*This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice in a Q&A format. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area. Please note that anything said here is not private or confidential, as this is a public forum.Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. Lexapro (Escitalopram) is a very good SSRI antidepressant to treat both depression and anxiety with a low rate of side effects, so this is an excellent medication to take. Most likely though, your doctor will increase the dose to around 10-20mg as 5mg/day of the Lexapro is a starting dose and too low to really lessen anxiety and depressive symptoms. But other than that, this is a good medication choice to help lessen your depression/anxiety.
You will need to take it daily and you should begin to see results within 3 weeks and reach full effectiveness around 5-6 weeks.
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