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Risky: Lexapro has been associated with exacerbation of glaucoma. It is unclear whether this is due to increase in serotonin or anticholinergic effects. Most antidepressants do have some anticholinergic effects which definitely can increase symptoms of glaucoma. If you need an antidepressant Wellbutrin would be a much safer alternative ...Read more
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
None, Zero, NADA: Drinking alcohol while on Lexapro is not recommended. Alcohol could aggravate depression and anxiety (common reasons for prescribing lexapro). Also the combination of alcohol and a cns-active agent is unpredictable and potentially very sedating. Please don't use alcohol at all while on lexapro. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was switched to generic Lexapro a while back and had a terrible time with it. Back on original lex now but can't hardly afford it. Is there any other meds that would be comparable to lexapro?
Try another generic: Not all generics are alike-there are different manufacturers like teva, torrent etc. You might be fine on another escitalopram. Also the 5, 10 and 20mg tabs are all priced the same. So if you are on 10mg you can get 2 months for the price of one by splitting pills. Citalopram (celexa) works about the same for about half ot my patients but may have more side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
As safe as most: Lexapro, an antidepressant & anti-anxiety medication, makes more serotonin available in the brain. Side effects (se's) include GI problems, appetite changes, dizziness, headaches, sexual problems & sleep problems. Most se's are short-term & tolerable, esp. If anticipated. More serious se's are allergic reactions, cardiac changes & odd behaviors. Take it long enough to give it a chance to work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
About 3-4 Weeks: Ssri medications such as Lexapro take a few weeks to reach their maximum potential. Thus it is recommended to try and get about 3-4 weeks into the medication before considering dose or medication changes. Other factors may also play a role in the perceived effectiveness of the medication as well. I recommend you speak with your therapist and/or prescriber regarding this medication. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does lexapro make you feel happy? Does it make you feel more interested in the things you used to be interested in and does it help you to become more focused?
Lexapro: Any medication, when it's working properly, takes the edge off emotional symptoms, and that's all. Reworded, meds don't make a person happy, they make the person somewhat less symptomatic. The real work toward happiness and satisfaction with life takes place in psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The price!: With very rare exceptions, the vast majority of generic drugs are every bit as good as the brand name. However, the brand name usually costs a whole lot more! the active medicine should be identical but there may be differences in the fillers and binders (most drugs have many ingredients besides the active medicine). Some people may tolerate one more than another due to these minor differences. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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