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Elkhart, KS
A 33-year-old female asked:

Took lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. today is 2nd day not taking it i feel lil better. how long til out of system?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best!
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