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Doctor insights on: Is Lexapro More Effective Against Depression If I Take It In The Morning

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I have been prescribed 50mg of Sertraline..I hold down a very important job so is it best to take it first thing in the morning or late evening?

I have been prescribed 50mg of Sertraline..I hold down a very important job so is it best to take it first thing in the morning or late evening?

Time Will Tell: Sounds like either you've not started the medication or if so, have only had a couple of doses. It also sounds as if you're worried about potential side effects. Why not ask your doctor his/her opinion since they prescribed it to you? But if the prescription wasn't specific as to AM/PM then, it remains your choice & you could legitimately go either way & should expect to be good. Time will tell. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take seroquel xr, Zoloft (sertraline) and liver tone plus tablet at night so you would not get that hangover filling in the morning.

Is it ok to take seroquel xr, Zoloft (sertraline) and liver tone plus tablet at night so you would not get that hangover filling in the morning.

Hangover?: If having a hangover feeling after taking your prescribed medications at night, your dose may need adjusting -- especially the seroquel (quetiapine). I suggest discussing what you're experiencing with your doctor, since s/he may be able to help you solve the problem without additional supplements. Livatone plus has milk thistle in it -- and studies of interactions w/medications are equivocal. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take more than 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram)? I've heard and read this is the highest dose but my doctor says you can take up to 40mg.

Is it safe to take more than 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram)? I've heard and read this is the highest dose but my doctor says you can take up to 40mg.

The mfg says 20: Trusting your doctor can be beneficial - but that's most true when they are right. In this case it is clearly risky. You could be fine, but if you're not - who'll pay the price? Many say it makes them feel way too groggy and dull - even dangerously so. It would make w/drawal harder too. Especially if it's a GP, I'd try for a 2nd live opinion w/ a specialist. ...Read more

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I take irbesatan 150 mg in evening. Is it better to take this drug on the morning or the evening? My BP is higher in the morning.

I take irbesatan 150 mg in evening. Is it better to take this drug on the morning or the evening?  My BP is higher in the morning.

Ok with either times: BP is usually high in A.M. U may take the drug at either times. If BP contue to be high u may add 12.5 mgm of hztc .Please check with u r md. ...Read more

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Can you take sertraline in morning and mirtazapine at night is it safe the combination ...

Can you take sertraline in morning and mirtazapine at night is it safe the combination ...

If prescribed: And followed carefully by your psychiatrist, the combination can be safe. There is potential for serotonin syndrome, and your doctor will be monitoring your response for any signs of this. Also s/he will be managing doses carefully too. ...Read more

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Is it best to take Abilify (aripiprazole) in the am or pm?

Is it best to take Abilify (aripiprazole) in the am or pm?

DEPENDS.: Depends on whether it makes you sleepy or not. Lower doses may be more energizing and higher doses more sedating. ...Read more

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Feeling that a deppressive episode is hitting in I take effxor 150mg. is it okay to take remeron (mirtazapine) too.I am so scared of the mood that I feel comimg in.

Feeling that a deppressive episode is hitting in I take effxor 150mg. is it okay to take remeron (mirtazapine) too.I am so scared of the mood that I feel comimg in.

Can't just pop pill: Antidepressant medication doesn't take effect immediately. It can be a couple of weeks before you feel the main effect of this medicine. You want to try to develop techniques that you deal with situations and alterations in your mood when they suddenly occur. Therapy can be helpful as well as adjustments of your medication. Talk this over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Been taking 20mg of cipralex (anxiety) -12 weeks-am not feeling all the way better. dr suggesting increase In dose. Is it safe to take more than 20mg?

Been taking 20mg of cipralex (anxiety) -12 weeks-am not feeling all the way better. dr suggesting increase In dose. Is it safe to take more than 20mg?

Anxiety Medications: I understand your discomfort. It is likely that Cipralex may have contributed to your Anxiety, or New Stressors in life are causing Anxiety. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, and Medications side effects. Discuss with Psychiatrist Therapy and Ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) for Anxiety which have with less side effects. ...Read more

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I always experience sneezing any time of the day. And i always take diphenhydramine for that. Is it safe? It seems to be effective

I always experience sneezing any time of the day. And i always take diphenhydramine for that. Is it safe? It seems to be effective

Allergy specialist: Recommend allergy evaluation if you are not able to identify the cause and avoid it. Allergy prophylaxis with otc medications till then. ...Read more

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I tend to get a lot of side effects from tablets. Which is the best tablet to take just for anxiety but has no anti-depressant in it, with the lowest side effects?

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I tend to get a lot of side effects from tablets. Which is the best tablet to take just for anxiety but has no anti-depressant in it, with the lowest side effects?

Anxiety: Not sure what meds. U tried, but if anyone knows best remedy without any side effects, then all patients will be cured. Seriously, success is most times thru trial & error until right tx is reached. ...Read more

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I wanna switch to taking strattera (atomoxetine) in the morning cause icant sleep at night when itake it should I skip a dose than take it the next day in the a.M.

I wanna switch to taking strattera (atomoxetine) in the morning cause icant sleep at night when itake it should I skip a dose than take it the next day in the a.M.

Slow change to am: The best way to change is to make the time that you take the medicine a little earlier each day. For example you can start by taking it at 8pm instead of bedtime for 2 days then 4pm for 2 days, then noon for 2 days then 8am etc until the desired time is reached. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! depression tx incl. Meds, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral), ect, & inpatient tx. Helpful are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If stopping meds is really important, develop a plan with your doc to step down, incl ways to know if you need to go back on meds (checklists, family sugg go back). ...Read more

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I know it differs. In general, what is the usual timeframe it takes to see the benefits of trazadone .25 mg when used nightly for insomnia/anxiety?

I know it differs. In general, what is the usual timeframe it takes to see the benefits of trazadone .25 mg when used nightly for insomnia/anxiety?

One day: For my patients, I use 50 - 100 mgs of trazodone as the average starting dose for insomnia treatment. They notice benefit the first night. Many patients require higher doses, between 100 and 200 mgs to have full benefit. ...Read more

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Which SSRI is best to treat Anxiety/OCD in children.I heard Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase it at first. Is it best choice for anxoius but not depressed but kids?

Which SSRI is best to treat Anxiety/OCD in children.I heard Prozac (fluoxetine) can  increase it at first. Is it best choice for anxoius but not depressed but kids?

No SSRI is "best": Medication choices for children are limited. Prozac (fluoxetine) is one that has been approved for Pediatric use and can be effective for both anxiety and depression. A Child Psychiatrist is best equipped to evaluate and decide on the medication needed.The risks of certain dangerous side effects are greater in children and young adults. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the shortest amount of time for Chlorpromazine to take effect for psychosis? I read it can take *up to* 2-3 weeks, but could it take as little as 4-7 days?

What is the shortest amount of time for Chlorpromazine to take effect for psychosis? I read it can take *up to* 2-3 weeks, but could it take as little as 4-7 days?

Thorazine: Chlropromazine (Thorazine) is an older type CNS dopamine blocker with many dangerous SE. Sure you may have some noticeable improvement in 7 to 10 days, however the full therapeutic effect can take up to 8 wks. if you can tolerate the SE. You need to be seen at minimum every 2 weeks for SE eval and dose adjust. Therapeutic dose for "psychosis" = 800mg up to 1 or 2 grams depends on pt response ...Read more

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What is the best time or recommeded time to take lexapro (escitalopram)? Morning or night. I take it in the morning and am tired and have some anxiety.

What is the best time or recommeded time to take lexapro (escitalopram)? Morning or night. I take it in the morning and am tired and have some anxiety.

Take in the evening: and see how you are doing. Also check with your prescribing doctor because you may need smaller dose that what you are taking now. ...Read more

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Is it best to take amiodarone in the morning or evening? Which is more effective? Thanks

Either: Does not truly matter so long as it is about same time each day. ...Read more