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A 37-year-old male asked:

I have been taking lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 months at 10mg but still feel unmotivated & depressed. what should the drug be doing?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Trachella Johnson foy
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Should be working: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant/antianxiety med that usually works well as a member of the ssri family. The symptoms of depression you had prior to starting the med should be improved by the time you have been on the med 8 wks. 10mg usually works but can be inc to 20. This is likely not med for you and i recommend returning to your doctor to discuss different med- and there are many availale.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Should be helping: Assuming that you have been compliant and taken as directed, you should have seen some lifting of the depression and general improvement in emotional state. Not all drugs are of value for all people, and maybe this drug is not your best choice. Discuss with your doctor, as there are many alternative choices.
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
37 years experience
Family practice : Se times the medication needs to be adjusted follow with your dr. You should have had some improvement by now.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Probably not strong: Enough dose. Ask your psychiatrist to increase the dose to 20 mg a day. Sleep is very important to calm your hand.Stay active.

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