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How long before Lexapro is out of system.? Took 5.2 of 10 mg for 8 days.

How long before Lexapro is out of system.? Took 5.2 of 10 mg for 8 days.

Lexapro: The half life of lexapro is approximately 30 hours so that 2.6 mgs are in your system then, and 1.3 mgs in your system after another 30 hours, etc. Traces will be in your system for a few more days. Your pharmacist can answer this question better. ...Read more

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Cutting my 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) in half to see if anorgasmia disappears. Haven't felt much benefit from 10mg after 16 days, so is 5mg a legit dose?

You sound smart: And yes, using a taper by half for a week, then another half if needed sounds safe - but it is still best to pass it by the Dr who Rx'd. They learn by getting this sort of feedback and can protect you from a bad reaction only if they know what's happening. Best wishes! Consider CBT therapy to learn skills for living. ...Read more

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How long until lexapro (escitalopram) leaves my system? I've only taken 5mg for 3 days. This is my 2nd day being off of it. Haven't noticed any side effects.

How long until lexapro (escitalopram) leaves my system? I've only taken 5mg for 3 days. This is my 2nd day being off of it. Haven't noticed any side effects.

Adolescent Anxiety: Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg/day is a small dose, you have taken it for only 3 days, it will be out of system in few days.

Believe in Healing Powers of your Body as you do not have side effects.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, peer pressure for use of Alcohol and drugs, your Identity, , to resolve unpleasant feelings and conflicts to develop coping skills. ...Read more

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How long before Lexapro (escitalopram) starts working?

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How long before Lexapro (escitalopram) starts working?

Lexapro (escitalopram): For full effect, 4-6 weeks at optimized dose. ...Read more

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How long does lexapro (escitalopram) last in a persons body?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is a medication for Depression and Anxiety.
The half life of lexapro (escitalopram) is between 24-32 hours.
Depending upon Dose, Duration, and your metabolism, it can stay in the system from 3 to 8 days.
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How long does it take for Lexapro (escitalopram) to get out of your system?

A few days: Lexapro (escitalopram) is taken once daily for a steady state to be achieved in your body. If you stop, it will take several days for it to be out of your system. Side effects may subside within a day or two. The beneficial effects may last a few weeks.
Please discuss this with your treating physician to get a more specific answer for you personally.
This information is generally valid. ...Read more

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How long does it take Lexapro (escitalopram) to start really working? I'm on the generic

About 3-4 Weeks: Ssri medications such as Lexapro (escitalopram) take a few weeks to reach their maximum potential. Thus it is recommended to try and get about 3-4 weeks into the medication before considering dose or medication changes. Other factors may also play a role in the perceived effectiveness of the medication as well. I recommend you speak with your therapist and/or prescriber regarding this medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long until I notice a difference after the mg on my Lexapro (escitalopram) is upped?

It may take: 4 to 6 weeks to get a really strong response. 2 weeks is likely to be the earliest. Take care. ...Read more

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How long will it take for me start feeling better once I start taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

2-3 weeks: We tell pts 2-3 weeks 4 it 2 start 2work & 6 weeks or so 2 get the full effect. ...Read more

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How long do I give Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg before I increase to 20mg? Today has been 3 weeks

Was the Lexapro (escitalopram): Prescribed for you? Normally, the physician and the patient address this together. 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine - please don't make changes without discussing with prescribing provider. ...Read more

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How long does Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawls last. I was on them 4 years. I am now down to 5mg. Thanks?

Rule of thumb: The time it takes to start a medication and reach therapeutic levels is often the time it takes to wean off the medicine. So 4 to 6 weeks in general. ...Read more

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I started taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) 4 days ago. How long should I wait until I up it to 10mg?

Ask your doc: Before making any moves on your dose. You need to report on any main effects or side effects during the first 1-2 weeks that you are on any given dose. And yes, increments are by 5mg at a time :) ...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 have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg for two months. Upped it to 7.5 mg 3 days ago. How long until I notice a difference?

I have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg for two months. Upped it to 7.5 mg 3 days ago. How long until I notice a difference?

Response to Lexapro (escitalopram): It varies, but for most improvement tends to occur in2-6 weeks. Depending on the diagnosis improvement in physical symptoms (i.e., appetite and sleep) may occur first, while mood and energy improvements may occur later in this timeframe. If you experience any adverse effects or if things remain unchanged after about 6 weeks consider discussing further and even exploring additional options. Be well ...Read more

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I'm taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for one week. I will increase my dose to 10mg after that. How long does it take for Lexapro (escitalopram) to take full effect?

4-6 weks: Usually it takes about 4-6 wks for antidepressant to exert full effect. Some may few imptovement in about 2 wks but often takes longer to maximally benefit from it. By 4-6 wks if u don't feel any improvement, talk to your doc for possible add of med and/or change of therapy. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a good med, but does not work for everyone. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I've been taking 20mg of generic lexapro for eight weeks, I don't see any improvement in my anxiety and depression, should I give it longer to work?

I've been taking 20mg of generic lexapro for eight weeks, I don't see any improvement in my anxiety and depression, should I give it longer to work?

Anti depressants: Please talk w/your doc about this. He/she may adjust your dose. SSIRs, the type of med you are on, take about a month to work usually. Research shows that psychotherapy plus meds is the best combo for making progress. Consider getting some support from a clinical psychologist or other therapist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long would Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal last?

No withdrawal: Unlike other antidepressants such as Paxil and effexor, (venlafaxine) discontinuation of Lexapro is not associated with withdrawal. ...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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How long does it take to lose weight from lexapro (escitalopram)?

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How long does it take to lose weight from lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is not a diet pill. Some weight loss is reported but also some report slight weight gain. Overall, weight changes are slight to none. ...Read more

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Is there gastric issues with long term Lexapro (escitalopram) use?

Usually no: Escitalopram (lexapro), as many other antidepressants, can have G.I. Side effects. These are usually minor and short-lived. If you are having issues with Lexapro (escitalopram) please discuss these with the prescriber, who can talk to you about your specific situation. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

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Lexapro (escitalopram) DC: Depending on the dosage & how long you have been on it, usually less than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Does lexapro (escitalopram) increase the likelihood of long QT at a 5mg dose?

Lexapro (escitalopram) was found: To be associated with QT prolongation at higher doses. Although it is unlikely to be an issue at 5mg it seems unwise to take a chance if you have other QT issues in your family or history. There are other antidepressants that could be used that do not have associated QT interval prolongation issues. Ask your health care provider to evaluate your risks and choose a different agent. ...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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When starting lexapro (escitalopram) and experiencing heightened anxiety, how long should it take for that to subside?

When starting lexapro (escitalopram) and experiencing heightened anxiety, how long should it take for that to subside?

Discuss - Don't stop: Side effects are different for each person. Tell the Dr and work together to find what's best for you. A few weeks are common for initial reactions but ask now. Don't just quit - that's more risky still. Work together on this. Best! ...Read more

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Is it normal for anxiety to increase when upping the dosage of lexapro (escitalopram)? If so, how long could that last?

Is it normal for anxiety to increase when upping the dosage of lexapro (escitalopram)? If so, how long could that last?

Yes: This is a common reaction and the duration should not be too long (perhaps a few weeks at most - hopefully less) but each person is different. If otherwise you are pleased w/ the effects, try to bear it. If it's too bad or too long - ask for alternatives. Don't just stop! Work closely during this stage and consider adding CBT therapy to optimize the benefits! ...Read more

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My DR increased Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg to 15mg a week ago. I am constantly tired. How long will this last, Thanks Is this a strong dose?

Not strong dose: Your doc likely increased it because your anxiety and depression were not sufficiently improved. Your dose is not high at all. However, it can take a few weeks for those early side effects to go away. Give it another week or two and if it is still a problem speak with your doc. However, any more severe changes should be reported immediately. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) start off making me more anxious at first, 3rd day now? Or should I call my psych dr to change it or try to ride it out longer?

It can "rev" you up: Any of the SSRIs can have paradoxical effect of revving people up or "wiring them."sometimes those effects will wear off within a few days to a week and sometimes they don't wear off and sometimes they get worse. If you are uncomfortable I think a call to your doctor is a good idea. ...Read more