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Son was prescribed Suboxone for opiate addiction & lexipro for mood. He's having bad nightmares. He has a health phobia & is worried about dreams.

Son was prescribed Suboxone for opiate addiction & lexipro for mood. He's having bad nightmares. He has a health phobia & is worried about dreams.

Possible side effect: Both suboxone and lexipro are reported to cause nightmares in about 1% of those taking them; it seems to be a bigger issue for those on lexipro. It is possible that it is also a coincidence as many not on meds also have nightmares. Your son should discuss this with the doctor who prescribed these meds and explore alternatives- i'd try a different antidepressant first. Counseling may help too! ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) help me?

For what condition?: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It can be a very effective antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication. It has a little bit better side effect profile than most other ssri's. ...Read more

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Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) too much?

Is 30mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) too much?

We are all different: Dosages vary by height, weight, and how your body metabolizes the drug, so to answer your question, could be a yes or a no depending. Working with your doctors regarding effectiveness, side-effects, and your goals for treatment may help determine a more optimized dose. ...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?

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 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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