Finding effective Lexapro dosages depends on various individual factors
such as age, other medical conditions one may have, overall physical
condition, and other medications you may be taking.
Lexapro is mostly used to treat depression and anxiety, but has some off-label uses for other conditions.
The typical starting dose for adults or adolescents is 10 mg once per day. Your prescribing doctor may choose to increase or decrease the dosage depending on individual reaction to the medication.
A common dosage range is between 10 mg and 20 mg once a day, and 10 mg is often a maintenance dose. For elderly people or people with liver problems, the maximum dose is typically 10 mg once daily.
Remember it may take several weeks to experience the full benefits of Lexapro. It takes time for the medication to work its way into your system.
Also, medications affect everyone differently, so sometimes a bit of trial and error is involved to find the best dosage for each individual.
Common side effects may include nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, headache, and a slight increase in anxiety all of which tend to be temporary. See this complete guide to Lexapro side effects.
Abruptly stopping this medication may result in withdrawal. See this complete guide to Lexapro withdrawal symptoms. Do not stop taking Lexapro cold turkey. If you wish to discontinue your Lexapro, work with your doctor on a treatment plan. Typically, a doctor will gradually reduce the dose of Lexapro over time in order to help avoid any adverse physical reactions.
Most problems with prescription medications occur when the user does not explicitly follow the prescription recommendations. Do not exceed the prescription recommendations, skip doses, or take a double does to make up for a missed dose.
Avoid mixing Lexapro and alcohol.
Do not take this medication solely for weight loss.
Also, if you are pregnant read these warnings about antidepressants and pregnancy.
You can take Lexapro with or without food. If the medication upsets your stomach, try taking it with food. Try to take it at the same time each day to maintain even med levels.
As always, do not alter your Lexapro dose without first working in conjunction with your healthcare provider. Always take it as prescribed. Never double up doses. If you have questions or concerns consult with your treating doctor.