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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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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?

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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Can you tell me about generic lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can you tell me about generic lexapro (escitalopram)?

Escitalopram: According to the fda, generic drugs must have the same active ingredients and perform the same as the brand name drug. Inactive ingredients may be different. ...Read more

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Are there other option for escitalopram than Lexapro ?

Are there other option for escitalopram than Lexapro ?

No generic : There is no generic form of lexapro (escitalopram). People think at times that Celexa ( citalopram) is a genetic for but is not. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) versus l-theanin, which works?

For what purpose?: Each is a chemical substance and can help different individuals, some the same individual. Discuss this with your doctor to assess the best treatment trial for you! ...Read more

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How long before Lexapro (escitalopram) starts working?

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Lexapro (escitalopram): For full effect, 4-6 weeks at optimized dose. ...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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Will going from .5 to 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) work?

Will going from .5 to 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) work?

Dose increase: I think you mean 5 mg going to 10 mg. Improvement means symptom reduction. You don't say if you're taking for depression or anxiety. Lexapro (escitalopram) is effective for many for both. There's a good chance you'll experience less anxiety or depression on 10 mg. But let your doctor review with you in person. Lexapro (escitalopram) requires close medical supervision. Dose of 10 - 20 mg is usual range. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lexapro (escitalopram)?

Please describe the medication: lexapro (escitalopram)?

SSRI Antidepressant: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a newer ssri antidepressant approved for treatment of unipolar (as opposed to bipolar) depression and generalized anxiety. It is commonly additionally used for a variety of other anxiety conditions. Full benefit can take weeks. It is relatively less likely to result in medication interactions. All antidepressants have risk of emergent suicidal thinking in young people. ...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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What is an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) 50 mg?

Depends on why: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an SSRI and there are countless other meds in this group of drugs that can help. Sometimes what works for one person or at one time does not help someone else. However, others in the group of meds may be very effective. There are also other classes of antidepressants that you can discuss with your doctor. However, most important is knowing the reasons that you want to switch. ...Read more

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How am many drinks can I have on lexapro (escitalopram)?

How am many drinks can I have on lexapro (escitalopram)?

None, Zero, NADA: Drinking alcohol while on Lexapro (escitalopram) is not recommended. Alcohol could aggravate depression and anxiety (common reasons for prescribing lexapro (escitalopram)). Also the combination of alcohol and a cns-active agent is unpredictable and potentially very sedating. Please don't use alcohol at all while on lexapro (escitalopram). ...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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