A 49-year-old member asked:
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if i start taking lexapro (escitalopram) do i need to take it for the rest of my life?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Maybe, or not: If it helps you, plan on taking it for about 6 months. You might be able to stop it then, and do well off it, but sometimes people find that they drift back into depression off the medicine, so feel better if they stay on it. It is safe to take it for long periods of time.
Answered on Sep 21, 2016
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Not necessarily: It depends on you..If this is the first time using medication for anxiety/depression and you do well on it, you maybe able to wean off in 6-12 months, but if you have severe/recurrent depression, the treatment duration is longer, some may need life-time treatment after having multiple severe episodes etc... Consult/followup with doc regularly for monitoring... Good luck.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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