I'D LIKE TO TAKE MY LEXAPRO 10MG PILL BROKEN INTO TWO DOSES DAILY. AROUND 4:00PM & 4:AM. THAT IS WHAT I'D PREFER. I HAVEN'T TAKEN THIS DRUG 4 AWHILE AS I WAS TRYING TO JUST TUFF IT OUT & DEAL WITH THINGS W/O SOME PRESCRIPTION HELP. NOW AFTER A MONTH WITH ME BEING AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT & WAKING UP AFRAID 4 NO REASON AT ALL, I HAVE TO GET BACK ON THE MEDICINE. THE LAST TIME I STARTED OVER AGAIN MY PSYCHIATRIST TOLD ME TO TAKE 5MG 4 A WEEK & THEN BUMP IT UP TO 10MG FROM THEN ON.NOW, EVERY OTHER DAY OR SO I WAKE UP ALL OF A SUDDEN AFTER MAYBE ONLY AN HOUR DEATHLY AFRAID 4 NO REASON. I ALWAYS CHECK MY PULSE & MOST OF THE TIME IT IS NOT RACING. SO AGAIN I ASK SINCE THE TOTAL DOSE IS 10 I WANT TO TAKE 1/2 THIS DOSE TWICE DAILY?
Hello ! Thank you for your question, I’m Dr. Vikas (M.D Psychiatry) and I’ll try to help you today.
The usual dose range of Lexapro is from 10-20 mg per day.
In patients who are able to tolerate it, we usually start it with 10 mg per day.
But in those patients who are very sensitive to side effects, the starting dose can be 5 mg per day for 3-5 days followed by increasing it to 10 mg per day.
So, you can try this method also.
Provided, you are able to tolerate 10mg per day from the very first day, there is no harm also in taking 5 mg twice a day in my view.
THANX 4 THE RESPONSE. HOW WOULD I KNOW IF I AM SENSITIVE TO SIDE EFFECTS? AFTER TAKING THE MEDICATION I DO GET DROWSY AS EXPECTED. THE SEXUAL SIDE EFFECTS R THE ONLY ONES I REMEMBER. DIARRHEA-MAYBE? DRY MOUTH OF COURSE. I'M TAKING U MEAN IF I CAN HANDLE THE 5MG WITH NO PROBLEMS THEN GO THE 10MG TWICE DAILY? R. FEE
I WOULD NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT SIDE EFFECTS
WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE/NORMAL & NOT TO WORRY ABOUT.
I MOST DEFINITELY WILL.