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drinking on Lexapro
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 ...
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Generic Lexapro Side Effects
Hi all, I was wondering about the side effects from the generic Lexapro: Escitalopram 10 mg/daily. I used to take clonazepam for a few years and then switched to escitalopram, which I took for about six months when I dropped in cold turkey last year. Now, I am back on it, and the side effects are awful. I don't remember them being this bad. The dizziness, nausea, inability to concentrate and drowsiness is beyond belief. Is anyone else having the same problems? Do the dizziness and drowsiness ever go away? I have a very upbeat job and can't afford to not have energy during my 10-12 hour shifts. Also, I keep falling asleep during the day and I never take naps! I was put back on for my anxiety, not depression, and now I feel numb. Can someone relate to anything I'm saying? ## Y...
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Lexapro side effects
I have been on 10mg for 4 days.. Terrible nauseau , diarrhea, clenching jaw. Has anyone felt this? Also my hands are lightly shaking. Wondering when it will stop? I do not feel better yet at all. I was prescribed it for depression as major anxiety ## HI, Kelly! Sorry that you're feeling so awful. Side effects that severe are not normal and you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. I think this just may not be the right medication for you to take. Some mild nausea and diarrhea are normal, but not severe nausea and the clenching jaw can sometimes be the sign of a severe reaction. Learn more Lexapro details here. Are there any other questions or concerns? ## I had the same reaction, even to the point of possibly being hypomanic, but I enjoyed it. my pupils dilated, sweat cons...
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nausea and headaches
Hello all, have been taking aropax (paroxetine) since 17y0. I am now 32 and a nurse. 5yo approx the govt stopped funding the aropax brand tried generic did not work. Paid a fortune for the apropax brand.Due to this have switched to escitalopram 10mg now for 11 days. I feel so nauseated and have a constant headache. Will this go away ## Hello, Sarah! How are you? You are most likely dealing with some withdrawal from stopping one, as well as side effects from starting the new medication. You may also experience dizziness and dry mouth. It should improve, after a few weeks, once your body gets used to the medication. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Lexapro Brand versus generic escitalopram
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...
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Lexapro Withdrawal
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...
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Lexapro and What You Can Expect From It
Hi People, I see that there is a lot of confusion and anxiety out there about Lexapro (and SSRI's in general). So many questions. So many hopes and fears. I decided to share my experience so that maybe I can help someone searching for answers. Firstly, Lexapro effects will generally depend on why you are taking them. For me, I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder back in my early 20's. I'm 43 now. So I have lived with this for a looooong time. I never took an antidepressant for more than a month until I hit age 35. This is because I was an alcoholic in denial. A binge drinker. And you really can't mix antidepressants and booze. If you have a drinking problem then you need to address that before you can ever battle anxiety properly. I know how difficult it is to quit drinkin...
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generic lexapro
I was switched from lexapro to escitalopram when my insurance stopped paying for the brand name...within the month I was suicidal, halucinating and very very depressed, something has to be done about the terrible effects escitalopram causes, my MD tried many other types of antidepressents but only lexapro worked on me, the insurance and the pharmacist do not give a crap just pay up and get out of their face. Yet, viagra is fully covered, what kind of idiocy is that???? ## Hello, Cindy! How are you doing? I am very sorry about what happened to you. However, the coverage is decided by your insurance company, not the pharmacist, your doctor or anyone else. Nor is it the same for all insurance companies. What type of doctor have you been seeing? You may do better with a psychiatrist that kn...
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Lexapro for 7 years. Want to come off.
I have been on Lexapro for about 7 years. I feel like it has just been masking my anxiety/depression. I want to try to come off of it, I want to try and be healthy on my own. Does anyone have long use effects? I feel tired all the time. I have ZERO libido. I eat all the time, almost feel like anxiety is still there. I'm lazy, just don't want to do anything. Has anyone tapered off? How was the experience? What do you do now for anxiety? Thank you so much. ## What does your Dr say about coming off? Do they agree you should? ## Hi Lariana, How are you? I actually don't have any personal experience with this medication, but from reading your description I get the sense that you may need to talk with your doctor about developing some sort of tapering schedule to help you graduall...
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I have a history of anxiety/depression. After 2 life changing events I fell back into this funk. Was put on Luvox and it worked fine. Then had another loss with a company rightsizing and was laid off and have since moved back into home with parents (I am 40). Without insurance started going to local psychiatrist who decided I was Bipolar. To make long story short..........wrong diagnosis. After a month and a half on Latuda which has sent me spiraling down even further into depression and hopelessness, my parents got involved and with blessing of my psychologist (who also didn't think I was Bipolar) we weaned me off of Latuda and onto 10 mg Lexapro after much research. I've been on for 2 weeks and have suffered the nausea, dizziness and loss of weight and right now after 2 1/2 mo...
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Aropax my story and beginning lexapro
I have had anxiety since I was 9, panick attacks since roughly about 13 and depression has just come on the past few months. I have been on aropax since I was 18 I'm now 24. Over the past month my doctor has been weaning me off it. I was on 60mg (3 tablets) so I cut down to two tablets for a week, then 1 tablet for a week then half a tablet for a week then no tablets for a week. The weeks I only took 2 and 1 I actually felt great the only side effect would be slight nausea that would last a couple of hours but nothing major at all. The week of have half and none have been the worst ever! I read many stories of how hard it can be. Although I don't think my experience was as bad as others. Severe nausea which lasted all day and feeling dizzy I would never vomit though. I start lex...
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Lexapro and the bad side effects
I just recently decided to try Lexapro 10mg nine days ago. My OBGYN recommended this for me to try if I wanted to because for 2 weeks out of every month before my period my hormones are completely out of it. I'm an emotional roller coaster. So, I thought what could it hurt to try. My experience has been awful with Lexapro. The very first day of taking it, I could not sleep, I felt very sick to my stomach. Second day.....still sick to my stomach, couldn't sleep and ringing in my ears. By the 4th day on this med all the side effects above including feeling like I have to bite down hard, grinding of the teeth, and cannot climax when me and my husband are having intercourse. Me and my husband are extremely intimately active with each other (5x a week) It's awful in my opinion. A...
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lexapro discontinued after 8 days due to SE
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...
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Lexapro for anxiety on benzo withdrawal
I am on a valium taper for withdrawal of Klonopin which I took for over 20 years. I am one year off of the Klonopin I am down to 5 mg of valium and almost finished with the taper. Although I am better, I still have anxiety, angry outbursts, "brain fog," insomnia.. The dr. had me on Wellbutrin for mood swings. The Wellbutrin seemed to cause my anxiety to be worse and cause my hypomania to return. (I was dx with bipolar II many years ago and that was why I was on Klonopin) . Both my dr. and therapist have suggested I am NOT BIPOLAR. Have a MOOD DISORDER. Until the benzo withdrawal I had several years of stability while bipolar. My question is this: In spite of withdrawal symptoms (which are far less after one year of tapering off of Klonopin), I am basically depressed and the dr. ...
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lexapro for nearly 10 years
I've been taking Lexapro and Zanax for nearly ten years for extreme anxiety and depression. In march I was taken off Xanax as my local gp couldn't prescribe it anymore. Since then I don't feel lexapro is working. I can't sleep longer than 2 or 3 hours and don't leave the house. What should I do? ## Do not go off your Lexapro. Sometimes you may think something is not working until you go off of it. Then you find out the hard way (as I have) that it was doing more than you thought it was. If you are not abusing Xanax and your doctor stopped prescribing it out of personal bias, just find another doctor who will prescribe it, as long as you don't abuse it.
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Lexapro side effects and withdrawal
I started lexapro for anxiety and hot flashes. Was given 20mg but only took 10mg to start. I took this for 3 days. It did help with the anxiety and no hot flashes. HURRAH! However by the 4th day, I broke out in an itchy red rash and welts over my entire body including my scalp and face. I stopped the Lexapro immediately. By the fifth day, my face and hands were very swollen. It took 4 days for the rash to go away and the swelling so I thought I was out of the woods. Since then, I feel like I have a heavy chest, something stuck in my throat, dizziness, foggy and heavy head and pressure in my ears. I was wondering whether these are actually withdrawal symptoms even tho I had only been on Lexapro for 3 days. Anyone else have these reactions????? ## Hello, Taz! How are you feeling? Have you...
Updated 2 months ago.
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depression & anxiety resistant to anti depressants
i had depression n anxiety 10yrs ago. Was given Seroxat n had very good results. Been off meds since then. Now depression n anxiety has returned (relapse). Been given Lexapro, Luvox, Prozac. No results at all! Seems resistant to anti depressants. What is happening? Do i go for only benzos to treat anxiety bcos anxiety is main problem not depression. appreciate any help. Thx. ## Please I need EVERYONES ATTETION I BEG OF YOU!!! I have never taken drugs my whole entire life I was very against them and always degraded and very judgmental toward ppl that even took them ;( sadly to say I GOT A ROUGH AND RUDE AWAKENING .... I got hooked 4 years ago to hydrocodene ;( even though I was born and raised in a Christian home and always good environment something inside me went wrong!!! I listen to s...
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lexapro endep tramadol fetanal
can they be taken together and if not why would the give them without knowing the effect ## Hi Dawn! Did u get your medication from the same Doctor? If so, then he/she wouldn't give u anything that couldn't be taken together. Your Doctor knows all the medication u are on. Besides, the pharmacy watches out for those things, too. ## Hello, Dawn! How are you? Most doctors don't actually know the potential interactions, they are taught what medications are for, but not much beyond that. Normally, that is something your pharmacist would handle. And yes, there is actually a risk of developing Serotonin Syndrome from combining these, since they all have an effect on its levels in the body and that can be cumulative from all of them. I'd suggest having a serious discussion with ...
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Drug Test lexapro, premarin, z-pac, phenerghan, amoxicillan show false positive
Will any of these drugs show a false positive for methamphetamine on a urine analysis drug screen? ## will a z-pac show up in a drug screen
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lexapro how long for it to work
Been on lex for 7 weeks and suddenly my anxiety became worse. I'm now upped to 20mg for the last 4 days. Is this normal or should I be feeling better by now? I did have a week before it got bad again where I was feeling pretty good. Any input would be appreciated! ## Hello, Lizzy! How are you feeling? It will still take about 3 weeks on the higher dosage, before you see an improvement and know if it's working. If it doesn't, or if the symptoms get worse, you may need to try a different medication. Normal side effects to this drug include nausea, dizziness, weight changes and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with? ## Thank you for your reply It's now been a few weeks later and I have increases to 30mg. I'm better but still feel the anxiety. I've only b...
Updated 3 months ago.
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