How can I handle withdrawal from Lexapro (escitalopram) (SSRI)?

Taper. It is recommended that one not abruptly discontinue Lexapro (escitalopram). One should taper off of the medication. Discuss a discontinuation schedule with your treating doctor.

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Why does Lexapro (escitalopram) cause more migraines than other ssri's?

Hmm... Am not aware of any studies that support what you say. Where did you read that information? I've not found that true in my experience either with patients on various SSRI's. Read more...
Serotonergic. Lexapro or escitalopram has greater strength to exert itself upon the serotonin system, which also places it at greater risk of headache and migraine symptoms. Serotonin is a chemical that is found within our nerves and in the synapses, or spaces between our nerves. Lexapro prevents the nerve endings from taking serotonin from the synapses as quickly as might be happening, which alleviates depre. Read more...

Had a bad reaction taking lexapro, (escitalopram) scared to try another ssri. What other ssris do you recommend, something I can take with buspirone?

SSRIs. There are many ssris. Side effects may be similar. Sertraline (zoloft) is another one, paroxetine, prozac, (fluoxetine) citalopram, as whoever prescribed it if he/ she would consider other medication eg snris. Is it for depression ? Read more...
Any of them. It's scary to try another medication after having a bad reaction. However, because you had a bad reaction to one, doesn't mean you will have the same reaction to another one even if it is in the same category. Read more...

Does Lexapro (escitalopram) increase compulsivity? I know all ssris can but isn't Lexapro (escitalopram) the mildest in this sense?

No. Lexapro (escitalopram) and its other ssri cousins decrease (not increase) compulsive thoughts and ocd. Technically they are "antidepressants" but they also have specific anti-anxiety effects that are very useful for people. Read more...

Is lexapro (escitalopram) 2x stronger than other ssris, or 4x stronger? I'm at 20mg, but feels a little much. Maybe 15 be better? How potent is lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram) effects. I understand your concern. Lexapro and other SSRI are used for treatment of Depression and Anxiety. Let the wise man within you ask: •Reasons for taking Lexapro-depression or Anxiety •Severity of symptoms and Impairment of functioning when it was started •Need for Therapy •Use of Alcohol or Drugs Inform your Psychiatrist about present symptoms and Discuss to decrease it to 15mg/day; and Therapy. Read more...

Lexapro (escitalopram) versus generic, what's up? Started generic Lexapro (escitalopram) for the first time ever (never take any ssris before). Now I read online about people switching from the brand 2 generic and having problems.

Different levels. Generics can result in a different blood level for many reasons. It is fine to stay on the generics with the dosage adjusted as needed, or go back and pay far more for the brand name. The first option is usually adequate. I don't expect that this is very common. I have 800 patients, with probably 50 or 75 on Lexapro (escitalopram) and I have only once had to make a dosage adjustment for a generic. Read more...
Unlikely problem. If you are in the United States or another industrialized nation, generally speaking, the generics are virtually the same as the brand name - especially if you stick with the same generic, once you and your doctor find the right dose for you, blood levels of the active ingredient should remain stable. Read more...
Lexapro (escitalopram) Generic. Usually Lexapro generic ( escitalopram) is effective for treatment of depression. It is possible that some manufactures of generic Lexapro have better quality. Please speak with your pharmacist about the manufactures of generic lexapro. Read more...
Lexapro (escitalopram) Most people respond well to generic medications, plus they are cheeper. Read more...

Reading some studies that Lexapro (escitalopram) has better efficacy than the other SSRIs. But if you've tried Celexa with no response, would you still bother?

Great question. This is a point of some debate in the field. The question being: if one SSRI did not work out, is it worthwhile to try a different SSRI? Assuming that the dose of the first SSRI was adequate, and that the medication was taken for an adequate length of time (about four weeks or longer), I am inclined to look toward strategies with other mechanisms of action (the SSRI path having not been fruitful) Read more...

What is the closest ssri to luvox. Would it be lexapro (escitalopram)?

Yes, but no. There are the latest ssris which came to the market right about same time. In terms of their effectiveness, it really counts on how patient, as an individual, responds to either one of them. A metaphor is some like apple but others like orange. One might react to Luvox but not Lexapro (escitalopram) and vice versa. Read more...
Probably... If you are referring to how well it helps with anxiety and ocd, i think many would agree with that. However, the only way you can really know how well any antidepressant works is to try it yourself and see how it works for you personally. Most people tolerate it very well especially if, like with any med, it is started at a low dose (even at 5mg) and increased gradually. Read more...
Not necessarily. The answer would depend on the condition it is prescribed for. Zoloft has been used for ocd as much as Luvox and they are both ssris. Lexapro , paxil, (paroxetine) are all ssris and also approved for ocd. Luvox , however does not alleviate depression or anxiety like the rest. Read more...

How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

Depends on you. All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. Read more...

I am allergic to Lexapro, (escitalopram) does that mean I'd be allergic to any SSRI? Need help with anxiety and sleep. Anxiety is off the charts right now.

No, try others. there are lots of SSRIS to try and its very possible that you could tolerate and respond to the others. I would avoid celexa- its the parent compound of lexapro (escitalopram). Good luck with your search ! Read more...