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1 mo. 10mg Lex did nothing. 1 mo. Of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and only s/e. Switched to 20mg Lexapro & after 6 days no signs of anything at all. What's my deal?

1 mo. 10mg Lex did nothing. 1 mo. Of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and only s/e. Switched to 20mg Lexapro & after 6 days no signs of anything at all. What's my deal?

Patience: Unfortunately it sometimes takes several trials to find the right antidepressant that helps you without causing side effects. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a very good antidepressant, but 6 days isn't enough time to judge whether the 20mg will work for you. Antidepressants have a cumulative effect that builds up over time. Give it 4-6 weeks before giving up on it. I know you'd love to feel better now, hopefully soon ...Read more

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I started taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 6 days ago and just started to feel nauseous today. Is it normal to have this delay in the onset of side effects?

I started taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 6 days ago and just started to feel nauseous today. Is it normal to have this delay in the onset of side effects?

Not abnormal: Feeling of nausea after taking escitalopram are not uncommon and can absolutely occur after 6 days. Try taking the medication with food or water. If you continue to have feelings of nausea speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Just increased lexapro (escitalopram) to 20mg 6 days ago, is it ok to continue zofran 4mg for IBS and Imitrex 100mg for migraine both taken as needed only?

Just increased lexapro (escitalopram) to 20mg 6 days ago, is it ok to continue zofran 4mg for IBS and Imitrex 100mg for migraine both taken as needed only?

Major interactions: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=2136-1391, 1013-565, 1752-1120 for major interactions btwn all 3 medications that you've listed. Then discuss w/your prescribing doc & dispensing pharmacist. ...Read more

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How long before Lexapro is out of system.? Took 5.2 of 10 mg for 8 days.

How long before Lexapro is out of system.? Took 5.2 of 10 mg for 8 days.

Lexapro: The half life of lexapro is approximately 30 hours so that 2.6 mgs are in your system then, and 1.3 mgs in your system after another 30 hours, etc. Traces will be in your system for a few more days. Your pharmacist can answer this question better. ...Read more

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Sir, I was on 10 mg lexapro (escitalopram) for 9 days. Can I just stop?

Sir, I was on 10 mg lexapro (escitalopram) for 9 days. Can I just stop?

See below: Please discuss that with your psychiatrist or the prescribing provider who knows your medical history. ...Read more

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I've been taking lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg from 2 days now. Can I stop taking it?

I've been taking lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg from 2 days now. Can I stop taking it?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Too soon to see benefits, but if can't tolerate the medication, talk to your doctor first. ...Read more

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I started taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) 4 days ago. How long should I wait until I up it to 10mg?

Ask your doc: Before making any moves on your dose. You need to report on any main effects or side effects during the first 1-2 weeks that you are on any given dose. And yes, increments are by 5mg at a time :) ...Read more

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I've only been on Lexapro 10mg for 5 days and I want to stop taking them. Should I stop completely or taper off?

Stop but tell Doctor: Since you have only been on it for 5 days and that is not a high dose it should be OK to just stop, though if you had been on it longer I would suggest reducing to 5 mg a day for awhile. Please tell your Dr. That you stopped.
You don't say why you stopped but it can cause side effects and it can take time to see the benefits.
There are other treatments you can try- please see my comment. ...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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I have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg for two months. Upped it to 7.5 mg 3 days ago. How long until I notice a difference?

I have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg for two months. Upped it to 7.5 mg 3 days ago. How long until I notice a difference?

Response to Lexapro (escitalopram): It varies, but for most improvement tends to occur in2-6 weeks. Depending on the diagnosis improvement in physical symptoms (i.e., appetite and sleep) may occur first, while mood and energy improvements may occur later in this timeframe. If you experience any adverse effects or if things remain unchanged after about 6 weeks consider discussing further and even exploring additional options. Be well ...Read more

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I've been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for 21 days now. I've had a few normal days and few really bad days at first, and now avg. Is this typical?

Yes it is typical: It takes most antidepressants like lexapro (escitalopram) 4-6 weeks to get to their full effect on improving your mood. It is typical that you will have some good and some bad days especially early on in treatment. If you become suicidal it is important to go to the emergency department immediately. Counseling and gentle regular exercise can also improve mood. If mood is not improving then doses can be adjusted. ...Read more

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Afraid of another AD, I think Lexapro (escitalopram) can help me. Bad days are getting vry bad. Trying SAMe, not sure it's working. Feeling scared Have u had success?

Depression: Stacey, some folks have improvement with Lexapro (escitalopram). Only way to know is try and see. Be sure to discuus concerns with your provider. Good and bad with all meds. Discuss with your provider so you can make informed decision. How long have you been on the SAMe? Can take several weeks to see an effect. If any thoughts harming sefl/others please call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255. ...Read more

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I've been on lexapro (10mg) for 15 days and khlonopin (.5mg) for 6 days. Been having horrible sleep and memory loss. Is this interaction harmful?

I've been on lexapro (10mg) for 15 days and khlonopin (.5mg) for 6 days. Been having horrible sleep and memory loss. Is this interaction harmful?

Caution: Lexapro (escitalopram) + Klonopin can interact to increase side effects of both meds, eg, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion. Review with prescribing doctor right away to consider dose and/or med change. Also avoid alcohol and any recreational drug use. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I take seroxat 20 mg every two days. Can I take lexapro (escitalopram)?

I take seroxat 20 mg every two days. Can I take lexapro (escitalopram)?

As above: I agree with other physicians taking two ssri medication, can put u at risk for serotonergic syndrome, and is not advisable, if u still depressed or anxious talk with u prescriber and he/she will adjust u medication. ...Read more

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I've only been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 3 days, can I quit cold turkey?

Yes: It takes roughly 2 to 6 weeks for anti-depressant medication to take full effect. Until then, you are most likely on a starting dose and stopping the medication is safe. ...Read more

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Can I stop taking 10 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) cold turkey after being on it for 13 days?

Taper off Lexapro (escitalopram): Reduce your dosage by 50%. Take the smaller dosage for eight days as you would regularly. Always consult your doctor before reducing your Lexapro (escitalopram) or other SSRI intake. Good luck. ...Read more

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I stopped taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 days ago after a month. No withdrawal so far. Chances it'll still happen?

Not likely: 1 month is not that long of a course to develop a significant reliance on the medication and you should not have any significant withdraw from dicontinuing it. Everyone metabolizes medications differently, but also the fact that after 3 days off, and you have no issues, that also suggests you will be fine. ...Read more

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I took lexapro, serotia, zolgen accidentally and had it for two days but I don't have depression. I took last medicine august 14.when to be normal?

You may be fine: We do not have serotia or zolgen I reviewed serotia which is quetiapine and it's 1/2 life is 6-7 hours. It is made by Sun Pharma. Zolgen is Alprazolam. It's 1/2 life depends on your health from 11to 19 hours. These are made by InnoGen.
Lexapro has a 1/2 life is 27-32 hours. This tells me you are fine. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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I am on15mg Lexapro. I reduced it to 10mg 2 days ago. Today I have a Headache as I didn't sleep welllast night. Could it be the Lexapro, Many Thanks?

I am on15mg Lexapro. I reduced it to 10mg 2 days ago. Today I have a Headache as I didn't sleep welllast night. Could it be the Lexapro, Many Thanks?

Maybe: Problems with a medication can occur as we reduce or change dosages. However, in what you describe, the headache may be the result of your poor sleep rather than the actual change in medications. ...Read more

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I took lexapro (escitalopram) for two days, the last pill was last Monday night. I am still not feeling right, my head is cloudy and a little anxious.

I took lexapro (escitalopram) for two days, the last pill was last Monday night. I am still not feeling right, my head is cloudy and a little anxious.

Anxiety, Depression: I understand your distress about “my head is cloudy”

Lexapro (escitalopram) is for treatment of anxiety and depression; it can cause anxiety and confusion.
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Lexapro (escitalopram) benefits and side effects, dose needed, monitoring, discuss medications for Anxiety-Ativan and Xanax;, medications for depression-Wellbutrin, Effexor; and Therapy for stress in your life.
Do Relaxation, Meditation ...Read more

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Is it okay to stop lexapro after 3 days of 5 mg. I am not sure I want to continue taking it as I am afraid of the qt interval issue and have low potas?

Although it is: Quiet safe to stop Lexapro after such a short period and low dose - don't recommend doing so without dialoging with your prescribing medical provider. ...Read more

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Cutting my 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) in half to see if anorgasmia disappears. Haven't felt much benefit from 10mg after 16 days, so is 5mg a legit dose?

You sound smart: And yes, using a taper by half for a week, then another half if needed sounds safe - but it is still best to pass it by the Dr who Rx'd. They learn by getting this sort of feedback and can protect you from a bad reaction only if they know what's happening. Best wishes! Consider CBT therapy to learn skills for living. ...Read more

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Stopped Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg cold turkey two days ago in a spell of medication amivalence. Too late to resume taking it? Is it still in my system?

Depends: How long the drug may remain in your system is dependent on many factors. An important issue for the length on time you were taking the drug. Keep in mind that abruptly discontinuing a drug like Lexapro (escitalopram) can be hazardous. Contact your physician for restarting concern. S. ...Read more

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How long until lexapro (escitalopram) leaves my system? I've only taken 5mg for 3 days. This is my 2nd day being off of it. Haven't noticed any side effects.

Adolescent Anxiety: Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg/day is a small dose, you have taken it for only 3 days, it will be out of system in few days.

Believe in Healing Powers of your Body as you do not have side effects.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, peer pressure for use of Alcohol and drugs, your Identity, , to resolve unpleasant feelings and conflicts to develop coping skills. ...Read more

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I have a nagging headache some days. I am on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for the last 12 months. Could this cause it after 12 months. It is so annoying. Thanks?

I have a nagging headache some days. I am on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for the last 12 months. Could this cause it after 12 months. It is so annoying. Thanks?

If you have taken: Lexapro (escitalopram) for the last 12 months and you did not have headaches - it would be unlikely that the Lexapro (escitalopram) was the cause (without some change that would account for a higher blood level). ...Read more

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I've been on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for 3 days and the side effects are bothering me. Is it ok to reduce it to 5mg for a few days? My Dr. Is unavailable.

Try 5mg AM & 5mg PM: Does your Dr have a backup? That might be worth a try. Otherwise, since you've just started it, early short-lived side effects are common and may disappear on their own. Another reasonably safe way to lessen them may be to take half in the morning and half at night. That's probably less risky than half dose per day. As you know, keep Dr informed ASAP! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Forgot to take Lexapro (escitalopram) 15mg 2-3 days. Feel terrible, probably withdrawals. Should I take full dose now and again in the morning or wait till morning

Once daily dosing: You can take your daily dose now but then don't take another dose for 24 hrs…get back onto your regular schedule tomorrow. Never double-up or "make up" doses that you miss with antidepressants without first talking to your prescribing physician. Feel better! ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best! ...Read more

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I have been taking 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for two days now and have not experienced any side effects. Will they pop up later or am I potentially in the clear?

Lexapro (escitalopram): At this low dose you are so far fine. If side-effects appear at higher dose, they are usually transient & fade away. Talk to your doctor if any appear. ...Read more