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Also known as: Lexapro

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Yes, it gave my life back but not 100%. And if you quit, you'll probably be the same as before."

   
8.0

KoldTurkey (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 1, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I have suffered from Anxiety and Panic attacks since my 20's sporadically. Now in my 40's recurrence has significantly increased due to a series of personal events to a point that I was starting to be afraid of being alone. I was hesitant to initiate medication but 3 weeks into it I feel the best I have felt in a long time. The first two weeks are tough, with nausea, dizzyness and headaches but it is worth it."

   
9.0

GFR February 28, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I take 10mg daily beginning two years ago for anxiety. The only side affect was for the first week. All I wanted to do was sleep. My body relaxed so much, I was not sleep deprived anymore. Afterwards it levelled off. My Dr. and I keep constant checkups and it's working out great."

   
9.0

Janeygirl (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 27, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I'm a 47 years old man that had NEVER ever in my life had taken an anti depressent. I have always had anxiety and would take xanax as needed .25mg. First few weeks of February I had a lot of negative things happen in my life and my anxiety went through the roof and I was borderline depressed. My Dr Perscribed me Lexapro 10mg. THAT WAS THE WORST 8 DAYS OF MY LIFE. I got upset stomach. And in the first 3 days I started talking to myself and had suicidal thoughts and aggression. I was absolutely scared out of my mind. My anxiety worsened to the point where I couldn't sleep for 3 days. I was literally dying inside. So my Dr stopped it. Then withdrawal set in. 5 days later I'm coming out of it. I'm on seroquel now. MUCH BETTER. Actually helps the anxiety."

   
1.0

Anonymous February 27, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I have dealt with bad anxiety for the last 6 years. I began having moderate depression as well and decided I had to try medication. I had a drug abuse problem prior, so I knew I didn't want to start taking benzodiazepines again for the anxiety. I was prescribed escitalopram and it seriously changed my life. My psychiatrist was right when saying that it doesn't make you feel happy, but it slows down your brain just enough so that you can let thoughts come and go, rather than ruminating on the negative ones. The only side effect I had was that it kept me up at night so I took it in the morning. Please give it a try if everything else has failed. You can always come off of it slowly if you don't see results!"

   
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JP12345 February 27, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Lexapro was a life saver for me. It helped me complete every day tasks that I could not do before taking this drug. I've tried nearly every other SSRI but this one was the best. The only negative part about this drug is the withdrawal symptoms. They are HORRIBLE. I recently found out I was pregnant and I had to cut down my dose according to my Dr. I was super dizzy, very faint and unable to leave my house. If I didn't have to stop these drugs, I would still be okay. However, slowly weening off these drugs have caused me to slip in a horrible anxious state."

   
6.0

JayH77425 February 26, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I have been on Lexapro 10 mg for six weeks. I was really nervous to start, because I have never taken any type of medication before. The first few weeks I did have side effects (including, nausea, dry mouth, and a kind of out of it feeling). It worried me but I stuck it out to four weeks, because all of my medical friends insisted that I do. I am so glad that I did! I feel so at ease about everything that used to control my mind excessively. I am so much more bubbly and comfortable with conversations with others. It really just took that edge off for me. All of the side effects have gone away. I strongly recommend."

   
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fattah February 24, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I was suffering some weird feeling last month. Had 2 panic attacks and I think it came from too much stress and thinking about my health. Scheduled a check-up with a Psychiatrist and he prescribed me Morcet (Escitalopram) & Rivotril (Clonazepam). First few days, I felt the some minor side effects (yawning, anxiousness etc). After a week, I felt better. A little anxious sometimes, but more controlled. I only take 10 mg a day (after breakfast) and 500 mcg of Clonazepam before bedtime. Will be back to my Psychiatrist after a month to discuss and taper my medication since I think I can manage now my anxiety/panic attacks without medication. Miracle drugs!!!"

   
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JP Dee February 24, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I'm 28 male and have wife and kids. I've been fighting severe anxiety and PAs for 15 years. I have never taken any medz and have always tried to deal wit it on my own...which resulted in extreme bouts of anger and almost the loss of my marriage. Now here I am staring at this tablet and reading forums trying to convince myself to take this tab and hope for a better life. I am highly objective to medicines for mental illness but when I spoke to the doc..she stated mental illness is a physical illness its not made up, if you were diabetic you'd take insulin, asthmatic a puffer, a headache some pain killers..this is the same..well here goes nothing"

Jaxxx89 February 22, 2017

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I am 29 years old and Lexapro gave me my life back . I started taking the medication for anxiety and panic attacks . My panic attacks are the worst I always feel that I am dying or that I am having a heart attack . It made me call 911 more than I can remember and every time they come and tell me that it's just a panic attack. It was embarrassing I am on 5mg and I started on half a pill and now 3/4 of a pill and its making wonders. I don't have to take a whole pill which is still the lowest dosage. GUYS it takes time to work . It took a month for me to work seriously 30 days exactly till it kicked in. It's not a benzo. You have to be patient. And I think that's a very fair price to pay . It waaay safer then benzos and not addictive."

   
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Noah87 February 19, 2017

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For Anxiety: "6 months on Lex for Anxiety . First days terrible but can not describe how amazing this drug is. It has brought back the old me! I am a hard worker again. I am the fittest and leanest I've been. I no longer suffer over eating which was a side effect of my anxiety. Happy again! Definitely suggest taking 5mg at first and working way up. If I'm having a hard time at work I sometimes up to 10mg but 5 is good and doesn't ruin my sex drive (it does die on 10mg though!)."

   
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Shmals (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 19, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I've been using lexapro for about 4 weeks now. The doctor started me out on 5mg and then after 3 weeks rose it to 10mg. She wanted to make sure I wasn't having any negative side effects. My anxiety was something that was constant. I would have panic attack and on occasion I would purge my food from the anxiety. Today I don't feel the constant anxiety, haven't had a panic attack, and haven't had the urge to purge. I never thought I would wake up everyday and feel as happy and ready to take on the day as I do. I completely recommend this medication and you really do have to take it for a few weeks to notice change. I get it's not for everyone but it worked for me and I'm forever grateful to be here alive and thrivin'!"

   
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kellyk329287 February 15, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I developed severe panic attacks. I felt like I was dying or going to pass out. Something was seriously wrong with me. Logically I knew nothing was going to happen but then the panic came anyone I left the house. Shaking, sweating, disorentation, couldn't breathe etc etc. Starting lexapro was hard. I started at small dose of 5mg and had to adjust to it. Nothing more than I already felt. After about 2 weeks I started to not notice I was taking anything. And then all the sudden I was at a store and I forgot to panic, I felt fine. I do have panic attacks still they are not gone but better. There are situations I still can't handle but daily living, going to work, school function, dinner etc I can now do."

   
8.0

Outrightscared February 15, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Before lexapro I spent the majority of my time sleeping in bed and hiding away from people, plus I felt really depressed. It's really good for anxiety. I rarely worry anymore. I only focus on solutions and try not to worry about the things I can't control, and lexapro has helped me feel more emotionally balanced."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 11, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I've been on 10mg of lexapro for a little over a month now. My depression like I've said before has lifted. I do have some spells here & there. My anxiety is still an issue just not as bad as it was. However I did start getting jittery/shaky. I'm not sure what that could be caused from!? I do take clonezapam when I start to feel those symptoms coming on. But I'm trying to not depend on it. I'm not sure if my dose of the lexapro needs to go up, I really don't want to go up. I'm hoping I can go off this medication by summer time."

Crazybaby February 11, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I have been taking lexapro for about six months now. I was put on it for a panic attack and mild depression. I am someone who never takes meds unless I have too and was very worried about being on this drug because I feared the side affects when it would be time to get off. I decided on therapy and lexapro. I am only on ten milagrams, 39 and petite. I can't say that this drug has caused me weight gain but if I am extra hungry I choose a healthier snack. I will say that the first few days of taking the med I did feel tired, and tense in my arms but I will say the panic attack attributed to that. I am doing great I am more relaxed and happier . Therapy is key too. Hang in there and talk to someone!!"

   
8.0

Zoeroc123 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 10, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Lexapro has changed my life for the better. When I was in my early 20's, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and depression. I took Lexapro for about 15 years until recently weaning off of it because I was feeling great. That was a mistake. Three months after weaning, I started to suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and now have starting taking Lexapro again with the help of a therapist and my doctor who specializes in stress management. The day I went back on Lexapro, I started to feel better. I have been able to sleep and focus on my job and my life has improved greatly. I am convinced that going back on Lexapro saved my marriage and my relationship with my 2 1/2 year old son."

   
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emiller0408 February 10, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I had been on Lexapro 20mg for years and was tired of the weight gain and thought I was okay enough to be off of it. Weaned myself off of it over a long time and went through all of the brain zaps, confusion, exhaustion, etc. But, finally I was off it. I was starting to get depressed again and not very clear thoughts but I thought I could handle it. Then, I got the flu and was on Tamiflu (never again) and all of the depression and anxiety raised its ugly head again. Could not shake it. The horrible thoughts, depression, hopelessness, insomnia, etc. I started a week ago back on Lexapro 5mg and already feel much better. I am starting to get more tired during the day but I do not care. I may bump up to 10mg. If you need it, you need it."

   
9.0

sas63 (taken for less than 1 month) February 8, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Went on these 8 weeks ago. 4 weeks on 10mg then 4 weeks on 20mg. They've just started to work properly and I feel much more positive. To get the most benefit I've had to stop drinking and improve my diet. I was pretty depressed and having anxious thoughts for two years before taking these. I've taken Elavil, Remeron and Lustral before but not really had good results. Felt odd at first but side effects have reduced. Still having strange feeling yawns, slightly delayed and weaker orgasm (was much worse to begin with), along with a little insomnia. I'm putting up with these. I think Lexapro is "cleaner" than the other SSRIs and more precise. I plan to take these for a year and then take a break, but will need them again in the future."

   
7.0

Ozzywozzy (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 4, 2017

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For Anxiety: "I have been taking these since 2011- 2016. At first they helped decrease my panic attacks but it came with a price. The negative side effects were emptiness, fogginess, poor concentration, worsening social skills, apathy, constant worrying, mania. I was really unmotivated to do things, I didn't care about anything. I just wanted to workout and eat which also didn't make me happy. I didn't realize it was because of these pills until I started switching to zoloft. Now I feel much better. Also I got frequently gastritis from them. Glad I'm off them, feel like they stole years from my life without me knowing. I didn't notice they caused all this probably because I was have so many panic attacks frequently when I started with them."

   
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qqii (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 4, 2017

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For Major Depressive Disorder: "I've been on other antidepressants before.. Paxil, Celexa, but now I'm on Lexapro. I take mine before bed. I'm going on 2 weeks and in the last week I have been experiencing terrible heart burn or tightening of the chest. In this last week I cut down my 10 Lexapro to a 5 (cut it in half) because I was way too groggy the following day. I really hope this heartburn or whatever it is goes away. Its uncomfortable. And the insomnia..when will I be able to sleep for more than 3-4 hours?? I'm so tired but can't stay asleep. At night, I take half a pill of Lexapro, vistiril 50 mg and a melatonin at about 8:30pm. Takes me at least 2 hours to fall asleep and then I might sleep 3-4 if I'm lucky. I usually wake up between 2:30-3:30 am. :("

Kris00 (taken for less than 1 month) February 3, 2017

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "This Med has been very good for me. It takes time to take effect but once you know its working you can feel the Difference. Since I've been on it have not had any episodes of Anxiety or Panic Attacks but I'm still scared it can trigger anytime. Good Luck"

   
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PYroworks February 2, 2017

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For Trichotillomania: "Two weeks ok lexapro now. I'm definitely less 'numb' than when I was on Prozac but my hair pulling is 100% worse."

   
1.0

Trickytrichy February 1, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I first went on Lexapro 10mg in 2010. I was previously on Paxil and Klonipin and while they weren't too bad I wasn't myself. I switched to Lexapro 10mg and it immediately helped me. I felt great except for some weight gain. In 2012 I began to get depressed and than due to some high stress situations I had a small panic attack which then followed with the return of GAD. My doctor increased the dosage to 20mg and also added Klonipin. This only made we feel worse. I finally switched to Effexor and Remeron which was better but not great. last year I decided to give Lexapro another shot and it's been 5 months that I've been on it. Unfortunately I have also had to take Adivan and the experience has been horrible. This week I will switch to Zoloft"

   
2.0

DesparateForRelief (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 1, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I broke out in hives and was very lethargic when I woke up and about 3 hours later was still tired"

   
3.0

Heidipoo January 31, 2017

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