What dose is he on right now? When I first started Lexapro I started at 10mgs and I couldn't sleep and had a hard time with it and had stopped taking it when't back to my pdoc and he up it to 20mgs and it started working for me as it worked it's way in my body and had stopped the panic attacks and I now have less anxiety, but it may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to fully work
Hope things get better for him soon
5mg is a good starting dose, early side effects should be accepted, more ativan should help, may also help to take the lexapro just before bed
generic celexa is very similar if not the same and usually cheaper
Thanks for your reply Harry, but would the lexapro keep him up at night?
I can do all I can. I can't make him take anything, only suggest. He does get out of the house btw and out of his chair. His anxiety has been on going for 17 months now, everyday. Have you had attacks everyday? Just wondering how many have it everyday. It is very hard on him and me. The ativan calms him down and the lexapro brought about more anxiety in the daytime. I surely wished it worked and he followed through with it but it's his choice when it comes down to it, he's the one that living through it as I watch and try to help. The nurse is from a mental health clinic who is very knowledgable and suggested the lexapro because it dealt strictly with serotonin. Thanks for your input.
Thanks Faith & Charity, what is reactive depression/anxiety? I have chronic pain and was considering lexapro myself. But back to him, it seems none of these anti depressants agree with him and he will ultimately be the one to decise what he feels works and doesn't. I know he hates taking pills but sometimes there's no choice but if you feel worse taking something I can see why it would be hard to keep taking it. When he's anxious he can't even stand music but he does go for walks with me. Thanks for your prayers. God knows exactly what he needs and is our source of hope, just wish we didn't have to wait so long and if the answer is here, wish we weren't so dense. :)
Hi again denim,
When I first came down with A/P my whole life change, I use to paint cars for a living and became over exposed to the chemicals that I worked with and had a real hard time with my A/P and had lost my job and had to fight work comp from it and We ended up living in campgrounds bouncing checks and moving from one to the other, but I fought the fight and found it with in me to get better as your hubby must do and not give up.
I had found little help at that time in life as I had to fish for the salmon so we could eat Good thing I new how to fish for the fresh silvers while others where having a hard time just to hook a fish, But being homeless had too be the hard's thing for me but sometimes you just have to fight and try the meds to get better as I myself had a hard time taking meds at the time because I had become chemically sensitive to most meds but I keep trying as your hubby must do and yes Lexapro was hard at first with the side affects but I tryed it and had a hard time at first but when my pdoc upped my dose I had finally found relief and am so happy that I did stick with it, and he too needs to put some trust in it, as like me I couldn't handle most meds and xanax made me worst with P/A's from it all the time.
Please if he wish's to he can talk to me man to man about it as I know how it is and my email is posted under my sig. so he can talk about it and trust me I have done more thing's in my life that I hated to do but did and A/P is one that can past.
Yes it was me that you had talk to before about this, and if he or you wish you can email me just make sure you put HW on it and it really sounds like your both at your wits end but he has to step up to get better and yes it was pure hell at first taking them but sometimes you must go though the gates just to get better. I'll talk with you later k