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I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a month going from 5 mg to 10 mg a week ago. In the last 2 days I've had bad diarrhea. Could Lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Will it pass?

I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a month going from 5 mg to 10 mg a week ago. In the last 2 days I've had bad diarrhea. Could Lexapro (escitalopram) be cause? Will it pass?

Yes, it could: It's common to have slightly looser stools with lexapro, (escitalopram) but sometimes people can get real diarrhea. It should get better in the next several days, if not, you may need to talk with your doc about trying a different antidepressant. It's also possible this is from something else as well. If it doesn't get better soon, see your doctor.

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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How does diarrhea last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

How does diarrhea last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

Less than a week: Most symptoms of discontinuing Lexapro (escitalopram) resolve within a week. The half life of the drug is about 32 hrs. Other symptoms after stopping the med may include muscular aches, headaches, nausea etc.

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Intense abdom. Pain, frequent sudden urge yellow diarrhea, took lexapro, (escitalopram) been 3 months, losing weight, what could this be? Please help?

Intense abdom. Pain, frequent sudden urge yellow diarrhea, took lexapro, (escitalopram) been 3 months, losing weight, what could this be? Please help?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) can cause diarrhea, but generally tapers off within the first couple of weeks if it's going to. Most people check in with their physicians before 3 months, as follow-up on your progress is needed. So I'm guessing that the intense abdominal pain, frequent sudden urge diarrhea, and weight loss are more recent for you? Please see your doctor about this asap -- diagnostic studies needed.

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First time taking Lexapro (escitalopram) and have dilated pupils, insomnia, hesdache, and diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

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First time taking Lexapro (escitalopram) and have dilated pupils, insomnia, hesdache, and diarrhea. Should I stop taking it?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Fairly common side-effects which subside with time. Do not advise stopping the Lexapro (escitalopram) without first discussing with your prescribing doc.

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Taking Prilosec 20mg and Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg for a week. Gas and heartburn symptoms. After spinach and pizza last night had yellow to orange soft stools but not diarrhea. Is this serious?

Taking Prilosec 20mg and Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg for a week. Gas and heartburn symptoms. After spinach and pizza last night had yellow to orange soft stools but not diarrhea. Is this serious?

No: Ths is not anything to worry about. Consider adding CBT therapy to the Lexapro (escitalopram) - it will optimize the benefits and provide you w/ skills to manage your anxiety and feelings through life - it's a great value!

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How to stop dirrea caused by lexapro (escitalopram)?

How to stop dirrea caused by lexapro (escitalopram)?

Stop med: Stop the med and it should go away in 2-3 days at the most. If it persists then look for other causes

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After 3 weeks of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg, I still have no appetite and diahrrhea so I continue to lose weight. How long till this subsides?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Hi, it might take few weeks for side effect to go away, if you don't get better in 1-2 wks you might want to consult ur treating doctor to change ur medication. Good luck.

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If Lexapro and celexa make you really sick (diarreah, nausea, insomnia and feeling like a zombie), will Paxil (paroxetine) also make you sick.

If Lexapro and celexa make you really sick (diarreah, nausea, insomnia and feeling like a zombie), will Paxil (paroxetine) also make you sick.

Celexa and Lexapro (escitalopram): Are basically drug and pro-drug and would be expected to have similar side effects. There is no way to predict whether Paxil (paroxetine) would do the same but it is certainly possible.

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Does acv cause diarrhea?

Acyclovir?: Are you referring to acyclovir? It does not usually cause diarrhea.

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Can worrying cause diarrhea?

Can worrying cause diarrhea?

Yes: Stress can cause worsening of irritable bowel symptoms - in particular, diarrhea.

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What would cause me to have sour diarrhea?

Sour diarrhea?: What do you mean by "sour diarrhea"? Are you talking about the smell? How long have you had this? Any other symptoms associated with it? If your symptoms persist or get worse, then you should probably see a doctor. A lot of diarrhea resolves on its own within a couple of days. I wish you the best.

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My nephew has had diarrhea for a while. Possible causes?

My nephew has had diarrhea for a while. Possible causes?

Long list: Osmotic, secretory or exudative? Running a possible list of causes for diarrhea: Acute gastroenteritis (viral or bacterial infection), food intolerance/ allergy, recent antibiotic use, IBDs (crohns or ulcerative colitis), osmotic diarrhea from non absorbable sugars (i.e. sorbitol), malabsorption, spurious diarrhea, thyroid disorders. If it's been more than a couple days he should see his doctor for eval

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Can Azo cause diarrhea?

Can Azo cause diarrhea?

Yes: Brad azo Gantrisin and generic sulfisoxazole with phenazopyridine. It is used for urinay tract infection. Beside diarrhea it also causes nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and headaches.

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Can eggs cause diarrhea?

Can eggs cause diarrhea?

Consider allergy?: Perhaps there can be some type of allergy you have with eggs? My suggestion would be to keep a food diary of everything you eat along with how you feel after those meals. See if there is a correlation with eggs and your symptoms of diarrhea. You may find it could be something else you are eating as well!

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Do bananas cause diarrhea?

Do bananas cause diarrhea?

They could: Generally bananas are considered to be constipating. Any food can cause diarrhea in certain people.

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