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what is the definition or description of: lexapro (escitalopram)?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
SSRI antidepressant: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant.
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Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Lexapro (escitalopram): Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve headaches & stomach upset.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause hypoglycemia?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
No: There is no information in the official literature for Lexapro (escitalopram) that hypoglycemia is a side effect.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

After I stop taking lexapro, (escitalopram) how long will it take before the sexual side effects go away?

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Dr. Leonard Raucher
Specializes in Family Medicine
3-4 weeks: It usually takes a few weeks for the side effect to completely disappear.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for me start feeling better once I start taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
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 effect sooner or even later. So don't stop the medication after a few days if you do not feel any effects.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is 30 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a very large dose?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Yes: This is a high dose. Your doctor may explain why this is necessary in your case.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
See below: Abrupt discontinuation can cause irritable mood, agitation, dizziness, paresthesias such as electric shock sensations, anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, and insomnia.

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