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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?

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

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Is there a good substitute for lexapro (escitalopram)? It is extremely expensive and my insurance does not cover it. It was the one drug that worked well for me

Is there a good substitute for lexapro (escitalopram)?
It is extremely expensive and my insurance does not cover it.  It was the one drug that worked well for me

Lexapro (escitalopram): While Celexa is one option, and does contain the active ingredient in lexapro, escitalopram, the generic of Lexapro is also available and is probably far less expensive than the brand name medication. You should ask your pharmacist if escitalopram can be substituted and check with your doctor if he or she has written your rx as "dispense as written.". ...Read more

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Dr which is a stronger drug.10mg Lexapro or 30mg cymbalta (duloxetine).Thanks?

It's not: A question of strength, but of effectiveness and presence of unwelcome side effects. This is something that should be mutually agreed upon by the doctor and patient being treated. ...Read more

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Which drug is more powerful for G A D, Lexapro (escitalopram) or Remeron. Thanks?

Similar: Lexapro (escitalopram) and Remeron work similarly. Remeron's advantage is it is used at night and improves sleep very rapidly so if there is a sleep problem this may be preferable. ...Read more

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What drug has the least side effects, Lexapro (escitalopram) or lustral.Thanks?

Lustral: different people respond differently when it comes to tolerance. Lexapro (escitalopram) is supposedly more tolerated than Lustral (Zoloft) & is more conveniently dosed (once daily). ...Read more

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Could you please tell me which drug is causing a hangover feeling in the morning, 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) or 10mg tyrptizol. Thanks?

Tryptizol: Most likely the tryptizol (amitriptyline) as it causes drowsiness. Also, there is a drug interaction between lexapro (escitalopram) and tryptizol that increases the level of tryptizol in your body. And the risk of a dangerous condition called serotonin syndrome is increased when these 2 drugs are combined. ...Read more

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I suffer from G A D.I am on 20mg Lexapro (escitalopram) daily. Would it be o k to reuce to 15mg as I am tired of these mind altering drugs. Thanks?

Consult Prescriber: Consulting your prescribing provider is a first step. You will find that lowering your dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) from 20mg to 15mg may not have a noticeable effect. Combining this taper with psychotherapy or other non-pharmacological methods may provide better results. ...Read more