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What is lexapro (escitalopram)? Why is it commonly prescribed?

What is lexapro (escitalopram)? Why is it commonly prescribed?

SSRI: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor" (SSRI) commonly used to treat depression and chronic anxiety. Similar medicines include Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, and Paxil (paroxetine). They all work similarly but differ a little in their usual side-effects. ...Read more

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Debating on whether to start my antidepressants again I used to take remeron now im switched 2 lexapro (escitalopram). How do these exactly prevent anxiety attacks?

Debating on whether to start my antidepressants again I used to take remeron now im switched 2 lexapro (escitalopram). How do these exactly prevent anxiety attacks?

Discuss this with Dr: Hopefully your dr (or others) can explain too. Drugs will not prevent pas, in fact they can be side effects of those drugs. That said, those are both used for tx of anxiety as well as both being prescribed in depression. I'd like to suggest trying talk therapy too. Cbt can really work for learning ways to both reduce the freq, severity & manage the symptoms you identify. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe medication to take?

Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe medication to take?

As safe as most: Lexapro, (escitalopram) an antidepressant & anti-anxiety medication, makes more serotonin available in the brain. Side effects (se's) include GI problems, appetite changes, dizziness, headaches, sexual problems & sleep problems. Most se's are short-term & tolerable, esp. If anticipated. More serious se's are allergic reactions, cardiac changes & odd behaviors. Take it long enough to give it a chance to work. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lexapro (escitalopram)?

Please describe the medication: lexapro (escitalopram)?

SSRI Antidepressant: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a newer ssri antidepressant approved for treatment of unipolar (as opposed to bipolar) depression and generalized anxiety. It is commonly additionally used for a variety of other anxiety conditions. Full benefit can take weeks. It is relatively less likely to result in medication interactions. All antidepressants have risk of emergent suicidal thinking in young people. ...Read more

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Taking prednisone, flovent, and nasonex: too much steroids? This caused depression? Or likely due to singulair? Dr. Prescribe lexapro (escitalopram). Good idea?

Taking prednisone, flovent, and nasonex: too much steroids? This caused depression? Or likely due to singulair? Dr. Prescribe lexapro (escitalopram). Good idea?

A lot of med: It is not the Flovent or Nasonex (mometasone) but the oral Prednisone which is of concern. Prednisone usually makes people feel good but may induce depression in a few. Singulair rarely causes mental issues. It appears that you may have steroid-resistant asthma and I think it is time for you to consult an allergist. A drug reaction is best treated by stopping the drug and not with another drug. ...Read more

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I suffer from obsessive thoughts and was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 60 mg qd and fluvoxamine 300mg bd. Is this appropriate?

I suffer from obsessive thoughts and was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 60 mg qd and fluvoxamine 300mg bd. Is this appropriate?

Sounds very high: This is a very high dose and you have to worry about serotonin syndrome. While ocd generally requires higher doses of ssri med, you are on a very high dose and should have your BP and ekg checked. There are other augmentation strategies that might be more beneficial. ...Read more

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Are alegra or Lexapro (escitalopram) effective?

Are alegra or Lexapro (escitalopram) effective?

DIFFERENT CATEGORIES: This is confusing. Allegra is an allergy medication and Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant medication. Yes they are both effective for what they are indicated for treating. ...Read more

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Do Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) work the same way? Which one works best for treatimg depression and anxiety?

Do Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) work the same way? Which one works best for treatimg depression and anxiety?

SSRIs: Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) are ssris for the treatment of depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) is also approved for treating anxiety, panic, and ocd, as well as in treating autistic spectrum disorders such as asperger's. While both medications are similar, the molecules are still somewhat different. ...Read more

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Cross tapered from Lexapro (escitalopram) to Zoloft 4 weeks ago. Now taking (for 2 1/2 weeks)150 mgs zoloft. When should it kick in. Felt good1daythisweek. Thanku?

Up to 4 weeks: From experience starting or changing an SSRI may tale up to 4 weeks to get the desired result give it a little more time then if not working see your physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix Lexapro (escitalopram) and ashwaghanda?

Is it safe to mix Lexapro (escitalopram) and ashwaghanda?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Not sure why u would need that herb, as it is supposed to be an anti-stress agent, unless directed by your doctor. I am not aware of any negative interactions with lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram)... I was wondering if the side effects would be more dangerous to someone who worries about the side effects?!

Lexapro (escitalopram)... I was wondering if the side effects would be more dangerous to someone who worries about the side effects?!

NOT REALLY: Not more dangerous but sometimes you can have some of the side effects due to worrying or fearing about them. ...Read more

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I take nortriptyline 50 m my doc wants me to start Lexapro (escitalopram) now. Should i?

I take nortriptyline 50 m my doc wants me to start Lexapro (escitalopram) now. Should i?

Contraindicated?: Because they both can elevate serotonin levels additive side effects can occur. Benefits must outweigh the risks - and the side effects must be carefully monitored. Serotonin syndrome symptoms include: agitation, diarrhea, incoordination, vomiting, increased heart rate, nausea/vomiting, increased blood pressure, and hallucinations. Nortriptyline blood levels could be monitored to prevent toxicity. ...Read more

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I take 60 mg of Vyvanse along with 30 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) daily. What is the likelihood of developing serotonin syndrome? How deadly is it?

Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): If u have been on the medications foa a while and tolerating them well, unlikely. Let your prescriber be aware of your concerns. ...Read more

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Would this make a lethal combination? Family suicide attempt. 30 trazodon 4 quetapine 6 lithium 450 4 lorax 3 300mg bupropione 5 Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg

Would this make a lethal combination? Family suicide attempt. 30 trazodon 4 quetapine 6 lithium 450 4 lorax 3 300mg bupropione 5 Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg

Possibly: The likelihood of permanent harm is high, if not death then damage to vital organs directly from the medications (kidney failure from lithium, may require dialysis) or from the body's response to them. Suicide can have tragic consequences even when survived. There is always another option; in the US, call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or 911. UK: Samaritans at +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90. ...Read more

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What drug has the least side effects, Lexapro (escitalopram) or lustral. Thanks?

Lustral: Different people respond differently when it comes to tolerance. Lexapro (escitalopram) is supposedly more tolerated than Lustral (Zoloft) & is more conveniently dosed (once daily). ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best! ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) last?

Seeyour Family Doc: They could last for several days...Depends on the side effects. I would strongly suggest that you see the doc who prescribed it before you stop or change this medication...Sooner rather than later.. ...Read more

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If I start taking Lexapro (escitalopram) do I need to take it for the rest of my life?

If I start taking Lexapro (escitalopram) do I need to take it for the rest of my life?

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. ...Read more

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Will the sexual side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) wear off with long term use?

Side effects: Sexual side effects of antidepressant medication are not thought to be permanent following their discontinuation.

It is important to note that underlying conditions can also effect sexual functioning and be a reason for persistent problems. ...Read more

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Can morepa fish oil interact with Lexapro (escitalopram) causing headaches. Thanks?

Can morepa fish oil interact with Lexapro (escitalopram) causing headaches. Thanks?

Fish oil: It probably wouldn't cause headaches but if you are on a few medications, the interactions are hard to predict. ...Read more

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Scared I am going to overdose. Take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg and I think I took it twice today... Not sure though. Will I be alright? Help

Scared I am going to overdose. Take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg and I think I took it twice today... Not sure though. Will I be alright? Help

Yes: You'll be fine. They couldn't sell a drug that would seriously harm you by taking a single extra dose. Buy a pill box so you'll always know whether you've taken your meds. ...Read more

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Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) too much?

Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) too much?

We are all different: Dosages vary by height, weight, and how your body metabolizes the drug, so to answer your question, could be a yes or a no depending. Working with your doctors regarding effectiveness, side-effects, and your goals for treatment may help determine a more optimized dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas, why have so many patients been reviewing and reporting that switching from brand name Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic has caused adverse reactions?

Well...: In theory, there should be no difference in efficacy or adverse reactions between Lexapro (escitalopram) & generic lexapro (escitalopram). However, it is possible to have a reaction to the inert substances used in the formulation of generic lexapro (escitalopram). If you are buying generic Lexapro (escitalopram) on the internet, there's no guarantee of purity, efficacy, or adverse reaction rates. ...Read more

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Can I take 10mg lexapro and 50 mg triazadone together?

Not the best idea: The 2 can potentiate each other and there is a possibility of serotonin syndrome. ...Read more