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Reviews for Escitalopram to treat Anxiety
Review by N.M. (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lexapro (escitalopram): 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.
escitalopram: 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.
Lexapro (escitalopram): 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!
17 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Life changer (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
escitalopram: Escitalopram stick with it. I went on 10mg for my anxiety. I'm 47 years old and I have never taking anything before but it was time to live my life without anxiety. I felt tired, really weird for about 3-4 weeks. I didn't know if I could live feeling like this on escitalopram. Needless to say after a couple months all the kinks worked themselves out. I wake up feeling like I have never felt before. Relaxed, happy and ready for anything. I cannot believe I lived so long itch the anxiety because now I feel great.
My advise is to keep with escitalopram because it takes awhile but when your body chemistry accepts it. Your life will change.
escitalopram: Great reduction in symptoms. I have virtually no anxiety symptoms at all now. Am in the process of weaning off now. Have taken 10mg for 6 years. Went to 7.5mg for about 2 months and now down to 5mg. No negative side effects with weaning off this slowly.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Worked wonders for stabilising my mood - and my ability to leave the house! Been taking it for about two years now. only thing I find is it starts to 'wear off' after a few months. My doctor has me come off them for a month and then go back on when this happens and I find this much more effective than upping the dose.
Main side effect for me has been insomnia. A small price to pay for the huge positive impact Lexapro has made on my life.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): I've been taking Lexapro for 2 months now for depression and panic attacks, which seem to come from nowhere (and I've never truly understood how scary a panic attack could be until that moment). It has helped me tremendously! Suddenly this last week the side effects which had seemed to taper, have returned. I have the addition of a headache (which I did not have in the beginning) and irritability. I'm also noticeably more tired than I was before. I am now taking the Lexapro in the evening instead of in the morning to help with sleep - but am curious if it is normal to have the side effects go in waves? It seemed as if they were mostly gone except for the lethargy, now they are increasing.
21 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): If you're suffering, you need to fix you! This medication is the most important thing to ever happen in my life. I went from a nervous, neurotic, obsessional wreck, to calm, cool and in-control dude - and I only take 5-10 mg (I'm 6' 4"). Over the last seven years, I've taken it on average 1-2 months out of the year - only when needed and never more than 6-8 weeks. I prefer not to be on anything, but when my health and business decline because of my mood, I immediately break the safety glass and reach for the Lexapro. And if for some reason Lexapro doesn't work for you, work with your doctor to find the right medicine so you can feel better. (I've tried 6 different medicines, we all have different chemistries - never give up.
56 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram: I have been taking this medication for a little over a year now and it seems to be working like a charm! I am currently 19 years old and the reason I started this medication was because I was experiencing a lot of anxiety and depression coming out of high school. I have had some recent life changing experiences that have ultimately given me a sense of hopelessness but the medication seemed to calm me down and removed the hopeless feelings. My doctor started me on the 10 mg and I have not yet needed to lower or increase my dosage. The only real side effects that I have experienced were occasional headaches and fatigue. When taking this medication it is very important to not miss a dose as well. I would ultimately recommend this medication.
Lexapro (escitalopram): I was prescribed Lexapro about a month ago. Initially I was sleepy all the time but I took it at night and now the only side effect is difficulty reaching an orgasm. I love this medicine! I was having several panic attacks a day and since being on 20mg/night I'm back to myself! I'm going to continue. It's like my own "Happy Pill".
28 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram: I suffered from severe stress for months before I started having chest pains. This sent me to urgent care and then the ER the following day. Tests were fine. The chest pain persisted for weeks and then I developed pain under both ribs. I continued to have these symptoms for months before I developed an interior tremor and twitching in my left foot. Becoming obsessed with my health only caused the symptoms to worsen and visits to my gyno, neuro, and GI all proved nothing. After 6 months of unrelenting and worsening symptoms, the panic attacks began. At this point I was on the brink of a meltdown and spent much of my downtime in bed. At this point I visited the psych. Started Lexapro. Symptoms worsened initially. Three weeks later...CURED!
Review by Feelin like my old self (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram): I have had some difficulty with anxiety and depression. I started taking Zoloft in January after a family crisis triggered my anxiety. I was on Zoloft for 8 months, but it stopped working and was making my jaw tense and causing me to grind my teeth. My doctor switched me to Lexapro, and I started at 5mg. I stayed on the 5 mg until my follow-up appointment. The 5 mg starter dosage was not very effective for me. This is my 3rd day on 10 mg of Lexapro. I feel like my old self. I don't shovel food into my face or feel bloated like I did with the Zoloft. I have my old sense of humor back. So far, I have not experienced any sexual side effects, but I noticed that Lexapro is causing a small amount of facial acne. Thumps UP!
31 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): I have been taking Lexapro for approx. three months, 10 mg/day. It has helped a great deal to reduce my anxiety and depression. I still have good days and not so good, but rarely fall back to where I was (sounds like many people on this have experience the same). I agree it has some side effects, but when you consider the benefit, its well worth it.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Review by JaneKatherine (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lexapro (escitalopram): I was on Lexapro 10mg and Abilify 10 mg for about 5 months, and overall it helped with my anxiety. I didn't feel as stressed at work and school, but it kind of made me a zombie. I haven't cried in 5 months, and I hardly feel any emotions. Which I guess is good for people suffering from depression. It completely killed my sex drive so I went to my doctor the other day and switched prescriptions. Currently withdrawing from this medication and it sucks. Getting light-headed and dizzy and vomited a lot the other day.
21 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Definitely improving my life. I'm less stressed at work and life with the kids is easier. Some social settings (crowds) still bothersome, but I'm getting there. One of the pages I read warned about caffeine intake, they weren't kidding. I cut out caffeine and it lessened my mood swings. Please read about interactions with other medicines when you start something new, it makes a difference!
23 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): Not every medicine is for everyone, but as one who has tried most of the major pharmaceuticals for major depression, panic attacks, severe anxiety and anxiety related bouts of obsessive compulsive disorder, I can tell you Lexapro is the only medicine that I've been able to stay on and be effective for my mental well-being...it is the only one I've had no side effects with. Other SSRI's have either: made me more anxious and/or depressed, dry mouth, BAD weight gain, or extreme fatigue making me into a walking zombie during the day. I've been on Lexapro 6 years now taking from 20 to 30 milligrams each day. During the months with the most sunshine, 20mg is effective. During months of winter, I have to bump it up by 10 mg's. I supplement with 4000 to 6000 IU's of D3 daily
32 users found this comment helpful.
escitalopram: I'm a 25 y.o female. I've had anxiety since I was 17. It got so bad that I was having panic attacks on a daily basis. I was always crying and even started getting a phobia of coming out of my house going places even just going to the market. I couldn't do it, I felt like I was going to have a panic attack inside the store and nobody was going to be able to help me. My symptoms were racing heartbeat, tingling in my face and hands, shortness of breath, feeling like I was going to pass out and trouble swallowing. I finally could not take it any longer and ended up in the E.R. a few times. At first doctors told me so many different things but I knew it was something different.
Review by frostbite, 58, male (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Lexapro (escitalopram): It helps with anxiety but actually causes depression for me. Plus, I've gained weight, even when on a starvation type diet. I'm slowing weening myself off, down to 2.5 mg a day, next week I'm stopping completely. I just want to have a clear head, instead of feeling like a zombie.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): I have been on Lexapro for three and a half years- it has completely changed my life, my moods, my behavior and my reactions to life for the better. I noticed an improvement within. 24 hours after starting Lexapro.
41 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Ddiazepam (taken for less than 1 month):
Lexapro (escitalopram): I've been on Lexapro for under three weeks now and it's been pretty great so far. I suffer from severe general and social anxiety and also depression.
I started on 10mg for the first four days, then upped to 20mg on the fifth day.
I noticed slight results after day four and to this day the over thinking and gut wrenching anxiety has been lessened. I have no depression anymore and it's close to impossible to care about stressful situations.
I'm well aware it can take up to two months for Lexapro to fully take effect, however I feel the positive benefits already.
Definitely something worth a try! Especially if you have anxiety and depression that is out of control.
Besides the side effects, which are slowly fading away, Lexapro is great
52 users found this comment helpful.
Lexapro (escitalopram): I never comment on these this but I feel this website sharing positive experiences helped me a lot. I had my first panic attack two months ago after a night out. Weeks of having 3-4 panic attacks a day and massive levels of anxiety followed. I tried to carry on with life as normal going to work, etc. and started CBT, which helped me establish it had started due to increased stress from work. I struggled to get on trains, tubes, eating in restaurant's, shopping...pretty much every day to day task. When I was put onto Cipralex and for the first four weeks I had high levels on anxiety, headaches, disassociation, tight chest, chest pains. Now on week 5 on Lexapro I am feeling much better and can do everything I did before with only low levels of anxiety.
44 users found this comment helpful.
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