is my Lexapro dosage high?? Plz help

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   Posted 5/17/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
This is my 1st post on here. I have had panic attacks for years and my Lex dosage is up to 70mg. Is there ANYONE who takes this high of a dose?? If so, please contact me on here.

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   Posted 5/17/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...the recommended daily start up dosage for Lexapro is between 10-20mgs.  I know these drugs 'poop out' after several years and the dosage is either increased or substituted with another SSRI.  70mgs seems kind of high to me but I'm no doctor.  If it isn't helping you or making you feel worse, I think you should speak to your physican about it.  Sorry I can't be of more help...I was only on 10mgs.


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   Posted 5/17/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
i think you should ask yr doc
or if u have good rapport with pharmacist ask there too
im sure someone can answer this but ive never been on that med

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   Posted 5/17/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I am on the same medication and my understanding is 20mg is the maximum dose.

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   Posted 5/17/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome. I have read of people taking Lexapro at 30 and 40 mg but not 70 mg. Please do check with your Doctor about this high dose.

Perhaps changing to a different SSRI might be a better choice for you but please do advocate for yourself and talk with your Doctor about the issue.

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   Posted 5/18/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Thank you for such warm welcomes! It makes me feel reeeally good :)
Yeah- my psychiatrist says all mental docs push meds up to triple the therapeutic dose for effect. He was like, "Regular general doctors don't dare to push that high, but psychiatrists always do that."
As an aside- I went totally COLD TURKEY off of xanax in Jan. because my doc is sooooooo anti-xanax and it is like pulling teeth to get it from him. ( I was once addicted to it and bought loads of it via the internet and make the mistake of telling him this <--yeah dumb huh). It was the freakiest, hardest thing to do- the 1st initial days were intense. But I did it! Not to say i dont still have the urge to munch one now and then. Anyone care to share withdrawal symptoms from xanax??
Guess i just babbled above  ;)
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