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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...
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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 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 3 days 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?
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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 5 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...
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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 27 days 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 28 days ago.
Lexapro Withdrawals
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I have been off Lexapro for almost a week now (1 year on 20mg) I am having horrible withdrawals eg. Feeling like Im being zapped through my head chest & arms, especially when I move, insomnia, feeling obsessive, feeling manic, no concentration, feeling like I'm not myself and so on.. I'm just wanting to know if there is anything I can do as I am so close to just starting back on them, I don't know if I can handle this ## Hello, Emily! How are you doing? Have things improved, at all, yet? That is fairly typical for withdrawal from SSRIs, according to the information provided by the FDA. Generally, tapering is preferred, rather than stopping cold turkey, to prevent the worst of the withdrawal and rebound effects. You may also experience nausea, chills and diarrhea. It usua...
Updated 28 days 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...
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Indianapolis Dr Psych willing to prescribe benzodiazepines
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I had a tremendously horrible up-bringing. My parents werent physical, with me, but the verbal abuse was so intense that I can no longer take it. I worry non-stop then I worry about why I am worrying about so many things. Takes me forever to fall asleep, then I get up tired. I just completed 6 weeks of Lexapro, & sure, it helps...but only just very slightly makes me feel happier. Ive had Effexor XR, Zoloft & Abilify. All of it makes me weird & extremely tired. Not a good pride to pay for the very minute feeling of happiness. And yes, I let them run their course for 3-4 weeks. I cannot handle it anymore. I cant even look for them off the street now because i cant chance a random UA at my job. I have zero self-esteem, have a hard time communicating & i just want it to go a...
Updated 1 month ago.
looking for doctor in winsboro tx
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My doctor moved. I need a doctor in Winsboro Texas who will prescribe my current meds. ## Hello, Yvonne! How are you? What type of doctor are you looking for? What medications do you take? This information will better enable people to make suggestions for you. ## I take medicines for anxiety chronic pain panic attacks and depression. Lexapro Xanax lamictol pramipexole and norco. ## Thank you for posting back, Yvonne! And yes, that does change things. Due to the new regulations that were put in place last year, if you require controlled substances on a long-term ongoing basis, such as the Norco and Xanax, you'll need to see specialists now, to have them prescribed. A general practice physician won't be able to prescribe them for you. This was done try to curb over prescribing and...
Updated 1 month 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 1 month 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
Updated 1 month ago.
benzodiazepine and lexapro withdrawl
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Help! I have been free of lexapro for over a year. Benzodiazepine Cree for 9 months after a very slow taper. I still suffer from anxiety like I never had before, insomnia, chronic pain, irritability and brain fog. Please warn folks not to take these drugs. I want to die almost every day. I am unable to do much. I have been working very hard on this recovery. Thanks. M W. ## Hello, Madeline! How are you doing? I'm very sorry about the problems that you're having. However, neither of those medications is a cure, so it's highly possible that you still suffer from anxiety and it may have gotten worse with time. While withdrawal can cause some rebound effects, it wouldn't last for 9 months, especially after having done a very slow taper. Have you tried anything else to treat ...
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Lexapro works!!
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I suffer from anxiety and depression. It wasn't until I found myself sitting at a traffic light and wincing from the overwhelming feeling of sadness. I was well aware that I came from a high anxiety family and was certain I inherited that from my mother. What I didn't realize was how depression had slowly creeped into my life. I had no reason to feel depressed. I have a good job and wonderful family. No real money problems just the usual bills yet I had an overwelming feeling of sadness. I schedule a physical and went to see my doctor. During the physical he asked if I had anything to complain about medical or otherwise. So I told about the feeling at the traffic light and all the rest. He offered me lexapro after questioning me about a family history. He explained the there is ...
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Escitalopram Withdrawal Symptoms????????
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MY doc and I have recently decided to try to come off of the generic version of Lexapro, Escitalopram. I was taking 10mg of the stuff for about 10 months. So he took it down to 5mg only five days ago. I'm not sure if what I'm feeling is withdrawal symptoms/pains or if I should go to a doctor for this?! Directly under my chin, where one would say a double chin is, I have a dull achy pain. It's almost like something is putting pressure around my jawbone/chin. Has anyone experienced or heard of such a thing? Am I losing it? I'm experiencing dizziness also, which I know is a major side effect possibility of coming off certain or maybe all SSRI's. Thanks in advance if you can offer any words or advice. ## Hi, I have not experienced withdrawal, but I have experienced the c...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Lexapro Withdrawl after only 3wks?
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Need some reassurance, please! I am a 27 year old guy and have quit Lexapro after only having been on it for 3 weeks or so. After my first ever panic attack experiences, I was given 10mg of Lexapro by my doctor. He also have me 0.5 of Klonopin (as needed) and a very low dose of a blood pressure med. I am off the BP med. Lexapro made me scared and made me feel just "not right". I always felt medicated. I came down to 0.5 Lexapro for a few days and then down to 0.25 for a few days after that. The doctor ended up saying "you can just stop taking it". Here we are now. This is my 5th day with no Lexapro and I feel pretty crappy. Woozy sometimes, head in the clouds, shallow breathing, and rapid heart rate. All of this is come and go, but I rarely feel good. Started a new job a...
Updated 1 month ago.

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