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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