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I started Lexapro and Xanax on the same day about 4 weeks ago for some temporary (hopefully) healthy anxiety issues. My GP said I needed them for now so I have been taking them. He put me on 10mg of Lexapro and gave me .25 mg tablets of Xanax for 2 months. The Lexapro, as with all SSRI's does have some side effects during the first few weeks while your body adjusts to them (nausea, headache, generally feeling lousy for a short while several hours after taking it) but they should go away (mine are almost gone). Except for the side effects, you won't notice any sort of mental change or anything. SSRI's work over time, not right away. Also, if you start it then decide to stop, you should taper of of it by decreasing your dose over a few weeks. Don't quit "cold turkey". Your brain would not like that and could possibly respond with more side effects.

Regarding the Xanax, it has a different method of working so does not react with the Lexapro. I take 1 or 1 1/2 tabs before bed and I get sleepy within a half hour. Great stuff. Really does relieve anxiety without making you numb or goofy or anything like that. Nothing to fear about how it feels...it is very calming. Like I said, I just get sleepy. I also took one during the day a few times while at work and it did not affect my work at all. I can't speak to the addictive nature of it as I do not plan on taking it much longer. No issues so far though. Everyone is different but I can't imagine anyone "freaking out", as you put it, on these drugs. Hope you feel better.





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