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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 11 days ago.
b4 c white oval tablet
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I got these pills from the pharmacy and didn't realize it till I was already taking them I'm not sure if they are what they are supposed to be....I was supposed to get lexapro 20mg but the don't look like the normal ones I get can someone help me please I tried to look it up on WebMD but it couldn't find is white oval with a scorn side that has B4 and C on it the letters and number is all on one side with nothing on the other side ## Hello, Melissa! How are you? I'm sorry for the confusion and I'm happy to clear this up for you. These tablets are manufactured by Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals and they them as containing 20mgs of Escitalopram, which is the generic for Lexapro. When a medication, such as this, is available as a generic, it is usually ma...
Updated 12 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 12 days ago.
lexapro 3rd week anxiety
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I'm going into my 3rd week of Lexapro 10mg and my anxiety has gotten better. However, mornings are still tough with anxiety. Can anyone tell me when that goes away or when it becomes manageable. I don't expect anxiety to go away completely, but I don't expect to be as agitated in the morning. ## Hello, Brownstone88! How are you? I've found that it usually starts to improve around 21 days and goes away after about a month. If this symptoms continues past that, you should consult your doctor as it may not be the right medication for you. The FDA classifies Lexapro as being an SSRI antidepressant and its typical side effects may possibly include nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, weight gain and mood swings. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 14 days ago.
Why antidepressants are troublesome
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Would anyone care to share their thoughts on this article discussing "Why The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely Backwards": ## It is possible. One thing that you will frequently notice, if you study medications is that many of them are known to have a certain effect or treat a certain condition, but we can't explain how or why they do so. There are some we can explain, of course, but for many, we really only have theories on how or why they work. It is, of course, also possible that serotonin isn't a happy chemical for everyone. Eventually, we may discover that its role varies depending on certain genetic factors, or perhaps in relation to the balance of other chemicals in the body. Th...
Updated 17 days ago.
side effect of generic lexapro on the libido
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i am 52 yr. old female on 20mg. Lexapro for almost a year. I have noticed my desire for sex decrease and can't achieve orgasm anymore. This is embarrassing for me to post but I am a newlywed. wondering if anyone else has had this side effect. please help ## YES!! It is embarrassing and frustrating. I'm a 56 yr old female and have been married to the same very understanding man for almost 35 years. Been on antidepressants for 13 years, but lexapro was added a few years ago because my hormonal changes (menopause) were wreaking havoc with my mood swings. My Dr. suggested a don't take the lexapro one or two nights before having sex. I know, it takes some planning, but like I said my husband's understanding. I'd been fooling around with the dose for a few weeks and sudden...
Updated 18 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 24 days ago.
Starting Lexapro
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My MD started me on Lexapro a little more than a month ago. Started at 5 mg and I got such paranoia that I quit. On follow-up exam he suggested 2.5 mg and I've been doing that for about 3 weeks. Today I upped it to 5 mg. He was talking as high as 40 mg. I see no reason for anyone taking that amount especially with what I'm reading about rats coming down with retinal degeneration and adrenal failure, plus all the symptoms that come from withdrawals. I will stop at 10 mgs. I don't have social anxiety, I have a problem with motivation which I guess stems from some type of depression. ## My heel hurt so back got ## Hello, CatAddict! How are you? Lab animals are usually given far greater amounts than the therapeutic doses, so you can't really go by that. As to why some people...
Updated 30 days ago.
Lexapro day 10
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I'm on 10mg and it's been 10 days. My anxiety has gotten better and the fogginess is lifting. I'm still not feeling 100, but I'm trying to be patient. Also, my sleep is weird, I was waking up too many times in a night so I take .25 of Xanax to help. Question when does the tiredness go away? Is my Xanax causing more of a problem with morning sleepiness? ## Hello, Brownstone88! How are you? The FDA classifies Lexapro as an SSRI antidepressant and most of them can cause REM Onset Latency, which means it takes longer than usual for you to enter the REM sleep stage and you are in it for a shorter period of time, so such sleep disruptions like you've described are very common. However, just like the other side effects it can cause, such as nausea, dizziness, headache and d...
Updated 1 month ago.
one week of hell
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I took 5 mg for one week. Day 5, 6, and 7 my depression and anxiety increased. On day 8 I took 10 mg as directed by my Dr. Oh my... The anxiety was awful. An empty void in my soul - all day. Like I was drowning. And I had shaky hands. Next day I am 90% better. Feel great - started on wellbutrin (generic) for my mild to moderate depression. I am 45 and don't have a history of taking anti depressants. Last few years I had mild depression- and mild anxiety thru most of my life. ## Hello, Jon! How are you? I'm very sorry about the experience you had. However, according to the information provided by the FDA, that can happen, when you first start a medication, such as Lexapro. It can take about 3 weeks, or so, for those side effects to settle down and to know if it is going to work f...
Updated 1 month ago.
Lexapro starting over again
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Hi. I just got back on Lexapro after being off for 6 months because my anxiety returned after being on for 2.5 years. I was on 5mg for a week with side effects that started to feel manageable on day 7. On day 8 I upped dosage to 10mg and it seems as though it's all started over again with the side effects. I thought I had prepared my system with 5mg,but here I am lethargic again and drowsy. The mornings are the worst, afternoons its like I wake up from the nasty fog and at night I'm fine. Please some help me out in this..I'm on day 3 of 10mg and it's like I started over... ## Hello, Brownstone88! How are you? Yes, that is completely normal and you'll usually experience side effects anytime you raise the dosage of a medication. They should taper off and eventually go ...
Updated 1 month ago.
lexapro withdrawal and dizziness
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Hi, I am currently in my 4th week of being off lexapro. I had all the horrific withdrawal symptoms which most have subsided. The only one I have left is the dizziness. Its not an all day dizziness like it was but waves of dizziness that come and go. Has anyone else had this side affect for this long? ## Hello Wendi! How are you? Yes, I actually had that when I stopped Zoloft, after being on it for several years due to a misdiagnosis. It lasted about 8 weeks, before finally stopping. Has it improved any? I just kept noticing a gradual improvement, until it finally stopped. ## Did you do a slow taper down on dosage? In my experience you cannot taper down too slowly. ## Lexapro for many years and every time go off terrible dizziness -- more of a labrinthitis so I feel the dizziness when I ...
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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My daughter was prescribed Risperidol for mood disorder. She is 30 years old and already taking Lexapro. I have heard that this drug has some adverse side effects, and I would like to know what they are. ## This drug is dangerous especially if given to a misdiagnosed patient by an eager doctor looking to fill a pharmaseutical quota and a quick fix inconsiderate of individuals responses to known side effects. RISPERDAL® (risperidone) is used for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children ages 5-17; the treatment of schizophrenia in adults; and the treatment of bipolar mania associated with Bipolar I Disorder in adults. IS THIS YOUR DAUGHTER? There are many side effects but this one scares me the most: TARDIVE DYSKINESIA (Tics). The side effect of tic...
Updated 1 month ago.
Drinking on 5mg Lexapro
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Hi, I went to the doctor today and was prescribed 5mg of Lexapro. I am a senior in college and am fairly social. I typically go out to parties and/or the bar a couple times a week, and when I do, I usually have anywhere from 6-10 drinks. I usually get pretty drunk if I'm being quite honest. The main reason I am posting is because my 21st birthday is next weekend (nine days away). I plan on having a party and want to have a good time, but also don't want to put myself in danger. My doctor told me I could just take half a dose that day (2.5 mg) and only drink like three drinks (which I know won't happen) or wait until after my birthday to start taking the Lexapro. I would like to start taking now, but also don't want to have something bad happen/act a complete fool on my b...
Updated 1 month ago.
nuzak 20 mg
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Hi there Does nuzak help for anxiety cause the Doc subscribed it for anxiety and phobia's will it work??I have read that it helps for Alcohol dependence cause i am an alcoholic.I do not use anti- depressants with drink but sometimes my nerves cant take it no more With my social phobia by social event and then i drink to much and then it takes months to stop drinking and i used to use 10mg lexapro and got severe side effects. Will it be the same with nuzak?? Can u drink like 6 beers each night if i cant stop drinking or should i stop nuzak?
Updated 2 months ago.
lexapro and nyquil
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I am on 10 mg of lexapro which I take when I wake up. I got a head cold and took 2 nyquil at 11:30pm. I didn't even think about the meds till after. I'm a little nervous because I looked it up after the fact. It's been about 20 mins I hope I'll be ok. ## @ro pal, I'm really glad you took some time to post this because there actually is a drug interaction listed between Lexapro and Nyquil. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that using the two together may increase blood levels of dextromethorphan (one of the main active ingredients in Nyquil) potentially increasing your risk of serious adverse effects. On the bright side it sounds to me like you probably had enough time in between doses to not be too concerned about this interaction, but goes on ...
Updated 2 months ago.
Drinking Alcohol while taking Lexapro 5 MG
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Hello All, I am about to start taking Lexapro 5 MG and I was wondering if people have had many issues with having alcohol on the lower dosage? I've read other discussion boards and it seems that at higher levels alcohol has much more of an impact, but I am wondering what others have experienced at the lower dosage. Thank you in advance for your feedback. ## Hello, Dave! How are you? Regardless of the dosage, the FDA recommends against combining any prescription medication with alcohol. It tends to cause worsening of the side effects, so it may make you feel more nausea, dizziness and drowsiness than usual. One drink could affect you as if you'd had 2 and so one. This is especially prominent with SRRI antidepressants. Additional concerns include the fact that alcohol is a depress...
Updated 2 months ago.
Lexapro causing extreme acne .
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Hey guys. I am 16 years old boy. I have had health anxiety since I was About 13. Around Christmas time last year I was extremely worried about having ALS . I was so worried that I pretty much lived inside and lived In fear everyday . I have started to do school from home ( which is a pain , considering I'm attempting to get into undergraduate medicine ) . So I went to my GP and prescribed me 5mg of lexapro then 10 after a week . I have an extreme tolerance to any tablets , panadene forte , Valium and medicines like that are barely noticeable to me . So it wasn't a surprise when the lexapro did absolutely nothing so I went back to my GP and she said because I am adult athletic size ( 6 ft , 70kg ) that I can go straight to 20mg . After taking 20mg for a few weeks I noticed a smal...
Updated 2 months ago.
Lexapro and Panic Attacks
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Hello All, I was taking Lexapro for 3 days and on the third day, I was experiencing problems simular to a panic attack. I have not taken the medicine in 3-4 weeks but I am still having panic attack when I take vitamins. My family doctor has said that Lexapro is out of my system after a few days. Did I just rewire my brain to panic attack after feeling different from vitamins and other OTC meds? ## Hello, MonkeyBoy123! How are you? I'm very sorry about the problem that you're having. No, it is very doubtful that just 3 days of Lexapro would have any type of permanent effect. According to the FDA, its normal side effects may include nausea, dizziness, dry mouth and weight changes. It is classified as an SSRI antidepressant. It is possible that you're just suffering from anxiet...
Updated 2 months ago.

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