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anxious144
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   Posted 12/6/2017 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi... I am new to this forum. I was steady on 10 mg of prozac for 7 years for anxiety/ocd tendencies when all of a sudden it quit working. I have been to three psychiatrists that can't tell me why. My previous psych retired. I started on 2.5 mg of Lexapro a few weeks ago..... Up to 5 mg last week. I have start up anxiety... wondering when that will go away. Also, today out the blue I panicked which hasn't happened in a very long time. Makes me question whether the medicine is working. I have had some relief, but want so bad to be fully better again. I am beginning to feel obsessed with getting over this anxiety that has crept back in and taken over. My anxiety in the past was mostly health anxiety and all of these side effects make me question my health again. Any encouraging words out there?

Candy2017
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   Posted 12/6/2017 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on week 5 on Lexapro. First week was the absolute worse. Anxiety was horrible. After about day 8 or 9 I started to feel better. Day 14 I went from 5mg to 10mg. I was expecting to get bad anxiety again but I never did. After that I was really good for 2 weeks and then 4 or 5 days ago I started feeling a bit anxious again. Not half as bad as week 1 or before I started Lexapro. From what I hear and read this is totally normal for Lexapro. Hang in there and it'll get better! That's what I am hoping for! Give it 6 to 8 weeks and we'll both be golden!!

Candy2017
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   Posted 12/6/2017 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
This is my first time on anti anxiety/anti depressant that I was freaked right out to take them and I'm sure it made my anxiety way worse then it should have been. I was so scared they were gonna make me go "crazy" and I worked myself up. I still have to remind myself everyday that it'll get better and it'll all be worth it.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/6/2017 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome!

I sorry to hear of the loss of efficacy with your Prozac. This is not an unusual experience at all after several years. I know how frustrated you must be, and probably feeling like you are having to start over...but that is not entirely true.

You are better equipped this time around since you have likely learned some management tools along the way of your journey. Dig deep at this time and put them to use for your start up challenges. If you need new ideas, see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material.

You mentioned being a few weeks in, so hopefully in the next one or two, you'll start to feel the benefits and reach your therapeutic level soon.

Hang in there and post as needed for support and encouragement. We care, understand and support is key!

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."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

anxious144
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the support. Praying this medication works out. I was lucky in that Prozac was the first one I tried and it worked well for me. Scaredy Cat..... I can't find the resources you were referring to.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Here you go,

/www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=104206

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

anxious144
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   Posted 12/14/2017 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
So I had a pretty good Weekend and felt that maybe the Lexapro has finally kicked in. But come Monday it all went down hill again. Wondering if I should try a differnt medicine or maybe increase the lexapro. I am at 5 mg right now. Perhaps time to go up?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/14/2017 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
A.,

Since you already have a few weeks in (how many exactly?) I would keep going...

It can take up to 12 weeks for a full therapeutic effect to be noted...and yes, sometimes you can plateau, then have a setback, as the next increase is needed.

Talk to your prescribing doctor for planning your next step.

Let us know how you are doing again soon...we are cheering you on!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"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

Hibee
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   Posted 12/14/2017 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

The target dose for anxiety when on Lexapro is 10mg so yes speak with your GP and see what they suggest and remember it can take a while to kick in.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

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Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 12.5mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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