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User Reviews for Escitalopram

Also known as: Lexapro

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I am a 25 yr old female took it after I got bad postpartum anxiety after my 2nd son, I couldn't do everyday things, my husband worked 3rd shift and I was terrified of him leaving. Which never happened since he's always worked that shift. Went to the doc after almost losing my mind got there and my bp was sky high and I was a nervous wreck I kept feeling faint ect so she gave me an ekg to make sure my heart patterns were at least normal because my bp was outrageous then prescribed me Prozac. I took the Prozac for about a month and it made me a emotional mess it made my panic attacks and anxiety 10 million times worse. So she gave me lexapro I've never felt better. I am confident and do everything and I'm actually excited to live again!!"

   
10

Mayerod July 28, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "It simply worked. I couldn't sleep, had serious GI problems and developed depression over a period of months. Less pro helped pick me up at low dose in a few months. Was off in a year and probably could have been sooner."

   
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Learnet (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 28, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I had been experiencing milder depressive symptoms for a couple of months, but then suddenly one morning I woke up with all the physical symptoms of a panic attack, which I'd never had before (never had any anxiety symptoms before), and symptoms persisted almost nonstop for 4 days until I could get in with my doctor. I wasn't having anxiety about any one specific thing, I just felt hopeless and like I'd lost control of my thinking. She prescribed me klonopin for immediate relief (big help) and the generic version of lexapro (10 mg) to actually address the problem in tandem with counseling. I'm only a week in but feeling LIKE MYSELF and so much better in general. Had some headaches and sleepiness/yawning in the first week but lessening now"

   
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Allison G T July 26, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Lexapro has changed my life....I am an alcoholic who could never be in social situation without drinking...when I became sober I isolated myself from crowds, friends, working etc until I found lexapro which has cured me of my anxietities and I can now have a normal life without drinking. I'm the me I was before I started drinking and couldn't be happier. I also hear people say they've gained weight I have actually lost five pounds doing my normal activities and eating healthy "

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I started taking this med for anxiety a few weeks ago. I had a few side effects like nausea and headaches and I wasn't sure if it was doing anything. I talked to my doc and he added xanax for 10 days to jump start the Lexapro. It has helped a lot. What mostly helped with my side effects was taking the meds late evening. Now i have no side effects and feel great."

   
7.0

TVC July 24, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Excellent results--very calming effect"

   
9.0

Busternuckles July 24, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Major Depressive Disorder: "I have suffered with depression and anxiety for most of my life. One of my best friends convinced me to talk with my doctor about an antidepressant. I tried several different medications. Finally, I was prescribed Wellbutrin 100 mg., which worked pretty well for several years. However, it stopped working so my doctor increased the dosage to 150 mg. Bad idea. I had a seizure and was hospitalized for two days. After this experience, I decided to not take anything. Another bad idea. The depression got so bad, I could hardly function. I went to a new doctor and he prescribed me Lexapro. What a miracle drug. It took sometime to get use to the medicine but once my body adjusted, I started feeling great. I don't recall ever feeling so happy as now"

   
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Ann W July 24, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "Lexapro made me feel normal again. I was severely depressed and so scared I would never feel normal again. I started at 5mg and worked up to 15mg over a few months. At three months I felt like me again. It was a roller coaster getting there with good days and down days where I never thought I would feel like me again. But the three month mark I feel great! I promised myself that when I felt good again, I would share my experience. Hang in there, you will feel good again just give it time. And when you have a down moment, think of happy times and remember you will get better. Side effects initially was yawning a lot. I can finally sleep again and I gained my weight back because I actually want to eat again. Life is good now. Thank you lex!"

   
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Finallyfeelinggood (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2016

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For Fibromyalgia: "Have been taking 10 mg for over a year. It originally was to try to help with fibromyalgia. I also had some emotional issues I was dealing with. The first two weeks was not very good. My main side effects were dizziness, sleeplessness, some nausea and headaches, none being bad enough to want to quit. After reading other's comments I pretty much knew what to expect. One day after about two weeks I suddenly realized that the symptoms were disappearing and I felt a calmness I hadn't experienced before. Not a drugged feeling , just calm and the edge had been taken off, a great relief. No weight gain and more drive to be active and productive. I don't ever plan to stop taking this med. it's helped me so much."

   
7.0

Debbie the (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 23, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I started taking Lexapro about 7 weeks ago after an extremely traumatic unexpected loss of my long term boyfriend who i lived with. I was not functioning or able to deal with life before I got on Lexapro. I couldn't stop overwhelming thoughts, anxiety, crying. I couldn't face life. Lexapro has helped me begin the process of healing In a healthy way and resume life. I don't feel any different other than I have rational thoughts and I am in control of my emotions. I know I would not be moving forward in a positive manner of it wasn't for this medication. The change was like day and night and I am thankful."

   
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Hla1121 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 22, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I've been taking lexapro for about a year now and it seems to help a lot with my social anxiety. I don't think about nor care what people think as much as I used to. But it does make me kinda have like no emotion toward people's feeling & what not. Which is a downside. But I used to be afraid of big crowds. I wouldn't really want to be around people but at the same time I did because I wanted to have friends and be outgoing but it was extremely hard for me. Also I had like mild depression, always negative thoughts. But since I've been taking it it's definitely made me more positive and more friendly. Before I would always worry about everything and when I say everything I mean everything lol. With out it I do have bad withdrawal & it sucks."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 22, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I started it to treat depression from life circumstances and anxiety, specifically health-related anxiety ("hypochondria") and it's turned my life around. Yes there have been side effects, but ones I can live with for now. At first I felt tremendously tired, that lasted about a week. It happened again when I upped my dose due to being depressed over the winter months. Sexual side effects happened in the beginning but went away. The tiredness went away. I'm so much more normal now. I went from being a total wreck and thinking I was dying every day/crying about everything to functioning normally again. The only side effect that still bothers me is a feeling of dizzyness or lightheaded and almost "not being there" sometimes, forgetfulness."

   
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betterthanbefore July 19, 2016

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For Depression: "I started this medication a year ago. My Dr. started me at 10mg then bumped me up to 20mg about 3 months later. I suffered from depression, lack of motivation for life, suicidal/death thoughts, anxiety, and angry outbursts that affected my personal and professional life. This medication has greatly improved my life and my relationships. When I first started it there was an adjustment period for about a month but now I feel like I have a positive outlook on life and I can handle everyday stressful situations without wanting to kill everyone. I actually lost weight on this medication because I'm not wanting to binge eat to ease my anxiety and I am more motivated to go to the gym. Lexapro was a life saver for me."

   
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Punkerman July 19, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Been taking these meds for 2 weeks now. I was diagnosed with mild aspergers syndrome as a very small child and have had problems with anxiety & my overall mental health for most of my life. Just recently, I started to have panic attacks (scariest thing ever, I thought I was dying). So while I'm waiting to see a shrink, my GP prescribed me an antideppressant. It has significantly decreased my anxiety & sadness. It is also excellent as a pain-killer (I have ankylosing spondylitis/arthritis too). Worked far better then any NSAID I have taken. Side effects are harsh though. I felt tipsy & nauseous the first time I took it. Diarrhea. Nightmares. Severe restlessness. Racing thoughts. High sex drive that negatively interferes with day to day life."

   
7.0

isitnaptimeyet (taken for less than 1 month) July 19, 2016

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For Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: "This drug has honestly changed my life. I suffered from PMDD for years and the mood swings had a terrible impact on my life. In the two weeks before my period I would fluctuate between feeling upset, paranoid, anxious, and ragey - falling out with family and friends - and sometimes not wanting to get out of bed or go to work. My doctor suggested taking 10mg Lexapro a day for the two weeks before my period. I wish I had done this sooner as it really has had such a positive impact. The first fortnight I took it I had bad nausea and a lack of appetite for the first few days but this symptom reduced each month subsequently and now I have no side effects. I feel really stable and like myself now and no longer fear that fortnight before my period"

   
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kitty12345 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 17, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I have never taken an anti-depresent/anti anxiety med before. My doc started me out with 5mg a day for a week and then 10mg a day after that. The first day I took it after about 30 minutes my mouth got extremely dry. After about an hour, I got a slight feeling of dizziness mixed with fatigue, but it wasn't horrible. The first week was the same thing, dry mouth and slight dizziness. Currently I feel fine, the only other thing I can say I have noticed over the past couple days is odd dreams, I woke up in tears from a dream and thats never happened before. The only other thing is mild night sweats. Other than that I am enjoying this med and it has been working for me, but I feel like I may need to up my dose slightly."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 17, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I posted on here a couple of days ago to say I was starting Esitalo. Well, 3rd day in and I had the worst panic attack of my life, passed out, vomited, was dripping with sweat. The first 2 days were so easy but have decided not to keep taking it. Will head back to my doctor. Don't think this drug is for me."

   
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Notsostrongwoman (taken for less than 1 month) July 16, 2016

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For Anxiety: "First let me say I am super sensitive to all medications, I tried zoloft, efflexor, prozac, paxil, wellbutrin, and some others and could not tolerate them. I started on Celexa which I only had short nausea episodes. My anxiety and depression was better but I still felt a little foggy. (Started at 1/4 of 20mg upto 1/2 of 20mg) . My doctor switched me right over to lexapro (1/4 pill of 10mg), same except there is one less molecule taken out I did this for about 2 weeks,then I went up to 1/2 of 10mg(5mg) other than nausea for a short time the first day I felt okay. As the days went on it has been better and better. I also take Xanax .25mg but find that I rarely need it anymore. Start with baby doses, it was super easy for me! Best of luck"

   
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LisaC1014 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 16, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have only been on lexapro for 3 weeks now but I can say that it has truly helped me make it through everyday amazingly. I read all of these reviews as I contemplated taking it. And I can assure you it will help. I only had slight side effects on the first day, like dry mouth and feeling a little spacey. But it passed fast and has taken away almost all of my panic attacks. If you are really having trouble making it day to day, please at least try it. It was immensely worth it for me and I really hope it can help you too."

   
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Smac11 July 15, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Wow, this drug has really changed my life. Some time after being diagnosed with GAD, I was prescribed 10mg of Lexapro just over a year ago, at age 16, and since have made a staggering recovery. Before starting a medication regimen, I had very severe anxiety. Therapy had never really worked for me, But escitalopram turned out to be exactly what I needed. As my therapist put it, medication is a strong foothold so that you can pull yourself out of mental illness. It won't save you, but it will help you extremely. I do get brain zaps if I forget to take this for one or two nights-- but that's the only lasting side effect I can think of. Overall great medication."

   
9.0

rubyteal July 14, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been carrying my Esitalo around for 2 weeks now. Trying to keep fighting the anxiety but have decided to give a try. Have read just about every review on here so taking my first tablet today. I know it will probably get worse before it gets better but I have to try something. I am 61 years old and just not coping with circumstances that have ruled my life for so long. So here goes!!"

Notsostrongwoman July 14, 2016

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For Depression: "I've been taking Escitalopram for 16 days. I started on 2.5mg but it made me very tired, In fact, exhausted! Plus I couldn't sleep. I played around with the time of day I took it. Still tired!! I decided to start weaning off but within 3 days I was feeling suicidal again so I took 2.5mg again, then 3.75mg. Within 2 days, feeling ok. Lots of energy. Cleaning. Visiting family. I actually feel too wired and have tremors so I'm going to drop down to 3mg. this is a very powerful drug. Go slow. It's the fastest and most effective antidepressant I've ever taken."

   
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40yearoldMom (taken for less than 1 month) July 13, 2016

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For Depression: "I switched from Effexor to Lexapro after I was beginning to have suicidal thoughts. While my mood improved, my sex drive plummeted. On top of that, I gained 25lbs in a month. After completely changing my diet and exercise routine by suggestion of my doctor, I still hadn't lost any of the weight. It began to chip at what little self esteem I had, and my mood began to plummet again. It's hard to feel happy when you feel so uncomfortable with your body after a rapid weight change. I've been switched to Welbutrin SR, so we'll see how that goes."

   
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KimmyMH (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 12, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Please read this. I've battled anxiety for a long time and when I had a recent bad time with it I needed extra help. Was prescribed Lexapro 10mg once a day. I'm a big hypochondriac so taking new medicine is a painful experience for me. The first week was tough, just adjusting to the meds but by day 4 I literally felt like I had done a 180 degree turn around. It works and I felt great. Unfortunately after about 4 weeks I broke out in hives and had to discontinue but I highly suggest for anyone battling anxiety. Zoloft was horrible. I did have withdrawals from both meds - the brain zaps but was asked to increase my water intake and that help flush it out. Had withdrawals for about a week."

   
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JulesSan (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "After taking Citalopram for over 12 years I started suffering from sivere anxiety side-effects. My GP suggested that we try Effexor. After 3 months on Effexor, my anxiety was no better and I had one little trip to the ER and a short stay in hospital with another failed suicide attempt. I was in a really bad place, at the end of my wits. My pharmacist had a chat with me. He said that seeing as I had responded so well to the Citalopram initially, it might be worth trying es-citalopram/Lexapro. I talked to me Dr. and he agreed. Things have been a lot better since. I don't need any anxiety medication at the moment and most of my other symptoms are a lot more manageable. It is not a cure, but it makes the symptoms bearable."

   
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rialistic July 9, 2016

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