Compare Lexapro vs. Buspar
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Lexapro (escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It is less likely to cause side effects than and has fewer drug interactions. However, it might not be a good choice if you have liver or heart problems.
Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.
- Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
- Lowers the likelihood that your depression will come back.
- Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects.
- Buspar (Buspirone) works very well to control the symptoms of generalized anxiety syndrome (GAD).
- Buspar (Buspirone) doesn't cause physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms.
- Buspar (Buspirone) is only available as a generic, so the price can be pretty cheap.
- Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
- Lexapro (escitalopram) is not a good option if you have heart or liver problems.
- The first antidepressant you try might not always work, so you may need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you.
- Buspar (Buspirone) can take as long as four weeks to become fully effective.
- Not as effective for short-term anxiety conditions or panic disorders.
- Most people find that it loses effectiveness over long periods of time.
- Can cause drowsiness or dizziness when you start taking Buspar (Buspirone). Be extremely careful of activities that require mental alertness, such as driving.
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- Problems ejaculating14%
- Dry mouth9%
- Decreased libido7%
- Problems with orgasm6%
- Any side effect10%
- Central nervous system disturbances3%
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Age 24 years or younger
- Serotonin syndrome
Using other medications that affect serotonin
Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) suddenly
- Increased bleeding
Taking blood thinners
- Uncovering of bipolar disorder
- Elevated blood pressure
Taking with MAOIs
...and 1 more risk factors
- Withdrawal reactions
Taking with or converting from benzodiazepine medicines
- Abnormal and involuntary muscle movements
Duration of treatment