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Dr. Alan Ali
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Lexapro (Definition)

Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve ...Read more


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I was on 20mg of Lexapro and 30 mg remeron.Dr reduced to 10mg Lex and incr Rem to 45.Did I need to wean from 20mg Lex to 10.I suffer from G A D Thanks?

I was on 20mg of Lexapro and 30 mg remeron.Dr reduced to 10mg Lex and incr Rem to 45.Did I need to wean from 20mg Lex to 10.I suffer from G A D Thanks?

Talk to your doctor : This is not an unusual change to make. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing. Remeron can be sedating and sometimes this side effect is used to the patient's advantage. A decrease in dose of Lexapro is usually well tolerated and does not require a slow wean. ...Read more

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Is 30 mg of Lexapro a very large dose?

Lexapro: Lexapro 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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I use to be on 30 mg of lexapro, went down to 10 mg, but going back up again to 20 mg is harsher even when i slowly increase it by half dosages. What gives and what can I do to make it easier?

I use to be on 30 mg of lexapro, went down to 10 mg, but going back up again to 20 mg is harsher even when i slowly increase it by half dosages.  What gives and what can I do to make it easier?

Depends: That depends on what the side effects are. If you have GI upset- consider taking probiotics or take it with food. If you have insomnia - then take it in am. If you are experiencing medication related anxiety - then consider adding in deep breathing exercized. Please let your doctor know. Blood levels may be higher the second time around. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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I am on a 30 mg dose of Paxil but out of my script and not feeling well. can I take Lexapro in the meantime and if so what dose?

I am on a 30 mg dose of Paxil but out of my script and not feeling well. can I take Lexapro in the meantime and if so what dose?

Paxil: Get back on your Paxil ASAP. This is now a very inexpensive medication that you should easily be able to afford. You can't be switching back and forth amongst different antidepressants. Call the doctor on call and get at least 1 or 2 Paxil until you can be seen. There are all night pharmacies. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Can you take Prilosec 40 mg in the morning wait 30 minutes eat something and take Lexapro 10 mg ?

Not necessary: Why do you need to wait? Are you taking Prilosec due to GI upset from lexapro? Lexapro may increase the motility of your gut and or give you a feeling of nausea but should not increase the acid in your stomach. If it is nausea from Lexapro and it hasn't improved after a few weeks, you may wish to visit with your doctor to look at alternative options. ...Read more

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Instead of suppressing my appetite the 36 mg dose of concerta increases it. I have gained 30 lbs. Is this normal? I take Lexapro as well

Weight gain: There may be another reason for weight gain other than concerta. Lexapro may contribute to it, but depression can do the same. I'd look for another reason for it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 10 mg of Ambien, 10 mg of Cyclobenzaprine, and 30 mg of Lexapro together?

Is it safe to take 10 mg of Ambien, 10 mg of Cyclobenzaprine, and 30 mg of Lexapro together?

Drug-drug interactio: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=758-0,2333-1544,1013-565 shows potential for Cyclobenzaprine to interact w/other meds that you've noted. Always tell prescribing doc everything you're taking, both prescription & OTC. Best to get all meds from same pharmacy so dispensing pharmacist can check for potential interactions. Discuss your concerns w/prescribing docs. ...Read more

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Stopped Cymbalta 30 mg 4 days ago went right on Lexapro...feel fine...when will withdrawals hit?

You might have won!: Some people, sometimes hit it lucky and don't suffer withdrawal or have only the mildest effects. It's as inpredictable as most other things about these medications. Feel optimistic and still be aware of yourself. I hope you continue to transition easily and that Lexapro does what you want and that you get off it as soon as possible easily too. CBT therapy helps smooth the way! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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How do I gradually taper off 10 mg daily Lexapro? I have been on it for about 7 months and have a 1 month prescription (30 10 mg tablets) left.

Lexapro taper: One option is to taper by 2.5mg. every 4-7 days until you are down to 2.5mg. daily, then take 2.5mg. every other day until you run out. A better option isto discuss with your prescribing doctor who knows you best. ...Read more

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