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Doctor insights on: Will Lexapro Help With My Anxiety And Phobias As Well As Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Besides helping with lack of orgasm what are other benefits of adding Buspar (buspirone) to my Lexapro 10 for my severe depression/anxiety/phobias? Pls elaborate

Besides helping with lack of orgasm what are other benefits of adding Buspar (buspirone) to my Lexapro 10 for my severe depression/anxiety/phobias? Pls elaborate

I have added in: Wellbutrin for sexual side effects of ssri's - but I haven't used Buspar (buspirone) for that reason. I do think that Buspar (buspirone) is an excellent medication- especially when used as an adjunct. It works well for anxiety related disorders. ...Read more

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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Probably: I am careful when I prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) for my patients, as it can be very strong, too strong for some. If you take too much, it can cause more anxiety. This is why, I never start someone on more than 10 mgs per day and then, I wait a month before I consider increasing the dose. Prozac (fluoxetine) lasts a very long time in one's system, dosage changes should be very gradual, start low, go slow. ...Read more

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No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

Many possibilities: There are many antidepressants from which to choose. Recent studies suggest that just because 1st drug from a family doesn't work doesn't mean that you need to switch drug families. Also, we can't say a drug didn't work unless you couldn't tolerate the highest dose. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a member of ssri family of which there are many. Talk to your doc about all your options (sometimes dictated by insurance). ...Read more

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Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Discuss w/ OBGYN, etc: Less is best if you are breastfeeding and if one works it may be better than a mix, but ask your pediatrician and OBGYN and psychiatrist if you have one. Please consider good psychotherapy since it's a big help to make these months easier - new mother support is very important! It might even make drugs less needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety. Please advise on this drug the good and bad. Iknoweveryonediff?

Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety. Please advise on this drug the good and bad. Iknoweveryonediff?

The good: It works for both depression and generalized anxiety, has few drug-drug interactions and a mild side effect profile compared with some others. It works as well as any of the other antidepressants. The down side, is a mild chance of tiredness or insomnia (managed by correctly timing the dose), some risk like most of delayed orgasm, mild hand tremor, upset stomach. Overall very well tolerated. ...Read more

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Good day. I am male, 26 years old. My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Good day. I am male, 26 years old. My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Need evaluation: Your symptoms are a mix predominantly of depression and anxiety. You need a competent mental health evaluation including a thorough history to help clarify what underlies your symptoms. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Help my depression, anxiety, and social phobia has confined me home. What can I do?

Help my depression, anxiety, and social phobia has confined me home. What can I do?

Talk;behavior change: Gen. Anx. Disorder manifests in excessive fear in many circumstances. We all are anxious at times, it can keep us alive, but when it is triggered too easily we may have gad. Discussing your fears with a clinical psychologist who may also teach you some behavioral techniques like the relaxation response, guided imagery, etc. To dampen your fight flight response can be enormously helpful. ...Read more

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How can I battle depression even though I'm on Lexapro and Abilify (aripiprazole) for my anxiety?

How can I battle depression even though I'm on Lexapro and Abilify (aripiprazole) for my anxiety?

Agree w Doctors: Rishton ; steiner. Lexapro ; Abilify (aripiprazole) doses need to be optimized. Encourage you to seek non-pharmacological treatment for your depression ; anxiety. Consider cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine. ...Read more

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Started 10mg of lexapro 4 weeks ago for anxiety and depression, I feel better but still have symptoms of anxiety, cld this mean I need a higher dose?

Started 10mg of lexapro 4 weeks ago for anxiety and depression, I feel better but still have symptoms of anxiety, cld this mean I need a higher dose?

Possibly: It takes 4-6 weeks for full effect of any given dose of Lexapro so you're pretty much at full effect of 10mg. Anxiety often requires higher doses of Lexapro and similar meds than depression does. So you may need to go up to 15mg or higher to target the anxiety. You could also stay with 10mg and really target the anxiety with a therapist. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am being treated for depression and anxiety... I'm taking a generic version of lexapro (escitalopram) but I feel nervous, angry & suicidal... Any better meds out?

I am being treated for depression and anxiety... I'm taking a generic version of lexapro (escitalopram) but I feel nervous, angry & suicidal... Any better meds out?

Lexapro (escitalopram) and SI: I believe that any ethical and FDA approved pharmacological product has an appropriate and standard dose scale for a specific target problem. At the same time, if the medication has been prescribed for depression, there is a warning about the possibility of suicidal ideation, which might be activated by escitalopram and other antidepressants. You need to consult with your prescriber right away. ...Read more

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I just recently strating having problems with anxiety and depression this year. And I'm not sure what is the right way to handle it. I do take lexapro at night and ambien to sleep but I don't feel aby different and I have gained 30 Poulsbo so all around I

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your concern.
Using Ambien (zolpidem) with Lexapro may increase dizziness and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment.
Gain of 30 pounds is likely a symptom of Depression due to stress.
See Physician for diagnosis of weight gain.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose, and Therapy for stresses in your life. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for phobia and anxiety/depression treatment?

There is no one best: Medication. It will depend on things like what you have responded to before, allergies, drug interactions etc. ...Read more

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I am being prescribed Lexapro, wellbutrin and elavil for depression and anxiety. Is this combo safe?

Drug Interactions: Elavil (amitriptyline) + Wellbutrin (bupropion) ^ es seizure risk. Escitalopram +amitriptyline ^'es risk of serotonin syndrome. Wellbutrin + Lexapro ^es seizure risk. I am assuming that the Elavil is added in for insomnia or pain control and not for depression/ anxiety. This does not mean that these drugs can't be used together but there are possible drug interactions. D/W your physician. ...Read more

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I have anxiety & depression I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10milligrams for both of those and have a son and I lose patience with him?

I have anxiety & depression I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10milligrams for both of those and have a son and I lose patience with him?

A little more info: Please help me understand your question so I can work out an answer that will be helpful. Are you wondering about the medication, your feeling of impatience with your son, or something else? ...Read more

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I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

Discuss with your MD: It takes about 4-6 weks before you get the full effect of lexapro (escitalopram). You have to wait. Then the dose can be increased to 20 mg. Anxiety usually requires a higher dose than depression. Also the anxiety emerges while depression lifts because you have to face the stressors of world as you get better. ...Read more

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Started Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 wks ago. Seems REALLY helped my depression. However, WHEN will I see the help for my Anxiety?! I just started 20mg after 2wks of10mg

Take time to enjoy: Don't be impatient. Take pleasure in the relief you've gotten. How many years did you suffer? Let the success have it's day! Also, no one really expected an anti-depressant to resolve anxiety - it may, but may not. Anti-anxiety drugs do that short term. They are not good long term tho - for that CBT therapy and skills are needed. ...Read more

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Tell me if depression lead to a social phobia and/or anxiety disorder?

Tell me if depression lead to a social phobia and/or anxiety disorder?

Yes and No: Although anxiety and depression commonly co-occur, depression will only lead to social phobia if the individual has a predisposition to develop social phobia to begin with (genetics, psychological vulnerability, shyness as a trait, etc). The best evidence for depression and anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder, which shares more in common with depression than any other anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Does Lexapro (escitalopram) & klonopin make depression / anxiety worse?

Does Lexapro (escitalopram) & klonopin make depression / anxiety worse?

Lexapro/Klonopin: This combination can safely be used initially to combat anxiety in depression, as Klonopin is used for short period of time to calm anxiety until Lexapro (escitalopram) kicks in & starts working for depression & anxiety within 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) for social anxiety and mild depression?

Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) for social anxiety and mild depression?

Sure: It may be very helpful for both - the best option is to combine that with talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) trigger mania, or depression, or anger issues, anxiety?

Yes: There are two relatively common things that can happen. Any medication like Lexapro (escitalopram) (a serotonin antidepressant) may cause a couple of days of increased insomnia, anxiety and agitation. As you suggested, less often, Lexapro (escitalopram) can "trigger" a mood cycle into mania or mixed state (agitated depression). ...Read more

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If Lexapro helped me with my social anxiety and depression, could Paxil (paroxetine) help me more?

If Lexapro helped me with my social anxiety and depression, could Paxil (paroxetine) help me more?

Possibly: Lexapro and Paxil (paroxetine) are both effective for depression and anxiety. Some people do not tolerate side effects of one or another. Others don't respond to adequate trial of maximum doses. Then a switch is indicated.
Before switching, your doctor should adjust the dose for a while to check for better effect and diminished side effects. ...Read more

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Prescribed lexapro (escitalopram). Scared to start it because my friend said it mAde his anxiety/depression worse and gave him suicidal thoughts

Prescribed lexapro (escitalopram). Scared to start it because my friend said it mAde his anxiety/depression worse and gave him suicidal thoughts

Lexapro (escitalopram): I recommend you sit down with your doctor to discuss risks versus benefits of being on Lexapro (escitalopram) versus not being on it. ...Read more

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My husband has high BP anxiety/depression and was put on lexapro (escitalopram). On day 6 and his BP is 104/61 p118. Is this safe. He's 39yrs old?

My husband has high BP anxiety/depression and was put on lexapro (escitalopram). On day 6 and his BP is 104/61 p118. Is this safe. He's 39yrs old?

Check it again: You have not listed what his blood pressure medication is. It's possible that there is a drug drug interaction between his antidepressant and his antihypertensive medication. The blood pressures low but not dangerously low and the pulse is elevated. That would indicate that either the blood pressure medication is too high or that he is dehydrated. If he gets lightheaded or dizzy or develops any other symptoms he may need to be seen quickly. Most likely however his blood pressure will go back up provided that he pushes fluids tonight. Contact the prescribing doctor tomorrow and find outif he wishes anything else to be done about it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Aftr 2 wks of stopping lexapro 10 cld trky n upping buspar (buspirone) frm 30 to 60 w no s.e or withdrawals now my anxiety n depression is worse. Will it get btr?

Hard to know: If you were being treated for anxiety and depression with Lexapro, (escitalopram) and then stopped it, there is an excellent chance the illnesses will relapse and you will experience the symptoms of that. It's just like treating high blood pressure or arthritis or diabetes--if you stop the treatment, symptoms return.
Please call you treating physician and discuss this in detail. ...Read more

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I used to be on lexapro 10 mg. Came off it 9 months ago and anxiety and depression are returning. I just started 5 mg. Will it work same 2nd time?

Lexapro reinitiated: Not MD, but experience with patients, many on such SSRI's is that if they worked once they typically work similarly again. All the best to you on your search for health. Seek some talk therapy and you will have done the 2 best things you can do for Dep/Anx other than eat right and exercise! ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more