Lexapro is the trade name of the antidepressant drug escitalopram. Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, Lexapro is used to treat anxiety and major depressive disorders. The drug’s side effects include dizziness, insomnia, constricted pupil, constipation and fatigue.


What are the side effects after you stop taking Lexapro?

Irritability, shakes, heart palpitations and the reoccurence of symptoms you were having before taking the Lexapro. In order to stop taking an anti-depressant you need to gradually step down your dosage.

Answerlexapro withdrawl is no joke. I wish I had been informed of it before I started taking it. I became incredably disoriented, had vision problems (flutters), breathing problems, even stepping down my dosage did not help. It is scary and It took me almost 3 weeks before I stoped feeling these effects. AnswerThe biggest mistake many can make is coming off the drug (or any drug) on their own. They feel because it's not addictive they can do so, but it's important that one works well with their doctor to decrease the dose very slowly. Your brain has been use to this drug altering brain chemistry!

I stared taking of Lexapro about 2.5 years ago for "circumstantial" depression. I was also attending psycho-therapy sessions monthly, but when the symptoms of depression got very hard, i.e suicidal thoughts constantly, I increased these sessions to weekly.

The therapy helped me more than Lexapro ever could have. Now, with help from the Therapist, I've worked out what my demons are and am able to recognise their triggers.

AnswerI stopped taking Lexapro (cold turkey) over 2 weeks ago. Initially I stopped accidentally. I started a new job that changed my daily routine. At day 5 of not taking Lexapro, I decided to continue cold-turkey as I hadn't experienced any recognisable symptoms of withdrawal. However, within a few days the symptoms began in earnest and continue still. My symptoms were as follows:-
  • General malaise
  • Chronic lethargy
  • Crying spelll (just once thank God!)
  • Dizziness accompanied with "electic brain zaps". (By far, the most persistant symptom for me)
  • Irritability and unreasonable aggression
  • Slight diarrhea

Like most people have stated, going off a potent drug like Lexapro cold turkey is not a good idea. I wouldn't do it again. My therapist recommended weaning off very slowly over a period of time that is half the amount of time that you've been taking the drug. So, if you've been taking Lexapro for 2 years, then you should decrease slowly to 0mgs over a 1 year period. My GP on the other hand, suggested weaning off over just a 2 month period!

I've been off Lexapro now for just over 2 weeks and the good news is that the symptoms, while not yet disappeared, have lessened significantly. So, in total disregard to the advise of my very helpful Therapist, I will continue fighting the withdrawals cold turkey ONLY because I want to try for a baby over the next few months.

I certainly would't recommend going Cold Turkey to anyone else.

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How long do Lexapro withdrawal symptoms last?

Two of the most likely possibilities are:

If you suddenly stop taking Lexapro, you may feel like you have the flu. You also might have trouble sleeping, have an upset stomach, have shock-like sensations in the arms and hands, feel dizzy, or feel nervous. This usually begins within 1 to 10 days after you stop taking Lexapro. It is not dangerous or life threatening and usually goes away within one week. Not everyone who stops taking antidepressants experiences this syndrome, and it is less likely if medicines are slowly tapered off over a few weeks.

The other possibility is the return of depression symptoms. Antidepressants need to be continued for at least 6 to 18 months in most people for depression symptoms to stay away when the medicines are stopped. Stopping them too early means that within days to weeks (occasionally 1 to 2 months) symptoms of depression return. These can include irritability, fatigue and change in appetite, among others. Sometimes people need to be on antidepressants for a longer than usual, or even indefinite period of time.

Always consult a medical professional before discontinuing your use of any antidepressant.

(See the discussion page in the link below for more input and personal stories from Wiki s contributors)

Medication and Drugs

Are there interaction problems with Strattera Adderall Risperdal Lexapro and Depakote?

Interaction ProblemsOne of the main side effects from mixing certain drugs appears to be an increase in anger issues. Read on for more information:
  • My 5 1/2 yr. old son begins Strattera (10 mg. going to 20mg. after one week, depending) tomorrow. He is curently on Valproic Acid (Depacote) for a seizure disorder named Lennox-Gastaut. His neurologist suggested that if the Strattera turns out to be ineffective that Adderal is next. Because of his seizure disorder we have addressed his:

1. Seizures w/Valproic 2. Sleep Disorder w/Benadryl

Now we find ourselves with a seizure-free, full-night sleeping child that has a 5-10 second attention span. I'll let you know how the Strattera works.

  • I am 18. I have ADHD inattentive type, (aka ADD). I'm a very bright kid and if you met me in person, you couldn't tell. I tried switching from Adderall to Strattera for a summer between middle school and High School. It made me extremely irritable, paranoid and anxious. It appeared to be anger and irritability to my family. I went back to Adderall and felt much better. However, last year i went to see an ADHD specialist in my area and she prescribed a much smaller dose of Strattera (18mg for 1st week, followed by increasing the daily dose to 36mg) to be taken at night. This also helped my trouble sleeping. My previous dose was around 200mg per day, taken in the morning. Obviously WAY too much. Now on the smaller dose I feel much better. I still take 40mg of Adderall in the morning and 20mg in the afternoon. I can function normally and sleep more than 3-4 hours a night.
  • He's just a kid. Who's giving him all this stuff? Even just taking one of them can be dangerous. Check ritalindeath.com for information on how to take him off the stuff, what to do instead, and which other sites would come in handy.
  • My son was in to see the doctor yesterday and has been diagnosed with severe ADHD. I was wanting to put him on Strattera and was told that it only addresses part of the problem. I was told with my son Strattera would be great working in conjunction with Adderal or Ritlin. So that is likely why he is on both Adderal and Stratera. Hope that helps. We have tried about everything natural for my son. We were very nervous about meds. Now it has come to the point that his ADHD has caused him to be extremely depressed. Natural ways don't always work and sometimes medication is the only way to give these poor children a normal life. They deserve to be happy like all the other children.
  • My Nephew was on both Strattera and Adderall. It seemed to cause anger issues. Once the Strattera was removed, the anger dissolved.
  • I am 19 and have depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. I was taking Wellbutrin SR and Adderall. The Wellbutrin is for depression and I was taking it twice a day. The Adderall I began taking a few months ago after being diagnosed with Adult ADD. I noticed that I became immune (tolerant) to it and the doctor increased my dosage. Over the past month I have been a mess, EXTREMELY irritable, cannot concentrate on anything, feel "spaced out" all the time, horrible memory, etc. which made it very difficult to make and keep friends and do well in school. I finally went to the doctor today and he switched me to Wellbutrin XL, a higher dosage of Adderall (2x a day), and Strattera. My dad didn't like the idea that I was on so many meds and just did not understand it. I now see that Strattera is used WITH other meds and not alone. So it basically boosts the other meds. As for the Adderall and Strattera mixing, well, I was prescribed both, so it was not just you. I thought it was odd because I thought they were the same, but after reading several things on the internet I have found that it is normal to take it with other ADHD meds.
  • My son and daughter only take Strattera and it works great. I believe that the increased anger some people have noticed when used in conjunction with Adderall is not from the Strattera, but the Adderall, or more correctly from the combination therapy. I noticed that when my son took Straterra in conjunction with a Ritalin based product, he was wildly hyper, and I believe the same to be basically true for Adderall. The Ritalin based products my children were taking needed dosage increases every 3 months consistently, which I believe to be necessary because the body adjusts to the meds so a higher dosage is needed to get the same results. Adderall is the same. In the evening hours when Ritalin based products would wear off my children were especially hyperactive (even more so than before they started meds) and decreasing the dosage caused withdrawal symptoms. This pattern of Highs, Lows, and withdrawal symptoms tells me that these drugs are addictive. I stopped giving him the stimulant drug altogether and kept him on Strattera only and within a day he was normal again. I would not recommend combining Strattera with Adderall or a Ritalin based product. But, after a year of Straterra following a year of a Ritalin based product, I could not recommend any stimulant even taken alone.
  • I have a 15 year old son that takes Risperdal and Strattera. It seems to be working at the present time. He has OCD, ADHD and a tic disorder.
  • My son is eight and has ADHD. Please note although Risperdal is widely prescribed for children. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT approved for use in children by the manufacturer, Janssen. Closed clinical trials, those required by the FDA to approve efficacy have not been done for children. Respirdal can cause certain serious and potentially permanent side effects in children and adults. Go to www.risperdal.com for more info. I have switched psychiatrists because he wanted to combine Adderall and Risperdal. The Adderall appears to work. Also note that the prescribed dose for Strattera is 1.2 mg per kilo of weight. He also got that wrong. Bottom line, in my opinion, go to the manufacturer's website for the best info.
  • I only take Adderall and Strattera. The closer I take Adderall with Strattera, the stronger my bad symptoms: I experience indigestion and severe nausea. I was able to solve this by taking Strattera at night and Adderall in the morning. I haven't been aware of other symptoms or decreased effectiveness.
  • My son is 10 and has been on Metadate CD for 3 years for ADD. It worked well, with the exception of reduced appetite, stomach sensitivity, and difficulty focusing on homework in the late afternoon/early evening. This summer we switched to Strattera (40 mg 1Xday). It helped minimize some other symptoms of mild anxiety (he is doing more independently); however, it doesn't seem to do enough to address the focus deficit. His Dr. prescribed a combination of Strattera (40 mg) and Adderall XR 10 mg in the am, plus Adderall (Amphetamine Salts 5 MG) 1-2 tablets around 4:00 pm if needed for homework. I've looked on line for info on the combination, and haven't had much luck other than a recommendation to take the Adderall in the am and the Strattera in the pm. Any advice or warnings would be appreciated.
  • Mothers and caregivers are very perceptive and not all treatments are going to work for all children. When your child is having a bad reaction to a single medication or combination therapy, do not hesitate to phone your doctor and voice your concerns:

    you must be the one to sound the alarm! If your doctor dismisses your concerns, you

    are wise to get a second opinion...or third, fourth...whatever it takes until you and

    your child are satisfied. Most physicians want happy patients and caregivers. They are human and can only make determinations based on the limited information they have when deciding what may work. Many times, it is "trial and error." Until optimal

    dosage(s) and choices of medication(s) are reached, the control issues are difficult

    for the family as well as the physician. Keep really good records: make a log of your

    observations of your child (including teachers' and others' observations) and how the

    symptoms relate to the time of day, how long after administration of the medication,

    and your own personal rating scale. Your intuition and "red flag alarms" need to be

    trusted. The more objective data you can offer to the physician by phone and during

    office visits, the faster you will get the results you need. When others comment about the direction you have chosen for your child, whether "natural" or with FDA approved medications, remember that you are the boss and you "know best." Then, give their criticisms the few minutes they deserve and forget about them. They do not walk in your shoes. Any time you or your children experience a side effect from any medication, you are encouraged to call the FDA at: 1-800-FDA-1088.

  • Another useful piece of advice may be to ask for partial month supplies of the more expensive C-II's (controlled drugs such as amphetamines). Some manufacturers offer trials and you can get these on line or from your doctor. Strattera is not a C-II, so when you go to the pharmacy, you can ask them to give you a partial fill. In this way, if the medication works, you can still get the remainder, but if it doesn't work your pocket will not sustain the loss. In the case of C-II's, you can ask for a smaller quantity, but you will not be able to get the remainder.
  • I agree that this seems like an awful lot of medication for a child this young, but I also agree that it is your decision that matters most and how much you trust his doctor. My son is 9 and on Lexapro only. I was worried at first with this med because the manufacturer specifically says that it is not for children under a certain age, which included his age. So I was like why are they giving him this? Well it has worked great for him, no side effects except sleepiness when he first started it. Plus we have a great psych doc that I also see and my so does my 15 year-old. You could also discuss all these meds being prescribe together with your pharmacist-they are a good source of information about drugs and interactions. You could also get a second opinion. But some of these drugs are high risk and your son should be watched closely. I also posted an answer to your question with my use of Adderall and Strattera as an adult.

What side effects would you expect if you drink alcohol while taking Lithium Lexapro and Seroquel?

:EDIT: I have been taking lithium for around 5 years and have taken seroquel for around 3. I drink most weekends and have never had any problems. my gf and best friend both take clozapine and they have never suffered from a drink. But each to their own :EDIT:


* Drinking Alcohol while on Seroquel can potentiate the effects of this drug. It can lower your blood pressure to best levels. It is important to discuss this question with your doctor.

* Drinking Alcohol with Lithium is VERY UNSAFE. Even after just a few drinks, the combination of these two substances can cause you to loose consciousness.

* Lexapro and Alcohol act on similar areas of the brain. Drinking while on Lexapro greatly increases the effects on Alcohol. Imparing motor skills and your thought process.

* The person responsible for this post is an absolute imbecile. I have removed much of the damage they have caused to this WikiAnswer.


***It is also unsafe to drink on Lexapro and Zoloft and antidepressants of this genre. However, this is considered unsafe because it is not definite how each individual will react to the combination of alcohol and anti-depressants. At the very least, the alcohol will be greatly intensified by the anti-depressant. Motor skills will be lost much sooner than if you were to only be consuming alcohol while not medicating. Zoloft and Lexapro are not anti-depressants which are abused by drug addicts because they don't give a euphoric feeling. In fact, a patient has to take these drugs daily for a period of two weeks to a months time before the drug takes affect. During that adjustment period, the patients body is adjusting to the drug and the common effects of the drug are upset stomach, dhiarrhea, head aches, large increase or large decrease in appetite, mood swings, and even DEPRESSION - yes, depression is a side effect of anti-depressants.

***If you are prescribed to Lithium, please talk to a doctor, even if it's not your doctor if you are embarassed to talk to your doctor about drinking and drugs. You MUST speak to a professional and become aware of the severity of the drug which you are on. You must also become sensitive to what you can and can not do while medicating with Lithium. And if a doctor has you on Lithium, it is more than likely that Lithium will improve the quality of your life, so don't contemplate quitting the Lithium just to consume alcohol. Any doctor out there, whether they are a family physician, internist, ER physician, or your Pschologist, wil be willing to have an honest conversation with you without judging you if you are afraid to have this conversation with your Psychiatrist (or whomever prescribes the Lithium, eg Neurologist?)

I have seen this tragedy happen too many times in my life. And not just with Lithium, but with many behavioral medications being mixed with recreational drugs. You can't just ask a friend if it's safe, nor can you just get on Wiki or WebMD and expect to make an educated decision about combining drugs.

I beg of you to speak to a health professional. No matter your age or your situation. Health professionals have an ethical responsibility to you, the patient, to not reveal anything you say to anyone, including your parents or the police (unless you have done something to put someone else's life in danger or if you are guilty of the commission of a crime resullting in a third party facing a life/death situation. So, hopefully you haven't been supplying drugs to your buddies and then buying them handles of Jack Daniels, and now you're wondering why you haven't seen your buddy Jimmy in 6 days. You can honestly walk into any doctors office, tell them all of the drugs which you use and ask them what complications may arise from mixing these drugs. This is absolutely a necessary exercise if you choose to use drugs for recreational purposes and insist on mixing them.

Needless to say, the best way to avoid this entire situation is to realize that these drugs are extremely effective and even more harmul!! Abstaining from using any pharmaceuticals will ensure that you have a good time throwing back some cold brews without having to worry about your heart stopping unexpectedly and never waking up from that long night of drinking.

I understand you want to drink I've taken seroquel and lithium before not lexapro though. anyways you can expect over intoxication the risk of comma and your illness will not fully be treated because this lessens the effects of your meds and what they are supposed to do i assume you are bi-polar well for us bi-polars we tend to want to drink but really should'NT. it can increase our risk of delutional or paronoid behavior. a beer seriously wont kill you but its not going to help your treatment. the bi-polar illness is hard enough to deal with you really should'NT make life harder on yourself then it already is. Also my doctor said i could drink on abilify in moderation so talk to your doc about that if you feel you can not quit. lithium makes you zombieish anyways abilify has few side effects and is amazing with bi-polar.

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Are Xanax and Lexapro similar?

Xanax and Lexapro are similar in that they are both approved to treat anxiety, but their mechanism of action and indications for use are somewhat different.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine a class of drugs with many medical applications often prescribed for anxiety. Xanax is FDA approved to (1) treat acute anxiety states, (2) for the management of anxiety disorders, (3) for panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, and (4) for anxiety associated with depression. Benzodiazepines, particularly Xanax, act very quickly, typically providing relief in 30 min or less. Xanax is typically effective for 4hrs (maximum 6hrs), if taken for continuous anxiety relief it requires four (occasionally three) doses daily. Xanax and other benzodiazepines act on the neurotransmitter GABA the brains principal inhibitory neurotransmitter. By acting on GABA Xanax alters the action potential (the ability of a nerve to fire) by causing a rapid influx of sodium ions into ion channels causing the polarity of the membrane to reverse, thus the ion channels to deactivate. Simply put Xanax reduces the ability of nerves to fire causing a reduction in activity in the brain (ie making it more quiet) which causes anxiolysis. Benzodiazepines are schedule IV controlled substances and have a potential for abuse, misuse, criminal diversion, and addiction. As a result benzodiazepines are typically prescribed for a short time period although long term use of benzodiazepines is appropriate in some situations. People with a history of substance abuse, especially to alcohol or barbiturates, are at a much higher risk of addiction. People with a legitimate anxiety disorder without a history of substance abuse rarely develop a problem. Physical dependency occurs in 1/3 to 1/2 of all long term users. Physical dependency is not addiction however benzodiazepines should be slowly discontinued under a doctors care since withdrawal can be severe, even life threatening for long term, high dose users.

Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a class of antidepressants. Unlike Xanax, Lexapro works on the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Lexapro is FDA approved to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Lexapro is also effective for treating other anxiety disorders.

Lexapro is not a drug of abuse nor is it a controlled substance like Xanax is. However, like Xanax, people may develop physical dependence for long term use so Lexapro should be slowly discontinued under a doctors supervision. Unlike Xanax it can take up to six weeks before Lexapro has any effect. In fact many people experience a temporary increase in anxiety when starting Lexapro much. Xanax is safer in an overdose situation. Death due to Xanax toxicity is almost unheard of and typically thousands of milligrams are required for death to occur. Benzodiazepines are among the safest drugs and are almost never lethal unless mixed with other drugs like alcohol, opioids, or barbiturates.

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How long should you wait after going off Lexapro before you try to get pregnant.?



How effective is Lexapro for treating alcohol abuse?

Lexapro will not treat alcohol abuse. Once someone is sober, Lexapro will assist with the recovery of healthy seratonin levels in the brain. After periods of alcohol abuse, the brain's chemistry is affected, and seratonin levels become low. Supplementing a recovery program, e.g., 12-step program, with an SSRI, such as Lexapro, is an option to help find serenity. Serenity is the medicine addicts need to stay off of drugs and alcohol.

Lexapro has been shown to be of benefit to some people in the clinical treatment of alcohol addiction when it is combined with other treatment and therapy. It's theorized that in some way it reduces the discomfort caused by low levels of certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, that are depleted by alcohol use, and that it makes the transition to sobriety easier.

Because everyone's brain chemistry is different, psych drugs of all kinds tend to be selective. Some people need to try several in order to find one that works. We also need to be aware that with many psych drugs it is necessary to take them for prolonged periods before seeing results, especially if our brain chemistry has been disrupted by addiction. The effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain can persist for months, even for a couple of years.

I took Lexapro for 6 months and this drug is very effective in reducing alcohol consumption. I may have an occasional beer or a drink, but I was unable to do so while taking Lexapro. The side effects with alcohol are horrible. As with any drug, side effects depend on the person who is taking the medication.

Lexapro is an antidepressant and will not help with preventing abuse. I might help with help someone to not think that they need to drink so often.

Lexapro might offer some benefit if the underlying cause of the alcohol abuse is depression.

Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to tell, even by professionals, if the alcoholism stems from depression or if the depression is caused by the alcoholism. This is the case with one of my family members; he's fought with both for many years...and he's losing.

I've been on Lexapro for depression (not alcohol abuse) fora little over a month. It hasn't seemed to do much so I've had my dosage increased. It still has not seemed to do much.

The way it was explained to me by my Dr. is that Lexapro isn't mood-altering. It simply maintains your seratonin levels so that you don't get rock bottom depressed or stay there.

Being that I'm having a hard time "believing" that Lexapro treats depression, I'd have an even harder time believing it would help someone suffering from alcohol abuse -- unless the abuse were specifically caused by the person's inability to produce seratonin -- a highly unlikely (in my opinion, anyway), "cause" of alcohol abuse.

I have found that a drug called Topamax, a drug used as a treatment for biploar, cluster headaches and more, has truly helped me control cravings to binge drink and to binge eat. I don't drink nearly as much as I used to. I's been amazing!

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Can Straterra give you night sweats?

I am 35yrs old and take 80mg strattera and I have had night sweats off and on since beginning it about a year ago. The night sweats usually last 3 days to a week then go away for a while. I have them about every 1 to 2 months. Hopefully the longer you take it the less frequent the night sweats will be. Make sure you discuss it with your doctor if it becomes intolerable. It took almost a full month for me to feel the full affects of taking strattera. I also take concerta and wellibutrin as well and this combo of meds has worked miracles for me. Also if you doctor says that night sweats is not a side affect of strattera, let him/her know that others on it have complained of night sweats,also. Good Luck!

This is very helpful. I am a 45 year old man and started taking 40 mg of Strattera about a month and a half ago and definitely have been experiencing occasional mild night sweats. There's nothing on the Lilly site about this side effect.

I have been taking Strattera for about three weeks now. I started on a dose of 25 mg, and after a week, the dose was bumped up to 40 mg. Although I did experience other side effects that went away after a few days, night sweats accompanied by sleeplessness have been the most bothersome and persistent side effects that I've noticed. They have not resulted in a change of the sheets yet, but on several occasions I've had to sleep on top of the covers or even get up and towel off and turn the pillow before being able to get comfortable again. Hoping that this will subside with time.

It's not just night sweats. I've noticed a remarkable increase in persperation output on Straterra. Sometimes just the walk from the train station to my office can soak the back of my shirt. This used to NEVER happen before.

I just started taking Straterra three days ago and I noticed an increase in sweating, during the day and night. I'm also having trouble sleeping.

Alfred Hitchcock

Is it best to leave a man with too much pride to admit he is wrong alone?

Can you live with it? If not, you should leave. Nobody can tell you what to do but if you determine that you can't live with it then you should leave. I don't believe that anyone should put up with that kind of relationship.

Wellbutrin and Zyban

Can Lexapro and Wellbutrin be taken safely together and are there increased side effects?

I have taken Wellbutrin and Lexapro together everyday for the past 4 years and have had no problems at all. I initially took just Wellbutrin but after about 6 months started having anxiety so my doctor also added Lexapro which was the trick. Although, it may seem strange to be on 2 anti-depressants these two were given to me and was great!

AnswerWhile all medications can have side effects, if your doctor wants you to use those two medications it's because of a problem that he thinks can be solved with that combination. Using the two meds together can be effective for some people. The side effects do not affect all people, that part depends on your body chemistry and even if you do have side effects, reports are that they go away after going off the meds.

In general, it's better to do what the doctor suggests, especially when anxiety and depression are involved.


BOTH medications are antidepressants but in a different class. IF you were prescribed both of them by different doctors, I would definitely check with the doctor or pharmacist. I would still ask even if they were prescribed by the same doctor; it never hurts to question prescriptions you are given. And as I always say, ask your pharmacist for a print-out of the medications. The print-outs have a great deal of information about the drugs including drug/drug interactions, drug/food interactions, it explains exactly what the drug is and how it should be used, just about everything and anything you need to know and then some. It also warns about reactions with over-the-counter drugs, which many people forget to take into consideration. BE SAFE....ASK QUESTIONS.


My mom's Dr. Just Prescribed her Lexapro to supplement the 300mg Wellbutrin XL a couple days ago. The Lex takes care of the serotonin and the Wellbutrin re-uptakes the dopamine and the norepeinephrine. Yeah it's gonna totally give your little engine a rehall. In theory, it takes care of all the main factors contributing to depression, but you really never know what chemicals you need and which ones need not be messed with. It's trial and error, dude. The scientific method applied. I hope it works for mama, the lady is in a rut.


The answer to this question is YES, Wellbutrin (bupropion) and Lexapro can be taken together. There is no negative interaction. Strangely, the addition of Wellbutrin to Lexapro is said to reverse some of the latter's tendency to interfere with erection, libido, and orgasm in males (and Lexapro is BAD in this respect). The normal dose of Wellbutrin after titrating up from 150mg is 300mg, preferably in the XL (released gradually over time) form, and the Lexapro is normally one 10mg tab QD. I have seen these two meds prescribed together this way but I have not checked with the patients to see if it helped (problem was sexual s/e on the Lexapro). More common for sexual s/e in males is simply a prescription for Viagra. These two antidepressants do inhibit the reuptake of two different neurotransmitters as someone above wrote, but the actual effect of the two meds together is subjective and will be slightly different for everyone. Two antidepressants do not give you twice the antidepressant effect, but may result in a slightly better antidepressant effect, with fewer sexual s/e or reduced anxiety. Fortunately, you can test-drive this combo safely and see what it does for you. Generally, Wellbutrin has mild caffeine-like effects which some pt's like, but others feel it increases their anxiety. It has no sexual s/e. Lexapro does not have the caffeine-like side effects and is supposed to reduce anxiety as well as depression, but it interferes with male sexual function to a greater extent than its maker lets on. Based on what male patients have told me, my guess is that sexual dysfunction is an issue in at least 50% of male pt's taking an SSRI. But the answer to your question is YES, they can be safely taken together. You won't get an adverse reaction like you would combining SSRI's and MAOI's, or MAOI's and tyramine, or even certain SSRI's with other SSRI's.

AnswerI have been taking 10mg Lexpro for three years, and about 3 months ago was put on 150mg wellbutrin XL to counter sexual side effects, most notably lower libido, but most frustratingly, lack of ability to orgasm. There has been some improvement in my mood and activity, and there is a definite change in libido, but the inability to orgasm has again returned. Along with those side effects, I have suffered from headache, transient nausea, muscle cramping and increased tinitus. From other boards I have read, this seems to be side effects from Lexapro, and also Lexapro withdrawal. I want to discontinue the Lexapro, but stay on the Wellbutrin for now. Has anyone done this? I plan a fairly lengthy taper, but I definitely don't want to be on it anymore. It did its job very well, as it stopped my GAD and panic attacks almost immediately and I haven't had a PA for three years, but I can't take the other side effects, especially the sexual effects anymore. I would rather have an occasional panic attack than be asexual right now.


Why is female libido never mentioned? Lexapro (and most anti-depressants) do the same exact thing for females as they do for males. It is as though female libido is not as important as whether or not a man can get it up.

In my experience, Wellbutrin is a fantastic addition to if not replacement for antidepressants in regards to sex drive and the feeling of numbness you tend to get when taking antidepressants.

I have GAD, panic attacks, and depression...I have been on lexapro for a year and a half...take the smallest dose you can for sexual side effects for this drug. After a while of being on lexapro I have seen the sexual side effects somewhat subside...I was prescribed wellbutrin but haven't taken it yet for an extra oomph and to quit smoking. but I read the two can have interactions. I still am going to take the two and ride it out to see what happens...but as far as female libido at first I wasn't getting aroused at all then no orgasm but with time (and a little effort and patience!) I am somewhat back to my old self and can have orgasms and I want to have sex...also I just got off birth control about 4 months ago and since getting off the pill my libido climbed a little...hope this helps..good luck

AnswerI had 150mg of Wellbutrin added to my daily Lexapro dosage in January and I was amazed at the results. I had had serious problems with anorgasmia for years and after a month on Wellbutrin, things improved a great deal. After a while, my doctor agreed to let me slowly taper off of Lexapro. I've been on straight Wellbutrin now for five months. I do tend to get a bit more emotional than I am used to but I'm beginning to realize that this might actually be a good thing. When I was on Lexapro, I almost never laughed or cried about anything!

I should also add that in addition to moving to Wellbutrin, I did some research on supplements to help combat anxiety. I now take a vegetarian multivitamin, evening primrose oil, Omega 3, and L-Theanine with my daily medication. I have not had any problems with anxiety since I started this regimen.

Answer(Sorry for my poor English; I'm french). My doctor prescribed me 300 mg of Wellbutrin, for 1 year. And haded 5 mg of Cipralex (french name for Lexapro). The results were amazing. In the past i tried other medication and i was not able to fell anything. With Wellbutrin there were no side effect on my libido and no gane of waith. But the anxiety was still there. With only 5 mg of Lexapro the anxiety attack never came back. Now in french: Mon docteur m'a prescrit du Wellbutrin pendant un an. Depuis peu, il a ajouté 5 mg de Cirpalex. Les résultats ont été fantastiques. Par le passé j'avais essayé plusieurs autres anti-dépresseurs. Les effects secondaires étaient épouvantables. En plus, je ne ressentais rien. Avec le Wellbutrin les effets secondaires n'ont pas affecté ma libido ainsi que mon poids. Et maintenant, le Cipralex contrôle bien mon anxiété.
Medication and Drugs

Does weight gain subside after withdrawal from Lexapro?

The Medical Answer

In clinical trials Lexapro was shown to be weight gain neutral. This is different than other SSRIs that appear to cause weight gain. This is very different than being shown to have no effect on weight. This means that just as mean people in the lexapro group gained weight as lost weight. What's important is that the number of people that changed weight in the lexapro group was significantly larger than that of the placebo group indicating that lexapro does impact weight. What this really means is that Lexapro can increase or decrease weight depending on the person. Scientists really do not know why this is the case.

With that said, there were still many people in the placebo group that gained weight, so it is very difficult to attribute all of the weight gain to Lexapro.

After withdrawing from Lexapro, it may or may not cause a change in weight. There are currently no clinical trials or studies that have been conducted studying this aspect.

One answer

I took Lexapro for 8 years and my weight did not change at all.

An additional answer

It sounds as though many people are contributing significant weight gain or loss to Lexapro, when in reality, although a possible side effect, the shift in weight may be a symptom of an unhealthy diet.

An additional answer

I disagree. It has been confirmed over and over, weight gain is very typical of anti-depressants, particularly SSRIs.

Unfortunately, appetite increases which has a lot to do with the gain, but the hormones/metabolism are affected so the body does not want to let the weight go despite improved diet/exercisezperiodz

At least during use that can happen. Let's see how if changes after withdrawal. However, lifestyle changes will be necessary to get the weight loss started once all the chemicals leave the system.

Good luck to anyone dealing with this!

Doctors hand out meds like candy. They need to stop and not look at their patients as if they are clueless idiots. Doctors get monetary rewards and incentives from pharamceutical companies for handing out certain meds. Like my 90 year old perfectly healthy grandmother says: "everything in moderation" and "whatever happened to a good run to boost your mood?". Almost all antidepressants cause significant weight gain. Part of the reason is a change in the body's response to insulin. This is why some people gain and some people lose weight. These meds cause a sort of diabetic response. Many of the symptoms people report are very much like diabetes, high or low blood sugar. These meds also affect thyroid levels. The resulting symptoms lean either way: sluggishness, headaches, memory loss, inability to lose weight, losing too much weight, etc. I have read hundreds of scholarly articles on this subject. Patients when presenting symptoms need to do their own research. Test your blood sugar levels, liver enzymes, and TSH levels regularly. Weight won't be lost until these levels are back to normal and the meds are completely out of your system. A good supplement that helps improve mood naturally and adjust blood sugar levels is Chromium Picolinate. Cardio and diet are the only solutions to this. Drink a cup of coffee or green tea before a work out. These are natural stimulants and diuretics. Good luck everyone! And never take your docs advice at face value! Do your research and ask them questions, challenge them! Its their job to IMPROVE your health, not to make you sicker so they can make a few bucks! For those of who the meds work wonderfully for, congratulations and stay on your meds.

An Additional answer

I gained 30 lbs on Lexapro.

I eat an extremely good, well-balanced diet, do cardio for 1 hour every day, and work with a trainer 2 days a week. The trainer and my doctors could not explain the weight gain. I decreased my caloric intake and that still did not help. Now, 3 years after taking myself off the Lexapro, I am still having trouble losing the excess weight.

My Experience with Two Periods on Lexapro

The two times I took Lexapro because of severe depression/anxiety, I had lost weight in the run up to being prescribed the drug so that I started abnormally low in weight. The first time I took the drug I was on it for 6 months and actually put the weight on in the 6 months after I stopped taking it. I was exercising and took dietary measures to combat the gain but I ended up at around 185lbs when 175 is a good weight for me. After this period of weight gain I started to drop back down to the 175 range.

After about 18 months I had another depressive episode and went down to under 160lbs before starting on the drug. I have been on for a year and have climbed to a peak of about 195lbs. I am presently taking more exercise than I have in years and I am very aerobically fit but the weight is just piling on around my middle. I am at my heaviest ever and it absolutely has to do with Lexapro. I don't drink sodas and my diet is almost entirely vegetarian. I have been tapering off over the last three months and it does seem that I get most affected when I come off the medication.

The manufacturers completely downplay this side effect which I would imagine would be serious for a person with existing weight issues.

Another Factor

I have found that Lexapro like many SSRI's led to increased cravings to foods high in sugar as well as processed foods which led to weight gain. 3 months after coming off the drug my appetite is back to normal and the weight is coming off.

Medication and Drugs

Is it safe to take Adderall and Lexapro combined?

In most cases yes it is safe to take this combination. Manytimes doctors use these in combination, because Adderall has a tendency to deplete the body's supply of serotonin. With that said Lexapro is ideal, since it is cleaner than many of the other antidepressants. In any event, caution should still be used, because combining the two drugs increases the risk of Serotonin Syndrome. Also, this syndrome will generally not develop right when you start but weeks after Lexapro has taken its full effect.

Here's why. Adderall causes your body to product more Serotonin. Once your body adjusts to the Adderall your body begins to produce less Serotonin and in some cases less than you did before. The benefit of Lexapro is that it blocks the reuptake of Serotonin, so when your body produces Serotonin it stays in the synapse and continues to work.

When an individual is just relying on their natural serotonin, SSRI antipredesants are not known to cause any problems, however, because Adderall is adding to the effect of the Lexapro and the Lexapro is blocking the metabolism of Serotonin, you may end up with Serotonin Syndrome.

The good news is this condition, while potentially deadly, it is very rarely deadly. In fact, you will usually just feel really irritable and icky generally before things get serious. When this happens, be sure to consult a doctor. The doctor will likely recommend that you temporarily and/or permanently reduce dosage based on the situation.

Medication and Drugs

If your son is on Straterra Clonipin Lexapro Lithium and Abilify for bi-polar ADHD is that too much medication?

There are a lot of different meds out there on the market. What works for some may not for others. As you probably have seen, patients sometimes need to try different combos and that really is the only way to find out what will work the best. Sometimes 3 or 4 meds are needed and sometimes 1 or 2 work. It is very important that patients report any side effects, good or bad. It may take a little time but be patient and you will find something that will work. Hang in there! The meds you said he is presently taking are normal for his ADHD and Bi-Polar. Just to let you know, I am 38 and have been diagnosed with both of the same disorders. Find a good MD who is very experienced in those illnesses and make sure there is a good communication between him, yourself and son. Last, make sure the doctor listens to everything you or you son tell him. He will be able to give your son the best treatment if the lines of communication are open. You should have him explain in detail what each drug your son is taking does to the body and how it helps. Some drugs are only given for side effects of another. But most important of all is to let your son participate 100 % because he will most likely follow instructions and confide in you if he has any fears or questions. Sorry I kind of blabbed a little too much. I just have had a lifetime of handeling my conditions along with family members who also suffer various conditions. I would be happy to talk to you about my experience but for right now it is important that you confide in your MD and get your questions answered. If you still feel unsure, go get another opinion or change physicians. Good luck.

Margaret San Diego, CA

As margret said it's really very individual when it comes to these sort of diagnosis. I have both adhd and bipolar disorder as well and take several drugs. It's all about finding the right combo that works for your son. I wouldn't suggest tampering with his current combo if it's working for him. Although clonipin lithium and abilify are three medications which treat mania. And both lexapro and lithium will treat the depressive phase. Again it depends on the severity but some of these meds are redundent. Klonopin is also typically used for anxiety not bipolar disorder although it will work to control mania. Klonopin is something i take myself but i would be reluctant to give it to a child unless everything else failed because it can be quite addictive. If your son suffers from anxiety their is a bipolar med called Valporate that works on the same chemical in the brain as klonopin but it is not addictive. Also straterra affects the neurotransmitter norepinehrine and lexapro affects serotonin. Their are a class of drugs called SNRI (serotonin norepinehrine reuptake inhibitors) that affect both. Some examples of which are Effexor XR and Cymblata. If he took one of them he wouldn't need to take 2 pills and could just take one. Like i said before it all depends on his individual response and possible adverse reactions to the meds. But always get a second or even third opinion.

Karan New Jersey


Will Lexapro help OCD symptoms?

well, i used to take lexapro, because i have OCD, now i am on zoloft. but, if you really want to know if lexapro will help, ask your doctor.



What supplements can you take for fatigue and anxiety for lexapro withdrawal?

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Medication and Alcohol Interactions

Can you drink alcohol while taking primaquine?

I have been on Lexapro for 6 months (10mg). I have drank alcohol on Lexapro and usually doesn't effect me until the day after and the day after that. Night sweats, insomnia and rapid fire (out of control heart beat) are the worst part. Less drastic was the anxiety that returned which is why i was taking Lexapro in the first place. I am now getting off the drug. The sexual side effects are the main reason I am stopping this drug. I had rather have anxiety then be a sexual gimp.

Conditions and Diseases
Medication and Drugs

Can taking lexapro cause high blood pressure?

My son died July of 2007. I was prescribed Lexapro 10mg by my physician. The first night I took a pill, I could not sleep and my blood pressure was elevated. I called my doctor and he tried to say that it was not the Lexapro but as soon as I stopped taking it my pressure went back to normal. Please know that I have had high blood pressure for 10 years and am well aware of when there is suddenly a difference. I was very disappointed in my doctor and am considering changing him. The same doctor prescribed my husband Lexapro a month later and his blood pressure also went up. He stopped taking it and his blood pressure went right back to normal. He called the same doctor and once again he said he doubted that it was the Lexapro that raised his blood pressure.

Medication and Drugs

Does taking Lexapro make you sleepy?

Oh yea!! I worked really good but it made me sleepy, I could have slept all day if I had the oppourtunity. I was having panic attacks in my sleep which would case me to wake up constantly and then I would get depressed from the lack of sleep, so the being sleepy on the Lexapro did not bother me because I was finally able to sleep. Try taking it at night before you go to sleep. That might help because if you take it in the morning, it will make you tired all day, but if you take it at night you might sleep off the tired feeling and have more energy in the day. Also, when I weaned off the Lexapro, I took me about a month and a half and I had no side effects during the weaning process. Just don't stop cold turkey. If or when you try to wean off, I can give some good pointers on the process.

Medication and Drugs

Can Lexapro cause memory loss?

I took Lexapro for 5 years, and I see improvement after two months of reception, is now moving away from this drug. I recommend to take a long time, but gradually abolish! The preparation is simple and safe to use!

In memory of medicine is not affected! www. pharma-vlad .com -special site all about lexapro from doctor!

The Difference Between

What is the difference between causes and effects?

Cause is why it happens and effect is the end result of it.

Medication and Drugs
Wellbutrin and Zyban

Does Wellbutrin help get off the weight that was gained on Lexapro and does Wellbutrin help with feelings of sadness and crying?

This is the second part to the answer-- Yes you can take wellbutrin to help lose weight from Lexapro-- I gain 25lbs on LEX and even more when i stopped take it-- so far after a year and 1/2 i have lost 20 pounds with NO exercise at all, it really helped with my depression too. Only set back you have to take name brand wellbutrin, the other stuff is crap and crazy side effects and the other set back is its expesive as HELL but my insursance covered it an i pay $ 50 each month w/out insurance 303.99. GOOD LUCK dont give up.

Try natural before drugs because you don't know all the side effects of the drugs - not even the drug company knows the full effect of their own drug. My suggestion for depression is St. Johns Wort or SAM-e (if you can afford it). For weight loss, there are plenty of diet pills that work, but there is no true substitute for good diet and exercise. I found that exersise in the morning makes me feel good throughout the day, it is a natural mood lift.

I take Wellbutrin for Bipolar II Disorder along with Abilify. I am currently at 300mg of Wellbutrin and I love it. I am used to getting severely depressed and having bouts of hypo mania. When on this drug, I feel there is a cap to the "low" my body will allow me to go and when I have hypo mania, I don't go as "high". What I like about this drug, is the fact that my sexual drive isn't impeded on and since I'm a smoker, my cravings are almost completely gone. It is also helping me with weight loss. I'm still allowed to have feelings and don't feel like someone put a cork on the dam of my emotions, I'm me, just a less emotional swinging pendulum version.


What medication pill is equal to Lexapro?

There is not yet a generic for this drug. It should be generic around November 2011.

Head, Ears, and Nose

How can you stop dizziness?

I am really sorry you are having these problems. I hope you are ok and everything is fine with baby. You need to look after yourself and not worry too much about driving or working for the time being,if you can. your blood preasure may be a little low or it may be because of the sickness. either way dont push your self too much take things easy and you will have a fantastic pregnancy. good luck sweet heart.

eating lime usually stop dizziness and laying down..but usually eatin lime stop dizziness and stomach pains. You should drink more water and maybe you're having issues with your iron, so you can take pills for that

Medication and Drugs

What side effects can occur if you drink alcohol with lexapro?

Lexapro is an ANTIDEPRESSENT. Alcohol is a DEPRESSENT. Therefor, the Lexapro may not work as intended when mixed with alcohol. ALSO any medicaton you take passes through your liver, as does alcohol. So in the long run, you could "overwork" your liver and cause liver problems. Ask your prescribing physician or if you are uncomfortable doing that, next time you pick up your prescription, ask the pharmacist about special precautions. They are pretty knowledgeable.

3rd party edit: Not the same kind of depression. The opposite of a depressant is a stimulant, which lexapro is not. The liver thing is true though. Also, my personal experience is that I get drunk faster while on Lexapro.

AnswerIn addition to the above, from my experience even small amounts of alcohol consumed while on Lexapro made me feel "weird" in a nonspecific but very disconcerting way. It would produce a moderate anxiety and lightheadedness. I could best describe it as being similar to a bad hangover minus the nausea. While some people are apparently able to drink while taking it, there's a good reason the pharmacy puts one of those "do not drink alcohol" warnings on this stuff.
Medication and Drugs
Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Is Lexapro a successful treatment for either bipolar II or depression?

Hi there

Lexapro is a fairly good drug, but like most there is not 100% accuracy. Also, while dealing with bipolar there is usually what they call a "cocktail" meaning trial and error of several medications and perhaps being on more than one medication to balance the brain chemistry.

I suffered from panic attacks, Agoraphobia and then depression during the 70's and my doctor put me on "Amitriptyline" which worked wonders for me. The biggest complaint of SSRI's (for depression) is weight gain, but I managed to control my weight by watching what I ate and exercising as well as drinking 8 -10 glasses of water a day.

If you would like more answers and more research done on this please email me and I would be happy to give you more information.


AnswerHi, Last year I went through a traumatic experience that led to depression. My psychologist diagnosed me as moderately depressed. When I asked my psychologist about an anti-depressant, he said it would help take care of my depression symptoms (apethy, lethargy, hopelessness) so that I could focus on addressing the areas in my life that needed to be healed. I chose lexapro because my doctor explained all of the SSRIs to me and thought 10 mg of lexapro would suit me. She told me however, that trying out any drug is like an experiment. Some people get a good fit on their first drug, some need to try 3 or 4. I started on 5 mg of lexapro and my sister thought I was acting like my old self within a few days. I have been on 10 mg of the drug for 1 year without any problems. Unlike most people, I have lost 15 pounds on this drug. I used to be an emotional eater, and I think this drug helped me eat only when I was hungry. I have been very grateful for how this drug has helped me through depression. However, I see drugs as only part of my depression treatment. I see a psychologist every few weeks just to talk, I have a family and boyfriend who are patient and understanding of my healing process, and my personal relationship with God has been foundational in my progress. AnswerSSRIs (such as Lexapro) can induce mania when used alone in a person with bipolar disorder. Normally, a psychiatrist will only prescribe an SSRI along with a mood stabilizer (Lithium, Depakote) for one with bipolar disorder. You can learn more about this at one of many psych health educational sites: NAMI.org, psycheducation.org etc. Google's health directory can give you more sites to consult. AnswerI've been on Lexapro for depression (not alcohol abuse) fora little over a month. It hasn't seemed to do much so I've had my dosage increased. It still has not seemed to do much.

The way it was explained to me by my Dr. is that Lexapro isn't mood-altering. It simply maintains your seratonin levels so that you don't get rock bottom depressed or stay there.

I'm starting to wonder, however, if this isn't the drug for me or if I'm treatment-resistant.

AnswerI took Lexapro for a couple of years for depression/ Bipolar II which is bipolar without the manic side. So you don't neccessarily need a mood stabilizer. Lexapro at 40mg worked for about a year for me then it stopped working so to me it is not the best maintenance anti-depressant. It did not change my personality but it did help me deal with things a bit easier and I had a hard time being able to cry. Stange, anyways, I am now on Effexor XR 150mg and after about 3 months I felt great. Its been about 5 months or so and I do get some panic/anxiety attacks which a ward off with an occassional Klonopin 0.5mg. My husband says the combination works great for me. Everyone is different, all meds effect everyone differently, so its a trial and error game. It takes patience and the will to not give up too soon on a med before it has a chnce to work fully.

Please don't give up, everything takes time. It's hard to be patient but in the end it will pay off.

Good Luck!!


I took Lexapro and WellbutrinXL for depression for 4 years and began "rapid cycling" into depressive episodes. My psychiatrist added Lamictal, a drug for Bipolar II. I've been amazingly stable for the last 1-1/2 years and so my doctor is letting me slowly stop taking the Lexapro and WellbutrinXL - and yes, I'm having the awful physical withdrawal symptoms, but not the emotional ones. We're going to see if the Lamictal by itself is sufficient. If so, it's worth it all.


My personal experience has been that it has worked fantastically for me. I have had everything and took this as something that was only supposed to work for the prevention of bottoming out. I'm "rapid cycles" type (often misdiagnosed as scizos because people leave out the things that we DO NOT share when our illnesses are not properly medicated) and I notice that finding the correct medicine is a matter of "personality" not diagnois. All of us have seen medicine that works great for someone else; we try it and..... nothing. After going through that time and time again you begin to lose faith in the Pharms' to make anything to help and that you'll be stuck down this hole the rest you life because what you've taken in the past has never gotten you to where you were before your illness reared its ugly head in your life. DON'T GIVE UP!!! Keep trying everything, even the drugs you've been told won't work for your affiction.

E-Mail me at: tpm4063015@yahoo.com There has got to be an answer. Best of luck.


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