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Have you read the entire drug info sheet for Lexapro? This can be a huge help in understanding side effects, etc. I always recommend reading the entire drug info sheet for any new drug you will take.

When I started Lexapro @ 10mg I had lots of immediate side effects. Jaw Clenching/Tightening, Spaced-out feeling, Feeling jumpy or irritable, Nausea, Night sweats, Vivid dreams, Insomnia (only when taking lexapro before bedtime). It's been about 4 years so I can't remember it all. Took about 2 weeks for me to get over the initial side effects. About a month to feel like myself again. Yet always have the occasional night sweat, jaw clenching and vivid dreaming.

I'd say give it a month, but be sure to keep in touch with your doctor. Lexapro might not be the right drug for you. Or you may do better on 20mg than 10. Seems like some people do better on a higher dose and some do better on a lower dose. Just depends on you.

For example, at 20mg I had severe sleepyness, severe jaw clenching, constant night sweats. When reduced to 10mg it was better, but still very sleepy. I'm on 5mg now and have been for the past 2 years. This is the proper dose for me. I still have an occasional side effect but this occurs so much less than it used to that it is tolerable. And my anxiety is 95% under control so this works for me.

You say you're a senior age female... I think this type of medication may be tolerated differently in an older person than in a younger person. You might want to ask your doctor about that as well.

Hope this helps. And good luck with everything!

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