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Is 30 Mg Of Lexapro 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
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
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?
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
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
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
I have G A D. I was on 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram).My Dr increased to 20mg. Any big difference in the increase. Thanks?
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
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
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
Instead of suppressing my appetite the 36 mg dose of concerta increases it. I have gained 30 lbs. Is this normal? I take Lexapro (escitalopram) as well
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
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
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
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
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???
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
I missed my 730 dose of lexapro (escitalopram) this morning I think what do I do would it hurt to wait till morning to take it like normal or what do I do?
Wait till Am: And take your normal dose. Call your doctor if anything unusual happens now. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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 just started taking lexapro (escitalopram) and bruspar. After taking my first dose of lexapro (escitalopram) w bruspar I feel disoriented, and have diahrea, normal?
Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe dose? Too high? What is a typical dose for GAD and PA's?
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