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I've been on a 10mg of escitalopram daily for almost two years now. My anxiety still flares from time to time but I'm no longer having bouts of sobbing, I can sleep at night, and can control my intrusive thoughts.

It's still not quite enough since I have near anxiety attacks about normal things like social events. So, in light of this, my doctor has doubled my medication to no 20mg, and I have just started on the new dosage tonight

I have slight fears about upping the medication. What if I never get off the medication? What about side effects? What if it changes me as a person? These are the sort of fears that stopped me from getting medication for years despite my anxiety and depression. On the other hand if it can stop the remaining anxiety I have I would be so grateful, and I don't know what I would do if I had to go off it completely; I can't go back to the way I felt before.

I guess what I'm asking here if for others experience with the medication. I know some people have been on it longer, and/or have larger doses.
So if I could hear others experiences that might ease me about my fears that would be appreciated. If you can't ease them please don't heighten them anymore, I don't need that right now, instead I ask that you say you can't recommend and give alternative I can pursue. Thank you.  

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I was on Escitalopram 20 mg for about 13 years until an insurance problem caused me to be switched to Citalopram.  This medication helped me enormously.  I can't think of any untoward side effects.  All antidepressants I have been on have caused me some insomnia except for Imipramine Hydrochrolide.  But Imipramine had intolerable side effects in my case.  I suffer from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks.  I found Escitalopram helpful in all of these conditions.  I wish you only the best of luck!

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On 5/7/2022 at 10:02 PM, Electra223k said:

I've been on a 10mg of escitalopram daily for almost two years now. My anxiety still flares from time to time but I'm no longer having bouts of sobbing, I can sleep at night, and can control my intrusive thoughts.

It's still not quite enough since I have near anxiety attacks about normal things like social events. So, in light of this, my doctor has doubled my medication to no 20mg, and I have just started on the new dosage tonight

I have slight fears about upping the medication. What if I never get off the medication? What about side effects? What if it changes me as a person? These are the sort of fears that stopped me from getting medication for years despite my anxiety and depression. On the other hand if it can stop the remaining anxiety I have I would be so grateful, and I don't know what I would do if I had to go off it completely; I can't go back to the way I felt before.

I guess what I'm asking here if for others experience with the medication. I know some people have been on it longer, and/or have larger doses.
So if I could hear others experiences that might ease me about my fears that would be appreciated. If you can't ease them please don't heighten them anymore, I don't need that right now, instead I ask that you say you can't recommend and give alternative I can pursue. Thank you.  

I just went to 20mg about 2 or 3 weeks ago.  I feel that same as you do.   I am wondering if I can lose weight on 20mg when my mood is better.  

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Back when I was on citalopram, I went up to 40 mg for a while. I think that is supposed to be similar to 20 mg of escitalopram. It really took down my anxiety. It was like a new experience of the world for me. The jitters I always felt about leaving the house were completely gone. But it clobbered my sex drive and left me feeling a little too distant from things . . . I don't know, maybe I was accustomed to the anxiety as my "reality." I tapered back down to 30 mg without any trouble.

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18 hours ago, John_in_SF said:

Back when I was on citalopram, I went up to 40 mg for a while. I think that is supposed to be similar to 20 mg of escitalopram. It really took down my anxiety. It was like a new experience of the world for me. The jitters I always felt about leaving the house were completely gone. But it clobbered my sex drive and left me feeling a little too distant from things . . . I don't know, maybe I was accustomed to the anxiety as my "reality." I tapered back down to 30 mg without any trouble.

That is what I hear 20mg of cipralex is 40mg of citalapram.   I used to be on that med years ago.    Do you recall is one needs to wait 8 weeks after they up a dosage to see if it is working?  I am at 4 weeks at 20mg from 10mg which I was on for about 2 months.   It is too soon to know if it is helping at the 20mg?

 

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