On Lexapro but anxiety is back

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/16/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  I have been on Lexapro (10mg) since late November and it was working wonderfully.  I had been feeling great and NO panic or anxiety.  Here it is now February and they are back.  It took me forever to admit I had a problem and make the appt and I was so so relieved when the medication started to work.  I felt so good.  Now for the last few days I've had the tightness in the chest and back and the trouble taking deep breaths again, same as before.  I'm so lost.  I can't stand the thought of going back to the doctor again (no real reason, just more anxiety).  The only thing I've done differently is take my birth control pills at a different time of day.  Any insight or suggestions or similar stories to share?  confused   

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   Posted 2/16/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Your dose of Lexapro can be increased to  20 mg/day, if it has pooped out at the 10mg dosage.  Please talk to your physician about an increase.  Also ask about the interaction between the Lexapro and your BC pills. Please don't give up.  We are here for you.

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   Posted 2/16/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Lurky,welcome to Hw.What you are experiencing is common. There are many times when a med will work very well then all of a sudden something changes but like Kitt said most of the time an increase will solve your problems.Also some other meds will sometimes decrease the effectiveness of your anti-anxiety meds.I was taking an antibiotic one time(dont remember the name) and about a week into the antibiotic i noticed that i was starting to have lots of panic attacks which i hadnt been having for some time.So i called the pharmacist and he confirmed that the particular antibiotic i was on could interfere with my meds! So before you have the dosage increased make sure it's not the BC pills.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 2/17/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
i started out at 10m lexapro and they had to put me on 20m later, at first it seemed to help and later my anxiety level got higher but on 20m i am doing really well.

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