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Is 30 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a very large dose?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Is 30 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a very large dose?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is dosed as 10-20 mg. Daily, and can be lowered to 5mg. In kids or elderly. Few exceptions exist if it is determined by your doctor that response is only partial after sufficient time and no side effects, where higher dose is tried, usually up to 30mg. ...Read more

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Is 20mg of lexapro (escitalopram) a huge dose? I'm a pretty big guy, 6'2 185lbs. I've been on it for a few weeks, but worried will be hard to get off down the line.

Is 20mg of lexapro (escitalopram) a huge dose? I'm a pretty big guy, 6'2 185lbs. I've been on it for a few weeks, but worried will be hard to get off down the line.

No, it is: Not a very large dose, but it is the max dose for daily dose. It is still a very common dose used for patient. Therefore, you should be fine. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with benign PVCs, stress echo negative. Took my first dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg today and note a big increase in PVCs today. Related?

I was diagnosed with benign PVCs, stress echo negative. Took my first dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg today and note a big increase in PVCs today. Related?

Maybe: Usually Lexapro (escitalopram) is NOT the first medicine that comes to mind that increases PVCs and it could be very good to control anxiety that worsens PVCs. Give it a longer try.
Having said that, we learned long ago that ANY medication may cause ANY side effect. Discuss it with the doctor that prescribed it. ...Read more

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Dr Is 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) a strong dose for G A D Thanks?

Yes it is: Lexapro (escitalopram) can be effective from 5mg to 30mg. Some take even more but I have not found that to be effective. Many need 20mg, which is a strong and effective dose. ...Read more

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Is 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) the best and lowest starting dose?

I sometimes use: 5 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for patients who have had significant side effects with previous ssri's or who specific health issues. 10mg is the normal starting dose. Dosing comes in 5, 10, 20 mg tablets plus liquid. ...Read more

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I am on a 30 mg dose of Paxil (paroxetine) but out of my script and not feeling well. Can I take Lexapro in the meantime and if so what dose?

I am on a 30 mg dose of Paxil (paroxetine) but out of my script and not feeling well. Can I take Lexapro in the meantime and if so what dose?

Paxil (paroxetine): Get back on your Paxil (paroxetine) ASAP. This is now a very inexpensive medication that you should easily be able to afford. You can't be switching back and forth amongst different antidepressants. Call the doctor on call and get at least 1 or 2 Paxil (paroxetine) until you can be seen. There are all night pharmacies. ...Read more

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How do you know if your Lexapro (escitalopram) dose needs to be increased?

How do you know if your Lexapro (escitalopram) dose needs to be increased?

Lexapro (escitalopram): If you are tolerating the current dose without having side-effects, have been on the current dose for over 4 weeks, but still having symptoms of depression or anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it ok to split Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg in two and take it as a morning and an evenig dose?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Yes. Of course. But the pill lasts more than 24 hours once one is on the medication for awhile. The daily dosing is to keep the blood level steady once it achieves a therapeutic level. ...Read more

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I have G A D. I was on 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram).My Dr increased to 20mg. Any big difference in the increase. Thanks?

I have G A D. I was on 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram).My Dr increased to 20mg. Any big difference in the increase. Thanks?

Depends. ..: This is definitely a very commonly used dose of Lexapro (escitalopram). .. Increasing the dose might benefit you by decreasing any residual symptoms you might be having. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr increased my lexapro from 10 to 20mg, is it possible to experience side effects again until my body adjusts to higher dose?

Yes: Any time the Lexapro is increased your body has to get used to the new dosage again. Biggest side effects from a dose change are stomach upset (nausea, diarrhea typically), dizziness, headaches. It should improve in 3-5 days. If it doesn't, see your doctor because you just may not tolerate that dose. ...Read more

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Took 5mg lexapro (escitalopram) for 3 weeks, Dr upped dose to 10mg a week ago. Should I wait 4-6 weeks on the 10mg to see results or is it 4-6 wks altogether?

Ask the Dr: But you can also ask yourself. If at 6 wks you are not liking what you see, going longer only increases the length of time to taper off. If you are pretty pleased but hope for more, you might wait another week or so - but not if you're not happy. Discuss this sort of thing w/ Dr and in therapy. Best! ...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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Could too high a dose of lexapro (escitalopram) for G A D cause Headaches. Thanks?

Could too high a dose of lexapro (escitalopram) for G A D cause Headaches. Thanks?

Side effect lexapro (escitalopram): One of the side effects of SSRI like Lexapro (escitalopram) is headache, however w/ GAD migraines are also common. Talk to ur MD about evaluation headache or trying another medication ...Read more

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Can lowering Lexapro (escitalopram) dose cause anxiety?

Can lowering Lexapro (escitalopram) dose cause anxiety?

Possibly: Lexapro (escitalopram) affects serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that modulates mood as well as anxiety. Lowering the dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) could increase anxiety, especially if it was done too quickly. Please discuss this with your prescribing physician. ...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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When my dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) was too high, I got arrogant. Is that a normal side effect?

When my dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) was too high, I got arrogant. Is that a normal side effect?

I may have been: Related to being more agitated, which often takes the form of intolerance. That's just a guess, but I've seen this more than once. The antidote is to visit your prescribing MD and put the question to him/her. No, usually this is not a common side effect. For a list of SSRI/SSNRI side effects, go to the NIMH website, or even Psychology Today. Wikipedia isn't actually too bad (but consider. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die if you consume large quantity of seraquol and lexapro (escitalopram) with alcohol?

Is it possible to die if you consume large quantity of seraquol and lexapro (escitalopram) with alcohol?

Yes: It's unclear what you mean by "large quantity, " and unclear how much alcohol you mean. But larger than prescribed amounts combined with any alcohol would involve risk. And the risk of death is not at all remote: they synergize to suppress breathing and blood pressure. You've described a lethal cocktail. ...Read more

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Is 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) the best lowest start dose or is it better to start with 5mg to experience less side effects?

SIDE EFFECTS: You could start with 5 mg but 10 is recommended. Don't look up all the side effects - you most probably won't get the most terrible ones, and the mild ones aren't much. If you do find a new development ask your dr about it. You may have to increase dosage until you feel better. Be a bit more trusting. ...Read more

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I might have taken two doses of my 20mg of lexapro. I can't remember if I did. But if I did, is this dangerous? Any side effects???

You should be safe: SSRI are very safe and it takes very high doses to be lethal. However, you may feel very anxious or tired for the next few days. I would skip the dose for a day or two before starting the Lexapro again. ...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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Missed my Lexapro (escitalopram) dose last night 9 pm took it this morning and then took it again at my regular time tonight 9pm...is that bad???

Likely well: If one has been stable for several weeks or longer then getting back on schedule as stated likely fine and well tolerated by most people. When staring meds may have more chance of start up side effects... But still very likely safe. As always, any significantly disturbing symptoms to you, then check in with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Should I take the lexapro tonight when I have already taken my dose of lexapro today? It is to help with the feeling of tiredness during the day.

Drug dose change: Discuss with the doctor that prescribed the lexapro and ask whether the dose can be adjusted. I would need to know why you are taking the lexapro and for how long before I could give you a better answer. ...Read more

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Took 1st dose Lexapro (escitalopram) 2.5 mg this morning. 1.5 hrs later got very hot, groggy and spacey. Normal? Should I take at night instead of am?

Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects: Hi

this sounds very normal. These symptoms should resolve with a few more doses.

If the symptoms worsen or become intolerable you can try taking this at night or discussing with your provider to see if another medication would be best. ...Read more

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On 10mg generic lexapro, (escitalopram) will I get side effects again if I go up to 20mg. Is 10mg just a starting dose mostly and can20mg work better?

Maybe, yes, maybe: While 10 mg is often considered a starting dose, it can be the therapeutic dose for many, yet the dose can still be increased from there. If you had se then I suggest going slowly, first to 15 for a while, seeing what that does for you and how you tolerate it before going to 20. ...Read more

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What is the best time of the day to take lexapro (escitalopram).I take tkhem at night time and feel groggy next day. Also is 10mg a strong dose. Thanks?

Timing varies: Most people take Lexapro (escitalopram) in the morning, following their first food of the day. But the timing has nothing to do with its effectiveness, only with minimizing side-effects. New users may have initial side-effects that diminish after the 1st week or two. Diazepam can also cause grogginess. 10mg of Lexapro is the usual dose for adults. Ask your prescriber if grogginess persists. ...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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What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

Depends: The recommended maximum dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) is 10 mg per day. However this depends on your mental and physical condition as well as your situation. Discuss this with your physician. ...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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What is the lowest dose of lexapro (escitalopram) administered and if a pill is more milligrams than the patient should take can she break it into smaller pieces?

What is the lowest dose of lexapro (escitalopram) administered and if a pill is more milligrams than the patient should take can she break it into smaller pieces?

Lexapro (escitalopram) dosage: Doses can start as low as 2.5 mg in children and increase as tolerated. Adult dose range usually is 10-20 mg. Yes, you can break pills to get different doses. Check with prescribing doctor. If you are known to be sensitive to medications, tell details to your doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Forgot to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg 2-3 days. Feel terrible, probably withdrawals. Should I take full dose now and again in the morning or wait till morning

Once daily dosing: You can take your daily dose now but then don't take another dose for 24 hrs…get back onto your regular schedule tomorrow. Never double-up or "make up" doses that you miss with antidepressants without first talking to your prescribing physician. Feel better! ...Read more

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Is it normal after lowering your dose of lexapro (escitalopram) from 10 to 5 mg to have more anxiety while your body adjusts to the new dose? Having waves of anxiety

Is it normal after lowering your dose of lexapro (escitalopram) from 10 to 5 mg to have more anxiety while your body adjusts to the new dose? Having waves of anxiety

Lowering dose: Of Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) which is an antidepressant that also is used to treat anxiety, could cause your anxiety to worsen since you're treating your anxiety less now. Did you lower the Lexapro (escitalopram) because of side effects? If so, maybe you need another medicine. Do you have a psychologist. If not, there are psychologists on HealthTap who would be happy to talk to you. Be well. ...Read more

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How long on Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 bfr I can go up to 20 and will I have side effects all over again just from switching dose. Can I stay in 20 perm for sever dep?

You an take it up: To 15 mg first (1+ 1/2 of the 10mg tabs) for a week before taking it up to 20 mg. This will lessen your chance of getting any further symptoms, but generally, once you are fine at 10 mg there are no further troubles taking it up to 20 mg a day. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am on 20 lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety & obsessive thoughts for 1.5 yrs. It has helped but anxiety started again should I increase dose, switch or add new med?

I am on 20 lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety & obsessive thoughts for 1.5 yrs. It has helped but anxiety started again should I increase dose, switch or add new med?

Increase dose: Since it was previously helpful for your anxiety, the logical thing would be to increase the dose to 30mg daily. Of course you need to take into consideration any new stressors that could be contributing to your anxiety and have those addressed in therapy. ...Read more

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Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe dose? Too high? What is a typical dose for GAD and PA's?

Lexapro (escitalopram) dose: Lexapro (escitalopram) (citalopram) is a safe medicine, relative to others, and 30 mg is not unsafe. Most people use 10 or 20 mg doses however. Perhaps those doses were not effective for you? ...Read more

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Has anyone noticed a big difference in increasing Lexapro (escitalopram) dosage to control anxiety?

Maybe, maybe nothing: Some people use a daily dose of as high as 30mg/day to have adequate response. With higher dose, you may experience some nausea/jitteriness, headaches, somnolence, irritabilty, cramping/diarrhea etc...Or you may not have any at all. If it is recommended by your doc to do so, follow your doc advice. I would not do it if u were not advised such. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) enough to help with OCD but small enough dose so you don't gain weight?

Is 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) enough to help with OCD but small enough dose so you don't gain weight?

Need more: Lexapro (escitalopram) is less likely to be associated with weight gain than other ssri meds. However usually higher doses of Lexapro (escitalopram) are needed for optimal ocd benefits. ...Read more