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I need to start taking Lexapro for anxiety. I am planning on…

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I need to start taking Lexapro for anxiety. I am planning on cutting the 5mg in half at first as I am very nervous to start taking medication. I suffer from health anxieties as well as all the physical symptoms(dizziness, muscle twitching, feeling of adrenaline rushing and constant thinking about my condition) Does Lexapro cause seizures and serotonin syndrome? I want to start with 2.5 to ease into it.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?

My whole life on and off. I am 40 now and it is at a bad point. I also started working with a psychologist on cbt. She feels I will benefit from both.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?

No, I recently had a body scan from head to toe including Brain MRI. I am just curious about the questions I asked about the Lexapro. Thanks

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At dose, you are very very unlikely to have any side effects

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Can 2.5mg be effective at all?

not likely

probably need at least 5 mg

more likely 10 mg for anxiety

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you.

welcome :)

good luck

you will be fine :)

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