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    Should I start off taking only 5mg of my Escitalopram?

    First time taking an anti anxiety med and was wondering if I should cut the pill in half and start slow. Or just take the 10mg that was prescribed starting out? What do you guys suggest?
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    Re: Should I start off taking only 5mg of my Escitalopram?

    Hey did you discuss with your GP?
    I guess it depends how sensitive you are to meds.
    Iím extremely sensitive.
    I came off Escitalopram in Feb after being on them 13ish years 5mg but my anxiety got so bad I restarted them back in June. I didnít start with 5mg though. I actually started by taking the most smallest amount and eventually increased it. Though Iím still not taking 5mg a day Iím taking just under 2.5mg. Silly really as Iím doing myself no favours but I do feel better than I did

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    Re: Should I start off taking only 5mg of my Escitalopram?

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaGirl View Post
    First time taking an anti anxiety med and was wondering if I should cut the pill in half and start slow. Or just take the 10mg that was prescribed starting out? What do you guys suggest?
    I did 5 for 2 weeks then went up to 10 where I stayed for 5 yrs before coming off them.
    Minimal side effects so it worked out OK
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    Re: Should I start off taking only 5mg of my Escitalopram?

    I did for maybe 6 weeks? Then went up to 7.5 ish, then 10, now 15, and contemplating going to 20. I've been on it since late May. Before that, I was on 40 mg of Citalopram for 5 years.

    It probably will lessen your side effects if you start low. The downside, is it will take longer for you to get to your ideal dosage.

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