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Also known as: Lexapro

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Escitalopram Rating Summary

7.8/10 Average Rating

682 Ratings with 637 User Reviews

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "Lexapro was a miracle drug for me as far as treating my severe health anxiety and PTSD. It gave me my life back. I can truly say I was my normal self 98% of the time. However it caused me to have extreme muscle tension and headaches. I was even diagnosed with TMJ and was sleeping with a mouthguard at night. Weaning off Lexapro was horrific for me. It took a good 3 months for all the withdrawal symptoms to subside. Thankfully the headaches and stiff jaw got better as well. I'm sad I can't take Lexapro anymore. It saved my life. I'm about to start on Prozac. We'll see what happens."

   
8.0

RVAmommy April 25, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I'm someone that has been generally anxious for my whole life with spells of depression sprinkled in. Recently I thought I had been improving with my anxiety but then I had a panic attack, out of the blue, with no rhyme or reason; it just happened. I was afraid this would affect my work so I finally pushed myself to see a psychiatrist, who suggested that Lexapro would be an appropriate option. I started taking it and had some nasty side affects (no appetite, nausea, slight dizziness, jitters, tenseness) for the first two days but after that I noticed how well it was working. My anxiety has lessened immensely and it's giving me a second chance I never knew I wanted. I'm still in the first week of trying it but it's worked excellently so far!"

   
9.0

RosyPosie (taken for less than 1 month) April 25, 2017

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"I have been on this for 4 months now and LOVE the results. I used to lay awake for hours worrying about everything and my negative thoughts made it impossible to sleep. Then there were the nightmares and panic attacks etc. There is only one real negative side effect and that is that I can no longer orgasm. My libido used to be through the roof! Now I am unable to get aroused...nothing works. It's extremely frustrating. I have also gained weight. The good thing is, I am always in such a good mood that I fail to care."

   
9.0

Geenie (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 25, 2017

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"Just passed week four marker on 10 mg, and am experiencing subtle but positive changes. The first week and one half was a bit disconcerting, as the heart palpitations I had increased, and my anxieties seemed to be amplified. I also developed a headache that nothing could touch, that lasted about four days. Thereafter things calmed and about week three I began to notice periods of time when I became more mellow, and my interactions with those around me seem more positive than before. Now that mellowness has expanded somewhat, though it is not consistent, nor do I feel any haziness or loss of focus when needed. No weight gain, no sexual side effects."

   
8.0

Crymu (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2017

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"I went through a life threatening situation. I couldn't sleep, eat nor get my body out of flight fight mode no matter all that I tried (yoga, meditation, accupuncture, herbal remedies) I got sick and tired of the every day battle with my mind and body so I sought medical help. It was the best thing I ever did! Cipralex took 6 weeks to kick in @5mg dose (I took clonazepam to counter the increased anxiety side effects for first 2 weeks). I got brain zaps, spacey headed, sleepy and had dry mouth. It all went away within 3 weeks. I Took it for a year.. A slow wean is key to minimize coming off side effects. I did it over 4 months. It takes time to build up on your system, don't give up as weeks 1-4 are rough. After that, you reap the benefits"

   
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Bella987 April 13, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I started having frequent panic attacks and anxiety spikes and my doctor suggested Lexapro. I had really bad nausea and lack of appetite the first week and had to force myself to eat to ease the hunger pains. After that subsided, I had a lot of muscle tension and soreness. It felt like my whole body was vibrating as if being electrically shocked. I was fidgeting all day, sitting in unusual postures, mistyping far more than usual, and knocking things over on my desk. After four weeks the panic attacks had stopped and my anxiety had improved slightly, but the muscular side-effects had me even more worried. I called my doctor and he switched me back to Sertraline. Tapering off Lexapro made the vibration and tension go away almost immediately."

   
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jtr1988 (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2017

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"A miracle pill! I am 23 years old & I had anxiety since childhood. It exceeded to an extent that I was unable to carry out my daily routine. I visited my therapist and he prescribed me this pill. I was reluctant to take it at first. 1st week was so bad! I could not function well because of nausea & drowsiness. Into the 2nd and 3rd week, drowsiness and nausea subsided but I was concerned about the sexual side-effects. I had trouble maintaining an erection and I could not orgasm at all. Into the 4th week, I experience no side-effects. My orgasms have returned, and they have returned stronger. I can last significantly longer in bed & most of all, my anxiety levels have dropped down to almost non-existent levels. I'm currently in the 5th week."

   
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Escalatemymood-opram (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 31, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I began taking 5 mg of lexapro 10 days ago, for postpartum depression/anxiety. It has been a lifesaver. The initial side effects faded within a week. I take it in the morning, because I knew that it would possibly make me jittery at first. I had tiredness in the afternoon and evening and a loss of appetite for the first 5 days, but those have faded completely. I searched and searched for positive reviews on this drug for postpartum depression/anxiety and could not find any. If anyone is on the fence about taking medication for postpartum depression, please consider it for a temporary aid in getting you past it."

   
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tiffaday March 24, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I was prescribed Lexapro after some fairly rough depression and anxiety. I had been in the hospital 3 times in 2 weeks for anxiety attacks. The first day after Lexapro, I felt the depression gone. Literally the first day. However, the first 3-4 weeks were rough. I definitely had nausea and was VERY sleepy. But after about a month, the nausea and sleepiness went away. A nurse at our doctor's office basically told me to suck it up, and that I had to give the medicine time to work. I toughed it out, and after about 6 weeks, it was like a cloud was lifted and I have felt AMAZING ever since. I didn't realize that I have probably had depression and/or anxiety for decades until I found out what it was like to feel great. Still great after a year."

   
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Chris_Kansas March 24, 2017

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"I have been on lexapro for 7 months and it has helped me greatly! I was on Paxil previously and gained 20kg so asked to change medication. Lexapro has stopped the panic attacks and made me feel more confident, I can now go to the shops on my own, drive places on my own and hang out with friends without thinking the worse will happen. Only thing is I've gained about 8kg and I cannot lose the weight. I had no side effects what so ever when I started, maybe it's because I was previously on Paxil, but I didn't have any side effects apart from weight gain with that either. So if you are feeling nervous about starting this medication because of the side effects don't be, you might be one of the lucky ones who don't get side effects."

   
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AshP21 March 19, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I was prescribed lexapro about a year after my assault. I took only one pill. It made me feel worse than the anxiety it self. I was in a daze all day not sure how I made to college that day and back home. Walking was like I was drunk and the overall feeling inside me was horrible. what a waste of $65.00 back then."

   
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creativenina March 10, 2017

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"I was pretty bad before taking this medication. I was depressed and socially anxious, I would even dissociate. After taking it initially I felt "lighter". After couple of weeks slowly I got better and better. I got a job, was not afraid of people and was feeling happy. Side effects were getting fat(at the end of the treatment) and insomnia (at the beginning of the treatment but it went away after a week or so). Another downside was that I was still anxious under the surface but having in mind how bad I was before that it was a miracle. After stopping it the symptoms of SAD came back. Currently on no meds and with social anxiety. Took it for 6 months. It got me out of hell."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 4, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "I suffer from depression and anxiety. I was on a number of meds before my doctor put me on Lexapro.. they were all horrible and made my anxiety worse. I was starting to lose hope that I would never find a medication to help. Thankfully Lexapro is helping! It's a lifesaver!! I could tell a difference after the first day..I'm much more "normal" I don't fly into a rage so easily, I don't feel overwhelmed constantly and I'm not irritated all the time for no reason. My moods are much more stable. Before Lexapro I seriously felt like I was losing it. My husband even told me he notices a huge difference in me since being on this. I'm also prescribed klonopin for my anxiety but since being on Lexapro I haven't had a need to take it. I love Lexapro!"

   
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AmberLynnxX (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2017

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"Not Good"

   
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Airguardtn March 3, 2017

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"I've struggled with anxiety for years and worried about everything! I finally tried escitalopram! One of the best things I ever did! I was so scared of living in a fog from past experiences with anxiety meds.! In the first week I found 10mg to be to much, so I started cutting down to 2 mg! When I was ready or felt anxiety sneaking on me again I would up it another 2 mg! Yes all the side affects are real and possible! But after 4 to 5 weeks I was able to level out! I gave it my best shot and it was worth it in the end! I'm now taking 10mg daily! hope this was helpful"

   
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mistel (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 2, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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."

   
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GFR February 28, 2017

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Lexapro (escitalopram): "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."

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

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"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): "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."

   
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JayH77425 February 26, 2017

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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."

   
8.0

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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