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Hi all,

I began taking Lexapro almost 7 weeks ago (10mg) for anxiety and panic attacks. It was not really working so my psychiatrist upped my dosage to 20mg this week - I'm on my 3rd day of taking 20mg and I'm feeling very out of it and am visibly shaky and have a small appetite. I exercise almost every day which definitely helps me, but I've been having terrible insomnia and negative thoughts. He gave me ambien, but I don't want to become dependent on that. I used to get like this a day after drinking which is when I panic most. I've kept my drinking to a minimum since. I'm not sure if I should give it a couple of weeks on this new dose to see if I feel better or to try to switch to a different SSRI. I've been on Paxil in the past 2 different times. I believe I was on 25mg. I didn't really like it though. I would have no appetite, when I thought you were supposed to gain weight on these meds. My mother is bipolar and I think also slightly schizophrenic, but I can't ask her about it because she doesn't think she has a problem and won't take medicine. Most of my anxiety comes from thinking I will one day "snap" and end up like her. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!
I can only tell you how much I sympathize with you. I'm not even to 10mg yet, but on day 15 tonight. I am still having a severe time, especially at 5am every single morning, no matter what, wake up in anxiety and sick feeling. It goes away around noon, but it's horrible. If it was me, I wouldn't have gone from 10 to 20, I would have done incriments. Maybe 15mg for a week? I don't know, put a call in to your Dr., I did today. I don't know if it will help. They don't even understand why I'm having "side effects" from only 7.5mg..... I wish they knew what this felt like. Good luck to you! michelle





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