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can i take lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for years and years?

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Dr. Thomas Karelis
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: With any medication, you have to weigh the risks and benefits of that medication. If you are doing well on Lexapro (escitalopram) and develop no problems while taking it, keep on, keeping on.
Answered on Oct 28, 2016
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Dr. Mark Reynolds
32 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: As long as the Lexapro (escitalopram) is effective in controlling your symptoms and you are not experiencing any adverse effects it is certainly safe to continue on the Lexapro (escitalopram) at the most effective dose with periodic monitoring by your physician.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Lexapro (escitalopram): As prescribed & to prevent relapses, sure.
Answered on Apr 5, 2016

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