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how long does lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawls last.i was on them 4 years.i am now down to 5mg. thanks?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Rule of thumb: The time it takes to start a medication and reach therapeutic levels is often the time it takes to wean off the medicine. So 4 to 6 weeks in general.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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