5 Weeks In On Lexapro

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Candy2017
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   Posted 12/6/2017 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone! New to anxiety forums. Have had sporadic anxiety for about 15 years. Always controlled it myself. 4 years ago I had a massive heart attack while on vacation in Mexico. 37 years old. Turns out I have a heart condition but that's for another forum! Anyways...since this has happened to be my anxiety has slowly gotten worse over the last few years. Usually I'd get a week or two every year pretty anxious but it would always go away. 3 months ago the anxiety came and never went away. I went to my doc and he prescribed me a low dose of Lexapro. Escitalopram here in Canada. 5mg for 2 weeks and then up to 10mg. I've now been on 10mg for 3 weeks. So I am in my 5th week. First 8 days were he'll. High anxiety. Day 9 it started to go away. By day 18 I felt awesome! Barely to none anxiety for about 2 weeks and now the anxiety is back. Not bad, but it's there and has been for about 4 days. Is this normal to have ups and downs even thoigh I felt so good for 2 weeks? I don't know if I need to ask my doctor the up my dose or should I stay on 10mg's for 6 to 8 weeks? I'd really like to hear from someone who has been through this after being on this medication for 5 weeks. I guess what I am doing is looking for reassurance!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/6/2017 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome!

I don't speak from personal experience, but have read enough posts here to know that your currwnt situation is not unusual.

It is not uncommon to enjoy some relief early on...only to plateau later...and it usually a good indication that an increase is needed in order to reach a beneficial level from your Rx.

Do talk to your doctor about what you are going through, and hopefully together you can come up withna good plan for moving forward.

For now please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material to work with right away. Practicing the suggested exercises daily will make a big difference in how you feel.

Great job on all you are doing to manage your health...body and mind.

If you find it helpful...post with us anytime for support and encouragement!

Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Candy2017
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   Posted 12/7/2017 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. I have a doc appointment on Monday so we'll see what he says. I have been seeing a counselor as well. I have also taken up meditating which I am finding is VERY beneficial. I just do it in my own house with videos from Utube. I love it!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/7/2017 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
C.,

Awesome!!! You are doing all the right things...so keep going and know that with your continued efforts, and time...

...that you will continue to make progress.

Keep us updated if you'd like, so we can keep you encouraged on your journey.😊

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Candy2017
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   Posted 12/9/2017 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Went and saw my doctor early and he upped my dose to 15mg. I'm on day 2 of the higher dose and it seems to be already helping. No new side effects yet. But going from 5mg to 10mg didn't affect me at all either. Guess I'm just lucky! Fingers crossed!!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/9/2017 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
C.,

Great news that you are responding well! May this continue for you. smile


Keep up the great work on your management regimen...and keep us posted so we can keep you in support!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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