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User Reviews for Escitalopram

Also known as: Lexapro

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder 9.4
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Borderline Personality Disorder 8.6
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 8.6
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder 8.3
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome 8.2
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Fibromyalgia 8.1
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 8.1
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Anxiety 7.4
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Depression 7.1
780 reviews 81 medications
Bipolar Disorder 6.8
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Major Depressive Disorder 6.5
107 reviews 46 medications
Trichotillomania 5.3
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Summary of Escitalopram reviews 7.5 2,859 reviews

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Reviews for Escitalopram

P · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 22, 2020

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: “Almost a year on Lexapro and it worked to improved my OCD like 70% or more. But side effect from the lexapro was I gained weight and lost sexual drive. My dose that I am taking is 20mg. My psychiatrist said that at a year he will lower the dosage. I hope the symptoms don't come back again! Overall it is a great drug, the only down side is the side effects that I mentioned. Btw medication must come hand in hand with therapy!”

9 / 10
Keeks · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 25, 2020

For Major Depressive Disorder: “I felt the side effects for the first few days which was brain fog, haziness, and tiredness. I then continued to feel fatigued but better through the next month. I used to be crying every day for two months straight, and the first month was so much better. I got into my second month of Cipralex and everything started to go downhill. I started crying again, having thoughts of terror, self-harm, just awful torture feelings. I now feel extremely detached from reality and I am very scared. I cry everyday, maybe twice a day with a full blown mental breakdown. I’m seeing a clinical therapist and a psychiatrist to help! I’ll keep this updated because I would love to help someone if they have this same issue.”

5 / 10
Plenism · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 25, 2020

For Borderline Personality Disorder: “Been on 10mgs escitalopram for a month and a half now. I can see why people might feel flat or robotic on this medication, as it does reduce the intensity and duration of any and all emotions. Very few things stir me like they used to. I've experienced far fewer crying fits, anxious episodes, and blind rages wherein I scream, hurt people, and hit things like an out-of-control toddler; and when I do have my moments of emotional volatility, they're dulled and short-lived. My fiancé and closest friends have noticed a marked change in my behavior and mood. I'm overall more pleasant to be around, and I feel happier with who I am as a person. Only side effects I've experienced were heart palpitations while starting the meds for the first time, increased appetite, and intense sleepiness that has gotten better since I've started taking the medication in the morning.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month June 12, 2020

For Anxiety: “Hello from Greece. I was suffering from strong panic attack and doc prescribed me escitalopram. I have had 4 days with 1/4 of a tablet and 5 days with half a tablet. It really calms me down, it saved me. But also consider taking b complex that has also helped me!”

10 / 10
Zo · Taken for less than 1 month June 11, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: “I was prescribed Lexapro (Escitalopram) after complaining of severe moodiness after my bi-weekly testosterone shot was administered. The very first and last pill I will would ever take. I had a very extreme battle with Suicidal Tendencies - with just one pill! I drank so much water to help flush out of my system and after a full 24 hours later, I feel I'm out of danger. Please! Please!! Recognize the symptoms and fight through it. Get off of it immediately should you have similar reaction and notify your doctor. Hope I was able to help someone.”

1 / 10
Des · Taken for less than 1 month June 10, 2020

For Depression: “I use the generic form of Lexapro and I have seen a very noticeable difference in myself. And its very obvious to others as well. I smile and laugh so much more and I feel like the real me. I take 10mg a day and I stand by it. No joke. I'm glad it works for me. I have been taking it for a very short period of time and my serotonin levels have GOT to be better because THE way I act and feel now isn't a coincidence.”

8 / 10
That Shadow June 9, 2020

For Anxiety: “I was prescribed this medicine for anxiety. I always worry about something and recently got troubles sleeping. I took 1 pill escitalopram 10 mg today and started to feel awful. I lost the ability to enjoy anything, I don't want to do anything, cannot get comfortable and all this makes me anxious. Now I realize that I didn't have depression before. I felt much better. No need to say that I cannot sleep in this state. I certainly won't be able to tolerate this for weeks. I'm not taking it.”

1 / 10
Anonymous June 8, 2020

For Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: “I noticed that since I started on Lexapro, I have been missing my periods.”

9 / 10
TO · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 7, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: “Life and work progressively got worse over the last 18 months, withdrawn, moody, insomnia, short with family, lack of concentration, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and plans. Had major panic attack ended up in hospital the symptoms similar to heart attack, even had a angiogram. Started cocktail of meds and ended with 10mg of Lexapro and now on 20mg. It has really settled me however still struggle to complete tasks and off work. Counselling also assisting. I have a review this week but diarrhea, insomnia slight nausea have continued. If can fix the diarrhea be very happy. I take meds in the am”

9 / 10
Em June 6, 2020

For Anxiety: “I started this medication escitalopram on 10mg. It actually worked ok at first. After a couple months it didn’t seem to work for me anymore so I asked my doctor to increase my dosage. He took me to 15mg for a bit then 20mg. I stayed on 20 mg for a few weeks and started having endless energy and insomnia. I began having terrible restless leg syndrome and mania. I decided to taper myself off without talking to my doctor. I went down to 10mg then 5mg. I went back to my dr to tell him everything and he told me to stay on 5mg. After a few more weeks I went off it. I started having other symptoms being off it so my family told me to go back on it. A few days later I had immense energy, where I felt on top of the world and not in a good way. I believe I was experiencing extreme mania. After days of this I had a horrible anxiety attack. I stopped the medication immediately and called my doctor. All the back and forth may have led me to the severe anxiety attack/ nervous breakdown.”

1 / 10
oKAYJUNE · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 5, 2020

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: “No help for my OCD whatsoever from a low dose of Lexapro. I have only taken this medication so far, so it is my only experience. I did not feel it has been any easier to avoid tapping, obsessive handwashing, or ruminating on Lexapro.”

1 / 10
Nks June 4, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: “I took Lexapro 2 times over my 21 years of life. 1. 13 y.o. HORRIBLE panic attacks, despersonalization, couldn't breathe, couldn't walk and thinking I'm going to die. Started to take Lexapro. No side effects and it helped me a lot. Took it for 1 year and I started to change my lifestyle to have little to none stress. 2. 19 y.o. Stress came back and so did the anxiety. No panic attacks tho. Begun to take the med, started to enjoy things again. Had side effects this time. Gained 30 pounds over 8 months! Had EXTREME loss of libido. After one year and a half, I really can't say it did more good than bad this last time. I've been off it for 2 months now. I have insomnia and struggle to lose weight. I'm eating healthy on a C.D, exercising 6/w and yet I hardly lose any weight. I still have really dark thoughts when I go to sleep and overthinking are still there. So I have mixed thoughts about this medication. First time it helped, years later it came back and it did little to nothing.”

7 / 10
Wallaby · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 4, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: “Lexapro changed my life for the better. My severe depression and anxiety are under control and don't bother me now. The first week was hard but the benefits have been absolutely incredible for me.”

10 / 10
Suz June 3, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: “I will update in a few weeks with my full experience with starting Lexapro. Let me tell you, I was TERRIFIED to start this medication due to bad reviews. I am terrified of feeling ill and ESPECIALLY vomiting. I finally told myself this morning I can no longer live in fear of my own life, constantly anxious, and told myself to just take the medicine. I was prescribed 10 mg, but personally medications do cause significant side effects for me (I am 5’4 and 100 pounds soaking wet) so I broke it down to 2.5 mg to start. I have experienced NO terrible side effects, it’s been roughly eight hours. I have had some “burning” sensation in my stomach, but I also have terrible stomach issues as is. I have been tired as well, but depression does that to a person.. PLEASE TAKE THIS MEDICATION. IT MAY HELP YOU. IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE. You. Can. Do. This.. *I will update in a few weeks with results as of then*”

10 / 10
Daisy · Taken for less than 1 month June 2, 2020

For Anxiety: “I started to take escitalopram today and I did feel the side effects like nauseas and drowsiness but beside that I feel like I’m choking on my tongue whenever I yawn or when eating. I'm not sure if is a side effect or if I’m really choking on my tongue. Couldn’t find any related side effect symptoms of choking with this medicine on the internet.”

Ian1969 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 31, 2020

For Depression: “Please please don't go near this drug escitalopram I think it is awful. I've been taking it for over a month and the anxiety is really bad, thankful it's in the process of being changed but I had to call the out of hours team because I thought I was have a panic attack don't go near this drug”

1 / 10
Indie · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 31, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: “I was unsure whether or not this medication Lexapro was working because I was still having bad days and anxiety daily however I let myself run out somehow and ended up being off them for a week, oh boy did I notice it. I was having outbursts that I hadn’t had to that severity in months. I think my dosage potentially needs tweaking but I am doing so much better on this than I was on mirtazapine or fluoxetine. My side effects were minimal - nausea on and off and some insomnia”

8 / 10
Alborg May 29, 2020

For Anxiety: “Have suffered symptoms of depression and anxiety for the last 22 years just limping along in life . Have had a lot of stressors in the last two years including a long term relationship breakup and moving to a new country. Realizing I was getting worse in my new life and they were affecting my ability to work (insomnia), I visited the doctor and was prescribed 5mg for 1 week then 10mg after. First day felt my symptoms were worse, then felt jittery for a week or two, but after 2 weeks I could sense subtle improvements. So far my top 4 symptoms of insomnia, dissociation, emotional flatness and irritability/edginess have improved to the point where I don't notice them anymore. I'm more relaxed and more myself. It's not a magic pill and I don't expect it to be but the subtle improvements have had snowball affect improving other areas of my life eg. relationships, work etc. I expect to be on them for at least 2 years should my improvement continue.”

Lainy · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 28, 2020

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: “I have had horrible intrusive thoughts and memories and random guilt for silly things for most of my life. When I turned 22 it began to spiral out of control and at 23 I was a complete mess of OCD, depression, and anxiety. I felt terrified of everything. I found a psych who prescribed 10mg escitalopram. After 2 weeks of getting A LOT WORSE, I felt ok and at the 5-8 week mark I began to feel better. Now I feel great. We are still playing with dosage(15mg now) but my life is completely different. I feel “normal” and don’t have random anxiety or guilt. The intrusive thoughts sometimes come but I’m able to let them pass. I did gain 12 lbs...5’6 and was 128lbs before and now 139lbs. I didn’t eat much before and now I’m exercising and eating normally. Plus I’m not overweight so I don’t mind it. My sex drive is WAY better than before. I can actually have sex without intrusive thoughts or images. I recommend BEING PATIENt. It gets worse before it gets better so DON’T GIVE UP!”

10 / 10
Eza · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2020

For Depression: “Took escitalopram 10 mg for 3 weeks for anxiety and depression. 7 months since then I am taking Cialis”

Carla · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2020

For Anxiety: “After battling MAJOR depression and anxiety for about 4 years I finally decided to call someone about getting help. I've been on this for 5 days now the 3rd day in a felt like total rubbish. The fourth day was okay and now. One thing i noticed is my sex drive is total gone. I'm a female and I can no longer orgasm which people experience but I think that is total abnormal and I'm not okay with that. As for my depression and anxiety I haven't noticed a difference yet, good luck to everyone taking jt”

5 / 10
Doodlebug · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 27, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: “So I’ve been on this Lexapro for almost a couple months and I’ve been trying to stick it out and see where it gets me I started taking whole pills which was and is terrible the side effects suck so I started taking a half in the morning and a half at evening time I felt like I was finally getting somewhere and my moods were getting better but I keep having what seems like more attacks and for a few days now I’ve just been not myself, dizzy, brain fog, frequent urination, fatigue & it’s so hard to get out of bed in the mornings even when I get plenty of sleep And my sex drive has drastically went down to almost nothing and it’s horrible to where I would rather just deal with attacks and take a Xanax everyday rather than deal with the side effects of this medication. Will be calling my doctor and weaning off it. I want my life back. For all of you that it has worked for I’m happy it worked for you unfortunately everyone’s bodies don’t take things as well as others.”

2 / 10
Just B · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 25, 2020

For Depression: “I’m a 46 year old woman and I’ve been taking Lexapro for 6 years. My experience has been very positive. I felt like it helped me get back to my normal self. It helps me keep level. I don’t have panic attacks. I don’t feel so drastically up and down. It’s helped me stay rational.”

10 / 10
Xilent · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2020

For Depression: “The short version : escitalopram works and it starts working almost immediately but for me it’s too similar to Zoloft which made me suicidal so I don’t think it is a good long-term solution for me. Nauseous jittery emotionally numb and almost feeling like life is just a lucid dream a sort of out of body experience. If you have had bad experiences with SSRIS in the past I don’t believe I can recommend this except as an immediate short-term intervention for suicidal ideation”

8 / 10
Cal · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 16, 2020

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: “This drug escitalopram saved my life. I couldn't get out of bed. I wanted to die every single day. My OCD took over my life, intrusive thoughts mixed with memories. I am back to normal now and loving life. All thanks to 10mg of this wonder drug.”

10 / 10