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Also known as: Lexapro

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For Anxiety: "I was suffering from severe depression to the brink I was suicidal, finally I sought help and was perscribed lexapro. I felt very nauseous soon after and within a few hours I was in the height of terrifying panic so much so I begged to be locked up because I was so scared, horrendous hallucinations and I felt like my skin was on fire. I suffered vomiting and diarrhoea for 3 days and basically hid in my room for a number of weeks after. This was from taking one tablet and have since been diagnosed with GAD which I did not have before. I'm currently trying reiki yoga counselling and meditation and know I need extta help but I have such a fear after that reaction I don't think I could survive another episode. Never again"

   
1.0

Trying everything (taken for less than 1 month) December 17, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "After the death of one of my relative,my whole world changed. I thought it was due to my emotional nature. I started having panic attacks, lack of interest, unusual feeling of fear, lack of appetite, was not able to look after myself or my family. I thought that I was going to die.I t was all unbearable. But believe me lexapro is really great .After 8 weeks, I started feeling my normal self. Mild side effects: yawning, tiredness. But it may be due to my illness rather than the medicine effect. After taking this medicine, I got my strength back. It has saved my life. Just give it a try and hang on there for at least 2 months. It can really save your life too."

   
10

Got my life back (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 15, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I was on Effexor XR for over 9 years and it finally pooped out on me. My Anxiety and Panic Attacks came back with a vengeance! I was barely functioning, always afraid that I was going to drop dead. My psychiatrist recommended a tricyclic antidepressant but I am afraid of those medications. He then recommended Lexapro. So I've been on Lexapro generic 10 Mgs for 2 and half weeks now. I have mixed feelings about it right now. The first week I felt no difference in my anxiety. The second week, I felt great! Hardly felt anxious and hardly reached for the Ativan. I was sure this was the med for me. Now I feel out of and a bit anxious again"

   
5.0

Slikmich December 15, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I was having a terrible time with anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. It took 3-4 months to fully kick in but I'm back to my normal self. I tried tapering off once I felt better, which went well for a couple months then my issues started to return. I went back on 10mg and I'll stay here for another year the try to slowly taper off. I don't mind being on this drug. The only downside is that my sex drive is noticeably decreased."

Uehjj December 15, 2016

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For Anxiety: "Like many others I suffer from general anxiety on and off for 10 year and this past winter it got the best of me to the point that I couldn't function. I used xanax 0.5 up to 3 times per day for that episode but that is not the long term solution that I wanted. So I was put on escitalopram 10mg and holy crap it gave me my life back. The first 3 weeks were tough with the nausea, sweating, insomnia, mood swings. BUT if you can stick it out the 3-5th week I noticed a gradual and significant improvement in mood and ability to control thought.Since Week 5 I have been what I consider totally normal for the past 7 months. I encourage anyone going through this to hang in there it will get better. Listen to your doctors."

   
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socker21 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 13, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I have only been taking Lexapro for about 3-4 weeks but it seems to work for me so far. I started this medicine due to very bad panic attacks and depression. I have only had one very minor panic attack since and it was within the first few days of taking it. I find it a lot easier to calm myself down now and my panic attacks don't spiral. I used to have crying episodes that would last hours and I have not cried once since I started Lexapro. Side effects- I have had some headaches and muscle tension and I can feel quite dizzy and foggy sometimes but as long as it keeps my panic attacks away I really don't mind. I felt nauseous the first few days but it went away quickly."

   
8.0

So far so good... December 12, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Experienced hair loss and horrible scalp issues. Also headaches and weight gain. This drug is horrible and should not be allowed on the market."

   
1.0

Nolexapro December 11, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I have been on 20 mg of Lexapro for over a year now. After a bumpy first couple of weeks - mainly insomnia and nausea - Lexapro has been extremely effective in reducing my anxiety in everyday situations that used to cause me much angst. It has also put a stop to ruminating and obsessive thoughts."

   
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Ry-Fry December 10, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I have severe constant pain all over from rheumatoid arthritis which has me so crippled in my back, hands, fingers, shoulders, hips, ankles and knees. I am unable to walk and use a walker. I also have fibromyalgia which causes much pain and mental confusion sometimes. My Rheumatologist started me on 10 mg of Lexipro at first two years ago . I felt a bit drowsy for a couple of weeks until my body got used to the medicine. About four months ago had a hip replacement and a nightmare arthritis flare up. The flare up has not subsided yet , so my doctor increased the Lexapro to 20mg each morning and 20 mg each night. I take it about 8 pm a little before bed time. I haven't noticed any additional side effects . This drug helps me."

   
9.0

Think we'll December 9, 2016

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For Depression: "I suffered from severe depression with constant daily suicidal ideation and anxiety. I was really falling apart and was at the end of my rope. I was given 10mg of esciltalopram, my Dr told me to take it at 5mg for 4 days first which helped greatly. I suffered from very light side effects. First three nights I had trouble sleeping so some melatonin fixed that for me. Other than that I am totally fine. Six days in on the medication I have absolutely no suicidal ideation and my mood is totally changed. It feels like I did a total 180. I understand that every medication is different for everyone but this has been amazing for me."

   
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Spagia December 8, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I had been on and off this drug for years and it significantly improved my depression and anxiety. It also helped me sleep (I took it at night because it made me nauseous). Unfortunately, it also contributed to weight gain, so I switched to Prozac and it made a big difference. On Zoloft now because Prozac gave me fog and I think it's my happy medium for now."

   
9.0

Great but made me gain weight (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 7, 2016

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For Anxiety: "I have been on lexapro for generalized anxiety. I started 5mg for 4 wks, just upped it to 10 mg one wk ago. For the first week I had slight headaches, sweaty palms and hot flashes. When I went on 10mg I had a little increase in anxiety and trouble staying asleep, but hopefully this passes. I felt my anxiety decrease the first couple days on it, but the feeling of "dread" is just starting to decrease after 4 weeks. Overall I this medicine is great and I helping me function and live a normal life."

   
9.0

Jillmg December 7, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "Wonder drug for me. I have been on and off 10 mg Lexapro for 5 years. Went through withdrawals while weaning myself off through the beginning of 2 pregnancies. Withdrawals feel like you are coming down with something and the world is a scary unknown new place. Brain zaps are weird too. But I went back on the medication after giving birth because I truly am the text book person with generalized anxiety disorder. It consumes every part of my life. I was just upped to 15 mg a week ago because the 10 was just not quite doing it for me anymore. Life has thrown some serious medical conditions our way. My son was diagnosed with cancer, as was my father, and my other son has down syndrome so my anxiety really spiked. The 15 mg has been wonderful."

   
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Snugglebunny888 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 5, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "Have taken lexapro on and off for about 20 years. My advise is give it a go. First 3 weeks the side effects made life pretty miserable. Insomnia, nausea, no appetite or sex drive. After week 4 started feeling really good (normal) and enjoying life again."

   
9.0

T4 December 5, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Major Depressive Disorder: "Best way to discribe my situation. Type "A" Driver person. married after 6 years. in 34 year career. 5 mg Lexapro 1st 7 days. Took at bedtime. ... Woke in AM Very,Very Groggy,hung over, very hung over. After 3rd day.. got up 60 minutes early to walk, my daliy routine. 1.5 miles to get this out of my system. Coffee, lots of Black Coffer 20 oz minimum VERY ,VERY VIVID TECHNOCOLOR . . Anti- Orgasmic --/ with the use of "" Viagra - 15 -20 mg "" 25-30 minutes prior to sexual activity .. I am in my 60's in great cardio fitness . " not bragging, I last 45 minutes, " The Anti - Orgasmic effect," Means, The Male can go for a very long time..... Pleasing your partner ... over and over. *"

   
7.0

None, san diego county December 5, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "I tried it for the first time due to anxiety. It made me tired and weak, & I knew was a possibility, so I took it just before bedtime. I laid down but was unable to sleep due to a horrible headache coming on shortly after. It felt similar to blood rushing to the head when hanging upside down. I was dizzy & anxious due to this, so got out of bed to get my partner. I only made it a few steps from my bed to the hallway before I passed out. I only remember needing to get help, then I woke up with him holding me sideways to keep me still from convulsing & choking on my tongue. I've never had any issue with fainting, convulsions, or seizures prior. I won't be taking this again. Ever."

   
1.0

Lala329 December 4, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "This medicine was an extremely horrible experience for me. My doctor prescribed it to me for anxiety and day one sent me off the edge. How I felt during anxiety attacks was how this medication made me feel but fifty times worse. I felt like I drank a million milligrams of coffee and was on pins and needles for 8 hours. After reading these reviews I hate that it didn't have the same affect on me as it did the majority. I hate anxiety but I can't see myself taking another one of those pills EVER."

   
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Mbfd (taken for less than 1 month) December 3, 2016

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For Major Depressive Disorder: "This drug is for my anxiety and depression. I feel my anxiety is more stable, but my depression can still be a problem at times. I have no issues with side-effects except for sudden sleepiness."

   
7.0

Retired Rob (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 3, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "Made me feel like a zombie..Foggy feeling in head. Not good for the sex life. Sleepy all day long; couldn't get out of bed. I woke up just to eat and went back to bed. Stopped after 6 weeks.; switched to Wellbutrin with good results."

   
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JJ - male (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 3, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "This is a great drug. I had battled depression my entire adult life and after a year of completely changing my diet, supplements, routine and seeing several counsellors I finally gave this a try. IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I can't believe I waited so long. I used to spin in a tizzy over things. I now realize I have control and stay calm. Unfortunately I experienced many side effects with Lexapro. I had nausea in the beginning, shortness of breath and fatigue. I did not gain weight, which I was grateful for. Ultimately I switched to Prozac because this made me too tired, but I would recommend this over Prozac for most people because it supposedly has less side effects (though not for me)."

   
9.0

ZisserZasserZooz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 2, 2016

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For Borderline Personality Disorder: "My brother told me about how it helped him and it sounded just the ticket. Been on it for about 6 months and I no longer get furious in a nano second. Much better for me and the kids"

   
8.0

Anonymous December 2, 2016

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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "Been on it for apprx 20 yrs for Gad which results in episodes of depression. Works better than first 2 drugs incl Paxil. If your anxiety is really bad like mine - you just live with side effects. Tried to go off few yrs ago - ok for few months then panic anxiety attacks - so back on med. Mostly on 10mg but range 5-20. Generic version avail in Canada - very affordable."

   
7.0

coldnorth (taken for 10 years or more) December 1, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Anxiety: "I was taking Xanax..0.25 mgs three times everyday for over 13 years. My Dr wanted me to wean off of it so to help thru the process she had me take 5mgs per day of Lexapro (escitolopram). I kept taking the Lexapro for 1-1/2 years. During this time my Dr raised the dosage to 10 mgs daily. Lexapro wasn't the medicine for me. It caused more anxiety, mood swings and weight gain along with not feeling like myself. With the help of my Dr I weaned off Lexapro over a period of 3 weeks. After the 2nd day of not taking Lexapro I started with constant brain zaps, fatigue, dizziness with vertigo and felt overall awful. This continued for the next 7 weeks but the withdrawal symptoms lessened each week. I am now at the 8th week and feel wonderful!"

   
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Nanny Robyn December 1, 2016

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Lexapro (escitalopram) for Depression: "I was diagnosed with PTSD,GAD and MD .My life was falling apart.I had dark thought ,wasn't cleaning my house , completely let myself go , No patience with my kids and a negative outlook on life .my anxiety was So bad I was taking Xanax to cope . lexapro has been a life saver for me 6 weeks later I'm back to my " normal self " I'm very productive , positive , I take care of my house , myself ... it will not make you happy or " high " but make life so much more enjoyable and easier . I'm at 20 mg of lexapro a day ! And I thank god for it ... I'm 10 lbs down . SSRI work different for everyone but if 2 month ago told me my life would change for the better I would have never believed it ! Give it a try ! We are all SURVIVORS! Good luck !"

   
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Depressed mom in remission December 1, 2016

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For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: "Have been on this medication (between 10-20mg) for around 3 years now. I have literally tried all SSRI'S as well as wellbutrin, TCA and a few others. Escitalopram is the only one so far that can keep me stable enough to function. I still have emotions ( not zombie like) and I can cry and feel sad when I need to. Sometimes I have a hard time sleeping, but I take melatonin and it helps a lot. When I am not on this medication, I am on the floor curled into a ball, a crying, terrified mess. It helps me function well enough to keep a job and raise my children. Sometimes my thoughts start to run, but then I just try and rationalize them( can't do this without med) and I can usually get my mind back under control fairly quickly."

   
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Justme9565 (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 30, 2016

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