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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 1 day 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 2 days 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 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 22 days 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 24 days 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 27 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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.
Lexapro withdrawal symptoms
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Would withdrawal symptoms affect me after forgetting to take the medication for 4 days? OR Would I be getting withdrawal symptoms from dropping dosages in my lexapro? I have been on it for roughly 6 months and 3 weeks ago the dr told me to drop down to 10mg which I cut my 20's in half but I am constantly forgetting. I haven't taken them for 4 days until I remembered last night. I feel mentally and emotionally fine. I don't cry more then usual and circumstances have changed for me recently and I felt as though I no longer need anti depressants. The last few weeks I've had some health issues similar to the side effects of starting lexapro but they only lasted about a week. but in the last week or so I've had a lot of other things that are beginning to concern me: -Incr...
Updated 3 months 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 3 months ago.
4 Months on 20 MG Need Help (Tremors, Dizziness)
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Hello, I started Lexapro at the end of August for GAD, first with 5MG then to 10MG then to 20MG after a month. Some time later (maybe 8 weeks), I started having tremors in my legs which has now spread to my trunk and arms. When I sit or lay down it's fine, but as soon as I move around it starts. Also dizziness. My question is this. Can it be Lexapro? Everyone says I'm crazy to think that I'm the 2% which it adversely affects. But my axiety has increased to where I'm wired all day and these other symptoms make it seem like it could be the Lexapro. Dr. keeps saying it is anxiety but I don't believe it. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks ## The tremors are actually listed as a fairly common side effect, according to the FDA. They also list the possibility of it causin...
Updated 3 months ago.
Lexapro switch 30 mg
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I have been on lexapro 30 mg for 5 years- enough is enough so I switched to pristiq 50 mg- that is the lowest dose of pristiq and what I want to be on after being tired of side effects- how long should withdrawal symptoms last- it's day 12 without any lexapro and day 12 of 50 mg pristiq and I feel awful. ## At this point, you are probably experiencing withdrawal effects from stoping the Lexapro, as well as side effects from starting the Pristiq, so it may take a couple weeks for things to settle back down and for you to feel better. Has there been any improvement, yet? The FDA lists the typical side effects of Pristiq as possibly including dizziness, drowsiness, anxiety, vision changes and loss of libido. ## The price of lexapro really got me, but I found it only costs $8 with an RX...
Updated 3 months ago.

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