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Dr. Goldberg: missing a dose of Lexapro
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midge6869 posted:
Dr. Goldber, I take 10 mg of Lexapro at dinnertime. I missed my doses (didnt have them in my pill reminder box) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Noticed Thursday evening (Thanksgiving) and took it then. I've been experiencing the withdrawal symptoms, brain zaps (not too bad), really bad headache, nausea and dizziness. I was wondering how long this might last. Also, since I missed 3 days, will it be like starting over and taking a couple of weeks to take effect? Thank you.
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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Dear mdge6869,

Resuming the Lexapro should eliminate the discontinuation symptoms within a day or two. Lexapro lasts in your system at least 5 days so missing just a few days shouldn't have any long-term consequences.

Dr. G.
 
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midge6869 replied to Joseph F Goldberg, MD's response:
Thank you Dr. Goldberg.


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