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Why does the packaging say you have to take escitalopram for at least 6 months?

Why does the packaging say you have to take escitalopram for at least 6 months?

Relapse is likely: Because once your depression improves, it takes time for your brain's neurotransmitters to readjust. It is a common mistake to discontinue anti depressants once the symptoms improve which often leads to relapse of the depression. I actually recommend a minimum of nine to twelve months of medication after the patient returned to their baseline functioning. ...Read more

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Why do you have to take escitalopram for at least 6 months?

Why do you have to take escitalopram for at least 6 months?

Escitalopram: Most psychiatrists recommend staying on an antidepressant (such as escitalopram) for at least 6 months to avoid relapse back into depression. If it's only your first episode, you & your doctor could try to taper the medicine at 9-12 months to see how you do. If symptoms return, go back on the medicine for longer. If you've had >1 episode, your need to stay on the medicine could be stronger. ...Read more

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I have been taking 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and after I take it I feel very anxious but my dr says it is suppossed to help with anxiety. I also take 1 mg of k?

I have been taking 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and after I take it I feel very anxious but my dr says it is suppossed to help with anxiety. I also take 1 mg of k?

Have you just: started the Lexapro (escitalopram)? It can cause increased anxiety initially in some people - until you get used to it. There are some people who just don't adjust to it. What do you mean by K? ...Read more

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Is it safe to take more than 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram)? I've heard and read this is the highest dose but my doctor says you can take up to 40mg.

Is it safe to take more than 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram)? I've heard and read this is the highest dose but my doctor says you can take up to 40mg.

The mfg says 20: Trusting your doctor can be beneficial - but that's most true when they are right. In this case it is clearly risky. You could be fine, but if you're not - who'll pay the price? Many say it makes them feel way too groggy and dull - even dangerously so. It would make w/drawal harder too. Especially if it's a GP, I'd try for a 2nd live opinion w/ a specialist. ...Read more

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Can you take 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 10mg Cyclobenzapr at the same time? Doctor prescribed both and said fine, but internet says could be dangerous.

Can you take 10mg Lexapro (escitalopram) and 10mg Cyclobenzapr at the same time? Doctor prescribed both and said fine, but internet says could be dangerous.

Seek 2nd opinion: I know - that's what you're doing here and I hope we can help but you may benefit from another local source for your psych needs. It is not rare to prescribe both, especially if the Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is PRN for sleep. But you are right to note the risks and that a close monitoring relationship w/ the doctor is essential to safety. A specialist may be a good idea if this is a GP. Perhaps you don't need both ...Read more

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I just started taking Lexapro (escitalopram) (generic) but was prescribed meloxicam from a different dr. I read the Lexapro (escitalopram) pamphlet & it says no nsaids. Can i take?

I just started taking Lexapro (escitalopram) (generic) but was prescribed meloxicam from a different dr. I read the Lexapro (escitalopram) pamphlet & it says no nsaids. Can i take?

Cautious: It is not a definite contra indication to mix the two. It is more of a "proceed with caution". Discuss with your md to closely monitor for signs of spontaneous bleeding and adjust the doses of both medications accordingly. ...Read more

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Is it likely to get serotonin syndrome if i take 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) with dextromethorphan for a cold? Epocrates says to watch out for it.

Is it likely to get serotonin syndrome if i take 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) with dextromethorphan for a cold? Epocrates says to watch out for it.

No, as long as your : No, as long as your not taking the medications at the same time. Make sure your dosages are spaced apart where there are no adverse reactions, . ...Read more

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Bought some Mucinex dm today for cough and chest congestion. I also take 20mg of Lexapro (escitalopram). Drugs dot com says major interactions. Uhhhh? Can I take?

Ask pharmacist or Dr: This is very troubling indeed. And everything I've read supports what you found. Don't risk a potentially life-threatening interaction but do try to find an alternative to Lexapro (escitalopram) w/ your doctor. It's not the guaifenesin part, so you could take Mucinex pills and gargle w/ salt water for throat pain and drink honey-lemon-tea-(bit of bourbon). Sorry, but you actually may find this to work better! ...Read more

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My mother complains about bad memory, fatigue, irritability, "brain shivers". And her mood is generally bad. She refuses to take her escitalopram because she says it makes her tired and gain weight.

My mother complains about bad memory, fatigue, irritability, "brain shivers". And her mood is generally bad. She refuses to take her escitalopram because she says it makes her tired and gain weight.

Problem: Sounds as if you mother needs to see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist and get her head in gear. Getting upset over this will not help. You have to express loving concern and support and perhaps have her respond simply to ease your anguish. She is probably frightened by some of this and needs reassurance. Be supportive. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram) 30mg for the past six months and I forgot to take it today and will be out of town until thursday! what should I do?

I've been on Lexapro (escitalopram)  30mg for the past six months and I forgot to take it today and will be out of town until thursday! what should I do?

Missed doses: Since you achieved a therapeutic dose some times ago (usually after 4-6 weeks) missing a couple doses should not bring on a sudden return of symptoms. Just remember to take your med when you return home. Lexapro (escitalopram) & other antidepressants stay in the system for at least a couple weeks after stopping them. ...Read more

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On day 6 of Lexapro (escitalopram). Day 1 I felt some uptick in mood, but nothing since. Also, take at 8am but seems like around 9pm I feel a little jittery. Normal?

On day 6 of Lexapro (escitalopram). Day 1 I felt some uptick in mood, but nothing since. Also, take at 8am but seems like around 9pm I feel a little jittery. Normal?

Dose?: You may need a higher dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) for full antidepressant effect. Improved mood should last 24/7 with therapeutic daily dose. Jittery feeling may be from low dose blood level wearing off too soon. Discuss with prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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After taking the first 10m of escitalopram made me sick. How long would it take to leave my body?

About a day: Sorry the side-effects bothered you. If it was only the first dose, it should be out of your system the next day. Talk to your doctor about trying it again at a lower dose (to start), trying an different medication, or — depending on why it was prescribed for you — perhaps trying a non-medication alternative, such as psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe medication to take?

Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a safe medication to take?

As safe as most: Lexapro, (escitalopram) an antidepressant & anti-anxiety medication, makes more serotonin available in the brain. Side effects (se's) include GI problems, appetite changes, dizziness, headaches, sexual problems & sleep problems. Most se's are short-term & tolerable, esp. If anticipated. More serious se's are allergic reactions, cardiac changes & odd behaviors. Take it long enough to give it a chance to work. ...Read more

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Can you take Lexapro (escitalopram) if you are under 18?

Yes: If prescribed for good reason by a pediatrician, child psychiatrist or family doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for years and years?

Yes: With any medication, you have to weigh the risks and benefits of that medication. If you are doing well on Lexapro (escitalopram) and develop no problems while taking it, keep on, keeping on. ...Read more

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Can you take clearatine if I take 5 mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Claritin (loratadine)?: If this is what you mean - there are no problems with this when taken by a person who also takes Lexapro (escitalopram). Best! ...Read more

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