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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...
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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 3 days ago.
 
Time of Lexapro to work
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Hi all! I've been on Lexapro for 5 1/2 weeks (2.5 on 10 mg and 2.5 on 15mg) for generalized anxiety disorder. The first time I started taking Lexapro I took 10 mg and it worked fantastically, I then stopped taking it because I felt so great (rookie mistake). This time around I feel like it's doing a lot less to manage my anxiety. I'm certainly better than I was 5 1/2 weeks ago but not where I'd like to be. Should I give it more time or try taking something else? I'm not thrilled of the process that comes along with switching medications. Thanks in advance for the help! ## If it's been over 5 weeks and it's not helping as much as it should, then that likely means you need to try something else. The general rule is that it should reach its level of therapeutic ...
Updated 16 days ago.
 
Getting off Lexapro
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I've been taking Lexapro for over 10 yrs and don't like being dependent on it - has anyone successfully stopped their dependence on this drug? ## Many people have successfully stopped taking it, it's really a matter of doing so properly. If you're not replacing it with a similar medication, it should be tapered slowly to avoid the worst of the withdrawal symptoms and your doctor should be able to help you set up an appropriate tapering schedule. The FDA lists the typical withdrawal effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, chills, fever, diarrhea, rebound depression and anxiety. Is there anything else I can help with?
Updated 16 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 30 days ago.
 
Lexapro and impulsive behavior
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My 17 yr old takes Lexapro for anxiety. Over the last several months we have had a problem with him and compulsive behavior such as stealing things. Has anyone had this experience as well ? This was not a problem before the meds ## Yes, there have been other reports of people experiencing this while taking it. It is actually well known that medications used to treat certain conditions can actually cause them in some people, though the reason why they do so isn't clearly understood. Learn more Lexapro details here. It likely means that it isn't the right medication for him to take and he will need to be switch to something else, so you should report this to his doctor. Has he shown signs of any other side effects? ## No he has not really shown any other unusual behavior that seem...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
40mg lexapro overdose
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Hi there, I accidentally took 40mg of lexapro and am feeling very tired and sleepy. Is there anything I should do? Has anyone else done this and what were their side effects? ## How are you? Did you experience any other adverse effects? When you make such a mistake and are experiencing such symptoms, it is always better to contact your doctor, poison control or your nearest emergency services department. While there are those of us online that are always happy to help, there's nothing we can do if your life would be in danger. The FDA lists the typical overdose symptoms as possibly including nausea, severe drowsiness, hypotension and shallow breathing.
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Lexapro to Celexa
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I'd been on 10 mg. Lexipro for about 3 years and felt great. But then my doctor switched me over to generic Celexa because the clinic where I get my meds no longer has Lexipro available (Forest Pharmaceuticals no longer supplies it due to costs). Since switching to Celexa, I feel awful - nervous, uptight, and obsessive. I want to try generic Lexapro because I can afford it, but I hear it's not as good as the name brand. Anyone had any luck with it? ## Hello, When it comes to generic medications it is permitted by the FDA to be allowed to contain as much as 20% more or less of the actual active ingredient as well. For some people, these so-called subtle differences are the equivalent of taking a completely different medication that may be absorbed and metabolized differently with...
Updated 1 month ago.
 
Getting adjusted to Lexapro
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I started on 10mg of Lexapro exactly a month ago for generalized panic disorder. My first week on it was AWFUL. Really bad side effects. My anxiety was extremely heightened, I felt like I was crawling out of my skin, awful headaches, I was so tired, could barely get out of bed. My psychiatrist prescribed me .5mg of ativan to take as needed every 8 hours for when I'm feeling extra anxious so that made me even more tired once I was getting used to it. On my 8th day or so, the side effects started to ware off more and more every day. I am now a month in, I don't have all those side effects anymore and the ativan doesn't make me sleepy, but my anxiety isn't any better than it was before I started on the medication. I'm still avoiding going places, I feel extremely down a...
Updated 2 months 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 2 months ago.
 
Getting used to Lexapro
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I took 5 mg last night and can't function today. My legs feel like Jello and I had to leave work. The doctor says it will take time for my body to get used to it, but I have 2 kids and things to do. How do people take this and have a regular life? ## Hello, Shaewest! Sorry about the side effect you experienced. There are many people that take it and lead a normal life, but that doesn't necessary mean that it's the right medication for you. If it was so severe that you had to leave work, then you should likely have another discussion with your doctor about trying something different. Side effects should be mild and transient, they shouldn't be so severe that they cause this type of issue. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I actually just started on Lexapro a mont...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
lexapro false positive
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what false positives will show on drug screen with lexapro ## Lexapro contains the active ingredient Escitalopram, it is an SSRI antidepressant. As such, it will not show up as anything on a drug screen, it contains no opiate, Benzodiazepine or Amphetamine properties, which are what is normally tested for. Why did you think it would? ## Many prescription medications and over the counter medications that are not supposed to have urine metabolites of something else show up. Individuals who are in positions to receive frequent urine drug screens must always be aware of which medication could cause a problem. (ie- ranitidine shows up as methamphetamines in urine) just in case you did not know. SSRI's with the ending of 'pram' are questionable, just as any medication that may hav...
Updated 2 months ago.
 
44367 blue pill an teenagers taking it an no didn't me(mom)
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Are teenagers using this pill for any other reasons? My 13 yr old daughter was out if control this evening which she is on Lexapro for anxiety an depression an when searching her bedroom an finding these pills an she is smoking which I had my suspicions but I have also been told she may even be smoking pot. I am taking her first thing tomorrow morning to our primary care physician an blood work will be done...I am really hoping I'm wrong but I think she might be going down the wrong path already...I just want to make sure this pill isn't per say being a new thing for our teens to take.... ## This is listed as containing 25mgs of Diphenhydramine, which is an antihistamine that's used to treat allergies and insomnia. There's no use for abusing it, that I'm aware of, it...
Updated 3 months ago.
 
panic attacks new plan scared!!
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o I've been on lexapro since end of November till now.. still having panic attacks that won't stop.. it's happening like every 5 days there so severe I almost end up in the hospital.. I do take .5mgs of klonopin as well. And they are still breaking thru out of the blue no reason for them.. a while back I had a bad experience with trying to get on prozac. I was hospitalized 2x n had to get off.. I was in a real bad spot .. the doctor is now suggesting I start paxil.. n I'm extremely scared to change meds n deal with all the start up side effects.. anybody out there can please give me so advice or some positive experiences..it would be greatly appreciated.. thank u ## Hello, Renee! How are you doing? Have you start the Paxil, yet? My ex-husband took it for years for depres...
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Lexapro withdrawal?
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I was on the generic for lexapro for almost 2 months I was lightheaded from day 1 all day everyday .. I originally was put on 20 mg a week later was dropped to 10 mg another week later was dropped again to 5 mg and I believe two weeks after that I was taking 5 mg one day and 10 the next I did that for about a week, then I decided my lightheadedness was not getting any better , I decided to come off of it , they put me back on 5 mg every other day, then every 2 then every 3 then i have been off of it since 2/2 I have experienced palpitations ( about 2 weeks of them )I have had a 24 hour holter monitor on , 2 ekgs they came back good I am having a stress test / echo tomorrow . The palpitations are not as bad now as they were after I got the results my heart was fine .. Then I experienced ...
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Does anyone have a remedy for lexapro drowsiness?
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Has anyone found anything that helps with lexapro drowsiness? I have been on lexapro 20mg for just over a year and feels like drowsiness is getting worse and getting in the way of life. Although lexapro has been great for my mood I feel as though I am wasting my day with the amount of sleep I need. ## I have suffering with incredible drowsiness, but aince I am on a pain patch and gabapentin and a few others I just assumed they were to blame for the several naps a day. Maybe it is the lexapo. This is why I had the doctor take me off Lyrica, but not only am I still suffering from drowsiness but it so bad I can't drive far, have to plan work etc so I can take nap. I go to my Doc tomorrow and I will ask him! ## Thanks for the reply, let me know what the doc says about it if you can
Updated 4 months ago.
 
lexapro false pregnancy test
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Ever since I started lexapro my period has been spotty and then stopped. I took a pregnancy test just to be sure and it came back positive. Is it possible that the lexapro is causing a false positive on the test?
Updated 4 months ago.
 
athens county i need a doctor who will keep me on my benzos
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I had a family doc give me my klopin one every month i couldnt get to him for abt 7 month do to molina transportation but i finally got it apprived and i had a app feb8 i had one before but my grandma had to stroke got out of the hosp i helped and was going to my app the8. Well my klopin were do he didnt prescibe them on fri i called monday i was sick from it he called in .5 mil and im allergic to orange die pink die i broke out in a rash i was up all night like speed what do i do cuz i switched doc start monday when the pharm. Called she said she would pro keep me on the five to ween me off ive been on them and lexapro for a long time i get soc sec. I fell under six quide line of mental and physical. I got anxsity severe dep ptsd personality disorde memry loss do to a bad car wreak i died
Updated 4 months ago.
 
Lexapro and the bad side effects
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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...
Updated 5 months ago.
 
Lexapro for anxiety on benzo withdrawal
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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. ...
Updated 5 months ago.
 

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