That is quite high for a starting dose. In fact I think 20mg is the max recommended for anyone taking lexapro. I'm 26,190 and gradually had to go from 10 to 20mg for depression and anxiety. I'm guessing this is what he's being treated for. Starting at such a high dose could possibly do more harm than good. What symptoms did he exhibit before starting meds?
Why dont you yourself take your little boy out somewhere like the zoo and spend the day talking. Make him laugh,spoil him rotten and find out what is bothering him and why he feels depressed. You are his mum and you know him best. Having some psychiatrist tell him he has a mental disorder is all he needs right now. Tell him its ok to feel sad sometimes and that you love him no matter what..Antidepressants are not suitable for a 10yr old
lexapro is just the newer version of, i believe celexa, check w/ ur nephew.
but it is a newer version odf one of the ssri's. Like Pristique for Effexor
i would not recommend it 4 a 10 yr. old. i don't know his prognosis/diagnosis, but, although, the PDR (physcians desk referrence) will say there is efficay in 4 for that age i'm more prudent in a world were pharmacuticles lobby congress to oppose genetic egineering (some jump on board) along w/ the religious right that retards our development as a species.
but i digress... u should look 4 an alternative... again i don't know his condition.
in about 5 yrs. or more there will be, (there was SSRI-THEN -SSNRI.[ selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, and selective seretonin norepenephrine re-uptake inhibitor respectively), next SSNDRI's (selective serotonin norepenephrine dopamine re-uptake inhibitor. Wellbutrin is the closest to ssndri as well as another anti-depressant/ addhd like Straterra.
u see where this is going. we went from old school meds like the ones above = to tricyclics and so on. while it might help a few large majority it is ineffective and have (-) side effects i.e. zoloft has a tendency to amp u up, or increase anxiety, wieght loss so forth= needless. then they combat that w/ another med to mitagate it.
the western way take a pill and it goes away. personally i find xanax (despite its reputation) is effective [all benzodiazepines are, simply they work!!! ]
off-label use is for depression w/ xanax, among other benzos.
But i'm quite + that ur nephew will disagree. and i also DO NOT RECOMMEND GIVING TO A 10 yr. old!!!
hope this helps. joey
ps. ur the 2nd person i really ever gave advice to, mostly i delete the email.
best wishes and happy mother's/father's day.
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