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If I start taking lexapro do I need to take it for the rest of my life

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Maybe, or not: If it helps you, plan on taking it for about 6 months. You might be able to stop it then, and do well off it, but sometimes people find that they dri ... Read More
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Not necessarily: It depends on you..If this is the first time using medication for anxiety/depression and you do well on it, you maybe able to wean off in 6-12 months, ... Read More

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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
I can understand: why you feel groggy the next day. You are on some sedating medications. Please let the prescribing psychiatrist know so that your medications can be o ... Read More
Dr. Eric Weisman
36 years experience Neurology
Indeed: Did you have a specific question? You should discuss your symptoms with the prescribing doctors. Diazepam has a fairly short half life. Its hard t ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
42 years experience Psychiatry
Normal, no: Most patients starting on a low dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) don't experience much in the way of side effects, but I have had a few patients who hav ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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60 lbs: 60 lbs overweight at your age requires careful management under control of a dietitian. Have your doctor schedule the dietitian's visit to you.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
36 years experience Clinical Psychology
A bit low: But f you have no other symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness or feeling faint - don't worry. tThhe low end of normal range is 60 - so you coul ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
That is quite: Possible. But, please don't increase your Lexapro (escitalopram) without first discussing it with your psychiatrist/ prescribing provider. Also - use ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Probably: But if the lexapro (escitalopram) is sedating you - would take that at night. Have you considered melatonin instead of advil pm?
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Considine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Usually it takes about 2 weeks for the full effect of medications like Lexapro (escitalopram) to reach maximum effect but some patients can get the ef ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Galina Nikolskaya
11 years experience Neurology
Safe taking together: Inositol is the precursor molecule of IP6,which is a naturally occurring carbohydrate and an antioxidant. Studies combining Inositol and SSRIs (Lexapr ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Not advisable: If you're being treated for depression it's not advisable to skip your medication. However, your best advice about this matter would be obtained from ... Read More
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