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What are the side effects of stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning?

What are the side effects of stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning?

See below: Abrupt discontinuation can cause irritable mood, agitation, dizziness, paresthesias such as electric shock sensations, anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, and insomnia. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

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How long do the side effects last after stopping lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram) DC: Depending on the dosage & how long you have been on it, usually less than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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After I stop taking lexapro, (escitalopram) how long will it take before the sexual side effects go away?

Almost immedicately: The side effect is dose related and improves as soon as the blood levels drop which could be the next day. Of course over time if the depession returns your libido could plummit. ...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?

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 advice 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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Can you get off that filthy drug Lexapro (escitalopram) without weaning off. Doctors should stop prescribing such rubbish. Nothing but side effects?

Typically, yes: While most people are able to stop Lexapro (escitalopram) without any withdrawal symptoms, I am concerned by your reports of side effects to what is typically a very well tolerated medication. I would recommend speaking with your prescribing physician to discuss a strategy to taper your dose and consider alternative treatments, be they pharmacological or otherwise. ...Read more

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Tomorrow I'm to stop Cymbalta (duloxetine) and up my Lexapro to 20mg. Will I get the side effects again like when started lex 2wks ago? Dizzy, lightheaded, etc?

Tomorrow I'm to stop Cymbalta (duloxetine) and up my Lexapro to 20mg. Will I get the side effects again like when started lex 2wks ago? Dizzy, lightheaded, etc?

Don't expect it to: Having gotten past tem, there's good reason to think you'll be okay. It's not impossible for some to return, but your Dr can slow down the rate of increase if necessary - It will really help if you don't expect them to return since many of these feelings can be generated by our minds alone from the familiar recent experience. This is unnecessary but easy to do. Don't! I hope it goes well. ...Read more

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Weird. Also, my typical pre-lexapro weight was about 140. While ielse ever had these side effects?

Weird. Also, my typical pre-lexapro weight was about 140. While ielse ever had these side effects?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) antideoressant is wt. Neutral, but I have seen isolated cases of slight wt. Gain & many others with reports of wt. Loss. ...Read more

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Dr increased my lexapro from 10 to 20mg, is it possible to experience side effects again until my body adjusts to higher dose?

Yes: Any time the Lexapro is increased your body has to get used to the new dosage again. Biggest side effects from a dose change are stomach upset (nausea, diarrhea typically), dizziness, headaches. It should improve in 3-5 days. If it doesn't, see your doctor because you just may not tolerate that dose. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects?

See below: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ssri and is basically the "pure" form of citalopram. Most common se's effects are constipation, decreased sexual drive, GI problems, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, sweating, decreased appetite, and disrupted sleep. Many symptoms subside after 2 to 3 weeks. Stay on the medication for a couple of months to give it a chance to work. Often people quit too soon! ...Read more

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Will Lexapro (escitalopram) have any side effects?

Will Lexapro (escitalopram) have any side effects?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Side effects such as nausea & headaches & upset stomach, also possible insomnia if taken late, caution not to use at same time with other ssris or st. Johns' wart or same or if have mood swings. ...Read more

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What side effects did you feel on lexapro (escitalopram)?

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Lexapro (escitalopram): Main ones are stomach upset, nausea and headaches. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram) last?

Seeyour Family Doc: They could last for several days...Depends on the side effects. I would strongly suggest that you see the doc who prescribed it before you stop or change this medication...Sooner rather than later.. ...Read more

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Can you get more side effects the second time you go on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can occur: It is anecdotal, but I have encountered patients who experience changes in side effects after resuming a previously discontinued medication. This can be due to a number of internal and environmental changes that can occur in the intermediate time. If you find that you are not having the same experience with a med, there are often other options to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects for taking 30mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

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What are the most common side effects for taking 30mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Side effects such as nausea & headaches & upset stomach, also possible insomnia if taken late, caution not to use at same time with other ssris or st. Johns' wart or same or if have mood swings. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) side effects change when dosage is increased slightly?

NOT USUALLY: Not usually. The change in dose should have the same side effects and may be transient. Not typically new side effects. ...Read more

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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) w/o food. What are the side effects? What could happen?

Took Lexapro (escitalopram) w/o food. What are the side effects? What could happen?

Depends: Certain foods should not be consumed with lexapro (escitalopram). Next time take it without food or grapefriut juice. ...Read more

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Can I give up Lexapro (escitalopram) for 1 night without experiencing side effects. Thanks?

Variable responses: Some people report feeling ill if they miss one day of their SSRI, while others don't. ...Read more

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Can you have side effects from Lexapro (escitalopram) after taking it 10 months and continuing to take it thanks?

Yes.: It is possible to develop side effects from medications at any course along the way. This may be related to changes in your physiology, development of an allergy or administration of other agents that could cause conflict with the primary agent. ...Read more

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Is 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) the best lowest start dose or is it better to start with 5mg to experience less side effects?

SIDE EFFECTS: You could start with 5 mg but 10 is recommended. Don't look up all the side effects - you most probably won't get the most terrible ones, and the mild ones aren't much. If you do find a new development ask your dr about it. You may have to increase dosage until you feel better. Be a bit more trusting. ...Read more

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I might have taken two doses of my 20mg of lexapro. I can't remember if I did. But if I did, is this dangerous? Any side effects???

You should be safe: SSRI are very safe and it takes very high doses to be lethal. However, you may feel very anxious or tired for the next few days. I would skip the dose for a day or two before starting the Lexapro again. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram)... I was wondering if the side effects would be more dangerous to someone who worries about the side effects?!

Lexapro (escitalopram)... I was wondering if the side effects would be more dangerous to someone who worries about the side effects?!

NOT REALLY: Not more dangerous but sometimes you can have some of the side effects due to worrying or fearing about them. ...Read more

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I was prescribed lexapro (escitalopram) yesterday and the side effects are so awful im afraid to take another one. What's your opinion?

Hold off: Call prescribing doctor and describe your side effects. Ask what to do, eg. Is dose too high, you may be very sensitive to medication in general. You need peace of mind also to continue if med is making you feel awful. Doctor may reassure you. That's what medical supervision is for. Take care. ...Read more

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On 10mg generic lexapro, (escitalopram) will I get side effects again if I go up to 20mg. Is 10mg just a starting dose mostly and can20mg work better?

Maybe, yes, maybe: While 10 mg is often considered a starting dose, it can be the therapeutic dose for many, yet the dose can still be increased from there. If you had se then I suggest going slowly, first to 15 for a while, seeing what that does for you and how you tolerate it before going to 20. ...Read more

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How long until lexapro (escitalopram) leaves my system? I've only taken 5mg for 3 days. This is my 2nd day being off of it. Haven't noticed any side effects.

Adolescent Anxiety: Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg/day is a small dose, you have taken it for only 3 days, it will be out of system in few days.

Believe in Healing Powers of your Body as you do not have side effects.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, peer pressure for use of Alcohol and drugs, your Identity, , to resolve unpleasant feelings and conflicts to develop coping skills. ...Read more

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Does the side effects of lexapro (escitalopram) outweigh the benefits, or is it vice versa? If so what are some serious side effects of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Good outweighs: Most people get no side effects from Lexapro (escitalopram). Serious side effects can happen with any medicine, but are very rare with Lexapro (escitalopram) (e.g., bone marrow suppression, anaphylaxis, etc.). Among the commoner side effects are weight gain and suppression of sexual feeling: if you were to get either of these, you should probably switch to another medicine. Unless you found a way to limit them. ...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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Took Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg for two days then dr said to quit cause side effects. Today is 2nd day not taking it I feel lil better. How long til out of system?

Half-life = 24-25hrs: So, after a day off, you'd have 5mg, the 2nd day, you'd have 2.5mg, 3rd, 1.25 and so on - that's very low - so you should be free of the nasty side effects soon. Clearly, you ae sensitive and before you start ANY medications take the time to read up on them and fully discuss them w/ your provider. Some are very hard to stop. Non-pharma psychotherapy might be a choice to consider. Best! ...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