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starting out on Lexapro
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I have recently been prescribed Lexapro for depression and my doctor said to start with 10 mg for 7 days and then I could go onto 20 mg. Does this sound correct for prior uses? I am already afraid. ## Why are you afraid? That is normal dosage escalation. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, and weight changes. Are you on any other medications?
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Lexapro side effects and withdrawal
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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...
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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 14 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 14 days 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 16 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 18 days ago.
 
Switching from Lexapro to Trintellix and feeling agitated
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Hello. I have been on Lexapro 20mg since July. At my last check up my blood pressure was extremely high and I had gained 17 pounds. My doctor did blood work which came back perfect. She determined it was my Lexapro and changed it to Trintellix. I started it a week ago. I've experienced the nausea but it isn't unbearable. Today, especially this afternoon, I am so grumpy! Agitated. Do you think this is normal? ## Yes, those symptoms can be normal, if you abruptly stop one medication in this class and start another, according to the FDA. You may also experience nausea, dizziness, headache, weight changes, and dry mouth. How are you doing now? Has there been any change? Generally, I've found most side effects to last about 3 weeks, or so.
Updated 29 days ago.
 
Lexapro side affects
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I have been on Lexapro for a year and a half now 10 mg...I was wondering if anybody has had the side affect of weight gain I have gained 40 lb. since I have been on it..the strange thing is I don't do any binge eating or over eat due to my acid reflux...next doctors appointment I am going to ask to be put down to 5mg...it's so hard to go on the treadmill when you don't have any energy or will power..my anxiety is under control its my depression that gets me down and I just feel like sleeping all day..?? ## Some people have reported weight gain as a side effect and the FDA does not it among the possible ones, though it is not very common. Others are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. What other medications have you tried?
Updated 30 days ago.
 
can lexapro cause a bad taste
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I have been on Lexapro for two years now and I don't feel it has been doing anything positive for me. I've stayed on it because the doctors have insisted that I would be depressed without it. For the past year I have this horrible metallic taste in my mouth all the time which prevents me from enjoying any type of food or drink. I have been tested for all kinds of disorders relating to bad taste by several doctors and no one can find anything wrong. So I have concluded the bad taste must be caused by the Lexapro. Is there anyone else that has experienced a bad taste while on Lexapro? I have decided to stop taking the drug, I'm two weeks off it now and feel no different. Thanks. Greg ## Hello, Greg! How are you? Has the taste change improved, at all, yet? Most medications risk...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Unable to cope with migraines
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I've been trying to end my pain. All that happens is I end up in the Hospital time and time again. They send a psych. nurse to talk to me though she seems to never hear what's really going on. It's the same plan each time I get discharged. No help at all. I feel like I'm in a dark hole with no way out?? They keep raising the dose of my Lexapro. Guess what? I feel even more crazy. I feel like there is no one to talk to for help or inpatient help? I'm slowly losing my grasp on reality. Which is very sad because I am a smart educated woman. I'm a semi-retired Pharmacist. So I know all the signs of a person losing touch with reality. This started in April when the migraines from my brain tumor got progressively worse. My tumor is not Cancer but it is inoperable. I...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
lexapro and adipessum together
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Can I take these 2 medications together? I'm taking lexapro 20mg and want to know if I could take it with my adipessum?
Updated 1 month ago.
 
lowering dosage lexapro
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hello everyone and thanks in advance. i have been on lexapro for about 20 months now so almost 2 years. i want to titrate down to 10mg i am currently on 20mg. i have been on 15mg for about three days now. i have noticed i am able to think better and seems my cognitive function is clearer. i want to lower my dosage to 10mg because i have lost my energy my drive and my empathy and i can't cry.. i have noticed I'm not happy and I'm not as creative.. i just have this earning deep inside my to be natural.. the ultimate goal is to be completely free of all medicine and be organic as i possibly can. please give me similar experience. ## 27 year old dexona teblet 4 years old and effect liver and stomach for help pls
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Missed a dose
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I usually put my Lexapro tablet in my back pocket before taking with dinner. Recently I found a tablet in my pocket which I guess I forgot to take at some point. The same week I had noticed feeling some of my old symptoms back after feeling ok for some weeks I'm wondering if missing one tablet could have caused that relapse ? For example, does the tablet I take today help me for the next 24 hours ? Or is its affect less direct and more cumulative over time ? Hope somebody understands my question ! ## Hello, Fred! How are you doing? Has there been any change? No, usually missing only one dose shouldn't cause such issues, though I do highly recommend finding a better storage spot for your pills, your back pocket is not idea. The FDA suggests investing in an inexpensive pill carrie...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
p20 white round pill
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It's a white round pill with the imprint p20 and a line going through the middle on one side, and it's blank on the other side. ## The 20 is an indication of the dosage. I have similar pills that are a generic brand of the anti-anxiety medication Lexapro 20ml ## Hi Kelly, I just wanted to confirm that the white round pill marked with P 20 is in fact reported to be Escitalopram oxalate (20mg) - the generic for Lexapro. For verification, the manufacturer is listed as Solco Healthcare US and the pill itself carries a National Drug Code of 43547-0282-10. You can view a small image of it on the manufacturer's product page at: solcohealthcare.com/Escitalopram20-100.html If you look closely at the image, you can see P 20 above a score line on one side and blank on the back. I hope ...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Is this Lexapro withdrawal ? Horrific !
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Hello all :) I have been desperately searching for information & reassurance as to why I am experiencing such a nightmare ordeal after being taken off Lexapro by my doctor, cold turkey. I have been taking 10-20mg for years. This week (since cessation - 10 days ago) I have been to the doctor 3 times and the hospital on Thursday night - convinced I am dying! I feel SO tired that I can barely lift my head at times. I have horrible headaches - frequent "brain zaps" (thought I was having a stroke). I was throwing up and lived next to the toilet for 2 days.... I get "rushes" of what feels like adrenalin (?) that crawls down my arms and then tingles in my hands and finger tips. I am dizzy - I am aching (joints) - I feel like my head is clogged and I have a horrible flu viru...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
will lexapro show up on a drug test
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I just started this med so I would like to know because I take U.A's ## Will Lexapro show up in a drug test as benzo. I took a drug test on a Thursday, negative, took the next on sat, positive and then one on sunday, negative. How is this? ## What does Lexapro show up in your system as? Also, does lexapro show up as anything in a 13 panel drug test?
Updated 2 months ago.
 
stopping lexapro (concerns, advice?)
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Hello All, I was prescribed the generic for lexapro at 10mg daily about a month ago. The first week I felt an increase in anxiety symptoms but after about 2 weeks I felt that the drug was working for me. However, recently events have transpired in my life that have greatly affected my overall anxiety/wellbeing due to someone I care about finding themselves in a horrendous situation. Since this circumstance, I have found that I am in a constant state of worry and fixation on the event, with crying episodes happening frequently. Because what I am going through at the moment, I am choosing to stop lexapro because it is having no effect on my mood and I do not think any drug could influence my mood positively because it is from an external source. I am starting to believe I may not even hav...
Updated 2 months 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 3 months ago.
 
Thinking of going back on
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I was on 10 milligrams of Lexapro for approximately 10 years I felt pretty good however the last year's so I develop some anxiety so my doctor wait to be off of it about 6 months ago about 2 weeks ago she tried me on Zoloft which I had a very very bad reaction of complete anxiety and feeling horrible I'm not sure what to do. I want to go back on Lexapro because it worked for me for years I just don't know if I'll have the same effect that I used to or not does anyone have any thoughts on this please and thank you! ## I just wanna say i have experimented with lexapro alot and what ive found is do not ever stop it cold turkey and if it worked stay on it. If you do develop any anxiety or depression some sort of group therapy will work no need to spend hundreds of dollars on...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
Round peach pill with 02 on one side and a fancy capital A
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Fancy letter A on one side and 02 on the other side of small round light peach pill. I found them with my grandma's lexapro a few months after she died. ## From what you are describing I think it's Simvastatin 20mg. Does this image represent what you found? If so then it's Simvastatin 20mg which is a drug for lowering cholesterol. It's a generic for Zocor. NDC codes 52343-023, 65862-052.
Updated 4 months ago.
 

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