I started taking the generic manufactured by Mylan and had severe headaches. Had to stop. Has anyone else experienced this?
2 May 2012
I thought it might be my imagination... picked up the generic for the first time and each day I felt more depressed, headaches, fatigue and in a fog where I feel I can't concentrate on details.
I called the pharmacist and he didn't help... called the doctor and they said just get the regular Lexapro and see if that helps. I will do just that and see if everything improves. Thanks SO much for your post because since it's so new, there's not much out there and I needed my feelings validated that something is not right.
13 Sep 2012
ya know whats so weird, for a couple weeks im so on edge. more then usual lol , i thought since i was going through a breakup it could be that cause with anxiety its hard to pinpoint if its anxiey or real issues but reading this maybe the past 2 months ive been on the generic and i havnt felt myself. i feel like i used to years ago before i started taking lexapro. I am in a panic state, i have panic attacks often. chest pains trouble breathing.clenching my jaw, just all worked up. everything bothers me. i feel like im a nut job. im more compulsive and stressed, and its out of nowhere and im thinking it couldnt help to go back on the regular lexapro to see if the generic is screwing me up. i was even thinking of upping my dosage but maybe the generic is a problem since so many people feel this way. i dunno if anyone else feels this way but i get so sad and dissapointed when i start to regress into old habits and ive come so far.
im hoping if i go back on lexapro ill feel better cause lately i am emotional and sad, hopeless, stressed, in a constant state of panic. its almost like if these pills arent working why even take them.
31 Dec 2012
I was on lexapro for 5 years and then switched over to escitalopram due to insurance reasons. After being on escitalopram, I experienced anxiety, panic attacks, depression. My psychiatrist upped my dosage to 20mg and I now experience nausea and anxiety everyday. After reading this blog, I feel like I'm not alone and going back to my psychiatrst to go back to lexapro, even though its more expensive. Its been a long and tough 3 months. Thanks everyone for sharing their stories, its really opened my eyes :)
13 Apr 2012
yes i have tried lexapro and generic brand they feel about the same I still take it now ive gained weight forget stuff a lot then sexual libido go s up and down most of the time it wont even twitch oh speaking of twitches my muscles twitched for a while now it dose it every now ant then. only part i hate is when my wife and i finally have sex my heat palpitate probably because i have slight a heart issue not bad just leaky valve but other than that it works ooh before i forget the hot flashes suck, one time it happened i would taste the medicine in my mouth and had the sensation of urinating defecating all together then there are the good days, Thank god for them.
im down to 5 mil and take it twice a day on bad day id just get sleepy and go to sleep they make u drowsy at least i can drive a little bit and i can go out side again but i still have flare ups where i have to take lorazepam to chill all the way out and not think the sky is falling and stuff, i work but no more that 20 hrs which sucks because when im tired the panic attacks come more frequent and if i do crave sex i think about screwing every thing thats moving thats when i know im in a manic state god help me! but then there are the good days
1 Jan 2013
Hello everyone, I am struggling with the same issue. I have been on Lexapro for 10 years and got switched to generic with terrible withdrawl like effects. My insurance refuses to pay for the brand name so i'm now stuck paying a fortune that i can't afford.
I am seriously thinking of trying a canadian pharmacy for name brand Lexapro. From my understanding it is Identical to the american drug but marketed under a different name overseas, Its called Cipralex and cost 1/3 of american sold Lexapro.
If anyone has any information about the canadian version, please share.
27 Sep 2012
This is day three of using the generic escitalopram... and boy do I have a head ache. So tired, but can't sleep... and twiching... I called the pharmist and he said because I am on MediCaid, they were required to switch me to the generic. He said I could talk to the doctor and he would send a request to go back to Lexapro... but he didn't sound too opptomistic about it happening. I sure can't afford Lexapro and I sure can't stay on this medication. I will call my Doctor in the morning and tell her my side effects... and I guess I will just have to start taking half the escitalopram pill in hopes to not have withdrawls and ease the side effects. I'll have to ween me off this stuff and use nothing if it can't be changed back.
24 Aug 2012
I have chronic low-level headaches & occasional migraines. When I was switched to Mylan's generic, I was also dealing with a couple of health issues that could have caused the headaches to amp up and cause the onset of static migraines/cluster headaches. It took over 2 months to finally figure out it was the generic that was the cause of the daily pounding headaches and nausea. It took well over a week for the headaches & nausea to finally abate. My deepening depression turned around more quickly. I'd thought the mood decline was a result of dealing with chronic pain. Turns out it was also the generic not working nearly as well as the name brand.
30 Apr 2012
I changed from Lexapro to escitalopram (generic name) and I've had headaches. I've been restless, angry, wanting to cry. My head feels just strange. They can't be the same. Im not sure what I'm experiencing but it's not good. I was doing great before this. Have been on Lexapro for 9 years. I know my body and this drug is not the same as Lexapro! I've sent an email to my doctor. Hopefully he can get me back to Lexapro ASAP!
12 Apr 2013
I take Lexapro for MIV (migraine induced vertigo). Pharmacy switched me to generic due to cost and I accepted it. Horrid decision. Vertigo returned with a vengeance as well as depression and anxiety. Went to Pharmacy last night and demanded to be switched back. FDA is nuts. Whatever this "generic" is, it is not Lexapro!
5 Jan 2013
Costco gave me oval tabs marked with F 4 5 in lieu of Lexapro. I was delighted with the cost of $7 instead of $100+. My high anxiety agitated angry state has returned (after 5 years of relief) and I am weepy like I am going through some sort of withdrawal. How can this be the same drug if it doesn't do the same thing? I am ready to pay the $ again for Lexapro because this will cost me more in my well being than what it is saving me financially. Who is responsible for policing this kind of thing? Who can I submit a complaint to besides my Doctor and Costco? The manufacturer shows Aurobinod Pharm on my prescription. Does anyone know how I can contact them?
26 Apr 2012
I have been on Lexapro since it came out. Was the only medicine (and I tried them all!) that alleviated my depression and the dangerous anger that accompanied it. It not only gave me a handle on my self-destructive impulses due to the reduction of my angry feelings... but, it had the added benefit of reducing my headaches, which used to be daily occurrences! Since being on the generic for a month... I am having frequent headaches, some really bad! And, my feelings of underlying anger have begun to resurface, which is dangerous for me. I also feel I am having more mood-swings. I am thinking about going back to the brand name... just want to be certain before I spend even more money monthly on meds. Any one else having these issues? Thanks!!!
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