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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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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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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

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1st question can you take Lexapro after taking nexium40mg in the morning. 2nd question can you take Ambien (zolpidem) at night for bed time 5 mg?

1st question can you take Lexapro after taking nexium40mg in the morning. 2nd question can you take Ambien (zolpidem) at night for bed time 5 mg?

No: Nexium (esomeprazole) taken with Lexapro can cause significant side effects by intensifying the effects of the Lexapro to bring about confusion, hallucination, heart issues etc. Ambien may also be an issue with Lexapro even though the fda has not reported anything, internet reviews from consumers have spoke of side effects. Please consult your physician before you mix these medicines. Take care. ...Read more

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I take 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) going up to 15mg I have been taking the 10mg at 3 am I want to start taking it at 10pm do I need to skip a dose to do this?

No need to skip: One of the most important aspects of any medication is how to go about taking it. One 10mg (or 15 or 20mg) tablet once a day. In your case you can take one day 3:00pm 10mg and next day 15mg at 10 pm.
For more information talk to your prescribing physician. ...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'm EXTREMELY nervous to start taking lexapro (escitalopram). everyone keeps yelling at me to take it because I'm going insane. Everything little thing scares me.

I'm EXTREMELY nervous to start taking lexapro (escitalopram). everyone keeps yelling at me to take it because I'm going insane. Everything little thing scares me.

Lexapro (escitalopram): Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg., average 20mg. Main side-effects involve headaches & upset stomach temporarily. Start with lowest dose 5mg. ...Read more

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I have been taking 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and after I take it I feel very anxious but my dr says it is suppossed to help with anxiety. I also take 1 mg of k?

Have you just: Started the Lexapro (escitalopram)? It can cause increased anxiety initially in some people - until you get used to it. There are some people who just don't adjust to it. What do you mean by K? ...Read more

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Can I take 10mg lexapro and 50 mg triazadone together?

Not the best idea: The 2 can potentiate each other and there is a possibility of serotonin syndrome. ...Read more

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Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) with ginger?

No reason: There is no documented positive effect in taking the 2 together. The question is what r you being treated for? ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe medication to take?

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

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Is it okay to take Lexapro (escitalopram) twice a day?

Is it okay to take Lexapro (escitalopram) twice a day?

Yes, and...: Lexapro (escitalopram) can be taken twice a day if the total daily dose does not exceed the amount prescribed for one day. It is my experience, however, that Lexapro can cause insomnia if taken at night. A single morning dose has seemed to work best for most of those for whom I have prescribed it. ...Read more

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What steps do I take to get off lexapro (escitalopram)?

Tappering the dose: It has to be tappered slowly and then discontinued. For example: if you are on 20mg a day. I will do the following-
15mg once daily x 5 days then 10mg once daily x 5days then 5mg once daily for 5 days then 5mg every other day for 10 days then discontinue. ...Read more

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Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) if you are under 18?

Yes: If prescribed for good reason by a pediatrician, child psychiatrist or family doctor. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for you to take Lexapro (escitalopram) with herbs?

Question too broad: If you can narrow it down to one or two herbs, then we can check it out. Your question involves all herbs and they are each different in their chemical structure, action, and their interactions with lexapro (escitalopram). Please resubmit. Thanks. ...Read more

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Can you take clearatine if I take 5 mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Claritin (loratadine)?: If this is what you mean - there are no problems with this when taken by a person who also takes Lexapro (escitalopram). Best! ...Read more

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Is it all right to take Lexapro (escitalopram) and eavil together?

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Lexapro (escitalopram): As prescribed, with Lexapro (escitalopram) in morning & low dose Elavil at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can I take oracea at the same time as I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg?

No known interaction: Be confident that you can safely use these two together. Any unusual reaction however, should be immediately reported to your doctor. ...Read more