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User Reviews for Escitalopram

Also known as: Lexapro

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder 7 reviews 39 medications
   
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 22 reviews 13 medications
   
9.0
Trichotillomania 1 reviews 3 medications
   
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Major Depressive Disorder 21 reviews 46 medications
   
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Fibromyalgia 12 reviews 19 medications
   
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Summary of Escitalopram reviews 1183 reviews 8.3

Reviews for Escitalopram

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Not a cure, but it sure does lower the amount of intrusive thoughts I get from OCD. This, in turn, leads to lower anxiety levels. It's helping depression, as well."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) February 6, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Changed my life. Quiets the irrational fears and depression that accompany anxiety disorder. Taking 10mg/daily. Weight gain but could also be because I'm happy and eating again. Also sleep great and feel calm. No sexual side effects. Stay with it for 6-8 weeks. If it doesn't work for you, try another medication until you find the one that clicks. Don't give up!"

   
10

NoMoAnxiety February 5, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I was given Lexapro from my GP for anxiety which I had tried to manage naturally the past two years with various techniques to no avail. My panic symptoms were with me everyday and often suffered panic attack episodes. Made it extremely difficult to do everyday type stuff let alone work. I was always drug resistant..the kind of person who wouldn't even want to take a headache med so the thought of a drug therapy I would do everyday was scary. Anyhow, its early on less than two weeks and I haven't even experience any real side effects apart from a little tiredness first week. I feel less anxious already, no attacks and my thoughts aren't looping in my head anymore. I'm hoping it continues to get better!"

   
9.0

Swainer February 4, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "This is the most amazing medication in the entire world! I remember back when I first was prescribed it I had so much anxiety that driving home to and from work would consume my thoughts and everything was such a big deal. I feel as though I am able to focus on positive things and do not worry all the time! This medication truly is a life changer! 10/10"

   
10

DianaSS February 2, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I was suffering with panic disorder with agoraphobia for 10 years. It started off pretty innocuous, a few trips to the ER, calling out of work... As my symptoms got worse I became more and more housebound. Going ANYWHERE, even a trip to the supermarket was miserable.I couldnt take my kids to the park.I had to quit my job because of the distance and panic attacks. I loved to travel but I could no longer get on a plane, forget getting to the airport. I literally tried everything. Finally I cracked. my doc prescribed me lexapro. I was so scared but so desperate. It has completely given me my life back. Slowly, surely, persistently I began to drive again. 2 years later I am me again. Fight through the side effects. Don't waste your life."

   
10

snjhytrwjxkakf (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 31, 2016

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For Anxiety: "After years and years of being able to self-manage moderate panic attacks I suddenly couldn't help myself anymore and after a particularly bad anxiety attack I decided enough is enough, my doctor diagnosed mild depression and anxiety so reluctantly I have started taking this medication a week ago with mixed results so far, 5mg for first 3 days I felt good almost hopeful, then increased to 10mg and I've had a rough 4 days, increased anxiety and poor sleep plus very emotional. Everyone keeps telling me to hang in there with this as I really want this to work for me so my plan is to do just that and hope that I can report back again with better results ;)"

   
6.0

NZgirl46 (taken for less than 1 month) January 31, 2016

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For Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: "This drug has changed my life. I take 5mg only in the luteal phase and it has completely cured my severe PMT symptoms, I was anxious, paranoid, angry and tearful. I was pushing my family and husband away and falling out with friends. At the point of suicidal thought I couldn't take it anymore and contacted my GP. My only regret is not doing it earlier. I began on 10 mg but it was too strong for me, I was dizzy and hyper. After halving the dose it was like a magic switch being turned on and I immediately felt like my own self. I have no side effects coming off the drug at the end of my two weeks and just a headache for an hour when I restart them. No weight gain either, I've actually lost 10lb cos I'm energetic enough for the gym!"

   
10

Bumblebee42 January 30, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Stay away from this drug! Or at least if you have had my experience. My side effects was that I had very painful armpit boils. Never before in my life had I had them. I researched signs and symptoms online, and found Lexapro could cause them. I stopped taking Lexapro, and haven't experienced anymore. I would get one or two boils a week. They left ugly, permanent scars. Although, I've found possible laser treatment may remove scars."

   
1.0

Cindy_nurse January 29, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I started using this medication for GAD and for depression. I started off with 5mg for two weeks and gradually worked my way up to 20mg. The first week of side effects was terrible: insomnia, nausea, mood swings, upset stomach. But I continued taking it as recommended. I used it for about six months and saw no positive changes. I experienced many suicidal thoughts, strange dreams, sleepless nights, sleeping too much, and crazy mood swings. This almost caused my boyfriend and I to break up. I would not recommend it, but it may work for someone else. I am on an SSNRI (different family: Effexor) now and have no side effects."

   
3.0

Sham2751 January 29, 2016

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For Anxiety: "This medication was/is a life saver. Took 2 weeks to adjust to it and about a month to feel its positive effects. I would say it changed my life for the better BUT I now realize my weight gain over the 2.5 years is due to the medication so I will try to wean off. I also slept beautifully on it, but too much."

   
9.0

wmn777 January 27, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I have been taking this medication only recently for my anxiety/ depression. I've recently suffered the loss of a baby and was having a very difficult time. For 4-5 months I had no appetite, nausea, headaches, fever, what felt like the never ending flu/cold. The first time taking this was at night and I didn't notice much change however the next time I took it in the AM...BAD idea! I am not much of a breakfast person so perhaps that tied into it as well but it made me so sick I had to leave work. Since then I have been taking it later in the day (dinner time) and I have been feeling much better, we'll see how it goes as time goes on :)"

   
5.0

DeJhey (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Escitalopram was very effective in the treatment of my OCD. But it doesn't seem to have the power enough to help coping with strong generalized anxiety."

   
3.0

Vinholi (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 24, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been on 10mg of Lexapro (generic version) since 2012. It has helped me a great deal. I was prescribed the med for generalized anxiety which used to impair my ability to function - I could not sleep at all, extended period of sleep deprivation would trigger depression which was hell. I experienced panic attacks just as I would start to fall asleep; it would jolt me up and never able to fall back to sleep. I could not eat and lost a lot of weight. I got a very good doctor and he prescribed a sleeping aid with lexapro until lexapro's anti-anxiety effects kicked it. I took the sleeping aid for about 5-6 weeks until I started to sleep 4-5 hours. One big adverse side effect is weight gain.gained 25 pounds in 3 years."

   
7.0

BugMeNot2222 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 23, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I am a 24y/o female. I've been taking Lexapro 10mg for almost 4 months now and I can confidently say the only scary thing about this medication is people's negative reviews on it. First and foremost EVERYONE is different, so everyone will react to it differently. I was prescribed it by my primary Doctor due to my severe anxiety and mild depression. Before this medication I was prescribed Celexa, but hated it. My anxiety and depression got so much worse I decided to do something about it. It came to the point where my anxiety and depression affected everyone around me and I just wasn't happy anymore. At first taking this medication gave me some side affects. My side effects were really dry mouth, some intense dreams, and some loss of appetite. The only thing that has stuck for these few months have been the dreams. They seems SO REAL! But I can say I rather have some dreams than those scary anxiety attacks I use to get, and those depressed bed sobs. Lexapro has changed my life! Before this medication my life was hitting rock bottom. My Anxiety was so severe it took over my life. I obsessed over everything, overthought everything, felt like at any moment I was going to die. I was on edge every second. My blood pressure was always high and I'm only 24! I had this obsession of dying in a car accident, it came to a point I couldnt ride in a car with anyone else unless I was driving. If I did I would get panic attacks. My depression was also bad and also had an eating disorder. I felt like I was never going to be happy. Was never going to be happy in a relationship, or in my job, or even be able to hug my own mother again. I'm happy the people in my life noticed how much my disorders were taking over my life and helped me make a change. Lexapro helped my life. I hope my review will change yours."

   
10

Kimmybabyy1991 January 22, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been living with anxiety for years and was prescribed escitalopram. I started with 5mg for a month and increased to 10mg. The side effects were not nice, particularly for about a month after I increased the dosage. I was nauseous, constantly tired but couldn't sleep, racing thoughts but foggy brain, increased anxiety and also not caring. But I have now been on 10mg for 2.5months and I feel great! I have confidence I never knew I had, everyday isn't a struggle, I don't overthink everything I say or do, my mind is so much clearer. Things feel effortless and everyone is saying how great I look. I found a combination of escitalopram and counselling has worked wonders for me. Stay with it, its totally worth it. I'm glad I did :)"

   
10

Lisa_OB (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 19, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1998 and I have been on a LOT of different medicines. This medicine does NOTHING for my pain but it DOES help my mood a lot. Like many people with FMS I suffer from periodic depression and over the years I have been put on almost every type of antidepressant but all of them left me feeling numb to everything - including if I woke up the next day or not. That feeling always terrified me so I had stopped taking any antidepressants. In October of 2014 my doctor suggested I try this and it has made a HUGE difference in my mood without leaving me numb. If this helped with my pain I would rate it higher but it is amazing for depression."

   
7.0

Icky Tory (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 17, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I took many SSRI medications in the past for anxiety/depression but was unable to handle all the negative side effects. I've spent the last 3 years dealing with daily fatigue to the point of just feeling sick every day, so work and bed became my home. I couldn't find the energy to go shop, visit my son, be with friends, attend church, I just felt SICK .Daily crying spells every morning and an awful pain on the inside I can't describe. I didn't know what was wrong with me but I knew it wasn't normal and was only getting worse.!!!! ....Dr gave me 10 mg. Of LEXAPRO ..first pill very sick but have been on it 4 weeks now. Thank goodness FOR THIS MEDICATION!!!!! It took several weeks but as weeks go by I feel even better !!!! :))))"

   
10

Kgregory47 (taken for less than 1 month) January 17, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I took this for several years. I would occasionally switch to something else, but I always came back to it. While effective, it caused me to gain a lot of weight."

   
8.0

Miss Mel (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 17, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I was prescribed this drug for occasional anxiety issues, related to pressure at work. I took it during an extremely stressful time where I experienced extraordinary anxiety. The first day it helped me quite a lot, by taking away the negative feeling in my chest and making me more relaxed and social. Later in the day, it made me very awake, without impairing my sleep. I took it for another 4-5 days every day in 2.5-10mg to try with different dosage. The positive impact faded and I got serious problems with side effects. I could hardly sleep any longer and the combination with diphenhydramin (sleeping pill) made it even worse, by excessively reducing my heart rate and respiratory condition. The last 2 days i hardly slept, due to 'hypnic jerks"

   
5.0

avalokiteshwara (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Bad experience. Bad sleep."

   
3.0

Bert34 January 16, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Have been on Lexapro for two years now. First weeks were truly horrible and took 6-8 weeks for full effect. But hang in there! My life is finally anxiety free and I enjoy the smallest things. I see now how much place and energy the anxiety took before. Not anymore. No side effects. Take it at night to avoid sexual side effects. (Had them when I took Lex in the morning.)"

   
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Karen35 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 15, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Hi, I have been taking 5mg escitalopram for two months,my anxiety is lower, but I have headfog, racing thoughts and I can't concentrate. Also I had insomnia. I don't know whether I should keep taking it because I am feeling that is doesn't work for me. My doctor says that works and I have to be positive and give it a time. I am confused and disappointed. I am in college and can't study for exams, that makes me more negative and depressed :/"

   
5.0

Alexxxxx January 14, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "My doctor has been wanting me to go on Lexapro for over a year for severe GAD. But I had so much anxiety about going on it I wouldn't start it. I've been taking Buproprion & Topamax for depression & anxiety for years but it has worn off. I was to the point that thought I was always dying - and always felt sick. My regular doctor said get on Lexapro it's all stress related - there is nothing physically wrong with you. I've had anxiety my whole life and I'm 57. I have been in several abusive relationships. I haven't been in any in almost 20 years but the anxiety hasn't gone away. The first week I had a little upset stomach but nothing after that no side affects at all and now I'm calm for the first time in my life!!"

   
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Snowy58 (taken for less than 1 month) January 13, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been on Lexapro 5mg (yes that's it) for over 3 months now and I'm ready to throw in the towel. First, let me say my anxiety has been greatly reduced. But at what cost? I am a zombie-I have no motivation to do anything and I'm always in a foggy state. My performance at work has greatly suffered, along with my cognitive ability. Social anxiety has gotten worse only because I'm a recluse - just too tired and unmotivated to interact with people! Frequent and strong anhedonia. I wouldn't advise you not to try lexapro- it is well regarded and often effective. But be cautious as doctors don't get that there are side effects to this besides sexual ones. I felt the same after one week as I do now but I was continually told it would go away"

   
4.0

TMS2803 January 10, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been on generic Lexapro for approx. 3.5 months. I suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks on a daily and I was unsure as to why. I kept asking what is triggering this? I suffer from hashimotis thyroiditis and that is my only explanation. I constantly felt like I was gonna lose my mind. First week of starting I was even more anxious, by month 3 I felt GREAT, forgot what it was like to have anxiety. I felt so good that I decided to not take it one day, BIG mistake. That was 4 days ago and I feel like when I first started taking the SSRI. I'm so anxious and had a panic attack last night. Minds been racing. Has anyone ever experienced this? Will I feel good again?"

   
7.0

emilyy22 January 8, 2016

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