Lexapro is a fairly strong antidepressant on the market; it's used mainly to deal with depression and anxiety attacks. As such, it does not require a high dosage in order to work; in fact, too high of dosages leads to serious side effects and other problems. Lexapro is often chosen by doctors and users however because it is easy to use; the standard dosage tends to work across the board and for a long period of time.
How many different sizes of dosages are there available for Lexapro? There are three dosage sizes of Lexapro: 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg. The standard dosage is ten milligrams; however, your dosage may be changed depending on your circumstances. You might be started at five milligrams if you are suffering from severe anxiety attacks (because Lexapro can increase feelings of anxiety as a side effect) or if you are older and/or suffering from other conditions that could have medications of their own which would interact badly with Lexapro. For example, if you have liver problems, you will be limited to a maximum of 10 mg/day since a higher dosage will damage your liver further. Conversely, you may start at ten milligrams and be moved to twenty after a week or two if the normal dosage isn't helping your depression. Most people start at ten milligrams and stay there, only having their dosage lowered or raised if they need to. Ten milligrams is also the maintenance dosage; that is, the dosage used if someone suffers from more occasional bouts of serious depression. If you're not feeling better soon after taking your dosage, don't immediately ask for a stronger dose; it can take four to six weeks for the full effects to kick in. Lexapro only has to be taken once per day at any time in the day, though you should take it at the same time every day so that you don't get uneven drug levels, and can be taken with or without food. If this drug makes you feel drowsy, take it before bed; if it makes you feel more awake, take it in the morning.
To prevent any possible problems, the following tips should be considered when taking Lexapro. Don't change the dosing instructions you have been given without your doctor's permission as changing the dosage damages you and makes the medication less effective. Lowering your dosage makes it less effective and increasing it leads to dangerous side effects, so never change your dosing instructions unless told to do so by your doctor. However, always tell your doctor if you are experiencing side effects that aren't getting better or even getting worse as your dosage may have to be adjusted in order to get rid of the side effects. Conversely, tell your doctor if after several weeks you're still feeling depressed. Either scenario means that your dosage has to be changed and you should have your doctor decide that, not you.
Lexapro is a highly effective antidepressant and as such, must be treated with care and caution when using it. Pay attention to your dosing instructions and never take more or less than you are prescribed. At the same time, pay attention to your body and make sure that the dose you're taking is working for you; if not, tell your doctor and get it adjusted accordingly. Some common sense is all that you need in order to make this drug as safe and effective as possible so you can get on with your life again and recover quickly.