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I am prescribed 20 mg of lexapro per day but took 3 today so

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I am prescribed 20 mg of lexapro per day but took 3 today so that's 60 mg. am I okay?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Yes you should be fine.

Taking 60 mg a day should not be a problem.

I would, however, recommend taking only the prescribed dose as increased dose will predispose you to side effects.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


the maximum dose is 20 mg.

Extra doses probably, probably will not be a problem, but increase your risk of side effects.

It also depends on when you started this drug. This much early on can have a bigger chance of not being tolerated. Some side effects in younger people can be problematic.


a. Call your doctor.

b. If you have any symptoms go in.

Can you tell me how and why you took the extra doses?

That would help be give you a better answer.

I am doctor thomas, double board certified US doctor.

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Let me know if you have more information or questions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I thought that taking more would help me sleep and I was having an anxiety attack and thought I needed more than 20 mg to help. I'm 17 so is that at the age where it could be problematic? I don't feel good this morning but haven't thrown up or anything
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

You will probably be OK

You need to talk to your doctor today.

This medication does not work that way.

It works over time.

You need a different medication along with it, temporarily, for anxiety attacks.

If you can't contact your doctor you can go to urgent care.

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