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What is the normal dosage for Lexapro and how long should it take to get there?

My psychiatrist has prescribed 5mg for the first six days then I'll be going up to 10mg. He did not specify how long I will be at 10mg. I know it can go up to 15mg and 20mg. Do people normally just stay at 10mg unless it doesn't work or should I be expecting to go up to 15mg or 20mg eventually?
 

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Hey girl,

Everyone's different, but 10 was what worked for me. Even on 5 I felt an effect but still had anxiety so the dr told me to go up to 10 and a few weeks later I one day realized "hey! I am in the middle of a crowded store and my heart isnt racing!"

However, I'm very sensitive to any medication...
 

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Give 10mg Lexapro some time (it's considered fast acting so with some luck you should feel relief soon, but for full benefits one has to wait some weeks). If it doesn't help you (enough) talk with your doctor / Pdoc about upping the dosage to 20mg.
 

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usual dose range is 10 to 20, if its OK at 10 then up it to say 15, using a pillcutter if needed

the 5 dose is a good idea to help your system get used to it, so your psych is more sensible than some
 
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