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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 take Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression and feel that it doesn't help all my symptoms. Should I consider another medication?

I take Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression and feel that it doesn't help all my symptoms. Should I consider another medication?

Not necessarily, but: I would look into Genomind testing, it shows how slow or fast psych (and other) drugs go through your liver. Sometimes drugs go through so fast, they don't do any good. Also get tested and treated for MTHFR 677 & 1298. 84% of the US pop is +, and 100% of depressed Pts in my practice are positive. It's a genetic defect that is fixed with a mixture of three simple supplements. L-methylfolate 15mg + ...Read more

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I have anxiety & depression I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10milligrams for both of those and have a son and I lose patience with him?

I have anxiety & depression I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 10milligrams for both of those and have a son and I lose patience with him?

A little more info: Please help me understand your question so I can work out an answer that will be helpful. Are you wondering about the medication, your feeling of impatience with your son, or something else? ...Read more

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I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

Discuss with your MD: It takes about 4-6 weks before you get the full effect of lexapro (escitalopram). You have to wait. Then the dose can be increased to 20 mg. Anxiety usually requires a higher dose than depression. Also the anxiety emerges while depression lifts because you have to face the stressors of world as you get better. ...Read more

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Im taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for depression, I've noticed it makes me very tierd & mellow any suggestions on other meds i can take with out that side affect?

Im taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for depression, I've noticed it makes me very tierd & mellow any suggestions on other meds i can take with out that side affect?

Lexapro (escitalopram) dose: Your response may depend on the dose being used. If your depression symptoms are well-controlled, you might talk with your doctor about decreasing the Lexapro (escitalopram) dose a bit. This way, you might maintain the good effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) for you, but lose the "tired" aspect. Please remember that drinking alcohol with Lexapro (escitalopram) will increase likelihood of "tired ; mellow" (or sedating, drowsy) responses. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating..need to take low dose Ativan ...is this often prescribed ?

Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating..need to take low dose Ativan ...is this often prescribed ?

Lexapro (escitalopram): You are right about this particular property frequently reported about escitalopram. However, this has been mostly considered a positive effect. In some instances, the medication has to be adjusted if a stimulant effect is uncomfortable. One possibility is to adjust the dose a notch down. Also, undiagnosed bipolar conditions could be activated. Ativan (lorazepam) might not resolve this problem. ...Read more

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I just recently strating having problems with anxiety and depression this year. And I'm not sure what is the right way to handle it. I do take lexapro at night and ambien to sleep but I don't feel aby different and I have gained 30 Poulsbo so all around I

I just recently strating having problems with anxiety and depression this year. And I'm not sure what is the right way to handle it. I do take lexapro at night and ambien to sleep but I don't feel aby different and I have gained 30 Poulsbo so all around I

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Using Ambien (zolpidem) with Lexapro may increase dizziness and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. Gain of 30 pounds is likely a symptom of Depression due to stress.. See Physician for diagnosis of weight gain. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose , and Therapy for stresses in your life. ...Read more

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Can i take Lexapro (escitalopram) for social anxiety and mild depression?

Sure: It may be very helpful for both - the best option is to combine that with talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy). ...Read more

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When switching from Lexapro (escitalopram) to Zoloft is it common for their to be a down cycle, i.E depression, an how long should the transition take.?

When switching from Lexapro (escitalopram) to Zoloft is it common for their to be a down cycle, i.E depression, an how long should the transition take.?

Not necessarily: As long as you take a dose of zoloft which is equivalent to the Lexapro (escitalopram) dose, the switch should be okay. Maybe you can discuss this with your prescribing physician as you shouldn't make adjustments on your own. Finally, and unlike lexapro, (escitalopram) zoloft may be better absorbed (you get more), when taken with food-perhaps up to 50% better absorbed with food. Good luck. ...Read more

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