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Anxious about taking Anxiety Medication!

Hi everyone! I started having panic attacks and constant anxiety a few months back. I started going to a therapist and recently went to my gp about medication since it has really been affecting my life. I was prescribed 10mg lexapro and when I left the doctor, I was okay about taking mess. But now that I have the pills, I have been having a lot of anxiety about taking them. I have had the pills for a week now but am too scared to start. I am very scared of side effects especially because I hear it is usually worse before it gets better.

Has anyone else felt like this? I have not needed to take medicine like this before. I keep telling myself that if I needed to take an antibiotic for an infection, I would do it no problem so why is different?
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You're right, your anxiety may get worse as your body adjusts to the medicine. Try the "start low, go slow" approach. Start with half a pill or maybe even a quarter. After a few days, take a little more. Gradually work up to the full dose over a week. Might take a couple/few weeks for it to start doing what it's supposed to do.
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My one comment is that I'd do this with a psychiatrist rather than your GP.  There's no guarantee a psychiatrist is going to be better, but it's usually the case.  This is all they do.  As to the Lexapro, for example, when I went on it my psychiatrist started me with 5mg and worked up, and you always have to know how to stop, as that's also difficult.  GPs usually don't know how to do this very well.  But good luck to you, I hope it all works out well.
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