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Review by nichole5543 (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I started taking Lexapro 10 mg 4 days ago. I already feel less anxious and panicky. I haven't been experiencing heart flutters and palpitations like I usually would from stress and anxiety. I feel more energized, outgoing, happy & less stressed. It helps me sleep better at night. The only side effect that I have noticed thus far is that the medicine makes me yawn a lot, which I have heard tapers off after a few weeks of being on the medicine. Other than that I have not noticed any other issues. I think Lexapro is great!
54 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
escitalopram for Anxiety: I was sceptical about taking meds such as this. However, I had been dealing with so much stress that it had taken a toll on me and life seemed to be falling apart, even though I was always everyone turned to. My doctor prescribed 10mg once daily and it has been a miracle. I did cut back to only 5mg a day and take it at night, as it does make me sleepy. I am so much happier, more energy and a different outlook. I am 39yrs old and feel like it again. Only been on the med 3wks and I have nothing negative to say.
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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I had Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with intrusive thoughts. This came out of nowhere and I ended up having to take time off work. One week of sitting on the sofa crying my eyes out and having repeated panic attacks and thinking I was going crazy I then saw my doc. She referred me to a psychologist and put me on Lexapro 5mg for 4 days and then up to 10mg. She also gave me Valium to use sparingly initially till my anxiety dropped. No change week 1 except day 1 where I felt a feeling of euphoria. Week 2 had increase in anxiety even a panic attack. End of week 3 and I'm back to my old self. No more anxiety or intrusive thoughts. I am doing all the things I use to do. I feel normal again. Lexapro and seeing a psychologist has done wonders. Super happy.
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escitalopram for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: I think escitalopram 10mg is great for irritable bowel syndrome. It reduces the symptoms when I take the medicine. I am taking this for 4-5 weeks. I was suffering with irritable bowel syndrome last 4 years ago. All treatments failed. Lastly this medication give relief me. My side effects were 1. acidity 2.nervousness 3.urge for latrine when I felt stressed 4.poor appetite, muscle twitching etc. I am quite relaxed now.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I love Lexapro! It helps me stop drinking, lose weight and I have way less anxiety now. For all those people that have sexual dysfunction, try taking it at night right before bed, after sex. I have no problems in that area now!
34 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: It works to control generalized anxiety disorder. However, don't stop taking it until your doctor tells you to after at least a year. My psych took me off after 6 months and the symptoms returned.
24 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram for Depression: Very effective for depression and obsessive thoughts. There is a side effect of drowsiness for the first few weeks, which gets better. I also take clonazepam for anxiety. This seems to be a much better treatment than the Cymbalta/Buspar combination I took a few years ago.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Just started my 3rd month on this medication and I have never been so happy in my life. I struggled with major anxiety and periods of depression that had affected my school work and social life, I would never want to go out with my friends. I also felt as if everyone was talking about my issue and was trying to avoid me as to not get involved. I would like to call this prescription a miracle because it has helped me in ways that I cannot explain. I was feeling so helpless and felt like I had no control over my life. After the second week or taking the medicines I started to feel like the normal me. I did experience some slightly unpleasant side effects such as dry mouth and insomnia in the first 3 or 4 days, but they got better.
41 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I suffer from hypochondria and panic disorder. I was so afraid to take medication. After 2 years I finally took Cipralex. It has made my anxiety a lot more tolerable. I've had a few major panic attacks but overall good experience. I've been on 20mg for 2 years.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: This medicine has changed my life for the better. My anxiety became so bad that I couldn't sleep AT ALL. I became very obsessive with my worries and thought that everything was the end of the world. I was paralyzed with fear. When I started Lexapro I had A LOT of side effects that almost caused me to not continue...irritable, waking up in panic, night sweats, etc. After about 4 weeks I started to feel "normal" and calmer. I tried going off after two years which was a big mistake...back on and plan on staying on for a long time!
27 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I am a 26 year old who has had anxiety since I was a child. I've gone through rough spots on and off throughout my life where I would feel extremely anxious and nauseous all of the time. I finally decided to do something about it when I started experiencing panic attacks on top of it all. Lexapro along with seeing a psychologist saved my life. I went into this knowing there is no "magic" pill out there - I still have good and bad days like everyone, but NOTHING like how bad I felt before. When I initially began taking the medicine, it made my anxiety worse - I told my doctor and he adjusted the dosage to a smaller amount. I felt tremendously better in just about a week, and have continued to feel better and better.
44 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Prplreign (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I have suffered from depression for years. At first I was a little apprehensive to take any medication but I had reached a low point. Everyday I woke up with a storm cloud over my head, I was irritable, quick to anger and always grumpy. I could literally feel the weight of my mood on me at all times. I barely laughed anymore, I didn't find anything enjoyable. I have been taking 10mg of Lexapro for three weeks now and I am floored by the difference it has made. It's like I can feel again. I know this sounds cliche, but everything is more vivid, more colorful, more lively. I didn't experience any side effects other than loss of appetite.
92 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I suffered from anxiety, obsessive thoughts due to anxiety, and depression as a result. I had thoughts in my head that I tried to suppress and the thoughts just came back stronger. I thought that I was completely helpless and began to have suicidal thoughts. I started on Zoloft (first on 25mg then 50mg) and it helped with my depression and anxiety, except it made me really sleepy. My doctor suggested Lexapro at 10mg and I have been on it for about 5 weeks now. My condition has improved tremendously! I am happier and my thoughts aren't overpowering my life. I started CBT and that has helped as well. DO NOT GIVE UP. Things will get better, I promise. I thought the medicine wouldn't work for me, but it does.
37 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: Lexapro seemed to do some things to help with the negative thinking I had from depression, but it had the side effect of making me extremely tired all the time, which was enough to counteract any of the positive benefits I was getting from it. Zoloft ended up being the better medication for me.
27 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram for Anxiety: I am 23 years old and have been on Lexapro for 7 months for anxiety. I decided to come write a review because I remember when I was first prescribed Lexapro I was in a bit of a panic. I didn't know rather or not to take it and looked for as much information as I could. Most of the review I read were negative but I was in such a bad place that I chose to still give it a try. So, I want there to actually be a good review out there for people to see and read. I can say that Lexapro changed my life. My extreme anxiety is gone. I sleep normally and I feel like a new person. The only complaints I have, is that I am always tired and it KILLED my sex drive. Love it.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: I am a 30 year old female who has suffered from depression and anxiety my entire life and it got worse after I had my daughter. Two years after she was born, I couldnt take it anymore and I had to get help. I talked to my doctor and was put on Lexapro, 10 mg. I hated it at first. I was dizzy and "swimmy" feeling, couldnt sleep, couldnt eat, felt out of it, couldn't care less about things that were going on. This only lasted about a week! Then, I could gradually feel myself getting used to it. My next appt, my dosage was upped to 20 mg (he started me on 10 because he wanted to ease me into it knowing I was a mom and worked full time; i still needed to function). Let me just say that Lexapro SAVED MY LIFE!! I love it and swear by it!
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escitalopram for Depression: Thought I would share my experience about Lexapro here. After transitioning from year 12 into university I started to feel down. I felt anxious throughout year 12 but nothing like how I was feeling in March. I was at my lowest and I wasn't enjoying any of my normal activities I was literally getting up to live a hopeless day. I knew that this feeling wasn't right so I got help. Doc prescribed me 20 mg of Lexapro in combination with counseling. Worked for three months now I'm feeling the side effects. I feel there is a cloud over my brain. I can't feel the emotions good and bad. I can't cry, when I feel I need to. It's stunted my emotional empathy. I also feel extremely tired on it.
Review by contrabandit (taken for less than 1 month):
escitalopram for Depression: I dont know if I like this or not. Taking it for depressiom and anxiety disorder and I have add too. The issue with me, is wherr with add and anxiety I wouldnt act up as much because I was too nervous, now I basically have no filter mechanism and I just say whatever pops into my brain. Its weird. Im not angry or anything. I also have major problems sleeping, but if I lay down I can sleep, but im kind of restless and just want to wander around. Im also kind of more forgetful on it and still have bad focus issues. I just dont care about the focus issues like I used to. I still need that fixed...but onw thing at a time I guess.
So the first few days I really didnt feel different, aside from being more pleasant and chatty.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: I suffer from SAD and in the winter it sometimes felt like I could actually feel the darkness, especially on dreary days. I've been on Lexapro for 3 years and it has worked great. I only feel a tinge of "heaviness" if it stays dreary for several days, but even then it is nothing like it used to be.
21 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Male, late 40's. Earlier summer events created extended stress that eventually broke me. Every morning I'd wake with sweat rolling down my neck, lost my appetite and the worst-case scenario of everything played in my mind. I'm normally the "rock" that everyone turns to. Started with Wellbutrin for 2 weeks but that left me with heightened anxiety. Spent a couple weeks on Propranolol / Klonopin but that 's not a long term solution. Started 10 mg Lexapro (generic) and after 5 1/2 weeks, nothing but crazy emotional swings. Switched to 20 mg and after about 2 weeks noticed a distinct change. Greatly reduced symptoms so far. Skeptical as I was, this stuff actually works.
28 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I suffered from acute anxiety and panic disorders my entire life and had no idea of how much it was crippling me until my late 30s. I have been taking Escitalopram for about a year now and I am a new person. Small challenges would throw me into a tailspin of constant thoughts and hyper-anxious reactions and I would end up just wanting to stay in bed. I am a new woman and take 20mg *faithfully*. What I love about this medication is that I still have the same concerns but they do not "spin me out" - I handle them and move on. I am not hamstrung by my thoughts and fears being out of control anymore.
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escitalopram for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I was on Lexapro for a year and decided to come off because of weight gain. The weight gain was mostly the result of not really caring about working out and the food I was eating. I'm sure that could be controlled with a little more willpower on my part. Other than that this medicine saved my life. I have had several episodes of depression with significant anxiety. I tried other SSRIs and experienced terrible side effects, mainly increased anxiety and severe insomnia. While Lexapro did cause some increased anxiety for the first few days it was manageable and after about 7 weeks I felt great and back in control of my life. I have been off of it for 3 months and my symptoms are returning. So I am going back on it and plan to stay on it.
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