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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?

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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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. However, please consult with the prescribing medical provider. Take care. ...Read more

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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?

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 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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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?

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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On lexapro (escitalopram) 13 days for anxiety and still feel no change. So many ppl online say that they felt a difference within 2 weeks — feeling discouraged.

On lexapro (escitalopram) 13 days for anxiety and still feel no change.  So many ppl online say that they felt a difference within 2 weeks — feeling discouraged.

Variation: Medication outcomes and side effects vary significantly from patient to patient. You may need your dose adjusted, or this may not be the most effective drug for YOU. Tell your doctor of your concerns and discuss best approach. ...Read more

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Started lexapro (escitalopram) 5 days ago. Side effects I was feeling have gone away but now I don't feel like it's doing anything at all, good or bad. Too early?

Unclear: For Lexapro (escitalopram) like other anti-depressants it may take up to 6 weeks before treatment failure can be declared. Even then, if the dose of the Lexapro (escitalopram) is too low, then a higher dose must be tried with another time period of 4-6 weeks before non-efficacy is determined. ...Read more

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I started Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 days ago and am experiencing worse anxiety and dizziness. Is this normal?

Dose dependent: Side effects. One has to remember that lexapro (escitalopram) is quite potent. Usual guideline I use is 5mg lexapro (escitalopram) is equal to about 20mg fluoxetine (Prozac). So make sure your dose has started out low and gone slow to adjust upward. Too fast and yes, side effects like you describe could be experienced. Please speak to your doctor asap about all possible causes and adjust medication as necessary. ...Read more

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Weaning Cymbalta (duloxetine) after 13yrs,take for 2 wks then stop while added Lexapro, Been 5 days & I feel "off" hard 2 describe, how long b4 feel good?

Weaning Cymbalta (duloxetine) after 13yrs,take for 2 wks then stop while added Lexapro, Been 5 days & I feel "off" hard 2 describe, how long b4 feel good?

Taper: Longer taper, under quide of Psychiatrist. Some changes in how you feel are normal in that situation however. Some antidepressants have a withdrawal effect similar to that of addictive drugs in my opinion. ...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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I had a steroid injection in my back. Could that cause constipation. I also started on Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 days ago.

I had a steroid injection in my back. Could that cause constipation.  I also started on Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 days ago.

Lexapro (escitalopram) can cause: Constipation. Let your prescribing physician know about i it for further directions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Stopped taking lexapro for five days, recently started back up. Since Sunday horrible headaches and sharp stabbing pain in left temple?

Stopped taking lexapro for five days, recently started back up. Since Sunday horrible headaches and sharp stabbing pain in left temple?

Why did you stop? : First of all should not just stop this medicine. You need your doctors guidance. Now you are back on apparently. Go see your doctor and get checked out ...Read more

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I'm diabetic type 2 and since I started Lexapro (escitalopram) 2 days ago my sugar has been really low which mine is always on the high side. Is Lexapro (escitalopram) to blame?

Possible, but rare.: On dec, 5, 2013: 33, 958 people reported to have side effects when taking lexapro (escitalopram). Among them, 228 people (0.67%) have hypoglycemia. That is 0.67% of all people who have reported side effects to the fda of to social media. That is not 0.67% of all people who take lexapro (escitalopram), the numbers of which must be in the millions by now. www.ehealthme.com/ds/lexapro (escitalopram)/hypoglycemia
best wishes and happy new year! ...Read more

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I just started Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 days ago and I'm breaking out bad cystic acne on my chin will this go away?

I just started Lexapro (escitalopram) 3 days ago and I'm breaking out bad cystic acne on my chin will this go away?

Talk to your doctor: Your doctor will better know whether what you are experiencing is truly a side effect of your Lexapro (escitalopram) (for which they may suggest an alternative) or due to some other unrelated cause in which case you will be able to continue your Lexapro (escitalopram) unabated. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 2 days quit Sunday cause side effects, when will these terrible side effects go away? Bad nausea, fast heart, burning in skin.

Unsure: I'm not sure what your symptoms are from. It is possible they are from the Lexapro, (escitalopram) but they could also be due to another medical issue. It would be important in your case to return to the prescribing doctor for assessment and treatment of these issues. Allergy to the medicine is always one possibility, but not necessarily the only possible answer. Best wishes for getting 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 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 a while. 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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Lexapro (escitalopram) for 8 days 10mg. Waking up shaking. Dr. said this is a side effect that will wear off. How long should this last? Taking for H/A & anxiety.

Shaking side effect: Shaking is a possible side effect of Lexapro (escitalopram). It may go away in a few weeks, once your body gets used to the medication. If it doesn't go away or is too bothersome, you may consider changing medication, or you may find a little shaking is wrth the benefit to your mood. Just be sure you do not stop Lexapro (escitalopram) suddenly, it can cause a serious complication called serotonin syndrome. Best of luck! ...Read more

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On 5mg Lexapro (escitalopram) for 17 days, had horrible side effects. Now taking 1 pill every other day to wean off. Can I just stop now. Feel so sick taking even 1?

On 5mg Lexapro (escitalopram) for 17 days, had horrible side effects. Now taking 1 pill every other day to wean off. Can I just stop now. Feel so sick taking even 1?

IF MAKING SICK STOP: 5 mgm is a small dose and you took it for only 17 days and apparently can not tolerate it even if taking every other day now
I will advise discuss with your doctor if you can stop it
In my opinion it can be stopped. It only needs to be tapered if you have been taking for weeks and months
Discuss with your doctor if you can stop as it is making you sick ...Read more

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I took lexapro (escitalopram) for two days and the second day I had panic attacks so I stop I still feel a little nervous today is that because the med is still syst?

Lexapro (escitalopram) effects: I understand your concern.
Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects can be-, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and agitation. Panic attacks is not a common side effect.

Nervousness is likely due to Lexapro (escitalopram) still in system.

See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis of Anxiety or Panic Disorder ; discuss side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) and any effects now; Therapy for stresses in your life, to develop coping skills, Relaxation. ...Read more

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Been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 4 days and wondering when will the calming effect take place? I'm mostly running around like a chicken with its head cut off :(

Been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 4 days and wondering when will the calming effect take place? I'm mostly running around like a chicken with its head cut off :(

It could take: Several weeks for the initial activating effects of zoloft (sertraline) to resolve. Occasionally, there may be people for whom that side effect does not resolve. ...Read more