Totally normal. I suffer from anxiety but don't take medication anymore. Stopped 3 years ago or more. I used to take every drug on the market it seemed. lol.
I started with ativan and lexapro.
Lexapro at first did nothing for me except kill my labido. The ativan worked great by killing the anxiety. And I did end up getting physically dependant on ativan of 4 years use.
So I'm glad you are being careful with the xanax, because xanax and ativan are basically the same thing, except I think ativan is stronger.
So take the xanax ONLY when you need it.
Lexapro should be doing its thing in about 2-4 weeks. Sometimes 6 weeks. I remember once trying Lexapro for the 2nd time, and it gave me really bad anxiety for a bit, but it subsided.
We all react differently to meds.
Hang in there! Regardless, your anxiety will get better. :)
Did your doctor start the Lexapro at 20mg? It's usually tapered up in 5mg increments, and 10mg is the recommended dosage by the manufacturer for anxiety (20mg for depression). That doesn't mean an individual will react that way, we're all different and metabolize drugs differently, so one person might require a different dosage than another, but I think the problem might be starting you at the highest normal dosage, 20mg. You might end up there, but it's not where you should start. Is your doctor a psychiatrist?
Paxiled is right. 20 mg is not a usual starting dose. My experience with Lexapro was positive. It worked very well for my gad/panic. I was on it for 10 years until it pooped out this past winter. If I were you, I would call the doc and ask to back down the dose. Have you taken the Xanax by the way? Used sparingly, it might be helpful.
Paxiled, yes my Dr. started me at the 20mg dose. He is not a psychiatrist, he's a general practitioner - I asked about the dosage and he said that it will first lift the depression, then the anxiety should subside after that. He suggested that I stay on that dosage. I took a 1/2 of .5mg of xanax yesterday morning and I took the other 1/2 at about 5pm- that's when I felt most anxious. I took the .5mg at bedtime and I was able to sleep better last night. I've been going for walks every morning with my husband and that helps me get going as well. I'm just trying to get by best I can.
Hi sunny, so far, I feel the Lexapro is starting to work as last night I actually had an appetite for the first time in over 2 or 3 weeks. Should I be worried about the 20mg? My sister used to take Lexapro a few years ago and she said it helped her too, until like you, it pooped out.
cnote- I'm happy to hear that you are no longer needing to take meds. I was dreading taking AD, but the xanax was just a band aid and my Dr. convinced me to try AD's. I'm really trying to stay away from the xanax, but it's the only thing that helps me get by. I found a book by David Carbonell, Ph.D. called Panick Attacks Workbook. I've been reading it and doing the exercises and it has helped me better understand how these things get you and how not to fight it so it will pass quicker- it has helped me some- still need a lot more practice.
I would try to get in with a psychiatrist if I were you. 40 mg of Prozac is high to start out on as well. 10-20 mg is the usual starting dose. Then the doc puts you on the highest dose of Lexapro to start? I would definitely seek out another doc. Prozac has a long half life so it may just be working it's way out of your system. That might be the cause of your troubles. It may also be that your Lexapro dose is too high. You can't be sure. I started out on 5 mg then worked up to 10 mg after about 2 weeks. The only time I took 20 mg was at the end when it wasn't working anymore. The doc thought 20 might help but it didn't. Does your sister take something else now? And if so does it work? I'm having trouble finding the right one since Lexapro. Good luck to you!
My sister is taking Cymbalta. She seems to be doing well on it. I have been on one hell of a roller coaster ride! I feel a little better today, was able to eat a banana! Anyways, thanks for your advice. I will see about finding a psychiatrist. I guess for now, I will continue with the 20mg Lexapro- I'm afraid to change anything at this point for fear I will go backwards instead of forwards! I need to be able to get back to work! I'm very greatful for this forum, it's good to know there is support out there.