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Natty - posted a long reply in another post

Others - For all those taking Lexapro:

1) Gotta give it at least 3 weeks to know if the dose is working.
2) The vast majority of people WILL have horrible side effects for the first few weeks. The first week is the worst. You will feel more anxious than you did before. No appetite. Agitated, frequent bathroom visits, etc. Horrible.
3) The starting "theraputic" dose per my doc is 10mg. If you start on a low dose and then go up unfortunately you get to start back at square 1 on the side-effects front.
4) Full benefits happen after about 4-6 weeks. That's when all the side effects go away (including the annoying gastro stuff).

This is one of those drugs that takes a LOOOONNNNGGGG time to work. For me it works fabulously in conjunction with Buspar and therapy. I'm back at work after not being able to walk outside my house a short 3 months ago.

Tip: Count the days on Lexapro. By the time you get to around 15 you'll stop counting (or at least I did).
Within the next few days you'll feel it working. For me it felt like a switch got flipped in my brain and I was able to tackle the anxiety.

Just to dispel some expectations. You will still have anxiety. You may still have panic attacks as you tackle anxious situations. The medication alone will not "cure" you. Does it help you tackle anxious situations better? Absolutely. But you still have to tackle them. Therapy has helped me in amazing ways in conjunction with medication to tackle each of my fears in a repetitive way so that I no longer fear it.

The medication gives you focus and relieves some of the horrible feelings. Doesn't make them go away. You have to do that on your own. :angel:

And even though you're on day 9, keep counting. I stopped counting around 15 because the count no longer mattered. I was out and about and gradually reclaiming my territory.

Good luck! Hopefully your brain will flip that switch soon

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