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User Reviews for Lexapro to treat Anxiety

Lexapro has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 740 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety. 69% of those users who reviewed Lexapro reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.

Lexapro Rating Summary

7.5/10 average rating

740 ratings from 771 user reviews.

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Reviews for Lexapro

Dee · Taken for less than 1 month April 29, 2021

“Day 3 on Lexapro. Had been on it a few years ago and it worked great. I have severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts and panic attacks. Got side effects the first time I used it and was started at 5mg. I think some of that was fear of a new medication. This time was started on 10mg. Except for being tired about an hour after taking it (which is why I take it after dinner) I haven’t had any other side effects. Slept great. Woke up feeling better just knowing relief is coming. I usually wait months trying to cure my anxiety naturally which sadly I haven’t been able to. I suffer for months, finally take the med & then regret waiting. Gave in much faster this time. Life should be more than nonstop worrying. I’ll post an update in a few weeks.”

8 / 10
Anxious Engineer · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 24, 2021

“Work anxiety was making my life so miserable before taking Lexapro. My quality of life, and enjoyment of my work, improved dramatically a few weeks after starting Lexapro. I do not plan to stop taking this drug.”

10 / 10
Suzie · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 18, 2021

“I have been on just 2.5mg Lexapro for 7 weeks. I was terrified to go on this medication because I’m so sensitive to side effects. I went on it for panic attacks and an off-balance feeling that my doctor says it’s caused by anxiety! I have these feelings from the minute I open my eyes till the minute I go to bed at night. After four days of starting the medication I began having terrible side effects. I was more off-balance than before, dizzy and a little nauseous my anxiety was so bad I was getting so scared that it was not going to work for me. At four weeks I started having some good days in between the bad days. I just went to see my doctor again and he wants me to go up to 5 MG as that is more of a therapeutic dose. I started it for three days now , and getting the same start up side effects again. I guess I just have to give it time to work . I’ve had heard great things about it and hope it works for me. I just want my life back.”

5 / 10

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oksy · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 4, 2020

“I want to thank the people here that have shared their experiences with Lexapro. In my darkest hours whilst waiting for the drug to kick in I would read all the positive reviews on this website and they gave me confidence that everything would be OK. Without you, I don't know what I would have done. A couple of years later and my life is on track and the future is looking rosy!”

10 / 10
LC · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 6, 2021

“Currently 10 days into my second time on Lexapro. I’ve been on 10 mg since 2013 for Chronic anxiety. Last year I started to taper off on my own and I pushed it too far. A severe breakdown over the holidays showed me that I’m more myself with my medication. Oh boy the first week was horrible. I would read these reviews for encouragement in my darkest moments. Go for walks, talk with your loved ones, allow yourself to lay low and give the medication a chance to work. My appetite is still missing and I’m still have racing/disturbing thoughts but I feel better each day! My insomnia has subsided and the muscle twitches. Lexapro has saved my life once before and I know it will again. If you’re reading this- hang in there, you’re not alone in this struggle. You can do hard things!”

10 / 10
Hans · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 24, 2020

“Started taking lexapro from my anxiety attacks which were almost everyday . I was really struggling , I've had mild depression in my life as well. I've always just gone with the flow but the anxiety attacks were just too much for me I was miserable. I am now a couple of months into my treatment and I can honestly say it's helped me a lot. I feel as normal as I ever have. It keeps my mind relaxed and I sleep so much better the thoughts and anxiety doesn't swarm me like it used to. I still feel anxiety sometimes but it's not nearly as bad . My depression has for the most part gone away. I am way more even now and in control of my feelings . The weeks getting on it were horrible I'm not gonna lie but it is worth it . Stay strong it may not be the med for you but if it is and you stick it out , it's worth it. Remember you are not alone don't give up.”

9 / 10
Maxine March 26, 2021

“Hi there. This is my 1 year update. I started on 2.5 and went up to 5. Let me just tell you this. I got my life back. I was in a point in my life where my brain chemicals reworked themselves into being in CONSTANT flight or fight mode; even when NOTHING was wrong. I couldn’t go into a grocery store without fearing a panic attack. Fast forward one year later - I have traveled on a plane [was my biggest fear] alone and HAPPY. Let me say that I do have a therapist. I eat healthy. Work out 2-3 times and have a good support system. It’s not a magic pill but it does help your chemicals in your brain. I have read the same scary reviews you have. I have overthought myself to death. Trust in the process. You will be okay. (Not a doctor. Personal experience)”

10 / 10

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Pickles January 5, 2021

“I am a firm believer that everyone has a specific medication that works for their brain chemistry. Lexapro just happens to be my miracle drug! If I could rate it higher than 10 I would. I see that a lot of people have low libido on this medication, but that is not the case with me. My sex drive has actually improved massively when anxiety & depression aren't in the picture. I've been on 10mg Lexapro for 2 years and it has taken the very dark lows out of my life without any side effects. My emotions more controlled, my anxiety is calmer, my life is such much more manageable. Only con to lexapro is night sweats & brain zaps (only if I forget a dose - if I don't forget a dose, that doesn't happen). Other than that, I cannot recommend Lexapro enough. It has improved my life tenfold & given my happiness back. Lexapro doesn't make you feel like a zombie; I feel more myself than I have my whole life. Take negative reviews with a grain of salt. It could be your miracle drug too.”

10 / 10
Epello · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 13, 2021

“Lexapro has been literally life-changing. I didn’t realize how bad my anxiety was until it was gone, but WOW what a difference. I was paralyzed with anxiety, had panic attacks regularly, etc, and now that I don’t, it blows my mind that I used to live like that. I’ve always been against meds of any kind and had tried every supplement I could research, but nothing ever worked like lexapro has. (Only take 10mg and have had no side effects.)”

10 / 10
Ruthy March 30, 2021

“I have suffered from extreme anxiety for years now. I would awake at 3:00 am every morning gripped with thrashing unreasonable thoughts that led into a panic. I stayed disoriented, dizzy, glassy-eyed, heart-pounding, crying myself to sleep at night wanting to be "normal" again. The first week of taking 5 mg. of Lexapro, everything got worse, I was more anxious and very tired. 2 Weeks into taking Lexapro, the darkness began to lift! I was finally coming alive. I was feeling much better than I had been in years. After 2 months on 5 mg, I increased to 10 mg. The initial side effects returned and my anxiety and tiredness came back. I fought through the first week. WOW! The outcome is more than I could have hoped for! I am calm, happy, laughing, silly, and ever so grateful! I would encourage you to try Lexapro and be prepared for a possible adjustment stage, but after the storm, oh what beauty! Be good to yourself fight for your happy place. God Bless you on your journey.”

10 / 10
Tia.Jaie · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 15, 2020

“Lexapro has changed my life, I suffer from OCD and major anxiety. Originally when I first came on this review page there wasn't much reviews for people with OCD. With having OCD I thought it was a bad idea to start this medication but it honestly has changed everything for me, I still have it minor no where near as bad as what it used to be, I used to think of my life ending now I am so much happier!”

10 / 10
Tripp January 26, 2021

“Omg Lexapro has seriously saved my life. I had tried Effexor before it, and the side effects were so bad that I had a mini seizure. I was so afraid to try another drug that I almost didn't take the Lexapro. I'm so glad I did though. I have never felt this free of anxiety. I used to get literally paralyzing panic attacks and endless days of crying over anxiety sparked by freakin' nothing. I can live my life now and I feel so inspired to be creative again. I will never go back. Don't get me wrong I still have anxiety at times, but it doesn't just sit all day with me or trigger depression anymore.”

10 / 10
Chevelle · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 20, 2020

“Was feeling terrible anxiety, it got really bad. I couldn’t stay asleep, was forgetting stuff, couldn’t concentrate, was losing my appetite and losing weight. I didn’t know what was wrong so I went to doctor for anxiety she gave me Xanax, I then asked her to put me on something with it and she gave me lexapro 10mg. The first week was holy moly as it made the anxiety 10 times worse and I got depressed too. I read these post and it said stick with it that it gets better. It’s super slow and I’m on week 7 and finally I feel a lot better. It’s working feel almost normal and pretty much no more Xanax as I don’t need it. So anyway it does take a lot of time just stick it out”

9 / 10
Kar · Taken for less than 1 month October 4, 2020

“I just started Lexapro and so far so good. I’m on day 4 of 5mg had some dizziness and nausea but very very slight, eating helps and now have some tightness in my chest? I’m not sure if that’s normal. I also felt energetic yesterday [I know it’s too soon to tell] but today I have no energy and haven’t gotten out of bed. Everyone has said to keep pushing through but today has been rough. How do I know if it’s just not for me orrrrr if I just need to keep pushing through??”

7 / 10
Brian · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 19, 2019

“I developed sleep anxiety, which is absolutley awful. After experiencing insomnia I developed an anxiety at the thought of sleep. Even the approaching evening would trigger it. I felt hopeless. It led to depression and suicidal thoughts. I was put on lexapro a eventually went up to 15 mg. It helped me reclaim my life. It put my anxiety at bay so I could change my life. It took about 6 weeks for the drug to really start working along with minimal side effects. It has been a year and I am currently tapering off the medication because I feel I do not need it anymore. It is a good drug! Allow some time for it to kick in. Also, use the medication as a tool. Mental health is about balance. Find ways to change your life/ mentality. The Lexapro is a tool to help with the big picture. There is light on the other side of the storm! Never lose hope and FIGHT for your life!”

10 / 10
Leslie · Taken for less than 1 month January 18, 2021

“An anti-depressant that makes you horny. First I would like to say that I have tried every anti-depressant know to man or woman!!! My last Script was celexa it was ok but coming off that stuff made me want till stab everyone and sex was close to non existent. Now here is the good part! Doc tried me on lexapro no noticeable change after day 1, Day 2 I felt really calm but day 3 Wow!!!! All I could think about was sex! I was so wet. I have really bad anxiety and lexapro is orgasmic bliss!!! Thanks Doc. Leslie From South Carolina”

10 / 10
Timbo323 January 30, 2020

“Hi, I’ve been on 10mg of Lexapro for 3+ weeks and still having side effects or anxiety attacks. Shaking hands, burning feet and mouth. Seems to get worse 2 hoiurs after I take a dose. Did anyone have these issues and when oh when does it start to go away ? Thanks !!”

5 / 10
Deebee August 22, 2020

“Lexapro has worked great for me in the past, for my panic disorder and anxiety. I start at 5mg dose, do that for 1 week, and then I increase to 10mg dose, I take it at night to avoid day time drowsiness I always make sure I eat with it. I take 1 mg of Ativan for the first two weeks on it. All that combined really helps with side effects and anxiety when your brain is trying to get used to it. Hang in there!”

8 / 10
Freedom · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 23, 2020

“Lexapro saved my life. Prior to starting the medication, my anxiety was severe. I couldn't leave the house and get into a car without a full blown panic attack-- sobbing, nausea, the works. Therapy wasn't cutting it, and neither was meditation or any of the suggestions people threw at me. The first week of Lexapro, the nausea was very intense. But I could feel it changing my brain, and it was such a weird yet hopeful feeling. For three years, I had my life back. I was able to travel and enjoy taking risks without crippling anxiety. At the three year mark, my Lexapro stopped working. I haven't found a resolution yet, but I hope I can find another alternative that will help me feel the way I have these past few years.”

9 / 10
Oneman · Taken for less than 1 month August 20, 2020

“Am I the only one, with panic attack feeling this off and on headache,I have been on lexapro for 8 days now please someone tell me if it’s normal, this first week have never been funny but I’m not giving up just yet on lexapro”

6 / 10
Happy · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 13, 2020

“I’ve been on Lexapro for a year now. Started at 5 mg. in Dec. Of 2019 and felt better, but the real improvement didn’t happen until March 2020 when my Dr. increased my dose to 10 mg. I started medication in the first place because I got to the dreaded point where I couldn’t drive anymore because of panic attacks, but now I’m driving again and no panic attacks. I still get anxiety, but I’m able to work through it. Lexapro has improved my life so much! I’m one of those people who didn’t want to take medication and tried everything else homeopathic, but in the end, I needed more. It does take patience because it does take weeks to kick in. But other than that, I have no complaints and feel like I have my life back!”

10 / 10
Much better January 17, 2021

“Lexapro changed my life for sure! My family has a history of anxiety so it was not a surprise when I started having severe anxiety and panic attacks. That warm, flush, buzzing feeling that overtakes your body and your mind immediately thinks you’re going to die or that you're sick. Your heart is racing and feels like it’s going to jump out of your chest and your head is spinning. It’s a feeling I don’t wish on anyone and it was starting to control my life. Once I started lexapro I almost immediately noticed positive results. It took about 6 weeks to really notice significant changes and about a year before I would say I was 100% myself. But it very quickly made my life manageable and now I can’t imagine my life without it! I still get breakthroughs now and then where I get a bout of anxiety but it’s usually short lived and manageable. If you have just started lexapro hang in there!”

10 / 10
CC · Taken for less than 1 month December 30, 2019

“Lexapro has saved me! I didn’t want to take any medication, but heightened anxiety and a couple panic attacks made it difficult for me to enjoy life — so much that I was becoming depressed. The first week on Lexapro was awful! Increased anxiety, a clouded feeling, and tiredness! And at the end of week 2, I had a day of high anxiety. But I’d read other reviews that encouraged me to push through! I’m so glad I did! I’m at week 4 on a dose of 5mg Lexapro and I’ve had no more panic attacks and anxiety is greatly reduced/manageable. I’m looking forward to how I’ll feel in another 4 weeks! No side effects have remained after the initial week or two. I did find it made me sleepy taking it in the morning, so I just changed to taking it at night which solved that problem. Hang in there if you’re just starting it and it’s rough. It will get better!”

10 / 10
Kc December 30, 2020

“The first 3-4 weeks are tough...I knew it would take some time but I felt a bit like a zombie or a sloth those first few weeks. My anxiety fuelled me before and I suddenly had an “I don’t care” attitude about everything. About week 3, I suddenly felt “CLEAR”. I was able to do things like go into my laundry room and do one load of laundry without feeling overwhelmed by the other 5 loads that needed to be done. My anxiety was an all or nothing situation- I either could do it all at one time or could NEVER get it done in my brain. Lexapro allowed me to realize that it’s ok to do part of a task and finish it later- and helped me remember to finish it later. I feel so much better!!!”

9 / 10
Bex · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 19, 2021

“I thought I could cope without antidepressants & wasted many years of my life struggling with stress & anxiety. After an extremely stressful event I eventually 'crashed' & could no longer function. I couldn't eat, had terrible restlessness, I felt like I was detached from everyone & everything, I couldn't focus, I was confused, not sleeping at all most nights & depression hit hard. I had no choice but to begin medication immediately. The initial side effects of Cipralex wore off after about 2 weeks. My appetite returned, I began sleeping again & I felt calm. The side effects were minimal & were a small price to pay for the benefits of the medication. I was on 10mg for 14 months & tapered off gradually over 4 months. I had discontinuation symptoms of anxiety & insomnia for a few days but it's now been 2 weeks since stopping completely & I'm feeling great!”

9 / 10
Deb December 16, 2020

“I've been on Lexapro for 6 weeks for severe anxiety with depression. I'm feeling better than I have in years! Finally found something that works for me! Hang in there y'all. It just really started working in the last week.”

10 / 10
BUDDY · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 8, 2019

“Lexapro has worked wonders for me with absolutely zero side effects. I have noticed my anxiety attacks and need for xanax decreased to almost zero since I started this drug. It has almost entirely cured my anxiety and the resulting depression and I have a zest for life again. I never thought I'd feel like I did in my twenties again. I never realized how much of my symptoms were anxiety and depression. I had narrowed it down to just getting older. I have so much more energy and have lexapro to thank for this. Everyone reacts differently to every drug, but for me it has been a miracle.”

10 / 10
Happy Hapa · Taken for less than 1 month January 25, 2021

“I started taking Lexapro after 5 weeks on Prozac wasn’t working for me. On Prozac I felt completely numb and my emotions were blunted and causing me to spiral into depression. I could feel the effect of switching to Lexapro almost immediately. My anxiety has decreased substantially, no panic attacks, and I’m able to feel pleasure and joy again. The only side effect I’ve had is moderate drowsiness so I take it at night. I am so relieved that I stuck with it and had the courage to switch to a different SSRI. For any of you that are feeling discouraged, stay the course and find what works for you. This med was a lifesaver for me.”

9 / 10

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