Posted by 4WD on August 14, 2005, at 21:55:14
Please see if you can help me make sense.
I was on Celexa 10mg (sensitive to meds - side effects) for four months and it was working okay but I was still waking up scared and having anxiety/fear (which was slowly getting better and which was currently treatable with 1/4 - 1/2 mg day of klonopin).
I went to a new pdoc (who I like and who I think is trustworthy). I told him I wanted to be off Klonopin and wanted an AD that would deal with the anxiety. So he switched me to Lexapro 5mg. After about 3 days the anxiety was much worse and I was more depressed. I increased the Klonopin to up to 1.5 mg/day, figuring it was just startup anxiety. After almost two weeks it was still awful. I talked to the pdoc and told him how much worse the anxiety was. He told me to cut the Lexapro down to 2.5mg. I did that on Friday. Today is Sunday and I am still having high levels of anxiety and depression (much worse than on Celexa).
Is this just something I should ride out? How long is a fair trial for the Lex before I conclude it is making me worse instead of better and give up on it. I feel so bad. So sad and so hopeless that nothing is ever going to work except for the things whose side effects I can't tolerate.
I am having the same but worse side effects on Lex as on Celexa - sore tense muscle spasms in my upper back and very dry mouth - on 2.5mg!
Please somebody tell me what to do. Keep trying the Lex at 2.5mg til I see the pdoc on Friday? Go back to 5mg Lex (it's as bad at 2.5 as it was at 5mg)? Go back to the Celexa and tell him I couldn't stand it?