't really having any side effects, it just wasn't calming my anxiety at 10 mg.

I can't remember, are you taking your lex at night? I would just go up to 10 and take before bed and see how you feel. If you feel terrible go back down to 5, or even cut one in half and take 7.5 mg.
Re: Lexapro Users!!
Oct 12, 2005
[QUOTE=mjewell]Hi Sarah - My anxiety didn't really go away until I went up a notch to 20 mg, but I wasn't really having any side effects, it just wasn't calming my anxiety at 10 mg.

I can't remember, are you taking your lex at night? I would just go up to 10 and take before bed and see how you feel. If you feel terrible go back down to 5, or even cut one in half and take 7.5 mg.[/QUOTE]
Hi gals I totally agree with mjewell. I still only take 5mg and have since aug. I am doing great where I'm at but you probaly need to go higher to 10 I do not think it will make anxiety worse probaly better...Let us know how it goes. Have a great day please! :) Jules
Re: Lexapro Users!!
Oct 12, 2005
Try higher, that's what i did with paxil and i still can't understand why i didn't do it sooner. I was so afraid of the side effects that i kept myself on the lowest possible dosage and suffered through bad anxiety. Remember if you go up you will feel the side effects really soon and the pill only lasts 24 hrs. So... you will know and by the second day you can go back to the lower dosage if the higher was too bad.
Re: Lexapro Users!!
Oct 12, 2005
Thanks everyone. I was a little worried of the side effects getting a lot worse if I start taking 10mg. I'm going to give the 10mg a try tomorrow. I've been taking it in the morning time because it hasn't made me very sleepy. In fact most days I lay down with my daughter for a little bit when she takes a nap but since starting the Lexapro I haven't been able to fall asleep during the day even though I feel a little tired. So I'm going to stick with taking it in the mornings for now.

I was really freaked out today and still am actually because of the chest pains I had this morning. They were either my left breast or directly behind it. As soon as I got the pains I panicked and have been very anxious ever since. I took a Xanax earlier and it calmed me down for awhile but now I'm back to freaking out about a heart attack again.

I don't want to go to my doctor because I've gone to him every week or two weeks for the last few months. I've had 4 EKG's in the last 5 months and was seen by a cardiologist back in January and everything was fine. Yet I still struggle to convince myself that nothing is wrong with my heart!!

This anxiety has taken such a toll on me. Before all of this started I NEVER thought of having heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, brain tumors or anything else that could kill me. I was so carefree. I'm hoping to get back to that one day!

Thanks for listening.....





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