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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 (bupropion) would be a much safer alternative
We are all different: Dosages vary by height, weight, and how your body metabolizes the drug, so to answer your question, could be a yes or a no depending. Working with your doctors regarding effectiveness, side-effects, and your goals for treatment may help determine a more optimized dose.See 2 more doctor answers
As safe as most: Lexapro, (escitalopram) 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.See 2 more doctor answers
Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) 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.See 2 more doctor answers
For what purpose?: Each is a chemical substance and can help different individuals, some the same individual. Discuss this with your doctor to assess the best treatment trial for you!See 1 more doctor answer
Lexapro (escitalopram): For full effect, 4-6 weeks at optimized dose.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes, and...: Lexapro (escitalopram) can be taken twice a day if the total daily dose does not exceed the amount prescribed for one day. It is my experience, however, that Lexapro can cause insomnia if taken at night. A single morning dose has seemed to work best for most of those for whom I have prescribed it.
Dose increase: I think you mean 5 mg going to 10 mg. Improvement means symptom reduction. You don't say if you're taking for depression or anxiety. Lexapro (escitalopram) is effective for many for both. There's a good chance you'll experience less anxiety or depression on 10 mg. But let your doctor review with you in person. Lexapro (escitalopram) requires close medical supervision. Dose of 10 - 20 mg is usual range. I hope this helps.See 4 more doctor answers
SSRI Antidepressant: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a newer ssri antidepressant approved for treatment of unipolar (as opposed to bipolar) depression and generalized anxiety. It is commonly additionally used for a variety of other anxiety conditions. Full benefit can take weeks. It is relatively less likely to result in medication interactions. All antidepressants have risk of emergent suicidal thinking in young people.See 2 more doctor answers
Tappering the dose: It has to be tappered slowly and then discontinued. For example: if you are on 20mg a day. I will do the following- 15mg once daily x 5 days then 10mg once daily x 5days then 5mg once daily for 5 days then 5mg every other day for 10 days then discontinue.See 2 more doctor answers
Depends on why: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an SSRI and there are countless other meds in this group of drugs that can help. Sometimes what works for one person or at one time does not help someone else. However, others in the group of meds may be very effective. There are also other classes of antidepressants that you can discuss with your doctor. However, most important is knowing the reasons that you want to switch.
None, Zero, NADA: Drinking alcohol while on Lexapro (escitalopram) is not recommended. Alcohol could aggravate depression and anxiety (common reasons for prescribing lexapro (escitalopram)). 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 (escitalopram).See 3 more doctor answers
Yes: If prescribed for good reason by a pediatrician, child psychiatrist or family doctor.See 2 more doctor answers