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Upping Lexapro?

Day 5 since I upped my Lexapro to 20mgs per doctor and seems like I have had an increase in tiredness and anxiety?  Is this normal for any dosage change?  Dang, I had a pretty good weekend.  :-(
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Yes it is common. Your system gotta adapt to the increased dose.

I do believe the increased tiredness and anxiety will eventually go away in a matter of one week or two. Otherwise it would suggest that the lower dose was more adequate for you or that you need to try a new drug.

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Yeah this is the first time I have ever switched SSRI's.  I was on and off Paxil for the better part of 8 years.  I hope all I am experiencing is due to the increased dose.  I just don't remember Paxil doing that when I went up a dose in it.  Of course all these meds are different though.  Hopefully Lexapro at 20mgs will work.  It seems to be very successful for a lot of people.
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Lexapro did that to me as well.  If it doesn't go away, it might just not be your med -- it wasn't mine.  I was also on Paxil a long time but I never changed dosages, but my experience with Lexapro mimics yours.  It really did a number on me when they went up to 30mg.  So just give it some time, and if it doesn't work out, it just isn't your med.
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So how long do I give it?  My anxiety isn't horrible.  My symptoms are more lethargic, nautious & somewhat just over down a bit/depressed basically because I don't feel 100%.  Just ready to feel back to my old self.  Over the last 7-8 weeks I have stopped paxil, added Lexapro (upping dosage 3 times) tried to come down on Clonazapam, went back on Clonazapam...  Maybe I just need to stabilize everything for several weeks and give my brain some time to soak everything in at this dose.  I don't want to give up on Lexapro.  I have heard so many good things about it and I don't want to go through the pain/withdrawal of having to switch to another med.  I go back to my doc on Monday so I'll just tell her what I am experiencing at that point and go from there.  Any advice on stabilizing or other techniques that would help would be greatly appreciated.
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