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Taking Lexapro Escitalopram
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. ...Read more
I have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg for two months. Upped it to 7.5 mg 3 days ago. How long until I notice a difference?
Response to Lexapro (escitalopram): It varies, but for most improvement tends to occur in2-6 weeks. Depending on the diagnosis improvement in physical symptoms (i.e., appetite and sleep) may occur first, while mood and energy improvements may occur later in this timeframe. If you experience any adverse effects or if things remain unchanged after about 6 weeks consider discussing further and even exploring additional options. Be well ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for 21 days now. I've had a few normal days and few really bad days at first, and now avg. Is this typical ?
Yes it is typical: It takes most antidepressants like lexapro (escitalopram) 4-6 weeks to get to their full effect on improving your mood. It is typical that you will have some good and some bad days especially early on in treatment. If you become suicidal it is important to go to the emergency department immediately. Counseling and gentle regular exercise can also improve mood. If mood is not improving then doses can be adjusted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for 9 years and I just don't think its working anymore. Could you tell me the symptoms I would be experiencing?
Can you help a bit?: What are the symptoms for which you believe the medicine is "not working anymore?" Remember, Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant. It's mechanism is to increase serotonin in the system. That may not necessarily be expected to work on other problems you list such as ADHD or ANXIETY. There are other approaches and medications for those entities. Have you had a conversation with your doctor lately about this ...Read more
I've been taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for some years & it's been working great i just wanna stop taking pills but everytime i try 2 stop taking i feel useless.
Understandable : It's understandable that you want to get off meds even if they are working, but maybe not realistic. It is important that you set up as many forms of support and sources of joy when you are feeling stable and happy. If you establish a good working relationship with your psychiatrist and/or a psychotherapist you will have a better sense of what is possible for your future medication. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: I would talk to your prescribing physician as soon as possible and ask if you should be continuing to take this medication. There may be an idiosyncratic sensitivity that you are manifesting that could make either discontinuation of this medication or transition to another medication advantageous for you. Stay safe! ...Read more
Lexapro (escitalopram) ?: Is a good medication for depression and anxiety and has low side effect. If u stoop it u can get depressed again. Therefore , continue w Lexapro (escitalopram) and try to loose weight by cutting down on u calorie intake and excerzising. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: This is an extremely dangerous situation for a couple of reasons. Firstly your brain has become dependent upon the serotonin in the synapses. If you suddenly stop the medication you will quite possibly immediately lose the effect of the medication and your brain will have a major adjustments to make. Meanwhile when you add in the alcohol, profound suicidal ideation and depression could ensue. I have seen this happen before and it is simply not worth the risk. Please do not attempt this. Discuss this further with your psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drug interactions: Combining the two drugs may cause additive side effects of dizziness and difficulty concentrating. Please check with prescribing doctor who knows your medical history and diagnosis. Also review your feeling "wired" on Lexapro (escitalopram) and ask what to do. Be sure doc knows all meds you take. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lexapro (escitalopram): Common, dose-dependent, eases up with time.Get a more detailed answer ›
Under Dr supervision: Most antidepressant trials are approximately a year and a half. I know that there are some physicians who will keep that down to six months but i don't know anyone who prescribes Lexapro (escitalopram) for only three months. I never have. Whatever you do do it under the supervision of your physician so that your depression does not return. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: It depends on you..If this is the first time using medication for anxiety/depression and you do well on it, you maybe able to wean off in 6-12 months, but if you have severe/recurrent depression, the treatment duration is longer, some may need life-time treatment after having multiple severe episodes etc... Consult/followup with doc regularly for monitoring... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual reaction: Many people report unusual or strange side effects from the Lexapro (escitalopram) class of medications (called ssri's). Many of these reactions subside over time, but, depending on how long you've been on this, if your weird sensation you are experiencing is not getting better with time, maybe a similar medication will work for you without the side effect. Sometimes you have to try different ones to see. ...Read more
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