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I'm also taking Lexapro right now and I can tell you that its been great for me! It was a rough start but now after being on 20mg's for one week, I feel great!! Like you, I was taking Xanax .25mg's 2-3 times per day and I still had breakthrough anxiety. All or most of my anxiety is also health related. I've also had all the tests and everything is normal.

When I first started Lexapro it wasn't easy. I put off taking an SSRI for months but now I wish I would have tried it sooner. It did make my anxiety worse for the first week to two weeks but I had extra Xanax to get me through that time. Distraction is the number one key. Keep yourself busy and your mind off your anxiety as much as possible.

Lexapro doesnt make me too tired. I'm still able to do my daily things and take care of my almost two year old. I could never go places before without being completely uncomfortable.

I started taking 5mg's of Lexapro and like I said, I had increased anxiety for the first week or two and some heartburn. Then I went to 10mg's and felt a little better but still not enough. Went to 15mg's for two weeks and then to 20mg's. Ive been on 20mg's for just over a week now and I feel great!

I did things over the weekend that I wouldn't have been able to do two months ago. I still get anxiety but I have my Xanax to take for that. I still take it once a day but am going back to my psychiatrist tomorrow to figure out how to wean off of it. I don't feel like I need it everyday anymore. I still need to work on driving alone (thats my biggest fear because I had a major panic attack on the highway last January and I've been terrified ever since). But the fear isn't as overwhelming anymore.

Also, my health anxiety has reduced. I get pains everyday but I don't obsess over them and no longer think I'm dying everyday.
I now realize what Iv'e been missing out on. I'm beginning to get my life back and it feels great.

I would suggest you try the Lexapro. It doesn't work for everyone, but chances are you'll find something that does work for you. You have to be patient and willing to ride out the initial side effects but they do go away. It gets worse before it gets better for some people, including me. I would do it all over again if I had to though. The benefits have been that great for me.

Even though I'm not feeling 100% better, I'm about 80% better and thats a huge improvement for me. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I found this board to be greatly comforting when I started taking Lexapro. Sometimes just talking to others helped.
Good luck and I hope you're able to give the Lexapro a try! I hope I was able to help you a little!


Thank you so much for your reply. Just hearing how much it's helped you makes me feel like I really should give it a try. I'm so glad you're feeling so much better than you were! It's great to hear about someone winning the war on anxiety!
Hi there!! I take 20mg of Lexapro. I was on it last year and gained weight really fast, so I ended up going off in June of this year. Well, I had a health anxiety "crisis" and went back on in October. Gosh, this stuff is really a lifesaver for me. I am so much happier. It makes a world of a difference. I am going to try VERY hard to keep my weight under control and hopefully that will work out. I am not freaking out about symptoms as much as I used to, and I am thinking more rationally. I am HAPPY now. I could NOT say that before!! I get excited about things again and feel like a normal person does. I love this stuff!

By the way, starting it wasn't so bad for me. I didn't have much of an appetite the first week, and my stomach was a bit upset, but other than that I was okay. :) Be patient if you feel yucky the first week. Try and stick it out for at least a month. The side effects DO go away!

I also wanted to say that I'm sorry that you are a health anxiety sufferer like me. Just try and remember that you're not alone! Many of us have been there. I can't even explain how much different I feel on Lexapro. For example, I've been feeling really tired lately. If I was my "old" self, I would be freaking out - AHH! I have lymphoma! Blah blah. You get it. But my "new" self says, "you're tired because you sit in front of a computer all day at work! No freaking out allowed!" THis is why I say I think more rationally. I really think that I'm kind of normal now!!

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