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I've heard the Lexapro decreases the anxiety for some and may increase it for others (at least initially). I would think that after 8 weeks your anxiety would diminish. I am also on Lexapro (20mg) and still get anxiety. I've been taking klonopin every day just as your taking xanax. I think that to truly know if the Lexapro is "managing" the anxiety, i would have to wean myself off of the klonopin. Maybe you can try that with the xanax? I suspect that some of the anxiety I feel is the withdrawl effects of not taking my klonopin when I should. I don't know if xanax is as addicting as klonopin, but you could ask your doctor about slowly weaning off the xanax and seeing how you do....good luck!
Hi Michelle - thank you for your reply - it helps to know that others like me still have to take xanax along with their SSRI and I'm not the only one. It's not fun though that's for sure. Like you when I have the physical symptoms I worry like crazy that something is wrong and they've missed it and it's a cycle I can't break. When I am feeling ok I don't worry about my health. In another thread I started a couple weeks ago - I asked about morning anxiety and if others felt worse in the mornings cause I sure do. I have no appetite in the mornings or afternoons - by evenings I can get food down. I'm not sure if it's still the Lexapro doing that or my anxiety. I'm having a pelvis ultrasound this morning at 11:30 and I'm nervous about that. I was just hoping that being on Lexapro would take away all my physical symptoms but it hasn't :( Worry also runs in my family - when my dear Grandmother was still alive I'd find comfort from her in knowing that she went through it and lived to a ripe old age of 93! :) I guess I inherited the worry gene from her. One of my kids inherited it from me so I guess this is genetic. Thanks again for your response. Hang in there and I'll do the same.

Diane





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