I often get the question - What is the best time to take Lexapro? There really isn’t a “best time” to take it as long as it is taken around the same time every day. So, pick a time that is most convenient to you.
When would you remember to take it more easily? In the morning after breakfast? Or, in the evening before bed time? Whatever you chose, stick with it so that you get the best effects of taking the medication. However, there are some things that need to be taken into consideration before you decide when to take it.
This medication comes in a liquid form and tablet form so choose the form that is easiest for you to take. I know many people who can't swallow a pill. So, it's good that this comes in the liquid form as well. While the Lexapro dosage depends on what you are being treated for as well as your age, etc. the most common dosage is 10 mg per day - however not more than 20 mg per day. If you are elderly then your physician will probably have you on 10 mg per day.
Also, it doesn’t matter if you take it with food or not. Either way, the effectiveness of the drug will not be impacted. So, it comes down to personal preference. This is good as it will give you more flexibility. However, it also depends on the Lexapro side effects you experience.
If, after taking it, you tend to get nauseous then take it with food. If you tend to get sleepy or drowsy then do not take it before you drive a vehicle or at times when you need to be alert. Instead, consider taking it before you go to sleep at night.
Do you drink alcohol at all? If you do, then what is the the best time to take Lexapro? At times when you are least likely to drink. And, if you do drink, drink it in moderation because alcohol and Lexapro are not the best of friends.
What is the best time to take Lexapro if you’re pregnant? Lexapro and pregnancy are not the best of friends either, in particular during the third trimester. It really should not be taken during pregnancy or nursing. In both cases, the medication will get to your baby and can have adverse effects.
Also, it does take a few weeks to start feeling the full effects of the drug. So don't get discouraged if you don't feel better right away. Be patient and give it so me time. You will feel better in no time!
Interactions with Other Anti-depressants
Also, it is best to avoid Lexapro medication if you are taking things like aspirin, any other SSRI’s, MAOI’s, SNRI’s and even Tryptophan. In the case of MAOI's, it is really important not to take an SSRI within 14 days of an MAOI in order to avoid serious, sometimes fatal, side effects.
Also, do some research regarding the Lexapro side effects so you know if this is right for you. Particularly if you enjoy sex because there are several Lexapro sexual side effects such as inhibited libido, delayed ejaculation, and having trouble with orgasms.
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