Compare Lexapro vs. Klonopin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Lexapro
(escitalopram)

Klonopin
(Clonazepam)

Improves mood and helps you relax. 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.Controls seizures and helps you relax. Klonopin (Clonazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and to treat seizures. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.
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4.89Lexapro
Reviews for Lexapro
61%
of people (All ages) say Lexapro is worth it
48%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
1063 reviews
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Reviews for Klonopin
70%
-9% worse vs. Lexapro
52%
-4% worse vs. Lexapro
14%
-1% worse vs. Lexapro
767 reviews
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Side effects
LexaproKlonopin
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Problems with orgasm 2%
  • Constipation 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Decreased appetite 2%
  • Decrease libido 2%
  • Sinus infection 1%
  • Impotence 3%
  • Increased sweating 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
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  • Behavior problems 25%
  • Ataxia 30%
  • Drowsiness 50%
  • Coughing 2%
  • Abdominal Pain 1%
  • Myalgia 1%
  • Rhinitis 2%
  • Allergic Reaction 2%
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How it works
LexaproKlonopin
Lexapro (escitalopram) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin in the brain which regulates mood.Klonopin (Clonazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and muscle spasms, and causes sleepiness.
Type of medication
LexaproKlonopin
Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
LexaproKlonopin
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
LexaproKlonopin
Risk factors for serious side effects
LexaproKlonopin
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Using other medications that affect serotonin
  • Stopping Lexapro (escitalopram) suddenly
  • Taking blood thinners
  • Bipolar disorder
Detailed Lexapro (escitalopram) risks & warnings »
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Alcohol
Detailed Klonopin (Clonazepam) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
LexaproKlonopin
  • Lexapro (escitalopram) has less drug interactions than other similar antidepressants and might cause fewer side effects.
No interactions related info.
Alcohol
LexaproKlonopin
No alcohol related info.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
Sleep
LexaproKlonopin
No sleep related info.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and salivation.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
Weight
LexaproKlonopin
  • Can cause a small weight gain of 1-5 pounds.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
LexaproKlonopin
  • 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.
  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
  • Can be used alone or with other medicines to treat seizures.
  • Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines.
Downsides and risks
LexaproKlonopin
  • 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.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LexaproKlonopin
  • Don't suddenly stop taking DRUG NAME. Talk to your doctor about how to slowly go down in your dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
  • Like other SSRI medications, it could take up to 8 weeks to see the full effects of Lexapro (escitalopram).
  • Take Lexapro (escitalopram) in the morning since it can keep you up if you take it at night.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and salivation.
  • Report any confusion or inability to control muscle movements to your doctor.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
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