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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a good medicine for anxiety. Thanks?

Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a good medicine for anxiety. Thanks?

Sometimes: It is an SSRI so should help with social anxiety panic attacks OCD possibly PTSD ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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My Dr took me off Lexapro (escitalopram) and put me on Lcyria for my Anxiety. Is this Med good for Anxiety, Thanks?

My Dr took me off Lexapro (escitalopram) and put me on Lcyria for my Anxiety. Is this Med good for Anxiety, Thanks?

Maybe.: It is not commonly used for anxiety, but there is some general experience that it can be used to reduce anxiety. Work with your doctor to give it a try. ...Read more

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Is remeron a good drug for anxiety. Or is Lexapro (escitalopram) better. Thanks?

Is remeron a good drug for anxiety. Or is Lexapro (escitalopram) better. Thanks?

Both work well: There is no better than when it comes to these drugs. They are both effective and work well. ...Read more

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I noticed anxiety was coming back in the mornings weeks before starting suboxone. Is it a good idea to ask my dr to raise my Lexapro (escitalopram) dose from 10-20mg?

I noticed anxiety was coming back in the mornings weeks before starting suboxone. Is it a good idea to ask my dr to raise my Lexapro (escitalopram) dose from 10-20mg?

See Doctor: Assuming you are taking Suboxone for FDA indicated reasons. Also assuming you have been on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a while. Might discuss an interesting new DNA test called Genocept Assay at GenoMind. Com. Mind help customize more appropriate medication approach to your issues. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) plus a low dose of amitryptaline a good combo for anxiety and insomnia? Dr prescribed both and want to double check.

Is Lexapro (escitalopram) plus a low dose of amitryptaline a good combo for anxiety and insomnia? Dr prescribed both and want to double check.

Polypharmacy: Clonazepam & Zyrtec (cetirizine) are also part of your medication regimen? The combination of all the drugs you list can result in reactions of lethargy, fatigue, & depression of your central nervous system. & the word "depression" means both the FUNCTION of your body as a whole as well as in the psychological sense. Have the root causes of your anxiety/insomnia been investigated? Any alternatives to the meds? ...Read more

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No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

No luck with lexapro, is Effexor (venlafaxine) a good second choice for treating depression and anxiety in a 22 year old in good health otherwise?

Many possibilities: There are many antidepressants from which to choose. Recent studies suggest that just because 1st drug from a family doesn't work doesn't mean that you need to switch drug families. Also, we can't say a drug didn't work unless you couldn't tolerate the highest dose. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a member of ssri family of which there are many. Talk to your doc about all your options (sometimes dictated by insurance). ...Read more

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Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Is lexapro and Wellbutrin (bupropion) a good combination for post partum anxiety and depression?

Discuss w/ OBGYN, etc: Less is best if you are breastfeeding and if one works it may be better than a mix, but ask your pediatrician and OBGYN and psychiatrist if you have one. Please consider good psychotherapy since it's a big help to make these months easier - new mother support is very important! It might even make drugs less needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Urethral sensation from lexapro (escitalopram). Off for a month. Now back. Urine tests normal. Doc says anxiety. Chance of cancer? No pain or flow problems feel good

Urethral sensation from lexapro (escitalopram). Off for a month. Now back. Urine tests normal. Doc says anxiety. Chance of cancer? No pain or flow problems feel good

Lexapro (escitalopram) Side Effects: At your age, cancer is very unlikely and Lexapro (escitalopram) has not been associated with any known increased cancer risk. Common side effects do include decreased libido and difficulty achieving orgasm, which may be related to your symptoms. Consult your prescribing doctor to see if he wishes to consider switching medications. ...Read more

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Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety. Please advise on this drug the good and bad. Iknoweveryonediff?

Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety. Please advise on this drug the good and bad. Iknoweveryonediff?

The good: It works for both depression and generalized anxiety, has few drug-drug interactions and a mild side effect profile compared with some others. It works as well as any of the other antidepressants. The down side, is a mild chance of tiredness or insomnia (managed by correctly timing the dose), some risk like most of delayed orgasm, mild hand tremor, upset stomach. Overall very well tolerated. ...Read more

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Scared to take Lexapro for my anxiety condition, I read several articles about it causing long term brain damage. Is Buspar (buspirone) a good/safe alternative?

Scared to take Lexapro for my anxiety condition, I read several articles about it causing long term brain damage. Is Buspar (buspirone) a good/safe alternative?

Seriously: I would like to read those articles. To date I m not informed of any serious paper on escitalopram causing brain damage. Consult your dr. Buspar (buspirone) is not an alternative for all the indications, they re different type of drugs, different indications and mechanism of action. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have experienced anxiety I was taking lexapro (escitalopram) but it caused rapid heart rate and now am on Zoloft 25 and still same problem any good med for anxiety?

I have experienced anxiety I was taking lexapro (escitalopram) but it caused rapid heart rate and now am on Zoloft 25 and still same problem any good med for anxiety?

Best anxietyTx: CBT or other specific psychotherapy is an essential component of successful management of anxiety. Sometimes it can be effective w/out regular daily medication - sometimes a term of daily meds are helpful. But you'd be wise to use therapy to learn skills that let you avoid, minimize ad manage that symptom. Best! ...Read more

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FYI I am aware of switching from an antipsychotic to a SSRI. Is switching from seroquel to Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety OCD and mood reasons a good idea for me?

FYI I am aware of switching from an antipsychotic to a SSRI. Is switching from seroquel to Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety OCD and mood reasons a good idea for me?

Everyone is differen: Your case must be individually handled by a proper medical provider. All of these medications can be helpful with the problems you describe. The first key is an accurate diagnosis. I also recommend counseling/therap. Best of luck. ...Read more

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On lexapro the second time. Worked great the first time but its been almost three weeks and I feel down. I started it for anxiety. Is this normal?

On lexapro the second time. Worked great the first time but its been almost three weeks and I feel down. I started it for anxiety. Is this normal?

Anxiety: I agree that after three weeks you should have a response. You should talk to your provider. A dose increase may help.
The following article is good info:
http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2015/0501/p617.html
Also, I find diet a big help. Check into glyconutrients, and I often find food allergy testing worh while
www. Thedocstu. Com ...Read more

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Last year I started on Lexapro 10mg for anxiety but got off within 7-8 months. I recently got anxiety again so went back on, will it still work?

Last year I started on Lexapro 10mg for anxiety but got off within 7-8 months. I recently got anxiety again so went back on, will it still work?

Yes: Should work but let your prescriber know you restarted it so they can check your kidney function (up to date labs) to see that you are safe to take it. ...Read more

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Is 30mg Lexapro (escitalopram) ok for anxiety?

Is 30mg Lexapro (escitalopram) ok for anxiety?

Depends on patient: Doses of 20 to 80 mg are usually prescribed for anxiety and or depression. ...Read more

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Can lowering Lexapro (escitalopram) dose cause anxiety?

Possibly: Lexapro (escitalopram) affects serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that modulates mood as well as anxiety. Lowering the dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) could increase anxiety, especially if it was done too quickly. Please discuss this with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Will anxiety go away if I cut down lexapro (escitalopram)?

Will anxiety go away if I cut down lexapro (escitalopram)?

Tapering down: If you and feeling worse, you may not be ready to reduce your dose yet. Please discuss this with your physician before you reduce your dose further. ...Read more

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Got prescribed lexapro (escitalopram). Will this help with my anxiety?

Got prescribed lexapro (escitalopram). Will this help with my anxiety?

Can Lexapro (escitalopram) help: With anxiety? Yes. If it does not help within 2 weeks tell the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for 5 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) to work for anxiety?

3 to 5 weeks: This is a fairly low starting dose so if not feeling any better after three weeks tell your doctor. Your dose may need to change ...Read more

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How much time does it take for 5 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) to start working for anxiety?

4-6 wks: Will take 4-6 weeks to reach full effectiveness. At that time, the dose will have to be re-evaluated, maybe increased ...Read more

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If on Lexapro (escitalopram) and anxiety levels starts increasing again, dies the medication need to be adjusted?

Depends: Sometimes starting on an antidepressant or increasing the dose can increase anxiety. If it is not tolerable, call your doctor. Slow down on the dose increases. Tolerate your treatment at every step! If anxiety is gets higher despite treatment with no dose change, call your doctor to address all forms of treatment. Take 1200mg epa + 900-1000mg dha omega3fattyacids daily with -it helps as well. ...Read more

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When starting lexapro (escitalopram) and experiencing heightened anxiety, how long should it take for that to subside?

Discuss - Don't stop: Side effects are different for each person. Tell the Dr and work together to find what's best for you. A few weeks are common for initial reactions but ask now. Don't just quit - that's more risky still. Work together on this. Best! ...Read more

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Is it normal for anxiety to increase when upping the dosage of lexapro (escitalopram)? If so, how long could that last?

Is it normal for anxiety to increase when upping the dosage of lexapro (escitalopram)? If so, how long could that last?

Yes: This is a common reaction and the duration should not be too long (perhaps a few weeks at most - hopefully less) but each person is different. If otherwise you are pleased w/ the effects, try to bear it. If it's too bad or too long - ask for alternatives. Don't just stop! Work closely during this stage and consider adding CBT therapy to optimize the benefits! ...Read more

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Just got Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety, half a 10mg once a day w/ food, is there a certain time of day I should take it?

Depends: You want to take the medicine at the same time every day. Some people will notice that the medicine makes them sleepy. If this is the case with you then take it at night. If you notice that it makes you more alert then take in the morning. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I have major anxiety but my Lexapro (escitalopram). 5mg doesn't seem to do anything, barely even when I take 5. Is there an alternative?

Experiment: A 5mg dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) is a starting dose. If you have given it at least 1-2 weeks, call your fp and let them know that you may need more milligrams. A 10mg dose would be a standard dose, with a possible 20mg maximum next month. If you anxiety is truly "major, " then you might also discuss add-on therapy for break-through panic symptoms. There are alternatives, but give Lexapro (escitalopram) a full try! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have increased anxiety in the first several weeks of taking Lexapro (escitalopram)? It is decreasing slowly in the third week

Possible - not usual: This can occur in some patients because of the mode of action on the arousal neurotransmitter noradrenaline. Since it is decreasing your body is likely adapting and all will likely go well, If symptoms persist discuss with the prescriber ...Read more