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Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for years and years?

Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for years and years?

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. ...Read more

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Been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for five years. Once I stop how long does it take for the drug to leave the system?

Not that simple: Assuming you haven't developed any liver or kidney disease in the last 5 years, the drug will be eliminated at the same rate whether you've taken it for 5 years or 5 days. The difference is that your brain may have accommodated to the drug in ways that are not dose-dependent. If so, how long the drug EFFECT will wear off in your case can't be predicted or measured in any practical way. ...Read more

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I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for seven years at 10 mg recently increased to 15 how long will it take to work?

I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for seven years at 10 mg recently increased to 15 how long will it take to work?

Hard to say: Could take up to 3 weeks. Remember though that the changes will be subtle at best. Keep in regular contact with your prescribing doctor and discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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How long would it take to get off 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram) which I am taking for 5 years for G A D.I am on 50 amityripiline also and I find it better.Thanks?

Work w/ Dr: Tapering is the right plan and your best option is to work w/ the Dr on a schedule suited to you. I'd expect it to be safe to be off w/in a few months - but let the Dr plan it w/ you. Best! ...Read more

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I have been on Paxil (paroxetine) 50 miligrams for 17 years, can I take lexapro with it or should I up Paxil (paroxetine) dosage. Weening of the Paxil (paroxetine) I'm never doing .. THANKYOU please help?

Discuss: With provider. You should not take both lexapro and paxil (paroxetine) and I’m wondering why you would need to. Are you having symptoms? If so, your provider needs to be aware of this and can make changes accordingly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was prescribed to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg years after years for anxiety.After being stable(few years), can I reduce to 5mg and keep on? or maintain 10mg?

I was prescribed to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg years after years for anxiety.After being stable(few years), can I reduce to 5mg and keep on? or  maintain 10mg?

Therapy?: In addition to Meds, have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Can i take pseudoephedrine hci with lexapro (escitalopram)? And what about phenylephrine? The first one has been my preferred cold med for years.

DrugDrugInteractions: Yes, you can take Pseudoephedrine w/lexapro (http://www.Drugs.Com/interactions-check.Php?Drug_list=1964-0, 1013-565). However, it's always best to tell your prescribing doctor & dispensing pharmacist everything you're taking, whether prescription or otc, so that they can pre-emptively look for drug-drug interactions before prescribing you something. ...Read more

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Too much to drink on New Years & very nauseous 3 days later. Took peptobismol & still gassy. I'm scared to take my Lexapro (escitalopram). No food only fluids 24hrs.

Too much to drink on New Years & very nauseous 3 days later. Took peptobismol & still gassy. I'm scared to take my Lexapro (escitalopram). No food only fluids 24hrs.

Call your doctor: regarding your nausea and Lexapro (escitalopram) medication. It is not recommended to take alcohol and Lexapro (escitalopram) together, although there are no known "interactions" between the two. It is "possible" that side effects may increase when you mix the two. Alcohol has been known to worsen what your doctor is treating. It should be fine to resume your meds, but its always best to check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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When do the all the lexapro 10mg withdrawal symptoms stop I've been taking it for about 4 years and quit cold turkey 5days ago? I take clonazepam 0.5m

Hopefully Soon: In general it is not a good idea to stop medicines like Lexapro cold turkey especially after you been on it for several years. Usually you're supposed to taper yourself off of it. That is to say you gradually decrease the dose until you stop. I would recommend you ask your doctor or pharmacist about this. ...Read more