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User Reviews for Escitalopram

Also known as: Lexapro

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Escitalopram Rating Summary

7.9/10 Average Rating

509 Ratings with 462 User Reviews

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Reviews for Escitalopram to treat Anxiety

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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): "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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"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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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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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"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."

   
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Sham2751 January 29, 2016

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

   
3.0

Bert34 January 16, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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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"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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"Having great success with escitalopram for anxiety. Have been taking 10 mg daily over 4 weeks now. First AD med I have ever taken and I was quite resistant. But after months of struggling, my life was going downhill quickly. Losing sleep, no appetite, missing work. So glad I got help! Most noticeable start up side effects were some increased anxiety (which thankfully was offset by clonazepam the Dr prescribed), insomnia, complete loss of appetite, and some constipation. These all disappeared in less than 2 weeks and I am now sleeping and eating well with very little anxiety. When I do feel anxious, I can control it instead of it controlling me! I feel my normal self again:)"

   
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c9 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 6, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "My 15 yr old daughter has multiple diagnoses. ODD. ADD. Anxiety and Depression. We have used several different meds over the last few months to aid with behavioral issues like constant anger and opposition with occasional explosive outbursts of anger and focus & concentration in school. She has been on 10 mg Lexapro daily for a little over a week and I can see a huge difference in her already. I feel like I have my daughter back. We can have a conversation without an argument. She seems so much more peaceful and generally happy. I see so much of a difference, I don't think she even needs the Daytrana patch for ADD now. Other meds we have tried are Effexor, Concerta, Adderall, & Stratera."

   
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MotherOfAnxiety January 1, 2016

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"I had been feeling some general depression and anxiety for 6-8 months. Nothing specific, just everything seemed to pile up. I felt like I couldn't get the negative thoughts out of my head. Dr prescribed 10mg Lexapro, I got the generic escitalopram. Day 1, I felt like the anxiety was dissipating, but I did have bad nausea and loss of appetite for 12 days. On the 12th day, I woke up, anxiety is gone, nausea is gone, and I am hungry for the first time in a while. I am hopeful that this isn't just a 'good day', but that the side effects are finally gone. First 12 days were rough. Stick with the meds, always keep something in your stomach, even if it's just a cracker, and good luck! For me, plain apple sauce, Canada dry ginger ale were helpful."

   
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Chris_from_KC December 28, 2015

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"I was first diagnosed with depression in 1999, and was put on meds. My life was better than normal, and I was very happy. This fall, however, the meds just stopped working. I was put on Escitaloram (after another medication did not work) three days ago, and I can feel it working already. I believe in this medication, and I feel you should give it a try."

   
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keepmetogether December 26, 2015

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I have been in a really bad funk for as long as I can remember and have been through a good amount. I won't go into details because its not relevant. Also felt like my brain was foggy and mind constantly racing. I have social anxiety as well. I am on day two of lexapro and I think it's working already. I feel warm inside, peaceful and am interacting with people so easily. It's strange. I can't explain it bit I feel peaceful, happy and not anxious. I haven't felt this way in a long time. I get drowsy and my eyes get heavy randomly through out the day. I've also started smiling randomly. I know this is sort of vague, I wanted to be straight to the point. I really hope this is it and I have found the right medicine and hope this lasts!"

   
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SWDup December 23, 2015

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"Moved and my new doctor took me off Paxil and put me on Escitalopram. Works better than Paxil with no side effects. I function like a normal person. I get little anxiety attacks out of nowhere, but if I sit down and still my thoughts, the butterflies go away. My doctor gave me a script for klonipin for the attacks, it works well, but I only take if it gets bad. Can't drive taking klonpin, feel a little too mellow."

   
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Drb10848 (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 22, 2015

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I have been on a few other anti-anxiety meds over the past decade. The last one I was on was an absolute nightmare, so I vowed to NEVER take meds again. Since then, I tried natural remedies, exercise etc. to combat this constant agitation and anxiety I have been feeling. I couldn't really be in the moment and enjoy. I've been on 10 mg. of Lexapro for over 2 months now and haven't felt this good in a forever (it seems). I feel normal again and I actually want to get out and do things. I see now how severely depressed/anxious I have been for so long. This medication has given me my life back. I have not gained any weight, thus far and have stayed the same. Everyone is different, so I feel very lucky that this is working for me."

   
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Lillakri02 December 21, 2015

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"After being on Prozac for 5 years( for PMDD, and general anxiety) I took myself off of it against my Doctors better judgement, and thought I was doing okay until a series of moderate to severe anxiety attacks. I saw my doctor and I was prescribed Escitalopram, and the best thing about it is I have NO OCD recurrences and very little high/low emotional disruption. I am posting this because I'm not a 'Poster', or a frequent flyer on forum sites, but I've been off my Escitalopram for about 2 weeks. I ran out and the USPS is taking a little more time than usual to deliver. I'm a MESS. Racing thoughts, crying a lot, fidgety. TOTALLY not like myself when I'm on my meds. Escitalopram is the best for me. Don't stop taking it without your docs okay."

   
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Missus E December 21, 2015

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I got on this med Sept.2015. I had anxiety mixed with fear to take it. I am on the 10 mg dose and get depressed and anxiety when on it. Slowly it worsened to the point I couldn't attend school. I this normal!? I have experienced the lack of wanting to eat and hating food in the start of being on it.Then my hunger spiked past its norm; I was eating like there was no tomorrow. Now being close to Xmas and off it for a bit I feel more snappy. If you are/ have experienced this I hope this helped."

   
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jessiebear25 December 16, 2015

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"Hi Sudsey I have been on Escitalopram 10mg for 5 days at 6pm but sleeping again with some Phenergan. I don't want to get out of bed in the morning even though I cant sleep. Feeling much the same as you, I am not as sad as I was before but its still there and not as anxious but its there too. I feel like I have butterflies in stomach no appetite either finding it difficult to eat and force myself to eat a little bit just had some grapes and they were good. They say you put on weight later so I am not worried about that. In oz it is priced reasonably."

binladen08 (taken for less than 1 month) December 16, 2015

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I've tried many medications for anxiety, panic disorder, social phobia etc. I was previously on Zoloft for 3 months with nasty side effects. I started 5mg of Lexapro on 11/13/15 and after the first day I saw significant improvement, 2 weeks later I was at 10mg. I'm able to go places without panicking, and I'm more social. The only side effect I have is nausea and gas but Zofran helps with that. Today I will be increasing my dose to 20mg. So far it's done awesome for me. I hope it continues to get better."

   
9.0

Ashley2994 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 16, 2015

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "Hi i just started Lexapro 3 days ago 5mg for anxiety and I must say I think I feel worse then I did before I took it. I feel all shakey and feel a bit down and I have gone off my food is this normal has anyone else felt like this ?"

   
5.0

sudsey December 13, 2015

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