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Yesterday, I was prescribed Lexapro 5 mgs for anxiety and depression. I'm wondering if anyone else is using this, has it helped, and how are the start up effects. Basically, the normal rundown.
I've was diagnosed over 20 years ago, and used to take Zoloft on and off. I've been off antidepressants for 5 years, but always kept Xanax handy because anxiety & panic were always my main problem. Anyhow, things have changed, and I feel the same, perhaps even worse than when I was first diagnosed. I no longer drive, work, shop, cook, clean, and so on. I also don't leave the house unless it's for an appointment. There's no sitting on the front porch, or hanging out in the backyard, gardening, playing with the dogs, etc. One of the biggest issues is being alone. For some reason I feel like someone has to be around at all times, yet don't have to be by me, if that makes any sense.
After years of seeing the same psychiatrist, I decided to check out a new one to get a fresh evaluation, and perhaps a new approach. Although he's very nice, the evaluation seemed so short compared to how it was years back. His recommendations are to take Lexapro (Escitalopram), and Lorazepam. He did give me a choice of antidepressants, but I didn't want Zoloft again, and didn't like Paxil many years ago, so that left me with Prozac or Lexapro.
As with many others, I'm afraid of starting a med due to side effects, and the length at which they hang around, so if anyone wants to share their opinion on Escitalopram, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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