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Can i just stop taking lexapro after 3 days? The insomnia is…

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Can i just stop taking lexapro after 3 days? The insomnia is too much.
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Dr. Z
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This website DOES NOT constitute treatment and only provides information and advice. For treatment (therapy and/or medications) you must go to a licensed professional in your area

Dr. Z :

Hello I believe I may be able to help you with your concern

Dr. Z :

If you have only been on the medication for 3 days then it is permissible to stop the medication right now with no risk for adverse effects

Dr. Z :

I would recommend though that instead of doing that you talk to your prescribing physician to either lower the dose of your Lexapro or to add a sleep aid medication to your treatment.

Dr. Z :

The insomnia related to Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants is common and usually only temporary as your body adjusts to the medication

Dr. Z :

But if you stop the Lexapro after only taking it for 3 days is not going to cause you harm as it takes weeks for the Lexapro to reach therapeutic levels

Customer: Would taking it in the morning help?
Dr. Z :

Yes, actually Lexapro should always be taken in the morning initially because of the insomnia issue. That should have been on the prescription instructions from your doctor. If he/she told you to take it at night that was an oversight

Customer: It just said once per day. So if I took it last night, I can starting it in the am now.
Dr. Z :

You may still get insomnia taking it in the morning, but like I said that adverse effect is typically temporary and goes away after a few weeks as your body adjusts to the medication

Dr. Z :

Since you took it last night, it would be better to wait a day and then resume the Lexapro tomorrow morning

Dr. Z :

Give your body a day of rest

Customer: Ok. I need to decide if I can function with the lack of sleep. Or just deal with the anxiety
Dr. Z :

If the insomnia continues, you can ask your doctor for a prescription for a Non-Addictive sleep aid medication like a low dose of Trazodone to help you sleep. The insomnia issue related to Lexapro and other SSRI antidepressants is usually never permanent

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