User Reviews for Lexapro (Page 5)
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|Generalized Anxiety Disorder||262 reviews||7 medications|
|Anxiety||482 reviews||56 medications|
|Depression||423 reviews||79 medications|
|Major Depressive Disorder||35 reviews||46 medications|
|Summary of Lexapro reviews||1202 reviews||7.8|
Reviews for Lexapro
For Anxiety "I'm on the 3rd month of taking lexapro , started off with 2.5mg every night for about a week, then upped to 5mg and when I saw my doctor again 2 weeks later he told me to try the 10mg and I have been on 10mg ever since. At first it's none stop drowsiness weird random dreams and anxiety and insomnia at night. For a good 4-5 weeks , but after that it's cravings and you eat more and calmly and it gets better! It has work wonders! Hopefully it continues to work!"
Khriz December 21, 2016
39 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "My rheumatologist put me on Lexapro for both depression & fibromyalgia, after Cymbalta stopped working for me. I started it two weeks ago Tuesday & I absolutely love what it's doing for my depression & anxiety but hate that it's caused me to gain at least 5 lbs already. I'm going to try to stick with it for another 4-6 wks, but if my weight continues to increase, I'll have to wean off of it. I dread weaning off of antidepressants."
J'erin31 (taken for less than 1 month) December 19, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Got my life back (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 15, 2016
64 users found this comment helpful.
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"
Slikmich December 15, 2016
23 users found this comment helpful.
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
24 users found this comment helpful.
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."
So far so good... December 12, 2016
45 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Nolexapro December 11, 2016
21 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Ry-Fry December 10, 2016
57 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Think we'll December 9, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Great but made me gain weight (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 7, 2016
13 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Snugglebunny888 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 5, 2016
58 users found this comment helpful.
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."
T4 December 5, 2016
59 users found this comment helpful.
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. *"
None, san diego county December 5, 2016
0 users found this comment helpful.
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."
Mbfd (taken for less than 1 month) December 3, 2016
23 users found this comment helpful.
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."
JJ - male (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 3, 2016
27 users found this comment helpful.
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)."
ZisserZasserZooz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 2, 2016
42 users found this comment helpful.
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!"
Nanny Robyn December 1, 2016
17 users found this comment helpful.
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 !"
Depressed mom in remission December 1, 2016
107 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I was terrified of taking lexapro after having horrible side effects with every single antidepressant known in the market. I am a 52 year old female and after reading all the negative reviews I quit taking it for a period of 2 weeks. I finally decided I was so miserable I would try it again and 3 monthes later I am doing great! No more fear of leaving house, negative self talk, constant anxiety and worry! I may have gained 1-2 pounds but if you take it you will be more likely to go out for walks, gym and get moving again which I have. Please dont let the negative reviews influence if the med will work for you or not. Im obsessive about weight gain and I am not gaining! Im really liking my new calm self, give it 6 weeks, big difference!"
angie8686 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 30, 2016
108 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I took this 10 years ago to help with depression and anxiety through a divorce in 2006. It helped... I got better.... I stopped taking it. This year has been difficult and after car accident I am nervous, anxious and very irritable along with depression and hopelessness. I just started taking again with just 10mg and can already tell a difference.. However due to no sleep Dr put me on a sleeping pill as well so I can't tell if the Lexapro is adding to the sleep aid for my sleeping."
rapsongbird (taken for less than 1 month) November 30, 2016
16 users found this comment helpful.
For Major Depressive Disorder "Was absolutely awful for me. After 1 pill at the lowest starting dose I experienced horrible anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks in the morning so bad I was worried I'd have to go to ER for my heart. Prescriber told me to halve the dosage and this only somewhat lessened the effects. I could not tolerate this med at all."
Anon921 (taken for less than 1 month) November 28, 2016
5 users found this comment helpful.
For Anxiety "Have been on and off lexapro for the last 20 years (more on than off). This time I was off the medication from for about 5 months and the anxiety and depression was back even though I had a change of life style, doing plenty of exercise and changing work environments. For me the side effects were feeling nauseous, insomnia (normally 1 nights average sleep and the next no sleep, constant swallowing which I think is called dry mouth and just feeling miserable for the first 3 weeks. I'm into my fourth week now and sleeping a lot better and feeling much better in myself. If you are having the same side effects, hang in there as life will get a lot better"
Bruc November 27, 2016
27 users found this comment helpful.
For Depression "Been on it for a few months started feeling better slept a little more then usual my doctor just recently upped me to 20mg having insomnia difficulties now but hopefully will go away after a few weeks like the sleepiness did. Other then that i love it I feel so much better"
Kathleen9007 November 26, 2016
33 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I've been taking Cipralex on and off for the last 7 years but have been on it steady for the last 2yrs. This time I've only been taking 5mg. because of the side effects I got before, but due to certain circumstances in my life I need to increase it because my depression has worsened and my anxiety is very high. The reason I went on it again was because of anxiety attacks and my depression was not good. I really hate to have to increase it again because of the side effects but I have taken many other anti-depressants and their side effects were worse. I'm very sensitive to medication in general even Tylenol makes me fall asleep lol. But I'm also thing that maybe taking Clonazepam on a regular basis may help with my extreme anxiety."
Cory 52 (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 25, 2016
5 users found this comment helpful.
For Generalized Anxiety Disorder "I've been suffering from depression and GAD since 2000. It was pretty bad and I was immediately put on Paxil but also tried Welbutrin, Celexa, and Trazadone. The last three didn't really work for me but Paxil in combination with Clonazapam did help me after a period of time. I had some good stretches and some bad ones. In 2010 my doctor suggested Lexapro at 10mg. It was amazing. I felt great and I didn't need the clonazapam. This lasted for about 2 years but then a few stressful situations made my anxiety and depression come back. My doctor increased Lexapro to 20mg and also put me back on clonazapam. I was on this for about 2 months with no relief. Either my anxiety and depression were quite bad or the Lexapro just pooped out."
PaulMartin16 (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 22, 2016
9 users found this comment helpful.
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