Lexapro And Use For Children Under 12 Yrs

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Maureen Says:

Has anyone been given lexapro for a child under 12 years of age. The FDA has approved this drug for adults and children over 12 years of age. I would like some additional information from anyone who has had a child under the age of 12 use it.

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Rose Simmons Says:
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I've taken Lexapro since I was 4 years old. I've also known several people who have taken this medication and similiar antidepressants well under the age of 12. It depends on the patient's situation and what your doctor suggests is best. Most children under the age of 12 start off with a lower dosage. From ages 4-10 I took 10mg, but I was perscribed to 20mg.

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Verwon Says:

And even when it isn't approved in a certain age group, doctors are allowed to prescribe it according to their experience, but the dosage usually needs to be carefully adjusted for children.

They may also be more sensitive to the side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and mood swings.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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