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i am down to 5mg of lexapro (escitalopram). how should i quit from this dosage? i was on 20mg and have been cutting back for weeks.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. It is safe to stop once tapered down to 5 mg of lexapro (escitalopram). However, the concern is that normally tapering a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is done under a medical provider's supervision. I am wondering why you haven't asked your provider.
Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Every other day: Take 5 mg every other day, then 2.5 mg every other day (2 weeks each) and then quit.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

I use to be on 30 mg of lexapro, (escitalopram) went down to 10 mg, but going back up again to 20 mg is harsher even when i slowly increase it by half dosages. What gives and what can I do to make it easier?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends: That depends on what the side effects are. If you have GI upset- consider taking probiotics or take it with food. If you have insomnia - then take it in am. If you are experiencing medication related anxiety - then consider adding in deep breathing exercized. Please let your doctor know. Blood levels may be higher the second time around.

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