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Could I be getting side effects from escitalopram just a few hours after taking it for the first time?
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
In brief: Yes
With any mediation, side effects can occur immediately on reaching the blood stream. Early side effects tend to be more seriouis and more likely to discourage continuation of the medication.
True allergic responsies (hives, shortness of breat, trouble swallowing, tongue swelling) should be treated immediately medically and the medication stopped then also. Escitalopram isn't unique in that regard.

In brief: Yes
With any mediation, side effects can occur immediately on reaching the blood stream. Early side effects tend to be more seriouis and more likely to discourage continuation of the medication.
True allergic responsies (hives, shortness of breat, trouble swallowing, tongue swelling) should be treated immediately medically and the medication stopped then also. Escitalopram isn't unique in that regard.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Matt Pflieger
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
By that time the pill has been absorbed by the stomach and into the blood stream. Usually when you first time a medicine, you may notice some nausea or upset stomach.
However, you could also experience some dizziness, headaches, among other symptoms.

In brief: Yes
By that time the pill has been absorbed by the stomach and into the blood stream. Usually when you first time a medicine, you may notice some nausea or upset stomach.
However, you could also experience some dizziness, headaches, among other symptoms.
Dr. Matt Pflieger
Dr. Matt Pflieger
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