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Lexapro (escitalopram)

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Lexapro®

Generic Name: Escitalopram ess-sit-AL-oh-pram

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI

 

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Description
Lexapro is an antidepressant medication called a selective serotonine reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Lexapro is used to treat depression and anxiety. It is also approved for the treatment of depression in teenagers and children.

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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unitedlee58
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Registered: November 2014
Location: Ft. Myers, Fl.
Posts: 2
Tue November 18, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.25| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: SATBILITY
CONS: 0

IVE BEEN USING LEXAPRO FOR YEARS WITH POSITIVE RESULTS.

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persephone325
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Registered: January 2011
Location: Delaware
Posts: 12
Sun October 12, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Does what it is supposed to do
CONS: Terrible side-effects that outweigh the benefits of taking it

I was on this medication for three days. I couldn't handle the side effects. I was up all night with severe nausea, chills, restless legs, and was just very uncomfortable overall. I was on the lowest possible dose, as well. This medication isn't best for everyone.

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Jinxx_
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Registered: August 2014
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 8
Fri August 8, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $4.16| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Weight loss, higher mood
CONS: no appetite, fatigue

started at 5mg the first week, no appetite, tired and constantly yawning. bumped up to 10mg second week, felt good. lost weight which is a plus since i am fat.

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ScarletPimpernel
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Registered: November 2013
Location: CA
Posts: 1193
Sat June 21, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helped my depression
CONS: None

Pdoc switched me from Prozac to Lexapro, and quickly increased the dose. Have had no side effects, and my depression has stabilized.

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mrs.lovett
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Registered: April 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 5
Sat April 26, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: no pros
CONS: no libido + withdrawal symptoms

This medication did nothing for me, except the lowered libido (no libido at all). Also, withdrawing this medication is a real hell: dizziness, nausea, irritability, out of balance, hard time falling asleep... Plus it is very expensive ($70 +tax). I am so glad that I am not talking this anymore. It did not helped me.

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GaSusan
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Georgia
Posts: 37
Tue February 18, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: helped a little with depression
CONS: withdrawal symptoms from hell

will never take it again

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riksie-dixie
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 88
Wed January 22, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: No Side Effects
CONS: Didn't Work, Withdrawal Symptoms

I took it for anxiety and it never really benefited me. I've been on it twice and it didn't work either times. The withdrawal symptoms were a pain, so I had to wean myself off. No side effects for me otherwise.

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326engr
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Registered: November 2011
Location: Southeast U.S.A.
Posts: 5
Wed October 9, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: No side effects
CONS: Did not work for me

Did not work, tried pristiq which did work

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Colorsoftherainbow
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Registered: August 2013
Posts: 11
Sun August 25, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: It took away my inability to talk to people, being on it I'm able to carry on a conversation
CONS: It makes me feel like not doing anything

I have been on this medication for about 4 years, It really helped with my anxiety when talking to people, also general anxiety. I have not noticed it helping with depression. But that could be that I didnt feel all the anxiety of everyday life that I felt better. Its much easier for me to be around people and socialize. However I'm really depressed.

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AmityAffliction
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Registered: July 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 2
Sun July 28, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: I feel less down, majority of the time.
CONS: Nausea, Drowsiness, Irritability.

It causes me get very easily irritable, and it tends to make me lash out. I have more severe depressive plunges, but not often. First few weeks I was so tired I couldn't get out of bed. I'm on my 5th week and I still feel fairly tired and I usually get nauseous. The only positive aspect is that I don't feel as down as I would usually, but it doesn't make too much difference.

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AmityAffliction
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Registered: July 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 2
Sun July 28, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: I feel less down, majority of the time.
CONS: Nausea, Drowsiness, Irritability.

It causes me get very easily irritable, and it tends to make me lash out. I have more severe depressive plunges, but not often. First few weeks I was so tired I couldn't get out of bed. I'm on my 5th week and I still feel fairly tired and I usually get nauseous. The only positive aspect is that I don't feel as down as I would usually, but it doesn't make too much difference.

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BadWolf
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Registered: June 2013
Posts: 163
Sun June 30, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $275.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: so tired i couldnt take it
CONS:

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bugs on a swing
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Registered: April 2012
Posts: 4
Fri May 10, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $186.95| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: worked well the 5 mills
CONS: two expenive if you cannot swallow pills, 10 mills too much made me lathargic

two expensive for the liguid 10 mills too much 5mills okay starting the generic pill later we shall see. how it works.

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rainboots87
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Registered: March 2012
Location: usa
Posts: 505
Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: eliminates anxiety, greatly alleviates depression
CONS: sleepiness

The generic is fabulous for my anxiety and depression. The only issue I have is sleepiness (although the brand name gave me insomnia), so I've been trying it out at different times of day to find a way that doesn't make me quite so sleepy during the day. This is the best med I've tried, so I really hope to make it work.

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notALICE
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Registered: March 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 315
Wed May 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Put me into acute mania

This may be a very good medication for depression alone. I was treated with Lexepro after being misdiagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Contraindicated for treatment alone for people with Bipolar Disorder, which is my correct diagnosis, discovered after taking this medication.

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RattledPan
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Registered: July 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5
Sat August 25, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: really helped control swings in anxiety and depression and brought both down a lot
CONS: a really wild ride in the beginning

I felt like I was riding a rocket without a guidance system in beginning, but once that calmed down it has been a wonderful basis for my cocktail. I did have pretty nasty headaches in the beginning, but I find that with about all of my medications in the beginning. I have been on a 20mg from the beginning and have been with it for about four months. It has been very helpful and shows no sign of decreased efficacy.

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CastlesInTheAir
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Registered: February 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3284
Thu February 9, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: has helped me focus and has helped depression, anxiety, panic attacks
CONS: fet really really really sick for 2 weeks

The first two weeks of taking this I felt completely out of it and sick as a dog. I noticed a difference after those two side effects went away. I felt less depressed,I could focus, less anxiety. Over all I feel ok!~

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LovingLeia2012
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Registered: January 2012
Location: Washington State
Posts: 11
Thu January 5, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Makes my mood more stable.
CONS: Weight gain.

Ive been taking it since February.... Its been the best medicine that I have tried.

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ost324
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Registered: February 2011
Location: US
Posts: 7
Mon October 10, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none!
CONS: horrible side-effects

Horrible side-effects on low dose for me- including anger explosion, suicidal thoughts, racing thoughts. Stopped taking after only 4 days because these were so bad.

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Lisa M
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Registered: June 2011
Posts: 1
Mon June 13, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: addressed my sexual fetish
CONS: causes lack of focus, sleepiness, lack of motivation

This happened really unexpectedly: while I do have a harder time achieving orgasm on Lexapro, it treats my fetish. I usually need to fantasize very precisely about or see images of my fetish to have an orgasm and it often detracts from being with my partner, but on Lexapro I am aroused by a range of sexual stimuli. It's really pretty amazing and strangely wonderful not to be bound by that fetish that I have hated my entire life. What sucks, however, is that on all other ADs, I am usually really "on", remember things well and function at a high level intellectually. On Lexapro, I have a hard time focusing, I loose my train of thought, and I generally feel out of it. So perhaps, combining Lexapro with Wellbturin might be the answer for me.

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saphirrain
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Registered: June 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 26
Sun June 5, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: works pretty well
CONS: activating

overall a good drug

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vmars
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Registered: April 2011
Posts: 2
Wed April 20, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: None
CONS: It made my depression and OCD worse.

I hated it.

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boccodog
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Registered: March 2011
Posts: 1
Fri March 4, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: no side effects, works quickly
CONS: none

first AD i've tried. Hit bottom and had major depression and GAD...couldn't leave the house, suicidal thoughts, felt like I was in hell! Prescribed Lex by psych, started at 5mg for 3 days, then up to 10mg. 6 weeks in, and it's working great for me! Felt a change in the first week, and just kept getting better; on week 6 now and I feel like I have my life back. A true game-saver and life-saver for me!!

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Lizabelle
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Registered: November 2010
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 2002
Thu March 3, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: It helps control bipolar and depression.
CONS: The side effects are awful and very potent.

When I started out on it, there weren't any side effects, but it didn't help my bipolar either. Then after about 4 weeks, it started making me very, very sleepy, to where I would fall asleep at school, in the shower, all sorts of awkward places. And it also made me very hungry, to where I couldn't control my eating. At one point I gained 10 pounds in one month from it. It never really helped my bipolar at all, and the side effects made it even less worth it to take the medicine.

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annabelle_01
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Registered: October 2010
Posts: 1
Sun October 10, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS: insomnia, suicidal thoughts, major anxiety

The first night I took it, I wanted to kill myself. I could't sleep. I wanted to tear my skin off. After a few days I was okay. Of course, I was only on it for a short time. Didn't help at all much. I felt so out of sync.

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angiepangie
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Registered: April 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 1
Fri April 23, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: everything

My Mother committed suicide on this medication. I was prescribed it before this happened to my mother and I attempted suicide. I did not know my Mother was taking it. I don't know why a doctor would prescribe someone diagnosed with bi-polar lexapro. Also. while I was taking it my mood, depression, just everything was terrible. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone!

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4alleternity
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Registered: February 2010
Fri February 26, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: helps mood swings
CONS: headaches, nausea

I have taken lexapro for a long while now and it helps with my moods and stuff but it gives me a headache sometimes after i take it. I get nausea sometimes even if i eat before i take it.

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englishrose57
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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 12
Fri December 4, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: I really like lexapro, together with geodon - it makes my world better
CONS: none

It has always pulled me out of the abyss and made the world a much finer place

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ledu
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Registered: October 2009
Wed October 14, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: none that I noticed
CONS: completely took away my ability to achieve orgasm with very first dose, sleepiness

Started on 10mg dose. I am having difficulty rating the product overall because it may have worked, but I only took it for 6 days. With the very first dose, I was completely unable to have orgasms (no matter what). I never had trouble with this before. I was also very sleepy - felt as if I'd taken a sedative. I never even got to the point where it may have helped my depression. The orgasm issue (for women) is apparently very rare, but, lucky me, I had it happen and ever since I went off of it the orgasms I do manage to have are MUCH weaker (about 1/2 the intensity, if that). It may have ruined me forever. No thanks!

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sneschalmers
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Registered: October 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 54
Sat October 10, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: It is very effective for both depression and anxiety
CONS: It's expensive since there's no generic version

It works well and I've had no side effects with it

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glindanorth
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Registered: August 2008
Fri August 14, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $70.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none for me
CONS: anxiety, irritability, BP mixed state, horrible withdrawl

Lexapro never helped my depression, and I took it for one year. I had no idea I had bipolar disorder until I took Lexapro and it eventually sent me spinning off into a severe, prolonged mixed state. When it was time to discontinue, I got very sick with nausea, headaches, increased anxiety, sweating, and "brain zaps" that seemed to shock my brain every few seconds--for weeks.

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thinker22
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Registered: June 2009
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2113
Tue July 7, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: None for me
CONS: Made me tired, irritable, and weak

Made me tired, irritable, and weak. Did not improve depression.

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bluejohn
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Registered: June 2009
Posts: 10
Fri June 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: quiet effective
CONS: causes extreme drowsiness; excessive sleepiness

escitalopram proved very effective in controlling depression, although depression does return occasionally for brief periods.however, a bizarre side effect: extreme and excessive sleep . i needed sleep for 12 hours and even then would feel slepy during the day. now I am taking modafinil for reducing sleepiness.OK now.

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toriiixx
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Registered: June 2009
Location: galway newyork
Posts: 11
Sat June 13, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: cheap
CONS: lots of bad side affects, didn't work for me

It made me more depressed and didn't help at all with my anxiety

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kerplunk226
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Registered: April 2009
Tue April 14, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $23.00| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: none yet, just started
CONS: i'm exhausted, headaches

i've only been on this medicine for 1 week so i'm not sure what to expect. currently i'm only on 5mg. i have noticed that i am extremely tired with some dizziness and a constant mild headache. is this going to subside?

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scoobywho
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Registered: December 2008
Location: Australila, Melbourne
Posts: 48
Fri December 12, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Im not in a fog
CONS: no sexual appetite

I have been on numerous antidepressants and have found this one to be excellent. When the psych doctor first perscribed it for me I was put on the highest dose which is 20mg and largatil with sleeping tablets as well,as I was suicidal so I slept most of the time but after 6 weeks I was able to go off the largatil and sleeping tablets but remain on the lexapro at 20mg. I have gained some weight and my eyesight is not good Im not sure if that has anything to do with this drug. My partner gets upset with me due to my lack of sexual drive, but he is very patient and tolerant of my moods. I keep active and work parttime so for me this drug has been ideal in stabilizing my mood.

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Snavla
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Registered: November 2008
Wed November 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Very effective (for me, at least)
CONS: Reductino of libido

Very effecive for me in killing depression and anxiety. Few side effects, but some reduction in libido. I've genereally been skeptical to SSRI's, but Lexapro has proved a wonder drug for me personally.

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Callista
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Registered: February 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 217
Thu November 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $40.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Decreased symptoms slightly.
CONS: Withdrawal is difficult.

Lexapro is one of those medications where you start to feel side-effects because the amount of medication in your system is fluctuating, and when it's lower you go into mini-withdrawals (for me this meant light-headedness and nausea). Advice: ALWAYS take it at the same time every day. And, if your doctor is at all OK with it, split your dose so you take the daily amount over several doses during the day--that way the amount stays even. It took me two months to taper off the medication. Plan on taking that long and feeling a little under the weather while you're doing it. Taper off really slowly. My doctor said there wouldn't be withdrawal symptoms... Me on the floor half-conscious begs to differ! So go slowly, split your pills if you have to, let your system adjust.

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alex60
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Registered: November 2008
Thu November 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: none yet
CONS: none yet

Doctor just prescribed me 1 10mg tablet every night..although many people have told me that their acne flares up pretty bad when taken daily..so i was wondering if it was ok to only take when im anxious because some days i feel perfectly normal, but then others i feel like i need to take something...so i wanted to know if i can take it when i feel i need it and also if the acne side effects will still kick in if i take it like that?? please any suggestions would be appreciated!!!

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insanitysmiled
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Registered: October 2008
Wed October 29, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Kept me upbeat, optimistic, generally happier
CONS: No sex drive at all, jittery, irritability

I have nothing to say concerning cost since my insurance covers it.It's helped me concerning my depression, it's kept me feeling good about myself and life pretty much. It's really really helped me out of a deep slump I found myself in.But if you're going to be put on this or are concerning it, your libido is probably going to die. I haven't had a sex drive at all since I was put on it and I find it almost impossible to have an orgasm.Other than that, I always find myself figeting, getting jittery, irritated easily, and impatient, and that's not really normal for me at all. I used to not talk a lot and loved listening, now I can't stand listening and I always need to be talking. Sometimes I find it hard to pay attention to what someone's saying or even to what I'm reading because I get so side tracked and twitchy.It's fine to me though, it's pulled me out of the depression I was in and I've been feeling better than ever. Sober and self-injury free.

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ks6388
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Registered: October 2008
Mon October 27, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: works quickly
CONS: somewhat sleepy at first

Worked great fot treating anxiety. The difference between Lexapro and a benzo is that with Lexapro you feel normal compared to feeling high with a benzo. No side effects at all for me. I would recommend anyone who is prescribed Lexapro for any reason to seek ot counseling. Therapy with the combination of Lexapro proves high success regardless of diagnosis.

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serenityK
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Registered: August 2008
Mon August 25, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: mood stabilizing, no peaks, no valleys
CONS: couldn't feel any excitement/happiness, reduced sexual desire, fatigue

Definitely stabilized my mood, but stabilized it so much that I couldn't feel any moods. It made me feel very sleepy, so I had to take it at night and I was still fatigued in the morning afer 7-8 hours of sleep. It reduced my sexual desires almost to nonexistent... but I didn't feel anxiety... or anything... at all.

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SoBay08
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Registered: August 2008
Fri August 22, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: None Yet
CONS: Dry Mouth-Sweating Episodes-Fatigue

Started taking for depression and anxiety about 2 months ago. Started on 5MG a day and up to 10MG per day now. Have not really noticed an improvement as of yet. 2 months in I should. It makes me super tired and is not what I thought it would be. I need something that gets my mood elevated and my energy up.

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Daftnut81
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Texas
Tue August 12, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Stopped crying spells, and crazy thoughts
CONS: Slept ALL the time, NO sex drive

I'm bipolar II (and then some) and take wellbutrin xl and lamictal. I had a slight down turn a few weeks ago. My anxiety kicked up and mood went down. My unreal thoughts of impending danger and things overwhelmed me, and I had frequent episodes of crying for no reason. Sooo, my doc gave me lexapro. Within days there was a change in my thoughts and mood. BUT I became lethargic and all I wanted to do was sleep a little longer, and take naps. I'd wake up in the morning eat breakfast (if i was up long enough), then go back to sleep, eat lunch, take a nap. Then I would lay down after dinner, and fall asleep early. My 6 yr old was having to make his own breakfast, since mommy was sleeping again. Then my fiancé, who I live with, became upset since I had absolutely no want/need/thought of being intimate. I avoided the situation, but it made me sad, to make him feel rejected. Three weeks later...I stopped taking it Sunday. Today is Tuesday, and I AM AWAKE! I got up this morning, and stayed up, was active and alert! I'm just hoping that I got out of my rut. We'll see. Long story short, I'm not taking lexapro EVER AGAIN!

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happy1
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 19
Fri August 1, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: nightmares went away, less anxiety
CONS: tired, self harm, suicidal ideations

Before this med, I had horrible nightmares and anxiety. Once on Lexapro the nightmares went away and I had less anxiety. Although it caused me to be tired. I then started to have thoughts of suicide (which I never had before) and started cutting. It relieved one problem but caused another (more serious).

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Anonymous
Tue July 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Very well tolerated, fast acting, little to no side effects
CONS: Loss of sexual interest

I have been on Lexapro for over 3 years now as part treatment for major depression, OCD, and severe anxiety. After 10+ years of trying one SSRI after another, my experience with Lexapro (20mg) has been very well tolerated. I am on other medications for OCD and anxiety as well as migraines. The only side effect worth noting is the loss of interest in sex, which can also be attributed to other causes. As with any med, what works for one person may be a hellish experience for another so patience is key.

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biplr4me
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Waukesha, WI
Posts: 8
Sun May 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Quick effect
CONS: Depends on dose

I was on this 2-3yrs ago and it was a high dose so I had allot of side effects. The biggest was lack of any sexual function or want. As a guy you tend to feel very useless. This time I'm on a low dose and don't really feel any of the effects from before which I'm happy about but now I'm single (was not before)............I think Ill just concentrate on my health. Lexapro is working for me so I hope it can work for others.

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toniroma
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Registered: May 2008
Tue May 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Immediate effect
CONS: None

Seems very effective for depression, works immediately. Zero side effects experienced

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thelostone
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Naples, FL
Posts: 421
Mon April 28, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: fewer panic attacks
CONS: worsened overall anxiety caused depression

put on it for GAD, it lessened my panic attacks after a few weeks, but overall anxiety got worse. other then the anxiety i felt very little at all, after about 4 months started having manic episodes and anxiety attacks started to return. i am now severly agoraphobic and moderatly depressed, both new since i stopped taking it. withdrawls from it were horrendous. it also destroyed what little appetite i had.

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supermoo
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Registered: April 2008
Location: ga
Posts: 1
Sun April 27, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: worked quickly , side effects didnt last long
CONS: none

i think this is wonderful for me ..I didnt realize how much anxiety had taken ove rmy life until it wasnt there anymore . I feel like I am smiling in my head all the time. AMazing. I have been on it 2 months for premenstral dysphoric disorder.

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