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Currently on Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg for five days (tapering off) and now increasing my remeron to 30 mg from 15. I also take one 7.5 vicodin for mouth pain each day. Am I at risk for serotonin syndrome?

Currently on Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg for five days (tapering off) and now increasing my remeron to 30 mg from 15. I also take one 7.5 vicodin for mouth pain each day. Am I at risk for serotonin syndrome?

Here is the: Interesting thing about sertotinergic syndrome- although it usually occurs with high doses of medications that increase serotonin level, there are some people who develop it at relatively low doses after a brief period of treatment. ...Read more

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I'm taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for one week. I will increase my dose to 10mg after that. How long does it take for Lexapro (escitalopram) to take full effect?

I'm taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for one week. I will increase my dose to 10mg after that. How long does it take for Lexapro (escitalopram) to take full effect?

4-6 weks: Usually it takes about 4-6 wks for antidepressant to exert full effect. Some may few imptovement in about 2 wks but often takes longer to maximally benefit from it. By 4-6 wks if u don't feel any improvement, talk to your doc for possible add of med and/or change of therapy. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a good med, but does not work for everyone. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I weaned off Lexapro (escitalopram) from 20 to 10 mg for one month then 10 mg every other day for one month then off it's been two weeks and still have headaches is?

I weaned off Lexapro (escitalopram) from 20 to 10 mg for one month then 10 mg every other day for one month then off it's been two weeks and still have headaches is?

Discuss w provider: Sounds like a reasonable taper from that class of drugs as sudden withdrawal can cause many symptoms including dizziness and headache. Why you still have a headache depends on making a good diagnosis. Sometimes people are on drugs like Lexapro (escitalopram) for chronic pain, so the cause may still be present. It is unliekly to still be from stopping the med unless other meds are involved. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal cause heart palpitations? I went from 10mg to 5mg for one week, then quit. Bad palps since.

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal cause heart palpitations? I went from 10mg to 5mg for one week, then quit. Bad palps since.

Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawal: Depending on dose & length of time being on lexapro, (escitalopram) usually there is gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, bloating, as well as nervousness & headaches, as well as "brain zaps". All in all, compared to other antidepressants, those symptoms are usually mild. ...Read more

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One week of lexapro, (escitalopram) muscle twitches in left arm and calf muscles, headache, and stomach pain. Do I need to see dr. Or keep tolerating side effects?

One week of lexapro, (escitalopram) muscle twitches in left arm and calf muscles, headache, and stomach pain. Do I need to see dr. Or keep tolerating side effects?

More to it: Give it a little more time and see if the side effects diminish. If not, talk to your doc about trying a different med. However, understand that medication alone is not optimal treatment for depression (if that is what you are treating). For most depressed patients, the benefits of meds are indistinguishable from placebo. Good treatment for depression is psychotherapy (with or without meds). ...Read more

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This is a follow up. Question. How do you taper off of taking 2.5 mg of Lexapro for 7 days and one day of. 5 mg?

Most people would: Just stop it after such a low dose and for a short period of time. However, please consult with the prescribing medical provider. Take care. ...Read more

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How does bus par work differently than lexapro, (escitalopram) and why would one work and the other not?

Diff neurotranmitter: The exact mechanism of action of Buspar (buspirone) is unknown but it does react to serotonin & dopamine receptors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is better understood to be a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) meaning it inhibits the nerve cells reuptake of serotonin allowing more to circulate. It has little effect on dopamine. Each person's inherent brain chemistry determines which meds work. ...Read more

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I have been switched from Lexapro (escitalopram) to generic and seems not to be working at all. Any one heard of this?

Yes: Generics are supposed to be bio-equivalent to their brand name counterparts but sometimes they're not exactly the same in any given individual. Talk to your prescribing doctor about this. Give the generic a fair trial but ask for next prescription to be written "dispense as written" or "brand name only" or something similar. Your doc may need to fill out extra paperwork to get your brand name drug. ...Read more

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Been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for five years. Once I stop how long does it take for the drug to leave the system?

Not that simple: Assuming you haven't developed any liver or kidney disease in the last 5 years, the drug will be eliminated at the same rate whether you've taken it for 5 years or 5 days. The difference is that your brain may have accommodated to the drug in ways that are not dose-dependent. If so, how long the drug EFFECT will wear off in your case can't be predicted or measured in any practical way. ...Read more

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Is there a good substitute for lexapro (escitalopram)? It is extremely expensive and my insurance does not cover it. It was the one drug that worked well for me

Is there a good substitute for lexapro (escitalopram)? It is extremely expensive and my insurance does not cover it. It was the one drug that worked well for me

Lexapro (escitalopram): While Celexa is one option, and does contain the active ingredient in lexapro, escitalopram, the generic of Lexapro is also available and is probably far less expensive than the brand name medication. You should ask your pharmacist if escitalopram can be substituted and check with your doctor if he or she has written your rx as "dispense as written.". ...Read more

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Took Lexapro 2.5 for 7 days, after that. 5 for one day. Feel horrible anxiety 3 times worse. How can I taper off? Not able to get a hold of psychiatri

Took Lexapro 2.5 for 7 days, after that. 5 for one day. Feel horrible anxiety 3 times worse. How can I taper off? Not able to get a hold of psychiatri

Lexapro: This is a very low dose of lexapro. Lexapro is often used to treat anxiety. However, while your brain is getting used to it - there can sometimes be an increase in anxiety level. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Lexapro (escitalopram) after one month on it?

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Lexapro (escitalopram): Gradual tapering is recommended. Consult your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I was prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) yesterday and the side effects are so awful im afraid to take another one. What's your opinion?

Hold off: Call prescribing doctor and describe your side effects. Ask what to do, eg. Is dose too high, you may be very sensitive to medication in general. You need peace of mind also to continue if med is making you feel awful. Doctor may reassure you. That's what medical supervision is for. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the main diff between adderall and lexapro. I was given one when I forgot my meds and it also helped me. Is there a lesser evil between the 2?

What is the main diff between adderall and lexapro. I was given one when I forgot my meds and it also helped me. Is there a lesser evil between the 2?

Different Class: Lexapro is an antidepressant and Adderall is a stimulant. Hard to answer which is less evil. Lexapro probably safer overall, but with some side effects. Adderall being a stimulant has potential more serious side effects, mostly cardiac [heart] due to it's stimulant properties. There is a very narrow of conditons that would warrant Adderall, most take for ADD/ADHD and daytime sleepiness conditions. ...Read more

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What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

Depends: The recommended maximum dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) is 10 mg per day. However this depends on your mental and physical condition as well as your situation. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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My first day taking lexapro (escitalopram) and adderall over 13 hours ago am I able to breasfeed my son one last time?

My first day taking lexapro (escitalopram) and adderall over 13 hours ago am I able to breasfeed my son one last time?

Should be fine: Not enough of either med likely to be in breast milk to have effect on your baby for a 'last' time' feeding. You should be fine. However, be sure to check with pediatrician. Good question and choice to take care of yourself. Your baby will benefit. Take care. ...Read more

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What happens if one misses a day of lexapro (escitalopram)? Do I have to worry about withdrawal symptoms kicking in? What about 2 days?

No: Missing one day of Lexapro (escitalopram) will not usually cause withdrawal symptoms. However, the longer the interval without medication, the more probable you will have withdrawal or relapse. ...Read more

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Went to take my Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg QD and was out. Can I take my wife's Celexa 20mg for one dose until I get my refill tomorrow?

Probably: These medications are not equivalent to each other. .. Although chemically they're like a parent and child. That said, Lexapro (escitalopram) has a fairly long half life (about 30 hours), so it's probably safest to just skip 1 dose and resume it tomorrow when you have it refilled from the pharmacy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan ali, fourth day of Lexapro (escitalopram) and have had so many side affects. The newest one is difficulty breathing. Is this a coincidence of something else?

Dr. Alan ali, fourth day of Lexapro (escitalopram) and have had so many side affects. The newest one is difficulty breathing. Is this a coincidence of something else?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Not sure what dosage Lexapro (escitalopram) u r taking, but it appears u are not tolerating Lexapro (escitalopram) well, unless u can hang in there until side-effects subside, otherwise, talk to your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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I have been taking one 0.5mg dose of Xanax (alprazolam) every 2-3 days for the last month while waiting for lexapro to work. Xanax (alprazolam) taper needed or can I just stop?

I have been taking one 0.5mg dose of Xanax (alprazolam) every 2-3 days for the last month while waiting for lexapro to work. Xanax (alprazolam) taper needed or can I just stop?

Ok to stop: Since you're taking the Xanax (alprazolam) that infrequently, you should be able to completely discontinue without any problems at all. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink one beer while on Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 mg?

No: Since you also require Abilify (aripiprazole) keep you mood up, you are experiencing significant difficulties at the serotonin receptor sites in your brain. It would be unwise to add in even one drink of alcohol because it has a significant ability to displace or dislodge medications that bind to serotonin receptor sites and this could lead to a relapse. ...Read more

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Took 10 mg lexapro 5 mg of Buspar one day. Took 5 mg lexapro 2.5 mg Buspar 2 days. Today is 3rd day off it. Burning sensations through body. Leg cramps. Is this some bad side effects I’m having from these medications? Same affects when took PAXIL

Took 10 mg lexapro 5 mg of Buspar one day. Took 5 mg lexapro 2.5 mg Buspar 2 days. Today is 3rd day off it. Burning sensations through body. Leg cramps. Is this some bad side effects I’m having from these medications? Same affects when took PAXIL

Discuss with MD: It is very hard for us to answer your question as we don't know your history as to why you were taking the two meds and for how long. It is not from the drugs as you are off these for three days. If your symptoms persist then discuss with your treating doctor or Psychiatrist ...Read more

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I have suffered from generalized anxiety syndrome and depression. For years. I was on Paxil for 12 years symptom free, but because of weight gain was put on Zoloft five years ago, which gave up after 2 years. Then Lexapro, which worked for only 1 year,

I have suffered from generalized anxiety syndrome and depression. For years. I was on Paxil for 12 years symptom free, but because of weight gain was put on Zoloft five years ago, which gave up after 2 years. Then Lexapro, which worked for only 1 year,

Additional info need: Your question was cut off. I assume you are under the care of a psychiatrist. It may be helpful to consult with another provider if you feel you need a second opinion. Also, therapy is very helpful talking through your concerns. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) one of the best anti anxiety drugs in the market today?

Is Lexapro (escitalopram) one of the best anti anxiety drugs in the market today?

Lexapro (escitalopram) has FDA: Indications for generalized anxiety disorder ; major depressive disorder. It is an excellent medication but there are also other ssri's that are very effective in treating anxiety. See you already take xanax (alprazolam). It works very differently than taking a benzodiazapine. ...Read more

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Are headaches one of the side effects of lexapro (escitalopram).I am on them 9 months. Should I go off them. I was put on them for anxiety. Thanks?

Are headaches one of the side effects of lexapro (escitalopram).I am on them 9 months. Should I go off them. I was put on them for anxiety. Thanks?

Yes, lexapro (escitalopram) can: Cause headaches (but not commonly). Valium can also be a cause of headache. Headache can also occur w anxiety. Please discuss this w your provider. Don't make any changes to meds w/o consulting w your physician. ...Read more