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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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I am 10mg of diazepam 15 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and 15mg remeron and 7.5 zimovane. I take 5mg diazepam in the morning and the rest at night. Feel tired and grogg?

I am 10mg of diazepam 15 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and 15mg remeron and 7.5 zimovane. I take 5mg diazepam in the morning and the rest at night. Feel tired and grogg?

I can understand: Why you feel groggy the next day. You are on some sedating medications. Please let the prescribing psychiatrist know so that your medications can be optimized. Take care. ...Read more

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Taking 10 mg Lexapro in the morning, horrible nausea for the first 4-5 hrs but the also intermittent boust the rest of the day. Xanax (alprazolam) helps. Normal?

Taking 10 mg Lexapro in the morning, horrible nausea for the first 4-5 hrs but the also intermittent boust the rest of the day. Xanax (alprazolam) helps. Normal?

Normal, no: Most patients starting on a low dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) don't experience much in the way of side effects, but I have had a few patients who have indeed had a terrible set of side effects on low dose lexapro (escitalopram). Please call for a follow up appointment with your clinician to discuss this, and whether another medication would be indicated, or some other change in your treatment. ...Read more

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Is a resting heart rate of 58 bpm okay? I'm taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg and have taken it for a week now. I don't feel any bradycardia symptoms.

Is a resting heart rate of 58 bpm okay? I'm taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg and have taken it for a week now. I don't feel any bradycardia symptoms.

A bit low: But f you have no other symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness or feeling faint - don't worry. TThhe low end of normal range is 60 - so you could be off just be a bit of a counting error. Talk to your doctor if you wish to be sure for your peace of mind. Best! ...Read more

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On 10mg of lexapro1 in the morning, use clonazepam. 5 mg in the morning and. 25 mg 3x the rest of the day-still having anxiety would 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram) help?

Maybe: If there's a partial benefit from 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) then there's a reasonable chance higher doses would help more (standard dose range is up to 20mg). Of course this should only be done under careful supervision by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I'm on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a day and I can not sleep to save my life. I'm so tired I can't stand it. Is it safe for me to take 2 Advil pm?

I'm on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a day and I can not sleep to save my life. I'm so tired I can't stand it. Is it safe for me to take 2 Advil pm?

No interaction: It would be unlikely for these medications to interact with one another if taken in recommended doses. Since some people find that the diphenhydramine makes them feel groggy in the morning, melatonin may be another option to consider as a sleep aid. ...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'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?

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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Can you take 15mg of dexedrine while taking 40mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Should be OK: This combination should not be a problem. However, 40 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) is considered an 'off-label' dosage meaning that is higher than the fda recommended daily dosage. That being said, off-label dosages and/or indications is not an uncommon prescribing practice. Questions can be addressed with the actual prescribing provider. ...Read more

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Can you take skinny fiber while taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can you take skinny fiber while taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

"Skinny Fiber": Skinny fiber contains glucomannan, a soluble, fermentable, and highly viscous dietary fiber. It also contains caralluma, a cactus that grows wild in india, for appetite suppression. No direct interactions have been described between these ingredients and lexapro, (escitalopram) but the fiber might change absorption of your medication. If using both, I suggest taking them at least 2 hours apart. ...Read more

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May I take 5htp if I am currently taking Lexapro and lunesta (eszopiclone) I have insomina and I have gad. I am currently on Lexapro 10mg daily and lunesta (eszopiclone) 2mg daily.

May I take 5htp if I am currently taking Lexapro and lunesta (eszopiclone) I have insomina and I have gad. I am currently on Lexapro 10mg daily and lunesta (eszopiclone) 2mg daily.

You: You are taking Lexapro which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Lexapro leads to increasing the chemical - serotonin in your brain. 5 hydroxytryptophan (5 htp) is an Amino Acid which is in the intermediate phase as typtophan is being converted to serotonin. So 5htp also leads to increased serotonin in your brain. 5 htp is reported to assist with depression. You are taking Lunesta (eszopiclone) for insomnia. 5 htp is reported to assist with insomnia. Lexapro and Lunesta (eszopiclone) have both been tested and those test results were reviewed by the food and drug administration (fda) before the drugs were approved for use in the United States. Herbals and supplements do not require fda approval. For some herbals and supplements there might not be exact accuracy in the dosage you receive. Please talk to your doctor before adding any herbal or supplement to your medication regiment. ...Read more

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Can I take 10 mg melatonin while taking 5 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can I take 10 mg melatonin while taking 5 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Safe combination: It is safe to take lexapro (escitalopram) and melatonin at the same time although I would advise only 5mg of melatonin. ...Read more

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Can I take zzzquil after taking lexapro (escitalopram) its got me wired?

Can I take zzzquil after taking lexapro (escitalopram) its got me wired?

Drug interactions: Combining the two drugs may cause additive side effects of dizziness and difficulty concentrating. Please check with prescribing doctor who knows your medical history and diagnosis. Also review your feeling "wired" on Lexapro (escitalopram) and ask what to do. Be sure doc knows all meds you take. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I take Zicam while taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 10? I can't find info anywhere.

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Zicam spray: No adverse interactions are reported with Lexapro (escitalopram). Let your doctor know of all & any medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Can you have side effects from Lexapro (escitalopram) after taking it 10 months and continuing to take it thanks?

Yes.: It is possible to develop side effects from medications at any course along the way. This may be related to changes in your physiology, development of an allergy or administration of other agents that could cause conflict with the primary agent. ...Read more