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Prescribed lexapro 5mg and Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg to take while lexapro is kicking in. How long must they be separated by? Is respiratory depression a concern?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ask the prescriber!

It should not be a problem - they are often given together but you need to get instructions specific to you.
There is a chance of more severe side effects but respiratory problems are not likely. Call NOW for clear instructions and follow them. Best wishes!

In brief: Ask the prescriber!

It should not be a problem - they are often given together but you need to get instructions specific to you.
There is a chance of more severe side effects but respiratory problems are not likely. Call NOW for clear instructions and follow them. Best wishes!
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology

In brief: No need to separate

There is no need to separate these two medications and no concern for respiratory depression depression with either of these medications.
However, taking them together does increase the potential for drowsiness, so be very careful while driving, biking, or operating heavy machinery - when starting to take them both or after a dosage change of either one until you know how much the regimen affects

In brief: No need to separate

There is no need to separate these two medications and no concern for respiratory depression depression with either of these medications.
However, taking them together does increase the potential for drowsiness, so be very careful while driving, biking, or operating heavy machinery - when starting to take them both or after a dosage change of either one until you know how much the regimen affects
Dr. Charles Turck
Dr. Charles Turck
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