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Prescribed escitalopram

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I have been prescribed escitalopram but have not been guided by my GP about the correct dosage to take. I am taking 10mg per day and have had a bit of an improvement after 5 weeks but the GP says t s up to me whether I increase the dosage. Should I increase it to 15mg for one week and then ncrease it to 20mg


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replied August 24th, 2010
Depression Answer A15581
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the dosing of escitalopram.
The usual starting dose of escitalopram is 10 mg once daily in the morning or evening. The dose may be increased to 20 mg once daily after 1 week. Benefit may not be seen until treatment has been given for up to 4 weeks. A daily dose of 20 mg may not be anymore effective than 10 mg daily for treatment of depression.
You can consult your personal physician for more information and advice.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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