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User Reviews for Escitalopram to treat Depression

Also known as: Lexapro

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Escitalopram Rating Summary

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7.1/10 Average Rating
719 ratings from 780 user reviews

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Reviews for Escitalopram

Zo · Taken for less than 1 month June 11, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I was prescribed Lexapro (Escitalopram) after complaining of severe moodiness after my bi-weekly testosterone shot was administered. The very first and last pill I will would ever take. I had a very extreme battle with Suicidal Tendencies - with just one pill! I drank so much water to help flush out of my system and after a full 24 hours later, I feel I'm out of danger. Please! Please!! Recognize the symptoms and fight through it. Get off of it immediately should you have similar reaction and notify your doctor. Hope I was able to help someone.”

1 / 10
Des · Taken for less than 1 month June 10, 2020

“I use the generic form of Lexapro and I have seen a very noticeable difference in myself. And its very obvious to others as well. I smile and laugh so much more and I feel like the real me. I take 10mg a day and I stand by it. No joke. I'm glad it works for me. I have been taking it for a very short period of time and my serotonin levels have GOT to be better because THE way I act and feel now isn't a coincidence.”

8 / 10
Ian1969 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 31, 2020

“Please please don't go near this drug escitalopram I think it is awful. I've been taking it for over a month and the anxiety is really bad, thankful it's in the process of being changed but I had to call the out of hours team because I thought I was have a panic attack don't go near this drug”

1 / 10
Eza · Taken for less than 1 month May 27, 2020

“Took escitalopram 10 mg for 3 weeks for anxiety and depression. 7 months since then I am taking Cialis”

Just B · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 25, 2020

“I’m a 46 year old woman and I’ve been taking Lexapro for 6 years. My experience has been very positive. I felt like it helped me get back to my normal self. It helps me keep level. I don’t have panic attacks. I don’t feel so drastically up and down. It’s helped me stay rational.”

10 / 10
Xilent · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2020

“The short version : escitalopram works and it starts working almost immediately but for me it’s too similar to Zoloft which made me suicidal so I don’t think it is a good long-term solution for me. Nauseous jittery emotionally numb and almost feeling like life is just a lucid dream a sort of out of body experience. If you have had bad experiences with SSRIS in the past I don’t believe I can recommend this except as an immediate short-term intervention for suicidal ideation”

8 / 10
Dyl · Taken for less than 1 month May 11, 2020

“ I have PTSD induced psychosis with depression Been taking this for 3 days so far, my head feels really heavy today, and I've been getting anxiety when it first starts to kick in, then it goes away, once the pill fully kicks in. Then after only 8 hours, the pill wears off and I get a pretty bad panic attack again and my intrusive thoughts come back, causing psychosis. The first 2 days I got dizziness and diarrhea, my girlfriend is taking me to see a doctor tomorrow about either upping my dose or seeing if it is alright to take 2 a day, or even 10.5mg. So far though, it's been amazing for taking my intrusive thoughts away though.”

6 / 10
thorh · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 4, 2020

“I started using escitalopram about 2 months ago and I'm defiantly a little better but the side effects are a bit different than the last one I used (sertraline/ Zoloft). When I was on that I was nauseous for a month but then it got better. But this is something else. instead of being nauseous and not eating I am instead not hungry at all. I haven't felt the urge to eat for about a month and the strange thing is I have binge eating disorder so that is very different from what I'm used to. Yet I have ok energy except when the drug wheres off.”

6 / 10
JustMe · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 4, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I have had a terrible experience on Lexapro. I was having hormonal issues after a possible miscarriage and I was prescribed Lexapro when I cried in the doctors office. I have never been on birth control so this is the “first” thing my body has taken in (regularly) I am 21. Been on this medication makes me overheat VERY easily and I now have red blemishes on my cheeks 24/7. I get sick often and my bad days are bad. And I mean bad, I was not like this previously but I do not see a difference and I felt like I was doing better on my own”

2 / 10
Jay · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 8, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I was on Lexapro for the last 3 years due to depression. I felt much better at first, but absolutely hate the side affects. It cut my sex drive way down and made me lose muscle/weight, no matter how hard I worked out. The withdrawal symptoms are not fun, but after weaning myself off it, I feel so much better with my normal energy and libido back.”

3 / 10
Anxiety + Depression · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 8, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “Let me start off by saying that Lexapro was the first medication that I went on to combat my anxiety and depression. At first I was optimistic about medication but after taking lexapro I was totally shaken up. It caused me to have severe mood swings, I went from the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, all the way down to rock bottom in not even 2-3 hours. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND”

1 / 10
DepressedFairy · Taken for less than 1 month March 3, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I suffer from depression and anxiety, My doctor put me on 10mg of lexapro. My Depression didn't feel as intense as it would but it did not help my anxiety. I would feel really dreamy when I would go out, it made my anxiety worse. I stopped using it after 3 weeks.”

6 / 10
Bilby · Taken for less than 1 month March 2, 2020

“I put off seeing a doctor for long enough. Then I started 10mg dose after ~5 years of battling depression and trying many natural alternatives which didn’t help. From the first dose I experienced no negative side effects, 3 weeks in now I definitely notice an improvement. The constant underlying sadness has eased and while I feel it’s still too early to say it’s gone completely, coz I would often experience waves where the sadness would hit worse and these were spontaneous, I’m optimistic. To those reading the mixed reviews here and unsure whether it’s worth trying, please consider it. I put off being on antidepressants for too long and while this won’t work for everyone, it’s absolutely worth a shot.”

10 / 10
Chadois · Taken for 10 years or more March 2, 2020

“escitalopram is a fantastic serotonin booster. After only three days of taking it, I was back to my old self - all the frightening symptoms of chronic depression had gone. It does lessen your libido which could be a problem for those in a relationship. I personally cannot recommend it enough, it's life changing. Thank god for Lexapro.”

10 / 10
Missheff · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 1, 2020

“I am a 28 year old woman, I have suffered depression with suicidal tendencies since I was 15 years old. I tried multiple medications and some worked ok, but it wasn’t until I was 26 that I began to experience a panic disorder, I would have debilitating panic attacks that where making think I was losing my mind. I went to the doctors and they put me in lexapro, it has been the best medication by FAR! Depression is non existent, I have not had one single panic attack in nearly 2 years. This is just my experience, but I hope that for someone potentially going through something similar to what I have, might read this and really give it a go. The only side affect that I get is a really low libido. But compared to suicidal depression and debilitating anxiety, a low sex drive is worth it.”

9 / 10
Shannon · Taken for less than 1 month February 28, 2020

“Was prescribed escitalopram just about 5 months ago and it was the worst experience I've ever had on a drug. Worked within the first 10 minutes of taking it which was weird because I was told I'd feel better within a couple weeks and I need to give it time. Felt so incredibly numb, my emotions where completely blocked off and I had horrible brain fog, I couldn't do anything!!!! I suffer from dissociation also and it made it 10x worse for me. I couldn't get to sleep and when I eventually did I woke up in a pool of sweat, not to mention I was constantly thirsty. I vowed never to take antidepressants again but now I'm thinking it was just that specific antidepressant I went on. So heres hoping giving it another shot will help me. Because this antidepressant made me feel 10x worse.”

1 / 10
Mataya · Taken for less than 1 month February 24, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I am a 24 year old woman who’s anxiety and depression has recently worsened to an extreme. Desperate for help I consulted my doctor she started me on Lexapro 10mg a day she told me to split it in half and take 5mg the first few days. It took me to the darkest place I have ever been honestly. The first day I was in the ER with a severe panic I attack, I was right back the next day. The reason I felt like I was having the attacks is because the medicine was causing a severe burning/tingling sensations in my arms and legs that would not stop. And my hands and feet would not stop sweating it made me feel like I had something else going on but everything came back normal. The ER doctors told me to hang in there and that things might get worse before they get better. But I honestly physically couldn’t take it. So I have stopped it. And kudos to you guys who did stay strong and are seeing the benefits from it now ❤️”

Harold · Taken for less than 1 month February 23, 2020

“If you're going thru stress, a break up, low motivation, or just a bad time and you can't shake it or keep diving deeper into that hole, PLEASE TAKE LEXAPRO. It is not a happy drug it literally just clears your brain. It helps you stay sane and level headed. I can't thank my doctor enough.”

9 / 10
Ana February 12, 2020

“Prescribed 10mg and taken first time today. Was so excited to take it. My first antidepressant and have been living with depression my whole life. (28 year old female.) Within the hour I felt a hot ball of energy develop in my chest. It felt like something woke up inside of me. I got up after few min to cook and started to feel very faint, felt like I was going to pass out. Walked a few steps and vomited on the floor. Ran to the bathroom to vomit more and felt like I was doped up. My brain felt foggy and I felt like a zombie. The next few hours were terrible. I felt a hot electrical current through my body and the worst head fog I have ever felt. I actually preferred to be depressed than to feel the effects of this medicine. I tried to sleep it off. But my body fell asleep before my mind did. Woke up soaked in sweat. Still heat spots around my body and some tingling. My brain is so foggy I can’t recall much information. I don’t feel like getting out of bed.”

Polly February 9, 2020

“I have been on this drug escitalopram for 1 year. It has changed my life. I was going thru a lot of changes in my life and my Dr. suggested it. Recently I have upped the dose from 10mg to 20mg and because I'm dealing with anxiety as well. For those that have trouble sleeping on it, my Dr. gave me trazadone as an add on. Best nights sleep and I feel refreshed in the morning.”

8 / 10
Rjm2287 · Taken for less than 1 month February 8, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I have been having mood swings due to not being able to control my depression and anxiety. It got so bad that my boyfriend would welcome me with a hug as soon as I got home from work and I would snap at him to stop crowding me. Anyway, my dr finally put me on 20mg of lexapro and I have been the coolest cucumber ever. Every little thing that used to irritate me just ceased to exist in my mind. My mother said she missed how easy breezy I used to be and I feel like I'm finally back to my normal self.”

8 / 10
Trinak · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 8, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “Spiral led into horrific depression with anxiety. After a couple meds I tried Lexapro. After a few weeks and some bearable side effects I felt a cloud lift and it kept getting better. At first I took max dose with Abilify and occasional Ativan, but eventually I was able to stop both of those. So here’s the hard part, it worked awesome for 8 years. The only side effects were 20 lbs weight gain and lessened manifold- a small price to pay when you felt how I did. But then I was in a period of insane stress and re-traumatized and suddenly the med would not work. It’s been a journey since, but I am so grateful for the quality of life I had for those 8 years.”

9 / 10
Clj · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 4, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “My doc put me on 10mg of generic lexapro probably a year ago. I saw no change in mood and anxiety attacks continued regularly. Two months ago she increased my dosage to 20mg. After about 1 1/2 months I noticed a horrible personality decline. Sad constantly, anxiety increased, dark thoughts which includes suicidal thoughts. I started cutting, anger increase where I am throwing things, banging head on wall, and began drinking again after 4 1/2 years of sobriety. Taking this dosage is the only thing that has changed in my life, all other stresses are the same. Called my doctor and said I wanted off of this med completely. She didn’t feel that I have given the new dose enough time. I don’t care. I’m getting off of it so I am in the process of decreasing dosage and hope to be off of it completely within 3 months max.”

1 / 10
SweetRelief77 · Taken for less than 1 month February 4, 2020

“After about 10 days of taking Elicea I started to feel amazing! No suicide thoughts - no looking back, only looking forward to my new (wifeless) life. Does kind of soften sexual desire and make it harder to get aroused, but not impossible. No regrets for me!”

10 / 10
Jolly February 3, 2020

Lexapro (escitalopram): “I’ve been on Lexapro for about three months now. I was prescribed 5mg a day by my doctor after experiencing ongoing depression and anxiety. The first week was really hard, my doctor warned me that my anxiety levels would rise and they did. I couldn’t sleep, I was extremely anxious and the depression had worsened as well. I was also extremely nauseous. After about a week those side effects began to subside. I’d say that after two weeks I started feeling a difference, it was easier to get out of bed and get through the day. After a month it was even better, I felt like those depression glasses had lifted and I was feeling like myself again. I have been feeling so energetic, determined, confident and happy. It’s important to realize that it isn’t a magic pill, all of my progress came with hard work and therapy, Lexapro just gave me a fighting chance. I'd also like to add that I still have bad days, But they’re not quite as bad. I have had no side affects since that first week.”

8 / 10