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lexapro 40 mg

Hi.,  I am currently on 30 mg lexapro but having depression and anxiety again.  My doc said I could ramp up to 40 but I have researched on internet and it sounds like even 30 is too high,.  I trust my pdoc but am afraid.  Has anyone here been on 40 mg lexapro?
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I took lexapro when I was young the doc gave me 30 mg when i was 15.He was a quack i think,i hated it..40 is a awfully high dose...........if you live in a medical marijuana state i highly suggest you check into  it.....Lexapro is a dangerish drug please do a little research...Cannabis is safe and for medical use in current states.
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I would always listen to your doctor.  If you don't feel comfortable ramping up the Lexapro, perhaps you could talk about a change in meds or the addition of another med.  You have to let your doctor know how you feel.
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So I start on the 40 mg. tomorrow.  I am glad that I see my pdoc next week as I am feeling like we are running out of options, however, he thinks I am being negative and have other options left.
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Thanks.  My depression is back. It was gone when he upped my lamictal to 400 mg.  Now, I am not feeling the good effects.  Lasted about 2 weeks.  At my last visit, I could also up the Lexapro to 40, but I was feeling good.  Now, I think I am going to start on 40 tomorrow.  I see him again on the 24th.  I am so frustrated!  This whole journey has lasted over 3 years...try a drug...works for a while, then poops,, etc, etc,  I wish I could find one that would work completely and for good.  BTW  I called my pharmacist about the dosage. He said 20 is usually the dose, but he has filled scripts for 40 and sometimes 60.
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Sue,
I would look into the wonderful cannabis plant. Utilize all of the cannabinoids' benefits!
And I hope you have resolved your issue since this post many years ago!
Pot is good for some, awful for others.  Many anxiety sufferers got their first problems while stoned, and it can drive depressed people even more into themselves.  It isn't the same for everyone.  It also doesn't only affect cannabinoids.  CBD oil is thought to target serotonin receptors.  Dopamine is also involved.  I do realize that the claim today is that the modern hybridized pot, which bears little resemblance to the wild plant anymore, has strains that have been bred to, for example, not cause anxiety, but I'm guessing that's a generalization.  It's also usually way way way stronger with THC than the wild plant people have used for what we know of human history.  So there's that.  I'm not agin it, just saying, it's not something to recommend for everyone.  Some caution is called for.
Sportsmebill,  what I'm waiting for with THC and CBD is data.  We've had the time to do actual studies and we should have them done if we are using this medicinally.  Guidelines of how to use, when to use, etc. would be helpful.
Mom, the problem is, if you're using the plant or just deriving unaltered CBD oil from hemp, you can't patent it.  If you can't patent it, don't ever expect thorough research.  There is one approved drug that is very concentrated CBD oil for childhood seizures, but I don't quite understand how it got FDA approval as it seems to be unaltered.  You can only patent unnatural things.  What occurs in nature, if unaltered, can't be patented.  So what you always end up with with natural medicine are a bunch of small inconclusive, from a scientific standpoint, studies that indicate something but can't prove it.  It's also hard to get dosage information for the same reason.  There are quite a lot of studies out there, science has been studying this for years and years, but again, not enough money in it as our system only rewards with the big money to do big studies things that can be patented, get that monopoly, and earn the big bucks.  When they do make a drug out of a natural substance, they change it quite a bit, which explains why drugs are so dangerous to so many.  They are not recognized at all by the body.  I wish we had more info, I'd like to try CBD oil but have no clue what dosage to take, whether to take it with or without food, what time to take it, how often in the day to take it, etc.  So I haven't tried it, as it's really really expensive for a rather inexpensive substance from a really cheap plant.  So synthetic THC will get the investment, not what occurs in the plant.
I say this because CBD oil isn't really a natural product.  Hemp is natural.  Marijuana is natural.  Isolating CBD oil takes modern science to do.
433485 tn?1321813390
Hi.  I started on the Lexapro 40 mg and feel so tired and foggy.  I go see him next week and am going to discuss.  I have researched the drug and haven't found much on 40 mg.  Every site seems to indicated that 20 is the usual dose.  
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Felt great, better than I ever have, now a strange dr wants me to taper down to 20. Now I'm depressed, no energy, heart does not feel happy.
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Try Hydroxyzine 20 mg. Fast response no grogginess
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This is not true.  It is a sedating antihistamine and is often used off-label as a sleep aid.  It is used off-label sometimes for anxiety, as are other sedating antihistamines, and it works by being sedating, not because it has any effect on any bodily mechanism that directly affects anxiety.  So yeah, it might make someone groggy enough to fall asleep.
I guess a good suggestion is to ask your doctor about it as an alternative.  I agree everyone is going to have a different response.  I could see from your other post that you use a part of a tablet so a very low dose.  All should never use a medication unless prescribed by their doctor.  But in looking it up, there does seem to be some data regarding using this for anxiety and tension, dosing guidelines, etc.  But I'm not sure it is used to treat a chronic situation of anxiety.  More situational episodes it appears.  https://www.medicinenet.com/hydroxyzine/article.htm#what_is_the_dosage_for_hydroxyzine_vistaril
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