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Is Lexapro Addictive
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
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
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
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
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
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
Lexapro (escitalopram): For full effect, 4-6 weeks at optimized dose. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes. : Yes. Each person will respond to medication in a slightly different manner, such that one might need a much higher dose than another for a similar effect. It is less likely such a dose might be effective, however, as the dose is quite low. If a person tends to be more sensitive to lower doses in general, perhaps this will work. ...Read more
Not a Good Idea: Taking ginkgo along with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (ssris) antidepressants -- including escitalopram (lexapro) -- may cause serotonin syndrome. This condition is characterized by rigidity, tachycardia (fast heart rate), hyperthermia (high body temperature), restlessness, and diaphoresis (sweating). ...Read more
Slowly & supervised: Don't go cold-turkey. Period.Get a more detailed answer ›
?what problems: Do you mean with supply, side effects, effectiveness or anything else? Not aware of any unusual problems with escitalopram (Lexapro generic). It's a good medication, widely used mostly for depression and anxiety. Please be more specific and resubmit so we can better respond. ...Read more
Lexapro (escitalopram) is a medication for Depression and Anxiety.
The half life of lexapro (escitalopram) is between 24-32 hours.
Depending upon Dose, Duration, and your metabolism, it can stay in the system from 3 to 8 days.
See psychiatrist if you experience withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more