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anxious144
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   Posted 12/6/2017 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
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 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
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 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
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."
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anxious144
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   Posted 12/7/2017 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
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 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Here you go,

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

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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anxious144
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   Posted 12/14/2017 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
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 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
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.
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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

Hibee
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   Posted 12/14/2017 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
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
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anxious144
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   Posted 12/27/2017 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I went up to the 10 mg about 12 days ago. Felt pretty good for the first 10 days then started with the heart pounding and palpitations... Normal? My psychiatrist says that I have to give it about six weeks after we reach the target dose (which was 10 mg). I am just feeling a bit discouraged since I had so many good days in a rowsad

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/27/2017 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
A.,

It's very possible that this is just temporary breakthrough anxiety. It's not at all uncommon, and with the holidays...especially so!

Work your self help coping skills and this could phase out as quickly as it popped up...

...and you'll be back on track again for moving forward.☺

Keep us updated 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

anxious144
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   Posted 12/30/2017 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny how this anxiety works. When I visited my gp in Oct to see why my anxiety is out of control, my bp was a bit elevated. He said it is because of the anxiety. I went to recheck yesterday and my first reading was 132/80.... and I started panicking....then it went o 147/85.....
He allowed me to calm down and got readings of 114/69 and 123/70. Now instead of focusing on the normal readings I am now obsessed with blood pressure.....even though the doctor said it was anxiety driven and the proof is the lower readings after I calmed down.

Oh my do I wish there was a magic cure to anxiety.

anxious144
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   Posted 12/30/2017 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
And....I just want to say, you moderators are saints for keeping up with all of us asking for support. I am today on my 2nd full week of 10 mg. I am afraid this new found fear of the blood pressure will set me back a bit. Negative thinking is really a struggle. I can't figure out why I am so fixated on the 147 reading and not the 114/69 reading? How can our minds do this?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/30/2017 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anxious,

Do not worry about a random high reading here or there. My BP usually runs low, like your 'good' reading that you are trying to recapture.

However, when my anxiety is spiked, it can go up like your 'bad' readings.

I put 'good' and 'bad' in quotations b/c I think we need to not label them as such. Our ANS which regulates the blood pressure is designed to bump up the bp when a threat, imagined or real is detected. The elevation in BP is actually a survival mechanism...and for it to go up occasionally is not a danger, but in fact normal.

It is the overall average that matters in terms of cardio health...so if you are in the lower range most of the time, which your doctor seems to think you are (and he is right!) then there is nothing to worry about. smile

Try not to take your readings very often. Remember that most people only have it checked twice, even once a year.

Keep working on your coping skills including Positive Mantras. You are going to be just fine and reach your goals!

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 12/31/2017 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Scaredy Cat.... You truly are a blessing to so many.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/31/2017 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((HUGS)))))

It is a privilege!

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 1/3/2018 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Candy 2017......how are you doing now on the Lexapro?
I still have my ups and downs. In fact, yesterday I was so happy because it was my first day without anxiety and then I got heart palpitations at night and all went down hill.....I have now been on my Target dose for 18 days. Hoping this passes as wellsmile

Candy2017
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   Posted 1/8/2018 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am doing good Anxious144. I am on day 23 of 15mg and am feeling pretty good. it's been about 12 days since I have had an anxiety so I am hoping this is it! I do notice my jaw wants to clench lots some days in the last couple days and not sure if that is a Lexapro side effect or anxiety symptom. Overall I am feeling good though. They say it can be 6 weeks on your target dose before you have the full effect so we just have to be patient. It's hard I know. I am trying my best to stay positive!

anxious144
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   Posted 1/9/2018 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Candy2017, I am on 25th day of 10 mg.... I have good days and bad days.... This is my second bad day in a row. Wondering if I need to increase dose.

anxious144
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   Posted 1/9/2018 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay....Having a bad day and a half and need some encouragement and assurance. I have been at target dose of 10 mg for 25 days. Had ups and downs....but was really starting to feel encouraged and saw a light at the end of the tunnel. It wasn't perfect, but sure wasn't where I started. Starting yesterday I had mini panic attacks. The kind that hit...make you hot all over and panicky then leave as quickly as they hit....but still leave you feeling an over all nervousness. Today....it happened 5 times before 9:30am. Now I am distraught. I am afraid I am going back to where I started....where all I could eat was a banana a day because of the nausea and extreme anxiety. Help anyone?

Candy2017
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   Posted 1/9/2018 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried putting on a set of head phones and listening to "the honest guys" on Utube or spotify? If I am feeling like you are it helps me tremendously! Then try a warm bath and a cup of relaxing herbal tea. They say 4-6 weeks to feel the full effects after you've increased your dose. I'd give it another week or so and if you still are having bad days then go see your doctor for a possible higher dose. 10mg is the minimal therapeutic dose so you may need 15mg. Good days and bad days are normal I hear. I know it's hard. Believe me. But it'll get better. Take one day at a time. And honestly please try my relaxing tips...They will help you...

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/9/2018 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
A.,

Sometimes we veer off the path for various reasons. It could be hormonal, or lack of sleep, situational (sometimes we are not even conscious of the underlying trigger) or we could be fighting something off..common this time of year...

...and for any of those reasons, we will have a rough day or few. This doesn't mean that we are staring over, or going back to square one, but rather that we just get back on track and continue along the journey...stronger than before for getting through the experience. smile

Candy gave you some great suggestions above, so increase your coping skills, talk to your doc if necessary...and don't get discouraged...you are going to get past this hurdle!

Update when you can,

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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