My doctor told me that it would take about
two to four weeks for Lexapro to start working. However, I noticed the effects after the first five days.
Lexapro has been my savior. I have social anxieties, and I used to have these awful physical reactions when meeting people or talking to people I didn't know very well. It was so horrible that I couldn't even talk on the phone.
I've been on Lexapro for about
a year and a half. I no longer have those physical reactions. I now talk too much.
I can't imagine going back to life without Lexapro. I tried tapering off the medicine once. The depression and social anxieties returned.
In regards to alcohol, drinking has always affected me greatly. So I don't drink unless I'm with people I can trust to watch out for me.
As for sex, I don't need sex as much. I used to have a strong libido. My libido is now about
the same as my boyfriend's. I guess that's a good thing.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)
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