my doctor put me on 20 mg of Lexapro for the first time and I only took it one day and made me so sick I felt like I was dying I had all the side effects..how long before I feel normal..help help
I'm surprised that you started at 20mgs as the recommended initial and maintenance dose is 10mg/day. Some doctors will even start at 5mg initially so that your metabolism can adjust more smoothly to the medication.
Lexapro has a very long half life so depending on your system it could take a week or more for the last miniscule amounts of the drug to be eliminated, but the small amounts left after a few days shouldn't cause terrible side effects.
You should probably talk to your health care provider and describe to her/him what your side effects were and whether or not you should start over with a smaller dose.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better quickly!
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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