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Is there gastric issues with long term Lexapro (escitalopram) use?

Is there gastric issues with long term Lexapro (escitalopram) use?

Usually no: Escitalopram (lexapro), as many other antidepressants, can have G.I. Side effects. These are usually minor and short-lived. If you are having issues with Lexapro (escitalopram) please discuss these with the prescriber, who can talk to you about your specific situation.

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Will the sexual side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) wear off with long term use?

Will the sexual side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) wear off with long term use?

Side effects: Sexual side effects of antidepressant medication are not thought to be permanent following their discontinuation. It is important to note that underlying conditions can also effect sexual functioning and be a reason for persistent problems.

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Can lexapro cause long term blurred vision even after quitting?

Can lexapro cause long term blurred vision even after quitting?

Unlikely: There are many causes of blurred vision; please get a good evaluation by an ophthalmologist (not just an optometrist).

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My doc has prescribed me 1mg Xanax, (alprazolam) 10mg Lexapro and just added 150mg Wellbutrin XL. Is this allowed? Will this cause long term problems?!

My doc has prescribed me 1mg Xanax, (alprazolam) 10mg Lexapro and just added 150mg Wellbutrin XL. Is this allowed? Will this cause long term problems?!

Medication effects: I understand your concern. Reflect on symptoms of Anxiety and Depression effect on your relationships, work and personal life; medication need for anxiety or depression; then discuss medication interactions, benefits and side effects; Therapy. Wellbutrin with Lexapro may increase the risk of seizures. Using Xanax (alprazolam) with Lexapro may increase dizziness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.

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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.

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I have been diagnosed with GAD for 10yrs now I take 10mg of lexapro which helps reduce my anxiety but does not generally help with my panic attacks. I have been using xanax throughout my years of having GAD but my doctor won't prescribe it to me long term

Lexapro (escitalopram): Generally, I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (or some other related type) as an adjunct to almost every treatment I prescribe. In panic disorder, this really helps prevent the panic attacks before they begin. When absolutely necessary, I've also found Klonopin to be a bit more helpful than Xanax (alprazolam). So, maybe discuss those options with ur psychiatrist. Hope that helps!

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Any long term med for sleep not causing tiredness in day? Lexapro (escitalopram) tired after waking mouth dry tongue numb am in recovery no longer on antipsychotics

Any long term med for sleep not causing tiredness in day? Lexapro (escitalopram) tired after waking mouth dry tongue numb am in recovery no longer on antipsychotics

Most sleeper meds: Have a hangover, with Trazodone being one of the worst. You describe morning side effects that are well-known from SSRI's and SSNRI's. Are you taking antipsychotic meds? These also have side effects. Who prescribes these? Visit this MD and tell him/her pronto. Recovery? (Not drinking or using drugs?) There are lots of things to try...

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What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?

Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psychosis & paranoia. Paxil can be used long -term but most of my patients have experienced more side effects with it then from Lexapro & zoloft. I see you are on Lexapro -it has an excellent side effect profile. Buspar (buspirone) is very safe for long-term use.

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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.

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How long before Lexapro (escitalopram) starts working?

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How long before Lexapro (escitalopram) starts working?

Lexapro (escitalopram): For full effect, 4-6 weeks at optimized dose.

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How long does lexapro (escitalopram) last in a persons body?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is a medication for Depression and Anxiety. The half life of lexapro (escitalopram) is between 24-32 hours. Depending upon Dose, Duration, and your metabolism, it can stay in the system from 3 to 8 days. See psychiatrist if you experience withdrawal symptoms.

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How long does it take for Lexapro (escitalopram) to get out of your system?

A few days: Lexapro (escitalopram) is taken once daily for a steady state to be achieved in your body. If you stop, it will take several days for it to be out of your system. Side effects may subside within a day or two. The beneficial effects may last a few weeks. Please discuss this with your treating physician to get a more specific answer for you personally. This information is generally valid.

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How long does it take Lexapro (escitalopram) to start really working? I'm on the generic

About 3-4 Weeks: Ssri medications such as Lexapro (escitalopram) 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.

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How long until I notice a difference after the mg on my Lexapro (escitalopram) is upped?

It may take: 4 to 6 weeks to get a really strong response. 2 weeks is likely to be the earliest. Take care.

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How long will it take for me start feeling better once I start taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

2-3 weeks: We tell pts 2-3 weeks 4 it 2 start 2work & 6 weeks or so 2 get the full effect.

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How long do I give Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg before I increase to 20mg? Today has been 3 weeks

Was the Lexapro (escitalopram): Prescribed for you? Normally, the physician and the patient address this together. 3 to 4 weeks is usually fine - please don't make changes without discussing with prescribing provider.

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How long does Lexapro (escitalopram) withdrawls last. I was on them 4 years. I am now down to 5mg. Thanks?

Rule of thumb: The time it takes to start a medication and reach therapeutic levels is often the time it takes to wean off the medicine. So 4 to 6 weeks in general.

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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 :)

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Been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for five years. Once I stop how long does it take for the drug to leave the system?

Not that simple: Assuming you haven't developed any liver or kidney disease in the last 5 years, the drug will be eliminated at the same rate whether you've taken it for 5 years or 5 days. The difference is that your brain may have accommodated to the drug in ways that are not dose-dependent. If so, how long the drug EFFECT will wear off in your case can't be predicted or measured in any practical way.