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7.8/10 Average Rating

662 Ratings with 618 User Reviews

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"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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"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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"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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"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): "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."

   
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Outrightscared February 15, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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."

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

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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!!"

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

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"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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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I was once you, anxiously reading reviews for Lexapro. I began getting severe anxiety and mild depression and my doctor recommended 10mg of Lexapro. I have never liked taking drugs, but I felt like it was my only choice. The first 2-3 weeks my experience worsened. Every side effect you could have, I had. Drowsiness, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, decreased libido, constant yawning, the list goes on. However it started to lighten up every week. By Week 6, every side effect was gone. 11 months later and I'm still on 10mg and I can't explain how much my life has improved over the past year. My life is back. I'm happier than ever and enjoying every aspect of life again. It may be hard at the start, but it's worth it. I believe in you! peace"

   
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Tigga (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 30, 2017

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"IF YOURE READING REVIEWS RIGHT NOW, DEBATING TRYING THIS, DO IT RIGHT NOW. I was so anxious to try this, I thought I was gonna be a zombie. Its only my first day taking it and I just want to let you know the side effects are very doable. Slight nausea, slight headaches, a little confusion, a little more alert. Honestly, if I wasn't paying attention to them I wouldn't even probably notice I'm having side effects....(I'm sensitive to medications by the way) I say give this a shot, I know new medications can be scary but you never know, it can be your miracle drug."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2017

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"I have always had slight anxiety my whole life, then in my early 20's it got very, very bad. Off and on. Last winter was the final straw for me, after many stressful situations, I broke down badly. It was constant. Though by the spring it eased up, during the summer I finally sucked it up and started Apo-Escitalopram. I was prescribed 10 mg but refused to take the whole pill. I only take about 2 mg a day, and have for 6 months. However, that small amount worked well, surprisingly. I noticed after 2 months, situations that would bother me previously only mildly bugged me, if at all. It felt great not to care. Only the past few weeks I have felt it may not be enough, now that it's winter. Considering a small increase."

   
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SunshineSweetie (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 23, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "Didn't notice an effect yet..."

M246 January 20, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "Supposed to be 6 weeks to take effect. I felt instantly calmer, happen the NEXT day! Couldn't believe it. Started at 10mg moved to 20 MG in year of use. My problem now is its been 7 years of working for me but 20mg doesn't have same effect of earlier years. I want to have increase in MG use. How to I get doctor to do this?"

   
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Kat Suter (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 18, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I hated lexapro I tried it twice with 20mg and had to stop taking it, Every time I took it I threw up a lot, I felt horrible I felt like a zombie, I also had mild hallucinations that were not fun and rapid heartbeat it was just awful."

   
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Vomiting, Hallucinations (taken for less than 1 month) January 18, 2017

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"The first few days I also (like others have posted) yawned non-stop. I was also sick to my stomach for about a week. The second week in I noticed that I lost the ability to get turned-on as easily by my fiancé which was incredibly annoying for me. She used to be able to have a couple orgasms during sex, and we made love several times a week. I'm really frustrated because I've lost such amazing sensation sexually. I'm going to ask my doctor to taper me off of it, as soon as I can."

   
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S.Farris January 17, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "Wow, just wow. It's been almost going on 2 months, and I feel like a completely better person. First of all hang in there. Side effects are hard the first week but you will get levelled out. I go to the gym and don't have an anxiety attack and run out after only 30 minutes thinking I'm dying. The fear factor has went away and that's the first thing I have noticed. My overall mental balance and mood has dramatically improved, I don't feel as off in a chemical imbalanced but more balanced and confident. I don't ever want to get off this."

   
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5mg (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 17, 2017

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"I took it on first day 10 mg ! Shaking of body , confusion , vomited 4 times , feeling sick , can't talk as much through mouth due to confusion . Burning sensation in body , passing out . Etc ! Don't take it if it's worse"

   
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Gffff (taken for less than 1 month) January 17, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "My son was a heroin addict which upon learning about it sent me to a very high anxiety level. If he wouldn't answer the phone by the time I drove home in my mind I thought for sure he was dead. This medicine made me normal again no thoughts like before no crying episodes and just calm. I'm on 10 mg been on it 2 years. Just feeling great"

   
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Drososny (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 16, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I've had anxiety and severe panic attacks for a year now. 10 mg helped but still had attacks on the weekend. I just started 20 mg so hopefully that will stop them completely! The two weeks of side effects (headache, insomnia) are worth the end result!"

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 12, 2017

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"The first 3 days of taking this I couldn't stop yawning!! I was literally yawning about once every minute. This went on for hours, it was incredibly annoying (although I've heard this is a very rare side effect). Finally after 3 days the yawning subsided. On the 4th day I was so nauseous I couldn't even eat. Now I'm 3 weeks in, I still sometimes get nauseous but nowhere near to the extent that I was nauseous on day 4. Also my sex life has drastically taken a hit. I went from being a very sexual person to now not finding any pleasure in sex at all. Also my mind is foggy and I'm very distracted. I'm stopping the medication today because I haven't seen any improvements in my anxiety."

   
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Al82 January 12, 2017

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"I've taken escitalopram before and it worked good for my anxiety but I stopped taking it after about two months cause I felt better. The shortness of breath came back and takes a while to go away. I can't even exercise anymore due to it. I had to resign from the fire academy cause my body could not keep up. I've always been fit. Anxiety can be really frustrating because of the physical symptoms. Escitalopram did work for me and fast like within days. I also had problems having sex, and I love sex. I was very sexually active in high school and short after until I hit 22. I'm 28 now. I have good and bad days, mostly bad. I want my sex life back, and I want to be able to work out like I used to. Anyone else have SOB?"

   
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Guy5433 January 8, 2017

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"My only regret is not taking this sooner in life. I suffered with anxiety as well as PMDD that disrupted my life and marriage frequently. I had tried Cipralex previously but was scared off because I started at full dosage. Upon the guidance of my pharmacist I started 5mg for two weeks and then went up to 10. Side effects were minor and went away after a month or so. I still have some difficulty climaxing and may start taking Wellbutrin as well to negate this. Otherwise I am a happy, carefree confident person. I'm social, I have no more social anxiety and very little anxiety in general. I am calm and don't sweat the small things. I hope this continues to work for me."

   
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Mands01 (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 3, 2017

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"I decided to try Escitalopram after battling severe anxiety and depression for over 4 years. The initial side effects were extremely hard to cope with. I personally couldn't work for the first 5 days. I struggled to concentrate, function normally and just slept all the time. After about day 10-11, I was feeling good but a bit zombie-like as if I was living but not really emotionally there. My doctor recommended I start taking 20mg after 1 month of taking 10mg. I'm now on week 9 and feeling somewhat normal again. It's been a trip out to wonder whether this is the actual happy me that went missing or whether everything is just being masked. Overall I am happy and my anxiety and depression has vanished. Still can't cry though."

   
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grace-g December 30, 2016

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"Before I started taking Lexapro I would be anxious constantly and it the anxiety interfered with my daily life. I would avoid events, people, and responsibilities, now I don't do that anymore. I'm generally happier and functioning better in life. I also found that my anxiety opened the door to depression, now thats gone too. It took 2 months to kick in Side effects: good news is I didn't gain weight on it. My biggest complaint was that it totally killed my sex drive and made it virtually impossible to orgasm, HOWEVER I found out that taking it at night instead of in the morning brought my sex drive back :) I also feel a bit numb emotionally but it's so worth it I still take .25-.5 mg Clonzepam a few times a week if anxiety flares up"

   
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MyNickname (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 26, 2016

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"Use less benzos now that I'm taking Lexapro. Works well for anxiety!"

   
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Anonymous December 25, 2016

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