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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?
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
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
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
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
I suffer from obsessive thoughts and was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 60 mg qd and fluvoxamine 300mg bd. Is this appropriate?
Hot flashes: In perimenopausal women is a big one. ...Read more
I noticed that for a few weeks my BP is in low 100\ 85-90 and pulse is 58-61 at work can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause this taking for 1 month or what else?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Having nausea side-effect with Lexapro (escitalopram) even if taken with food. Can I take Tums or another antacid to address?
N: That is a good first choice of tx. Make sure you feel completely normal before retaking it. ...Read more
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
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
Yesterday I started taking 10 mg of lexapro (escitalopram). Today had stomach cramps and diarrhea. Is this side effect and how long will it last? Thanks.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Common side-effects, might ease up within first week. ...Read more
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
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
Fish oil: It probably wouldn't cause headaches but if you are on a few medications, the interactions are hard to predict. ...Read more
Do not know: Not that I heard off. Please let me know if you found out. This would be helpful for me... ...Read more
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
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
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