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Tried to go off Lexapro and can't - Going back on
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I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and have panic and anxiety disorder. I was put on lexapro in 2009 and have been on it for six years and it has so helped with my anxiety and panic, I do still get anxiety if I over do it, but I am able to brush it off easily. I would say it helps OK with depression, and due to weight gain, which I'm sure my MS does not help with that it kinda makes it worse but bearable cause I do well wanting to go out and do things. Well, I decided to wean off under my doctor's supervision in April just to see what would happen and he put me on a very long and safe taper. When I got down to just taking 5mg every other day, the panic attacks and depression started to creep back on. I decided I can't handle this on top of my MS so again, under my doctor's ...
Updated 2 days ago.
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I have just started taking Lexapro...second day and wow...side effects for me! Heart burn, insomnia, tremors (shaking on inside & outside), nautious, sweats and at times arms feel like they're burning.. If anyone has had these side effects...did you change or continue with Lexapro and did the side effects calm down? ## Hello, Kiara! How are you? I'm sorry about how you're feeling. Those tremors, however, are concerning and you should speak to your doctor about them. That's not a normal side effect as listed by the FDA. The nausea, sweating, insomnia, heartburn and etc. are expected, however. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 3 days ago.
First dose 10 mg lexapro
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I just took my first dose of lexapro and am feeling a little itchy.Feel pretty calm and a little tired other than that.I don't have gives or a rash.Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.Should I be worried? Is this an allergic reaction ? I took lexapro years ago with no problem. ## Hello, Brina! How are you? Since there are no hives or rash, it is most likely not an allergic reaction. However, this medication has been known to cause other skin conditions as side effects, according to the FDA. You may also experience nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight changes. Have you consulted your doctor? You may need to switch to a different medications.
Updated 4 days ago.
Lexapro Brand versus generic escitalopram
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I have taken 30mg of Lexapro for past 4 years. After the deaths of my son and his wife in a plane crash the depression and anxiety were more than I could bear. This past May I was changed to the generic escitalopram. God Forbid!!!! What a nightmare. Within three weeks I was suicidal, I was going through SSRI withdrawals which are vicious. I am now paying over $225.00 per month for Brand Lexapro as my insurance will NOT cover it even with prior auth or any other reason. My Medicare Advantage plan leaves a lot to be desired even though I pay a $152.00 per month premium. Has anyone else had problems with the generic Lexapro? My pharmacist said I am not the first. ## I've been on Lexapro for 4+ years and got switched to generic as well. Initially the generic just didn't work (it was...
Updated 5 days ago.
Question about lexapro
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ive been taking lexapro 5mg for 2weeks now. I'm feeling worse instead of better. I can't eat or sleep and my anxiety is threw the roof. Can I quit taking it without any withdrawals? ## Hello, Cheryl! How are you? Yes, after that short of a time period, there shouldn't be any major issues with stopping it, as long as your doctor approves. However, you've actually not been on it long enough, yet, to see if these effects will go away and the medication will work for you. That usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks, though most people find it to take about 3. In many cases, these severe symptoms early on has shown that the medication is going to work well for them. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight change...
Updated 7 days ago.
drinking on Lexapro
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I was just wondering if anyone has drank with this med and were there any side effects ? I've been on lexapro 10 mil for a month and am feeling great but I am petrified to even atempt to drink alcohol,but would like to try . So if anyone could help that would be great. ## I have been on Lexapro for 3 years. I drink about twice a week and everything seems to be fine. I have noticed that if you drink heavly for a few nights in a row you will feel a slight depression. Just don't over do it. I was worried at first also. ## Lexapro is an antidepressant. Drinking alcohol is not recommended, as alcohol is a major depressant, and undoes the work the medication does. ## Never do that! I was on that medicine for 2 years, and I was never able to drink! the first time I drank when I was on ...
Updated 8 days ago.
Restarting Lexapro
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In a nutshell, took 10mg Lex for 13 years and heeded the suggestion of my cardiologist that, "it may not be working for you anymore", however, I never felt I was experiencing "poop-out". I tapered for 4 months, and last dose was Feb 2015. Been through all the text book withdrawal and feel that it is just not worth it. I have decided to restart and wonder if anyone has any thoughts, suggestions, difficulties? I have read it may not work as well as it did the first time around. Thx in advance! ## Actually, a break for a couple months usually helps them start working, again, since your body loses its tolerance. Many doctors actually recommend medication vacations for their patients, to try to prevent them from building tolerance. The FDA lists the typical side effects of Le...
Updated 9 days ago.
Can't drink alcohol weeks after stopping Lexapro?
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My doctor prescribed me lexapro for crippling depression and anxiety. I have been on it for a few months, and after telling the doctor I felt like I was gaining weight, but that the anxiety was a little better, he took me off the lexapro immediately. I thought this was dangerous, but I am not a doctor. Cut to me not having taken it for going on 3 weeks. My anxiety has increased and among other withdrawal symptoms, I am so tired all the time. I had half a glass of wine this Evenjng to relax, and it almost instantly made me feel nausea and like I was constantly falling. I was sick to my stomach and can't shake this feeling like my entire brain has literally been thrown out of order. And now I can't sleep. Is this normal? How long after stopping should you avoid drinking? Thanks! #...
Updated 11 days ago.
Lexapro Withdrawal
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I have been taking Lexapro 10mg once a day for about a year. I have had many unwanted side effects which according to my doctor there are very few side effects from Lexapro. He says it is a clean drug. Wrong. It did nothing to help me and I want off. My doctor refused to give me anti-anxiety meds to help with the withdrawals from Lexapro because once again, there are no withdrawals from Lexapro. Why do doctors lie about this. Why do pharmaceutical companies lie about this? I have read so much about people just losing it while trying to stop taking Lexapro. I have not taken it in about ten days after weaning off for about two months from 10mg to 2 mg a day. My nerves are a wreck, I am extremely irratable, and have slight headaches. This is a horrible drug with many long lasting withdrawa...
Updated 21 days ago.
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Have any women taken lexapro throughout their pregnancy? Was your baby born with any complications and were there any complications through pregnancy due to meds? ## Hello, Linda! How are you? As listed in the information provided by the FDA, animal studies have shown evidence of embryonic toxicity, but there is no controlled data available for its use during human pregnancy. They've placed it in Category C, stating that risk cannot be ruled out and it would be best to use a medication that is known to be safe, unless this is the only option available. Typical side effects for Lexapro may include nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, mood swings and weight changes. Has anyone been on this while pregnant? ## Please don't risk it. The doctor will say it's ok, but look at all the side ...
Updated 1 month ago.
lexapro discontinued after 8 days due to SE
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So agitation, increased anxiety, insomnia. Increased pulse,digestive disturbances, itchy skin that feels like it's crawling. The side effects from hell basically. My doctor left a message saying I could stop the med since I was only 8 tabs in. How long until I stop feeling like death warmed over? ## Hello, Dani! How are you feeling? Have things improved, yet? Those can all be normal side effects of starting a medication like this and usually last about 3 to 4 weeks. As to when they should taper off, since you were only on it for 8 days, it should only take a couple days, before you feel back to normal. Have you tried any other medications? ## Feeling a little bit better. Very itchy and still suffering chills and lack of hunger. Years ago I tried zoloft. Made me sucidal. And paxil ma...
Updated 1 month ago.
Should I continue on Lexapro?
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For a long time I've struggled with anxiety/depression but it got really bad this year. I started taking Lexapro (well, Teva-Escitalopram actually) on April 14 starting with 5 mg for 6 days and then increasing to 10 mg. So this is the beginning of my 6th week at 10 mg. I was at a really low point when I began taking the medication and compared to that point, I am doing better. During these weeks taking it, there have been periods where I've believed it was working (I've felt more focused, interested, etc.) but lately I've been experiencing more lows and still a lot of pretty intense anxiety. The other issue is that I have bad insomnia. The two days before I started the medication I had bad sleep issues (woke up at 3:30 or 4:30 and couldn't get back to sleep at all) b...
Updated 1 month ago.
Lexapro for anxiety
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I had severe anxiety problems for the first time in my life late last year and found it very difficult to function. I tried for four months to fight it on my own and by using Ativan. I knew Ativan was not a healthy long term answer but was bothered by the prospect of using a SSRI. Finally with no progress I decided to start using Lexapro as I had heard it had the least amount of side effects and had the least withhdrawl symptoms when ceasing the medication. I noticed some progress within 2 weeks and was 100% anxiety free after 5 weeks. Today I feel "normal" and am anxiety free. I have been taking 10mg Lexapro for a little over 2 months. My doctor wants me to continue it for the next 6 months and then I will wean off of the drug. I have gained some weight while taking it but must...
Updated 1 month ago.
can lexapro show up as benzodiazepines
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I took a lexapro one morning, and completed the job employment papers. Did my drug urine test and found out I tested positive for benzodiazepine (like as in Xanax). Can that be true?
Updated 1 month ago.
Lexapro to Zoloft
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I recently had genetic testing saying that Lexapro was not the best drug for me. So, I am being switched to Zoloft. This is day two of my transition- yeaterday went down to 10mg of Lexapro instead of 20mg and added 25mg of Zoloft. Does anyone have any experience? Just feeling off. Not liking it and need to know what to expect ## Hello, Angie! How are you? I've not done this switch, but I can tell you that feeling off for a bit is completely normal, when you go from one medication to another. You're likely experiencing some withdrawal symptoms from lowering the Lexapro accompanied by side effects from adding the Zoloft. The FDA classifies Zoloft as an SSRI antidepressant and lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, mood swings and weight ...
Updated 1 month ago.
white round pill line down the middle and a 20 on other side
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white round pill line down the middle and a 20 on other side. i was told it is an antidepressant but i wanna know the exact name and the effects ## Hello, JJ! How are you? I'm sorry, but so far, I've not been able to find a listing that matches this description. However, I'll keep looking and post back, when I have information for you. Does anyone else recognize this tablet? ## Sounds like Lexapro ## Thank you, Juke! I was able to confirm that there is a 20mg Escitalopram tablet with just the number 20 on it, however, I don't know if it is scored, or not. This is a generic for Lexapro, which the FDA classifies as an antidepressant that can also help with anxiety. Typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and weight gain. Are there a...
Updated 1 month ago.
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anti-depresent for women ## I am currently taking Lexapro to assist with my depression and anxiety. The drug is working however, I have the side-effects of a reduction in libido and vaginal lubrication. I recently saw an episode of 'Rescue Me' on TV in which a bottle of pills were opened, and the side-effects read out which included an increase in libido and vaginal lubrication. Anyone else had success with Selectra and does anyone know the type of drug it is and its brand name (or generic name) in Australia. ## Selectra IS a fictional drug, just a name created for the TV program. Most antidepressants cause the side effects that you list, however, have you tried talking to your doctor about trying a different medication? Drugs do work differently for different people and you may...
Updated 2 months ago.
need to start Lexapro
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I'm afraid of the sexual side effects in a 64 year old male and don't want to loose the ability to orgasm.
Updated 2 months ago.
Over the top appetite after taking my Lexapro dose
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OMG! Increased from 15mg to 20mg of brand Lexapro which I take prior to bed... My food cravings and appetite are through the roof after my dose. I want to eat in the middle of the night! It's off the chart crazy. I'm fine during the day. But NOT after my one evening dose! Any ideas to help me curb my middle of the night eatting ? ... chain myself to the bed, is all I have come up with. Sue ## Hi Susan, Something you might want to consider is adding more protein to your diet, since studies suggest that it can help curb your appetite and reduce snack bingeing throughout the day/night. I've also had success trying this out for myself and can vouch for how well a higher protein diet diminishes cravings. Since I eat primarily vegan, I tend to opt for plant-based protein powders a...
Updated 2 months ago.
Lexapro Depression side effects
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Hi there, I am a 40 yr old woman, who started taking Lexapro about 3 to 4 weeks ago, starting on 5mg for the first 2 plus weeks, then increased it a few days ago to 10mg as directed by my Dr. My history of depression is this: I feel I have dysthymic disorder with major depression disorder tendencies. I have suffered a few bouts of severe reactive depression as a result of some considerable life stressors in the past, which then, you could say, turned into simple Major Depressive Disorder. At one of these times I took Lexapro with good effect. I think I have been depressed (often mildly) for years, but struggled through. I also have considerable anxiety, which has plagued me for 10 plus years, generally focusing on my health. Before biting the bullet and seeing a Dr this time, I was cons...
Updated 3 months ago.

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