Posted 1/1/2016 2:49 PM (GMT -6)
I have not been on this forum in a long time, but I am interested in your experience because, recently, my anxiety has been worse, and I am considering maybe going back on Lexapro.
I was on it around 4 or 5 years ago. I began on 10mg and I had pretty bad side effects. I felt EXTREMELY jittery. It was like I had drank 15 cups of coffee. I wanted to crawl out of my skin. At the same time, I was tired. Tired and super-jittery is not a fun combination. It was worst in the morning, and got better later in the day. Eventually, I "gave up" and switched to 5mg. The side effects quickly disappeared. But I am not sure the medication was doing much good, at that level. I stayed on it for around 4 or 5 months, along with a beta blocker, and then went off it. By that time, I felt like my situation had become more stable and I was anxious not to be on medication. (My story since then has been mixed, but I won't hijack your thread with that -- it is a bit of a long story -- maybe I will start another thread).
One thing I did not like about being on an SSRI is we are not supposed to drink alcohol on SSRIs. Alcohol is a part of my life. I do not drink excessively -- I have not been drunk in 30 years -- and I can certainly refrain from drinking when I need to -- but I enjoy having a glass or two of wine with dinner or going out for a drink with friends. It is a part of my life, something I enjoy, and I did not want to give it up. At 5mg, I was able to continue to drink occasionally, with my doc's permission. But as I said, I am not sure 5mg did me any good. I probably did not give it a fair chance, at a therapeutic dose.
To be honest, the medication that worked best for me was xanax. But I was VERY concerned about the potential for addiction, so I took it only when I felt desperate, and then only in very small doses. But when i took it, it worked great. Just the other day, I took one, for the first time in around two years. But, for me personally, that is not a good long term solution. I just like having it around for times when I feel like I really need it.
Best wishes to all of you.
I am not a medical professional, and nothing I write is medical advice.