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medved
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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone here on a dose of 5mg Lexapro?   I started on 10mg but found the side effects very difficult to deal with, so I reduced to 5mg.  With 5mg, I have no side effects. 
 
The problem is I am not sure 5mg is sufficient.  Mostly, I take this for anxiety.  I was doing much better, so I thought all was well.  But last couple of days I have had a setback, which made me wonder whether I need increased dose.  But I do not want to increase to 10mg unless I really have to because of the side effects and also because I would prefer to take less medication than more.
 
Anyone find that 5mg is sufficient? 
 
 

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   Posted 5/5/2012 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Most side effects are only temporary. I am on Celexa. Used to be on Lexapro though. But seriously, you should talk to your doctor about this one.
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   Posted 5/5/2012 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Could the setback be situational? Is there anything going on that could of caused it? I hope you get it sorted out.

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medved
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   Posted 5/5/2012 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I think setback was triggered by my reading a newspaper article about a subject that is if great concern to me and causes me anxiety. It made me focus on that subject a bit obsessively and worry about it, etc. I did not think I was so fragile that a newspaper article would set me off. But I guess I was wrong.

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   Posted 5/5/2012 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I just kind of had that happen to me too. Something set me off. But I got it under control by distracting myself. It worked. I can contol my moods. It isn't easy though. I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 5/7/2012 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on 10mg of Lexapro and felt good for a week and then there was some setback and now I am feeling anxious again.
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medved
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   Posted 5/7/2012 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Maggie. Sorry you are feeling anxious again. How long have you been on the Lexapro? I kind of had a setback too and am feeling more anxiety, but I am trying hard not to despair about it, and to focus on other things. Ain't so easy, but I am trying. I am on 5mg Lex, as I mentioned. I think my doc may want me to increase dose, but I don't want to.

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   Posted 5/7/2012 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Lex for only two weeks now. And I might have felt good for a week and and then it went down. I think mine will have to be increased. Or probably go on another one. I think you should increase yours too. By now you might not have any side effects.
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   Posted 5/7/2012 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
You are right I might not have any side effects if I increased the dose. But then again I might. And the side effects that I had when I first started on Lexapro made it very difficult for me to function. Also, my doctor estimates that I will be on Lexapro for only 3 to 6 months (which sounds good to me; I really do not want this to be a long-term thing), and I am thinking that the lower the dose I am on, the easier with "coming off it" will be.

Of course, I need to balance all this against keeping my anxiety in control.

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   Posted 5/7/2012 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you thought about adding something for anxiety such as xanax? This might be what you need along with the low dose of lexapro.

Just a thought...

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   Posted 5/7/2012 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on Atenolol (25mg q.h.s.), in addition to the Lex. This is supposed to help with anxiety. (Atenolol is a beta blocker, but used off label for axniety). I do have a xanax prescription, but I save that for the worst times. I don't want to get into a xanax habbit.

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   Posted 5/7/2012 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I take atenolol too. It helps with my blood pressure. I also take xanax. If you need it, take it. It isn't a bad medication. I use to take 4 mg a day. Now I take 1 1/2. So it wasn't addicting for me, though I did decrease slowly. But xanax is so good for anxiety. I take it as needed. Sometimes I only take two a day. Which is one milligram.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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